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Leslie Ventura

Staff Writer

Leslie Ventura is a staff writer at Las Vegas Weekly and Industry Weekly. She’s picked the brains of rock stars and DJs, covered countless shows, glimpsed into the oily world of professional bodybuilding and peered into the lives of Las Vegas’ movers and shakers. (She’s even been blessed by a shaman.) Prior to being a staff writer, Leslie served as the Weekly’s Calendar Editor and was a frequent contributing writer while pursuing her degree in Women’s Studies at UNLV. She runs on coffee and all things peanut butter-flavored.

Story Archive

  • Taste

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    At $2 or less per, you can get a filling meal for a few bucks.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    The annual charity event, now in its fifth year, raises money for communities in need.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    The Tuscany bar offers a treasure trove of brews along with cocktails and food.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    Looking at her art, you probably wouldn’t guess she spent most of her life behind a computer monitor.

  • Style

    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

    "You have to believe in something more than product or money. There’s got to be a deeper meaning."

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    Example: We matched on Grindr two days ago, and he won’t stop messaging me. He’s being so extra.

  • Fashion

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    The Chinatown style depot has big plans for this month’s MAGIC show.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    If I don't like online dating, why am I still doing it?

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    The full-service entertainment entity will focus on what McDonald knows best.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    The dating app has its perks and its problems.

  • Comedy

    Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

    She doesn’t just level the playing field for female comics—she flat-out bulldozes it.

  • Dining

    Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

    Also: the fast-casual chain launches a limited barbecue menu on February 7.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    Trans health care in Nevada is slowly improving, but it has a long way to go.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    “We want you to feel as if you are on the Strip in a club, but you’re partying in the most healthy, amazing way."

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

    The “sanctuary” resolution doesn’t actually change current CCSD policy, but simply reaffirms the district’s stance.

  • Food

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

    Tosi has built her quirky bakery empire around her famous cereal milk ice cream.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

    French Crullers? Cookies and cream? Buttermilk bars? We got you.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

    LAYOP's owners inspire and motivate with their comfy basics.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

    The underground dance event finds a home at Oddfellows.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

    His dégustation menu is a tour de force.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

    NAVYA’s ARMA vehicle continues testing on its first public roadway, Fremont Street.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

    From Kendrick Lamar to DJ Snake and Richie Hawtin, there's something for everyone.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

    Turntable Health, a membership-based primary care practice in Downtown Las Vegas, will close its doors on January 31.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

    Another piece of Vegas history now sleeps with the fishes.

  • Fashion

    Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

    As seen on Jennifer Lopez, Gigi Hadid, Beyoncé and the Kardashians.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

    The hands-free, voice-activated speaker that can tell you the weather and shut off your lights will be installed in all of the resort's hotel rooms by midyear.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

    Party with Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Drake, Elton John, Major Lazer, The Weeknd, Sting and so many more.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

    New executive chef Thomas Griese adds innovative new menu creations reflective of his own culinary career.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

    The new location also plans to offer late-night classes to accommodate busy lifestyles.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

    Kelly Cardenas tailor-fits your hairstyle for you, not what's in a magazine.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

    Satisfy your craving for all things psychedelic and retro.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

    New art pieces make their debut, and the City issues a call to arts.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

    LVCS staged such acts as Jello Biafra, Deafheaven and the Melvins and partnered with festivals like Punk Rock Bowling and Neon Reverb.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

    "You got a hundred dollar bill, get your hands up!"

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

    The Japanese restaurant celebrates 12 years inside the Forum Shops.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    A group from Las Vegas and Idaho do their part by joining the national Veterans for Standing Rock movement.

  • Weekly Q&A

    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

    "I try to make it as easy as possible. Elopements should be really simple, and they can be really beautiful."

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

    The EDM duo is gearing up to drop new music in 2017.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

    The short rib grilled cheese is a winter hit.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

    The two ex-locals will team up for a Smith Center production on December 9.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

    Professors address student concerns following Donald Trump's presidential win.

  • Intersection

    Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

    There have been no reported transgender murders in Las Vegas this year or in recent history, according to the Center's Blue Montana.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

    Wil Eddins' retail space is an incubator for culture and fashion.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

    Transport to tranquility at this sun-kissed sanctuary.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    The Vegas post-hardcore outfit leads a bill at Layla's banquet hall December 2.

  • Intersection

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    UNLV's student paper could run out of funds as early as next semester, and student reaction to the news is mixed.

  • Intersection

    Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

    Under the Trump administration, these organizations could use your help.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

    The executive pastry chef oversees all facets of Wynn's program.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

    New Kids on the Block team with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul, and Ricky Martin leads a long list of Latin artists for Calibash Las Vegas.