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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

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    The masked crusader has performed at the biggest festivals this year.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Funds are being raised to bring more field-trippers to the campus art museum.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    The new photography exhibition is on display at Winchester Cultural Center.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    The regular performer at Stoney’s and the South Point has been working with Nashville producer Mark Bright.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The MasterChef judge has already conquered New York City, Toronto and Las Vegas, and plans to set up shop in LA next year.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Almost every woman has a horror story about getting her period in public.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The attentive staff cooks everything for you, so you don’t have to guess when your food is ready.

  • Taste

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    It’s operated by Cyndy Violette—World Series of Poker bracelet-holder, Ladies Poker Hall of Fame inductee and proud vegan.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Also: All-Night Visitors on the tube and Brittany Rose’s new EP.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    His latest EP, Generalizing Anxiety, swells with fuzzed-out distortion, chunky hooks and lyrics about “not liking where I am in life, whether that’s geographically or emotionally.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    There’s a new bar at the Forum Shops and it’s unlike anything on the Strip.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    “No one had done this before. It was a new show, so everyone was going to have to learn at the same pace.”

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    “There are so many great DJs who have seen the scene grow—it’s like a rebirth.”

  • Features

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    V.I.We allows partiers to enjoy tables and drinks at a fraction of the cost.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Is the new version really all that terrible? It depends who you ask.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    From Buldogis to Cheffini’s, with stops along the way.

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Also: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Wand and Cattle Decapitation

  • 2020

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    “The Aquatic Club woman is timelessly cool with a smidge of irreverence.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Chef Rick Moonen goes big with the breakfast options.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The nonprofit recently cut its operating hours and staff salaries to offset funding issues.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Ear-to-ear grins were a common accessory at this year’s EDC.

  • A&E

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    Major Lazer’s 1 a.m. Cosmic Meadow set was a lesson in supercharged dancehall-inspired house and trap.

  • Features

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    There are still plenty of high-tech products on the market that get the Insomniac green light.

  • Features

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate—and other things you need to know before heading to the festival.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Served with rich and meaty bone marrow and creamy Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, the New York strip will satisfy even the most insatiable carnivore.

  • 2020

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    The Belgian brothers return to their Wynn Nightlife residency this month at XS and Encore Beach Club.

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Sabriel, Rayner, Stocksmile’s tribute to Elliott Smith and more.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    27-year old Madeline Rubidoux wants to make bread for all Las Vegans.

  • 2020

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    NYX has skyrocketed to cult-like status among beauty devotees.

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    The old friends open for Seattle indie band The Cave Singers on June 8.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Las Vegas hasn’t been a target of terrorism, but the fear, for many of us, is real.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    The yam plays the perfect role in ice creams, pastries and doughnuts, and its luscious, bright hue makes it an enticingly fun treat.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    By November, he’ll have finished six artist residencies, and he’ll still find time to record his popular weekly podcast, Latinos Who Lunch.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    It’s a little bit X-Men, a little bit West Side Story, says its co-creator.

  • Taste

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    The Nacho Dog features tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole and crema.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    The Cosmopolitan’s popular sushi and grill spot is about to be replaced by a classic American experience.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    The Spago Benedict with latkes and smoked salmon can’t be beat.

  • Intersection

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    DTLV.tv airs three times a week on Channel 2 and online.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    For more than 30 years, Hawaiians have flocked to the original on Oahu.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    His his latest batch of work uses “classic Las Vegas vernacular,” specifically, the rules of craps, to determine the exhibit’s outcome.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    The Aussie DJ makes her Nightswim debut at Encore Beach Club Saturday night.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Whether you need a cosmetic pick-me-up or some intense hangover relief, the newest Reviv is sure to replenish.

  • Horoscopes

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Senator Tick Segerblom says the bill could make consumption at concerts and clubs a real possibility.

  • Dining

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Spago's 25th anniversary, Jaleo's Lunch Like a Spaniard and the Grand Tasting.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 600 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in the Silver State this year.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    The man behind Moscow Copper Co. is building a Muleseum in Las Vegas.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    When 80 percent of your drink is a mixer, the ingredient needs to be perfect.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    MGM already raised its rates, after launching its paid parking program last year and starting to charge locals four months ago.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Dining at the Steer offers a rare window into Vegas’ golden era.

  • Reviews

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    The Las Vegas Paina Cafe is the only location on the mainland and its worth a visit.