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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

  • Print

    Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

    In her new chapbook, I Was the Girl With the Moon-Shaped Face, Cassera’s world is filled with desert imagery, youthful nostalgia and a relatable realm that reflects on memories both delightful and pained.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

    Executive Chef Jainine Jaffer loves creating imaginative off-menu specials like paneer poutine and rooh afsza (rose syrup) tiramisu.

  • Stage

    Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

    The dancer, singer, burlesque performer and former Jubilee! showgirl has worked toward becoming a top-tier entertainer since she was a little kid.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

    The spot offers an elevated food and beverage menu, plus dining tables on some nights.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

    “We’re here to support gay, straight, blue, green—it doesn’t matter what color you are. Music is music, people are people.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

    Take a brisk walk through a speakeasy style hallway and you’ll find yourself inside a modern and photo-worthy oasis.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

    Don’t leave without ordering a quesa taco—seared shrimp served in Leticia’s garlicky abuelo sauce.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

    The self-described “sage-burning hippie wizard” is no stranger to taking on multiple projects. “I stay moving,” she says. “It keeps me sane.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

    Only one band can be credited with releasing the first-ever punk single.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

    The 16-ounce ribeye delivers a melt-in-your-mouth experience, while the 120-ounce Cleaver ribeye—serving five to eight—is a serious showstopper.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

    Whether you’re a house music veteran or are just getting into the genre, the lineup is sure to get your heart pumping.

  • News

    Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

    There’s a new thrift store in downtown Las Vegas, and if its wares aren’t reason enough to give vintage pickers a reason to visit, its name is ...

  • Taste

    Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

    The Thunder Cheeseburger is a strong hot-off-the grill option, especially alongside a cold beer.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

    The Chef’s Table EPICurean Experience series at Mandalay Bay will offer a variety of fun dining moments all weekend long.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

    Incoming: filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, comedian and producer W. Kamau Bell and award-winning photojournalist Annie Leibovitz.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

    These burgers pack plenty of savory umami and meaty mouth-feel without trying to imitate any one flavor.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

    This Las Vegas entertainment legend has a simple philosophy in going about his craft: “When I went into karaoke, I wanted to share the stage with people — not just hand them a microphone,” Daniel Gobel said.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

    The results are eye-catching and purposeful—geometric watercolors juxtaposed against cut photographs that evoke a sense of longing and urgency.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

    The event will focus on healthy and sustainable produce and environmentally friendly seafood, meat and vegetables.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

    From The Quitters and Ilicitor to The Delta Bombers and Same Sex Mary.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    “You want to try something new, show a little bit of skin? Our slogan is dress to sweat, and that really shows on the dancefloor.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    Fusion is an overused word, but Mordeo succeeds at it, blending classic cooking styles, like grilling Mexican elote skewers with Japanese binchō-tan charcoal.

  • Food

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    Those looking for a taste of Paris will be transported with Le Pate, a minimalist classic with duck liver pâté, romaine and cornichon on a baguette.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    Also, new music from Peaceful Retreat and Cromm Fallon.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    Stick around for The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine and Arcade Fire.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    “No one is forced to listen to me—at least I hope they’re not.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    The crew is raising funds and gearing up to bring a crew of 28 students and instructors to Montpellier, France, to compete in this November’s Battle of the Year, the longest-running and most prestigious breaking competition in the world.

  • Comedy

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    The controversial comedian performs twice on Saturday at Life Is Beautiful.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    The sixth LIS fest will feature The Flytraps, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout, Snailmate and many more.

  • Print

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    Two days after chef José Andrés released his book, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, President Donald Trump denied that an estimated 2,975 Puerto Rican American citizens died as a result of Hurricane Maria—a statistic that was reported by researchers at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

    It focuses on seven filings—steak, baja fish, calabacita, short rib, potato chorizo, carnitas and chicken al pastor—that can be served on your choice of handmade corn or flour tortillas, or a lettuce wrap.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

    The new beauty and styling service maximizes the fun part of prepping for the evening.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

    It takes inspiration from Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines.

  • Print

    Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

    He’ll celebrate the release of Fire Escapes September 10 at the Bunkhouse.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

    The MGM arena's PA sounded hampered through most of the 20-plus song set, during which the Colombian superstar nonetheless performed exceptionally.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

    Currently based in Nashville, he recorded solo debut Have a Little Cry alongside notable studio musicians, such as bassist Viktor Krauss, brother of singer-songwriter Alison Krauss.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

    DJ and party planner

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

    Versatile musician

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

    The black-and-white collection of photos dropped July 26 and is available at blurb.com as an $8 zine or a $6 PDF.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

    Take off your shoes and sit on a giant wooden staircase in the back, or find a spot on a swinging sofa before satisfying your sweet tooth with a lychee rose cake.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

    When the SKAM Artist is in Las Vegas for her residency with More Coin at Hyde Bellagio, she starts her day at One Kick’s Gym before getting back to the grind.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    For starters, you can’t go wrong with the PB&J biscuit or the salmon and Kaluga caviar duo.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Look out for three new beers scheduled for mid-September, along with some seasonal one-offs soon.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Two LPs and one EP to keep you busy through summer’s end and beyond.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed play Marquee Dayclub on August 9, then hit Marquee Nightclub nine nights later.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    “If you were to yell at yourself from outside yourself, that’s the theme of the record … if you could hate yourself in the third person.”

  • Business

    Monday, Aug. 6, 2018

    Automated robots are slowly entering the Las Vegas workforce, bringing futuristic advancements that make certain tasks more convenient. But some technologies are raising concerns ...

  • News

    Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018

    Whether you’ve lived here for 10 years or are just passing through, you know Las Vegas gets hot—triple-digit-degrees-for-weeks hot.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

    The new space will feature four themed rooms, a speakeasy bar and a fully functional record store.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

    If you’re a meat eater trying out a more plant-based diet, opt for banh mi sandwiches like the vegan chicken or grilled mushroom.