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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, Oct. 12, 2017

    “This could’ve been any one of us. We all go to concerts.”

  • Intersection

    Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

    It includes 58 trees, one for each person who died in the shooting, along with a "Remembrance Wall."

  • Dining

    Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

    The Fremont Street location at the Market remains open seven days a week.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

    “We wanted a gym that was a community, where [people] could grow in life.”

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

    “I loved the experience of watching people try food and wine and getting that expression and moment where they’re like, ‘Wow, this is amazing.’”

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

    "This is a devastating time mentally, spiritually—all across the board."

  • Intersection

    Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

    Vigils, blood drives and other ways to donate.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    This show of Stones artifacts is a must for even the most casual of fans.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    The resort is known for its friendly and hospitable staff, and Sothys Spa continues that standard.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    The braised pork belly—with seasonal mushrooms, spicy mustard greens, wild sticky rice and a decadent cherry sauce—might be the menu’s brightest star.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    Also: A local rapper hits No. 2 on a Billboard chart.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    She’s been compared vocally to Courtney Barnett and Janis Joplin.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    Start with the dirty corn before moving on to one of the loaded hot dogs.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    The classic, circular Ellis Island sign will be on display at the Neon Museum.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    There’s something special about karaoke bars, and even more so about the folks who frequent them.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    Tomlin has commanded the stage for three-quarters of her life, and she isn't letting up.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    “No one stays the same,” she sings on her latest single, the title track off her upcoming album Younger Now.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

    Los Angeles hosted the Emmy Awards but Las Vegas made one unforgettable appearance.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

    People whose DACA status expires between now and March 5 have until October 5 to renew their forms, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

    “We’ve chilled out a little, but we’re still sort of immature.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

    The legendary comedian and actress performs at the Smith Center on Saturday afternoon.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

    Stylist and salon owner Tzigane Libson knew she wanted to go above and beyond.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

    Blackout has joined forces with SKAM for a DJ agency power-merger.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

    It’s 4:30 a.m., and chef Jaret Blinn is wide awake and ready to put me to work.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

    When I know I’ll have to stop at the gas station, I try not to wear shoes that produce an excess of static, and I sure as hell don’t wear polyester.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

    Stonewall Suites’ 36 rooms are currently filled—a first for the university special-interest housing halls.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

    A more spacious, brighter dining room transports diners out of the casino environment.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

    However you first discovered the Norman, Oklahoma, four-piece, chances are good the group’s blend of dream-pop, punk and garage-rock won you over.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

    Dancing, jumping, cycling and, yep, walking all over the Strip.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

    The Black Sheep is the vision of this former Aureole and DB Brasserie sous chef, and it has been one of the Valley’s most talked-about restaurants.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

    Festivibes.com is an online web store dedicated to music-festival fashion.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

    Burgers, french toast and, of course, dessert.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

    Also: the return of A Crowd of Small Adventures.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

    With a decade of experience in hospitality and communications, she was an obvious candidate for the Cosmopolitan’s Vice President of Public Relations.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

    Zoe oversees all the magic that happens within those soundproofed walls.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    Also: Letterman sidekick Paul Shaffer's new Caesars Palace residency, Trey Anastasio and Shania Twain.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    Its long-term transitional shelter program is closing at the end of the month, halving the nonprofit’s ability to help abused women and their families.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    In the past three years, the band has cut demos with Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis and Off!’s Steve McDonald, and signed to Warner Bros.’ imprint Sire Records.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    Lisa Shufro says the conference will flip the script on the typical speaker experience.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    Brew ditches pre-sweetened milk powders and actually brews its own loose-leaf tea to order.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    The pop music titan plays T-Mobile Arena on August 11.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    Michelle Zauner of Philly emo outfit Little Big League went out on her own with last year’s Psychopomp, but the follow-up has established her as an indie-pop force.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    Folks packed the place for Avi Buffalo, an LA-based singer-songwriter on Sub Pop Records.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

    The crispy chicken tamale is the perfect flavor contrast for tres leches pancakes.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

    A handheld Enevu cube light can add ambient, soft light to dark restaurant settings.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

    Ten local Instagrammers capture the city’s tastiest treats.

  • Reviews

    Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

    Venezuelan-born chef Lorena Garcia unites distinct cuisines from Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and more into one cohesive menu.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

    HT, Frankie’s, Champagne’s and more.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

    No longer tied to the rockabilly and blues sounds at the heart of The Mad Caps, he has evolved from garage-rock frontman to psychedelic iconoclast.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

    Owners and DJs Tino Gomez and Oscar Molina have created something fresh, new and fun.