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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

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

    When it comes to floatation devices, the bigger and more colorful the better.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

    From Starboard Tack’s Sukhumvit Sour to Jammyland’s banana pudding.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    The four-week Swim + Sound concert series will bring a variety of genres to the park.

  • Taste

    Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Derek Stonebarger's new bar is something of a "living museum" ... with a killer selection of Nevada-brewed drafts.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    “Some sick part of me likes to get filled with dread and go out there and see what happens.”

  • Print

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    “We’re trying to build the idea that this is another literary destination.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Bonus: another chance to catch hometown hero Shamir.

  • News

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    In the continued fight to maintain a strong presence along the Strip, Las Vegas taxi drivers have banded together under the name “Vegas Drivers Unite” to boycott different ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    Try the nabiyaki udon, which fuses niku beef udon and traditional kake udon—and adds a giant tempura shrimp and soft-boiled egg for good measure.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    He’ll co-host a night of live music at the Bunkhouse with high-school friend and former Chapter 11 bandmate Clayton Scrivner.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    Imagine James Brown fronting a hardcore band.

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    The celebrated singer/actress enthralls a capacity audience with her dance moves, wardrobe changes, backing band and calls for unity and empowerment.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Tickets cost $19 and give visitors the ability to browse the outdoor bonyeyard without an online reservation.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    The resort pool recently unveiled the summer lineup for its LGBT-focused party.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    “Vegas has been a reggae hub for a long time, and a lot of new bands like Fortunate Youth have been coming out of there.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    It’s also the new home of the Human Experience open mic, a daily karaoke open mic and a dance battle every First Friday.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Two more locations are set to open this year: in Lyfe Kitchen’s old space at the District and at Stephanie and American Pacific.

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    “There’s a lot of young women of color who look up to me and thank me for representing them … it’s definitely a new thing, and I want to do a good job at it.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    “I’m not adding mayos or mustards or vinegars that don’t belong. It’s very basic, and that’s what people like about it.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Also: Boulder City Swings swings into, well, Boulder City.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Blending cultures and cuisines has always been at the heart of what he does.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Not only does it provide free entry to all guests every day of the week, it has affordable cabanas and drinks, plus live entertainment.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Running June 18-29 this year, it provides affordable opportunities to dine at spots you’ve always wanted to try, with a portion of the proceeds going to Three Square to help provide meals to those in need.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Bassist/co-vocalist Mark Hoppus also discusses Twitter outrage and what goes into making a setlist.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Hwang Chi-yeul, Ailee, EXID and Tak Jae Hoon are eager to meet you.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    The indie pop summer jam is the kind of track that’s just begging to be played again and again

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Plus a warm and inviting patio, friendly staff and a kick-ass drink menu.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Modeled after a Prohibition-era speakeasy, here you can learn about the past through drinking it.

  • Art

    Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    What kind of parameters should be set for the display of art in Clark County's public spaces? County commissioners considered new guidelines.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 31, 2018

    The D.C. rapper rolls into Vegas on a hot streak

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Local artists are flummoxed by the sudden, County-ordered closure of Cory McMahon’s experimental art show.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Festival tries to distance itself from notorious punk singer/bassist Fat Mike, who insulted victims of the Route 99 Harvest Festival shooting during his band's set.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Highlights included a history-heavy set from Crass, an ebullient Against Me!, a strangely preachy X and an inspired set from At The Drive-In.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    The pop-punk trio proves its residency worth with an epic setlist and boundless energy.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Le Thai’s full menu has made it over to Le Thai 2.

  • News

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    Let's Share a Dog helps dog lovers with difficult schedules find pets to care for dogs without owning them.

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Wilderado, Mary Lattimore, Together Pangea and Bill Frisell.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    The Arts District-based company celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Campers will have access to air-conditioned ShiftPod tents, along with a camp center called the Mesa.

  • Taste

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    From the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace to Picnic at the Park to Black Tap at Venetian, we were all over the big Strip food fest.

  • News

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    Can the private and public sectors work together to help alleviate homelessness in Las Vegas?

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    The fest kicks off Friday, May 11, and features a mix of local and out-of-state artists exhibiting their sex-tinged creations.

  • News

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    Rather than taking down websites that give sex workers agency, camera model Anna Lim said the decriminalization and regulation of the industry, similar to marijuana, is the best way to keep people safe.

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    David Hopkins, Trade Vorhees, Ted Rader and The Lique.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    Koobideh—a kabob made of ground chicken or beef and seasoned with salt, pepper and onion powder—is a must-try.

  • News

    Friday, April 27, 2018

    The Nevada Division of Minerals has filled almost 40 caves because of safety concerns.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    The focus is the market list menu, which includes charcoal-grilled shellfish, spice-crusted and whole-fried branzino.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    The comedian’s #She Ready tour touches down for a sold-out Aces of Comedy gig at the Mirage’s Terry Fator Theater on April 28.

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Also: synthwave act Das Mortal and rising country singer Colter Wall.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Also on the Downtown music fest’s bill: N.E.R.D., St. Vincent, Travis Scott, Justice and many more.