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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, 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.

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    The last day of the Emerge Music + Impact festival was a mixed bag, but it contained more good stuff than bad.

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    “Once our tour is over I think I’m just going to follow Britney around and see her show a million times.”

  • Noise

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    A historical master class on vogueing and an LA roots-rocker got the new conference/festival off to a great start.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Poppy, OK Go, Waxahatchee and more.

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    “Not only is Aly speaking on another plane through her bass playing, but the messages in this record are so relevant to all the hurt that we as artists are perpetually going through.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    When I was in Woods, I didn’t feel like I was creatively getting out what I wanted to, and with this I absolutely do.

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    “As a kid, I would break into the zoo when I was 15 and 16 years old and jump into animal cages.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    Also: Danzig added to Psycho Las Vegas, and the return of Fremont Street Experience’s free Downtown Rock series.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    Psychotic Reaction, The Liza Colby Sound and Roselit Bone.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    If anyone knows what women want from a swimsuit, it’s Norwegian model-turned-designer Monica Hansen.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    After a stint in Los Angeles, the chef returns to his native city with a vision that emphasizes fare that's fresh, local and made in-house.

  • Art

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Artist and writer Adam Turl has seen the future—and it's drowning in climate change, sex robots and gold-painted cat leavings.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

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  • Noise

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Berlin/NYC outfit Fenster will blends dream-pop, jazz, funk and indie rock March 24 at the Artisan.

  • Features

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Where to eat, drink, shop and explore on your visit.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    It might be more than three decades since the Furs first broke, but Saturday’s gig made one thing clear—these are songs that last a lifetime.

  • News

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    The long, grueling and combative 2016 election had at least one silver lining. According to the website VolunteerMatch, its highest-ever traffic numbers happened four days after Trump’s inauguration and ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Four must-hear songs that stand on their own, no movie screen required.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Also: Bunkhouse doorman Douglas Seitsinger could use your help.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    BloodFest will benefit the Nevada chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    It’s the kind of inviting, unique space that beckons to anyone walking by.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    The 13th edition of the Downtown music festival also featured a final set by locals We Are Pancakes, an all-ages Punks in Vegas showcase and a surprise midnight show with Eagles of Death Metal.

  • News

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    Clark High School Senior Lauryn Tsai is leading a walkout at her school with the support of administrators because she’s tired of hearing about people dying ...

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    “I like DIY festivals. It just feels important to support those things.”