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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.

Recent Stories (view all stories)

  • Health

    Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020

    The pandemic has made the day-to-day lives of every American more difficult, but for those with eating disorders, the social isolation and lack of routine have been especially challenging.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

    “Do we slip and fall behind, or do we pick each other up and find a way to create?”

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020

    Do you prefer cake or yeast donuts? Should we spell it donuts or doughnuts?

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

    The artist’s Area15 Omega Mart contribution is based on abandoned, 1976 plans for what would have been the city’s first themed hotel.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

    Also: GC Records’ ‘Musicians Against Fascism Volume 2: Black Lives Matter’

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020

    “I’ve always been a firm believer in ‘strike when the iron’s hot,’ but sometimes it just gets scalding hot, and I overwhelm myself.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020

    The public can view Ashley Hairston Doughty’s ‘Kept to Myself’ and ‘Excerpts: Works From the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art’ in person or online.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020

    A movie-watching online event or an orchestral concert streamed live can get students excited about their online education. “Get creative to tap into that sense of belongingness.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020

    The Vegas trio plans to release a new single every month for the next five months. “Because there’s no touring or live shows, it’s forced us to get creative on how to approach lots of things.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020

    The series was inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts and features a podcast, blog and a filmed performance.

  • Dining

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Leslie's soba noodles.

  • Taste

    Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

    We're eating all the sliders on this month's episode of Second Helping.

  • Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

    Shamir, performing August 23 at the Bunkhouse Saloon.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

    Ben Lunn and Greg Lunsford of Downtown’s new Shadow Hills Church read words of prayer from their phones during a vigil at Downtown's Huntridge Circle Park.

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    Vegenation's butternut fusilli with broccolini and olives.