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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

  • 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.”

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020

    It’s becoming common to see teens acting out, being defiant, pushing rules and boundaries and/or exhibiting depression, withdrawal, self-injury and substance abuse.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • Community

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020

    “This rally will bring together the LGBTQ and Black communities who have shared the trauma of discrimination and violence, but who haven't always shared in the fight for equal and civil rights."

  • A&E

    Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

    We're also taking you along on our summer vacation getaways and sharing all the food and drinks we enjoyed.

  • Sports

    Friday, Aug. 7, 2020

    Created in the 1970s, disc golf is a sport similar in play to golf, with participants using discs (smaller frisbees), rather than golf balls, clubs and a tee. The object of the game, however, is essentially the same: Players try to get their discs into the goal in the fewest number of attempts.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

    The six-song project oscillates between house-driven electronic rhythms and indie-leaning synth-pop.

  • News

    Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020

    Boosting our immune system to help us fight disease and illness more effectively is crucial, pandemic or no. Eating healthy, along with exercising regularly and engaging in stress-relieving activities, are critical.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

    To hear singer, guitarist and engineer Brian Garth explain it, the band’s 16th LP was “loosely” conceived as a soap opera.

  • Taste

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

    Tacotarian co-owner Kristen Corral says she has reached out to Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom to help draft an ordinance.

  • Features

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    Jameelah Lewis and Desiree Smith represent the many young Las Vegans making strides on a local level.

  • Features

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    “The whole point of FTP is to shine a light on [families’] paths after their loved ones are killed. We hear the nationally known cases, but we don’t often know about the cases that happen in our ZIP code.”

  • Features

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    Through the weekly Hood to Hood initiative, members deliver food, toiletries, COVID-19 supplies and more. His goal: to create healthier, more connected communities.

  • Features

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    Get to know Battle Born Progress, Make It Work Nevada, Make the Road Nevada and Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

    His AGT audition, televised on June 16, showcased his ability to win over an uncertain crowd. “Everything went wrong, [yet] it couldn’t have been better,” he says.

  • Features

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

    When he started experiencing shortness of breath, “That’s when you start freaking out a little bit. You’re waking up in the middle of the night because you can’t breathe.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

    Although levity and humor run throughout the show, it isn’t always fun and games. Beil, Alexander and Hutchinson have also used their platform to talk about the Black Lives Matter movement, the protests in Las Vegas and more.

  • Features

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

    It’s the sort of much-needed reset we could all use right now.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

    We’re debating Shake Shack versus In-N-Out and fancy versus simple.

  • Features

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Follow local and global grassroots organizations, donate to their causes and start to effect change, beginning here.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

    The event, scheduled to stream on Twitch on July 4, will feature a drag queen from every state, including Nevada’s Lynn Troller.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

    “We’re spending quality time with the captain, and he’s going on about how he’s so jealous of us being in a band and traveling from state to state. This was a captain of a plane, saying he was jealous of us.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    LGBTQ-focused event Bodywork, will host its first livestream on June 25 to celebrate Pride month.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    So far, the space has featured Vegas acts like Mercy Music, Adelitas Way, Jesse Pino and Mojave Sun on its livestreams, with more artists to come.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    “What we’re doing is really to amplify voices of the people of our community, telling people’s sides of their stories.”

  • News

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

    Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth celebrates the African traditions—such as food, art, history and music—embedded in American culture.

  • News

    Thursday, June 11, 2020

    “Do we feel more seriously about COVID than we feel about racism? The answer may be different if you ask a white person or a person of color.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 11, 2020

    Sumney defies notions of normalcy, eschewing borders and binaries, genres and pigeonholes.

  • Features

    Thursday, June 11, 2020

    The social distancing rules are both great and strange. I know we need them, but it makes the usual flow of bar conversation even more awkward.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 10, 2020

    We’re trading notes with the dynamic duo behind one of the most fascinating food pods in Vegas or anywhere else.

  • News

    Sunday, June 7, 2020

    As cities across the country began shutting down when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, people still needed to receive advice and treatment from doctors for symptoms non-COVID-related. Physicians had to figure out another way to reach patients.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

    Beginning June 5, three high-kicking local queens will fight for the crown on the fifth season of ‘All Stars.’ Two of them talked to the Weekly about the experience.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

    With his visual direction, confident style and bold lyrics, he makes listeners want to know more about the man behind the music

  • News

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    Donating, reading, voting and more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    The ABC’s of Latinidad—inspired by the show’s 99th episode from November 15, 2018—will include 50 pages of Geovany Uranda’s illustrations covering “the alphabet of being Latinx.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    The plaza has launched an online #ivalueyou campaign, asking people to send in photos of themselves wearing masks and explaining why it’s important to do so.

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Dusty Sunshine, The Lique, Strange Mistress and more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Latest single “Hold It Down” is an icy house anthem perfect for sweaty, strobing dancefloors, created with LGBT crowds in mind.

  • Dining

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    With these fresh options, healthy eating need not take a backseat during the pandemic.

  • Dining News

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Bars are starting to open, but if you prefer to stay indoors a little longer, this weekend’s Pour in the Alley has you covered.

  • Stage Productions

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    In a world of curbside pickup, Majestic Repertory presents "the most amazingly talented customer service reps on earth."

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    Cameron Calloway, Brett Vee, Hassan and more.