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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

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    "“It is our primary responsibility to keep our audiences, artists, staff and volunteers safe."

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Share meals, make art, watch movies and more—even if you can’t be in the same physical space.

  • News

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Pull your pick from the shelf, remove the inner sleeve from the jacket and place the platter on your player. Start it spinning, and move the needle to the grooves. Try having that sort of relationship with a stream or download.

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    “Everyone was looking at me to make the decisions, so it was quite a growing-up process,” the 66-year-old says.

  • Features

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    “Students of color who are in low-income communities may or may not have access to technology,” says UNLV assistant professor Iesha Jackson. “They may not have a computer or fast-enough internet to access all the resources.”

  • Features

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    “We know that this experience is having intense repercussions on how children are developing—as children and as students. Educators need to be mindful of that and how that’s affecting people in such a short and abrupt time.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    This month's episode is all about cooking at home with help from local chefs James Trees and Jamaal Taherzadeh.

  • A&E

    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Goodbye, blue Monday. The girls of Piranha are bringing the magic of drag into peoples’ homes with a livestream show every Monday at 7 p.m.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 30, 2020

    Almost 70% of people [at this grocery store] are wearing masks, but there’s a lot of people who really don’t care, who are either oblivious to [the pandemic] or feel like this whole thing is a hoax.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Trapped by the economic hardships of this pandemic lockdown, local musicians Emily Sully and Sonia Seelinger are teaching to survive.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Chillz’s voice and lyrical pacing might draw comparisons to artists like The Weeknd, but his cinematic delivery—often accompanied only by an acoustic guitar player—sets him apart.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    The Reno-based museum presents a stay-in-place version of the family-friendly art day that the museum has hosted for years.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Brad Garrett, Shania Twain, Wayne Newton and performers from Cirque du Soleil are on the lineup for the April 27 free live streaming event.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 16, 2020

    “Everything goes through me,” he says. “The strains, what we’re growing and what I want out there, even the naming of them.

  • Las Vegas

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    "Many of our seniors have lost their spouse,” says executive director John Waldron. “[They're] depending on us to reach out to them.”

  • Las Vegas

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    As most Las Vegans continue to shelter at home, the Valley's hair stylists are feeling the economic impact as their business comes to a halt.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    If you have very short hair, you can use clippers or a beard trimmer, but start with a longer guard. “Most people go too short, and there’s no coming back from that.”

  • Features

    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    “It’s typical for domestic violence victims to feel isolated in normal circumstances, and now here we are in this unprecedented time.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    The trio released its first official EP, ‘Don’t Be Here After Dark,’ on March 13.

  • News

    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    SafeNest, a Las Vegas-area nonprofit, has seen a 12% increase in calls to its 24-hour domestic violence hotline during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    Hassan, Holding Onto Sound, Jacob Smigel and more.

  • Features

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    Mothership Coffee co-owner Joshua Walter spoke to the Weekly about how to make the perfect cup in your own home kitchen.

  • Art

    Monday, March 23, 2020

    The Barrick Museum at UNLV is asking people to create a new drawing every day in response the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 2020

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    The pop-up version will run Saturday from 6-10 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    Shamir's latest self-released record peels back a new layer for the artist, revealing an even more intimate and endearing side.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    Meghan Remy has grown her band into a community of 20 session musicians as vital to U.S. Girls’ sound as the vision itself, moving together in a celebration of unity at a time when often there is none.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    Las Vegans are feeling the economic impact of coronavirus as the city responds to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Resorts, restaurants and shops continue to close, and service industry workers have been among the hardest hit.

  • Las Vegas

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    Is marijuana essential during the coronavirus pandemic? That seemed to be the question this morning as people flocked to Las Vegas-area dispensaries to stock up after Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered ...

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    Monthly variety show Mondays Dark will continue on at the Space, and we can watch it from home.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    He has songs from more than 60 acts from which to choose for his Vegas-born “artist of the game” segment—The Dirty Hooks, Mikey Picasso, Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf, Youth Fables, Mercy Music and more.

  • Taste

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    What to eat at McMullan’s Irish Pub, Rí Rá, Crush and beyond.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    The fest begins with the Art of Us exhibition opening reception inside the Arts Factory Warhol Loft, followed by a panel discussion with women of color from the UNLV arts department faculty.

  • Features

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    It became my favorite food as I became a food writer, eating and learning at Northside Nathan’s, Settebello, Naked City, Pizza Rock and Metro, and then Pop Up, Old School, Ada’s, Evel Pie and others.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    Drawing earthy comparisons to Wilco, Neil Young and early Radiohead, ‘YRUYMI’ balances dualities of light and dark, death and rebirth.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

    Have you tried Symphony’s Restaurant, O Happy Bread or the Pourhouse?

  • News

    Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020

    What would you do if you needed a potentially lifesaving medication within 72 hours, but your doctor didn’t know where to get it? When it comes to HIV prevention in Southern Nevada, there’s a gap in education and communication among medical providers, and it’s having a direct effect on the lives of patients.

  • News

    Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020

    Thanks to fast fashion, people can now afford garments that look as though they were bought straight off the runway at a fraction of the cost.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

    In keeping with its décor, the food is fun—think tacos covered in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos or named after sex moves.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

    “Karaoke is my therapy,” says Camacho, who attended karaoke at the Bunkhouse long before she and Hohener began hosting their night there. “It was our girl time,” Hohener adds.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

    Buffalo Bill’s giant, yellow coaster has closed “until further notice,” according to the Primm resort’s website, and an employee who answered the phone said there was only a “slight chance” it would ever reopen.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

    Should you head to Greene St. Kitchen, On the Record or Drai’s? Maybe all three.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

    We were in year eight of a five-year plan,” SquidHat Records founder Allan Carter says.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

    “I like getting people out of their shells,” she says. “I make a fool out of myself so people feel comfortable.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

    For the best experience, bring a group of friends to divide and conquer the vast bakery floor, and to try as many of the offerings as possible.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

    The spot has always carried an element of mystery, with most artists recording in complete secrecy. “This is when an artist is at their most vulnerable. They’re working on material that may or may not make their career.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

    “I’m just doing a throwback to old Vegas with today’s music. … I’ll take an Earth, Wind & Fire song like ‘September,’ and then I’ll do a 10-minute mashup, a medley of nonstop songs, all in the same tempo.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

    For $22, you get two (barely) smaller portions of the classic of your choice and the mixologist’s glowed-up version. It’s basically two cocktails for the price of one.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

    “I still remember learning to make har gow. You fold and fold and fold the dumpling, and it takes a long time just to make one. Why not make it easy?”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

    This marked the first year that the event formally permitted sex tech under the health and wellness category, for a one-year trial run.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

    The group, which recently launched a record label called 24 Karrot Records, will throw a blowout party at Downtown’s CMXX, featuring various collective members and labelmates and a headlining performance by The Noir Movement.