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Leslie Ventura

Web Calendar Editor

Local and independent music lover Leslie Ventura found her passion for journalism as a UNLV undergrad, contributing to Las Vegas Weekly and working as the arts and entertainment editor of UNLV’s student newspaper, The Rebel Yell. Before joining Greenspun Media Group, Leslie worked as an account coordinator at a local public relations firm.

Story Archive

  • Music

    Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

    The Tucson-based, indie-focused six-piece plays the Life Is Beautiful-alternative mini-fest Life Is Sh*t this weekend.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

    The Las Vegas band says a Facebook post was to blame.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    The Vegas quartet reconnects with reality on its new, sociopolitical EP.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    A nine-piece band and dancers in industrial-inspired costuming take Vegas down the rabbit hole once again.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    Dressing up at Elsa from Frozen this year? Here's some advice: Let it go.

  • Music

    Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

    The indie pop artist on her parents' Vegas showbiz past, Troop Beverly Hills and what you'll hear on the LIB stage (hint: Rilo Kiley).

  • Music

    Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

    Bush! Mayer Hawthorne! Hot Water Music!

  • Food

    Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

    Sherry Landen, sous chef at Downtown breakfast phenom Eat, shares which eggs to cook for a variety of occasions.

  • Music

    Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

    No one knows your BFF like you do, which is why you’re the perfect person to give ’em a set of new tunes.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

    It's kind of like putting on a condom. Do it wrong, and you’re f*cked.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

    He got naked last time he played here. He's got an explanation.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

    “Life is sh*t for a lot of people. And sometimes you gotta embrace that.”

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

    That they were an opening act for Blink-182 almost seems like a crime.

  • As We See It

    Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

    If you want to see a stampede, yell “Free vape kits!” at a weed festival.

  • Site Feature

    Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

    It's time to ditch the vodka tonic.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

    They hope to soon record a full-length album and tour.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

    Pot flags raised high!

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

    “I can play Radio City Music Hall with 6,000 people and it’s like, ‘Whatever, let’s go play the show.’ But if my dad’s out there, I’m like, ‘Oh my God! I’m gonna drop my sticks!’”

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    And they're working on a new album.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

    "If I could pull a Beatles move and just make records, I think I would be really happy."

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

    Brett Bolton showed off new tunes and some serious visual eye food.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

    Where does hip-hop fit in—and how can you get booked at Bunkhouse?

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

    The Downtown bar partnered with nearby O Face Doughnuts for the new dessert cocktail.

  • A&E

    Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

    What makes their show so fun? Organic herbs, booze and stretching.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    The show felt like a defining moment for our music scene, and the band played like it knew that.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    “Deep down I feel like I have this hippie kind of spirit.”

  • Music

    Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

    If you still have that cassette player in your car, you're in luck!

  • Music

    Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

    Whether with her current group or the Pixies, Deal enjoys playing Las Vegas.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

    From hellacious scheduling to road essentials, Johnson and Meader talk all about tour.

  • Music

    Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

    If the venue continues to book rising stars, it might just be the best place to see them before they get big.

  • Music

    Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

    The band, which turns Velvet Underground songs into pizza anthems, hits LVCS on November 16.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

    From big-name DJs to some awesome live music picks, how to get your party on this LDW.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    The band's latest album returns to a raw, punk aesthetic, fueled by Laura Jane Grace's feverish singing.

  • Music

    Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

    All the details on this week's concert announcements.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

    It's like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory—with clothes.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    Let local bands Crazy Chief, A Crowd of Small Adventures and The Quitters rock your screen.

  • Music

    Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

    Also, Travis Tritt at Downtown Container Park and another locals' show at the Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

    If the band's goal was to leave everyone confused, they succeeded.

  • Music

    Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

    "We really want to build a very supportive community like no one has seen in Vegas before.”

  • Music

    Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

    The musician discusses being a band in the digital age, the outfit's unintelligible Twitter account and more.

  • Music

    Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

    Also: 'America's Got Talent' at Planet Hollywood and a Godsmack-led hard-rock bill at the Joint.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    The 25-year-old discusses his climb to the top (hat) with Slash, Alice Cooper and ... dinosaurs?

  • A&E

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Also, a Phish pre-sale and an EDM bash at Brooklyn Bowl.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    For a moment, it felt like 1994 all over again.

  • A&E

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Plus the Violent Femmes and Train—on the same bill.

  • Local Music

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Cosmic Beasts' frontman has quite a story to tell, and two Vegas hard rock giants are due to release new albums

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    The Sheffield singer and bassist talks playing the U.S., comparisons to The Smiths and more.

  • Stage

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Find the lesbian inside of you.

  • As We See It

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    The new Main Street store will have an updated industrial look—and your used jeans, of course.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Huddleston will join Same Sex Mary in August to record an upcoming 10-song LP, but the band will tour with a new guitarist.