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Leslie Ventura

Web Calendar Editor

Leslie Ventura joined the Las Vegas Weekly in 2013 after graduating from UNLV with a bachelor’s in Women’s Studies. In addition to being Calendar Editor of the Weekly, she’s picked the brains of rock stars, glimpsed into the oily world of professional bodybuilding and peered into the lives of Las Vegas’ movers and shakers. She runs on coffee and all things peanut butter-flavored.

Story Archive

  • Music

    Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

    Plus, Weird Al!

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    Will Smoke + Mirrors live up to Night Visions' glory?

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

    The brewery features a well-rounded menu for craft-beer lovers, as well as newbie hopheads.

  • Adult

    Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

    No, that's not just a stuffed animal ...

  • Adult

    Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

    Porn stars and pinot noir—because why not, right?

  • Adult

    Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

    Don't forget to send a thank-you card! No, really ...

  • Music

    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

    Also, Bounty Hunter Brothers and Jack and the B-Fish perform to support new records.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

    Downtown's newest coffee shop features cups brewed fresh to order and Latin comfort foods.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

    Plus, Mercy Music and No Red Alice hit the road, too.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

    It's an album that is more than deserving of attention.

  • Food

    Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

    From the Strip to the suburbs, our curated list of the Valley's year-end meals.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

    You can still keep it on the cheap for the Big Night.

  • Food

    Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

    With all of that decorating and shopping, who has time to make dinner? Make a reservation instead.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

    Plus new material from Love Vendetta and a SquidHat Records showcase.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

    “We’re always looking to connect with attendees and see what they would love."

  • A&E

    Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

    Also: Bass Drum of Death at Beauty Bar, Zola Jesus and The Growlers at Bunkhouse.

  • Site Feature

    Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

    Up close, personal and behind the scenes at Fitness America Weekend—these men and women have pushed their bodies to the max.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    Watch the Scarecrow dance down the yellow-brick road to a live rendition of "Brain Damage" this week.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

    Kings is an album for artists, by artists.

  • Food

    Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

    Drop that baster! Make a reservation this Turkey Day.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band handed out pizza. #MetaMoment

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Black celebrates his first EP with a release party on November 21.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Time included "feminist" in its annual online "word banishment" poll last week, lumping it in with expressions of the moment like "bae," "turnt" and "yaaasssss."

  • Music

    Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

    The musician talks the band's latest album, playing Vegas and more.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

    The musician talks the band's tour, wanting to sound like Britney Spears and being his hometown's "musical shark attack guy."

  • Music

    Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

    Ever seen a Juggalo play a pie shop?

  • Halloween

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

    Home is where the haunt is on Downtown's 16th Street.

  • Music

    Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

    While the quirky musical twists didn’t always match up with the smooth vocals, the production as a whole delivered.

  • Music

    Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

    And the electronics never overwhelmed the live percussion during the dance-pop act's evening performance.

  • A&E

    Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

    Lots of good local bands and a drawing for a PBR guitar. Good times.

  • A&E

    Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

    Come on, Wayne Coyne. Stop saying "Come on!"

  • A&E

    Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

    It was equal parts electrifying and poignant.

  • Music

    Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

    And yet they had one of the biggest crowds of the night. Go figure.

  • A&E

    Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

    Will people stand for 10 hours in the sun just to see Kanye West? Yes.

  • 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.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

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

  • 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.

  • 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.