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August 20, 2018

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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.

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A day in the nightlife: Saint Clair packs a lot into her pre-show routine
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
When the SKAM Artist is in Las Vegas for her residency with More Coin at Hyde Bellagio, she starts her day at One Kick’s Gym before getting back to the grind.
Tiffany Salerno puts her passion for band photography on the page
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
The black-and-white collection of photos dropped July 26 and is available at as an $8 zine or a $6 PDF.
Try Gäbi for the coffee and pastries, stay for the cultural immersion
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
Take off your shoes and sit on a giant wooden staircase in the back, or find a spot on a swinging sofa before satisfying your sweet tooth with a lychee rose cake.
This yoga class is a haven from grief's powerful grip
Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
Max Carter and his wife, Karen, built the perfect life for themselves. In 30 years of marriage, they had three grown sons, grandchildren and had recently purchased their dream home in Sunrise Mountain. But on Feb. 5, 2017, everything changed ...
Local spin: New releases from Vegas acts The Acid Sisters, Rabid Young and Youth Fables
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Two LPs and one EP to keep you busy through summer’s end and beyond.
The breakfast-focused Stove gets off to a fast start in Henderson
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
For starters, you can’t go wrong with the PB&J biscuit or the salmon and Kaluga caviar duo.
Mercy Music’s intense new album brings the Vegas trio closer to its goals
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
“If you were to yell at yourself from outside yourself, that’s the theme of the record … if you could hate yourself in the third person.”
A fresh duo looks to further expand CraftHaus’ offerings
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Look out for three new beers scheduled for mid-September, along with some seasonal one-offs soon.
Tritonal keeps the summer bright at Marquee
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed play Marquee Dayclub on August 9, then hit Marquee Nightclub nine nights later.
Robots, humans working together on Las Vegas Strip
Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Automated robots are slowly entering the Las Vegas workforce, bringing futuristic advancements that make certain tasks more convenient. But some technologies are raising concerns ...
How to stay hydrated in the desert, beyond water
Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
Whether you’ve lived here for 10 years or are just passing through, you know Las Vegas gets hot—triple-digit-degrees-for-weeks hot.
LA’s Houston brothers sprinkle the Strip with Downtown for new Park MGM venue On the Record
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
The new space will feature four themed rooms, a speakeasy bar and a fully functional record store.
VeggiEAT Xpress takes plant-based cooking to the next level
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
If you’re a meat eater trying out a more plant-based diet, opt for banh mi sandwiches like the vegan chicken or grilled mushroom.
Encore Beach Club hands you the plan to throw a pool party like a pro
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
When it comes to floatation devices, the bigger and more colorful the better.
Food and drink recipes to impress your pool party guests
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
From Starboard Tack’s Sukhumvit Sour to Jammyland’s banana pudding.
Cowabunga Bay complements its water rides with bands—and beats
Thursday, July 26, 2018
The four-week Swim + Sound concert series will bring a variety of genres to the park.
Nevada Taste Site serves up local beers and local history
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Derek Stonebarger's new bar is something of a "living museum" ... with a killer selection of Nevada-brewed drafts.
Destroyer’s Dan Bejar talks about the freedom—and terror—of hitting the stage alone
Thursday, July 19, 2018
“Some sick part of me likes to get filled with dread and go out there and see what happens.”
Three under-the-radar shows: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Holy Wave and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Bonus: another chance to catch hometown hero Shamir.
The Juhl, ‘The Believer’ and others join forces for an ambitious writer-in-residence program
Thursday, July 12, 2018
“We’re trying to build the idea that this is another literary destination.”
Need a shopping break? Las Vegas mall has a place to nap
Saturday, July 7, 2018
We’ve all been there—you’re stranded at the mall with a friend or family member, your feet are tired and your body hurts. If only you had somewhere to nap. At the Fashion Show mall, now you do.
Taxi drivers continue to boycott the Strip ... on some days
Thursday, July 5, 2018
In the continued fight to maintain a strong presence along the Strip, Las Vegas taxi drivers have banded together under the name “Vegas Drivers Unite” to boycott different ...
Albums we’ve liked in 2018: ‘Hank Wood and the Hammerheads’
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Imagine James Brown fronting a hardcore band.
Cafe Sanuki serves up a vast array of Japanese udon
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Try the nabiyaki udon, which fuses niku beef udon and traditional kake udon—and adds a giant tempura shrimp and soft-boiled egg for good measure.
Michael Valentine (and friends) return to the stage
Thursday, July 5, 2018
He’ll co-host a night of live music at the Bunkhouse with high-school friend and former Chapter 11 bandmate Clayton Scrivner.
Janelle Monáe delivers a spirited set of affirmation at the Pearl
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The celebrated singer/actress enthralls a capacity audience with her dance moves, wardrobe changes, backing band and calls for unity and empowerment.
Reggae-pop act Mystic Roots Band returns to Mandalay Bay Beach for July Fourth fireworks
Thursday, June 28, 2018
“Vegas has been a reggae hub for a long time, and a lot of new bands like Fortunate Youth have been coming out of there.”
Downtown’s Ninja Karaoke aims to be a hub for hip-hop, dance and positivity
Thursday, June 28, 2018
It’s also the new home of the Human Experience open mic, a daily karaoke open mic and a dance battle every First Friday.
SkinnyFats’ Valleywide expansion continues
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Two more locations are set to open this year: in Lyfe Kitchen’s old space at the District and at Stephanie and American Pacific.
Electric Safari heats up at the Flamingo
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The resort pool recently unveiled the summer lineup for its LGBT-focused party.
Neon Museum begins offering self-guided tours
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Tickets cost $19 and give visitors the ability to browse the outdoor bonyeyard without an online reservation.
Robert Solano brings his popular Bomb Tacos Downtown
Thursday, June 21, 2018
“I’m not adding mayos or mustards or vinegars that don’t belong. It’s very basic, and that’s what people like about it.”
Indie act Japanese Breakfast forges a path in space and sound
Thursday, June 21, 2018
“There’s a lot of young women of color who look up to me and thank me for representing them … it’s definitely a new thing, and I want to do a good job at it.”
Local music news: new music from Ekoh, Shanda and the Howlers and more
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Also: Boulder City Swings swings into, well, Boulder City.
How to get the most from your Restaurant Week
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Running June 18-29 this year, it provides affordable opportunities to dine at spots you’ve always wanted to try, with a portion of the proceeds going to Three Square to help provide meals to those in need.
Food Network’s Katsuji Tanabe adds new flavor to Hussong’s Cantina
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Blending cultures and cuisines has always been at the heart of what he does.
The updated pool at the Linq offers easy summer vibes
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Not only does it provide free entry to all guests every day of the week, it has affordable cabanas and drinks, plus live entertainment.
Blink-182 talks new residency, super-fast songs and bad decisions
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Bassist/co-vocalist Mark Hoppus also discusses Twitter outrage and what goes into making a setlist.
Guided meditation group meeting at Sunrise Coffee
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Cheryl Slader is teaming up with Sunrise Coffee to launch a meditation and tea group.
Downtown’s Jammyland grooves through its Jamaican-inspired fare
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Plus a warm and inviting patio, friendly staff and a kick-ass drink menu.
Exploring the Underground, the Mob Museum’s Prohibition-era bar
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Modeled after a Prohibition-era speakeasy, here you can learn about the past through drinking it.
Hey Mr. DJ: Chvrches’ “Miracle”
Thursday, June 7, 2018
The indie pop summer jam is the kind of track that’s just begging to be played again and again
Discover the talents of the Chelsea’s K-Pop Summer Nights
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Hwang Chi-yeul, Ailee, EXID and Tak Jae Hoon are eager to meet you.
County Commissioners address recent art controversy
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
What kind of parameters should be set for the display of art in Clark County's public spaces? County commissioners considered new guidelines.
Wale returns to Hard Rock’s Rehab
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The D.C. rapper rolls into Vegas on a hot streak
Vegas-made conceptual art needs all the friends it can get
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Local artists are flummoxed by the sudden, County-ordered closure of Cory McMahon’s experimental art show.
Punk Rock Bowling founders respond to NOFX slam on October 1 victims
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Festival tries to distance itself from notorious punk singer/bassist Fat Mike, who insulted victims of the Route 99 Harvest Festival shooting during his band's set.
Breaking down day 3 of Punk Rock Bowling
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Highlights included a history-heavy set from Crass, an ebullient Against Me!, a strangely preachy X and an inspired set from At The Drive-In.
Five thoughts: Blink-182 at The Pearl (May 27)
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The pop-punk trio proves its residency worth with an epic setlist and boundless energy.
Le Thai’s second spot looks to lessen lines at the original
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Le Thai’s full menu has made it over to Le Thai 2.

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