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February 19, 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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Festival welcomes leaders, celebrates black culture
Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Activists join forces to bring recognition to the Las Vegas community.
A local author writes in support of animals
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Kevin MacKinnon plans to self-publish You’re My Human to help pets find forever homes.
Vegas artist Jska Priebe commissions work to support her ailing brother
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Donations are being accepted in any amount, with the minimum for an original 5x7 black and white sketch or cartoon set at $25.
Vegas music-scene veteran Jesse Pino completes a long-percolating project
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Six-song EP Signal Received is due out February 16.
Flock & Fowl’s Downtown location expands the tastiness
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
At least twice the size of the original, the new spot is sleeker, with a full bar at the entrance.
Album review: Rhye makes loneliness sexy on ‘Blood’
Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
It simmers with funky, playful eroticism and electronic bells and whistles—fluttering beats, moody piano riffs and lush orchestral arrangements.
Should phones be banned from classroom? One Las Vegas school thinks so
Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
Going to a concert or show where phones aren’t allowed is becoming commonplace — but it isn’t just artists who are requesting phone-free spaces. One Las Vegas school is phasing in phone-free classrooms with the help of a company called Yondr. Founded in 2014 by CEO Graham Dugoni, Yondr is a simple concept that helps people break the cycle of constant media stimulation and aids them in ...
Every Friday, free showers and haircuts for the homeless
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
“As a community center that has a mission to support low-income residents, we thought this would be a great opportunity to do something for those folks.”
Program removes lead, pests and mold from qualifying homes
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
The partnership between UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences and the city focuses on reducing incidences of childhood lead poisoning while prioritizing high-risk populations like minorities and low-income residents.
Trust us: Healing garden, wine tasting, soccer
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
Plant daffodils in the name of shooting victims, sample wine downtown, and be a part of Las Vegas history.
A UNLV-based advocacy group aims to diversify local theater
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Through meetings, plays and readings, AASATF commits to raising positive awareness about minorities and their accomplishments within the theater and in the film industry.
The Arts Factory’s Jana’s RedRoom set to become Mix It Up gallery
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Since it opened in 2012, artists have used the space as a launch pad before spreading their wings and moving on to larger galleries.
Culinary fest Vegas Uncork’d returns with favorites old and new
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy and others highlight this year’s roster of participants.
Trust us: Three local events you'll want to check out
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Hear stories from Oct. 1, a lecture on the climate and partake in a conversation about rock climbing.
Local music notes: Brooklyn Bowl’s new showcase, Megabolts’ new EP and more
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
After seven years, Avalon Landing calls it a day.
Three shows to consider this week: The Octopus Project, Cheap Tissue and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
For nearly 20 years, The Octopus Project has been crafting an electronic-washed strain of indie music that might best be categorized as experimental-pop.
Fiesta Rancho’s Culichi Town leads Stations’ Mexican food renaissance
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
You’ve never had “sushi” like this before.
Ex-hardcore player Pete Reyes looks to make a name as electronicist Youth Fables
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
The 30-year-old Las Vegan, who opens for touring guitar wiz Kaki King on February 2.
Golden Nugget brings Troy Liquor Bar Downtown
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
The New York Meatpacking District fave is touted as the only true nightclub along the Fremont Street Experience.
On its new EP, Vegas band Moon Blood says it’s okay not to feel okay
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
The quartet will celebrate its release February 2 at Cornish Pasty Co.
Wynn’s Claude Baruk climbs to stylish new heights
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
“It’s always been a dream to reach this level.”
Vegas’ second Women’s March event called for votes—and wider inclusion
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
“We have the power to change every policy and make every elected official work for us, but they cannot see division among us.”
Zoë Ligon—aka @Thongria—preaches body-safe sex products and indie retailers
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
The sex educator and owner of Detroit's Spectrum boutique brings her humor and expertise to AVN.
The Weekly interview: Carly Rae Jepsen
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
“Call Me Maybe” isn’t the only reason she should be on your radar.
Downtown’s Huntridge neighborhood hopes lining residential streets with trees will make driving safer
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
A 2010 study indicated that planting trees near streets can reduce drivers’ stress.
Laos Market remains “hidden” after all these years
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
It’s stocked to the brim with goods, and it also features made-to-order Laotian and Thai specialties.
Five cool pop-up vintage clothing shops
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Score boho dresses, bomber jackets and retro tees from Vegas-based vendors.
Tune-Yards sounds more accessible on ‘I Can Feel You Creep’
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Bassist Nate Brenner partners with leader Merrill Garbus for an approachable and dancey record.
Alexxa’s Bar brings sangria and more straight to the Strip
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
The new spot at Hexx Kitchen & Bar also offers live music and great views.
Concert review: Marilyn Manson keeps it (relatively) light at House of Blues
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
As the singer approaches 50, his vocals remain a high point, his mix of throaty growls and raspy screams sounding near-perfect.
Three life-changing Eggs Benedict plates
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Corned beef bread pudding Benedict? Yes, please.
Rosina offers luxury, class and stunning drinks
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Barman Sam Ross always has a story to tell.
Local music notes: The Delta Bombers, The Dirty Hooks and We Gave It Hell
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
The Delta Bombers celebrate 10 years with the release of a new album.
A canned food drive rewards donors with free weed
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
One customer alone brought in 1,000 cans.
Hummus Bowls & Wraps combines a scratch kitchen with a fast-casual approach
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
Pro tip: Load up on the sauces before you go.
Now’s your chance to help preserve the former Hard Rock Cafe’s iconic sign
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
The Neon Museum has launched a $350,000 fundraiser to restore the sign to its original glamour.
HELP of Southern Nevada’s Kelly Robson has made homeless assistance a year-round mission
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
“We break down all the barriers that led them to become homeless, so they can become self-sufficient and sustain on their own.”
Dizzy Wright comes home for a Brooklyn Bowl show
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
“I just want to get the city involved and let them know this music is coming from a spirit that was raised in the city we all love.”
Las Vegas’ best new restaurants of 2017
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
The Black Sheep, Momofuku, Sparrow + Wolf and more.
Handling gender diversity in school continues to polarize the community
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Throughout five public meetings, CCSD heard from nearly 300 people, and there were more than 1,000 check-ins.
Burgerim looks to change the Vegas Valley’s slider game
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Choose from 11(!) different patty types, including beef, Wagyu beef, lamb, chorizo, salmon and falafel, then choose your toppings.
Heal faster at Frost Fit
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
In recent years, cryotherapy has emerged as a popular method among athletes.
Only Sparrow + Wolf serves the perfect Suntory Whisky highball
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii has been perfecting the cocktail since the 1950s.
Local music venues Adrenaline and Boomers turn out the lights
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Boomers announced it will shutter at the end of December after 16 years in business.
Meow or Never café offers coffee and a cat to go
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Owner Rhi Gladney was inspired by Portland’s Purringtons Cat Lounge.
Marc Savard’s house on Robindale takes Christmas lights to the next-level
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
They’re synced up with a curated list of songs, like Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.”
Dig in Downtown with 7th & Carson’s small-plates menu
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Don’t skip the C.F.C. wings, golden-brown fried chicken sprinkled in a spicy “house dust.”
Vegas musical champions The Killers to play the Pearl
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Since their first big break on BBC Radio in 2003 with “Mr. Brightside,” it seemed as though The Killers exploded overnight.
Holsteins’ Gameday Brunch packs fun and flavor
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Consider nostalgic comfort food over fancy fine dining for your weekend indulgence.
Five reasons to celebrate Lucky Dragon’s first anniversary
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Free parking, tea service and all those happy hours.

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