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October 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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Bite into the revamped Thunderbird Lounge
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
The Thunder Cheeseburger is a strong hot-off-the grill option, especially alongside a cold beer.
Veggy Street makes plant-based eating easy
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
These burgers pack plenty of savory umami and meaty mouth-feel without trying to imitate any one flavor.
This year, UNLV’s Barrick Lecture Series embraces diversity and the spirit of the unconventional
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Incoming: filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, comedian and producer W. Kamau Bell and award-winning photojournalist Annie Leibovitz.
MGM brings many of its top chefs and restaurants together for three days of culinary activities
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
The Chef’s Table EPICurean Experience series at Mandalay Bay will offer a variety of fun dining moments all weekend long.
Las Vegas karaoke legend Danny G. leaving Dino’s after 18 years
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
This Las Vegas entertainment legend has a simple philosophy in going about his craft: “When I went into karaoke, I wanted to share the stage with people — not just hand them a microphone,” Daniel Gobel said.
Micah Malcolm drums for—count ’em—six Las Vegas bands
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
From The Quitters and Ilicitor to The Delta Bombers and Same Sex Mary.
The Master Chefs of France assemble at Haute Cuisine at the Palazzo
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
The event will focus on healthy and sustainable produce and environmentally friendly seafood, meat and vegetables.
Collage artist Kim Miller is making a new life in Vegas—and she’s doing it sober
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
The results are eye-catching and purposeful—geometric watercolors juxtaposed against cut photographs that evoke a sense of longing and urgency.
For Boulder City businesses, rerouted traffic means fewer customers
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
The long-awaited Interstate 11 makes it faster for road travel between Nevada and Arizona. But the road, also known as the Boulder City Bypass, is to blame for the traffic at some Boulder City businesses to slump ...
Monthly party Soft Leather celebrates two uninhibited years in Las Vegas
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
“You want to try something new, show a little bit of skin? Our slogan is dress to sweat, and that really shows on the dancefloor.”
Good luck choosing among La Cantine’s vast sandwich array
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Those looking for a taste of Paris will be transported with Le Pate, a minimalist classic with duck liver pâté, romaine and cornichon on a baguette.
Local music notes: Farangs, Hassan’s new album and more
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Also, new music from Peaceful Retreat and Cromm Fallon.
Mordeo brings a Spanish splash to Chinatown
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Fusion is an overused word, but Mordeo succeeds at it, blending classic cooking styles, like grilling Mexican elote skewers with Japanese binchō-tan charcoal.
Blood Orange brings his thoughtful—and thought-provoking music—to Life Is Beautiful
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
“No one is forced to listen to me—at least I hope they’re not.”
From Washington D.C. to Netflix, no one can stand in Michelle Wolf’s way
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
The controversial comedian performs twice on Saturday at Life Is Beautiful.
Three shows to consider this week: The Distillers, Life Is Sh*t and Shonen Knife
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
The sixth LIS fest will feature The Flytraps, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout, Snailmate and many more.
Don’t even think about skipping Life Is Beautiful’s three headliners
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
Stick around for The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine and Arcade Fire.
Las Vegas’ Zoologic Empire helps mold the b-boys and b-girls of the future
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
The crew is raising funds and gearing up to bring a crew of 28 students and instructors to Montpellier, France, to compete in this November’s Battle of the Year, the longest-running and most prestigious breaking competition in the world.
Chef José Andrés releases book about disaster in Puerto Rico
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
Two days after chef José Andrés released his book, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, President Donald Trump denied that an estimated 2,975 Puerto Rican American citizens died as a result of Hurricane Maria—a statistic that was reported by researchers at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.
Bruno’s Taco Bar gives you more reasons to eat your favorite dish
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
It focuses on seven filings—steak, baja fish, calabacita, short rib, potato chorizo, carnitas and chicken al pastor—that can be served on your choice of handmade corn or flour tortillas, or a lettuce wrap.
Glam and go with Wynn Nightlife’s new Own the Night service
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
The new beauty and styling service maximizes the fun part of prepping for the evening.
Send Noodles offers casual Asian food at the Palms
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
It takes inspiration from Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines.
Storyteller and drummer James Norman’s collected poetry evokes a hard-lived nomadic life
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
He’ll celebrate the release of Fire Escapes September 10 at the Bunkhouse.
Shakira shines during MGM Grand Garden show despite lackluster sound
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
The MGM arena's PA sounded hampered through most of the 20-plus song set, during which the Colombian superstar nonetheless performed exceptionally.
Women of Intrigue: Michelle "Crykit" Kolnik
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
DJ and party planner
Women of Intrigue: Lydia Ansel
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Versatile musician
Musician/actor Ben Hale returns to Vegas to debut new music with old friends
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Currently based in Nashville, he recorded solo debut Have a Little Cry alongside notable studio musicians, such as bassist Viktor Krauss, brother of singer-songwriter Alison Krauss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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