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December 14, 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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The new album by Las Vegas act Boiis addresses the human fragility behind social issues
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
Rooted in ’80s pop—the duo is influenced by Janet and Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode and Prince—The Project Generation recounts a single day and all of its emotional ups and downs.
New Aria seafood spot Catch will leave your senses awed
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
The signature truffle sashimi is without a doubt one of Vegas’ best new dishes this year.
Janaïna Milhiero’s Diptyque installation adds to Las Vegas’ art panorama
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
Her piece, comprising thousands of hand-cut yellow turkey, goose and iridescent acrylic faux-feathers, is an interpretation of Diptyque’s “olfactory landscape” and a nod to Las Vegas’ feather-adorned history.
Harm Reduction Center runs out of free Plan B pills in just a few days
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
Each pill can normally cost $35 to $60 each.
Chef Nicole Brisson prepares to open Park MGM’s Italian marketplace, Eataly
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
Different retail areas will focus on wine, pasta, cheese, cured meats, Italian desserts, housewares and more.
A Public Fit messes with our wiring in ‘Incognito’
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
Four actors play an impressive 21 different characters, and while the rapid-change between roles can be confusing for the audience, it serves a key purpose.
Refuel at Nordstrom’s new casual dining collaboration with Tom Douglas
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
The casual but sophisticated spot offers handcrafted pizzas, grilled-cheese sandwiches or “toasties,” pastas, salads, gelatos and more.
How to pick the perfect hiking shoes
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018
If you’re just beginning to explore the outdoors, you might not realize the importance of a good pair of hiking boots.
Local music news & notes: New EPs from Wax Pig Melting, Olan and World Tension
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Last month, Wax Pig Melting also released a lyric video for “Noise Meditation,” a Nirvana-esque track that harkens back to the ’90s in the best of ways.
Explore temperature extremes in Nevada’s hot springs
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
From Gold Strike to Tecopa and beyond.
Shiraz’s wide-ranging menu mixes the best of Indian, Persian and more
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Executive Chef Jainine Jaffer loves creating imaginative off-menu specials like paneer poutine and rooh afsza (rose syrup) tiramisu.
Heather Lang Cassera delivers the story of a lifetime through poetry
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
In her new chapbook, I Was the Girl With the Moon-Shaped Face, Cassera’s world is filled with desert imagery, youthful nostalgia and a relatable realm that reflects on memories both delightful and pained.
Las Vegas preps for Thanksgiving with host of food drives
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
Food drives are taking place all over the Las Vegas area in advance of Thanksgiving. Here are a few locations ...
How to be an ally to transgender individuals
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
Transgender Awareness Week takes place November 12-19 and kicks off with multiple events in Las Vegas
Meet former showgirl Kady Heard, the swiss army knife of Majestic Repertory Theatre
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
The dancer, singer, burlesque performer and former Jubilee! showgirl has worked toward becoming a top-tier entertainer since she was a little kid.
Local bands have a new home at new Rio music venue 172
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
The spot offers an elevated food and beverage menu, plus dining tables on some nights.
Josh Coutts proudly flies the ska flag with his 7-year-old radio station and live events
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
“We’re here to support gay, straight, blue, green—it doesn’t matter what color you are. Music is music, people are people.”
Event honoring Holocaust survivors also a rally against hate
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
About 130 people, some of them Holocaust survivors, gathered inside Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas on Sunday to pay their respects and hear the stories of those who survived Kristallnacht ...
Greek Sneek delivers quality Mediterranean food to the Strip
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Take a brisk walk through a speakeasy style hallway and you’ll find yourself inside a modern and photo-worthy oasis.
Leticia’s brings its popular Mexican food to Fiesta Henderson
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Don’t leave without ordering a quesa taco—seared shrimp served in Leticia’s garlicky abuelo sauce.
The restlessly creative Ang Kerfoot makes music, theater, visual art and more
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
The self-described “sage-burning hippie wizard” is no stranger to taking on multiple projects. “I stay moving,” she says. “It keeps me sane.”
Paradise returns to XS for another house Halloween
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Whether you’re a house music veteran or are just getting into the genre, the lineup is sure to get your heart pumping.
Flock to Cleaver for steaks, seafood and memorable cocktails
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
The 16-ounce ribeye delivers a melt-in-your-mouth experience, while the 120-ounce Cleaver ribeye—serving five to eight—is a serious showstopper.
The Damned’s Dave Vanian talks politics, the Stones and more
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Only one band can be credited with releasing the first-ever punk single.
Passion for thrift stores inspires couple to open downtown shop
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
There’s a new thrift store in downtown Las Vegas, and if its wares aren’t reason enough to give vintage pickers a reason to visit, its name is ...
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Local music notes: Farangs, Hassan’s new album and more
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Also, new music from Peaceful Retreat and Cromm Fallon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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