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May 24, 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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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.
Want a dog, but only part-time? There's an app for that
Friday, May 18, 2018
Let's Share a Dog helps dog lovers with difficult schedules find pets to care for dogs without owning them.
Under-the-radar shows to consider this week
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Wilderado, Mary Lattimore, Together Pangea and Bill Frisell.
Cockroach Theater has lots of good stuff happening
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The Arts District-based company celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
For the first time, Electric Daisy Carnival will feature a campsite
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Campers will have access to air-conditioned ShiftPod tents, along with a camp center called the Mesa.
All the famous chefs and fantastic food from the 12th-annual Vegas Uncork’d
Monday, May 14, 2018
From the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace to Picnic at the Park to Black Tap at Venetian, we were all over the big Strip food fest.
Community forum discusses homelessness in the Las Vegas Valley
Friday, May 11, 2018
Can the private and public sectors work together to help alleviate homelessness in Las Vegas?
Four new Vegas albums to hear right now
Thursday, May 10, 2018
David Hopkins, Trade Vorhees, Ted Rader and The Lique.
The annual ‘12 Inches of Sin’ celebration continues to expand and evolve
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The fest kicks off Friday, May 11, and features a mix of local and out-of-state artists exhibiting their sex-tinged creations.
Trump’s sex trafficking bills create greater risks for workers, some say
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Rather than taking down websites that give sex workers agency, camera model Anna Lim said the decriminalization and regulation of the industry, similar to marijuana, is the best way to keep people safe.
Persian paradise: Discover the homey, flavorful fare of American Gypsy Cafe
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Koobideh—a kabob made of ground chicken or beef and seasoned with salt, pepper and onion powder—is a must-try.
'Everyone is missing her': Eatery leads fundraising for shooting victim
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Nearly a month after a local chef was shot more than a dozen times apparently by the father of their son, one restaurant is rallying for funds and support ...
Farewell, Fort Apache caves
Friday, April 27, 2018
The Nevada Division of Minerals has filled almost 40 caves because of safety concerns.
What a long, strange ‘Trip’ it’s been for Tiffany Haddish
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The comedian’s #She Ready tour touches down for a sold-out Aces of Comedy gig at the Mirage’s Terry Fator Theater on April 28.
Under-the-radar shows to consider this week: Blackalicious, The Lawrence Arms and more
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Also: synthwave act Das Mortal and rising country singer Colter Wall.
Michael Mina Bellagio gets back to the Aqua approach
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The focus is the market list menu, which includes charcoal-grilled shellfish, spice-crusted and whole-fried branzino.
The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine lead Life Is Beautiful’s 2018 lineup
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Also on the Downtown music fest’s bill: N.E.R.D., St. Vincent, Travis Scott, Justice and many more.
Emerge, Day 3: Quick meals, hot soul and Twin Shadow on Rhye
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The last day of the Emerge Music + Impact festival was a mixed bag, but it contained more good stuff than bad.
Fashion show focused on HIV prevention for Las Vegas youth
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is hosting a free event Friday aimed at fighting HIV with fashion — and 17,000 expired condoms. Condom Couture ...
Haim’s Alana Haim, on Prince, Britney and being in a ‘girl band’
Thursday, April 12, 2018
“Once our tour is over I think I’m just going to follow Britney around and see her show a million times.”
The Fairy Tale Ball and Lauren Ruth Ward highlight Night 1 of Emerge
Monday, April 9, 2018
A historical master class on vogueing and an LA roots-rocker got the new conference/festival off to a great start.
Your Emerge soundtrack starts here: 12 music acts to catch
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Poppy, OK Go, Waxahatchee and more.
Setting is key for ‘City Music’ singer-songwriter Kevin Morby
Thursday, April 5, 2018
When I was in Woods, I didn’t feel like I was creatively getting out what I wanted to, and with this I absolutely do.
Rhye makes melancholic R&B, but his outlook’s steeped in positivity
Thursday, April 5, 2018
“As a kid, I would break into the zoo when I was 15 and 16 years old and jump into animal cages.”
Aly Prudence gets a final spotlight on The First Sun’s new album
Thursday, April 5, 2018
“Not only is Aly speaking on another plane through her bass playing, but the messages in this record are so relevant to all the hurt that we as artists are perpetually going through.”
Concert on-sales: Nine Inch Nails, Ghostface Killah, Panic! at the Disco
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Also: Danzig added to Psycho Las Vegas, and the return of Fremont Street Experience’s free Downtown Rock series.
Monica Hansen showcases her swimwear at Hyde Bellagio, with help from model Joanna Krupa
Thursday, March 29, 2018
If anyone knows what women want from a swimsuit, it’s Norwegian model-turned-designer Monica Hansen.
James Trees’ Esther’s Kitchen brings expert Italian to Downtown
Thursday, March 29, 2018
After a stint in Los Angeles, the chef returns to his native city with a vision that emphasizes fare that's fresh, local and made in-house.
Three under-the-radar shows this week
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Psychotic Reaction, The Liza Colby Sound and Roselit Bone.
A flat dimension comes alive in 'The Revolt of the Swivel Chairs'
Friday, March 23, 2018
Artist and writer Adam Turl has seen the future—and it's drowning in climate change, sex robots and gold-painted cat leavings.
Three under-the-radar shows to consider this week: Fenster, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Decent Criminal
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Berlin/NYC outfit Fenster will blends dream-pop, jazz, funk and indie rock March 24 at the Artisan.
Don’t miss out on VegeNation’s delicious pop-up dishes
Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Your guide to historic Boulder City—a few miles southeast of Vegas with a vibe light years away
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Where to eat, drink, shop and explore on your visit.
Five thoughts: The Psychedelic Furs at House of Blues (March 17)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
It might be more than three decades since the Furs first broke, but Saturday’s gig made one thing clear—these are songs that last a lifetime.
Get involved: A citizen's guide to getting your voice heard by government
Thursday, March 15, 2018
The long, grueling and combative 2016 election had at least one silver lining. According to the website VolunteerMatch, its highest-ever traffic numbers happened four days after Trump’s inauguration and ...
New Downtown haunt Jammyland playfully pairs drinks and songs
Thursday, March 15, 2018
It’s the kind of inviting, unique space that beckons to anyone walking by.
The Weekly playlist: Psychedelic Furs edition
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Four must-hear songs that stand on their own, no movie screen required.
Punk-scene mainstay Chris Ewing organizes an event with community—and a cause—at its center
Thursday, March 15, 2018
BloodFest will benefit the Nevada chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.
Local music notes: The Psyatics’ new album, Mercy Music’s NSFW video and more
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Also: Bunkhouse doorman Douglas Seitsinger could use your help.
U.S Girls, Wavves and La Luz highlight another memorable Neon Reverb
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The 13th edition of the Downtown music festival also featured a final set by locals We Are Pancakes, an all-ages Punks in Vegas showcase and a surprise midnight show with Eagles of Death Metal.
CCSD students will leave class for 17 minutes in gun control statement
Monday, March 12, 2018
Clark High School Senior Lauryn Tsai is leading a walkout at her school with the support of administrators because she’s tired of hearing about people dying ...
Eleven touring acts to catch at Downtown’s Neon Reverb music fest
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Wavves, La Luz, Tight Fright and more.
No Age’s Dean Spunt talks new album, Neon Reverb and more
Thursday, March 8, 2018
“I like DIY festivals. It just feels important to support those things.”
Transgender community reflects on impacts of Las Vegas bar shooting
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
A man approached Las Vegas Lounge, home to the Las Vegas transgender community, in the early hours of the morning two weeks ago and fired several bullets into the bar’s ...
North Italia feels right at home in Rampart Commons
Thursday, March 1, 2018
The bacon and egg pizza—with grilled asparagus, roasted potato, garlic confit, rosemary and, of course, a fried egg—is perfect for sharing.
Las Vegan Jill Avilez swirls up music, philosophy, comedy and more as Mizz Absurd
Thursday, March 1, 2018
She studied under John Hatton of The Brian Setzer Orchestra, which brought her back to the classics—Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and more.
Burger A Go Go focuses on women who rock
Thursday, March 1, 2018
The two-day traveling fest features Atlanta-based punk band The Coathangers and LA’s Cambodian psych-rock outfit Dengue Fever.
Majestic Repertory Theatre announces its 2018-2019 season
Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
Majestic Repertory Theatre’s current season wraps in June, but the local theater company is already looking ahead.
Five thoughts: Shamir at the Bunkhouse (February 23)
Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
The local product vowed he wouldn’t stage a 21-and-over show here until all of his friends were old enough to attend.
Sizzy Rocket returns home to share a bill with Shamir
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
“We met in Vegas when I was home for Christmas. That was my first turnt adult Vegas night—going out with Shamir.”

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