48. Best Gay DJ
Many DJs would kill for just one of Pittman’s three Tao Group residencies. Each week finds her spinning at Tao, Lavo and, soon, Marquee industry Mondays and alternating Saturdays. She might be opening, headlining or closing the main room, hip-hip room or lounges—each week is different. Pittman also spins hip-hop every weekend at noon on Hot 97.5-FM, although she describes her own sound as a mix of indie and tribal, heavy on the drums for the boys, heavy on the hip-hop for the girls. While she has the ability to adapt to any music situation, she also prides herself on her pride for the gay community, spinning regularly at her own events (Booty Bar, Down, Kitty Dip) and local LGBT events such as the Beaux Arts Ball and Black & White Ball. Also she spins at events beyond our Valley. To date, Pittman is the only Vegas DJ to work the annual Club Skirts party at The Dinah in Palm Springs, Calif. In past years she has provided the beats for Pride celebrations in Seattle, San Francisco, L.A., New Mexico, Texas, Atlanta, Chicago and Florida.
49. Best Gay Party for the Ladies
Lisa Pittman for BootyBar
The twice-monthly Saturday affair at the Copa Room next to the Bootlegger has been going swimmingly since Pittman headed for the Strip. Pittman, along with N9NE Group marketing manager Rachel Wenman, can be credited with bringing the first regularly occurring lesbian night to the mainstream party scene; Down still goes down at Ghostbar on big LGBT occasions including Pride Week and White Party weekend (visit LesbiansLasVegas.com for a complete lineup). Pittman’s KittyDip ladies pool party will be returning this summer, this time on the weekend. But it’s plans for a new 18-and-over LGBT party that are currently on Pittman’s mind.
50. Best Gay Party for the Men
Eduardo Cordova for The Closet Sundays
When it debuted at Luxor’s Cathouse in 2008, it wouldn’t really have been fair to have called the Closet Sundays the Best Gay Party. At the time, outside of Las Vegas’ gay nightclubs, it was peerless, the first and only weekly gay night in a mainstream Strip property. Now fast forward beyond September 2009 when the Closet moved to Revolution, to today, when Cordova’s intimate, high-energy party exudes great energy and provides great music for a desirable industry and feeder-market audience—LGBT as well as straight. It’s the party that launched a thousand ships: Cordova’s daytime pool party will reappear this summer at a new location, as will his Heaven poolside Saturday nights (check EduardoPresents.com for developments). Beginning Jan. 2, the Closet will spill over to Jet the first Sunday of each month for Sundanze, a huge gay dance night and Cordova’s latest venture welcoming A-List hosts such as Kelly Rowland, specialty acts borrowed from Ibiza, and go-go’s imported from San Francisco and L.A. It’s now entirely fair to say the Closet is on top.