It's not often that we Autostraddlers put our computers and books aside to venture out into the big bad world of nightlife culture, but there are certainly a few occasions a year that warrant such an indulgence.
Hey! Speaking of INDULGENCE! We're heading to Shedonism in Las Vegas! It's a new and very highly-anticipated gay women's event happening in Sin City for one weekend this September.
Everything at Shedonism over the weekend of September 15th-19th happens at one place: Rumor Hotel, which makes things exponentially more convenient. (Which is great 'cause I'm lazy.) Additionally, the hotel’s popular Addiction restaurant, under the creative direction of Food Network Star finalist Vic “Vegas” Moea, hosts the Gluttony Brunch. Rooms start at $99. (Which is great 'cause I'm poor.)
So Who's Going?
Let's meet the Autostraddle respresentatives — and hopefully, some of you will grab your tickets and decide to join us there for what will be a fantastic weekend to be a big gaymo:
Alex Vega (me!): Design Director and co-founder of this website. Originally from New York, I now live in Los Angeles (for 10 months now) with my two roommates and I have had a healthy (or 'unhealthy' depending on who you ask) dose of gay nightlife here. I like this town. Like, a lot.
Plan of attack? Dance. And hit up the "Gluttony Brunch" on Sunday. Duh.
Sarah Croce: My roommate. You might recognize her as Autostraddle's Miss April 2011. Sarah co-wrote and edited this amazing webseries that we stream right here on Autostraddle called Unicorn Plan-It and I love it and she's talented as hell.
Plan of attack? Croce's a jack of all trades. And by "all trades" I mean "women". You may find that a good strategy when going out on the town with one Sarah Croce is to hang around and catch any women that fall off her like one of those scavenger fish that swim under sharks.
Sara Medd: My roommate again. Fashion Stylist to the Stars. Sara, in collaboration with Robin Roemer, produced and styled the Autostraddle Calendar Girls photo shoots for 2011 and 2012.
Plan of attack? She knows the gay night scene in Los Angeles like the back of her hand, so she'll be our Captain to navigate Shedonism in Las Vegas. She always wears heels that defy gravity they're so fucking high, and sometimes-slash-often gets some sort of drunken injury while partying. So. That should make this interesting.
Jessica S.: My girlfriend! The sweetest of sweethearts, and I'm not just saying that because I sleep with her at night. She helps me out with a lot of things w/r/t this website, like filling out orders and reminding me to email people back. She's also an upcoming 2012 Calendar Girl, and she's from Virginia and like the rest of us: really gay.
Plan of attack? To stay out of the sun. Homegirl is white as hell. Otherwise, she'll keep up with the rest of us. As long as someone doesn't spill a drink on her. #notafan
"Shedonism is slated to be Vegas’ largest and longest lesbian party. It’s a sure bet the desert doesn’t get any hotter! Scheduled in conjunction with the annual Las Vegas Pride parade and festival, this inaugural sin-fest heralds a new Vegas lesbian tradition. As thousands of women are expected to indulge, Shedonism vows to put the “wild” back in the West."
DJ Lisa Pittman has been one of the main organizers of Shedonism. She says: “We’re giving a voice and platform to women for the first time in Las Vegas. ... It’s gonna be pretty historic.”
The roster includes: a welcome bash, three dance parties, two all-afternoon pool parties, the first Official Las Vegas Pride Dyke March, a lesbian celebrity charity poker tournament to benefit the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and a sumptuous brunch. A $99 pass grants access to all events. Guests can also purchase a la carte.
We're pretty excited to be going.
Get your tickets. We really hope to see many of you there! #lesbianhoteltakeover