The first full workweek of the year calls for drastic action. You need your LGBT events more than ever, and gay Houston delivers with parties, guests and shows to soothe and move you.
Friday, Jan. 9
Lone Star Vollyeball Association Kickoff Party. Before you can serve and volley with your gays, you have to party with them first. Kick off 2015 with gay jocks (top photo) amidst the usual shower-boy shenanigans @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
“My Name is Asher Lev” opens this play about a boy desperate to fulfill his artistic promise at any cost, courtesy the gay and gay-friendly folks @ Theater Lab Houston, 8 p.m.
Texas Marriage Equality Community Call. The evening after the court of appeals hears arguments in Texas’ De Leon v. Perry case, Marriage Equality USA and Montrose Center sponsor this national conference call to analyze what happened and get reactions, 8 p.m. Go sign up to get on the call. You can also let the plaintiffs know you support them no matter the outcome.
Ladies & Gents. Whether it’s DJ beats, live music, happy hour until 8 p.m., sports on TV or free food in the house, you don’t always hang out with lesbians, but when you do it’s up Heights way @ Pearl Lounge, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Tonight with Ben Phoenix from 104 KRBE.
Modern Men 80s Night. Bears, Cubs, Daddy, Chaser, Twink, Leather, Levis and Masculine Men. Do it up to the mix-tape music of the ‘80s @ Ripcord, 9 p.m.
Kissin’ Country Cousins. It’s always time for two-steppin’ and line-dancin’ in the legendary Esquire Ballroom @ Neon Boots. Dance lessons 7:30 p.m., Boot scootin’, 9 p.m.
Flex Friday gets your motor running with hot boys, drag and other surprises like half-price happy hour @ F Bar, 8 p.m.
Fetish Friday. If it turns your crank, they’re doing it @ Eagle Houston, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Lounge it! You know what’s up. Happy hour to the wee hours @ Guava Lamp, 9 p.m. This week, “On the Couch” premieres with your hostess/moistest Roxanne Collins at this special viewing party, 10 p.m.
Dance Your Ass Off and get moving on the floor @ Blur, 10 p.m.
Beats, beers and boys puts the party in your pocket and the gay in your Friday @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, all day.
Saturday, Jan. 10
Gadget White Band (middle photo). Get down to the sounds – live! You don’t always hang out with lesbians, but when you do, you do it right @ Pearl Lounge, 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. Tonight with Ben Phoenix from 104 KRBE, and Gadget White live, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Houston’s Biggest Gay Dance Party spins the tunes and pumps the beats to make you lose yourself @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Country Dance. Before there was Gilley’s, there was the Esquire Ballroom. Now the legendary space is where your gay-ass boots meet the beat @ Neon Boots, 9 p.m.
F Xperience. You always wanted to do it with DJ Tad Dvorak. With drag. And go-go boys. Join the crowd @ F Bar, 9 p.m.
Sound Factory Saturday. One, two, you know what to do @ Guava Lamp, 9 p.m.
Leather-Levi Party. Rough and rugged are the men and your fantasies @ Eagle Houston, 12 noon – 2 a.m.
Party time. Excellent. Slip into something that will warm your gay heart @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, all day.
Shower Boys leave a wet spot on your Saturday @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
DJ beats get you moving on the dance floor @ Blur, 10 p.m.
Drag divas never really end when it’s cheap drinks and Showgurlz @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.
Scruffy Saturday. Cruise on over with DJ beats and hot male dancers @ Mining Company, 9 p.m.
Fruit loop. No weekend is complete without a stop in for a few laps around the loop and a drink or five while eyeing the go-go boys @ JR’s, all day.
Sunday, Jan. 11
Montrose Softball League Recruitment Day. Check out skills session clinics, registration, and finding a C-Division Team with the gay jocks revving up for the spring/summer season. Bring your glove @ Housiton Sports Complex, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kickback Sunday. Mosey on over for some afternoon delight. It’s the most C&W Sunday fun you can have with your boots on @ Neon Boots, 12 noon.
Sunday Fun Day Drag Show with Kofi and the girls and all of Houston’s ready-to-party gay boys @ JR’s. All day bar, evening drag.
All Star Sunday. Alexis Nicole Whitney corrals the queens and closes out your weekend with a showstopper that you have to see to believe @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.
Legends give it to you until you’ve had enough and then give it to you again. When they say legends, they mean it. Salute to Naomi Sims, Tasha Kohl, Donna Day, and Hot Chocolate @ Meteor, 8:30 p.m.
Retox Sunday and shut down the weekend. These queens know what you need, and you’re going to get it @ F Bar, 6 p.m.
Bust Sundays. It’s you and your brew crew for the cheapest vodka and draft you’ll find. Don’t let the weekend getaway without one more round @ Ripcord, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday Funday parties hard until you absolutely have to go home and start your workweek @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, 12 noon.
Beer Bust Sundays fill you with all you can take @ Ripcord, all day.
Sunday Fun Day Karaoke with a host that’s as entertaining as the singers @ Guava Lamp, 10 p.m. Lounge doors for day drinking at 4 p.m.
Hot Mess Sunday with Deejay Pollo and Ricky Lee and Houston’s hottest Spanish-English video remix set @ Blur, 10:30 p.m.
Men At Work with trash disco by DJ Danny G and drink specials @ Mining Company, all day.