Just when you thought the holigays were over, LGBT MLK spells out one more long weekend for the road before the dry spell up to Easter. Get with the people, parties and performances.
Friday, Jan. 15
Topher Dimaggio (top photo). The weekly Stripper Circus gets a porn star upgrade this round, as the theme night hits hard with hot men, performers and surprises @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Ripcord Rewind. Bears, Cubs, Daddy, Chaser, Twink, Leather, Levis and Masculine Men. Do it up to the mix-tape music of the 1980s @ Ripcord, 9 p.m.
Flex Friday. The hot guys and drag queens that you love in the show bar you love even more @ F Bar, 8 p.m. Get there early for Belevedere Happy Hour, 5 p.m.
Bright Lights Friday Nights. DJ beats and shower boys get you all wet to kick off your weekend @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Stripper Circus. The weekly theme night hits hard with hot men, performers and surprises @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Viernes Noche Latina offers up two-steppin’ and line-dancin’ in the legendary Esquire Ballroom @ Neon Boots, 9 p.m.
Latin Ladies Night with DJ Kittie. Get with Houston’s lesbian crowd (and their guy friends) up in the Heights @ Pearl Bar, 10 p.m.
Fantasy Friday. Tanya Hyde leads the drag cast @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.
Dance Your Booty 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.
No Eagle except Sundays right now. Hadn't you heard?
Saturday, Jan. 16
Darienne Lake (middle photo). The “RPDR” favorite hits the stage as part of the weekly DJ-driven dance party @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Coronation XXXII. Join the venerable ERSICSS folks as they crown another king and queen during a black-tie extravaganza, pageant and show that only they can pull off @ Hilton Post Oak, 5:30 p.m.
Carnival Saturday. The Shower Boys leave a wet spot on your weekend with a circus theme and DJ beats to move your feets @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
F Xperience with DJ Tad Dvorak. And drag. And go-go boys. Join the crowd @ F Bar, 9 p.m.
Country Dance. Before there was Gilley’s, there was the Esquire Ballroom. Now the legendary space is where your gay boots meet the beat @ Neon Boots, 9 p.m.
Shake Up Saturday. This party bar brings karaoke and more to the scene. You never know what you’re gonna get @ Crocker Bar, 9 p.m.
Levi-Leather Beats. The music and the guys are pumping @ Ripcord, 9 p.m.
Sound Factory Saturday. One, two, you know what to do @ Guava Lamp, 9 p.m.
Ladies & Gents. The lesbians know what’s up for all the gay women and their male friends @ Pearl Bar, 10 p.m.
Party time. Excellent. Slip into something that will warm your gay heart @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, all day.
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. 17
Snow Bunnies (bottom photo). The people who bring you Bunnies on the Bayou and all its fab gay charity aren't just for Easter. They rock this annual romp during the colder season too @ F Bar, 5:30 p.m. It goes a little something like this.
Darienne Lake. The big “Ru”girl with a personality to match does this autograph party and photoshoot @ JR’s, noon. Then she’s the special guest of Kofi and the girls, 6 p.m.
Sunday Showtunes puts a rough-and-ready, leather-Levis spin on your usual gay musical fascination @ Ripcord, 3 p.m.
Legends does fierce, fabulous fun with Dina Jacobs, Billie Jean, Tasha Kohl, Lawanda Jackson, and Tisch DeWilliams @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Sunday Lounge. Kick back and do the Sunday do: As little as possible and look good doing it @ Guava Lamp, 10 p.m. Lounge doors for day drinking at 4 p.m.
Sunday Fun Day. Whether you go for the karaoke, the rowdy patrons or what some call the best Sunday Funday in town, get down @ Crocker Bar, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday Funday Crawfish parties until you absolutely have to go home and start your workweek. Crawfish and drink specials @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, 12 noon – 9 p.m.
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.
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.