Best gay things to do in Houston this weekend

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Parties? Performances? Playtime? Check, check and check. Local LGBT events have all that in store and more as you pull out of the workweek and slide into the Gay Agenda calendar.

Friday, July 24

“Tiger Orange” (top photo). QFest hits town with this intoxicating drama starring Frankie Valenti – Who? AKA gay porn star Johnny Hazzard – in a terrific acting turn as a bad-boy brother @ F Bar, 8:15 p.m. Also on tap with QFest, “Liz in September” @ MFAH, 7 p.m., “Boulevard” @ Rice Media Center, 7:30 p.m., “Naz & Maalik” @ Museum of African American Culture, 8 p.m., “Exotic World & the Burleque Revival” @ Brasil, 8:30 p.m., “Seed Money: The Chuch Holmes Story” @ Rice Cinema, 10 p.m., “Voyage of the Rock Aliens” @ Alamo Drafthouse, 10:30 p.m.

Flex Friday with Sean Duran. Speaking of porn stars and F Bar, stick around after the movie for this hot muscle stud and the shower [email protected] F Bar, 10 p.m. Get there early for Belevedere Happy Hour, 5 p.m.

Stripper Circus. The new weekly club concept hits hard, and yes it’s exactly like it sounds. 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.

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.

Viernes Noche Latina offers up two-steppin’ and line-dancin’ in the legendary Esquire Ballroom @ Neon Boots, 9 p.m.

Fantasy Friday. Tanya Hyde leads the drag cast @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.

Fetish Friday. If it turns your crank, they’re doing it @ Eagle Houston, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Boys and Men. You know you love it @ JR’s and Mining Company’s Cockfight.

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.


Saturday, July 25

“Trixie Mattel” (middle photo). The doll you love to love on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” returns to the scene to put on a show during the weekly gay dance party @ South Beach, 9 p.m. Obviously, you love it.

Fire & Ice Ball. The ERSICSS organization does up masQUEERade – leather, C&W, cocktail formal mask attire – with food, dancing, performances and fun to benefit Montrose Center @ Meteor, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

GloToga Party. Wrap up for this annual event that would have you do as the Romans do. Party benefits the work of Bering Omega and HACS @ Marriago, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Drag’s Next Generation. Emerging talents Tatiana, Rebekah Brooke, Cyn and Estella Blow turn it up @ Guava Lamp, 10:30 p.m. It’s all part of Sound Factory Saturday, 9 p.m.

“American Vagabond.” QFest continues with this touching coming-of-age documentary following two homeless youth trying to survive. Catch it with topical discussion afterward @ Montrose Center, 2 p.m. Also on tap with QFest, “Celestial Clockwork” @ MFAH, 2:15 p.m., “Power Erotic” @ Ripcord, 4 p.m., “Paris Is Burning” 25th Anniversary @ FotoFest, 4 p.m., “Stand” @ Rice Cinema, 4:45 p.m., Meet the QFest Filmmakers Reception @ FotoFest, 6 p.m., “Nasty Baby” @ MFAH, 7 p.m., “Death in Buenos Aires” @ Rice Cinema, 7:30 p.m., “Prison System 4614” @ Aurora Picture Show, 8 p.m. “Summer” @ Brasil, 8:30 p.m. “54: Director’s Cut” @ Rice Cinema, 9:45 p.m.

F Experience.with DJ Tad Dvorak. And drag. And go-go boys. Join the crowd @ F Bar, 9 p.m. 

Dangerous Disco. Thumping beats and the Texans on TV. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough @ Eagle Houston, 12 noon – 2 a.m.

Levi-Leather Beats. The music and the guys are pumping @ Ripcord, 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.

Shake Up Saturday. Montrose was never the same after the party bar to end all party bars hit the scene. With karaoke and more, you never know what you’re gonna get @ Crocker Bar, 9 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, July 26

“Jess & James” (bottom photo) get sexy as part of QFest @ Rice Cinema, 4:30 p.m., “Grey Gardens” @ MFAH, 2 p.m. Also on tap with QFest, “Woman on Top” @ Rice Cinema, 2:15 p.m., “Game Face” @ 14 Pews, 3 p.m., “S&M Sally” and “Sock Puppet” @ Ripcord, 4 p.m., “Tab Hunter Confidential” @ MFAH, 5 p.m., “Einstein in Guanajuato” @ Rice Cinema, 7 p.m., “Bizarre” @ Brasil, 8:30 p.m., and “Everasting Love” @ Rice Cinema, 9:15 p.m.

Retox Sunday shuts down your weekend. These queens know what you need, and you’re going to get it @ F Bar, 6 p.m. And Sunday night is always F Latin Divas, this week celebrating Laisha LaRue, 10 p.m. 

Legends does fierce, fabulous fun with Dina Jacobs, Billie Jean, Tasha Kohl, Lawanda Jackson, and Tisch DeWilliams @ Meteor, 9 p.m.

Sunday Showtunes puts a rough-and-ready, leather-Levis spin on your usual gay musical fascination @ Ripcord, 3 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 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.

Dangerous Disco. Thumping beats and the Texans on TV. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough @ Eagle Houston, 12 noon – 2 a.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.


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