If it’s not one thing, it’s another. If you’re not checking your clothes at the door, you’re honoring Janet Jackson in drag. If you’re not at a play, you’re doing shirtless karaoke. Just another weekend of awesome gay Houston events.
Friday, Aug. 1
Pants Off Dance Off Underwear Party (top photo). Check your clothes at the door, because it’s getting hot up in Houston’s Best Dance Party. Underwear contest too @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
“Equus.” You won’t get to see Harry Potter naked like they did on Broadway, but the nudity and the intensity are real as this exploration of modern society unfolds @ Frenetic Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 2
“Defy Gravity: A Stephen Schwartz Songbook” re-imagines classics by the “Wicked” and “Enchanted” composer for a whole new bag. Theater queens will flock, and you should too, to this show from Standing Room Only Productions @ Obsidian Art Space, 8 p.m. Runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through Aug. 2.
“Fallen Angels” puts all of Noel Coward’s closeted angst, dry wit, drama-queen alcoholism and giggly man-hungriness on stage in the form of two women whose ex lover returns when their husbands are out. When the cat’s away @ Main Street Theater, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 3
FxPerience with Joe Ross and the F Men gets you hot and bothered @ F Bar, 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.
Lounge it! You know what’s up @ Guava Lamp, 9 p.m.
Dance Your Ass Off and get moving on the floor @ Blur, 10 p.m.
Shower Boys never let you down @ Meteor, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 2
Janet Jackson Tribute Show with Coco Montrese (middle photo). The “RuPaul’s” alum hits the stage to headline this all-Janet show for the children @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Sound Factory Saturday. One, two, you know what to do @ Guava Lamp, 9 p.m.
Party time. Excellent. Slip into something that will warm your gay heart @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, all day.
Dance it out. Saturday night beats for your nerves and a midnight performance showcase @ F Bar, 9 p.m.
DJ beats get you moving on the dance floor @ Blur, 10 p.m.
Drag It Out never really ends 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.
Shower Boys get you all wet @ Meteor, 10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3
Sunday Funday parties hard until you absolutely have to go home and start your workweek @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, 12 noon.
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.
Sunday Fun Day Drag Show with Kofi and the girls and all of Houston’s ready-to-party gay boys @ JR’s, all day.
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 Sunday with trash disco by DJ Danny G and drink specials @ Mining Company, all day.
Retox Sunday with F Divas shuts down the weekend. These queens know what you need, and you’re going to get it @ F Bar, 6 p.m.