Your same-ol’ week just became one of those awesome weekends. Let it all go and recharge with LGBT events from shows to parties, dances to stripper fests. You read that right. It’s all here for the taking.
Friday, May 8
Stripper Circus (top photo). The new weekly club concept hits hard, and yes it’s exactly like it sounds. Hot men, performers and surprises, blasting off first with DJ Chi Chi LaRue @ 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.
Totally Radical 80s Night. 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.
Bright Lights Friday Nights. DJ beats and shower boys get you all wet to kick off your weekend @ Meteor, 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.
Karaoke Fridays. You know what’s up. Happy hour to the wee hours and you belting like a diva @ Guava Lamp, 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.
Ladies & Gents. Whether it’s DJ beats, live music, happy hour until 8 p.m., sports on TV or free food in the house, the lesbians are in the Heights @ Pearl Lounge, 4 p.m. – 2 a.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, May 9
The Bayou City Brawl Football Tournament puts the gay jocks of the Houston Hurricanes in the middle of gridiron action @ Houston Sportsplex, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Then they do trophies and cocktails @ Meteor, 9 p.m. This is how that flag football goes down.
Violet Chachki (middle photo). The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7 bitch serves face and attitude in Houston with a performance and a photo meet-and-greet amid gay Houston’s biggest dance party @ South Beach, 9 p.m. We’re kind of obsessed with her.
Superstar Social. Drag hostess Sophia McIntosh and DJ Jack Frost put you in the dance mood early with this day party with Houston Splash @ F Bar, 4 p.m. Stick around. There’s plenty of time for your usual Saturday F Xperience, 9 p.m.
“Blackbird” with Mo’Nique. It’s a big day for Houston Spash. he black gay movie that is sweeping the country from the filmmaker who brought us “Noah’s Arc.” The Oscar-winning star and director Patrik Ian Polk will attend @ UH University Center Theater, 9 p.m. This movie is a big deal.
Houston Dash’s Ella Masar. The athlete woos lesbian fans into submission during its regular Saturday night lady party @ Pearl Bar, 9 p.m.
Levi-Leather Beats. The music and the guys are pumping @ Ripcord, 9 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.
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.
Leather-Levi Party. Rough and rugged are the men and your fantasies @ Eagle Houston, 12 noon – 2 a.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.
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, May 10
Balls Beers & BBQ. The Houston Fireballs team hosts this Montrose Softball League Association event with food, shots and fun with the country sports bar goings on @ George (bottom photo), 5 p.m. Of course it can’t go down until the weekly Montrose Softball League pits Houston’s gay pitchers and catchers on the diamonds @ Houston Sports Complex, 9 a.m.
Sunday Showtunes. You’ve never camped it up with showtunes quite like you do at a leather bar. Come get you some @ Ripcord, 3 p.m.
Retox Sunday shuts down the weekend. These queens know what you need, and you’re going to get it @ F Bar, 6 p.m. They are still recovering from this.
Sunday Fundaze. Whether it's sports on TV, DJ beats, or more lesbians than you can handle, get down on it @ Pearl, 5 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 in town, get down @ Crocker Bar, 12:30 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 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.