Shows, soirees and special guests. After a week of taking one for the team, it’s time for you to dive deep into downtime and come up sated with our weekly roundup of LGBT events.
Friday, Jan. 22
Rainbow on Ice (photo). LGBTs lace up their skates and hit the ice with 95.7's Sarah Pepper, drag queens and beats from DJ Marvin Mendoza for this annual event @ Discovery Green, 7 p.m.
Stripper Circus brings its 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. 23
Tony Carroll Memorial Service. Half of gay Houston’s beloved “Mental & Dental” couple with his husband Bruce Smith, is remembered for years as a benefactor and advocate @ Bradshaw Carter, 4 p.m. Carroll died Dec. 29 to an outpouring of community grief.
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. 24
Kofi and the girls. They’ve been making Sunday worth drinking about since time immemorial. Get in on this gayest of gay Houston traditions @ JR’s, 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.
Carroll photo courtesy Christopher Bown via Victory in Houston