On OutKast's latest album, there's a song where a girl asks the question "What are you afraid of, the love below?" If your answer is yes, then there's a party this Saturday you should probably avoid. GMC Productions, along with the cats at Reggae Bodega, is hosting "The Love Below Party," replete with free candy and condoms, erotic toy demonstrations and a lingerie fashion show. The ladies of the GMC (Good Mama Cartel) wouldn't immediately strike you as dildo experts. Dreadlocked, cornrowed and Afroed, they seem more like earth mother/goddess types than the Kama Sutra experts they really are. Originally planned as a rent party, the party's current theme took shape when the GMC decided to put their tantric skills to good use. "We just want to stir things up in Houston," says Nickesha Sanders, one of the organizers. "Everybody has sex. We're trying to bring a little sensual flavor to the community and have some fun at the same time."
On top of the erotic demonstrations, there'll be titillating stories and seductive massages at the beginning of the evening. After 10 p.m., the red light goes on and the fete begins, as DJ Dickie Blaze (yes, we said Dickie) heats up the Almeda strip with his dancehall/jungle/old-school mixes. Also on the menu is the GMC's famous "hunch punch," which is guaranteed to make sure all those free condoms get used. 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, April 24. 4816 1/2 Almeda. For information, call 713-942-9535. $5. -- Felicia Johnson-LeBlanc
I had a little time to kill before my yoga class, so I figured I'd knock back a few at Bennigan's (3936 Kirby, 713-524-5884). Before I even sat down, I spotted a girl with a cute smile, piercing eyes and a head of hair I could get lost in for days. So I bought her a drink -- a bluetini, the tropical little number suggested by Rebecca the bartender. It wasn't long, though, before I discovered that my companion was one of those people who just never shut up. She said something about having her own consulting business, but I missed most of it. I mean, she never took a bloody breath! Even so, after a few rounds of drinks, I kinda took a liking to old Chatterbox. She only slowed down to reach over and take a bite out of my pineapple, which was annoying and alluring at once. All I'd wanted was to get a little buzz going so I could concentrate in class. Two drinks later, I decided I'd ditch the class altogether so long as she would meet me somewhere. She finally gave in and told me to meet her at some bar off Fairview. I drove around forever trying to find it, until I was totally lost and frustrated, and then I headed home. I'd relearned an old life lesson: Skipping class always leads to trouble.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and measure out ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge. Great way to relax, but not as good as yoga. -- J.W. Crooker
We hope you like red. More than 30 artists have created red works specifically for the Art House's "I Love Red" exhibition. On top of that, costume designer Andrea Lauer of the Alley Theatre has made ten pieces of couture from things like rose petals, red neon tubing and red-painted wood chips. Had enough? Too bad. Models will walk around at the opening in Lauer's designs, helping guests figure out how to arrange a variety of found objects into an on-the-fly red sculpture. DJ Champa Moore spins at the opening (let's hope he doesn't play "Red Red Wine"). 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, April 23. On view through June 5. The Art House, 5346 Westheimer. For information, call 713-626-0700 or visit www.thearthousehouston.com. $10. -- Keith Plocek
With a shaved head and bookish demeanor, John Fleming could easily be mistaken for your friendly neighborhood Barnes & Noble employee. Turns out the man nicknamed "00" (his last name is the same as James Bond's creator -- get it?) is an influential British DJ who's been spinning progressive trance for more than 20 years. Currently on a global mini-tour, Fleming is making a stop in H-town this weekend for Spundae at M Bar. Of course, you don't need to be told that Spundae is the weekly dance happening for club kids and other electronica-savvy types who like to shake it until the wee hours. "00" takes the tables at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 24. 402 Main. For information, call 713-222-1022. $15. -- Steven Devadanam