Deck the Halls

Danseparc and Robert Tatum spin a hipster holiday party

You've endured a week's worth of office holiday parties and family get-togethers, and you've consumed more fruitcake than one ever thought imaginable. What better way to shake off those year-end pounds than paying a visit to the ladies of Danseparc? Their blend of indie, '80s and electro-pop has been the surefire way to get even the most discerning of hipsters out on the floor over the past year. And with the ladies of Danseparc scaling back their schedule, cool kids should get their fix while they can. For their much-anticipated Christmas show, the deck divas will feature a guest spinster in L.A. underground DJ Robert Tatum. The former drummer for Bay Area commie act Cold War has been spinning at after-hours parties frequented by L.A. celebs. His playlist will feature the same sort of tunes as his Bayou City counterparts -- with a few tracks he's remixed on his own. The show should be bumpin', so we recommend joining the hipsters at this Christmas Day gig if you need inspiration for your mix CDs or Christmas wish list -- or if you just want to burn off that extra eggnog. Either way, don't miss what's sure to be the evening's clincher: Danseparc DJ Shoe promises they'll be screening Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" video. Saturday, December 25, at Numbers, 300 Westheimer. For information, call 713-526-6551 or visit www.danseparc.com. $3 to $5; free for those 21 and up. -- Lance Walker

STIRRED AND SHAKEN

Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen's Thin Mint Martini

We'd just finished dinner at Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen (1962 West Gray, 713-528-3474) and were enjoying the last few sips of our thin mint martinis when a distinguished older gentleman stopped by our table. "Your date's smile lights up the whole dining room," he said. "The way you two look at each other reminds me of how much I'm in love with my wife of 52 years." I thanked him for stopping by and wished them both a wonderful holiday. On our way out the door, we bumped into him again, this time with his petite, elegantly dressed wife. The man told us about their first date more than 50 years ago, at a dance studio around the corner on Dunlavy. "The building is still there, and this is our anniversary! We don't get out nearly as much as we used to..." They gazed into each other's eyes, and he offered her his hand. Without any music or even a spoken word, they fell into their favorite step, waltzing around the sidewalk like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. We watched them silently, as if they were angels sent for our eyes only. Then my lady reached for my hand and we strolled off into the night.

1-1/2 ounces Keke key lime liqueur
1-1/2 ounces peppermint schnapps
Splash of Hiram Walker crème de cacao
Measure out equal parts schnapps and key lime liqueur into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add a splash of crème de cacao. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Perfect for after dinner during the holidays. Merry Christmas. -- J.W. Crooker

Bubble Up

To quote the movie Cocktail, champagne is "perfume going in, sewage coming out." But what the hell, it's the holidays. Moët & Chandon's White xXxmas party at the Hub will feature discounted bottles of the designer champagne in its VIP lounge, and plain old "important" revelers can enjoy $3 martinis. The only challenge is keeping your flute steady as you shake it to hip-hop and R&B, courtesy of DJ Larose. Doors open at 9 p.m. Thursday, December 23. 312 Main. For information, call 713-224-8880. $10; $20 for VIP; free for ladies before 11 p.m. -- Julia Ramey

Holiday Havok

If your idea of a joyful Christmas involves leather-clad elves spanking each other or Frosty using his carrot nose in an inappropriate manner, then the X-Rated X-Mas X-Fetish Party might be your cup of holiday cheer. Featuring a fashion auction, games and the crowning of a Fetish King and Queen, the party will be happening at Havok, which has become quite the haven for local goth and darkwave fans. "Our main goal is to pull Houston's fetish society together in fun and games," says event planner Hellzmyst. We're guessing that PETA would definitely disapprove of their version of "reindeer games." 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, December 26. 5718 Fairdale. For information, call 832-593-8746 or visit www.havokonline.com. $10 to $15. -- Bob Ruggiero

 
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