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Love and Basketball with Kenny Smith, Rich's (2401 San Jacinto): This could be considered the Kenny Smith Package, given that Kenny is the one throwing the party, but for Valentine's Day, it's $80 and Biz Markie. Nobody beats the Biz.
Young Jeezy, James Harden, LeBron James & Nelly, The Compound at HESS Club (5430 Westheimer): At only $50, you're sitting in the same venue as the best player on the Rockets, the best player in the league, one of the best trappers in history, and Nelly. And at a relatively new venue at that.
Maybach Music Group, Club Roxy (5351 W. Alabama): Club Roxy is legendary in its own right, and the amount of star power for this particular party will be massive. Hometown kid Rashard Lewis brings to town with him some of the best video vixens in Maliah Michel, Keyshia Dior, Kyra Chaos and Bernice Burgos. Needless to say, you might want to be here for the women.
Trinidad James & DJ Drama, Club Empire (3101San Jacinto): Here might be your cheapest "All Gold Everything" experience with T. James throughout All-Star Weekend.
Rakim, Fitzgerald's (2706 White Oak): Two things: One, you get the God MC performing in Houston for what may possibly be the first time ever. Second, as an added bonus, you get the championship round of the Space City Beat Battle, highlighting some of Houston's best producers. Can't go wrong with either of them.
Jay-Z, Rich's (2401 San Jacinto): It's one thing to party with Jay-Z. It's another when you read off the bottle service you can get here, all the way up to a rap fantasy of $100,000, where you can hang out with 250 of your friends and get your own personal bouncers, ten bottles of Aces of Spades, your own private bar and then some. It might be the greatest non-Vegas moment of your life, but only if you dare.
Lil Wayne, Stereo Live (6400 Richmond): Weezy F. Baby and the F stands for frugal? Well, not necessarily, but you have to realize that partying with Weezy, as opulent as he may be, might could be a good bet for an ASW close.
Chris Brown & Carmelo Anthony, The Drake (1902 Washington): You want a polarizing party? You've got Chris Brown, currently public enemy No. 1, and Carmelo Anthony, who easily could be offended if you mentioned Honey Nut Cheerios to him. Team Breezy would be in full effect here, so be prepared to deal with overzealous fans.
Future & 2 Chainz, Venue (723 Main): Since Future has come into his own, he's become the king of hooks and songs dealing with love. 2 Chainz? Well, 2 Chainz is 2 Chainz, one of rap's great paradoxes simply because he used to be someone else, changed his name and became a household name. Yup.
T.I., Young Jeezy & Trinidad James, Ayva Center (9371 Richmond): Remember earlier when I said this was going to be the tougher ticket for Trinidad? Yeah, T.I.'s with him. And if you party with the King of the South, your best bet is just to party like him.
See individual venue Web sites for ticket information and availability.
THE BRAZOS RUNS DRY
Long-running line-dancing LGBT playground Brazos River Bottom enters its last days.
Last week Brazos River Bottom, the Texas-themed LGBT bar on the border of Midtown and Montrose, announced with this message on its Web site that it will close at the end of March:
"The sad news is official. The BRB will close it's [sic] doors on Saturday, March 30th. We are still looking forward to LUEY WEEKEND Feb. 14-17. We plan on having our 35 year anniversary party the second weekend in March.
"We will keep you informed on details of that party weekend. The TGRA Rodeo will be held in Pasadena, TX this year, and we will be hosting several entertainment events that weekend of March 15-17. We will continue 'business as usual' with what we are sure will be a very incredible final night on March 30th."
Known for its line-dancing lessons and "Get Hot or Get Out" attitude, BRB projected a y'all-come-back hominess in the middle of Texas's biggest city, even posting its bartenders' work schedules on its Web site. Rumors of its closure surfaced on the bar's Facebook page a few days before the announcement, and BRB co-manager Robert Harwood told CultureMap that the owners had sold the building and were looking at possible new locations, though he estimated chances of that happening at 50/50.
Following the closure of Mary's in late 2009, BRB was said to be Houston's longest-running gay bar at its original location, housed in a building that originally was constructed in 1887. Harwood cited the deteriorating condition of the building as a reason for the sale, saying needed renovations would be too expensive to complete.
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