The Gay Agenda
By Peter Schaus
HARD-CORE: For a thrashing good time, click here and see the nightmarish new video from alt-metal troupe Otep, fronted by hyper-sexy lesbian Otep Shamaya. "Breed," their strident cover of the Nirvana track, just debuted on MTV2's Headbangers Ball. A commentary on "materialism, the media, and perceptions of happiness," the clip features a cute blonde tot (played by Shamaya's niece) playing with her demented-looking dollies (always a haunting affair) before she completely freaks out. Mr. Cobain would be proud.
EXHIBITIONISM: With new episodes of Gossip Girl, America's Next Top Model, and Project Runway airing, you'll probably be spending your weekend snuggling up with your TiVo. It's time to put down the remote and assert your cultural superiority over the straights by hitting up photographer Kobi Israel's exhibition at the David Gallery in Culver City, Calif. The Israel-born artist, best known for his use of striking visuals and male eye candy, separates his works into two erotically artistic sections: One room hosts the works of 'Intimate Strangers," which tackles the mystery of arriving in a foreign country," while the other boasts 'Promised Lands,' which encapsulates "the mythical life of our imagination and aspiration." The show runs through Nov. 24. For more information, head over to Israel's website at KobIsrael.com.
ICON: As if you needed another reason to see Morrissey in concert, the Tony Blair'hating, Guy Fawkes'loving crooner recently announced that Girl in a Coma would be opening for him for the rest of his tour. The twang-punk trio -- who take their name from the Smiths' morose classic "Girlfriend in a Coma" -- have been gaining a significant queer fan base as of late, mostly due to their gay bassist Jenn Alva and darkly poignant music video for 'Road to Home,' starring muse-goddess Amanda Lepore. For tour dates, log on to