The Gay Agenda


By Edgar Casillas

TUNES: Those sinister U.K. goth-rock trailblazers Bauhaus (above) have returned from their musical grave -- but, unfortunately, not for long. The quartet's first studio album in 25 years hits stores March 4, and though they've already announced it will be their last, Go Away White (Bauhaus Music) delivers the signature dreary drama, guitar fuzz, and blood-boiling energy fans relished during the band's dark zenith in the early '80s. Welcome back, boys.

DO-GOODERNESS: This week the 24th annual S.T.A.G.E HIV/AIDS benefit celebrates BLAME IT ON BACHARACH! a musical commemorating Burt Bacharach. The performance features the likes of Melissa Manchester (yes, that gal who sang "Don't Cry Out Loud"!), former Amercian Idol runner-up Justin Guarini (where has he been?), and former Rent boy Jai Rodriguez reinterpreting some of the wildly successful composer's best songs (70 of which, by the way, made the U.S. Top 40). Proceeds go to AIDS Project Los Angeles. Choose from two sets -- one on March 8 at 8pm, the other on March 9 at 3pm, at the Wilshire Theater Beverly Hills. Get your tickets here.