The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Monday, October 27: New Yorkers have an exclusive opportunity tonight to catch the Manhattan premiere of Bruce LaBruce's Otto; or, Up With Dead People at the Museum of Modern Art. The latest from punk homocore director LaBruce follows the oddly attractive zombie (is that so wrong?) Otto, who is suddenly back from the dead, discovered by an independent filmmaker, and thrust into the lead role of her political-porno-zombie thriller. (If only all struggling actors caught such a break.) Watch the trailer and head to the MoMa website for more info before the film screens at 7:00 PM EST (tickets at the door only; $10, $6 for students). For more on LaBruce and Otto, pick up the November issue of Out, or read our story later this week on

Tuesday, October 28: Your musical mission for this Tuesday is to pick up at least two of the three new queer albums dropping today -- or, hell, just grab them all. First, out singer and producer Richard Morel releases his new album, The Death of the Paper Boy, which the musician classifies as his own new genre, 'shoegazer disco.' The mood is mellow and melancholy, but melodic, and you can preview it directly from the artist's site. Meanwhile, visionary art-disco icon Arthur Russell's Love is Overtaking Me features more than 20 previously unreleased demos and home recordings from the late songwriter, composer, and producer, who died from AIDS-related complications in 1992. Finally, get your hands on Microcastle by Deerhunter. The Atlanta-based quintet led by self-described asexual front man Bradford Cox describe their sound as 'ambient punk.' For a sample, check out the video for 'Strange Lights' off their last album, Cryptograms. On their latest work, they lay down fresh tracks like the blues-tinged 'Saved by Old Times," which features a vocal collage by the Black Lips' Cole Alexander and Cox singing about being captured by Victorian vampires. These boys wear dark and decedent so well.