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Wednesday, Jun 7 1995
june 7
Throw a Brick at Your TV American teens face media saturation daily, with little or no education on how to criticize the nonstop barrage of materialism and stereotypes. Race, Representation, and Youth -- a recent creative program allowing Balboa High students to make zines, books, and TV and radio shows -- is one exception; "Jump Cuts," a panel discussion hosted by the nonprofit art space Southern Exposure, is another. Part of a series of events designed to bring students and artists together, "Jump Cuts" will explore the positive and negative effects of pop culture: Panelists include Nell Bernstein (editor of YO! Youth Outlook) and Rebecca White (high school student and co-host of KRON's First Cut teen show). Listen and talk back from 7-9 p.m. at Southern Exposure, 401 Alabama, S.F. Admission is $5 for the general public, free for high school students; call 863-2141.

Shake It Up Baby According to a recent New Yorker, the New York Museum of Modern Art was recently "jumping." It was also "hopping and tooting and barking and whooping ... clicking and clucking and cussing and cursing." The occasion? A showing of the new documentary Twitch and Shout, largely attended by members of the Tourette's Syndrome Association. The irreverent tone of the New Yorker piece matches Laurel Chiten's film. Like author Oliver Sacks, Chiten -- who has TS -- provides information (Tourettic individuals throughout history have been institutionalized, even burned at the stake) without denying the anti-social humor of TS's compulsive, convulsive, "obscene" tics and twitches. Ultimately, this honest approach results in understanding. See for yourself at 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 p.m. at the Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St, S.F. Admission is $6; call 863-1087.

june 8
Film Finals An annual show of the best student creations from the school's Department of Cinema, the San Francisco State Film Finals screens many styles and genres. Experimental, documentary, animated, and dramatic works are all part of this year's bill; titles range from Mary Scott's Miss Somebody (a short that presents children's perceptions of divorce and shared custody) to Caroline Blair's The Day I Shot President Kennedy. Scope out the local neophyte auteurs Thurs-Fri at 7 & 9:30 p.m. at the Red Vic, 1727 Haight, S.F. Tickets are $5.50; call 668-3994.

Ghouls in the Garage The Spanish magazine Munster calls Sweden's the Nomads "los indiscutibles reyes del garage-punk." The American magazine Ben Is Dead says the Washington quartet Mono Men "bust through police barricades at crust warp 10, armed only with their instruments and a case of Black Label." Opening for these fearsome foursomes are the Groovy Ghoulies, who don't have any press clips to share, but do have a neato name. Blast into the past at 8 p.m. at Club Kilowatt, 3160 16th St, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 861-2595.

Gloria Steinem City Arts and Lectures' "On Arts and Politics" series continues with activist, author, and founder of Ms. magazine Gloria Steinem. Publicly, Steinem refuses to play into media catfights with Paglia, Roiphe, and Hoff-Summers: In the latest Ms., she lets Susan Faludi do the dirty work. As an author, Steinem continues to filter human and social issues through feminism's prism: Her latest tome, Moving Beyond Words, is a step away from the self-help rhetoric of its predecessor, Revolution From Within. A benefit for the Women's Foundation, Steinem's appearance is hosted by Washington Post reporter Cynthia Gorney. Listen and think at 8 p.m. at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Tickets are $15; call 392-4400.

Heavenly Creatures Is it possible to reconcile homosexuality with Western religion? Should gay men even bother? These questions are at the heart of Wrestling With the Angel, a new collection of 20 essays. Even if one doesn't find this subject compelling, the resulting book features some excellent writers. Hear three of the best -- Kevin Killian, Fenton Johnson (author of the superb Scissors, Paper, Rock, and editor Brian Bouldrey (whose debut novel, The Genius of Desire, deserved more attention than it got) -- at 7:30 p.m. at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness, S.F. Free; call 441-6670.

june 9
Lines Contemporary Ballet Time for this week's edition of the numbers game: Lines Contemporary Ballet is 13 years old, and it currently has 14 members. Their 1995 season spreads eight performances over two weeks. Three new ballets by artistic director Alonzo King will be premiered; one is a collaboration with Bernice Johnson Reagon, composer and founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Join Lines and guest artist Muriel Maffre (performing in Poulenc Pas de Deux, a piece King created for her) of the S.F. Ballet Fri-Sun at 7:30 p.m. at Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. Tickets are $10-27; call 978-2787.

Smelly Sounds Who cut the cheese? Enrique did! (Cut the Cheese is the title of their debut LP.) Gorging on pop songs then puking them back up in strange new shapes (a typical medley mixes Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream" with Styx's "Mr. Roboto"), Enrique make up for tone-deaf singing with frightening enthusiasm and fantastic outfits. They'll be giving away a fabulous Enrique summer vacation kit (complete with water skis and life vest) when they open for Green Day's gay friends (Pansy Division) and Middle America's worst nightmare (Tribe 8, just back from a U.S. tour) in a triple bill of homo-rock hedonism. The show starts at 9 p.m. at the Transmission Theatre, 314 11th St, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 621-1911.

june 10
La Pe–a Turns 20 La Pe–a Community Center is no longer a teen-ager: This is the 20th year that it's contributed to Bay Area culture and activism. In celebration, the space is offering exactly what it supports -- music, dance, poetry, and art from around the world. Help fight NEA nemesis Newt Ging-Grinch and give this vital space a hand. Outdoor festivities begin at noon; the party (tickets are $10) starts at 9:30 p.m. at 3105 Shattuck, Berkeley. Call (510) 849-2568.

New Wave for a Cause First, a public service announcement: Jet to the closest indie record store and buy "Planes," a 7-inch on Teen Beat Records by Romania, an irony-free D.C.-based duo who sound just like "Rio"-era Duran Duran, only way better. Mission accomplished, proceed to visit New Wave City's Pride of the '80s Dance Party, where you can invent herky-jerky dance moves while helping a worthy cause. All proceeds from Pride of the '80s will go to Project Open Hand; Deena Davenport's New Wave Video 2000 will be on hand to lip-sync and lisp-sync. The party starts at 8 p.m. (and lasts until 3 a.m.) at 278 11th St, S.F. Admission is $10; call 864-4689.

Reggae Sunsplash A toast, to Reggae Sunsplash. This year's tour features old hands like Aswad, artists with new releases (Buju Banton, Wailing Souls), and female voices (Sister Carol, Worl a Girl). Doug Wendt from the Transmission Theatre is on hand to spin a global mix of sounds, and contact highs will be available to anyone within Berkeley's city limits. The fun in the sun starts at 2 p.m. at the Greek Theatre on the UC Berkeley campus. Tickets are $22.50; call (510) 762-2277.

Theater in the Street There's a clown conspiracy in San Francisco. I'm not referring to antics at City Hall, but to one of countless acts featured in this year's In the Street Theater Festival. While free street theater is common in Europe, Africa, Asia, and elsewhere, it's uncommon here: The jugglers, dancers, actors, and other characters in the festival aim to change this. Check out Wise Fool Puppet Intervention, Project Bandaloop, Teatre Ng Tanan, A Black Box Theatre, and more noon-6 p.m. at 500 Ellis, S.F. Free; call 905-5958.

june 11
Nobody Does It Better Who is Mr. Nobody? Well, he's a guy in black clothes, with a black mask on his face, a black bowler hat, and white gloves. He's worked with Tommy Tune, Ethel Merman, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, and Gloria Swanson. He's been a director, actor, choreographer, composer, designer, and producer. He's never been a dentist. Now he's a cabaret performer, and you can see him at 8 & 10 p.m. at Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 252-7842.

The Post-Mortem Itch Since Madonna cannibalized and hardened her downy-soft image, Marilyn Monroe no longer reigns supreme as the world's biggest artificial blonde. Still, she has some power as a (dead) icon: The U.S. Post Office will soon unveil a stamp featuring her heavily made-up face. And here in S.F., the Plush Room is holding a post-mortem birthday celebration for the suicidal (or was she murdered?) superstar. They promise sing-alongs, as well as look-alike and sound-alike contests. Elton John won't be there, but Connie Champagne and other Bay Area performers will. The cabaret festivities commence at 2 p.m. at the York Hotel, 940 Sutter, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 552-2222.

Walk for and With Women Take a Sunday stroll through the park and help someone in the process: Join the fourth annual Women and Cancer Walk. Benefits from the 5-kilometer event go to 12 Bay Area community health centers serving women with cancer, including Bay Area Black Women's Health Project, Lyon-Martin Women's Health Services, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Native American Health Centers, and the Older Women's League. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Call 487-6224 for volunteer and pledge form information.

june 12
Nancy, Tonya, and More Not many books boast a cover blurb from Billie Jean King, but local author Joan Ryan's Little Girls in Pretty Boxes is an exception. Subtitled The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters, Ryan's book highlights the internal tug of war between strength and femininity that female athletes face in America. See how it stacks up in comparison to other recent sports critiques (Mariah Burton-Nelson's The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Watch Football and Brian Pronger's The Arena of Masculinity) at 7:30 p.m. at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness, S.F. Free; call 441-6670.

june 13
Do You Know the Way to Concord? Burt Bacharach and Hal David have written some of the most beautiful pop songs ever, though nowadays, with greedy Dionne Warwick hawking psychic advice on the boob tube, they're usually devalued as kitsch. Back to Bacharach and David, a musical revue featuring 28 of the pair's hits, probably doesn't feature a singer of Dusty Springfield's caliber, but it does offer a chance to hear "Close to You" outside of irony-drenched urban S.F., in the sentimental suburban settings (think Karen Carpenter) that their songs evoke. Indulge in some California dreaming (whoops, that was the Mamas and the Papas) during a preview performance at 8 p.m. at the Willows Theatre, 1975 Diamond, Concord. Back to Bacharach and David plays Wed-Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 p.m., and Sun 3 p.m., through July 15. Tickets are $12-18; call (510) 798-1300.

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