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.
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.
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.