Nuclear Scars Fifty years after the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings, the cultural fallout lingers. The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemorative Film Program takes a long, close look at what U.S. history books would rather ignore and forget: nuclear devastation perpetrated by America. Judy Irving and Chris Beaver's Nagasaki Journey portrays the bomb's effects from American and Japanese perspectives, while Akira Iwasaki's Hiroshima -- Nagasaki, August 1945 documents the tragedy itself. Two other documentaries -- Jon Else's Day After Trinity and David Brown's Bound by the Wind -- look at science's role in a nuclear age. The screening starts at 1 p.m. at the Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon, S.F. Free with museum admission ($2.50-9); call 563-7337.
Photogenic Pooches AndrŽ KertŽsz, Robert Adams, Daido Moriyama, Annie Leibovitz, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Keith Carter, Bruce Weber, Gay Outlaw, and Sylvia Plachy have all aimed their cameras at dogs. The proof: These photographers -- and the canine-obsessed William Wegman and Elliott Erwitt -- are included in "All Dogs," a group show at Photos Gallery. To celebrate the publication of The Dog Addressed, a new book edited by gallery owner Ruth Silverman, famous snapshots of boxers, wolfhounds, spaniels, and mutts are on view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 403 Francisco, S.F. The exhibition continues Wed-Sat through Sept. 16. Free; call 986-4149.
Sunny Indoor Fun Formed 20 years ago, the Jamaica Association of Northern California aims to bring together transplanted Bay Area Jamaicans and to educate the American public about the country's culture. Both goals -- and plenty of food, awards, games, and reggae -- are on the agenda when the nonprofit JANC celebrates Jamaica's 33rd year of independence with a dinner and dance benefit. The party starts at 7 p.m. at Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness, S.F. Tickets are $30; call (510) 464-1300.
In Defense of Offenders Though cynical politicians frequently exploit the flaws in California's criminal justice system for votes, the public rarely hears about success stories. "Record Breaker" -- a new downtown art display by Ruth Morgan -- takes a look at six people who have survived prison and turned their lives around. With past convictions ranging from first-degree murder to minor drug offenses, Morgan's six subjects include a barber, a cook, and the assistant sheriff of San Francisco. Presented by Market Street Art in Transit, the resulting collages of mug shots, candid snaps, and autobiographical texts can be seen all day and all night (through Sept. 25) on 24 kiosks up and down Market Street in downtown S.F. Free; call (510) 845-3332.
Rock 'n' Rara Combining rara -- rhythmic street music accompanied by portable petro drums, bamboo trumpets, tin coronets, and gourd rattles -- with electric bass and guitar, Haiti's 10-piece Boukan Ginen are known for their politicized, anti-military anthems. Led by versatile vocalist Eddy François (of Boukman Eksperyans), the combo also incorporates compa, reggae, and African pop into their sound. Hear them perform songs from their acclaimed new LP Jou a Rive at 9 p.m. at Caribee Dance Center, 1408 Webster, Oakland. Tickets are $12-14; call (510) 835-4006.
Summer Camp Jeopardy for poor souls suffering from pop- and camp-culture damage, "Quiz Bang" stumps and amuses contestants and audiences alike. Hosted by Quiz Master Leigh Crow (aka Elvis Herselvis), with Quiz Mistress Birdie Bob-Watt playing the Vanna White role, the "gayme" show's categories include "Bette Davis Bon Mots," "TV Transsexuals," and "Hair Don'ts." Learn the answers to vital questions (ex.: "What is Debbie Reynolds' real name?") and help separate mildly sick kitsch amateurs from truly twisted professionals at 8 p.m. at the Cable Car Theatre, 430 Mason, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 956-8497.
Real Rock When Courtney Love sings in that dull, rotten rasp that she's "fake," who can argue? Money can buy you Love, but if you like rock that's real, Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker is for you. "[Tucker] may have the most distinctive, demanding voice in pop music today," writes critic Greil Marcus, "and once you've learned to hear it, every inflection, every silence, tells secrets and wrestles demons." Each syllable Tucker sings is a struggle between rage and vulnerability -- her high-pitched, choked-up voice turns seemingly innocent couplets like "Angels in the skies/ Watch you with their eyes" into threats. The thing is, packed with raw body/emotion metaphors, Sleater-Kinney's debut LP sports not one, but two awesome singer/guitarists: Tucker (formerly of Heavens to Betsy) and Excuse 17's Carrie Brownstein (whose "Last Song" is the LP's strongest, most harrowing cut, no small feat). Like Team Dresch's Personal Best -- the only other vital, original U.S. indie album out this year -- Sleater-Kinney's twin guitar/vox dynamics are a model of female collaboration; more important, they pack a wallop. Hear them, along with Dub Narcotic and Emily's Sassy Lime, at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 621-4455.