TV Party Tonight! Artists' Television Access Gallery keeps us coming back by screening underground-movie treasures like Jeff Krulik's Heavy Metal Parking Lot, a hilarious documentary on Judas Priest fans getting wasted and waxing philosophic outside a Maryland stadium in the early '80s. It's payback time for all the people who enjoyed that film and the many other rare flicks and hip happenings the gallery has hosted, as ATA attempts to raise three months' back rent with "Midsummer Night's Funk," a four-hour film, video, and DJ'd music party. Heavy Metal Parking Lot makes a return appearance, along with musical shorts from Eartha Kitt and Negativland, and rare film clips of performances by Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, and Liberace. Dancing is encouraged when DJ Jamez spins '70s funk on twin turntables, and the subterranean Optic Nerve Lounge will keep viewers amused with unusual animation, Scopitones, and ridiculous industrial films. Screenings of Todd Haynes' famously banned Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, and the infamous Tommy 'n' Pamela Anderson Lee sex tape wrap up the evening's entertainment. Doors open at 8 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 20th Street), S.F. Admission is $5-50 sliding scale donation; call 824-3890.
Home-Grown Honky-Tonk The difference between Red Meat's first album, Meet Red Meat, and their second, Thirteen, was succinctly put by the Blasters' Dave Alvin, who produced the latter. The first was a "pleated pants" country album, Alvin said -- the second was a "tight pants" country album. Thirteen is named for the 12 originals and one cover, of Johnny Horton's "I'm a One-Woman Man," which appear on the new CD. It's mostly vintage-style bluegrass and honky-tonk, but the lyrics run the gamut from the timelessness of a broken heart to modern aggravations like phone tag. Red Meat, which features former members of the Movie Stars and is not to be confused with Sub Pop's Red Red Meat, will follow up a 3 p.m. in-store appearance today at Amoeba Records on Haight Street with a CD release party. They'll be joined by Jeff Bright & the Sunshine Boys and Johnny Dilks & His Visitacion Valley Boys, whose old-timey honky-tonk is distinguished by a smattering of Hank Williams covers and Dilks' widely admired yodeling ability. The show begins at 10 p.m. at the Transmission Theater, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $8; call 861-6906.
Glam Slam The best bits of big dumb glam rock -- sustained operatic high notes, arena swagger, glittery eye shadow, silly pants -- inspire L.A. threesome 10 Speed in both their live shows and on their self-titled A&M debut album. These boys can rip into power chords and deliver songs like "Suicidal Psychopathic Freak" with breathless dramatic urgency as easily as they can slide into a languid groove worthy of the late Mark Bolan (their first single, "Space Queen," is in fact the logical '90s extension of "Spaceball Ricochet" and Queen, done with hip-hop flavor). With its debauched movie stars and its polluted natural beauty, L.A. is a breeding ground for over-the-top glam bands (does anyone remember Celebrity Skin?), but how do they come off in San Francisco? 10 Speed headlines an all-you-can-eat barbecue show with Helium, the Day I Fell Down, Angel, and the Abbey Travis Foundation. The barbecue begins at 4 p.m., the music at 5:30 p.m., at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. (at Texas), S.F. Admission is $4; call 621-4455.
Crossing the Line Composer Vincent Montoya and his band the Tattooed Love Dogs perform live in the second weekend of El Otro, a family drama by Octavio Solis making its world premiere this weekend. Montoya wrote an original score for the work, which was commissioned by local theatrical company Thick Description -- their production of an earlier Solis work, Santos & Santos, won critical acclaim locally. Pop culture and the poetic language that is Solis' scriptwriting signature mesh in El Otro, the story of a Mexican-American teen-age girl who travels across the Rio Grande into Mexico with her father and stepfather, a journey that is fraught with tension as the dark secrets of personal and shared family history unravel. The show opens at 8 p.m. (and continues through Aug. 16) at Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St. (at York), S.F. Admission is $15; call 441-3687.
Enemy Music Supergroups tend toward embarrassing excess: Think Neurotic Outsiders (Sex Pistols meets Duran Duran meets Guns 'N Roses!), the Ted Nugent redneck-rock comeback vehicle Damn Yankees, or the Butthole Surfers-Ministry-everyone-and-his-mother revolving lineup of Pigface. Thankfully, the unassuming Seattle-based supergroup Tuatara is less flashy (it's unlikely they would refer to themselves as a supergroup), and arguably more talented. The core players are Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, Luna bassist Justin Harwood, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, and Critters Buggin jazz saxophonist Skerik. After their debut instrumental album Breaking the Ethers, named one of last year's 10 best albums by Entertainment Weekly, the band brought in Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and a handful of other musicians for Trading With the Enemy, a sinuous venture into smoky jazz lounges and '60s spy flicks, played on the standard guitar-bass-drums as well as gongs, marimba, and African djembe. The group performs at 8 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), S.F. Admission is $12; call 885-0750.