THURSDAY, Sept 30 DEBATE--What better way to watch the Presidential debate than with friends, a big screen, and beer? What stoopid thing will Bush say? Will Kerry finally turn you on? Sponsored by League of Women Voters. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 6 pm, free

FRIDAY, October 1 BANDS AGAINST BUSH--30 bands in three days proves yet again that pretty much anyone with musical talent hates Bush. Dr. Theopolis, Sketchy Ted, the Rachel Taylor Brown Band, plus more local music! Conan's Pub, 3862 SE Hawthorne, Fri-Sat 9 pm, Sun 5 pm, $5 each day

MAYORAL DEBATE--Francesconi and Potter are at it again--this time in a debate sponsored by the City Club. Governor's Hotel Ballroom, 611 SW 10th, 224-3400, noon, free (lunch $18)

SATURDAY, October 2 GOOD GAY EATS--The Basic Rights Oregon Annual Dinner honors local heroes of the equal rights movement. Oregon Convention Center, 6:30 pm, $125

MUSIC--A No On 36 benefit concert featuring the troublemaking talents of rockers Sarah Dougher, Sophe Lux, Nicole Campbell and Rory Merrit Stitt. Lola's Room, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $7 adv., $8

TUESDAY, October 5 VEEPS--Dick "Puppetmaster" Cheney takes on the handsome Mr. Edwards in the vice presidential debate. See whether Cheney's heart can withstand 90 minutes of pressure-filled questioning. OPB, 6 pm

RALLY--Local politicians, activists and musicians rail against changing Oregon's land use protections--these are what keep Oregon green (plus, if Measure 37 passes, it'll bankrupt the state). With music by Amoree Lovell and the sweet-voiced Nicole Campbell. White Eagle Café, 836 N Russel, 7 pm

GAY CHORUS--This all-new show from the Nancy Boy Tenors pays tribute to gay marriage in a range of musical styles, from spiritual to swank and back again. Wilf's, 800 NW 6th & Irving, 7:30 pm, $10 (reservations recommended)

THURSDAY, October 6 NO ON 36--The Mercury kicks off a weekend of fundraising, rallying, and fun to defeat the bigoted Measure 36. For more info, see page 44.