ART--In "Hotheads and Burn-outs," John Frentress shows matured versions of slightly disgusting, occasionally surreal miniature light-bulb portraits. Previous bulbs appeared on the Thinkin' Fellers Union Local 282's "Strangers From the Universe" album cover art. JS. Reading Frenzy, 921 S.W. Oak, 274-1449, through June.
WHIRLY GIG--How long has it been since you've simultaneously screamed with excitement and barfed? The Rose Festival debuts today with three blocks of cotton candy, jugglers and roller coasters. KD. Waterfront Park, 5-11 pm. June 1, 11 am-11 pm June 2. Free before 6 pm, $3 after 6 pm. Tickets for rides are not included in entry fee.
FRIDAY, June 2
MERCURY RISING-- The Crystal Ballroom and the Mercury bring you our very first musical extravaganza! Heyyyy... you look like you could use a backrub. Slide over here and let C Average and Boycrazy give you the musical equivalent of a sensual massage. JS. Lola's Room at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332W Burnside, 225-0047, 8:30 pm, Free!
ART--The best thing since caged bread. Oh, wait, it is caged bread. Linda Hutchins' visual art show, featuring bread products in bondage, asks her viewers questions worth answering. KD. L&B Viewing Room, 1714 NW Overton, 241-4144, 6:30-8 pm Thursday, June 1. Runs through June.
SATURDAY, June 3
MUSIC--DON'T BE LATE! Opening act The Minders are the raison d'punctuality. If headliner Elliott Smith is a scuffled shoe-gazer writing poetry in the bar, The Minders are the dancers with the confetti and the really great hair-dos. Fuzz bass bliss! Buy tickets soon--should be tight. (See Up & Coming p 14) JS. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside. 225-0047 $16 at the door.
SUNDAY, June 4
NUDE PEOPLE--Oh... my... Lord. Girls and boys? Taking their clothes off? On stage? Backed up by Mike D and the "Jungle Pussy Crew" playing disco covers? And audience members are invited to take their clothes off, too?! Sweet Jesus, take us now! We've heard it all!! WSH. Flesh Fest II, Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm $7-$10.
MONDAY, June 5
FILM--Nora Desmond is back-and ready for her close-up, Mr. DeMille-- in this darkly hilarious satire of Hollywood, Sunset Blvd. Fans of snappy dialogue and director Billy Wilder shouldn't miss the chance to see this classic, in pristine condition, on the big screen. WSH. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave, 223-4515, through June 8, 7pm, $6.
TUESDAY, June 6
DRUMS--This is as real as it gets: Homowo African Arts and Culture bring a storm of drumming from West Africa to painfully white Portland. Drumming master Obo Addy can play more than fifty types of drums-almost with his hands tied behind his back. A rare opportunity to experience authentic African percussionists. AW. Darlington-Brentwood Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave, 7:00 pm, Free.
WEDNESDAY, June 7
READING--If Jack Kerouac were a Sleater-Kinney song, you'd have Kief Hillsbery's War Dogs. A former columnist for Outside and writer for Rolling Stone, Hillsbery returns to his hometown to read from his first novel. PB. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, Free.