THURSDAY, June 3

VINYL ART--Vinyl Killers 2 is an international gathering of artists who spray-paint stencils on records, which is preeetty cool. Kick it off with tonight's reception, then head down to Liberty Hall on Friday to see huge works composed of many dead and reborn records, as well as the live painting of a van! And DJs everywhere! MS
Opening reception w/DJ Elizar: Zeitgeist Art Gallery, 625 NW Everett, 6 pm, free; Friday, Liberty Hall, 311 N Ivy, 249-8888, art shows through Sunday

HAPPY HOUR--If there is one thing the world needs more of, it's happiness. So, please join the Mercury staff for a few hours of extreme happiness in the guise of free food, cheap drinks, prizes, and entertainment. And by entertainment we mean this special little rag's first-ever "Act-Off"; a test of acting prowess between Mercury staff and the ever-talented audience members. So if you got skills, show up and act! KS
Green Room, 2280 NW Thurman, 228-6178, 6-8 pm, free

FRIDAY, June 4

MUSIC--Plucking her harp like an Appalachian siren (in Senegalese polyrhythms); singing with a crackly howl about unicorns and whales, trees and peaches; influenced by Nabokov and The Last Unicorn--Joanna Newsom is the sweetest and most mystical of songwriters. She is a magical sprite! JS See Music pg 19 w/Devendra Banhart; Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $8-10

FILM FEST--From the plummeting mountain faces to the crashing surf, the Northwest is a playground for surf, snow and skateboarders. And now it is all caught on film! A cross between Dogtown and America's Home Videos, tonight Hammersurf, a local surf company, shows off their top 10 locally, independently produced films about "boarding." Afterparty with even more films. PB
Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy, 803-4668, 7 pm, $5

SATURDAY, June 5

HANDMADE--Yippee skippee, it's another Handmade Bazaar weekend! Make sure to stop by this weekend and check out the goodies your crafty townspeople have created (purses, jewelry, journals, etc.), while enjoying some live music to boot. And there will be vegan lunches for sale, too. MS
Saturday: Marisa, The Culottes, Lounsbury; Sunday: Picnic, Lightning, The Dying Ember; 5742 NE Mallory, 11 am both days, free

MUSIC--It's an all-you-can-eat vocal buffet tonight. Diehard Dinosaur Jr. fans, J. Mascis is in town with his pleasantly mopey voice and his latest band, The Fog. Check also the strong, sweet voice of Mirah, and the lowest/sexiest voice to ever come out of the state of Washington, Mr. Calvin Johnson. KS
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 225-0047, 9 pm, $15-18

SUNDAY, June 6

GRAFFITI ART--Aerosol art and murals are currently outlawed in the city, and New American Casuals, underneath the eastside of the Morrison Bridge, has become Ground Zero for challenging those laws. Today, Ricardo R, Mike Giant, and Neonski--three of San Francisco's most talented graffiti artists--will put their talents onto the walls there. Accompanied by DJs Wicked and Wheels. PB
New American Casuals, 326 SE Morrison, 294-0445, 7 pm, refreshments available, free

GRAFFITI ART--Aerosol art and murals are currently outlawed in the city, and New American Casuals, underneath the eastside of the Morrison Bridge, has become Ground Zero for challenging those laws. Today, Ricardo R, Mike Giant, and Neonski--three of San Francisco's most talented graffiti artists--will put their talents onto the walls there. Accompanied by DJs Wicked and Wheels. PB
New American Casuals, 326 SE Morrison, 294-0445, 7 pm, refreshments available, free

MONDAY, June 7

ROCK THE VOTE--Hey kids, voting is COOOL, don't you know?! Oh shucks, what are we saying? Voting is a responsibility, much like brushing your teeth. But, to make it more fun, you might as well have fun while you're doing it. Hard-rocking Joshua James and the Fireballs of Freedom will set the democracy tone tonight. (And yes, young co-eds will be there harassing you to register to vote.) Plus, a Voodoo Doughnut eating contest. PB
w/Ma Ford, Gifford Pinchot; Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $2 (with signed pledge to vote), $8 without

TUESDAY, June 8

FOUND--Some years back, Davy Rothbart started a humble little zine called Found, an assortment of discarded notes, laundry lists, doodles, and other real-life scribblings rescued from corners all over the world. Flash forward to the present; Rothbart is a literary superstar, with appearances on everything from NPR to Letterman. He blows through tonight in support of a spanking new anthology that features the best snippets from Found's illustrious history. JWS
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, free

WEDNESDAY, June 9

MAD GENIUS--Enigmatic organ-rocker Quintron showcases his own manic musical inventions, including a drum machine powered by saliva, and the Drum Buddy, a gadget that creates drum sounds when exposed to light. Your ass will thank you when you hear the ruckus of his unusual disco beats. Cartoon mayhem meets disco-punk meets you, burning a whole bunch of calories on the dancefloor. EJ
w/Miss Pussycat, Storm & the Balls, The Punk Group; Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 226-6630, 9 pm, $8