THURSDAY, june 17

FILM--Follow groundbreaking visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (at the tender age of 19) through the New York art and music scenes of the early '80s. Downtown 81 offers a glimpse into legendary underground musicians, from no-wave power trio DNA to Gray, Vincent Gallo's and Basquiat's experimental noise-rock outfit. A must-see for the culture-vulture. EJ
Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave, 7 pm, $7

QUEER-OFF!--Think you're queer? Then prove it at the Mercury's Queer-Off competition! In a special gay edition of our Pleasant Moments Happy Hour series, three homo-riffic contestants chosen from the audience will compete to see who holds the most queer knowledge in their big gay heads. Prizes? YES. Fun? ABSOLUTELY. Gay? FABULOUS. WSH
Aalto Lounge, 3356 SE Belmont, 6-8 pm, 21 and over, free

SUPER--Like the X-Men, bicyclists need a secret underground lair where they can be their true selves, away from evil car culture. Well, the Slammer Tavern is hardly secret, but it's definitely a lair, and tonight, as part of SHIFT's Pedalpalooza, cyclists can dress up as their favorite superhero or villain and kick it. Put on your cape, get drunk, and take a little ride around town. You'll feel like you're flying. JWS
Slammer, 500 SE 8th (on Stark), 8 pm, free

FRIDAY, june 18

MUSH TOUR--"I cater to the nerves of wordsmiths/ I'm here to preserve the weird and absurd in cowshit," blurts rhymesayer Radioinactive on "Name Forgetter." This line sums up the Mush Records' out hiphop aesthetic: never stand still artistically or geographically. Weirdness is its lifeblood. DS
Meow Meow, 320 SE 2nd, 8 pm, $10 all ages

GAY PRIDE KICKOFF--Come ring in the queerest weekend of all time with an indispensable burlesque show, dance party, music by The Divided, and a Genderfuck cabaret! To make matters gayer, the whole thing is boxing themed! Don't forget your mouthguard! EJ
Nocturnal, 1800 E. Burnside, 8 pm, $7, all ages

SATURDAY, june 19

FROM THE GROUND UP--Raising dough for Ethos' Urban Music Project, Portland's finest breaking promoters, Amplified Techniques, pop a super-hot three-on-three b-boy/b-girl battle. JS
Ethos-Inc, 5308 N Commercial, 2 pm, $7; Afterparty: NAC, 326 SE Morrison, 9:30, $7, all ages

FASHION--School's out forever for the 2004 graduates of the apparel design department of the Art Institute of Portland. Get a sneak peek of the most recent crop of freshly educated designers at Under Construction, a fashion runway show that also features an exhibit of shoe designs and fashion illustrations. MS
Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis, 228-6528, 8 pm, $20-25

X-MEN--Turntablists of the highest order, the X-Ecutioners, who are now a trio (Mista Sinista left the group two years ago), are much better on the stage than on record. These DJs will certainly make your day. CM
Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 8:30 pm, $13.50

SUNDAY, june 20

ELECTRO ROCK--Love the Faint? Well then don't miss Broken Spindles, side project of The Faint's Joel Petersen. Atmospheric, industrial, fashionably villainous, it's still somehow danceable. Said side project originated as a film soundtrack, and the cinematic effect still reverberates. MS
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $8

GAY PARADE--Join in the further homogenization of gay culture with the annual Gay Pride Parade. See all the local corporations and religious groups who are making a special point to say they support their friend who's a friend of somebody whose second cousin is gay. Okay, I'm mean and bitter, and this parade is always great fun regardless of my bad attitude. And as usual, I'll see you there! WSH
Parade begins in the Pearl District, heads down Stark Street and winds through Old Town; step off at 11:15 am, free

MONDAY, june 21

IMPROMPTU--With Wilde-ian pith and bluster, Impromptu dramatizes the love affair between feminist, cigar-puffing writer George Sand (a brilliant Judy Davis), and frail, Puritanical Frederic Chopin (a dour Hugh Grant). So, so witty. JS
PSU Progressive Student Union, Smith rm. 225, 6 pm, free

TUESDAY, june 22

MUSIC--Support Absolutepunk.net's introduction into the real world. Isn't it great when people stop emailing and start getting real? Anyway, this website is full of articles, interviews, music clips, and all other media for the music geek, and this tour with Audio Karate (rock), Say Anything (pop), MC Lars (spins Run-DMC to Piebald), and Lance's Hero (rock) helps fund their existence. KS
Paris Theater, 6 SW 3rd, 224-8313, 7:30, $7-9

WEDNESDAY, june 23

DANCE--Wednesday begins the happy descent into the weekend, so why not celebrate with a little hiphop and R&B-fueled move-busting courtesy of DJ Mello C. with their new format, The Sea is emerging as one of the new hotspots in town, and it's no wonder, considering dance nights like these. Hollaaaah! KS
The Sea, 318 SW 3rd, 241-5450, 9:30 pm