Cherry Blossoms, Young Tom and the Naive
In conjunction with the wonderful exhibit, Hug Me, the Craftwork Club-which includes Keith Crowe, Bob Kittle, Mary Kate McGoldrick-and Jim Blashfield, Joanna Priestly, Lars Holmstrom, Zak Margolis, among others, show films and other ephemera. Pacific Switchboard, 2632 SE 25th, 236-0867, 8 pm , $4

Becoming a Nation
Now tell me this doesn't sound like a party and a half: Americana From the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State! Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, 276-4246, April 12 through June 8

Next Now
James Archer has curated a show of eight emerging artists who have never broken through to art world stardom. Maybe this show is their ticket out of this joint, or simply an opportunity for you to discover your new favorite artist. Littman and White Galleries at Portland State University, Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, 725-5656, Through April 25

It's hard to tell, but I think Mona Superhero is the name of the artist of these fantastic-looking, Post-Pop, colorful duct tape explosions. Aalto Lounge, 3356 SE Belmont, 235-6041, 9:30 pm, free

Portland Grid Project
This loosely-affiliated group of camera jockeys have been systematically documenting every square inch of Portland for the last decade. Here's a sample of what they've found. Marylhurst Art Gym, 17600 Pacific Hwy., 699-6243, April 14 - May 17

More and more Everett Station Galleries are importing work by New York artists and pairing them up with local talent, which is a very good thing. Portriat features work by Mercury faves Amos Latteier and Natascha Snellman, as well as a bunch of Yanks we've never heard of. Neon, 328 NW Broadway #115, Through May 4

Waking Dreams
Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Le combines color photography, craftwork, media appropriation, and national identities to create extraordinarily complex and emotive photo-weavings. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 207 SW Pine St, 224-0521, Through April 26