bINGO BENEFIT! ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Don't miss what could be the arts fundraising event of the year: It's the PNCA's Bingo Benefit, with fabulous prizes, FREE food, booze a plenty (NOT free), "cigarette" girls (no idea what that means, but it sounds delicious), music from Dr. Zomb's Stereo Obscura, AND the Mercury's own Wm. Steven Humphrey calling the numbers! Who knew cultural edification could be so damn fun? Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1241 NW Johnson, 226-4391, Saturday November 22, 7 pm, $10

* Battle of the Artist Curators
The inaugural show at Haze Gallery showcases the personal work of artists who are better known locally as curators, or who have curated at least a few local exhibitions. This includes multi-taskers such as Jeff Jahn, TJ Norris, Eva Lake, Bryan Suereth, and others, but unfortunately leaves out Nan Curtis, Bruce Conkle, Stuart Horodner, and Terry Toedtemeier. We're not sure why, but halfway through the show's run, the artists are swapping out all their work, so now you have reason to go see it twice. Haze Gallery, 6635 N. Baltimore Ste. 211, 503-283-6863, Through Dec. 31

* Rhinestone Thong
Hanging one of Vinh Bui's Plexiglas paintings over your bed would inspire more boudoir action than a mirror on the ceiling. Wood paneling, fragmented bodices, and glowing strips of green and pink all comprise these great paintings. Field, 328 NW Broadway #114, 503 810 4788, Through May 31

* The Kill Zone
In northeastern Oregon, on land that the Umatilla Indian Tribe hunts, fishes, and gathers medicinal plants, the U.S. government has stockpiled decades worth of nerve gas, mustard agents, arsenic, and hundreds of other deadly chemical agents. For extra comfort, the storage depot is located downwind of the Hanford Nuclear Power plant. This group show features photos, paintings, and installations about the area, as well as Umatill, a documentary film abut the Depot. Orlo Exhibition Space, 2516 NW 29th, Bldg 9, 242-1047, Through Jan. 23

The Scratchboard Diaries
Bay Area artist Monica Lundy first started using scratchboard, an easier way of making images that look like woodblock prints, to create sketches for her paintings. They soon took on a life of their own, and now the faux-diary images are on view at Ogle. Ogle, 310 NW Broadway, 503 227 4333, Through Nov. 29

Vinyl Killers Stencil Show
Zeitgeist has invited over 70 artists from 12 countries to participate in this "history making exhibit." The parameters are simple: each artist creates a work on an old record sleeve using stencils. This should be a great show by underground artists. Zeitgeist, 625 NW Everett #109, 971-544-1365, Through November