GETTIN' ETTEN—A few days before her MusicfestNW set, the incredible Sharon Van Etten plays a secret show (sshhh, don't tell!) at Bunk Bar, where you can hear her stunning, meditative folk songs while mawing down a delicious sandwich. Van Etten's devastatingly great music will be one of the highlights of this year's fest, so see her tonight and beat the crowds. NL
Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water, 10 pm, $10

SPELL YOU LATER—Calling all word nerds! Time to prove your mettle (could you please use that in a sentence?) with the Amazing Stumptown Spelling Bee. The monthly event promises fun, boozy spell-offs. Cheer for your favorites or get up there—every correctly spelled word earns you a free beer, and the winner takes home $50. Time to show all those mathletes how you roll. CF
w/DJ Dundiggy; Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th, 9 pm, $3 (FREE to spellers)