THURSDAY, October 7 FILM--Part of the Mercury's Say No to 36 weekend, a screening of one of the greatest political documentaries ever, The Times of Harvey Milk, about the first openly gay politician who was assassinated in 1978. The Fresh Pot, 4001 N. Mississippi, 8 pm, $5 suggested donation

FRIDAY, October 8 DEBATE--This time around Bush and Kerry take on domestic issues--an even weaker subject matter for our resident president! Sabala's at Mt. Tabor, 4811 SE Hawthorne, 6 pm

ART, MUSIC & VOTING--Gallery 500 hosts Art for Democracy, a one-night only extravaganza featuring some of Portland's most stunning visual artists--Bruce Conkle, Abi Spring, Paul Green. roceeds to benefit MoveOn. Gallery 500, 420 SW Washington, 8 pm

POTTERPALOOZA--A Tom Potter love-in featuring music by Pepe & the Bottle Blondes, Rubberneck, Libretto, and Art Alexakis. The Radical Cheerleaders will be on hand to pump up that Potter team spirit. Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside, 7 pm, $15

KICK THE VOTE--Local comedy troupe Kick the Squirrel performs political improv, basing each skit on audience input. The Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 10 pm, $7, Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16

FILM--More of the Mercury's No to 36 weekend: A "sing-along" screening of Fame! Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 11 pm, $5

SATURDAY, October 9

BIKE RIDE--Keep the wheels spinning against homophobia. More No on 36, the Mercury's bike parade starts at Col. Summers Park (1925 SE Taylor, 1 pm) and ends at New Old Lompoc for a beer party. (1616 NW 23rd, 3 pm)

SUNDAY, October 10

BOOKWORMS--Bibliophiles come hither, for Broadway Books is hosting a benefit "house party" and donating 20 percent of all sales to the No on 36 campaign. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 5-7 pm

PANCAKE FEED--Its hungry work fighting for civil rights. Mercury's No on 36 weekend ends with a pancake feast. Aalto Lounge, 3356 SE Belmont, 10 am-2pm, $5 (all you can eat)

wednesday, October 13

DEBATE--The final showdown between Kerry and Bush. This time it's personal! Mission, 1624 NW Glisan; Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd; Sabala's, 4811 SE Hawthorne, 6 pm