This Week's Critics' Picks

U. District Street Fair, Frank Portman, and (we admit it) The Da Vinci Code top our list.


OK, the book was full of holes and overhyped. And nothing we've heard leads us to believe the movie will be any better. So why are we still eagerly awaiting The Da Vinci Code? Because there's at least a chance it will flame out spectacularly, and who doesn't crave a little schadenfreude now and again? Opens Fri., May 19, at various theaters. LYNN JACOBSON


The mother of all street fairs, the University District Street Fair ushers in the festival season. This year the theme is "dogs," but whatever: We're going for the crafts and the street food. University Way Northeast between Northeast 41st and Northeast 50th streets, 206- 547-4417, Sat., May 20–Sun., May 21. LYNN JACOBSON


Music speaks to young people, and Bay Area musician Frank Portman (the Mr. T Experience) has written an acclaimed debut novel, King Dork, about what it's like to be miserable and uncool in high school—until J.D. Salinger comes to the rescue. He'll also play tunes along with the reading. Cupcake Royale, 2052 N.W. Market St., 206-789-5006, Free. 7 p.m. Tues., May 23. BRIAN MILLER

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