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The Hot List: Natasha Leggero, 'Star Trek' trivia, 'Arrested Development,' more

May 24, 2013


May 24--1 Good comedy news: "Arrested Development" returns with new episodes, streaming Sunday on Netflix. Even better: The very funny Natasha Leggero is among the guest stars. Even better than that, Leggero will be in town for Mississippi Studios' "Laugh Thursdays" monthly comedy series. It doesn't get any better than that. Also on the bill: Barbara Holm and emcee Jason Traeger. 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday; $20 advance, $25 day of show; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave.;

2 If your idea of fun is going to see "Star Trek Into Darkness" and delving into the fine points of the "Star Trek" mythology, the movie's faithfulness thereto and other such matters, transport yourself to an evening of "Star Trek"-themed trivia. Just so you know, the questions focus on the original series, the first six movies and the two new, J.J. Abrams-directed "Trek" movies. In other words, get ready to get your Kirk on. And your Spock, too. And Bones. Can't forget Bones. 6 p.m. Sunday; free; East Burn, 1800 E. Burnside St.;

3 Dueling cellos, belly-dancing, Victorian atmosphere, Tesla coils and Theremins: yes, it's time for "Vagabond Opera's Spring Fling." The one-of-a-kind musical assembly is joined by the Balkan brass band Krebsic Orkestar; tarot readings and other surprises are thrown in, too. Feel free to dress as "your inner carnival," as the press release says. 9 p.m. Saturday; $13 advance, $15 at the door; the Secret Society, 16 N.E. Russell St.;

4 More comedy brightens the week with "Secret Weapon," a showcase hosted by Jon Washington and featuring Whitney Streed, Paul Jay, Christian Ricketts, Kyle Harbert, Katie Leon and Adam Pasi. Doors at 9:30 p.m., show at 10 p.m. Wednesday; $5; Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave.;

5 Speaking of "Arrested Development," if consuming the 15 new episodes available on Netflix on Sunday makes you nostalgic for the early days of the cult favorite, there's "Arrested Development: Seasons 1-3" on home video. In addition to the show's three seasons, there are special features including the never-aired extended pilot; commentaries; the Museum of Television & Radio panel discussion of the show featuring cast members; deleted scenes; bloopers; and featurettes. OK, sure, the show's three seasons have been released on DVD before, but, well ... here's another chance to own the Bluths. Available Tuesday; suggested retail price, $48.89-62.98;

-- Kristi Turnquist


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