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The Hot List: Pipes improvised musical, OMSI Science Pub, Lego Tournament, more

May 31, 2013


May 31--1 Do you like comedy? How about musicals? Well, then how about "Pipes Les Revolutions -- An Improvised Musical?" The improvisational musical ensemble, Pipes, creates a musical comedy on the spot, based on audience suggestion. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday; $12 advance, $15 at the door; Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.;

2 If you're in the mood for something substantial, the OMSI Science Pub offers a discussion on "The Plastic Effect: How Plastic Pollution Is Changing the Ocean Ecosystem." Serious enough for you? Guest Emelia DeForce, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, talks about her experience in research expeditions devoted to exploring the problems presented by discarded plastic in our oceans. 7 p.m. Monday; 21 and over, or minor with an adult; $5 suggested donation; Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.;

3 The monthly "Brick or Block Lego Tournament" challenges teams to build a Lego creation in 75 minutes. The host chooses the theme of the structure, but team members need to have Lego know-how in constructing their creation. There are slots for only 10 teams, so if you want to relive your childhood Lego triumphs, get there early. 7 p.m. Wednesday; free; Cruzroom, 2338 N.E. Alberta St.;

4 If you crave more comedy and more power, "Micetro" presents a dozen skilled improvisers competing for audience votes. In the elimination-style process, only one champ will emerge improv-victorious. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Friday; $9 students and seniors, $12 general; Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway;

5 For fans of "Breaking Bad," waiting until Aug. 11, when AMC will begin airing its final eight episodes, has been a study in frustration. The first eight episodes of its fifth and final season aired last summer. So in case you need a refresher, a DVD/Blu-ray of those eight episodes is coming out, though it has the somewhat misleading title of "Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season." We'll have to wait, obviously, for the final eight episodes to get their own release. Oh, AMC, you vex me. This set features cast and crew commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes and audition and rehearsal footage. This release also includes an eight-minute, "uncensored bonus scene," called "Chicks 'N' Guns," created specifically for the home video release and starring Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk. The scene, as the press release promises, "tells the pivotal back story" to the episode titled "Gliding Over All," the last episode we saw in the first half of Season 5, back in September 2012. Available Tuesday; suggested retail price, $55.99-$65.99;

-- Kristi Turnquist


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