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The Hot List: 'Free Comic Book Day,' Chris Hardwick, 'Three Buck Yucks,' more

May 3, 2013

YellowBrix

May 03--1 Celebrate comics with "Free Comic Book Day," which again gives fans the opportunity to meet creators, sample comics for free and check out exclusives. Shops all over the metro area will offer special treats for the day. To find the shop nearest you, go to freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator, and type in your ZIP code. Among the local celebrations, Things From Another World has family-friendly events planned for its area stores, including signings; free comics from publishers including Dark Horse, Marvel and DC; and appearances by members of the Cloud City Garrison, dressed in "Star Wars" costumes. 9 a.m. Saturday, at TFAW stores in Portland (2916 N.E. Broadway), Beaverton (4390 S.W. Lloyd Ave.), Milwaukie (10977 S.E. Main St.); TFAW.com/FCBD

2 Now here's an OMSI Science Pub topic that appeals to all sorts of people: "The Science of Being Happy and Productive at Work." Scott Crabtree, an expert on game development and software engineering, talks about studies that deal with how to make your work experience less like a "Dilbert" cartoon and more rewarding. 7 p.m. Monday; $5 suggested cover charge; 21 and over, or minor with adult; Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.; www.omsi.edu

3 The very busy Chris Hardwick, aka "The Nerdist," aka host of AMC's "Talking Dead," aka podcaster and all-around geek extraordinaire, aka newly announced host of a late-night show on Comedy Central -- when does this guy sleep? -- shows off his stand-up comedy chops. 8 p.m. Thursday; $20-$25; Helium Comedy Club, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave.; heliumcomedy.com

4 If your wallet's feeling thin, and you need some expertly delivered comedy, here's just the thing: "Three Buck Yucks," a variety show featuring stand-up comedy by two of Portland's best, Sean Jordan and Anthony Lopez, plus original sketch comedy, and topped off with an improv set. Doors at 9:40 p.m., show at 10 p.m. Saturday; $3; Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway; brodytheater.com

5 While it had some ups and downs in terms of quality, "30 Rock," in its final season, was a giddy delight, full of sly humor, satirical jabs at any number of targets and, as always, the terrific interplay of Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. If you missed it, catch up with "30 Rock: Season Seven," now out on DVD. Available Tuesday; suggested price, $44.98; nbcuniversalstore.com

-- Kristi Turnquist

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