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The Hot List: Neil Hamburger and Tim Heidecker, 'Erotic Fan Fiction,' more

July 12, 2013

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July 12--1 If you like your comedy on the unconventional side, here's a bill for you: The artist known as Neil Hamburger (actually, an Australian gent named Gregg Turkington who has satirical sport with stand-up conventions) and Tim Heidecker, of the boundary-busting Tim & Eric duo. 9 p.m. Friday; $18; Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave.; startheaterportland.com

2 The small-scale but always intriguing "Ten Tiny Dances" returns to Beaverton to show what performers can do when dancing on a 4-foot-by-4-foot stage. The space may be small, but the impact isn't. Performances begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday; Beaverton Farmers Market stage, Southwest Fifth Street and Hall Boulevard, Beaverton; free; beavertonarts.org

3 More comedy of a bawdy nature is on tap with "Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction with Bryan Cook." A big hit at the April Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the event comes back for one night, featuring comics writing and performing erotic fan fiction bits, inspired by audience suggestion or racy creative impulse. It's quite a line-up of comedians, beginning with visiting headliner Jackie Kashian, whose credits include everything from "This American Life" to Conan O'Brien's show. Also on the bill are such Portland stand-up standouts as Ian Karmel, Shane Torres, Barbara Holm, Kristine Levine, Sean Jordan, Gabe Dinger, Philip Schallberger and Christian Ricketts. 7 p.m. Sunday; $10; HawthorneTheatre , 1507 S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd.; hawthornetheater.com

4 Revisit the days of childhood viewing -- and don't be surprised if some of it now looks pretty freaky -- with "Saturday Morning Confusion." Presented by Seattle's famed Scarecrow Video, the program features a surreal mishmash of VHS nuggets -- some animated, some featuring MC Hammer, all weird. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; $8; Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.; http://hollywoodtheatre.org

5 In case you hadn't heard, McMenamins Mission Theater has a new format. Gone: second-run movies. In: "The Assembly," the name given to a new programming mix of film screenings with lectures, performances and other such offerings. So this week, "The Assembly" hosts Cult Movie Trivia Night, featuring the Burt Reynolds good ol' boy camptastic classic, "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977). Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia and movie at 7 p.m. Monday; $5; 21 and over; Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St.; mcmenamins.com/Mission

-- Kristi Turnquist

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