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The Hot List: 'Geek Trivia,' Filmusik's 'Planet of Dinosaurs,' 'Trek in the Park,' more

August 16, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 16--1 Just because it's summer doesn't mean you should be slacking off when it comes to flying your geek flag. Seize the day, show off your knowledge of nerdery, and compete for prizes at another session of "Things From Another World's Geek Trivia." Hosts Cort and Bobby preside, and the competition is fierce. So fierce, in fact, that the language can get R-rated, so be warned if you're bringing tender-eared young'uns. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday; free, 21 and older unless accompanied by parent or guardian; Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.; facebook.com/PortlandGeekTrivia

2 Long before there were silly, cheapo, made-for-TV horror movies like "Sharknado," there were silly, cheapo, made-for-the-drive-in horror movies like "Planet of Dinosaurs." Guess what it's about? Oh, all right, I'll tell: This relic of the 1970s features a no-name cast in a sci-fi tale about a spaceship crew who crash-land on a planet -- that has dinosaurs! But this "Movies in the Park" presentation is a Filmusik Production, which means voice actors, musicians and sound effects artists will perform a new, live soundtrack. The music is by notable jazz quintet the Blue Cranes. Bring blankets, chairs and refreshments, and be prepared in case it gets chilly after dark. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., the movie begins at dusk Saturday; free; Sewallcrest Park, Southeast 31st Avenue and Market Street; portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/446659

3 If you haven't yet joined the throngs flocking to see the "Trek in the Park" production of "The Trouble With Tribbles," put down the Quadrotriticale and crank up the warp drive. This live performance of the classic "Star Trek" episodes continues this weekend, and concludes next weekend (Aug. 24-25). Get there early. 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; free, all ages welcome; Cathedral Park Amphitheater, under the St. Johns Bridge at the corner of North Pittsburgh Avenue; atomic-arts.org

4 The "Music on Main Street" series continues with the sounds of Brownish Black, an eight-piece band specializing in '60s and '70s-influenced soul and R&B. 5 p.m. Wednesday; free; Southwest Main Street, between Southwest Broadway and Park Avenue, next to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall; pcpa.com/music-main-street

5 Are you wondering why everybody keeps talking about "Girls," Lena Dunham's HBO comedy (well, most of the time it's a comedy) about underemployed young people in New York? Here's your chance to catch up, with "Girls: The Complete Second Season," out on DVD and Blu-ray. I thought the second season was far more uneven than the first, but there were still indelible moments (including a haunting stand-alone episode with guest star Patrick Wilson). Available now; $39.98-$49.99; store.hbo.com

-- Kristi Turnquist

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