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Apatow stands up; Lego Knight

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September 21, 2008|Denise Martin

Lucky ticket-holders can talk about: "Judd Apatow Presents an Evening of Comedy" at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Hollywood's comedy "it" man will perform some rare stand-up with surprise special guests (Michael Cera, Michael Cera, Michael Cera). (Saturday)

Like it or not, the kids will talk about: Demi Lovato's "Don't Forget" and Pussycat Dolls' "Doll Domination." Disney Channel star Lovato prefers metal band Lamb of God to her pop brethren, so expect her album to be less cutesy. Expect the Pussycat Dolls' to be more . . . Pussycat Doll-like. The disc is 16 tracks long -- and features a bonus 17th track: the group's take on "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps." (Tuesday)

And while the kids are busy, you can talk about: TV on the Radio's new album. There's no Bowie this time around, but he'd probably be pleased by the experimental band's latest, "Dear Science," already said to be even better than 2006's "Return to Cookie Mountain." Art-rock you can dance to. (Tuesday)

Still not over Batman? You could talk about: Lego Batman: The Videogame. Just don't go looking for the brooding "Dark Knight." You can, however, spy potential villains for the next film. The game includes the original Robin -- Dick Grayson, now called Nightwing -- old-school baddies such as Scarecrow and latter-day villains such as Harley Quinn. (Tuesday)

Go ahead and talk about: "Choke." But not if you have mother issues. Based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, who also wrote "Fight Club," "Choke" revolves around a self-proclaimed sex addict and penniless con man (Sam Rockwell) and his dysfunctional relationship with ailing mommy dearest Ida (Anjelica Huston). At one point, she gets him mauled by a wildcat. (Friday)

You still want to talk about: "Ugly Betty"? Last season's finale left us wanting. Not because the Henry-versus-Gio debate was left unresolved but because both guys, initially so promising, had been reduced to whining do-nothings by the end. The writers have to know it too. Can't you just hear our heroine declaring, "I choose me!" already? (Thursday)

-- Denise Martin

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