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What to watch, read and go to this week

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Julie Bowen and Ty Murphy make awkward an art form.

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Chuck The little action-comedy that could returns for Season 4 with a list of guest stars that includes Linda Hamilton, Dolph Lundgren and Lou Ferrigno. Mondays, 8 p.m., NBC.

Modern Family Coming off a season full of Emmy-winning laughs, America’s quirkiest family is back. Exceptional writing and a cast to match—this is the family reunion you want to attend. Wednesdays, 9 p.m., ABC.

Sharktopus trailer Syfy unleashes lots of cheesy TV movies with monsters like the dinocroc or the mansquito; Sharktopus is the latest, and while 90 minutes will surely be tedious, the trailer is two minutes of hilarious awfulness. syfy.com

HEAR

Not Not Fun Records The great LA-based noise and twisted-pop label has a mail-order sale going—buy three LPs (yes, vinyl), get one free. What better way to experiment with bands called High Wolf, Wet Hair and Odd Clouds? notnotfun.com

PLAY

LittleBigPlanet Is your sackperson excited? LittleBigPlanet 2 comes out November 16—until then, bone up on the Game of the Year edition of the first game. We recommend the PlayStation Network. Millions of user-created levels will suck up your time—or literally suck, like one we found involving a hamster cage and vacuum.

READ

Satiristas Comedian Paul Provenza gathered the brightest minds in modern satire (Colbert & Stewart, Parker & Stone, Cross & Odenkirk) and quizzed them about their craft. Do comedians affect politics? Should they strive to? The answers are funny and fascinating. $30.

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Fine art in motion Nevada Ballet Theatre continues to assert itself as a company transformed, an edgy entity freed from its pedestrian past. See its latest photo shoot—featuring tutus and motorcycles—at Brett Wesley Gallery. September 23, 6-9 p.m., RSVP at 243-2623.

Rita Mae Brown Her latest novel, A Nose for Justice, involves the touchy subject of water rights. It also launches a new mystery series. Hear Brown discuss it all. September 21, 7 p.m., Clark County Library.

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