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From Portlandia, with laughs - PORTLANDIA: THE TOUR - The live counterpart to the IFC series, which has gotten a huge increase in attention in its second season, mostly because its creators and leads, Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live’’) and Carrie Brownstein (from Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag) are enormously appealing, with a firm grasp of absurd character tics. Feb. 20, 8 p.m. $30. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com NICK A. ZAINO III

CLUBS & DANCE NIGHTS

DEADMEAT TOUR 2012 Steve Aoki, son of Japanese Olympic wrestler and Benihana founder Rocky Aoki, created the record label Dim Mak in the mid-’90s. (Dim Mak refers to a martial arts move that causes instant death.) In addition to Aoki’s headlining set on Feb. 16, Datsik and Autoertique will also perform. Feb. 16, 7 p.m. 21+. Tickets: $35-$50. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com

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THIRD ANNUAL BOSTON CHILI CUP Ned Devine’s will be hosting its annual chili cook-off, now in its third year, where more than a dozen local restaurants will compete for the best cup of chili in Boston title. Defending champion the Baseball Tavern was unable to compete this year, so it’s a clean slate for spots like the Harp, Dillon’s, and Anthem Kitchen + Bar. Feb. 16, 6 p.m. 21+. Tickets: $20. Ned Devine’s. 617-248-9900, www.neddevinesboston.com

BONOBO Oozing with haunting synth stretches and beefy bass lines, the music of British-born DJ Bonobo (nee Simon Green) progresses like a slow burn before sparking into a multilayered treasury. He’ll kick off a stretch of US dates with a set at the Paradise. Feb. 16, 8 p.m. 18+. Tickets: $15. The Paradise. 617-562-8800, www.thedise.com

GUYS, GALS, AND GLITTER You’ve heard of burlesque, but what about boylesque? There will be something for everyone (and we do mean everyone) at Club Cafe when the men of Sirlesque split stage time with the ladies of Rogue Burlesque. Feb. 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m. 21+. Tickets: $12 in advance, $18 at the door. Club Cafe. 617-536-0966, www.clubcafe.com

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COMEDY

JIM GAFFIGAN Gaffigan, one of the most reliably funny and universally appealing comics touring today, brings his “America Tour’’ to the Wilbur for a string of shows. Feb. 16, 7 p.m.; Feb. 17, 7:30 and 10 p.m.; Feb. 18, 7 and 9:45 p.m. $39-$59. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilburtheatre.com

DAVE RATTIGAN Rattigan has been a Boston staple for a while, both as a comedian and as a booker. He was one of Mottley’s first headlining comics, and returns for a show with up-and-comers Matt D and Marc Livingston. Feb. 18, 8 p.m. $20. Mottley’s Comedy Club. 877-548-3237, www.mottleyscomedy.com

PORTLANDIA: THE TOUR The live counterpart to the IFC series, which has gotten a huge increase in attention in its second season, mostly because its creators and leads, Fred Armisen (‘‘Saturday Night Live’’) and Carrie Brownstein (from Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag) are enormously appealing, with a firm grasp of absurd character tics. Feb. 20, 8 p.m. $30. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com

SARA BENINCASA READING Benincasa will read from her humorous new memoir, “Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom,’’ which developed from her one-person show. She’ll have Boston comics Maria Ciampa and Erin Petti to help entertain the crowd. Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Ave., Brookline. 617-566-6660, www.brooklinebooksmith.com

NICK A. ZAINO III
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