Stuff your weekend with a bit of the exotic (and, hey, I'm not talking the coin-operated, Kleenex-dispenser kind here -- you know who you are) as part of Batizado e Troca de Cordas. It's two days of wicked capoeira action, courtesy of your ass-kicking friends at Brazilian Capoeira (3228 N. Nevada Ave.). Tonight, join in on an introduction to the dancy martial art from 7:30 to 8:30, and tomorrow, check out demonstrations by visiting guests and local performers. It's all free and open to the public. For more information, call 231-6833.
At first, I was all kinds of pissed off that someone managed to misspell "brouhaha" in a press release. Then I realized it's a pun! Ha! That said, get to Cañon City this afternoon for the Cañon City Brew-Ha-Ha (ha!), a microbrew tasting festival with stand-up comedy. There, you can slake your thirst, get in some guffaws and benefit a good cause. All proceeds go to the Fremont Center for the Arts. The thing starts at 3, and tickets are $20. Call 719/275-2790 to find out more.
After getting your drink on, why not check out the Spin Doctors? Remember them? Those lovable, bearded hippies will be dancing comically, strumming their instruments with stoned abandon and pointedly ignoring requests for "Two Princes." Doors open at 7:30 for the 21-plus show at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St. in Boulder), and the cost is $20. For more, point that Tibetan earflaps hat of yours over to foxtheatre.com.
Golly, with a name like Throwdown, do you think these guys might be a wee tough? Got that right, Johnny. These chug-a-trons are the poster children for Orange Country hardcore and all the two-steppin', floor-punchin', change-pickin' love that implies. They'll be busting heads tonight starting at 7:30 at Darkside (2106 E. Platte Ave.) with Remembering Never, the Agony Scene and Sinai Beach. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Get yours at sodajerkpresents.com.
If Ben Fold's Odd Man Out Tour ain't your thing (too loud! too cynical! too many big words!), get to an instrumental whirligig of fun tonight at the Paramount Theatre (1621 Glenarm Place in Denver) for Trio!, which is, as you may have guessed, comprised of three guys. Did you guess that those three guys were Bela Fleck, Jean Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke? No, you didn't. With Fleck on the banjo, Clarke on bass and Ponty on jazz violin, it's sure to be an absolute blitzkrieg of notes, which is awesome if you're into that. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $32.50 to $45 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 520-9090.
Oh, man, Pelican's coming to town! (Not this town, but nearby.) The Chicago quartet fuses brilliant doom-metal with stoner sludge and tinkly instrumental minutiae, and they do it better than anyone alive. Their 2004 album, Australasia, was a standout for the year and made many critics' Top 10 lists (including mine). They'll be playing tonight with the Neurosis/Isis side project Red Sparowes and Denver's own Across Tundras at Rock Island (1614 15th St. in Denver). Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door for the 7:30 show. I direct you again to sodajerkpresents.com.
Pull on your betrayal pants and get to UCCS this weekend for its run of Macbeth, showing through Sept. 4 at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive). Well-loved since forever, Macbeth is the heartwarming tale of a young mouse who becomes lost and must find his way back to his family. Laughter, lessons and touching songs ensue. Or not. Reserved seats for tonight's 7:30 p.m. show are $22 and general admission is free, on a first-come, first-served basis. For show times and more information, log onto uccstheatreworks.com or call 262-3232.
This is your second-to-last week to get to the Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.) for Hang-Ups, a mega mixed-media show of works created from domestic appliances, clothing and a smorgasbord of other stuff, designed to be hung from clotheslines across the gallery. This installation piece will be running until Sunday, Aug. 28. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 232-9368.
-- Aaron Retka