All hail the rain and temperatures that don't melt your unmentionables.

Of course, I'm biased. I just returned from a weekend in Texas, covered with either bug bites or scrapes/bruises from my various "face-meets-pavement" moments.

Not that it was a bad trip. It was actually a grand adventure of a whole new culture. Confederate Flags flew as if the 1860s never happened, craft breweries shut down on Sundays and streets literally shut down for the bar scene.

No, seriously. We were out having a drink at one of the more dive-bar spots we could find, and it was like sifting through a sea of intoxicated chaos. The street's closed, there were street vendors trying to get me to buy roses and I was seeing varying levels of bare skin as folks seemed very proud of their bodies.

Ah the beauty of traveling, and getting the hell out of your own comfort zone.

But since travel also costs out the ass, I've got an easier way for you to get some culture. Colorado's Brazil Fest has returned for a third year, brought to you by the Boulder Samba School.

Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Brazilian performers will be hitting the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St.) stage. They, along with tons of local talent, will bring you all things Brazil, following a group samba dance lesson at 7 p.m. Info: bouldertheater.com.

But first, make sure you limber up with some yoga. Find peace in your inner soul or something ... stretch your groin muscles in awkward ways ...


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It's part two of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art's (1750 13th St.) Summer Games: Yoga in the Park. Tonight at 6, you'll have the best yoga instructors in Boulder leading you through their own yoga routines (some with positions they've invented themselves).

And once you've stretched it out, you'll have local brews and food trucks to look forward to. Just remember that yoga mat you know you've got hidden under all the laundry. Info: bmoca.org.

And now, beer!

Over at Wild Woods Brewery (5460 Conestoga Ct.), brewers are ready to unleash Silence Lager. It's a Czech-style pilsner hitting pint glasses near you at 4 p.m. today. Mmmm.

Or hey, over at Upslope's Flatiron Park taproom, brewers have the new Black IPA, dry-hopped with Simcoe hops and settling in at a feisty 8.2 percent ABV. Nothing shabby about that.

The folks at Shine Restaurant (2027 13th St.) also have a beer release. (Geez, this really is all the beer. They can sense our need for new hoppy refreshments.) Today, the restaurant will be hosting an official Saison Shine Beer release party, complete with the brewer talking up his delicious work and Henhouse Prowlers performing live in their gathering place.

I know you all listened to me and bought your tickets already, and you're all set for Avery Brewing's (5757 Arapahoe Ave.) 21st Anniversary Party this Sunday. From noon to 5 p.m., you'll be there to celebrate with them and all their new, limited release beers, right? Good.

Oh, and don't forget. This week, I'm gonna need you to come in on Saturday ... yea ... check out "Office Space" at Boulder Outdoor Cinema. behind BMoCA (1750 13th St.), rife with white people trying to rap and married squirrels you'll want to watch from your own window.

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