Hot picks: Oct. 12, 2012

Richard Thompson
Pamela Littky
(NYT13) UNDATED -- DEC. 13, 2004 -- SCI-BEER-GEOLOGY-2 -- A glass of beer is poured in this undated photo. Beer and geology are closely entwined, according to geologist Alex Maltman of the University of Wales. (Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)

Guitar slinger

British songwriter and renowned guitarist Richard Thompson has had his work covered by the likes of REM, Los Lobos and Elvis Costello. Hear the originals 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Theatre, $38. Visit for info. music

Classic sounds

Get a double dose of '60s pop when the group that brought us songs like "Da Doo Ron Ron," The Crystals, teams with The Vogues, the group known for hits like "Five O'Clock World," 7 p.m. Sunday, Egan Center, $44.95. Visit for info. music

The humpty hump

Shock G was the most recognizable member of the classic hip-hop group Digital Underground, not just because of the big fake nose, but also as the voice behind hits like "The Humpty Dance." He performs a solo show 8 p.m. Saturday, Koot's, $25 (21 and older). Visit for info. drink

Cure what ales you

Sample from and learn about more than 50 breweries at this year's Matanuska Brewfest, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Raven Hall on the Alaska State Fairgrounds, $30. For an extra $29, you can take the the Magic Bus there and back from Koot's.