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Circuses are scary things: Animals. Animal-rights protesters. Stale popcorn. Stale-smelling tents. Women with too much makeup. Men with too much makeup. Clowns. And, perhaps worst of all, sad clowns. Curtis Eller’s American Circus doesn’t have guys in tights wrangling big cats, but the band does have a possible auditory triple threat: banjo, ukulele, and accordion. Further, the press release for this event warns, “Yodelling and some strong language can be expected.” To judge from Circus’ 1890 and Banjo Music for Funerals, they’ll probably come from the audience: “Yodelay-hee-holy shit, this is some fine listnin’.” The two-person, darkly country Circus may not be the greatest show on earth, but it promises to be damn good. Pack all your friends into a tiny car and head to see the band play with Sam Lowry at 9:45 p.m. at the Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-8646. (Pamela Murray Winters)