10 Days This Week

Tuesday, 30 

Dance_Tuesday30Timba Tuesday, Impulse Bar and Grill, 1425 Northwest Monroe Ave. 7:30 pm

The last time I purposefully danced, I was probably seven or eight, it was at an Elk’s Lodge, I won a UB40 cassette and I’m pretty sure I saw some guy that was missing a nose. To protect others from my anti-skills, I keep things under wraps… however, you don’t have to. What I consider to be the closest thing to busting a move to something by Willow Smith  in terms of “dances that can give you a concussion,” these Rumbanana sponsored events are a blast and everyone walks away smiling. And besides, you do need to loosen up for New Year’s Eve, am I right?


Wednesday, 31   

ImpulseNYEve_Wednesday31Bombs Away New Years Eve Party, Bombs Away Café, 2527 Northwest Monroe Ave.

What could be a better way to spend your New Year’s Eve than eating a pizza made of solid gold while riding a T-Rex through a series of mystical waterfalls on your way to the unicorn capital? Nothing, really. But catching a show with the legendary Space Neighbors, alongside New Music and Time Travelers, comes pretty damn close, wouldn’t you think?


Bootleggers Ball New Years Eve 2014, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 Southwest 1st St. 10:00 pm

Paying respect to the fall of prohibition, Cloud & Kelly’s plans “a night of raucous, fancy dress frivolity,” which sounds  like a great excuse to bust out your monocle and feather boa. DJ’s SayHiro and Modesik will be pumping jams directly into your ear sockets while you sip masterful cocktails – or if you’re awesome like me, shots of Lagavulin.


Thursday, 1   

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANew Year’s Day Cinema Showtimes

Let’s say that, and this is hypothetical of course, you have a hangover. You open and close your dry mouth and detect all necessary evidence to believe that you may have brushed your teeth with peanut butter. A glance in the mirror? Let’s hope that’s not permanent marker, because not everyone in the general public appreciates the art of the Klingon blood curse. A few aspirin later you realize that you’re going to have to whip out the big guns: eating junk food and watching a movie or three. Yes folks, one of the most tried and true hangover cures (that doesn’t involve a raw egg or electrodes on your yarbles) is, of course, catching a great flick in a comfy chair. As Corvallisites, you’re in luck! Our local Darkside Cinema (Southwest 4th St.) and Albany’s Pix Theatre (321 Southwest 2nd Ave.)  have a number of great showings for wonderfully affordable prices. So please, do the thing, before it’s too late.



Friday, 2

Arts Center_Friday2Small Work Works!,  The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave. 12pm-5pm – Ends Jan 3rd!

13 of the best artists within arms reach coming together for a small works show that represents how they each operate within the constraints of 15”x15” spaces? Holy sh*t. Among the names are three of my own personal favorite locals: Andrew Meyers, Amanda Salov and Yuji Hiratsuka. Many different mediums are  present, from prints to ceramics to collages. If you’re into art, make art, have eaten a piece of art… this is a must-see Corvallis event, period. The show has been up since November, and ends tomorrow on the 3rd! Seriously, no more excuses.


Saturday, 3 

Guitar_Saturday3Mitch Lies Duo, 140 Northeast Hill St, Albany, 8 p.m.

Nationally recognized journalized turn musician, Mitch Lies (pronounced ‘lease’… I know, sad day) of Salem conjures up a blend of Americana and Folk Rock that’s unrecognizable as anything but very Mitch Lies-y. Offering up great, soulful covers and well as great originals, Mitch performs solo as well as with his duo.


Free Range Open Mic, Bombs Away Café, 2527 Northwest Monroe Ave.  8 p.m.

It’s a new year – let’s get that resolution out of the way. No, not inventing the reverse microwave, that one where you get up on stage and embarrass yourself. Or wow people, of course. Either way, Free Range is a great platform for it, so get up there and let ‘er rip.

Sunday, 4 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Northeast Hill St. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Blues Jam is, contrary to popular believe, not something you spread on wheat bread when you’re sad. It’s when a whole bunch of blues enthusiasts show up to Calapooia Brewing, dump beer down their throats and then either rock the hell out, or kick back and enjoy the tunes. Seriously, you’ve had to listen to Taylor Swift’s latest yammering how many times recently thanks to your kid? Blues Jam is like a colonic for your music mind.


Monday, 5 

lesmis_Monday5Les Misérables Open Auditions, Majestic Theatre, 115 Southwest 2nd St.

Alright, so you went to the Free Range open mic as well as the blues jam, and you’ve survived to tell the tale. ::pats you on the back:: I think it’s time for the next step: the stage. And what better debut than one that involves, in some alternative dimension too horrible to describe, Hugh Jackman singing? Auditions are both today and on the 6th – adults (16 and over) from 7-10pm, and children (9-15) from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Break a leg! Only not really, because that’s incredibly painful.


Tuesday, 6

MangoDjango_Tuesday6Mango Django, Old World Deli, 341 Southwest 2nd St. 7:30 pm. Free

Local jazz favorites Mango Django light up the stage  at Old World Deli with their premium blend of hot club jazz and bossa nova. A truly solid act and staple of the Corvallis music scene, they always put on a fantastic show. Don’t believe me? Well, you’re a jerk,then.


Wednesday, 7 

LMNO_Wednesday7LMNO, Bombs Away Café, 2527 Northwest Monroe Ave.

Let me get this straight: Page Hundemer of Xenat-ra, Nick Rivard from Space Neighbors, Brian Bucolo from Walk the Plank and Calobo, and grand warlock of sound Rob Birdwell… in a band together. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call a supergroup. And therefore, this show is kind of mandatory. Yeah, I know you work / have gout / need to rebuild your Magic: The Gathering decks. Gonna have to put that on hold, I’d afraid.


5th Annual OSU Staff Art Show Reception, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 Southwest 26th St.  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Diving headfirst into its fifth year, OSU’s annual staff show is a very tangible experience that makes one thing abundantly clear: Oregon State has a seriously amazing collection of artists in its employ. The reception is today – also known as a great chance to meet and talk with some of those involved. This is easily one of Oregon’s best art shows of the year, every year.


Thursday, 8

Device_Thursday8Device Grips, Bombs Away Café, 2527 Northwest Monroe Ave.  10 pm

Device Grips is…. different. A mixture of hip-hop, blues, and psychedelia comes together with lyrical prowess to produce a groove that is unlikely to ever fall on even a single deaf ear. Excellent Oregon band + awesome food and drink… with no cover. If you’re looking for something different (as in, excellent), this is your ticket.


Wild Hog in The Woods, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Northeast Hill St. 7:30

Fifteen-plus year Corvallis stringband veterans Wild Hog in the Woods will be taking Calapooia brewery by storm, and I’m thinking you should be there. If you’re a fan of old-time music of any kind, you’ll thank me later as Corvallis’ finest pluckers fill you with the warmth of yesteryears.