Rin Tin Tiger, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free
RTT, as they were briefly known before chubby-fingered people looking for Jonathan Taylor Thomas fan sites kept winding up on their page and complaining, are one of San Francisco’s premier handsome-young-dudes-playing-Americana acts. Their promo material describes them as a “blend of Bob Dylan, Violent Femmes, and Tupac,” which I’m going to go ahead and give them a pass on. Let’s not insult each other, okay guys? They should be pretty good, and there’s a Corvallis Beer Week tasting from 6 to 8, too.
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. $15 ($10 for members, seniors, students)
The reviews are in, and it’s unanimous: Shel Silverstein was one sick puppy. To see some of his raunchiest, most preposterous musings, the Majestic has got you covered. There’s music, cursing, local celebrities (meet me halfway on that one), laughs, cries, suspense, acting, the whole nine. If you haven’t seen this show yet, and mathematically that seems plausible, you should be ashamed of yourself. Fortunately the second three shows will be filled with shamed faces of other people who snoozed and missed the opening weekend.
Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5
I recognize that for marketing purposes, Berto Boyd has no choice but to name drop his cousin Brandon Boyd, lead singer of Incubus. But he shouldn’t have to because he’s way less annoying to listen to. In fact, he’s dynamite. Berto specializes in a modern-infused flamenco guitar sound that is more than approachable. Grant Ruiz is no slouch himself, part of the Duo Flamenco with Terry Longshore, Ruiz is a virtuoso on the classical guitar and should make for a sophisticated night of music at Bombs. I unfortunately am not really welcome at sophisticated events, so I’ll be making a trashcan fire out back and listening to Paco De Lucia on a boom box. You’re welcome to join me… please… anyone…
Thunder Egg Consort, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. $15 ($10 for members, seniors, students)
This group is fabulous. They’re a bunch of world class performers who specialize in chamber music and come together to give Corvallis a taste of the finest. Does their name sound like they’re a 60’s Japanese import TV show about a group of astronauts who slingshot around the moon into a hidden black hole and return to an Earth populated by dinosaurs? Judging by the look on your face as you read this, I’m going to go with “only to me, I guess.” Anyway, classical music; it’s not just for lonely Japanese astronauts who only have one Beethoven record to entertain them while they attempt to build a time machine to get back home anymore.
Halfway to St. Pat’s Party with The Nettles, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 8:30 p.m. Free
Am I nuts or is the whole St. Patrick’s Day celebration at bars thing a little offensive? I mean, why do they assume college towns will just go ape sh*t for a drinking holiday? It’s offensive to college students and the faculty and staff that work at their institutions, and I for one won’t take part in it. The Nettles are fantastic, though, so if you like Celtic music, check this free show out. There’s no doubt about that part. As to the first issue, I’m not budging. As sure as the Reilly family coat of arms features a bleeding severed hand and that my grandma Mary used to tell me it represented God not tolerating masturbation, I will not support St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans. Other than this show, which will be great.
The Sublimities, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $3
Instrumental surf rock, baby. It’s making a comeback. I don’t really have any proof for that statement beyond these guys and the Svens. But those are two of my favorite bands to play around here, so I’m going to extrapolate that into a trend. Mark Lemhouse is one of the most interesting talents in the country, and we get to see him and his stellar band with pretty decent regularity. Not too shabby. Get in on the sensation that is sweeping the nation state county community.
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 2:30 p.m. $15 ($10 for members, seniors, students)
I know what you’re thinking, isn’t Sunday God’s day? Isn’t this a day on which we’re specifically ordered to not watch hilarious live theater filled with raunchy and risqué subjects? Isn’t this the day on which one should never dream of watching a sketch about two hookers who have a rhyming pitch? Aren’t there like six other days way better suited for a sketch about a blind harmonica player who swears at his long-suffering talking dog? Wouldn’t literally any other time be a more respectful and appropriate 24-hour period in which to attend a show featuring a sketch about a couple debating which member of the family to throw off a lifeboat? The answer is no, obviously. This is your last chance to see the show everyone is some people are talking about.
Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 4 to 6 p.m. Free
The Shel Silverstein show actually has a fair dollop of blues, bluegrass, and other good music happening, but if you really need the hard stuff, the ‘Pooia’s got you covered as usual. Free blues jamming; what a country! I can’t stress the freeness of this show enough. They not only won’t ask you for any money to get in, but they’ll additionally not beat and rob you in the bathroom once you’re there. What can I tell you? They’re just generous people. Calapooia Brewing Company: a great place to not get beaten and robbed in the bathroom at.
Bryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free
The ‘Gine is bringing a week full of jazz music, and Bryson is the engine that gets this train going. Every Monday he expertly uses his fingers to hit all the right spots to make the ‘Gine come alive. And alive does it ever come. Good lucking finding a place to sit once Skaar starts playing, because the secret’s out about this guy being awesome. Other thing the secret’s out about: Americanos. It’s just water mixed with coffee. Also known as: coffee. Let’s not church up the name too much…
Dicemasters, Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics, NW Buchanan Ave. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free
The unique nature of role playing games, that they’re not about winning, but participating in a quest, is what makes this night of dice mastering so fun. Matt’s Cavalcade is a proud purveyor of cooperative adventure and bulk consuming of sugary sodas. This thing should be sponsored by Mountain Dew. Join these wizards of the near-coast for a night of sword and sorcery for the right price of free. Every Monday night.
Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free
Do you love A Star Is Born with Judy Garland? Of course you do. Who doesn’t love the classic music-filled drama? Well buckle up, because CMNYK is toting the original, the 1937 version with the great Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, and Adolphe Menjou, directed by one of the greatest directors of all time, William Wellman. Free admission, free refills on the popcorn (if you bring your own tub), newsreels, cartoons, and an intro from noted aspiring jogger Ygal Kaufman, who I hear is just a charming fellow.
Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free
Celtic Jam is on fire recently, am I right? I’m so high on this group right now I’m thinking of joining in myself one of these nights. Will I be playing the violin? The concertina, maybe? Mandolin? No I think I’ll go with that most traditional of Celtic instruments: the three-pointer. I’m going to show up at this Celtic Jam and knock down treys like Paul Pierce on an espresso binge. I figured it had been like at least six months since I made a basketball reference… Recycling, it’s great for the environment and for writing.
Curtis Monette, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free
Has it already been a month? Curtis Monette is back at Bombs. Show up for a free face-melting at the hands of Corvallis’ foremost one-man guitar show. This edition of Monette of the Month is brought to you by the fine folks at Bombs Away, who are dedicated to bringing you a free dose of Curtis with the same regularity that you presumably change your sheets. Was that a random shot at your cleanliness? Yes. Sorry, I’ve been acting in this thing about laundry at the Majestic and I’m all turned around right now…
Casablanca, Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave. 7 p.m.
Alright Whiteside, so it’s a showdown. You want to take on CMNYK for the title of undisputed king of showing this town classic movies, huh? Well, you brown-toothed snakes in the grass… DRAW! Oh holy crap, you’re toting Casablanca? Jeez. Alright, maybe you can be co-kings. This is deservedly remembered as one of the greatest films of all time and seeing it on the big screen at a place like the Whiteside is a treat. Ticket price and availability will be available on the Whiteside website and Facebook page.
Back to School Comedy Night, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $3
Corvallis’s funniest expat (at least until I move away) Jeff Oliver is blowing back into town with a tugboat full of comedians from Portland and around the country to entertain us. This is most definitely one of the biggest bargain treats we get all year in town, so you have no excuse to miss it. Pro stand-up comics for $3 hosted by one of our own. I shouldn’t need to explain this to you, but just in case you’re a fan of that ventriloquist “comic” who does the skeleton dummy routine, these will be actually funny comedians. For $3. At Bombs. Go. Now. Just go.
Wild Hog in the Woods, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free
Is it fair to call these guys Benton County’s hardest working American roots music band? I think so. They describe their music as sleaze jazz. That’s also how I describe myself, so as you can guess, I love these guys. They play a lot and they play for free and there’s nothing more Corvallis than that. See them this week in Albany. (There’s nothing more Corvallis than that either!)