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Tuesday, 24

Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free

Oh please believe, CMNYK doesn’t take breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Yom Kippur. We do believe in taking a respectable hiatus for Lag b’Omer, but it probably doesn’t fall near a InspectGenPRINTTuesday this year, and I was lying about that anyway. But for real, people, CMNYK is still Corvallis’ favorite free movie screening series and the best place to see the classics on the big screen. This week, after a couple weeks of heavier fare, is the light and beloved comedy musical The Inspector General (1949), starring the legendary showman (and dude who never missed Lag b’Omer) Danny Kaye.



Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free

What was the count on the Pilgrims? Were they all Brits? I’m thinking there was a fair amount of Irishmen in the boat, and so Celtic Jam is as appropriate a Thanksgiving week activity as anything else. Also it’s free, and I think it’s safe to say the Native Americans who met the Pilgrims didn’t even have currency as a concept up until that point. So when you think about it, this event is more Thanksgiving-y than eating turkey with your loved ones. Right?

Wednesday, 25

Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. Various showtimes

Look, there’s just nothing good to do in town on the days before and of Thanksgiving. So instead of pulling a muscle twisting myself into a pretzel trying to convince you to go do yoga or something… cough cough…I’m going to squeeze in an extra mini-Entertainmental to talk about a special opportunity to see an important film.

For one more week, and then who knows, the Darkside is holding over Dying to Know, a documentary about the transformational and fascinating relationship between famed LSD pioneer Timothy Leary and Ram Dass (née Richard Alpert). The two were psychology professors at Harvard in the 1960s when they turned the establishment on its ear by experimenting extensively with psychedelic drugs. Leary would spend the next 20 years in and out of prison for his beliefs and behaviors, while Alpert sought enlightenment with a Hindu guru and returned from India calling himself Ram Dass, and becoming a spiritual guide for countless inquiring souls over the next 40 years. (continued on Thursday 26)

Thursday, 26

Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. Various showtimes

In the new documentary from director Gay Dillingham (who was at the Darkside last week doing a Q&A after the film), the amazing friendship of the two luminaries is investigated to learn something valuable about the nature of friendships and legacies.

Leary died nearly 20 years ago of cancer, and spent a tremendous amount of time, particularly in his waning days, spiritually preparing himself, with the help of his old friend. Dass is now in his mid-80s and is preparing for his own spiritual journey as he prepares for the possibility that he won’t be around forever. It’s in this unique and eye-opening intellectual space that Dillingham weaves a warm-hearted, informational, and life-affirming tapestry from the lives and works of these two incredibly important thinkers of the 20th century. The film also can be an invaluable tool for a new generation of counter-culture warriors attempting to make their mark and not fade in the morning tide like so many others. From Dass and Leary, they get a master class.

Friday, 27

Buffalo Romeo, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free

As 8 Days devotees will surely know, I have a penchant for judging the “quality” of band names. I’m not sure what in my life gave me the idea I am fit to pass such judgment, but what can I tell you? I have a column. Buffalo Romeo is a f*cking terrific band name. Nicely done, fellows. The music is very… Americana (cue dramatic radio mystery music) but I’m going to endorse nonetheless. Two dudes playing acoustic guitars. Let’s do this.


The Lowdown, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. Free

This is a funky dance party. By which I mean the dancing is funky, not the aromas. Okay let’s be honest; small venue, lot of people getting sweaty—the aroma will be plenty funky as well. Once again, let’s do this Corvallis. But let me stress the beats will also be “chill,” per the information on the website. So let’s review; beats that are both funky and chill, being served up for free, at a well-known establishment we’re all fond of. I take it back, this sounds awful. That guy you see there dressed like a giant baby with angel wings and a fire halo that looks a crazy lot like me… is not me. That’s just some guy in town with a similar facial birthmark.

Saturday, 28

Three for Silver, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 9 p.m. Free

Hachi machi! Three for Silver is not Americana… they’re “anti-Americana,” according to their website. Now obviously that could mean a lot of different things. Are they just an Americana band that supports terrorists? Do they play the opposite of Americana? Are they rappers or maybe salsa musicians who just hate Americana? Oh wait, no, they’re something totally awesome and different. They sound like Tom Waits’ backing band if they had to work a gig on what they thought was a cruise ship, but turned out to be a pirate ship, just to pay their rent while Waits was doing a stint in rehab. Yeah. Going.


Ted Vaughn Blues Band, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free

Is this guy or anyone in his band related to Stevie Ray? No. But you have to imagine he goes out of his way to not disabuse people of that notion, right? If I start a band and my last name just happens to be Cobain, no relation, I’m probably not gonna be in too much of a rush to point it out. Oh, also, these guys are awesome. I would see these guys in a heartbeat. And it’s free? Done. Blues: the other white meat. No wait, that doesn’t work. The other white guy’s favorite music bar music.


Sunday, 29

Majestic Reader’s Theatre Presents Master Class, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 3 & 7 p.m. $10 ($8 for members, seniors, students)

Mcnally’s classic Tony Award-winning play about Opera legend Maria Calas leading a voice class at Juilliard gets the Reader’s Theatre treatment and it sounds fantastic. I’ve never actually seen the play, but it sounds wonderful and I’m sure half the theater lovers in town just rolled their eyes and thought to themselves, “He gets to write about theater and he’s never even seen Master Class. I bet I could do more pushups than him, too…” Them’s the breaks theatre-bros.


Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 4 to 6 p.m. Free

It’s no Ted Vaughn show, but you know what? For all I know, Ted Vaughn shows up at this thing all the time and it effectively is a Ted Vaughn show. Wow, I just said “Ted Vaughn show,” or some form of it, a bunch of times in a row. It’s so weird The New Yorker hasn’t returned any of my messages seeing if they needed any writing yet… I guess I’ll just keep at it. Blues Jam!

Monday, 30

Ray Hilborn, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7 p.m. Free

Ray Hilborn is going to be here talking about KISS and their landmark tour of Cuba in 1983—wait, hold it—I’m getting breaking news from LaSells that this is actually the Ray Hilborn who’s a professor at University of Washington and will be giving a fascinating lecture about sustaining fisheries across the world so we can continue to eat fish sticks. Huh. That’s a pretty glaring error. I guess you can read about KISS’ tour of Cuba in a book at the library—okay now hang on, I’m getting a text from the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library that they don’t have such a book. And that KISS never toured Cuba. You know what? I’m going to do my research before I start writing next week. This has not been helpful for you, has it?

Bryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free

If I’m understanding this whole crazy world correctly, it would appear Bryson Skaar does not care about fisheries’ health. I mean, here we’ve got this potential crisis unfolding with fisheries across the globe potentially in serious decline, Ray Hilborn travels all the way from Washington to lecture us on the topic, and Bryson Skaar doesn’t cancel his show? Disgusting. This guy is just going to sit there and play awesome jazz piano, for free, at the wonderful Imagine Coffee where you can get delicious coffee and pastries and relax with friends. I’m think going to be sick…

Tuesday, 1

Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free

CMNYK welcomes back Manhattan on the Rocks, Corvallis’ best jazz band (according to an unbiased poll of one person writing this run-on sentence), for another installment of live-music-in-the-theater-with-a-silent-movie, or LMITTWASM—you know what, I think I’ll work on that acronym a little more before we roll it out. But seriously, live jazz band playing in the theater along with (not just as an introduction to) a silent feature film. It’s Too Much Johnson (1938, and yes I’m just going to pass on making an obvious joke here), the once lost Orson Welles-directed silent experiment in comedy. It was just unearthed a few years ago and it’s a weird and brilliant experience, plus LIVE JAZZ MUSIC, in the theater. For free. Arrive early or stand in the aisles uncomfortably. This will fill up.

OSU Wind Symphony & Wind Ensemble Fall Concert, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. $10 (free for K-12 & OSU students)

Now if you like music without the accompaniment of moving images from arguably the greatest American artist of the 20th century, I suppose you could settle for this. It’s just the crummy old OSU Wind Symphony & Wind Esemble’s Fall Concert. Which will undoubtedly be terrific and lead me to feelings of jealousy if people go to this instead of Movie Night. But I have to be fair and honest in publicizing the important events of the week. For the Fall Concert, the symphony will be playing Yakety Sax in a loop for three hours and then releasing poisonous scorpions and spiders into the audience.

Wednesday, 2

Tracy Daugherty, CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. Free

Tracy Daugherty will be here to talk about his best-selling biography of octogenarian writing legend Joan Didion, The Last Love Song. Since I like to judge book titles like I judge band names and everything else, let me just point out, having not read the book yet, that that title does not inspire excitement in me. But this talk does, it should be fascinating and fun. Plus I’ve heard Didion herself likes to follow him along on his book tour and just crash talks like this and steal the spotlight. Once you turn 80 they pretty much let you do whatever you want if you’re famous.


Wednesday Acoustic Live, Les Caves, 308 SW 3rd St. 8 p.m. Free

Is this thing happening? According to some people “yes,” according to still others, “huh?” Just don’t ask the Internet, because it’s very unsure. Here’s what I can tell you, if you’re not trying to do introductory chair yoga at the Chintimini Senior Center, this is it for music in town. Also, what the hell is chair yoga? And what the hell is a chintimini for that matter?

Thursday, 3

Rusty Hinges, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free

You either know and love these guys or you don’t. And that’s cool. Because I’m trying to be more hands off about people’s opinions and trying to exhibit a better understanding of the subjective nature of art and apprectiation. All that said, if you don’t like Rusty Hinges, I hate your stupid face and you and me are gonna tussle. And I don’t mean that in a creepy sexual way, but more in an offensively physically aggressive manner. Like we’re going to tussle with our fists and nearby blunt objects. Where was I…? Oh yeah, Rusty Hignes is a fabulous band playing music that could definitely be described as part of the Americana tradition

Turntable Enabler, Sky High Brewing, 160 NW Jackson Ave. 9:30 p.m. Free

Come “get your dance on,” as a lazier and probably uglier writer than me would probably put it, at this live event where, and you’ll forgive my oldness for showing here, a guy is going to play music for other people? From records? I don’t want to sound stuffy and pretentious, and certainly not disingenuous, but I feel like I do that all the time at home… and I probably have better taste in records than this stranger? To be honest I only put in those question marks to seem gracious. I’m pretty certain I pick better music to listen to at home than this guy will for you at Sky High. But it is at Sky High, so why not?

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