Thursday, December 22
Thirsty Thursday Trivia. Deluxe Brewing Company, 635 NE Water Ave., Albany. 7 p.m. No cover, but 21+.
This event is what one (and by one, I mean the people that wrote the press release) like to call “Team-based trivia happening every Thursday.” You can show off some sort of “smarts,” whatever that is, while quaffing craft beverages. Each night, the top two teams will win prizes. What are the prizes? I’ve got no idea. Maybe show up and find out. For info, visit www.sinisterdeluxe.com.
Free Range Open Mic. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free. Corvallis has quite a few open mics, but very few would object to me calling this the uh… Emporer of open mics? The Wizard of open mics? Yeah, one of those. The humans being this particular event are all about fostering camaraderie in the local music scene, and have been known to be the central point of interest in the creation of new bands and projects. This event rotates, meaning it will move between Bombs Away Cafe and Cloud & Kelly’s Public House on alternating dates, happening twice a month. Whether you’re into just hanging out and socializing, or want a comfortable, supportive place to try out some new times… Steve Hunter will be signing people up starting at 7:30 p.m. And Steve rocks, so be there. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Friday, December 23
Festive Friday Eve Ecstatic Dance. Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Cost: $10 at the door, $5 for university and college students with ID.
I know you’ve heard of Ecstatic Dance, because you’re cool. They will be holding a Friday evening dance at Odd Fellows Hall downtown that I’ve heard is quite festive. Into journeys involving sound & movement for exercise, catharsis, and celebration of life? Of course you are. Freeform dance jam with a diverse mix of organic and electronic beats. All ages are welcome, though I doubt a 2 month old should be out there cutting a rug on its own. For info, visit www.ecstaticdancecorvallis.com.
Hometown Reunion. The Dam Sports Arcade, 349 SW 4th St. 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Free.
Home for the Holidays? Well, yeah. You probably are. That’s pretty much standard. Party away the 23rd with what The Dam calls “your hometown crew.” Unfortunately I do not have my boating license, but I am quite sure one can just brings friends instead. There will be $3.50 pints, drink specials, pinball, cornhole (the legal kind) and video games. Oh, and more. More than the things I just said. For info, visit www.facebook.com/thedamsportsarcade.
Saturday, December 24
Corvallis Christian Church Christmas Eve at the Majestic. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 5 – 6 p.m. Free.
Pop question, hot shot: it’s Christmas Eve and you haven’t quite made yourself sick yet with the joy of Christmas tunes. I’ve got your back. Check out this community Christmas event, which will feature – you guessed it — holiday songs by Corvallis High School Choir, which just happens to be pretty delightful. If you’re thinking to yourself “High School choir, meh,” you would be a foolish person, and shall get no gifts the next day. Santa doesn’t pity the fool. Seriously, I have it in writing. Yes, I know Santa personally. We play Atari 2600 on the weekends. His real name is Brian. For info, visit www.facebook.com/churchcorvallis/.
15th Annual Celtic Christmas Eve. FireWorks Pub and Pizza, 1115 SE 3rd St. 5 – 9 p.m. Cost: $35 per person.
“Join FireWorks for their 15th Annual Celtic Christmas Eve dinner! Sharon and David Thormahlen perform original and traditional Christmas music at FireWorks. Chef Peter McManus presents a delectable Four Course Prix Fixe featuring Apple Glazed Roasted Ham, Chicken Coq au Vin, and Spanakopita Spinach Pie. Enjoy festive holiday cocktails and Chef’s wine pairings. Reservations required, call 541-754-6958.” That’s what they said anyway. I think we can trust them. For info, visit www.fireworkspub.com.
Sunday, December 25
We’re not sure what this “Christmas Day” thing is, but it really sucks if you want to go out and get a hot n’ spicy burrito or something. Word on the street is that The Peacock might be open, though you won’t be able to wander around downtown doing any compulsive shopping in your stupor afterwards. I guess that works out, though, considering you’re likely broke. You know, gift giving and all that. You did remember to get your loved ones gifts, right?
Monday, December 26
Imagine Coffee: Bryson Skaar. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd 7pm.
It’s been a while since we’ve plugged Skaar’s excellent weekly piano set. But here we have a slow Monday just before the big “she-bang” of a holiday, and frankly, we’re pooped. It could be best spent with a classic cup of coffee and some great tickling of the ole’ keys. No pressure here, just great cups o’ Joe (though who Joe is, we are not sure), scrumptious cafe food and Mr. Skaar doing what he goes best. That and you better bet it keeps you safe from that jar of holiday cookies you can’t seem to keep your hands out of. For more information, visit www.imaginecoffee.net
Tuesday December 27th
Ladies Night. Impulse Bar and Grill, Cobblestone Square, 1425 NW Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. – close.
Are you a lady? Good. Do you like ladies? Sweet. Get yourself real saturated in the aphrodisiacs of estrogen at Ladies Night at Impulse Bar and Grill this Tuesday. Not just ladies, there are sure to be plenty’a shiny objects to occupy your eyes – ‘tis the season to sequin after all. Just to be clear, we are in no way implying that ladies are objects, but shiny, beautiful creatures. So unbunch your panties (or boxer briefs) please. Ladies who’ve been spending long hours holiday shopping, now’s the time to treat yo’selves.
Wednesday, December 28
The Poseidon Adventure. Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave. 7 – 10 p.m. Cost: $5 for members, $6 for children and seniors, $7 general admission.
Ever heard of Shelley Winters, Leslie Nielsen, Gene Hackman, or Ernest Borgnine? Well, it doesn’t really matter. Poseidon is cool, adventures are cool, movies are cool. Besides, you need to get in some serious relaxation before your inevitable New Year’s Eve arrest. Did I mention this is about a sea disaster? For info, visit www.whitesidetheatre.org.
Thursday, December 29
David Rogers. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
What is a David Rodgers, you might ask? Why, I have no idea. But because this is Calapooia brewing event, here’s what I can guarantee: there’s beer to be drank, food to be eated (dear copy editor, please let me say “eated”), and music to cram right up in your ear holes on its way to the pleasure centers of your noodle. If you’d like more information, why don’t you go dig your mom’s Encyclopedia Britannica out of the attic? Nerd. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.