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Thirsty Thursday Trivia. Deluxe Brewing Company, 635 NE Water Ave., Albany. 7 p.m. No cover, but 21+.

Sometimes I just need to get out and do something different. I never do, because I’m lazy, but I trust that you’re a better person than I am. How about trying this on for size: team-based trivia. And, of course, slamming beers. Did I mention that there are prizes? No, I didn’t. Well, now I have. Always contradicting myself. Get crunked, win stuff. For more delicious info, visit www.sinisterdeluxe.com.

Free Range Open Mic. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 1st St. 8:30 p.m. Free. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., so don’t be late. There are a few great open mics around here, and if you’re a musician, this might be your favorite of the lot. Hosted by kid-tested, mother-approved local music scene guru Steve Hunter, your excuses for not at least showing up for a random array of excellent performances is exactly equal to the number of ducks I give. Oh yes, ducks. For pleasant but hardcore information, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.

Friday, August 12

The Road Sodas. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 – 9 p.m. Free.

A banjo and guitar duet, folksy as all hell (from the few songs I was able to listen to I got a bit of an Irish folk vibe, but maybe not…) and worth your ear time. Oh, ear time? That’s time that you use your ears to hear things. Why is it not “ears time” so the continuity of the plural carries over? How the hell should I know? Stop bothering me and check out the following website for more information, good lord…: www.imaginecoffee.net.

The Outletz. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $3.

The OutLetZ have a motto, and it goes a little something like this: “Plug in, turn on, ROCK OUT!” Only, the thing is… this doesn’t do them much justice. A truly great, higher energy blues act from right here in Jamvallis… If you’re into being assaulted by the blues, forget your Friday night plans and make your way to Bombs Away (and that rhymes so now you have to). For 12 bars of information, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.

Saturday, August 13

Total Elvis Fitness. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Free.

I’m not sure how else to break this to you, but it’s basically a full hour of music, comedy, and “calisthenics” (sorry, it went over my syllable quota). With… Elvis. As in, Presley. All ages. For the deep scoop, pay a visit to Old World Deli (or give them a ring at 541-752-8549 ). Also, and if someone asks I did not give you this advice… Maybe you should dress up like Elvis yourself? I’m thinking the sweat will be worth it.

Cherry and the Lowboys. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5. Cherry and the Lowboys serve up greasy grooves inspired by classic hot rod culture. Their words, not mine… though I don’t mind backing them up. Rockabilly and blues that may not melt your face, but will definitely melt some butter on a tall stack of flapjacks. Blues-a-billy at its finest and, from my perspective, its most authentic. As Coolio said, “You gotta get up to get down.” For more information… maybe visit www.bombsawaycafe.com. Don’t tell anyone I gave that to you.

Sunday, August 14

Bard in the Quad: Love’s Labour’s Lost. Memorial Union Quad, 2501 SW Jefferson Way. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors, $5 for OSU students.

Eleven seasons in, there’s really only one relevant thing to say about Bard in the Quad: it’s almost always excellent. That’s not sensationalism, I truly mean excellent. This time around they’re putting on Love’s Labour’s Lost, with performances held at 7:30 p.m. from Aug. 4 to 7 and Aug. 11 to 14 right on the Quad. Honestly, what’s not to love about casual, outdoor summer viewings on the classics performed by people who love them? No seating is provided, but you’re welcome to bring low lawn chairs and blankets. If you suck at adulting and can’t remember to dress yourself for the occasion, please remember warm clothing. If you want to sneak in a picnic… it’s cool, don’t sneak. You’ll look suspicious. For truly Shakespearean information, visit www.bardinthequad.org.

Monday, August 15

Oregon State University Faculty Art Exhibit. Fairbanks Gallery, Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.

Oh yes, I’m here to bug you about this fantastic show again. Trust me, folks, it’s for your own good. Easily one of, if not the best, art shows of the year, each and every contributing artist is a master at their craft. Do you have any idea how hard it is to become art faculty at a major university? They’re that good. If not now, catch it before it is taken down at the end of September. Absolutely a must-view for any local art lover. If I could legally threaten you, I would. Open during the CAW, maybe make it your first stop?

Tuesday, August 16

Colleen: Completely Beyond. Downtown Dog, 780 S Main St., Lebanon. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.

Let me lay this on you, folks… direct from the press release: “Colleen and her virtual band will be playing pop and jazz classics while you enjoy a Tuesday dog nosh.” Virtual band? Some sort of thing called a “dog nosh”… let’s just go ahead and mark this on our calendars. Also, it doesn’t hurt that this is a pretty awesome venue. For nosh, visit www.colleenkitchen.com.

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

Every Tuesday at the Darkside Cinema: fantastic old movies complete with period accurate news reels and cartoons. The lost, the cult… the classic, generated by all the bodies that helped forge the industry. Please do treat yourself—you’re unlikely to regret it unless you trip and fall on your face walking there. Best theater in town and Corvallis’ only independent movie house, donations are graciously accepted and benefit the renovation of the Darkside Cinema. For the pertinent info, visit www.cmnyk.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis.

Wednesday, August 17

Temporary Artists’ Guild Art Show. Studio262, 425 SW Madison Ave. 12 – 5:30 p.m.

Looking for another great art show in town? Look no further than the Temporary Artists’ Guild’s latest offering. Open every day at Studio 262, beat the murderous crowds and show up today, rather than at the CAW. OK, show up on both days—it’s worth it. The exhibit is open through Sept. 10. Not familiar with the guild? It’s basically a ragtag group of really talented people that all work in very different ways. Eclectic doesn’t quite do it justice. If you’re an art lover and find yourself on the lookout for something different, this is it. Scout’s honor. For more information, check out the Temporary Artists Guild on Facebook.

Thursday, August 18

Walk the CAW. Downtown Corvallis. All day. Free.

CAW: noun, the sound a bird makes while it is taunting you from up on the power lines. Also, it’s the word people say a lot right around the third Thursday of the month. Guess what day it is? Indeed. If you haven’t taken a ride on the CAW train (apologies, there is no train), you better get out and give it a shot before summer is over and you have to start cursing out loud all the time because you can’t seem to remember your umbrella. Oh, I should probably mention that along the CAW trail, you’re going to see some of the best art in the state. No big deal. For artistic information, visit www.corvallisartwalk.com.

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