Thursday, August 25
Now Brothers. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Now Brothers, once again on the slate at Calapooia… and you know what that means! Well, it’s not hard to figure out. Some good old classic rock and roll within diving distance of a bunch of booze and delicious food. Besides, I heard it was cool to catch shows in Albany nowadays. For some heavy info, use your pocket computer to visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free.
There’s a reason Curtis Monette and Bombs Away rhyme, and it’s not just because of very convenient letter placement and pronunciation bylaws. Monette is a Bombs Away veteran of over 10 years, making new fans on a monthly basis with an amalgam of multi-instrumentalism and vocal skill. The guy is literally a legend—and definitely not a bad start to a summer of music. Visit www.bombsawaycafe.com for details and updates.
Friday, August 26
Once on This Island Jr. Albany Civic Theatre, 111 First Ave. SW, Albany. 2:30 p.m. Cost: $12 general admission, $9 for seniors and juniors.
If you’re already a fan of theater in the area, you know this: the Albany Civic Theatre puts on a great show. And if you didn’t already know that, you do now. According to the event press release, the story is about a peasant girl who rescues a wealthy boy, with whom she falls in love. However, without her knowledge, some pompous gods who rule over the island make a bet about which is stronger: love or death, with the girl’s life hanging in the balance. Watch as this drama plays out, and isn’t completely ruined by the huge spoilers in said press release. Yep, thanks guys! Anywho, from someone who knows what happens in the end, take this bit of advice: buy a ticket and go. For more information, visit www.albanycivic.org.
2xSunday. Harrison’s Bar & Grill, 550 NW Harrison Blvd. 9 p.m. Free.
High-energy rock featuring local legend Michelle Hazelton on vocals. Starts acoustic, ends much harder. If you’ve ever complained about the local music scene, sew your mouth shut (or just tape it, really) and check out this band. Incredible stuff. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/events/1053493431409475.
Saturday, August 27
IAE Invasive Species Cookout. Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St. 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $10 to $50 at the door.
Think globally, act locally. That’s what they say, anyway… but what does it all mean? It means eating a bunch of stuff that shouldn’t be here. Blackberry pie, pulled nutria sandwiches… yep, 100% invasive, 100% tasty. Who is making it happen? Why, none other than the local nonprofit Institute for Applied Ecology. They’ll be serving up bullfrogs and zebra mussels, as well, hoorah! Basically anything that’s edible and poses a threat to our native ecosystems. Well, anything but me, of course. OK, that was weird, sorry. For tasty morsels of information, please visit www.appliedeco.org/cook-off.
Terry Robb and Adam Scramstad. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 7 – 8 p.m. Free.
While I’m not familiar with Terry Robb, he’s got to be excellent if he’s playing with Adam Scramstad. Adam’s beautiful and humanistic playing pops up now and again as I endlessly scroll through repetitive memes, and I always stop and take a listen… or if I continue to scroll, I do so reluctantly, and very much cringing when I outrun his video and it ceases to play. Yeah, I’m a fan. You will be, too. For a prolonged date with more info, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Sunday, August 28
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 2:30 p.m. Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors.
“Chekhov is alive and well in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where adult siblings Vanya and Sonia reside in their old family home, mourning their lost dreams and missed opportunities. When their often-wrong, fortune-telling maid warns of impending dangers, and their movie star sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with young, sexy, boy toy Spike, the family is launched into a rollicking weekend of one-upmanship, exposed nerves, and a lot of broken mugs.” Good luck telling yourself that’s going to be anything but a great show. For more information and a non-truncated description, check out the glamorous www.majestic.org.
Monday, August 29
Bryson Skaar. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m.
You know how that piano thing is really famous? Kind of the quintessential instrument? That’s for a reason: it’s awesome. That’s not actually the real reason, but it’s still valid. Ask anyone. Bryson Skaar knows the piano, and he’s dedicated enough to share his skill with Corvallisites and visitors every single week at one of the best coffee shops in town. Honestly, it’s a hell of a way to enjoy a cup of coffee, though I’m usually too distracted by the music to even remember I ordered one. If you want to get out and take a load off, just do it. You don’t even need to visit www.imaginecoffee.net for more information. See what I did there?
Tuesday, August 30
Community Movie Night. Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free.
Do you like movies? Are you a member of the community? Well hot damn, clear your Tuesday evenings! Every week classic, lost, and cult films are broadcast through the Darkside and onto a white screen for your enjoyment. Every film is preceded by time-relevant newsreels and cartoons, as well as a light buttering of facts by the host. Donations are graciously accepted and benefit the renovation of the Darkside Cinema, Corvallis’ only independent movie house. For info, visit www.cmnyk.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis.
Celtic Jam. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free.
The last time I Celtic jammed it was because I made the mistake of riding the subway in Boston during rush hour—a mistake I’ll likely not make again. If you’d like a more pleasant jamming of the Celticness, show up to Imagine Coffee for this event and let some delicious jam gum up your ear holes, as well as fill your belly (if they have no jam, just eat anything else—it’s all good, I assure you). For some further ja—…OK, I’ve said that word too much. Just visit www.imaginecoffee.net. More information is found there.
Wednesday, August 31
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 12 p.m. Free. Got thoughts about mortality? Death Café Corvallis is simply in order to listen and talk about death. Death Café Corvallis is not a support group, therapeutic agenda, debate society, social action group, religious or anti-religious organization, political committee, or sales pitch. This welcoming, friendly, and supportive café is open to everyone who participates in a welcoming, friendly, and supportive manner. The group’s guiding principles are respect, openness, and confidentiality. Come drink coffee, eat cake, and discuss death with interesting people. Look for the guy in the black tie. That’s Jon. It is the participants (i.e. you) who bring life to this conversation about mortality. Come talk truth to death. For info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis.
Heritage and acoustiphilia. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free.
All the way from Florida—a place I swear I’ll never return to—comes Heritage, who is sure to deliver an energetic and positive show “that will move all ages and genres.” Accompanying them is acoustiphilia, featuring some members of Belly Full of Bob and playing stripped-down acoustic originals and covers. For some delicious information, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Thursday, September 1
Nick Jaina Presents Get It While You Can. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Free.
If you’ve never heard of Nick Jaina, I am totally jazzed to introduce him. He’s a fantastic, imaginative author from Portland who will be performing at the Benton County Public Library. Directly from the press release: “Jaina’s live performance is like an audio scrapbook. He loops together guitar melodies and found sounds and reads passages of his book over them. Potent words hang in the air as a guitar figure echoes out, leaving you time to digest the sentiment. In the middle of this sea of ideas and emotion, Nick breaks the tension by playing a song.” Honestly, yes? Very yes. For info, visit www.cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
When this column began, one of the first new bands I ran into was… Rusty Hinges. I love their song “Tater Patch”—not just because it says “tater” If you’re not familiar, expect an amalgamated sound featuring elements of bluegrass, blues, and more. They play Calapooia Brewing a lot, and it’s a great venue for their sound. For very banjo-friendly information, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.