Thursday, October 6
Ninkasi Brewing Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free.
When I first moved to Oregon, I ran right into Ninkasi and it was love at first taste. “Holy crap,” I thought (only with more obscenity), beer. And beer it was. The good thing? Beer it still is. Though we have many fantastic breweries around town (and certainly in Bend), Ninkasi is a staple from right around the corner. Maybe roll on down to Bombs and get all Spielberg on this sh*t: taste it again, for the first time. But don’t worry – you’re also allowed to chug. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
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… no seriously, try to guess… Rusty Hinges. “Tater Patch” became an instant 8 Days Playlist Classic (this doesn’t exist, but it should). 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.
Friday, October 7
The Full Monty. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors. Runs three consecutive weekends, through Oct. 16.
If you don’t know what this is, I feel a bit sorry for you. And also, if you think really hard, you can guess. In my own expert words, I’d call this a hilarious musical (the only kind I can tolerate; truth) based on a movie by a director I can’t remember, but probably should be remembered. Plot: a handful of, shall we say, gainfully unemployed factory dudes who decide: lets become strippers. A bunch of other stuff happens and its basically really, really great. For info, visit www.majestic.org.
Unlikely Saints. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
What’s rocky, rollin’ and in possession of lead vocals that were gene spliced between a beer, a hearth, and a big as* bear hug? Well, obviously Unlikely Saints, since I’m writing about them. And if the descriptive text isn’t enough, you should probably just roll up on Calapooia, chug a few beers and soak in some great tunes that’ll fill you in on all the missing bits. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Saturday, October 8
David Rogers. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
David Rogers is a treat – and by that I don’t mean you’re supposed to eat him. A musician / composer of exceptional talent, he’s known for rocking not only the classical guitar, but the lute and a number of other old school (very old) instruments. Be sure to catch the show if you’re out and about, or even just out. For updated information, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Hibbity Dibbity. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5.
“Swamp funk from San Francisco,” they say. What they don’t say, is just how good this band is. Their sound is to sound what their name is to words – that’s the best way to describe it. And the best way to enjoy it is at one of the best venues in town for live music. Which, of course, is Bombs Away… where they’re playing. Damn that was convenient. For funkity info (I tried), visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Sunday, October 9
125th Anniversary Oregon State Band Performance. Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 1 p.m. Free. Founded in 1891, the OSU band is the senior of all such bands in the Pac-12 conference. Celebrating its 125th anniversary with a concert at 1 p.m. is something anyone can get down with. More than 500 students participate annually, adding to age ,size – the band is one of the largest in the enttire Pacific Northwest. According to the press release, “five guest conductors will join OSU Director of Bands Chris Chapman and the OSU Wind Ensemble.“ Not your thing? Maybe try making it as such. You’ll thank me later (unlikely, but that’s cool). For further info, visit www.oregonstateband.org.
Monday, October 10
Corvallis Science Pub. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.
Beer, and science.Science Pub Corvallis offers informative and fun presentations in a chilled out environment. Interact with experts and and freely ask all manner of questions. No scientific background? No problem! As they say, “just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge.” This edition of Science Pub will feature OSU Historian Christopher McKnight Nichols, who will discuss the root of strategies developed by United States presidents, ranging from Washington to Obama. For info, visit www.omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-corvallis-foreign-policy.
Tuesday, October 11
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! Seriously, we’re talking all of them. 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.
Wednesday, October 12
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 12 p.m. Free.
In case you haven’t familiarized yourself yet, here are a few words from their official public statement: “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. Our welcoming, friendly, and supportive café is open to everyone who participates in a welcoming, friendly, and supportive manner. Our guiding principles are respect, openness, and confidentiality.” If you have even the slightest curiosity, check it out. For info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis.
Thursday, October 13
Hollis Peach, King Roy Wing, and 10 Barrel Tasting. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. Tasting starts at 6 p.m. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Free. Coming to a Corvallis near you is a tasting by the mighty craft brewers from Bend (second best craft brew town in Oregon…), 10 Barrel. Live folk and Americana tunes will be provided by none of than Hollis Peach and King Roy. What better event by which to whet your mid October whistle? And since whistle whetting was made legal again via the end of prohibition, nobody should have to worry about the coppers. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Wild Hog in the Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Wild Hog in the Wood sounds like a horror movie, but that’s probably just because boars were to my childhood what lobsters are to my nowhood. Just go with it, OK? What you have here is a bunch of growing local legends, rocking out in the style of your classic Southern string band. You show up, drink a bunch, stuff yourself and… enjoy. It’s fairly simple, so try not to mess it up. For information con carne, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com. For lobsterless info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com. Yes, those are both the exact same sites. I’m ashamed of myself.