Thursday, October 20
Curtis Monette and Sierra Nevada Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. Tasting starts at 6 p.m. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Free.
I know I say this every time, but Curtis Monette is a local treasure. Don’t know of his work? Google is. Seriously, I’m not going to sit here and give you the crappy text version. You can’t love local music and not appreciate his multi-instrumental offerings. Okay, enough brown nosing. I forgot to mention that great brews from Chico, CA will be around. You’re intended to pour them in your mouth and say something like”Damn, that’s good.” For more tasty information, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Trek Theatre Presents ‘The Drumhead’. Learning Innovation Center, Room 228, 165 SW Sackett Pl. 6 p.m. Free. “Trek Theatre will perform the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode of ‘The Drumhead’. This classic episode is a story about the clash between state security and the protection of human rights.” My…. Word. Corvallis just got a hell of a lot cooler. Apparently a costume reception will occur just before the performance, right aroundat 6 p.m. Want to dress up? You might win a prize. There’s another awesome offering from this group as well, just check out the Calendar! For further info, visit www.facebook.com/TrekTheater.
Friday, October 21
Benton County Acoustic Showcase: The Plaehn-Hino Blues Band. Benton Center Student Lounge, 757 NW Polk Ave. 12 – 1 p.m. Free. Dave Plaehn and Jeff Hino have this kind of electric and acoustic blues / folk thing going on, and word on the streetis that they’ve been performing since 1990, which is dangerously close to the 80s. But no matter! Focused on a slide guitar and blues harp due, Plaehn and Hino are basically just really good aaaand… you should do your ears a favor and check this out. For info, visit www.linnbenton.edu.
Bloktoberfest. Block 15, 300 SW Jefferson Ave. 4 – 11 p.m. Free.
This one is already on your calendar, right? Well, it is now. Block 15’s 8th annual Oktoberfest style celebration, featuring: Block 15 beer (including seasonal Bloktoberfest offering), a bunch of German-inspired food, music of the live variety, games, and of course college football action on the big screen. And, as they say, so much more. Don’t miss this one, Corvallisites’. For a lot more information, visit www.block15.com.
Saturday, October 22
Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock. Oregon State University Entrance at 11th and Madison. 11:30 a.m. Free.
This Saturday is a rally and march is being held in solidarity with the Standing Rock reservation, related to efforts to protect the waters threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline. The event will open up with drums, traditional dance and a number of speakers regarding the NoDAPL protection action. From there a walk will be held through downtown Corvallis and on to Riverfront Park – after which the event will conclude around 1:30pm. For further info, email Michaela Merrill at email@example.com.
Readthrough of “Terry Pratchett’s Mort”. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 1 p.m. Free. Come by From the press release: “if you’re an actor who wants to try out for the Majestic Theatre’s upcoming show and would like an early impression of the script, you’re a fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, or you want to help the director John Carone hear the play out loud and better visualize the production, or you like vegetables and/or cookies, or you enjoy opening and closing your mouth while air passes through your vocal cords.” Now I’ll say this: if you don’t know Pratchett’s work, you should. And if you do, you’re probably a bit excited right now. For more info, visit www.majestic.org.
Sunday, October 23
Talk Radio. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Cost: $10 for students and seniors, $12 for adults. Talk Radio is one hell of an interesting play, and I have no doubt that this will be a great rendition. Basically you have this controversial talk radio host, Barry Champlain, who loves to “[insult] the pathetic souls who call in the middle of the night to sound off.” About to go into national syndication, Barry’s producers are worried that he will say something really offensive and muck it all up. Offbeat hilarity ensues. Looking for something stageworthy and a bit outrageous? This is it. For more info, visit www.majestic.org.
Men’s Cold Weather Shelter Open House. Corvallis Housing First Property, 530 SW 4th St. 3:30 – 5 p.m. Free. Curious about the shelter? This is an opportunity to tour the facility and learn more about the shelter and its partners. Not your typical bit of Sunday entertainment, I know but a great chance to learn more about this local facility. For info, visit www.communityservices.us.
Monday, October 24
Local Eats Week. Downtown Corvallis. All day. Free. Runs through Oct. 30.
The 7th annual “Local Eats Week” is being held from THE 24th through 30th. During the event local restaurants will offer sample plates under $10 that feature, for the most part, Local 6 ingredients. Local 6 being “products grown, produced, or processed by farms or businesses owned and operated within the six counties touching and including Benton County (Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, and Polk).” There will be thirteen restaurants involved, including New Morning Bakery, Bomb’s Away Cafe, Cirello’s Pizza, Laughing Planet Cafe,Sky High Brewing, Nearly Normal’s and more. A different restaurant for each day of Local Eats Week? That sounds like a plan. For a full list of participants and other information, visit www.sustainablecorvallis.org.
Tuesday, October 25
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.
Celtic Jam. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free.
Tuesday night getting you down and you’re not feeling a classic film? Check out this local jam night, featuring a celtic vibe that anybody can get into. Conveniently its at one of the best coffee houses in town. For Celtic-y info, visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Wednesday, October 26
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.
OSU Electronic Music Ensemble. Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 SW Jefferson Way. 8 p.m. Free.
“The OSU Electronic Music Ensemble presents original music written and performed by music technology & production students.” Though that’s the extent of their press information, if you’re into electronic music in any capacity, this is another one of those “do yourself a favor” moments. For more information visit the following super long URL: liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/events/music-performance-and-visual-arts-events-school-arts-and-communication/osu-electronic-music-ensemble.
Thursday, October 27
Free Range Open Mic and Calapooia Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. Tasting starts at 6 p.m. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Free.
One of the best open mics in the region (just saying)… AND a beer tasting from Calapooia? The answer, my friends, is yes. Feel the spirit of local camaraderie and dig into the Corvallis music scene. Want to see where the locals mix to create new bands and other projects? You get the picture. At Bomb’s this week, this event rotates, moving between Bombs Away Cafe and Cloud & Kelly’s Public House on alternating dates. Did I mention the beer tasting this week? Local legend Steve Hunter will start signing people up starting at 7:30 p.m. For more delicious info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.