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? Want to see and hear some really great stuff? You get the picture. At Bombs 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.
Friday, October 28
The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger. Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave. 6:30 p.m. Cost: $10 at the door or online. Must-go-to Corvallis event, plain and simple. Nine fantastic Oregon authors will be reading short excerpts of their tastiest wordsmithery. Karen Karbo of “Kick-A*s Women” fame will host, and jazz improv act Sideways Portal will feed your ears a healthy dose of… well, sound. Really good sound. Also showing up will be Squirrel’s Tavern, and they’ll be bringing wine, beer, and cider for purchase. Grass Roots Books & Music will sell books by event readers, who can sign. Best yet, all proceeds will go to the Linn Benton Food Share. Readers are (fiction) Patrick deWitt, Wayne Harrison, David Shafer; (nonfiction) Kate Carroll de Gutes, Justin St. Germain, Sallie Tisdale; (poetry) Charles Goodrich, Jennifer Richter, Elizabeth Woody. For more information, visit www.magicbarrel.org.
Human Ottoman and Peach Purple. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5. Squeezing in an extra mention for these two great bands. For more information, check out this week’s event preview, or visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Saturday, October 29
Magick Theatre: For Madpersons Only. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5. Exploring haunted stuff, drinking “adult” beverages, totally with alcohol in them… if you’re 21 of course… and featuring Human Ottoman and members of local commanders of rock That Coyote. Good idea? Let’s go with yes. For info, visit www.majestic.org.
Whiteside Theatre Presents Azizi Gibson. Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave. 8 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Look, I’ll save you some time here: Azizi Gibson of independent label Brainfeeder, and PDX’s very own Chief… this is a major hip-hop event. Halloween weekend, that guy is from over here, that one is over there… yadda yadda yadda. If you’re into hip-hop and don’t know these names, you should. And if not, hook yourself up with a ticket, you might like it. Gibson is only stopping for four West Coast dates, and we get one of them. For additional infomatics, visit azizi.bpt.me.
Sunday, October 30
The Haunting of the Majestic Theatre – Family Friendly. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 1 – 5 p.m. Cost: $3. Straight from the horse’s mouth, The Majestic Theatre will “[transform] into a kid-friendly haunted house experience featuring a guided tour of our 103-year-old haunted theater, a games room with activities and puzzles, a balloon artist, and free photos of the kiddos with some of their favorite cartoon, movie, and fantasy characters like Elsa from Frozen!” Add in healthy treats for your little monsters, and coffee for… well, the big monsters, and this will… scare you to fun. Scare you to fun? Works for me. For Majestic-y info, visit www.majestic.org.
Monday, October 31
Grit and Pseudoboss. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5.
Honestly, when I hear the word “brainchild” I picture an annoying little kid pooping all over the place and crying—these bands are the absolute opposite of that. Grit is local hard rock and metal; the brainchild (see?) “of Damien Brewer (vocals), Scott Longballa (drums), Mike Ewing (guitar), and Leland Holden (bass).” Pseudoboss, also local, feeds on rock, but their sound is “fresh, technical, melodic and ultra high-energy.” I took a listen to both bands and I can certify them as 100% pure Kick A*s. Yep, complete with censorship asterisk, in case sensitive folks freak out. For more info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Tuesday, November 1
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, November 2
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 6 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.” One of the most unique meetups in town. If you have even the slightest curiosity, check it out. For info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis.
Thursday, November 3
Sista Otis and Double Mountain Brewery Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. Tasting starts at 6 p.m. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5.
The press release suggested that “Sista Otis is a good god all mighty force of nature,” and that she was a“Songwriting/Soul Singing Prophetess of Rock n’ Roll, highly acclaimed by the critics, with a wall full of awards.” I totally believe it, and you should too. There are supposedly monster musicians backing her up, and basically just a whole bunch of awesome stuff that will make you toss your hands in the air and shout. I’ve got one had up right now while typing this and I’m yelling in the middle of the OSU Memorial Union, so this show has got my endorsement. And that’s BEFORE they add a tasting from Double Mountain. 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.