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.
Friday, November 4
Majestic Science Theatre 3000 presents Killers from Space. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.
Here it is again! Every time they’ve done this its been killer. Don’t know what Mystery Science Theater 3000 is? Hit the Google and get your nerd cred in order. This performance is a parody of the classic comic review program, and is made up of local actors and improvisors (my term, I coined it). On this occasion, they’ll be taking on the 1954 classic Killers from Space. Let me set the stage: an atomic scientist lays claims of having been abducted by aliens following a plane crash. Honestly, where could that go wrong? The show comes complete with the customary public service announcements, and according to Majestic’s own PSA, it will be “made more palatable with brews from our sponsors 2 Towns Ciderhouse and Calapooia Brewing.” For info, visit www.majestic.org.
Saturday, November 5
David Burroughs. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Here’s the deal – I took a trip over to Mr. Burroughs Revebnation page (https://www.reverbnation.com/davidburroughsmusic) and saw that he had classified himself under Rock, Psychedelia, and Blues. After watching a live performance video with him and two other chill musicians, I totally get it. Yes, yes I do. While I don’t know what his acoustic sets are like, which is what this performance will be, what I heard was damn good and definitely worth your time. Seriously, the tie-die was heavy, and so was the jam. Lots of depth there, color me impression. For more info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Crushed Out and Drag Rag and Manx and Bruiser Queens. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5. Cut out some time this Saturday and here’s what you’ll get: a husband-and-wife team split between guitar and drums, a local crew of rockers, a Portland rock and roll band, and a group boasting some “21st Century punk stomp [and] 60’s girl group shimmy.” Four great bands for $5. Corvallis music scene, you know you love it. For additional informationals, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Sunday, November 6
Annual Family Mushroom Hunt. Beazell Memorial Forest, 37283 Kings Valley Hwy., Philomath. 12 – 3 p.m. Suggested donation of $15 per family.
I’ll level with you folks: I’d rather eat something… very unpleasant, than ever let a mushroom pass my lips. That said, I’ll dress to the gills with hiking gear to get out and go hunt the little buggers down. Not my usual pick, maybe you need a break from all the fantastic music, art and theater around here. Considering scooping up the whole family for an “afternoon of mycological magic!” Educators and volunteers will be there to help uncover this arcane and funky world for you, all while you hike through beautiful local forests; interactive displays and activities along the way. For the secrets of mushroomering (coined this word, too), visit www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org.
Monday, November 7
November Meeting of Corvallis Guitar Society. Gracewinds Music, 137 SW 3rd St. 7 – 9 p.m. Free.
Do you like guitars? Love them? Maybe a little too much? Me too. This event is your jam (and its a series of events, so your jams will never end) I’m told that instead of a guest performance, this time around they have expanded the rather popular “open stage and ensemble sessions,” which are exactly what they sound like. The Corvallis Guitar Society events are always free, but donations are graciously accepted. In their own words, “The society promotes classical and related guitar styles in the Central Willamette Valley and is an opportunity to meet fellow guitarists, as well as listen to and play guitar in a supportive environment. The society is open to all ages and abilities.” For sweet melodic bliss, visit www.corvallisguitarsociety.org.
Tuesday, November 8
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, Ygal Kaufman. 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.
Find Something New Day. The Entire City. All Day. Free.
Okay, I may have made this one up. But seriously, Corvallis has several thousand nooks and crannies, each with something interesting just wanting for you. Maybe go to a part of town you travel less often, or wander downtown and visit businesses you’ve never been in. Check out the parks. Brave Monroe during school hours! You don’t need no stinkin’ press release, am I right? Get out, explore, discover (or re-discover) what makes Corvallis great.
Wednesday, November 9
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 12 p.m. Free.
Death Cafe Corvallis is one of our city’s more unique and personal events. If you have even the slightest curiosity, do check it out. 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.” For info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis.
Thursday, November 10
Funk Jam and Lagunitas Brewing Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. Tasting starts at 6 p.m. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Free.
Honestly, what am I supposed to say here? There’s funk. It’s in the form of a jam. And then there’s Lagunitas, and you can taste it. With your taste buds. Consider this event a mini vacation, of sorts. Sit back, relax, drink a sizable, but safe amount of ridiculously scrum-diddley-umptuous beer, and let the funk soak into your bones. Or just your skin, if that’s too personal. No pressure. Maybe just the first layer of your hair or something. For some scrum-diddley-umptuous information, 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.