Thursday, November 17
Curtis Monette and Elysian Brewing Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. Tasting starts at 6 p.m. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Free.
Let’s see… local legend Curtis Monette and his slobberingly delicious musical skillset, plus craft brews from Seattle’s Elsysian Brewing… which are, consequently, also slobberingly delicious. Howabout we just call this a decision made. Need more info? Visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Free Range Open Mic. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 8 p.m. Free.
One of the best open mics in the region—it’s a fact, go and find out. Don’t make me threaten you. After all, this event is all about feeling the spirit of local camaraderie and digging deeper 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. This event rotates each week, moving between Cloud’s and Bombs Away Cafe. Local legend Steve Hunter will start signing people up starting at 7:30 p.m. For more delicious info, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Friday, November 18
Accordioso. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Free.
I love me some accordions. You didn’t know that? Now you do. You squeeze ‘em, you push buttons, you hit keys… its like a harmonica from space. They have bladders for Pete’s sake (seriously, I know a guy named Pete that I’m referring to). Anyway, this show will be performed by the Corvallis Accordion Club, or Accordioso, and they’ll be bringing the noise with some country and western tunes (on accordion, of course) at your favorite local Old World Deli. Throw in a sing a long with the 10 accordions, some drums, trumpet, banjos, bass and even a lead guitar. I think that just about covers it, don’t you?
Loose Joints with Silver Ships. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5. They’re new, and they’re… well, they’re Loose Joints, a rad electric 70s-80s cover band, rocking out to stuff like the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Phish, Allman Bros, Van Morrison, and more! More? Much more. Additionally, Silver Ships sports the thump of the classic Hofner bass, a Wurlitzer, drums and some awesome guitar work. Put two and two, or some other numbers together, and voila: one hell of a show. For more pertinent info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Saturday, November 19
Poetry Reading. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 3 – 4 p.m. Free.
My first art love was poetry, and I still reference for any and all painting, conceptual, sculpture, music, etc. project that I dig myself into (and can rarely get out). People don’t hang it on walls (they should), but they do read it out of their mouths. Indulge yourself a bit. Words are powerful tools, even if you’re not a wizard. For info, visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Space Neighbors. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5.
Remember last week when you were all like “Hot damn, people near me, the Space Neighbors are the best band I’ve ever heard!” Well, they’re playing at Bombs Away, and you’re even allowed to go! In case you’re not familiar, pick up last week’s issue or basically pay attention to this from their official press text: “Space Neighbors are an eclectic group of folks centered in the vibrant cosmic vortex of Southtown Corvallis. Blasting off at the speed of fun, the Neighbors aim to make you feel at home so you can kick off the space boots and get your groove on.” Yes indeed, get the groove, and switch it on. For updates, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Sunday, November 20
Yoga On Tap. Mazama Brewing, 33930 SE Eastgate Cir, 3:30-4:30pm, $15, 21+ only.
With all of this yoga going on in town, I rarely talk about it in 8 Days — there is only so much space, its more of a class than an event, and yoga is well covered around these parts. That said, this yoga involves beer. Not just beer, but beer from one of my favoritest breweries the world round, Mazama. This event occurs on the first Tuesday and third Sunday of the month, and the cost of admission comes with a bit o’ the brew. Attend five of these classes and your 6th is free. I mean, hell. If my Tuesdays weren’t wrecked by school, and my Sundays by this paper, I might even be willing to put on some elastics and get down myself. Want more info? Search “Yoga on Tap at Mazama Brewing” on Facebook.
Monday, November 21
How to Approach Your Hot Mess. First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free to members and full-time students. $5 for guests of members. $10 for visitors.
“No one turned away” was the ominous start to what wound up as a really intriguing press release about an awesome event. They gracfully continued, as the mouse scrolly-wheel thing lit up with the excitement of my, uh, finger… “Got a pile of writing (from NaNoWriMo, for instance)? In this interactive presentation and discussion, you’ll explore ways to approach it and what your next steps might be. The workshop will include visualization, writing, discussion, and laughter. No need to bring your work in; all you need is the desire to move ahead.” If anyone has that desire, it’s you, right? Maybe its all of us. For more information, visit www.willamettewriters.org/wwotr.
Tuesday, November 22
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.
Wednesday, November 23
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 6 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 24
Thanksgiving. All-day event. Enjoy the holiday and the food that comes with it.
The strange thing about holidays is that people tend to celebrate them, instead of going to work. To those of you who will be non-festivity occupied, and don’t want to be… my heart goes out to you. But hey, at least you’ll earn some money for that other holiday we have coming up… that which shall not be named… unless, of course, you find yourself at a department store, in which case it was probably named all over at least four aisles starting way back in September. But, I digress. From those of us at The Corvallis Advocate, and in particular me, since I’m writing this… have a good thing, whatever sort of thing it is you’re doing.