Rusty Hinges Band, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free
Oh snap. It’s the Rusty Hinges Band, back in action for their seemingly monthly, or even bi-monthly, gig at the ‘Pooia. I’m excited about it, even though I likely won’t be able to go because I’m taking my wife out on a date that night. Couldn’t I do both? Couldn’t I even take her on a date to see Rusty Hinges? Thereby achieving the mythical feet of slaying two avian creatures with only one naturally occurring spherical object? You bet your a*s I could. But we have a pretty gross regular monthly date, and it involves going to Oil Can Henry’s for dinner. I’ll let your imagination do the rest. If you want to wash that image out of your head, this would be a great show to do it at. Rusty Hinges for free. You’re welcome.
Open Source Improv, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 9 p.m. Free
I don’t know how well these guys thought out this open source thing. Doesn’t that just mean everyone can steal their material? I’m going to teach them a valuable lesson about intellectual property rights by showing up at this thing and recording all the best jokes. Stay tuned to hear them in next week’s 8 Days. Then I think we can put to rest this crazy business about “open source” comedy. End audition. So what do you guys think? Am I in the Improv troupe or what? Hello? Is this thing on…?
Anna Tivel, Beth Wood, and Jeffrey Martin, Corvallis High School Black Box Theatre, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave. 7:30 p.m. $10
This is a stacked night of music, which I can only guess is in honor of Super Bowl weekend? Or maybe not. Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin are two of the best performers in the tri-county area, a category that I just established. Beth Wood is an import, but she’s also great, so if you’re ready for some folk and some acoustic accompanied singers and their songwriting in the kind of amazing CHS Black Box, then this will be your go-to show of the night. Tivel was recently at the Majestic in support of the Shook Twins and plays with Martin pretty regularly, and they’re both pretty “up and coming” in the folk scene, if such a thing even exists in the folk scene. But if we’re talking about real folk authenticity, I think instead of being up and coming they’d probably rather be destitute and inspired. Which they may also be. Look, I didn’t claim to know a lot about them, I’m just endorsing the show.
Mbrascatu & Haley Johnsen, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5
Mbrascatu is the band Ben Harper would likely have backing him up if he played for a live DVD in an Argentinian slum, but then balked on actually going to Buenos Aires and just filmed the thing in a basement in Portland. And if that sounds like the kind of show you’d like to see, then you’ll be happy to learn this show is happening. Big time. Haley Johnsen plays Americana-infused music that should easily find an audience in Corvallis. If this show wasn’t going up against Tivel & Co., not to mention a free show at the Majestic, I’d be hyping this up as the show of the century. But it is going up against those two shows, so, you know, whatevs…
Majestic Community Film Festival, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($15 for both days)
Are you kidding me, Corvallis? Did we really pull this off? I’m looking at you, people of Corvallis. You really pulled together for me on this one. It’s the first annual Majestic Community Film Festival (#MCFF1), hosted by your best pal, me. I curated a fine selection of Corvallis’ best filmmakers’ work with the help of the tireless crew over at the Majestic and we’re going to screen these gems at the Majestic. So that’s community in community at community with the whole community. Hence the name.
Belly Full of Bob, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free
A Bob Balaban tribute band? I mean, that sounds pretty cool I guess. But I wasn’t even aware he had any hits. Everyone knows the beloved comedic actor is a singer-songwriter who plays the melodica and sings murder ballads set in the French Revolution. But who knew he had enough of a following to inspire tribute bands? I mean primarily he’s a comedian and his music is sort of a side-gig… Plus how do you not name that group Balaband? What’s that you say? Bob Marley? I don’t think so… Are you sure?
Majestic Community Film Festival, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 6:30 p.m. $10 ($15 for both days)
You’re probably asking yourself, “Wait a second, did they schedule the first annual Majestic Community Film Festival on the same weekend as the Super Bowl?” To which I can only respond by narrowing my eyes and squinting at you in the manner of a creepy person. Okay, yeah, we did it. Here’s an idea, maybe stop watching men smash each other’s heads in and shorten each other’s lives for the sake of money and adoration. Maybe stop glorifying violence. Maybe care about your fellow man… Or, I don’t know, come after the game’s over? What do I look like, your appointment secretary? But seriously, if you don’t come out to support an event like this, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.
Blues Jam, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 4 p.m. Free
Jeez, Blues Jam, are you seriously going to try to go up against the Super Bowl? I feel like you’re both aiming for roughly the same demographic group, 34- to 58-year-old males, and I don’t know how to tell you this, but they’ve got a little bit more spectacle up their sleeve for the Super Bowl show than you do. I mean, besides the story line of Peyton Manning going up against Cam Newton, there’s the innumerable other storylines about—wait, what’s that? Coldplay is playing the halftime show? See you at 4, Blues Jam.
Bryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free
And on the keys, it’s none other than Corvallis’ own Bryson Skaar. The man who makes the ivories sing like… crap, I had something for this… uh… soap? Look it’s hard to come up with things to say about such a reliably awesome local who gives us free jazz piano enjoyment every week. The only way I could like Bryson Skaar and his weekly gig anymore is if he was kicking back some small revenue stream to me for my troubles… which is… not… ahem… happening… hint hint… cough… So go to this event and enjoy yourself knowing it in no way financially enriches me, but I recommend it anyway.
Science Pub Corvallis, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 6 p.m. Free
If you’ve been concerned that the wars for oil, land and religion would dominate our bleak landscape well into the next century and beyond, I’ve got great news; the wars for water will probably be way worse. Fortunately a hydrologist with the US Forest Service and OSU, Dr. Gordon Grant, is here to talk about that. Well, probably not about the gnarly wars, more about the gnarly science of finding water in the climate change shaped future of the West. It’s Science Pub time, you under educated goons. Line up and get your knowledge. And also a shaved ham on rye, because water or not, you gotta treat yourself sometimes.
Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free
Melodrama and mystery return to #CMNYK this week with the very overlooked classic Gaslight (1940) starring Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard. Most people are more familiar with the remake starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman from a few years later, but this original British production is a knockout that will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Romance, mystery, and atmosphere galore gush from every frame of this gorgeous classic. The only question you have to ask yourself is, “How much do I love classic film on the big screen?” And I guess also, “Why am I here on this planet? What does this life mean?” But I can’t offer answers to those questions, only the first. And if the answer is “A frick of a lot,” you’re going to want to be at the Darkside for the screening.
Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free
What will it take for me to convince you that you can’t have more fun than relaxing at the ‘Gine, with a hot cuppa, listening to this fun and energetic group of locals busting out Celtic jams? What? Should I chase the snakes out of Philomath? Will that convince you? Should I start restive resistance to British colonialism? What exactly will convince you to go to this amazing event? Did I mention it’s free? *cue stampede noise* There it is. I knew I could count on you, Corvallis.
Nigel Poor Lecture, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7 p.m. Free
Nigel Poor is most famous as the founder and CEO of Standard & Poor’s, the credit rating agency. He’s a multigajillionaire with interests in renewable energies, war, and time travel. Okay I’m kidding, he’s actually the wildly talented artist behind the San Quentin Prison Report Archive Project, which is an unbelievably deep and interesting art project in collaboration with the inmates of San Quentin that documents their reactions to art, in addition to their art and art created from San Quentin, including photography, poetry, and more. If you’re not interested in seeing this lecture, where he’ll be talking about a variety of fascinating issues linked with his project, you may be more intrigued by an episode of Real Housewives of the _____ that is on TV that night. And for that I straight up hate you.
Chuck Holst & Gary Rowles, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free
How many legendary, belong-in-the-Rock-n-Roll-Hall-of-Fame, legendary bands have you played in? Oh really? None? Imagine my shock. Now take every non-adulatory thing you’ve ever thought about Gary Rowles and blow it directly out of your—okay you know what? I may have started this off with an unnecessarily confrontational tone. We’re cool, right? I like you, you undoubtedly love me, right? So let’s just stop wasting each other’s time and agree we’re all going to go see Chuck and Gary play. Because Gary Rowles was the lead axe-man in Love. The band, Love. The Love. And if I have to tell you that again… well… I will, next month when Holst and Rowles play for free again at Bombs.
Family Mansion and Cedar Teeth, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free
Family Mansion is an up-and-coming dup out of Portland. And not to be a band-name-nitpicker (which I clearly am), but how did they settle on Family Mansion instead of Mansion Family? Get it? Like Manson family? That’s what’s known as wordplay. If you’re in a band looking for a great name and not-great press clippings, give me a call. Family Mansion is a solid folk-pop duo with some hints of things that I both like and get annoyed by. Cedar Teeth is a fantastic bunch of rockers and I love the piss out of them, so I highly endorse this show. Also it should be noted that this show is free. Which is a very Corvallis price for a fun night of rocking.
TEDx Ignite, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 6 p.m. $25 ($15 for students)
Surely you’ve heard of TED talks. They’re the pseudo-intellectual, sometimes hyper-intellectual, modern substitution for actually putting in the time to learn something in earnest. Are you looking to build a tiny home? How to stop saying “guys” when addressing a mixed gender crowd of people? Wondering if everything you do and say is racist and/or destroying the climate (hint: it is)? Then have I got the series of lectures for you. This one will feature some considerably less famous “TED talkers” than you’re used to, but that actually probably means there’s a lot less bullsh*t and a lot more actually useful info in this series of talks. Habiba Addo, Chris Barnes, Chinyere Tutashinda, Kyle Hart, and Jonathan Hurst are on the bill.