Troubadour, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free
Goddamn! Yosi Mesbah is a dynamo and she’s bringing her huge voice, supple guitar fingers, and soulful/playful lyrics to the ‘Gine. Yosi has gone from Corvallis to Nashville (and back?) and she’s got stories to tell. Other than Community Movie Night, Band in a Hat, and Michelle Grabner’s marathon lecture, this is undoubtedly the best free show in town this week. And I mean that. But seriously, if you like hearing songs that will make you disconnect that garden hose from the muffler of your car (or window) and give it another go, this is the show for you.
Rough Jazz, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7 pm. Free
As I often advocate when recommending you check out Rough Jazz, come prepared with a safe word. Because once the jazz starts with this group, the lines of appropriate and holy-f*ck get blurred pretty quickly. This Thursday of free excellence is rounding out one of the best weeks of music in Corvallis in quite a while. And Rough Jazz is anchoring the whole thing with a free night of their music. Oh, and quick pro-tip: don’t use musical phrases or names of classic jazz songs as your safe word. If you start yelling “Caravan!” to make them stop, it’s just going to get things started again…
Gift of Gab, Luck & Lana (Living Legands), Zyme x Venus Verssace w/DJ True Justice, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. $10
No big deal, it’s just Gift of Gab from the legendary Blackalicious. Oh, and he’s got Lucyiam from Living Legends, another East Bay staple, now playing in the act Luck & Lana, with him? I wonder if they’re playing at Reser, or even LaSells or the Majestic… Oh, they’re back at Cloud’s? Be one of the 75 people who gets to see this beast of a hip-hop show, or more realistically, be one of the 25 people at this show who perplexedly watch throngs pass by on their way to watch a band with six banjos. Zyme x Venus Verssace are also on tour with Luck & Lana, and they’re absolutely terrible. So definitely go to this show, but maybe show up a little late. For $10 this rager is probably not going to pay any of these artists’ rents anyway.
The Svens, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free
My favorite cowboy surf poets are back at the ‘Gine for a night of reverie and magic. The Svens are sort of like if Link Wray hosted an episode of Prairie Home Companion. By which I mean, totally awesome and not just a little bizarre. If I’m being totally honest, these guys go much better with booze than they do with caffeine, but you should take ‘em wherever you can get ‘em. Actually the ideal complement for the Svens would be peyote, but I don’t think that’s recreationally legal… yet.
Spokenest, Angries, Hi Ho Silver, Away! Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. $5
Thanks again, Corvallis DIY. Spokenest, in from Los Angeles, is just dynamite. A super-lo-fi two-piece that I would pay $5 to see any old time, they’re joined by local punk bands Angries and one of my personal favorites, Hi Ho Silver, Away! This show is going to be fantastic, and Interzone is strangely the best place in town for a punk show. If I weren’t over at the Majestic laboring under six inches of makeup, I’d definitely be front and center at this show. You certainly don’t have the same excuse.
Alice in Wonderland, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. $16 to $18
Yeah, six inches of makeup is only barely an exaggeration. Your boy, Whacky Y (I’m testing out some new alternate titles), will be sweating his a*s off under the lights of the Majestic stage for one last weekend of Lewis Carroll’s classic on stage at Corvallis’ best place to see community theater. Unless you consider organized model United Nations debates with cats representing all the Security Council nations to be “community theater,” in which case my living room every Monday and Wednesday evening would technically be the best place to see such a thing.
Alice in Wonderland, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 2:30 p.m. $16 to $18
All joking aside—well, most joking aside, I guess—this Sunday matinee of Alice is the very last chance you have to see this pretty grandiose production that you may have been given the impression only stars me. In fact it’s not a one-man show, but a 100-plus Corvallisite show that’s the product of a ton of locals, way more talented than me, volunteering their time and sacrificing their bodies. If you’re not planning to come to this, your excuse better be that you’ve already been, or you’ll be at Ordinary Days. If your excuse to miss this involves the words “Game,” “of,” or “Thrones,” fisticuffs will be the order of the day, I assure you.
Ordinary Days, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 3 p.m. $14 to $16
Mary Jeanne Reynales is back with another beautifully directed musical at the Majestic. Ordinary Days is a story of love and music set against the backdrop of New York City. It’s playing in the smaller upstairs theater at the Majestic, and since you’ve no doubt already seen Alice and are desperate for another way to support the local arts, Ordinary Days is sort of saving your a*s. Now take your newly saved posterior and deposit it in a seat at the Majestic for the very reasonable price of any amount they ask for.
Bryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free
Bryson Skaar is back with another edition of being awesome. Speaking of awesome, do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with something clever to say about Bryson 52 times per year? At least half as difficult as it is to show up at the ‘Gine and play wonderful free jazz piano 52 times per year. So I guess what I’m saying is, perhaps I should have a donation/tip cup available at this event for you to donate to my weekly cheerleading.
NBA Eastern Conference Finals, Meet’n Place Tavern, 1150 Main St., Philomath
As I did last year, I’ll be at the Meet’n Place (my local) for as many of the Cleveland Cavaliers playoff/championship games as possible. This is for three reasons: 1) I don’t have cable; 2) I’ll rep Cleveland until I die; 3) Tater tots. Meet’n’Place makes hecka decent tater tots. This will be game four of the Cavs series against the Toronto Raptors, which means it will also be the last game of the series. Sending the poor Raps out there to face LeBron and my guys is insanely unfair. We should spot the dinosaurs of the frozen north a game and let them carry stun-guns on the court. You know, to keep it interesting.
Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free
For my birthday edition screening of #CMNYK, you can bet I picked something for me. So I’m proud to present the master himself, the great Sam Peckinpah, and his feature directorial debut from 1961, The Deadly Companions. The story of a guilt-ridden ex-Army officer who mistakenly kills a young man and then tries to make up for it by escorting the boy’s mother and funeral procession through dangerous territory. Stars Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith, Chill Wills, and the incomparable Strother Martin. “Owns! Ownssssss!”
Corvallis-OSU Symphony Song of the Night, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $32
Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 gets taken through its paces in this, perhaps Corvallis’ classiest night of music. The symphony is one of those things that is enjoyable even when it’s performed by amateurs with tons of hiccups and other comical errors. Not unlike sex. And the good news is the Corvallis-OSU Symphony is not an outfit overflowing with complete bumbling amateurs who wouldn’t even know what dental dam is. I think what I’m trying to say here is that this show will be great and well worth the ticket price. I’m just not doing a very good job of it.
Meet the Author: Steve Olson, Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 NW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Free
Apparently Steve Olson’s book, Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helen’s, is the essential history of probably the most well-known volcano in America. Mr. Olson will be on hand to talk about the book, answer questions, and sign copies. This is one of the cooler things you still get from the bookstore experience. You can’t really “meet the author” on your Kindle… unless you use it to access Tinder and then just coincidentally run into Jonathan Franzen on there and you both right-swipe each other. Which actually happened to me only instead of Tinder it was at the Goodwill, and instead of Jonathan Franzen it was just some random stranger looking for a good deal on a used vacuum cleaner. And instead of right-swiping, we… you know what? Just go meet Steve Olson. It will be really interesting.
Wagon Wheel Wednesday, Impulse Bar & Grill, 1425 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free
You all know about Manic Mondays, Timba Tuesdays, Theremin Thursdays, Fragile Fridays, Sanitary Saturdays, and Sunday, the day on which Jesus died for our sins… or something like that. These are all important days in the Impulse dance schedule. Well slide over, because it’s time to welcome Wagon Wheel Wednesdays to the mix. On Wagon Wheel Wednesdays Impulse will be playing them hot, thick country jamz that really get the kids moving. I’m sort of anticipating a lot of Toby Keith being played at this thing, and I’m fine with that. I won’t be there myself, because that sounds awful, but I remain fine with it and recommend it wholeheartedly to you.
Music in the Park, Philomath City Park Gazebo, 299 S 23rd St., Philomath 6 p.m. Free
What can I tell you? I put on for my city. It’s as simple as that. And I lay my head in Philomath. We like logging, beer, and Eats’n’Treats. If you’re not on board with that, you’re really missing out on a full life. Fortunately the city of Philomath is now putting on this awesome free music-in-a-park series that is sure to give the wonderful Corvallis version a run for its money. This will be the first event of the series which features a different musical group playing each month. Up first is the Philomath High School Jazz Band. They’re warriors of jazz music, I promise you that.
Spring Sing, First United Methodist, 1165 SW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $12
OSU’s Bella Voce and the OSU Meistersingers will be blazing the vocals at this show which goes down at FU Meth Church, as I like to call it. Obviously a “meth church” would be a fascinating life experience, particularly for first timers (meaning anyone who’s never been to Arizona, Oklahoma, or Pennsylvania). But that’s not where your focus should be. This is great local singing performed by OSU’s finest all-women and all-men choirs. One quick suggestion, if I may: have both choirs get together at the end of the show for one song altogether, but make it a showdown where they’re zapping each other with challenges and insults, like a choral battle-rap. It could be called Spring Sing Zing. And with that, he officially jumped the shark of terrible writing.