Thursday, July 14
Penny Carnival. Corvallis Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave. 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Each activity costs one cent. Yes, that’s actually the truth. And yes, it sounds pretty downright cool. Not at all that weird thing where you go to the Dollar Store and they’re like, “Oh, a random cup? That’ll be $2.36.” The press release even said people should come and “play.” Frankly, I could use a bit of that. This traditional program celebrates the creativity of youth and the simplicity of pioneer days. Healthy snack and drinks available for a small price. For a long, hard look at more information, use your space computer to visit www.facebook.com/events/1619324818388094.
Operator Error Exhibition. CEI Artworks, 408 SW Monroe Ave., Ste. 110. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.
Exhibition featuring local artist and Corvallis Advocate staffer Johnny Beaver. In his own words, “Through exercise, nutrition, yoga, meditation, and the like, our culture has experienced an increase in those seeking greater body awareness. As someone who has been besieged by mental illness and chronic insomnia for half his life, I’ve developed a rather anti-thetical attitude. Exploring a broken mind/body connection, the Operator Error series looks at the self in a similar fashion to those aforementioned, but through a very different lens.” This special exhibition will be on the walls through July 19. For more information, search for “Operator Error” on Facebook.
Friday, July 15
The Odd Couple. Albany Civic Theater, 111 SE 1st Ave., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $12 general admission, $9 for seniors and juniors.
I’ll admit I don’t do theater often, despite the fact that every time I do, it’s great. Yep, I’m one of “those” people. So take my advice: don’t be me. I won’t drop any spoilers for you if you’re not familiar with this classic comedy, but I will say that it involves a total freakin’ slob rooming with a neat freak. A simple but effective recipe for disaster. I love it. For more information, check out www.albanycivic.org.
’80s DJ Party. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. Free.
1980s dance party. Let’s say that one more time: 1980s dance party. If you’re not already putting on your bangley earrings, for shame. For the kind of information that will rock your body (OK, that was Backstreet Boys), visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Saturday, July 16
Linn County Fair. Linn County Fairgrounds, 3700 Knox Butte Rd. E, Albany. All-day event. Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors for daily passes.
Remember last week when I made repetitive, ridiculous… even obnoxious Foghat mentions? Well this is the day they’re playing. Yeah, there’s food, things, stuff… other fair things… but this is your chance to yell “SLOW RIDE!” a whole bunch until they either play it, or get pissed off and have security bounce you from the property. Honestly, both options sound pretty good, right? But seriously, don’t get thrown out. Other, lesser people, will be there to enjoy “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” Ugh. For more information, visit www.linncountyfair.com.
John Shipe. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Short but sweet on this one: if you’re into regional music, you should already know this guy. Based out of Eugene, Shipe’s blend of rock, pop, and country merges with a talent for lyricism to… you know, I’ll just shut up now. A free show with a fantastic musician—go to it. For information, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Sunday, July 17
da Vinci Days. Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave. All-day event, Runs July 15 to July 17. Free.
“Featuring a wide range of concert band performances, festival exhibits, including food and artisan booths, and the return of the popular Graand Kinetic Challenge featuring pageantry, a road race, and an exciting sand dune challenge.” As far as pitches goes, that’s about an 8.9. Throw in food vendors, the ability to find a cozy spot on the lawn for hanging-out purposes, a diversity of music, including an evening concert with Belly Full of Bob, which turned out to be a great Corvallis Bob Marley tribute band—and not a flesh-eating monster. To keep up with what’s going down, take a gander at www.davincidays.org.
Monday, July 18
Concert in the Park. Bruce Starker Arts Park, 4485 SW Country Club Dr. 8 p.m. Free.
The Corvallis Community Band format is as it usually is, with the band rehearsing from 7 to 8 p.m. and the concert starting at 8 p.m. and lasting about an hour. Any member of the community with at least high school ability is welcome to join up every week for the whole summer. Honestly, in high school I knew about three chords on a broken Peavy T-15, so you might want to avoid going by my standards. I’m told that all one needs to do is show up a little before 7 p.m. with an instrument and a music stand (if you’ve got one). No pesky auditions and no additional rehearsals are scheduled or even desired. Each week the concert is totally different, and with a different theme. This week’s theme is “Broadway” with Gale Hazel. For complete details, visit www.c-cband.org.
Tuesday, July 19
Community Movie Night. Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free.
There are a few kinds of people that read this ad every week. Those that are going to this event, those that want to but aren’t… and those that don’t… well, we won’t talk about those jerks. Every Tuesday, fantastic classic films, great commentary from the host…. “lost, classic, cult.” Complete with era-appropriate newsreels, cartoons, etc. Donations are graciously accepted and benefit the renovation of the Darkside Cinema, Corvallis’ only independent movie house. And in my opinion, our best theater in town. For info, visit www.cmnyk.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis.
Wednesday, July 20
Amore Music Series. First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave. 12:15 p.m. Free, but donations appreciated.
Organist Craig Hanson plays music of Francois d’Agincourt. D’Agincourt was a composer, organist, and harpsichordist of French descent, born in the late 17th century. For those of you not of the music nerd variety, he wore giant white wigs and wrote some pretty intense music. His organ work is my favorite, producing quite a bit of music that I’d never want to hear in the dark, because it irrationally scares the hell out of me. That said, don’t ignore the classics! From what I hear, Hanson is a masterful player. Try something different this summer. For further information, do visit www.corvallisfumc.org.
David Baker Reading and Signing. Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Free. Grass Roots welcomes Corvallis author David Baker for the launch of the paperback edition of his book, Vintage. My interpretation of his book is this: food columnist Bruno really loves expensive wine—so much so that it gets him broke and fired (I can relate). He then stumbles upon the secret to finding the 1943 Trevallier, “an infamous bottle of wine that was stolen during World War II.” Honestly, this sounds like my kind of book. And not only that, but an excellent chance to support a great local author! For more seedy info, visit www.grassrootsbookstore.com.
Thursday, July 21
Walk the CAW. Downtown Corvallis. All day. Free.
What’s got a silly acronym, brings a ton of people downtown, and opens the door to local arts unlike anything else around here? The CAW (though I’m sure you guessed that from the title). For the uninitiated, this is a grass roots-organized art walk that takes place on the third Thursday of each month, primarily in the downtown area. From galleries to artists’ studios and much more, expect something different each month from Corvallis’ vibrant and diverse arts scene. It’s the pulse of Corvallis culture. If you haven’t been out yet, do yourself a favor and give it a shot! Walking maps of the event can be picked up at any of the storefront members’ locations or viewed online. For info, visit www.corvallisartswalk.com.
Free Range Open Mic. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 7 p.m. Free.
All about fostering camaraderie in the local scene, this event moves between Bombs Away Cafe and Cloud & Kelly’s Public House in a way that has it up and running twice a month. If you’re a new artist looking for encouragement or practice in front of a crowd, an area musician looking for a place to hang out, drink, form new bands, etc., then this is for you. Musicians for musicians. The great Steve Hunter will be signing people up starting at 7 p.m. For more details, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.