Thursday, July 21
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.
Friday, July 22
Corvallis Imagination Music and Arts Festival. Bruce Starker Arts Park, 4485 SW Country Club Dr. 6:30 p.m. Free. Embarking on its fourth annual iteration, the CIMA Festival features a number of great artists, with all proceeds benefiting local schools’ art and music programs. Though the event itself is totally free and open to the public, donations will be accepted. Additionally, festival revenue is raised “through sponsorships, concessions, art booth fees, and commissions, as well as raffles for donated artwork and CD sales from local musicians.”
The lineup for this particular night (the event runs on July 22 and July 23) is Gumbo Groove and Rae Gordon. Please visit www.cimafestival.com for ongoing and updated information.
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.
Saturday, July 23
Corvallis Imagination Music and Arts Festival. Bruce Starker Arts Park, 4485 SW Country Club Dr. 12 p.m. Free.
Saturday starts off a bit earlier, with the Ten Piano Concert as well as Inka Jam and afternoon headliner Animals of Grace. On the main stage at night, those in attendance will enjoy the sounds of Strange Tones, the Red Horse Band, and headliner Fate 55.
Corvallis Knights Home Game. Goss Stadium, 430 SW Langton Pl. 6:30 p.m.
If you’re wanting to get out and enjoy the summer without having your ears sandblasted with music, instead knock the old eardrums out with the delicious crack of a bat whacking a ball into outer spaces. Or, more likely, into your windshield in the parking lot. For tickets, check out http://corvallisknights.com/tickets.php.
Sunday, July 24
Garland’s 17th Annual Art and Wine in the Garden. Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy. 20. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. 17 years strong, Garland is packing their nursery with art and wares from over 40 local artisans. Wander about enjoying fantastic wines, craft beers, and specialty spirits. During the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you’ll be able to purchase glasses of tasty wine from Ankeny Vineyards, Cardwell Hill Cellars, Territorial Vineyards, and Poco Collina Gelardi Vineyard. Vivacity Spirits and Spiritopia will also be offering their own tastings. In addition to the myriad wine options, food will be provided by Pink Rib BBQ and Shotski’s Woodfire Pizza during those same hours. What’s great food and wine without a little music? Gumbo Groove will be jamming on some folk and blues between noon and 3 p.m.! For more information, visit www.garlandnursery.com.
Monday, July 25
Oregon State University Faculty Art Exhibit. Fairbanks Gallery, Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.
Easily one of, if not the best, art show of the year, each and every contributing artist is a master at their craft. If not now, catch it before it is taken down at the end of September. Absolutely a must-view for any local art lover. If there were a price of admission, each individual offering would be worth it alone. Also, this would be a great excuse to walk a little bit and catch… some fresh air. I was not going to say Pokemon.
Tuesday, July 26
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, the best theater in town. For info, visit www.cmnyk.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis.
… Whatever That Means. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 7 p.m. Free.
Catch this fantastic South Korean punk rock band on their Pacific Northwest tour, which will have kicked off just a few days ago. Why? Because they kick a*s. To see and hear more, please visit https://www.facebook.com/whateverthatmeansmusic. Definitely worth your while!
Wednesday, July 27
Wagon Wheel Wednesday at Impulse. Impulse Bar & Grill, 1425 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m.
I own two cowboy hats that I inherited from my grandfather, I hate horses because they frighten me, and the last country record I enjoyed was by a still-living Merle Haggard. So I’m not the country poster boy. However, you don’t have to be in order to enjoy country night at Impulse. Slap on a huge belt buckle and mosey on… down… in… down there for some great drinks and something a little different during this slow Corvallis summer.
Thursday, July 28
Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS! Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
I saw the new Jungle Book movie the other night, and let me tell you… King Louie scared me to death. A three-story-tall killing machine with the voice of a mobster? No thank you, sir! Thankfully, if you have kids and want to give them the Jungle Book experience without the nightmares, you’re in luck. Specially adapted from the classic film, this musical includes favorite tunes like “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” This production is the result of the Majestic Youth Theatre Summer Camp and features young actors from across the local communities. The perfect, non-frightening escape for you and your little ones that is least likely to include a banjo (sorry, Corvallis). For more information, do visit www.majestic.org.
Imagine Coffee Open Mic. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 – 9 p.m. Free.
Open mic events mean one thing: you can show up, sign up, and then make sounds that people will hear. Glorious and terrible, or just plain terrible… the choice is yours! Never tried it? Now is the time. Mainly because this is the day it is happening, so that’s convenient. Visit www.imaginecoffee.net for more stuff related to this thing.