Thursday, January 5
Sick Monkey, Mob Style, Professor Klarrity, ThatKidCry. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free. Okay, so 2017 is looking a bit prehairious… I mean precarious. So maybe an insanely rad hip-hop show featuring Sick Monkey, MobStyle (a hip-hop fusion duo), and friends Professor Klarrity and Salem’s ThatKidCry! If you’re one of those people that complain about the lack of a hip-hop scene, well, here it is. No more tears, little one. Just jump into your hip-hoppin’ shoes (or regular shoes if you don’t have any), make sure you don’t smell funky, and show up ready for action. As Skeletor might say, “It’s free, you fools!” For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Open Source Improv. Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First Ave. 9 p.m. Free. For info, visit www.cloudandkelly’s.com.
Improv comedy. Everybody likes it, and Cloud and Kelly’s Public House has it. Didn’t get your chance to yell out random word combinations and see, shall we say, diversely trained locals act those things out for Christmas? Well, there’s a second Christmas this year. And this is it. Because… it is. Nevermind. Just be there or be square, whatever that means. Get your shouting muscles pumped up, and maybe jot down some random combinations of words to be sure nothing gets too high brow.
Friday, January 6
The Hilltop Big Band. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Public welcome.
Once upon a time, band’s were more than just electric guitar and bass, drums and a singer. No siree! They used to be made of brass – same as your grandma’s favorite lamp, but 10 times as musical. Maybe 100. Anyhow, The Hilltop Big Band has been pumping out big band tunes in the area since 1988, performing classics by everyone from Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to Steve Wonder and Brian Setzer. I took a listen at their website and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I think you will, too; especially if you make it out for this show. http://bighilltopband.com for the listen, and more information.
Pending Black. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
At the time of writing this their website was done, but what I was able to hear should please a lot of ears. A beatboxing / vocalist duo, what you get is a very polished pop production with a hiphop flavor. There’s certainly a buzz about these folks, and for good reason – they’re pretty damn good. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Saturday, January 7
Scratchdog Stringband. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
If you find yourself at http://www.scratchdogswingband.com, the first thing you’ll notice is a couple of dudes up in the coolest treehouse of all time. The next thing you’ll notice is the music link, and the next… sound. Fantastic, plucky, swingin’ stuff with vocals that sound like they belong to a best friend. In fact, I’d like to go visit a bar and have a conversation about stuff with this guy. Like, life and stuff. Maybe roofing tacks and the fine points of roofing, or how great a job Joss Whedon did with Serenity as far as giving us some closure. You know, that sort of thing. And while it may not be advisable to run up and start talking about tropical fish or grass seed, you can certainly plop yourself down for a few beers at Calapooia and check out this awesome band in person. For further, less-stalkerish info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Sunday, January 8
Blues Jam. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 4 – 6 p.m. Free.
If you’re like me, you need to be in bed by 7 or 8 Sunday night, so you have time to cry yourself to sleep before another grueling week. Seriously, I’ve got a case of the Mondays that requires regular medication. That said, there’s something early to enjoy for the suffering masses, and that’s Calapooia’s weekly Blues Jam. What is this Blues Jam thing? Well, according to the folks that host it: “BLUES JAM! Get out, get in and get some on ya!!” I don’t know what the hell that means, but it sounds awesome, doesn’t it? No matter what you listen to, its likely that the blues are responsible… pay some respects, this Sunday, Jan. 8. For an education on your very soul, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Monday, January 9
OSU Winter Term 2017 Begins. Set two – well, maybe even three alarms, a backup coffee machine – and maybe some lights on timers, too. Due to day length, mornings remain artificial constructs. Also, if you are reading this and you have one Johnny Beaver in one of your early classes, take heart: this poor bastard has to drive all the way out from Lebanon, park, and then walk about 20 to 30 minutes to class. And no, he didn’t write this. Not one bit. He usually writes this column, but not today. I just think he’s a really cool guy, you know? I am not him. Don’t look at me like that. Move along, now.
Science Pub – Brain Injury in Sports. Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.
One of the best regular events in town, Science Pub is not to be missed—especially if you’re into beer and science. This time around you’ll be treated to speaker Dr. Douglas Aukerman, a sports medicine physician with Samaritan Health Systems. He is also the senior associate athletic director for sports medicine at Oregon State University. If you can’t make it out for this one, be on the lookout. Science Pubs run on the second Monday of every month. For some sciencey info, visit terra.oregonstate.edu/science-pub-corvallis/.
Tuesday, January 10
Fitting in: Fruit Trees in Small Spaces. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. Noon – 1 p.m. Free.
This isn’t rock and roll, doesn’t involve a movie, and likely won’t have any beer… but who hasn’t wanted to grow a little fruit tree that… makes… fruit. I swear, it’s way better sounding in my head than on paper. Either way, this lecture sounds great, and is totally free. Just head on over to the library’s Main Meeting Room. Jeff Cope of Home Grown Gardens speaks as part of the Gearing Up for Gardening – Lecture Series. For further occasionally tasty info, visit www.cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Memory Loss Support Group. Chintimini Senior & Community Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
This group is for both caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer’s disease (or related disorders) – there is also a group for those with memory loss held at the same time. Show up and share information, education, and support with others who have walked a mile or two in your shoes. Learn skills from those who have experience with your daily challenges. For more information, please contact facilitator Gene Dannen, email@example.com. As someone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s, I can’t recommend connecting with others enough – and what better time than the start of a new year?
Wednesday, January 11
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. Noon. 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 12
Wild Hog in the Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free. Honestly, a wild hog in the woods is something I find very frightening. Hey, don’t laugh. Hannibal Lecter fed that guy to his pigs, and they weren’t even wild – just a little pissed off that Jodie Foster was recast. The fact is, this is a real workhorse of a band and I’ve suggested their shows many times, this time being no different. If you’re craving great music in the human tradition of playing instruments and stuff, plus a beer or 10, well, you get the picture. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.