Thursday, February 9
Plethora of Crows: Exhibit III. Benton County Museum. 1101 Main St., Philomath. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free.
Seen this show yet? No, you say? Well, get on it before it flies away. (Get it?) Bill Shumway and Don Ferguson (painter and photographer, respectively) have been collaborating with crow imagery since 2014. This exhibition will feature Joan Linse, Leslie Green, and some of her Evergreen collaborative group members. Some of Shumway’s associates will also be present, including Mark Allison, Carol Chapel, Judith Sanders, and Faye Cummins, as well as Pam Serra-Wenz and Sue Noel. With a lineup like that, it’s time to unglue yourself from the couch, yeah? The Benton County Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, February 10
Cascade Crescendo + Spun Honey. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. $7.
American roots and bluegrass… there’s a lot of it these days, so how do you know what shows to catch? First of all, go to them all. Music is awesome. Second of all, go to this one. Not only is it Bombs, and they’re pretty much the gold standard, but… well, just take a listen and you’ll get it. For info, visit cascadecrescendo.bandcamp.com/releases.
DTW. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Admittedly I had never heard of Despite the Whiteness, but I suggest you rectify it the same way I did: listen. And come to this show. As they said in the event text, “Frontline of the Corvallis funk scene. Heard of Funk in the Forest? They headline it. Been enjoying the Funk and Jazz Jam series? Also them.” It’s all for good reason. For info, visit facebook.com/despitethewhiteness.
Saturday, February 11
The Incompatibles. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St. 9 p.m. Free. They called it “Charming Euro Pub Jams.” I call it great stuff, and so will you. Because basically that’s what it is, and I wouldn’t steer you wrong. I’d like to, but this town is too small for those kinds of shenanigans. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com.
Far Out West + Clara Baker. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Funk from the teat of a warlock… that’s how I’d describe this quirky, extremely talented outfit. To plug it into your ears, click on over to reverbnation.com/faroutwest. This show also has a sweet bonus in Clara Baker—a name to remember in the realm of alternative country/folk. For a taste of her work, visit clarabaker.bandcamp.com.
Sunday, February 12
Gardening in the PNW: Seeds vs. Starts. Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy. 20. 2 p.m. Free.
If you’re like me and murder everything but the weeds, you might want to check out this cool event at Garland’s. Here’s what they have to say: “Learn what’s best for specific plants and situations in our PNW environment. Share how to start seeds and when it is best to plant both seeds and starts.” It’s an ongoing series and focuses on helping you keep your crops alive in the glorious Pacific Northwest. For planterly information, visit www.garlandnursery.com.
Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Series: Joyce Yang. The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 4 p.m. Tickets: $25 in advance, $28 at the door, free for college students with ID and youth.
If this were metal, people would claim that it melted their faces. Seriously, Joyce Yang is incredible. I just listened to her doing some Bartok and was floored. Worth every penny to watch this happen live. Tickets available locally at Rice’s Pharmacy and Grass Roots Books & Music. For info, visit corvallispiano.org.
Monday, February 13
Corvallis Science Pub: ‘Ancient America: Bones and Artifacts Under Our Feet.’ Old World Deli, 341 Second St. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.
This time around the audience will be treated to speaker Loren Davis, OSU professor of anthropology. Want to listen to some awesome science-y talk in a chill atmosphere and get the opportunity to ask questions and interact? With beers? I thought so. Pack up your curiosity and make an evening of it. Science Pub is easily one of the best recurring events in town! For info, visit terra.oregonstate.edu/science-pub-corvallis.
The Calm Before the Storm
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, which will undoubtedly end in a severe depletion of the wallet and a stomachache. Hey, I’m just being realistic. I recommend taking the day off (besides the Science Pub, of course), watching The 4400 on Netflix and thinking to yourself, “Hey, it’s that dude from Chicago PD!” and also “Damn, this show is laughably written.” Take a bath, be sure to poop, pray if that’s your thing.
Tuesday, February 14
City Club of Corvallis: ‘Struggle Over Sanctuary.’ Boys & Girls Club, 1112 NW Cr. Noon – 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch: $10 for members, $15 for non-menbers.
From the press release: “Representatives of the City of Corvallis, Corvallis School District, and Oregon State University will discuss their perspectives on sanctuary. They include Biff Traber, Mayor of Corvallis; Ryan Noss, superintendent of District 509; Alexis McQuillan, chair of the Corvallis School Board; and Scott Vignos, JD, of the OSU Office of Diversity.” Want to get involved? Here’s your chance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve lunch. For more info, visit cityclubofcorvallis.org.
League of Women Voters Meeting. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. 7 p.m. Free.
This meeting will consist of a panel discussion on “21st Century Public Post-Secondary Education,” specifically in relation to the great state of Oregon. Panelists will discuss issues and answer questions in order to formulate a League position. Get out of the house and bring your toughest questions. To note, this is the League’s 97th and Oregon’s 157th birthday! For further info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Wednesday, February 15
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. 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 email@example.com.
Thursday, February 16
OSU Theatre Presents For the Love of Lies. Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 SW Campus Way. 2 p.m. Feb. 16 to 18 and Feb. 24 to 25. Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth/students, $5 for OSU students.
Who doesn’t love lying, am I right? Make this Thursday “theatre day” and check out this hilarious comedy from OSU’s talented theatre folks. Tickets are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for disability access accommodations and/or group ticket sales. Tickets are also available online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre/university-theatre/box-officetickets. And remember, it’s “theatre,” not “theater.”
Corvallis Arts Walk. Downtown Corvallis. 4 – 8 p.m. Free.
The Corvallis Arts Walk, or “CAW” as some people call it (I refuse!), is a great way to sample what the Corvallis arts scene has to offer. Get off your duff and see what’s going on—and then be sure to visit exhibitions off the walk for a longer gander without all the shoulder-rubbing. For information on participating venues, visit theartscenter.net or facebook.com/CorvallisArtsWalk.