Thursday, July 13
Swing Dance in the Park. The Arts Center Plaza 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-9 p.m. Free.
Do you like swings? Howabout dance? Howabout parks? Good. Here’s the scedule: 6:30–7 p.m. Dancing to DJed swing music; 7–7:30 p.m. Intro Charleston lesson taught by Ellen; 7:30–9 p.m. Dancing to swing music DJed by Lindsey and Zach. For info, visit corvallisswing.com/o/swing-dance-in-the-park-july-13/.
Wild Hog in The Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free. Wild Hog in The Woods rocks out (only they’re old timey / bluegrassy, so…) at the friendly confines of Calapooia Brewing. Always a good show. Just take a listen for yourself: Jet Harris & His Hotrod Hellcats. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Friday, July 14
2017 da Vinci Days Festival: Keynote Address. Whiteside Theater, 361 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis 7 p.m. Free.
If you want to be in the know regarding the next industrial revolution, there’s no better way (besides like 8 years of school or something) than to check out da Vinci’s keynote speaker – Timothy L. Weber. Otherwise known as the Global Head of 3D Materials & Advanced Applications at HP! For info, visit daVinciDays.org.
yOya concert. The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. $18, $16 CFS members or seniors, $10 students. All $2 more at the door.
An opening set by Minnesota’s JE Sunde is followed by the acoustic trappings of LA-based folktronic trio Alex Pfender, Noah Dietterich, Ian Meltzer. Tickets at Grassroots Books or TicketTomato.com. For info and links to music, visit corvallisfolklore.org/home/concerts/.
Naughty Sweethearts. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5. The “Funky originals, jazz, blues and rags” are promised when Naughty Sweethears take the stage. I’m not really sure what a high-flying banjo lick is, but those will be present as well, and frankly sound delightful. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/ or facebook.com/pg/bombsawaycafe/events/?ref=page_internal.
Saturday, July 15
Familiars and Whatever Together. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Local pop punkers Whatever Together join the “80s alt weirdness” of Familiars. Both will rock you in every sense of the verb. Be there for the Familiars’ first show! For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/ or facebook.com/pg/bombsawaycafe/events/?ref=page_internal.
K-Boy Kano & The Rootikals. The Downward Dog, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 10 p.m. $5.
I’m not sure what to expect from this show, besides the obvious: it’s gonna be good. How do I know? Check out these tunes – http://kboykano.wixsite.com/k-boykano/my-songs. I told you I’m a genius. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/ or facebook.com/pg/downwarddogdowntown/events/?ref=page_internal.
Sunday, July 16
2017 da Vinci Days Festival: Graand Kinetic Challenge. Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. 10 am. – 3 pm. Free.
ITS BACK. This is actually day two of the Graand Kinetic Challenge, but there’s not nearly enough space to cover it all. The first thing you need to do is visit davincidays.org for a full list of events and times. However! This mega-popular event is kind of the grandaddy of them all, featuring live music, local art, exhibits, food, beer, wine, and pageantry (whatever that may be!). Day two, the one you’re looking at, has the added bonus of a mud bog and a river race at Crystal Lake Sports Park. The GKC awards ceremony will be back at the fairgrounds, so you won’t want to miss that either. Just do yourself a favor and carve a big hole out in your calendar this weekend.
Monday, July 17
Bryson Skaar. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m.
Bryson has been key-wranglin’ every Monday at Imagine absolutely forever, yet at no point has it become old to just enjoy a cup of coffee (or a shirt of coffee, if you’re like me and spill a lot) and listen to him play. Do not underestimate the power of the piano in gifted hands, my friends. Also, don’t underestimate electricity, elephants, or the vastness of space. Just kind of throwing that public service announcement in there. For info, visit imaginecoffee.net.
Tuesday, July 18
Teen Summer Movie: Moana. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 1-3 p.m. Free.
There are currently two reasons I wish I was still a teenager. The first is that I wouldn’t have to have a job. The second? Watching Moana at the Library for free. If you’re a teen-ish kind of human, or posses one, come one… come all. There are free snacks. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Are you 16 and older, hit the art walk often, but find yourself wanting to bail and just make something yourself? Good. You are invited to Art Night at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Fire up a new project using the library’s supplies, or bring your own and work on something existing. Show off your work! Or don’t. Either way, it’ll be awesome. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Wednesday, July 19
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 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.
Hilltop Big Band at Central Park. Central Park Gazebo, Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7:30-9 p.m. Free.
There’s no hilltop besides the one in the band’s name, but you won’t really care because they know how to shred on some Count Basie like its nobody’s business. Even though it’ll be your business, becase you’ll be there enjoying yourself. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Regular musicians and substitutes welcome. For info, visit hilltopbigband.com/.
Thursday, July 20
The Insinuators. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Super fun and talented rock trio out of Seattle. Take a listen for yourself (https://theinsinuators.bandcamp.com/), but you won’t be disappointed. Perfect kind of sound for the Calapooia atmosphere, in my opinion. And its free, so you can drop another beer or two down your esophagus while you enjoy the tunes. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Style Your Swing. Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW Second St., Corvallis. 8-9:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
From the press release: “The Corvallis Swing Dance Society is starting something new this summer. It’s part structured lesson, part guided practice, and a whole lot of dancing. Join them for a short lesson from 8-9:30 p.m., followed by DJed music and guided practice form 8:30-9:30. Each week’s lesson will focus on a different concept in swing dancing.” Personally, I’ve been banned from dancing in 31 states, but you’re probably safe. For info, visit corvallisswing.com/.