Thursday, July 27
An Atomic Whirl/Whatever Together/Corvallis Experiments in Noise. Interzone Inc., 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-9:30 p.m.
An Atomic Whirl has killer textures and a person who is listed as responsible for “yells,” and I love them (https://anatomicwhirl.bandcamp.com/). I mean seriously, really enjoyable, invented stuff. Whatever Together smooths things out with a local, more subdued sound paired with some great songwriting (https://whatevertogether.bandcamp.com/track/home). And in case you haven’t figured it out by now, anything but on in relation to Corvallis Experiments in Noise is just about guaranteed to be excellent. For info, visit https://www.facebook.com/corvallisnoise/.
Sage Summer Concert. Bruce Starker Arts Amphitheater, 4485 SW Country Club Dr., Corvallis. 6 – 9 p.m. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10 per family.
SAGE Summer Concerts are one of the best things around in our fair township, and a surefire way to soak up some summer before it dissolves away come fall. From the press release: “SAGE Summer Concerts are family-friendly events showcasing local musicians and supporting local businesses. All proceeds benefit SAGE and help them continue to grow three tons of food annually for hunger relief organizations in Corvallis.” Free parking is available and local businesses will be selling food and drinks (alcohol served in the beer garden). For info, visit corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org/eci/events/concerts/.
Friday, July 28
Sustainable Corvallis: Quarterly Gathering. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. Noon-1:30 p.m. Free.
If you’re a Corvallis by day and a total kook for sustainability at night (or during the day, too), this is something you should really check out. There will be presentations by Coalition partners and action teams, alongside refreshments and opportunities to do some networking. For info, visit sustainablecorvallis.org.
John Sherman. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m.
John Sherman is the kind of guy who shows up with his guitar, plays a series of organic tunes, and then packs up and leaves. Did anything explode? Nope. Did James Hetfield say stuff like “Hey-AH!” Nope. GOOD. If you’re into chilling out, sipping a coffee and enjoying some music that goes what music does best (see: sound wonderful), then this is for you. For info, visit imaginecoffee.net.
Saturday, July 29
Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse at the Library – For Kids. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. Free. A total solar eclipse is coming on August 21, 2017. Why you wouldn’t want to go blind is beyond me, but if you’d like to prepare for the solar eclipse in style, this is a good way to go. Event is suitable for adults and teens, they say. For info, visit hvaastronomy.com/.
Sasquatch Duro Road & Gravel Bike Race. Sasquath Duro Location, Bellfountain. 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
From the press release: “Sasquatch awaits for the final round in the Oregon Triple Crown. Remote 80- or 60-mile route with segments of gravel to keep the adventure high. Amazing post-event BBQ and support on course.” I honestly have no idea what any of this means, but I heard “sasquatch,” “amazing,” and “BBQ.” Works for me. For info, visit oregontriplecrown.com/.
Real Bands, Real Music: PG-13 (world debut!), AKIRA, Senza. Interzone Coffee House, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation – but no one turned away.
This one is simple: Three killer alternative bands will be cranking out original tunes you can shake, switch and sort of shamble about to. This continues on Interzone’s rise to the top of the local show food chain! For info, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1134576163353365/.
Sunday, July 30
Sixth Annual Summer Whale Watch Weekend. Boiler Bay State Park, Depoe Bay. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.
Feel like getting out of town and watching some giant animals do their thing without getting all warbly in the stomach from ocean motion? Well, you’re in luck. Naturalists will be “on hand to help watch for whales and other wildlife as well as provide information on whales, dolphins, porpoises and their habitats.” The event is completely free and open to the public – all ages are welcome. This is a family friendly, eco-friendly, shore based whale watch. For info, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/455518571484083/.
Monday, July 31
Bryson Skaar. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m. Mondays.
Stalwart corvallisite pianist Bryson Skaar kicks it on the keys. You’re welcome for the alliteration. For info, visit imaginecoffee.net.
If you haven’t caught this show by Fine Arts instructor Andrew Myers, you really owe it to yourself to rectify the situation. Grab a copy of last week’s issue, or stop in on our website (http://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2017/caw-july-20-andrew-myers-benjamin-ricker-david-carmack/) for more information. Truly breathtaking stuff!For more information, visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/fairbanks-gallery-art/gallery-schedule.
Teen Summer Movie: Kong – Skull Island. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 1-3 p.m. Free.
Um, this movie was awesome, so do your teens a favor and drop them off (or send them out on their Segways, or whatever it is they’re doing these days). For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
How the Ancient Greeks Used Eclipses to Measure Astronomical Distances. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. Free.
Feeling a little bit overloaded by eclipse events? Get over it, because this one sounds really informative: “Join Sarah Hagen, a Phd Student in Mathematics at OSU to learn about how the ancient Greeks were able to use eclipse events and the geometry of triangles to measure the size and distance to both the moon and the sun with surprising accuracy. In this presentation, participants will learn how the Greeks were able to make such astounding measurements, and will leave with the tools to make such measurements themselves.” The best part is that you don’t have to knowjack about math. Suitable for teens and adults, but eclipse glasses will be limited. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Wednesday, August 2
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.
When whoever it was invented the phrase “no brainer,” he might have been thinking about seeing The Hilltop Big Band play a free show on the lawn. Bring your own chairs and blankets, my dudes. For info, visit hilltopbigband.com/.
Thursday, August 3
Juggler Michael O’Neill. Lebanon Library 55 Academy St., Lebanon. 11 a.m. Free.
This is part of the “Children’s performers series,” but who cares? Michael is a juggler/clown extraordinaire, having studied at Castleton State College in Vermont, later being accepted to an intensive program at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Do I really have to sell this one to you? Stop off that day and get some donuts from Sugar Vibes while you’re in town. For info, visit lebanonpubliclibrary.com.
Bard in the Qaud: The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Memorial Union Quad, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. General Admission $15, Senior/Student/Youth $10, and OSU Student $5.
For just over a decade now, Bard in the Quad has “presented innovative, quality productions to the OSU campus.” If they do say so themselves. However, all of us are saying that, really. Pack a picnic and join in for one of Corvallis’ more enjoyable traditions. For info, visit http://summer.oregonstate.edu/todo/on-campus/entertainment/theatre.htm.