Thursday, August 31
Human Ottoman + Bogg. The Salty Dog, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
This interesting combo is pretty interesting. I wouldn’t quite say super chill, but definitely more chill than not. Human Ottoman with their cello, vibraphone, and drum-set threesome of sound offers a look at what music could be with those instruments all used together while Bogg dishes out jazzy renditions of classics like I shot the Sheriff and Toxicity and original jazz flavored tunes of their own. For info, visit boggjazz.com/ and humanottoman.com/.
Brad Parsons Band. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
This guy comes all the way down from exotic Portland so that makes him a must see right? I suppose not, but his somber and contemplative bluesy rock sound sure does. Listening to his music kind of makes me want to ride a horse through the desert, but it also kind of makes me want to cry softly to myself…because its like deep and stuff or something. Either way good stuff, chek it out here: bradparsonsmusic.bandcamp.com/.
Friday, September 1
Art Break Day. SW Monroe Ave & SW First St., Corvallis. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
They say “Take an art break. Make art for free,” and they mean it. I checked. Art Break Day invites you to dig into any number of maker-spaces that pop up around the world, and it just so happens we’ve got one at the corner of Monroe and SW First. Take a load off, chill out, and connect with the community. Not all art is good, but art is good. That makes sense, I assure you. All ages and skill levels are welcome. This day is part of a global movement called Art is Moving. For info, visit artbreakday.org.
Rainbow in the Clouds. The Salty Dog, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m.
Who is your favorite ittle wittle LGBT & friends ultra awesome dance party in Corvallis? Rainbow in the Clouds, of course. You can catch it every first Friday of the month, and guess what? This is the first Friday of the month. Now pick your jaw up off the floor and dig out your Sunday… er, Friday best. For info, visit facebook.com/TheSaltyDogCorvallis/.
Saturday, September 2
Wildlife Wonders Series. Chintimini Wildlife Center, 311 NW Lewisburg Ave, Corvallis. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
So what if there’s not a whole lot of info out there about what exactly this is? Migration Madness sounds awesome as a theme, and the Chintimini Wildelife Center also is awesome (and also sounds awesome… just say it… Chintimininininini…). Guaranteed fun, all ages. Deal with it. In person. With the suggested donation. For info, visit https://chintiminiwildlife.org/events-wildlife-wonders2017.htm.
Bat Night. Bald Hill Farm, 6780 NW Oak Creek Dr., Corvallis. 8-10 p.m.
Do you like bats? I mean the flying things, not the disaffected vigilante with the Vitamin D deficiency. Good. Join Greenbelt Land Trust and exalted bat expert Stuart Perlmeter up at Bald Hill for a listen to their calls, some talk about their ecology and threats, and even help set up a bat survey station to get some birds-eye views of the nocturnal blood-suckers. What, they don’t do that? A family-friendly event full of wonder and learning. But don’t take my word for it ::du-dun, dun::. For info or RSVP, email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, September 3
Blues Jam. Calapooia Brewing Company 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 4-6 p.m. Sundays. Free.
Look, I don’t like jam. I’m a peanut butter only kind of guy. That said, I can definitely dig on this jam (its a music jam, not a preserve… that’s why). The blues literally take over Calapooia and set the stage for a truly soulful evening. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Family Climb Time. McAlexander Indoor Climbing Center, Oregon State University campus, 1800 Southwest Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 1-5 p.m. $3/youth; $7/adult
People won’t stop talking to me about climbing. Even my phone gave me an alert meant to warn rock climbers during the &^$@! eclipse. Well, you’re welcome. This thing runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm, and its local, and not actually up a mountain. Climbers under 18 will need to have a youth-waiver signed by a parent or guardian.. For info, visit recsports.oregonstate.edu/youth-policy#Family%20Climb.
Monday, September 4
Oh thank heavens, the holiday where you celebrate everyone’s hard work by sitting on your as* and doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Only, I’ll be celebrating it by writing this column, because that’s the day I do it on, and now you know. Small gifts, small gifts. I do what I can for you with modest means.
Please drink a beer for me. ::moans and whines uncontrollably::
Also, please pee for me. They don’t let me have breaks here, and I’ve run out of diapers.
Tuesday, September 5
Yoga and Beer. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 6 p.m. Free.
They say there’s 1.5 yoga events for every man, woman and child in Benton county and the immediate surrounding area. While there’s some seriously deep philosophical soul-searching to be done here, the real burning question is… how the hell do you decide? Well, this one says “beer.” And it’s Calapooia beer. So there, that’s how you decide. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Graphic Novel Book Club Meeting. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Library’s Board Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free.
If you’re into graphic novels, or even mildly interested in great literature and art, I can’t recommend this club enough. This time around they’re discussing “The Best We Could Do Bea,” by Thi Bui, and you can check out a copy at the second floor reference desk. This happens every month and they’re always switching it up for cool stuff. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net/.
Wednesday, September 6
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 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, September 7
Converstion form the Corrine Woodman Gallery: The Apron Wearers & Exquisite Corvallis. The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis. Noon. Free.
I’m not familiar with Lauren Sharpton’s work, but Marissa Soloni is a superstar and so Sharpton must be as well (and I look forward to seeing her work!). If you’re not familiar with the Corrine Woodman, its a part of The Art Center where you’re likely to see micro-exhibits with really fresh outlooks. Both artists are focused on the concept of “community as a phenomenon,” but deviate in their work from there on. Bring a lunch and enjoy. Worth your time, guaranteed. ::shiny tooth ‘ding’ sound thing::. For more information info, visit theartscenter.net/.
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Rusty Hinges doing the Rusty Hinge thing, which can be described roughly as “blow your mind with fine tuned bluegrass chops that could cut a steak.” And other stuff that’s as soft or softer than a steak. Or perhaps things that are harder than a steak, because they’re really good. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.