Thursday, September 28
Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 8:30 p.m. Free.
Free Range Open Mic is the opportunity you may have been waiting for all your life. Or not. Open to players of all levels of experience, which means you. Oh boy. Get your music heard, do some networking with other musicians, or just sit back and enjoy. Sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m. and fill up fast. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $10.
The kinda bluegrass yer gran’Daddy always talked about. Two smokin’ bands playing the bluest grass on the sweetest strings. A must see for all you grass lovers out there. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/events17september-copy/.
Friday, September 29
Hillstomp + Adam Larson. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $10.
A punk / blues show if there ever were one (and there were, because this is one, and as far as I know they didn’t spawn out of nowhere). If you’re looking for a raucous good time, look no further. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Dancing Plague of 1518 + Sam Loschl. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Experimental electronics and dark wave hit you with what the press release describes as a “Synaesthetic blast.” This I can confirm, what with Sam Loschl on the bill. Come ready for mental impregnation (don’t worry, they won’t lay eggs or nothin’). For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/events17september-copy/.
Saturday, September 30
Linn County Flea Market. 6700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany. 7:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. Early admission 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. $6, regular admission 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $2, Children 12 and under are free.
There may or may not be any actual fleas, but if you like looking at and occassionally buying all sorts of random stuff, this thing has got over 100 vendors. From antiques to vintage items, collectibles… you name it, its there. Located at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, just off of I-5 in Albany. For info, visit linncountyfleamarket.com.
FREE NOISE SHOW. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Free, donations welcome.
Required listening, period. Experimental music from the Willamette Valley. For info, visit facebook.com/corvallisnoise/.
Kory Quinn. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Kory Quinn’s Black Gold Blues is one hell of a record, which you can check out by visiting https://www.koryquinn.com/. The best part? You can head on over to Cloud & Kelly’s to see him live. #mindblown For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/events17september-copy/.
Sunday, October 1
We Are the Changemakers: A Conference for Women & Their Allies. CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. $20-$40.
This looks like an incredible event! From the press release: “The Corvallis Changemakers are a group of local women who, inspired by the upsurge in activism in the community and the nation, seek fresh voices and ideas to effect change and build a better future for women, their allies, and their communities. They are multigenerational, identify with different cultural and racial backgrounds and sexual orientations, and bring to the table different experiences of activism and passions about issues. They share the common goal of helping women and their allies, including people from historically marginalized communities (and especially female-identified people who experience compound discrimination based on perceived or personal identity) to create and access resources and tools to gain social, political, and economic power. They are a grassroots group without formal incorporation or identity. They are hoping that you, the conference-goers and Changemakers, will join them and envision what they can do next.” Funds raised will be used to cover general costs, speakers, venue, and food.
Monday, October 2
LEGO Club. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Board Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Grades K-5.
Have a youngster you need to offload – er, want to expose to some awesomeness? The Library is hosting this awesome LEGO hangout for the little ones. Bring in your own bricks if you want, though they’ll be provided a bunch as well. Build and have fun. The only way this could be better is if they added beer and made it for adults. Just sayin’. For more info, contact Youth Services 541-766-6794.
Tuesday, October 3
Graphic Novel Book Club. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Board Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fact: graphic novels are awesome. Fact: there is a really excellent graphic novel book club at the library. Fact: you can snag a copy of the current montly reading at the second floor reference desk. Fact: you’re thinking about checking this out. Fact: I have two feet at the end of my legs. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Yoga and Beer. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Sleeping, motionless, for at least seven hours… that’s my kind of Yoga. But hey, I’ll bend over backwards for some beer. Or with some beer. Or in the spirit of beer. Especially if its my Calapooia favorite: the Chili Beer. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Wednesday, October 4
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free.
Death is a tough subject for everyone, whether they’ve experienced it happening around them or not. Regardless of what your interest is in mortality, this is one of the best groups out there for those that want to talk. Not a support group, and there’s certainly no therapeutic agenda, debate angle, or religious component. Just show up and talk freely with others, complete with all the confidentiality and respect you’re looking for. Or just listen! The atmosphere is always welcoming, and you’re likely to find some tea and cake. For info, visit facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 5
Reception for Surface Tension, featuring Christopher Russell & Rafael Soldi. The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Artists Christopher Russell and Rafael Soldi will be on hand for the reception of their show, which was organized by the wonderful Julia Bradshaw (who just recently put together that crazy awesome Totality exhibit at OSU.). For info, visit theartscenter.net/.
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Rusty Hinges rocking out at Calapooia. If you’re into local music, you’ve got to catch the regional Bluegrass legends at least once. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Comedy Night. The Salty Dog Corvallis, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free.
Who hosts a badas* comedy night every first Thursday of the month? I’ll give you three guesses, but the correct answer is The Salty Dog. But you already knew that. For info, visit facebook.com/TheSaltyDogCorvallis/.