Thursday, October 12
Wild Hog in the Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
A wild hog, and some woods. Only neither of this. But don’t be sad, instead you get one hell of a good live band. Goes best with the Chili Beer. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
The Reformation of Jan Hus and the Moravians. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 7-8:30 p.m. Free.
Dr. Luft, the Horning Professor of History at OSU, speaks on two things I’d never even heard of, but have since looked up and now want to know more. You will too, and as we’ve come to know, anytime there’s a talk at LaSells its worth being there for it. For info, visit luther-house.org/programs/reformation500/.
Autonomics. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. Free.
Friday, October 13
Fiction writers Jaclyn Watterson and Michael Shou-Yung Shum to read at OSU. Withycombe Hall, 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. Free.
From the press releasae: “Watterson’s short story collection, ‘Ventriloquisms,’ won the 2016 Spokane Prize in Short Fiction, and will be published this month by Willow Springs Books/Eastern Washington University. She earned her master of fine arts in creative writing at OSU and her doctorate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. Shum is the author of the 2017 novel, “Queen of Spades,” based on his own experiences as a poker dealer. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University, a doctorate in psychology from Northwestern University and a doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee. The reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.” For info, visit oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2017/oct/fiction-writers-watterson-shum-read-osu-oct-13.
McDougall + Alder St. All-Stars. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5. Ever find yourself wanting a guy playing strings and drums at the same time to melt your face off with amazing song after song? That’s McDougall (http://mcdougallmusic.com/). Ever wanted a second dose of anatomical melting added by a funky, folky, classic-rocky band that’s really, really good? That’s the Alder St. All-Stars (http://www.alderstreetband.com). I guess its a damn good thing we’ve got these humans on tap for our listening pleasure! For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Saturday, October 14
Fall 2017 Bird Walk Series. Luckiamute State Natural Area or Fort Hoskins Historic Park. 8a.m.- 12p.m. $10 (Pre-registration is required and each walk will be limited to 12 participants.) The birds of the world and I have a feud going back a decade (seriously, 3am chirping, guys? Come on). However, you probably love birds, and if so, its your lucky day. The LWC (Luckiamute Watershed Council) is teaming with local bird genius Joel Geier to invite you on some sweet bird walks. Each location promises different landscapes and bird life, as well as a bird’s eye view of some of the iconic nature stuff you love – oak savannahs, floodplain forests, wetlands and upland prairies. For info, luckiamutelwc.org/2017-fall-bird-walks.html.
Nature through a Different Lens. Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, 5300 N Marine Dr., Portland. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $6 per person or $11 per family.
Have an interest in photography and would like to combine it with some learning and local ecology? I thought so! This event offers up some basic composition tips as well as information about the environment. As they say in the press release, “classes will start prior to golden hour in order to capture the best light of the day.” All skill levels and types of camera gear are welcome. For info, visit oregonzoo.org/events/nature-through-different-lens.
Sunday, October 15
Wild Mushroom Identification Class. Shonnard’s Nursery, Florist, and Landscape, 6600 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 10 a.m. – Noon. $25.
What’s really cool and costs $25? No no, not that. Mushrooms. That’s right, Shonnard’s is offering a beginners mushroom identification course that’ll help you on your journey to find tastilicious stuff in the woods without poisoning yourself. Classes will be taught by Steven E. Carpenter, Ph.D., and includes 2 in-class sessions (Oct 15 & 29) and a morning/afternoon field trip (Nov 5). All sorts of mushrooms will be provided, but it sounds like you can bring in your own as well! For info, visit shonnards.com/store/wild-mushroom-identification-class/.
Author Event with Timberline Review Contributors. Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis. 2-3 p.m.
The Timberline Review is “a Pacific Northwest literary journal which publishes short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry.” It’s also a pretty great read. This event features readings by Fiction Editor Stevan Allred, contributors Geronimo Tagatac, John Holloran, and others. For info, visit grassrootsbookstore.com/.
Monday, October 16
Exhibit: Vistas and Vineyards Art. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Monday- Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
If you’re interested in art and want to see some landscapes that will not only not put you to sleep, but possibly blow your mind, this is the show… and what better time to check it out than a Monday with nothing much going on? The Vistas and Vineyards 28th Anniversary Juried Show exhibits work from over 40 plein air artists. This year they’re celebrating their 28th anniversary! Vistas and Vineyards is the oldest continuously active plein air group in Oregon. For info, visit lasells.oregonstate.edu/exhibit/vistas-and-vineyards-art.
Tuesday, October 17
Craft Night with the Art Center. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free.
If you’re feeling a bit crafty and are 16 or older, check it out: The Arts Center has a Craft Night and you’re invited. Crafts, music, and conversation is promised. Some supplies will be on hand, but you’re welcome to bring your own. Start a new project or bring something in and show it off. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Art of the Reformation. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Joanna Lindell, Curator at the Thrivent Financial Religious Art Collection, speaks on art of the Reformation. While this may not be your cup of tea now, perhaps it will be after! Lindell is a great and ridiculously knowledgeable speaker. Besides, there will be refreshments after the presentation. For info, visit luther-house.org/programs/reformation500/
Wednesday, October 18
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 19
Adult Pumpkin Painting. Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis. 10 a.m. -Noon. $15 (includes pumpkin, painting supplies).
“Tired of the kids having all the fun?” Hell yeah I am. And it doesn’t hurt that there’ll be appetizers, smores, hot cider on hand – not to mention some beer, wine, and hard cider for sale. Release your inner pumpkin-decorator and get all freaky up in a gourd. For info, garlandnursery.com/.
Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 8:30 pm. Free.
What is there really left to say about Curtis Monette? If you haven’t heard of him, you’ve been living under a rock. He’s been assaulting Corvallis (in a good way) with his live-looping madness for over a decade. Acoustic guitar, electric bass, mandolin, beat-box, layered harmonic vocals, and electric guitar. The press info calls his performances a “dizzying sonic adventure,” and that’s pretty damn accurate. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Lojia. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Lojia boasts some seriously fresh neo-progressive rock and hails from the far away land of… Salem. And holy hell are they good. Lots of great influences mixing in there. Just take a listen for yourself: https://lojia.bandcamp.com/. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.