Thursday, October 26
Talk-Back Session at The Art Center. The Art Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 5:30 p.m. Free.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED! For update information, please check https://theartscenter.net/event/to-be-rescheduled-community-conversation/.
If you weren’t aware, The Arts Center recently apologized for their Chocolate Fantasy for the Arts poster due to criticism over perceived racial content. Taking advantage of the situation, they’ve set up this event to engage the community in open conversation. Public participation is not only welcome, but the bread and butter. This is a fantastic chance for a community discussion surrounding “impact versus intent as it relates to art and racial representation.” For info, visit theartscenter.net/.
City of Adair Village Fall Carnival. Adair City Hall & Community Center, 6030 NE William R Carr Ave., Adair Village. 6-8 p.m. Free.
I always think of Adair Village as “that place that may or may not be a town,” but whether or not that is true is besides the point. The Adair Village Fall Carnival will be Thursday, October 26th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Adair City Hall. There will be games (complete with prizes), treats, and “so much more.” I’m inclined to believe them on that last front, and word on the street is that this event is pretty damn fun! Definitely check out the Facebook event for more info, either by following this (https://www.facebook.com/events/190319614845604/) link, or searching online.
Friday, October 27
The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger. Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. $12 online & $15 (cash) at door.
Contribute to the fight against hunger while enjoying readings from various Oregon authors and a live set by the Cooper Hollow Jazz Quintet. Wine, beer, and cider will be available for purchase. Proceeds go to benefit Linn Benton Food Share. For info, visit magicbarrel.org/tickets/.
Heckin’ Spooky. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 10 p.m. $5.
Dance your butt (and other parts) off at this Halloween dance party / drag show. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Stockhausen Syndrome + Coronation. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Portland’s Coronation and locals Stockhausen Syndrome will be getting all synthy up in this beast. Guaranteed to please your ear holes. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Saturday, October 28
The Philomath Open Studio Tours and Art Sale. Philomath. Noon-5 p.m. The 15th Annual Philomath Open Studio Tour (POST), is coming this fall.
Within your reach this fall is the 15th Annual Philomath Open Studio Tour (POST) a self-guided journey through several shows that’ll be in local wine tasting rooms. Artists will be on hand to discuss process and show off work that may never have been on public display. A number of different disciplines can be found, including collage, painting, fiber art, jewelry, photography, ceramics, wood, sculpture, and many more. Also happening on Sunday. For info, visit philomathopenstudios.com/.
DTW Halloween Spectracular. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 10 p.m. $5.
The press release promises “spooky songs, malicious melodies, haunting hemiolas, beastly beats and perhaps a ghoulish guitar solo or two.” I could go for some beastly beats and a couple of spooky songs. Haunting hemiolas I’m a little suspicious of, but its Bombs, so I think we can go out on a limb. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Big Outside and Halloween Costume Contest. Squirrels Tavern, 100 SW Second St., Corvallis. 9 p.m. $5.
Global groovers Big Outside borrows from reggae and Afropop for a worldly fusion that’s out of this world (yes, I went there). A seriously excellent local collaboration that you can check out at https://www.reverbnation.com/bigoutside. For info, visit facebook.com/pg/squirrelstavern/events/l.
Sunday, October 29
Wild Mushroom Identification Class. Shonnard’s Nursery, Florist, and Landscape, 6600 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 10 a.m. – Noon. $25
Are you a mushroom fanatic, but lack the identification chops to hang with the big dogs? Take this beginner’s course and learn to separate the delicious from the poisonous with instructor Steven E. Carpenter, Ph.D. The course includes “2 in-class sessions (Oct 15 & 29) and a morning/afternoon field trip (Nov 5).” For info, visit shonnards.com/store/wild-mushroom-identification-class/.
Cool Shoes Halloween Dance. OSU, Women’s Building, Room 112, Women’s Bldg., 160 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $6 for students and seniors and $10 for community members. Oregon State University Cool Shoes is hosting this awesome Halloween-themed dance / performance benefit, and you’re invited. Kicking things off will be a swing lesson at 6:30pm, while the dancing itself runs from 8-9:30pm. Get a little foot loose, all the while helping to fund the team’s trip to perform in Disney World this coming spring break. Costumes welcome.
Monday, October 30
Author Event with Andy Fisher. Grass Roots Books, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis. 7-8:30 p.m. Free.
Andrew Fisher is kind of awesome, minus the “kind of” part. He has toiled in the anti-hunger field for something like 25 years, serving as the executive director of national and local food groups. He’s also worn the hat of researcher, organizer, professor, policy advocate and coalition builder. He has also led successful efforts in federal food and nutrition legislation. He’ll be on hand this Monday in support of his book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups, and you should be, too. For info, visit grassrootsbookstore.com/.
OSU Festival of Voices Gala Concert. The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10 general admission. OSU students and K-12 youth free.
OSU Choirs join forces with guest performers from high schools throughout the area. If this is your kind of thing, then this is the place with the thing where you’ll want to be. I swear that made sense when I first thought it. CAFA discounts apply. For info, visit liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/performance-and-visual-arts-events.
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween. Holy crap, there’s so much happening this Tuesday. Wups and If This, These at Bombs Away… a really serious downtown pub crawl… crazy getups everywhere. Rather than pick a couple out, let me just recommend that you get geared up in your most obnoxious costume (I’m going as Steve Schultz) and catch a number of events listed in our calendar. It’s the best night of the year and you don’t want to be caught dead missing out. I don’t mean really dead, I mean like Halloween dead. Nevermind. Just do the thing, enjoy yourself, and stay safe!
Wednesday, November 1
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free.
If you have any thoughts or feelings on mortality that you’d like to share (or just want to listen), check out this death-positive meetup. It’s not a religious organization, nor a support group, and there’s no underlying agenda or pressure. Just a place to hang out, chat, ask questions, and enjoy some treats! Death affects us all in a diversity of ways. We’re happy to have this group in town! For info, visit facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis or email email@example.com
Thursday, November 2
Author Event with Christine Wallace and narrator Gray Eubank. Grass Roots Books & Music 227 SW Second St. Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
Author Christine Wallace discusses her new speculative climate-fiction novel. That is indeed a thing, it’s called Sea of a Thousand Words, and it sounds awesome. If you’re able to make it out, you’ll also be treated to a reading by Gray Eubank, who will be narrating the audiobook. For info, visit grassrootsbookstore.com/.
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Local regulars and bluegrass giants Rusty Hinges once again rock Calapooia Brewery. The sound of a well-tuned gigging band wafting in and around some brews and grub makes this a Thursday spot like none other. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.