Thursday, April 27
34th Annual Exhibition of Fine Woodworking. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free.
Every year members of the Mid-Willamette Woodworking Guild put together this incredible exhibition for lucky individuals such as yourself. Collaborating with Crescent Valley High School’s woodworking program, the event features professional and student work alike. For more woodsy info, visit mwwg.net.
Free Range Open Mic. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8:30 p.m. Free.
If you’re into open mics, music, the Corvallis music scene, or anything in between, do yourself a favorite and make it a point to be a Free Range regular. Build your skills, be heard, and in turn hear others. Share, socialize, collaborate. This is the petri dish through which to grow your funk. For more information, find yourself browsing http://www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Friday, April 28
Young Penitent. Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
This Orthodox Christian rapper also just so happens to be one of the most unorthodox and talented rappers in the area. Corvallis may not have the largest hip-hop scene, but what it’s got, it’s got in spades. Your chance to support local hip-hop has arrived—and if this is your first exposure to this artist, even better!
Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Described as “slick-as-a-moustache American folk,” I can concur. Just take a listen to what they’re doing at reverbnation.com/joshuapowell, and then subsequently clear your calendar for what promises to be an incredible show at a great venue. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/ or facebook.com/CloudAndKellys/.
Gift of Gab + The Turntable Enabler + DTW. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10 p.m. $15.
So this is happening: the legendary Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab, featuring performances by DJ extraordinare The Turntable Enabler and DTW—literally the funkiest thing you’re ever going to hear. No? Find out for yourself: reverbnation.com/dtwlivemusic. Either way you shake it, this is an unmissable event. If you have to invent the world’s first teleporter to get yourself there, then that’s what will have to happen. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Saturday, April 29
Astronomy Day: Heart of the Valley Astronomers Solar Viewing. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 12:30 – 4 p.m. Free. Two telescopes available for your viewing enjoyment. Great practice for the upcoming eclipse! For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Hearts of Oak. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Independent country with a truly soulful core, unless your idea of music starts with Nickelback and ends with Justin Bieber, you’re going to love what this band has to offer. Definitely conjures something in you. Take a listen before catching the show: heartsofoak.bandcamp.com. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Plutons Organ Trio. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5. What’s better than a single organ? Three. According to the press release, this will be a “Hammond-slammin’ fun-fun-funky time.” I don’t know about you, but I could use some of that right about now. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/ or facebook.com/CloudAndKellys/.
Sunday, April 30
All About Tomatoes. Shonnard’s Nursery, 6600 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 11 a.m. – Noon. Free.
The only thing I know about tomatoes is that they’re sometimes crappy at Subway. Don’t be me. Show up to this rad event and learn planting, harvesting, and storage techniques—complete with discussions on what works best for our locale, as well as “planting, spacing, supporting, feeding, pest prevention” and all sorts of other fun stuff. Did I mention this was free? Damn, now I’m hungry. For info, visit shonnards.com/events/.
OSU Music Faculty Recital: David Servias. Benton Hall, 1650 SW Pioneer Pl., Corvallis. 3 – 5 p.m. Free.
“Those who can’t do, teach” – a phrase uttered by a complete buffoon. OSU instructor of piano David Servias presents a solo recital, and for zero cost you can find out for yourself just how silly that phrase is. OSU art-related departments are jam-packed full of talent, and Servias is rumored to be at the top of the heap. Check out this trio to whet your ear-whistle: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtBt6dQPiQI. For info, contact Zachary Person at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, May 1
Corvallis Art Guild: Portals. Guistina & Murdock Galleries, 875 SW 26th St. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.
From the CAG press release: “The theme is ‘portals.’ The word ‘portals’ encompasses many things and ideas. Portals can be: doors, windows and their views, gates, archways, etc. Portals can be more; books are portals to other worlds; faces are portals to other people, times and thoughts; old ruins, houses and gardens are portals to other times and other worlds. This is a wide-ranging theme. Have fun with it.” And have fun, you should. The long-running Corvallis Arts Guild is always worth a look (or 40).
Tuesday, May 2
Mental Health Matters. Corvallis High School Auditorium, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave., Corvallis. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.
Our country’s mental health infrastructure is underfunded, under-researched, and understaffed. For those of us who have mental health issues, or loved ones who do, we know how tough it is to get care. For families and youth, the Benton County Youth Mental Health Coalition Education Subcommittee is hosting the film Mental Health Matters. Showings are at 6:30 and 7 p.m. There will be an “ask the doctor” portion of the event, and a resource rally. For info, contact Chris Hawkins at Chris.Hawkins@corvallis.k12.or.us.
**** NOW CANCELLED*** Drink ‘n’ Draw. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
It’s a drinking, drawing, meet-your-local-artist/peers get-together for folks of all skill levels and drinking chops. Bring your appetites and let the creative juices flow, my dudes. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/ or facebook.com/CloudAndKellys/.
Wednesday, May 3
Reception: Annual Juried Art Student Show. Linn-Benton Community College NSH Gallery, Second Floor Atrium, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. 12 – 1:30 p.m. Free.
This is one of the best places to spot the next generation of emerging artists. If art is your thing, do yourself a favor and check out the show and reception. Students, staff, faculty, and local donors will be there—and of course, refreshments will be provided. A number of local companies and individuals donate certificates and cash awards, including the LBCC Bookstore, LBCC ASSH Division, LBCC Graphic Arts Department, Blick’s Art Materials, Corvallis Photo Arts Guild, Dan Wise, Creative Framing, Katie Winder, and the Nelson Stone Barn. For info, visit linnbenton.edu/current-students/involvement/art-gallery.
Jim Munroe: The MAZE. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 6:30 – 11 p.m. Free. From the press release: “A mystery performance piece that has traveled the world, the MAZE has bewildered audiences for the past decade with its unique and innovative approach to entertainment. Magician Jim Munroe founded MAZE at the turn of the century. The MAZE now includes magicians Stewart True and Brice Harney, as well as ‘COCO’ the bear.” For info, visit whatisthemaze.com/jim-munroe/.
Thursday, May 4
Comedy Night. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
Best comedy night in town, every first Thursday. Bring your full assortment of chuckles, funny bones, and uh… ticklespits. And also your wallet, for there will be vast quantities of great drinks and foodages. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/ or facebook.com/CloudAndKellys/.
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 make this a Thursday spot like none other. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.