Thursday, December 7
Movie Showing – Elf. Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free.
Um, eff yeah? ELF. I’ve been waiting for this all year. While there’s no dollars due at the door, you are requested to please bring non-perishable food to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share. From me though, that’s not a request. Do it. Also, please enjoy the movie for me. My wife hates Will Ferrell and so he has been banned from the apartment.
Korgy & Bass. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 pm. Free.
Friday, December 8
Satan’s Pilgrims. Cloudy and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m.
If you like your surf rock satanic and prefer it to like, take a ship to Plymouth rock or whatever, this is your show. Even if you’re not into Satan or traveling, they’re pretty damn awesome. Just take a listen: http://satanspilgrims.com/. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/.
Oso Negro + Ebb One + RxN. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. $3. 21+.
The ingredients for an awesome show: https://osonegro.bandcamp.com/, https://ebbone.bandcamp.com/, and https://soundcloud.com/rxnmusic. If you’re too lazy to plug in the links… shame on you. But just know the hip hop kung fu here is quite strong. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Saturday, December 9
CMLC International Winter Bazaar & Rummage Sale. Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, Sunflower House, 128 SW Ninth St., Corvallis. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
RUMMAGE! Including “new and vintage international jewelry and clothing, vintage art, decor, textiles, souvenirs, and home wares” Bargains up the wazoo, as well as crafts by local immigrant artists. For info, visit cmlcenter.org/.
Games Day. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 2-5 pm. Free.
If you like games, stop by the library this Saturday because they’ll be whipping out all sorts; board games, card games, and video games. All ages are welcome to dig into everything from Candyland and Settlers of Catan. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Svens Christmas Show. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8 pm. $5. 21+.
Everybody loves the Svens’ surfy sound-ooze, and this year they’re putting on a bit of”Christmas Cowboy Surf Poetry” called “A Pendleton Christmas”. There’ll be gifts and a special guest in the form of Dave Plaehn. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Sunday, December 10
Too Many Holiday Things
The 25th included, this must be the most holiday-ish day of the month. Seriously, there’s so much going on that I can’t pick what to put in here. If you’re not already rolling over in holiday pain, this Sunday offers up a fair, a concert, a symphony, another concert… you name it. If you’re looking to get out and engage in all of this goodness, turn a few pages and check out the details in our Calendar. For safety though, you might want to don your warmest, ugliest sweater and a ridiculous hat. Let’s say, a red one with a big white poof on it. Because Santa.
Monday, December 11
Bryson Skaar. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7 p.m.
Bryson has been key-wranglin’ every Monday at Imagine absolutely forever, yet at no point has it become old to just enjoy a cup of coffee (or a shirt of coffee, if you’re like me and spill a lot) and listen to him play. Do not underestimate the power of the piano in gifted hands, my friends. Also, don’t underestimate electricity, elephants, or the vastness of space. Just kind of throwing that public service announcement in there. For info, visit imaginecoffee.net.
Tuesday, December 12
The Emerald City Jazz Kings. LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium, LSC, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. $20+.
Into jubilant-ness, carols, and all sorts of classics? You know, like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “White Christmas”, “Silver Bells”, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, and “Winter Wonderland.” Well, if not, maybe this event will change your mind. The Emerald City Jazz Kings kick as*, and if anyone can whip you into a holiday spirit (besides rum), they’re it. For info, visit theshedd.org/divp/series.aspx?series=4054&event=4124.
Comedy Open Mic. Cloudy and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m.
I don’t know about you, but I like to laugh until I puke. Or rather, perhaps right up to the point of puking, but not quite. Because gross. Either way, the comedy open mic at Cloud & Kelly’s has a good reputation for a reason, so you might want to bring a bag. Something that won’t leak, yet is biodegradable. We’ve got a planet to take care of, after all. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/.
Wednesday, December 13
Albany Regional Museum “History Bites, Holiday Traditions”. Albany Regional Museum, 136 SE Lyon St., Albany. Noon. Free.
A holiday-related event that doesn’t browbeat you with plastic this and cliché? Very yes. The Albany Regional Museum invites you to learn about the holiday traditions of three different communities found in Albany, including traditions related to Judaism, Kwanzaa, and Christianity. Hosted by Clara Frost, Terrance Harris, and Father Stephen Soot. Light refreshments will be on hand. For info, visit armusuem.com or call 541-967-7122.
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free.
Corvallis is lucky to have this group. Unfamiliar with the term “death positive?” Let’s correct that. If you have thoughts on mortality, come talk truth on death. Listen, join in, both… no matter. No judgments. Not a support group, no agenda, no debate, no sales pitch, no over religious component. Just a welcoming, thoughtful, great place to be. And of course, very much confidential. Not sold? There’s also tea and cake. For info, visit facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis or email email@example.com
Thursday, December 14
Wild Hog in the Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
You may see me plug this band a lot. Wondering why? It’s because they put on great shows, and they do it all the time. Now that I think about it, maybe that’s why they’re so good. Either way, if you haven’t caught them yet, do the thing. Calapooia doubles as a wonderful taproom. The Chili Beer is killer – so much so that I can’t remember what the food is like personally, but have heard good things. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.