Thursday, May 11
OSU Lecture Series: Staying Informed in a Post-Truth, Fake News Era. Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library, 1500 SW Jefferson Ave., Corvallis. 3 – 4 p.m. Free.
“Fake news” is nothing new – the Nazis used it against the Jewish population, perhaps most effectively with Der Stürmer, translated as “The Stormtrooper,” a nice little propaganda engine published between 1923 and 1945. The method to its madness will be looked at and discussed by Katherine Hubler, Ecampus coordinator with the OSU School of History, Philosophy, and Religion. Definitely an event we could all appreciate right about now, eh? For info, visit oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2017/apr/staying-informed-post-truth-fake-news-era.
Wild Hog in the Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
The bad news first: there’s no wild hog, and there are no woods. The good news: this is one of the best folk/bluegrass string bands around. Oh yeah, and you can see them for free at one of the best local breweries. Even better? They play at Calapooia a lot, so you can make it a tradition. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Friday, May 12
LBCC Baseball – vs. Edmonds CC. Linn–Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. 1 – 5 p.m. Free. Double header.
A free baseball game sounds pretty damn good with our at-long-last emergence into warm weather, does it not? At least before we start yearning for winter as the sun starts baking us all come July and August. Besides, you need to spend some time outside. It’s healthy, or so they say. For info, visit linnbenton.edu/current-students/student-support/instructional-departments/athletics/men-s-baseball/men-s-baseball.
Clara Baker + Michaela Hammer. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
On her way out of town (heading to Portland I hear), Clara Baker offers up one last hometown show that’s definitely going to be killer. Also of Thunder Anne fame, Michaela Hammer will be on board. And to complete the all-star ensemble, Justin Schepige of DTW. Must-see local music. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Lost Ox + The Rounders. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $3.
Described by those in the know as a “honky-tonk country/circus,” add these folks to your list of “gotta-go” shows. Apparently by the time this show is through there’ll be mud, whiskey, dust, and blood all mixed up and congealed. That actually sounds kind of weird, but awesome. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Saturday, May 13
That Coyote & Deadcode. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
If you don’t know That Coyote, you don’t know jack. Easily one of the best rock bands around, they’re required listening and put on a hell of a show. And Deadcode? The promise is that they’ll be delivering “maximum riffage, maximum wailing, maximum thunder.” I say, let’s do it. Bring your friends, bring your neighbors, bring your grocer’s cousin. Visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/ for details.
Tourist + Backsliders. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m.
The press release I got for this show just says, “Chainsaw!” and I think I’ll leave it at that. Because “Chainsaw!” sounds pretty damn good. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Sunday, May 14
Mother’s Day Art in the Garden. The Thyme Garden, 20546 Alsea Hwy., Alsea. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.
You didn’t forget Mother’s Day again, did you? Of course not! Right? Celebrating its 24th year, this event “features artists from around the region as well as music and dancing against the backdrop of The Thyme Garden’s two-acre display gardens and 80 acres of rambling forest paths.” There’ll be food available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For info, visit thymegarden.com/.
Historic Preservation Month: OSU Walking Tour. East side of Benton Hall, 1650 SW Pioneer Pl., Corvallis. 2 – 4 p.m. Free.
From the press release: “OSU is Corvallis’ most recent historic district, with more than 80 contributing structures, and it’s the only Oregon campus listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the development of campus structures, and early Olmsted and Taylor campus plans, quads, and view sheds. Appreciate the most comprehensive collection of distinctive John V. Bennes-designed buildings.” Only 20 slots are available, so reserve your spot now by calling 541-737-0540.
Monday, May 15
Minecraft Mondays. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Free. Grades 2 to 5.
Every time I have to work or pay bills, I wish I was a kid again. No time, however, is it more painful than realizing I’m too old for this event. Kids can show up and play the crap out of some Minecraft on the Xbox or iPad with other Minecraft players. One of the most immersive experiences ever created that focuses on hard work and ingenuity. Though only an hour? Come on folks… sometimes it takes that long just to find your way out of a new mineshaft. For info, contact Youth Services at 541-766-6794.
Auditions for OSU’s Summer Production of Bard in the Quad. Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 SW Campus Way, Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free.
This is simple, folks. Every year Bard in the Quad is awesome, and every year you can audition. They’re open to all OSU students, faculty, staff, and area community members. This year they’ll be putting together a production “in the style of a Wild West melodrama featuring bold physical comedy, music, dance, and a dog.” Auditioners will be cold-reading from the script and engaging in some improv games. If you play an instrument, let the director know ahead of time! There’ll be space for 12 to 14 performers. For info, contact Helman at Elizabeth.email@example.com.
Tuesday, May 16
Art Night. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 –7:30 pm. Free.
Every third Tuesday, anyone aged 16 and older is invited to Art Night at the library. Show off your projects, completed or not, and get feedback! Coloring pages and supplies will also be provided, I’m told. What’s better than art? Maybe donuts, but that’s about it. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
90s Dance Party. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free.
The press release says, “NCOs? Check. Hydrogen peroxide bowl cut? Check. Tweety/Cobain/Marilyn Manson/Britney Spears shirt? Check. Alright. Sounds like y’all ready for this.” I didn’t see anything about Pogs, but I’m willing to bet they’ll be there, too. And if not, I’ll bring some. I have a killer slammer that never loses. Either way, prepare to dance your a*ses off to the best era of music humanity has to offer (sorry, 1960s). For more information, check out bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Wednesday, May 17
13th Annual Corvallis Ride of Silence. Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Dr., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m.
Cycling in groups can be a jolly good time, but this event has a more tempered mission. A ride of silence “to honor those who have been injured or killed, to raise awareness of the numbers of people who ride bikes and to ask that all share the road.” Based on the international Ride of Silence that was started in 2003 in Dallas, Texas, this event is held annually on the third Wednesday in May. For info, contact Lorie Bailey at 503-756-5785 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.rideofsilence.org.
Hammerhead. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free.
Ever wanted to take a shower in harmony? Okay, maybe that’s a weird metaphor, but trust me when I tell you that Hammerhead will deliver. A folk collaboration of the highest order, Tyler Robson and Andrew Harrison will be bringin’ it, and afterwards, you will be about to say it got broughted. But seriously, my stupid text aside, this is some divine folkin’. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Thursday, May 18
The Oregon Jamboree: Home Free. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15.
Anything called “Jamboree” is automatically likely to be good, but thanks to the longstanding traditions of this event, we know it will be. Home Free comes to Corvallis for the festival kickoff concert. Once again the Oregon Jamboree is partnering with KRKT and St. Jude to put on one of the best shows around. For info, visit oregonjamboree.com/fun-stuff/.
Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8:30 p.m. Free.
Curtis Monette, the live-looping legend of Corvallis, has been treating us to some of the best musical performances around for over 10 years. Literally, he’s that good—and it’s absolutely necessary to catch him live. He’ll be performing his dissertation on “the limits of texture in solo musical performance.” Let it be written: it shall be excellent. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.