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/.
Friday, May 19
Dam Right Drag Show & Gay-mer night. The Dam, 349 SW Fourth St., Corvallis. 7 p.m.
One of the most popular recurring nights in town, and for Dam good reason (see what I did there?) The Dam’s drag show and “Gay-mer” night comes every third Friday. Gay-mer portion of the night runs form 7-9 p.m. and is open to all ages. A local DJ will begin at 9 p.m., and the drag show begins at 10 p.m. For more info, visit facebook.com/corvallisdragnight/.
Big Outside. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Danceable grooves + soul + thoughtful lyrics + improvisation + all original songs. What does it all add up to? Fun! Okay, that was lame. But also really true. Take a listen for yourself: http://bigoutsidemusic.com/. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
BCSA Present: Wups+ Radion+ If This, Those. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. $5.
The easiest way to describe this show is as thus: Three really damn good bands that’ll rock your face off. Examples: https://radionsucks.bandcamp.com/, https://wups.bandcamp.com/. Couldn’t find the third band’s website, but if they’re playing with these guys, they’re gonna kick as*. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Saturday, May 20
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $45 in advance and $60 at the door.
Straight out of Eugene, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies always put on a hell of a show, jam packed with high energy and excellent musicianship. That not enough? Tickets include a free drink, which will be provided by by Block 15 Brewing Co., Lumos Wine Co., and 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Forks and Corks Catering will add to this with appetizers and deserts. Best yet? Your attendance will help keep other da Vinci Days events free to the public. For info, visit davincidays.org/.
Funk in the Forest After-Party. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 10:30 p.m. $10.
You ARE going to Funk in the Forest, right (http://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2017/funk-forest-back)? Well, the party won’t end when the festival does. Just afterwards Bombs Away is throwing a rager (do people still call it that?) “with one foot in 1920 and the other in 2017.” According to press info, “this is either EDM for the Jazz Age or Swing for the Silicon Era.” The perfect endcap to the perfect musical day. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Sunday, May 21
37th Oregon Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap. Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
If motorcycles n’ hogs are your thing, so is this event. $5 admission includes parking, non-members space $15, and free for members. There will be over one hundred vintage motorcycle and scooters at least 20 years old on display, as well as some dealer-displays for new retro bikes. Food and overnight camping will be available! For info, visit bentoncountyfair.net/events/2017/oregon-vintage-motorcycle-show or oregonvitage.org.
Yoga on Tap. Mazama Brewing, 33930 SE Eastgate Cir., Corvallis. 3:30 p.m. $15.
Tell me there’s something better out there than “60 minutes of Yoga and a pint.” That’s right, you can’t (don’t talk back to me). The best way to yoga, in my humble opinion! No experience with yoga or beer required, but you must be 21 or over. The cost of admission comes with a free pint. For info and to register, visit squareup.com/store/UrbanYoga.
Monday, May 22
Integrative Biology Seminar – Dr. Tara Smiley. #4001 Agricultural & Life Sciences Building, 2750 SW Campus Way, Corvallis. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free.
“Mountains & Mammals; Linking Landscape and Climate Change to Diversification in Neogene Rodents” I heard some disturbing stuff about marsupials the other day, but thankfully I’m pretty sure rodents are mammals. Heard this lecture is going to be really interesting! It also doesn’t hurt that Dr. Smiley is a great speaker. For more info, contact Tresa Bowlin Salleng, at email@example.com.
Authors event with Kerry Howley. Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
Grass Roots has a lot of really great author events, and its high time you made it to one. Kerry Howley will be on site in support of THROWN, a New York Times Notable Book in 2014. From the press release: “In this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters—one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. Acclaimed essayist Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in the quest to rise from remote Midwestern fairgrounds to packed Vegas arenas.” For more info, visit grassrootsbookstore.com/.
Tuesday, May 23
Morning Meditation Circle. Live Well Studio, 971 NW Spruce Ave., Corvallis. 8:45-9:45 a.m. $7 Community class.
If you aren’t in need of some serious meditation right now, you might not be a graduating senior. Seriously, I’ve had a stress headache for like two weeks straight. Live Well Studio is highly respected in the area, and nobody is ever turned away for lack of funds. Take a load off – and some control back! For further info, visit livewellstudio.com/.
Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra. Austin Auditorium LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 7:30-9 p.m. $20-32, free for OSU students.
The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra presents “Music Transcendant” in its final concert of the season. Program includes works by Debussy, R. Strauss and Wagner. Many readers of this column enjoy symphony music, and many don’t. Regardless of what group you’re in, why not check it out? The Corvallis-Symphony Orchestra is very much worth your time. Excellent performances, always. For info, contact Zachary Person at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 24
Reception: Low Tide Landscape. South Santiam Hall Gallery, Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Noon-1 p.m. Free.
Eighteen members of the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild will be coming together, offering up a wide variety of photographic styles and techniques to “explore the hidden terrain that is exposed along the Oregon Coast during low tides, particularly during extreme minus tides that occur in the spring and early summer.” The guild, formed in 1985, is one of the oldest and most well regarded photo arts groups in the state. For info, visit linnbenton.edu/current-students/involvement/art-gallery.
League of Women Voter- Empowering Women as Leaders. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m.
Local attorney specializing in family law and victim’s rights, the great Lorena Reynolds speaks – and you’re invited. She’ll be discussing “We Are the Changemakers: A Conference for Women and Their Allies”, which takes place at OSU this coming Fall. She’ll also be sharing her personal perspective “of the challenges and rewards of being a young professional woman in Corvallis.” For info, visit lwv.corvallis.or.us.
Thursday, May 25
Pub Tour & Beer History Talk. Sky High Brewing, 160 NW Jackson Ave., Corvallis. 5 p.m. Free.
Hell yes. Director of the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives, Tiah Edmunson-Morton, is leading a downtown walking tour that’ll connect with “Corvallis’ beer, past and present.” The tour itself is about two-hours and will include four stops at downtown breweries, as well as the Corvallis Brewing Supply. Join in at any stop – though you should totally do the whole thing! For info or to RSPV, contact email@example.com or call 541-737-7387.
Corwin Bolt & the Wingnuts. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
According to their website, this group is “Old-time, Newtime, Ragtime, Blue-time for your listening pleasure,“ though I think you’ll concur when you give your ears a feast: https://corwinbolt.bandcamp.com/. “Faces on the Television” is an especially good track in my opinion. Great band, great venue. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.