Welcome to another edition of Créme, your favorite local top picks thingy with the glorious music and art slant. This is the standard greeting. You will know it. You will love it. And if you don’t, I suppose you can email us via firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us to change it. There’s a 7% chance we’ll listen to you… 35% if you use coarse language.
Thursday, December 28
Now Brothers @ Calapooia Brewing Company
140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
These folks seem a little difficult to track down, but from what I’ve read it looks like you can expect a great classic rock show. Calapooia seems to be building a reputation for being the place to go for this sort of thing and you should probably just trust their judgement. Best venue in Albany for sure, and they brew one hell of a Chili Beer. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/
Saturday, December 30
Booty Shakers Bash @ Bombs Away Cafe
2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. $5. 21+
It’s events like these that make me feel like a description is unnecessary. I mean, get a load of that name. For the sake of due diligence though, let me entice you to come out to this event and dance your hindquarters off. Possibly even dance some other parts off, who knows. Music will be provided by Jaapur JJ Fresh, NappyTHC, and Rollipolli, so it’s cool even if you want to avoid the shakin’ and just stand in the corner for an ear massage. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art.
Sunday, December 31 aka New Year’s Eve
Wow, did you get a look at the Calendar? There are more events tonight than you can shake a stick at. Literally, because there are a lot and your arm will get tired. That and I seriously doubt you’ve actually got a stick on hand, so consider your bluff called.
My personal fancy has been tickled by what’s going down at Cloud & Kelly’s and Sky High Brewing, but there is definitely something for everyone. There’s bull riding at the Linn County Expo Center, for *$@! sake. Either way, the options are overwhelming so I’m afraid I’m going to punt responsibility over to the Calendar itself. I know turning a few pages can be tough, what with the holiday hangover and all, but I believe in you.
Also, drink responsibly. If you don’t, you might wind up in a future edition of the Linn-Benton Backwash.
Thursday, January 4
Bri Cauz + Ida Jane @ Bombs Away Café
2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. Free.
I won’t even attempt to beat out the original press release: “Two singers-songcrafters for the price of none.” However, I will give you the learnin’ required to understand why the whole “free” thing here practically amounts to theft. Lesson #1: just take a listen to what’s up at https://www.bricauz.com/. Lesson #2: Ida Jane, as you may or may not know (but should), is a vital component of local art rock outfit Mons La Hire. Rumor has it there might even be a few other Mons-y cameos. Do not miss this show, or Santa will come take his gifts back. For updates, plug into bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Reception for Where are We? Exhibit @ The Arts Center
700 SW Madison St., Corvallis. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free.
Jill Baker, Nancy Helmsworth, and Rebecca Mannheimer combine their efforts in an exploration of landscape art through a contemporary lens. From what I’ve seen of their work, this show promises to be a feast for the eyeballs. And even more importantly, it’s neato to see an oft-dismissed genre get an infusion of imagination. For more information, dance on over to theartscenter.net/contemporary-interpretations-landscape-art-jill-baker-nancy-helmsworth-rebecca-mannheimer/.