XENET-RA reincarnated as something equally as awesome as themselves. Do I really have to say anything else? I do? Okay, fine. Yabba dabba do, dum diddley do do. Also, flim flammity jimmity jammity poop doop. There, happy now?
Thursday, March 1
Rusty Hinges. @ Calapooia Brewing Company
140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Hell of a band at a hell of a venue. Trust me, you fools. And check out this site for updated info: calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Comedy Night @ Cloud & Kelly’s Public House
126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free.
Want to laugh so hard you die, only you don’t die? Cloud & Kelly’s Public House makes the magic happen every first Thursday of the month. More information? Hit up cloudandkellys.com/.
Friday, March 2
Crowbar and Ninkasi Brewing Pint for a Cause @ Crowbar
214 SW Second St., Corvallis. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Crowbar and Ninkasi are in cahoots (though I’m not 100% sure what “cahoots” are), raising funds for the Sick Town Derby Dames. A buck from every Ninkasi Pint sold at both Crowbar and the Downtown American Dream will go to these super rad, local flat track roller derby-ers. They’ve been rocking their skates since 2008, and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll help them keep it up! For info, visit adpizza.com/welcome-to-crowbar/.
Poetics Corvallis @ Interzone
1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Poetry is a rare sight around these parts, so if you’re down with a little word bending, show up! Poetics does its thing on the first Friday of every month. Do the thing: visit facebook.com/PoeticsCorvallis/.
Rainbow in the Clouds @ Cloud & Kelly’s Public House
126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m.
Everyone’s favorite LGBT & friends dance night returns. This is because, like Poetics, it runs on every first Friday of the month. Thankfully they don’t completely overlap, so you’re free to dabble in a bit of both! For some stuff called “info,” visit cloudandkellys.com/.
Saturday, March 3
Linn County Flea Market @ Linn County Fairgrounds
3700 Knox Butte Rd. E, Albany. 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sadly, there are no actual fleas involved, but Linn County’s largest flea market will provide a bum-load of vendors selling antiques, collectibles and all sorts of cool stuff. Here are some important details, straight from the horse: “Early shoppers $6 and Vendor Set up 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Regular Admission $2, 9 a.m. -2:30 p.m. with free parking, kids 12 and under are free.” For updates, visit linncountyfleamarket.com.
4th Annual Pollinator Conference. Albany Expo Center 3700 Knox Butte Dr. Albany. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bad speakers (as in 1980s bad… like, really good), many of whom have donated their lives to pollinators. Presentations are geared toward the backyard gardener, which is you, right? For all the buzz, check out linnmastergardeners.com/classes.
Third Annual Beards and Brews Fundraiser @ Calapooia Brewing Company
140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 2 p.m. Free.
The press here was a little void of details, but you can get them (or get closer to them) at calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/. Until then, let’s just run with the “beards and brews sounds pretty good by default” thing.
Citizens of the Universe @ Squirrel’s Tavern
100 SW Second St., Corvallis. 9 p.m. $5. 21+
Corvallis’ legendary avant-HipHop band XENAT RA will be filling Squirrel’s with joyous tones your ears and brains will love in reincarnated form! According to the press, they have “set out on a musical walkabout, shedding their jagged and precise songwriting showcase for a more party friendly affair.” A legend in his own right, Curtis Monette joins the group on guitar. Dude, does it even get better than this? Probably not. To learn more, visit facebook.com/events/157601104886714/.
Sunday, March 4
Bird Language for Beginners @ Cooper Mountain Nature Park
18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. 9:30 p.m. – Noon. $10 per person, suitable for ages 12 and up.
Birds are awesome, and bird talking is awesome (unless it’s like, 3am). This indoor / outdoor course will introduce you to birdy language, and you’re going to love it. Meet at the Nature House. For a bird’s eye view of the event, visit oregonzoo.org/events/bird-language-beginners-0.
Tuesday, March 6
Graphic Novel Book Club Meeting @ Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-7:30 p.m.
A great local club that is always looking for new members. You can grab a copy of the month’s reading selection at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s second floor reference desk. Want to learn more about this event? Call 541-766-6793 or visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Tap Talk- Beyond local, fresh and organic with Joel Iboa @ Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room
3415 SW Deschutes St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
If you’re into brewin’ and you don’t know about Tap Talk, consider that egregious error corrected. This month the talk will focus on“the often ignored or seemingly invisible contributions of farmworkers in the agrifood system in Oregon.” Joel Iboa will be on hand — he has spent years doing environmental justice work and and advocating for farm and forestry workers. Basically, you want to listen to this guy For some deliciously frothy info, visit facebook.com/events/358549407945874/.
Wednesday, March 7
Visiting Artists & Scholars Lecture Series: Dread Scott @ LaSells Stewart Center
875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 6 p.m. pre-talk and 7 p.m.
Dread Scott “makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. His work is exhibited across the US and internationally. For three decades he has made work that encourages viewers to re-examine unifying ideals and values of American society.” Beyond that, he’s just really, really good at what he does, and is an excellent speaker. If you’re got the itch of interest, definitely scratch this one. For updated information, type in this super long URL: liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/visiting-artists-and-scholars-vas-lecture-series.
Thursday, March 8
Teen Code Club @ Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 4-5 p.m. Free.
Teens need great stuff to do, and this recurring event makes me wish I was a teen again. Seriously, that’s crazy, right? Aside from the decreased chance of having a job and whatnot. Anyway, if they show up, they can hang with a professional coder and mess about game design using Scratch and CS First. Middle and High School teens welcome, and they will be offering upsnacks and supplies. Have your own laptop? Bring it! For some un-encoded info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
By Sam Campbell