Crème de la Corvallis: Week of March 22

This week we’ve got Flamenco Pacifico jazzin’ (or flamencin’) up the Majestic Theatre right around the same time Mons La Hire lets off steam at Calapooia Brewing – and that’s a shame. How the hell do you choose? Come on people. There’s a ton of other awesome stuff going on without soul-crushing conflict though, so it’s all good. Like The English Language and Drag Rag at Cloud & Kelly’s on the 29th. That show is definitely going to [insert metaphor here that’s too lewd to print].

Also, did you know you could rent bees? Now you do.

Thursday, March 22

Red Room Series. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

The Red Room Series is one of Corvallis’ best kept secrets. From the press release: “The Red Room: Improvised Series presents two accomplished international women musicians. Julia Reidy from Berlin, Germany, will be playing microtonally tuned 12 string guitar. Judith Hamann from Brisbane, Australia, will perform solo pieces on cello exploring spatialized and electroacoustic approaches to sound.” Serious good times. For updated info, visit facebook.com/The-Red-Room-Improvised-Music-Series-432200180154944/.

Ben Mutschler Trio. Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St, Corvallis. 8:30 p.m. Free.

If you like jazz and dig the number three, then this show is for you. Check cloudandkellys.com/live-music/ for more info and updates!

Friday, March 23

Flamenco Pacifico. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. $28-30.

Want to blow about thirty bucks in the best way possible? Led by the brilliant Berto Boyd, this is the pacific northwest’s premiere Flamenco music & dance ensemble. Don’t care about dance or flamenco? Then this doubles as an opportunity to find out that you’re wrong, and that you’ve got better taste than anyone has given you credit for. Special guest artist and dancer Melissa Cruz from the Bay Area will be performing as well! For ,more info, visit majestic.org/.

Mons La Hire. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.

What exactly does one of the best rock bands in the area sound like? I’ve got two options for your listening pleasure: 1. Visit https://monslahire.com/. 2. Check out the show. For updated information, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.

Saturday, March 24

Rent Mason Bees. Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Highway 20, Corvallis. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wait, you can rent bees? “WTH?” as the kids might say. Join in and you get some bees buzzin’ around your stuff, which means free pollination, and you’ll also be helping support native bee populations.. For info, visit garlandnursery.com/event/rent-mason-bees/.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. $10-12.

I’ve never actually seen this place in person, but the story has always tickled my fancy. From the press release: “A tiger in the Baghdad Zoo tells the audience that most of the animals have fled to “freedom” because of the Iraq Invasion, only to be shot dead by soldiers. That night, two US soldiers, Tom and Kev, come to guard the zoo. While stationed in front of the tiger’s cage, Tom shows Kev a gun layered in gold he found during a raid of one of the Hussein family mansions. Carelessly, Tom places his hand near the cage and the hungry tiger bites his hand. Kev responds by shooting the tiger with the golden gun. There after the ghost of the tiger wanders about Baghdad seeking the meaning of life and making comments about the absurdities of war and most often haunting Kev’s dreams.” See what I mean? To stay up to date, visit majestic.org/.

Sunday, March 25

All About Potatoes. Shonnard’s Nursery, Florist, and Landscape, 6600 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 11 a.m. Free.

I do love me some potatoes. Ever seen one of them just grow? The plants are gorgeous. Check out this event to “learn how to plant, harvest, and store potatoes. Discuss what varieties work best in the Pacific Northwest, preparation for planting, feeding, pest prevention, and many other tips and pointers for having your best potato season ever.” Sounds like a spuddin’ good time. Get it? Spuddin’. Say it out loud. It feels good. For info, visit shonnards.com/events/.

Celtic Session. Cloudy and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 3:30 p.m. Free.

These celtic music sessions are always a blast. Devour a delicious meal to the traditional tunes of the emerald countryside. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/.

Monday, March 26

Willamette Writers on the River’s Spring Reading. Allison Room First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW Eighth St., Corvallis. 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Free.

There aren’t enough opportunities to force others to hear your -er, I mean to read your work aloud. It’s a great chance to share what you’re working on, get some feedback, and maybe make a few literary friends. Whether you’re into poetry, fiction, prose, nonfiction, or some other weird thing, this event is perfect. Super chill, and if you just want to listen that’s cool too. It’s bound to fill up quickly though, so if reading is on your docket, be sure to arrive early at about 6:15pm to reserve a spot. You’ll get seven minutes in heaven, but the organizers request no graphic violence, sex, or hate speech. For info, visit willamettewriters.org/wwotr/.

Tuesday, March 27

Pencils, Pens & Drinks with Friends. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8 p.m.

Grab some friends, your wallet, and your drawin’ stumps because this Tuesday is going to change your life forever. Super sweet activities and drawing prompts galore, you’ll be crammin’ foods n’ drinks down your neck hole in style as you race into an artistic future. No, I don’t really know what the hell I’m talking about right now, but you should go anyway! These are fun. For some artsy updates, visit facebook.com/events/1595469767212142/.

Wednesday, March 28

Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Free.

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 deathcafecorvallis@gmail.com

Mid-Willamette NOW present Women’s Herstory Quiz Night. Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Free.

Come out and celebrate Women’s History Month with Mid-Willamette NOW! A totally family-friendly gig that’ll test your herstory knowledge. While the event is totally free, you’re asked to please bring menstrual product donations for local student run organization Rosie. For more information, check out facebook.com/events/206698046549085/!

Thursday, March 29

Now Brothers. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.

Classic rock and chili beer = the best way to spend a Thursday night. Besides winning the lottery or learning you have super powers, anyway. For some rockin’ information, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/

The English Language + Drag Rag. Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. $5

The English Language (https://theenglishlanguage.bandcamp.com/) is gross, grindy, garagey, and I love them. Drag Rag (https://soundcloud.com/user-111370501) is slappy, sloppy, and *&$@!. I love them too. If you want to be rocked hard, this is your ticket. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/live-music/.

By Sam Campbell

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