• Hard Truths: Truthsgiving
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    HardTruths_11_25_15Confession time; I’m a bit of a selfish d*ck.

    Last Monday, Nov. 16, at approximately 6 p.m. I was driving in the dark and rainy misery that is the intersection of Highway 20 and 53rd Street in Corvallis. Everyone I think at this point is on the same page that this is the worst time of the day at the worst time of the year, and the one common expression we all have on our faces in traffic as we attempt to get home is the face of contemplation, as we all fantasize about ending it all, or getting drunk.

    I looked at the other faces, and a few people even nodded back, and we briefly shared our misery.

    Then I noticed I had been sitting at that light for a weirdly long time and I had already missed one cycle of the light changes. “Why aren’t we moving?” I thought to myself and then leaned on the horn. The SUV in front of me was not moving and it looked like the only car in between the traffic light and mine. I leaned on the horn again.

    That’s when the light turned red again and I almost lost my sh*t.

    And that’s when two people in a car that had broken down pushed it out from its obscured position in front of the SUV. I instantly felt a little bad for getting so heated over missing a light and hitting my horn.

    I thought to myself, “I should pull over and help them out.” They might need a ride to a gas station or something. I should pull over and help.

    Mind you, I didn’t feel that bad though, because I couldn’t see them in front of the SUV when I had honked. From my vantage point it just looked like the driver was texting or something and snoozed through a couple light changes.

    “I should pull over and help.” I thought it again as I went through the light. They pushed their disabled vehicle into the empty lot where the weirdo with the fish bus parks. Maybe they won’t even need my help, but it couldn’t hurt to stop and offer it.

    The rain was really coming down at this point. I had just stopped at Safeway after work to pick up things for a dinner party I was attending. I still had to go home and prepare, plus I had just finished a real corker of a day at work.

    “I should pull over and help,” I thought to myself one last time as I drove right past the lot and kept going, leaving them to their fate.

    So for this Thanksgiving I wanted to offer an apology to them, if there’s any chance they’re reading this. To the two people who had a breakdown at the light on 20 and 53rd Street Monday evening,
    Nov. 16, I’m sorry for honking. That was a completely honest mistake. But I’m more sorry for not pulling over and lending a hand. I really could have, and it might have helped. I’m sorry. My Thanksgiving resolution (it’s a thing, I just invented it) is to pull over and lend a hand next time.

    Helping people out a little bit when it’s inconvenient and you don’t know them. It’s the hardest truth.

    By Sidney Reilly

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  • Darkside Cinema Keeps It Darwinian
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    DarksideWhat screams awesome movies better than massive explosions, gratuitous violence, and scores of bare breasts bobbling all over the silver screen? Some, like the proprietors and the community following of the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis, find insightful commentary, well-crafted story development, and an aesthetically pleasing environment to make all the difference. That and zombie movies.

    If you are looking for a place to stimulate your senses without the pervasive noise of a mainstream cinema, the Darkside may be for you.

    Upon entering the Darkside Cinema, you are set upon by the retro influences of an artistic community. Both elegant and MacGyveresqe, the hand-built qualities give it a personal feel. In place of arcade games, one finds a small gallery hosting oil paintings and photography.  Rather than red sit-in race car rides, old-school golden couches against deep purple walls set the tone. The space is perfectly sized for the after movie discussion and the lighting from the vintage Edison bulbs adds a pleasing level of ambiance both in the theaters and lobby.

    Reading owner/operator Paul Turner’s blog, one begins to understand the pleasant nature of the cinema and deep roots it has within the community. The blog, found on the Darkside’s website, adds a human element to the experience. Between the anecdotes and hyperboles, you find a man working to fulfill himself while putting his blood, sweat, and mustache into the cultural underworld of Corvallis.

    “If the mega-corporate multiplex cinemas are Fox News, we are NPR. We provide thought-provoking entertainment and zombie movies. So, we’re NPR, with zombies.”

    The Darkside offers a different kind of movie-watching experience than your ordinary venue. Every Tuesday there is a Community Movie Night with live host Ygal Kaufman.  Community Night, also known as CMNYK, features classic films enriched by a sampling of newsreels, cartoons, and other flavorful footage from the era. The audience is surprisingly diverse, a testament to the appeal of professional showmanship. Still on the fence? I should mention that CMNYK is free, all you have to do is show up and have a good time. And yes, it’s the same Ygal Kaufman that works at The Advocate.

    Turner and the Darkside crew also host a variety of contemporary films ranging from cerebral docudramas and foreign films to mainstream horror. While a big corporate cinema may be playing the hottest first run films, the Darkside is selecting based on directors, content, and the ever important customer interest. Availability can be a limiting factor in the independent cinema business as the preferred types of movies are often not released during the summer. Despite film competition with big cinemas and nonprofit theaters alike, Turner and the Darkside are “keeping it Darwinian” and adapting their programs to fill the film vacuum.

    “People keep telling me that VOD or VR is going to put us out of business. This is the same idiotic song they’ve been playing since the first TV came out,” he said.

    It is not uncommon for theaters to be completely packed, so do try to be punctual. The unwitting group arriving right at the start may have to suck it up and sit in different rows. This, however, is part of the charm. The intimacy of the Darkside theaters bestows a feeling of camaraderie, that you are watching an interesting movie with a collection of other interesting people in an interesting environment. Tickets are extremely well priced but if you cannot swing the $9 evening prices, drop a couple bucks in the pot on CMNYK.

    Corvallis boasts a thriving community culture that is enhanced by the opportunity to view handpicked films every day of the week. “Every week we try to have something that makes me glad to be doing what I’m doing.” The words of a true connoisseur, Turner and the Darkside crew put their hearts into providing high-quality entertainment and a wonderful environment to meet with our friends and family. As the holidays approach atop a tsunami of mass-produced plastic toys and movies that could be described the same way, Corvallis hits a celluloid jackpot counting The Darkside and its crew as a C-Town feature. And, speaking of holidays, the receiver of a gift certificate from this movie house will know the giver to have some excellent taste and conscientiousness about supporting the uniqueness of our community.

    In fact, this place is so well loved that when the chips were down and it was down to a Kickstarter campaign to buy the tech now required for screening, The Darkside scored early and over what they asked for and, not too many locals can actually say that.

     Couple of websites for you: http://darksidecinema.com/ and https://cmnyk.wordpress.com/.

    By Anthony Vitale

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  • The Pix Dishes Out Charm and Good Food
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    PixTheaterThe Pix Theater in Albany faces some unique challenges as an independent theater that doesn’t necessarily always cater to an indie audience. Although they do occasionally host older cult classics and live television special events, unlike many other independent theaters, they tend to mainly show first-run titles.

    Rod and Denise Bigner have been the proud owners for two years now, and although it’s been a learning curve for them, they’re living their dream. Rod was a film major in college, and neither he or Denise had managed a theater before.

    In their own words, they show “anything that they can get behind,” that is inclusive to a larger audience. This has provided its own set of challenges. Their competition tends to be the larger chain theaters and studio policy doesn’t allow theaters within a certain distance of each other to show the same movies during the same week. Being the smaller theater, they have to be prepared not to get their first or even second choice.

    The philosophy behind their movie selection has a lot to do with their personal likes and dislikes according to Rod (locally known as The Movie Geek). They choose movies based on their own tastes, and their hope for the future is that people will start to trust their movie selections enough to go see a movie that they may not have otherwise given a chance.

    Ultimately, the studio that made the movie decides whether or not the movie gets to be played in a specific theater, and will almost always choose the higher grossing theater, for obvious reasons. There are other regulations that they must abide by, too.

    When a studio decides to let them show a movie they can classify it as “stackable,” which means that it can share a screen with another movie during the timeframe, or they can require that they give it a “clean” run for a set amount of weeks, which means that they must dedicate one screen to only showing that movie for a certain amount of times per day, for a certain amount of weeks. Because they only have one screen at their theater, it means turning down any other opportunities that come up during a “clean” movie’s timeframe.

    Their highest grossing movie to date has been Wild, which required them to give it a clean run for three weeks during the Christmas season last year.

    Some might think that so many regulations that tend to favor larger theaters would make it impossible for a small independent theater like The Pix to compete, but they’ve found their way and have overcome these setbacks by offering an experience that can’t be found anywhere else in their area. The lobby has comfortable and stylish sitting areas, and they welcome people to come in even when they aren’t seeing a movie to enjoy their free WiFi and wide variety of food and drink items. Their menu has much more to offer than a typical theater, the quality is higher, and you won’t be paying the typical highway robbery theater prices for it. You can still get candy, popcorn, and soda, but you can also get items like a burger, a hummus plate, or even a piece of pie and ice cream. They also serve beer and wine, which sets them apart from a lot of theaters.

    This theater is unique in another aspect, it brings moviegoers into the screening decision process, frequently polling customers on Facebook. They also work with CrowdedTheater.com, so customers can suggest titles they want to see and vote on movies being considered.

    Located in downtown Albany their historic building dates back to 1892, and they make an effort to work with other local downtown businesses as much as possible. They’ve joined up with Sybaris for several events, and have a running date night offer with them: a dinner delivered to tables in the back of the theater, so you get a gourmet dinner and a movie all at the same time.

     The Martian will be showing
    Nov. 25 to Dec. 3. You can find more information and future showtimes on their website  http://www.albanypix.com and on their Facebook page under The Albany Pix Theater. They are located at 321 SW 2nd Avenue in Albany. 

    By Hannah Darling

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  • Black Friday Is Stupid, Consider the Gray
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    Note: The original version of this story stated that Many Hands Trading would be closed Friday, November 27. However, they will be open from 10 am to 8 pm. They will also be open Saturday and Sunday. We regret the error, most especially because this is a business that contributes to many causes in our community that we also support.

    Think Big Shop Small sign in a conceptual imageThanksgiving Day weekend sale scavengry seems a black and white dispute. Black Friday frequenters hold steady on the darkside while whitewashed boycotters lobby. However, this turkey-day issue, I’m laying down shades of gray (in a non-BDSM way) to meet you in that small-town space where spending, not sale-seeking, matters. Time to get consumer-friendly.

    But first, this fun fact: sales associates have holiday prerogatives other than checking you out. Some of them have kids or cats or fuzzy socks to attend to.

    This turkey day, I’m saying special thanks for employment outside the retail realm, right before getting stuffed via shoveling in stuffing, letting out a loud gobble, and surrendering to a two-day sleep coma, hopefully uninterruptus of re-lived retail terrors.

    Wasted Wait-Time
    The average American spends two years living in line. I can’t imagine any prize worth extending that sentence (except maybe a couple extra years of living). Among top-notch snatches worth the wait last year were the iPad Mini, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Vizio HDTV and Keurig K Series.

    Electronics are key to Black Friday traffic, which is  fine if you need to feel like the cast of The Big Bang Theory—sadly America’s second most-watched TV series—is sitting in your living room, like you’re in on their poorly written neurotic “nerd-humor,” I understand waiting for that half-priced plasma. Still I could never condone or frequent the Black Friday frenzy, and stats show a fellow-minded age of consumers.

    Last year’s Thanksgiving Day weekend shopping dropped $6.5 billion, a second consecutive dip expected to carry on declining. Positively, profit loss may be proof of a more confident, savvy and secure consumer. According to the National Retail Federation, last year’s spending was its lowest since the Great Recession, indicative of a prosperous economy, less reliant on cashing the piggy for seasonal steals.

    With job gains steady on the rise, feelings of security amongst employees were up 7% from 2013. And it’s the mom-and-pops we have to thank, creating over half of today’s new jobs. For every $10 million made at a small business, 57 new jobs are created, compared with the 14 jobs after such a profit at Amazon, for example.

    Strength in City Spending
    Consumers are more likely to spend their holiday dollars at small, locally owned businesses for reasons such as authenticity, unique experience, customer service, and community support, specifically on days like Small Business Saturday (SBS), Nov. 28 and our city’s Buy Local First Day, Dec. 5.

    A proclamation in support of Corvallis’ small businesses, recognizing these two days as vital to local economic growth was signed by Mayor Biff Traber Monday, Nov. 16. The proclamation is based on data supportive of local spending, including the statistic of 1,200 small businesses present in Benton County, making up 99% of regional employers, and their 21,000-plus employees.

    For every small business purchase, 48% of the cost is filtered back into its locale, compared to chain stores which for every $100 spent, give back $14.

    On a cyber scale, a region may not even see a giveback. Amazon, circulating the most online sales come Thanksgiving Day weekend, isn’t liable for property tax or any other locally-sourced expense within the region its consumer majority resides. Further, enterprises like Amazon, unlike local stores, hardly ever set aside any profit for charitable causes–this from the Advocates of Independent Business urging us to think this year before we click.

    More locally, there is Cindee Lolik, General Manager at First Alternative Co-Op, who said, “The Co-op has always had and will continue to have a strong commitment to local.  We are owned by over 10,000 community members and we strive to create a marketplace where we provide our local growers and makers, our neighbors,  with fair prices for their goods and labor.”

    Lolik is also president of Corvallis’ Community Independent Business Alliance, and said, “Buying local is about the wealth of the community, but not only economic wealth, it’s about the wealth of relationships and the strengthening of community ties—knowing the farmer who grew the blueberries you purchased at the farmers’ market, having the clothing store owner call you when something comes in in your favorite color, or having your local bank send you flowers when you close a loan.”

    On Saturday, Many Hands Trading will be discounting all clothing items 10% and offering a free tea towel with the first 20 purchases of $50 or more.

    “Shopping local in our store is especially important given our donations on Days of Sharing,” said Jessica Westwood, a buyer and assistant to the store’s General Manager. On a scheduled Day of Sharing, the shop gives $1 of every $4 earned to a local charity of choice, such as the Boys and Girls Club, who they will be working to support come December.

    Repeat offenders like Kmart, Target, and Fred Meyer will be dishing out shifts Thursday through Black Friday. Runway Fashion Exchange opens its doors come 8 a.m. on Friday, releasing its anticipated high-fashion beanie and bestowing deals to those who braved the line before store hours.

    My advice: if you get the itch in your pockets, wait at least until Saturday, when you can score sale-priced anomalies. And in the meantime, take REI’s advice and take a hike, a family hike. Breathe in together them sweet, shedding trees.

    Don’t Drone Yourself
    Growing up, my mother was one brainwashed by the ideology that underlies Black Friday, always spacing out under sale signs and zombie-piling the shopping cart. She simply couldn’t resist those red tags.

    I woke up each Christmas to our pine tree retching presents, only to peel back the paper and realize they mostly misrepresented me. Of course my mother meant the best, was being savvy in her learned way, but truth be told I would have been much happier with just that one thoughtful expenditure in the haystack.

    Giving people what they need or deserve takes careful consideration. Too often we are herded to sale signs. Endorsed days just keep tacking on, too. Between Black Thursday and Cyber Monday, there’s only that Save Yourself Sunday in between to count our losses and leftover loose change (while shamefully gorging on leftovers).

     I’m not saying abstain. I just endorse that common-sense sentiment to put your power in your pockets and think before you swipe. To value local over drain-chains, the personality of a purchase over its price or an abundance of not-so-special surprises.

    By Stevie Beisswanger

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  • Adding to November’s Environmental Fails…
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    Last week, we had to report Oregon Fish and Game whacked wolves off the endangered species list while conceding there may be as few as 81 of them left in the state, so let’s just continue that with this.

    Invasive Crayfish Species Found in Willamette Drainage
    A freshwater lobster foreign to the Northwest has been discovered living in drainage from the upper end of the Willamette River. The ringed crayfish, which has been dubbed an invasive species, is a concern to experts due to its tendency to compete with native crustaceans for food and habitat space. The first ringed crayfish ever seen in Oregon were discovered only recently by the United States Forest Service in Salem’s Row River.

    Though these types of crayfish have never been seen this far north, their unprecedented appearance may not be such a mystery. According to staff at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the new crayfish probably got into the water and began to breed after they were released by someone keeping them as pets or a by fisherman using the crayfish as live bait.

    The Department of Fish and Wildlife advises anyone who accidentally catches a ringed crayfish to report where they found it and to not release it back into the river (or flush it down the toilet, for that matter).

    New Logging Restrictions Insufficient to Protect Streams
    An agreement reached by the Oregon Board of Forestry has resulted in new laws regarding how close loggers can cut trees next to streams. Hoping to better comply with Clean Water Act guidelines set in place to protect salmon and trout from increased temperatures due to human activity, the board has doubled the designated buffer zone for logging near streams.

    Logging is now restricted from 60 to 80 feet around forest streams. Though the Board of Forestry has promised that endangered fish species will be better protected from changes that result in warm water preventing fish from swimming upstream to spawn, environmentalists disagree and say that the buffer zone still isn’t big enough.

    Members of the Oregon Stream Protection Coalition argue that the Board of Forestry was prevented from making a real difference for the fish by its desire to compromise between the wishes of both landowners and environmentalists. The risks associated with not having a large enough buffer zone are enough that the board has decided to continue to improve their new rules over the next few months.

    Algae Bloom Poisons Marine Mammals Off the Northwest Pacific Coast
    Biologists have discovered a worrying new trend among marine mammals and birds off the coast of Oregon and Washington. Animals that usually thrive in the north Pacific, like sea lions, dolphins, and whales, are becoming extremely ill. Earlier this year, a sea lion having a seizure was found at Long Beach in Washington. According to scientists, these creatures have been poisoned with toxic domoic acid, which is released by algae in the water.

    This summer’s immense algae bloom, a result of rapidly increasing water temperatures, was the largest ever recorded in the Northwest. When sea mammals and birds eat fish that feed on this particular algae, they become poisoned, and in addition to suffering seizures, they can be left with severe health problems by the neurotoxins in the algae.

     The algae presents an equal danger to humans, though it’s far easier for us to avoid it. Many shellfish farms in the region were closed this year when high levels of domoic acid were discovered. As yet, scientists have not discovered a way to prevent animals from being poisoned, nor how to remove the vast algae bloom from Pacific waters.

    By Kiki Genoa


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  • Hard Truths: A World of Tipping Points
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    HardTruths_11_19_15Does it seem like everything goes from zero to sixty faster than a Ferrari these days?  That’s because everything does.  Welcome to the world of tipping points.

    On planet Tipping Point, nothing can be assessed with any sense of calm. You’re on this side or you’re on that side, and if there’s more people on this side, buckle up, because the whole thing will instantly tip.

    In our most recent examples of planet Tipping Point spinning off its axis, the students of several universities across the country have taken a recent trend — regarding “safe spaces,” triggers and micro-aggressions — to an extreme, launching a variety of protests, demands and grievances over a series of “incidents” of varying levels of seriousness.

    I won’t waste my limited word count here summarizing the events of the last month at University of Missouri, Yale, Brown, Amherst and several other colleges across the country. If you have no clue what’s afoot, you have a lot of reading to do.  If you have heard about the rampant discontent of America’s university students, then let’s not even waste time debating the causes.  By which I mean to say, let’s just agree to agree as a civilized society that racism is bad, and events that cause pain and fear to students, such as a swastika drawn in fecal matter (as was the case at Mizzou) or racial epithets being hurled by other students (which undoubtedly happens all over the place), are bad and we should strive as a community to eradicate them, as best we can within our means as a free society.

    Micro-aggressions are not the same as macro-aggressions. And perception is not the same as reality.  Perceiving an offense does not automatically make one exist, and the students of four-year non-commuter schools like Yale and Amherst are most certainly not facing the type of racism that their counterparts of the same age face living in the real world, by which I mean, not tucked away on a tony Ivy League campus.

    At OSU, a large gathering was held where students could give voice to their grievances. Some sounded much more substantial than others, but they were all being given a voice in a calm respectful atmosphere.  Shouting down administrators and menacing media representatives is not only the exact opposite of that, but it’s the opposite of what a university is supposed to represent, a place where free expression of thought is unhindered.

    At the end of the day, what we’re seeing on these campuses is simply the desire to be a part of a movement.  One they see as transformational and historically important, which indeed the #blacklivesmatter movement may well be. But simply a case of wanting to belong nonetheless.  But the students crusading for vague institutional change at their universities, places their parents have paid an arm and a leg to have them babysat, are not exactly on the front lines of the struggle.

     We should stop pretending that they are, because on planet Tipping Point, perception becomes reality a lot faster than it used to.

    By Sidney Reilly

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  • 81 Wolves Statewide, No Longer Endangered?
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    Untitled-1As you may have heard by now, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) voted 4-2 to delist wolves from the Oregon endangered species list on Nov. 9. This decision has been questioned and criticized by many, including U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio and the Pacific Wolf Coalition, 29 national and local organizations dedicated to Pacific Northwest wolf recovery.

    The critics of this decision cite numerous discrepancies with the review process that preceded the decision, with Oregon Wild Director Sean Stevens issuing a statement the same day which claimed that, “The outcome for Oregon’s small wolf population seemed at times to be predetermined. While there was overwhelming public support for continued protections for wolves, and more than enough scientific criticism to cast doubt on ODFW’s staff opinion and recommendation for delisting, neither appeared to factor into the ultimate decision.”

    Those in favor of this decision (the usual cadre of ranchers and hunters) argue that wolves kill livestock and deer and are thus a threat to cattle ranching and hunting. They also state that wolf trophy hunts will create much needed revenue for ODFW.

    On one hand, the antagonism between these two groups is quite simple: some people believe that wolves have inherent worth and value apart from human utilitarianism, while others believe that wolves are a pest and nuisance, and only have value as pelts. If you belong to the second group, then it makes perfect sense why you would hate wolves, as wolves are apex predators and, arguably, much better hunters than humans. Only our guns, trucks, and other tools allow us to exterminate wolves and destroy their habitat.

    Of course the story is not actually this simple, as the tension between wolves and agriculturalists reaches far back into the origins of civilization. This deep-rooted cultural fear and hatred of wolves can seem quite shocking and appalling to those unfamiliar with the history of this struggle. In Oregon, indigenous peoples held no such hatred for wolves, and in fact maintained respectful relationships with them for untold generations. The arrival of European settlers in the early 19th century saw the first acts of aggression in the war between wolf and human, and the first wolf bounty was established in 1843, 16 years before Oregon even became a state. Settlers saw wolves as hunting competition and threats to livestock, and strove to eradicate them from the state entirely by establishing bounties, demonizing them as vicious killers, and grossly exaggerating their danger to humans. By the mid-19th century, the colonizers had achieved their goal: total eradication of wolves in Oregon.

    The Endangered Species Act of 1973 effectively made wolf hunting illegal in the US, but it would take many years before there were any wolves to even protect. The first signs of wolf recovery in Oregon were in 1999 near John Day River, and less than a year later two more (dead) wolves were seen in the state. In 2008, pups were born to a wolf named Sophie, and subsequent years saw a gradual increase in litters, peaking at 26 wolves in the state in 2011. Unfortunately, that was also the year that Congress stripped wolves of their federal Endangered Species protection, handing over wolf management decisions to individual states. While big-cattle states like Idaho and Montana immediately delisted wolves and began actively hunting them, Oregon maintained protection over the past five years. Although there have been many attacks on wolves since 2011, they have largely been protected by ODFW, growing to a population of 81 with four breeding pairs as of Nov. 9.

    The decision to delist the wolf, that is, to remove its protection as an endangered species, is frustrating and confusing only when one does not understand the context that this decision took place in. Asking the ODFW to protect wolves is like asking a wolf to protect a flock of sheep. Wolves are a symbol of wildness and autonomy, and they stand in stark opposition to the domesticating and dominating nature of settler culture. Wolves remind us that without all of our hubris, tools, and technology, we are not the masters of the wilderness.

    In light of this recent decision, several locals have taken upon themselves to advocate for and defend wolves. Mato Woksape, a Corvallis native (in both senses of the word) who has been defending wolves since 2011, dedicated himself to the cause after participating in the “Longest Walk,” a march from Portland to Wisconsin, traveling from reservation to reservation in an effort to bring awareness to diabetes (a leading cause of death amongst native peoples). “At the end of the walk, I learned about the federal delisting from an Anishinaabe elder who asked me to do whatever I could to help protect the wolf.” Woksape started working with the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, quickly realizing how difficult it was to deal with federal and state officials if he didn’t have money or represent moneyed interests. He earned notoriety for his public displays of anguish over wolf deaths, and was forcefully removed from several public spaces for his actions. In 2012 he managed to get the wolf hunt called off for 10 days, and in 2013 he helped enact a ban on wolf hunting around Yellowstone, as well as helping create an ODFW policy requiring tribal consultation before wild horse roundups.

    In Fall 2013 he rented a farmhouse in rural Eastern Oregon and invited other wolf defenders to come stay with him through the winter trapping season on the Idaho/Oregon border. He spent the next year demonstrating at Wildlife offices, praying and fasting, living off the land, and doing cultural restoration work with young at-risk natives. He describes this year as deeply meaningful and formational for him: “I made strong connections between me, the wolves, and the land.” For his actions, Mato has been targeted by many ranchers, hunters, and wildlife officers, one rancher even going so far as to decapitate a wolf, stick his head on a stake, and send the photo to Mato. In the months leading up to the Nov. 9 decision, Mato had been organizing, protesting, writing letters, calling elected officials, and meeting with other wildlife protection groups in the area. “I knew they were going to delist the wolf, that decision was made a long time ago. I still have to do everything I can to try and protect them, though, and now I have a lot of work ahead of me. If ODFW won’t protect wolves, then other people will.”

     For Mato and many other locals, the fight to protect wolves is just beginning. The next few months and years will be crucial to wolf survival, as decisions around trophy hunting, trapping, clear-cutting wolf habitats, fracking in Coos Bay, and construction of LNG pipelines will determine if wolves have a future in our state.

    By Jeriah Bowser

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  • Local Music: Bury the Moon’s River & Rain
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    TextBury the Moon was founded by locals and longtime friends Nevan Doyle (guitar), Caelin Alba (bass), and Brian Blythe (vocals and drums) in 2011, rooting out their full lineup over the next two years with the addition of a second guitarist in Josh Bowman and Jorge “Tito” Bañuelos on piano. The sound produced by this quintet is an amalgamation of post/alt rock, folk, blues, and more that speaks directly to a large percentage of local music lovers that are perhaps as of yet underrepresented in the area.

    Their debut record, the River & Rain EP, won’t be available for a few more days still, but what I can tell you is this: the advance copy I was treated to has rescued me from about a dozen boring car rides that’d have otherwise been given up to the same stale Pandora rotation. It’s also great in the shower, while cooking (or in my case, watching someone else cook), mixed in with some Pavement and Supergrass while lying on the living room floor, as background music to a long, frustrating session on the Atari 2600, while naked in the woods covered in peanut butter… pretty much whenever.

    Coming out sounding like a well-seasoned band rather than relative newcomers, they nail the five-piece thing by performing incredibly cohesively as a unit: no inflation or redundancy in the arrangement. The compositions are rich and atmospheric, but posses a healthy hint of “garage” that keeps it human and more modern-alt-rocky than anything else. Not a lot of bands can pull off edge and ethereal, but they have it both ways. The production quality of the record adds to this by being very well done, but not plastic or pristine. As a former recording engineer and music lover I especially appreciate this—allowing nuance to exist without editing it into oblivion is a lost art, and it’s a great approach for what this band has to offer.

    When speaking with Doyle I asked for a list of influences, but since I’ve decided that it really doesn’t matter. Each member clearly brings something unique to the table, and their sound is forged by a concoction of that. Like all great bands—and they are great—they are derivative of a multitude of things and reflect that in kind with a sound all their own. While the Bury the Moon “sound” is stylistically focused, they’re far from narrow, musically or lyrically, and I’m already looking forward to new recorded material.

    Yes, you caught me: I really dig these folks and I absolutely loved the EP. If you like rock music of any kind, you’ll likely feel the same way. And if you’ve been teetering on the edge of the great chasm known as the local music scene, Bury the Moon is a hell of a gateway drug.

     The River & Rain EP lands on Nov. 23, so be sure to “Like” Bury the Moon on Facebook (facebook.com/BuryTheMoon) and check out their Bandcamp page (burythemoon.bandcamp.com) for a preview.

    By Johnny Beaver

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  • Local Drinkers Develop a Running Problem?
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    Every city has its kennel. The Corvallis Hash House Harriers (CH3) are just one chapter, one kennel, in the worldwide hashing community that participates bi-weekly in literally running amok.

    Starting in Malaysia in 1938, when a group of colonial officers made a habit of running to relinquish week’s-past demons, hashing has transformed into what is now called “a drinking group with a running problem.” On Mismanagement-elected days, hares lay trail in woods or other local wilds for hounds to follow in the form of chalked or floured symbols, indicating along the way if hounds should stop for song, refreshments (usually beer), or elected partial nudity.

    The hares, Blue Butt Plug and Wiffle Suck for Food—Wiffle for short—made sure to lay a treacherous trail this past Friday the 13th. This was made clear as soon as we circled up for chalk talk, a whole smorgasbord of floured symbols on the pavement.

    Commencement of circle marks the start of our ritual, with Wiffle at center calling on hashers to introduce themselves. A total of nine virgins are present, plus more than a dozen veteran hashers. I am called “Just Stevie,” having had no noteworthy blunder or attendance record worth warranting a name.

    This is the biggest turnout since Wiffle came to Corvallis and took charge of consistent get-togethers and social media, all aside from his duties as Religious Advisor. RA’s are charged with circle-orating, settling traditional disputes, and taking blame for blue skies. Wiffle issues many noise complaints given our new girth. We are a boisterous bunch, barking our ballads with extra emphasis on profane parts and drinking our drinks “down-down-down.”

    We break, packs of headlamps flickering off under darkening skies to follow the flour marks. The front-runners speed ahead and I maintain my mid-level pace, stopping at cross sections, calling “RU?” at both directions in hopes of hearing “On-On!”, the exclamation of true trail.

    The trail is littered with You’ve Been F*ckeds (YBFs), at which point we must tread back through “shiggy,” briar patches and slippery mud puddles. Darkness sheathes the fallen logs and slopes, surprises to our shins and shoes. This is one perfect nightmare, a stark contrast to the last “Hedonist’s Halloween Rehash,” during which I was Khaleesi, caped and gliding through the forest post-noon—pure hash magic.

    The hounds halt at song stops, boob checks, dick checks, and most celebratory beer checks along the way. Feelings keep easy, since everyone has a choice in exposure and surveillance. Wiffle made clear in circle no hasher may be ridiculed for keeping clothed.

    Comfort, alongside consistency, is a goal Wiffle reiterates during our discussion On-After, a post-hash get-together usually hosted at a bar or home. He acknowledges how hashing has us confront our boundaries and push them if we please. The playful hazing and alter personas challenge self views. Hashing is drenched in humor and finesse, has us hone our vigilance and laugh when we tumble.

    These values are apparent in naming ceremonies. Origin stories typically center around shameful events, a purposeful process that has us eventually accept our embarrassments or misfortunes. Names are often overtly sexual or offensive.

    Wiffle got his graciously after revealing the childhood trauma of falling mouth-first on a wiffle ball bat which managed to wedge down his throat. His apparent acceptance of this trauma is emphasized by the wiffle bat he carries on his back and casually drinks from. Hashers reveal what they wish of their personal lives during On-After parties, when we typically reclaim our real names and let talk drift off.

    Wiffle deems inclusivity his main priority. Above all, he wants hashers to feel like they belong—and to have fun. Despite the obvious defect of drinking, hashing may, in some cases, warrant wellness.

    “In the right context, with the right people, hashing can genuinely save us.” The truth to Wiffle’s words is that hashing can be therapeutic, providing a break from the mundane and a protective net of like-minded, rambunctious venturers.

     CH3 dets are posted on Meetup. Please keep in mind, as irresponsible as it may sound, hashing comes with the expected responsibility of staying safe when returning to societal bounds.

    By Stevie Beisswanger

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  • Your Turkey Options: Birds Not All of the Same Feather
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    turkeyHello, non-vegetarian holiday chefs. It’s that time of year again: time to cook a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner for your family and friends! Those few days set to prepare a flawless turkey are right around the corner, but there’s still time for you to pick the perfect bird.

    For those of you who’ve procrastinated this year and haven’t reserved a turkey, never fear! Plenty of your previously feathered friends, free of hormones and chock-full of coma-inducing L-Tryptophan, are still available at our local outlets for goods of a natural variety. Here’s a list to make it all a whole lot easier.

    First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op South Store, 3rd Street: 541-753-3115
    There’s no need to reserve here, just show up early and choose your favorite size. The Co-op is selling birds from Mary’s Turkeys Farm in Northern California and Walker Farms of Siletz this year.

    Mary’s Turkeys Farm offers a variety of free-range, non-GMO, organic and heritage breeds, while Walker’s are free-range, pasture-raised, and antibiotic- and hormone-free. For more information, call Mary’s Turkeys at 844-444-6279 or Walker Farms at 541-444-2445.

    Corvallis Farmers’ Market in Downtown Corvallis: 541-740-1542
    Though most of the farmers’ market turkeys have been picked over by hardcore poultry aficionados, a few special heirloom and organic birds from local farms may still be available on Wednesdays and Saturdays up until the market closes on Nov. 25.

    More specifically, turkeys from Norton Creek Farm in Blodgett are for sale. Norton Creek provides small pasture-raised Red Bourbons, an old-fashioned breed with a “fine flavor.” For more information about Norton Creek Farm, or to pre-order a bird for a later holiday dinner, call 541-453-5841.

    You can also find turkeys from My Pharm, located in Monroe. Call them at 541-424-2233 to find out more about their turkeys, which include broad-breasted and organic-fed heritage breeds that are available fresh at Thanksgiving and frozen year-round.

    Trader Joe’s on 9th Street: 541-753-0048
    Ready-to-cook frozen turkeys from TJ’s, like a lot of their other meats, are not certified organic; they are preservative-free and raised cage-free without antibiotics or added hormones.

    Market of Choice, Circle Boulevard: 541-758-8005
    Market of Choice offers two varieties of natural turkeys from Shelton Farms in Pomona, CA. Shelton’s are 100% free-range birds raised without antibiotics or hormones, and you can choose between regular turkeys and organic turkeys fed a 100% organic diet. To find out more about Shelton Farms, call 909-623-4361. For the extremely lazy, Market of Choice also offers conventional turkeys, pre-stuffed and pre-cooked.

    Natural Grocers on 10th Street: 541-758-0200
    Natural Grocers is also selling Mary’s Turkeys this year. Both standard free-range and non-GMO certified free-range are available. The regular free-range turkeys are fed a non-GMO feed, while the non-GMO certified are fed a non-GMO certified feed. Both are fed certified organic.

    All turkeys are available on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. All are gluten-free with no preservatives, antibiotics, or added hormones. They come deep-chilled, but not frozen, so you can cook them right away. To ensure you are able to buy a turkey that day, the knowledgeable staff at Natural Grocers recommend that you call and put down a $5 deposit.

     Good luck, and happy cooking!

    By Kiki Genoa


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  • Hard Truths: Adventures in Crowdfunding
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    HardTruths_11_12_15I got robbed by two men in masks. They made off with $139 of my money, and there’s nothing I can do about it, even though I have their contact information. The reason? These clever thieves robbed me on Kickstarter, the most popular of several crowdfunding platforms, and since there are no guarantees in the crowdfunding game I’m afraid I find myself, to quote the parlance, “up sh*t creek.” Fortunately for you, Sidney is here to give you a few bits of advice so you won’t end up in the same smelly canoe.

    Think About the Concept You’re Buying
    This is a quick rule of thumb to keep in the back of your mind: Is this a blazing innovation or just the next inevitable phase? Most of what you see on Kickstarter is billed as innovation, invention, or discovery. But not all of it really is. A lot of it is technology that is bound to be done by established manufacturers in the short term, and is probably not worth risking your money to get off the ground. For instance, a popular and disappointing Kickstarter campaign that recently caused heartburn was for a pair of completely wireless Bluetooth earbuds. They looked great, the price wasn’t too absurd and they had tons of good data and lots of transparency to show it was a promising deal. The only problem is that wireless Bluetooth earbuds have always been the endgame of Apple, Samsung, and a dozen other companies who are no doubt working on much more stable prototypes, so that by the time the Kickstarter project makes it to market, there will be a less expensive version with a warranty and all the bells and whistles from a known entity you can get your money back from.

    Pay Attention to What Kickstarter Is and Is Not
    This one’s a doozy, because trust me, when it blows up in your face, there’s going to be a lot of smarmy a holes throwing this back at you on message boards. Kickstarter is a place where you can support and gamble on innovation. Kickstarter is not a store.

    When you support a campaign on Kickstarter, you are not buying their product. You are supporting their idea, and in exchange, based on how much you donated, you may get a gift from them, that might be the product they invented. But if they decide to take the money and run, this is exactly the response you’ll get from Kickstarter. This is their out. They didn’t promise you sh*t, so don’t complain to them when that’s what you get.

    Pay Double Attention to the Campaign Video
    As I mentioned, the two men who sold me on the product I backed were wearing masks in their campaign video. The video is a requirement of all crowdfunding campaigns, serving as the backstory to justify their existence—the sizzle that sells the steak. In this case, they cleverly made it seem like the masks were part of the marketing strategy and identity of the product, so the other backers, who along with me handed north of $1.4 million dollars to these hucksters, wouldn’t think anything of it. But after I awoke the other morning, along with thousands of others, to the sobering reality that we had been swindled, the first regret I had was not taking a moment to think about what kind of salesmen wear masks. Answer? The kind that don’t want you to know who they are. Again to quote the parlance, “derp.”

    You should always pay close attention to the campaign video for tell-tale signs that might not be as obvious as the masks. For instance, if you never see any of “the team” behind a particularly technical breakthrough, you may want to consider momentarily if they even exist. Or if the video relies heavily on simulations and computer graphics, this is another sign the “inventor” hasn’t really invented anything at all. Shiny graphics can distract you from your objective.

    Pay Triple Attention to the Risks Section
    All the crowdfunding services have some sort of section wherein creators can ostensibly warn backers of the realities of innovation, namely that failures are more common than successes. What they don’t have is a layperson’s translation of this section. Frequently in crowdfunding campaigns—particularly with pie-in-the-sky concepts—the creators will use overly vague or overly technical jargon to explain the risks of their project, such that the average consumer would gloss over them like they’re the iTunes service agreement. That way, if/when the whole thing blows up they have a cushy net below them of citing the risks when denying a refund.

    In my case with the masked highwaymen, they helpfully pointed out that in their “risks” section they had discussed the possibility of a technical decision from Apple, over a certification called MFI, could render their product completely useless. Not having a clue what MFI was, I did not understand this to be the red flag it was: when Apple denied their certification request, which people with any knowledge of the industry knew was nearly a sure thing to happen all along, they simply kept the money and walked away.

    Sorry, no refunds, we posted this in the risks section, dummy. This was an even more polite version of the explanation I was given as to why I wouldn’t be getting my money back.

    Crowdfunding Is Still Great
    Sour grapes aside, the whole concept behind crowdfunding is still fantastic. And while this most recent experience backfired, I’ve backed three other projects that were all great experiences and whose rewards I love dearly. It’s just not the safe space many make it seem to be, and a lot of the campaigners on these platforms are misusing it as a place to drum up capital without having to pay back investors, rather than a place of incubation for amazing ideas.

    Just remember, do your homework, keep your eyes open, and don’t believe everything you hear.

     And make sure you’re not being held up by a couple of goons in masks. Trust me, it’s no fun.

    By Sidney Reilly

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  • Sarah Page and Nazifa Islam Exhibit at the Loft
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    DissidenceThe Advocate Loft will be showing two new artists this month, namely Sarah Page and Nazifa Islam.

    Page, a native of Texas who moved to Oregon after attending the Art Institute of Houston in 2006, finds inspiration in the empty void of space around her subjects, and specializes in portraits with dramatic lighting and sharp contrast. The human form is her muse, as she feels that all people are beautiful. “Different ages, shapes, sizes, and colors all have something interesting that inspires me,” she explained.

    Page also works in photography and graphic design, which she studied in college. The current style template of The Advocate is based on her original layout and design. She’s also in charge of Midnight Muse, a magazine highlighting the work of artists in the Pacific Northwest.

    During the day, Page works with an organization in Salem called Partnerships in Community Living. She loves her job, which requires her to assist adults with developmental disabilities. “It’s cool,” she said, “because even though I have to ‘adult’ and have a day job, it’s something I care about.”

    Page was originally spurred to make art as a child after seeing a Monet exhibit. “I was enthralled,” she said of Monet. From a very young age she studied the masters and became obsessed with Neoclassical painters like William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

    With help from school friends who sat for her drawings, Page soon learned the difficult trade of realistic painting. “I would take their pictures and pose them,” she said of her classmates. “I got in trouble once for making my friend take off her clothes because I was trying to paint her just like Bouguereau,” she added, laughing.

    Though she said she’s shy and often feels disconnected from the rest of the world, Page loses her inhibitions in art and sees it as a form of catharsis. Exploring her own visual landscapes helps Page work through feelings of deep isolation that stem from her fear of not being able to have children.

    This month Page is showing several newer paintings and a photograph or two. Her calm, cerebral portraits come in cool blues, blacks, and violets. Solitary, dispassionate subjects appear to search for closeness while surrounded by a seemingly infinite atmosphere of space that is empty apart from galaxies of glittering stars. She describes her vision of these lonely but beautiful creatures as one of warm solitude existing within a dark vacuum.

    These days, Page looks to fantasy worlds rather than the classics of her youth. She loves Dungeons and Dragons because of the creativity and innovation it allows in creating unique characters. “A lot of the artwork I’m drawn to I can imagine on an 1980s white van,” she said. “That’s the kind of art I like, that’s what inspires me.”

    Page added, “I think it’s a big mistake to compare your work to others, because no one can recreate what you’re painting. Nobody will ever create what you were meant to create, and no one can feel the feelings that you feel, so no one can ever share the things that you were meant to share.” Though she insists she’s still searching for a unifying theme in her art, Page’s revelations about the artistic journey point to a woman who is already finding her way in the world and knows what individuality truly means.

    1feca6_e16cfbc3482e4af4af379daf67899b81Nazifa Islam, a young poet, will also be showing art at the Loft. Islam, who grew up in Michigan, recently completed her master’s degree in writing at OSU. She has already published numerous works including a collection of poems called Searching for a Pulse, which is available to buy at Grass Roots Bookstore.

    Islam’s small abstract acrylics are reminiscent of post-World War II Pollock on a miniature scale. Thickly layered, yet smooth to the touch, Islam’s canvases are collections of spots and swirls of neutrals, blacks and blues superimposed alongside warm greens and yellows. Her work is action-based and Rosenbergian in the way that the movement of her hands, as she flings down drops of paint or tilts each canvas just so until the paint swirls together in a marbled effect, is categorically dependent upon her mood.

    Islam sees art as not only a joyful venture but also a useful one, and plans to sell her unique, stippled cell phone cases on Etsy. Islam is a true Renaissance woman—despite the fact that she considers writing to be her career, she’s explored painting for several years and is excited to have her very first show. The enjoyment she finds in the pure expression of painting is evident in the refreshing simplicity of her work.

    Page’s website, which includes her own work as well as links to her magazine,
    can be found at www.midnights.gallery. You can see Islam’s paintings along
    with links to her poetry at her website, www.nazifaislam.com.

     The Corvallis Advocate Loft is at 425 SW Madison; enter west of Einstein’s and head upstairs. Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. Free.

    By Kiki Genoa

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  • Nov. 19 Art Walk Primer
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    NovFBimagesAdd Jeff Hess, Laurel Thompsom, and Rachel Urista to the artists opening their studios to Arts Walk attendees, and note the return of Poptart and Teal. In keeping with the season, a number of venues have offerings for an early jump on your holiday gift-giving—we will make the quick plug that art matched to the receiver’s taste will outlast quite a long list of other prospective gifts.

    The Arts Walk is the best opportunity to see these venues as some of them do not maintain regular open hours, so we’ve asterisked those.

    414 NW 4th St. (behind Dutch Brothers
    on Harrison Blvd.) • 4 to 8 p.m.
    Fantastical Characters. Kyle Ashbaugh has attended The Arc’s ArtFocus program since 2007. His imaginative work is now being featured in the InSight Gallery.

    209 SW 2nd St. •  4 to 8 p.m.

    Robert Moore will showcase his oil paintings. Refreshments served.

    ARTWORKS GALLERY (CEI) • 408 SW Monroe Ave., Ste. 110 • 4 to 8 p.m.
    Mt. Mazama. Photos inspired by Crater Lake by Kazuhisa Yokoyama Rock Stackers. Stop by to create your own rock stack.

    341 SW 2nd St., Ste. 3 • 4 to 8 p.m.

    Sandra Carlson’s intricately detailed imaginative botany etchings. Each a one-of-a-kind, hand-pulled print conveying authenticity through the use of ambiguous metaphors. And don’t miss Debi Friedlander’s Capella Art, created with and influenced by musical accompaniment.

    340 SW 2nd St., #3 (Above Corvallis Cyclery) • 4 to 8 p.m.*
    Come view over a decade of West’s oil paintings and mixed-media, along with her recent activist artwork, exhibiting thought-provoking imagery intended to create a more compassionate coexistence. Enjoy snacks and wine in her ambient studio. Affordable Eco-Prints available, just in time for the holidays.

    425 SW Madison Ave. (upstairs)
    4 to 8 p.m.*

    Sarah Page and Nazifa Islam. Page’s work sometimes takes on challenging subjects, but her paintings are both uncommonly beautiful and accessible. Islam is both a painter and a poet. Her chapbook, Searching for a Pulse, can be found at Grass Roots Books. Also included in the show are surrealist Cyrus Perry and other local artists. As always at The Loft, there will be treats.

    Old World Deli • 341 SW 2nd St.
    5 to 6:45 p.m
    Onstage, the Corvallis Swing Dance Society offer a handful of swing dancers.

    CYRANO’S • 361 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
    Cyrano’s strives to create the unusual in the land of books. Pop through the blue door and find something new and exciting that you want to share with your family and friends.

    FAIRBANKS ART GALLERY • Fairbanks Hall on the OSU Campus • 220 SW 26th St. • 4:30 to 8 p.m.
    Contemporary Japanese prints. Reception starts at 4:30 p.m. Gallery talk at 5 p.m. by Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of art at OSU. Curated by Miranda K. Metcalf, Director of Contemporary Works of Paper at Davidson Galleries in Seattle, Washington.

    JEFF HESS STUDIO • 460 SW Madison Ave., Ste. 16 • 4 to 8 p.m.*
    Studio opening event offering a visual synopsis of where Hess has been with his artwork, where he is now, and where he is aiming to go.

    KALEIDOSCOPE • 341 SW 2nd St.
    4 to 8 p.m.

    Small Art, Big Spirit. The work of 15-plus jewelry artists, 10 bead/pendant artists, and 5 small gift artists.

    LAUREL THOMPSON & RACHEL URISTA STUDIO •  340 SW 2nd St., #12 (above Corvallis Cyclery)  • 4 to 8 p.m.*
    Celebrate the opening of this two artists studio. Participate in their community coloring book project for kids and adults alike. Materials provided. Mixed media artist Rachel will feature hand-drawn coloring book art. Laurel Thompson, illustrator, muralist, and watercolorist, will feature original art from her illustrated children’s book, Please Don’t Paint Our Planet Pink, written by local author Gregg Kleiner.

    MAJESTIC THEATRE • 115 SW 2nd St.
    4 to 7 p.m.
    Pitch & Stark: Photography in Black and White. Black and white remains a cherished medium for how its subtlety of tones can strip down an image to its raw composition in a society of modern technology that flashes a million colors a minute. Monochrome images sound simplistic—you will find out, not so much. This promises to be an excellent exhibit.

    PEGASUS GALLERY • 341 SW 2nd St.
    4 to 8 p.m.
    The Spirit Moves Them. A sentimental holiday exhibition featuring local art by local artists with gift-making during the CAW!

    POPTART • 460 SW Madison Ave., Ste. # 7 • 5 to 6 p.m.*

    Ugly Art Room X Poptart presents Paradise postcard show. Brooklyn’s Ugly Art Room has moved to Corvallis. Its first West Coast show, Paradise, will display small artworks from around the world inspired by the history of the Wellsher building.

    STUDIO BEATRICE • 230 NW 6th St.
    4 to 8 p.m.*

    Jeanmarie Denning’s recent expressions have been in the world of drilled stones, known as BlessingStones. Her return to wrought metal has taken a turn back to copper. Enjoy her botanically themed petals and leaves, paired with garnets, ambers, and iolite.

    STUDIO262 • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. H-1 • 4 to 8 p.m.
    Their Holiday Show features 35 artists and artisans from the Willamette Valley and beyond. From ceramics to gourds to wearables. For our November Arts Walk they welcome local artists Jan O’Banion (jewelry), Karen Wysopal (ink art), Kelly Ensor (glass), and Mariana Mace (basketry) as they share their talents and work for the evening.

    328 SW 2nd St. • 6 to 8 p.m.

    Come and meet the artists of Teal. All locally made work in glass, wood, pottery, painting, jewelry, fiber, and more.

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  • Corvallis Makerspace, Anyone?
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    draftign table computerA cooperative co-working space and workshop is on the docket for local startups and creatives. Dubbed a makerspace, the focus is on giving people the tools they need to create and a pool of other members to pull from for assistance, training, or help in development. With similar spaces already in Eugene, Portland, and Albany, a number of organizers decided it was time to open one in Corvallis.

    Anna Walsh, Patrick Manhatton, and Brad Attig are currently investigating interest with a general questionnaire meant to establish what local developers and designers are looking for in a working space. Any designers or other creative types are encouraged to fill out the questionnaire to help get the ball rolling.

    With the capability for prototyping new products and providing a workspace for development teams and creatives from amateur to professional under the same roof, the potential benefits of an established makerspace are numerous. If you are interested in learning more, voicing your own opinions on the design, or just generally curious, the organizers are still looking for input as well as suggestions for locations.

    You can contact Anna Walsh at the OSU Advantage Office or through the Startup Corvallis Meetup group, Patrick Manhatton through the Corvallis Game Devs Facebook group or website www.corvallisgamedevs.com, and Brad Attig at www.bradattig.com. Startup Corvallis’ Cups Corvallis, a small monthly get-together organized by the group, has been discussing the space and future developments regarding it.

     You can find the schedule and more information at www.meetup.com/Startup-Corvallis/ and the makerspace questionnaire can be found at www.bit.ly/1W7m4TE.

     By Jeff Davis

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