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    cocktail5Getting a beer or a nice drink in this town is easy. But a good happy hour—not always easy to navigate. We’ve got no shortage of bars and restaurants, but where do you go when you want to get a little sloshed during the day? This list is by no means comprehensive, but these are some of our top picks.

    Rarefied Buzz at Luc
    If you’re looking for a classy buzz, happy hour at Luc is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Luc offers $5 happy hour drinks, wines of the day (red, white, or sparkling), and cocktails from champagne to Manhattan, with a martini in the middle. Their food menu includes soup, greens, bone marrow, oysters, and sweetbreads, all from $3 to $6! They project old black-and-white movies onto the wall and the whole place is a haven.

    A Classic Pub Feel at  Downward Dog
    Monday through Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close, Downward Dog offers drink specials, $1 PBR, $3 micros, $4 libations, and $5.50 wine! They’ve got a great tap selection, and the wines are top notch. The late-night food menu accompanies the drinks and is quite comprehensive, with $4 ahi tostadas, $2 chicken tacos, and $5 habanero-apricot wings. Quality food and booze in this casual atmosphere make for a more than pleasant drinking experience.  Try their weekly specials, such as Whisky Wednesday or Thirsty Thursday.

    For Classic Cocktails in a Speakeasy Atmosphere, Try Snug Bar!
    Tucked underneath Magenta Restaurant, down the stairs towards a speakeasy entrance, Snug Bar greets you like a hug waiting to happen. Seating is ample, and the couches are deep and invite you to sit down and stay awhile. Jazzy music and French New Wave films complete the transportation to the time of Prohibition. Happy hour starts at 4:30 p.m. and includes discounted drinks and food specials.

    Quirky Creative at Crowbar
    If you’re looking for an interesting space and quirky/creative cocktails, Crowbar is your place. Crowbar is the bar attached to the downtown American Dream Pizza. A small space that crowds quickly, the bartenders and drinks are so good. Casual atmosphere and great drink specials. Their $3.50 microbrews are usually local, and their original drinks are $6! They infuse their own booze and create amazingly creative and interesting cocktails with seasonal flair. Try something yummy, and pair it with something delicious from American Dream. Visit for “Slice and a Pint” Sunday! Don’t forget about the seasonal rooftop. Open 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight, everyday.

    Get Hoppy at Sky High
    Local craft brewery Sky High Brewing has a killer rooftop patio, amazing beers of all styles, and tasty food. Their Philly cheesesteak is better than whatever spray cheese they use in Philadelphia. Pair it with a great brew during their happy (hoppy) hour when pints and house cocktails are $1 less! Open 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily, including weekends. The service is great, food and drinks are top, and it’s all local, local, local. In their words, they “combine local know-how and quality ingredients with highly skilled fermentation, cellar and draught practices to pour you spectacular ales and lagers.” They are not exaggerating on their quality and their local-focus. What’s not to love?

    Suds and Suds, 30 Beers on Tap
    Casual beer-drinking environment, sports on TV, Big Buck Hunter in the corner, and pizza? Suds and Suds has it all, more than you could ever need. It’s a lofty claim, but the best place to get a beer in town is Suds and Suds, the bar attached to Woodstock’s Pizza. They offer 30 beer taps, knowledgeable and friendly bartenders, and brewery promos that happen regularly. Happy hour is 6 to 7 p.m. everyday, with $3.75 pints. Keep an eye out for Industry Night on Monday nights, and beer promos on some Thursdays. Discounted pints make for a fun evening while you watch a game or talk to the other lively patrons. It’s cash only, so be prepared.

    We all know that these are not the only places in town to drink on the cheap, or even at all. With many local craft brewing establishments, from beer to cider, wine to vodka, Corvallis has everything you need to get a nice buzz on. Try these places, and all the other ones in town. Stay tuned for our next list of happy hours!

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    Farm Stand String Band, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

    Americana, my old nemesis, we meet again. This time it’s in the form of bluesy country fun-loving trio Farm Stand. Playing for free, these go-getters will win your heart. It’s good fun music, I don’t care where you’re from. Or how sick of Americana you are. Now I won’t say these guys could use a DJ, but I also won’t say these guys couldn’t use a DJ… Mysterious stuff, right?

     

    https://www.facebook.com/FaRmStaNdSTringBand

     

     

    Wild Hog in the Woods, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Wild Hog, back in action at their favorite haunt. I feel like the Duck Dynasty guys would love this band. But I’ve never actually seen Duck Dynasty, so I guess that’s just profiling. And it’s wrong. I apologize to everyone. But seriously, what can you say about Wild Hog in the Woods that hasn’t already been said about the movie Deliverance? These guys are a bunch of folk-slinging pimps. Oh, and I just got what “totapatoeto” means. I’m not the brightest.

     

    http://wildhoginthewoods.home.comcast.net/~wildhoginthewoods/

     

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    The Sublimities, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 10 p.m. Free

    This is your show of the week, as award-winning dude-who-has-worked-with-his-highness-the-great-Frank-Black-of-the-Pixies, Mark Lemhouse, brings his fabulous instrumental surf rock project to Bombs, for free. I would see this show even if I were more contagiously sick then I already am. And one of my ears just fell off. So even if I don’t improve; see you there potential infectees! These guys sound like Link Wray, if he… I guess he just really sound like Link Wray. They don’t even have a modifier attached.

    http://www.sublimitiesmusic.com

     

    Escher Quartet – Chamber Music Corvallis, La Sells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. $29

    If you’re the type of person to spend $29 on live music in Corvallis, then you’re in luck. The Escher boys are genuinely one of the best string quartets in the world, so $29 is actually a bargain, as insane as that sounds. Smetana, Faure, and Schubert are on the docket which will be undoubtedly wonderful. And the La Sells Stewart Center will be probably overflowing with wealthy 50-plus singles, so there’s that…

     

    http://www.chambermusiccorvallis.org/tickets.html

     

     

     

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    Bustin Jeiber and Psychomagic, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 10 p.m. $3

    If only I judged bands solely by their names… but fortunately for these two groups, I don’t. Bustin Jeibs are a fun little trio that drop some hot improvisational eclectic funk-infused madness. And Psychomagic is… magic. Check out this show of the week runner up and maybe pull the bands aside and advise them of their name situations. But tip generously first. It’s a bargain for some rock ‘n’ roll.

     

    https://www.facebook.com/Bustinjiebermusic

    https://www.facebook.com/psychomagicband

     

     

    India Night, La Sells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 5 p.m. $13 ($10 for students)

    Billed as “OSU’s largest annual cultural event,” the Indian Student’s Association India Night is one of my favorite things to do in Corvallis. Indian performances and food will be in the air and I will be there with discreet little plastic pouches on the insides of my jacket and pants to stuff extra food in. Fortunately they have no idea what I look like, so I’m giving nothing away here in my plan to loot the ISA for delicious free food. Suckers…

     

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1007526455943166/

     

     

     

    BluesJam_Sunday12Sunday, 12

     

    Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 4 to 6 p.m. Free

    It’s like, where do you have to go to find some spirited amateurs busting out the blues? Amiright? Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, amiright? Occasionally you just need somebody to love, amiright? People who say amiright in ironic written quips should be shot, dig? Blues Jam at the Pooia. I feel I’ve characterized it accurately.

     

    https://www.facebook.com/calapooiabrewing

     

    The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, First Alternative Natural Foods Co-Op South Store, 1007 SE 3rd St. 5:30 p.m. Free

    Author Carol Deppe will lead a spirited talk about “practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening,” according to the press release. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds deep. I’m going to be there, so if you wanna hang, just look for the dude staggering around smelling of ether and bugging people for advice on how to grow peyote. Also I’ll be wearing a hypercolor T-shirt, so I should be pretty easy to spot otherwise.

     

    http://firstalt.coop

     

     

     

    Besser_Monday13Monday, 13

     

    Provost’s Lecture: Richard E. Besser, La Sells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Besser is the ABC News chief health and medical editor. He’s been on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and other programs. So I would probably show up to this interesting and nationally relevant speaking event and just hurl rude questions about Dr. Oz at him constantly until he cries. Oh yeah, and he reported a lot on the Ebola outbreak right from the front lines. So… run for it. That’s science, isn’t it?

     

     

    Bryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Jazz piano, my homies. It doesn’t get better than this, at least not in the Corvallis-Albany-Lebanon tri-city area. Bryson Skaar and me are tighter than any two people who have never actually met should be, so forgive my excitement. When you write about someone every week for as long as I have, you get emotionally invested. I named my first kid Bryson, and I’m going to name my first daughter Scar. I think we understand each other.

     

    http://www.reverbnation.com/brysonskaar

     

     

    MovieNight_Tuesday14Tuesday, 14

     

    Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 2 and 7 p.m. Free

    CMNYK (nice initialism, guys) is busting out the big guns lately, and this week is one of their biggest yet. The brilliant and legendary director Preston Sturges and the equally great silent era star Harold Lloyd teamed up for a zany comedy in 1947 and gave us The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (aka Mad Wednesday). Now Ygal and the Darkside crew are giving it to you. For free. Show up. Donate. Eat popcorn. Live forever.

     

    https://cmnyk.wordpress.com

    https://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

     

     

    The Other Side, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. Free

    This is the OSU athletic department’s annual talent show. That’s right, Corvallis. It’s look in your heart time; there’s so little else to do in this town other than Movie Night on this particular Tuesday night that I’m actually suggesting going to see a bunch of football players karaoke-ing Fallout Boy and volleyball assistant coaches spinning plates on the ends of sticks. It’s time to pack this town up and move to Albany. Or else maybe book Wild Hog on a Tuesday, I don’t know, I just work here.

     

     

    MichaelaHammer_Wednesday15Wednesday, 15

     

    Michaela Hammer, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Michaela Hammer is playing at Bombs. That’s about all I know about her because she doesn’t exactly market herself with too much tenacity. Let me put it this way; when Osama bin Laden was hiding from US drones in a cave in Pakistan, he still had a more robust online presence than this performer. It doesn’t mean she’s not great, though; I have a good feeling about this scrappy kid from who-the-hell-knows where.

     

    https://myspace.com/michaela.hammer/photos

     

    Philosophy Talk with John Perry and Ken Taylor, Withycombe Hall, 2921 SW Campus Way. 7 p.m. Free

    Those chatty philosophizers from Stanford, Perry and Taylor, will be recording a live episode of their popular show, Philosophy Talk, live from OSU campus. I am going to show up to this and just hurl unanswerable questions at them in the form of brutal insults. Let’s see them try their circular logic on a barrage of hateful insults. The topic of this episode is “Science and Politics: Friends or Foes?” The answer? Foes. Horrible, horrible, acid-in-the-face-throwing foes. Like me and Rachael Ray. She knows what she did…

     

    http://philosophytalk.org/events/live-osu-corvallis-or

     

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    Curtis Monette, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free

    The Bombs’ website describes this looping shredmaster as an “axeman.” I can’t vouch for how good a serial killer he actually is, but he’s pretty impressive with a guitar. So in lieu of paying to see him go all Freddy Krueger on stage, you can see him go all… I don’t know, Freddie Mercury? Curtis Monette, my friends; his music is better than the writing of the people who promote him.

     

    https://myspace.com/curtismonette

     

    Rough Jazz, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7 p.m. Free

    The last time I saw this band play, I had scraped-up knees and bandages on my elbows. Not having anything to do with their roughness, mind you, I just fell off my bike right before the show. Ironically, rough jazz is incredibly smooth. So seeing them for free, on a Thursday night, is a bona fide deal and half. More even, I’d go so far as to describe this as 3.267 deals.

     

    http://www.reverbnation.com/roughjazz

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    Thursday, 26

    ELProject_Thursday26ELProject, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

    Mango Django provides some of Corvallis’ most oft leaned-on live jazz music. They’re talented, eclectic, and they play out a bunch for free, so they’re pretty much the tippity-top of the Corvallis jazz scene. Well, buckle up because they’re going all Gang Starr with this hip-hop collaboration that sounds intriguing at the very least. Though I doubt these guys are going to get as gully as Guru used to (RIP) I tend to think this is gonna be one of the hottest live music nights of the week.

    Wild Hog in the Woods, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7 p.m. Free

    Go wild with this super authentic bunch of American strummers as they play what their website describes as “stringband music totapatoeto.” If you have any idea what that is, you’ll probably love this band. The rest of you will just like it a whole lot, because they’re great. It’s time to go hog wild, as they say. “They” being some people much, much older than me.

    Friday, 27

    GhostTowns_Friday27Sam Cooper & Company and Ghost Towns, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $3

    Buckle up for Corvallis’ favorite, and apparently only, known musical genre. That’s right, it’s folk/Americana out of Portland, and I predict banjos and flannels will be present. I kid because I love. But all joking aside this is a pretty strong “show of the week” candidate right here. Sam Cooper plays charming and light romantic stuff, and Ghost Towns plays a more eclectic, fuller-sounding version of the same which includes accordions, brass, and other accoutrements. But both bands are toting extremely strong musicianship. I’ll be toting a jar of moonshine and my love of local music. We’ll see who ends up partying backstage… 

    http://samcoopermusic.com/

    http://www.ghosttownstheband.com/

    Albany Civic Theater, 111 1st Ave. SW, Albany. 7:30 p.m. $12 ($9 for seniors, juniors)

    One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays gets a 1920’s treatment at the ACT, and for $12, you have no excuse to miss this, unless of course the Majestic is doing Twelfth Night at the same time. They’re not. So go see Beatrice and Benedict verbally joust and then fall in love, and then fall out of love and then fall in love once more. Taking place in the flapper era is an intriguing setup and a creative direction to take the worn material, so bring your tommy guns and your bathroom stills and get thee to Albany. Also, can I have a ride? Because my Model T took a Model S all over my driveway and won’t start.

    http://www.albanycivic.org/14-15-Much-Ado.htm

    Saturday, 28

    Mbrascatu_Saturday28Tim Snider and Mbrascatu, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. $3 to $5

    Mbrascatu absolutely blows my mind. Maybe they have an unfair advantage because they play Italian folk-inspired indie rock, and that’s just not as played out as… say… another Americana band. Or maybe their advantage lies in the fact they’re an insanely talented group of musicians. Either way, this is undoubtedly the most exhilarating and interesting band to come through Corvallis this or any other weekend. I’ll be attending the show with a really culturally offensive Mario Bros. costume, because that’s how I get down. You should choose the classier avenue of just going and maybe buying some merch. There’s also a guy named Tim Snider opening for them who I didn’t pay as much attention to because I was too busy nerding out over the headliner, but he also plays amazing world music and just returned from a tour of Brazil.

    http://mbrascatu.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Snider/307714087077

    Penn’s Woods & A Gearbox Heart, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $3

    Well well well, Corvallis, what’s this? A punk show? Don’t mind if I do! Penn’s Woods is a little more emo; they’ve got a scent of Jawbreaker about them, while A Gearbox Heart is more upbeat melodic pop-punk. They’re both energetic and loud and remind me of a time when I got all boned up for the punk scene. Nowadays I’m a little too tired to jump up and down to this stuff, but if you’re even a modicum less old and pathetic than me, this might be the show for you. Just don’t request any New Found Glory covers. It’s not that they wouldn’t play them, it’s just that if you do, I’ll have to kill you.

    https://www.facebook.com/PennsWoodsBand

    https://www.facebook.com/GearboxHeart

    Sunday, 29

    Majestic_Sunday29Majestic Reader’s Theatre Presents Enchanted April, Majestic Theatre, 3 and 7 p.m. $10 ($8 for members, seniors, students)

    The thespians of the Majestic want to take you on a vacation to Italy, courtesy of the stage adaptation of Elizabeth von Arnim’s classic 1922 novel, Enchanted April. The lavish and dramatic story of Londoners learning to appreciate life and love once more by taking a trip to Italy is not what immediately comes to mind as a great candidate to get the Reader’s Theatre treatment, but that’s what makes this series so fun and vital to Corvallis’ stage scene. This is basically the English version of How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Get your groove back at one of our first tastes of the state of the theater under its new direction.

    http://www.majestic.org/march-readers-theatre/

    Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 4 to 6 p.m. Free

    **classic blues riff** I’ve got the blues… Whoah yeah, the not-many-shows-on-Sunday blu-hu-hu-hues. I’ve got the don’t-want-to-drive-to-Albany-but-there’s-literally-no-other-live-music-available-anywhere-so-what-else-can-I-do bluessssss (cue guitar solo as I run out of breath). So? Am I in? Can I join the Blues Jam? What? There’s no tryout and I just have to show up? Thanks, but I could have used that info before I made an ass out of myself… You may want to consider not doing a whole audition and just showing up yourself, because as I’ve made clear, this is pretty much your only option to hear music on Sundays that isn’t from your iPod.

    https://www.facebook.com/calapooiabrewing

    Monday, 30

    BrysonSkaar_Monday15CABryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Until Monday Night Football starts, I’m not sure I recognize a good reason to not be at Bryson Skaar’s jazz piano explosion at the ‘Gine. In fact, out of all the explosions in the ‘Gine, this may be my favorite. Next time I’m there I plan to request “Caravan,” and then if he doesn’t know it or have the sheet music handy, I plan to hum as many bars of it as is necessary to jog his memory. And then if he still can’t play it, I’ll just have to get tough with him, by which I mean begging him to play it while I’m dragged out of the place crying.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/brysonskaar

    Traditional West African Dance Classes, Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7:15 p.m. 

    Where’s Gloria Estefan when you need her? Because this town is dreadfully short on rhythm. Good news for all you who can’t keep a beat, Fefafe and the West African dance community are here to teach you how to move. And you better learn quick, because the alternative is learning to move… to Albany.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fefafe/511049845683731

    Tuesday, 31

    MovieNight_Tuesday31Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 2 and 7 p.m. Free

    CMNYK Curator Ygal Kaufman has something new in store for the March 31, 40th installment of Community Movie Night. It’s 1963’s The Terror, directed by the great Roger Corman, starring Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson! This is one of Corman’s works during a period when he was obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe. This one isn’t actually a Poe adaptation, but it has that feel. It also features a young Nicholson in basically his first major starring role, and he even directed some scenes. As always, this is a free screening, and donations benefit the Darkside Cinema renovations, so don’t be a rube and miss it.

    https://cmnyk.wordpress.com

    https://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

    Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free

    What’s better than a Welsh Jam, Scotch Jam, and Raspberry Jam all mixed together? It’s the weekly Celtic Jam at the ‘Gine. Now don’t get all excited about jamming up the ‘Gine, because this event is pretty low key. But if you have a fiddle, a bouzouki, or just some Irish dancing shoes, you may want to be front and center for this hot weekly get-down. I had a bouzouki myself once, but I got to close to Michael Flatley while blazing a solo and now it’s just matchsticks. Such is life…

    Wednesday, 1

    JennaSmith_Wednesday1The Jenna Summer Smith Band, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Rockabilly and soul mixed together for a bit of vintage-sounding excellence? Count me in! Smith’s band includes local stalwarts like Linden Wood, and her sound is something akin to honey dripping into a bottle of whiskey. Yes, please. I won’t be able to make this show, unfortunately, because Wednesday night is the night I dedicate to treating my athlete’s foot problem. It’s really not a problem so much as a disaster, so I’m afraid no exceptions can be made. Who’d have thought amputating a football player’s foot in my living room would make such a mess?

    Oregon Jamboree Mystery Concert, La Sells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. $15

    A mystery show, with a mystery band that raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital? What a fantastic idea. I have no snark up my sleeve for this, it’s a genuinely clever idea for a great cause. I have to admit, I was more into the idea when I thought the concert involved a murder mystery element, rather than just a band whose name is being kept under wraps, but still… sounds fun.

    http://oregonjamboree.com/

    Thursday, 2

    OpenMic_Thursday2Free Range Open Mic Night, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. Free

    Look, let’s come to terms with some “hard truths,” as I like to call them (I should really copyright that…): you all suck. At music, I mean, not at life. Well, maybe both. But the point is, the only way to raise your music game up is to get straight up fearless. That’s why I highly endorse open mics. Not only does it make performers better, but I rarely get a chance to throw eggs and rotting vegetables at humans. Usually I have to settle for throwing it at the goats in my backyard. I don’t know how they got there, or how much rotten fruit is “too much,” but… oh yeah, Open Mic Night. You should go to this…

    Rusty Hinges, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Great band full of nice people plays for free at brewery, local alt-weekly writer is still a dismissive jerk about it. Film at 11. That’s how I’d pitch this story if it were on local TV news. But in lieu of a proper intro, just bear in mind that this is a great band full of nice people that will be playing for free at a brewery. You can just imagine me being a dismissive jerk about it, right? Seriously though, these guys are pretty excellent and fun.

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    Thursday, 19

    GofG_Thursday19Gift of Gab, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. $10

    Usually I give a “show of the week” alert so you know which unmissable live performances you really shouldn’t miss. Well, let this serve as your “show of the year” warning. Gift of Gab, the MC from the legendary hip-hop duo Blackalicious, returns for another stop in Corvallis. I can’t for the life of me figure out why he loves playing here so much, or why he loves playing such a small venue, but I also don’t spend too much time asking why when I find money on the street either. Sometimes you just gotta thank your lucky stars and be on your way. Don’t give Gab a reason to not come back every year; let’s pack the house and show him why the Valley is so fresh to death.

    http://blackalicious.com/

    Rough Jazz, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7 p.m. Free

    Jazz is America’s art form, so you should take every opportunity to experience it played well. Here’s a great opportunity for something like that at “the poo,” which is what I would call this place if I weren’t trying to get them to advertise with us. Calling it “the ’ya” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. But seriously, Rough Jazz; definitely worth the cover price.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/roughjazz

    Friday, 20


    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Pearl District Quintet, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2
    nd St. 7:30 p.m. $15 ($10 for seniors, members, students; $5 for kids under 12)

    Pearl District Quintet brings five of Oregon’s classical music heavyweights to the stage together for one night of piano-accompanied chamber string mayhem. I like to blast this type of stuff when I’m in relaxation mode, like sitting in the shower crying. This performance will include the likes of Bach and Dvorak among others, and is a great opportunity to see a show while eating a stinky cheese. Classical and stinky cheese are like peanut butter and… stinky cheese. Some things just work.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/777130902370456/

    The Fire Weeds and Jesse Garrett Johnson, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $4

    I know how sick you all are of rap and classical shows dominating the landscape, so I’ve got good news. These guys play a totally unique brand of music you’ve probably never heard in Corvallis. Just kidding, it’s a bluegrass/Americana band. It is a really talented one from Portland. And for the low, low price of $4 you can see them with bright-eyed, bushy-tailed optimist Jesse Garrett Johnson, who’s quickly becoming a favorite at Bombs.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/thefireweeds

    https://jessegarrettjohnson.bandcamp.com

    Saturday, 21

    Ludicrous_Saturday21Ludicrous Speed, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $3

    Whether you’re a fan of Spaceballs or the form of music traditionally loved by skinheads, you’re probably going to enjoy Ludicrous Speed. This is a big energetic ska outfit that will have you skankin’, drankin’, and considering ill-advised hats in no time flat. For the righter than right price of $3, I will be at this show for sure, and my level of nakedness will be dictated only by my level of inebriation…

    https://www.facebook.com/LudicrousSpeedSka

    Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dance, First Congregational United Church, 4515 SW West Hills Rd. 7:30 p.m. $7

    Contra dance time is here again, which I would think is especially appealing to people who have served in the military. If you like dancing to the barked orders of a complete stranger (and who wouldn’t, really?), than this should be the Saturday night of your dreams. I frequently show up at this dance dressed as Col. Oliver North, and then I usually try to make illegal backroom deals with the people of the Folklore Society to launder money. And if you got that joke, I think you will enjoy this dance immensely.

    http://corvallisfolklore.org/home/

    Sunday, 22

    OSUBaseball_Sunday22OSU Beavers Baseball vs. Washington State, Goss Stadium, 430 SW Langton Pl. 1 p.m. $10 to $20

    Baseball is objectively the most boring sport in the universe. I’d rather watch paint dry… on a cricket player’s bat than watch baseball. However, I do love a winner, and the OSU baseball team is traditionally pretty damn good. So if you want to get on board with a winning squad on a slow Sunday, than I can’t recommend a slower, more appropriate sport for you to watch. If you need me during the game, I’ll probably be throwing rocks at passing trains, because I value my time.

    http://www.osubeavers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=30800&SPID=127157&SPSID=750179

    Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 4 to 6 p.m. Free

    It’s the exclamation point that really sells the event. I would never attend a “blues jam.” But a “Blues Jam!” That is something I would attend. The charisma, the buoyancy. The blues! This jam is going to be spectacular. And before you ask, no, I won’t be there again this week shouting obscenities into my cell phone and pacing up and down in front of the stage while the band tries to play. It was my biennial phone call to Mother.  So sorry you all have perfect relationships with your parents…

    https://www.facebook.com/calapooiabrewing

    Monday, 23

    Skaar_Monday23Bryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Have I done a Bryson Skaar/Scar (from The Lion King) thing yet? No? Well there’s an embarrassing oversight. But rest assured, Bryson Skaar lays down the hot ivory jazz with the self-confidence and Jeremy Irons-voiced depth of an evil lion that terrorized my childhood. Okay, even I can admit that was thin, and I’ve already referenced Spaceballs and the Iran-Contra affair… Just go to Imagine and listen to this great jazz piano so I don’t hate you.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/brysonskaar

    Traditional West African Dance Classes, Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7:15 p.m. 

    Okay, I’ve been lying to you; I’m not the greatest West African style dancer in the world. I’m ranked #5. But I am #1 in the greater Linn-Benton County region, and that’s not too shabby. If you want moves like mine, you might want to start at ground level and check out this awesome class at the confusingly named Odd Fellows Hall. Fefafe provides the music, you just bring your dancing shoes and love of getting humiliated by me on the dance floor.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fefafe/511049845683731

    Tuesday, 24

    MovieNight_Tuesday24Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 2 and 7 p.m. Free

    CMNYK has an amazing Spring Break Special planned for you, so be appreciative and show up.  Since those foul-mouthed, weed-stinking college kids will be at home getting free food and laundry done by their parents (for a change…), why don’t we have a big ol’ family-friendly free movie that you can bring your non-weed stinking kids to? Darkside Cinema to the rescue. Curator Ygal Kaufman will be screening the 1939 Fleischer brothers animated classic Gulliver’s Travels, and you have two chances to see it, at 2 and 7 p.m. It’s free as usual, and the newsreels and shorts beforehand have been tailored to the possibility that you’ll bring kids. But this movie is just as good for adults—don’t miss it!

    https://cmnyk.wordpress.com

    https://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

    Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free

    If you want to get real technical about it, a “Celtic jam” is when Dee Brown did that no-look dunk where he put his forearm over his eyes when he went toward the hoop in the 1991 Slam Dunk Competition. But since I’m the forgiving type, I’ll also recommend this musically more impressive (but basketball-wise completely worthless) Irish music jam that goes down every week at the ‘Gine. What, are we not calling it that yet? Prepare for “Greensleeves”; again, not a Dee Brown reference.

    Wednesday, 25

    AnneMarie_Wednesday25Anne Marie Sanderson, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Sanderson is a British singer-songwriter who lives in Oregon and is producing some of the most exciting music coming out of Oregon right now. She’s touring in support of her recently released EP, Shadows and Sparks, which came out in February. This is a premium act for free in Corvallis. If you can’t make it out for this show, don’t complain when the next show is just me on a stage juggling oranges and humming the theme from Matlock. What? It’s a performance art piece…

    http://annemariesanderson.com

    Wednesday Acoustic Live with the Thormahlens, Les Caves, 308 SW 3rd St. 8 p.m. Free

    Dave and Sharon Thormahlen are Corvallis treasures making a gorgeous product that is a genuine throwback to a forgotten age. Their harps are a vision to behold, and they sound great.  Now I know, you normally don’t intend on hearing harps until your translucent spirit rises from your dead body and perches on a cloud… but Les Caves does make a mean cheese board, so why not hear some harp music a little earlier than planned?

    http://www.thorharp.com/pages/LiveFromtheHarpShop.htm

    Thursday, 26

    ELProject_Thursday26ELProject, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

    Mango Django provides some of Corvallis’ most oft leaned-on live jazz music. They’re talented, eclectic, and they play out a bunch for free, so they’re pretty much the tippity-top of the Corvallis jazz scene. Well, buckle up because they’re going all Gang Starr with this hip-hop collaboration that sounds intriguing at the very least. Though I doubt these guys are going to get as gully as Guru used to (RIP) I tend to think this is gonna be one of the hottest live music nights of the week.

    Wild Hog in the Woods, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7 p.m. Free

    Go wild with this super authentic bunch of American strummers as they play what their website describes as “stringband music totapatoeto.” If you have any idea what that is, you’ll probably love this band. The rest of you will just like it a whole lot, because they’re great. It’s time to go hog wild, as they say. “They” being some people much, much older than me.

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    Thursday, 12

    Andra&Nate_Thursday12Andra Taylor and Nate Dodge, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

    This romantic and whimsical couple of nuts sold their earthly possessions and moved their whole lives onto a bus to tour the world playing each other’s music in a tag team performing consortium. That sounds like a better pilot for an HBO show about young artists cutting their teeth than it does a show I’d actually go to. But I’m much more discerning and hermitish than you. Plus I haven’t showered in 12 days. So I have an excuse to skip this. You don’t. Oh, and there’s an Oakshire Brewing tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. that’s free, too. Soooo, I guess what I’m saying is, can I use your shower?

    http://andrataylornatedodge.com

    Katie McNally Band, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. $22 at the door ($20 in advance)

    One magazine described McNally as “the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA,” which is something I had always hoped to be myself one day. So I’ll be pettily and immaturely skipping this show to stay home and pout. You’d be pretty stupid to skip it though, because she’ll be busting out her not inconsiderable fiddle game with the excellent Neal Pearlman on piano and Shauncey Ali on viola. Sometimes the most talented musicians also make the best music.

    Withee_Friday13Friday, 13

    Capers and XenSatori, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 10 p.m. Free

    Maybe you know Joe Withee from one of his many musical side projects, or maybe you know him as Joe Withee, the guy who lives next door to you and likes to stretch by the window in the morning with his robe hanging open. Either way, it’s obvious you all know Joe Withee. So why not check out his new project, Capers, when they hit the stage with poorly marketed but intriguing Portland act XenSatori. Xen described themselves as “the eternal search for self,” so… I guess, replace the word “intriguing” with… uh… what’s the opposite of intriguing?

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/XenSatori/1568411056720917

    Parents’ Night Out, Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Dr. 6 to 11 p.m. Registration required. Cost: $15 for one child, $12 for multiple in advance ($20/$15 day-of)

    Corvallis has wisely arranged a night where you can drop off the kids and go out for some adult fun. This presumably is occurring just in the nick of time, as some of you are currently eying the beams in the ceilings of your living rooms to see if they’ll support the weight of your swinging corpse. I’m not a hundred percent sure this is going to be as appealing to all parents as it will be to some. I mean, I’ve never felt the need to pawn my kids off on a building filled with piranhas, then again, I sent both of my kids off to boarding school when they turned three. Which is why they’re so well adjusted, little Timmy and… I wanna say… Carl? Yeah, Carl sounds right.

    http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=57

    Saturday, 14

    Svens_Saturday14The Svens, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. $5

    These guys can play on basically any bill in town, which is part of why I like them so much. I’d check out the Svens opening for a metal band, or playing after a burlesque show. They’re just the right kind of eclectic, by which I mean, they’re not annoying. Their core demographic seems a little on the older side, which is why I like to come to their shows wearing barely anything. Then I get wildly inebriated and totally out of control, and start running around the room asking for a ride home. That way the rich baby boomers know I’m open for business.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Svens/361223867825

    Downtown Swing & Blues Dance, Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St., 7 p.m. $7

    I remember how disappointed I was the first time I went to the Odd Fellows Hall. No chairs on the ceiling, no doors or stairways that lead to nowhere, and certainly no anti-gravity sex dungeons. I don’t know, I guess the facilities are nice, they’re just not that odd. Neither were the fellows I met there. What’s that? Oh yeah, swing dancing. That’s what this paragraph was supposed to be about. OK then, enjoy this swinging experience with the decidedly normal people at the Odd Fellows Hall. And don’t hold your breath for an interdimensional toilet that flushes waste into the negative zone.

    http://corvallisswing.com/portfolio/downtown-swing-blues-feb-21/

    Sunday, 15

    Hoolyeh Folk Dancers, First Congregational UCC, 4515 SW West Hills Rd. 7 p.m. $3 ($2 for First Congregational members)

    I like to imagine these folk dancing aficionados gathering in a circle before festivities kick off and doing an all-hands-in cheer. Something like, “Are we the best Israeli and Balkan folk dancers in Benton and probably also Linn County? Hool-yeah!” But I’m also incredibly lonely… If only there was a free-to-inexpensive opportunity to meet nice people while learning to dance…

    http://hoolyeh.com

    Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 4 to 6 p.m. Free

    If I were one of the people organizing this enjoyable little jam sesh, I’d think about marketing my own line of delicious blueberry preserves called Calapooia Blues Jam. I’m not saying it would be a cash cow or anything, but I’d definitely buy some. But I also skipped breakfast today. If you’re hungry for some dirty blues, you should check out this weekly get-together. Now that’s what I call writing. Also, I’m copyrighting that whole blueberry “Blues Jam” thing, so you’ll be hearing from my lawyer…

    https://www.facebook.com/calapooiabrewing

    Monday, 16

    BrysonSkaar_Monday16Bryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Bryson Skaar is so reliable, I set my clock by him. Then he usually rolls over in bed and screams, “Oh my God, what are you doing in my bedroom? Are you winding a pocket watch! I’m both horrified and charmed by your old folksiness!” But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthier, less stalky relationship with Corvallis’ top-ranked Monday night jazz pianist. You could try just going to his show, for instance.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/brysonskaar

    Traditional West African Dance Classes, Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7:15 p.m. 

    Is it wrong to love a regional dance style as much as I love West African? It’s not. But it is wrong to show up to this event and ask the participants for autographs. On the one hand, they’re not famous and they don’t want to give out autographs to panting, wide-eyed goons that show up at their dance class, but on the other hand, I get pepper sprayed so much these days, sometimes I need the sting in my eyes just to get out of bed. I mean—um… Fefafe provides the music for this, so just go.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fefafe/511049845683731

    Tuesday, 17

    CMNYK_Tuesday17Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free

    Community Movie Night is going western, under the watchful eye of Sheriff Kaufman, the curator of Corvallis’ favorite free screening series. Only the Valiant (1951) starring Gregory Peck is up for your consideration, and I consider this to be a rollicking, two-fisted western in the finest tradition. It was also released under the title Fort Invincible and when I brought a copy of it to the front desk at Blockbuster years ago, I was all, “So they’re manning a fort you can’t actually see? What’s the deal?” The clerk was all, “Invincible, you moron, not invisible.” No wonder they went out of business…

    https://cmnyk.wordpress.com

    https://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

    St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 4 p.m. Free

    If St. Valentine’s Day is the dumbest and most useless religiously linked holiday, St. Patty’s Day is clearly the most awesome. To be clear, I’m not advocating wearing all green and the other forms of douchery that permeate this day, just the heavy drinking. Booze is objectively awesome. The Incompatibles are on stage from 4 to 6 p.m., the Nettles from 7 to 9 p.m., and Corvallis Celtic Arts Irish dancers at 9:30 p.m. and DJing from Coudy Dee and Volatile from 10 p.m. until closing. Also, promiscuousness and poor decision-making will be making an appearance.

    Wednesday, 18

    Gumbo_Wednesday18Wednesday Acoustic Live w/Acoustic Gumbo, Les Caves, 308 SW 3rd St. 8 p.m. Free

    Gumbo is one of my favorite local acts, and this extra stripped-down acoustic formation is one of their best looks. Their name also makes me hungry, which is why it’s great to see them play at a good restaurant. Their gig at Burger King was sort of hit or miss, but I expect all hits at Les Caves. Might I suggest a sour bier to go with the smooth sounds? I’m training to be a sound-melier which entails making recommendations on booze and music pairings. After Gumbo at Caves, you may want to try Iron Maiden and Cheetos. Trust me, some things just go together.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gumbo/76667816843

    Marilyn Jordan and Steve Sever, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Steve and Marilyn were both winners in the Wild Rose Studio’s Open Mic entry series last year, so you may recognize their faces and guitars. This of course means their stars will soon be cemented into the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, but if you want to see them for considerably less money, they are playing for free at Bombs. Based on their pictures alone, I anticipate acoustic ballads and feelings galore. Maybe bring a date, or maybe bring a family member you want to reconcile with. This is reconciliation music… I imagine.

    Thursday, 19

    GofG_Thursday19Gift of Gab, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St., 10 p.m. $10

    Usually I give a “show of the week” alert so you know which unmissable live performances you really shouldn’t miss. Well, let this serve as your “show of the year” warning. Gift of Gab, the MC from the legendary hip-hop duo Blackalicious, returns for another stop in Corvallis. I can’t for the life of me figure out why he loves playing here so much, or why he loves playing such a small venue, but I also don’t spend too much time asking why when I find money on the street either. Sometimes you just gotta thank your lucky stars and be on your way. Don’t give Gab a reason to not come back every year; let’s pack the house and show him why the Valley is so fresh to death.

    http://blackalicious.com/

    Rough Jazz, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7 p.m. Free

    Jazz is America’s art form, so you should take every opportunity to experience it played well. Here’s a great opportunity for something like that at “the poo,” which is what I would call this place if I weren’t trying to get them to advertise with us. Calling it “the ’ya” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. But seriously, Rough Jazz; definitely worth the cover price.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/roughjazz

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    Temporary Art GuildHaving just passed beyond the milestone of their third birthday, the Temporary Artists’ Guild has solidified itself, perhaps ironically, as a permanent fixture in the Corvallis arts community. They set out to bring together a collection of individuals working within an array of mediums as a means of making known the potential of wide diversity in both fine art and craft art circles.

    Considering the fact that most of this guild’s members work, have kids, and are in school, they should feel pretty proud of what they’ve accomplished—perhaps especially because they have done so without tearing each other’s spines out à la Mortal Kombat, which can happen in a guild.

    A few months back they decided to further deepen their bonds while creating an opportunity to get out and meet more of the general public. Drawing each other’s names from a metaphorical hat, some of them groaning a bit, they set out to each create a piece honoring the art of the person they drew.

    Some decided to mimic a style, some decided to base it on personality or subject matter… and some, well, one doesn’t really know what the hell they were thinking, but it worked out well. A surprising amount of thought went into the work. Each piece, ranging from jewelry to paintings to photography, is accompanied by a chunk of text that explains who the piece was inspired by as well as why it was created the way it was.

    If you’d like to join them for a public unveiling at the Corvallis Advocate’s loft space, mark your calendar for this month’s Corvallis Arts Walk. There will be schmoozing, fantastic live music from Rumbledethump, and a bizarre assortment of art to sample with your eyeballs. Much of the guild will be present and if prior shows are an indicator, you may want to be there, too.

    Thursday, March 19 is the date for this month’s Corvallis Arts Walk; the show runs from 4 to 8 p.m. The Corvallis Advocate loft is located at 425 SW Madison Avenue.

    By Suzanne Cruz

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    Thursday, 5

    Substitute_Thursday5Substitute and Mightiest Monster, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

    Former Bombs owner John Huyck is up to no good with his Who tribute act live on stage. This night has the smell of nepotism all over it, but I do love the Who, and I like a Who show I don’t have to pay for even more. Bring your squeezebox and your pinballs; this rock ‘n’ roll revival is going to something something Boris the Spider. Oh duh, Substitute… I just got that.

    509J District Student Art Show, La Sells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 5:30 p.m. Free

    The Giustina Gallery at La Sells will be the site of this non-juried art show for students from elementary, middle, and high schools around Corvallis. All mediums will be showcased, and if your kid is one of the artists being showcased, I’m sure you’ll be there anyway. I like to go with 10 or 15 of my really fit and well-dressed friends and then walk around chuckling rudely at the work. It may hurt their feelings now, but in the long run we’re going to make great artists out of these kids.

    Friday, 6

    Wynia_Friday6Triptych Trio, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $10

    Rob Wynia is Corvallis’ renaissance man. This guy has more projects than Los Angeles, and his ranged skill set makes shows like this a surprise every time. This time around he’s got Skip vonKuske from Vagabond Opera and Portland Cello project as well as Don Henson of Pink Martini with him for a night of experimental and eclectic musicianship. Don’t sleep on this show.

    http://www.robwynia.com

    Meet the Author: Jenny Boully, OSU Valley Library, 201 SW Waldo Pl. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Boully’s books, including The Body (2002) and The Book of Beginnings and Endings (2007), have won her international acclaim for her creativity and form-bending ingenuity. See her speak live at the Valley Library and get a book signed. Take my advice and don’t show up with 20 copies of each of her books and ask her to sign them all but to “leave the name blank.” Not only will she not do it for you, but signed books aren’t worth anything anyway. It’s not 1993 anymore.

    http://www.jennyboully.com

    Saturday, 7

    Moonshine_Saturday7The Moonshine and Scratchdog Stringband, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5

    Folk bands, Corvallis, folk bands. What can I tell you; if you’re not in the mood for some sort of folk band on any given night, you may want to invest in starting your own non-Americana slinging outfit. In the meantime, Mr. or Mrs. Picky, you’ll just have to settle for these really quite talented bunches out of Portland. This show will be a good one to attend with a beard, if that’s in your repertoire. The Moonshine is an enjoyable genre-bender that feels a bit like if Paul Westerberg started a folk band. Only, you know, I might actually go to see this group.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/themoonshinemusic

    Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dance, 4515 SW West Hills Rd. 7:30 p.m. $7 ($6 for students)

    The name of this group is a little misleading, right? They’re more about contra dancing and roots music than dwarves and faeries, and I’d much rather this was a freaky LARP dance. Still, contra dancing is crazy fun, and it’s more rewarding than your current plan to sit at home and make YouTube videos of yourself ranking the different brands of mayonnaise by blind taste test. I mean, the production value is surprisingly good, and I never expected your extensive use of green screens. But I am worried about your cholesterol level…

    http://corvallisfolklore.org/home/

    Sunday, 8

    HVCC_Sunday8Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir Concert, First Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave. 7 p.m. Free

    I hate to be the one to advocate hecklers for the kids, but American exceptionalism is suffering from the touchy-feely European socialism of patting these kids on the back all the time. The HVCC kids are a talented, hardworking bunch, but I just don’t think they’re going to take the next step unless we unload some needlessly cruel punishment on them. But let’s keep the criticisms music-related here, people. I want to see catcalls about intonation, phrasing, and timbre, not about fashion or any other aesthetic touches. We’re trying to create superstars…

    http://hvcchoirs.com

    The Music Man, Corvallis High School Theatre, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave. 7 p.m. $10 ($8 for students, $5 for youth)

    Speaking of torturing kids to improve their performances, I’ve actually seen this show, and these kids are damn good. Somebody’s clearly already tortured them with the high expectations of the American stage tradition. That or they’re just competently managed and directed by a caring bunch of professionals. I’m betting on torture, though. The Music Man is being produced live this year by NBC, and is a classic of the stage and screen, so you’ll have plenty of material to compare these kids to. It’s the American way.

    http://corvallistheaters.com

    Monday, 9

    Circus_Monday9The Jordan World Circus, Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St. 7 p.m. $18 ($14 for children)

    I love a good circus. The clowns are terrifying, and occasionally profound. The animals are tragic and depressing. The ringmaster is underwhelming and unintentionally hilarious. And I may be suppressing some traumatic event from my childhood, but I have the distinct feeling that acrobats are evil… plus I get nausea and vertigo whenever I smell hay or cannon fuse burning. Aaaaaanyway… the circus is in town… yay.

    http://www.thejordanworldcircus.com

    Science Pub, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 6 p.m. Free

    The title of this edition of Science Pub is “In Hot Water: Investigations Beneath the Earth’s Surface Using Electromagnetic Methods.” Wake me when it’s over, right bros? Anyone? No? Oh, this is a really awesome and popular event, you say? My bad… misread the crowd. Okay then, let’s try this again; don’t miss this fascinating and fun science night out when it returns to the Old World with speaker Adam Schultz from CEOAS at OSU. You’ll be smarter and, if their business strategy is working at all, more full of sandwiches for your trouble.

    https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubcorvallis/030915

    Tuesday, 10

    MovieNight_Tuesday10Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free

    Before these shows begin, Ygal frequently likes to give a “tasteful racism” warning. Some of the classics of CMNYK and the film reels and other goodies he shows beforehand have some old-timey offensiveness in them. Well, let me do him a favor and give that warning extra early this week. It’s Abbott & Costello’s Africa Screams (1949). The two extremely white comedy legends go on a safari adventure, in a continent that’s one unending string of stereotypes, in search of diamonds. Racism and hilarity abound. This film is a Kanye-composed score away from being a deep satire on exploitation. As it is, it’s just kind of offensive and amazingly entertaining.

    https://cmnyk.wordpress.com

    https://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

    Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free

    If you show up to this event wearing Notre Dame gear, things will legitimately jump off. I’ve been to this thing, and while they seem like a pleasant bunch of low-key artist types, they will absolutely sock you in the face if you wear gear that’s offensive to the Irish. Oh wait, am I writing about Celtic Jam right now? Never mind, I was thinking of Irish Poet Cliché Night at O’Malley’s. But that’s next Tuesday. The Celtic Jam at Imagine is totally safe for you no matter what you’re wearing. 

    Wednesday, 11

    Rowles_Wednesday11Chuck Holst and Gary Rowles, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free

    If there was a Mount Rushmore of Corvallis musicians, it would have Gary Rowles’ head and a bunch of people who were employed to keep his head clean and make sure there was a giant endless bowl of green M&M’s underneath it at all times. And that’s it. Which is to say, he’s a pretty big deal. Don’t miss him and his ace Chuck Holst at this laidback free gig. Or if you do, at least have the good manners to send a card or a fruit basket announcing you regretfully couldn’t make it. It’s called manners.

    Wednesday Acoustic Live, Les Caves, 308 SW 3rd St. 8 p.m. Free

    It’s the Brutal Bridges Band for this installment of Alliteration by Candlelight—er, I mean, Wednesday Acoustic Live. I know I’ve been dismissive of folky acoustic rock in Corvallis before, but… I don’t really have a great way to end that sentence. Les Caves does have yummy food and good taste in live entertainment, so I would hit this up. Additionally, I’m open to some sort of free endless hot pretzel deal in exchange for less sarcastic admonitions to go to this show every Wednesday. Hint, hint…

    https://www.facebook.com/BrutalBridgesBand

    Thursday, 12

    Andra&Nate_Thursday12Andra Taylor and Nate Dodge, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

    This romantic and whimsical couple of nuts sold their earthly possessions and moved their whole lives onto a bus to tour the world playing each other’s music in a tag team performing consortium. That sounds like a better pilot for an HBO show about young artists cutting their teeth than it does a show I’d actually go to. But I’m much more discerning and hermitish than you. Plus I haven’t showered in 12 days. So I have an excuse to skip this. You don’t. Oh, and there’s an Oakshire Brewing tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. that’s free, too. Soooo, I guess what I’m saying is, can I use your shower?

    http://andrataylornatedodge.com

    Katie McNally Band, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. $22 at the door ($20 in advance)

    One magazine described McNally as “the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA,” which is something I had always hoped to be myself one day. So I’ll be pettily and immaturely skipping this show to stay home and pout. You’d be pretty stupid to skip it though, because she’ll be busting out her not inconsiderable fiddle game with the excellent Neal Pearlman on piano and Shauncey Ali on viola. Sometimes the most talented musicians also make the best music.

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    Thursday, 26

    WildHog_Thursday26Wild Hog in the Woods, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free

    It’s that time of the week when you want to get sauced on White Lightnin’ and wear overalls. Wild Hog’s got your back, as they have for like the last thousand years. They’re like a ghost jug band that you see playing every week and never realize has been playing since 1927 and never age. Am I right? Or is this totally in my head? I had a country bumpkin version of The Shining going… All work and no play make Zeke a dull boy.

    Stiff and Restless (featuring members of Floater), Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $7

    I take it you all know Floater? They’ve played here a bunch, and this is one of their spinoffs. There’s a free Ninkasi tasting going on before the show, from 6 to 8 p.m., but the music is still a bargain at only $7. Rob Wynia is a staple of the scene, so I think you owe it to him, or at the very least me. Right? Or am I misreading our relationship?

    Friday, 27

    Linden Wood_Friday27Linden Wood Local Acoustic Showcase, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $3

    He looks like Ugly Kid Joe and he sounds like John Mellencamp, and he’s deep in the Corvallis music scene, so I think you can trust Linden Wood to pick out some strong acoustic musicians for a good show. And at $3, you can expect a high ROI on your music outing investiture. And clearly that’s what all you slick, bottom line, three-piece-suited Gordon Gekkos of local music are looking for, right? What’s that? Ugly Kid Joe wasn’t just one specific dude in the band? Wait, don’t tell me Jethro Tull isn’t a real guy either…

    http://www.reverbnation.com/lindenwood

    Autumn Electric, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free

    I’m not going to lie to you and pretend Autumn Electric is the best band name I’ve ever heard. And I’m not going to pretend I’m not the type to hold a subjective thing like the “quality” of a band name against a band I’ve never seen before. But these guys are playing “expressive melodies and beautiful guitar mixed with tasteful piano phrases,” according to one description of them, and that sounds like a bargain for free.

    Saturday, 28

    Holiday Friends_Saturday28The Crescendo Show and Holiday Friends, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5

    Go on now, Corvallis, it’s finally time to cut loose with these two incredibly unpretentious bands that I think are definitely in show-of-the-week contention. Crescendo Show is local Corvallis open hearted folk alternative, and Holiday Friends is pop rock with a funky synth spirit out of Astoria. Holiday Friends is the band you fall in love to while on summer vacay in the Pacific Northwest… if you’re a total to complete douchewrangler living in 1989. But still, the band is really good, regardless of your wranglin’ ranking and what year you’re living in.

    http://thecrescendoshow.com

    http://www.holidayfriendsmusic.com

    Five on the Hour w/Asterion, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. Free

    I’ll be over at Bombs getting down to Holiday Friends, but if you’re looking for something a little bluesier, a little proggier, a little more Evanescent, than you may want to check out this odd pairing at the Public House. Asterion sounds too big to fit in any pub, and Five on the Hour is a mystery. This show could end up being awfully spectacular, or spectacularly awful.

    https://www.facebook.com/AsterionNW

    Sunday, 1

    trpceski_Sunday1Simon Trpceski, La Sells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 4 p.m. $20 (free for students)

    This Macedonian pianist is one of the best in the world, so it’s a uniquely excellent situation to be able to see him live in Corvallis. Trpceski will be playing pieces by Brahms, Liszt, Schubert, and Ravel. This show is part of the Steinway Piano Series of live international performers that brings great pianists through town thanks to Corvallis-OSU Piano International (COPI). It’s a no-brainer for an elegant Sunday night of music.

    https://corvallispiano.org/calendar/steinway-piano-series/tickets/

    First Sunday Vocal Jam, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 2 p.m. Free

    Like I really needed to tell you this was free. Look, you want to see something a little edgier with more at stake than a no-judgment jam circle? These are the shows, Corvallis. I don’t book ‘em, I just point them out to you. I sometimes like to show up at this monthly vocal jam and just shout out curses in languages I’m guessing nobody in the room speaks. Choom meri gaand, right? Now that’s how you vocal jam. But it’s also profiling, and that’s not cool.

    Monday, 2

    BrysonSkaar_Monday15CABryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Jazz piano is afoot, people. And Bryson Skaar is the athlete on that foot. Yeesh. That didn’t land as smoothly as it did in my head. There’s no going back, though. So nip that fungus in the bud by showing up and liberally tipping this hard-working ivory stroker at Imagine Coffee. Don’t even dream of trying requests, though, because he doesn’t know any Steely Dan. I’ve been shouting “Hey Nineteen” at him for weeks and nothing.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/brysonskaar

    Traditional West African Dance Classes, Oddfellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7:15 p.m. 

    West African dance is so much better than East African dance, it’s not even funny. So you’ll be happy to know you can only learn one of the two at Oddfellows, and it’s the superior Western genre. Fefafe provides the music for this fun and welcoming taste of world dance. Better stretch first, though, because it’s about to get limber in here. Also wear deodorant, because… well, I don’t need to explain it. And I shouldn’t need to remind you, but this is Oregon.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fefafe/511049845683731

    Tuesday, 3

    MovieNight_Tuesday3Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free

    The last few times Ygal has shown a Hitchcock movie for Community Movie Night at the Darkside, it has been literally standing room only. So take this “show up early” warning very seriously. This time around, it’s Under Capricorn (1949) starring Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotton. A dark and moody melodrama with suspense and thriller elements, this underappreciated classic takes place in Australia and is one of Hitchcock’s most unusual pictures. Get ready for excitement, and of course a smattering of ridiculous newsreels, cartoons, and other gold, courtesy of the curator.

    https://cmnyk.wordpress.com

    https://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

    Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free

    The Celtic Jam is just objectively awesome. As world music goes, Irish music sometimes gets overlooked. I don’t know why, but it’s just not as sexy, I guess. Well, come to this charming little jam and learn to get your groove back. Also, don’t hesitate to show up completely fershnickered on Guinness. The owners of this very family-friendly establishment won’t like it.  But the musicians will absolutely hate it.

    Wednesday, 4

    BeaverBasketball_Wednesday4OSU Men’s Basketball vs. U of O, Gill Colliseum, 660 SW 26th St. 8 p.m. $15-$40

    In case you hadn’t noticed, and judging by attendance, you haven’t, the OSU men’s basketball squad has become a fun to watch, competitive program, and they managed to do it incredibly quickly in the aftermath of Craig Robinson’s departure. This is the last home game of the season and it comes against those dastardly Ducks that you presumably hate so much. Gary Payton, Jr. is a beast, just like his dad was (well, not just like…) and if you weren’t lucky enough to see his dad making opponents look like fools, you should take this last opportunity of the year to see him do it in person. 

    LMNO, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free

    These guys are frequently described as a supergroup. I’m not sure how much I love that moniker for a local band of stars from other local bands. But these guys are crewed by members of the Svens, Xenat Ra, Space Neighbors, Walk the Plank, Calobo, Sideways Portal, and others. So I guess I’m the idiot; this is indeed a bona fide local supergroup. They’ve got elements of Tribe, Gang Starr, and others in their sound. Seeing them for free seems almost unfair. Don’t blow it, Corvallis.

    https://www.facebook.com/LeaveMyNameOut

    Thursday, 5

    Substitute_Thursday5Substitute and Mightiest Monster, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

    Former Bombs owner John Huyck is up to no good with his Who tribute act live on stage. This night has the smell of nepotism all over it, but I do love the Who, and I like a Who show I don’t have to pay for even more. Bring your squeezebox and your pinballs; this rock ‘n’ roll revival is going to something something Boris the Spider. Oh duh, Substitute… I just got that.

    509J District Student Art Show, La Sells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 5:30 p.m. Free

    The Giustina Gallery at La Sells will be the site of this non-juried art show for students from elementary, middle, and high schools around Corvallis. All mediums will be showcased, and if your kid is one of the artists being showcased, I’m sure you’ll be there anyway. I like to go with 10 or 15 of my really fit and well-dressed friends and then walk around chuckling rudely at the work. It may hurt their feelings now, but in the long run we’re going to make great artists out of these kids.

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    Thursday, 19

    Monette_Thursday19Curtis Monette and Twisted Snout Brewery Tasting, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free

    “Curtis Monette got more loops than a toucan!” is what I heard a sassy teen fan of his saying one time… in my head. But seriously, Monette is a big deal in the local scene for a reason. His live show with a liberal dollop of looping and jamming is great, and Twisted Snout brews a mean…brew. Crap. That sassy teen is the best writer here…

    https://myspace.com/curtismonette

    http://twistedsnout.com

    Rough Jazz, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St. 7 p.m. Free

    If you’re anything like me, you like your jazz like you like your cats’ tongues. Rough. I want my jazz to get so rough we need to agree on a safe word. So I think you’ll know what I mean when I say Rough Jazz at Calapooia will sate your thirst for the hard stuff. Okay, that was all a false buildup. These guys are pretty smooth. And great.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/roughjazz

    Friday, 20

    BluesJam_Friday20Dennis Monroe Blues & Funk Jam, Meet‘N’Place Tavern, 1150 Main St., Philomath. 8 p.m. Free

    The name makes it sound like a memorial, but I assure you that Dennis Monroe is very much alive and kicking. And the MnP Tavern is, as the kids of 2006 might have put it, “my jam.” I seriously love this place, plus it’s a surprisingly excellent spot for live music, which they don’t do often enough. I’m not going to go so far as to endorse the food here, but they do have tater tots which can make up for a lot. I once allowed Jehovah’s Witnesses into my house because they had tater tots.

    The Diary of Anne Frank, Oregon State University Theatre, 2921 SW Campus Way. 7:30 p.m. $12 ($10 for seniors, $8 for youth, $5 for OSU students)

    This story is well-known by all, but this is a new adaptation of it by Wendy Kesselman and the OSU drama kids are normally excellent. So I have high hopes for this strong and emotionally exhausting piece. This production is directed by Elizabeth Helman, who also helms the strong Shakespeare in the Quad series, which bodes well, and it has music composed by OSU students as well, so this is a truly unique look at the classic true story.

    http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre/university-theatre/box-officetickets

    Saturday, 21

    F'NR_Saturday21Funk-N-Roses, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 10 p.m. $5

    Do I really need to explain this one? It’s funk musicians covering GNR. What’s not to like? Aside from Guns N’ Roses, of course. This sounds like a combustible combination waiting to be unleashed, and it has been tried before by these seasoned funk circuit pros, back in 2012. Supposedly the house was brought down. Bassist Brett McConnell and vocalist Aniana Hough, both out of Portland, are the mad geniuses behind this experiment, which is easily worth $5. Now Chinese Democracy, that was another story…

    http://www.audioglobe.com

    The Music Man, Corvallis High School Theatre, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave. 7 p.m. $10 ($8 for students, $5 for youth)

    If you were hesitant to give the OSU thespians a chance, this will likely not be for you either. But the CHS kids really know how to get after a musical, and The Music Man is ripe for their talents. If, unlike me, you don’t have an order from the court mandating you stay 100 yards away from school grounds stemming from an ugly heckling incident at graduation last year, you could do a lot worse for a Saturday night in Corvallis.

    http://corvallistheaters.com

    Sunday, 22

    PrintMajestic Reader’s Theater, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 3 and 7 p.m. $10 ($8 for seniors, members, students)

    The Majestic Reader’s Theatre will tackle Dead Man’s Cell, a 2008 play by Sarah Ruhl. Under the eye of director Pat Kight, a veteran of the Majestic stage, Reader’s Theatre does a fun, stripped-down version of the play that makes it fast and accessible. Dead Man’s Cell is about a young woman who picks up the phone of a newly deceased man and starts answering messages left on it. I feel like there was a movie sort of like this starring Reese Witherspoon, and if not, you’re welcome for your Oscar-winning idea, Reese Witherspoon.

    http://www.majestic.org/february-readers-theatre/

    Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St. 4 to 6 p.m. Free

    I never really had the blues blues in my life. I once lost a Swatch watch at an amusement park, but I wouldn’t describe what I felt with the soulful music of the heartland. These guys at Calapooia clearly have lost their fair share of Swatches at amusement parks, ’cause the blues in the air is palpable. Also none of them show up on time. Zing… 

    https://www.facebook.com/calapooiabrewing

    Monday, 23

    Skaar_Monday23Bryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Duke Ellington once described the jazz pianist as like a grasshopper in the spring rain. They have to dodge and jump and scrape to survive, and the thing that threatens them the most, the rain, is what they need to raise the crops that they’ll eat to survive. Bryson Skaar captures that struggle every time he suits up at Imagine Coffee. And if any of that nonsense were true or if Duke Ellington had ever said something so stupid, I bet you’d be more inclined to go see Bryson play. I bet you feel pretty bad now. Maybe just go see him ’cause it’s Monday, and not because he’s some bizarre mutated Grasshopper Man. Jerks…

    http://www.reverbnation.com/brysonskaar

    Traditional West African Dance Classes, Oddfellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7:15 p.m. 

    If Fefafe doesn’t make you want to learn to dance, than it’s just possible you’re already clinically dead. In which case this is sort of like Beetlejuice, and I’m the old lady at the agency who tells you what the afterlife is like. It’s completely devoid of Traditional West African Dance, so if you want to feel alive again, check out this lil gem at the Oddfellows Hall. Didn’t think I’d be able to bring that one back around, did ya? You were all, “Wait, what, Beetlejuice?” And then boom. Writing.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fefafe/511049845683731

    Tuesday, 24

    MovieNight_Tuesday24Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free

    Ygal is just not letting up with the parade of stars in February. Fire Over England (1937) may be the most star-studded CMNYK screening yet. Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, James Mason, Flora Robson, Raymond Massey, and in his third Community Movie Night appearance, Leslie Banks, light up this Elizabethan adventure that has political intrigue and romance splashed all over it. My dad used to refer to movies like this by saying, “Nobody stayed home!” Of course, he’d say that if the movie starred George Kennedy and Slim Pickens, so his bar may have been somewhat lower. Better show up early; the seating options, like my dad’s taste in movies, will feature slim pickin’.

    https://cmnyk.wordpress.com

    https://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

    Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free

    Not everyone loves Irish music played by nice people for free. A good example would be vampires, IRS auditors, and people who brag about not owning TVs. For the rest of us, Imagine Coffee has a free weekly Irish music hootenanny that will put the Erin back in your Bragh. If you’re a huge fan of “Greensleeves,” I have a feeling you’re in luck.

    Wednesday, 25

    Symphony_Wednesday25Music Between Two World Wars, Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra, La Sells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $32

    The symphony tackles the work of Benjamin Britten in this meditation on war they describe thusly: “Of the three works on our program, one explicitly refers to war, one powerfully evokes the anxiety and violence of war, and one responds to violence by creating a kind of musical safe haven.” I’ll just choose not to snark about it. Go. 

    http://www.cosusymphony.org/tickets/

    Berto Boyd, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free

    This guy plays flamenco guitar, which is objectively awesome. He’s also related to Brandon Boyd, from Incubus, which is objectively not. Still, if we held it against everyone who was related to a douche-goon, we’d all just hate each other. Flamenco guitar, when done right, is one of the nicest things you can hear. If you’ve only heard it piped over the speakers at a tapas joint… you probably have a pretty good idea of what it’s like. They usually play the good stuff.

    http://www.bertoflamenco.com/about-us.html

    Thursday, 26

    WildHog_Thursday26Wild Hog in the Woods, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free

    It’s that time of the week when you want to get sauced on White Lightnin’ and wear overalls. Wild Hog’s got your back, as they have for like the last thousand years. They’re like a ghost jug band that you see playing every week and never realize has been playing since 1927 and never age. Am I right? Or is this totally in my head? I had a country bumpkin version of The Shining going… All work and no play make Zeke a dull boy.

    Stiff and Restless (featuring members of Floater), Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $7

    I take it you all know Floater? They’ve played here a bunch, and this is one of their spinoffs. There’s a free Ninkasi tasting going on before the show, from 6 to 8 p.m., but the music is still a bargain at only $7. Rob Wynia is a staple of the scene, so I think you owe it to him, or at the very least me. Right? Or am I misreading our relationship?

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  • Corvallis Mental Health Arrests Increase Significantly
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    handcuffsLocal law enforcement have had their suspicions, but researchers have now backed them up: there has been a significant increase of people being taken into custody for issues surrounding mental health in recent years. From 2011 to 2012 alone, the number jumped from 144 to 245.

    Reviewing the cases of 697 people taken into custody for these issues from 2007 to 2012, researchers also noted local law enforcement had doubled their time in dealing with these issues. Additionally, the researchers determined that 17% were so-called frequent fliers, people who were taken into custody multiple times over a 14-day period.

    “This study validated our perspective that law enforcement contacts with community members having a mental health crisis have significantly risen over the past few years,” Corvallis Police Chief Jon Sassaman told OSU researchers. “It also showed how important it is that we work with all community assets to support individuals in need to prevent situations from generating a law enforcement response.”

    Months back, Corvallis Police personnel went on record saying they believed that the Corvallis Housing First emergency men’s shelter downtown has served as a magnet for homeless individuals to come from other communities, and that we should expect increased crime and other issues. However, the OSU study does not examine housed versus unhoused as a correlate in any way.

    The researchers were sociologists Scott Akins and Brett Burkhardt of OSU’s College of Liberal Arts, School of Public Policy. The study was co-authored by Charles Lanfear, who worked on the project as a graduate student at OSU. Findings and recommendations were published recently in the journal Criminal Justice Policy Review.

    By Jack Goffins

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  • Corvallis Has a Bagpipe Maker
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    Bagpipe2Some of us remember the dream of the late 20th century. Substantial income was available for the taking for anyone willing to work hard and learn fast. Small businesses flourished. Severance packages were a reality. Then the tide of abundance receded as the economic tsunami of 2008 gathered strength and roared on to shore. Rob Gandara is one such Corvallis citizen who surfed that last wave, opening Carbony Celtic Winds before the storm hit.

    Gandara came to Corvallis in January 1995, by way of Boston and Atlanta, to work for Hewlett-Packard. After 10 years as a senior member of HP’s technical staff, Gandara decided to accept their offer of a year’s salary to any employee who voluntarily left before the company officially downsized. “I’m one of those people who always worked summers. I went right to college, then went right to work,” he said. “There were some parts of the world that I’d never seen, so I just decided it was the one time in my life I’d be able to travel.”

    Gandara brought his Galician gaita, Spain and Portugal’s version of bagpipes, with him, exploring and playing across Europe and into Asia. The idea to manufacture instruments out of a patented carbon fiber recipe dawned on him when the canter, or mouthpiece, broke after airline agents required him to check his instrument as baggage on a return flight from China.

    Once back in Corvallis, Gandara applied his engineering experience and knowledge of tooling to firm up his idea. He then contacted Real Carbon of Hood River and pitched his idea to one of the co-owners, who also happened to be Scottish. They eventually gave him keys to the shop and thus Carbony Celtic Winds, a.k.a. Pipe Makers Union, LLC, was born in February 2006. “It got to the point where I figured that if I can enjoy making my own pieces, I can probably do it for other people,” Gandara said.

    After purchasing a lathe with some unexpected casino winnings, Carbony Celtic Winds took off, offering a wide selection of instruments that includes Tabor whistles, Irish flutes, bagpipes, and didgeridoos.

    Gandara has been involved with music his entire life, starting with clarinet in fifth grade to vocals for a Boston punk band during undergrad to symphony orchestra. However, he credits his business for making him a better musician since each instrument needs to be tested for quality. While Gandara is modest about his talent—pointing out the difference between sounding a note for quality assurance and playing professionally—his experience with Celtic instruments led him to develop a whistle based on Irish flutes, which plays truer than most. “If you learn a family of instruments, you can use the physics of one to make the other one better,” he said.

    Gandara devotes most of his time to Carbony Celtic Winds. He spends his spare hours playing Galician gaita and Irish whistle in Ordinance, a local Celtic music band named after an incident in which Corvallis police asked him and his bandmates to leave the riverfront for busking. As it turned out, a local ordinance that allowed musicians to busk—introduced and led by Gandara while on the City Council—had just been passed.

    When asked about his attraction to Celtic music, Gandara professed a love for all kinds of music. He noted, however, “It’s a type of music you can play gracefully into your older years. I don’t need to maintain a type of intensity or anger against society that I would with rock ’n’ roll.”

    To learn more about Carbony or to purchase instruments, visit www.carbony.com. Preview Ordinance tunes at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Ordinance

    By Alicia James

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  • Tony Fisher: From Hot Rod Fenders to Textured Metal Art
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    Corvallis native Tony Fisher is no stranger to working with his hands as well as with metal. His family has owned Ken Fisher Auto & Truck Repair since 1982. You might already know some of Fisher’s work, or another incarnation of his work, as his first creative love and profession for the last 25 years has been restoring classic hot rods. “My first car was a ‘72 Nova,” said Fisher. His most recent handiwork, however, is of a slightly different nature, though still working with the same medium. He describes his style as textured metal art.

    When asked about how and when he became an artist, Fisher replied that he created his first piece last August. He said that when remodeling his shop, one of the new walls in the front office had a breaker box that he wanted covered up. He ended up using his grinding tools and went to town on a piece of metal to create something to cover the unsightly intrusion. Someone saw Fisher’s work and purchased it. There was then a need to create another piece. At that point, a simple necessity turned into something more like a passion. “The more I explored my art, the more I became aware of new techniques and discovered new ways to make art; it has also been very therapeutic.” Fisher lost his twin brother, deputy sheriff Terry B. Fisher, unexpectedly last summer, and expressed that the process of making art has also been a way for him to work through his grief.

    Fisher_Collage

    Fisher’s artwork is solid and definitely dynamic. Using a grinder as his “paintbrush,” he works in layers to achieve the finished product. Color is added after the image is ground out by painting on spray pigments. “Sometimes, I grind over the paint and a new color emerges,” explained Fisher. Having no formal training in art, other than some high school art courses, it’s more than apparent that Fisher has raw talent. He stated that he loved to read, as well as create his own comics as a kid and always liked to draw. His piece titled “The Iron Eagle” is especially eye-catching. The wings and feathers of the eagle showcase impeccable skill and attention to detail. Another favorite is “The Year of the Dragon.” In this piece, a fiery, undulating dragon coils its way across the “canvas.” The gyrating serpent-like creature almost looks alive. The way the light bounces off of the filed metal creates a holographic effect that’s best seen in person.

    Fisher confided that he’d like to make more time for his art and maybe turn it into a part-time business in the future. “I’d really like to explore more to see what this could turn into,” he said. For now, he continues to create new artwork as he has the time, and also continues to raise funds for his brother’s family through the sale of his work.

    You can check out more of Tony Fisher’s artwork on his website, www.ironeaglemetalart.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ironeaglemetalart. Also, be sure to stop by the Advocate Loft during this month’s Arts Walk to meet Fisher and check out some of his art in person.

    By Hollie Murphy

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  • This Month’s Who’s Who of Art Hangings
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    Feb Image Azure - LisaTellingKattenbraker2Area art galleries have not simply been hanging as of late—art is rotating more quickly and a larger variety has hit the walls over the downtown area. Even our own office has gotten into the act. You can see much over the month, but the third Thursday has had special meaning for some months now as galleries are staying open late for what has become known as the CAW; that’s Corvallis Arts Walk to you and me. So, what we have here summarizes what you can expect this month from the expanding number of galleries downtown.

    THE ARTS CENTER | 700 SW MADISON
    The Arts Center will have the Howland Community Open Exhibition in view; everyone in Linn and Benton County can participate. During the Feb. 19 CAW there will be voting for the People’s Choice Award. Place a Post-it next to your favorite, and we’ll see which work has the most Post-its next to it at the end of the evening. 4 to 7 p.m.

    THE CORVALLIS ADVOCATE LOFT|425 SW MADISON [UPSTAIRS]
    Tony Fisher’s art started with fabricating parts and pieces for hot rods and developed into large-scale, wall-hung metallurgical pieces. Fisher’s current work is a tribute to his brother, deputy sheriff Terry Fisher, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014. 4 to 8 p.m.

    THE MAJESTIC THEATRE | 115 SW 2ND
    Well-timed for the month of Valentine’s Day, the Majestic Theatre exhibits the work of a husband and wife team. Kevin and Cassie Lyon—sculpture and painting—Celtic knots and faith… come see for yourself. 5 to 8 p.m.

    STUDIO 262 | 425 SW MADISON, STE. G
    Join this gallery in celebrating their expanded space with a feature show, Art with a Musical Heart, benefiting local high school music programs while also enjoying a one-night only event with Jensen “Tau” Taueu, a Hawaiian-born, Polynesian-inspired artist and tattoo designer specializing in traditional and contemporary style Polynesian art. 4 to 8 p.m.

    ART IN THE VALLEY | 209 SW 2ND
    This month Art in the Valley is hosting guest artist Dee Yarnell who paints the complex… simply. Wine, music, gallery artists, and good conversation abound during the arts walk. 5 to 8 p.m.

    AZURE FINE ART GALLERY | 341 SW 2ND
    Featuring contemporary American batiks by Lisa Telling-Kattenbraker, where traditional techniques of paraffin and locally harvested beeswax are applied then each piece is dyed over 30 times to create a narrative scene. 4 to 8 p.m.

    PEGASUS STUDIO & GALLERY | 341 SW 2ND
    Their annual Shumway Exhibit, the works of Bill Shumway featuring new crow paintings, a personal totem animal, and little abstractions inspired by haiku poems, and celebrating his retirement as framer to artist-for-life! 5 to 9 p.m.

    OLD WORLD DELI | 341 SW 2ND
    In February there will be work by master painter Herb Berman continuing on the walls, as well as an incoming piece by sculptor Raymond Hunter and a wall with another artist TBA. Keep your eyes open for art surprises. 4 to 9 p.m.

    KALEIDOSCOPE | 341 SW 2ND
    Their jewelry focus this month is “Oregon Stones.” They will have jewelry by several local jewelry artists featuring Oregon sunstone, Oregon jaspers, obsidians, and more. Their two-dimensional art theme will be “Rocks.” Be sure to vote in their Wild at Heart beading contest. 4 to 8 p.m.

    CYRANO’S | 361 SW 2ND
    At the February CAW they will be doing a live demonstration of “faux marbling” on paper, easy to do and clean up. This method can be used to marble paper, leather, and wood! This technique is simple, but makes any project look rich and complicated. 4 to 8 p.m.

    BRITTNEY WEST STUDIO | 340 SW 2ND, #3
    In honor of February—the month of love and Valentine’s Day—Brittney would like to invite you to her open art studio to view recent mixed-media art as well as past works honoring her visual voice and what is closest to her heart. “Let the beauty of what we love be what we do.” —Rumi 4 to 8 p.m.

    For a map and more info, visit www.corvallisartswalk.blogspot.com.

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    Thursday, February 12

    TEDx_Thursday12TEDx Disruption
    LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 6 p.m. $20 ($15 for students)
    This mini TED conference is a locally organized offshoot of the public speaking idea incubation behemoth that has become synonymous with next-gen thinking for almost a whole gen already. On the speaking schedule for this exhilarating event are Emily Calandrelli of FOX Xploration Outer Space, David Edelstein from the Grameen Foundation, Hanson Hosein with HRH Media Group, Project Runway winner Michelle Lesniak, and OSU student and first Helen P. Rumble Research Scholar Matthew Kaiser.

    Comedy Nite
    Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free
    Former Corvallisite and up-and-coming Oregon comedy act Jeff Oliver hosts a stand-up comedy night at Bombs. The show will feature Joann Schinderle, Paul Jay, and Steven Wilber and promises to be a night of big laughs. If you are a heckler, I recommend getting incredibly drunk first. I find that it feels like you win every time if you’re drunk.

    Friday, February 13

    Funkle Ted_Friday13Funkle Ted
    Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5
    These guys are from Albany, but don’t hold that against them… I don’t even know if that’s a funny joke. Do we even have a rivalry with Albany? You people mystify me. Aaaaanyway… Funkle Ted is a pretty solid alternative prog-pop outfit and they even reminded me a bit at times of Archers of Loaf. I’m not sure if either band would dig the comparison, but I see it. Go see them at Bombs.

    The Low Down
    Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. Free
    I wish I still had this in me. I just can’t show up for live electronic dance music. Doesn’t mean it’s not totally good and worth your time, just conceding that I’m old and busted. DJs Modesik and Sayhiro will bump downtempo, funk, and house at this free dance party that the me of 10 years ago would be totally down for. This goes down every second, third, and fourth Friday of the month. Obviously, first Fridays are reserved for pagan rituals and a sexy indoor LARP.

    Saturday, February 14

    Goldfoot_Saturday14Goldfoot and Brothers Bror
    Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5
    Goldfoot is a rump-shaking soul funk electronic rock outfit from Portland. They sort of sound like Chromeo meets Maroon 5, and for once I don’t mean that comparison derisively. Brothers Bror have a more soul-infused blues and folk sound which is really polished. This is a definite candidate for best show of the week right here. If I can get the battery replaced in my mobility scooter, I will be there.

    Valentine’s Day with John Shipe
    Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St. 8 p.m. Free
    John Shipe looks like the one really obnoxious guy from That Seventies Show. And Valentine’s Day, like love, is for suckers. That said, you could do a lot worse than the smooth sounds of this witty and romantic act at a fun bar like Calapooia’s. Shipe is a really talented and un-douchey singer-songwriter, which says a great deal about him considering the singer-songwriter scene. If you’re gonna do something that’s both fun and covers V-Day requirements, this is it. It’s just… I hated That Seventies Show, and Valentine’s Day is for suckers.

    Sunday, February 15

    CCB_Sunday15Musical Cameos
    Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 333 NW 35th St. 2 p.m. Free
    This is a cool set of mini concerts from smaller offshoots of the stellar Corvallis Community Band. I love these guys, so this is a no-brainer. Free songs of folk, ragtime, classical, and contemporary by Flute Cocktail (flutes), Sax Trax (saxophones), Spiritoso Wind quintet (winds and piano), Hornocopia (horns), and a clarinet trio. Don’t squander a great opportunity to hear some standards and maybe some surprises by a fun group.

    Blues Jam!
    Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St. 4 to 6 p.m. Free
    Something about this musical free-for-all makes me want to go all 80s bar bad guy. Like one of the dudes Patrick Swayze destroyed in Roadhouse. If I were incredibly annoying and talked like a jackass, I’d say something like, “Hit up ‘Pooia for some blues jams, brews, and gams!” And then I’d get round-housed in the face. But of course, I’m not incredibly annoying and I don’t talk like a jackass… Sorry, I lost my train of thought. Oh yeah, Blues Jam, Calapooia, good times…

    Monday, February 16

    Fefafe_Monday16Traditional West African Dance Classes
    Oddfellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St.7:15 p.m.
    To do West African dance right, you’re going to want to have a great live band providing pulsing rhythms. Fefafe to the rescue. Now that that’s covered, you’re going to want to get some rhythm yourself. And don’t move your lips when you’re counting along with the beat. And don’t wear sandals, because honestly, nobody wants to see your feet.

    Bryson Skaar
    Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Free
    “Are you going to Skaar-bro’s fair?” is what I imagine a hackier writer than myself would write while desperately stretching to make some wordplay land. If it were up to me, I’d probably do something more like, “Buy some Skaar live.” Yeah I hate myself, too. But don’t let that reflect poorly on Corvallis’ hardest working jazz pianist. Show him some love in proportion to your hate for me.

    Tuesday, February 17

    Cyrano_Tuesday17Community Movie Night
    Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St.7 p.m. Free
    Just in time to be three days late for Valentine’s Day, Ygal’s got Cyrano De Bergerac (1950), starring Jose Ferrer in his legendary Oscar-winning role as the greatest adventurer/lover/witticist of them all. This movie is free and a great way for people who had to work on Saturday to make up for it with a late romantic Valentine’s date. And then, instead of spending like $100 on a stuffed bear that plays Jesse McCartney songs when you squeeze it, you can just put a fraction of that in the donation box and tell your date it’s for them. You just want to give back to the arts community… ‘cause you’ve got such a big heart.

    Space Neighbors
    Sky High Brewing, 160 NW Jackson Ave. 8 p.m. Free
    Celebrate Fat Tuesday in relative style with Corvallis stalwarts Space Neighbors live at Sky High. These guys are terrific, and they will be featuring special guests Melanie Reid on the mic and Brian Meyers on sax. There’s surely going to be beads at this show, so I’ll probably go; I feel safe around plastic necklaces because my adoptive mother won me in a Mardi Gras raffle. I mean, I like beer. Moving on…

    Wednesday, February 18

    AcousticLive_Wednesday18Wednesday Acoustic Live!
    Les Caves, 308 SW 3rd St. 8 p.m. Free
    Les Caves really knows how to pair a beer or wine with a delicious plate of food. Which is good, because I have no idea, and I always end up with something good when I go there. Wednesdaynights they’re good enough to pair it with some fine live music. No way to go wrong here.

    Nate Wagner
    Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free
    I’m not going to sit here and lecture you about coming out to see local music and how important it is to the local art scene and how we owe it to each other to show up for these shows. I’m just going to say, Nate Wagner is a person, and I can find no trace of him or his music on the Internet, which is weird. So here’s my theory: Nate will be awesome, and is well worth free admission, but don’t make too big a deal about it because he’s in a witness protection program and we don’t want to get him killed.

    Thursday, February 19

    Monette_Thursday19Curtis Monette and Twisted Snout Brewery Tasting
    Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free
    “Curtis Monette got more loops than a toucan!” is what I heard a sassy teen fan of his saying one time… in my head. But seriously, Monette is a big deal in the local scene for a reason. His live show with a liberal dollop of looping and jamming is great, and Twisted Snout brews a mean…brew. Crap. That sassy teen is the best writer here…

    Rough Jazz
    Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St. 7 p.m. Free
    If you’re anything like me, you like your jazz like you like your cats’ tongues. Rough. I want my jazz to get so rough we need to agree on a safe word. So I think you’ll know what I mean when I say Rough Jazz at Calapooia will sate your thirst for the hard stuff. Okay, that was all a false buildup. These guys are pretty smooth. And great.

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