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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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    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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    Thursday, 5

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFree Range Open Mic, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. Free

    No performer can truly know if they suck or not until they’ve run the open mic night gauntlet. Fortunately Corvallis has a bunch of OMNs for young American Idol hopefuls to scrape a knuckle on. I like Bombs Away’s for its close proximity to the frat houses. That way if you hear something spectacularly bad, you have a place to go trash. They won’t notice anyway. This weekly courage test switches locations between Bombs and Cloud & Kelly’s, so you should never have to suffer a Thursday night without some amateur music.

    http://www.bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/

    Old Time Appalachian Music Jam, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Free

    The only thing that complements a deli sandwich better than coleslaw is some older dudes, preferably with ZZ Toppian beards, playing on things like jugs, washboards, and Jew’s harps. Okay, that was a mouthful, but you must trust me here. I swear it makes the sandwich taste better. Get your Deliverance on with some excellent Appalachian jamming at the Old World.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-World-Deli/187552621276559

    Friday, 6

    Rainbow_Friday6Belly Full of Bob, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $10

    I can’t pretend I’m the type to shell out $10 for a tribute band.  But if I was, this band would surely be among the tribute squads I’d consider throwing down for.  Belly does Bob Marley songs, and they do it with the musicianship you’d expect considering their pedigree: Space Neighbors, Xenat-Ra and Stairway Denied are some of the bands the members of Belly Full of Bob hail from.  This is sort of like a Willamette Valley Traveling Wilburys but for reggae.  Okay that was a reach, but these guys are probably the best musicians in town on this particular Friday night.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belly-Full-of-Bob/154526712782

    Rainbow in the Clouds, Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St., Corvallis, OR 97333, 10 p.m. $3

    This dance party is not only built to make you shake your ass, it’s a benefit for Rainbow Health Resources, a non-profit that educates about sexual responsibility and bullying in the LGBTQ community.  That means your dance moves will not only galvanize the hot jams, but will power an admirable public health initiative.  DJ Coco returns to spin this community favorite dance party.  Though the theme is LGBTQ-centric, this party is open to anyone who wants to shake it and knows a good cause when they see one.  I’ll be the one there dressed as Priscilla Queen of the Desert’s accountant (and cousin), Larry CPA of the Desert.

    Saturday, 7

    Patrimony_Saturday7100 Watt Mind, Radion and Patrimony, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5

    If you live around here and patronize local music you must know some or all of these bands.  They’re all talented musicians and there’s a fair amount of hard rocking going on. Patrimony is super classic rock style and they really throw it back in an authentic sound with a modern sensibility. Radion has a more garage punk sound that’s also sweet and mellow.  And 100 Watt Mind sounds sort of like a mix between the other two.  This is a finely tuned three act show, easily worth $5.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/patrimony333

    http://radionsucks.bandcamp.com/

    http://www.reverbnation.com/100wattmind

    Samsel & the Skirt, Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St., 10 p.m. ≤ $5

    This band’s website calls them “An alt-country band from Portland…” I probably would have opted for setting the band off from the crowd a bit- being an alt-country band from Portland is a bit like calling yourself a French person from Paris- but they’re still good.  The uplifting vocals and creamy harmonies are probably the calling card of this group, and I actually found their pure country side to be more charming than their “alt side.” The cover isn’t set yet, but is said to be $5 or less…

    https://www.facebook.com/samselandtheskirt/info?tab=page_info

    Saturday, 8

    PrintA Floor for Terpsichore, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 2:30 p.m. $10 Students, Members and Seniors, $14 Adults

    The Majestic is raising some money for a new dance floor, and that’s a s worthy a cause as there is in the arts community.  The dance studios at the Majestic give people of all ages a chance to dance in their chosen style.  This benefit dance show will feature ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap and other styles.

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

    I believe it was the great Robert Johnson who once said, “I have a wicked case of the Mondays, brah.” He used to fix my’92 Plymouth Colt in exchange for Magic cards, but he also happened to love the blues and be named for one of its greatest practitioners.  If he hadn’t been arrested for selling Meth, I bet he’d go to this Sunday Blues Jam at Calapooia Brewing.  But he was also an alcoholic…

    https://www.facebook.com/calapooiabrewing

    Monday, 9

    Fefafe_Monday300Traditional West African Dance Classes, Oddfellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7:15 p.m. 

    Fefafe is the engine that drives this traditional West African dance class.  They’re an excellent band dealing in African rhythms that should get your feet and probably every other part of your body bumping.  Now if you’re a terrible person who doesn’t believe in the transformative power of dance, I guess you’ll probably want to stay at home and watch Gotham

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

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

    Bryson Skaar brings the piano thunder on Monday nights with the reliable effervescence of Regis and Kathy Lee. I know that might not seem like a compliment, but it is.  And there’s not a tremendous number of jazz pianists in Corvallis anyway, so take a chance on Skaar-face, which is what I would probably call him if we were friends (and if he didn’t have a restraining order against me).

    http://www.reverbnation.com/brysonskaar

    Tuesday, 10

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

    M (1931) starring Peter Lorre, directed by Fritz Lang, in German with English subtitles. This may be the most thrilling and brilliant film to come to Community Movie Night all year. The legendary Lang’s film is so influential, and reverberates so much even today that it doesn’t even seem old fashioned despite being 84 years old. CMNYK curator Ygal Kaufman, known for his good looks and rapier wit, brings another classic to the Darkside for free.  Better get there early, this one should be packed.

    https://cmnyk.wordpress.com

    https://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

    Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:00 p.m. Free

    Someday I hope to live in a world where a Celtic jam means a mix of techno and country with alt folk and spoken word.  But for now we live in the world where Celtic music only means Celtic music. So you’ll have to just settle for lovely and energetic violin driven melodies played by dedicated musicians who love the sounds of traditional Irish music.  Sorry about that.

    Wednesday, 11

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

    If you can’t get down for this show, I think we should see other people.  Gary Rowles is a legitimate legend of classic rock, and he and Chuck Holst get down with a wild technical ferocity and flare.  If you skip these guys playing for free all the time in Corvallis, don’t pretend to be down with them later on when Arthur Lee rises from the Grave and they play a 3 night stand at Royal Albert Hall for a BBC recording.  People are going to look at you like, “you’re from Corvallis?  You must know Gary Rowles and Chuck Holst!” And you’re just gonna stare back at them like a glassy eyed goon. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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

    Does it really matter who’s playing?  Les Caves doesn’t put on anyone who doesn’t belong on a stage, and if you’re really lucky, it’ll be Gumbo.  Plus there’s not really a better reason to go out on a Wednesday then the hot pretzel into cheese & fermented veggie board combo that I like to refer to as the pretzel-pickle-parcel.  Try saying that 5 times fast.  Just kidding, don’t.  If you do it in front of a mirror, Pickleman comes and rips your face off.

    http://lescavesmusic.blogspot.com/

    Thursday, 12

    TEDx_Thursday12TEDx Disruption, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 6 p.m. $20 General Admission, $15 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, Michelle Lesniak a winner of Project Runway and Matthew Kaiser, OSU student and first Helen P. Rumble Research Scholar.

    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.

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    Thursday, 29

    corvallisosusymphonyCorvallis-OSU Symphony ‘Music & Hope’ Concert, Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20

    Stephen Paulus’ “To Be Certain of the Dawn” (2005) will be played by our local symphony, with help from the Heart of the Valley Children’s Festival Choir, Corvallis Repertory Singers, and OSU Chamber Choir. The oratorio features singing in Hebrew, German, and English, and is a beautiful composition. With metal-sounding pieces like “Veil of Tears,” it’s a complex work of music and a challenging concert for our local musicians.

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

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

    Just in case you’re not burnt-out on string bands playing Americana and folk, here’s one of the best local bands who deal in the hard stuff. This is that super-authentic roots music that makes you feel like you’re in an episode of Justified. I’ve always posited these guys would make an amazing and yet a little depressing wedding band. Getting to see them for free without any nuptials will have to tide you over. Y’all come back now, y’hear?

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Hog-in-the-Woods/144350742279339?notif_t=page_new_like

    Friday, 30

    HumanOttoman_Friday30That Coyote and Human Ottoman, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

    Bombs is absolutely murdering in January with maybe my favorite show of the month. That Coyote is an excellently eclectic local group of rockers who do a nice blendy set of alternative, Americana, progressive, punk, and more. They’ll be playing with the astounding Human Ottoman, a Portland power trio that doesn’t have bass or guitar. Instead, they replaced those with cello and vibraphone and decided to get weird with it. The result is sort of like a metal band with Tom Waits, but he’s not singing. Yeah, it’s like that. This is a bona fide show-of-the-week alert.

    https://www.facebook.com/ThatCoyote

    http://www.humanottoman.com/

    Vina Moses Center Benefit with Matt Neely, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 p.m.

    Matt Neely will bring the acoustic thunder to this show which benefits the Vina Moses Center, which organizes giving trees at the holiday in addition to other projects to help Oregon’s neediest residents. Without Vina Moses, a lot of families in the Willamette Valley would go without food, clothing, and other essentials. This show is pretty relaxed and family-friendly, so bring the kids and a few bucks for a good cause.

    http://imaginecoffee.net/events-in-corvallis/

    www.vinamoses.org/

    Saturday, 31

    Svens_Saturday31The Svens, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. Free

    I appreciate how concise the term “cowboy surf poetry” fits these guys. That’s exactly what you’re getting, and it’s awesome. They belong in a movie, preferably directed by Alex Cox or Monte Hellman. The Svens tell an avant-garde tale of gun smoke and hearts afire with their live show, and sound a bit like Cake mixed with A Prairie Home Companion. The Svens deserve more attention than they get, so remedy that this week.

    http://www.cowboysurfpoetry.com/

    Hair Fire, Asterion and Macrofocus, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

    This is a show that switches the dial a lot, and that can work for you or against you. I’m optimistically guessing that the folk into prog-metal into inspirational pop rock is going to land… but honestly just typing it out has me second-guessing myself. Give this incredibly mixed bag a shot and see if it works. Hair Fire is energetic folk, Asterion is progressive metal with a fair amount of polish, and Macrofocus is… a little Maroon Five-ish. Take that in whatever way you want.

    https://soundcloud.com/hair-fire

    http://asterionnw.bandcamp.com/

    http://macrofocus.bandcamp.com/album/macrofocus-live-in-concert

    Sunday, 1

    Blues_Sunday1Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St. 4 to 6 p.m. Free

    Sometimes it takes the expressiveness of a genre like the blues to capture how much none of us want to go back to work on Monday. That’s why this little blues jam at Calapooia is an elegant solution to my Sunday woes. If it weren’t for this little get-together, I’d have to clean up my house, prepare for the week ahead, and maybe exercise. For two hours every Sunday afternoon you can forget your week of worries ahead with some of our talented locals cutting loose.

    https://www.facebook.com/calapooiabrewing

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

    This twice monthly get-together get-down has been going on for 50 years. That’s a whole mess of dancing, and they’re still going strong. In this, the first Sunday edition, the focus is on Balkan dancing; the second Sunday in two weeks is Isareli-style. These Balkan dances have some line elements to them, so if you’re a fan of country line dancing… you may still hate this, but I doubt it. So bring your aromatic cheeses and kefir, and get ready to get down.

    http://hoolyeh.com/

    Monday, 2

    Fefafe_Monday2Traditional West African Dance Classes, Oddfellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7:15 p.m. 

    Fefafe provides the music for this dance class that should have you dancing in the traditional style of West Africa, if I understand the title correctly, and I believe I do. There aren’t many options on Monday nights, so your option is to listen to music or listen to music and learn to dance. This is the latter of those two options. For the former, move on to the next item.

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

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

    Bryson Skaar is reliable like Monday Night Football, and from what I’d like to see on his covers list, easy like Sunday morning. If you want live entertainment without the dance instruction portion, Bryce is your guy with his piano stylings keeping things lively. Imagine is a great place to relax, meet a local, see some art, get out of the rain, and Bryce is one of the reasons why.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/brysonskaar

    Tuesday, 3

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

    My Man Godfrey (1936) is on the docket for this 32nd installment of CMNYK at the Darkside. A rollicking and warm-hearted romantic comedy, starring screen greats Carole Lombard and William Powell, this film was recently added to the Library of Congress’ film registry for preservation as a culturally significant classic. Don’t miss it, along with the awesome pre-show goodies including cartoons, newsreels, and an intro from curator Ygal Kaufman. Did we mention it’s free?     

    https://cmnyk.wordpress.com

    https://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

    Timba Tuesday, Impulse Bar, 1425 NW Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. Free

    The fine foot-tapping people of Rumbanana, Corvallis’ Salsa dance experts, put on this free Salsa dance party every Tuesday night. If shaking your ass to the sounds of modern salsa artists, in addition to classics like Ruben Blades and the Fania All Stars, is your thing (and if it’s not, I’m not sure we can be friends), then Timba Tuesday should be your jam. Impulse is maybe the only decent dance club in town, so this is a match made in Havana heaven.

    http://www.rumbanana.org/

    Wednesday, 4

    JoeMartines_Wednesday4Joe ‘Jangles’ Martines, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Joe Martines specializes in house concerts, which makes him a kindred spirit to me. The best shows I ever played when I used to rock were house parties. Now it should be noted, Joe deals in singer-songwriter acoustic mellowness, not the costumed glam metal I used to think fit house parties so well. But he does inspire the crowd to get up and shuffle their feet to his smooth sounds. Check out Jangles at Bombs, and then consider booking him to play your living room. He promises to take off his shoes.

    http://www.joemartines.com/

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

    The band for this Wednesday is still a mystery, but if the pattern holds, it will be some form of local stalwarts Gumbo. And Gumbo is just darn terrific. You’ve probably seen them at the farmers’ market, or at Les Caves, or one of the many places this talented group shows up. They play easy swinging jazz and folk and other types of roots music to get you bobbing your head. Caves is one of my favorite places to see these guys, which is probably because they pair well with a sour bier. In the event it’s not Gumbo, don’t show up at my door with a pitchfork and a torch—whoever does play on Wednesday will likely be worth the cover price (Hint: it’s free).

    http://lescavesmusic.blogspot.com/

    Thursday, 5

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFree Range Open Mic, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. Free

    No performer can truly know if they suck or not until they’ve run the open mic night gauntlet. Fortunately Corvallis has a bunch of OMNs for young American Idol hopefuls to scrape a knuckle on. I like Bombs Away’s for its close proximity to the frat houses. That way if you hear something spectacularly bad, you have a place to go trash. They won’t notice anyway. This weekly courage test switches locations between Bombs and Cloud & Kelly’s, so you should never have to suffer a Thursday night without some amateur music.

    http://www.bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/

    Old Time Appalachian Music Jam, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Free

    The only thing that complements a deli sandwich better than coleslaw is some older dudes, preferably with ZZ Toppian beards, playing on things like jugs, washboards, and Jew’s harps. Okay, that was a mouthful, but you must trust me here. I swear it makes the sandwich taste better. Get your Deliverance on with some excellent Appalachian jamming at the Old World.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-World-Deli/187552621276559

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    Thursday, 22

    walidahimarish_Thursday22Oregon’s Racial History and King’s Vision of Justice, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Free

    Author, journalist, and performer Walida Imarisha presents “Oregon’s Racial History and King’s Vision of Justice” at an event to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you missed a chance to experience something important on MLK Day proper, here’s a great opportunity to hear stirring words live from an amazing performer. Sponsored by the Corvallis King Legacy Advisory Board, this event is free, though a small canned food donation is greatly appreciated.

    http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=90

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

    This Bellingham, WA band infuses their folksiness with enough energy to keep your feet stomping long after the show ends. Though the music calendar isn’t exactly short on roots music, this is one of the best and most exciting bands to come through town in January, and seeing them for free is just the gravy on top. Their most recent album, Fathoms, is a pleasure to behold.

    Friday, 23

    Otis_Friday23Hillstomp and Otis Heat, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 10 p.m. $8

    Blues/bluegrass/rock duo Hillstomp are like a dirty country Black Keys. They’re from Portland, and not the backwoods of Tennessee, but they’re still pretty authentic sounding. And their show is simmering with energy under the surface that makes their simple, often just banjo and drum, songs sound big. Otis Heat are also from Portland and they’ve got a more funk-infused alt-pop blues sound. They’re also brimming with energy and really solid musicianship. This is quite a strong and refreshing pairing, and probably the best show of the week.

    https://www.facebook.com/hillstomp

    http://otisheat.com

    The Deep Woods Band, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free

    This is some pretty unapologetically hippie stuff and Deep Woods has a charming attitude that can make even the most cynical jam-band hater (me) soften a bit. And they’re really pretty good, even if your goal isn’t an acid flashback. But seriously, some of their YouTube videos look like B-roll footage from Gimme Shelter.

    https://www.facebook.com/DeepWoodsBand

    Saturday, 24

    Fruition_Saturday24Fruition, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. $12

    The price should alert you to the quality of the show. Fruition is a band that plays a lot and they apparently really like playing Corvallis. This is a bunch of really energetic and folksy Portlandians who put on a strings showcase. Upright bass, guitars, mandolin, and more, and they’ve got great voices and slay the harmonies. Bombs has a stellar weekend going on here.

    http://fruitionband.com

    Corvallis Swing and Blues Weekend, Oddfellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. $15; Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. Midnight. $12

    I won’t waste space with quips. This is the swing and blues dancesplosion you’ve been waiting for, all weekend long, but this Saturday is the gem. Doors open at Oddfellows Hall at 6:45 p.m. Then there’s swing lessons at 7 p.m., local stalwarts Gumbo playing at 8 p.m., blues band Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes at 10 p.m., as well as swing DJs on the other side of the building, letting people dance until midnight. For $15. Then at midnight the doors open at the Majestic for the late night party with swing and blues DJs spinning for the dancing masses until 3 a.m. $12 at the door there. A weekend pass to events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday runs $50.

    https://www.facebook.com/corvallisswing

    Sunday, 25

    Blues_Sunday25Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St. 4 to 6 p.m. Free
    I like to wile away a Sunday afternoon by showing up at a blues jam, knowing nothing of how to play or sing the blues, and then just sitting in like a jerk. But I promise I won’t do it this Sunday, so now may be a great time to check out this foot-stomping lil get together. They’ve actually done scientific studies linking the enjoyment of the blues with beer and dudes in their 50s. I’m kidding, obviously you can’t really enjoy anything when you’re over 50…

    https://www.facebook.com/calapooiabrewing

    No More Blues, House of Ron & Karen Lee, Corvallis. 4 p.m. Suggested donation: $10 to $15

    Alternatively, you can skip the blues jam and check out this Brazillian-inspired trio featuring keyboard, rhythm, vocals, and Laura Zaerr on harp. Sounds bananas, and this is a super limited engagement being put on at a private residence. Don’t show up all Axel Foley and crash the joint though, contact Ron and Karen Lee via phone or email to secure a reservation: rokalee503@gmail.com, (503)320-3575.

    Monday, 26

    Fefafe_Monday26Traditional West African Dance Classes, Oddfellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7:15 p.m. 

    I can’t pretend I know much about traditional West African dance. I know an extraordinary amount about non-traditional West African dance though. I spent a summer learning how to do the robot with an incredible dancer from Burkina Faso. So I guess that’s all to say, I plan on making it to this long-running class at the Oddfellows soon. You just can’t show up to clubs and only do the robot… anymore. 

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

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

    Bryson Skaar is a trooper. This guy shows up and hits the ivories for free at Imagine Coffee every week on the night basically nobody wants to show up to support local music. Even I have to miss it, because I’ll be over at Tradition West African dance class. But if you’re not going to shake it at the Oddfellows Hall you should give this guy a chance. Eventually there just won’t be any shows on Monday if we don’t help Bryson out. Plus jazz piano is just always a good week-starter.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/brysonskaar

    Tuesday, 27

    SnowsoKili_Tuesday27Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free

    The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Susan Hayward. Corvallis’ only free weekly screening series is on a serious legends bender right now. The last few weeks featured Corman, Hitchcock, and Fred Astaire. Now we get Ernest Hemingway and Gregory Peck together. This is based on one of the great writer’s most famous short stories, and features what at the time was eye-popping special effects in addition to a great. As always, this is a free screening hosted by Advocate contributor Ygal Kaufman and any donations you should choose to part with benefit the Darkside Cinema renovations.

    https://cmnyk.wordpress.com

    https://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

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

    Alright now Beantown transplants, don’t get too excited, this is not an evening of sitting around a fire and telling tales of Bob Cousy and John Havlicek. This is a real Celtic jam, which means Irish folk music is going to be bumping, and nobody will be talking about the 1987 NBA Finals. Imagine Coffee does an admirable job providing us with free sources of high quality music on nights when the other venues in town have seemingly phoned it in. Reward them by buying something while you’re there, and don’t make any House of Pain jokes while the music is going. I learned that last one the hard way…

    Wednesday, 28

    BenBlair_Wednesday28Ben Blair, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free

    Ben Blair plays an incredibly pleasant mix of country, rock, bluegrass, and other influences.  He’s got a great voice, which is what makes his stripped-down sound really come together. I’d go see this guy for a few bucks, so him playing for free is legitimately a steal. This is the exact kind of music I like to hear in a bar. Take note, whiny singer-songwriters: it’s okay to be awesome.

    http://benblair.bandcamp.com

    Wednesday Acoustic Live Featuring Keltocalypse. Les Caves, 308 Sw 3rd St. 8 p.m.

    Just in case you weren’t burned out on Irish music or Larry Bird references, Les Caves’ Wednesday Acoustic Live is featuring a terrific troupe of locals who call themselves Keltocalypse. They play a laid back Irish infused acoustic set that features lovely guitars anchoring a swarm of violins and sometimes other surprise instruments. They go perfectly with a fine import beer and hot pretzel, however they’re equally un-amused by House of Pain references, so regardless of your allegiance to the Emerald Isle, please do not “jump around.”

    Thursday, 29

    Osu Symphony_Thursday29Corvallis-OSU Symphony ‘Music & Hope’ Concert, Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20

    Stephen Paulus’ “To Be Certain of the Dawn” (2005) will be played by our local symphony, with help from the Heart of the Valley Children’s Festival Choir, Corvallis Repertory Singers, and OSU Chamber Choir. The oratorio features singing in Hebrew, German, and English, and is a beautiful composition. With metal-sounding pieces like “Veil of Tears,” it’s a complex work of music and a challenging concert for our local musicians.

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

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

    Just in case you’re not burnt-out on string bands playing Americana and folk, here’s one of the best local bands who deal in the hard stuff. This is that super-authentic roots music that makes you feel like you’re in an episode of Justified. I’ve always posited these guys would make an amazing and yet a little depressing wedding band. Getting to see them for free without any nuptials will have to tide you over. Y’all come back now, y’hear?

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Hog-in-the-Woods/144350742279339?notif_t=page_new_like

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    Thursday, 15

    curtismonetteCurtis Monette & Widmer Brewing Tasting, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. Tasting starts at 6:00 p.m., music starts at 8:30 p.m. Both are Free.
    Curtis Monette is a talented musician who spins funk inspired smooth jams using loops and his nasty guitar skills. Listening to a recording of him, it’s hard to believe it’s only one guy. But it is, and he’ll be plying his trade at Bombs yet again.  This is one of those acts that’s better to be seen live.  Listening to a live recording doesn’t do it justice. It’s also the type of music that goes great with a booze tasting, so this is really a nice a combo.

    https://myspace.com/curtismonette

    Rough Jazz, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St. Albany. 7 p.m.  Free
    They’re rough, they’re jazz. The players are fantastic. Their performances are killer—I highly recommend enjoying a couple. If you dig the kind of jazz you can really just sink into, you’ll thank me later. This is the real deal, folks!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/845195645522308/?ref=23

    http://www.reverbnation.com/roughjazz

    Friday, 16

    hunksandhottieThe Hunks & the Hottie, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:00 pm, Free

    This 4-piece putfit specializes in Americana, which is appropriate because their name evokes the most American of imagery. Guitar, mandolin, cello and bass+ mix together beautifully, delivering folk, bluegrass and other excellent sittin’ & sippin’ music. TH&TH don’t deal in the hard stuff, so prepare to relax and enjoy something complemented ideally by whiskey.

    https://www.facebook.com/thehunksandthehottie

    Flashback Fridays, Jack Okole’s Bar & Grill, 140 NW 3rd St. 9:00 p.m. Free

    DJ Rob Vino is on the wheels of steel for this throwback dance party.  80s, 90s and new wave are on the menu, as well as a modicum of rump shaking.  I like to show up to this event dressed like Ryan Gosling in Drive, but I usually leave looking like Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives. Get it?  Because I dance so hard a Thai policeman beats me senseless and then hacks off one of my arms…

    https://www.facebook.com/jackokoles

    Saturday, 17

    weatherbandThe Weather Machine, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:00 p.m. Free

    This Portland based alt-rock group is as Northwest as a beard and a vest.  Go ahead and use that lyric if you’d like fellas, it’s on me. With power and electricity behind some folk and Americana based rock, this is one of the more talented up-and-comer groups to stop through Corvallis. Their first full length was released last year, but is still fresh and timely as they tour around the Oregon and Washington.

    http://weathermachinemusic.com/

    Arcweld with Ghostfuzz, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St, 10:00 p.m.

    Let’s just be honest; you’ve seen bands with more stage charisma than these guys.  But this town is stacked to the gills with folk and Americana, occasionally you have a hankering for the hard stuff.  You could do a lot worse than Arcweld. Stick a couple messy beards in there and maybe lose a shirt or two, and this is a bona fide hard rock bonanza.

    http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/arcweld

    Sunday, 18

    bluesjamBlues Jam at Calapooia Brewery, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Northeast Hill Street, Albany, 4:00 p.m. Free

    Some things were just meant to be consumed in the jam format.  Boysenberries are a good example; the blues is another. Late afternoon on a Sunday, as the sun is setting is a pretty perfect time to catch a cold one and some soulful jamming at one of the best spots in the area for live music. Please don’t request The Crossroads, though, it makes you look like a noob.

    https://www.facebook.com/calapooiabrewing

    Hoolyeh Folk Dancers, First Congregational UCC, 4515 SW West Hills Rd 7:00 p.m. $2 for First Congregational members, $3 for non-members

    This dancetravaganza goes down at First Congregational on the first and third Sunday of every month.  This group has amazingly been around in one form or another since the 60s as the Hoolyehs, so trust in their dance expertise. The first edition of each month is focused on Balkan and dancing, and the other (this one) is Israeli dancing.  This is a great first date idea.  Seriously, you can thank me later.

    Monday, 19

    mlk33rd Annual Peace Breakfast, Memorial Union Ballroom, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, $6 for students, $10 for non-students, children 5 & under get in free

    Sponsored by the OSU Office of Equity & Inclusion, the Office of the President and the OSU Foundation, this popular annual event is one of the most important of the year.  Especially in light of our recent troubles as a nation. Aside from the breakfast there will be presentation of the Phyllis S. Lee and Frances Dancy Hooks awards, and a keynote address from the Hon. Darleen Ortega, Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

    Selma, Carmike 12 Theater, 750 NE Circle Blvd. 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 p.m. $10 adults, $7.50 students, $7.50 matinee.  Film discussion, Memorial Union Horizon Room, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, 8:30 p.m. Free

    Unfortunately most of us don’t spend MLK day really reflecting on the life and work of the man for whom the day is named. Here’s a rare opportunity to do so.  Go check out the film that is a contender for the Oscars this year about the work of the quintissential American hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Then, if you’re so inclined, there’s a discussion of the film that is open to the public in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union on OSU campus at 8:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, 20

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

    The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) starring Jonathan Haze, Mel Welles, Jackie Joseph, Dick Miller and Jack Nicholson, directed by Roger Corman. This ultra-classic horror comedy from the father of the B-Movie, Roger Corman, is more than just a master class in low budget filmmaking; it’s also one of the funniest, most satirically brilliant and underrated gems of the 60s. As always, Community Movie Night is a free event open to the public, and donations (should you choose to provide any) go to the Darkside Cinema rennovations. The show is preceded by an intro from series curator and Advocate contributor, Ygal Kaufman, as well as newsreels, commercials and cartoons from the year of the film’s original release.

    http://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

    Mango Django, Old World Deli, 341 Southwest 2nd Street. 7:30 p.m. Free 

    This is arguably Corvallis’ premier jazz band, which isn’t quite the same as being, say, New Orleans’ premier jazz band, but is still pretty good. If you like mellow but eclectic live music played by guys who know their instruments, give these fellas a shot. This weekly gig is really just their rehearsal, essentially, but that laidback atmosphere and openness with the crowd almost makes it more enjoyable than a buttoned down gig.

    https://www.facebook.com/MangoDjangoJazz

    Wednesday, 21

    mrbillMr. Bill’s Trivia Night, Murphy’s Restaurant & Lounge, 2740 SW 3rd St. 7 to 10 p.m. Free

    This town isn’t exactly overflowing with entertaining eccentrics getting people to yell out things and have a good time. I mean, we’ve got plenty of eccentrics, but few of them are really fun to listen to. Enter Monsieur Bill.  This would be called the best trivia night in town if it weren’t pretty much the only one, which makes it both the best and the worst.  I challenge you all to be there and try to defeat me. Mr. Bill’s show has regular stops in Eugene and Newport as well as this awesome version at Murphy’s.

    http://www.mrbillstrivia.com/cal.html

    http://murphyscorvallis.com

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

    What can I tell you?  I’m gonna be at Mr. Bill’s trivia night.  But if you prefer music and/or are deucing your shorts in fear of how badly I’m going to destroy everyone at said trivia night, Jesse Johnson’s singer-songwriter stylings are quite pleasant. This is a great way to spend a night out that doesn’t involve me doing celebration dances every time I get an answer right and making it rain with monopoly money…

    Thursday, 22

    walidahimarishOregon’s Racial History and King’s Vision of Justice, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Free

    Author, journalist and performer Walida Imarisha will speak about “Oregon’s Racial History and King’s Vision of Justice” at an event to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you missed a chance to experience something important on MLK Day proper, here’s a great opportunity to hear stirring words live from an amazing performer. Sponsored by the Corvallis King Legacy Advisory Board, this event is free, though a small canned food donation is greatly appreciated.

    http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=90

    Polecat, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:00 p.m. Free

    This Bellingham, WA band infused their folksiness with enough energy to keep your feet stomping long after the show ends. Though the music calendar isn’t exactly short on roots music, this is one of the best and most exciting bands to come through town in January, and seeing them for free is just the gravy on top. Their most recent album, Fathoms, is a pleasure to behold.

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    Thursday, 8

    devicegrips_Thursday8Device Grips, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 10 p.m.

    Device Grips is… different. A mixture of hip-hop, blues, and psychedelia comes together with lyrical prowess to produce a groove that is unlikely to ever fall on even a single deaf ear. Excellent Oregon band + awesome food and drink… with no cover. If you’re looking for something different (as in, excellent), this is your ticket.

    https://www.facebook.com/DeviceGrips

    http://devicegrips.bandcamp.com/

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

    Fifteen-plus year Corvallis stringband veterans Wild Hog in the Woods will be taking Calapooia Brewery by storm, and I’m thinking you should be there. If you’re a fan of old-time music of any kind, you’ll thank me later as Corvallis’ finest pluckers fill you with the warmth of yesteryears.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Hog-in-the-Woods/144350742279339

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

    Friday, 9 

    shy seasons_Friday9The Shy Seasons and Cambrian Explosion, Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5 cover
    Shy Seasons is a four-piece band that’s about as psychedelic as they are alternative, sporting groovy electronic rock tunes with titles that remind me of songs titles I’d have come up with if I were on some sort of er, substance. Their stagemates, Cambrian Explosion, are also rooted in psychedelic rock, but are of a different breed altogether. Both bands hail from the far-off land of Oregon, and will undoubtedly make for an awesome double-header.

    Shy Seasons: shyseasons.bandcamp.com & www.facebook.com/theshyseasons

    Cambrian Explosion: cepdx.bandcamp.com & www.facebook.com/cambrianexplosion

    The Low Down, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. 21+,  No cover  

    From here on out, if you find yourself at Cloud & Kelly’s on any given Friday night, your earballs will be treated to tunes tossed about by DJs Modesik and Sayhiro. This has been a test of the emergency bar scene system. Only it’s not really a test, because this is real. Beep-beep-beep-beep-beep-beep.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/328211604033646/?ref=23

    Saturday, 10

    sam densmore_Saturday10Sam Densmore, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 SE Hill St. 8 p.m.

    To be honest, I cringe every time I hear about another folk/singer songwriter. Sometimes I ever barf up a bit of my last meal. My wife went through a phase where she only want to listen to The Lumineers and I almost divorced her. Now, Sam Densmore, yes he’s got a guitar and writes songs in the folk vein. He also busts his ass, playing about 100 shows a year, and writes songs that I dig a lot and remind me of the best parts of R.E.M. and Wilco. Check out his show in Albany or I’ll go ahead and actually divorce my wife, and it’ll be your fault.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1402152410077327/?ref=23 

    http://www.reverbnation.com/samdensmore

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

    The band with the name that you want to say over and over and over until you piss everyone you know off, Blookie is a Green Day/Weezer cover band that pays tribute to both bands’ better records (if you disagree, go to hell). This show? Oh, they’ll just be playing Dookie and the Blue Album… and then some other great songs. No big deal.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/388236341336037/?ref=23

    https://www.facebook.com/blookieband

    Sunday, 11 

    albanywizardofoz_Sunday 11Auditions for ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Albany Civic Theater, 111 1st Ave. W. 7:30 to 10 p.m.

    Everyone, at some point or another, has desired their time in the spotlight… on the grand stage. That’s a total lie, but just roll with me. If you want to strut your stuff in “The Wizard of Oz” (the real thing, not the crappy one with Zooey Deschanel), this is your chance to break a leg. Today the 12-and-unders are welcome (and dogs…), while teens and adults are green lit for the 12th and 13th.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1390898037866908/

    Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St. 4 to 6 p.m.
    Blues Jam is, contrary to popular belief, not something you spread on wheat bread when you’re sad. It’s when a whole bunch of blues enthusiasts show up at Calapooia Brewing, dump beer down their throats, and then either rock the hell out or kick back and enjoy the tunes. Seriously, you’ve had to listen to Taylor Swift’s latest yammering how many times recently thanks to your kid? Blues Jam is like a colonic for your music mind.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/822475417812132/?ref=23

    Monday, 12

    sciencepublogo_Monday12Science Pub Corvallis, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 6 to 8 p.m.
    Beer, science. And then more of each. If you’re into those two things and have yet to get on the Science Pub train, I have to ask… WTF, bro? The amazing speaker this time around is Sarina Saturn from OSU’s School of Psychological Sciences. She’ll be discussing the issue of science and gender, as well as how women fit into the scientific enterprise. No, not NCC-1791-D, sorry.

    http://oregonstate.edu/terra/science-pub-corvallis/

    http://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2014/a-new-year-of-science-pub/

    International Folk Dancing, 1180 25th Ave. SW, Albany. 7 to 9 p.m. $4
    While they likely won’t appreciate the kind of dancing I do while washing the dishes (and neither would you), the Hoolyehs, a group of international folk dance enthusiasts that have been cutting Corvallis’ rugs since the 1960s, have a new recurring dance night. No partner necessary, every Monday, for a paltry four bucks.

    http://hoolyeh.com/

    Tuesday, 13

    CMNight_Tuesday13Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free

    The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) starring Leslie Banks  and Peter Lorre, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This super-taut thriller is so good, Hitchcock couldn’t help but remake it himself. His 1956 version with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day is more well-remembered, but this first version has its own charms, including the magnetic legend, Peter Lorre, in one of his best roles. Hitchcock night at Community Movie Night is always mobbed, so be sure to get there early. Free admission and the old newsreels and cartoons before the feature make this one of the best cinema nights of the month.

    http://www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis

    Celtic Jam, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m.
    When I think of Celtic Jam, I think of 30-year-old marmalade that has turned green. And that’s sort of disturbing right now because I’m really hungry. Thankfully for you, however, this Celtic Jam is actually just a hell of an awesome treat to give your ears. Any and all are welcome, regardless of skill level.

    http://imaginecoffee.net/

    http://www.oregonlive.com/teens/index.ssf/2014/07/celtic_jam_is_now_in_session.html 

    Wednesday, 14 

    MrBill_Wednesday14Mr. Bills Trivia Night, Murphys Restaurant & Lounge, 2740 SW 3rd St. 7 to 10 p.m.
    I swear to the lord above (or over yonder, wherever said lord is), if you can resist something called Mr. Bill’s Trivia Night, hosted by a slick dude in a mustache and tux, you are a better person than I am. He’s been at it since 1984, there are prizes, and gadzooks, just stop reading this and pencil it in already.

    http://www.mrbillstrivia.com/cal.html

    http://murphyscorvallis.com

    ‘Joy to the World,’ Benton County Museum, 1101 Main St., Philomath. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Though it opened last month, this is a truly great exhibit that might help work off that holiday hangover. Running through Jan. 25, featured artists include Studio 262 owner Jennifer Lommers as well as award-winning artists Jan Maitland and Jan Roberts-Dominguez. Work will including everything from paintings to glass art, jewelry design, drawings, and more. And as always, the museum will be packed full of Oregon’s history!

    Thursday, 15

    roughjazz_Thursday15Rough Jazz, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St. 7 p.m.
    They’re rough, they’re jazz. The players are fantastic. Their performances are killer—I highly recommend enjoying a couple. If you dig the kind of jazz you can really just sink into, you’ll thank me later. This is the real deal, folks!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/845195645522308/?ref=23

    http://www.reverbnation.com/roughjazz

    Freerange Open Mic, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 8 p.m.
    I had this thought the other day about peripheral vision and urinals, and how I might have been seeing all sorts of things that I didn’t know I had been seeing… and then I thought hey, I should tell people. I should get on stage at an awesome local open mic and just let it all out. However, I’m not going to, so you can safely show up and do something awesome instead.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/905908642787477/?ref=23

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  • Time to Walk the Corvallis Arts Walk
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    By Gary Weaver

    CAWThe Corvallis Arts Walk will celebrate a new year on Jan. 15 with this monthly third Thursday event partnering local artists with homegrown businesses.

    January’s participants include a beaded snowflake demo at Kaleidoscope Studio, with water-themed art exhibits at Art in the Valley and Pegasus Gallery. Other participants include the Arts Center, CORVIDOPOLIS, Studio262, the Majestic Theatre, Brittney West Studio, Azure Fine Art Gallery, and Cyrano’s.

    January’s dining partners are Old World Deli (341 SW 2nd Street) and Cloud & Kelly’s Pubic House (126 SW 1st Street).

    At the Corvallis Advocate loft, the artwork of Johnny Beaver will be featured. Beaver is the president of the Temporary Artists’ Guild and will be showing seldom-seen work, both old and brand new, with some pieces for sale.

    Beaver has been painting for about 10 years now and his unique artistic style borrows from Expressionism, Neo-Expressionism, and Fauvism. He works with a mixture of acrylic, ink, and oil and much of his art deals with human experience, mental illness, and the individual’s place in the world.

    Galleries for the Corvallis Arts Walk will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Keep your eyes glued to www.facebook.com/CorvallisArtsWalk or www.corvallisartswalk.blogspot.com for further details. To learn more about Johnny Beaver’s art, visit www.facebook.com/johnnybeaverart.

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    Tuesday, 30 

    Dance_Tuesday30Timba Tuesday, Impulse Bar and Grill, 1425 Northwest Monroe Ave. 7:30 pm

    The last time I purposefully danced, I was probably seven or eight, it was at an Elk’s Lodge, I won a UB40 cassette and I’m pretty sure I saw some guy that was missing a nose. To protect others from my anti-skills, I keep things under wraps… however, you don’t have to. What I consider to be the closest thing to busting a move to something by Willow Smith  in terms of “dances that can give you a concussion,” these Rumbanana sponsored events are a blast and everyone walks away smiling. And besides, you do need to loosen up for New Year’s Eve, am I right?

    http://www.rumbanana.org/

    Wednesday, 31   

    ImpulseNYEve_Wednesday31Bombs Away New Years Eve Party, Bombs Away Café, 2527 Northwest Monroe Ave.

    What could be a better way to spend your New Year’s Eve than eating a pizza made of solid gold while riding a T-Rex through a series of mystical waterfalls on your way to the unicorn capital? Nothing, really. But catching a show with the legendary Space Neighbors, alongside New Music and Time Travelers, comes pretty damn close, wouldn’t you think?

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1514358678837845/

    Bootleggers Ball New Years Eve 2014, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 Southwest 1st St. 10:00 pm

    Paying respect to the fall of prohibition, Cloud & Kelly’s plans “a night of raucous, fancy dress frivolity,” which sounds  like a great excuse to bust out your monocle and feather boa. DJ’s SayHiro and Modesik will be pumping jams directly into your ear sockets while you sip masterful cocktails – or if you’re awesome like me, shots of Lagavulin.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1515539988705145/   

    Thursday, 1   

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANew Year’s Day Cinema Showtimes

    Let’s say that, and this is hypothetical of course, you have a hangover. You open and close your dry mouth and detect all necessary evidence to believe that you may have brushed your teeth with peanut butter. A glance in the mirror? Let’s hope that’s not permanent marker, because not everyone in the general public appreciates the art of the Klingon blood curse. A few aspirin later you realize that you’re going to have to whip out the big guns: eating junk food and watching a movie or three. Yes folks, one of the most tried and true hangover cures (that doesn’t involve a raw egg or electrodes on your yarbles) is, of course, catching a great flick in a comfy chair. As Corvallisites, you’re in luck! Our local Darkside Cinema (Southwest 4th St.) and Albany’s Pix Theatre (321 Southwest 2nd Ave.)  have a number of great showings for wonderfully affordable prices. So please, do the thing, before it’s too late.

    http://darksidecinema.com/index.html 

    http://www.albanypix.com/

    Friday, 2

    Arts Center_Friday2Small Work Works!,  The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave. 12pm-5pm – Ends Jan 3rd!

    13 of the best artists within arms reach coming together for a small works show that represents how they each operate within the constraints of 15”x15” spaces? Holy sh*t. Among the names are three of my own personal favorite locals: Andrew Meyers, Amanda Salov and Yuji Hiratsuka. Many different mediums are  present, from prints to ceramics to collages. If you’re into art, make art, have eaten a piece of art… this is a must-see Corvallis event, period. The show has been up since November, and ends tomorrow on the 3rd! Seriously, no more excuses.

    http://theartscenter.net/exhibit/small-work-works/

    Saturday, 3 

    Guitar_Saturday3Mitch Lies Duo, 140 Northeast Hill St, Albany, 8 p.m.

    Nationally recognized journalized turn musician, Mitch Lies (pronounced ‘lease’… I know, sad day) of Salem conjures up a blend of Americana and Folk Rock that’s unrecognizable as anything but very Mitch Lies-y. Offering up great, soulful covers and well as great originals, Mitch performs solo as well as with his duo.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/mitchlies 

    Free Range Open Mic, Bombs Away Café, 2527 Northwest Monroe Ave.  8 p.m.

    It’s a new year – let’s get that resolution out of the way. No, not inventing the reverse microwave, that one where you get up on stage and embarrass yourself. Or wow people, of course. Either way, Free Range is a great platform for it, so get up there and let ‘er rip.

    Sunday, 4 

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Northeast Hill St. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Blues Jam is, contrary to popular believe, not something you spread on wheat bread when you’re sad. It’s when a whole bunch of blues enthusiasts show up to Calapooia Brewing, dump beer down their throats and then either rock the hell out, or kick back and enjoy the tunes. Seriously, you’ve had to listen to Taylor Swift’s latest yammering how many times recently thanks to your kid? Blues Jam is like a colonic for your music mind.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1501559150126468/

    Monday, 5 

    lesmis_Monday5Les Misérables Open Auditions, Majestic Theatre, 115 Southwest 2nd St.

    Alright, so you went to the Free Range open mic as well as the blues jam, and you’ve survived to tell the tale. ::pats you on the back:: I think it’s time for the next step: the stage. And what better debut than one that involves, in some alternative dimension too horrible to describe, Hugh Jackman singing? Auditions are both today and on the 6th – adults (16 and over) from 7-10pm, and children (9-15) from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Break a leg! Only not really, because that’s incredibly painful.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/354984618017094/

    Tuesday, 6

    MangoDjango_Tuesday6Mango Django, Old World Deli, 341 Southwest 2nd St. 7:30 pm. Free

    Local jazz favorites Mango Django light up the stage  at Old World Deli with their premium blend of hot club jazz and bossa nova. A truly solid act and staple of the Corvallis music scene, they always put on a fantastic show. Don’t believe me? Well, you’re a jerk,then.

    https://www.facebook.com/MangoDjangoJazz 

    Wednesday, 7 

    LMNO_Wednesday7LMNO, Bombs Away Café, 2527 Northwest Monroe Ave.

    Let me get this straight: Page Hundemer of Xenat-ra, Nick Rivard from Space Neighbors, Brian Bucolo from Walk the Plank and Calobo, and grand warlock of sound Rob Birdwell… in a band together. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call a supergroup. And therefore, this show is kind of mandatory. Yeah, I know you work / have gout / need to rebuild your Magic: The Gathering decks. Gonna have to put that on hold, I’d afraid.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/LMNO/309101729274935

    5th Annual OSU Staff Art Show Reception, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 Southwest 26th St.  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Diving headfirst into its fifth year, OSU’s annual staff show is a very tangible experience that makes one thing abundantly clear: Oregon State has a seriously amazing collection of artists in its employ. The reception is today – also known as a great chance to meet and talk with some of those involved. This is easily one of Oregon’s best art shows of the year, every year.

    http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/events

    Thursday, 8

    Device_Thursday8Device Grips, Bombs Away Café, 2527 Northwest Monroe Ave.  10 pm

    Device Grips is…. different. A mixture of hip-hop, blues, and psychedelia comes together with lyrical prowess to produce a groove that is unlikely to ever fall on even a single deaf ear. Excellent Oregon band + awesome food and drink… with no cover. If you’re looking for something different (as in, excellent), this is your ticket.

    https://www.facebook.com/DeviceGrips   

    Wild Hog in The Woods, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Northeast Hill St. 7:30

    Fifteen-plus year Corvallis stringband veterans Wild Hog in the Woods will be taking Calapooia brewery by storm, and I’m thinking you should be there. If you’re a fan of old-time music of any kind, you’ll thank me later as Corvallis’ finest pluckers fill you with the warmth of yesteryears.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Hog-in-the-Woods/144350742279339

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    Tuesday, 23

    CommMovieNight_Tuesday23Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m.

    Of Human Bondage (1934) starring Bette Davis and Leslie Howard, from the classic novel by W. Somerset Maugham.  The novel, published in 1915, is considered by many to be the legendary author’s finest, and tells the semiautobiographical tale of a young man who follows his heart and finds out what that gets you in life… There was no bigger star than Davis, and she broke out in this role as Mildred, which was later remade three times, by Eleanor Parker, Cloris Leachman and Kim Novak, but never to the acclaim of the original.  This searing drama is one of the finest adaptations of any of Maugham’s works, and remains the definitive film version of Bondage.  As always, Community Movie Night is free and all are welcome. Donations are graciously accepted and benefit the Darkside Cinema renovations. The feature will be preceded by newsreels, cartoons and other vintage goodies from the year of the film’s release.

    Chair Yoga, Live Well Studio, Sliding Pay Scale 3-4pm

    Because we have people in our community that are fantastically amazing, local yoga instructor Lisa Wells has this class that’s designed specifically for those with physical limitations – be they a result of M.S., Parkinson’s, Cancer, A.L.S., those recovering from injury, surgery, or anything else.  This is a great chance for anyone looking to stay active or even reconnect with their body when there may be certain restrictions in play. A great program, spread the word!

    http://www.livewellstudio.com/apps/mindbody/classes/150

    Wednesday, 24

    OpenMic_Wednesday24Dock 22 Open Mic Night, 151 NW Monroe Ave. 8 to 10 p.m.

    Two folks by the names of Braden McDannell and Andrew Christiansen will be hosting this lovely local open mic at Dock 22 each Wednesday night. If you manage to roll off of your caboose in time for the 7:30 p.m. sign up, you too can harness your internal fortitudes and show the world what you’re made of… for about 15 minutes. Unless you drop your pants or something. In that case you’ll probably be cut short.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dock-22/623097847734265

    Chinese Food & a Movie

    It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re not Christian, or maybe just awesomely Grinchy.  What are you going to do? Maybe try out one of the great Jewish traditions (which ranks somewhere between Rabbi Hillel and Seinfeld) and enjoy a Chinese dinner (it really doesn’t matter where) and then a movie (we would recommend the Darkside, but again, doesn’t really matter where). For the uninitiated, it’s kind of amazing.  There’s nobody on the streets, the restaurant is nearly empty, and there’s no line for tickets at the theatre. Want to wear sweatpants and an Ed Hardy shirt?  Fear not.  Nobody’s going to see you anyway.  Want to be loud and rambunctious and say things that would normally offend people walking down the street?  It’s worth a try. Want to just walk away from your bill without paying?  Not so fast, bandit.  It’s Christmas Eve, not the wild west.  But you will have fun, and Corvallis will feel like a ghost town… so basically, Lebanon.    

    Thursday, 25

    HolidayDinner_Thursday25Holiday Dinner: Mistletoe Magic, Chintimini Senior & Community Center,  2601 NW Tyler Ave

    2:00 pm   $12 Resident, $15 Non-resident

    Mistletoe Magic may sound like some kind of festive genre-crossover adult film (you know, with Wizards), but I assure you, it is not. Pay your fee and you’ll be met by a turkey or ham dinner, trimmings (people like those), dessert, a bunch of appetizers, etc. It’ll all be served in a classy, fun setting. Perfect for those without fancy dinner plans on Christmas day.

    http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=257

    https://apm.activecommunities.com/corvparksandrecreation/Activity_Search/14599 

    Friday, 26

    BentonCountyHistorical_Friday26.jpgJoy To The World, Benton County Museum, 1101 Main Street, Philomath

    10:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Though it opened last month, this is a truly great exhibit that might help work off that holiday hangover. Running through January 25th, featured artists include Studio 262 owner Jennifer Lommers as well as award-winning artists Jan Maitland and Jan Roberts-Dominguez. Work will including everything from paintings to glass art, jewelry design, drawings and more. And as always, the museum will be packed full of Oregon’s history!

    https://www.facebook.com/BentonCountyMuseum/timeline

    http://www.bentoncountymuseum.org/news/news.cfm?id=123     

    Kurt Norlin and Ally Maser, The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave. 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Two great Oregon artists at The Arts Center? Say it ain’t so! Maybe if they had some terrible work in there for once we could get more of a surprise going, but  c’est la vie. Maser’s natural material “combines” are one of a kind and Norlin’s impressionistic approach to photography is both rich and thoughtful. This one is coming to an end on January 10th – don’t miss out!

    Saturday, 27   

    Calapooia_Saturday27The Incompatibles, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Northeast Hill St. Albany. 8:00 pm

    A three piece, multi-instrumental band featuring guitar, cello, flute, and vocals. My first experience of The Incompatibles was a video from a performance of theirs at Calapooia Brewing. They covered The Pogues—and that should be all you need to know, though it doesn’t hurt to mention that they totally rocked Cloud and Kelly’s earlier this month!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1599621750261027/   

    Fourth Saturday Belly Dancing Shows with Tina 7pm – 9pm, Old World Deli Free

    I have a belly. I know, I know, but calm down. You do, too. And while this doesn’t necessarily mean we should be dancing with them all… exposed, there’s still one hell of a belly-related dancing performance to be had here in Corvallis. The Corvallis Belly Dance Performance Guild is a non-profit built around musicians, performances, students and supporters of bellydance. This monthly event of theirs is a great alternative to, well, just about anything else. Definitely well worth the outing!

    Sunday, 28

    Majestic_Sunday28Majestic Reader’s Theatre Presents: Greetings!, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 3:00pm 

    Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Members/Seniors/Students

    Despite the fact that most of the description offered on the theater website for this work is can be seen as everything from offensive to culturally insensitive, Greetings! is quite good and certainly perfect for the season. If you’ve been to a reader’s theatre at The Majestic, I don’t have to tell you how expertly the events are rendered. For something a little different than watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the 104th time, subsequently experiencing nightmares thanks to the Abominable Snowman, do yourself a favor and round out the holiday season with a classy performance such as this.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/982671965079917/?ref=23 

    Blues Jam!, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Northeast Hill St. Albany 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Blues Jam is, contrary to popular believe, not something you spread on wheat bread when you’re sad. It’s when a whole bunch of blues enthusiasts show up to Calapooia Brewing, dump beer down their throats and then either rock the hell out, or kick back and enjoy the tunes. Seriously, you’ve had to listen to Taylor Swift’s latest yammering how many times recently thanks to your kid? Blues Jam is like a colonic for your music mind.

    Monday, 29

    LaSells_Monday29OSU Annual Staff Art Show, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St.  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Diving headfirst into its fifth year, OSU’s annual staff show is a very tangible experience that makes one thing abundantly clear: Oregon State has a seriously amazing collection of artists in its employ. Though the exhibit opens today, the show lasts until Jan. 23, with a reception on Jan. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. This is easily one of Oregon’s best art shows of the year, every year.

    http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit

    Pastega Christmas Lights Display, Benton County Fairgrounds 5pm-10pm

    This might be your last chance this year to soak up 30+ years of lights, music, cartoon cutouts and all sorts of other holiday frizzlefrazzle. Trust me, this isn’t your grandma’s “let’s go see the lights” drive around the cul de sac. This is hardcore holiday cheer. An estimated 400-700 cars move through the tour every single day, and you should probably be one of them. Seriously, don’t be a weirdo… this bit of Mario Pastega’s legacy is not to be missed!

    Tuesday, 30 

    Dance_Tuesday30Timba Tuesday, Impulse Bar and Grill, 1425 Northwest Monroe Ave. 7:30 pm

    The last time I purposefully danced, I was probably seven or eight, it was at an Elk’s Lodge, I won a UB40 cassette and I’m pretty sure I saw some guy that was missing a nose. To protect others from my anti-skills, I keep things under wraps… however, you don’t have to. What I consider to be the closest thing to busting a move to something by Willow Smith  in terms of “dances that can give you a concussion,” these Rumbanana sponsored events are a blast and everyone walks away smiling. And besides, you do need to loosen up for New Year’s Eve, am I right?

    http://www.rumbanana.org/

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

    As You Like It (1936) starring Laurence Olivier, directed by Paul Czinner.  This is the first screen adaptation of Shakespeare to star the man who would go on to be called the greatest actor of all time, Sir Laurence Olivier.  A light and frothy romantic comedy that got a screen treatment from Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, As You Like It has been filmed several times, but this first version stands out as the greatest. Olivier shines as the dashing Orlando, and Elizabeth Bergner, who had escaped the Nazis to play this role, stars as the lead, Rosalind. As always, Community Movie Night is free and all are welcome. Donations are graciously accepted and benefit the Darkside Cinema renovations. The feature will be preceded by newsreels, cartoons and other vintage goodies from the year of the film’s release.

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  • Exit Interview for Manning
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    By Kyra Young

    manningBeing mayor is bound to present many challenges, especially in a college town like Corvallis. On Monday, Dec. 8 at the Corvallis City Club meeting, outgoing mayor Julie Manning will offer insights into her last four years leading the city. In an interview with Gazette-Times editor Mike McNally, Manning will share her views about the job, and will address issues such as the most interesting parts of her job, the most rewarding, the biggest surprises, toughest issues she has faced, how she managed to balance being mayor with her day job at Samaritan, and many more. She’ll also give advice for anyone who may be thinking about taking on a role as a city volunteer or elected representative.

    The Corvallis City Club meeting is open to the public. The club meets in the Les Schwab Gym at the Boys & Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle Boulevard. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at noon. Attendance is free, but a catered lunch supplied by Café Yumm is available to purchase ($10 for members, $12 for non-members). Registration is necessary only if you would like lunch. You may register by email at info@cityclubofcorvallis.org with “City Club December 8” in the subject line by Thursday, Dec. 4. For more information, visit www.cityclubofcorvallis.org.

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  • First Alternative’s 10,000th Investor
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    By Casey Garfield

    firstaltlogoThe First Alternative Co-op has reached a major achievement: over 10,000 people have invested in this local business. To celebrate, co-op owners and community members are invited to share stories of their co-op experiences and enjoy delicious cake from the co-op bakery at two receptions this week.

    The 10,000th owner, Natasia Cooper, came in that day with a friend who was making a payment on her owner share and was caught up in the excitement of investing in a local business.

    “I was really excited, and glad the co-op has been so successful,” said Cooper. “It’s fantastic that people are going out of their way to invest in local, sustainable business. They’re taking the extra time to know what goes into their bodies. There are a lot of great local farmers out there that deserve to be recognized.”

    The co-op started as a bulk buying club in 1970 and was run by volunteers for nearly a decade. As years passed, staff became paid employees and finally members voted to become an official cooperative business in 1999. Shares are a one-time investment of $70, which can be paid at once or by payment plan. Owners may put up to $300 on their share to help with capital improvements, but the benefits remain equal for all.

    Cake receptions are on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the North Co-op, 2855 NW Grant Avenue, and Friday, Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the South Co-op, 1007 SE 3rd Street. For more information, contact Emily Stimac at 541-753-3115, ext. 321.

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  • The Majestic Could Rise Again
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    By Denise Ruttan

    Majestic300 Vagina Monologues audition at Majestic

    On a chilly Thursday evening, the Majestic Theatre buzzes with warmth. Ken Jaynes pours wine and hard cider for guests winding into the lobby. From overhead, the thumping noise from the soles of tap dancers echoes through the room. Birds of Chicago, a folk-rock band from Chicago and Montreal, carry out a sound test on the main stage. In a conference room up a stairwell squeezed between the Peacock Bar & Grill and the theater, women audition for roles in upcoming performances of The Vagina Monologues.

    It’s just another evening at this theater, which for more than a century has stood the test of time as Corvallis’ hub for the arts. But behind the scenes the picture has not always been so rosy. The theater is emerging from a troubled past marked by board and executive director turnover in its nonprofit, Majestic Theatre Management. Such an uncertain history has its supporters asking how the performing arts can still thrive even in difficult economic times.

    Yet a temporary solution has presented itself. Corvallis City Council voted unanimously Nov. 17 for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to take over operations of this City-owned building for two years starting Jan. 1, 2015. By the end of the second year, the City will either continue operating the theater, or decide on a new model.

    The City Council will adopt a supplemental budget for the theater based on financial projections during the month of December. The parks department will develop a stakeholders group, develop job descriptions, and recruit and hire staff.

    “I am convinced that we need a break to start fresh. I am convinced that the theater will be sustainable and this will give us some stability and consistency,” said council member Joel Hirsch. “I believe the theater will rise again and be better for it.” 

    What does this transition mean for the theater’s 10 paid staffers and contractors? In a word, uncertainty. Facilities manager Marshall Andersen will have to reapply for his job, if it still exists.

    “I have mixed feelings,” said Andersen. “A lot of it is that I don’t know what to expect and what’s going to happen. I’d like to see the theater keep going forward and I’d like to keep my job.”

    Much of the Majestic crew plans to reapply for their positions depending on the new job descriptions.

    “Job security is feeling a little more up in the air than before,” said office manager Gabriela Ochoa. “But all of us really enjoy what we’re doing here.”

    For some of the theater’s longtime volunteers, meanwhile, the transition presents an opportunity as well as uncertainty.

    Stephanie Long is one of those volunteers.

    “I’ve spent a good chunk of my life in that theater,” Long said. “I can show you every nook and cranny. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run up and down those stairs. I’ve hung lights, stage managed, ran fundraisers—you name it, I’ve done it.”

    She also started the Majestic Theatre Education Program. That nonprofit experience has given her ideas for how the Majestic might survive.

    “You don’t sustain a theater by ticket sales alone,” Long said. “We need donors, patrons of the arts. I think solicitation of local arts donors has gone on the back burner. You have to sell tickets, write grants, and get patrons.”

    Her friends through the arts are volunteers Mike Aronson and Robert Leff. Aronson loves the “wonderful theater, with its cute red curtains.” He presented a model for the theater to the City Council—several arts organizations working under the umbrella of a board that handles the business side.

    All three want to see the theater focus more on community productions than it has in the recent past. Aronson, in a move that challenged previous perceptions of volunteer involvement, began the Reader’s Theatre series years ago.

    “For those first auditions, 30 people showed up for four parts. It’s now called the Majestic Reader’s Theatre Company and has close to 60 actors,” Aronson said. “There’s lots of talent in this town and no place else for it to go.”

    Leff, meanwhile, is something of a keeper of theater history. He knows each transition this theater has gone through over the decades. But he also knows the joys of seeing his friends and neighbors on stage. 

    “From my point of view, the Majestic should be bigger than any one person. All of us have a stake in the theater. No one group should dominate.”

    Above all else for these dedicated volunteers and staffers, one theme has remained certain throughout the ups and downs of the Majestic’s history—no matter what happens come January, the show must go on.

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  • 8 Days A Week
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    Thursday, 27

    TurkeyTrot_Thursday27OAC Turkey Trot, Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Dr. 8 a.m. $12 to $40

    Do you like to watch your wee ones run in relatively straight lines amongst small kids in strollers, dogs, walkers, etc.? Perhaps all the while giving to a great cause known as the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Family Assistance Program, which benefits low-income families? No? Well, you’ll be getting jack for the holidays, then. As for the rest of us, we’re going to head right on over to www.oacturkeytrot.com to check out the details. There will be a 5k, a 10k, and even a 1k dash paired with the abominably cute term “Little Gobblers.”

    Friday, 28

    Browntown_Friday28Browntown and Radion, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:00 pm. Free

    Corvalli’s own Browntown and Portland’s Radion are a perfect match as they both produce the kind of fun, dirty rock n’ roll that you just sometimes need to tap into those more inglorious bits of your humanity. Tell me that doesn’t sound like a perfect soundtrack for wobbling a bit as you try to take a leak in your favorite drink-serving establishment (Bombs, of course)?

    https://www.facebook.com/BrownTownCorvoOR

    https://www.facebook.com/RADION1234

    A King Also & The Royal Court, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St. 10:00 pm

    They had me at “Awwwwww, yeaaaah,” the first phrase of their We Fly music video. To be honest, I hated that song, but the next handful showed them to be a well-oiled eclectic hiphop machine with the kind of live musical accompaniment that adds a dimension to what these folks are doing that isn’t easily accessible elsewhere. Corvallis is pretty dry in terms of hiphop, so it’s especially welcome when we get out-of-towners that are doing something different.

    https://www.facebook.com/AKingAlso

    Saturday, 29

    HMDoDos_Saturday29Honey Mountain Do-Do’s, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 10:00 pm $3

    Eugene’s modern answer to the country jug band, this folk comedy act is just what the doctor ordered. Parlor guitars, banjolele’s, a hospital gown, silly hats and what I can only describe as a rolled up piece of cardboard with fake horn sounds being vocalized through it bop in and out of their hilarious September release “The Demonstration of Fun.”

    http://honeymountaindodos.bandcamp.com/track/honey-mountain-do-dos 

    Austin Farrell, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St NE, Albany, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

    Blending folk, acoustic and reggae in such an incredibly subtle and articulate way, Farrell is bound to please just about any folk fan, but also reach out to a great many others. He’s able to fill the space he’s in like a full band, which is arguably one of the reasons why folks like James Taylor and Bon Iver have been able to grab at their audience the way they have.

    http://austinfarrellmusic.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/austinfarrellmusic 

    Sunday, 30

    Andersonville_Sunday30Majestic Readers Theatre: The Andersonville Trial, The Majestic Theatre, 115 Southwest 2nd St. 3pm & 7pm, Adults $10, Members/Seniors/Students $8

    This time on Reader’s Theatre… or in it, or by it. Prepositions aside, Reader’s Theatre will be featuring an awesome Civil War era trial story this time around, recounting the 1865 case against one Henry Wirz, warden of Andersonville prison, as a result of his alleged wartime atrocities. Admittedly a fictionalization of the event, what were these atrocities anyway? You’ll have to show up to find out. Either that or have seen it before.

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

    Monday, 1

    Pugay_Monday1Ralph Pugay, Fairbanks Gallery, 220 SW 26th St. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Ralph Pugay is a young, highly accomplished, and most importantly *great* artist. He received his master’s of fine arts from Portland State University and will be showing a selection of his acrylic works here in Corvallis. Sparing you the academic breakdown, Pugay plays with both absurd narratives as well as ambiguity wrapped up in the need for clarity. Basically, you’ll be entertained and enjoy the images even if you have absolutely no clue as to what they’re about. No fan of contemporary painting should miss this.

    http://oregonstate.edu/fairbanksgallery/Current_Exhibit_.html 

    Tuesday, 2 

    Evolution_Tuesday2Evolution Of The Mind, Dock 22, 151 Northwest Monroe Ave. 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Free

    Though I’m sure you love to read my rambling, incoherent speeches designed to authorize your presence at a given performance, lets just skip that crap. Evolution Of The Mind describes themselves on Facebook as “intergalactic rock jam/early sixties rock/bluegrassy,” and I think that just about does it for this Corvallis-based two piece.

    https://www.facebook.com/prisonofthemind?hc_location=timeline&filter=2

    Small Work Works!, The Arts Center, 700 Southwest Madison Ave. 12pm – 5pm

    13 of the best artists within arms reach coming together for a small works show that represents how they each operate within the constraints of 15”x15” spaces? Holy sh*t. Among the names are three of my own personal favorite locals: Andrew Meyers, Amanda Salov and Yuji Hiratsuka. Many different mediums will be present, from prints to ceramics to collages. If you’re into art, make art, have eaten a piece of art… this is a must-see Corvallis event, period.

    http://theartscenter.net/exhibit/small-work-works/

    Wednesday, 3

    STudio262_Wednesday3Studio262 Holiday Art Sale, Studio262, 425 Southwest Madison Ave. 11am – 6pm. Runs until Sat, Dec 20

    Holiday art, how boring? Hell, I’m an artist and even I think so. However, you’ve never seen anything quite like this. The new, open sentiment towards art that Studio 262 has brought this town is echoed in this event, breaking from the traditional (while keeping a bit of it!). Stop in for a great selection of art, artistic gifts and, if you’re broke like me, a free look-see at some of the best work in Corvallis.

    http://www.studio262gallery.com/events-calendar/2014/10/24/holiday-art-sale

    Thursday, 4

    Casey Hurt_Thursday4Casey Hurt, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St. 10:00 pm, Free

    When I first checked out Casey Hurt, I was met by a sort of silly third person bio that, regardless of truth, tried a little too hard to set him up to be seen as a guy with blues in his blood. This, of course, turned out to be pretty goddamn irrelevant (as most artist-statement-marketing-speech is), as his live videos are fantastic and his command over his guitar as a living, breathing organism is just about perfect. I haven’t enjoyed listen to a guy kick ass on a strat like that in some time. If you’re into blues rock, catch this LA bluesman before he’s come and gone.

    https://www.facebook.com/caseyhurtmusicpage

    Soap Creek Confluence,  LaSells Stewart Center, 875 Southwest 26th St. Nov 4th – December 7th 8am – 5pm… Reception on the 11th 6:30-8:30pm

    Eight of the Soap Creek Artisans come together to show works of pottery, glass, fabric, paper design, and photography. Those familiar with this group of artists know that their shows are full of the natural beauty, history and inspiration of the Soap Creek Valley that they reside in. Each of those involved creates unique works that merge with the others to create rich art events.

    http://www.soapcreekartisans.org/

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