Experimental local legend Curtis Monette sets the mood for a Deschutes Brewing event. I’m not sure what else is necessary to sell the damn thing… I mean, great beer and Curtis Monette? This is the peanut butter and jelly of Corvallis, 2014.
Corvallis Arts Walk
If you’ve never been on the local art walk, do yourself a favor and give it a try. There is serious talent in this city—far beyond just being able to create aesthetic beauty. We have an amazing arts community with many brilliant minds involved and it’d be doing a disservice to yourself to miss out! Support local arts, get out there and say “Damn, if only that weren’t so expensive!” a few dozen times.
Cover bands – they’re not my thing. The last time I saw one I was really into a Mahavishnu Orchestra tribute in Germany, circa 2006. In this case, however, my raging soul has been tamed. PDX’s Pigs on the Wing is not only an excellent adaption of Pink Floyd’s work, their performances contain enough personality from those involved to feel both like a tribute and an original work. Pretty awesome. Hey, you know what? You should go see them!
Nicholas St. James w/ Steve Hunter & Jordan Norton, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free
A treat indeed, the combination of Nicholas St. James gruff vocals and guitar chops along with local band That Coyote’s Steve Hunter and Jordan Norton. Gypsy blues and a guitar / banjo duo. Possibly with a plate of excellent nachos. That’s how fall should be enjoyed.
Speaking of fall, it’s time for the 2 Towns Harvest Party. Hosted at their new space south of Corvallis, there’ll be food, live music and maybe… just maybe, some cider. What if it rains? What if you’ve got no ride? Don’t panic! They’ve arranged for a shuttle and prepared for calamity with tents and heaters. All proceeds benefit Heartland Humane Society.
Sick Monkey, Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St., Albany, 7 p.m.
Sick Monkey is an Oregonian band that don’t need no instructions to know how to rock. The only way to describe their sound is that it’s like Classic Rock broke into Modern Rock’s house late one night and decided to just move in. I’ve never heard a merger quite like this, and I’m damn glad I have now. I recommend you get damn glad as well. You know, by going to the show.
Four-time Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award-winner Peter Fromm is coming to Grass Roots, and he wants to meet you. I mean, after meeting you he may change his mind, but for now you’re good. You may know him as the author of novels such as How All This Started, Dry Rain, As Cool As I Am and the Indian Creek Chronicles memoir. An awesome time to stop in, hang out and maybe pick up something new to read!
Editor of Portland Magazine, Brian Doyle is an award-winning author and rec-league basketball star and he’ll be leading a night of spirited discussion, idea wrangling and excerpt reading at First Presbyterian. Part of Willamette Writers on the River’s (WWOTR) monthly meetings, this event is geared toward writers but should be a hoot for anyone who’s even just literate. Doyle is a character and a charismatic story teller, so this should be a packed house. The first part of the meeting includes networking and social time, so this should be worthwhile for pros and spectators alike. To join WWOTR and get free admission to future events like this, visit their website at www.willamettewriters.com/wwotr.
The last time I consciously danced it was to UB40’s Red Red Wine (note: it had just come out), and I’m pretty sure I was loosened up by a Shirley Temple. I don’t plan on ending my abstinence any time soon, but as for you… now, that’s another story. ‘Amazing’ $1 tacos with a huge salsa party crowd. It’s definitely time to polish your dancin’ shoes.
OSU’s fantastic symphony orchestra opens the season’s door with performances of Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, Haydn’s nearly lost Cello Concerto in C and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Some amazing performances are in store. This is a must-see event for anyone with an appreciation for classical composition.
The Deep Woods Band and Adam Scramstad, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free
Turns out there is a place in Oregon called Nashville, and the entire population (I’m guessing) is in The Deep Woods Band. Their truly unique, deeply groovy blend of Americana and rock will be appreciated by many. They’ll be joined by Oregon native Adam Scramstad, an insanely talented delta/country bluesman that shouldn’t need an introduction.
Well, I’ll be damned! My personal favorite Beatles film (even if just because I’m still traumatized from Yellow Submarine), and it’ll be shown at probably the most perfect venue in town for such a thing. Corvallis just got a hell of a lot cooler.
No Turning Back: A Warren Miller film, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 NW 26th St. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $18.
Much like my dancing career, I haven’t been on skis since UB40 was popular. For those of you a bit less lame, this is the 65th ski film released by Warren Miller. According to their press release, it’ll feature an homage to 65 years of mountain culture, reaching out to the powdery sheets of Niseko, Japan to the top of Mount Olympus and beyond.