Thursday, August 7 Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5
High Seas Double-Header at Bombs
Bombs Away has a $5 show to end most, er, $5 shows. Featuring the Vampire-Weekend-ish Tommy Alto and the… well. Let’s just say that the Dread Crew of Oddwood is a Celtic/folk/heavy metal/prog rock band out of California, and they’re likely to be dressed as pirates, singing for the pirate cause. If you show up early (6 p.m.) you can check out a Nectar Creek Mead tasting. For more info, head on over to www.thedreadcrewofoddwood.com or www.tommyalto.com.
Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 9 p.m.
Cloud & Kelly’s Goes Infinite
Corvallis’ own local improvisational theater troupe, Infinite Improv, will be trouncing the stage at Cloud & Kelly’s until about midnight. If you’re into improv and laughing your guts up (free of charge, by the way), there’s no good excuse to miss out. Unless there’s an emergency, of course. Or you have 10 kids and no sitter. That sort of thing. For more improv, visit http://improvtheatre.webs.com/.
Friday, August 8
Bombs Away Cafe. 9 p.m. Free
Chris Baron Drops Bombs
As Chris Baron says on his music website, “I have flipped many hamburgers. I have collaborated with sashimi. Also, I have collaborated in different musical projects, made some recordings, and hopped on stages.” Now he’s hopping on the stage at Bombs Away Cafe, bringing his own unique alt/folk blend to your ear balls. For more Chris Baron, visit www.reverbnation.com/chrisbaron.
Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. $12 Corvallisites, Load Your Weapons
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: if you’re a vegan member of PETA, this screening series is probably not for you. But a lot of our fellow Valley residents are fond of the more-or-less dangerous game, and this screening is most certainly for them (and anyone who can appreciate beautiful film). The Hunting Film Tour features films highlighting hunters with both bow and gun in so-called “fair chase adventures.” I know what you’re thinking: “Wouldn’t it be more fair if the hunters had four legs and the animals had guns?” Look, I don’t name these pursuits, I just watch ‘em. For more info, check out the website: www.majestic.org/hunting-film-tour/.
Saturday, August 9
Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. Suggested donation: $5
Songs for Sam – Benefit Concert for Sam Crowson
What’s better than enjoying local musicians such as Crystal Kelley, Chelsea Van Denend, Nate Wagner, and Lucicrous Speed? Doing it to help a great cause—in this case, the family of Sam Crowson, a local who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Imagine Coffee, 460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 to 9 p.m. Free
Imagine Coffee Gets the Blues
I’ve got the blues. Specifically, the “It’s too damn hot, I’m kinda out of money, and my fish tank smells” First World blues. If you’ve got the First World blues as well, this particular blues showcase should fit the bill. And it’s free, so look at that—things are looking up already. I recommend ordering an Eskimocha for this soul therapy.
Sunday, August 10 OSU Memorial Union Quad. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. General admission: $15, Students $5
Bard in the Quad Presents Julius Caesar
Kudos to OSU for giving us an event to attend this Sunday (shows on Aug. 14 to 17 as well). The Bard performers will show us a contemporary look at Shakespeare’s classic tale of tragedy and deception in Julius Caesar. Since this is an outdoor play, guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to sit on. For ticket information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/bardinthequad/tickets.php.
Monday, August 11 Interzone Coffee Shop, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. Cover: $3 to $5
Every once in a while a show rolls into town that you’re willing to check out just because of the band names. Well, Bread Club and Snaggletooth will be our huckleberries. The good news is that they’re both awesome. Out of San Jose and Chico respectively, both bands are on tour. The suggested cover is $3 to $5, but if they rock you into a prolapsed colon, consider a little more for gas money. For a sneak peek: http://breadclub.bandcamp.com/ or http://snaggletoothpunk.bandcamp.com/.
Tuesday, August 12
Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave. 8 to 9 p.m.
Concerts in the Park: Jazz
If you can’t have your jazz in a musty bar, the third best place would be a park (the second, of course, is inside a whale). This Tuesday, join Steve Matthes and friends at the gazebo in Central Park and get your jazz fix. As always, Concerts in the Park and the warm, comfortable evening are free of charge.
Darkside Cinema. 7 p.m. Free Corvallis Advocate Community Movie Night
Corvallis, your response to our free screening series has been voracious. You guys love the classics, and we can’t blame you. Well buckle up, because this week’s edition features an all-star lineup: written by Truman Capote, directed by John Huston, starring the immortal Humphrey Bogart, the immortally creepy Peter Lorre, the legendary Gina Lollobrigida, and the stunning Jennifer Jones, it’s Beat the Devil, from 1953. This weird forgotten classic by Huston was written as a parody of his earlier noir classics. Part comedy, part action adventure, and all wonderful. Come join us and remember to get here early; these seats are filling faster than Bogey’s draw.
Wednesday, August 13
Central Park Gazebo. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Concerts in the Park: Even More Jazz
Still need more free outdoor jazz after Steve Matthes, or did you miss his gig entirely? Here’s your safety net: The Hilltop Band (www.facebook.com/HilltopBigBand) and Mango Django (www.facebook.com/MangoDjangoJazz) hit the park. Be there or be square, as the kids used to say. In case you’ve lost your bearings, the show is also at the Central Park gazebo.
Thursday, August 14
The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave. Noon. Free
Conversation at Corrine: Johnny Beaver
Local artist and Temporary Artists’ Guild President Johnny Beaver discusses his painted work. Rooted in expressionism, a solo exhibit of his artwork will be on display in the Corrine Woodman Gallery at the Arts Center from Tuesday, Aug. 12 until Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Bombs Away Cafe. 9:30 p.m. $3.
More Live Music, Maybe a Knife Fight at Bombs
Portland-based Western band Roselit Bone and fellow Corvallisites That Coyote are both playing at Bombs for this one. Roselit Bone’s self-description is about the coolest ever: “We play knife-fight music. We play psychotic cowboy music. We will suck the smile off your drunk face.” ‘Nuff said.
That Coyote may prove equally intense with their blended sound of punk and experimental. Check out some of their tracks beforehand here: http://thatcoyote.bandcamp.com/; you won’t be disappointed.
Friday, August 15 Imagine Coffee, 460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Red Diesel Bringing Bluegrass
Longtime band mates and Oregon natives Red Diesel offers music fans a variety of acoustic-driven styles, from the aforementioned bluegrass to country and even gospel. They play bluegrass fests all over the coast and valley, but why not catch them, Corvallis, while we have the chance? For more, visit www.facebook.com/reddieseloregon.
Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 9 p.m.
Bury the Moon in the Clouds…
This indie rock band from our neck of the woods (yeah, Philomath counts!) will have already rocked the SAGE Concert Series once this show rolls around. Grab a pint and enjoy the show. Get a look at what these guys can do prior to seeing them Friday here: www.facebook.com/BuryTheMoon.