Walk the CAW. Downtown Corvallis (and various other spots. 4pm-8pm. Free.
CAW: noun, the sound a bird makes while it is taunting you from up on the power lines. Also, it’s the word people say a lot right around the third Thursday of the month. Guess what day it is? Indeed. If you haven’t taken a ride on the CAW train (apologies, there is no train), you better get out and give it a shot before summer is over and you have to start cursing out loud all the time because you can’t seem to remember your umbrella. Oh, I should probably mention that along the CAW trail, you’re going to see some of the best art in the state. No big deal. For artistic information, visit www.corvallisartwalk.com.
Free Range Open Mic. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 1st St. 8:30 p.m.
Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., so don’t be late. There are a few great open mics around here, and if you’re a musician, this might be your favorite of the lot. Hosted by kid-tested, mother-approved local music scene guru Steve Hunter, your excuses for not at least showing up for a random array of excellent performances is exactly equal to the number of ducks I give. Oh yes, ducks. For pleasant but hardcore information, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Friday, August 19
Emerson Vineyards Friday Night Music. Emerson Vineyards, 11665 Airlie Rd., Monmouth. 6 – 9 p.m. Cost: $7.50 plus a can of food.
I couldn’t find much about “Froggie” Hyland and “Zorro” Zane, but what I did find looks promising. Besides, you need a little mystery in your life, don’t you? Please don’t shake your head no, everybody is watching… I’ve got a reputation to worry about! Okay, that last part was a lie. Either way, catch some tunes at Emerson—no chance of a bad time. For further info, hop on your future machine and visit www.emersonvineyards.com.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors.
“Chekhov is alive and well in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where adult siblings Vanya and Sonia reside in their old family home, mourning their lost dreams and missed opportunities. When their often-wrong, fortune-telling maid warns of impending dangers, and their movie star sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with young, sexy, boy toy Spike, the family is launched into a rollicking weekend of one-upmanship, exposed nerves, and a lot of broken mugs.” Good luck telling yourself that’s going to be anything but a great show. For more information and a non-truncated description, check out the glamorous www.majestic.org.
Saturday, August 20
Corvallis Belly Dance Performance Guild Showcase. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Free.
Wanna see something you likely don’t see often? That’s right, people dancing with their bellies out. Well, I guess you’d probably see that if you like to go to tractor pulls and whatnot. But still, why not try something different? Oh, and free. Free never gets old. For more spinning, jiggling, dancing information, visit www.corvallisbellydance.org.
Willamette Valley Symphony Concert. First United Methodist Church, 1115 28th Ave. SW, Albany. 7 p.m. Cost: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, free for youth.
So there’s this thing: the “Willamette Valley Symphony,” and they are graciously presenting this other thing, “Bach’s Concerto in A for oboe d’amore.” Just. For. You. Aren’t you special? Performed by guest soloist Jaclyn LaRue, the concert features a world premiere of “Oregon Memories” by Oregon composer Zachary Gulaboff Davis and Mendelssohn’s spirited Symphony No. 3 “Scottish.” Second showing on Sunday. I’d say be there or be square, but you can’t really “be square.” That’s weird. For info, visit www.willamettevalleysymphony.org.
Sunday, August 21
Corvallis Folk Society: The Hoolyehs. Gatton Hall at First Congregational Church, 1166 NW Jackson Ave. 7 – 9 p.m. $4 non CFS members, $3 CFS members, and $2 for children.
“The Hoolyehs sponsor three types of folk dance activities: regular Sunday night dances, an annual reunion dance in the spring, and occasional dances with visiting live bands.” And in addition to their press release content, they’re awesome. I’ve seen them once, admittedly not on purpose (dancing is not for me… I don’t like to move around a whole lot), but it was great. If you love folk dancing, or dancing in general, this is for you. Additionally the Hoolyehs meet the first and third Sundays of every month at the First Congregational Church from 7 to 9 p.m.; the first Sunday of every month gets a Balkan these, while the third Sunday is flavored with an Israeli emphasis.
Monday, August 22
Guns & Hoses. Corvallis Country Club, 1850 SW Whiteside Dr. 12 p.m.
Okay, I’m not going to lie. This got in here for the insanely awesome name. Seriously, just soak it in for a little while. Ahhh. Anyway. After taking a deeper look, it also turned out to actually be a great event—one that will hopefully bring in more than a few bucks for a good cause. Oh, you want to know some actual details? Well,the Corvallis Police and Fire Department have gotten together with the Country Club to create a charity golf game that will lend its proceeds to the Jackson Street Youth Shelter. As of writing this you can still sign up, but everyone is welcome to come out for the fun regardless. For more information and to register, visit www.JSYSI.org.
Tuesday, August 23
Community Movie Night. Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free.
Let’s get this straight: Every Tuesday. Darkside Cinema. Free weekly screening of lost, classic, and cult films. Each film is preceded by newsreels, cartoons from the film’s year of release. An introduction with all sorts of fancy facts and whatnot from the world’s most snazzy and honorable host. Donations are graciously accepted and benefit the renovation of the Darkside Cinema, Corvallis’ only independent movie house (also its best one, but that’s just me). For more information, definitely visit www.cmnyk.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis.
It is Celtic, and it is a jam. Not the kind that goes on toast, or the kind that has you running through Larry Bird’s rather insane list of accomplishments… no, the kind you make when groovy folks get together and musicate until their fingers, toes, and ears bleed. Only not ears, because this is awesome. Maybe watch a historical drama set in England during the Viking age to get in the mood. To release the war cry for following information, just visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Wednesday, August 24
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free.
Remember last week when we reported on how awesome it was that we had something like this around? Well now it’s in 8 Days… BOOM! In case you haven’t familiarized yourself yet, here are a few words from their official press release: “Death Café Corvallis is simply in order to listen and talk about death. Death Café Corvallis is not a support group, therapeutic agenda, debate society, social action group, religious or anti-religious organization, political committee, or sales pitch. Our welcoming, friendly, and supportive café is open to everyone who participates in a welcoming, friendly, and supportive manner. Our guiding principles are respect, openness, and confidentiality.” If you have even the slightest curiosity, check it out. For info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis.
Thursday, August 25
Now Brothers. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Now Brothers, once again on the slate at Calapooia… and you know what that means! Well, it’s not hard to figure out. Some good old classic rock and roll within diving distance of a bunch of booze and delicious food. Besides, I heard it was cool to catch shows in Albany nowadays. For some heavy info, use your pocket computer to visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
There’s a reason Curtis Monette and Bombs Away rhyme, and it’s not just because of very convenient letter placement and pronunciation bylaws. Monette is a Bombs Away veteran of over 10 years, making new fans on a monthly basis with an amalgam of multi-instrumentalism and vocal skill. The guy is literally a legend—and definitely not a bad start to a summer of music. Visit www.bombsawaycafe.comfor details and updates.