Nick Jaina Presents Get It While You Can. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Free.
If you’ve never heard of Nick Jaina, I am totally jazzed to introduce him. He’s a fantastic, imaginative author from Portland who will be performing at the Benton County Public Library. Directly from the press release: “Jaina’s live performance is like an audio scrapbook. He loops together guitar melodies and found sounds and reads passages of his book over them. Potent words hang in the air as a guitar figure echoes out, leaving you time to digest the sentiment. In the middle of this sea of ideas and emotion, Nick breaks the tension by playing a song.” Honestly, yes? Very yes. For info, visit www.cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
When this column began, one of the first new bands I ran into was… Rusty Hinges. I love their song “Tater Patch”—not just because it says “tater” If you’re not familiar, expect an amalgamated sound featuring elements of bluegrass, blues, and more. They play Calapooia Brewing a lot, and it’s a great venue for their sound. For very banjo-friendly information, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Friday, September 2
Amos True and The Easy Targets. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Free. Rock music—a term that’s bandied about, but rarely understood by anyone who hasn’t studied music, or isn’t 73 years old or so. Well, this band? Rock is what they do. Take a look at https://www.reverbnation.com/amostrueandtheeasytargets—excellent renditions of some true classics. I’m especially into the “Great Balls of Fire” cover, even if only because it says “Great Balls.” What can I say, I grew up in the 90s… damn Top Gun. For more information on the show, etc., visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Rainbow in the Clouds. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10:30 p.m. Free.
If you’ve lived around here for a while, you know how much fun Rainbow in the Clouds is. But seeing as school is about to start, maybe you’re new. Here’s a tip: celebrate your newness by having a sh*tload of fun. Every first Friday of the month this event pops up to celebrate diversity. A photo both, fantastic DJs, all sorts of goodies, and wall-to-wall PRIDE. Some of the proceeds from each event are donated to a specified organization that supports equal rights and opportunities. For information beyond what you currently possess, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Saturday, September 3
‘No Offense: The Improv Jam.’ Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 8 p.m. Cost: $5.
Into improv games but either your friends suck, or you’ve got no venue? Got $5 burning a hole in your pocket? Look no further, young prince! “No Offense: The Improv Jam” is a fun-filled evening of made-up comedy where anyone in the audience can volunteer to play games on stage! Dig Whose Line Is It Anyway? This is your chance to play for real. But what if it scares the crap out of you, like me? Just hang back in the audience and enjoy! Buy your tickets early—the last show was sold out! For information and added fun, visit www.majestic.org.
Sunday, September 4
Island Music – The Barker Gypsies. Crystal Lake Boat Launch, 100 SE Fischer Ln. 1 – 4:30 p.m. Free.
When you hear there’s a free concert by a band with a variation on the word Gypsy in their title, you don’t think, you go. Thankfully they’re also quite good, and there will be the additional presence of an ongoing community art project called A People’s Map of Corvallis. The band will be performing covers and originals, as well as shooting a music video with aerial footage by Dave Patana of the Benton County Radio Control Club. Want to know more? Use your fancy computer phone to visit www.islandmusic.co.
Monday, September 5
Faculty Art Exhibit. Fairbanks Gallery, 220 SW 26th St. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Runs through Sept. 28. Free.
Nearing its end, Oregon State University’s summer-long art faculty exhibit at Fairbanks Gallery is still a great as it was on day one. Featuring work from Evan Baden, Michael Boonstra, Julia Bradshaw, Kay Campbell, Anna Fidler, Julie Green, Stephen Hayes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Shelley Jordon, Andy Myers, Kerry Skarbakka, and John Whitten… this is possibly the best Corvallis art show of the year. Fact. Those included offer up a broad array of styles and approaches to creating art, representing photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, and video. I’ve been lucky enough to have studied with a few of these artists, and I personally guarantee it’s worth numerous visits. For more information, please visit oregonstate.edu/fairbanksgallery.
Tuesday, September 6
Yoga and Beer. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 6 p.m. Free.
Look, I’ve got nothing against yoga. I mean, the hyper-modern weird white lady forms are a little bizarre, but you should see what I do I my spare time. Whew! In this case, however, yoga finally arrives on 8 Days. Why? Well, beer. Duh. Honestly, if I could get a little tipsy, there isn’t much I wouldn’t try, or do. I mean, seriously, there’s not much of a line there. Bring a blindfold. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Community Movie Night. Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free.
Do you like movies? Are you a member of the community? Well hot damn, clear your Tuesday evenings! Every week classic, lost, and cult films are broadcast through the Darkside and onto a white screen for your enjoyment. Every film is preceded by time-relevant newsreels and cartoons, as well as a light buttering of facts by the host. Donations are graciously accepted and benefit the renovation of the Darkside Cinema, Corvallis’ only independent movie house. For info, visit www.cmnyk.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/freemovienightcorvallis.
Wednesday, September 7
Beers Made by Walking Corvallis. Mazama Brewing, 33930 SE Eastgate Cir. 6 p.m. Free. Beers Made by Walking (BMBW) invites brewers to create place-based beers inspired by plants found on nature walks. Today, BMBW announces the first ever Corvallis-focused BMBW beer tapping event featuring four beers/mead that were inspired by natural areas in the Corvallis area. The event is part of Corvallis Beer Week. The hike-inspired beers and mead come directly from a collaboration with the Greenbelt Land Trust, which sent botanists to lead public, summer hikes with brewers on two conservation areas in the mid-Willamette Valley. Brewers and participants learned about private land conservation and water resources in the area, in addition to native and invasive plants. The brewers have been challenged to create a brew that represents the trails they walked. For info, visit www.beersmadebywalking.com.
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free.
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.
Do you have a thing you want to do on stage—a stage that comes with an audience that will likely not jump up and run away screaming? Show up at one of Corvallis’ friendliest open mics! Yeah, this one. Whether you’re a veteran or a jittery newcomer, you couldn’t ask for a better locale. For info, visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Wild Hog in the Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Wild Hog in the Wood sounds like a horror movie, but that’s probably just because boars were to my childhood what lobsters are to my nowhood. Just go with it, OK? What you have here is a bunch of growing local legends, rocking out in the style of your classic Southern string band. You show up, drink a bunch, stuff yourself and… enjoy. It’s fairly simple, so try not to mess it up. For information con carne, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.