Thursday, September 29
Vanessa Silberman. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
If you like female drive alternative rock / grunge… or really just any band that fits that description, alien frontman, Donald Trump, don’t even matter. We have a tendency to lunge out at the stuff in the dark. Vital component of Diamonds Under Fire, Vanessa Silberman comes to Calapooia Brewing for an acoustic free show. You’re laying out your fancy pants and best pair of socks right now, yes? For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Sarama and Greenbeard. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $3.
When I first caught this press release, as Hannibal Lecter once said, it was like slipping into a warm bath… “Sarama is heavy psych/post-metal/doom from Eugene. Greenbeard is desert rock crawling out from the sun stricken soil of Austin, Texas.” The tunes were a similar deal, only it was more like being tossed in a blender as park of a really chunky smoothy… of some… sort. Just go with it, and enjoy the show. Heavy as it gets. For updates and other info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Friday, September 30
The Full Monty. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors. This show runs three consecutive weekends, through Oct. 16.
If you don’t know what this is, I feel a bit sorry for you. And also, if you think really hard, you can guess. In my own expert words, I’d call this a hilarious musical (the only kind I can tolerate; truth) based on a movie by a director I can’t remember, but probably should be remembered. Plot: a handful of, shall we say, gainfully unemployed factory dudes who decide: lets become strippers. A bunch of other stuff happens and its basically really, really great. For info, visit www.majestic.org.
Fortune’s Folly. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $3.
It’s been since about 2003, I think… my last foray into dance rock. It was a beautiful time that has yet to be repeated (mainly because I can’t get that hip combover hairdo to work in my old age). Who knows though, things could change. Fortune’s Folly is a four-piece band of the kind and it ain’t no lie. Great vocals. Just click here and enjoy: https://fortunesfolly.bandcamp.com/ For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Saturday, October 1
John Shipe. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Short but sweet on this one: if you’re into regional music, you should already know this guy. Based out of Eugene, Shipe’s blend of rock, pop, and country merges with a talent for lyricism to… you know, I’ll just shut up now. A free show with a fantastic musician—go to it. For information, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
100 Watt Mind and Homatawk. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5. “100 Watt Mind is an explosive rock group who combines thoroughly structured songs with improvisational jams to create an ever changing rock n’ roll giant. Homatawk is an experimental rock band from Portland.” That’s what they say, but here what I say: these bands kick 11,000 kinds of as*. 100 Watt Mind is always welcome around here, and Homatawk was a refreshing new rock find; also they have eyeballs on their page, https://homatawk.bandcamp.com/releases. 100 Watt Mind has two BandCamp’s, which frightens me, but try this one: https://100wattmindmusic.bandcamp.com/.
Sunday, October 2
SAC Presents Kronos Quartet. Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7 p.m. Cost: $30-50 based on section. $10 for OSU students.
I don’t know much about quartets outside of the barbershop racket, but I know enough to say “wow” in such a way that I tear half of my own face off. For competent writing on this insanely accomplished act, check out the piece in this week’s Advocate. And in the meantime, chew on this little tidbit we got in the mail: “…they will tackle a diverse program of contemporary classical music that travels the world from Mexico to India, features electronics, field recordings, video, and performance art, and even covers Sigur Rós and The Who.” World class – literally.For info, visit liberalarts.oregonstate.edu.
Monday, October 3
October Meeting of Corvallis Guitar Society. Gracewinds Music, 137 SW 3rd St. 7 – 9 p.m. Free.
If you love guitar, I mean really love it, go to these meetings – it’s that simple. They’re for you. Case in point, their October press release: “…featured artist for the evening is classical guitarist Scott Kritzer from Portland, OR. Scott is an internationally recognized and critically acclaimed guitarist with a long concert career including performance at Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall in London. You can find out more about Scott at scottkritzer.com.” And you totally can. I checked. For info, visit www.corvallisguitarsociety.org.
Tuesday, October 4
Yoga and Beer. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St, Albany. 6 p.m. Free.
Unless you’re talking about Dhalsim, I’m not a huge fan of yoga. However, there are a ton of Yoga events in this town and every once in a while one raises my eyebrow. This one did. It’s free and there’s a beer component. Pretty much speaks for itself. 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, October 5
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 public statement: “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.
Majestic Playwright’s Lab. Majestic Lab Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free.
Want to become a playwright or do generally related playright things? Hate the huge fees of like, college? Well its your lucky day! According to The Majectic, “The Majestic Playwrights Lab is a place for playwrights to present, share, and discuss their new plays with other playwrights, actors, and interested community members.” It’s totally free and open to all who dabble in the playwrighting arts – experienced, aspiring, or just curious! For info, visit www.majestic.org.
Thursday, October 6
Ninkasi Brewing Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free.
When I first moved to Oregon, I ran right into Ninkasi and it was love at first taste. “Holy crap,” I thought (only with more obscenity), beer. And beer it was. The good thing? Beer it still is. Though we have many fantastic breweries around town (and certainly in Bend), Ninkasi is a staple from right around the corner. Maybe roll on down to Bombs and get all Spielberg on this sh*t: taste it again, for the first time. But don’t worry – you’re also allowed to chug. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
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… no seriously, try to guess… Rusty Hinges. “Tater Patch” became an instant 8 Days Playlist Classic (this doesn’t exist, but it should). 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.