Thursday, November 10
Funk Jam and Lagunitas Brewing Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. Tasting starts at 6 p.m. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Free.
Honestly, what am I supposed to say here? There’s funk. It’s in the form of a jam. And then there’s Lagunitas, and you can taste it. With your taste buds. Consider this event a mini vacation, of sorts. Sit back, relax, drink a sizable but safe amount of ridiculously scrum-diddley-umptuous beer, and let the funk soak into your bones. Or just your skin, if that’s too personal. No pressure. Maybe just the first layer of your hair or something. For some scrum-diddley-umptuous information, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
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, okay? 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. For lobsterless info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com. Yes, those are both the exact same sites. I’m ashamed of myself.
Friday, November 11
Latif Bolat – Turkish Mystic Music. Troubadour Music Center, 521 SW 2nd St. 8 – 10 p.m. Cost: $10 sliding scale, children under 12 free.
Latif Bolat is a must-see if you’re into music, art, poetry, or anything in between. A highly distinguished musician, he’ll be presenting an evening of tunes and poetry. Having traveled for concerts and conferences heavily, he’s been all over America, Canada, Australia, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Indonesia, England, and Turkey. Ever see Young Indiana Jones or the PBS documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet? The soundtracks were his work. For more information, do visit www.troubadourmusiccenter.com.
The Turntable Enabler. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. Free.
Normally I don’t do this, but: event of the week. Three unique turntable artists that grew up on our very own Happy Trails, all coming together for something you’re definitely going to find nowhere else. All three will be spinning of a mix of tiny, rare, or oddball records that typically find their fate in the trash. From Steely Dan and Led Zepplin, to psychedelic music from France, to instructionals on how to shoot ducks, children’s records… you name it. Zero computers, six turntables, all strange and eclectic 45s. The kind of turntable nerdery we’ve all been craving. For info, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Saturday, November 12
Planet Boogie. Downtown Dance, 223 NW 2nd St. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Free; suggested donation $5 to $10.
Are your soles clean? Check. Do you want to dance all willy-nilly in a blend of freestyle and ecstatic motions and gestures? Check. You cool with a family-friendly event? Check. Want to let loose and basically boogie until you drop, either with those clean shoes or your bare feet? Triple check. I mean, I can’t do it… I’m banned from dancing within the city limits. But you? Be there. For info, visit www.downtowndancecorvallis.com.
Hillstomp. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $8.
Oh hell yes. Portland “junkbox blues duo” Hillstomp is known for basically hitting up the back woods, dumpsters, and outhouses of American music, from which they recycle an amalgam of great sounds into a brand-new genre of sorts. What’s it like? Well, it’s referred to as a bit of a DIY hillbilly blues stomp. And honestly, that’s pretty damn accurate as far as words can take you. For up-to-date info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Sunday, November 13
No Class: The Role Playing Game-Inspired Improv Show. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
In their press release, the Majestic asked, “What do you get when you combine Corvallis’ own Improv at the Majestic performers, a ‘pen and paper’ style role playing game rulebook, and a dungeon master?” My original answer included a few excited expletives, as I’m sure did yours. This is actually a second show of a crazy awesome event, featuring plenty of incredibly hilarious improvisational theater, à la Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. Let’s spit some mead (their words, not mine… I try to get it down my throat, personally), roll some dice, and improv like there are orcs on the hilltop and we have precious few hours to save the wizard, or something of that sort! For info, visit www.majestic.org.
Monday, November 14
Open Auditions – Terry Pratchett’s Mort. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Free.
I freaked out the last time the Majestic had a read-through of Mort, and now I’m freaking out over this. In fact, I might just freak out a little more later just for good measure. Here’s the facts: if you know Terry Pratchett, you’re good. If not, you should. Period. Nobody does ultra-clever fantasy/comedy like Pratchett. And now the Majestic is putting on a show of one of his most beloved Discworld novels, Mort. And you’re invited—to audition! Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of the book, then follow this link for a cast breakdown (including DEATH, who is the best ever) and audition info: www.majestic.org/event/audition-terry-pratchetts-mort.
Corvallis Science Pub: Viking Mars Missions. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. Free. 6 – 8 p.m.
This Science Pub is bound to be a hit with you space junkies. It’ll feature speakers Rachel Tillman, the founder and executive director of the Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project, as well as project volunteers Al Treder, Pat Demartine, and Peggy Newcomb. They’ll give enough past and future of the Viking missions to fill you up for a good long while. For more information, visit terra.oregonstate.edu/science-pub-corvallis.
Tuesday, November 15
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! Seriously, we’re talking all of them. 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, Ygal Kaufman. 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, November 16
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone Coffee, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free.
Death Cafe Corvallis is one of our city’s more unique and personal events. If you have even the slightest curiosity, do check it out. 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.” For info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis.
Thursday, November 17
Curtis Monette and Elysian Brewing Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. Tasting starts at 6 p.m. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Free.
Let’s see… local legend Curtis Monette and his slobberingly delicious musical skillset, plus craft brews from Seattle’s Elsysian Brewing… which are, consequently, also slobberingly delicious. Howabout we just call this a decision made. Need more info? Visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Free Range Open Mic. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 8 p.m. Free.
One of the best open mics in the region—it’s a fact, go and find out. Don’t make me threaten you. After all, this event is all about feeling the spirit of local camaraderie and digging deeper into the Corvallis music scene. Want to see where the locals mix to create new bands and other projects? Want to see and hear some really great stuff? You get the picture. This event rotates each week, moving between Cloud’s and Bombs Away Cafe. Local legend Steve Hunter will start signing people up starting at 7:30 p.m. For more delicious info, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.