Thursday, December 15
Kids’ Movie Night. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 – 9 p.m. Free.
Kids, well, we all love ‘em. Most of us. Some of us even have then. And sometimes, they just need to kind of… sit down and shut up for a while, so you can enjoy a coffee or biscuit or something of that sort. It’s not wrong, it’s just what has to be done. Well, Imagine Coffee has your back with this clever kids movie night. Pacify those little bast-er, lovelies, while enjoying some of the best brew in town. Not a bad way to burn a Thursday. For info, visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free.
As the press release says, “For over 10 years, Curtis Monette has made Bombs Away Cafe his home for a monthly display of his vocal looping and guitar/bass/mandolin/etc. Prowess.” And it’s all true folks, all true. Monette is a must see performer around these parts. Catching one of his shows is a right of passage. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Friday, December 16
Accordioso Holiday Songs. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Free.
I know what you’re thinking: hell yeah I need some accordion holiday songs crammed up in my ears at a delicious local eatery and drinkery. And actually, I don’t know what else to say, because yes, and this is what that is. Accordioso, the Corvallis Accordion Club, consists of 14 FREAKIN’ accordions, along with some saw, harmonica, drums, bass, trumpet, and banjo. There is indeed that extra bit to say. Oh, and you’re both legally allowed and encouraged to sing along. For info, visit Old World Deli.
Dingo Factory. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $3. Dingo Factory produces fun in an engaging atmosphere That’s what they said anything. And they do. I mean, this is rock and rock at its finest, and they have the word Dingo in the title. Basically you just show up, rock out and Bob’s your uncle, which, due to the likelihood of an uncle named Bob overall that might even be the truth. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Saturday, December 17
Whiteside Holiday Movie Night – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave. 2 p.m. Cost: $5, or free for kids.
When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the seven dwarves. I mean, Snow White… eh, whatever. The the dwarves were rad as hell. Especially that kinda dopey one, and then the really angry dude. Good stuff. Well, anyway. The Whiteside is doing us all a solid by showing this amazing classic animated feature film (how’s my verbosity there?) Before it starts, you’ll be treated to “a festive hour,” complete with a show by the Beaver Country Hot Air Band, which consists of six-pieces ‘o brass. Apparently there are some surprises to. Maybe mark this one down on your forehead so you don’t forget. For info, visit www.whitesidetheatre.org.
Mustache Bashe – A Winter Formal Holiday Party. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. Free. Black tie affair.
I don’t have a black tie, but I’ve got a can of chalkboard spraypaint and no regard for my clothing. This is a spiced rum launch party for the lovely 4Spirits, featuring DJs RolliPolli and WOKR. Plus it says Mustache in the title. For info, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Sunday, December 18
A Christmas Story. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 2:30pm. $16 Adults, $14 Seniors/Students, $10 Kids 12 and under.
“OH FUUUUUDGE!!!” Who doesn’t want to drop that line in front of a crowded house? Quite a few people, it seems. The time is here Jean Shepherd’s midwest memoir, as it follows nine-year-old Ralphie in his quest to get his hands on a genuine Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. According to the Majestic press release, “All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.” For more fudgin’ info, visit www.majestic.org.
Monday, December 19
Willamette Writers on the River’s Quarterly Reading. First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free. The writing life is, well… if you’re a writer, you know. It’s important to read your work, whether you’re into prose, poetry, fiction, of VCR manuals. At this event, anyone can participate, all you have to do is sign up – and plan to show up a bit early, as things sometimes fill up fast. No graphic violence, sex, or hate speech, but most of that’s just common sense, which we know you have. Typical meetings require an admission fee of modest amount, however these quarterlies are totally free! For info, visit willamettewriters.org/wwotr.
Tuesday, December 20
OSUsed Store End of Year Clearance. OSUsed Store, 644 SW 13th St. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free admission.
Not your typical 8 Days entry, but trust me, I’m doing you a favor. Tons of cool stuff up to 50 or 75% off. Computers, furniture, office supplies, household items, bikes, AC adapters (I love me some AC adapters) and ALL KINDS of other stuff. Seriously. This is an awesome resource and I encourage you to check it out and buy some large plastic stuff, even if you don’t know what it does. Yes, that have that sort of thing, too. For info, visit surplus.oregonstate.edu.
Celtic Solstice. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $14 for students and seniors, $16 for adults. Second showing on the 21st.
Christmas is smack dab in the middle of a bunch of celebrations, not all involving a man in cheap velvet stuffing his rear (and the rest of himself) down a chimney. I mean, that’s awesome, but so is this: come out and celebrate the Midwinter Yule (its like amule, only with a Y, and not really at all) with Celtic music and dance. A lively mix of music will be present alongside singing, ballet and funky-fresh Celtic dance. They say the doors will open an hour early, so come hang out, grab a cider and look at some art while you get ready for the main event. For info, visit www.majestic.org.
Wednesday, December 21
Whiteside Holiday Movie Night – It’s a Wonderful Life. Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave. 7 p.m. Cost: $5 for members, $6 for children and seniors, $7 general admission.
I know I’m kind of a jerk and want to spend the holiday season drinking whiskey and watching John Carpenter classics, but even I’ve got a proper holiday bone in my body, and nobody dislikes this film (and if they say they are, they’re lying… to themselves, and to others). Like the Snow White showing on the 17th, this event comes complete with a Beaver Country Hot Air Band filled hour of brass band goodness. On stage? Members from the Corvallis Repertory Singers to lead the audience in holiday songs. And like the other showing, surprises are promised! For info, visit www.whitesidetheatre.org.
Thursday, December 22
Free Range Open Mic. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free. Corvallis has quite a few open mics, but very few would object to me calling this the uh… Emporer of open mics? The Wizard of open mics? Yeah, one of those. The humans being this particular event are all about fostering camaraderie in the local music scene, and have been known to be the central point of interest in the creation of new bands and projects. This event rotates, meaning it will move between Bombs Away Cafe and Cloud & Kelly’s Public House on alternating dates, happening twice a month. Whether you’re into just hanging out and socializing, or want a comfortable, supportive place to try out some new times… Steve Hunter will be signing people up starting at 7:30 p.m. And Steve rocks, so be there. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.