Thursday, December 29
Thirsty Thursday Trivia. Deluxe Brewing Company, 635 NE Water Ave., Albany. 7 p.m. No cover, but 21+.
Have you ever wanted to down tasty craft beverages, all while struggling to remember the most basic of facts? On a team? Well, you’ve come to the right 8 Days entry. This team-based trivia happens every Thursday. Let everyone know how much time you’ve spent on Wikipedia to the tune of the Deluxe Brewing Company. Each night, the top two teams will win prizes. For drinkable info, visit www.sinisterdeluxe.com.
David Rogers. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
What is a David Rodgers, you might ask? Why, I have no idea. But because this is Calapooia brewing event, here’s what I can guarantee: there’s beer to be drank, food to be eated (dear copy editor, please let me say “eated”), and music to cram right up in your ear holes on its way to the pleasure centers of your noodle. If you’d like more information, why don’t you go dig your mom’s Encyclopedia Britannica out of the attic? Nerd. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Friday, December 30
Studio262 Gallery Goodbye Party. Studio262, 425 SW Madison Ave, Suite G. 4 – 7 p.m. Free. Delayed from its previous time due to weather, please join the studio for their closing party and the last day of their holiday show. Owner Jennifer Lommers recently made our Most Impactful 2016 list for her efforts here, which served as a central hub for Corvallis’ young arts walk. Art is a tough business, but does so much for people. Say goodbye in style! For info, visit www.studio262gallery.com.
Saturday, December 31
Slow Burn and the Shady Bunch and Drag Rag. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5.
There aren’t too many better ways to ring in the New Year around here than a rock show at Bombs Away. This one features two great local live bands, Slow Burn and the Shady Bunch and Drag Rag. Slow Burn pumps out alternative rock and will be playing a mix of covers and originals, while Drag Rag offers something they refer to as “rattle-your-skull-and-call-it-love garage punk with angular buzzsaw riffage, hilarious lyrical twists, and a breakneck beat that just won’t quit.” They also promise to rock the hell out of your “crappy” friends that just can’t seem to figure out that this is the place to be. I can respect that. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Bootlegger’s Ball: New Year’s Eve at Cloud and Kelly’s. Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First Ave. 10 p.m. Free.
They call it “The biggest New Year’s Eve party in Corvallis,” and that very well could be true. Returning for a third year, the Bootlegger’s Ball features DJs Mechanoid and Modesik playing an eclectic mix of old and new. Don’t forget to wear your Sunday best. We’ve got a prohibition to end, right? For info, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Sunday, January 1
New Years Day. Nurse those hangovers with friends and family!
Seriously, don’t do a damn thing today. Didn’t get a hangover? That’s okay, we’re not judging, but we’re willing to bet you know someone who did – and they need caring for. I’m not a medical doctor (or a doctor at all), but some mild pain killers and a deliciously squishy and crusty pizza should do the trick. Consume while watching Big Trouble in Little China, and keep a clear line to the bathroom in case any Johnny-come-pukeys decide to crash the party. If you can rub your belly with one hand and pat your head with the other, you’re gonna be just fine, kiddo. Just fine indeed. Your bank account, however… not so much.
Monday, January 2
Corvallis Guitar Society 3 Year Anniversary. Corvallis Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. 7 – 9 p.m. Free
Corvallis Guitar Society celebrates their third anniversary with featured artist Berto Boyd – who, if you don’t know, is a ridiculously intuitive guitarist. Seriously, it’s like watching an alien who was genetically-designed to do this. The event will also feature an open ensemble session, an open stage session, and of course that performance from Berto I just talked up. You hear that Berto? No pressure. As an added note: if you’re a Corvallisite and have any sort of appreciation for the guitar, do yourself a favorite and check out the Corvallis Guitar Society. They are the place you want to be, no matter your interest or skill level. Whether you play progressive metal or just play by banging your face on the strings. I do the latter, and am well respected in the area as a gentleman. For info, visit www.corvallisguitarsociety.org.
Tuesday, January 3
Graphic Novel Book Club Meeting. New Morning Bakery, 219 SW 2nd St. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. every first Tuesday. Free.
Graphic novels are kind of rad, don’t you think? Both a beloved and yet-underappreciated art form, we’re lucky to have a meetup in the area. Sponsored by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, no less, because they get it. This time around the club will be discussing Black River by Josh Simmons. New members are always welcome. If interested, you cancCheck out a copy of this month’s reading selection from the 2nd floor reference desk of the Library. Whether you’re into graphic novels or merely curious, this is a must-do-the-thing sort of thing.
Wednesday, January 4
Mustrd and Hate Drugs. House of Brews, 140 NW 3rd St. 7 – 10 p.m. Free.
“Live music from MUSTRD and HATE DRUGS on a tour throughout the Pacific Northwest.” Now that, folks, is a press release of pure truth. Hate Drugs is a fantastic indie rock band that’s worth more than a few listens, and although Mustrd was a bit hard to track down, considering it is a misspelling of a name about a dozen other bands have used, they are confirmed 100% kick-as* as well. Besides, its just fun to try and pronounce it. Good times at the House of Brews. And if you haven’t yet figured it out, this place has some beer you can buy and subsequently drink while you batter your brain with the implied rocking. For info, visit www.hobrews.com.
Thursday, January 5
Sick Monkey, Mob Style, Professor Klarrity, ThatKidCry. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free. Okay, so 2017 is looking a bit prehairious… I mean precarious. So maybe an insanely rad hiphop show featuring Sick Monkey, MobStyle (a hip hop fusion duo), and friends Professor Klarrity and Salem’s ThatKidCry! If you’re one of those people that complain about the lack of a hiphop scene, well, here it is. No more tears, little one. Just jump into your hiphoppin’ shoes (or regular shoes if you don’t have any), make sure you don’t smell funky, and show up ready for action. As Skeletor might say, “It’s free, you fools!” For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Open Source Improv. Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First Ave. 9 p.m. Free. For info, visit www.cloudandkelly’s.com.
Improv comedy. Everybody likes it, and Cloud and Kelly’s Public House has it. Didn’t get your chance to yell out random word combinations and see, shall we say, diversely trained locals act those things out for Christmas? Well, there’s a second Christmas this year. And this is it. Because… it is. Nevermind. Just be there or be square, whatever that means. Get your shouting muscles pumped up, and maybe jot down some random combinations of words to be sure nothing gets too high brow.