8 Days a Week…

ToxicKid_Thursday10Thursday, 10

Toxic Kid and A Gearbox Heart, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

I feel like my constant harping on more punk and less Americana in the local music scene is starting to break through. Because we’ve been seeing a ton of good punk shows lately. This time it’s busy locals A Gearbox Heart playing with a pop-punk squad out of Portland that reminds me of all my favorite bands and every crush I ever had in high school, Toxic Kid. They sound like vintage Queers, like Move Back Home era, and if you remember how fun that was, you know what a compliment it is. Up the punx.



Marys River Grange Movie Night, Marys River Grange Hall, 24707 Grange Hall Rd., Philomath. 7 p.m. Free

This edition of #MRGMN is toting maybe its best movie yet, with the brilliant and deservedly beloved Roger Corman classic, The Little Shop of Horrors (1960). Marys River Grange Movie Night is really heating up lately. And not just because the Grange Hall is heated by a giant and luxuriously warming wood stove. No, I’m referring to how awesome the screenings are and how cool the people and location are. If you’re missing out on these, I don’t know what to say, but I’m going to spend serious time thinking up a hurtful name to call you. I’m sorry for being petty, but this is important…


Friday, 11

Pseudoboss and Xenat-Ra, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5

These are two of the best bands to come through Corvallis with regularity, so get in there. Pseudoboss is in from Portland doing their high-energy, blues-infused brand of rocking. Pseudoboss is the opposite of the lettuce and tomatoes at all the sandwich shops in town; they come in through town with regularity and they’re always fresh. Xenat-Ra is probably Corvallis’ most Corvallis-y creation. Like them or love them, these guys are us. If I were to compare them to a sandwich topping, they’d be jalapenos. I know that’s not as good as the other one, but I was fired up about the lettuce and tomato issue. How do you bring that same passion to a really great jazz/hip/hop/experimental band? I mean, other than calling them jalapenos.



Alejandro Cremaschi, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, free for students

Corvallis-OSU Piano International is bringing us this evening with internationally renowned Argentine pianist Alejandro Cremaschi as part of their series Shows We Know Nobody Under 50 Is Going to, Certainly Not Any Students, Which Is Why We Ironically Put It Right on Campus. A little bitter and on the nose, sure, but it distills what we’re all thinking nicely. The kiddies are really missing out on a good one if they miss this, as Cremaschi is a piano stud and will be playing works by one of my personal favorites, Astor Piazzolla in addition to several others. For $10, or free if you steal a kid’s student ID? Bargain.


Saturday, 12

Jerry Joseph, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $10

Jerry Joseph has been here before, usually backed by his trusty Jackmormons. And he’s good. This time he’s touring in support of his new solo release, Istanbul – Fog of War. This all sounds terribly dark and mysterious to me, so f*ck it, I’m down. If you’re not familiar with Joseph, he’s the Oregon lumberjack’s Tom Waits. Only he has a much better voice. And he plays music people might be slightly less inclined to kill themselves to. So I’ll be there with my wife—date night! No, but seriously… date night.


Jen Tal and the huz-Band, Calapooia Brewing, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany 8 p.m. Free

Damnit. I want to be really snarky and mean about this band, because… I mean, come on. The huz-band? (It’s a husband and wife singer-songwriter and bongo drum-dude combo.) That is normally the sort of thing I would make fun of. But I think we all know it’s because I’m small on the inside and have to work out a lot of things, maybe with a life coach, probably a rabbi… definitely a therapist. Anyway… the Tals are really good. Not only can Jen sing and play guitar beautifully, but Jacob plays the sh*t out of those bongos. And if you’re the type of person who goes to shows hoping to hear something sort of inspiring and emotional, I think you’ll be very pleased with this one. Me? I’ll be at my shrink’s office probably crying and hugging a stuffed animal.


Sunday, 13

Mary Poppins, Corvallis High School Mainstage, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave. 2 p.m. $3 to $15

So you’re saying the nanny flies around and sings with cartoons and takes the kids on incredibly dangerous excursions all the time without their parents’ knowledge? I hope they checked her references, because usually that’s the intro to a “very special and tragic edition of Dateline…” segment. Maybe I’m just super-jaded about nannies? Or maybe I’m just a guy with his head screwed on straight. You decide. While you’re deliberating, check out this neat stage production of the beloved classic at CHS.

Sound and Vision, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 5 p.m. $10 to $12

Or if you’re in the mood for something decidedly darker, there’s this new 5 to 1 offering about a young trans woman dealing with life on the street. Yeesh. Either that or Mary Poppins? Nothing in between huh? I would have settled for something in the middle, like Glengary Glen Ross. But this one has been getting strong reviews and seems like another successful offering from the homegrown 5 to 1 squad.

Monday, 14

Science Pub, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. 6 p.m. Free

At the next installment of Science Pub, Dr. Laurie Weitkamp, a fisheries biologist with NOAA, will be giving an enthralled audience a talk on the status of the Blob and El Niño. Why would there be a Science Pub about a champion tag-team of Mexican wrestlers, you ask? I had the same exact question, but it turns out it has to do with weather, the oceans, warming, climate change, and a bunch of other boring non-wrestler-y stuff. So clearly both you and I need to be there. We dummies…

Bryson Skaar, Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free

But if you were looking for some music instead of science, and if you’re the teenage character from every movie and TV show about the 80s or 90s that I think you to be, then obviously you are—Bryson is the cure for what ails you. Buckle up for jazz, lattes, community, knitting, spinning, quilting, painting, and other stuff. The ‘Gine is like the island where the kids turn into donkeys in Pinocchio. But for old people. I love it.


Tuesday, 15

Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman, Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. 7 p.m. Free

Seriously, I know I belittle you and mock everything you hold dear every week, but I’m also pretty handsome by Ohio standards and I host CMNYK. So don’t trip. This week, Justin Schepige of DTW will be back playing the organ right in the theater along with a silent film before the main feature, which is a personal favorite. Bring your popcorn buckets and your first dates, because it’s the immortal Lee Van Cleef in Giancarlo Santi’s classic blood-spattered spaghetti western, The Grand Duel (1972). Come for a night of whiplash as we go ragtime classic in the first half and grindhouse in the second.


Corvallis Community Band Spring Concert, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 7:30 p.m. Free

If you like your Tuesday entertainment considerably less shootey and full of Van Cleef, you may want to check out this free show from one of Corvallis’ legitimate treasures. Corvallis Community Band kicks out the jams and they do it pretty much entirely out of the goodness of their hearts. Now I may be just one guy without a heart speaking here, but that whole concept is astounding to me. Also seeing them at LaSells is a real treat; you can get the modern college experience without the GHB.

Wednesday, 16

Jeffrey Martin & Anna Tivel, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free

Are you hip to the new folk music explosion that is enjoying an epicenter in Oregon? Jeff and Anna have been taking the folk music world by storm, and they’re basically making Corvallis their base of operations. Will that lead to Corvallis becoming the new Austin, Texas? I don’t know, I guess the only way for that to happen would be for us to all go to their show, which I should point out is free. Now your next question is probably, “How do they feed themselves?” Let’s talk about merchandise…

Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave. 7 p.m. $5

Humphrey Bogart was what the kids of 2006 would call “a baller.” He got laid like crazy, had a wife half his age, and he basically packed six lives into the time span of less than one lifetime. Treasure of the Sierra Madre is one of his greatest films. See it on the big screen or run the risk of me calling you names. Bogey in a John Huston movie. That’s why they invented movies. And theaters. Go to this.

Thursday, 17

Meet the Author: Philip Margolin, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. 7 p.m. Free

Have you ever read a Margolin book? Are you breathlessly awaiting the next installment in the Amanda Jaffe series? Well, there’s never been a better time to start, as Margolin will be at the library in person toting signed copies of his newest installment, Violent Crimes. Sounds spooky and violent. Just like pretty much every Thursday night for me, so this will be great. I haven’t really followed any newer crime novel series in a while, but this Jaffe lady seems to know how to solve a mystery. Violent Crimes marks the fifth go-around for Jaffe, an attorney in Portland who it is to be assumed solves mysteries when she’s not shopping for vintage furniture and getting a tattoo of a plant with an animal sitting in it.


Curtis Monette, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free

Curtis Monette is the sound of springtime. As the new blossoms… blossom, so too do Curtis’ wild guitar styles—er, bloom. Look, Curtis plays every month for free. And I’m pretty sure he played in Blookie last week, and that was just preposterous. His solo act is this loop-filled shreddy, jammy mess of a thing that rules. And he’s great. And you’re great. And I don’t want to toot my own horn here, but I’m pretty great, too. Why don’t all of us get together at Curt’s next show? It’s Thursday and it’s free. Did I just blow your mind? No? Well then… how embarrassing this must be… for you. Aaaaaaand stage freeze!