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OpenMic_Thursday12Thursday, 5

Acoustic Open Mic, Imagine Coffee, 5460 Philomath Blvd. 7 p.m. Free

This acoustic open mic series that bounces around locations is quickly becoming one of Corvallis’ most fun and unpredictable nights of free music. Not Buckaroo-Banzai fun and unpredictable, but still pretty good. One thing that has definitely been missing, though, is a band driven by kalimba, accordion, and throat-singing. Ever since Sinead O’Connor fell off, it feels like people just don’t roll the dice on ballsy world music anymore. Am I crazy?

Wild Hog in the Woods, Calapooia Brewing 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free
If there’s two things you can count on in the greater Corvallis metropolitan region, it’s being late to the table with whatever the new slang is, and Wild Hog. These guys are as reliable as salt ‘n’ vinegar chips and sunrises, and they’re back. So if you like your Americana grizzled and covered with facial hair, buckle up. This is a great show to come to if you sort of want to see the Duck Dynasty guys playing in a band, but hate the Duck Dynasty guys and would prefer some dudes marginally more well-kempt and significantly less obnoxious. It’s also a great show to come to if you’re an alcoholic, because news flash: it’s at a bar.


Friday, 13

Corvallis DIY: Band in a Hat Showcase, Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free

Corvallis DIY is hitting it so hard in May, they may want to invest in some pregnancy tests. And this is by far the coolest event I’ve ever heard of, so I’m jealous and in awe and all of that stuff. Band in a Hat is a bonkers idea not dissimilar to the ol’ Play-in-a-Day concept: a mix of people varying in skills from face-melting shredder to never even picked up a kazoo before get broken up into six all new, never-before-heard bands and given six weeks to prepare a set. This Friday we finally get to see what they’ve been working on. This is the show of the week. Of the month. The whole frickin’ year. Go to this or I’m done with you.


Pseudoboss and Patrimony, Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. Mysterious pricing

Corvallis’ favorite hard rockers from up the I-5 are back in town again. Normally Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck and terrible things. But this year, P&P will be in town to rock your faces off. Ignore that black cat, walk right under that ladder, and don’t sacrifice your first-born on the side of a mountain, because this Friday the 13th, instead of getting hacked to bits by Jason Voorhees’ mom, you can go to a rock show that will most certainly be packing the distortion. Two of my favorites.



Saturday, 14

Funk in the Forest, Avery Park Thompson Shelter, SW Avery Park Dr. 5 p.m. $5

DTW, The Space Neighbors, a whole mess of DJs, food from Natalia & Cristoforo’s, and it’s all under the friscalating dusk light. The Thompson Shelter will host the fifth incarnation of FIF and this thing is gonna be nuts. They had 200-plus attendees last year and they’re expecting 300-plus this time around. Will you be the only person in Corvallis not at this or Alice in Wonderland? That would be incredibly embarrassing for you. Also, this event is unofficially sponsored by rhythm, dancing, and being merry, so don’t be a rube and miss it.


Mbrascatu, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5

You know, I’ll be totally honest with you; I previously talked a lot about how great Mbrascatu is, but I’m just not sure anymore. I used to be totes down with this world-infused brand of folky poppy happy stuff. Now I’m more into reading Camus and pouring hot wax on myself. Times can change you like that. I remember there was a time I’d hear Milli Vanilli, and I’d be all, “This is music…” But I understand the rest of you may be breathlessly swept up in the Mbrascatu tornado of excitement. And for you all, I just wanted to make sure you were aware of this show. Because I got all your backs.


Sunday, 15

Alice in Wonderland, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 2:30 p.m. $16 to $18

Alice in Wonderland blew the doors off the joint last week, and there’s still two more weekends of madness in store. You still got eight more chances to see the stage production that made literally dozens of people exclaim to themselves, “So that’s what Ygal Kaufman looks like. All this time I thought he was that one guy who’s always drunk at 7:30 in the morning and smelling like pee who hangs around on the banks of the river downtown. But this is a totally different guy! Mind blown!” I swear, people were actually saying that to themselves loudly in the theater after the show. I heard it. And just for the record, the guy they’re all thinking of is Ed Ray.


Jubilate! Spring Concert, First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave. 4 p.m. $12 (free for kids under 12)

I think my favorite thing about this live local singing extravaganza is the bossiness of the title. It’s not “Jubilate” or “Jubilate:” or even “Jubilate?” It’s “Jubilate!” Come see this evening of gorgeous singing… or else! Jubilate! is Corvallis’ premier women’s choir and this spring show, entitled Oh Let Me Fly, will showcase a diverse group of singers singing a diverse group of songs, including compositions by Dianne Reeves and classics from around the world. It’s also a preview for us locals of what the women will bring with them to the 2016 GALA International Choral Festival in Denver this July.


Monday, 16

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

Bryson is once again pretty much the only show in town on a sleepy Monday night. So you should go and check out this jazz piano dynamo doing his thing. Just be ready for crowd participation; at least two times per month, Bryson sprinkles crowd favorites into the set, like a cover of “The Final Countdown” or some rollicking filthy limericks. There once was a man from Nantucket indeed, Mr. Skaar.



Audition: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 2:30 p.m. Free

I haven’t heard any reports back on the results from my occasional exhortation to mob these open auditions. So I have no idea if any of you are reading this and then deciding to go audition for a play. Seems unlikely that I’m moving the dial, and yet… I don’t care. Go to this. Speaking from personal experience, acting in community theater productions puts hair on your chest, (mostly) metaphorically speaking. It’s just a really rewarding experience, like half as rewarding as getting to know me, at minimum. This one is a work by Christopher Durang that’s steeped in Chekhov and sure to be a blast. Tell ‘em Ygal sent ya; it means absolutely nothing to anyone.

Tuesday, 17

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

If you’re a Bernie supporter—and judging by the thick aroma of patchouli in the air, you all are—you’re not going to want to miss this screening. It’s King Vidor’s legendary story of communal living, Our Daily Bread (1934)! The film is a sequel of sorts to Vidor’s even more legendary 1928 silent drama, The Crowd, that follows the continuing saga of the Sims family’s struggles with the American dream. It’s democratic socialism at its very best—well, second best if you count Venezuela—and there will be a live music/silent short film combo preceding it. So I just can’t even fathom what better thing you have to do this Tuesday than #CMNYK.


SOAR, Graye and Dumb Luck, Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. $5

Crap. OK, there is this one thing that could definitely be considered better. I told you Corvallis DIY is busier than the guy who writes bizarre and terrifying pro-Trump jingles for kids to sing at rallies. This is their third show of a bazonkers five-show month. It features Graye and Dumb Luck, both out of our backyard here in Corvallis, and is headlined by the fabulous SOAR, in from San Francisco. SOAR is terrific and reminds me of Team Dresch and a little of Lazy and Hazel. I’m so in. This is a complete f*cking steal for $5. Thanks again Corvallis DIY, without you this town would have no idea what punk is.


Wednesday, 18

Ferdinand the Bull, Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free

Ferdinand the Bull is headlining their own show at Bombs. These guys look like the social planning committee from a folk music frat, and they sound like the type of music those guys would listen to. While you’re deciding whether or not that’s a compliment, why not check the fellows out when they swing through Corvallis on the West Coast leg of their current tour? The bio on their band website is completely inscrutable nonsense, so I have no idea where these guys are from or if you’ll ever see them again.


Visiting Artist Lecture: Michelle Grabner, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 6 p.m. Free

Nationally renowned painter and conceptual artist Michelle Grabner will be here to give an undoubtedly fascinating lecture. She’s a professor at Art Institute of Chicago, and has had her work displayed all over the world. This is going to be enthralling and is pretty much the exemplification of why people would choose to live in a college town if they weren’t working at or attending the college themselves. For events like this. That said, LaSells has a three-hour runtime slated for this event, and quite frankly, this lady could be reciting step-by-step directions on how to make a working time machine/fountain of youth and I’d still be like, “Damn! Three hours? Can somebody take my ticket and just give me the broad strokes afterward?”

Thursday, 19

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

Goddamn! Yosi Mesbah is a dynamo and she’s bringing her huge voice, supple guitar fingers, and soulful/playful lyrics to the ‘Gine. Yosi has gone from Corvallis to Nashville (and back?) and she’s got stories to tell. Other than Community Movie Night, Band in a Hat, and Michelle Grabner’s marathon lecture, this is undoubtedly the best free show in town this week. And I mean that. But seriously, if you like hearing songs that will make you disconnect that garden hose from the muffler of your car (or window) and give it another go, this is the show for you.


Rough Jazz, Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. 7 pm. Free

As I often advocate when recommending you check out Rough Jazz, come prepared with a safe word. Because once the jazz starts with this group, the lines of appropriate and holy-f*ck get blurred pretty quickly. This Thursday of free excellence is rounding out one of the best weeks of music in Corvallis in quite a while. And Rough Jazz is anchoring the whole thing with a free night of their music. Oh, and quick pro-tip: don’t use musical phrases or names of classic jazz songs as your safe word. If you start yelling “Caravan!” to make them stop, it’s just going to get things started again…