Thursday, January 26
PreservationPUB. Old World Deli. 341 SW 2ndSt. 6 p.m. Free.
Honestly, does anything sound bad after “PUB” is attached to the end of it? PreservationWORKS launches their PreservationPUB series on Thursday. Tiah Edmunson-Morton will present the premiere program, “Beer, Bines & Barns: Preserving & Celebrating the History of Hops in Benton County.” This talk will inform and inspire you to see the local landscape and your pint glass with new eyes. Those are their words, not mine… though I hardly doubt them.
Mule on Fire. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m.
I’ve never seen a mule on fire, but I’ve set plenty of giant yaks ablaze in Far Cry Primal, if that counts. And it should, because it was awesome. Anyhow, Mule on Fire, in this case, is a band… and one you’re going to want to see. Don’t believe me? Cram some of their alternative folk in your ears via http://muleonfire.com/listen/ and all the doubt will go out the window. Where it goes after that, I’m not responsible. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Friday, January 27
Young Penitent. Corvallis Coffee Works, 33898 SE Eastgate Cr. 7 p.m. Free.
Young Penitent is easily one of the biggest hip-hop talents around, which means that you pretty much have to attend this event. Seriously, a law. In addition to his skillful wordsmithery, the show will feature a guest performance by Young Knight. For more hippity-hoppity info, visit www.corvalliscoffeeworks.com.
Flamenco Pacifico in Concert. The Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd St. 7:30 p.m. $28 to $30.
While there are a great many excellent shows to be caught around here for something between free and $5, this is one of these events where it’s worth shelling out more. Led by virtuoso flamenco guitarist and composer Berto Boyd, Flamenco Pacifico’s guitar-driven performances feature original modern flamenco compositions rooted in the time-honored forms of traditional flamenco. Both performances will feature music from their new album Convivencia (“Coexistence”). This is the group’s debut album and Boyd’s first new album in over a decade. Flamenco Pacifico also includes guitarist and vocalist Grant Ruiz, percussionist Terry Longshore, and dancer Elena Villa. Special guest artists joining the group from Santa Barbara are Randy Tico on fretless bass and Ryan Zermeño, a flamenco dancer and percussionist. Tickets are available online at www.majestic.org.
Saturday, January 28
Terry Robb Band CD Release Party. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 8 p.m. $10.
Terry Robb is kind of a big deal. For example, he’s an Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee, winner of 19 consecutive Muddy Awards for Best Acoustic Guitar (re-named for Robb following his retirement from running for the award), and producer of John Fahey’s album Let Go (awarded four stars by Rolling Stone). Robb’s accomplishments are… plentiful. This guy is a legend. A must for any fan of the blues. For info, visit www.terryrobb.com/bio/ or www.facebook.com/events/1858778261024520/.
Space Neighbors. The Dam Sports Arcade, 349 SW 4th St. 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. $5. 21+.
Easily one of Corvallis’ classiest acts, there’s a little bit for everyone at a Space Neighbors show. This time around they’ll be hanging out at The Dam bringing you original, local music from Corvallis with an eclectic, high-energy dance vibe. So come kick off the space boots and get your groove on. Space boots are not a requirement. For info, visit www.facebook.com/thedamsportsarcade.
Sunday, January 29
Blues Jam. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 4 – 6 p.m. Free.
“Get out, get in and get some on ya.” That’s what they say, and there’s not a man, woman, child, or anything in between/beyond that will find such a phrase unappealing. If anyone says they do, they’re a damn liar. For info, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.
Community Hatha Yoga. Live Well Studio, 971 NW Spruce Ave. 7 – 8:15 p.m. $7.
If you managed to injure yourself at the aforementioned Blues Jam, Community Hatha features yoga poses, breathwork, meditation, and relaxation. No one turned away for lack of funds—always a bonus. For info, visit www.livewellstudio.com.
Monday, January 30
Science Pub – Brain Injury in Sports. Old World Deli. 341 SW 2nd St. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.
Join Monday night’s speaker Dr. Douglas Aukerman, sports medicine physician with Samaritan Health Systems and senior associate athletic director for sports medicine at Oregon State University, to discuss what is known about traumatic brain injuries and what athletic programs are doing to reduce the risks. Besides, you can’t beat beer and science. For info, visit http://terra.oregonstate.edu/science-pub-corvallis/.
Bryson Skaar. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 – 9 p.m. Mondays.
Every Monday Imagine Coffee features the supreme key-tingling skills of local pianist Bryson Skaar. Fact is, the dude is really, really good. Let him fill your ears as you enjoy some delicious coffee and snacks! For more delicious info, visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Tuesday, January 31
Chair Yoga. Live Well Studio, 971 Spruce Ave. 3 – 4 p.m.
Chair yoga is exactly what it sounds like: a yoga class suitable for those with limited mobility. Funded by donation, it’s worth checking out if you’ve been physically immobilized, or just want to take a load off and do yoga from a chair (count me amongst the former, as apparently I have the flu and it made me fall down a half flight of stairs earlier). For info, visit www.livewellstudio.com.
Celtic Jam. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7 – 9 p.m. Mondays.
Fancy-pants Calapooia Brewing has their own blues jam (which is awesome), but Imagine Coffee plays host to a Celtic music jam. What is Celtic music? Show up and find out. Or, like, do a search on the Internet. Because we can do that now. For info, visit www.imaginecoffee.net.
Wednesday, February 1
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 12 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 2
Foundation for a Sustainable and Just Future. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Free.
Believe it or not, there’s some stuff going on around here that isn’t rock ‘n’ roll. Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, this event has you joining former Corvallis Planning Commission chair Jennifer Gervais to discuss the importance of land use planning in determining the livability of our community. Explore connections between affordable housing, transportation options, equity, and a range of sustainable community features. For further information, call 541-230-1237 or email email@example.com.
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m.
Rusty Hinges have been a staple of the area music scene for years now. In fact, when this column began, they were one of the first new bands I ran into and have been on regular rotation here at 8 Days. If you’re not familiar, expect an amalgamated sound featuring elements of bluegrass, blues, and more. They play Calapooia Brewing a lot, and it’s a great venue for their sound. For very banjo-friendly information, visit www.calapooiabrewing.com.