Thursday, February 16
OSU Theatre Presents For the Love of Lies. Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 SW Campus Way. 2 p.m. Feb. 16 to 18 and Feb. 24 to 25. Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth/students, $5 for OSU students.
Who doesn’t love lying, am I right? Make this Thursday “theatre day” and check out this hilarious comedy from OSU’s talented theatre folks. Tickets are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for disability access accommodations and/or group ticket sales. Tickets are also available online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre/university-theatre/box-officetickets. And remember, it’s “theatre,” not “theater.”
Corvallis Arts Walk. Downtown Corvallis. 4 – 8 p.m. Free.
The Corvallis Arts Walk, or “CAW” as some people call it (I refuse! Mostly…), is a great way to sample what the Corvallis arts scene has to offer. Get off your duff and see what’s going on—and then be sure to visit exhibitions off the walk for a longer gander without all the shoulder-rubbing. For information on participating venues, visit theartscenter.net or facebook.com/CorvallisArtsWalk.
Friday, February 17
Keep the Music Going Fundraiser. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7 – 9 p.m. If you’re familiar with ASCAP, you’ll know how much they suck. If not, you’re going to want to look them up. To help fight the good fight, musicians are trying to raise the money required for Imagine Coffee to pay their ASCAP fees. I honestly can’t think of a better cause for local art. For info, visit imaginecoffee.net.
Corvallis Eco-Film Festival – Seed: The Untold Story. Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW Second St., Corvallis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $5 per person or $10 per family.
It’s eco-friendly, and its a film festival. Yes, I know you already figured this out from the title, but I thought I should drive the point home. The theaters are looking kind of bleak right now (no offense, Lego Batman), so this sounds like a fantastic alternative. This film “features passionate seed-keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy.” Fair enough, yeah? It’s organized by the Corvallis Odd Fellows, the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, and the Corvallis Environmental Center. Oregon Trail Brewery will be bring the beer, while snacks shall be arriving from New Morning Bakery (so bring some extra bucks). Bonus: local experts will be present for a brief discussion and audience Q&A. For info, call 541-230-1237 or visit sustainablecorvallis.org.
Saturday, February 18
An Evening with Storyteller Habiba Addo. Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St., Lebanon. 7 – 8 p.m. Free. Habiba Addo is a native of Ghana, West Africa.
Addo holds a degree in theater and a certificate of dance from Portland State University, and has performed and taught in the United States and internationally for over 15 years. Want to kick back and listen to some awesome tales involving the rich African cultures present today in Cuba and Brazil? I thought so. For info, visit lebanonpubliclibrary.com.
Drag Rag + Surfs Drugs + The Critical Shakes. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $3.
A trifecta of just really badass bands, don’t miss this one. Seriously, the first Surfs Drugs song I listened to is called “Lets GO TO SPACE.” It’s like yes, let us totally do that. Both of the other band have “let us do that” moments, but I won’t give you any spoilers. Though, you should give them to yourself. By clicking these links and listening to the music. For info, visit thecriticalshakes.bandcamp.com/album/play-fight, surfsdrugsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/year-of-the-trimp, and soundcloud.com/k-hurtz.
Sunday, February 19
Crossroads International Film Festival. Darkside Cinema, 215 SW Fourth St., Corvallis. My Love Don’t Cross the River: 1:30 p.m. $6. Crossroads at Darkside, a film no-brainer. From the press release: “This award-winning documentary film follows an elderly married couple during the last 15 months of their 76-year marriage. In Korean with English subtitles. A Q&A led by a Korean student will follow the movie. The Nightingale: 4 p.m. To keep a promise to his deceased wife, Zhigen returns to his native village to release his bird, his sole companion in Beijing. Circumstances force him to take his spoiled young urban granddaughter, Renxing. A discussion will follow the movie. In Chinese with English subtitles. Theeb: 6:30 p.m. In the Ottoman Empire during World War I, a Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. In Arabic and other languages with English subtitles.” For info, visit international.oregonstate.edu/crossroads/film-festival.
Monday, February 20
PTSD Support Group for Non-Vets and Veterans. Corvallis Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6 – 7:15 p.m. First and third Mondays. Free. A very-worthy support group for both men and women, veteran and non-veteran sufferers of PTSD (and those affected by it). Good to know it exists, and please share the information with others. For more of that information, visit hopeinourvalleycorvallis.org.
Beaver Tales: An Environmental Arts & Science Exhibit. LaSells Stewart Center. 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis 8am-5pm. Free/
An exhibit that merges art and environmental science around Oregon’s state animal (and OSU’s mascot) – its about time. This is Corvallis, right? Artists from all over Oregon will be showing their work, while OSU Special Collections will present a look at the OSU mascot over time. That’s right, we’re talking Benny. That big old scary anthropomorphic beaver. Did I say scary? Haha. Freudian slip. You have may missed the reception, but the exhibit is open until the 28th. Definitely worth checking out, and can be found in the Giustina Gallery and Murdock Gallery.
Tuesday, February 21
Art & Coffee. Philomath Community Library, 1050 Applegate St., Philomath. 10:30 a.m. – noon. Free.
Here’s what they have to say for themselves: “Adults ages 16 and up are invited to join a low-key morning of art, coloring, conversation, music, and treats.” I can get down with that. One too many Cranberritas last week and a lower-key night of art sounds great. The Philomath Library is an excellent venue, highly recommended. BYOC (bring your own crayons). You probably don’t need to do that, I just wanted to say it. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Coloring for Everyone. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free.
Are we going to let those Philomath Library low-key art event folk have all the fun? Hell no! All ages are welcome to come and color at the Corvallis-Benton library. Supplies, coloring pages, and relaxing music provided. For more colory info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Wednesday, February 22
100 Below Zero: Our Life at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Free. Main meeting room.
Max Peters and Hannah McAllister will be discussing their past year, spent working for the United States Antarctic Program. Expect tales of their work lives, station culture, living conditions, and the extreme environment experienced at the South Pole. Photos and stories about “six months of complete darkness, walking outside under the Southern Lights and interacting with the same 45 people under confined conditions for more than eight months.” This event is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Friends of the Library. Also, it sounds amazing. For more info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Thursday, February 23
Corvallis Queer Film Festival. Darkside Cinema, 215 SW Fourth St., Corvallis. 6 – 9 p.m. Feb. 22 to 25. Free.
BACK AT LAST! The Corvallis Queer Film Festival offers up four nights of humanizing narrative and nonfiction films (all fantastic from head to toe), created by queer and trans-identified people, highlighting intersectional identities and complicate discourses of sex, gender, and intimacy. A big hit of the past, the festival returns to melt your face (if we’re using metal terms… and we are). If you’re a fan of film or advocate for the queer community, be there… or be somewhere else. It’s just that being somewhere else will be remembered as a terrible choice in your immediate and long term future. For info, visit calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/121161/ or facebook.com/events/375825709479501/permalink/379811125747626/.