OSU Foundations Visiting Artist Program: Carson Ellis. Art 101 Class, Gilfillan Auditorium, 2601 SW Orchard Ave., Corvallis. Noon. Free.
Um, holy crap? Carson Ellis is a children’s book illustrator of some note. Like, a lot of note. Much note. Ever heard of New York Times bestseller “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart, or “The Composer is Dead” by Lemony Snicket? “The Wildwood Chronicles” by Colin Meloy? I thought so. She also happens to be the illustrator-in-residence for The Decemberists. We’re lucky to have her down here! Don’t miss it. For more information, just visit carsonellis.com.
Hydrothermal Vent Day Lectures. Learning Innovation Center Room 210, Oregon State University, 165 SW Sackett Place Corvallis. 3:30 p.m. Free.
The discovering that “launched 1,000 ships,” they say. I’m listening… the event will offer up three short lectures — the first describing a 1977 discovery that “opened new fields of biology, chemistry, geology, and planetary science,” and then two more that delve into more recent discoveries. The whole shebang is sponsored by Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. For info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 3
Hydrothermal Vent Day Open Forum. Burt Hall, Room 193, Oregon State University, Corner of Monroe Ave. and 26th St. 3:30 p.m. Free.
Can’t get enough of that sweet hydrothermal vent talk from yesterday? Check out this open forum with 1977 expedition leader, Jack Corliss, as well as other members of the expedition. This recorded discussion will be part of the Vent Discovery archive being created at OSU, which means someone might hear an archived version of your dorky voice in the future! For more information, contact email@example.com.
When you hear there’s a free concert by a band with a variation on the word Gypsy in their title, you don’t think, you go. Thankfully they’re also quite good, rockin’ a blend of folk and more folk. Check out their song Easy on Youtube for a taste – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRa_AppxBBs. And then catch the show for a mouthful (to continue the eating theme). For more folksy info, visitimaginecoffee.net.
Saturday, March 4
League of Women Voters – Legislative Town Hall. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10 – 11:30 a.m. Free. From the press release: “Meet the state legislators, hear about their priorities during the coming session, ask questions, and have conversations. Participating Oregon Legislators: Senator Sara Gelser, Representative Andy Olson, Representative Dan Rayfield, and Representative Mike Nearman.” A great place to find your way into local politics! For more information, please visit lwv.corvallis.or.us.
Bad Habit + The Macks.Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5. Straight outta’ Yakima, Bad Habit is a ripe punk/reggae concoction with infectious energy. The Macks play “swingin’ bluesy garage rock that ages well and sticks to the bones.” I’m not sure I want anything sticking to my bones, but I guess to hell with it. I’m feeling dangerous. As an added bonus, you can check out ourreview of their debut EP at corvallisadvocate.com/2016/the-macks-latest-ep-offers-best-of-pdx-corvallis/. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com.
Sunday, March 5
Corvallis High School, Main Stage Theatre, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave. Sun Mar 5th 2:00pm. $ Varies.
Let’s see… 1. This is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 2. It is based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. 3. It was produced by Cameron Mackintosh of Mary Poppins fame. 4. You get to see one of the best musicals ever made as performed by aspiring and emerging stage actors from our very own Corvallis High. Did I mention that there’s a crapload of cats involved? Adults & Seniors are $12, students (11-19) $10, youth (5-10) $8, and kids 4 and under $5. Infants are free. Cats are ironically not allowed (I’m guessing).
Monday, March 6
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.
Tap Talks Corvallis Presents Why Hoppy Makes Us Happy featuring Dr. Tom Shellhammer. Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room, 3415 Deschutes St., Corvallis. 7 p.m.Free.
Dr. Shellhammer – aside form having a badas* name – is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology and the Nor’Wester Professor of Fermentation Science at Oregon State University. If you show up at this event, he is literally going to talk your ears on on everything beer. Seriously, just check out their event info via the following link. I’m getting thirsty just thinking about it. For some beerly information, visit facebook.com/events/1413538958677640/.
Tuesday, March 7
Art*ing for Adults. Philomath Community Library, 1050 Applegate St., Philomath. 6 – 7:30 p.m. Free. I just spent 10 minutes trying to think of a way to include the word “farting” as a rhyme here, and I’m giving up. Despite my failures, though, this is something you should really consider getting out of the house for. Folks ages 16 & up are invited to hang out and enjoy a low-key evening of art, conversation, music, and even a treat or four. Or twelve.. For more art-a-licious info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Graphic Novel Book Club. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Board Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m.
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 “The Arab of the Future: A Graphic memoir: A Childhood in the Middle East (1978-1984)” by Riad Sattouf. New members are always welcome. If interested, you can check 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, March 8
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 6 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.
Underwater Hockey. Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Dr., Corvallis. 7 – 9 p.m. So… what is there to say? The only thing better than something called “underwater hockey” would be something called “drunken underwater hockey while dressed as a centaur,” and I have sort of low hopes that the latter even exists. Speaking of, who wants in on a Kickstarter?
Thursday, March 9
Ninth Annual Sustainability Fair. CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 5 – 7 p.m. Free. What do you call a fair that is about to happen for the ninth time? Sustainable. Alright, that was my joke for the day. The fair features these thingies: over “50 local exhibitors, a Kids’ Activity Room, buffet of local organic food provided by Valley Catering, music by the Nick Rivard Jazz Duo, and breakout presentations by the Community Food Land Trust and Oregon Clean Power Cooperative.” Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, OSU Sustainability Office, Block 15, Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, First Alternative Co-op, and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. For info, contact email@example.com or 541-230-1237.