Pollinators in Managed Forest Landscapes. CH2MHill Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Organized by faculty in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, this event include talks on “current pollinator research in managed forests, a break-out session, and a group discussion.” For more info and to register, visit cpe.forestry.oregonstate.edu/PollinatorWorkshop.
Free Range Open Mic. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8:30p.m., Free.
Cruising along into its second year, Free Range continues to represent what an open mic should be: a place to get your tunes heard, chat with other local musicians, fire up new collaborations, and generally just have a great time hanging out in the thick of the best Corvallis has to offer. For more information, find yourself browsing http://www.bombsawaycafe.com/.
If you like your rock rocky, your jazz jazzy, your funk funky, and your latin… latinous, then LMNO is the band for you, and coincidentally are playing a show just for you (and ten of your friends). A robust blend of Corvallis-based veteran musicians blending influence from all over the spectrum. They’ll be serving up some great originals, as well as covers ranging from Bach to Zappa. LMNO is made up of Page Hundemer, Brian Bucolo, Nick Rivard, and Rob Birdwell. Tough to beat – come on out and support local music at its finest! For musically info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Chamber Music Corvallis. Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $24 pre-ordered; $29 at the door.
The Gould Piano Trio, along with Robert Plane on clarinet, will be performing Beethoven: Trio Op. 11 for piano, clarinet, and cello – as well as Zemlinsky: Trio for piano, clarinet, and cello, Korngold: Suite from Much Ado About Nothing for violin and piano, and Brahms: Trio in C major for piano, violin, and cello. For more info and tickets, visit chambermusiccorvallis.org.
Saturday, April 1
Cherry and The Lowboys. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Their Reverb Nation page (https://www.reverbnation.com/cherryandthelowboys) says they “serve up greasy grooves inspired by classic hot rod culture,” and I’d have to concur. The first song I listened to, “Attack of the Boogie Monster,” was a blast and definitely greasy as hell… like a food cart burrito that looks like it could kill you, and may actually do so one day. Absolutely great stuff. For more greasy info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
DJ Rollipolli. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $2. April Fool’s show. I’ve heard you should beware of the “joy buzzer & smooth grooves.” Challenge accepted? I think so. For more information, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Sunday, April 2
Class: All About Potatoes. Shonnard’s Nursery, 6600 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 11 a.m. – noon. Free.
Okay, look, potatoes. I know, but hear me out: potatoes are great and weird. Ever seen a potato plant flower? ::waits for you to Google it:: …yes. This free class will teach you all about ye olde spud, including information on how to plant, harvest and store our rotund, rootsy friends. D what varieties “work best in the Pacific Northwest, preparation for planting, feeding, pest prevention, and many other tips and pointers for having your best potato season ever!” Or your first potato season, ever! For info, visit shonnards.com/events/.
Beavers Women’s Rowing. Oregon State University, 1500 Sw Jefferson Ave., Corvallis. 9am.
There may not be any hoops or touchdowns flying about all willy-nilly, but this is one heck of a grueling and exciting sport. Don’t know much about rowing? Even better. You can find out more and look at schedules and ticket prices at http://osubeavers.com.
Monday, April 3
A Story About Snakes, Scents, and Sex. LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Reception: 6:30 p.m.; Lecture: 7 p.m.
With a title like that, what’s not to love? Okay, so it could use some Sasquatch in there. Still, this is a must-attend event. Enjoy a lecture by renowned chemical ecology expert and Professor of Integrative Biology Robert Mason, complete with “a glimpse into the fascinating world of how snakes—often in a ratio of 100 males to every one female—depend exclusively on pheromones released to trigger the mating dance.” Is this where I insert that Indiana Jones quote? No… not gonna do it. Difficult to fight… the… urge. For info, visit calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/124350/.
Local piano guru Bryson Skaar tickles those ivories and ebonies. Always a great performance – and as a bonus, you can enjoy some of the best coffee in town. For more information, visit http://imaginecoffee.net.
Tuesday, April 4
Graphic Novel Book Club Meeting. Library’s Board Room, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Free.
This time around the discussion centers on Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet. New members always welcome. As always, you can scope out this month’s reading selection at the second-floor reference desk of the library. For more info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Yoga on Tap. Mazama Brewery, 33930 SE Eastgate Cr., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. Cost: $15 includes yoga and your first tap of Mazama beer. For ages 21+ only.
Though my idea of yoga involves a certain Street Fighter than can do fiery barrel rolls and smack you upside the head from 10 feet away, this version of yoga has beer, so… check mate, I suppose. Mazama Brewing Company presents Yoga on Tap: a 60-minute yoga practice, complete with a pint of some of the best beer I’ve ever had (oh my word, their Grand Cru…). No beer experience necessary, just an open mind, a yoga mat, and water. For info and advance registration, visit squareup.com/store/UrbanYoga.
Not to make a terrible joke here (though of course I’m no stranger), you’ll be feeling quite a bit of gratitude to this band after you see them perform. Found online at http://gratitudejazzband.com/, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or another kind of scientist) to recognize this kind of talent. If you’re a fan of jazz, this is definitely a local act to pay attention to. For more information, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free. “Got thoughts about mortality? Come talk truth to death. 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, religion or anti-religion, ideology, cult, or sales pitch.” Death Cafe is a friendly, fantastic support group in the area that almost any one of us could benefit from. Discuss a heavy topic in the best of atmospheres, and enjoy all that Interzone has to offer your taste buds as you do it. For info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallisor email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 6
Reading and Book Signing by Poets Gary Lark and Stacie Smith. Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. From the press release: “Gary Lark will be reading from River of Solace, a series of poems of a place and people very much like Coos County, OR and, In the House of Memory: Voices from Valley View Manor, to get a glimpse into the lives of the people living in an assisted living facility. Stacie Smith will be reading from Open Burning, which consists of 41 poems that explores landscape.” For more information, visit grassrootsbookstore.com.
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you like bluegrass, you like Rusty Hinges. Never heard of them? Doesn’t matter, you like them. Don’t fight me on this, just treat yourself. For more banjo-packed info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.