Thursday, July 20
The Insinuators. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Super fun and talented rock trio out of Seattle. Take a listen for yourself (https://theinsinuators.bandcamp.com/), but you won’t be disappointed. Perfect kind of sound for the Calapooia atmosphere, in my opinion. And it’s free, so you can drop another beer or two down your esophagus while you enjoy the tunes. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Style Your Swing. Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW Second St., Corvallis. 8 – 9:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
From the press release: “The Corvallis Swing Dance Society is starting something new this summer. It’s part structured lesson, part guided practice, and a whole lot of dancing. Join them for a short lesson from 8 to 9:30 p.m., followed by DJed music and guided practice from 8:30 to 9:30. Each week’s lesson will focus on a different concept in swing dancing.” Personally, I’ve been banned from dancing in 31 states, but you’re probably safe. For info, visit corvallisswing.com.
Friday, July 21
There’s not enough space to do these events justice, so I’ll be quick: split yourself into clones so you can catch them all. Seriously, what an incredible Friday!
Echo Beds / Princess Dewclaw / Chefkirk / Depleted Your Cranium. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Hosted by Corvallis Experiments in Noise. For info, visit www.facebook.com/corvallisnoise/.
Dam Right Drag Night – Pool Party: Let’s Get Soaking Wet! The Dam, 349 SW Fourth St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Gaymer Night, all ages at 7 p.m. Local DG, 21+ at 9 p.m. Drag Show at 10 p.m. Dancing after. For info, visit https://www.facebook.com/corvallisdragnight/.
Wups, Sacred Trees, and Mountains of Pixels. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5. 21+. Do you still believe in rock and roll? For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/ or facebook.com/pg/bombsawaycafe/events/?ref=page_internal.
Tara Velarde and Rebecca McDade. The Salty Dog, 130 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5. 21+ PDX indie folk songstress Tara Velarde and her band team up with local Corvallis sweetheart Rebecca McDade. For info, visit facebook.com/TheSaltyDogCorvallis/.
Saturday, July 22
Albany Oregon’s First Pride March. Albany City Hall, 333 SW Broadalbin St., Albany. 10 a.m. Free.
In light of recent times and, er… council meetings… this seems like one hell of a great idea. Join up with others at Albany City Hall “to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride and march for continued actions that lead to positive and respectful relations committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion for Albany’s LGBTQ+ community.” This is a familiar friendly march for peace and inclusivity. For info, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1604211282945333/.
Free Noise Show. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Experimental music from the Willamette Valley hosted by Corvallis Experiments in Noise. One of Corvallis’ truly legit gems (they’ve got a big to-do Friday as well). Hear something you’ve never heard before. For info, visit https://www.facebook.com/corvallisnoise/.
Sunday, July 23
The Fire. First Congregational Church, 4515 West Hills Rd., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. CFS members, seniors over 65, and kids under 13 get a $2 discount. The Fire is a trio featuring Rebecca Lomnicky on Scottish fiddle, David Brewer on Highland pipes and whistles, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bazouki. They’ll be performing some heartfelt and captivating traditional Scottish tunes for your listening pleasure. Have “little bitty kids that can be on laps?” They get in free. BOOM. Online tickets, $18 plus a ticket/handling fee, are available through tickettomato.com/event/4920. For info, visit corvallisfolklore.org/home/the-fire-july-23-2017/.
Monday, July 24
The Art of the Submission Presented by Laura Stanfill. Allison Room, First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW Eighth St., Corvallis. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Guests of members pay $5, visitors pay $10, no one is turned away.
Laura Stanfill, publisher of Portland’s Forest Avenue Press, is here to save you with a discussion on “some not-so-obvious red flags that can sabotage your submission, how important taste is when it comes to acquisitions, how to research your intended recipient’s wish list to maximize your potential success, and some common first-page blunders.” A must-attend event for writers of all kinds! For info, visit willamettewriters.org/wwotr/.
Concert in the Park: Rodgers and Hammerstein with Gale Hazel and Paul Pritchard. Starker Forests Inc., 7240 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 8 p.m. Free.
It’s a park, it’s nice out, it’s free, and there’s some Rodgers and Hammerstein (which I just found out is actually two people). For info, visit c-cband.org.
Tuesday, July 25
Am I about to say this show looks kicka*s? You know it. And I just did. Want to know why? Go plug your head into these websites: Lungs & Limbs’ https://www.lungsandlimbs.com; Survival Guide’s http://srvvlgd.com/ (also, Emily Whitehurst is kind of a big deal…); and DJ Abadackis’ https://soundcloud.com/abadackis/albums. See what I mean? Every week I find something that ends up being the soundtrack for the entire work day, but this time I’m going to have to somehow get these folks on shuffle. For more information, cruise on over to another website: www.bombsawaycafe.com.
Wednesday, July 26
Chintimini Raptors. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Free.
At first I was like, “Sweet, dinosaurs!”… but birds are cool, too. “Meet Oregon’s amazing birds of prey and learn about their lives,” totally free of charge. Take advantage of our fantastic library, people! For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free. Death Cafe Corvallis is one of our city’s more unique and personal events, offering a great place to talk mortality without any “therapeutic agenda, debate society, social action group, religious or anti-religious organization, political committee, or sales pitch.” Ultra welcoming, ultra open. It’s that simple. For info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, July 27
Sage Summer Concert. Bruce Starker Arts Amphitheater, 4485 SW Country Club Dr., Corvallis. 6 – 9 p.m. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10 per family.
SAGE Summer Concerts are one of the best things around in our fair township, and a surefire way to soak up some summer before it dissolves away come fall. From the press release: “SAGE Summer Concerts are family-friendly events showcasing local musicians and supporting local businesses. All proceeds benefit SAGE and help them continue to grow three tons of food annually for hunger relief organizations in Corvallis.” Free parking is available and local businesses will be selling food and drinks (alcohol served in the beer garden). For info, visit corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org/eci/events/concerts/.
The New Science of Pain. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7 – 9 p.m. Free. Discover how modern pain neuroscience can lead to better treatment and hope for the future. Topics and speakers: “Persistent Pain Explained” by Dr. Kevin Cuccaro; “The Difference Between Pain and Suffering” by Lianne Dyche; “Movement, Motion, and Pain” by Sharna Prasad. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.