Thursday, October 5
Reception for Surface Tension, featuring Christopher Russell & Rafael Soldi. The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Artists Christopher Russell and Rafael Soldi will be on hand for the reception of their show, which was organized by the wonderful Julia Bradshaw (who just recently put together that crazy awesome Totality exhibit at OSU.). For info, visit theartscenter.net/.
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Rusty Hinges rocking out at Calapooia. If you’re into local music, you’ve got to catch the regional Bluegrass legends at least once. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Comedy Night. Cloud & Kelly’s Corvallis, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free.
Who hosts a badas* comedy night every first Thursday of the month? I’ll give you three guesses, but the correct answer is Cloud & Kelly’s. But you already knew that. For info, visit facebook.com/TheSaltyDogCorvallis/.
Friday, October 6
Bloktoberfest. Block 15 Brewing, 300 SW Jefferson Ave, Corvallis. 4-11 p.m. $5.
Oktoberfest may awkwardly be in September, but its cousin Bloktoberfest is what we’ve all been waiting. To celebrate the changing season, Block 15 whips out their 9th annual event this October 6th and 7th. What do you get? Block 15 beer served in authentic tankards that you can then pour down your throat. And yes, this includes the seasonal “Bloktoberfest” brew. Enjoy “German-inspired food, live music, yard games, and big screen college football action featuring Pac 12 matchups.” Beer, sports, and some Germanesque-ish-ness, just for you. For info, visit block15.com/bloktoberfest.
Space Neighbors. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. 21+.
Space Neighbors need no introduction. But in case they do: they’re simply amazing. “Disco gypsy jam funk” that’ll known your space socks off (because you’re wearing those). For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Rainbow in the Clouds. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free.
If you haven’t checked out Rainbow in the Clouds, you’re missing out. Basically its an LGBT & friends dance night with killer tunes, great food, and a hell of a lot of fun. The best part is that it happens every first Friday of the month. For info, visit facebook.com/TheSaltyDogCorvallis/.
Saturday, October 7
Bloktoberfest. Block 15 Brewing, 300 SW Jefferson Ave., Corvallis. 12:30-11 p.m. $5.
Bloktoberfest continues. Yes, you can go this great event two days back to back. Nobody will stop you, except for maybe the cops or something. Behave yourself. For info, visit block15.com/bloktoberfest.
Deadbeats. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Alive guys covering dead guys’ classic rock in new ways. Seen them playing around a lot lately and have heard really great things. If you catch the show, you can hear really great things, because they’ll be playing… and… you get me. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Vintersea + Lightning Rules + Red Hands Black Feet. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5 and 21+.
I’ve got nowhere near the space to talk up these badas* acts. For all things rock, show up at Bombs this Saturday. Zero possibility of disappointment. Fact. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Sunday, October 8
Home Life Great Pumpkin Run. Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. 8 a.m. $40-12 based on event.
Do you like pumpkins? Howabout running? Well, The 27th annual Great Pumpkin Run has arrived, sponsored by Home Life Inc. (which is an awesome organization), and Calapooia Brewing Company (which is an awesome brewing company). Proceeds from this event will directly benefit those supported by Home Life, which include adults with intellectual and development disabilities. Just show up in your running shoes and ask an official how you can show your support through volunteering or donating. For info, visit homelifegreatpumpkinrun.org/.
Monday, October 9
Science Pub: Assembling the Northwest: A roadside view of Oregon and Washington geology. Old World Deli; 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. 6-8 p.m. Free.
Speaker and photographer Marli Miller is the author of Roadside Geology of Oregon and senior instructor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon. For this edition of the Science Pub, Miller will take a deep look at the geology found along Oregon and Washington’s highways. Plate tectonics, continental growth, the regional basement, Cascades, Blue Mountains… all up in your grill while you enjoy a meal and some beer. There’s really way too much to get into here, but what you need to know is that you need to go. And that rhymes, so its true. For info, visit terra.oregonstate.edu/science-pub-corvallis/.
FREE NOISE SHOW. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Free, donations welcome.
If you’re looking for something new, bizarre, inspiring, or just really damn good, Corvallis Experiments in Noise always puts on absolutely killer shows – most often featuring experimental music from the Willamette Valley. For info, visit facebook.com/corvallisnoise/.
Tuesday, October 10
Meet the Author Event: Nancy Lord. Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free.
Have an investment in environment issues, or just love nature? Nacy Lord will be on hand presenting pH, “a character-driven literary novel set in Alaska involving marine scientists (and a conceptual performance artist) confronting and in conflict over ocean warming and acidification.” Art, science and culture come together to form an overarching theme. Imaginative narrative joins with authentic science for win. Meet and greet! For info, visit grassrootsbookstore.com/.
Wednesday, October 11
An Evening with Tony Trishcka. Majestic Theatrer, 115 SW Second St., Corvallis. 8 p.m. $15 in advance and $17 at the door.
The press release says that Trishcka is a “sought-after teacher, producer, and recording artist.” That, my friends, is the definition of an understatement. Trischka has collab’d with the likes of Pete Seeger and Earl Scruggs, he’s put together 15 instructional books and a DVD, and basically has his own school for the Banjo because he is ridiculously incredible at it. Trischka is here as part of the “American Strings Series,” by OSU’s director of performing arts, journalist and music historian Bob Santelli, and is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Arts and Communication and the GRAMMY Museum. This is a real treat, and I don’t use the word treat lightly. For info, visit liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/american-strings-concert-series-evening-tony-trischka.
Thursday, October 12
Wild Hog in the Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
A wild hog, and some woods. Only neither of this. But don’t be sad, instead you get one hell of a good live band. Goes best with the Chili Beer. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
The Reformation of Jan Hus and the Moravians. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 7-8:30 p.m. Free.
Dr. Luft, the Horning Professor of History at OSU, speaks on two things I’d never even heard of, but have since looked up and now want to know more. You will too, and as we’ve come to know, anytime there’s a talk at LaSells its worth being there for it. For info, visit luther-house.org/programs/reformation500/.
Autonomics. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. Free.