Thursday, October 19
Adult Pumpkin Painting. Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis. 10 a.m. -Noon. $15 (includes pumpkin, painting supplies).
“Tired of the kids having all the fun?” Hell yeah I am. And it doesn’t hurt that there’ll be appetizers, smores, hot cider on hand – not to mention some beer, wine, and hard cider for sale. Release your inner pumpkin-decorator and get all freaky up in a gourd. For info, garlandnursery.com/.
Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 8:30 pm. Free.
What is there really left to say about Curtis Monette? If you haven’t heard of him, you’ve been living under a rock. He’s been assaulting Corvallis (in a good way) with his live-looping madness for over a decade. Acoustic guitar, electric bass, mandolin, beat-box, layered harmonic vocals, and electric guitar. The press info calls his performances a “dizzying sonic adventure,” and that’s pretty damn accurate. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Lojia. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Lojia boasts some seriously fresh neo-progressive rock and hails from the far away land of… Salem. And holy hell are they good. Lots of great influences mixing in there. Just take a listen for yourself: https://lojia.bandcamp.com/. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Friday, October 20
Truman Price. The Book Bin, 215 SW Fourth St., Corvallis. 7-8 p.m.
A 50 year veteran of the fiddle, Truman Price will be delivering some old time, Appalachian tunes that’ll make you forget all about the mountain of amazing books around you. A cool show in an unexpected venue. For info, visit visitcorvallis.com/calendar-of-events/.
ScratchDog Stringband + Left Coast Country. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $8.
Portland-based ScratchDog Stringband (https://www.scratchdogstringband.com/) will leave you speechless with their pluckin’, strummin’, and bowin’ skills. Left Coast Country (http://www.leftcoastcountry.com/), on the other hand, will… do the exact same thing. Incredible double-header for just eight bucks! For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Citizen of the Universe. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. $8
If you’re down with the funk, you’ll find yourself at Bomb’s Away this Friday eve. Citizen of the Universe is a supergroup concoction borne of the Willamette Valley, and is not to be missed. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Saturday, October 21
The Philomath Open Studio Tours and Art Sale. Philomath. Noon-5 p.m.
Within your reach this fall is the 15th Annual Philomath Open Studio Tour (POST) a self-guided journey through several shows that’ll be in local wine tasting rooms. Artists will be on hand to discuss process and show off work that may never have been on public display. A number of different disciplines can be found, including collage, painting, fiber art, jewelry, photography, ceramics, wood, sculpture, and many more. For info, visit philomathopenstudios.com/.
The Life Sentence Tour. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Killer hip-hop featuring Mr. P Chill, Mr. Hooper, Cleen, NappyTHC. It doesn’t happen enough here, so show your support! For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Free Noise Show(case!). Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. Free. Corvallis Experiments in Noise, who in my mind can do no wrong, invades Bombs Away for the first time! Marc Kate, Lavender, The Halloweener, Deadly Discs, nOiZepHyZiX, and Project Aisle bring the noise. Literally. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Sunday, October 22
The Philomath Open Studio Tours and Art Sale. Philomath. 12-5 p.m.
If you aren’t able to catch this on Saturday, definitely check it out Sunday. There’s more to local art than OSU and downtown, just waiting for you to find it! For info, visit philomathopenstudios.com/.
Author Event: Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide. Grass Roots Books, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis. 2-3:30 p.m. Free.
Thanks to Grass Roots Books , The Spring Creek Project, and the Corvallis Benton County Public Library, Dr. Robert Michael Pyle returns to Corvallis to present and discuss his book, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide. Previously published, the recent update includes new experiences and finds, including a brand new section on Bigfoot DNA found in poo and hair! Seriously, how could you not go to this? For info, visit grassrootsbookstore.com/.
Monday, October 23
Author Event with Mike Scalise. Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW 2nd St. Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
At the age of 24, Mile Scalise suffered a ruptured pituitary tumor in relation to a hormone disorder called acromegaly. In this book you join him on a journey that navigates “a new, alien world of illness maintenance,” and has aptly been referred to as “a moving, funny exploration of how we define ourselves by the stories we choose to tell.” The Brand New Catastrophe (the name of the book I didn’t mention earlier…) received The Center for Fiction’s 2014 Christopher Doheny Award. For info, visit grassrootsbookstore.com/.
Stillway & Bonham. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m. $3.
So very yes. This jazzy-ragtimey duo really puts a pin in it. Just check out this performance on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGZk7QDuuWQ. There’s at least one more up there floating about, and it should hold you over until you catch them live. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Tuesday, October 24
Introduction to mushroom identification. Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $6 per person.
Pop quiz: it’s Tuesday, you’re 12 or older, want to get out of town, and think Mushrooms are groovy… what do you do? The answer: this. This talk from mushroom guru Leah Bendlin teaches the basics of mushroom identification, including how to sort species by physicality and ecology. Want to bring some bizarre fungal find from your yard? You can do that. Added bonus: you’ll be at the freakin’ zoo. For info, visit oregonzoo.org/events/introduction-mushroom-identification.
Pencils, Pens, & Drinks with Friends. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 8 p.m. Free.
Show up, sit down, draw some stuff, color, eat, high five. It’s easy, and you’re all invited. I’m serious, all of you. If you’re weird and you know it, show up and prove it. And now you have to, because I’ve threatened your honor. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Wednesday, October 25
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. Noon. Free.
A death-positive meetup without an agenda. Not a religious organization, nor a support group. Just a place to chat, ask questions, and enjoy some treats! Death affects us all in a diversity of ways. We’re happy to have this group in town! For info, visit facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruiser Queen. Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free.
If you’re into grindy, fuzzy alt / indie rock, you’re into Bruiser Queen. A great sound wrapped around wonderful songwriting and lovely vocals. This shouldn’t be free, but it is, so lucky you. Definitely check them out: https://www.facebook.com/bruiserqueen/. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Thursday, October 26
City of Adair Village Fall Carnival. Adair City Hall & Community Center, 6030 NE William R Carr Ave., Adair Village. 6-8 p.m. Free.
I always think of Adair Village as “that place that may or may not be a town,” but whether or not that is true is besides the point. The Adair Village Fall Carnival will be Thursday, October 26th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Adair City Hall. There will be games (complete with prizes), treats, and “so much more.” I’m inclined to believe them on that last front, and word on the street is that this event is pretty damn fun! Definitely check out the Facebook event for more info, either by following this (https://www.facebook.com/events/190319614845604/) link, or searching online.