Thursday, June 1
Comedy Night. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
Did you now that Cloud & Kelly’s hosts a comedy night every first Thursday of the month? Now you do. And also, now you know it’s really good. Because I just told you. Also, it’s Cloud & Kelly’s, which makes it pretty obvious. (Have they ever had a bad show of any kind? Honestly.) For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/ or facebook.com/CloudAndKellys/.
You Knew Me When. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Like folk? Try https://www.youknewmewhen.com/. Cram that in your ears. Then start packing your bags, because this bound-to-be-fantastic show is FREE. And while you’re cramming things in your ears, cram some beer in your other face-holes (mouth is the safest), because Calapooia is one of the best breweries around. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Friday, June 2
Grass Roots Welcomes the New MFA Emerging Writers Series. Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
The Emerging Writers Series is a platform for “recent or soon-to-be” MFA grads in order to to make connections and share all manner of poetry and prose. This particular event will feature local writers Danya Bush, Tavia Mendaz, Nazifa Islam, and Randy Magnuson. For info, visit https://www.grassrootsbookstore.com/.
Olivia Awbrey with Brutal Bridges Band & Show Tigers. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Olivia Awbrey is a folk-punk songwriter worth taking note of, while Brutal Bridges Band is a “rump-spanking alt-punk-funk-icana and slow-jam ballads from the backwaters of Corvallis” kind of act. I didn’t know we have backwaters, so that alone will be worth the investigation. Promises to be another classic Bombs show! For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Rainbow in the Clouds. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 10 p.m. $5. Corvallis’ favorite LGBT dance party kicks off again this Friday. There are a few constants here: fantastic tunes, great drinks / food, and a welcoming environment for everyone. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/ or facebook.com/CloudAndKellys/.
Saturday, June 3
Ghost Towns. Squirrel’s Tavern, 100 SW Second St., Corvallis. 8:30 p.m.
A solo set from Ghost Towns’ Lukas opens things up from 8:30 to 9 p.m.; the rest of the band joins in just after 9pm. All the fiddle, accordion, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, guitar, bass, and drums you can handle. High energy, “twisted folk-rock with a dash of gypsy and Balkan influence.” Just take a listen for yourself: https://ghosttownsmusic.bandcamp.com/.
Scratchdog Stringband and Fox & Bones. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m.
Portland based Americana act Scratchdog takes the stage with conceptual folk collaboration Fox and Bones. A folksy Portland double header at the legendary Bombs Away! By the way, I recommend you stuff your face with The Viking while you’re there. Damn that thing’s good.For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Sunday, June 4
Cancer Survivors Day and 5k Walk. Samaritan Pastega Regional Cancer Center, 501 NW Elks Dr., Corvallis. 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Free for ages 5 and younger, $15 for ages 6 to 17, $25 for ages 18 and older.
Walk for a great cause. From the press release: “This year’s event brings in the popular 5k walk/run Give Us 5, founded by a local cancer survivor. The walk/run comprises three loops around the Good Sam campus, on paved terrain.” For info or to register, visit secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=126588.
Poocha-Paw-Loooza. Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. Oh lordy, its Poocha-Paw-Loooza! Even the name sounds awesome. According to their press, “dogs of all ages & children under 5 years of age are free.” I like how those are grouped! Easily one of the biggest events like it, dogs and their owners alike will be able to engage in hands-on activities, seminars, and demonstrations. Like dog-centric products, services, clubs, and organizations? Those’ll be there too. Will you? For info, visit poochapawlooza.com/.
Model Train Show. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 1-4 p.m. Free.
If you’re thinking “ugh, model trains,” then you don’t know what you’re missing out. This annual show promises some of the coolest setups around, and will undoubtedly change your thinking about the hobby. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Monday, June 5
Science Pub: Ocean Tides. Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free.
Do you even need to read about Science Pub? I mean honestly, these events are great every… single… time. This round features author and founder of The Resource Institute Jonathan White, who will be talking about ocean tides. He has literally traveled the seven seas in search of thelargest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides out there. Things called the “Silver Dragon,” for Pete’s sake. Photographs, stories, and short readings, you’ll be taken on one hell of a journey into the inner workings of the tide. For info, visit omsi.edu/calendar?keywords=350#.
June Tap Talk about Soil and Wine Featuring James and Nina Cassidy. Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room, 3415 SW Deschutes St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
If there’s two things we love around here, its soil and wine. Hosts James Cassidy is an instructor of Soil Science at OSU and is the faculty advisor of the OSU Organic Grower’s Club, while Nina is an expert wine-crafter for Emerson Vineyards. We hear seating is limited, and understandably so! For info, visit facebook.com/TapTalksCorvallis/.
Tuesday, June 6
Science Pub: Turning Stars into Gold. Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free.
Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz Enrico J. Ramirez-Ruiz will be joined by Professor Niels Bohr of the Niels Bohr Institute. There’s not enough space to dig into the meat n’ potatoes of their talk, but take it from me: you can read into the title quite literally. Sounds incredible. For info, visit omsi.edu/calendar?keywords=350#.
Reception for OSU Graduating Students’ Thesis Artwork. Fairbanks Gallery, 220 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free.
This is the place to be if you’re into local art. Awards will be handed out by some of the most important OSU bigwigs, including OSU Provost Edward Feser and Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. But what you’ll want to hang out for is the free food (it lasts about 10 minutes…), and one of the best senior art shows in recent memory. If you’re looking true real diversity and challenge in emerging art, don’t let the “school function” fool you. 21 graduates in various disciplines show their stuff. For info, visit oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2017/may/exhibit-featuring-graduating-students%E2%80%99-thesis-artwork-fairbanks-gallery-june.
Wednesday, June 7
Correction: There is no longer a drink and draw event at Cloud & Kelly’s on this night. Apologies for the error!
Gratitude at Bombs Away Café. Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Free.
Ever heard of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, or Keith Jarrett? The answer is yes, and if you dig that kind of jazz, then you’re going to always dig Gratitude. In fact, there will be a ton of digging going on. Super solid band with a spiritual component for you jazz overs out there. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Thursday, June 8
Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-8 p.m. Free.
You know that solar eclipse thing, on August 21, 2017? That’s the one. You don’t want to stare the wrong way and go blind, do you? Join the Heart of the Valley Astronomers for some sweet eclipse learnin’, including how to stay safe. Everyone present will get a pair of solar eclipse glasses. Can’t make it this time around? It’ll be held once a month until the event. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Wild Hog in the Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Wild Hog in the Woods is both a universal constant, and a guilty pleasure. Escape Corvallis for a bit, catch one of the best gigging bands around, and enjoy some good food and even better beer. Sounds a little simple, eh? Exactly. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.