Thursday, June 8
The Red Room: Improvised Music Series. Interzone Coffee Shop, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation.
Heavy hitters such as C.J. Boyd, Mike Gamble, Dana Reason, and Lana Carey each perform a solo. Experimental and improvisational music by some of the best around. For info, visit facebook.com/The-Red-Room-Improvised-Music-Series-432200180154944/.
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 Aug. 21? 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/.
Friday, June 9
Cascade Crescendo + Far Out West. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $10.
Honing their bluegrass chops as a group since 2013, Cascade Crescendo is well known for putting on a hell of a live show. Add to that Far Out West, which is a pretty perfect marriage of roots and funk, and you’ve got the recipe for something worth the door price several times over. And please, bring all that extra cash. There will be burritos. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Ever think to yourself, “Hey [insert name here], I’d really like to have fun at a show?” If the answer is yes, then go to this one. Ludicrous Speed is a great ska band from the area. Check out the following link for a look and listen from last year’s Fall Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRIl9cQQ-VQ. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Saturday, June 10
Analog Corvallis: Fun for the Unplugged. The Dam, 349 SW Fourth St., Corvallis. 2 p.m. You know what this is? Another bada*s event at The Dam. Their press info says, “Analog Corvallis is a free group for people who want to have fun and truly live life while they can, without feeling like they ‘need’ that internet connection. Those who aren’t already unplugged (but want to be) are totally welcome. Group hosts events like parties, outdoor activities, games, going out for drinks or coffee, and seeing live music.” For not being able to use a microwave, an Atari 2600, or Netflix, that sounds pretty awesome.
Tyler Martian + Sleepy with NappyTHC & Wavy Jones. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Tyler Martian describes himself as “conscious hip-hop,” and while that much is apparent, what you won’t know until you take a listen (https://soundcloud.com/nwf-music-martian/tracks) is that he is really damn good. I didn’t know about this Bend-based artist before, but color me truly impressed. If you’re a fan of really disgustingly-solid hip-hop (all a compliment, I swear), this is a must-be-there event. Period. The fact that NappyTHC and Wavy Jones will be there pushes it way over the top. Bombs Away doing what Bombs Away does best. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Sunday, June 11
Hive Inspection Basics. Shonnard’s Nursery, 6600 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 11 a.m. $10.
In the press release they ask, “Want to learn more about what’s going on inside a hive?” My answer is no. I’m allergic to and afraid of bees. However, you’re not me. Enjoy beekeeping tips, hive inspection techniques, and a lot more. How do you know your bees are healthy? Come find out. There’s nothing to be afraid of. For info, visit shonnards.com/events/.
Willamette Valley Symphony. First United Methodist Church, 1115 28th Ave. SW, Albany. 7 p.m. $15 to $18.
The Spartan Sirens from the Corvallis High School Choir perform Dvorak, Cello Concerto (featuring Andrew Kolb on cello). The show will also feature Verdi’s La Forza del Destino Overture, Enesco’s Rumanian Rhapsody, and Respighi’s The Pines of Rome. If you’re not into choir music, go anyway… you might be by the time it’s done. That and their name is awesome. For info, visit willamettevalleysymphony.org.
Monday, June 12
The Little Gallery Presents Bountiful Harvest & Border Crossings. The Little Gallery, Kidder Hall, 2000 SW Campus Way, Corvallis. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.
Corvallis is overflowing with art these days, and sometimes great things can go unnoticed. To that end, if you haven’t caught the Bountiful Harvest & Border Crossings exhibit, take a little time out of your day and do so. The work, by Ashland native Betty LaDuke, depicts stories of Latino farmworkers and runs through June 16. To quote LaDuke, “My intention is to portray farmworkers and their families with dignity and appreciation for their work. We all need a fair chance to feel visible, be paid a living wage, and be respected for the work we do.” Closed during lunch, but you need to eat too, right?
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. Though the reception is over, the art will still be up for a short while. Don’t miss your chance to indulge in some real diversity and challenge in emerging art. About 20 graduating seniors exhibit some of their best work. For info, visit oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2017/may/exhibit-featuring-graduating-students%E2%80%99-thesis-artwork-fairbanks-gallery-june.
Tuesday, June 13
Around the World from 80 Countries. Benton County Museum, 1101 Main St., Philomath. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free.
From the press release: “Around the World from 80 Countries features fascinating artifacts from the Benton County Historical Society collections. Most of the objects in this exhibition were formerly part of the Horner Museum artifact collection at Oregon State University.” What does it all mean?! Some great stuff will be on display! Learn more at BentonCountyMuseum.org.
Wednesday, June 14
Pencils, Pens, and Drinks with Friends. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. Free.
When they say they’ve got “drawing, coloring, and Telephone Pictionary,” I say “How high?” That doesn’t make any sense, but I think you get the picture. Cloud & Kelly’s is literally the “with friends” place in town, so why not gather some up, plant your rear in a seat, and get to some coloring and drinks? There is no reason why not. So that’s settled, then. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Death Café Corvallis. Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free.
To say that death is a tough topic would be kind of silly. It’s just about the toughest. But thankfully we have Death Cafe, a place to talk a little truth and not get judged for it. Whether you’ve had a loved one pass, are facing it yourself, or just have some thoughts on mortality… this is the place to be. Death Cafe is not a support group, and has no elements whatsoever of religion, anti-religion, ideology, cult, or sales-pitchiness. Welcome, thoughtful, and within a few feet of great coffee. For info, visit facebook.com/groups/deathcafecorvallis or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 15
It’s summer. Well, not yet… but it’s coming on the 20th, so you better prepare. And how better to do it than by visiting the Philomath Park Advisory Board’s Music-in-the-Park Summer Concert Series at Philomath City Park? It just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? The series presents one free concert every month from May through August. This time around you’ll be treated to the Hill Top Big Band. For info, contact Carol Leach at email@example.com.
Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8:30 p.m. Free.
What is there to say about Curtis Monette that hasn’t already been said a hundred times? Without him, the Corvallis music scene wouldn’t be the same. Thankfully, though, we’ve got him. And for the last 10 years he’s been rocking the hell out of this town with his inventive live-looping antics. If you haven’t caught one of his solo shows, you don’t know local music. Fact. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.