Hello, folks. Another week, another lineup of great things to do. Why you aren’t heaping praise on me, stuff money in my thong, etc… I’ve got no idea. Oh well, though. I’m here doing what I do because I love you all. That and I enjoy finding out about killer shows early, like that insane That Coyote, Chemotroph, and Alan Steinborn gig on Saturday 17th at Bombs Away, or the upcoming visit Robert Meade is paying to Calapooia Brewing on the 22nd.
This is where I drool.
Thursday, February 15
Pretty Gritty @ Calapooia Brewing Company
140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Free.
You should probably take a listen to http://www.prettygrittymusic.com/. Why? Well, because I said so. Also because this act is badas*, and the show is free. Also, because if you listen to them, you’ll know they’re badas* ahead of time. That’s how it works. You’re welcome. For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Hideki Yamaya and Amy Hansen @ Benton Hall
1650 SW Pioneer Pl., Corvallis. 7:30-9 p.m. Free.
Friday, February 16
Blues & Sunshines @ LBCC Benton Center
757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis. 12-1 p.m.
Treat yourself to the local sonic stylings of Tom Chase, Steve Sever, and Ron Sharman as they bust out some originals and new takes on classic (and underground) blues, swing, folk and fun music jams.. For info, visit facebook.com/events/2032199047056053/.
14th Annual Corvallis Eco-Film Festival @ Odd Fellows Hall
223 SW Second St., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family.
You should totally go see “Wasted!” …but maybe not do it while wasted. The film “explores the real cost of the 1.3 billion tons of food that are thrown away every year,” and features some American master chefs. Interested in the way we “buy, cook, recycle and eat food?” Want to help change things for the better? This is your event. For info, visit sustainablecorvallis.org/.
John Sherman @ Imagine Coffee
5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m. Free.
John Sherman is an excellent local guitarist that’ll put some no frills, good tunes in your ears. For info, visit imaginecoffee.net.
Saturday, February 17
6th Annual Run Your Tutu Off @ Crystal Lake Sports Fields and Kendall Natural Area
100 SE Fischer Ln., Corvallis. 8 a.m. $25 for general entry, $20 for student entry and free for leashed pets and children 7 and under.
If your idea of fun paying to run your buns off? Then check this Tutu-based event out! They suggest that you can “run, walk, skip, show off some ballet moves – whatever!” in case only running sounds miserable. You’re even encouraged to wear your finest tutu, and will have a photographer on hand. Seriously, this sounds awesome. Registration is 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m. To run into more information (see what I did there?), visit facebook.com/events/509045536148130/.
2018 Corvallis Polar Plunge @ Crystal Lake Sports Fields and Kendall Natural Area
100 SE Fischer Ln., Corvallis. 9 a.m.
If moving around with your legs isn’t your thing, why not jump in some freezing cold water? Any individual, organization, business, etc. is invited to partake if you can manage to raise a minimum $50 (all of which goes to help out the Special Olympics). If you do this, you’ll get a free shirt and a bowl of soup – boom. Don’t want to freeze half to death? No worries! You can show up and watch everyone do it for free. To learn more, feel free to contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hazzadus Silent Disco, Vol.1 @ Cloud & Kelly’s Public House
126 SW 1st St, Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
What the hell is a silent disco? I’ll tell you: some awesome Djs show up, there’s dozens of headphones around, and you get to jam out in this really weird way. I love it, you love it, everyone loves it. For info, visit facebook.com/pg/cloudandkellys/events/?ref=page_internal.
That Coyote, Chemotroph, Alan Steinborn
@ Bombs Away Cafe, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10 p.m. $7.
That Coyote is one of the best bands in the area, period. Check them out at https://thatcoyote.bandcamp.com. Throw in the wonderfully electronic Chemotroph (https://chemotroph.bandcamp.com/) and the experimentalism of Alan Steinborn (https://sonicmeditationscorvallis.bandcamp.com/) and… holy sh*t. For info, visit facebook.com/events/317468578742333/.
Sunday, February 18
215 SW Fourth St., Corvallis. 1:30 p.m. $5 to $10 per screening.
Crossroads is totally rad, and their schedule looks like this: 1:30 p.m. Shun Li & the Poet (Italy); 4 p.m. Lucky (South Africa); 6:30 p.m. Elephants in the Coffee (India). If you want to know more, and you should, check out international.oregonstate.edu/crossroads/film-festival.
Poetry Open Mic @ Cloud & Kelly’s Public House
126 SW First St., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. Free.
More poetry in Corvallis = good thing. If you’re into words, this is your bag, trust me. Show up, read, share, commune, listen… one of these or all of these, it doesn’t matter. All ages, experiences… everyone is welcome. Learn more at facebook.com/events/461812270888103/.
Wednesday, February 21
Tween Code Club @ Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 4-5 pm. Free.
Not your average entry for this column, but it’s too awesome to pass up. Are you a tween (don’t read this paper, it’s bad for you), or do you have one? You / they can meet up at this event with a professional coder every month to bonk about with game design using Scratch and CS First. I have no idea what the hell that is, but I like it. Open to anyone in grades four through six. Snacks and supplies will be provided, but you can bring your own laptop if you want For more information, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Tour the Ocean Observing Center
126 SW McKenzie Ave., Corvallis. 4-6 p.m. Free.
Here’s what they have to say: “Tour OSU’s Ocean Observing Center and see the giant surface buoys, seafloor platforms and underwater robots that OSU scientists use to explore the ocean off the Pacific Northwest coast.” Tell me that doesn’t sound cool? You can’t. Like, literally, because you’re not here. But you also wouldn’t, because it does. To find out more, visit facebook.com/events/204874456728339/.
Thursday, February 22
Robert Meade @ Calapooia Brewing Company
140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
Robert Meade is a musician out of Eugene that you should probably know about. He’s indie AF (as the kids might say), and generally writes totally beautiful tunes. I really like this dude’s work. Take a listen at http://robert-meade-music.squarespace.com/. For updated show info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
By Sam Campbell