Crème de la Corvallis: Week of July 12

Thursday, July 12

Jazz Jam

Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free.

What’s a Jazz Jam, exactly? It’s when an awesome group of musicians bring a drum kit and some other stuff, then they play cool jazz stuff on it, and you (yes, you) can sign up and jump on in. This is a great event for both playing and listening! For info, visit:  

Friday, July 13

Puppeteers for Fears presents, Cthulhu: the Musical

Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis7:30 p.m. $14-16.

Holy ^$@!. Excuse my symbols, but Puppets? Cthulhu? MUSICAL? Hold on a second, I need to go breathe into a bag or something, because this is the best thing ever. Let me confirm: This is indeed The Call of Cthulhu with puppets and a live band. A live band! Multimedia projections! Multimedia projections and puppets and a live band. Am I repeating myself? Twelve songs and an intermission are planned in the nearly two-hour running time. The press release says this is a comedic adaption of “one of the least musical or comedic stories ever.” Awesome kids are invited as well as adults (their words, not mine). For tickets visit: 

A Comedy Open Mic At
Cloud & Kelly’s

Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St., Corvallis9 p.m.

Familiar with the Irrelevant Podcast? You should be: And this time around, they’re hosting another awesome comedy open mix at Cloud’s. Sign-ups begin at 8:30 p.m., but if you’d rather just hang out and grab a drink and enjoy, that’s cool too! For more info visit:       

Saturday, July 14

Ben Mutschler Trio

Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8 p.m.

A trio of local jazz fanatics, hitting you with saucy tunes. Guitar, sax, and drums. I found this sweet performance from earlier this year at Cloud & Kelly’s: If that doesn’t sell you, nothing will! 

Sunday, July 15

Downtown Corvallis
Crazy Days

Downtown Corvallis, Corvallis. All Day.

You know it, you love it. Downtown retailers going bananas, July 13-15. For more info visit: 

Monday, July 16

ISSC Keynote: “I Contain Multitudes,” Ed Yong. 

LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 8 p.m. 

No space here to get into it, but you should really click the following link, or read about it further in our Calendar. Ed Yong is remarkable, and this sounds like one hell of a talk. Visit   

Tuesday, July 17

Darkside Cinema Sci-Fi Extravaganza.

Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St., Corvallis. 6 p.m. $5.

Hell yes, thank you Darkside! Starts at 7 p.m., but if you show up by 6 p.m. you’ll be treated to some old-school drive-in ads and other awesome stuff. Your admission includes credit towards a foodstuff. For more information and the feature film title, check out: 

Corvallis Community Band: Cole Porter.

Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis8 p.m.

Free concerts every Tuesday! Small group concerts or soloists perform to the tune of different weekly themes. The sonic substance is great for all ages. Bring a chair or blanket if you want!      

Wednesday, July 18

Tunes, Brews, and BBQ

Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room, 3415 SW Deschutes St., Corvallis. 6-8 p.m. 

Every Wednesday until August 29, Block 15 goes all out! Zero cover blues from local musicians, specials on BBQ foodstuffs, and of course… beer, beer, and more beer. For more information, check out        

Thursday, July 19  

Imagine Open Mic

Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m.

Come for the coffee, stay for the open mic! Or come for the open mic and stay for the coffee. Or some variation on that. But seriously, their coffee is so damn good…  

RUNA: Melodic Celtic Fusion

The Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 7 p.m. $20-$25.

The Whiteside Theatre and the Corvallis Folklore Society have teamed up to present this awesome event. Since 2008, Runa has been “pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats.” And doesn’t that make perfect sense? What a fusion. Irish and Scottish folk mixed with bluegrass, flamenco, jazz, blues, and more. You can score yourself some tickets at Grassroots Bookstore, Corvallis Brewing Supply, or at 

GLIT, Swamp Meat, and Baywitch

Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5

Swamp Meat ( and Baywitch ( are down from Seattle, cranking out different takes on psychedelic-surf-punk, or at least that’s what it sounds like to my ears. Personally, I’d just call it really *&$@! good. GLIT ( appears to be out of Eugene and adds a considerably raw, sludgy sound to an already incredible lineup. For more info visit, . But really, just go to the show.

 By Sam Campbell