Elena Passarello

Saturday: Elena Passarello

Author Event: Passarello, a local author and assistant professor of writing at Oregon State University, will read her book of essays “Animals Strike Curious Poses” 7 p.m. Saturday at The Book Bin, 215 SW Fourth St., Corvallis. Free. Information: http://bookbin.com/2018/01/12/elena-passarello-with-animals-strike-curious-poses

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Saturday: Improv Smackdown

On Stage: Two teams, Block 15 and Two Towns, will compete in improvisational games and scenes for audience approval, similar to the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Majestic Theatre. Tickets: $10-$12. Tickets and information: majestic.org or box office 541-738-7469. 

Sunday: David Dondero

Music: Singer-guitarist Dondero, named by NPR’s "All Songs Considered" in 2006 as one of the “best living songwriters,” will perform with Taylor Humfeld and Kurtis Copenhagen 7 p.m. Sunday at Interzone Coffee, 1563 Monroe Ave., Corvallis. Donations are suggested. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/576685922695917.

Wednesday: John Frohnmayer

Author Event: Mid-valley author Frohnmayer will read and sign his third book, “Socrates the Rower,” 7 p.m. Wednesday at Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis. Free. Information: 541-754-7668. 

THURSDAY

VENUES

Barsideous Brewing — Karaoke, 7 p.m.

Bombs Away Cafe — Chris Arellano, 9:30 p.m.

Calapooia Brewing Co. — Rusty Hinges, 7:30 p.m.

Downtown Dog — Dick Bowler, 6 p.m.

Interzone Coffee — Andre St. James and guests, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

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COI Guitar Group, 11 a.m. to noon, every Thursday, Community Outreach Inc. multipurpose room, 865 NW Reiman Ave., Corvallis. The guitar group is designed for anyone in the community who wants to play guitar. For all skill levels. Free. Information: 541-220-8685.

OSU 150 Sea Grant Festival: “An Ocean of Impact” Art Exhibit opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m., Giustina Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Giustina Gallery is hosting a Sea Grant art exhibit in support of the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival. The reception is free. Information: lasells.oregonstate.edu.

Webster Chicago, 6 to 8 p.m., Papa’s Pizza Parlor, 1030 SW Third St., Corvallis. Every first Thursday is blues night. Information: 541-757-2727.

What is Cultural Appropriation? 6 to 7:30 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. The complicated issues of cultural appropriation and identity will be examined in this discussion, led by Surabhi Mahajan, a Salem resident who works for food access in the community. Free. Sponsored by Oregon Humanities and the Friends of the Library. Information: 541-766-6965.

Line and Couples Dance Lessons, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Albany Eagles, 127 Broadalbin St. SW. Hosted by Vickie’s DJ and Dance. All ages welcome. Cost: $4 per person. Information: 541-926-1159.

Open Source Improv, 9 p.m. first Thursdays,Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. Free. Information: opensourceimprov3000@gmail.com.

FRIDAY

VENUES

Bombs Away Cafe — Lost Ox and Alder Street, 10 p.m., $5.

Cloud & Kelly’s — Rainbow in the Clouds: Traffic Jam, 10 p.m., $5.

Downtown Dog — Blue Honey, 6 p.m.

Imagine Coffee — Jen Lovtang, 7 p.m.

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Willamette Valley Quilt Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Linn County Fair and Expo, 3700 Knox Butte Road E., Albany. Rich’s Sewing & Vacuum hosts the first festival. Demonstrations and displays, hourly presentations and classes on new techniques, tools and toys. Admission: $7 for adults or $3 with three cans of food to benefit FISH of Albany. Information: http://bit.ly/2EtgpXs.

Music a la Carte, noon Fridays, OSU Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. Music a la Carte welcomes back the Delgani String Quartet in a performance featuring Beethoven's Quartet Op. 131. Free. Information: 541-737-4061.

Artists’ Reception: “Big Little Show of Art,” 6 to 8 p.m., Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. W., Albany. This show celebrates the artwork of 114 from mid-valley communities, including Adair Village, Albany, Brownsville, Corvallis, Jefferson, Lebanon, Tangent and more. The reception will also include artwork from the 18 member artists of Gallery Calapooia. Cookies and punch will be served. Free. Information: 541-971-5701 or gallerycalapooia.com.

Corvallis Eco-Film Festival: “Catching the Sun,” 7 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall (above New Morning Bakery), 223 SW Second St., Corvallis. The 14th annual film festival begins with a showing of a documentary about the development of a clean energy future from the perspective of three people. A brief discussion and question-and-answer session with local experts will follow the film. Beer and snacks available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5 per person or $10 per family. Information: sustainablecorvallis.org or 541-230-1237.

Ukulele Cabaret (community open mic and jam), 7 to 9 p.m. first Fridays, except July and November, meeting room, First Alternative South Store, 1007 SE Third St., Corvallis. Free open mic and sing-along for ukulele players of all ages and skill levels. Songbooks and instruction provided. Bring snacks to share. Hosted by Suz Doyle and Jeanne Holmes. Information: 541-602-5537.

Albany Timber Twirlers Square Dance, 7:30 to 10 p.m., first and third Fridays, 738 SE Fifth St., Albany. Caller: Bruce Lowther. Cuer: Sandy Harris. Admission: $5 donation. Information, contact Bev Swearingen, 541-619-2848.

"Body and Soul:" A film by Oscar Micheaux, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. This screening of the 1925 silent film, restored for the "Pioneers of African-American Cinema" collection, features a remix score by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, performed live by Miller and an ensemble of musicians: guitarist Mike Gamble, pianist Dana Reason, bassist Andre St. James, and drummer Ryan Biesack. Tickets: $35-$50. Advance tickets and information: http://bit.ly/2rHyUVJ.

The Hilltop Big Band featuring Sherri Bird on vocals and piano, 7:30 p.m., Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. The band will perform big band jazz, blues, Latin and funk rock songs. Free.

“The Tripp Live!” 7:30 p.m., Russell Tripp Performance Center, Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. It's a not-so-late night talk show, featuring local celebrity guests, comedy bits, maybe a pet trick or two, and more. Guests include State Sen. Sara Gelser, Linn County Circuit Court Judge Fay Stetz-Waters, Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa, LBCC Vice President Ann Buchele and The Pix Theater's Rod and Denise Bigner. Free. Information: LBCC theater box office, 541-917-4531.

SATURDAY

VENUES

Bombs Away Cafe — Free Noise Show, 10 p.m.

Calapooia Brewing Co. — Steve Hale, 8 p.m.

Cloud & Kelly’s — Joseph Hein and Caitlin Jemma, 9:30 p.m., $5.

Downtown Dog — Chris Valdez and Tofu, 6 p.m.

Imagine Coffee — “Singularity” Band, 7 p.m.

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Corvallis Winter Indoor Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 13-April 7, Guerber Hall, Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. Winter market features food, produce and craft vendors. Free.

Marys Peak Orchid Society Show and Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Highway 20, Corvallis. Exhibits and judging of an array of orchids. Orchid varieties for sale. Experts on hand to offer advice. Participants can bring orchids to be repotted (for a fee). Free admission. Information: garlandnursery.com or 541-753-6601.

Photography Exhibit: Tony Hayden, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Lobby Restaurant, 661 Main St., Lebanon. Lebanon's Hayden will display an exhibit of mostly black-and-white photographs taken on many years of traveling through the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Exhibit is free to view. Information: The Lobby, 541-258-1597.

Willamette Valley Quilt Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Linn County Fair and Expo, 3700 Knox Butte Road E., Albany. Rich’s Sewing & Vacuum hosts the first festival. Demonstrations and displays, hourly presentations and classes on new techniques, tools and toys. Admission: $7 for adults or $3 with three cans of food to benefit FISH of Albany. Information: http://bit.ly/2EtgpXs.

Saturday Stories, 11 a.m., first Saturdays, Corvallis-Benton County Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. Information: 541-766-6794 or thebestlibrary.net.

Author Event: Elena Passarello, 7 p.m., The Book Bin, 215 SW Fourth St., Corvallis. Passarello, a local author and assistant professor of writing at Oregon State University, will read her new book of essays, “Animals Strike Curious Poses.” The book investigates different famous animals immortalized by humans. It was a New York Times Notable Book of 2017. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2DQ2Xjr.

Corvallis Community Drum Circle, 7 p.m. first Saturdays, Corvallis Riverfront Park, First Street and Madison Ave. Participants can bring their own instruments. Instruments will be provided for those without. All ages and skill levels welcome. Free. Information: Michelle Lovrich at drumcircleconnection@gmail.com.

Corvallis Repertory Singers-Choral Fight Night: Battle of the Choirs, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. The OSU Millennium Singers, under the direction of OSU graduate Jonathan Baltera join the Corvallis Repertory Singers for this concert. Tickets: $25 main floor, $18 balcony and high school and college students are free with ID, younger students are free accompanied by a ticketed adult. Advance tickets: tickettomato.com or Grass Roots Books and Music, Troubadour Music Center and Schmidt’s Garden Center in Corvallis, and Sid Stevens Jewelers in Albany. Information: repsing.org.

Mid-Valley Belly Dance Collective Show, 7 p.m. first Saturdays, Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. $5 suggested donation at the door. Information: 541-752-8549.

Contra Dance: Broken Top with Rick Goss, 7:30 to 11 p.m., first and third Saturdays, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis. Admission: $8-$10, discount of $2 offered to Corvallis Folklore Society members, students or those who bike or walk. Free for people 18 and under. Information: 541-250-0856 or corvallisfolklore.org.

Improv Smackdown, 7:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St., Corvallis. This competitive showcase pits two teams, Block 15 vs Two Towns Ciderhouse, in improvisational games and scenes, in a format similar to the TV series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Tickets: $10-$12. People with SNAP cards can get up to two tickets for $5 each. Tickets and information: majestic.org or box office 541-738-7469.

Lebanon Square Circlers Pajama Dance, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Lebanon IOOF Hall, 20 E. Ash St., Lebanon. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas. Caller: Charlotte Jeskey. Cuer: Jackie Gale. Cost: $5 per person or $12 per family. Information: 541-401-9780 or www.lebanonsquarecirclers.com.

SUNDAY

VENUES

Calapooia Brewing Co. — Blues Jam, 4 p.m.

Cellar Cat — Pete Petersen and Dan Schulte Duo, 5:30 p.m.

Cloud & Kelly’s — Celtic Session, 3:30 p.m.

Interzone Coffee — David Dondero, Taylor Humfeld and Kurtis Copenhagen, 7 p.m., donations suggested.

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Community Forum with Peter DeFazio, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio is launching the first round of his 2018 campaign community forums. There will be time for questions from the audience and people are welcome to submit their questions on the RSVP page. Space limited and RSVP required: https://secure.defazioforcongress.org/page/s/rsvp-2018-corvallis.

Sweet Home Squarenaders Square Dance Classes, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Oak Heights Elementary School gym, 605 Elm St. Dancers are encouraged to dress casual. Caller: Jim Voll. First two classes are free. Suggested donation: $5 for adults and $4 for youth. Information: 541-401-3600 or 541-409-0345.

Hoolyeh International Folk Dance, 7 p.m. first and third Sundays, Gatton Hall, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis. No partner required.Admission: $3 for Corvallis Folklore Society members, $4 for nonmembers. Information: 971-237-2000.

MONDAY

VENUES

Imagine Coffee — Bryson Skaar, 7 p.m.

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“Storming the Academy,” 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Woodshop Projects, Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St., OSU, Corvallis. A group art exhibit, curated by artists Bruce Burris, Patrick Hackleman and Fairbanks Gallery coordinator Andrew Nigon, will feature 30 artists who identify as primarily self-taught. Free. The exhibit will be on view through March 1.

“Superegional,” works by Bruce Burris, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairbanks Gallery, 220 SW 26th St., OSU, Corvallis. Mid-valley artist Burris will display more than a dozen of his mixed media works in the gallery. The exhibit will be on view through March 1. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2vn92fD.

Pu’uwai O Ke Kuawa (Heart of the Valley) Hula, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays, First Baptist Church of Corvallis, 125 NW 10th St., Corvallis. Cost: $5 per class. Information: Barb Landau, 541-908-9190 or corvallishula.com.

Line Dance, Couples Dance, Dance Lesson, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Albany Eagles Lodge, 127 Broadalbin St. SW, Albany. Instructor Ernie Briggs leads a dance lesson at 7 p.m. Admission: $4 per person. Information: 541-974-0470.

Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting, 7 p.m., Gracewinds Music, 137 SW Third St., Corvallis. The meeting is open to players of all ages, styles and abilities. There will be a workshop with OSU classical guitarist Cameron O’Connor. Featured artists guitar duo John Jarvie and Peter Thomas from Eugene will perform. Free, but donations are appreciated.Information: Jon Sharp, 541-829-2092 or jmds157@yahoo.com.

Majestic Reader’s Theatre Spring Auditions, 7:30 p.m., Majestic Lab Theatre, 115 SW Second St., Corvallis. The Majestic Reader’s Theatre will hold open auditions for “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Ajai Tripathi, with performances March 25; “Shakespeare in Love,” adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard directed by Rachel Kohler, with performances April 29; and “Sea Marks,” by Gardner McKay, directed by Don Taco, with performances May 27. Information: http://bit.ly/2E5DXUA.

TUESDAY

VENUES

Bombs Away Cafe — Slumber Party Bingo, 7 p.m., $5 and food donation.

Downtown Dog — Cowboy Pete, 6 p.m.

Imagine Coffee — Celtic Jam, 7 p.m.

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Gearing Up for Gardening Lecture Series: "What's the Dirt on Clay Soil? Managing Clay Soils," noon, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. Linda Brewer from the Oregon State University Department of Horticulture will lead the lecture. Free. Information: 541-766-6793.

Graphic Novel Book Club for Adults: "California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas," by Penelope Bagieu, 6:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. Anyone aged 18 and older is welcome to participate in informal discussions of popular and contemporary graphic-novel titles. Copies of the titles to be discussed each month will be made available for checkout from the second-floor reference desk at the library. Moderated by Bonnie Brzozowsi. Information: 541-766-6793.

Corvallis Community Choir Winter Term Rehearsals, Jan. 9-March 20, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis. This is a nonaudition choir welcoming to all singers. Music for the term will be a variety of new selections and pieces carried over from fall term. Director: James Morsund. Accompanist: Bryson Skaar. Cost: $50 per term. Information: contact Nancy Chaney 541-740-6068 or email nonandjay1@gmail.com or see http://corvalliscommunitychoir.us.

Majestic Reader’s Theatre Spring Auditions, 7:30 p.m., Majestic Lab Theatre, 115 SW Second St., Corvallis. Information: http://bit.ly/2E5DXUA.

WEDNESDAY

VENUES

Calapooia Brewing — Open Mic, 7:30 p.m.

Downtown Dog — Gender Cannons, 6 p.m.

Imagine Coffee — Game Night, 7 p.m.

Old World Deli — Gumbo, 7 p.m.

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Comfort Crafting Circle, 1 to 2 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, meeting room, Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care, 2350 NW Professional Drive, Corvallis. Make items for hospice patients and families. Knitters, crocheters and crafters from the community are welcome. No experience necessary. Information: 800-898-9616 or 541-757-9616.

Jefferson Jammers, 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Morningstar Grange, Morningstar Road, Millersburg. Classic rock and country. Information: 541-327-9882.

Majestic Playwright’s Lab, 6:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre community room, 115 SW Second St., Corvallis. A place for playwrights to present, share, and discuss their new plays with other playwrights, actors, and interested community members. Free and open to all playwrights, whether aspiring, experienced, or curious about writing for the stage. Questions and information: cristinawhite8@yahoo.com.

Author Event: John Frohnmayer, 7 p.m., Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis. Mid-valley author Frohnmayer will read and sign his third book, “Socrates the Rower.” The book, about the great philosophers, uses competitive sport as a metaphor for many of philosophy’s most important questions. Free. Information: 541-754-7668.

Author Event: Pat Wray, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. Corvallis author Wray will read from and discuss his new novel, “Gift of the Grenadier.” Free. Information: 541-766-6793.

Beginning Ballet Class for Tweens, Teens and Adults, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Cascade Performing Arts Center, 800 Harrison St., Lebanon. This class is for those who have never taken ballet before or who have some experience and are dancing at a beginning level. Regular class fee: $5. Information: 541-401-9780.

“Guardians of the Galaxy,”7 p.m., Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. The first adventure of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and his group of intergalactic  heroes will be shown. Tickets: $5-$7. Advance tickets for sale at Corvallis Brewing Supply.

THURSDAY

VENUES

Barsideous Brewing — Karaoke, 7 p.m.

Calapooia Brewing Co. — Wild Hog in the Woods, 7:30 p.m.

Cloud & Kelly’s — Free Range Open Mic, 8 p.m.

Downtown Dog — Studly Kitchen, 6 p.m.

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COI Guitar Group, 11 a.m. to noon, every Thursday, Community Outreach Inc. multipurpose room, 865 NW Reiman Ave., Corvallis. The guitar group is designed for anyone in the community who wants to play guitar. For all skill levels. Free. Information: 541-220-8685.

“Superegional” and “Storming the Academy” artists’ reception and performances, 5 to 8 p.m., Fairbanks Gallery, 220 SW 26th St., OSU, Corvallis. Bruce Burris’ exhibit, “Superegional,” will include a performance by two artists, Amy Isler Gibson and Jennifer McCloskey, in which they responding to a quilt piece made by Jessie Dunahoo. At the “Storming the Academy” reception, artist Ruth Van Order, whose art is featured in the show, will be working on a large drawing on the floor of the gallery, while Chris Durnin and Matt Kellam will perform experimental drone music in response to the piece. Free.

“Walk With Me” screening, 6 p.m., Horizon Room, Memorial Union, OSU, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. The documentary, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, focus on a Zen Buddhist community and its teacher, thich Nhat Hanh. Hosted by the Mindfulness Living Learning Community, a partnership between two university departments: University Housing and Dining Services and Counseling and Psychological Services. Discussion afterward will be led by Dr. Dee Denver from OSU's Department of Integrative Biology. Free. Information: http://bit.ly/2nwcG3n.

Imagine Acoustic Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m., Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. Sign up 6:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome. Information: 541-286-4340.

Line and Couples Dance Lessons, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Albany Eagles, 127 Broadalbin St. SW. Hosted by Vickie’s DJ and Dance. All ages welcome. Cost: $4 per person. Information: 541-926-1159.

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