Corvallis and Albany arts events

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A curated and frequently updated guide to arts and entertainment events in the mid-valley that might be worth your time and money. Although the focus is local, if there’s a big event happening elsewhere, I’ll make note of it here. If you want me to include your event in this list, send me an email at [email protected].

Saturday, April 20

THEATER: “The Prom” continues at Albany Civic

“The Prom,” the Broadway musical in which egotistical Broadway actors head to the Midwest to lend assistance to a gay teenager who wants to bring her girlfriend to her high school prom, resumes its run at Albany Civic Theater. If all you’ve seen of the musical is the Ryan Murphy filmed adaptation on Netflix, you may want to check out the show live on stage, where it just seems to work better. Remaining performances are 7:30 p.m. on April 20, 25, 26 and 27, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee scheduled for April 21. Tickets are $20 adult and $17 discounted for juniors, seniors, veterans, members of the military and holders of Oregon Trail Cards. Click here to buy tickets. Albany Civic is at 111 First Ave. W. in Albany.

MUSIC: National Guitar, a Paul Simon tribute, at the Whiteside

National Guitar, a Northwest Paul Simon tribute band featuring members of Polecat, The Jenner Fox Band, Petty or Not and Skillethead, swings by the Whiteside on Saturday for a 7 p.m. Chances are good the band won’t be performing anything from Simon’s remarkable last album, the 33-minute song cycle “Seven Psalms,” but everything else in Simon’s vast songbook is fair game. “National Guitar,” of course, refers a line in “Graceland.” Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; click here to buy tickets. 

THEATER: “The Drawer Boy,” at the Majestic Readers’ Theatre

“The Drawer Boy,” a 1999 three-character play by Michael Healey, is about a young actor from a Toronto theater troupe who visits the home of two elderly bachelor farmers to research a new play. Eventually, the visitor uncovers the truth about the farmers’ past — but the play ultimately is about the power of storyteller. Robert Leff directs this production for the Majestic Readers’ Theatre, which stages the play Saturday at Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Majestic, 115 SW Second St. in Corvallis. Tickets are $16 general, $14 for seniors and students. Click here to buy tickets. 

MUSIC: Jazz with the Aaron Diehl Trio at OSU’s PRAx

Ace jazz pianist Aaron Diehl brings his trio to Oregon State University’s Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) for a Saturday concert meant to showcase the building’s new Steinway Concert Grand piano — an instrument that Diehl selected specifically for the new building. Diehl has considerable classical chops as well, and he’ll be demonstrating those as well as performing with his trio. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the PRAx, 470 SW 15th St. on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Tickets range from $23 to $50; click here to buy tickets.  

BOOKS: Friends of the Library’s Big Book Sale continues

The Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Library’s Big Book Sale continues Saturday and Sunday at the Solar Building at the Benton County Fairgrounds,, 115 SW 53rd St. Hours Saturday are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; hours Sunday are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MOVIES: Playing in theaters and streaming

Two new movies, and an old favorite celebrating its fifth anniversary, are playing this weekend at Darkside Cinema:

  • “Sasquatch Sunset,” honest to goodness, features Jesse Eisenberg and Riley Keough in full-body Bigfook makeup in what amounts to a comedy that follows a year in the life of a Sasquatch family. “No lines, I grunt,” Eisenberg said about the movie, which is drawing respectful reviews.
  • “Housekeeping for Beginners,” directed by Macedonia’s Goran Stolveski, is about a woman who finds herself compelled to raise her girlfriend’s two daughters after the girlfriend is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sounds downbeat, but the film — a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick — reportedly has moments of joyousness.
  • “Fantastic Fungi,” the documentary about mushrooms, returns to the big screen to mark its fifth anniversary.

Continuing their runs at the Darkside: “Civil War,” director-writer Alex Garland’s dystopian action flick; and “Wicked Little Letters,” a British black comedy with Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley, based a true little scandal in which residents of a seaside town started receiving nasty anonymous notes.

The AMC Corvallis 12 has four new films showing this weekend:

  • “Abigail,” inspired by 1936’s “Dracula’s Daughter,” is about a group of crooks who kidnap the daughter of a powerful underworld figure. They’re sure surprised when the kid turns out to be a vampire! It’s just like that O. Henry story, just with a lot more blood.
  • “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare,” the latest film from hard-working director Guy Ritchie, is loosely based on the exploits of a covert British organization formed in 1940 to conduct espionage and sabotage operations in Nazi-organized Europe during World War II. Henry Cavill stars.
  • “Hard Miles” stars Matthew Modine in a drama about a social worker who assembles a team of juvenile convicts for a 1,000-mile ride from Denver to the Grand Canyon.
  • “Spy x Family Code: White” is an animated Japanese spy action comedy based on a shonen manga series.

“Civil War” also is playing at the AMC 12, along with these films:  “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” the big box office hit with two big protagonists; “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” the fifth film in the “Ghostbusters” series; the animated hit “Kung Fu Panda 4;” “Dune Part Two,” director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi spectacle; “Arcadian,” a post-apocalyptic horror lick with Nicolas Cage about a  father and his two teenage sons trying to survive in a remote farmhouse; the animated “Shrek 2,” back in theaters to mark the 20th anniversary of its release; Dev Patel’s revenge thriller “Monkey Man;” and “The First Omen,” the prequel to the original 1976 movie about the Antichrist. Last Tuesday would have been the 53rd birthday of Tejano musical star “Selena,” and so the AMC 12 is showing the 1997 biopic with Jennifer Lopez.

Through Saturday, April 27

VISUAL ARTS: “Heavenly and Earthly Paradise,” works by Nathaniel Praska, at The Arts Center

Portland artist Nathaniel Praska’s collection of sculptures and paintings reflects on the pervasive theme of hallucinatory fear that has permeated society since the latter part of the 20th century. The sculptures in the show are created from discarded materials such as chicken wire, fabric and remnants from construction sites. The paints are created from handmade paint-sticks. Praska will speak about his work at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of a Corvallis Arts Walk reception. The show continues at The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., through Saturday, April 27.

Through Monday, April 29

VISUAL ARTS: The Corvallis Art Guild presents “Wonder,” at the Giustina

For their new show, members of the Corvallis Art Guild explore the idea of “Wonder.” It’s an invitation to embrace the unknown, to question and seek answers and to find inspiration in the ordinary. “Wonder” is showing at the Giustina Gallery inside The LaSells Stewart Center. A reception for the artists is scheduled for April 1 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The show runs through April 29. The LaSells Stewart Center is at 875 SW 26th St. on the Oregon State University campus.

Through Sunday, May 19

VISUAL ARTS: “Wings,” photographs by Holly Andres, at OSU

Holly Andres, a Portland photographer (and native of Missoula, Montana, my old stomping grounds) creates vivid, cinematic images that are inspired in part by her childhood experiences. She’s contributed to publications such as The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. Her show “Wings” opens Tuesday at the Fairbanks Gallery, 220 SW 26th St. on the Oregon State University campus. The show runs through May 19.

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