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, click on the link at the bottom.
Wednesday, July 6
MOVIE: “The Last Boy Scout,” at the Whiteside
“The Last Boy Scout,” the 1991 action comedy with Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans, returns to the big screen for one night only at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Whiteside. Willis plays a disgraced former Secret Service agent; Wayans is a disgraced former football quarterback. The two begin investigating a conspiracy involving sports gambling. Tony Scott directed; Shane Black wrote the script, for which he earned $1.75 million. Advance tickets are $5; you can buy them by clicking here. The Whiteside is at 361 SW Madison Ave. in Corvallis.
MOVIES: In theaters and streaming
Here’s your lineup through Wednesday at the AMC Corvallis 12: New box-office champ “Minions: The Rise of Gru;” “Top Gun: Maverick,” the biggest hit of Tom Cruise’s career; “Elvis,” with Tom Hanks and Austin Butler; Dinosaur epic “Jurassic World Dominion;” Ethan Hawke’s supernatural horror flick “The Black Phone;” “Mr. Malcolm’s List,” a period drama set in 19th-century England, about a woman who helps a friend get revenge on a suitor who rejected her; and “Lightyear,” the “Toy Story” spinoff.
Darkside Cinema is playing one new movie: “Official Competition” is a satire of the movie business starring Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. (Shockingly, this is the first time the two actors have starred together in a movie. They were both in “Pain and Glory,” of course, but didn’t have any scenes together. Before that, they had shared cameo appearances in a two-minute scene in Pedro Almodóvar’s 2013 “I’m So Excited.”)
The Darkside also is showing “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” the terrific multiverse flick with Michelle Yeoh; ” “The Phantom of the Open,” an biographical flick with Mark Rylance playing Maurice Flitcroft, the British crane operator who became known as the world’s worst golfer; “Downton Abbey: A New Era;” and “The Duke,” a comedy with Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, based on the real-life story about the cab driver who swiped Francisco de Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from London’s National Gallery in 1961. (This story from The Guardian has the astonishing details of the case, which prompted an amusing visual joke in “Dr. No.”)
Thursday, July 7
MUSIC: Red Yarn, at Central Park
Red Yarn (also known as Portland musician and puppeteer Andy Furgeson) stops by Corvallis’ Central Park on Thursday for a 10:30 a.m. family-family concert, sponsored by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Furgeson, a Texas native, weaves folk songs and puppetry into high-energy concerts with an eye toward reinvigorating American folklore for younger audiences. The performance is free. Central Park is at 650 NW Monroe Ave. in Corvallis — it’s across the street from the library.
MUSIC: SAGE 2022 Summer Concert Series
The Corvallis Environmental Center’s SAGE Summer Concert Series opens its 2022 edition with the first of four concerts at Starker Arts Park, 4485 SW Country Club Drive in Corvallis. This Thursday’s show, running from 6 to 8:30 p.m., features Sin Documentos, a Corvallis Latin rock band, and Push Mower. Food and drink are available for purchase. There’s a $15 suggested donation per family to support the Environmental Center’s programs, which include SAGE, the Starker Arts Garden for Education. Other dates for the concert series are July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18.
MUSIC: Sheena Easton kicks off Albany’s River Rhythms
Scottish singer-songwriter Sheena Easton — best-known for hits like “Morning Train (Nine to Five),” the racy “Sugar Walls,” the James Bond theme “For Your Eyes Only” and “U Got the Look,” her collaboration with Prince — kicks off the 2022 season of River Rhythms at 7 p.m. Thursday at Albany’s Monteith Park, 489 Water Ave. NW. There’s a suggested donation of $1 per person. Food and drink are available for purchase. Bring a chair or a blanket. Other River Rhythms concerts this year include Blue Öyster Cult on July 21, blues artist Ruthie Foster on July 28, the Abba tribute band Arrival on Aug. 4 and Eddie Montgomery, half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry, on Aug. 11.
Thursday through Saturday, July 7-9
FESTIVAL: Philomath Frolic and Rodeo
Despite a potentially disastrous recent fire in its grandstands, the Philomath Frolic is still going forward this weekend. The annual celebration features plenty of rodeo action at the rodeo grounds, 502 S. 13th St. in Philomath, but it features other events as well, such as a dowtown parade Saturday at 10 a.m. and a chalk art contest from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday outside the Philomath branch of the library, 1050 Applegate St. A dance follows the rodeo on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and a fireworks show is scheduled for Friday. Ticket prices depend on whether you want to attend just one day or all three days; click here for ticket information. And here’s Brad Fuqua’s comprehensive preview story from his Philomath News website.
Friday and Saturday, July 8-9
GAMING: “64 Bits or Less,” at the Benton County Fairgrounds
“64 Bits or Less,” an outdoor retro gaming event featuring video game classics on original hardware, boots up for a Friday and Saturday run at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St. in Corvallis. Sponsored by the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, the event allows participants to play a variety of classic games — “Pong,” “GoldenEye,” “Mario Kart,” “Smash Bros,” “Donkey Kong” and many more on outdoor gaming stations. Hours are 2 to 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Children 5 and under are free. Click here to buy tickets.
Saturday, July 9
BOOKS: Book-signing event with Kate Hope Day
Corvallis author Kate Hope Day will be signing copies of the new paperback edition of her novel “In the Quick” at this event, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW Second St. in Corvallis. The paperback edition includes a new bonus chapter. “In the Quick” is Day’s second novel, following her debut, “If, Then.” “In the Quick,” inspired in part by “Jane Eyre,” is about a love affair that upends the life of a female astronaut. Click here to read a 2019 profile I wrote about Day after the publication of “If, Then.”
VISUAL ARTS: Around Oregon Annual opens at The Arts Center
The Arts Center’s 20th Around Oregon Annual exhibit, showcasing works by contemporary Oregon artists, opens Saturday and runs through Aug. 13. The show is juried by a professional artist outside of Corvallis, and this year’s juror is Mario Mesquita of the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Mesquita has selected works by 43 artists out of 453 submissions — he called it “one of the most competitive shows I have juried.” Some of the 43 artists in the show will be familiar names to mid-valley audiences, including Bets Cole, Leslie Green, Brian Egan, Karen Miller and Keith Van Norman. An “Art for Lunch” session on the exhibit is scheduled for July 14 at noon. An opening reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, during the Corvallis Arts Walk. The Arts Center is at 700 SW Madison Ave. in Corvallis. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Tuesday, July 12
MUSIC: Corvallis Community Band plays “Songs of Love and War”
Tuesday’s concert by the Corvallis Community Band is titled “Songs of Love and War,” and that certainly leaves plenty of possibilities for this week’s conductor, Isaac Andrew, in terms of selections. Andrew teaches tuba and euphonium at Oregon State University and directed bands at South Albany High School and Calapooia Middle School for 10 years. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Corvallis’ Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave. The band rehearses at the park an hour before the concert, and the public is welcome to watch that as well.
MOVIE: “His Girl Friday” at the Darkside
“His Girl Friday,” the 1940 screwball classic with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell (and, arguably, the funniest newspaper comedy ever) is featured at Tuesday’s Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman. It’s essentially the same story as in “The Front Page,” but with a key change: In this version, the reporter Hildy Johnson (Russell) is a woman — and the soon-to-be-ex of editor Walter Burns (Grant). Determined to win her back, Burns draws Johnson back into a juicy story, a pending execution. Director Howard Hawks was intent on breaking the record for the fastest film dialogue. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Darkside Cinema, . Tickets are $8. The Darkside is at 215 SW Fourth St. in Corvallis.
Continuing through Saturday, July 16
VISUAL ARTS: “#ustoo,” work by Ana Pearse, at The Arts Center
Ana Pearse, a recent art graduate from Oregon State University, focuses on sexual assault and rape culture in contemporary society in their exhibit, “#ustoo,” at The Arts Center. Pairing survivors’ transcripts with photographs, the exhibit has three parts: The first section, “Places,” documents the locations where women were sexually harassed, assaulted or abused. The second group of images, “What Were You Wearing?,” shows women earing the clothing they had on when they were harassed, assaulted or abused. The final series of photographs, “Weapons,” depicts the self-defense mechanisms women use due to fear of assault. The exhibit opens Tuesday, June 7 and runs through July 16. The Arts Center is at 700 SW Madison Ave. in Corvallis. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
VISUAL ARTS: Colored Pencil Society of America exhibition, at the Philomath Museum
Works by members of the Colored Pencil Society of America’s District Chapter 201 are on display at the Moreland Gallery in the Philomath Museum through July 16. The society was founded in 1990; its District Chapter 201 primarily serves artists in Oregon and southern Washington. The Philomath Museum is at 1101 Main St. in Philomath. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Through Saturday, Aug. 20
POETRY: “Ann Staley and Friends,” at The Arts Center
Ann Staley, the Corvallis poet and longtime volunteer at The Arts Center, is the focus of “Ann Staley and Friends,” an exhibit in the Arts Center’s Corrine Woodman Gallery II. The show features poetry from Staley, who died in February, along with works by fellow poets. Staley was an enthusiastic backer of The Arts Center, and was an early devotee of its “Arts Alive!” program. She was very active in the center’s annual Youth Poetry exhibit and served for many years as the volunteer curator of submissions for the Poetry Marquee (the old Midway Drive-In Theater sign) in downtown Corvallis at Southwest Madison Ave and First Street. The show runs through Aug. 20. The Arts Center is at 700 SW Madison Ave. in Corvallis. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
THEATER: “Troilus and Cressida,” presented by Majesticpiece Theatre
Shakespeare’s virtually unclassifiable “Troilus and Cressida” has earned a reputation as one of the Bard’s so-called “problem plays” — is it comical, farcical, satirical, heroic, tragic or some combination of all of those? Now, director and adapter Brandon Urey adds a new twist: He’s given the play, originally set during the Trojan war, a science-fiction setting. Now, Shakespeare and sci-fi aren’t complete strangers (1956’s “Forbidden Planet” was loosely inspired by “The Tempest”), but if this production intrigues you, a recording of the livestream should be posted by now on the Majestic’s Facebook Live page. A recording of the livestream should be up now on the Facebook Live page.
MUSIC: “Clara in the Mirror,” at the Majestic
Cellist Jason Duckles and violinist Anthea Kreston spearheaded this evening of music from Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann — including excerpts from letters the two composers wrote to each other over the course of their 43-year friendship. Guest pianist Jean-David Coen and Corvallis musicians also performed during this Majestic Chamber Music presentation, which begins streaming on the Majestic’s website on Friday, Dec. 17. (The show was presented live on Dec. 10.) Streaming access costs $11; click here for details.
DANCE: “Making Spirits Bright” concert at the Majestic
The streaming version of The Majestic Theatre’s annual winter dance concert, featuring holiday-inspired performances in a variety of styles, is available to view beginning Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Majestic’s website, The show features dancers from a variety of local ensembles, including Pacific Tap Dance Company, Modern Dance Technique, Downtown Dance, Willamette Apprentice Ballet, Corvallis Academy of Ballet, OSU Ballet, and TapFoolery. Tickets to the streaming version are $11; click here for more information.
THEATER: “Veterans’ Voices Project 3” at the Majestic
If you missed the live performances of Leigh Matthews Bock’s “Veterans’ Voices Project 3” at the Majestic Theatre over the Veterans Day weekend, no worries: The show is now streaming via the Majestic’s website. In this production, Bock teams up local veterans with playwrights and then stages the results in no-frills black-box style productions. Click here to read my story about the show. Tickets are $11; click here for more details.
THEATER: “R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)” at the Majestic
Karel Čapek‘s 1920 science-fiction play introduced the word “robot,” and now director Brandi Douglas hopes to introduce Capek’s still-timely work to new audiences, a century after it was first performed. The work’s influence can be seen today in movies and series such as “Blade Runner” and “Westworld.” This is a production of the Majestic’s Majesticpiece Theatre project, and Douglas calls it a “visual radio play.” A recording of the show’s livestream is available via the Majestic’s website. Tickets cost $11; click here for details. Click here to read my story about the show.
Photo credit: Monica Silvestre, from Pexels.