This week’s art events of note

by | Jan 26, 2022 | Arts and Entertainment | 0 comments

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, Jan. 26

MOVIE: “Total Recall” at the Whiteside

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 sci-fi film, one of that year’s biggest hits. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, “Total Recall” is about a construction worker (Schwarzenegger) who receives an implanted memory of a fantastical adventure on Mars — but then finds reason to wonder if the implanted memory isn’t, in fact, real. Sharon Stone, in a breakthrough performance, co-stars, and Verhoeven directs with his usual flair for violence and the lurid. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $5; click here to buy them.

MOVIES: In theaters and streaming

We should have seen this coming: Box Office Mojo reports that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” knocked off last week’s box-office champ, “Scream,” to reclaim the top spot over the weekend. Spidey collected another $14.1 million in domestic tallies, while the horror reboot “Scream” fell to No. 2 with $12.4 million. “Spider-Man” now has earned $721 million domestically, good enough for fourth place on the all-time list. It’s made $1.69 billion worldwide and sits now at No. 6 on that all-time list.

“Sing 2” was No. 3, with $5.7 million. The animated hit now has made $128.4 million domestically and $241.2 million worldwide; it’s the most successful animated film of the pandemic era. The new release “Redeeming Love,” a romance set amidst the California Gold Rush, claimed fourth place with $3.7 million. In fifth place was “The King’s Man,” with $1.7 million. The action prequel now has made $31.5 million domestically but has collected $105.3 million worldwide.

With no new big releases due Friday at your neighborhood multiplex, expect “Spider-Man” to hang onto that top spot for at least one more weekend.

In addition to the titles mentioned above, films showing at least through Thursday at the AMC Corvallis 12 include “American Underdog,” “Belle,” “The 355,” “West Side Story,” “House of Gucci” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”

The Pix in Albany is showing “Sing 2.”

Meanwhile, the Darkside in Corvallis is showing The Japanese drama “Drive My Car,” which has earned critical raves and awards; “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” the Shakespeare adaptation from director Joel Coen, with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, along with “A Hero,” the critically praised new drama from the brilliant Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi and “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

The Darkside on Friday brings in two films of note; “Parallel Mothers,” the new film from Pedro Almodóvar, has earned raves like this one from The New York Times. The other new film, “Flee,” is an animated documentary from the Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen; the movie tells the story of a childhood friend who fled Afghanistan in the 1980s and eventually sought asylum in Scandinavia.

Friday, Jan. 28

MUSIC: The Olem Alves Trio at OSU’s Music à la Carte

The Olem Alves Trio, a jazz ensemble based in Eugene, performs Friday at noon in this installment of Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte series. Guitarist Alves leads the trio, which also features drummer Ryan Biesack, the director of OSU’s Jazz Ensemble, and bassist Tyler Abbot. The free performance takes place in the Main Lounge of OSU’s Memorial Union, 2501 SW Jefferson Way; it’s open to OSU students, faculty and staff. People off-campus are asked to view the livestream; click here to access that.

Sunday, Jan. 30

MUSIC: Corvallis-OSU Symphony with student soloists

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Marlan Carlson, puts the spotlight on its student musicians in this 3 p.m. concert. The concert includes a selection of orchestral works featuring student soloists on cello, clarinet, marimba, oboe, piano, trombone, viola, violin, and voice. The concert is set for the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. on the Oregon State University campus. Tickets are $26; click here to buy them online. OSU’s COVID protocols will be in place for this concert; patrons will be required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, along with valid ID, upon entering the performance space.

Monday, Jan. 31

VISUAL ARTS: “Heavy Metal” lecture on 1960s Finnish Modernist Sculpture

Oregon State University’s Kirsi Peltomäki will discuss the work of two Finnish women sculptors, Eila Hiltunen and Laila Pullinen, in a virtual lecture scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday. In the lecture, “Heavy Metal: Modernity, Craft, and Industry in 1960s Finnish Modernist Sculpture,” Peltomäki will focus on the women’s work and on two key exhibitions, ART 61 in Helsinki, Finland, and Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada. The lecture will explore how artistic modernism and social modernity intertwined in the 1960s to shape national identity and representations of nationhood through the intertwining of craft, nature, and industry. It also will include tales of the vagaries of research in the age of COVID and describe the processes involved in archival research. Peltomäki is a contemporary art historian with a focus on experiential and participatory art who teaches in OSU’s School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts. The lecture is free, but registration is required; click here to register.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

BOOKS: Author Jaime Lowe explores links between wildfires, prisons

The “Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire” series continues with “Working the Line: How Prison Labor Intersects with Megafires,” a talk by writer Jaime Lowe. The talk will explore the connections between the prison system and firefighting. Lowe, a California native, is the author of “Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires,” which weaves together the underlying catastrophes of climate change, economic disparity, and historical injustice. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times magazine and other national and international publications and also has contributed to “This American Life” and “Radiolab.”

“Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire” is an 11-week series exploring how we are shaping this era of megafires and how it is shaping us. Speakers from across the arts, humanities, and environmental sciences will scan the horizon for the ideas and stories that can guide us through this critical and disorienting time.

Talks in the series will be broadcast live on Zoom Tuesdays at 6 p.m through March 15. Click here to register for Tuesday’s event. Learn more and register for other talks by clicking here. The series is hosted by the Spring Creek Project and the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Oregon State University and co-sponsored by OSU’s Center for the Humanities and Sustainability Office.

Through Wednesday, Feb. 9

VISUAL ARTS: “Vessel” at The Arts Center

Five artists — John Holdway, M.V. Moran, Alanna Risse, Rhonda Vanover and Brenda Whitehill-Schlenker — show artwork about the human body and the human condition in this exhibit, running through Feb. 9 at The Arts Center. For “Vessel,” the artists selected the theme of showing the body as an object, a container that can hold physical entities but also more fleeting phenomena. Experiences of illness, injury and healing, birth and aging, pleasure and suffering are explored through a range of media, including charcoal on paper, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The Arts Center is at 700 SW Madison Ave. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Through Friday, March 18

“Celebrate Oregon’s Diversity” at OSU’s Giustina Gallery

“Celebrate Oregon’s Diversity,” a new exhibit that represents the breadth of diversity that Oregon has to offer through its culture or through its multitude of landscapes, opens Tuesday at the Giustina Gallery in Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center. The show runs through Friday, March 18. A reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. (Attendees at the reception will be required to wear face coverings and must show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of this event along with valid ID.) The LaSells Stewart Center is at 875 SW 26th St. on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


MUSIC: “Clara in the Mirror,” streaming 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 streaming 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.

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