Here’s my curated guide to arts and entertainment events that might be worth your time and money. I focus typically on the mid-valley, but if there’s something big happening elsewhere, I’ll note it here. If you want me to include your arts event in this list, click on the link at the bottom.
Friday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Oct. 30
THEATER: “Dracula” at the Albany Civic Theater
Just in time for Halloween: Count Dracula stalks the stage of the Albany Civic Theater, 111 First Ave. W. in Albany, for nine performances. (Unless I’ve missed something, this marks the first on-stage performance at Albany Civic since the start of the pandemic.) Kayla Thomasen directs the play, written first in 1924 by the Irish actor and playwright Hamilton Deane and then revised in 1927 by the American writer John L. Balderston. It’s all based, of course, on Bram Stoker’s novel — and, in fact, Deane’s play was the first adaptation authorized by Stoker’s estate. Performances are Oct. 15-17, 22-24 and 28-30. Tickets are $14 general admission and $11 for seniors, juniors, veterans and Oregon Trail Card holders. Click here for ticket information.
Opening Friday, Oct. 15
MOVIES: In theaters and streaming
New flicks opening the weekend at the multiplex include “Halloween Kills,” the 12th (!) movie in that series, and “The Last Duel,” director Ridley Scott’s historical drama (based on a true incident) about the last legally sanctioned duel in France, prompted by a woman’s report that she’s been raped by her husband’s best friend. Adam Driver, Matt Damon and Jodie Comer star. In a thoughtful review, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times liked the movie:” It’s “weirdly entertaining, but the world it presents, despite its flourishes of comedy, is cold, hard and unforgiving.”
The Darkside is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with one new film on the bill: The Icelandic horror-mystery flick “Lamb,” about a mysterious birth at an isolated sheep farm. It’s a New York Times Critic’s pick. Also playing at the Darkside this weekend: “Language Lessons,” the two-character drama with Natalie Morales and Mark Duplass; “Little Girl,” the French documentary about a 7-year-old transgender girl; “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” the Tammy Faye Bakker biopic with Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield; and “The Alpinist,” the documentary about Canadian rock climber Marc-André Leclerc.
MOVIES: “Hellraiser” at the Whiteside
“Hellraiser,” the 1987 British horror flick that marked the directorial debut of writer Clive Barker, gets a big-screen showing on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Whiteside. Maybe you remember “Hellraiser:” It’s that movie with the mystical puzzle box and Pinhead (named because he has, well, pins stuck all over his head). Pinhead is the leader of the Cenobites, extradimensional sadomasochists who can’t distinguish between pain and pleasure … and, even though I saw the movie back in 1987, I cannot recall anything more about the movie except it involves plenty of gore in a creepy attic and that I didn’t think it was all that scary. So I was surprised to learn that the movie has generated nine — nine! — sequels and that both Hulu and HBO are moving ahead with new adaptations. Personally, I would be more interested in seeing that long-awaited adaptation of “Abarat,” Barker’s fantastic novel for young adults. But that’s just me. Tickets cost $5; click here for more information and to buy tickets.
Saturday, Oct. 16
MUSIC: “I’m Glad There Is You,” with the Emerald City Jazz Kings
Eugene’s Emerald City Jazz Kings make one of their welcome trips up north to visit the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. on the Oregon State University campus. This show spotlights the rich legacies of singers Lena Horne and Johnny Hartman (a number of classic Hartman performances were featured in the soundtrack of “The Bridges of Madison County”). Glenn Griffith leads the Jazz Kings for this show, with features Shedd Institute veterans Siri Vik and Bill Hulings. The Saturday show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, but some discounts are available: Click here for ticket information. Note that LaSells requires proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for admission; a mask mandate is in place.
Sunday, Oct. 17
MUSIC: Pianist Joyce Yang at the LaSells Stewart Center
South Korean pianist Joyce Yang kicks off the season for the Steinway Piano Series, presented by Corvallis-OSU Piano International. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. on the Oregon State University campus. Yang first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and since then has carved out a successful career as a solo performer and as a chamber musician. Yang is familiar to Corvallis audiences; she performed here in 2012 and 2017; here’s a story about the 2017 performance. Since that first performance in Corvallis, she’s racked up critical accolades and a Grammy nomination for her album “Works for Violin and Piano by Franck, Kurtág, Previn, Schumann,” a collaboration with violinist Augustin Hadelich, Tickets are $25; click here for more information and to buy tickets. Note that LaSells requires proof of vaccination or a recent COVID test; a mask mandate is in place.
Continuing through Saturday, Oct. 30
PHOTOGRAPHY: “Finding the Light” at the Giustina Gallery
This new exhibit spotlights 80 photos created by members of the Willamette Valley Photo Arts Guild. Photographers were asked to respond to Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb,” the poem she wrote for the inauguration of President Joseph Biden, in particular its opening lines:
When day comes we ask ourselves
where can we find light in the never-ending shade?
The show is on view through Oct. 30 at the Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. on the Oregon State University campus. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Continuing through Saturday, Nov. 13
EXHIBIT: “What Will Nature Do?” at The Arts Center
The Arts Center is billing its ambitious “What Will Nature Do?” exhibit as “a collaborative arts+science exhibition to communicate hope for climate change through the arts.” The exhibit, about nature’s adaptation and resilience in the face of human-caused climate change, was initiated by Dominique Bachelet, a climate scientist at Oregon State University.
For the exhibit, Bachelet coordinated a lecture series featuring researchers who shared how nature’s adaptations give them hope for the future. This base of scientific optimism was intended to inspire artists to communicate climate change through artwork in ways that inspire people to turn feelings of despair (so common when confronting a global issue like climate change) into positive action.
Works for the exhibit were selected by Bachelet and Jerri Bartholomew, a microbiologist and artist herself, along with Hester Coucke, The Arts Center’s curator. The artists have used their work to tell stories of climate science, change and adaptation, as well as the need for hope and action to mitigate the human-caused effects of climate change.
Corvallis artists with works featured in the exhibit include Bachelet, Bartholomew and Coucke, along with Jessica Billey, Sabra Comins, Brian Egan, Suzanne Getz, Chinh Le, Mary McDermott, Danuta Myzinska, Sue Noel, Lauren S. Ohlgren, Peggy Sharrow and Koa Tom. Philomath artists Kate McGee and Judith M. Sander also are featured, along with Bets Cole of Elmira, Sally Finch of Beaverton, Tyler Green of Portland, Nancy Helmsworth of Hillsboro, Jas Sage of Bend, Michael Tank of Aumsville, Michael Whitenack of Eugene, Wendy Silk of Davis, California; and Aimee Manion of Pittsburgh.
The show runs through Nov. 13 at The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave. An opening reception is set for Thursday, Oct. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. An “Art for Lunch” talk is scheduled for noon on Thursday, Oct. 21 and a panel discussion is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.
Arts Center hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The center is at 700 SW Madison Ave.
Photo credit: Monica Silvestre, from Pexels.