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.
Sunday, May 28
MOVIES: In theaters and streaming
Darkside Cinema is playing three new movies this weekend. Here’s the scoop on the newcomers:
- “You Hurt My Feelings,” the new comedy from director Nicole Holofcenter, is about what happens when a novelist (the great Julia Louis-Dreyfus) overhears her husband tell a friend what he really thinks about her new book. Tobias Menzies also stars.
- “32 Sounds” is an immersive documentary that explores the world of, yes, sound.
- “Carmen,” very loosely based on the story that inspired Bizet’s opera, marks the directorial debut of choreographer Benajmin Millepied. It’s a drama about a fiercely independent young woman who flees Mexico after the murder of her mother. Paul Mescal and Melissa Barrera star.
Holdovers at the Darkside include “Dealing with Dad,” a comedy-drama about three siblings who return to their hometown to help their father deal with a sudden onset of depression; and “Master Gardener,” the new movie from director Paul Schrader, in which a gardener must deal with secrets about his past;
Meanwhile, four new movies are playing at the AMC Corvallis 12. Here’s the rundown:
- “The Little Mermaid” is Disney’s live-action(but mostly CGI) remake of the animated movie that arguably saved Disney animation. Halle Bailey stars as Ariel; Melissa McCarthy is villainous Ursula. The New York Times’ Wesley Morris makes some provocative points about the movie in his review.
- “Kandahar” stars hard-working Gerard Butler in an action drama about a CIA operative trying to get out of Afghanistan with the help of his translator. If you’re thinking this sounds familiar, you’re not wrong: It’s essentially the same plot as “Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant.”
- “About My Father” stars Robert De Niro and comedian Sebastian Maniscalco in a romantic comedy in the “Meet the Parents” vein: In it, hotel manager Maniscalco meets the snooty family of his girlfriend — and brings his dad (De Niro, naturally) along.
- “The Machine” features comic Bert Kreischer in a comedy very loosely based on a signature bit in his stand-up set about robbing some friends during a class trip — with some help from the Russian Mafia.
Here’s the rest of the weekend lineup at the AMC 12:
“Fast X” the latest “Fast & Furious” sequel; the Marvel smash “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3;” the animated “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” the biggest movie of 2023 thus far; “Book Club: The Next Chapter,” with Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen; “Are You There, God? It’s Me. Margaret,” the critically praised adaptation of Judy Blume’s groundbreaking novel about puberty;
Tuesday, May 30
MUSIC: OSU bands perform (twice) on the Quad
The theme is “OSU Bands Go to Broadway!” during two informal spring pops concerts on the Memorial Union Quad at Oregon State University. The program includes familiar selections from shows such as “Wicked,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Rent.” The bands plan two performances, at noon and 6 p.m. The concerts are free, but donations are welcome.
VISUAL ARTS: “In/dwelling,” photos by Randall Tosh, at The Arts Center
Photographer Randall Tosh is intrigued by the possibilities of wet plate printing, an analog format that has been rediscovered by artists in recent years. For this show at The Arts Center, Tosh has produced images of shells, which seem to be a good match for the wet-plate process. The process of making a wet plate photograph is labor-intensive and involves creating, sensitizing, exposing, and developing the plate while the plate is still wet from the sensitizing bath, about 30 minutes per image. The show runs through July 1, with a reception scheduled for Thursday, June 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tosh also plans a free wet plate demonstration at 5 p.m. on June 15. To RSVP for the demonstration, email [email protected]. The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., is open from noon to 5 p.m Tuesday through Saturday.
MOVIE: “The Spiders,” Fritz Lang’s 1919 silent film, at the Darkside
Darkside Cinema and Community Movie Night with Ygal Kaufman reach back to 1919 for the first episode of Fritz Lang’s adventure film “The Spiders,” Tuesday’s selection in their “Sounds of Silents” series. It’s about an adventurer who sets out to discover a lost Incan civilization that possesses an immense treasure. Lang originally planned four parts, but only two were made. The Corvallis music collective Sonochromatic will perform a new original score for the film, live. Showtime at the Darkside, 215 SW Fourth Ave. in Corvallis, is 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
Through Tuesday, May 30
VISUAL ARTS: “Evolution of Practice,” at The Arts Center and Footwise
The Arts Center celebrates its Artist Accelerator program by inviting former artists in residence to share the evolution of their work since graduating from the program. Artists included in the exhibit include Sabra Comins, Jess Felix, Caroline Feyling, Justin Lodge, Kimberly Long, Shagufta Mulla, Jill Myer and Jessica Rehfield. Work is on display in the Main Gallery of The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., and in the windows of Footwise, 301 SW Madison Ave. in downtown Corvalls. The Arts Center is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Wednesday, May 31
MUSIC: Annual Native American style flute circle, at OSU
The 2023 gathering of the Oregon State University Native American style flute circle, led by instructor Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, is set for noon Wednesday, May 31, at the Student Experience Center Plaza, 2251 SW Jefferson Way on the OSU campus. The event brings together past and present students of Music 108 in a celebration of cultural diversity and togetherness. Past years have seen as many as 600 participants joined together to perform on Native American style flutes and rattles. The gathering is free and the public is invited — but participants in the flute circle must be current or past enrollees of OSU’s Music 108 course.
MOVIE: “The Big Lebowski,” at the Whiteside
“The Big Lebowski,” the Coen brothers’ 1998 crime comedy, a shaggy-dog story inspired in part by Raymond Chandler thrillers, gets an outing on the Whiteside Theatre’s big screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Jeff Bridges delivers one of his iconic performances as Jeffrey (“The Dude”) Lebowski, who gets involved in a sordid mix of kidnapping, bowling and urination on a rug that really ties the room together. The movie also features a first-rate supporting cast (including John Goodman, never better), The movie shows at 7 p.m. at the Whiteside, 361 SW Madison Ave. in Corvallis. Advance tickets are $6; click here to buy tickets.
MUSIC: OSU Jazz Ensemble’s Spring Concert
Ryan Biesack leads the Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble in its spring concert, featuring works by Thad Jones, Jim McNeely and the recently departed Wayne Shorter. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. on the OSU campus. Tickets are $10 for the general public; OSU students get in for free. Click here to buy tickets.
Thursday, June 1
MUSIC: Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out, at the Whiteside
Cash’d Out, a San Diego-based group that aims to recreate the feel of one of the Man in Black’s live shows, stops by the Whiteside Theatre for a 7 p.m. Thursday show. The group’s bio says it focuses on Johnny Cash’s work for Sun Records and his early Columbia days (“Get Rhythm” would be fun to see live), along with the energy of his live recordings at Folsom Prison and San Quentin. Cash’d Out has been paying tribute to Cash now for more than a dozen years. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; click here to buy tickets. The Whiteside is at 361 SW Madison Ave. in Corvallis.
Friday, June 2
MUSIC: Singer-songwriter Alice Di Micele, at the Whiteside
Southern Oregon-based Alice Di Micele, an Americana and folk singer-songwriter, brings her band to the Whiteside Theatre for a 7 p.m. Friday show. Over the course of a three-decade independent music career, Di Micele has released 16 albums, including the most recent, “Every Seed We Plant,” and has won accolades from musicians like Bonnie Raitt. Di Micele also is a co-founder of the Tom Petty tribute band Petty Thievery. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; click here to buy tickets.
Saturday, June 3
COMEDY: Samantha Ruddy at Corvallis Comedy Night
Comedian Samantha Ruddy was a digital producer and copywriter for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” before the untimely cancellation of that show and has performed on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” She comes to the Majestic Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as the latest rising star to be featured on Corvallis Comedy Night. (The series also has featured comedians such as Taylor Tomlinson and Josh Gondelman.) Tickets are $16; try to get into a Tomlinson show these days for $16! Click here to buy tickets. The Majestic is at 115 SW Second St. in Corvallis.