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VOLUME 3 NUMBER 146:15• OCTOBER 19-OCTOBER 25, 2010 If the rain comes, they run and hide their heads.

Double D's: How Vitamin D can fight the Depression of S.A.D. p.6 Bust your blues with Buster Blue p.4 l Bump events calendar p.8


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SYMPOSIUM symposium

Letters from Within Dear Misery,

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This comes as a serious surprise to me and to be honest, this isn’t my fault. I think you’re the one who provokes me. You’re the sort of person who looks for me, finds me, and then is upset to have found what you were looking for the whole time. You’d like to think that I inherently exist in the people you surround yourself with, but I’m as much a part of you as you think I am of them. That being said, I do prefer to be shared with as many friends as possible. If I can have one of you, why I can’t have you all. Emotions are something to be shared. Not contained. I’ll never leave you. Forever, Misery

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I read your words and you’re wrong. You are not like heartbreak, which is what I feel when you try to pawn yourself off on me. We can never be friends because I’m not the sort of person willing to wait around until you totally infect my life. I would prefer it if you would keep away from those I care about. I have done my best to help them leave you. It turns out that it’s impossible for one person to convince another to leave your side. They must decide for themselves. This is heartbreaking because until they take responsibility for that, you will continue to try to infect me. Stay back you fowl beast. Jack

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I don’t like you. I don’t need you in my life. You keep popping up though. I’d appreciate it if you keep yourself out of my personal affairs. You’ve managed to take the things I love and turn them into things I hate. If you continue to do this, I’ll eventually have to divorce myself from your dealings. Never yours, Jack

You completely misunderstood what I’m trying to do here. I’m being realistic. There is no happiness in life. Only suffering with moments in between suffering moments. Suffering for you, Misery

Dear Misery,

You’re an embarrassment to all emotional states. You build false walls around people and then throw a party with your friend Pity. I’m tired of being invited to your parties, please take me off your mailing list and remove my number from you phone. You’d be best to no longer associate with Pity. Pity is the fool. Jack

Dear Jack,

Pity and I will be forever tied. Without Pity, I cannot provoke a false sense of empathy in you and worm my way into your psyche. Luckily, people love and hate Pity. I tell them they need Pity, so they beg for it and once he shows up they only find more of me. You can run and you can hide. And that’s probably your only option at this point. Enjoy Solitude. Misery P.S. - Solitude is where you go when I’ve taken over your life. You’re welcome.

Dear Misery,

You’re right. I’m going to continue hanging out with my friends despite your association with them. I will however be removing myself from their company whenever you come around. It’s not them. It’s you. Hope to see you coming, so you’ll only see me leaving. Jack think@thealchemistweekly.com

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D I Rstir T Okay, so anything that flowers produces a fruit. Never mind the tomato argument.  We make things with fruit.  Cotton has a flower, therefore it produces a fruit.  Next time you're eating a roll up, make sure it’s not a tube sock.  

Woman Up!

I caught some of the Harry Reid/ Sharron Angle debates for a Nevada Senate seat. It really reinforced the notion that anybody with enough financial backing can be a viable political candidate.  Reid has the experience, but his support of a president losing clout in Nevada may have made a political antagonist  a viable challenger.  She is a big fan of privatizing federal programs, but her best moment was telling Reid to "Man up." I guess sexist commentary  is ok behind the debate podium, but what does it look like on the streets of our mean city?  Think of the last time you heard someone use a phrase that includes reference to genitalia specific to one gender or another (In our PC culture, I am no longer sure how many genders there are.)  Man, it's confusing.  I've heard guys refer to guys using terms representing both gender's organs, and I've heard gals refer to gals with female-specific terms, but I rarely hear a female refer to a female using a male-specific term. Who among you sloppily drop statements or hold views that suggest different mental and physical capabilities between the genders?  Me!  I do!  Me!  Before you call me misogynistic, understand I think women have a lot more power than most persons will admit.  Wait, that's it!  I'm mad at women 'cause they've been keeping the man (gender not authority figure)  down

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by helping to maintain the myth that man by gender is more powerful than woman, resulting  in men throwing away  their lives convinced  they must fight the wars, work in highly dangerous occupations, and explore all the unknown nooks and crannies of our universe. Now that this generally inaccurate bluster has been expired let me posit this.  Maybe Mrs. Angle realizes that she will never, ever, truly be able to "Man up."  She used her gender when making the reference as a challenge to Reid's sense of masculinity in an attempt to rattle him.  He should have told her to grow a pair.  Ha!  What "pair" did you first think of?  What else comes in pairs?  

Miner Freemasons?

The number 33 caught my attention early on in the Chilean miner excitement. A handful of sites online make connections between the mining adventure and the Freemason's society.  Google search "chile miner Freemason" and give them a read.  Throughout the event, a few things stuck in my mind.  How did they know or find out the miners were there after the cave-in?  Why did this cave-in garner attention when they happen several times a year (and equally, why Kyron or Brooke instead of another)?  What more important is happening that is being neglected by the mine coverage? The most nauseating thing I heard was a newscaster voicing amazement that the coverage was taking on the appearance of a made for TV event.  Well, of course it was a made for TV event, and you the media made it so.  Let's have an animal interest story next.  I like puppies.  -CJT  dirtstirreply@gmail.com

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Bust your blues with Buster Blue: female vocals better than sex By: Steve Hunter

I’ve never been to Reno, NV so Photos by: my knowledge of the place is informed almost entirely by re-runs of Reno 911 and childhood memories of the movie Sister Act. My mental image of Reno is that of a dusty, neon-lit town, where suburban-style homes with picketfenced backyards ease their way up to the back lots of shady nightclubs, full of characters not quite threatening enough to be referred to as seedy, but sketchy enough to warrant avoiding eye contact.  In the backyard, after dark, the 12-year-old citizenry sneak out to their bush forts (I’m assuming there are no trees) with oversized flashlights for the sojourn across the yard and bags of gummy bears. Plastic binoculars hit their knees as they run, due to invariably miscalculating the length a neck strap made from a discarded shoelace.  Inside their flashlight lit fortresses, suspense builds as the waiting commences.  For the remainder of the night, or ‘til the gummy bears run out, or 'til someone hears a rattlesnake and chickens out, they will watch the back door of the Gentleman Jack Lounge through their placebo binoculars with an intensity they will someday have to watch Quentin Tarantino films on Adderall just to feel again. They are hoping, they are wishing, and they are making deals with God for someone to emerge for a smoke break, a phone call, or to piss on a tumbleweed.  The activities of the emergent person are inconsequential.  What grants these events their magnitude, legitimizing their devoted worship, is that each of these events are bound on their margins by the flinging open of that great gateway to the mysterious and smoky netherworld inside of the Gentleman Jack Lounge, for just long enough that if the watchers look hard enough, they might just catch the flash of a long and naked leg, a bare and erotically suggestive back, or in the rarest of transcendent moments, one or two of the dozen onlookers will see—or at least imagine that they saw—an actual exposed buttocks or an entire breast. They will crave desperately to see more, but they have no idea what they’d do if they did.  Buster Blue is an ensemble of musicians from Reno Nevada.  I’ve never met them, and have only taken in the smattering of music available via their Myspace page, so my impression of them, like my impression of their hometown, is best served salty.  Buster’s concept is well developed, their in-

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struments are played with aplomb, and their not, in fact, “money” whatsoever, and everyone vocal parts cover remarkable ground, sidling up knows it), a female vocal that is better than with growling approximations most of the sex I can of Tom Waits, and soulfully Buster Blue is remember having, fluctuating between Muse’s unabashedly leaps playing at anthem-pulse and Sufjan Steatop that table in the vens’ understated optimism. Bombs Away Café corner you didn’t noThose familiar with Corval- October 21st w/ Jack tice anyone sitting at, lis’ own Oxbow Drive will be and treats us all to a intrigued to hear Seth Hack- Ruby Presents silky tightrope walk ett’s sonic doppelganger on a between Regina number of tunes, including the Spektor’s vulnerable (9 pm/Free/21+).  Frank-Sinatra-meets-Burthead voice and Amy Reynolds-for-drinks-in-a- busterblue.com Winehouse’s swagdive-nightclub-and-discusses- myspace.com/ gering croon, only in-hushed-tones-the-bestto melt back into the place-to-buy-quaaludes-at-4 busterbluefolk orange-striped wallam-on-a-Sunday-morningpaper after a single conjuring “Tabletop.”  This swinging ballad too-short verse.  If this is what Buster Brown surrounds my personal favorite moment of is capable of, I’m hooked.  Not sold, mind you, the Buster Brown experience (thus far), where but I’ve heard enough to know that I have to inside a nightclub not unlike the Gentleman experience the rest—even if I have to brave Jack, filled to its greasy collar with guys who the long dark night with nothing but a bag of can quote every line of Swingers (who are gummy bears for company to do it. 

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Buster Blue calls itself “Folk/Thrash” on their Myspace page, and I’m not entirely convinced that it’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek. The folk is here, alongside—and frequently enough combined with—swing, alt-country, indie-rock, and psych-pop, but the thrash is at best conspicuous by its absence, so I’m agnostic on that point until I get more info.  There is a horn section, banjo, accordion, drums, guitars, and bass.  It sounds to me like Neko Case’s backing band from Fox Confessor Brings the Flood playing through Flood by They Might Be Giants with rewritten lyrics and vocal melodies.  Their music has no shortage of pleasant surprises, and there is definitely enough energy to make for good dancing – provided you prefer sprinting to distance.  Most of the songs posted online are about two and a half minutes long (maybe this is the Thrash part?), which leaves me feeling like I could handle it if the door took a little longer to shut.  Then again, I’m not entirely sure I’d know what to do if it did. 

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Take a trip to the Darkside: Animal Kingdom

Criminals are always afraid—whether they know it or not—because eventually, in one way or another, they’ll come undone. Such is the driving theme of Animal Kingdom, an Australian crime noir film about a nefarious family gone off the rails. If the cops don’t get you, the paranoia will. These are the lessons eighteen year old “J” Cody learns when his mother overdoses and he’s reunited with his estranged uncles and grandmother. In Melbourne’s underbelly, the police resort to unlawful violence as readily as the lawbreakers they chase, and when one of their own goes down the Cody clan are quick to retaliate. Before he knows it, “J” is submerged into the family’s larcenous lifestyle. Leading the violence is oldest brother “Pope” (Ben Mendelsohn), a man coming unhinged. But matriarch “Smurf ” ( Jacki Weaver) really runs the show, exerting a psychosexual influence over her sons while also relying on them for self worth. As “J” narrates: she always wants to be where the boys are. As “J” grows more entangled within the family’s evasion of the law, a lead investigator (Guy Pearce) recognizes the opportunity to turn him against his family. When his girlfriend is imperiled, “J” is forced to decide whether blood really is thicker than water. Animal Kingdom drips with mood from the first shot, and throughout the film the haunting score and straightforward cinematography keep the tension level high. Though the pace is deliberate, at times almost to a fault, the effect is a gripping picture, but one that never transcends genre or comes together as more than the sum of its parts. “J” as a protagonist may be part of the

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reason the film can’t quick break into that upper echelon. He’s a slack-faced character who mumbles or stands mute and, when all is said and done, he never evokes much empathy. Meanwhile, though fascinating and chilling, “Pope” comes off as rather one-note. Guy Pearce’s performance as the philosophical cop adds depth to the third act of the film, and Jacki Weaver is captivating as “Smurf.” But in the end, despite a nearly two hour experience that’ll leave you completely engaged throughout, there’s not much to chew on with Animal Kingdom. The film is, however, above average for its genre and worthy of a viewing, but doesn’t live up to its critical acclaim. The mood alone carries the film, and though this tale of survival may not be the fittest, Animal Kingdom has bite. Animal Kingdom is now playing at the Darkside Cinema. For shows and showtimes, visit darksidecinema.com.

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S.A.D. or Seasonal Attitude Disorder is an unfortunate situation that affects far too many people in sunshine-deprived areas of the world during the winter months. Remedies for the disease include: installing daylight-balanced bulbs into lamps, winter vacations to distant lands more inclined to have sun, and psychological reprogramming by a local therapist. There is a newer program, recommended by 9 out of 10, also referred to by the acronyms “S.A.D.” or “Suck Another Down”. While I am not a doctor in real life, here are some of my S.A.D. self-medicated beer recommendations for a more fun, healthier and balanced existence in the battle against Seasonal Attitude Disorder. India Pale Ales: For an interesting discussion bring up the fact that hops-the bittering and flowery flavor components found in beer- are directly related to marijuana. In fact, hops and marijuana are the only relatives each has, so now do you understand why you feel so much better after a hoppy beer? Imperial Stouts: This beer style is one of the darkest and heaviest individuals in the beer world. Right? Feeling cynical and demonic while in the deepest and darkest depths of your mind makes you feel better. Right? Barley Wine: Do old woodcuts of fat little English bar keeps (lickspigots) dancing around in circles of merriment while drinking strong ale make you giggle? If laughter is good medicine and if barley wine makes you giggle then one could say that barley wine is good for warding off S.A.D.! Homebrewed: Fire up the kitchen stove and get the brew kettle out! Invite some pals over and turn up the rheostat

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on the daylight-balanced bulbs for a real swinging time! Call up the Dream and get yourself a large Margarita and finish it off with a nice hoppy I.P.A. Now, isn’t life better with that sort of outlook? Belgian Tripels: These feisty little beers are a favorite of mine because they are so brilliantly clear with a pleasing rock candy and plum flavor with hints of spice and booze. A well-crafted Tripel will have a lingering, lacy white pillow of foam, consistent like a lazy summerday’s cloud, throughout the enjoyment of the beer. Alternate forms of S.A.D. treatment might have a psychologist suggesting you into a meditative trance by having you imagine yourself relaxing on a giant, cloudy pillow during a lazy summer day! The Suck Another Down program against the effects of S.A.D. is a selfmedicating beer program that is recommended only if you are of legal age and mature enough to handle the medicine. Over medication may result in light headiness, judgement impairment, vomiting, excessive urination, screaming and yelling for no reason at all, discharging f irearms where they should not be discharged, nakedly breaking into a house that does not belong to you and getting arrested for peeing on the lady’s computer, poor grades because you can’t yard yourself up out of bed by noon and an unhealthy attraction to telephone poles while driving at excessive speeds in the wrong lane. If you have questions about this program it is recommended that you consult your local bottle shop or call toll free 1-800-SIP-BEER. -Joel Rea (Corvallis Brewing Supply owner) joel@lickspigot.com

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How Vitamin D can fight Depression of S.A.D.

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for residents who live in any area, whether it's several feet of snow at their doorstep or the six months of heavy downpour we experience here in the Willamette Valley. Seasonal changes can redirect the course of our personal wellness and mood. The rays of sunshine that motivate us atrick ancher during the spring and summer months are quickly replaced with shorter, darker days of damp and cooler weather. It is not uncommon for people living in the northwest to feel bogged down or to have a case of the winter blues during the long, rain-filled months ahead. However, for some people these seasonal changes can have a greater impact on their well being, which can lead to periods of mild, moderate or severe depression, a lack of energy, and an overall bad mood. These symptoms can be associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a common disease among populations that live in colder climates, which don't

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have as much exposure to sunlight during the fall and winter. SAD is a condition that is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression, usually in late fall and winter—alternating with periods of normal and high moods the rest of the year. These symptoms usually begin in October or November and don't subside until March or April, though some people can experience symptoms as early as August. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, most people with SAD are women whose illness typically begins in their twenties, although men also report SAD of similar severity and have increasingly sought treatment as well. NAMI also states the usual characteristics of recurrent winter depression include oversleeping, daytime fatigue, carbohydrate craving, weight gain, although a patient doesn't necessarily show these symptoms. Additionally, there are the usual features of depression: decreased sexual interest, lethargy, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, lack of interest in normal activities and social withdrawal. It is recommended that if your depressive symptoms are severe enough to significantly affect your daily living you should contact a mental health professional immediately.

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My sister-in-law, Jill Fancher Ph.D., is the Clinic Director/Psychologist at Evergreen Behavioral Health in Vancouver, WA. Since SAD is a mental health issue, I asked her what could trigger the illness. "There are a couple of theories on the etiology of SAD. It is clear that where a person is living plays an important role, particularly affecting those at higher latitudes, such as Alaska. Because of these location patterns, it appears that the amount of sun exposure plays a role. Sunlight directly affects our circadian rhythms, or sleep cycles. Secondly, neurotransmitters, particularly serotonin, have been implicated as a potential source of disruption for people with SAD. Lastly, a hormone sometimes taken as a sleep-aide supplement, called Melatonin has also been linked to SAD," Fancher said. I wondered what kind of treatment options are available to people who suffer from SAD or think they might have it, in terms of seeking out medical help. "As a psychologist I often recommend three lines of treatment to cover the full ranges of symptoms and all possible causes: 1. Speak to your primary care provider about medication options available to them. 2. Purchase or rent a full-spectrum light box

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(10,000 lux) and sit by the light 30 minutes a day preferably in the morning. 3. Engage in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy," Fancher said. It seems logical that those who live in areas with more sunshine year round might not be exposed to problems like SAD, but apparently SAD can also occur during the summer months as well. "For individuals in warmer climates who live closer to the equator there is less incidence of SAD. Further, we know that bright light therapy is helpful. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that more exposure to sunshine can reduce the likelihood of SAD. However, I would not say that people who are exposed to more sunshine do not suffer from SAD. In fact there is a mood disturbance in summer as well," she added. Your primary care provider may recommend that a person start taking a medication related to depression to help with SAD, which can prove to be helpful in the long term. According to MayoClinic, it is important to keep in mind that some antidepressant medications can take up to several weeks for people to notice the full benefits. In addition, a person may have to try many differ-

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ent medications before finding the one that works well for them and has the fewest side effects. There are also other non-medical ways to help treat SAD, specifically with nutrition and changes in diet. I spoke with Ann Marchant, a Consulting Dietician/Nutritionist at Oregon State University Student Health Services about dietary recommendations that could help people with SAD. "Baseline I would recommend of course having an overall balanced diet, and that would include several meals a day. A mixture of fruits, vegetables, protein sources and grains," Marchant says. Marchant recommends a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. At least three servings of a whole grain, such as whole wheat, brown rice or oatmeal. And some protein sources like, fish, poultry, meat and dairy products several times a day. She also included the importance of including a healthy fat source with every meal. Examples of healthy fats would be avocados, nuts, seeds and olive and canola oil. "The fat helps us to absorb the fat soluble nutrients. So, if there were to be a vitamin D source in your meal, you won't absorb it if it's a fat-free meal," Marchant says. I also spoke with nutritionist and owner of Stoker's VitaWorld in Corvallis, Wesley Stoker about which vitamins could help people with SAD. Stoker is a strong proponent of people taking vitamin D to make up for not having enough available sunshine in the Willamette Valley during the late fall and winter months. Stoker believes, as do some other researchers on the subject, that a lack of vitamin D due to the absence of sunlight during the winter can lead to symptoms of SAD in people, specifically in relation to mood and mental performance. He and Marchant agree that taking a vitamin D supplement is a method of treating SAD that would benefit people almost as much as light therapy and medication. "Research has shown support that many people who have SAD benefit from supplemental vitamin D and their symptoms diminish. It compares favorably to Prozac and

full spectrum lights," Marchant says. According to Marchant, the current recommendation for vitamin D intake per day is 400 IU (International Units). However, that amount of D is currently being reviewed, and will likely be increased to either 1,000 or 2,000 IU per day soon, though it hasn't officially been released yet. Stoker mentioned that taking too much vitamin D used to be an issue of toxicity, but that times have changed in terms of how much of the supplement people can now take safely. "There's been a paradigm shift, because D now goes far beyond the 200 IU recommended in the past," Stoker says. Both Marchant and Stoker already recommend that their clients take 2,000 IU per day. "The body does have the capacity to handle excessive amounts of vitamin D, so we really have to take huge amounts before we run into toxicity issues," Marchant adds. Marchant also recommends people take Omega 3 fats, such as those found in fish oil. "It doesn't have as strong an affect on symptoms related to SAD, but it does help overall with essential function and depression," Marchant adds. I've heard from many people, including Marchant, that exercise and just being outdoors are other methods that can not only help people deal with the effects of SAD, but stress and depression as well. This could prove to be difficult at times in the valley due to rain and that it gets dark earlier, but even being outside a little is beneficial. Marchant recommends people make the effort to get out of the house by opting to walk to work, walk the dog, etc. In my own experiences with winter depression it helps me to find a friend to exercise or go to the gym with. This provides extra motivation for me to leave my apartment and helps me deal with my social anxiety issues, in addition to being a helpful reminder that there's someone counting on me to show up so they can exercise. SAD is a very common illness in the Northwest, but it is important to remember that it's treatable and there are always people available in the community for support.

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Bombs Away Café Cicada Omega [BLUES] 10:00 pm, $5

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Cloud 9 Manimalhouse [FUNK/ SOUL] 10 pm Fireworks Restaurant and Bar Jesse Meade [ACOUSTIC] 8:00 pm Peacock Bar and Grill Karaoke, FREE, 9:00 pm DJ Alex, FREE, 9:00 pm

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Peacock Bar and Grill Karaoke, 9:00 pm, FREE On the Top: DJ Big Cheese, 9:00 pm, FREE Sunnyside Up Café Celtic Jam, 7:00 pm, FREE

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Riley’s Billiards Bar and Grill Pure Country Night Country Dancing with DJ, 9:00 pm

Corvallis

Corvallis Farmer’s Market, 2nd St. and B Ave. Tom’s Blues [BLUES] 3:30 pm FREE First United Methodist Church 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave Craig Hanson [ORGAN] 12:15 pm

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Oregon State University Memorial Union Java Stop Corey Murphy [IRISH] 5-6 pm

Riley’s Billiards Bar and Grill Ladies Night with DJ Unoff icial, 9:00 pm

Peacock Bar and Grill Jonny Dark and the Wondertones [BLUES] 9:00 pm, FREE On the Top: DJ Alex 9:00 pm, FREE

Corvallis

Sunnyside Up Café Bluegrass Jam 7:00 pm, FREE

Lebanon

Merlin’s Bar & Grill Karaoke Nightly FREE Peaocock Bar and Grill East The Brand [BLUES] 7:00 pm Every other Wednesday

Tangent

Dixie Creek Saloon Battle of the Bands, 7:00 pm

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thursday Albany

Calapooia Brewing Rough Jazz [ JAZZ] 8:00 pm

Bombs Away Café Jack Ruby Presents and Buster Blue [ROCK] 9 pm Cloud 9 Jamie Drake, Carly Escoto, Evan Way, Ezra Carey [FOLK ROCK] 8:30 pm Harrison Bar & Grill Moebius K and My Music Atlas [ROCK] 10 pm LaSells Stewart Center Oregon State University Wind Ensemble: “An Evening with Sousa!” [CONCERT BAND] 7:30 pm, $10 Peacock Bar and Grill Karaoke, 9:00 pm, FREE DJ Mike, 9:00 pm, FREE

Lebanon

Merlin’s Bar & Grill Karaoke Nightly FREE Peacock Bar and Grill East Blues Jam, Kendall Lee and the Roadhouse Blues Band [BLUES] 7:00 pm, FREE

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Albany

Riley’s Billiards Bar and Grill Dance Party with DJ Unoff icial, 9:00 pm

Corvallis

Beanery on 2nd Craig Sorseth [ACOUSTIC] 8:00 pm, FREE Best Cellar Coffeehouse, 1165 NW Monroe Judy Fjell [FOLK] 7:30 pm

Corvallis

Bombs Away Café audiophilia [REGGAE] 10:00 pm, $5 Cloud 9 TangoAlphaTango and The Flailing Inhalers [BIG BEAT/ROCK] 10 pm

Lebanon

Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Reilly and Maloney [FOLK] 8 pm $16.50

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Fireworks Restaurant and Bar Jimmy Falkner and Dave Chiller [WORLD BEAT] 8 pm

Merlin’s Bar & Grill Karaoke Nightly FREE

Bombs Away Café audiophilia [REGGAE] Saturday 10 pm, $5

Riley’s Billiards Bar and Grill Dance Party with DJ Unoff icial, 9:00 pm

Dixie Creek Saloon Karaoke, 9:00 pm, FRE

First St and Monroe Corvallis Farmers’ Market Alex Llumiquinga [ANDEAN FOLK] 9:30 am, FREE

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City Hall Parking Lot 4th and Ellsworth Albany Farmer’s Market Rusty Hinges [STRINGS] 9:30 am, FREE Calapooia Brewing The Kindreds [AMERICANA] 8 pm

Peacock Bar and Grill pseudoboss and Fjords [BLUES ROCK] 10:00 pm Squirrel’s Tavern Sar Shalom [REGGAE] 9 pm Troubadour Music Center Ala Nar music and dance [MIDDLE EAST] 8 pm, $10

alchemist pick Sar Shalom at Squirrels

Sar Shalom helps us to shine on in music and move towards a good place in the heart of the valley this Saturday the 25th. As the season turns to darkness let light pour through your aural senses. The genre of Reggae highlights the movement towards good in general as can be seen in the blatant messaging of love and light. For a more concrete way of contributing to the good, donation buckets will be on hand for Project H.E.R. – a local breast cancer charity organization. This is one of four shows this Saturday around town partly under the Alchemist umbrella all trying to beckon your hard earned funds out to play on avenues of fraternity, community, and music Shalom is a phrase derived from Hebrew for completeness and peace. Sitting on an idea before moving to the next; chewing the concept over and letting the taste buds in your mind distinguish flavors and flows it otherwise might

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have missed. Let the woody interior of Squirrels echo your vantage point as favorite local originals Sar Shalom share the space between the floors with the rhythmic chucks of reggae. Drink, stew, and experience the music and peo ple that this show will bring out. And if the music moves you, feel free to wa towards the river. Take the time to get safe an get to know your fellow Corvallians, and mak some connections you already knew you had. A ter all if you go to a reggae show odds are yo will have several things in common with oth people who attend and this world could use mo like-minded people getting to know each oth I can’t think of a better backdrop for such a twi of fate than the gentle and stirring style Sar Sh lom voices. -Ella Marie Canus

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Albany

Albany Civic Theater, 111 First Ave. SW 541.928.4603 Alleyoop Lounge, 901 Pacific Blvd 541.941.0977 Bogey’s Bar & Grill, 129 W 1st Ave. 541.929.8900 Calapooia Brewing, 140 Hill St. NE 541.928.1931 Cappie’s Brewhouse, 211 1st Ave W 541.926.1710 Cascade Grill, 110 Opal St. NW 541.926.3388 Chasers Bar & Grill, 435 SE 2nd Ave 541928.9634 Dixie Creek Saloon, 32994 Hwy 99E, Tangent, OR 541.926.2767 Favorite Mistake Sports Bar, 5420 Pacific Blvd. 541.903.0034 Front Street Bar, 2300 Northeast Front Ave. 541.926.2739 GameTime SportsBar & Grill, 2211 Waverly Dr. SE 541.981.2376 Humpty’s Dump Bar & Grill, 916 Old Salem Rd NE 541.926.3111 JPv’s Restaurant and Lounge, 220 2nd Ave. 541.926.5546 Lariat Lounge, 901 Pacific Blvd SE 541.928.2606 Linger Longer Tavern, 145 SW Main St. 541.926.2174 Lucky Larrys Lounge, 1296 S Commercial Way SE 541.928.3654 Riley’s Billiards Bar and Grill, 124 Broadalbin St SW 541.926.2838 Wilhelm’s Spirits & Eatery, 1520 Pacific Blvd SE 541.926.7001

Cloud 9 TangoAlphaTango and The Flailing Inhalers [BIG BEAT/ROCK] 10 pm Saturday

alchemist pick Cloud 9's Mirepoix Cloud 9 has a reputation around these parts for putting on some pretty groovy shows. With each month it seems like the folks down there on the riverfront are getting better and better at bringing in the best local acts while extending their reach to draw in artists from far and wide. This trend continues on October 21st when a trio of talented musicians from Portland and L.A. slide into town to tickle the ole’ ear drums of the locals. Evan Way, a singer/songwriter from The Parson Red Heads (myspace.com/ redheads) will be playing a solo show, which is always cool, kinda vulnerable... but cool. Ezra Carey will also be there strumming with his band, a group of folky rockers from Portland town. (myspace.com/ ezracareymusic). And the winner of “who drove the farthest” and therefore must be the coolest, is the very talented Los Angeles based Jamie Drake (myspace.com/jamiedrakemusic).

I’ve listened to all this music online, and I think these artists are just out of control, kids...really outstanding! But, it would be presumptuous Cloudof9 me to try and tell you who to listen to...this is America afterFlailing all. TangoAlphaTango and The So go, orInhalers face the severe consequences of [BIG missing out andBEAT/ROCK] having to listen10 topm someone talk about what a great show they went to down at Cloud’s. Because you can’t have peer pressure without peers. October 21st, sometime after the sun goes down, bounce on down to Cloud 9 and groove with the natives to some blessed musical au jus. Marinate yourself in their sounds. Marinate yourself with the well stocked bar. Marinate yourself and others with dance floor gyration. Marinate your mind with interesting conversation. At the end of the night, when the last call goes down and the last notes are played, you should be nice and tender. -Stanley Tollett

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2945 NW Circle Blvd Ordo Sakhna [FOLK] 7 pm $18

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Lebanon Coffee House and Eatery 661 Main Street Afternoon Free Movie 2:00 pm Live Music, 6:30 pm Merlin’s Bar & Grill Karaoke Nightly FREE

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Calapooia Brewing Blues Jam, 4:00 pm Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant 2306 Heritage Way SE Strings of Time [ACOUSTIC DUO] 6:00 pm, FREE

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Peacock Bar and Grill Karaoke, 9:00 pm, FREE

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Fireworks Restaurant and Bar Southtown Open Mic Talent Search, 8:00 pm

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Artisian’s Well Lounge, 2250 South Main Rd. 541.451.3900 Cornerstone Café & Pub, 180 S 5th St. 541.847.6262 Duffy’s Irish Pub, 679 South Main St. 541.259.2906 Fire Pit Lounge, 2230 South Santiam Hwy 541.451.2010 GameTime Sports Bar and Grill, 3130 South Santiam Hwy 541.570.1537 Merlin’s Bar and Grill 541.258.6205 Peacock Bar & Grill East, 76 E. Sherman St. 541.451.2027 Sports Shack and Deli, 1250 Grant St. 541.259.0800

monday Bombs Away Café Jack Ruby Presents and Buster Blue [ROCK] Thursday 9 pm

Aqua Seafood Restaurant & Bar, 151 NW Monroe Ave. 541.752.0262 The Beanery on 2nd, 500 SW 2nd St 541.753.7442 Big River Restaurant & Bar, 101 NW Jackson Ave. 541.757.0694 Block 15, 300 SW Jefferson Ave. 541.758.2077 Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 541.757.7221 China Delight Restaurant, 325 NW 2nd St. 541.753.3753 Clodfelter’s, 1501 NW Monroe Ave. 541.758.4452 Cloud 9, 126 SW 1st St. 541.753.9900 Crowbar, 214 SW 2nd St. 541.753.7373 Darrell’s Restaurant and Lounge, 2200 NW 9th St. 541.752.6364 Downward Dog, 130 SW 1st St. 541.753.9900 Enoteca Wine Bar, 136 SW Washington Ave. 541.758.9095 Fireworks Restaurant and Bar, 1115 SE 3rd 541.754.6958 Flat Tail Pub, 202 SW 1st St. 541.758.2219 Greenberry Store & Tavern, 29974 HWY 99W 541.752.3796 Harrison Bar & Grill, 550 NW Harrison Blvd. 541.754.1017 Impulse, 1425 NW Monroe Ave. 541.230.1114 La Bamba Mix Night Club, 126 SW 4th St. 541.207.3593 Loca Luna, 136 SW Washington Ave, Ste. 102 541.753.2222 Luc, 134 SW 4th St. 541.753.4171 Murphy’s Tavern, 2740 SW 3rd St. 541.738. 7600 Papa’s Pizza, 1030 S.W. Third St. 541.757.2727 Peacock Bar & Grill, 125 SW 2nd St. 541.754.8522 Squirrel’s, 100 SW 2nd St. 541.753.8057 Sunnyside Up Café, 116 NW 3rd St 541.758.3353 Suds & Suds, 1045 NW Kings Blvd. 541.758.5200 Troubadour, 521 SW 2nd St. 541.752.7720 Tyee Wine Cellars, 26335 Greenberry Rd. 541.753.8754 Wanted Saloon, 140 NW 3rd St. WineStyles, 2333 N.W. Kings Blvd. 541.738.9463

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High 5 Sports Bar & Grill, 1644 Main St.-541.929.7529 Meet’n Place Tavern, 1150 Mian St. 541.929.3130 Wine Vault, 1301 Main St. 541.929.8496 Wing Sing Restaurant & Lounge, 658 Main St. 541.929.6255

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Albany Public Library, 2450 SE 14th Ave Modern Voices Book Group [READ] noon-2 pm Every third Tuesday IOOF Hall 738 SE 5th Ave Modern Western Square Dance class [DANCE] 7:00 pm

Corvallis

Benton County Library 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. Renewable Energy Lecture Series Lecture: “Hydropower in the Pacific Northwest” [LEARN] 12:10 to 1 pm Corvallis Elks Lodge 1400 NW 9th St. Beginner Line Dance [DANCE] 7:00 pm Enoteca Wine Bar Girls Night Out! Knit Night [FUN] 4:00 pm LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium Lecture: Donna Beegle, “See Poverty ... Be the Difference” [LEARN] 7 pm FREE Construction & Engineering Auditorium Lecture: Olivia Remie Constable, “Spectator at the Feast” [LEARN] 7 pm OSU Women’s Building, Room 112 Salsa Dancing [DANCE] 8:00 pm Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis 2945 N.W. Circle Blvd Community Choir rehearsals [SING] 7:00 pm $50 per term WineStyles 2333 NW Kings Blvd Tuesday Trivia League [THINK] 6:00 pm $10 per team

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Cloud 9 Beer and Blog [DRINK] 5:00 pm, FREE Corvallis Farmers’ Market, 2nd Ave and B Ave [BUY] 3-6pm Corvallis Skate Park Juggling lessons [FUN] 6:30 pm, FREE Enoteca Wine Bar Wine Tasting [DRINK] 6:30 pm, $10 LaSells Stewart Center Lecture: Dr. Mark Manary, “Biofortifying Crops to Reduce Food Insecurity for the Poorest Africans,” [LEARN] 7 pm Old World Deli 341 SW 2nd St Belly Dance [DANCE] 8:00 pm, FREE Peter Gysegem’s Studio Argentine tango classes [DANCE] 7:15 pm $5

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Albany Civic Theater, 111 1st Ave SW “Wait Until After Dark” [SEE] 8:00 pm, $11/$8

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Audubon Society of Corvallis First Presbyterian Church 114 SW Eighth Street Butterflies and Moths of the Willamette Valley, Dana Ross, [LEARN] 6:30 pm The Arts Center 700 S.W. Madison Ave. 2010 Calyx Glitterati: Frida Kahlo and Dia De Los Muertos, Features author Kathleen Alcala [LEARN] 7-9 pm Enoteca Wine Bar Chocolate Truffle Happy Hour, FREE Truffles [EAT] 6:00 pm First Alternative Co-Op North Store 2855 N.W. Grant Ave. Beer Tasting, 1st and 3rd Thursdays [DRINK] 5:00 pm Wine Tasting, 2nd and 4th Thursdays [DRINK] 5:00 pm WineStyles 2333 NW Kings Blvd Wine tasting: featuring Coelho Winery [DRINK] 5:30, $7

Lebanon

Lebanon Downtown Farmers Market, Main St. [BUY] 3:00 pm

Philomath

College United Methodist Church 1123 Main St. Philomath Chamber Forum luncheon, Topic: “Resources for Challenging Times” [LEARN] noon-1 pm Reservations are needed by Oct. 19 $10

Albany Eagles Lodge 127 NW Broadalbin St Line dance lessons [DANCE] 7:00 pm, $4

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Every time a friend of mine comes back from their first trip to New York City, there is always the ubiquitous playbill in their souvenir bag...always. This is because going to a Broadway play is something akin to the hajj in American cultural circles. Living in the Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest one might think that this sort of hoity-toity outing is hard to come by, but that is not the case. The fine thespians at the Albany Civic Theater have been memorizing their lines and abusing their understudies with zeal for weeks now to provide you with just the type of sophisticated evening or matinee afternoon that you have been pining over. And, you don’t have to buy a thousand dollar airline ticket to the Big Apple! Running through October 30th, Albany Civic Theater will be presenting Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott. A dramatic thriller of the highest order. The

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Albany Civic Theater 111 1st Ave SW “Wait Until After Dark” [SEE] 8:00 pm, $11/$8 Morningstar Grange, 38794 Morningstar Road N.E. Haunted house [FAMILY] 6:30-11 pm $3 or 3 nonperishable food items

Corvallis

Benton Center 757 N.W. Polk Ave. Pat Webber: “Ceramics Slide Show and Lecture” [LEARN] 7-8 pm Corvallis Community Theater Majestic Theatre 115 S.W. Second St. “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” [SEE] 7:30 pm, $12/$10 Corvallis High School Theatre 1400 N.W. Buchanan Ave.

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Broadway smash from the 60’s comes to life on stage at 111 First Ave. SW, Albany, Ore. The play has all the hallmarks of a great flash of entertainment; Heroin, Cops, Conmen and a blind but clever woman. Members of the original cast include the incomparable Robert Duvall. And, the film adaptation starred Audrey Hepburn, Richard Crenna and Alan Arkin. Impressive right? Bring your one handed binoculars, clapping gloves and etiquette (leave the mobile phone in the car) for a night of class and panache. Take your date out for a fine dinner and theater combination and become the gentleman or a gentlewoman we all know you are. Oh, and save the playbill. It’s proof of your mature taste in entertainment. One last thing for the guys—the cumber bun folds point up, or is it down? -Stanley Tollett

“Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger” [SEE] 7 pm, $7 Corvallis Senior Center 2601 N.W. Taylor Ave Friday Night Dancers [DANCE] 7:00 pm, $4 First Alternative CoOp Wine Tasting [DRINK] 5:00 pm First United Methodist Church 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave. Judy Fjell with Crystal Reeves [SEE] 7:30-9:30 pm

WineStyles 2333 NW Kings Blvd. Friday Flights [DRINK] 5:00 pm

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Albany Civic Theater 111 1st Ave SW “Wait Until After Dark” [SEE] 8:00 pm, $11/$8

Interzone 1563 N.W. Monroe Ave. Reading: Jon LaBrousse [READ] 7:30 pm

City Hall Parking Lot 4th and Ellsworth Albany Farmer’s Market [BUY] 9:00 am-1:00 pm

LaBamba Mix Night Club PRIDE La Bamba [DANCE] 8:00 pm, $3

Downtown Albany Guided tour of Albany’s Haunted Downtown [FAMILY] 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm Tours begin at Ciddicci’s Pizza

LaSells Stewart Center Eugene Ballet Company, “Cinderella” [SEE] 7:30 pm Wanted Saloon Latin X Night [DANCE] 9:30 pm, $10

Sick Town Derby Dames Roller Derby 3700 Knox Butte Rd [SEE] 5 pm

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Corvallis

Benton County Fairgrounds Corvallis Ski Swap, [BUY] Corvallis Dance Center 1935 NW Circle Blvd Swing Dance Lessons [DANCE] 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 6:00 pm corvallisdancecenter.org Corvallis Community Theater Majestic Theatre 115 S.W. Second St. “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” [SEE] 7:30 pm, $12/$10

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Albany Civic Theater 111 1st Ave SW “Wait Until After Dark” [SEE] 2 pm, $11/$8

Corvallis

Downward Dog 130 SW 1st St. Dogtoberfest [FUN] 11 am

Corvallis Boys and Girls Club 1112 NW Circle Blvd Swing Dance Class [DANCE] 7 pm

First Street and Monroe Corvallis Artisans Market [BUY] 9 am–1:30 pm Corvallis Farmers’ Market 9 am-1 pm

Corvallis Community Theater Majestic Theatre 115 S.W. Second St. “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” [SEE] 7:30 p.m. $12/$10

27001 Llewellyn Rd Muddy Creek Corn Maze [FAMILY] 11 am–5:00 pm SAGE Garden at the Bruce Starker Arts Park SW 45th Place Giant Pumpkin Party [FAMILY] 1-4 pm

Enoteca Wine Bar Book Group [READ] 3 pm First Sundays of the month 27001 Llewellyn Rd Muddy Creek Corn Maze [FAMILY] 11 am–5:00 pm

WineStyles 2333 NW Kings Blvd Wine and Chocolate Tasting [EAT] 4:00 pm

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Gracewinds polishes off a silver anniversary A place where musicians shop and new talent begins.

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Ken and Sharon Oefelein began repairing band instruments in their south Corvallis home. Ken’s idea was that he could make some extra scratch from home, giving him the opportunity to spend more time raising his two sons while his wife finished college. Both were teachers, not business people. But tanley ollett they made it work without going into debt, and grew the business up along with their children. Now their son Travis is buying the business from his folks and putting his business education towards further growth and the next 25 + years of the Gracewinds saga. As a kid, he remembers finding a sea of band instrument cases in their backyard. Rentals that had come home for repair. Travis would break out the Armor All and other cleaning products and shine ‘em up all pretty again. It was something he did to keep spending money in his pocket while he was in school. When his parents began to speak about retirement, Travis stepped in and began taking a larger role in the business, now

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he runs the whole thing. That was a dozen years ago, almost half of the entire history of Gracewinds. “It’s encouraging to see a business that actually made it for 25 years. There’s not too many of us that are still in business. I think the biggest surprise is that the family still gets along with each other and we still have dinner at each other’s houses, despite all the trails and tribulations of my eagerness, and their being parents and wanting to take things slowly,” Oefelein said. “We’ve gone through some big growing pains around that, but we’ve actually made it through and grew a business that’s still doing well and healthy and a family that works.” It truly is all about the family at Gracewinds, not only the Oefeleins, but also the other employees, the customers and Corvallis as a town. Everyone associated is all part of the extended Gracewinds family. There is an easy atmosphere inside the store. People are free to play on the instruments, try them out. I particularly enjoy playing their electronic drum kit upstairs, and feel somewhat responsible for their friendly “please limit your playing to 10 minutes per person” sign that now hangs near it. (I don’t think they enforce that vigorously.) They have all the top end, professional

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grade equipment that costs half a years rent for some, as well as the less expensive starter kits for the beginner. A big sale of that high-end item is something that any businessperson can feel satisfaction about. But Oefelein says for him, and his team of salespeople, the true reward comes from handing a kid their first real instrument. “We just had a kid, I think it was yesterday afternoon. His grandmother took him in and he saved up money and she matched funds and they got their first little mini-Strat guitar, that’s really fun,” Oefelein said. Travis and the others are all knowledgeable about the instruments and gear they sell, and are prompt and informative to anyone coming in with a question or broken whammy bar. It’s a no pressure environment; you can hang out and try out as long as you please. “It partly reflects Corvallis, because we are a casual town,” Oefelein said. The Gracewinds mentality seems to be as much about educating their clientele as it is equipping them. They have, or will find, an answer to almost any question you can ask about musical equipment. And from what I observed, instead of making you feel like an outsider for not

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knowing what a fret or a pick-up is, they give the impression that they are learning with you. Imagine a music school where you can buy the exhibits, and then learn how to play them. They have five lesson rooms and some pretty extraordinary teachers. Ken, the patriarch, helped start a “New Horizons Band” which is comprised of middleaged people on up, people that have never played music before. They got a retired band director to head it up, and soon the band grew too large to be contained in the store. They now practice at Stoneybrook Lodge. “It feels good, I feel like I’m a part of the community...a couple years ago I joined the Fall Festival board, and it was neat because I really feel like I’m ‘in’ Corvallis to a certain degree and it feels good... the 25 years reflects that we’ve put a lot of effort into this,” Oefelein said. “I guess proud is a good word, but...it feels right.” Travis said his parents are now enjoying the fruits of their labor. Mom loves to garden and dad has taken up several hobbies including woodworking. They’re taking more vacations, confident that with their son at the helm, their tiny garage business has now become a Corvallis institution.

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Ingredients: Fresh, boneless, skinless chicken breast 6 oz. per serving Pasta of choice 6 oz. per serving Extra Virgin Olive Oil Jonny’s Season Salt Heavy Whipping Cream 1 pint per 2 servings ¼ cup fresh, grated, Parmesan per 2 servings White Button mushrooms quartered (4 mushrooms per serving) 1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic 1 teaspoon chicken base or ½ chicken bouillon cube Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: This meal can come together quickly if the chicken and pasta are prepared beforehand and refrigerated, but it can be all prepared together. Chicken: Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, Jonny’s Season Salt, dice and grill to doneness. Pasta: Cook pasta as directed on package. Helpful tip to prevent stickiness: Mix EVOO with the water used to cook the pasta. When the pasta

reaches desired tenderness, drain, rinse, and add more EVOO. Alfredo Sauce: Heat up a standard sauté pan and coat the bottom with EVOO. On high heat, add the desired amount of mushrooms. Let the mushrooms slightly brown, not soft. Generally just one-two minutes. Stir in the already prepared chicken, salt and pepper if desired. Add chopped garlic. Let the garlic cook to a brown color. Pour in the Heavy Whipping cream. Once the cream comes to a boil add the noodles, spreading them around the pan. If you desire any additional herbs, basil, cilantro, or diced tomatoes, add them now as well. Continue to let the dish boil then add the chicken base and begin to gently stir. If you are using a bouillon cube, soak it in water to get a paste texture before adding it. When the cream gets thick and begins sticking to the noodles and there is little in the bottom of the pan reduce heat to Medium and add the Parmesan cheese. Continue to stir dish until Parmesan is melted (you won’t see it anymore) then turn the heat off. Plate the pasta and sprinkle with a little more Parmesan cheese and/or basil or parsley for color. Helpful hints: When working with the heavy whipping cream it is best not to make more than 2 or 3 servings in one pan. If you are making a large quantity, split the dish up into more than one pan. Lelan Norquist has served as an Executive Chef for Riverbend Resort, as well as an owner of California Grill. He has been in the restaurant industry in various capacities for 25 years, and his cooking career began at a military cook school in Virginia.

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Bop to Blue, and everything before, after, and in between By: Ricky Zipp America has romanticized 1920’s big city nightlife. Booze flowed and music came from every rag-tag joint and even the fancy-put-together ones. They were partying and enjoying life while moving down the ladder in terms of social and economic status. The roar of the ‘20’s carried into the thirties—a decade of depressions and a war that would end the power of a quintessential evil. And, a new wave of jazz laid its roots. WWII’s end brought an explosion of realities where one could die for this country on the beaches and battlefields in Europe from an oppressor’s bullet only to come home to have the same thing happen. And, when those soldiers came home and began the trip back toward happiness, the soundtrack shifted. The times were captured in the music. There had to be a change though, because of what was seen and felt. Emanating from the streets and bars in the early morning hours was the emotional sound of this country. One that was otherwise trying to be ignored— speed and structured chaos. Miles came up during the switch from swing to bop. New York City was the place, while California was occupied with the silver screen. And, while bop was the new sound coveted by all the young upand-coming musicians, including Miles Davis, those who were at the top (Louis Armstrong) thought it was an awful switch. The fact was swing, big band, and the instrumental music scene were dying out. Veteran musicians, such as Benny Goodman, were claiming a time of “retirement” forced them to either be on the road in small time venues or off the road and playing for their own needs. Voices were taking over the music. Frank Sinatra was filling the concert halls and pushing jazz into the clubs. But, it is there where the jazz will be remembered. And claimed its foothold into popularity once again. Swing was the sound because the audience could lindy hop around the floors of NYC dance halls. It came bellowing out of Harlem with energy strong enough to pull whites from their prim, proper, and protected fairy tale lifestyle long enough to come and get a piece. In a time when black culture was stealing the fame, (not just in tunes but in many different forms of art: poetry, novels, magazines, theatre etc.) 1,000 miles down south black culture was being strung up as past times and simple pleasures. And, while being suppressed, instead of playing catch-up with the genres and artists who held a firm grasp on the market, this scene was setting the mold. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie caused a musical migration to New York,

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players were in search of the revolutionary sound and a hopeful dose of luck to sit in and play. Traveling from St. Louis up to New York in 1944, this is the position that Miles found himself in, trumpet to Parkers sax. After coming to New York with two intentions: the first to attend the Julliard School of Music and the second to find Charlie Parker, it only took a week to achieve the latter. He split his time between the official scene of music at Julliard, where classical was preached, and on the streets and in clubs with bop, where creativity was the competition and the level of talent was the criteria to play. It was a scene that popularity didn’t shine onto, but the confidence of its players didn’t need the spotlight. They understood the genius that was happening. Miles had found one of the most coveted spots in the jazz world and he was only 18. Parker would have Miles play at shows in the city and eventually he could be heard on records throughout the late

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1940’s. But, it was on The Birth of the Cool recordings at the end of the decade when a specific style brought his talent into the arena. And Miles did it without any of the jazz gods leading the way. With the romance came the drug. Heroin hit the streets of NYC and took over the world of jazz just as LSD took over the late sixties psychedelic scene. And, as Charlie Parker was the one to circle around, his effects upon that circle showed in many ways outside of the music. It seems that bop went hand in hand with heroin. It ate away at some, to the point of ending lives or taking them over, just as it had done to Parker. Miles was no different. To an extent, it became fuel for the feelings. Many musical movements have been wrapped in a world of abuse, but that abuse can only be motivation for a short time. Eventually, it becomes the goal all together. A fix could become the point of a gig and a paycheck, while stealing and shady lifestyles would fill the time when off stage.

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The inner circle of these musicians was so exclusive that you had to be a part of the party too, or you weren’t making it in. The drug brought Miles down and became a battle for four years of his life. The end of the fifties provided Miles with years of catch up. For jazz, it was a switch from who would stand on the top rung with Charlie Parker, as he self destructed and passed away in 1955, at the age of 34. Kind of Blue was the album unquestioningly placing Miles in the missing spot, if one didn’t think he was already there. The transfer of bop into mainstream wasn’t going to happen with the complexity and speed that required a talented musician to decipher. Even when everything seemed about the speed, about the flow and breaking from the standard structure of music, Miles slowed it down. The lack of speed is what got jazz into the mainstream. Tim McLaughlin, trumpet player and member of the band Eleven Eyes, talked

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Kind of Blue brought John Coltrane into the world. Coltrane had played in the scene, but never broke out of it even though he is a mainstay of top lists of best jazz albums, best rock albums, and best sales. As much as Miles and the music that was being created at this time was because of, and fueled by bop and its progressions, stepping away from bop is what launched the genre back to me about the first time he heard Kind into the popular light. of Blue and the affects it had on what Many claimed this as his best work, he knew as jazz and what could be done but thirty years of music that followed with music. hold too much to begin and end here. “I was in high school and I kept hearThe genre itself holds too much to being from everyone to check out Kind of gin and end with Miles Davis. The stage Blue-that it was gonna blow me away.  I'd from where he found his success was only heard it from so many people that in my there because of the hundreds who came mind it was built up to be this groundbefore him and also those that challenged October Presents with Buster Blue - 9pTheloni| FREE himRuby along the way. People like breaking, monumental Thursday, jazz album that21st - Jack Rock n’ Roll yer Momma will even like. ous Monk, Louis Armstrong, Duke Elchanged everything.   So I was expectFriday, October 22nd CICADA OMEGA 10p | $5 lington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker and ing crazy, fast, screaming trumpet. Super nuts compositions, and just over-the-top - Transcendential JunkyardDizzy‌Merely Blues Experiment listing (You ottathese check artists it out!) - and moving on is disrespectful to the magniplaying,â€? McLaughlin says. Saturday, October 23rd - audiophilia - 10p | $5 tude of their contributions. What he found wasn’t what he expected - Jam, Reggae, Rock for the Soul Miles Davis’ greatest achievements though. McLaughlin describes the sound as mellow and the melodies as simple. seem to revolve around, and happen with, “It took me a while to understand that the coming of a new decade. His ability the space, simplicity, and restraint WAS to anticipate the needed change in jazz, ground-breaking.  Everyone was playing and his lack of fear for experimentation faster, higher and louder before that, and showed in his work. In an attempt to Kind of Blue went another direction,â€? He bring jazz back in the conversation, this says. “When the chord changes in be-bop has been a blip in the life of Miles Davis couldn't move any faster, Miles came out and of a musical genre that goes rather and just played one chord for a while and unnoticed but is still dearly loved by a invented ‘modal jazz’.â€? close few...the inner circle.

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