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by justin bolger I’m not sure why there’s such a war between atheists and the religious communities; both have their blind, closed-minded extremists – just as both have their reasonable nuggets of gold. (As the peanut-gallery from both sides cry, “Nuh-uh! THEY’RE the blind, closed-minded crazies!”) Forgive my agnostic self while I pick on the atheists first. It’s just that most of my friends fall into this category, so I hear their side more often. I was discussing, with a pal of mine, different ways humanity could better itself and save the world. Catching me totally off-guard, my buddy said, “But humans will never be able to save themselves as long as people still believe
there’s some big man in the sky.” First of all, this comment came completely out of nowhere. In no way were we talking about religion or even alluding to it. Second, I found it offensive, even though it didn’t apply to me and I am not generally easy to offend. There was definitely some eyebrow furrowing action, but I mostly just dismissed the comment and moved on with the conversation. Sure, it struck me, but it took me until after the conversation to realize why. It’s right on par with racism. In my eyes, he single-handedly created belief-ism with his beliefist statement. And, yeah, I know it sounds a little goofy, but I think it’s a pretty apt descriptor. “Wahhh! But religions oppress other people and their choices and personal freedoms!” Yeah, well, that’s exactly what your disgust of religion is doing too. I think putting a blanket aggression
over something as diverse as religion is completely foolish and blind. There are just too many flavors; it’s like harboring hatred for something as vague as meals that are cooked. The spectrum is just too great in regards to beliefs as well as for believers. I appreciate that people need to have trust in something, whether it’s a particular ideal, philosophy, mentor, study, theology, or what have you. It gives people strength and drive regardless of their choice. If a person had zero total faith, why would they do anything at all? I don’t know if you realize this, but there’s a certain degree of faith one puts into trusting science as well – just sayin’. Also, you can disprove spiritual beliefs about as well as you can prove them, so good luck either way. Religious extremists are just as guilty, but I’m fairly certain they’ve been doing it a lot longer, so I’m going to pass on opening that can of worms from both ends right now.
Do We Call It Belief-ism?
Divorce Keep safe distance. Cite your claims. Let the fog Enshroud your shame. Yield no whisper Of remorse, Give no sign That you endorse The fables of The ancient wives, Who kept their men And lived their lives .. The crossing bears No one-way bar. But shut your eyes, And touch your scar, Remember what The madman said. You just live once, And then you’re dead, And happiness Is all a myth, The road ahead Is clouded with Monstrosities Who can’t be changed. So label them. They can be named. The madman said You can’t repair Your love or life ... But you’re aware Deep down below The cloud of cries, That life holds hope That these are lies ... The choice is yours, To live or burn, To hear the lies Or to return.
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Of Alchemists Past and Where They Are Now After three and half years and 184 issues the last copies of The Alchemist hit stands and was then no more, but then that is not exactly the case – a powerful mixture of space, ink and spirit had left pages with words and images that on recollection can still effect one viscerally. In 2007, Alchemist founder Noah Stroup, then a musician with a degree from Oregon State University in philosophy found himself tired of what he felt was the iron pyrite being passed off as arts and entertainment coverage in the area. So he began to design his own experiment. One July morning, he wrote down his hypothesis on a Sessions beer coaster. “Corvallis Weekly,” it said, “Independent ‘art’ paper.” Noah, told Cindy Dauer in an interview that the name The Alchemist was inspired by Paulo Coelho’s 1988 novel, The Alchemist. As a child, Noah had been given a copy of the book which tells the story of a young boy trying to fulfill his personal legend. Noah admitted that at eleven years old, he didn’t really understand the message. Years later, during the winter of 2007, Noah took a cross-country train ride from Corvallis to his home state of North Dakota. He brought the book with him and read it again. This time he was 25, and he recognized the message immediately. The newsweekly started as a ‘zine and later moved to a tabloid format, but always there was a visceral sense of the cultural composition of Corvallis — musicians, artists, writers, entertainers, students, locals, and business owners were the lifeblood of the Alchemist’s
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often compelling and sometimes challenging pages. Cindy Dauer, an exstaffer at The Alchemist observed that Noah envisioned an independent weekly publication that would provide a soapbox for the voiceless while promoting the community, et al. Two years in, Noah found himself juggling his involvements with two bands — Pseudoboss and Stairway Denied — and The Alchemist. He then invited Courtney Clenney and Stanley Tollett to join him as part-owners and oversee The Alchemist’s revamp into a full-size newsprint tabloid — both came with journalism backgrounds in design and editing. In a 2011 interview with Nancy Raskauskas at The Gazette-Times, Noah said, “When we were a zine, I didn’t feel that the ‘zine had any integrity to protect — just that they (the contributors) had the opportunity to express themselves.” Once The Alchemist became a tabloid it started to delve into news and other coverage while still permitting contributors to run under pseudonyms, it drew fire for some of its editorial decisions such as an unsympathetic column about a 13-year-old rape victim. At the same time; it covered homelessness, the gay community and the underground subterranean vibrancy of Corvallis with thought and heart stoking clarity. For whatever the failings may have been, The Alchemist achieved artful chops not often seen in a newspaper, even many an alternative weekly and it offered tantalizing glimpses of cultural crannies that would leave one wanting more. In the end, losing The Alchemist hurt, it charmed itself into our company
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Noah Strup, Courtney Clenney and Stanley Tollett and became part of who we are as a community – but this seems to be the nature of things, that everything and everyone keeps moving. Alchemist Players Now and Some Others Too Noah moved back to Bend, but he still drops by Corvallis frequently. He will be at the Majestic as the lead singer in his Led Zeppelin tribute band, Stairway Denied
this upcoming Saturday and he continues to be involved with other music projects as well. One visit back to Corvallis to play a benefit concert proved especially poignant as it also occasioned him proposing marriage from the stage to his longtime girlfriend - she said yes. Noah is pursuing post grad study in counseling. Courtney Clenney left for the warmer climes of Austin where she is studying to add some design chops to her already
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And here it is, our first issue, and it is tempting here to write something of scale; a bold declaration imbued with grandeur of purpose that recounts steely determination to build something from nothing - and all that. And all of it would be true; the things that I could write, but then those very truths would force a diminution of our integrity as we might then cling to them rather than move organically over time. The thing here, this week, is the start. On one level it is huge if you continue to check us out each week and it may be even larger if you do not. Over time, we will be more than our start and right now it is all that we are. Intention being what it is, we hope to bow under and walk the top of a certain immoveable bedrock of standards so that this publication can venture wherever it must. I could go on about all that, but then my proclamations and promises may unintentionally lie and I do not find that interesting to do. For now or over time, this new newsweekly will be as it is and how you see it. We do invite anyone willing to participate, challenge and maybe get shot down, or adored. And finally, a personal note, and you know who you are…. Namaste.
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Houston, We Had A Problem by christina garrett It is good to be back home in the Willamette Valley where the sense of community is authentic, the environment is rich with acceptance, and the air is breathable fresh. In 2007, my family relocated to the Houston, Texas area, with jubilation, seeking enhanced cultural diversity and new experiences. My family is best described as multi-racial my husband is African American, my children – biological, step, adoptive, and foster are comprised of African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Russian children, 16 in total and I am Caucasian. A native Oregonian for nearly 35 years, I grew accustom to living in a community that in large part embraced and presented as accepting of the cultural and ethnic diversity within my family. This experience failed to be a shared experience while living in Texas; the environment proved challenging and called for an enhanced
sense of patience and understanding. At times the hostility directed toward my family was cruel and equally unnecessary. Individuals appeared to struggle as they sought to understand why we choose to create a multiracial family; others gawked with disgust. My ideology rests firmly in that there is a reason behind one’s behavior; I desired to learn the origination of these inflexible attitudes lacking acceptance. From a historical perspective, it is the South; there is a deep history of divide between whites and blacks; highlighting only a few historical examples of where negative attitudes may have been cultivated. I learned of an annual celebration called, Juneteenth. June 19, 1865, two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (1863), slaves in Texas finally learned they were free. During the 60s, school integration was slow and riddled with a variety of restrictions and conditions that prevented true integration from occurring. Similarly, geographically,
Texas shares its borders with Mexico; there are negative attitudes toward people of Mexican descent and a great deal of controversy surrounding illegal immigrants. Having gained an awareness of the environment I was navigating in, I armed myself with patience, understanding, and acceptance; I found this to be rather laborious at times. My family resided in a home at the end of a cult-a-sac, in a middle class suburb of Houston, on a street whose population was multicultural. We placed a basketball hoop outside for our teenage children to shoot hoops. Placement of the hoop elicited an uproar of discontent and confrontation from our neighbors. Several neighbors remarked they felt compelled to gather their children and bring them into the safety of their homes when all those Black kids would come over to shoot hoops. It was not long before the youngsters and several adults in the neighborhood were using an expletive when referring to my African American
children. Not only were my children being alienated because of the color of their skin, I too was barred from social circles because I dared to break the implied rules of social etiquette. The unfortunate experiences are many from an African American Child Protective Services caseworker dropping in for an unannounced visit with one of our foster youth at 5:30 in the morning, individuals cutting in front of our family in the grocery store line, to individuals asking how are you supposed to raise children of color, when you are white! It truly is refreshing to be back in Oregon where acceptance is considered the norm and where individuals do not pay much mind to the color of your skin or the make-up of your family. I remain acutely aware of discrimination and the imprint it leaves on families, no community is devoid of discrimination. What is uniquely different and pleasant is to know I reside in a community where the collective conscience is that of acceptance.
acceptance denied acceptance denied acceptance denied Anomaly Denied…When Corvallis Gets Mean From elsewhere in this tome you will note we Corvallisites are a mostly tolerant bunch, one can walk with one’s same-sexed or differently raced partner sans so much as the furrowed brow of the passerby — well mostly — there are others experiencing a little something different.
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You’re Californicated I wasn’t in town a week when I found myself in line to pick up a prescription where I overheard some old man rant about people from California to some woman nodding her head in agreement – something about driving and property values. I kind of felt like I best not say anything. Amanda D., OSU Student
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by chris singer “I think we’re very fortunate to have lived in communities that are supportive of same sex rights…” — Sonia Ruyts Fourteen years ago, when then Idahoan Leslie Hammond first laid eyes upon Sonia Ruyts drinking a Dr. Pepper in the Albertson College cafeteria, little did she know that one day they would be married, let alone be the loving parents to a beautiful two-year old girl. The Corvallis couple had a wedding ceremony in 2002 and become legally married in Connecticut in 2008. Both are professionals in their early thirties. Leslie is a professor while Sonia is a downtown business owner. Both have always wanted to be parents and decided to begin their journey four years ago. “I’m one of those people who always knew I wanted to be a mom,” says Sonia. To make their dream come true, they knew it was going to be tough. The couple decided Sonia would carry the baby and they attempted ICI (Intra-Cervical Insemination). ICI involves artificial insemination directly into the reproductive tract, near
the cervix, to achieve pregnancy. When ICI didn’t work, the couple moved onto IUI (Intra-Uteran Insemination), where insemination is again done, but in the uterus instead. Sonia and Leslie went through many attempts of IUI without success. It wasn’t until they attempted IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) when they final achieved success. While it took four years to get pregnant, it only takes someone a few minutes to see how their patience has been rewarded. Their daughter is a little bundle of energy and it’s immediately obvious that all three are simply crazy in love with each other. “She [their daughter] is just this incredible gift of love and fun and surprises. We love sharing experiences with her and seeing her encounter the world; it sounds corny, but there is really nothing so cool as re-discovering the world through the eyes of your kid,” says Leslie. As parents, the struggles they discussed with me mirror those of most parents we know. Sleep deprivation, worrying about kids getting sick, mourning the loss of freedom from our childless days, not to mention the constant worrying about whether we’re good parents. Then there’s the whole “work-life balance” piece of the parenting equation. “There’s also that classic struggle
to achieve this idea of balance between work, your relationship, friends, time for yourself, and doing a good job parenting. I say ‘idea’ because I’m growing increasingly skeptical as to whether such a thing exists or not. Some weeks or days, one area of life gets more attention than others. As much as I’d like to have a wildly productive day at work, a get together with friends, a romantic date with my wife, time to myself, and quality imaginative play time with our daughter, it just doesn’t seem possible to have it all in the same day,” says Sonia. She goes on to poignantly add, “In other words, being parents is difficult and wonderful at the same time, no matter who you are or are not married to. We are honored to have the opportunity to parent our amazing daughter. The fact that we can do so openly as a couple, is an amazing journey, and as long as we face the challenges of parenthood together we feel we can handle just about anything.” If you think about it, their love story isn’t any different from those of different-sex couples. While there remains a vociferous opposition to gay marriage in the United States, that group is now in the minority. Credible polling numbers in countless surveys over the last year are consistently showing the majority of
Americans supporting same sex couples having the right to get married. Still, I expected to hear Leslie and Sonia share at least one negative reaction they’ve experienced when people learn they are a married couple raising a child. Surprising, yet fortunately, that just hasn’t been the case. “If people have issue with it [gay marriage], they’ve certainly kept to themselves and been very polite. So far, the only people who’ve had anything negative to say about my family are politicians running for president. And I can’t put too much stock into what they say,” says Leslie. “I think we’re very fortunate to have lived in communities that are supportive of same sex rights. It was all fairly straightforward when our baby was born because we lived in Connecticut where we were able to be legally married and they allow second parent adoption. Other states are not so friendly and actively oppose same-sex adoption,” added Sonia. Leslie adds, “It is important to us that we are married. We had a wedding in 2002, and it wasn’t legal. When we lived in Connecticut, marriage for us became legalized in 2008, and we immediately went to the courthouse and were officially
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acceptance denied acceptance denied acceptance denied acceptance denied resources for gay families You’re Californicated
Pretty much, no matter how nice you are to other drivers, you’re going to get cussed at and flipped off a lot if you keep your California plates for long. Darren C., Local Store Clerk
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I have literally had whole job interviews go south if I’ve mentioned anything about being Christian. Jan P. Unemployed
Some PTA moms can get toxic if they find out you’re a Republican, what does that have to do with book fairs and fundraisers? Deborah, Stay-at-Home Mom
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• Picture book list from Corvallis Public Library (www.thebestlibrary.net/images/pdfs/ gay%20families.pdf) • Resources from the Human Rights Campaign (www.hrc.org/resources/category/parenting) • Resources from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (www.gaycenter. org/families/articles) • Book list for Gay & Lesbian Parents (www. parentbooks.ca/Gay_&_Lesbian_Parenting.html) Corvallis Advocate
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married. It was more important to me than I realized, having that marriage certificate. It is a commitment and a security and an acknowledgment that we’re in this thing together.” While negative reactions have been nonexistent, there’s certainly no denying people are curious about their relationship. (Count me as one of the guilty and hence one of the reasons for writing this article). It’s just interesting to hear what people are in fact curious about. “People are mostly curious about how we got pregnant, and for a while, people (particularly people in our family) were somewhat obsessed with what our daughter would call each of us,” says Leslie. It doesn’t take long to find out the answer to the second question. After spending some time with the family, one soon learns that Sonia is called ‘Mama’ and Leslie is called ‘Mommy.’ The fun part is learning that their little girl came upon this naturally. She wasn’t taught to identify one parent as Mommy and the other as Mama. It all happened organically, which should tell us something right there. I think Leslie puts it best here: “Our experience is similar to most other parents, and I think the parenting experiences and milestones are pretty universal regardless.”
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Makers Space launch party alt art venue opens february 29 The Majestic Theatre is celebrating the launch of a new alternative arts program, Makers’ Space, with a free all ages event from 6-10 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29th. The event will feature a diverse mix of visual and performing arts including a leap-year themed art exhibition. Local band XENAT-RA as well as performances by Portland artist Joe Von Appen, and Eugene-based variety act The Red Raven Follies will also highlight the event. The Majestic Theatre is located at 115 SW 2nd Street in Corvallis. For more information, visit www. majestic.org. What is Makers’ Space? Located in the Majestic Theatre, Makers’ Space is a storefront salon with plans to offer events, lectures,
exhibitions and workshops on a wide variety of topics. Makers’ Space will provide a space for people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds the opportunity to interact, create, and learn from one another. Makers’ Space is curated by Josephine Zarkovich. Josephine is an arts writer and curator based in Corvallis, Oregon. She received an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and has staged exhibitions in numerous organizations, including the Tecoah Bruce Gallery, Worth Ryder Gallery and the Wattis Institute. Her curatorial work focuses on engaging audiences and fostering critical discussions around popular culture. For more information about how to get involved, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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David Huff Reaches Over Challenges to Create Access by magdalen o’reilly I sat down with David Huff, the new director of the Corvallis Arts Center recently. Originally from Oakland, California; Huff was formerly the curator for Pro Arts, another community based art organization in the Bay Area. He was first attracted to the job here in Corvallis when he saw a photograph of the Arts Center with artists lined up outside to hang their work. “Any organization that can have 200 people lined up outside just to hang their artwork is well supported by their community.” he said in the interview. Huff is excited about being the new director and believes that community funded programs like The Arts Center are an extremely important tool for society. “Organizations like the Arts Center help envision and enact social change where it’s needed,” he said. Because The Arts Center is funded primarily through a combination of grants,
donations and class fees they are free from many commercial restraints. They don’t have to worry about what’s going to sell, so they can focus on really representing the artists without financial pressure. The Arts Center is a hub for local artists to exhibit their artwork, but they do far more for the community than just gallery shows. The Arts Center has a partnership with Good Samaritan Health Services called “ArtsCare” that puts artists into hospitals and hospice care facilities to work with patients; providing company and artistic outlet. David Huff expressed a strong
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by magdalen o’reilly Someone once asked me why I don’t go to the movies anymore. It’s partly because I used to work at a theatre and it was one of those jobs that makes you hate society. It’s also because of movies like Akira. Fans of Japanese animation will gush endlessly about the original sci-fi classic, and for good reason. It’s action-packed and ultra-violent but also explores deep philosophical questions about mankind. The story follows Shotaro Kaneda and Tetsuo Shima, two members of a teenage biker gang, but the film is ultimately about man pushing science too far and running the risk of destroying itself in the process. It’s widely considered one of the greatest films to ever come out of Japan, and contributed to the increasing popularity of anime in the Unites States. Whether your a fan of anime or not, Akira was a great film. And it still is- that’s the problem. Warner Brothers (WB) began casting for the their new live action remake of Akira in 2011. The public outrage came when it was announced that the cast was comprised entirely of white actors. The setting had been changed to “Neo Manhattan” as opposed to “Neo Tokyo” and early versions of the script included less than subtle references to 9/11. Actor George Takei spoke out personally against what he called a complete “whitewashing” of the Japanese classic. Production of the film was put on hold this January as the negative press for the film continued
to increase. The WB cited budget and script issues as the main reasons. But the film is still slotted to be released in 2013. This film seems poorly thought out, not just from a story standpoint but from a production point as well. Akira is a cult classic, beloved by the nerd community. The idea of changing Akira- especially in such a drastic way- is like changing The Terminator or Casablanca. Why not? Because it’s a terrible idea, that’s why. These movies are popular for a reason. And what I feel is the most insulting is the idea that American audiences are incapable of identifying with an Asian protagonist. Local Willamette filmmaker Mike Bazenele had this to say, “ I think it’s because Hollywood knows that casting non-white leads will automatically alienate the dim-witted, racist portion of the population, which is a terrifyingly significant portion of their target audience for most high-profile blockbusters. It’s a business decision based on our society’s tendency to value profits over ethics.” This isn’t a new phenomenon, so I’m not surprised. But I am more than a little upset by the whole thing. If this production shows us anything, it’s the WB has no real interest in making films. They’re interested in profiting from them, however, and are willing to dishonor old classics and insult the intelligence of their audience to get it. Since money is the only language they understand, protesting with your pocketbook is the best way to make your voice heard. If you really want to enjoy Akira, the original 1988 version is available on Netflix and at your local video store.
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Friday Wine Tastings at WineStyles Corvallis. 2333 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis. Open for tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. $10 tasting fee.
Discover the abundance of local food available in winter and how to use it! Feb. 25th, 1-5 p.m. First Congregational Church West Hills Rd., Corvallis. 1-2 – Panel Discussion Call 541-753-3115 for more information Panelists include: • Annette Mills – The big picture of how eating locally benefits the economy • Jean Marr – What it takes to change your habits • Matt Bennett – Using local foods in cooking • Dr. Virginia Shapiro – Meeting your nutritional needs while eating seasonally 2-2:30 – Food Tasting & Community Fair • Samples & recipes featuring local ingredients • Cookbooks & gardening books from Grassroots Bookstore
Winter’s Light at LBCC Benton Center. 7:30 p.m. in the center lobby, 757 NW Polk Street, Corvallis. A benefit fundraiser for the LBCC English Scholarship/Program Endowment, supporting student scholarships, student writing and enrichment and visiting authors. Suggested donation is $10 for adults 21 and over, $5 for students 21 and over. Presenters include LBCC English faculty members Alison Ruch, Callie Palmer, Donna Trask, Jed Whyman, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Lucette Wood, Natalie Daley, Paul Hawkwood, Rob Priewe, Robin Havenick, Jane White, Linda Spain, Peter Jensen and Chris Riseley. For more information, contact the LBCC English Department at 541-917-4556.
• Growing tips from Schmidt’s Garden Center • Community groups to get you activated 2:30-4:15 – Workshop Sessions • Growing greens year round • Food preservation
OSU Women’s Center. “Healthy Mind, Body and Soul”: Annual Art Exhibit. A mixed media exhibit featuring works by female-identified OSU affiliated artists at the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery at OSU (SW 26th & SW Jefferson Way). Exhibit showing until March 15. For more information, contact Susan Bourque at 737-6371.
Crazy Eight 5K/10K and Play-AThon at Benton County Fairgrounds. Carriage House 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. 9:00 a.m. Parent Enhancement Program’s Annual Fundraiser will feature a family friendly 5K/10K run/walk, yummy food, and a variety of fun family activities. Visit www. pep.peak.org to pre-register and for more information. Small Farms Conference at OSU. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration
• Nutritional education & eating locally • Raising urban chickens 4:15-5:00 – Q & A, Wrap-up
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is $50 per person. Contact Chrissy Lucas at OSU Extension at chrissy.lucas at oregonstate.edu. Winter Market at Guerber Hall, Benton County Fairgrounds. 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Local produce, meats, eggs, bread, flowers and local artisans.
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The Locavore’s Winter Table. First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Rd., Corvallis. 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Discover the abundance of food available in winter and how to use it. Panel discussions, food tasting and workshops. Child care provided. Please RSVP to First Alternative Co-Op at 753-3115.
The Friends of the Library HUGE Annual Sale. Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St, Corvallis. All proceeds benefitting the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
sponsored by LBCC Benton Center and the library. Free and open to the public. Woman Citizen Film Series at OSU. Owen Hall Room 101, SW Campus Way, Corvallis. 6:00 p.m. Free showing of Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.
Planet Boogie: Freestyle Dance Night at Downtown Dance Corvallis. 223 NW 2nd. St., Corvallis. 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. For more info: 752-1997.
Coalition Annual Sustainability Fair and Town Hall 2012. CH2MHill Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th Street, Corvallis. 5:00 pm for the Sustainability Fair, which will feature exhibits by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s partner organizations and action teams. 7:00 pm, attendees will gather in the ballroom for the Town Hall Meeting, where the focus will be on the sustainability efforts of the whole community. Space is limited! On-line registration is strongly encouraged. Simply click on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ TownHall2012Registration to register.
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Crossroads International Film Festival at Darkside Cinema. 215 SW 4th St., Corvallis. 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/ICSP/ crossroads-international-film-festival for more information. The Friends of the Library HUGE Annual Sale. See Feb. 25
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Last Saturday Songwriters’ Circle at Imagine Coffee. 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
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Last Day of Crossroads International Film Festival Sunday, February 26th will be the closing day of the Crossroads International Film Festival. You can still catch three of the films at the Darkside Cinema at 215 SW 4th St. in Corvallis.
Tickets $8 for adults and $7 for students per show. Here’s the final day’s lineup: 1:30 p.m. showing: Carol’s Journey - Spain - Spanish with subtitles Carol, a Spanish-American twelve year old girl brought up in New York, travels with her mother to Spain for the first time in the turbulent spring in 1938 to meet her mother’s family. Her separation from a father she adores and her arrival in her mother’s native village brings out her innocent and rebellious nature which drives her to oppose conventional world new to her. Carol’s trip takes her on an unforgettable and bittersweet journey into the world of adulthood. 4:00 p.m. showing: For My Father - Israel/Germany - Hebrew with subtitles Tarek, a Palestinian forced on a suicide mission in Tel Aviv to redeem his father’s honor, is given a second chance when the fuse on his suicide vest fails to detonate. Forced to spend the weekend
in Tel Aviv awaiting its repair, Tarek is forced to live amongst the people he was planning to kill. Tarek meets Israelis, finds love and is forced to make a lifechanging decision. He becomes caught between the men who sent him (who can and will detonate the bomb remotely within 48 hours) and the new love he has found among former enemies. 6:30 p.m. showing: Ocean of Pearls - USA - English As a Sikh man, with a full beard and turban, Amrit Singh is often the target of racial profiling. But when he sees his dreams of becoming Chief of Surgery at a state-of-the-art transplant center dwindle because of his appearance, Amrit goes against a tradition he’s maintained his whole life and cuts his hair. When his compromises result in the death of a patient, Amrit begins to reexamine the value of the religious traditions he’d turned his back on.
From blistering guitar to thunderous drums, Stairway Denied doesn’t just ignite the Led Zeppelin fire in all of us, they set it ablaze. Gathered together to pay tribute to one of the most beloved, innovative and influential bands in rock and roll history, Led Zeppelin, drummer Chris Harver, gui-
tarists Curtis Monette and Dylan Nelson, multi-instrumentalist Dusty Stallings, and vocalist Noah Stroup uniquely meld the fiery improvisation of Zeppelin’s live performances with the intricate, well-polished sound of their studio work. Unlike most tribute bands, Stairway Denied does not attempt to recapture the look of
the band, only the sound. From the heavy guitar riffs and booming basslines, to the wailing vocals and powerful drums, Stairway Denied strongly delivers a show for Led Zeppelin lovers both young and old. See for yourself by checking out Stairway Denied’s MySpace page: http:// www.myspace.com/stairwaydenied DETAILS: Stairway Denied: A Led Zeppelin Tribute • When: February 25th, 2012 (show starts at 9:00 p.m.) • Majestic Theatre on 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis • Admission: $10 online or at the door • Box Office: 541-758-7827 • ALL AGES SHOW • Beer and wine bar available before and during the show.
DJ H-Ram at Impulse Bar & Grill. 1425 NW Monroe, Corvallis. 9:00 p.m. Lil Flip with Sunny Red at SubZero. 126 SW 4th St., Corvallis. 9:00 p.m. $15 General Admission. $40 VIP/Meet & Greet. Other performances by Hero Fame and KALBO’s Rough Cut. More info at: www. kalboentertainment.com. Junior Raimey at Harrison Bar & Grill. 550 NW Harrison Blvd., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m.
Buckin Thursday Western Night at Jack Okole’s Bar & Grill. 140 NW 3rd St., Corvallis. 10 p.m. Lone Madrone at Bombs Away Cafe. 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10 p.m. Also featuring Like Spontaneity Took It’s Top Off and Flashed Your Granny. Tamagawa and Drone A Clochettes, Slam Dunk and Biological Lovers Show at Cloud 9. 126 SW 1st. St. Corvallis. 10:30 p.m.
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Corvallis. 12 p.m. OSU Brass Ensembles. OSU Memorial Union Lounge 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. Paging Dave at del Alma. 136 SW Washington Ave., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. Gina Machovina at 2nd St. Beanery. 500 SW 2nd. St., Corvallis. 8:00 p.m. Jesse Meade at Fireworks Restaurant. 1115 SE 3rd St., Corvallis. 8:00 p.m. Electro Night at SubZero. 126 SW 4th St., Corvallis. 10 p.m. Hip-Hop Night at Jack Okole’s Bar & Grill. 140 NW 3rd St., Corvallis. 10 p.m. Scott Pemberton Trio at Bombs Away Cafe. 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10 p.m. Also featuring: Unfolds
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Wind Immersions by OSU Wind Ensemble. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m.
Karl Smiley at 2nd. St. Beanery. 500 SW 2nd. St., Corvallis. 8:00 a.m. OSU Faculty Voice Recital. First Congregational UCC, 4515 SW West Hills Rd., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. $15 at the door. Formerly Hines at Fireworks. 1115 SE 3rd St., Corvallis. 8:00 p.m.
Celtic Jam at Imagine Coffee. 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7:00 p.m.
Black Market Organ Drive and In Bloom at Bombs Away Cafe. 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10:00 p.m.
Old Age and The We Shared Milk at Cloud 9. 126 SW 1st. St., Corvallis. 10:30 p.m.
Collectanea, IJI, Filardo and Casey Joyce Show at Interzone. 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7:00 p.m. Cloud Mountain Ramblers at Fireworks. 1115 SE 3rd St., Corvallis. 8:00 p.m. Open Jam at Harrison Bar and Grill. 550 NW Harrison Blvd., Corvallis. 9:00 p.m.
Morning Alleluia: OSU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and Campus Band. OSU LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door. OSU students, staff, faculty free with ID. Timba Tuesday at Impulse Bar and Grill. 1425 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. One Wub at Cloud 9. 130 SW 1st. St., Corvallis. 9:00 p.m.
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The End of All Things First we assaulted death with pills and targeted radiation, and then with nanites, gene therapy, and anti-ablative cladding woven into human flesh. Next came imprinted lightwaves that held the mind, the record of a human, railed against by the Catholics and the Protestants and the Muslims as a slight against the soul. Shinto ancestor worship became a tangible thing: venerating lacquered cubes of hardwood that contained quantum records of great-grandfathers. Soon we left Earth behind, a crowded homestead, and made our way outward. We molded worlds to our liking, and then, later, wrote our consciousness into the foamy black of spacetime. After a large but finite number of eons, we left the Galaxy behind, a crowded homestead, and ventured further. We left identity behind, merged ourselves with the godhead, and wrote poems on the surfaces of stars, sang songs to the iron cores of supernovae. And now it’s all unspooling, the stars all gone dark a trillion years ago, and we think to ourself, we had a good run. — Dena Perryman
Stairway Denied at Majestic Theatre. 115 SW 2nd. St., Corvallis. 9:00 p.m. A tribute to Led Zeppelin. General admission tickets online or at the door $10. For tickets, call 738-7469 or purchase online at www.majestic.org.
Southtown Open Mic Talent Search at Fireworks. 1115 SE 3rd St., Corvallis. 9:00 p.m. Free admission with $2 minimum purchase. $5 Entry Fee required for the Contest Round.
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