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Aug
7
Sat
River Circus People @ Avery Park/Thompson Shelter
Aug 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

River Circus People

UpUpUpUP UP UP Inc. is a touring crane truck circus ensemble!
Our goal is to do socially distant shows for outdoor gatherings, small farms, campesino & immigrant communities, dinner parties, nursing homes, women’s shelters, etc. to bring joy and levity into the air! We will be taking this show on a month long tour throughout the Pacific Northwest this summer.

What the heck is a crane circus show?!
Well, we bought a flatbed truck to serve as our stage as our stage, a baby grand piano for live music….and have mounted a 30’ hand cranked crane on the truck to serve as our aerial rigging point and point of interest for other shenanigans!

What will the show be like?
We are a collection of 7 performers from Bellingham, Seattle and afar. We are aerialists, musicians, acrobats, clowns and illusionists. This 1 hour all ages show will be whimsical, beautiful, hilarious and mostly word free so that it can be accessible for those of all languages.

How do you all fit in one truck?
We don’t!
For the first half of the tour, a few of us will be in the truck and the rest of the ensemble on BICYCLES, to reduce emissions and increase the fun!

How much is the show?
The majority of our shows are by donation or free. This year has been quite a doozy for people and communities everywhere. Our goal this summer is to bring the joy of circus to anyone and everyone, regardless of money.

MEET THE CAST!

Sadye Osterloh

Sadye Osterloh (she/her) has been a giant ham since the moment she was born. Or was it a turkey? As a nationally and internationally touring performer, instructor and choreographer, she has a passion for sparking joy and empowerment through movement and laughter. She enjoys dangling off of aerial apparatuses and other humans, dressing up like a hot dog, teaching Dorky Dance Fitness, eating crunchy food on stage and opening up jars that other people have previously loosened – and feeling triumphant about it.
dorkydancefitness.com

Poki

Matthew “Poki” McCorkle (they/them) creates mesmerizing & surreal spectacle. In the past few months Poki has spent countless hours tinkering, hammering, prying, degreasing, greasing, new-bearing-ing, and otherwise restoring this old crane. In the past, Poki has spent 6 seasons performing in Germany’s finest dinner theatre shows with PALAZZO. They joined Clowns Without Borders to perform for children in The Philippines (2013) and in Palestine West Bank (2019). They have been on 3 tours with The New Old Time Chautaqua to prisons, old folks homes, tribal reservations, and state parks. As well as the stuff mentioned above, for Poki, pandemic time has meant beard growing and self reflection. And Sourkraut making. And mushroom hunting.
mattpoki.com

Sari Breznau

Sari (she/her) is a music director, stage-craftsperson, and multi-instrumentalist best known for her work with Circus Contraption, Orkestar Zirkonium, Future Fridays, Beats Antique, Moonshine Revival Tent, Cherdonna, and the Singing in the Rain Family Choir.

Cuream Jackson

Cuream Jackson (he/him), 29, has spent years tumbling, dancing, spinning, and moving his body in the performing arts realm. He’s found his home in the circus arts specializing in aerials, acrobatics, and partner work. Cuream loves to leave no stone unturned when it comes to trying new disciplines and really enjoys the joy that the performing arts bring to the world. He’s always looking to share that joy with fellow artists and other incredible humans. You can find Cuream swinging from the rafters with Boise Circus Guild and the Red Light Variety show in Boise, Idaho.
cureamjackson.com
@cuream

Jill Marissa

Jill Marissa (she/her) is a seasoned performing artist with a passion for handbalancing, dance, wildly versatile character work and aerial apparatus of all sorts, especially other humans! She has had the privilege of performing on contracts internationally with the Aerialistas and as one half of the trapeze duo Two of Wands. As a co-founder ticktock dance, one of Seattle’s first circus companies to meld aerial arts with contemporary dance, she has presented work in the NYC aerial dance festival, Aloft! Chicago, the New Orleans Fringe Festival, and all over the PNW, including Moisture Festival, Emerald City Trapeze Arts, and FRED Wildlife Refuge. By far the most challenging trick she has attempted is being a mother, which she practices daily.
jillmarissa.com

Noa Schnitzer

Noa (she/her) is an Israeli-American performance maker. Driven by puzzles of the body and the human psyche, Noa is dedicated to the exploration of physical and mental growth through performing and teaching. She has been making work in the air and on the ground since 2009 after attending Sandciel:School of Dance and Circus Arts in Israel. Her audiences are invited into an intimate conversation on large questions as she uses her performance opportunities to magnify the delicate exchange that happens between internal composition, external reality and the poetry of their meeting. Noa currently lives at the Lookout Arts Quarry in Bellingham, WA where she teaches online, continues her movement research and grows food as well as healthy communal living practices.
Vimeo

Tanya Gagné

Tanya Gagné (she/her/it), pioneer, icon and innovator of punk rock circus and cabaret has been making genre-straddling work and performances in New York City and around the world for over 20 years. She is a choreographer, aerialist, teacher, dancer, writer, storyteller, MC and comedian. Her neo-vaudevillian collaboration with Adrienne Truscott, The Wau Wau Sisters, began in NYC in 1999 and has enjoyed an Off-Broadway run, sold out season at the Sydney Opera House, four seasons at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival as well as Brighton, Melbourne Adelaide Brisbane and Darwin Festivals. They have won several awards including Miss Exotic World Best Duo, the Herald Angel Award, and Best Cabaret show in Edinburgh and Brighton.  Tanya is the founder and director of the Trapeze Loft & Big Sky Works in Brooklyn, NY, both multi-disciplinary circus and performance arts space and school 2000-2018. She is also a long-time veteran of Circus Amok, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, La Clique, La Soirée and Briefs Factory.
@tbirdgagne

Sep
6
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Sep
24
Fri
Best Cellar @ Methodist Church
Sep 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Best Cellar

Now that things are opening up we have scheduled Best Cellars for this year.  We will add details of performers as they are confirmed.

The best Cellar is a once-a-month evening of acoustic music. Admission is “pay what you will,” and kids are free. Cookies and coffee are available. Located in the cellar of the Methodist Church on 11th and Monroe, in Corvallis. For more information, or to join the volunteer team, contact Mark Weiss at mjweiss@cmug.com

Oct
4
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Oct
8
Fri
Robbie Fulks @ Whiteside Theatre
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Robbie FulksRobbie Fulks

Robbie Fulks is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. His most recent release, 2017’s Upland Stories, earned year’s-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two Grammy® nominations, for folk album and American roots song (“Alabama At Night”).

Radio: multiple appearances on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry”; PRI’s “Whadd’ya Know”; NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Mountain Stage,” and “World Cafe”; and the syndicated “Acoustic Cafe” and “Laura Ingraham Show.” TV: PBS’s Austin City Limits; NBC’s TodayLate Night with Conan O’BrienLater with Carson Daly, and 30 Rock. From 2004 to 2008 he hosted an hourlong performance/interview program for XM satellite radio, “Robbie’s Secret Country.” Artists who have covered his songs include Sam Bush, Kelly Hogan, Andrew Bird, Mollie O’Brien, Rosie Flores, John Cowan, and Old 97s.

Robbie’s writing on music and life have appeared in GQBlender, the Chicago Reader, DaCapo Press’s Best Music Writing anthologies for 2001 and 2004,  Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians, and A Guitar and A Pen: Stories by Country Music’s Greatest Songwriters. As an instrumentalist, he has accompanied the Irish fiddle master Liz Carroll, the distinguished jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman, and the New Orleans pianist Dr. John. As a producer his credits include Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (Sugar Hill, 2004) and Big Thinkin’ by Dallas Wayne (Hightone, 2000). Theatrical credits include “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” and Harry Chapin’s “Cottonpatch Gospel.”  He served twice as judge for the Winfield National Flatpicking Guitar competition. He tours yearlong with various configurations.

Besides country and bluegrass music, Robbie is fiercely fond of Charles Mingus, P.G. Wodehouse, quantum mechanics, his wife Donna, comedy in almost all forms, cooking, swimming laps, the past, Arthur Schopenhauer, Universal horror movies, his grandson and even his sons, coastal towns in the off-season, and rye whiskey, though in nothing like that order.

Oct
24
Sun
Golden Bough @ Whiteside Theatre
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm

Golden BoughGolden Bough

Golden Bough’s first European performances were in the streets and small folk clubs of Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Holland and Switzerland in the early `80’s. These simple beginnings soon led to major tours of European cities and a recording contract with a top European folk music label. Other activities that Golden Bough has been involved in over the past several years include peace marches in cities all over Europe protesting the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, musical presentations for tens of thousands of elementary school children and events for human rights, religious freedom and drug rehabilitation.

Since their inception, Golden Bough has become a popular and in demand group on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining critical acclaim and enthusiastic support from folk fans wherever they perform. Blending their voices in pristine harmony, they back themselves on an array of rare and more common acoustic instruments, including; Celtic harp, penny-whistle, violin, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, guitar, harmonica, recorder and bodhran. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional folk music and captivates listeners with the uniqueness of their original compositions. With songs and instrumental pieces ranging from ballads to lively jigs, reels and sing-alongs, Golden Bough provides an atmosphere in which the listener can enjoy unique entertainment within and beyond the boundaries of traditional folk music.  Their music is well received and enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

Oct
29
Fri
Best Cellar @ Methodist Church
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Best Cellar

Now that things are opening up we have scheduled Best Cellars for this year.  We will add details of performers as they are confirmed.

The best Cellar is a once-a-month evening of acoustic music. Admission is “pay what you will,” and kids are free. Cookies and coffee are available. Located in the cellar of the Methodist Church on 11th and Monroe, in Corvallis. For more information, or to join the volunteer team, contact Mark Weiss at mjweiss@cmug.com

Nov
1
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Dec
3
Fri
Best Cellar @ Methodist Church
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Best Cellar

Now that things are opening up we have scheduled Best Cellars for this year.  We will add details of performers as they are confirmed.

The best Cellar is a once-a-month evening of acoustic music. Admission is “pay what you will,” and kids are free. Cookies and coffee are available. Located in the cellar of the Methodist Church on 11th and Monroe, in Corvallis. For more information, or to join the volunteer team, contact Mark Weiss at mjweiss@cmug.com

Dec
6
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Jan
3
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Jan
28
Fri
Best Cellar @ Methodist Church
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Best Cellar

Now that things are opening up we have scheduled Best Cellars for this year.  We will add details of performers as they are confirmed.

The best Cellar is a once-a-month evening of acoustic music. Admission is “pay what you will,” and kids are free. Cookies and coffee are available. Located in the cellar of the Methodist Church on 11th and Monroe, in Corvallis. For more information, or to join the volunteer team, contact Mark Weiss at mjweiss@cmug.com

Feb
7
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Feb
18
Fri
Corvallis Contra Weekend 2022 (tentative) @ TBA
Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm

 CFS annual Corvallis Contra Weekend 2022

Watch this page for updates and registration information

ElixerElixir

Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes.

Second band TBA

 

Nils FredlandNils Fredland

Nils Fredland has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000. Respected for his expertise as a teacher and caller, sensitive leadership, and generosity, Nils is one of the busiest and most sought-after callers in the business. He draws on a large and varied repertoire of dances, presenting material from centuries-old “chestnuts” to cutting-edge contemporary choreography.

Nils is also known for breathing new life into traditional singing squares, and he has co-authored two books on the topic with master callers. Nils studied classical trombone at Indiana University, and has played his horn in ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to ska bands. In Elixir Nils brings together his myriad talents in one thrilling package. Nils also works as the American Dance Publications Coordinator at the Country Dance and Song Society.

Jacqui GrennanJacquie Grennan

Jacqui Grennan is a contra dance caller, choreographer, and dance organizer in the Los Angeles contra dance scene.

A fixture in the Los Angeles contra dance community since 2010, Jacqui currently calls at contra dances around the nation and in her home community of Los Angeles, CA. Jacqui produced and organized the 3rd Saturday contra dance series held at the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, CA, from 2014 to 2016.

Feb
25
Fri
Best Cellar @ Methodist Church
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Best Cellar

Now that things are opening up we have scheduled Best Cellars for this year.  We will add details of performers as they are confirmed.

The best Cellar is a once-a-month evening of acoustic music. Admission is “pay what you will,” and kids are free. Cookies and coffee are available. Located in the cellar of the Methodist Church on 11th and Monroe, in Corvallis. For more information, or to join the volunteer team, contact Mark Weiss at mjweiss@cmug.com