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Salem Poetry Project presents OPEN MIC at Barrel & Keg in #SalemOr – Thurs. April 12, 19, 26

Salem Poetry Project Presents:

Open Mic

Thursdays, April 12, 19 and 26 | 7:00 PM

Barrel & Keg | 1190 Broadway St. NE

Each week, the Salem Poetry Project presents a featured reader followed by the “Infamous Open Mic” – 3 poems or five minutes whichever is first.

The featured reader begins at 7 p.m. and the open mic directly follows.


Info: www.facebook.com/SalemPoetryProject


Distilled Pub Talks: Here Come the Androgynes! In #SalemOR – Wed. April 4th

Distilled: Here Come the Androgynes!

A Forgotten Episode In Ancient Christianity

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Half Penny | 3743 Commercial St. SE, Salem

Willamette University’s “Distilled: Pub Talks” series will feature a talk from historian and religious studies professor Stephen Patterson, who will present “Here Come the Androgynes! A Forgotten Episode In Ancient Christianity.”

“Before early Christians said anything new about God, Jesus, death, resurrection, eternal life or sin, they said something new about gender: ‘There is no male and female,'” says Patterson. “Yes, the followers of Jesus dabbled in strategic androgyny, and I’ve got pictures!”

Before becoming the George H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University in 2010, Patterson taught for more than 20 years at Eden Seminary in St. Louis, and, as a fellow of the Westar Institute, he chaired the Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins.

In nine books and more than 75 essays, Patterson has explored various aspects of Christian origins, but he is best known for his work on the Gospel of Thomas. A former Fulbright Fellow, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard and the Claremont Graduate University, where, in 1988, he earned a doctorate in religion.


The Half Penny is open to all ages until 9 PM.

The Half Penny

3743 Commercial St. SE (Just south of Madrona)

Salem, OR

Contact Information:
Adam Torgerson
Email: atorgers@willamette.edu

Pub Talks Lecture: “From Swans to Shamrocks — A Natural History of Ireland” with Professor David Craig – in #SalemOR on Wed. March 7th

Willamette University presents “Distilled: Pub Talks

From Swans to Shamrocks — A Natural History of Ireland

With biologist and professor, David Craig

March 7 | 7:30 PM

The Half Penny | 3743 Commercial St. S.

Professor Craig studies the ecology and evolution of animal behavior, which often includes tracking birds across international borders or working with researchers in other countries. His passion for travel included living in Ireland for a semester to teach a class about Irish natural history and culture.

“Ireland’s rich tradition of storytelling is full of symbols based on its relatively simple flora and fauna,” says Craig. “That being said, Ireland’s natural history has had a dramatic impact on global culture, especially in countries like the US that harbor the descendants of the Great Famine.”

The Half Penny is an Irish pub, and the talk falls just ten days before Saint Patrick’s Day. “It’s a perfect place and time for a talk about Irish natural history,” says Craig.

A graduate of Lewis & Clark College and the University of Colorado at Boulder, Craig collaborates with Willamette students and other scientists to study bird migration. If not in his lab or in Willamette’s biology hearth, Craig is busy being a sometimes-runner, artist or guerrilla gardener.

Open to all ages until 9 PM

Distilled is held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Half Penny and features free public talks by Willamette scholars. No background knowledge is needed, and a Q&A follows each talk.

The Half Penny is just south of Madrona at 3743 Commercial St. S., The Half Penny.

WU Distilled Pub Talks page

Grand Opening in #SalemOR: Ratchet Brewery – Feb. 9th and 10th

cb015244-0a13-49e2-8d9f-8ac00ba893a7-3855-000002d2639d2019-1Ratchet Brewery will be holding its Grand Opening!

Bring one, bring all, and let’s celebrate our grand opening together!

Friday and Saturday, February 9th and 10th | 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Ratchet Brewery | 2701 22nd St SE, Salem (Not far from Santiam Brewing)

We will have a taco truck, Rich McCloud will be performing, and a tent set up in the parking lot for a larger event capacity.

There will be giveaways and Ratchet Brewery merchandise for those who have been asking for more gear.

Distilled! Pub Talks in #SalemOR: Moving in a Microscopic Hurricane – Wed. Feb. 7th

Distilled: Pub Talks presents…

Moving in a Microscopic Hurricane

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 7:30 PM

The Half Penny | 3743 Commercial St. S

Willamette University’s “Distilled” series will feature a talk from David Altman, a physics professor who will present “Distilled: Moving in a Microscopic Hurricane.”

Altman studies myosin, a motor protein. Responsible for every conscious and unconscious flex of our muscles, it beats our hearts.

“I’m fascinated by this microscopic engine,” says Altman. “Like an intracellular Uber, myosin transports and organizes components within the cell.”

At the pub talk, Altman will describe how a cell’s minuscule engines achieve this remarkable feat.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and Stanford University, Altman collaborates with Willamette students and other scientists to study myosin. If not in his lab or in Willamette’s physics hearth, Altman is busy being a dad, knitter and board gamer.

Held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Half Penny, Distilled features free public talks by Willamette scholars.

No background knowledge is needed, and a Q&A follows each talk.Just south of Madrona at 3743 Commercial St. S., The Half Penny is open to all ages until 9 p.m.

#SalemOR Winter Brewfest! – Jan. 31st to Feb. 3rd



Starts: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 4:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 11:00 PM

Oregon State Capitol

The Salem Winter Brewfest, Salem, Oregon’s premiere winter party, beautifully positioned across the street from the steps of Oregon’s State Capitol Building, is a 4-day festival for the 21 and over crowd, featuring live music, a huge variety of cold beers and ciders on tap, cocktails and yummy eats. Take shelter and enjoy the warmth inside our heated tent and bring your friends and family for a fun night in the city. Enjoy listening to unforgettable musical performances by some of the Northwest’s best talent.

More information and ticket information

Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Pubtalks! distilled: Bolshevik Revolution? at Half Penny in #SalemOR – Wed. Dec. 6th


Distilled Pub Talks:

What Remains of the Bolshevik Revolution?

Wednessday, December 6, 2017 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The Half Penny | 3743 Commercial Street SE, Salem

Willamette’s second event in its Distilled: Pub Talks speaker series will feature historian Bill Smaldone, who will present “What Remains of the Bolshevik Revolution?”

A century ago, the Bolshevik Revolution overthrew capitalism in Russia and established a new communist society, the Soviet Union. “By challenging the established world order, the Bolshevik Revolution inspired millions of people around the world to fight for radical change,” says Smaldone. “At the same time it mobilized millions who feared it and aimed to destroy it.

Now — one hundred years after the revolution came to power and a quarter century after the Soviet Union’s demise — it’s worth taking stock of the revolution’s legacy in America and the world.”

Smaldone’s research focuses on 20th century German and European labor. In addition to a textbook on the history of socialism, he’s written two books involving German Social Democrats before and during the rise of Adolph Hitler.

Most recently, Smaldone translated and edited two volumes of documents about European socialist thought during the first half of the 20th century.

Free and open to the public!

Learn more about the Distilled: Pub Talks series here!


The Half Penny
3743 Commercial Street SE
Salem, OR 97302