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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

History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – Thurs. Nov. 16th

History in the News:

Oregon’s Own History of Sexual Violence and Harassment

Thursday, November 16, 5:30-7:00 pm

Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR

Millions of people have recently disclosed their experiences of sexual harassment and assault on social media. Oregon is no exception.

This roundtable puts current conversations about sexual harassment and assault in historical perspective. Are we at a pivotal moment in changing the cultural attitudes and workplace practices that sustain such abuse? What has changed, and not changed? Why have efforts to expose and prevent harassment and assault faltered or met resistance in the past? Please join us for conversation with experts in politics, policy, and the law.

History in the News is free and open to the public.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from Taproot Lounge & Café.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.

History in the News is sponsored by KMUZ Community Radio, and presented in partnership with Salem City Club.

History in the News Page (Willamette Heritage Center)


  • Melissa Buis Michaux, Professor of Politics and Women’s and Gender Studies, Willamette University
  • Cynthia Stinson, Oregon Department of Human Services Legislative Coordinator, former Director of Educational Equity Assurance, Willamette University


Reading: Lois Rosen at Barrel & Keg in #SalemOR – Thurs. Oct. 5th

Lois Rosen reading prose and poetry

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM51AXUGGjbUL

Barrel & Keg Wine Bar

Salem poet and fiction writer Lois Rosen has published two poetry books, Nice and Loud (Tebot Bach) and Pigeons (Traprock Books).

A founder of Salem’s Peregrine Writers, she leads the Trillium Writers and Willamette University’s ICL Writers.

Lois’ current novel-in-progress takes place in Italy, Portland, and Mint, Oregon.

Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow.

Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

We will have the area in back reserved. Just park in back or across the street and walk through the front door.


Salem Poetry Project on Facebook

Barrel & Keg Wine Bar (across from Salem Cinema)
1190 Broadway St NE (and Market)
Salem OR

Live Music: Rich McCloud at Victory Club in #SalemOR – TONIGHT!

Rich McCloud performs at Victory Club – Tonight!

Saturday, September 2, 2017 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Victory Club | In the alley downtown (behind Reed Opera House)

One of Salem’s best musicians, Rich McCloud, rocks the alley at Victory Club in downtown Salem.


Victory Club

155 Liberty St NE Suite 120

Salem, OR 97301