Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Feed the Need

A resource roundup

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dear Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, thank you from the bottom of my tequila-loving heart for passing a temporary measure allowing restaurants to deliver booze along with food during these trying times.

But as much as I’d love to wax poetic about the variety of cocktail kits citizens can now procure from venues such as Black Sheep, 1-Up Lounge, Jalapenos, and others—not to mention the plethora of local breweries continuing to offer delivery and takeout—it would be remiss…

Continue Reading »


Buzz Stumpy

Adventures in captivity

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Of all the deferred home-improvement projects that were still on my docket when the statewide shelter-in-place order took effect, moving the obtrusive pile of beefy maple logs that’s been moldering away on my front lawn for the past year and a half to a less-obtrusive location in the backyard seemed like the most- productive quarantine-friendly project to tackle first.

Since all the labor (me) and tools required for this endeavor were already on-site, no extraneous trip to the…

Continue Reading »


Work From Home

A cinematic watchlist

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Before she was the Pickford Film Center’s education outreach manager, Mikayla Nicholson worked at Film is Truth. As a former movie rental store employee, she knows her way around a movie recommendation, a skill that comes in handy under all kinds of normal circumstances, but never more so than during a global pandemic when we are seeking all of the distractions we can get.

Like nearly everyone, Nicholson is working from home these days, so it was only natural that she put together a…

Continue Reading »



Doctor critical of hospital measures against coronavirus is fired

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

An emergency room physician who spoke out against what he called a lack of protective measures against the novel coronavirus at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, has been fired.

Dr. Ming Lin, who has worked at the Bellingham hospital for 17 years and became a community hero for his pleas for more safety equipment and more urgent measures to protect staff, was informed of his termination as he was preparing for a shift at the hospital Friday afternoon, he said.

“I got a message…

Continue Reading »


Cancel Culture

Art in the age of coronavirus

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Urban Dictionary defines “cancel culture” as a “modern internet phenomenon where a person is ejected from influence or fame by questionable actions.”

In the age of the coronavirus, methinks the definition should read more like “the abrupt cancellation of a gazillion cultural events due to a global pandemic.”

While I’d much rather see Kanye West’s gigantic ego being turned off rather than face the grim reality of life without art, it’s not all bad news. Galleries and museums across…

Continue Reading »


Sweet Relief

Funding the arts

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Back on March 9, which seems like it was about 100 million-hour days ago, when King County issued its first shutdown order pertaining to large gatherings, a group of Seattle creatives led by author (and WWU alum) Ijeoma Oluo mobilized while the rest of us were still trying to comprehend what was happening.

What Oluo—as well as her co-organizers Usiku Atieno, Gabriel Teodros, and Jazmyn Scott—understood instantly was that musicians, artists and other creative folk who live on the…

Continue Reading »

The Gristle
Love In The Time of Corona

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA: Old habits die hard. The chafing political divisions that have characterized the last 40 years of public policy in Whatcom County have little relevance to the pandemic response in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and have served mostly as irritants…

Amy Goodman
Testing, triage and tragedy

An eerie silence pervades the city, punctuated by the wail of ambulance sirens. Streets and sidewalks, which normally would be crowded with New Yorkers heading to restaurants and theaters, are now vacant. This is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. There are more…

Rumor Has It
We’re Baaaaack

To recap: Last week, things were looking pretty grim for the Cascadia Weekly. So, I did what anyone would do in that situation: I ugly cried.

Perhaps you have found yourselves in similar situations recently and done the same.

Through my tears, I wrote a goodbye column and added an…

Every Other Weekly?

Dear Readers— in a moment of constricted arts and entertainment coverage, and as a means to reduce costs and health risks to our production and distribution staff—Cascadia Weekly will produce a print version every other week through the period of the governor’s shelter-in-place order.…

Wrong way action

Dr. Ming Lin, a doctor of 17 years was fired this last Friday from PeaceHealth St. Joseph hospital for making pleas for more PPE equipment for staff and for St. Joseph to do a better job at…

On the firing of Dr. Lin

As a former hospitalist at St. Joseph’s and colleague of Dr. Ming Lin’s, I was saddened, but not surprised, to read of his recent dismissal. Dr. Lin’s departure was clearly due to his…

It can happen here

Sinclair Lewis authored, It Can’t Happen Here in 1935. Lewis’s novel was propelled to popularity by a sense of urgency that the United States, as some countries of Western Europe, might…