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Food

Ferndale Farmstead

An Eat Local Month spotlight

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kevin Dougherty, the farm manager of Ferndale Farmstead, is already up at first light—he’s been awake since 5:30am—feeding fawn-colored calves and preparing for the long day ahead.

Dougherty’s morning routine doesn’t look any different from countless other dairy farmers across Whatcom County, and in fact, the tasks are the same; but the farm he’s running is unique. Ferndale Farmstead happens to be one of the only large-scale seed-to-craft operations in Western Washington. To…

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Film

The Magnificent Seven

Another day, another remake

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The big difference between the new version of The Magnificent Seven and the revered 1960 feature is the ethnic background of the main characters. The titular seven in director Antoine Fuqua’s take are a diverse bunch, while the ruthless villain of the piece is no longer a Mexican bandito but, instead, a cutthroat white capitalist. Other than the revisionist casting, however, nothing particularly original or fresh has been injected into this competently made remake of the star-studded…

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Words

Block Party

Making memories at Make.Shift

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

By the time this issue hits the streets, summer will be morphing into fall and everyone will be making their way inside to sip hot cocoa, knit scarves out of hand-dyed wool and count the rising number of falling leaves from their living-room windows.

Or not. With the Make.Shift Block Party taking place Sat., Sept. 24 in the heart of Bellingham’s Arts District, autumn may have to chill out and wait a little longer for its turn in the spotlight.

For at least one day longer, summer…

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Film

London Road

A musical murder mystery

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The techniques of verbatim theater go back decades, to at least the 1950s, when young German theater troupes would reenact complicated court cases word for word onstage. Even earlier, in the United States, the WPA paid for a form of this performance with its “Living Newspapers,” in which theater artists conducted extensive journalistic research about a social problem and then dramatized their findings. But no matter what the topic of a verbatim piece, it’s almost guaranteed the…

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Outdoors

River Dance

Bustin’ a move on Horseshoe Bend

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I was visiting Glacier on important business recently when the thing that always happens to me up there happened again: I had an insatiable urge to ambulate the enveloping terrain that compelled me to initiate a protracted dash through the woods.

Ephemeral mist vapors atomized the sun dapple as I padded down the stairway toward the raucous, silt-laden course of the North Fork, and with each approaching step I felt the tedium of the workday dissipate further into the foliage.

With a…

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On Stage

Women's World

Love, Loss and What I Wore

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The five women who tell their tales in Love, Loss, and What I Wore don’t shy away from touchy subjects.

Whether they’re discussing the death of a child, ex-husbands, being raped at college, dressing room anxiety or aging, the 28 monologues comprising the play penned by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron get to the heart of women’s relationships—with each other, and also with their wardrobes.

Les Campbell, who’s directing the production for the Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG) starting…

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Visual

River Visions

When storytelling and ecology collide

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The artists of the Sepik River in Papua, New Guinea create striking, evocative work, acclaimed by collectors and museums worldwide. In a pair of brilliant exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology of the University of British Columbia, the lyrical Sepik storytelling collides with a tragically somber vision of the ecology of the contemporary Northwest.  

Papua is the world’s second-largest island, and the Sepik River is the largest unspoiled river system in the Asia-Pacific region.…

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News

Erin Jones

Tending and mending our schools

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teaching kids means teaching ourselves—to be a more generous, more accommodating, more honest society, Erin Jones says.

With the funding of basic education deemed the highest priority of state policy makers, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as advocate and champion of those goals may be the most important election this season. But beyond the questions of money, Washington’s public schools face unprecedented issues related to diversity and cultural, racial,…

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Music

Ladies of the Lincoln

Who run the world?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, the Lincoln Theatre kicked off its fall season with a concert by Maria Muldaur, an event that, among other things, prompted me to sing “Midnight at the Oasis” to my coworkers until they threatened me with a violent end should I continue to torture them with my dubious musical stylings.

Needless to say, I am no Maria Muldaur.

Muldaur’s performance was just the first of several concerts by powerhouse female artists who will take the stage at the historic…

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The Gristle
Closer to home

CLOSER TO HOME: The York Neighborhood Association held a well-attended and vocal town hall meeting last week, inviting neighbors from all over the city to discuss concerns about affordable housing, zoning, protection of single-family neighborhoods, quality-of-life issues, and housing…

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Letters
Ericksen leads from behind

Senator Doug Ericksen, again uninformed, manipulative or fear-mongering, recently claimed the new emissions capping rule will have a “chilling effect”…

Who pays?

I never thought about it until it happened. Who pays for the all the security at political rallies?
Donald…

Save Blanchard forests

Bellingham’s proximity to outdoor areas is undoubtedly one our city’s most beloved advantages. Blanchard State Forest, located just south of…

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Today's Events
Eat Local Month

4:00pm

A Farm Fund Hootenanny for the Community Food Co-op’s Food & Farming Program taking place from 6-10pm Sun., Sept. 4 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery will act as the official kickoff…

Bard on the Beach

2:00pm

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles show in repertory through Saturday as part of the 27th “Bard on the Beach” season at Vancouver, BC’s…

Little Women

7:30pm

A Broadway version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday in Oak Harbor at the Whidbey Playhouse, 730…

The Miracle Worker

7:30pm

Watch the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and mute student, Helen Keller, when The Miracle Worker opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and…

Skagit Garage Sale

9:00am

More than 130 vendors will show and sell their wares at the 24th annual Garage Sale taking place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday at Mount Vernon’s Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 W. Taylor…

Oktoberfest Cruises

6:30pm

San Juan Cruises will host Oktoberfest Cruises aboard the Victoria Star at 6:30pm Friday and Saturday leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $49 and include…

Love, Loss & What I Wore

7:30pm

The Bellingham Theatre Guild presents Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss & What I Wore starting this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Whatcom Community…

The Music Man

7:30pm

Meet fast-talking salesman Harold Hill when The Music Man opens this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the musical…

The Music Man

7:30pm

Meet fast-talking salesman Harold Hill when The Music Man opens this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the musical…

Welcome Back Students Shows

8:00pm

Short- and long-form improv will be utilized at “Welcome Back Students” shows at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Although you don’t have to be a college…

Community Pancake Breakfast

8:00am

Enjoy pancakes with local raspberries, eggs, sausage and more at a Community Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-10:30am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Entry is $3 for kids,…

Ferndale Breakfast

8:00am

Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am in Ferndale at the American Legion Hall, 5537 2nd Ave. The events are held on the fourth Saturdays of most months.

Anacortes Farmers Market

9:00am

Vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fresh meat and dairy, cut flowers, wine, eggs, art and much more can be found at the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through Oct. 29 at…

Mount Vernon Farmers Market

9:00am

As many as 60 vendors will share their wares through the season at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, which takes place 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 15 at the city’s Riverfront Plaza. A…

Twin Sisters Farmers Market

9:00am

Purchase farm-fresh goods at the Twin Sisters Market taking place from 9am-3pm in Deming at Nugent’s Corner, and 3-6pm in Maple Falls at Kendall Elementary School every Saturday through October.

Farm Toy Show

9:00am

The annual Puget Sound Farm Toy Show takes place from 9am-3:30pm at Lynden’s Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. Entry is $2 for kids, $5 for adults.

Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival

9:00am

Come for a fun day of gawking at huge orange blobs at the sixth annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival from 9am-5pm in Mount Vernon at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. The event…

Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch

9:00am

A Harvest Festival takes place from 9am-5pm at Burlington’s Skagit River Park, 1100 S. Skagit St. Pumpkin-pitching and painting, pony rides, zucchini car races, activity booths for kids, food…

Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally

9:00am

The 35th annual “Oyster Run” Motorcycle Rally takes place from 9am-5pm starting in downtown Anacortes. The event has no official starting point and no fee—pick your own rout along the way,…

Sumas Writers Group

10:00am

Aspiring writers can join the Sumas Writers Group to improve writing techniques, get feedback and gain information on how to get work published from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St.…

Whatcom Water Week

10:00am

Tours of local water and waste water treatment plants, a “Run with the Chums,” a Streams of Thought Film Festival, a social media photo contest, a rainwater irrigation workshop, watershed…

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am

Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 17 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce,…

Blaine Gardeners Market

10:00am

Procure produce, crafts, food from vendors and more at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 685 Peace Portal Dr.

Fall Family Fun

10:00am

Garden tours, hot dog and marshmallow roasting, hayrides, a petting zoo, games and photo opportunities will be part of “Family Fun Days”  from 10am-6pm Saturdays through Oct. 29 at Everson’s…

Run with the Chums

10:00am

As part of Whatcom Water Week, sign up for the Chums of Terrell Creek’s annual “Run with the Chums” starting at 10am at Blaine’s BP Highlands, 4900 Brown Rd. The free event will feature a 1K…

Harvest Field Day

11:00am

Attend an Apple and Pear Harvest Field Day from 11am-2pm at Mount Vernon’s WSU Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536. Talks on cider and apple diseases, fruit…

Wild Foods

11:00am

Learn about some of the bounty nature offers to enterprising foragers at a “Local Wild Foods” presentation with Terri Wilde at 11am at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Foraging…

Food Truck Roundup

11:00am

More than 25 local food trucks, a beer garden serving Kulshan Brewing Co. beer, a family area, live music by SpaceBand and more will be part of Ben Kinney & Keller Williams Realty’s fourth…

Council of the Animals

12:00pm

Attend a community-wide celebration of youth rites of passage when Rooted Emerging presents “Council of the Animals” from 12-4pm at the Larrabee State Park amphitheater. Giant puppet theatre,…

Boating Center Open

12:00pm

The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset Saturdays and Sundays through mid-October at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and…

Museum Day Live!

12:00pm

As part of the Smithsonian Museum’s annual “Museum Day Live!” events happening across the country, from 12-5pm patrons can get free admission to Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building (250…

Family Trees

1:00pm

Genealogists Barbara Johnson and George Ridgeway of the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society lead “Kick Start Your Family Tree” presentation at 1pm and 2pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315…

Holly Street History Tour

1:00pm

The Bureau of Historical Investigation teams up with the City of Bellingham to offer the final “Holly Street History Tour” of the season starting in front of the Chuckanut sandstone building…

Fingerpainting for Grownups

1:00pm

Local artist Heidi Wood leads a “Fingerpainting for Grownups” event from 1-2:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Wood will provide the supplies and aprons; you bring your inner artist.…

Trio of Writers at VB

2:00pm

Lynn Brunele shares ideas from Big Science for Little People: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonder of Science at 2pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 4pm, local…

Salute to Satchmo

3:00pm

As part of the Sudden Valley Jazz Series, renowned New York-based trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso performs a “Salute to Satchmo” from 3-5:30pm at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, Gate 2. He’ll be…

i.e. Reception

4:00pm

New works by celebrated painter David C. Kane and assemblage artist Launi Lucas can be viewed at an opening reception for the artists from 4-6pm at Edison’s i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court.…

Artist Talk

4:00pm

Pieter VanZanden and Mandy Jene Turner will talk about their processes and inspirations behind their one-of-a-kind “Pacific Inc” exhibit at 4pm at Edison’s Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey…

The Ferndale Challenge

5:00pm

Learn more about advance directives at “The Ferndale Challenge” at 5pm at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, 1999 Cherry St. Ferndale Mayor Jon Mutchler will give opening remarks in support…

World Peace Poets Read-In

5:00pm

The public is invited to a free gathering where poets, writers and musicians give voice to rising aspirations and expressions for peace now and for every generation at the fourth annual World…

Democrats Dinner

5:30pm

Whatcom Democrats host their annual Eleanor Roosevelt dinner, “Embracing a Diverse America,” at 5:30pm at the Silver Reef Casino, 4876 Haxton Way. In addition to the buffet dinner, there’…

Irish Concert and Workshop

7:00pm

Renowned button accordion player John Whelan and the great Seattle-based fiddler Dale Russ present an evening of Irish music at 7pm at Mount Vernon’s Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland…

Contra Dance

7:00pm

Portland’s Wild Hair will provide live tunes at the Bellingham Country Dance Society’s Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Seattle’s Lindsey Dono…

Night Hike

7:00pm

Join Wild Whatcom for a “Night Hike on the Boardwalk” from 7-9pm at Ferndale’s Tennant Lake Interpretive Center. Participants will discover what they need to be a nocturnal animal in this…

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