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Ginger's Ballad

It’s been nearly a century since Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed in the Cumberland bush on Canada’s Vancouver Island, but thanks to people such as playwright Elaine Avila, the legacy of the workers’ rights activist won’t soon be forgotten.

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin, the play Avila penned after visiting Vancouver Island and realizing Goodwin’s story had been quelled in the decades since his death, tells the story of the titular character who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc

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This Week

The Gristle

Fictions in Collision

FICTIONS IN COLLISION: Whatcom County Council held a long and crowded, rancorous session on the update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan last week. The Comp Plan update is intended to shape a shared vision for the future in the context of expected growth and economic development. The reason for the ruckus was obvious—by hook and by crook, in a roundabout way, after spending nearly seven long pent-up years mincing around and avoiding the subject, County Council finally heard public

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Film

45 Years

Old flame on ice

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Movies don’t need much to be good except—except!—for terrific acting, directing and writing. Case in point: writer/director Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, about a marriage that suddenly finds itself on the rocks a week before a planned wedding/anniversary celebration.

Geoff and Kate Mercer, played superlatively well by Tom Courtenay and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, have spent their almost 45 years of marriage in what looks to be a state of cozy, childless comfitude. A former factory

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Music

Free is the nicest price

A month of music at the Buff

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If you travel in the same social media circles as I do, you might’ve seen a piece of commentary in Free Press Houston provocatively titled “Say Goodbye to the $5.00 Show” sort of lazily making its way around. In it, the writer opines that the five-buck cover charge—seemingly the going price point no matter where you happen to be seeing live music—is unfair to bands, presents some metrics in support of a $10 cover and encourages us to stop devaluing the art we love.

All good points,

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Visual

Elevation

The art of Cascadia

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The awesome landscapes of Cascadia have inspired artists for millennia. The Coast Salish people expressed their love and respect for the land in many ways, weaving the natural world into their art, ceremonies and rich spiritual life.

Today, the spell of Cascadia continues to influence the work of artists who express their connection to the mountains, forests and waters of the region in a plethora of ways.

A community-wide celebration of nature-inspired art, “Elevation: The Art of Cascadia”

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Words

Northwest Bookshelf

A regional roundup for readers

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The Wild In You: Voices from the Forest and Sea,
text by Lorna Crozier, photographs by Ian McAllister
Greystone Books

Lorna Crozier, a poet from Vancouver Island, and Ian McAllister, a photographer and cofounder of the conservation organization Pacific Wild, merge their art forms to create an evocative prayer for a place: the Great Bear Rainforest on the northern coast of British Columbia. These pages are inhabited by evocative photos of raven, grizzly bear, jellyfish, wolves and otters; the

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Outdoors

Spa Spotlight

Road trip to relaxation

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I’m flat on my back on a warm table, my hair cascading over its rim as I luxuriate in a deep scalp massage followed by a rosemary mint shampoo. This ain’t no salon, though. I’m at the Yuan Spa in Bellevue for a one-night getaway, and since this spa was rated one of the top in the city I booked myself for a Chinese Body Scrub ($125) without a clue what I was in for.

“Most people prefer it naked,” my therapist advised when I asked what clothing should be left on. She disappeared

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Food

Bitter is Better

A winter salad fix

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Winter can be a challenging time for leaf-lovers. The tender, bountiful garden foliage of summer is long gone, and seasonal winter options are generally a more fibrous lot, like cabbage and kale. Even the spinach is chewier.

From a health perspective, you could probably use the extra fiber, but nonetheless, serving wintergreens takes more forethought than plopping a bowl with leaves in it next to some bottles of dressing.

Some seasonal leaf-lovers, meanwhile, swap their greens for reds in

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On Stage

Ginger's Ballad

Workers of the world, unite!

It’s been nearly a century since Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed in the Cumberland bush on Canada’s Vancouver Island, but thanks to people such as playwright Elaine Avila, the legacy of the workers’ rights activist won’t soon be forgotten.

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin, the play Avila penned after visiting Vancouver Island and realizing Goodwin’s story had been quelled in the decades since his death, tells the story of the titular character who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc

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Film

Hitchcock/Truffaut

A meeting of minds

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It was a meeting of the minds—two great, movie-obsessed minds: Alfred Hitchcock, who was 63 and had recently unleashed Psycho on an unsuspecting public, and Francois Truffaut, a 30-year-old critic-turned-director with just three titles to his credit (but what titles: The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim).

They met over the course of a week in August 1963 at Hitchcock’s offices on the Universal Studios backlot. Truffaut would ask a question, Hitchcock would respond.

Four

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Film

Boy & the World

The incredible journey

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In Brazilian animator Ale Abreu’s Boy & the World, crude pencil and crayon drawings that ape the naive art of kindergartners explode into sophisticated riots of color and elaborate fantasy worlds that evoke Joan Miro and Georges Braque. Observing from a child’s perspective the inexorable march of globalization and its impact on rural communities and cultural traditions, this is an imaginative, artisanal work, blissfully distant in style and sensibility from the computer-animated

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Today

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Chocolate Pop-Up Lounge: Special discounted chocolate and tastings will take place from 2-4pm daily through Valentine's Day at the Evolve Chocolate Pop-up Lounge, 1313 N. State St. From 4-8pm there'll be an acoustic open mic, a "Lovers Flight of Cacao" (three confections served with sipping chocolate for two), seasonal specials and more. Entry is free. more »

August Osage County Auditions: Open auditions for upcoming performances of August: Osage County take place at 7pm Sunday and Monday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Auditioners will do cold readings from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. See more details online. more »

Avalanche Awareness: Find out where and why avalanches occur, learn to access local bulletins and weather reports and more at an "Avalanche Awareness" class from 6-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. Whether you ski, snowshoe, snowboard or snowmobile in the backcountry, recognition of avalanche danger is an essential tool. Register in advance for the free workshop. more »

From Italy with Love: Chef Peter Belknap leads a "From Italy with Love" course from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Peter will share a selection of his favorite Italian classics and teach you how to make your own romantic meal for the lovers in your life. Entry is $45. more »

Travel Series: As part of a monthlong "Teaming up for Travel" series, Martha Raaka will lead a "Traveling in Italy" presentation at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Raaka has spent the past decade exploring the many diverse regions of Italy and will share with you some of the highlights of her visits. Along with the most popular destinations of Rome, Florence, and Venice, she'll share some insights about her favorite, off the beaten path locations. Entry is free. more »

Bullets Over Broadway: Expect big laughs, colorful characters and songs that made the ’20s roar when Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway—a musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show—comes to Bellingham for one night only at a 7pm performance at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the first national tour of this production are $30-$69. more »

Poetrynight: Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation. more »

Guffawingham: A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. more »

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