This Week's Cover


One-Man Wimbledon

If you’re a tennis fan, you likely already know that the match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Wimbledon finals in 2008 is widely considered to be the greatest tennis match ever played—and was also the longest finals match in the competition’s history. Even if you don’t know jack about the historic sports event, you’ll still want to get in on the love when actor, writer and Renaissance man Mike Mathieu returns to Bellingham’s iDiOM Theater Nov. 21-22 to bring the match back to

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This Week

The Gristle

Mission Creep

MISSION CREEP: In what’s proving to be the longest courtship of a foreign bride since the Age of Sail, Port of Bellingham staff prepare their third extension of a 120-day negotiating period with their preferred master developer for Bellingham’s central waterfront, Harcourt Developments of Dublin, Ireland. Staff updated port commissioners last week on their progress with the master development agreement (MDA), predicting the documents could be completed by the end of the year. Port

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War Machine

Navy plans expansion of war capacity in Pacific Northwest


Residents of the San Juan Islands think the name the United States Navy chose for its new EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft—“Growler”—is fitting. They complain of noise volume from the plane that are replacing the 1970s era EA-6B Prowlers as the fleet’s electronic warfare jets.

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is home to all Navy electronic attack (VAQ) squadrons in the United States. The VAQ mission-related Navy functions have been performed almost exclusively at NAS Whidbey Island

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'Tis the Season

Holiday happenings with an eye on art


As we edge ever-closer to the season of giving and receiving, holiday happenings are starting to occur with increasing regularity. While this can be alarming to those who think there shouldn’t be any event with the word “Christmas” in it until Thanksgiving has come and gone, others like to plan ahead when it comes to things like purchasing one-of-a-kind gifts. Among the holiday fairs (and “faires”), open houses, art shows and exhibits coming up in the near future, I’d like to draw your

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Going around, coming around


It is not accurate to call Mudhoney Seattle’s original grunge band. Sure, having been a band for longer than a quarter of a century means they’re right in there, at the beginning of it all, but they were part of a musical movement that was growing up and coalescing all around them.

Mudhoney was also not the only grunge band that mattered—even cursory knowledge of the much-vaunted “Seattle sound” of the ’90s confirms that. Indeed, the hard-earned and much-deserved success enjoyed by

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A Thanksgiving Story

Indians, pilgrims and tapioca


You probably got the memo that Thanksgiving, as is currently celebrated, is a far cry from what probably transpired at the original feast.

Rather than a cross-cultural love fest, the first Thanksgiving was more like a poker game where each player has one hand on his cards and the other hand on his pistol, under the table, aimed at another man’s lap. The party did not include a quick game of tag football while the turkey cooked, because there wasn’t even a turkey. Or a pumpkin pie. Or women

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On Stage

One-Man Wimbledon

Mike Mathieu meets his match


If you’re a tennis fan, you likely already know that the match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Wimbledon finals in 2008 is widely considered to be the greatest tennis match ever played—and was also the longest finals match in the competition’s history. Even if you don’t know jack about the historic sports event, you’ll still want to get in on the love when actor, writer and Renaissance man Mike Mathieu returns to Bellingham’s iDiOM Theater Nov. 21-22 to bring the match back to

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Fowl Weather

The plight of the urban chicken


I swear I’m not a crazy chicken lady. My three hens aren’t wrestled into hand-weaved wool vests when the temperature dips, and they don’t have health insurance.

For a long spell, they didn’t even have names.

I have to admit, though, that there have been a few times during the recent cold snap I’ve found myself wishing I’d invested the time and money to make being an urban chicken farmer a little less “chicken” and a smidgen more “urban.” (And I haven’t even mentioned

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The Space Race

Inside the Astronaut Wives Club


The recent news that an unmanned supply rocket headed for the International Space Station exploded may not have registered on many people’s radar, but there was a time when the world watched NASA’s every move with great anticipation.

Much has been documented about the fearless men who trained to pilot our early spacecraft, and about the massive government effort to be the first nation to put a man on the moon. But aside from some Life Magazine cover stories from the 1950s and ’60s, not

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The Hunger Games

Mockingjay—Part 1


Katniss Everdeen becomes the face of a revolution in Mockingjay—Part 1, a tricky transitional episode of The Hunger Games franchise that abandons the reality-TV blood sports of the first two movies to conjure a dour, grimly escalating vision of all-out war. Unsubtly resonant, at times quite rousing and somewhat unsatisfying by design, this penultimate series entry is a tale of mass uprising and media manipulation that itself evinces no hint of a rebellious streak or subversive spirit: Suzanne

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Welcome to your surveillance state


The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller. Part of Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour’s thrill is that it allows the viewer to experience, first-hand, history being made, as National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, hiding in a Hong Kong hotel in the summer of 2013, exposes how the U.S. government used an unprecedented global surveillance program of phone calls, e-mails, debit transactions and Web searches in the trillions. For those who think the Snowden

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Nov 20


Radium Girls: Attend showings of Radium Girls at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Sehome High School Little Theatre, 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy. The play is inspired by a true story that takes a look at the "commercialization of science, and the power of the truth." Tickets are $10. more »

Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival continues from 10am-6pm Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 24. at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. Entry is free. more »

Home for the Holidays: Find an incredible selection of seasonal decor, gift items and gourmet foods at the 33rd annual "Home for the Holidays" from 5:30-9:30pm Thursday, 9:30am-9:30pm Friday, and 9:30am-5:30pm Saturday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry and parking are free. more »

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon: The Whatcom Community College Players present showings of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the school's Heiner Theater. The production features the upending of innumerable fairy tales (Snow White, Cinderella, etc.) and is family-friendly. Tickets are $5 (free for kids 12 and under). more »

Maple Alley Inn Thanksgiving: All are welcome to partake of a Thanksgiving meal from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Maple Alley Inn at Faith Lutheran Church, 2750 McLeod Rd. Entry is free to those seeking a hot, home-cooked meal. more »

Valhalla Revealed: Historical fiction writer Robert A. Wright presents and reads from his espionage thriller and family saga, Valhalla Revealed, at today's Brown Bag presentation at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. more »

Fall Wine Tasting: Taste unique fall wine from Cru selections paired with artisan cheese at a "Fall Wine Tasting" from 5:30-7:30pm at Perfectly Paired Gourmet, 1200 Old Fairhaven Pkwy. There will also be an exclusive club unveiling, holiday discounts, gourmet sweets available for purchase, and more. Tickets are $10 (the fee will be waived if you purchase a bottle of wine). more »

Adventures in Beekeeping: Brookfield Farm Bees and Honey's Karen Bean focuses on "Adventures in BeeKeeping" at a free presentation at 6pm at Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. more »

Mindful Eating: Registered dietician and nutritionist Lisa Samuel focuses on "Mindful Eating" at an interactive workshop happening from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Samuel will focus on how applying mindful eating to your daily life can have a profound effect on your digestion, your health and your relationship with food. A light meal will be served. Entry is $15. more »

Traditional Places: Matt Warbiss, Lummi Nation Tribal member and artist, will present "Traditional Places of the Lummi Nation" at a slide and flute presentation from 7-9pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. more »

Indigenous History: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz shares stories and ideas from her book An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the U.S. empire. more »

Colombia Travelogue: Susan Spiegel presents a "Columbia: So Much More Than Coffee" Travelogue presentation from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation to the talk and slideshow is $3. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

Wine, Women and Song: The Allegra Women's Ensemble, the Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers, guest artist Cheryl Hodge and others will perform at a Bellingham Sings "Wine, Women and Song" benefit at 7:30pm at Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Rd. Admission is $25. more »

A Broadway Cabaret: The Bellingham Music Club will host an encore performance of "A Broadway Cabaret" at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. With quick-change songs, dances and vignettes, the cast will recreate moments from beloved Broadway and stage hits from the last 100 years. Entry is $15. more »

Final Serial Killers: Two remaining teams will present episodic plays at the "Serial Killers" finale at 7:30pm and 9:30pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The audience will vote to kill off one of the productions, with the remaining team winning $1,000. Entry is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. (P.S. If you've missed a week or two, a recap team will get you up to date.) more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

High School Choral Festival: Attend a free High School Choral Festival concert at 8pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. more »

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