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The business press is all atwitter with merger news, as federal regulators are set to approve a massive deal between cable giants Charter, Time Warner and Bright House Networks. The $78 billion transaction will create the second-largest cable TV/Internet company, dubbed “New Charter,” next to Comcast, and leave just three major cable providers in the U.S. Meanwhile, the Gannett Company, which owns more than 100 newspapers, including USA Today, is attempting to acquire Tribune Publishing, which owns several major newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

This looming consolidation in

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This Week

The Gristle

Four, or Forever

FOUR OR FOREVER: Few programs can boast the proven success of Bellingham’s Greenways. A series of three modest property tax levies since 1990 have provided revenues to acquire more than 1,000 acres of open space and connective corridors and begin the work to transform much of this into city parks and trails. Without Greenways, the city would have had no mechanism or means or imperative to quietly and modestly acquire tangible property assets as they were offered or obtained at far below market rates—a remarkably efficient use of public dollars to obtain public value. Without the program,

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News

Climate Kids Win

Washington youths score in climate change lawsuit

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A judge’s ruling on Friday in a lawsuit filed by eight kids forces the state of Washington to get serious about the threat of climate change.

In what the activist teens and preteens called a surprise decision, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered the state Department of Ecology to create rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2016. The judge said the urgency of climate change and the state’s responsibility to protect citizens required that Ecology be held to a deadline, rather than make its own timeline. 

“The reason

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Visual

Creative Camano

A spring studio tour

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Camano Island artists have scheduled their 18th annual studio tour for two consecutive weekends—May 6-8 and May 14-15. With 28 studios, there’s a whole lot to see.

When you go, pack a picnic lunch and something to drink. Camano Island is amenity-challenged, but there are several beautiful shoreline parks. At the welcoming tent at the intersection of Highway 532 and North Camano Drive, you can pick up a studio tour brochure with an indispensable map. 

No matter where you start, don’t miss Studio 6, the Karla Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park at 2345

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Outdoors

San Juan Sights

Following the food chain

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There’s an aura of mysterious, wild beauty that lingers in the San Juans, where close to 90 percent of the archipelago’s 172 islands remain untouched and unsettled. Kayak or boat to their shores and all you’ll find is raptors, the silvery heads of harbor seals and a few deer who braved the currents to get there.

Known as the “Orca Freeway,” San Juan Island is reputedly the best place for orca watching by land and the whales are often seen feeding, breaching, spyhopping and lobtailing between May and October. That’s when sea life is most

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On Stage

Fringe on Top

From sideshow to center stage

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It used to be that in order to run away with the circus and become a performer, one had to give up a goodly number of worldly possessions, sneak out of the house in the dark of night and leave behind a note explaining that it was time to cast off the shackles of normalcy and embrace the carnival lifestyle. These days? Not so much.

“Music, Magic & Mayhem” is but one example of how those who choose to live their lives in a continuously creative manner no longer have to be so sneaky about

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Food

Culture Cafe

Eat, drink, be healthy

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Behind the long bar counter at Kombucha Town’s Culture Cafe sits a large glass jar with something floating in it that looks suspiciously like something Victor Frankenstein might have kept in his laboratory.

However, visitors to the spacious eatery in the basement of the Herald Building shouldn’t worry. The murky entity that can be glimpsed within the confines of the container is simply the genesis of owner Chris McCoy’s passion for brewing kombucha.

“It all started with that one-gallon jar,” McCoy said when we sat down recently to have lunch. He then

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Words

Community Media

Amid media megamergers, a mosaic of local media thrives

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The business press is all atwitter with merger news, as federal regulators are set to approve a massive deal between cable giants Charter, Time Warner and Bright House Networks. The $78 billion transaction will create the second-largest cable TV/Internet company, dubbed “New Charter,” next to Comcast, and leave just three major cable providers in the U.S. Meanwhile, the Gannett Company, which owns more than 100 newspapers, including USA Today, is attempting to acquire Tribune Publishing, which owns several major newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

This looming consolidation in

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Film

Captain America

Civil War

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The shaming of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will continue apace—or better still, be forgotten entirely—in the wake of Captain America: Civil War, a decisively superior hero-vs.-hero extravaganza that also ranks as the most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Very much an Avengers movie in scope and ambition if not title (the conspicuous absence of Thor and Hulk notwithstanding), this chronicle of an epic clash between two equally noble factions, led by Captain America and Iron Man, proves as remarkable for

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Film

The Family Fang

The ties that bind

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There’s an illuminating moment late in Jason Bateman’s richly captivating film of The Family Fang, when the unorthodox patriarch played with a sardonic glint by Christopher Walken says to his adult offspring, “You think we damaged you? So what! That’s what parents do.” That’s close enough to a key to this smart, tart adaptation of Kevin Wilson’s bestselling 2011 debut novel, which thumbs its nose at the cliches of the over-trafficked dysfunctional family genre to dissect the sometimes lifelong quest of children to understand their parents in ways that are funny and bittersweet,

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Music

Charlie Musselwhite

The devil and the details

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One of best parts about my job is that it forces me to seek out information concerning bands and musicians about which I have little or no prior knowledge. The broad strokes are nice and all, but the devil, as they say, is in the details.

And so it goes with Charlie Musselwhite.

The broad strokes are indeed very broad when it comes to Musselwhite. His first album debuted nearly half a century ago, and he’s been very busy building a career as a legendary bluesman ever since. With harmonica in hand and a

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Today

Rising Ashes:Seventeen Blaine High School advanced theater arts students will present Rising Ashes: The Hans J. Massaquoi Story at 7pm Thursday and Friday at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H St.... »

Oliver:Hear hits such as "Food Glorious Food" and "Consider Yourself" when Oliver—the award-winning musical based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist—opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday... »

August: Osage County:Experience the dark side of a Midwestern American family when August: Osage County concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre... »

Boundary Bay Ride:Join members of the Mount Baker Club for a Boundary Bay Bike Ride today. Meet at 9am at the WTA Ferndale Park & Ride; from there, riders will head to the... »

Wild Things:Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in May at Cornwall Park. Suggested donation is $5.  »

A spring studio tour: »

Spring Plant Sale:The Friends of the Deming Library will host a Spring Plant Sale from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Proceeds benefit library programs and... »

Mother's Day Chocolate Lounge:Chocolate, art and live music will be part of a Mother's Day Pop-up Chocolate Lounge from 5-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 12-5pm Sunday at Evolve Chocolate headquarters at 1313... »

Mother's Day Weekend Chocolate Lounge:Chocolate, art and live music will be part of a Mother's Day Pop-up Chocolate Lounge from 5-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 12-5pm Sunday at Evolve Chocolate headquarters at 1313... »

Boaters Boogie:Support the Community Boating Center by attending a "Boaters Boogie" from 6-10:30pm at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. The event will include gutter races, music by Jasmine... »

Children's Art Walk:Allied Arts, the Alternative Library, Artists 12 Pop-Up Gallery, Aslan Brewing Co., Backcountry Essentials, Bayou on Bay, the Beauty Institute, Bellingham Public Library, the Bureau of Historical Investigation, Cafe Bouzingo, Casa... »

Blossomtime Bingo:Attend a fundraising "Blossomtime Bingo!" event starting at 6pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Entry to the 21-and-over event is $20, which includes bingo sheets for eight regular... »

Mountain to Sea Exhibit:Celebrate national, state and local parks and the water surrounding us at the Anacortes Arts Commission's "Mountain to Sea" photography exhibit showing from 6-9pm Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday... »

Anacortes Art Walk:A.C.M.E. Creative Space, the Depot Art Center, Burton Jewelers, THink Tiny Gallery, the Scott Milo Gallery, and the Majestic Inn and Spa will be among the venues... »

Casino Night:Blue Skies for Children will host its ninth annual "Casino Night" fundraiser from 6:30-9:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3420 Northwest Ave. Tickets are $60 and include a night of mock casino gaming,... »

Alice in Wonderland:Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's junior performers present showings of Alice in Wonderland at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St.... »

Sea Glass:Luci Shaw reads from Sea Glass: New and Selected Poems at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Shaw's 15th collection combines 38 new poems with a “best of” selection of poems... »

Music, Magic & Mayhem:Get a sneak peek of On the Precipice Productions and Seattle's Minion Productions' upcoming Bellingham Fringe Series at "Music, Magic & Mayhem" performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse... »

Locarno:Paperboys frontman and Juno Award-winner Tom Landa brings his Latin project, Locarno, to Mount Vernon for a 7:30pm concert at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The music, like him, is... »

48 Hour Theater Festival:View two nights of world premiere one-act plays, all written and produced in the prior 24 hours, at the 48 Hour Theater Festival taking place at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday... »

Tarnation and Exchange:Show up to view an improvised Wild West comedy show when "Tarnation" returns to the stage at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick... »

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