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Date Night

When I was performing improv on a regular basis, one of my favorite formats we presented to the crowd was a game called “Date Night.”

We’d call up a real-life couple from the audience, get the story of how they met and their subsequent first date, then re-create the action onstage as best we could. When we got something right, one half of the couple would ring a bell. When it was dead wrong, we’d hear a rude beep from a loud horn, and would have to go back to the basics. The end result was

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This Week

The Gristle

In a Bind

IN A BIND: “You break it, you own it” is an adage familiar to most people; and it was always understood that the next solutions to Whatcom County’s failed jail initiative would have to come from the communities most opposed to the $120 million sales tax proposal for a new justice center in Ferndale. The County Executive—who’d invested quite a bit of political capital in placing the initiative on the ballot last November, only to see it crater—had made it clear the next leadership

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Music

Valentine’s Day

Spread your love around

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Valentine’s Day brings out a lot of strong emotions in people. It should follow that, because this is a holiday intended to celebrate love and loved ones and loving loved ones and lovelovelove, that the emotions in question would be positive in nature. But the fact is, Feb. 14 and all it symbolizes is probably as loathed as it is loved.

Never is the line between love and hate thinner than it is on Valentine’s Day.

With Feb. 14 falling on a Sunday this year, that means a wealth of

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Visual

Tribal Images

A family affair in Ferndale

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It’s funny how you can drive past something many times but never actually see it. For me, that was the case with the Lummi Te’Ti’Sen Center (formerly the Lummi Gateway Center) on Rural Avenue in Ferndale, seconds from the Slater Road exit off I-5.

The center has been there for five years, but I never noticed it until the day Google Maps directed me to its front door to explore tribal art and food.

Frank Goes Behind and his wife Kym are the masterminds behind Tribal Images and are

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Food

Dope Desserts

For the love of brownies

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A cautionary tale: Once upon a time, a friend of mine ate way too many pot brownies at a party she was hosting and ended up spending most of the night huddled in the fetal position in the bathtub and screeching with alarm whenever anybody tried to get in to use the bathroom.

Don’t be that person. If you’ve eaten an entire pot brownie, it stands to reason that something is going to happen eventually. As Kevin Nelson notes in a “Marijuana for Beginners” article in our inaugural Cannabis

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Outdoors

Safety First

The fine art of being careful

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“Whether we’re chasing daylight with axes and chainsaws or just grunting out some pick-and-shovel work in the rain, we’ll be putting ourselves in harm’s way on a fairly frequent basis here at the ranch,” my buddy’s uncle told me when I arrived for my first day of work on his emergent 20-acre homestead in remote Snohomish County.

“Productivity is important,” the boss man said, ushering me along a rocky, root-gnarled trail to the half-buried shipping container where he kept his

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Film

Where to Invade Next

Michael Moore’s roadshow

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All has been fairly quiet on the pestering front for Michael Moore since Capitalism: A Love Story, his glum 2009 assessment of the greed-is-good culture that spawned the global financial crisis. But now this impassioned and unruly provocateur returns to further dismantle the myth of American supremacy with renewed optimism and sharpened comic instincts in Where to Invade Next, an impishly entertaining, career-summarizing polemic bent on demonstrating how other countries around the world—with

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On Stage

Date Night

An improvised Valentine

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When I was performing improv on a regular basis, one of my favorite formats we presented to the crowd was a game called “Date Night.”

We’d call up a real-life couple from the audience, get the story of how they met and their subsequent first date, then re-create the action onstage as best we could. When we got something right, one half of the couple would ring a bell. When it was dead wrong, we’d hear a rude beep from a loud horn, and would have to go back to the basics. The end result was

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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 »

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin: A cast of 10 will portray everyone from a radical socialist to an Italian laundress to a scientific industrialist when The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theatre. The play focuses on the events surrounding the titular character, who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc smelter, brought the World War I British war machine to a halt. Tickets are $7-$12. more »

Calendar Girls: Attend performances of Calendar Girls for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on a true story and the hit movie of the same name, the play tells the tale of Annie and her friends who, following the death of Annie's husband, resolve to raise money for the local hospital by posing nude for a fundraising calendar. Tickets are $20. more »

Baby: Meet three couples who are facing the brave new world of parenthood in humorous and poignant fashion when Baby concludes this week with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Tickets are $12-$14. more »

Moon Over Buffalo: Hilarious misunderstandings pile on top of madcap misadventures in Ken Ludwig's valentine to theater hams everywhere when Moon Over Buffalo shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 21. more »

Father’s Been to Mars: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association concludes its run of Father's Been to Mars with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. The comedy focuses on a television actor who can't separate his family life from his onscreen persona. Tickets are $12-$14. more »

Cupid’s Arrow: An improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" continues this week with performances at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday, and 7pm Sunday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the classic 1960s and ’70s show The Dating Game, and has the "contestant "choosing from three outlandish characters inspired by audience suggestions (and then going on a date with him/her). The show runs weekends through February. Tickets are $10-$12 ($15 for the Valentine's Day show). more »

Vineyard Valentines Event: Art, artisan chocolates, wine and champagne tastings, treats, tours and more will be part of Valentine's Day Weekend happenings from 12-5pm Friday through Sunday at Mount Baker Vineyards and Winery, 4298 Mt. Baker Hwy. Tastings are $5. more »

My Circus Valentine: The Bellingham Circus Guild presents its almost-annual Valentine's Day event, "My Circus Valentine!," with shows at 6pm (family-friendly) and 9pm (21-and-over) Saturday and Sunday at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. At the event, Guild members will be joined by dazzling special guests for interactive adventures, heartfelt performances, and jaw-dropping acrobatics. Tickets are $10 for kids 12 and under, and $20 for adults. more »

Swan Watch: The Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park invite the public to the annual "Swan Watch" from 7-10am at Ferndale's Tennant Lake, 5236 Nielsen Ave. Attendees can expect to see as many as 300 trumpeter and tundra swans form into small groups, bob their heads simultaneously, then lift off the water for the day’s forage. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and cameras. Refreshments and hot drinks will be served. Entry is free. more »

Woolley Runs: Runners can choose from a half-marathon, marathon or 50K at today's "Woolley Runs" starting at 8am in Sedro-Woolley at the Cascade Trail at Township and Polte roads. Entry is $40; finishers will receive a one-of-a-kind Woolley coin. more »

Stimpson Outing: Join members of the Mount Baker Club for a Stimpson Nature Preserve outing today. Meet at 8:30am at Sunnyland Elementary to carpool, or at 9am at the trailhead off Lake Louise Rd. more »

Fragrance Lake Run: Bellingham Trail Running Series hosts a "Fragrance Lake Half Marathon," 10K and Kid's Race starting at 8:30am at Larrabee State Park, 245 Chuckanut Dr. Entry is $70-$80 (the kid's race is free). more »

Produce Particulars: "Grow Your Own Produce" will be the focus of a free workshop at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Attendees will learn about lighting, soil, temperature, containers and seed germination times. There will also be discounts on selected seeds. Please register in advance. more »

Anacortes WInter Market: Peruse and purchase locally sourced food and crafts for your Valentine at the Anacortes Farmers Market's second Winter Market of the season from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. Additional markets March 12 and April 9 before the season opens on weekly basis in early May. more »

Celtic Dance Championship: Attend the Celtic Arts Dance Championship from 9am-5pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Highland dances for beginners, novice and intermediate dancers kick things off, and championship events begin at 11am. Entry to view the competitive dances is $4-$7. more »

Community Meal: Biscuits with sausage and gravy, scrambled eggs and mixed fruit will be on the menu at a bimonthly Community Meal from 10am-12pm at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Per usual, entry is free and open to all. more »

Two for the Road: Run solo or with a partner (teams must finish together) at the Greater Bellingham Running Club's annual "Two for the Road" 5K Run starting at 10am at Whatcom Falls Park, 1401 Electric Ave. Entry is $5 for youth, $10 for solo runners and $15 for teams. more »

Growing Fruit & Veggies: "Learning to Grow Fruit Trees" will be the focus of a free workshop taking place from 10:30am-12pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. From 1:30-3:30pm, the first of a five-series "Vegetable Growing" class for intermediate to advanced gardeners begins. The cost for the series is $100. more »

Girl.Strong: Connect with local teams, businesses and individuals who support girls and women athletes in Bellingham at a National Girls and Women in Sport Day event, "Girl.Strong," from 1-3pm at the commons area at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Attendees at the all-ages event can also learn about upcoming events and opportunities, meet some of the city's amazing female athletes and take part in creative art projects. Entry is free. more »

Nancy Grigsby Reception: Painter Nancy Grigsby will be on hand to talk about her works at a reception from 1-4pm at Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Ave. The gallery is also features jewelry and jewelry boxes through February. more »

Serving Sweets Reception: A reception for the artists of "Serving Sweets," featuring works by members of Whatcom Artists of Clay & Kiln (WACK), takes place from 1-4pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. View and purchase the works through February. more »

Serving Sweets Reception: A reception for the artists of "Serving Sweets," featuring works by members of Whatcom Artists of Clay & Kiln (WACK), takes place from 1-4pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. View and purchase the works through February. more »

Valentine’s Day Dance: The Swing Connection Big Band will host its fourth annual "Valentine's Day Dance" from 2-4pm at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. As in previous years, the band will back up six soloists chosen from the Bellingham Sings vocal ensemble. Entry to the all-ages event is free. more »

Valentine’s Tasting Event: Attend a "Valentine's Tasting Event" from 5-8pm at Perfectly Paired, 1143 11th St. Entry is $12 and includes samples of five red wines paired with single-origin dark chocolates by Lynden's Fresco Chocolate, presented by chocolate maker Rob Anderson. Please reserve a spot in advance. more »

P.S. I Love You: New works by Trish Harding will be on display for perusal and purchase at a "P.S. I Love You" gathering from 6-9pm at Studio UFO, 301 W. Holly St. In addition to the original art, the event will also feature music by Tom Harding, Craig Ostrom, JD Sinclair, and Ranger Kidwell Ross, and refreshments. Entry is free. more »

Heart, Wine, Chocolate: Taste the region's finest chocolate, cheese, wine, beer and spirits at a "Hearts, Wine, Chocolate" fundraiser for the Lynden Kiwanis from 6:30-9:30pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The event will also include art displays, vendors, a raffle, live music from the Mark Kelly Quartet and more. Tickets are $30. more »

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra: "The Magic of Motown" will be the theme of a Whatcom Symphony Orchestra concert at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The show features the dynamic Seattle Rock Orchestra teaming up with members of the WSO for rousing program of Motown music live you've never heard it before. Tickets are $25. more »

A Musical Evening: Annette Richardson, the Honey Bees, Harmony Northwest, the Special Blend, and the Elations will perform at "A Musical Evening" fundraiser for KidSight at 7pm at VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St. Appetizers and a silent auction will be part of the festivities. Entry is $5; additional donations are welcome. more »

Contra Dance: The Alpha Beats will provide live music and Morna Leonard will do the calling at the Bellingham Country Dance Society's bimonthly Contra Dance from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $8-$10. more »

Serial Killers, Round Four: Three remaining teams will present short episodic plays as part of the annual "Serial Killers" competition at 7:30pm and 9:30pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Per usual, each week the audience votes to kill off one of the plays, with the remaining teams fighting to stay alive—and win $1,000—at weekly shows through Feb. 20. Entry is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. (P.S. If you miss a week, a recap team will get you up to date.) more »

Tango by the Bay: Dance to the music of classic Argentine Tango and more modern moves at USA Dance's monthly "Tango by the Bay" from 8-10pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club, 2633 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Entry is $7-$10; beginners, singles, couples, seniors and students 18 and over are welcome. more »

Valentine’s Salsa Dance: Both singles and couples can join Rumba Northwest for a Valentine's Salsa Dance from 8-11pm at Bell Tower Studio, 1430 N. Garden St. The fun starts with a beginning salsa lesson, and line dances will be led throughout the evening. Entry is $7-$10. more »

Comedy Nite All-Stars: "Love, Laugh & Dance #2" will be the theme of a Comedy Nite All-Stars show starting at 8:30pm at the Grand Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Dr. The event features three headlining comedians—Nikki Carr, Ralph Porter, and Brian Smith—as well as drink specials, a special performance by Cedd Dogg, host Boe Blast, and more. tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. more »

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