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Music is Everywhere

With July 4 on the horizon, I’ve been assessing my feelings with regard to this most American of occasions and have reached the conclusion that I’m into it. I’d say Independence Day is a pretty good holiday, as these things go. Aside from that one time that I took a bottle rocket to my right temple, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed July 4 and all it has to offer.

As much as I like the Fourth of July, it’s just a precursor to the (as yet unofficial) holiday that I really care about: the annual kickoff

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This Week

The Gristle

Close the Schools!

CLOSE THE SCHOOLS!: Should public schools close until the Legislature gets its act together?

That was among the remedies recommended by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in a legal brief filed with the state Supreme Court earlier this month. Sanctions of $100,000 per day have done nothing to persuade lawmakers to close an estimated $3 billion hole in the state budget to fully and properly fund basic education, a paramount duty under the state Constitution and a requirement of the court’s determination in McCleary v. Washington. More stern penalties are required, argued Randy Dorn

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News

A Renewed Vision

Port and city consider new plans for waterfront

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A little more time, a little more thought, a little more detail—that’s what Port of Bellingham Commissioners said they want at a public meeting last week on revised plans for the city’s central waterfront.

A private developer wants to invest more than $30 million in a waterfront hotel, but two commissioners don’t want to too quickly accept the offer without more planning. Commissioners expressed excitement that an early action planned for the former Georgia-Pacific mill site, a remodel of the historic Granary Building, is at last apparently underway, but want to base their decision

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Music

Music is Everywhere

From the streets to the sea

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With July 4 on the horizon, I’ve been assessing my feelings with regard to this most American of occasions and have reached the conclusion that I’m into it. I’d say Independence Day is a pretty good holiday, as these things go. Aside from that one time that I took a bottle rocket to my right temple, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed July 4 and all it has to offer.

As much as I like the Fourth of July, it’s just a precursor to the

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Words

Pacific

Inside the world’s largest ocean

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If there’s a prize for nonfiction works with interesting subtitles, Simon Winchester’s latest would be a top contender. In Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers, the juxtaposition of subjects mentioned immediately draws readers in and lets them know that this book is comprehensive in scope but also detailed and specific.

The author delivers each topic as promised, and gives a far-ranging and fascinating look

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Food

Dungeness Dreams

The crab cakes of summer

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I was at work on the first day of summer, and I was finding it hard to concentrate.

The line item my mind kept returning to again and again was the pile of fresh dungeness crab waiting for me in the fridge at home.

We’d acquired the crustaceans for a Father’s Day feast, and even after my dad, my fella and I had sated ourselves silly by cracking the crab and dipping the sea meat into vats of melted butter and

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On Stage

Summer Stages

It’s all about the dance

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Last week, after compiling a list of ways for parents to offload their kids for portions of the summer via sending them to a variety of drama camps happening throughout Bellingham in the next couple of months, I realized I hadn’t said word one about what to do with youth who were more interested in movement than theater. To remedy my transgression, I’m happy to point out a few ways for dance students to stay on their toes as the temperature rises.

At

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Outdoors

Skagit Tours

A power-packed day trip

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I’m a sucker for the term “media getaway,” so I recently accepted an invite for a behind-the-scenes excursion that promised to take its guests on a whirlwind day trip comprised of samplings of the four “Skagit Tours” offered each summer by the trifecta of Seattle City Lights, the North Cascades Institute (NCI), and the National Park Service.

After a scenically stimulating drive through both sun and rain from Bellingham to the Skagit Information Center in Newhalem, my canny coworker and I joined up with

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Visual

Colorfast

Big, bold and gasp-worthy

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When guest curator Amy Chaloupka recently brought a couple dozen kindergarteners to view the “Colorfast: Vivid Installations Make Their Mark” exhibit at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, she said many of the youngsters’ first response upon walking through the doors to the gallery consisted of audible gasps.

“There’s been lots of that, and that’s what I was going for,” Chaloupka says. “I want people to have a physical response to the work.”

While those visiting the museum will get a glimpse

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Film

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema

Stars under the stars

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Late last Thursday night, I started to get worried.

A few hours after dark, I opened the door to take out items for the recycling and happened upon falling rain. It wasn’t just a drizzle, either—it had all the appearance of a proper rainstorm.

Normally, I welcome a little summertime rain. Given my status as a lifelong Northwesterner, few weather events are more pleasing to me than a warm-weather downpour. Somehow, when you lengthen the days by several hours and raise

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Today

Bard on the Beach:William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Othello are currently showing as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park.... »

Boating Center Open:The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks,... »

Wednesday Market:Attend the Wednesday Market from 12-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Approximately 25 vendors will offer fresh local produce, crafts, tasty treats and more every Wednesday through Sept. 30.  »

Lynden Book Club:Share what you’re reading and gain ideas for your next read at a Book Enthusiasts Book Club meeting at 12:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Don't worry if... »

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market:The Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market takes place from 3-7pm every Wednesday through Oct. 12 at the town's Hammer Heritage Square, 640 Metcalf St.  »

Group Run:All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is... »

Brewers Cruise:Tonight's "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" will feature liquid fare from Boundary Bay Brewery, Flyers Brewery, and Farmstrong Brewing starting at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises' dock at the Bellingham Cruise... »

The Goalkeeper:Poet John James Reid will read from his new collection, The Goalkeeper, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The poems focus on his childhood in Northern Island during "the... »

Terrell Stafford Quartet:New York City-based trumpeter Terrell Stafford will perform with pianist Miles Black, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummer Julian MacDonough at 7pm at the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center at the... »

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