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Make.Shift Block Party

Although virtue is its own reward, nothing worth having ever comes without hard work, etc., the truth of the matter is, running a nonprofit can be tough going.

No matter how strong the mission, how intact the passion or true the focus, surmounting the formidable obstacles of continued existence requires a special sort of perseverance. And no matter how staunch the community support, the reality of day-to-day existence for those who operate nonprofits is that the to-do list never seems to grow

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This Week

The Gristle

When Fringe Goes Mainstream

WHEN FRINGE GOES MAINSTREAM: Ballots continue to flow in the August Top Two primary, a queer beast with an unusual pedigree that need not necessarily produce a candidate each from the two standard political parties, D versus R, but—due to extremes of polarization, and the continued influence of money and organization in modern politics—probably will.

Case in point, the odd runoff among conservatives for Position 1 in the 42nd Legislative District, a reliably conservative rural district

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Music

Make.Shift Block Party

Putting the “fun” in fundraising

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Although virtue is its own reward, nothing worth having ever comes without hard work, etc., the truth of the matter is, running a nonprofit can be tough going.

No matter how strong the mission, how intact the passion or true the focus, surmounting the formidable obstacles of continued existence requires a special sort of perseverance. And no matter how staunch the community support, the reality of day-to-day existence for those who operate nonprofits is that the to-do list never seems to grow

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Outdoors

Cloud Dance

Learning to love the mystery

You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
—Henry David Thoreau

The North Cascades are capricious. These mountains hide themselves in veils of cloud for days at a time and then coquettishly reveal their sensuous lines to us dusty pilgrims. A little bit here. A little bit there.

After decades of observing this numinous cloud dance, one learns to go with it, to appreciate the rituals of sun, rain and cloud, and eventually—if one hangs around these hallowed mountains long enough—to

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Food

A Midsummer Sowing

Thinking ahead to the flavors of fall

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If you’ve been a diligent gardener this year, chances are the rewards are starting to add up.

With a big, juicy garden finally in cruise mode, now might not be the time you want to ponder starting over, but this is exactly what you must do in order to stay ahead of the seasonal curve. Your strong, beautiful plants will start to fade at the end of summer, and when they do you’ll want to have reinforcements in place—plants that can tough it out through the fall, and perhaps into winter.

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Visual

Arts at the Port

Elemental beauty in Anacortes

“Air, Earth, Water” is the title of the 2014 “Arts at the Port” show. It opened last Saturday and is the serious part of the wild and crazy Anacortes Arts Festival the city has thrown every summer for more than 50 years.

In a quiet warehouse at the north end of Commercial Avenue you’ll discover two conjoined exhibits: the first is a stunning collection of works by 36 regional artists selected by juror Patricia Watkinson for their “skill, innovation, imagination and poetry.“ The

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Words

Little Free Libraries

Take a book, leave a book

What looks like a miniature house, is bursting to the rafters with free books, and encourages reading for everyone from kids to seniors?

The answer, if you hadn’t already sussed it out from the title of this story, is Little Free Libraries (LFLs).

The worldwide phenomenon started in 2009 after Wisconsin resident Tod Bol built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother—a former schoolteacher with a serious reading habit—and then installed it in his front yard, filled

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On Stage

Hot Salsa

Rumba Northwest takes it outside

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I first saw Rumba Northwest owners Antonio Diaz and Heather Haugland dance when the couple was invited onstage during a concert by the Afro-Cuban All Stars a few years ago at the Mount Baker Theatre.

To say they heated things up is putting it mildly. As the legendary Cuban band continued sharing their righteous island rhythms with the audience, the duo spun, dipped and moved their bodies with both grace and passion.

“We made dinner for the band before the show and they learned we taught

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Film

Supermensch

The Legend of Shep Gordon

How many people can claim to have made Alice Cooper a star by releasing his record albums wrapped in women’s panties? Who else can take credit for the entire concept of the celebrity chef? Did anyone else share joint custody of a cat with Cary Grant? Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon goes out of its way to insist that its subject — a long-lived rock manager and Hollywood talent agent — is a one-of-a-kind character, and the stories told by Gordon and his many famous friends seem to

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Film

Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s motley crew

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If the wayward denizens of Star Wars’ Mos Eisley Cantina rose up and demanded their own starring vehicle, it would probably look something like Guardians of the Galaxy, an alt-Avengers in which a ragtag band of misfits and mercenaries make the world a safer place almost by accident. An unusually prankish and playful Marvel Studios vehicle, director James Gunn’s presumptive franchise-starter is overlong, overstuffed and sometimes too eager to please, but the cheeky comic tone keeps things

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Today

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Tractor and Machinery Show: The Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Association hosts its 43rd annual Tractor and Machinery Show from 8am-8pm Wednesday through Saturday at Lynden's Berthusen Park, 9937 Berthusen Rd. A swap meet, lawnmower pulling, tractor races, a threshing bee, wood planer demos, an equipment parade, demos and more will be part of the fun. Entry is $5-$7. more »

Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. more »

Repertory West Dance Ensemble: Choreography by Western Washington University faculty—including Nolan Dennett, Susan Haines, Penny Hutchinson, and Pam Kuntz—and a variety of performances by selected dancers from the WWU dance program can be seen at Repertory West Dance Ensemble performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday at the Viking Union Multipurpose Room. Tickets are $5-$10. more »

Whidbey Island Fair: Games, music, exhibits, rides, food and much more will be part of the Whidbey Island Fair happening from 9:30am-10pm Thursday, 9:30am-10:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 9:30am-7pm Sunday in Langley at 819 Camano Ave. Entry is $5-$8 daily or $15-$25 for the "season." more »

Whidbey Island Fair: Games, music, exhibits, rides, food and much more will be part of the Whidbey Island Fair happening from 9:30am-10pm Thursday, 9:30am-10:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 9:30am-7pm Sunday in Langley at 819 Camano Ave. Entry is $5-$8 daily or $15-$25 for the "season." more »

Lend Me a Tenor: The madcap, screwball comedy about a series of misadventures at an opera company, Lend Me A Tenor, continues this week with 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20 and additional performances happen through Aug. 16. more »

Shakespeare Northwest: The summer season of Shakespeare Northwest continues this weekend with showings of Much Ado About Nothing at 7pm Thursday and Saturday, and Macbeth at 2pm Sunday, at the Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater at Mount Vernon's Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. Tickets are $10-$12. Additional showings of the Bard's classics happen through Aug. 17. more »

Mark Twain in Fairhaven: Local playwright and historian John Lenz's Mark Twain in Fairhaven: A Musical Tall Tale— loosely based on Twain's visit to Fairhaven in 1895—returns to Bellingham this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets are $8-$12 and additional showings happen through Aug. 17. more »

Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

MBT’s Summer Repertory Theatre: The Mount Baker Theatre's Summer Repertory Theatre continues this week with showings of Lanford Wilson's comedy/drama Talley's Folly, Neil Simon's comedic Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Becky's New Car, by Steven Dietz, at the MBT's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The three plays show in repertory at 7:30pm on weekdays and 3pm Sundays through Aug. 10. Tickets are $12.50-$25. more »

Extraordinary Shows: Show up for "A League of Extraordinary Shows" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Expect just about anything at the performances, including short form improv, long form, and more. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. more »

Worthy Finale: Staxx Brothers, Von Kreestoe, Rise N Shine, Olivia De La Cruz, WilldaBeaste, Snug Harbor, Brice Tea and others will perform at the WorthFest Finale happening Friday through Sunday in Glacier at 10459 Mt. Baker Hwy. Tickets to see the more than 50 artists performing on three stages are $30 per day or $50 for a weekend pass. more »

Birch Bay Music Festival: "Help Us Help Them" will be the theme of the fourth annual Birch Bay Music Festival happening from 6:30-10pm Friday, 10:30am-10pm Saturday, and 11:30am-4pm Sunday on Birch Bay Drive (between Bay Cafe and the C Shop). Blues, jazz, reggae, country, rock, and Americana bands will be among the performers, and there'll be food offerings, activities for kids, arts and crafts vendors, and more. Proceeds raised benefit area nonprofits. more »

Mount Baker Blues Festival: Elvin Bishop, Josey Wails, The Chris Eger Band, the Fat Tones, Scott Holt, Billy Ray Danger & the Rectifiers, the Steepwater Band, the Strangetones, and more will perform during the annual Mount Baker Blues Festival happening Friday through Sunday at the Deming Logging Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Rd. Tickets are $60-$65 per day or $125 for a weekend pass (includes free camping and showers). more »

Tall Ship Sails: As part of the Maritime Festival happening this weekend, take self-guided tours of the tall ships Lady Washington and/or Hawaiian Chieftain from 12-5pm Friday and 10am-1pm Saturday and Sunday at the Blaine Harbor Marina, 235 Marine Dr. Suggested donation is $3. Public sails will also be available. Cost for those is $33-$63. more »

Anacortes Arts Festival: Nearly 300 juried booth artists and artists will share their creative wares as part of the 53rd annual Anacortes Arts Festival happening from 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday, throughout historic downtown Anacortes. An indie craft area, "Art at the Port," a working studios area showcase demonstrating blacksmith, stone carving and chalk art, live music and entertainment on three stages, food trucks galore, a hands-on youth area and more will be part of the free, three-day more »

Elements of Nature: Skagit Artists Together present "Elements of Nature" from 12-9pm Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday, and 12-4pm Sunday in Anacortes at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. An opening reception for the 13 artists taking part happens from 6-9pm Friday. more »

Final Downtown Sounds: The Rush tribute band known as the Trees will open the final concert of the 10th annual "Downtown Sounds" summer series from 6-9pm on Bay Street between Woods Coffee and the Pickford Cinema. Voyager will headline the show. The family-friendly event is free, and there'll be local food vendors and a beverage garden. more »

VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. more »

Electric Beet Juice Co. Launch Party: Attend a crowdfunding launch party for the Electric Beet Juice Co. starting at 5:45pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Learn more about plans for the new juice bar, taste concoctions, pose with your favorite produce item in the photo booth, mingle and watch a short video about the business, which is set to open in the next few months at the Bellingham Public Market. more »

Gallery Walk: McCool Gallery, KP Studios, Burton Jewelers, the Majestic Inn & Spa, Scott Milo gallery, the Apothecary Spa, the Depot Arts Center, and others will take part in the First Friday Gallery Walk from 6-9pm throughout downtown Anacortes. The free event also kicks off this weekend's Anacortes Arts Festival. more »

Sin & Gin Tours: The Good Time Girls host a "Sin & Gin Tour" tonight at 7pm starting at the Bureau of Historical Investigation, 217 W. Holly St. The walking tours—which continue Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 28 in downtown Bellingham and historic Fairhaven—feature stories about Bellingham's history and sometimes salacious past. Entry is $15-$19. more »

Salsa on the Green: Take a free Salsa lesson, enjoy a Salsa demo and dance and move your body to the best mix of Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's "Salsa on the Green" from 7-9pm at the Fairhaven Village Green (behind Village Books). The free event is sponsored by Cafe Rumba, Rumba Northwest, and Groove Merchants NW. more »

Tim Greger Doesn’t Understand: Stay up late to catch "Tim Greger Doesn't Understand" at 10pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Interviews, sketches, music and art will be part of the "live educational-variety-talk-show extravaganza hosted by Greger, who will be joined by artist Troy Terpstra, former Upfront mainstay Morgan Grobe, "silver-tongued" Sally Unger, and the Three Brass Boys Band. Tickets are $10. more »

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