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Music

Oak Harbor Music Festival

It takes an island

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Not far away lies a music festival. One that takes please each year during Labor Day weekend. One that features a diverse array of artists playing on multiple stages, and focuses on art as well as music. One where you can spend a single day or devote your entire weekend to its offerings. One that’s free and open to everyone. One at which trying to park won’t take a bite out of your wallet and years off your life.

Toto, I don’t think we’re talking about Bumbershoot anymore.…

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Outdoors

Fun in the Sun

Picnic at Point Whitehorn

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

“Now this is my kind of trail,” the Lady of the House fawned as we breezed across the first of many elevated walkways that help mediate the established access route from the parking area to the beach at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve. 

“Glad to hear it,” I said, struggling to maintain my composure as the cloying heft of our overstuffed picnic backpack began to wobble and sag against my right shoulder blade.

“If it makes you happy, it makes me happy,” I added with a…

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Food

Empire Alehouse

Back on the scene in Skagit

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mount Vernon is a good town for pubs, and there are plenty of them. For years, one of the cornerstone pubs of downtown was the Empire Alehouse, and there was much lamentation when the owner decided to retire and put it up for sale last year. Therefore there was much rejoicing when the Empire reopened earlier this summer under new management.

Over the years, the Empire’s space has grown. The original no-minors barroom, with doors opening onto Gates Street, is dark and cozy. The wood…

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On Stage

Culture Club

Fiesta for Cuba

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Among the many things Stephanie Morrero misses when she and her husband Yoel leave Trinidad, Cuba and return to Bellingham is the constant music and dancing that can be found on the Caribbean island.

“I miss the people out and about anytime, anyplace,” Morrero says. “I miss the warmth of the sun, the culture and the people. I miss my family. I miss Havana Club rum, too. I don’t miss not having instant access to internet, to stores, to transportation. I don’t miss the daily…

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Visual

Island Insights

A good reason for a getaway

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I have often retreated to the relative peace and quiet of our family’s cabin on Lummi Island when the real world gets to be too much to handle. Examples include the second time George W. Bush was elected president; when I got the news my 98-year-old grandmother had passed away; and avoiding pretty much any holiday that involves large amounts of people driving to and fro.

With Labor Day weekend on the immediate horizon, I’m once again considering vamoosing to the land mass. While it’s…

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News

'The Mother of All Risks'

Insurance giants call to stop bankrolling fossil fuels

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Warning that climate change amounts to the “mother of all risks,” three of the world’s biggest insurance companies this week are demanding that G20 countries stop bankrolling the fossil fuels industry.

Multi-national insurance giants Aviva, Aegon, and Amlin, which together manage $1.2 trillion in assets, released a statement this week calling on the leaders of the world’s biggest economies to commit to ending coal, oil, and gas subsidies within four years.

“Climate change in…

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Words

Hammock Time

An end-of-summer reading list

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I’ve spent much of the past three months working on various house and yard projects and gazing longingly at the hammock in the backyard from afar. With the countdown to the end of summer nearly upon us, I’m planning to put down the paintbrushes and yard implements and re-read a few books from the comfort of the outdoor hangout. I looked to a “Best Beach Books Ever” poll NPR listed a few years back for inspiration on my yesteryear quest, and found a few gems.

Since acquiring a Kindle,…

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Film

Yoga Hosers

Pass the dutchie

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kevin Smith‘s Yoga Hosers is a flabby, goofy, comically inert cartoon that pits two teen clerks against Canadian Nazis and little creatures made of sausage.

Much like his prior film Tusk, which was born from a podcast, this movie has the vibe of a stoned conversation splashed on the screen. Smith is making movies for himself (which can be admirable) and seemingly for extended and in-joke-aware fans.

Yoga Hosers is Smith doing an ’80s teen comedy, but its primary comic voice is…

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Film

Miss Sharon Jones!

The soul of a soul singer

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Miss Sharon Jones? Though the actual title for the soul singer’s soul-bearing docu-portrait ends with an emphatic, life-affirming exclamation point, audiences could be forgiven for phrasing it as a question instead: Just who is this tiny musical dynamo, who finds the energy not only to thrash and shimmy like a pint-sized Tina Turner onstage but also to battle it out with pancreatic cancer behind the scenes—and more importantly, why haven’t we heard of her before?

For those who know…

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The Gristle
Much ADU about nothing

Much ADU about nothing: A generational rift has opened on Bellingham City Council, but might it represent a more fundamental and lasting division on public policy and the role of democratic process?

City Council this week retreated from their earlier, divided decision to remove the…

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Letters
Truth and Consequences

Truth: Hillary Clinton is truth-challenged
Consequences: Even her supporters question her honesty.
Truth: As Secretary of State she…

Orwellian doublethink

Seems that “the Donald” (“the Bad Hairdo” and “the Orange-Faced Monster” were already taken) is accusing Hillary Clinton of being…

When it rains, it pours

In the United States, mostly in southern states, there have been eight “500-year” precipitation events in the past 15 months! Andrew Subin

Today's Events
Bard on the Beach

12:00pm

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th “Bard on the Beach” season at Vancouver, BC’s…

Boating Center Open

12:00pm

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,…

Bellingham City Club Meeting

11:30am

“The 2016 Election as an MRI on America” will be the focus of a Bellingham City Club luncheon at 11:30am at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. The presentation will be led by celebrated…

Wednesday Market

12:00pm

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…

Lynden Book Club

12:30pm

Adults can share what they’re reading and gain ideas for their next read at a Book Enthusiasts Book Club meeting from 12:30-1:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Don’t worry if you don’t…

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market

3:00pm

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

6:00pm

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 great for beginners or for…

Group Run

6:00pm

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 great for beginners or for…

Brewers Cruise

6:30pm

Tonight’s “Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise” will feature liquid fare from Boundary Bay Brewery, RAM Brewing, and Black Raven Brewing at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises’ dock at the Bellingham Cruise…

The Gun Show

8:00pm

Bellingham TheatreWorks presents The Gun Show at 8pm at the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The one-man performance featuring actor Ian Bivins “jumps into the middle…

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