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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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This Week

The Gristle


ALOHA: Hello and goodbye to the Bellingham Public Development Authority, and with it the latest stumble in the city’s journey to employ public land as the nucleus to fuel an urban village planning concept. The BPDA died without a whimper last week after Bellingham City Council declined to discuss restoring the organization’s funding to the mayor’s proposed 2015-16 biennial budget. The BPDA board met the following day and terminated the contract with its executive director, Jim Long.

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Art Chantry

Bellingham’s poster boy

Because I am a person of a certain age, as long as I’ve been into music, I’ve been an admirer of the work of Art Chantry.

At this point in his career, Chantry has been long hailed as a graphic artist of unusual vision and influence, and his work has hung in museums from the Museum of Modern Art to the Louvre to the Smithsonian. When I first encountered his work, grunge was rapidly becoming Seattle’s soundtrack but was not yet a word, and Chantry was busy putting his distinctive stamp all

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Raspberry Redo

From simple to sublime


It is a grey, chilly Monday morning and no amount of Earl Grey tea will warm my soul. I’m trying to stay positive and think good thoughts about dark days, dead leaves and itchy sweaters, but it’s hard. The passing of summer and the imminence of winter months have gotten me down and, sadly, it’s only October.

I revert to my favorite method of surviving the cold: I bake. I do not hibernate, like a bear, although a long nap somewhere in the mountains sounds heavenly. I do not fly to Tahiti.

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On Stage

Halloween Preludes

Scaring up a good time

In Bellingham, Halloween isn’t just a one-night affair. Historically speaking, its residents love to celebrate spookiness throughout the entire month of October. To that end, I’d like to draw your attention to three events happening before the calendar hits Oct. 31.

Last Friday night, the early Hellingham show at the Upfront Theatre was sold out, so my friends and I had to repair to a nearby bar to wait for the late one. It wasn’t a big surprise that we were turned away; the event has become

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Accreted Terraine

An artist’s amusement park


Guest curator David Francis offers a cornucopia of delights in “Accreted Terraine,” the new exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art. This theme challenged 42 artists to depict things that multiply or accumulate.

Many of the artists have backgrounds in the natural sciences and their work depicts data accumulation, such as Adele Caemmerer’s “Morning watch, 3 weeks Rickshaws and Green Buses.”  Some of the creations are lovely to look at, like Russell Prather’s “Loaf,” which glows

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Transition Time

Last call in the North Cascades

A majestic coda to summer’s music, autumn in the North Cascades is a resolving chord that is allowed to ring out like the concluding passage of a tone poem, settling the nerves and invigorating the adventurous spirit. Extinguishing the forest fires of summer and preparing us for the winter ahead.

But October is fading fast, my friends, and soon it will be November.

November is—despite what the calendar may say—winter. And we know what that means. So savor October while it’s here and urge

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Just Do It

Make a Difference Day


It’s apt that our Best of Bellingham issue is coming out during the same time frame that the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County is once again taking the lead in organizing its 22nd annual “Make a Difference Day.”

The Volunteer Center’s program director, Hollie Moe, says the late October event—which this year happens throughout the day on Sat., Oct. 25—always brings out the best in those living in our burg, but also points out that residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County can be counted

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John Wick

Man’s best friend

There are no good guys in John Wick, but there are some great actors working alongside Keanu Reeves in his darkest and most tormented role yet: a stunningly lethal contract killer who goes on a rampage after a Russian thug murders his dog. Yes, his dog. If you can stomach the setup, then the rest is pure revenge-movie gold, as Reeves reminds what a compelling action star he can be, while the guy who served as his stunt double in The Matrix makes a remarkably satisfying directorial debut,

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Oct 23


Anything Goes: Stowaways, mistaken identity and hilarity will all make appearances when the Tony Award-winning musical Anything Goes concludes this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Entry is $20. more »

Zombie Asylum: A "Zombie Asylum" Haunted House will be open from 7-10pm nightly through Nov. 1 at the former Billy McHale's site at 4301 Guide Meridian. Entry is $15. more »

Vietnam Plays at WWU: View two plays honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War when Streamers and Piece of My Heart—works that explore the full spectrum of the Vietnam experience—have alternate-night showings from Oct. 23-Nov. 1 at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7-$12. more »

Internship and Volunteer Fair: Western Washington University Career Services Center will host a "Community Internship and Volunteer Fair" from 12-4pm at the Viking Union Multipurpose Room. More than 55 employers are seeking students and others looking for professional experience from a broad array of backgrounds and majors for full- and part-time internships. Entry is free. more »

Lynden Farmers Market: Procure fresh, seasonal fare from local farmers at at the final Lynden Farmers Market of the season which happens from 12-5pm at 324 Front Street. The market season ends next week on Thurs., Oct. 30. more »

Teddy Bear Run: Join staff from Fairhaven Runners for a five-mile social run starting at 5:30pm at the Interurban Trail rotary trailhead parking lot off Old Fairhaven Pkwy. The group will make its way to Teddy Bear Cove via the Interurban Trail and Arroyo Park. The free event will also include Zensah demos and raffles. more »

Mt. Baker Film Fest: Attend the 15th annual Mt. Baker Film Fest starting at 7:45pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In addition to the great selection of winter sports clips from local and international filmmakers, there's be a Vendor Expo starting at 6pm with local ski and board shop businesses, a photo booth, games and prizes (including a Mt. Baker season pass). Entry is $8-$10 (free for season pass-holders). more »

Raw Tricks and Treats: Master live foods chef Bruce Horowitz leads a "Raw Tricks and Treats" class from 6:30-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. In addition to getting a mix of raw recipes, everyone will leave with a goodie bag. Entry is $39. more »

Life’s Purpose: Stacie Zinn Roberts will lead an interactive presentation based on her book How to Live Your Passion & Fulfill Your Dreams from 6:30-9pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Roberts will lead the audience through a series of exercises, culminating with the creation of a strategic plan to help you take the next step toward the life you truly desire. Entry is free. more »

Your Life is a Book: Join writing teacher and author Brenda Peterson and a few of her published students for a panel discussion dubbed "Your Life is a Book: How to Craft & Publish Your Memoir" at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is free. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

Skylight: Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in the National Theatre Live production of David Hare's Skylight at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets to see the play on the big screen are $12-$16; an additional showing happens at 2pm Sun., Nov. 2. more »

Serial Killers, Round One: Six teams will present 10-minute 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, the audience will vote to kill one of the plays, with the remaining teams fighting to stay alive—and win $1,000—at weekly shows through Nov. 20. Entry is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. A five-week pass is available for $36. (P.S. If you miss a week, a recap team will get you up to date.) more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

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