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LeAnn Rimes

Making Patsy proud

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Although she is just halfway into her third decade of life, LeAnn Rimes has somehow been a working musician for 27 years. During that time, the country singer has toured the world several times over, released multiplatinum albums, won a pair of Grammys, nabbed three Academy of Country Music awards, scored a Country Music Association Award, has an even dozen Billboard Music awards to her credit and is responsible for the single most successful song of the 1990s. In her spare time, and…

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Take Flight

Winter is for the birds

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

In the dreary winter months in the Pacific Northwest, the urge to take flight to warmer climes can be overwhelming. But if your wings are clipped until spring, don’t despair. January is ripe with opportunities to observe the majestic birds that spend the season here, and you can live vicariously through their abilities to soar.

For the next two weekends—from 10am-4pm Jan. 20-21 and Jan. 27-28—the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Rockport’s Howard Miller Steelhead…

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Eggs and Tomatoes

An international affair

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hypothetically, say you find yourself hosting some Syrian or Mexican folk. No big deal, just an impromptu mid-winter brunch in some sunny American kitchen. But suppose the pantry is running on empty, and all you have to cook are eggs, and some kind of tomato sauce. Now the gang must decide, should we have our tomatoes and eggs Mexican-, Syrian-, or American-style?

Eggs, cooked with tomato sauce, or served with tomato sauce, is universal. The Portuguese version is called baked eggs on…

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On Stage

Broad Comedy

When feminism is funny

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

In a clever sketch dubbed “The United States Extreme Right Cheerleading Squad,” the talented women of Broad Comedy execute some sweet moves while “rah-rah-rah-ing” about everything from not being worried about climate change (because of Armageddon) to gay marriage (“Who needs equal rights when you’re white and straight?”) to gun rights (“I’m ecstatic and emphatic about my semi-automatic”).

They’re spot on in getting their satiric points across—all with smiles on their faces and…

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Phantom Thread

A well-spun tale

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The delectable peculiarities of Phantom Thread come from all over, from countless inspirations. Some are cinematic: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 Gothic standard Rebecca, for one, and David Lean’s little-known and fascinating 1949 romantic triangle The Passionate Friends, for another.

Other inspirations are personal, presumably, since a movie this distinctive in its delicate perversity is likely saying something about the preoccupations and ambitions of its writer/director, Paul Thomas…

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Oscar Buzz

Reading versus viewing

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Every January, buzz about the Academy Awards starts to build in anticipation of the big event in March. And every year, I make a resolution to see more of the nominated films before the winners are announced. 

For me, there’s always a dilemma; if the movie is based on a book, should I wait to read the book first, then see the film? Here are four of last year’s Oscar contenders, all based on books, with time-saving suggestions about reading vs. viewing. 

Fredrik Backman’s A Man…

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Food Justice

Forums explore issues of 
migrant labor

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

On August 6, 2017, Honesto Silva Ibarra, a farmworker in Sumas, died after exposure to brutal working conditions—inadequate food and water, as well as high temperatures and dangerous levels of air pollution from forest fires.

The unnecessary death of this farmworker brought home to Whatcom County the reality of guest worker programs. Silva Ibarra was one of more than 500 workers brought to work on Sarbanand Farms in Sumas on an H-2A visa as a guest worker. Only one other farm in…

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Creative Uprising

Of marching and mending

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

At last year’s Women’s March on Bellingham, the streets of the downtown core were packed to the gills with citizens of varying ages, ethnicities, sexualities and genders. If the many thousands of humans who joined the throng hadn’t been there to give voice to the fact that they were opposed to the pussy-grabbing, climate-change-denying, racist septuagenarian who had recently been elected to the highest office in the land, the sunny January day would’ve been a splendid one.

That said,…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Band

The Wednesdays

Music scenes, including ours, have traditionally been boys’ clubs—but the Wednesdays win in this category is a welcome indication of a change that has been a long time in coming. Unabashedly feminist and unapologetically political, the Wednesdays are making music with a message—and people are listening. With a motto of “Dismantling the patriarchy by day, playing basement blues punk by night,” coupled with an electrifying live show, the Wednesdays are making their mark and making it count.

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The Gristle
New Energy

NEW ENERGY: Environmental groups descended on the state Capitol this week, urging aggressive action on climate change. The climate in Olympia seems friendly to that action.

Governor Jay Inslee delivered his 2018 State of the State address earlier this month at the opening of the…

Backyard Cottages

Behind the bureaucratic acronym “DADU” are many benefits to the homeowners, retirees, rentersand working people of Bellingham. Detached Accessory Dwelling Units can help address Bellingham’s housing shortage, provide opportunities for aging in place, and preserve ecosystems and…

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Down the Hatch

I see that Orrin Hatch, the senior Senator from Utah, is set to end his Senate career after 40 years.
I’ll miss him: his upright Mormon righteousness, his stately presence and, most of all,…

Big numbers

Yep! $6.5 trillion is a big number but you ain’t seen nothing yet.
The ledger “errors” noted in a recent article on a Defense Department audit were simply an absence of “journal…

Supply and demand in housing forms

A housing shortage, like the one we have in Bellingham, does not discriminate based on political ideology. Imagine a socialist world where all homes are owned by the city, which has no profit…

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Today's Events
Cascade Games Convention


Bring your favorite board, card and tabletop games to the inaugural CascadeCon (Cascade Games Convention) from 9am-12am Friday through Sunday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris…

Garage Sale and Health Fair


Attend a Student Nurse Organization Garage Sale from 12-4pm Friday at Bellingham Technical College’s Settlemyer Hall, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. From 8am-3pm Saturday, the sale will continue and…

Bellingham Folk Festival


Workshops, performances, dances and jams for all ages and abilities will be part of the Bellingham Folk Festival, which takes place from 4:30-9:30pm Friday, 9am-9:30pm Saturday, and 1-9:30pm…



Roller disco, Greek muses, an original score composed by a couple of pop-rock legends and forbidden love will all make appearances when Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 13-17…

The Flick


Western Washington University professor Rich Brown directs staged readings of The Flick at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry to experience…

Space Trek, Backyard Brawl


Audience members will provide the suggestions that inspire improvised missions when they climb aboard the USS Upfront for showings of “Space Trek” at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays through January…

Pancake Breakfast


Choose from pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy at a Pancake Breakfast happening from 8-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $2.50 for kids and $6 for adults…

VFW Breakfast


Enjoy a meal of pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage and a beverage at a Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-11am the Lynden VFW Hall, 7011 Hannegan Rd. Entry is $6 (free for kids 5 and under).

Mason Bee Management


Attend a “Managing Mason Bee Pollinators for the Season Ahead” presentation at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Jim Ullrich, the new owner of Knox Cellars Bees, will explain the…

Smoking Crow Opening


Live music, talks by reps from Heylo Cannabis, Raven Grass, and Sugarleaf Farm, discounts on products and more will be part of a Grand Opening celebration taking place from 9am-8pm at Smoking…

Plant Society Field Trip


Join members of the Washington Native Plant Society for a “Birch Bay and Semiahmoo: Plants and Birds in Winter” excursion starting at 10am at the BP Heron Center in Birch Bay State Park (a…

Nordic Ski Ambassadors


Nordic Ski Ambassadors from the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club will be on hand to share their knowledge from 10am-2pm at the SnoPark at Salmon Ridge (mile 46.9 of the Mount Baker Highway). Demos,…

Skagit Eagle Festival


Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 20th annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place from 10am-4pm most Saturdays and…

March on Bellingham


Attend a Women’s March on Bellingham at 10am starting at Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St. If you’re interested in marching for unity, equity, justice and humanity, join and have your…

Winter Farmers Market


A plethora of vendors will have edible and creative offerings for sale at the first Winter Market of the season at the Bellingham Farmers Market’s Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave.…

Travel to Cuzco and Machu PIcchu


Local resident and world traveler Lawrence Pang will take you on a virtual tour using video clips and photos of his visits to locations around the world at a “Travel to Cuzco and Machu…

Cedar Weaving Workshop


Learn about cedar weaving from Lummi artists Lee and Isabelle Plaster at a Cedar Weaving Workshop taking place from 2-4pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Entry is free; register in…

Teddy Bear Biographies


Kids in grades K-5 can bring their favorite teddy bear (or any stuffed toy) to a “Teddy Bear Biography” event taking place from 2-3:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. They’ll work…

Learn to Grow a Vegetable Garden


Join staff from Everson’s Cloud Mountain Farm Center for a practical overview of how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year at a “Learn to Grow a Vegetable Garden”…

Mona Openings


An opening reception for “Holly Andres: The Homecoming,” “Katie Creyts: Wilderland,” “For the Masses: Prints and Printmaking from the Permanent Collection,” and “Through Their Eyes: A…

Mysticism in Art


“Mysticism in Art: How Skagit Valley Artists are Carrying the Baton for the Big Four Mystics” will be the focus of a “Skagit Topic” panel discussion from 2-4pm at La Conner’s Skagit County…

Exploring Port


Attend “Exploring Port” from 2-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. The free event will feature fortified wine tastings from around the globe. Chad Slansky from Seattle’s C…

The Fight Against Human Trafficking


Sue Ann Heutink will share current information about trafficking in the United States and around the world at a presentation on “The Fight Against Human Trafficking” from 3-4:30pm at the…

Kindgom Quest


Hear more about a courageous 13-year-old named Kate and her epic quest into an enchanting new country when former Sumas resident Karl Petersen reads from his middle grade fiction book, The…

Music and Memories


Blackstone and Burnett will be the featured entertainment at a “Music and Memories” fundraiser benefiting the Branford House and Gentry House from 5-9pm in Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino &…

Robert Burns Supper


A festive dinner, haggis, whiskey, poetry readings, highland dance and more will be part of the 26th annual Robert Burns Supper happening from 5:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Littlefield…

Ensemble Electra


As part of the Firefly Concert Series, Electra Ensemble will perform at 7:30pm at Lynden’s Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The Seattle-based trio comprised of Vicki Boeckman (recorder),…

The Good Lovelies


Expect to hear new material from the upcoming album Shapeshifters when the Canadian folk and country trio known as the Good Lovelies return to Mount Vernon for a 7:30pm performance at the…

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea


Plunge into a multi-sensory experience with unforgettable characters, eye-popping projections and interactive audience technology when Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea shows at 7:30pm at…

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