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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 22


The Boys in the Boat: Daniel James Brown, the author of The Boys in the Boat—which is the Western Reads selection and is also the Whatcom Reads selection for 2015—reads from the book at 4pm at WWU's Viking Union Multipurpose Room. Entry is free and open to the public. more »

MVHS Fall Concert: Attend a "Fall Choir Concert" featuring the award-winning Mount Vernon High School choirs at 4pm and 7pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $6 for the early show, $8 for the later one. more »

Marketing on a Budget: Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest author Linda Carlson will talk about "Marketing on a Budget" at tonight's Whatcom Writers and Publishers meeting at 6:30pm at Nicki's Bella Marina, 2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Show up at 5:30pm for happy hour. All writers are welcome. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

Adventure Basics: "International & Adventure Travel Basics" will be the focus of a free presentation by Bob Lau at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. {{re-planning and preparation, logistics, equipment and apparel selection, adventure travel activities, and resources will be on the roster. Please register in advance. more »

Indie Publishing: "The World of Independent Publishing" will be the focus of a two-part Chuckanut Readers class from 6-8:30pm tonight and again Oct. 29 at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Author Susan Colleen Browne will lead the way. Cost is $69 (includes both sessions). more »

Garth Nix Reading: Bestselling author Garth Nix reads from his new young adult fantasy novel, Clariel, at 6:30pm at Whatcom Middle School, 810 Halleck St. The tome is the prequel to his Old Kingdom series. Entry is free. more »

Translating Inspiration: Local artists Christian Smith and Ellen Clark will focus on "Translating Inspiration Into Art" at a presentation at 7pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free and no registration is required. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

Jeff Warner: Audiences will become acquainted with the music and everyday lives of 19th century people when Jeff Warner brings his time-traveling expertise to town for a 7:30pm performance at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Dr. Suggested donation is $8-$15 at the door. more »

Comedy at the Shoe: If you like sipping on cocktails and laughing uproariously, attend the weekly "Shoe Me the Funny" comedy showcase starting at 9pm every Wednesday at the Ranch Room at the Horseshoe Cafe, 113 E. Holly St. The event features six comedians vying for your vote, a highlighted comedian, host Mike Cramblett, and chances to win platters of cheesy fries. Entry is free. more »

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