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Cafe Sketches

The art of adventure

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

“Café Sketches,” a lighthearted selection of artists’ travel drawings and paintings, is showing until the end of the month at Perry and Carlson Gallery in Mount Vernon.

The exhibit features line drawing, which since the Renaissance has been acknowledged as the foundation of all visual arts. Gallery co-owner Christian Carlson, an architect himself, selected a number of elegant works by fellow architects as well as other artists. 

Five pencil drawings by Anita Lehmann reveal…

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Sky Gardens

A walk among the flowers

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The road is obscure. It is little-traveled, but by and large is not in bad shape. Along the upper reaches the sides were lined with alpine wildflowers—columbine, lupine, tiger lily, paintbrush, phlox. Glacial ice gleamed blue-green across the plunging valley, its bottom clad in dark conifers. Somewhere down there, invisible from this elevation, a cold, clear creek rushed through the trees.

When the rain stopped, we packed our backpacks and headed up a sort-of-trail that exists on no…

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ICU Roof #2


An optimistic disaster novel

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Author, blogger and activist Cory Doctorow described himself as a “pulp science-fiction writer” while in Bellingham for his latest book tour.

Before turning to writing full time in 2006, Doctorow worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an international digital rights group that provides guidance to governments and courts on issues regarding Internet civil liberties. The EFF has been successful in influencing legislation relating to encryption and email privacy.

All this is…

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Going Green

A chef with a penchant for produce

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I grew beets for years without realizing the greens atop the blood-red root vegetable could be cooked and consumed, and were in fact rich with vitamins C, A, and E.

These days, I’m apt to add them to everything from stir-fries to pasta sauces and omelets, and have even been known to contribute a few leaves to bulk up various pesto concoctions—something else I’ve learned can be made not just with basil, but also with various garden goods such as chives, garlic scapes, arugula and…

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A History of Hate

For more than a century, Sikhs have faced suspicion and violence

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The 1907 episode in a seaside timber town in Washington came to be known as the Bellingham Riots. Really, though, there were no riots.

There was a pogrom.

At the time, the United States was suffering through deep economic distress, a panic-filled recession that had begun the year before. Angry anti-immigrant sentiment was ascendant. And hundreds of Sikh men who had traveled from India to Bellingham to toil in the lumber mills paid the price.

Some 500 white men, many of them members…

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On Stage

No Borders

Asperger’s Are Us

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The members of Asperger’s Are Us appreciate it when people enjoy their shows, but they’d also like it to be known that the sketch comedy they’ve been generating together off and on since meeting in 2010 isn’t designed to do anything other than make themselves—and other people—laugh.

“It’s about improving people’s standards for comedy,” cast member Noah Britton says of the group that formed after he met New Michael Ingemi, Jack Hanke, and Ethan Finlan at a summer camp for kids on…

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The Green Frog

Four walls and a grilled cheese

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Like all of you, I have spent the past several weeks ingesting the bulk of my musical intake in the great outdoors. From parks to fields to beer gardens to amphitheaters to the streets themselves, no al fresco spot has been safe from the seasonal sonic onslaught.

I’m certainly not complaining. The ability to wander into a concert at many of my favorite outdoor haunts is one of the things I remember fondly and wistfully during the dark days of winter.

But after the orgy of outdoor…

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Logan Lucky

A Southern tall tale

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky is a high-spirited, lowdown blast. It’s a let’s-rob-the-racetrack heist comedy set in that all-American place that even rednecks would have no problem calling redneck country: the land of NASCAR and child beauty pageants, spangly long fingernails and roadside biker-bar brawls, and—these days being what they are—chronic unemployment and spiritual stagnation. The script, by Rebecca Blunt (it’s her first, and it’s a beauty), exploits the Southern…

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The Gristle
The Missing Middle

THE MISSING MIDDLE: Two eddies converged into a stream at Bellingham City Council this week, each carrying the effluent that the City of Subdued Excitement is quickly becoming a place where few of common means can live.

“There’s affordable housing that is subsidized, and then there is…

Alan Rhodes
and the Livin’ is Lazy

Ah, summer: the outdoor concerts, Saturdays at the Farmers Market, evening walks around Lake Padden, all beneath the benevolent canopy of thick gray smoke blowing down from Canadian forest fires.

I turn shiftless and irresponsible during these summer days, which makes writing 750 words on…

A culture of cruelty

Since 2012, I’ve accompanied Western Washington University students to the Arizona/Mexico border with No More Deaths, an organization that aims to end death and suffering in the Sonora…

A bath of disquietude

I consider the rise to power of the madman in the White House. He burst onto the political scene with the lie that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Like any good con man he noted the political…

Lipstick on a pig

In a recent editorial, Republican Reps. Van Buys and Van Werven attempted to put lipstick on a pig (no offense to pig-lovers here).
The pig is the Republican hostage taking of a bipartisan…

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Northwest Washington Fair


Performances by Night Ranger, Scotty McCreery, and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias will be a few of the highlights of the annual Northwest Washington Fair taking place from 9am-11pm Monday through…

Bicycle Noir


You’ll need a two-wheeled conveyance to take part in Bicycle Noir, which hits the streets at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday starting at Cafe Velo (120 Prospect St.) and…

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals…

Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours…

Bard on the Beach


Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s…

Skagit River Shakespeare Festival Finale


Shakespeare Northwest concludes its 15th annual Skagit River Shakespeare Festival this weekend with showings of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at 7pm Thursday and Saturday at the Rexville…

An Iliad


Power, humor and poetry can be expected when Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao presents Lisa Peterson’s and Denis O’Hare’s adaptation of the ancient Greek classic An Iliad at 7:30pm Thursday through…

The Cemetery Club


The “life comedy” play The Cemetery Club concludes this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The plot follows three Jewish…



Actress Kimberly Richards of Late Nite Catechism fame stars as a woman who has just survived her 50th birthday and refuses to slide gently into middle age at the final showings of Help! My…

Plover Rides


The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Plover Ferry Rides


The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Sin & Gin Tours


Guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history at Good Time Girls’ “Sin & Gin” tours every Friday and Saturday through August starting at 4pm at…

The Heroes


Follow a team of heroes as they take on villains to save the world—while battling their own interpersonal problems—when “The Heroes” returns to the stage with 9pm shows Friday and…

Lynden Breakfast


All are welcome at a Community Breakfast from 8-11am at Lynden’s VFW Hall, 7011 Hannegan Rd. Entry is $6 (kids 5 and under are free) and includes pancakes or French toast, eggs, sausage and…

Ferndale 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…

Twin Sisters Farmers Market


Affordable, Whatcom County-grown produce can be procured at the Twin Sisters Farmers Market from 9am-3pm at the parking lot at Nugents Corner, and 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork…

Cascade Days


A parade, a “Dump Run,” chain saw carving, car and pet shows, a chalk art competition, jam and jelly contests, craft and food vendors, ice carving, a duck race and more will be part of the…

Mount Vernon Farmers Market


The 30th season of the Mount Vernon Farmers Market continues from 9am-2pm Saturdays through mid-October at the city’s Riverfront Plaza. A Wednesday Market takes place from 11am-4pm weekly…

Anacortes Farmers Market


Garden goods by approximately 60 vendors and more will be part of the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through October at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.

Rummage Sale


Collectibles, tools, children’s items, furniture, books, sporting items, bedding, clothing, dishes and lots of miscellaneous items can be found at a large Rummage Sale happening from…

Blaine Gardeners Market


Homegrown and handmade farm products, baked goods, arts and crafts and more can be found at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through October at the city’s H Street Plaza.

Lummi Island Saturday Market


Produce sales, entertainment, games and more will be part of a Lummi Island Market taking place from 10am-1pm Saturdays through Sept. 2 next to the Islander grocery store, 2106 S. Nugent Rd.…

Boots & Brews


Lynden Line Dancers will team up with Heroes and Horses to host a “Boots & Brews” fundraiser featuring live music, an auction, barbecue goods, brews, a 50/50 raffle and line dancing (with a…

Lummi Art & Small Business Fair


Shop for authentic tribal art and support local Native businesses at a Lummi Art & Small Business Fair from 10am-3pm at the Lummi Te’Ti’Sen Center, 4920 Rural Ave. Artists will be on hand at…

Bellingham Farmers Market


The 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Every week, a plethora of produce,…

Summer Garden Party


Enjoy fun in the sun and food samples from local farmers and producers at the final Summer Garden Party of the season taking place from 11am-3pma at the garden center at Mount Vernon’s Skagit…

Skagit Woodstock


The Jimmy Wright Band, Bucula, Never Cry, Expertease, and High Voltage will perform at the eighth annual “Skagit Woodstock” Festival and Rockin’ Car Show taking place from 11:30am-10pm at…

Plover Rides


The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Plover Ferry Rides


The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Farm to Glass Distillery Tours


Attend Farm to Glass Distillery Tours at 12pm or 2pm Saturday and Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Attendees can learn about agricultural practices, cider-making and the…

Nooksack River Walk


Learn about salmon, discover native plants and find bugs at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s Nooksack River Walk starting at 3pm in Glacier at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead. The…

Kulshan Chorus Variety Show


Musical performances by Yesterday’s Playboys, the Sonja Lee Band, Summer Jam, Geoff Morgan and Friends, Mhondoro Marimba, and the Atlantics will be part of a Kulshan Chorus Variety Show and…



View the second showing of the Netflix Original series Cooked, with Michael Pollan, at 5:15pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. The free event also features raffle…

Summer of Love


Wear ’60s-era duds and listen and dance to the classic rock sounds of the Walrus at a “Summer of Love” fundraiser hosted by the Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts from 5-8pm at the Heart…

Joke-Telling Contest


The Friends of the Point Roberts Library will host its annual Joke-Telling Contest from 7-9:30pm at the Point Roberts Community Center, 1487 Gulf Rd. Win and get your name on the prestigious…

Salish Stories


Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s River Steward volunteers for an interactive community event, Salish Stories, from 7-9pm at the fire pit outside of Glacier’s Chair 9,…

Salsa Night


Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest’s bimonthly “Salsa Night” taking place from 9:30pm-12am on the first and third Saturdays…

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