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Music

Record Store Day

Let your freak flag fly

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Most days of the year—almost all of them, in fact—Avalon Records leads a pretty unassuming life. It has been holding down the same corner of downtown Bellingham at Railroad Avenue and Magnolia Street for three decades, and owes a decent portion of its longevity to its nonmusical inventory. Odds are, if you have ever had use for a bong, a tapestry for your wall or bed, a poster of “The Great Wave of Kanagawa,” incense, cheeky stickers or a hacky sack, you have purchased one or more…

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Food

Sustainable Sipping

Inside Bellingham Beer Week

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

If it were possible to save the world simply by drinking beer, Bellingham would be way ahead of the game.

This observation is not based solely on the premise that a city of 80,000 enthusiastically supports a whopping 10 breweries (and counting). It’s also predicated on the fact that this year’s Bellingham Beer Week—which kicks off Fri., April 21 with events at the Local, Elizabeth Station, McKay’s Taphouse, and Kulshan Brewery and concludes Sat., April 29 with April Brew’s…

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Words

History and Fiction

The true cost of war

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Quick: name the ship whose sinking is responsible for the most deaths. The Titanic? 1,500. Lusitania? 1,198. Bismarck? 2,000.

No. The dubious honor goes to the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a German military transport ship that sank off the coast of Poland in January 1945, torpedoed by a Russian submarine.

Between 9,400-10,582 people were estimated to be onboard. More than 5,000 of them were children. Most died. Several other ships also sank during Operation Hannibal, Germany’s desperate…

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On Stage

Canada or Bust

Help! I’m American!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

When asked if he’d consider deflecting when he takes his “Help! I’m American!” sketch comedy show north for a five-month Canadian Fringe Festival tour later this spring, actor and improviser DK Reinemer admits that the original title of the one-man performance piece was almost “American and Looking”—indicating he’d be up for moving to Justin Trudeau’s stomping grounds if he met the right gal.

These insights, among others, can be gleaned when the former Bellinghamster and current Los…

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Visual

Textile Talk

Waste not, want not

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I was rooting through a gigantic pile of clothes at Shuksan Middle School’s annual fundraising sale last weekend when one of the organizers announced that, since the event was in its final hour, all clothing could be purchased for 50 cents per bag.

As my boyfriend patiently waited below the stage where the men’s and women’s choices were scattered pell-mell, I burrowed deeper into the mountain of fabric, pulling out items I thought might fit my form and tossing them to him. I didn’t…

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News

Science Week

Earth Day and the March for Science

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It’s no coincidence that Earth Day, the first anniversary of the signing of the climate agreement, and the March for Science are all taking place on the same day, April 22. It is the people’s day. It has been the people’s day since 1970, when Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.), Rep. Pete McCloskey (R-Calif.), and lead organizer Denis Hayes turned out 20 million ordinary citizens in what is still regarded as the largest-ever single social mobilization effort in world history.

The…

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Outdoors

March for Science

A push for climate control

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Late last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt called for an exit from the climate change-related Paris Agreement.

Dubbed a “historic turning point” in the goal of reducing global warming by France’s foreign minister, the language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries—including the United States—and was adopted by consensus on Dec. 12, 2015. It was opened for signature at a ceremony in New York City on Earth Day 2016,…

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Film

The Lost City of Z

Welcome to the jungle

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Is James Gray the best American filmmaker most Americans haven’t heard of?

Critics love him, and with good reason. His The Immigrant was a beautifully photographed and complex tale of 1920s New York strivers. Pictures like The Yards and We Own the Night took on crime and family and class.

Yet studios have been less supportive (Harvey Weinstein reportedly tried to butcher The Immigrant, and when Gray fought him, petulantly dumped it, instead). And audiences haven’t exactly flocked…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm

RoozenGaarde

If you were to wend your way to RoozenGaarde, you would find field after field ablaze with the tulips for which the area is so famous. It is a carefully cultivated, wholly natural wonder of the world, and it draws thousands every year who make the pilgrimage to the Skagit Valley to take in the riot of color that has made the region famous. But the tulip fields, while certainly a sight unto themselves, are merely the gateway to a county that boasts a rich history of agriculture and art, and is inhabited by folks who proudly hew to a fiercely local lifestyle. With its distinct and disparate cities and towns, natural beauty from field to sea and the miles of scenic routes and backroads that link it all, there is much treasure to found in Skagit, if only you know where to look. What follows is that which you’ve deemed the region’s best, the places that have earned your votes and your love, the ones that exist right in your own bountiful backyard.

Best of Skagit compiled by Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Tim Johnson, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat. Photos by Jessamyn Tuttle

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The Gristle
April Showers 2

APRIL SHOWERS 2: More rain is on the horizon, but with rising temperatures and buds in bloom, spring has clearly arrived. We described last week the conditions months of elevated rainfall has created on the region’s steep slopes and high country, but what of the lowlands?

“The…

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Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions and the unleashing of police power

As the world focusses on state violence from Syria to Iraq to Yemen to North Korea, the groundwork is being laid in the United States for unchecked state violence here at home. Donald Trump is making good on at least one of his many campaign promises: promoting unfettered police power. His…

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Letters
Rebuild economies we’ve destroyed

In the context of the crimes committed by the United States since 1945—the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the…

Be thoughtful 
to wildlife

Boaters in Southern California were recently asked to look out for a gray whale entangled in what was most likely…

A fight for the soul of America

I have growing concern for the immigration policies in the United States that are being enforced today. Those policies have…

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Today's Events
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am

The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition…

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am

The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able…

All-Paces Run

6:00pm

Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on…

Beyond Cod

6:30pm

Robert Fong teams up with guest Tim Shea, owner of the new Hundred North, for a “Black Cod and Beyond” class from 6:30-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. The event will…

Bellingham Reads

6:30pm

Discuss Denise Kiernan’s The Girls of Atomic City at a Bellingham Reads book discussion from 6:30-7:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. This group is open to all and new…

Skagit Folk Dancers

7:00pm

Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to…

Books on Tap

7:00pm

Ferndale Library staff member Stacy Paull will lead a “Books on Tap” gathering at 7pm at Maggie’s Pub, 2030 Main St. Tonight’s selection is Jason Reynolds’ All American…

Tides Talk

7:00pm

North Cascades Audubon Society will host a ‘Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” presentation with Jonathan White at 7pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. White will…

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