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Halloween in the City of Subdued Excitement

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Recently, I was trying to convey to a recent Bellingham transplant the degree to which Bellingham loses its collective mind every Halloween. I explained the “Thriller” dancers, the elaborate costuming that occurs, the plentiful parties and even that guy who rides through downtown every Oct. 31 on his horse. Yet the newly minted Bellinghamster (or “Bellinghammer,” as he prefers it) remained skeptical, despite my descriptive efforts.

Perhaps his cynical viewpoint has to do with…

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Death Happens

Let’s talk about your choices

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

We all die, but there is no dress rehearsal for dying.

Most of us wish for a peaceful death, yet most of us do not plan for our deaths or have any ideas about steps we could take and the choices we can make to increase the likelihood that this wish will be realized. 

Currently, the treatments provided at the end-of-life are driven by medical decisions and insurance mandates; they often focus on an unrealizable goal for a cure. Decisions about next treatments and the trajectory of…

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On Stage

Pushed to Poison

Arsenic and Old Lace

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When the Northwest Washington Theatre Group cast local actor and improviser Joan Prinz as Martha Brewer in the black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, they probably never imagined she’d get so deep into her character that she’d believe she was actually one-half of a murderous duo. We caught up with Joan—excuse us, Martha—to find out what pushed her to poison.

Cascadia Weekly: Thanks for speaking with us today, Martha. How’s life at the Happy Dale Sanitarium?

Martha Brewer: Oh, Abby…

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Night Shine

Escape from Devil’s Canyon

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When my supervisor at Bighorn National Forest informed me that I was about to spend my final scheduled workday of the season retrieving two government-issued chainsaws from a tool cache at the bottom of Devil’s Canyon all by myself, I accepted her directive compliantly, but with a caveat.

“It’s not that I mind saving somebody else the trouble,” I said, “but before I undertake a 12-mile hike through the stygian depths of northern Wyoming I need to know why whoever cached those…

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Killer Burgers

The blood is real

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Vegetarians, at long last, will no longer have to fake their hamburgasms. The debut of the most meat-like veggie burger ever, at New York City’s Momofuku Nishi, has made a big, bloody splash in the food world—and especially in the burgeoning plant-based foods community.

The appropriately-named Impossible Burger sizzles like a burger, sending delectable clouds of meaty umami through the air. It browns like a burger, and this pleasing crisp skin manages to contain the juices that run…

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EMS Saves Lives

Vote Yes on Proposition 1

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Imagine waking in the middle of the night feeling short of breath and with pain in your chest. You call 911, and within minutes your local fire department EMTs are in your home beginning care. A short while later, paramedics arrive to stabilize you and transport you to the hospital. The complex chain of events that mobilizes emergency medical care in Whatcom County is activated many times a day, every day of the year.

Paramedics bring the emergency room to you wherever you are in…

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A month of mourning

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Why does it seem like bad news always come in threes?

When painter and sculptor Clayton James died early this month at the age of 98, it wasn’t entirely unexpected. But that didn’t change the fact that the Skagit Valley had lost one of its own.

One of the famed “Northwest School” artists, James was a man who spent decades of his long life involved not only in creative pursuits, but also in giving voice to his personal beliefs. As a conscientious objector during World War II, he spent…

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Not so hot after all

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

In the long and spotty history of movie taglines, few have been quite as noncommittal as the one dreamed up for Inferno, the third in director Ron Howard’s series of schlockbusters drawn from the nominal literary oeuvre of Dan Brown. “The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons were just the beginning,” proclaim the posters—pretty inarguably, since Inferno is nothing if not a continuation of what they started. But there’s a hint of threat in those words too: If you found the first two…

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Island love

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

There’s something thrilling about a movie that introduces us to a corner of the world we never knew existed. Tanna is that kind of film. It was shot on the remote South Pacific island that gives the movie its name with a cast composed entirely of local non-actors. The people of Yakel village live off the land, ignoring the modern world while adhering to a set of traditional rules known as the Kastom.

The Kastom is, in some ways, the tribe’s salvation, but it may also spell its…

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The Gristle
Civil War

CIVIL WAR: Bellingham City Council continues to struggle with the issues of housing equity and affordability in collision with the traditional form and character of established neighborhoods.

A special meeting on chapter amendments to the city’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan update turned into…

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Can a minimum wage earner afford to work and live in Bellingham? Let’s look at the numbers.
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Walkways, not Greenways

Bellingham already has many wonderful Greenways and trails that benefit those of us (and I am one) with the time…

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In the six or so years of being involved in local and state politics I have never met a more…

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Today's Events
City Club Meeting


“Help Wanted: Keep Out! The Long History of Duality in the Immigration Policies of Our Country” will be the focus of a Bellingham City Club presentation and luncheon from 11:30am-1:30pm at…

Finger Painting for Grownups


Attend “Finger Painting for Grownups” at 3pm at Hops ‘n Headz, 3207 Northwest Ave. No painting experience is needed. Entry is $30.

Salish Sea Origins


Bert Webber leads “The Salish Sea: What’s in a Name?” presentation at 4pm at Western Washington University’s Wilson Library. In the late 1980s, Webber was involved in the process of naming…

Marry Shelley's Frankenstein


“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece” will be the focus of an event with cultural historian Lance Rhoades from 6-8pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The multimedia…

Wildlife Photography


Enjoy an evening of stunning wildlife photography and stories with wildlife photographer Mike Caroff—whose work has taken him from Alaska to Africa and beyond—at 6pm in Sudden Valley at…

Group Run


All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for…

Winter Camping Basics


Get details on how to plan, how to stay warm, how to select winter appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and during your overnighter at a “Winter Camping Basics” clinic at…

Group Run


All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for…

Basic Nutrients


Certified Nutritionist Jim Ehmke focuses on “Basic Nutrients” from 6:30-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Attendees can learn about the basic nutrients on which we…

WJMAC Concert


The Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center continues a new season of performances with a 7pm concert by the 200 Trio at 7pm at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd. Entry is $5-$10.



Western Washington University history professor Jared Hardesty talks about his book Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in 18th Century Boston at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The tome…

Family Game Night


Expect deception, confusion and family skeletons when Family Game Night: A New A Capella Musical concludes this week at 7:30pm performances Wednesday through Saturday at Western Washington…

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