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Happy Halloweekend!

Because I have not donned a costume in more than a decade, people often think I’m some sort of Halloween killjoy. That could not be further from the truth. Like most people who live around these parts, I’m a diehard devotee of this particular holiday, and my Halloween season typically involves numerous visits to spook shops, in-depth conversations about the costume ideas of others, and the excited making of plans. Occasionally, I am afforded an opportunity to spend Halloween elsewhere, and

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This Week

The Gristle

See No Evil, Speak No Evil

SEE NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL: The end was in the beginning; and after a long, long and ambitious evening session filled with impassioned testimony on the issue of landlord licensing, Bellingham City Council appears ready to approve what was first set in front of them uncolored by the passion. They were determined not to kick the can down the road—though kick it they did, to another special work session in November to again consider testimony—and determined to resolve something on a rental

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News

Scary Scarcity

Of draughts and droughts

Water is the source of life, but many ideas about water are true zombies—dead, dysfunctional, yet still shambling.

Western water law, in particular, seems the stuff of the apocalypse, a mandate that the first in to a watering hole is entitled to it all, until his gut bursts from the draught, and only then may the second in line drink to her fill—a lawful right to consume without duty to cooperate or share. Yet embedded within that dark consumptive right is a redemption, a logical

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Music

Happy Halloweekend!

It’s spooktacular

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Because I have not donned a costume in more than a decade, people often think I’m some sort of Halloween killjoy. That could not be further from the truth. Like most people who live around these parts, I’m a diehard devotee of this particular holiday, and my Halloween season typically involves numerous visits to spook shops, in-depth conversations about the costume ideas of others, and the excited making of plans. Occasionally, I am afforded an opportunity to spend Halloween elsewhere, and

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Outdoors

When Wolves Become Witches

It’s scary to be a wolf in Washington

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Washington’s wolves belong to no one; they belong to wilding landscapes and to their own packs. They are not the property of specific ranchers, nor do they belong to our state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Nonetheless, many of our northeastern ranchers and WDFW are behaving otherwise, using wolves as scapegoats and political pawns for what is ailing the livestock economy as well as their own professional shortcomings. Wolves are the new witches, and just in time for Halloween.

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Words

Camping With the Dead

A graveyard survival story

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Although I spooked myself silly at numerous junctures throughout my 480-mile solo backpacking trip across Scotland, only one episode continues to haunt me.

It was early November,1995, when I found myself trudging for dear life across a wild, desolate expanse of coastal moorland called the Caithness District—one of the most hallowed and topographically intense northern wetland bioregions I’ve ever had the good fortune to splash my way through. 

Despite putting on 30-plus miles of road

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Food

Bugging Out

Getting past the disgust factor

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Moth mousse whipped with hazelnut milk. Cricket broth with a side of grasshopper garum sauce. Licorice-glazed ant stick. Bee bread. These dishes are part of a menu put together by the Nordic Food Lab, a kitchen/laboratory/think tank in Copenhagen. The idea behind its “Pestival” menu is to “explore the 1,400 untapped wholesome crawling creatures that are edible to man.”

That goal is in line with a recommendation contained in a recent United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, to

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Visual

It's Alive!

Art is far from dead in La Conner

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Every fall, the town of La Conner explodes with “Art’s Alive!” festivities. Galleries, merchants and civic organizations compete for attention with exhibits, music and refreshments. Members of Skagit Artists Together hang their art in the Garden Club and the town invites a dozen outstanding Northwest creators to show their new, best work at Maple Hall.

This year, the featured artist at Maple Hall is sculptor Wayne Maslin, who brings seven of his smoothly abstract works. He describes his

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On Stage

A Piece of My Heart

Reliving the horrors of war

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During a period of the Vietnam War—from 1966-68—Deb Currier’s father was a Green Beret medic. Later, after returning home to his family, he rarely talked about those years.

“The only story I remember him telling—usually three or four Canadian Blend whiskeys into the evening—was how his best friend’s chute didn’t open and they ‘poured him out of his boots’ on the field and ‘sent him home in a jar’ to his mother,” Currier says.

Her father’s reluctance to talk about what he

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Film

Nightcrawler

Let’s get creepy

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“If it bleeds, it leads,” is the mantra that best describes our media’s obsessive exploitation of violence, feeding it to an audience hungry to see lots of blood and guts from the comfort of their own living rooms. Taking that slogan far too literally, a lonely sociopath decides to enter the cutthroat world of freelance TV news reporting, only to find himself slowly edging toward the wrong side of the crime tape, in writer-director Dan Gilroy’s debut feature Nightcrawler.

The loner in

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Film

Before I Go to Sleep

All chiller, no thriller

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Before I Go to Sleep, which has to be deemed a fate-tempting title, opens with an extreme close-up on Nicole Kidman’s fearful right eye. Its red veins pulse in alarm and confusion; we instantly know it’s hers. Kidman’s penchant for allowing tight, lingering and sometimes invasive close-ups, in contexts that range from the beautiful (Birth) to the baffling (Grace of Monaco), has given her the most recognizable peepers in the business.

She has no idea where she is, who she is, or who the

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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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Today

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Vietnam Plays at WWU: View two plays honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War when Streamers and Piece of My Heart—works that explore the full spectrum of the Vietnam experience—have alternate-night showings from Oct. 23-Nov. 1 at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10-$15. more »

Zombie Asylum: A "Zombie Asylum" Haunted House will be open from 7-10pm nightly through Nov. 1 at the former Billy McHale's site at 4301 Guide Meridian. Entry is $15. more »

Museum Nightmares: A haunted cast of crazy, unforgettable devices sure to thrill and chill can be experienced at the "Return of the Nightmare" Halloween extravaganza starting at 7pm Wednesday through Friday at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay St. The infamous Cage of Death, a singing Tesla Coil, a schizoid talking robot, guest spirits such as Thomas Edison, and other characters will make appearances. Entry is $8-$12. more »

Return of the Nightmare: A haunted cast of crazy, unforgettable devices sure to thrill and chill can be experienced at the "Return of the Nightmare" Halloween extravaganza starting at 7pm Wednesday through Friday at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay St. The infamous Cage of Death, a singing Tesla Coil, a schizoid talking robot, guest spirits such as Thomas Edison, and other characters will make appearances. Entry is $8-$12. more »

Murderous Book Release: Learn more about true crime stories highlighting the more unsavory history of early Bellingham and Whatcom County from 1880-1933 when Todd Warger shares his newest book, Murder in the Fourth Corner, at a book release party at 6pm Wednesday at the Redlight, 1017 N. State St. Another book launch happens at 5pm Saturday at Aslan Brewing, 1330 N. State St. Both venues are the scenes of some of the murders mentioned in the book. more »

Nightmare on Railroad Avenue: Make.Shift will take over the beer garden for its annual "Nightmare on Railroad Avenue" haunted house from 7-11pm Thursday and Friday at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The event is all-ages, but may be too scary for little ones. Entry is $5. more »

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Local actors will act out key scenes and sing songs at showings of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 8pm and 11:59pm Thursday through Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The film is rated R; no one 16 or younger will be admitted without a parent or guardian. Entry is $10. more »

Rocky Horror Picture Show: Local actors will act out key scenes and sing songs at showings of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 8pm and 11:59pm Thursday through Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The film is rated R; no one 16 or younger will be admitted without a parent or guardian. Entry is $10. more »

Zombie Asylum: A "Zombie Asylum" Haunted House will be open from 7-10pm nightly through Nov. 1 at the former Billy McHale's site at 4301 Guide Meridian. Entry is $15. more »

Scream Fair: Visit the annual haunted house known as "Scream Fair" from 6:30-9:30pm Thursday and 6:30-10:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Henry Jansen Building at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. Entry is $10-$13, or $24 for a ticket that lets you skip the (typically long) line. more »

Cyber Risk Summit: Technology Alliance Group and Whatcom Community College will partner to present a "Cyber Risk Summit" today from 7:30am-6pm on the WCC campus. Entry is $195. more »

Final Lynden Market: Procure fresh, seasonal fare from local farmers at at the final Lynden Farmers Market of the season from 12-5pm at 324 Front Street. more »

Pies & Pints: Celebrate Fifth Thursday and get into the Halloween spirit with a beer and pie-pairing party dubbed "Pies & Pints" from 5:30-7:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The event includes pie from Alice's Pies, libations from Chuckanut Brewery, and live music by Cherry Blossom Family Delivery. Entry is $5 for members, $10 general. more »

Art of Wine: Wine expert Ryan Wildstar leads an in-depth exploration of four renowned wine regions at the first of four "Art of Wine: Italy" classes from 6:30-8pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Classes continue Thursdays through Nov. 20. Entry is $119. more »

Creepy Cabaret: Talented BHS choir students will entertain with a mix of solo and ensemble performances at an "Creepy Cabaret" fundraising performance from 6:30-8:30pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Before the show, enjoy a hearty and varied soup and dessert buffet. Entry is $5 for students, $10 general. more »

Chuckanut Radio Hour: A Sudden Light author Garth Stein will be the featured author at the live taping of the monthly Chuckanut Radio Hour at 7pm at the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Poet Kevin Murphy, Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, and hosts Chuck and Dee Robinson will also take part. Entry is $5. more »

Horticultural Society Meeting: "Collecting New and Hardy Plants in the Mountains of Northern Vietnam" will be the focus of a presentation by Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Joneswith at tonight's Whatcom Horticultural Society meeting at 7pm at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. Entry is $7-$12. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Runway 2014: Attend a benefit fashion show for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center's palliative care program dubbed "Runway 2014" at 7:15pm at Garys' Mens and Womens' Wear, 128 W. Holly St. Tickets to the 14th annual event are $30. more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

Frankenstein: Jonny Lee Miller stars in a big-screen showing of NT Live's 2011 production of Frankenstein at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Entry is $12-$16. more »

Frankenstein: Jonny Lee Miller star in a big-screen showing of NT Live's 2011 production of Frankenstein at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Entry is $12-$16. more »

Serial Killers: Five remaining teams will present short episodic plays as part of the annual "Serial Killers" competition at 7:30pm and 9:30pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The audience will vote to kill off one of the productions, with the remaining teams fighting to stay alive—and win $1,000—at weekly shows through Nov. 20. Entry is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. (P.S. If you miss a week, a recap team will get you up to date.) more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

Autumnal Music: Brian Buller and friends will perform acoustic-digital folk fusion music at an "Autumnal Music" concert at 8pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Suggested donation is $5-$15 at the door. more »

Skier Girl Story: oin SheJumps for a Bellingham premiere of Pretty Faces: The Story of a Skier Girl at 8pm at Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. The film by professional big mountain skier Lynsey Dyer celebrates women who thrive in the snow and are committed to taking the path less traveled to accomplish their dreams. Entry is $10. more »

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