Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Cezanne et Moi

A tale of two artists

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cezanne et Moi is the story of the lifelong friendship between Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola; and nothing about it was easy. Zola enjoyed fairly early success as a novelist, but not until he’d spent long years almost freezing and starving to death. And Cezanne, though he had the benefit of family money for most of his life, never quite achieved the success and acknowledgment that he craved and deserved—at least not while he was breathing.

The movie begins with Cezanne paying Zola a…

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Bellingham Arts & Music Fest

Of genius and madness

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Even though I have lived in Bellingham for more than half of my life, I continue to exist in a constant state of amazement at the things people get up to in the name of artistic expression, entertainment and community involvement.

Currently, my mind is very busy being blown by the Bellingham Arts & Music Fest (not to be confused with the Bellingham Music Film Festival or the Bellingham Festival of Music or any other of the similarly named festivals that happen here), or BAMF as it is…

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Check-in time at the Holiday Inn

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I’m a big fan of eating at spanking-new spaces.

A restaurateur has to take time to really develop his or her menu, to select silverware and plates, to decorate according to a certain theme. In the best cases, there’s a budget that makes this a fun, creative project. That’s certainly true for northwater, the restaurant at the Holiday Inn Bellingham Airport that opened in late March.

Airport hotels are not known for their stellar cuisine, but northwater is an exception to that…

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On Stage

Access Bellingham

As seen on TV

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

At 6pm every Sunday night, television viewers can tune in to Comcast Channel 10 or watch online as their friends and neighbors fill the screen as part of Access Bellingham. For the past two years, Eero Johnson of EJ Visuals has been helping bring people’s visions to life—whether it’s a sketch comedy show, a cooking how-to, live performances, documentaries or a dancing hamster.

Cascadia Weekly: How did you get involved with Access Bellingham?

Eero Johnson: I’ve been producing…

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Dig In

The dirt on local plant sales

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thanks to the manly machinations of my common-law landscaper, I’m now in possession of three brand-new raised beds and a wealth of additional garden space. In the nick of time, Whatcom County’s glut of plant sales begin this weekend, ensuring that my plots—and yours, if you’re so inclined—won’t stay empty for long.

In fact, from 9am-4pm on Thurs., April 27 the annual BSAC Plant Sale will fill the Bellingham Senior Activity Center (315 Halleck St.) with selections from local…

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Growing Veterans

Dirt therapy works its magic on a Skagit hillside

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Down on his knees planting onions, Vietnam War veteran Mike Hackett reflects on the way his vocation has changed lives.

“It’s a three-legged stool,” the college- trained agriculture specialist explains.  “We grow food, we grow our community and we grow each other.”

He’s talking about Growing Veterans, an organization in its fifth year of farming and providing peer support to troubled war veterans. Members work the soil, grow and sell vegetables, and offer each other…

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Putting the ‘happy’ in Happy Valley

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The issues of housing affordability, of infill, of neighborhood character are frequently in collision. Acknowledged successes to bring these public goals into harmony are few, and can be slow and difficult to achieve. And—without meaning to be glib about a thorny problem—one reason may be that efforts to approach these convergent public goals are seldom welcomed. They’re resisted. We term it NIMBY, Not in My Backyard. And even that term draws growls of annoyance as we reduce…

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Border Crossing

Images of resilience

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Despite the fact that he’s been pushing for a viewing of Whatcom Museum’s “Images of Resilience: Chicana/o Art and its Mexican Roots,” exhibit for the past month, I had to assure my date I’d treat him to a post-tour lunch to get him out the front door last Sunday.

It turns out I shouldn’t have promised to part with my dineros quite so quickly. After we’d done our first walk-through of the thought-provoking show, my fella informed me that not only did he love everything about the…

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Their Finest

Making movie magic

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Near the end of the stealth charmer Their Finest, the accidental screenwriter played by Gemma Arterton slips into a movie theater among the London public during the Blitz to watch the morale-building British Ministry of Information propaganda film she has helped to shape. Director Lone Scherfig pushes every required button to evoke the style of the era in this mini-narrative recounting a Dunkirk rescue mission by patriotic civilians-the quivering lips, the plucky determination, the…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm


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
The Calm Before the Storm

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Let’s map the coordinates and storm surge of the hurricane that’s standing just offshore, gathering dynamic energy and ready to race inland.

The storm, of course, is a proposed new jail. A plan and initiative to finance a large, remote $100 million jail and…

Robert Reich
First 100 Days

Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his first 100 days is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time—especially his degradation of the presidency.

From early in the Republic, we have looked at the office of…

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Get to work on water

I am interested in the water issues that confront our county based on the recent Supreme Court’s Hirst decision regarding…

Support worker rights

It is hard to believe, but every day 150 workers are killed by job injuries and illnesses. This year alone,…

Washington steps up

Last week marked a huge victory for Washingtonians, especially those of us who have a uterus! On the final day…

Today's Events
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival


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


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…

Northwest Wine Encounter


A wine-tasting reception will kick off the “Northwest Wine Encounter” Friday night at Blaine’s Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Through Sunday, winemakers from DeLille Cellars,…

Skagit Community Band


“I’ll Remember April” will be the theme of Skagit Community Band’s annual Spring Swing Concerts at 7:30 Friday in La Conner at Maple Hall, and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall. The…

Celebrating in Song


Skagit Valley Chorale’s “Celebrating in Song” concerts take place at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War” and…

Celebrating in Song


Skagit Valley Chorale’s “Celebrating in Song” concerts take place at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War” and…

Citizen Scientists


Become a citizen scientist by joining the North Sound Stewards for a free beach survey training from 12-4:30pm Saturday at the Heron Center at Birch Bay State Park. From 12-4:30pm Sunday,…

Rabbit Ride


Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via…

Tire Recycling Event


Households can recycle up to 15 auto or small truck tires from 9am-4pm today and again May 7 at the Birch Bay-Lynden Box Facility & Recycling Center, 4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd. Please bring…

Children's Day/Book Day


Attend “El día de los niños/El día de los libros” (Children’s Day/Book Day) from 1-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. The annual celebration of children, books and the Latino community…



The longtime Pacific Northwest trio, Mockingbird, will perform at a free concert at 2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. All ages are welcome.

Tanka Poetry


Poet, essayist and Zen Buddhist priest Norman Fisher reads from his new poetry collection, Any Would Be If: Tanka, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The tome includes “moments of…

Art of Jazz


The Marina Albero Group will perform at the Jazz Project’s monthly “Art of Jazz” concert from 4-6:30pm at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10 for students, $16 general.

Spring Beer Dinner


Chef Jeremy Weizenbaum will serve a five-course dinner paired with brews at the annual Spring Beer Dinner starting at 6:30pm at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 600 W. Holly St. Tickets are $62…

King's Men of Song


Help raise funds for the Lighthouse Mission at a King’s Men of Song benefit concert from 7-8:30pm at Hope in Christ Church, 710 E. Sunset Dr. In addition to listening to this talented men’s…

Help! I'm American!


Improviser, actor and Upfront alum DK Reinemer presents his one-man sketch comedy show, Help! I’m American!, at 8pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Topics in the “only slightly…

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