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Rekindle the Flame

Wherefore art thou, waterfront?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The waterfront: At its core, it is a love story.

And, like so many love stories, there is the falling in and out of love—the spurned advances, the jitters of affection and rejection, the halting steps and failures and retreats and recoveries, the eager holding of hands and solemn walking of beaches—and there is often is, in all great love stories, a separation.

The divorce notice was splashed across the front page of Sunday’s Bellingham Herald, “Cleanup, business expansion on…

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Music

Irish & Folk Night

The Colleen Raney Trio

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Although most elements of our music scene seem to come together organically and with little visible effort, truth is, it takes the work of a veritable army of motivated people to create a community as rich and varied as this one. These folks often receive very little money and even less recognition for their labors, but they’re not in it for fame and glory.

Instead, these individuals seem inspired by little more than the ability to define a need they perceive as being unmet within…

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Outdoors

Dahlia Deluge

Blooms for a bride

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I’m a relatively confident gardener, so when one of my dearest friends asked me to dedicate some space in my summer garden to grow enough dahlias to beautify her mid-September wedding, I quickly replied in the affirmative.

It wasn’t long before I started questioning my decision.

I’ve grown plenty of dahlias in my life, but in retrospect I realized that only about one out of three specimens have thrived. Some faltered for obvious reasons—they were planted too close together or were…

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On Stage

Love's Fool

Fun with romantic folly

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

When Vanessa Osage asked world-renowned scribe Tom Robbins to be part of Rooted Emerging’s first “Love’s Fool” event last year, he politely declined.  

But the trained doula, activist and sexuality educator didn’t give up. After the success of the inaugural fundraiser, she sent another missive to the La Conner-based trickster’s PO box with photos, flyers and more details to disclose. He learned that as “Grand Jester” he’d be sharing the stage with an emcee—local actress and director…

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Visual

Ship of Fools

Anger management for artists

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

It won’t be difficult to spot Wade Marlow at the opening reception for “Ship of Fools.” At the April 1 event at the Cooper Lanza Gallery, he’ll be dressed in fools’ regalia.

In past years, Marlow’s costume of choice at the recurring exhibit was of a decidedly military bent, including a dark suit festooned with official-looking medals and an eye-catching hat reminiscent of something Napoleon Bonaparte might have worn.

The politically charged outfit befitted the theme of the April…

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Food

Condiment Confessions

A secret weapon in the pantry

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

If you’re like me, you went through a balsamic vinegar phase soon after you “discovered” it.

Venturing beyond its traditional habitat in the salad bowl, or drizzled on the occasional strawberry, you poured it on rice, added it to your favorite pickle recipe, and perhaps even used it in a stir-fry.

In my case, at any point where the bite of a little acid was needed, I went with balsamic, until I was sick of it. Balsamic vinegar is not mayonnaise, I realized. It does not make everything…

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Words

The F Word

Feminism in Jeopardy

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Before the 2016 election, before a million women took to the streets three months later to express their outrage that a misogynist and admitted sexual predator proud of his assaults now occupies the highest office in the land, the term “feminism” had faded from view. After all, the final glass ceiling was all but shattered, and a new generation of young women found a lot of the rights and freedoms their grandmothers had groused about were now unquestionably theirs, enshrined in law…

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Words

She Persisted

The F Word: Feminism in Jeopardy

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Before the 2016 election, before a million women took to the streets three months later to express their outrage that a misogynist and admitted sexual predator proud of his assaults now occupies the highest office in the land, the term “feminism” had faded from view. After all, the final glass ceiling was all but shattered, and a new generation of young women found a lot of the rights and freedoms their grandmothers had groused about were now unquestionably theirs, enshrined in law…

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Film

Land of Mine

Postwar is hell

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Don’t hold it against Martin Zandvliet’s land-mine drama that its English title is the dopiest movie-title pun since John Singleton’s Poetic Justice. That film concerned a poet named Justice; Land of Mine a land of mines. Called Under Sandet (Under the Sand) in the original Danish, Zandvliet’s tense, prickly third feature finds a squad of pubescent German soldiers enlisted after their Adolf Hitler’s death to help clean up his mess. In this case, that means a slow, terrifying…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood

Columbia

What makes a great neighborhood? In the years we’ve been polling readers for their favorite places, this category has moved steadily north—as has the emphasis on great parks, trails, schools, places to hang out, and homes that are stylish, established yet affordable have come into focus. The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series is just one example of a neighborhood laying out all of its finest for the enjoyment of others. Roll on, Columbia!

Best of Bellingham write-ups by Tim Johnson, Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat
Photos by Patrick Beggan (versaphotography.com)

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A Perfect Storm

A PERFECT STORM: The City of Bellingham released its 2017 community survey this week, a comprehensive report produced in collaboration with demographers at Western Washington University that attempts to capture residents’ views about issues facing the city. The survey polled about 7,000…

Community
Rethinking criminal justice reform

As the United States continues to jail people at a rate higher than any other country in the world, community stakeholders from public safety, social services, local government and community health are taking action to reform our local criminal justice system through Whatcom County’s…

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Letters
Break the silence

Fifty years ago this month Martin Luther King Jr. warned us in his first public anti-war speech, “Beyond Vietnam—A Time…

The hypocrisy of immigration policy

To please business interests such as agriculture and hospitality concerns, our government mostly looked the other way for decades on…

Emerging agreement on shape of the earth

In a true spectacle of hubris, Paul Ryan and our current president were able to create in 17 days an…

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Today's Events
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest

8:00am

The annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting submissions through March 31. Winning entries are displayed for a year on placards in front of the Bellingham Public Library, and inside…

Forward With Strength

10:00am

aple Falls resident Susan Lynn Sloan will be on hand to sign copies of and talk about Yishar Koach: Forward With Strength from 10am-2pm outside the gift shop at PeaceHealth St. Joseph…

Parkinson's Dance Class

10:00am

Pam Kuntz leads a dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement or neurological disorders starting today at 10am at Ballet Bellingham, 1405 Fraser St., suite #103. Entry…

Chuckanut Brewery Night at Fred Meyer

3:00pm

Chat with brewery representatives and fill your growlers with award-winning ales and lagers at Chuckanut Brewery Night from 3-6pm at Fred Meyer, 800 Lakeway Dr. Export Stout, Chuckanut…

Fish Trivia with NSEA

6:00pm

Help raise funds for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association at the seventh annual “Fish Trivia” competition from 6-8pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Registration fees are…

Our American Quilt

6:30pm

Join your neighbors for a pizza dinner and lively dialogue to explore differences and discover shared bonds in the greater Foothills community rural life at a “Stitching the Fabric of…

Kathy Kallick Band

7:00pm

Original and classic bluegrass tunes can be heard when the Kathy Kallick Band performs at 7pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. The band will feature material from a new album,…

Balkan Folk Dance

7:00pm

The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm most Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Dances are taught, and mentoring is available. Suggested donation is $5.

Words with Whittaker

7:00pm

Mountain climber, photographer, My Old Man and the Mountain author and Western Washington University alum Leif Whittaker will shed light on growing up in the shadow of a famous father and how…

The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

7:30pm

“Tweenagers” played by adults will disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home lives as they spell their way through a series of words hoping never to hear the “ding” of the bell…

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