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Unseasonal Sounds

Say no to Christmas creep

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas creep is real.

This year, I saw my first Christmas display the day after Halloween. I walked into a store in downtown Bellingham expecting to see marked-down candy and costumes and instead walked smack into Kris Kringle, his associates and some of their accoutrements. I’m unabashedly, annoyingly infected with the spirit of the season every year, but even so, I was like, “Go home, Santa. It’s November 1. No one wants to see your bowl full of jelly just yet.”


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Magpie Murders

A mystery within a mystery

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Now that there’s been snow in the lowlands of Whatcom County and the sun sets before 5pm, it’s time to flip on the gas fireplace and cozy up with a stack of mysteries from the library. Anthony Horowitz’s latest thriller is just the thing to take your mind off the weather and distressing news headlines.

The tale begins in the London flat of Susan Ryeland, longtime editor of the Atticus Pünd detective novels. She’s just received the manuscript of Magpie Murders, Alan Conway’s…

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Storm Warning

Blessings of a blowdown

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

When a limb from a century-old tree hits a house, it feels like it’s been rammed by a Humvee.

I know this because during a gnarly windstorm in mid-October, the stately maple that has been gracing the second lot of my front yard since long before I moved to Bellingham’s York neighborhood in the winter of 2000 succumbed to the elements.

I was vacuuming the basement when the tree attacked the roof, but I still heard the reverberating boom. As I rushed upstairs, I took note of a jagged…

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Doing good things

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Spend half an hour in a restaurant and you can typically tell if its owners know what they’re doing.

At Camber, one of the newest additions to Bellingham’s food and coffee scene, it’s obvious from the get-go that the three partners at its helm are nothing short of brilliant. The food is exceptional, the atmosphere is warm, bright and friendly, the coffee is utterly divine and the space itself is nothing short of wow.

David Yake and his partners Andrew Bowman and Todd Elliott…

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On Stage

Alps Alert

Getting in on the act

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Last week, my officemate and I spent a few minutes of our deadline countdown belting out verses from “My Favorite Things.”

It may not have been the appropriate time or place to croon about “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” or “bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,” but once we started singing the hit from The Sound of Music, it was difficult to stop.

Truth be told, I could’ve sung the entire canon from the 1965 Academy Award-winning musical starring a dewy-eyed…

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Loving Vincent

Art imitates art

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Loving Vincent is billed as the “world’s first fully painted feature film,” and I have no reason to doubt the claim. The Vincent in the title of this very strange movie is the great Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, and you would think he already had more than his share of biopics.

The most famous, of course, is Vincente Minnelli’s very fine Lust for Life, starring Kirk Douglas in one of his best seething performances. Maurice Pialat’s Van Gogh has its adherents, as does Paul…

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Creative Gifting

Holiday helpers, take two

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

In an era when it’s possible to knock items off a holiday shopping list without even having to get out of your bathrobe and leave your domicile, it’s refreshing to find that there still remains a plethora of choices for those who are still willing to step away from the computer screen to focus on creative gifting. For those on the lookout for options about what to get art-lovers in their lives, read on for details about a few events taking place this coming weekend that will help…

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State of the Sound

Progress in Whatcom County, but poor marks for the Salish Sea

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

As the number of endangered Southern Resident orca whales continues to decline and Puget Sound Chinook salmon remain threatened, officials say the need to save the two species is becoming dire.

A leading theory is the whales are starving because they cannot find enough Chinook salmon, the endangered fish that the resident orcas eat almost exclusively. Concerns are increasing that the iconic whales are on a path to extinction.

The leadership council for the state’s Puget Sound…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Band

The Wednesdays

Music scenes, including ours, have traditionally been boys’ clubs—but the Wednesdays win in this category is a welcome indication of a change that has been a long time in coming. Unabashedly feminist and unapologetically political, the Wednesdays are making music with a message—and people are listening. With a motto of “Dismantling the patriarchy by day, playing basement blues punk by night,” coupled with an electrifying live show, the Wednesdays are making their mark and making it count.

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The Gristle
Napkin Plan

NAPKIN PLAN: While late ballots were flooding in countywide on Election Day, outgoing Port of Bellingham Commissioner Michael McAuley used one of his last opportunities to cast a different kind of vote—a vote of no confidence in a flawed process that has produced a startlingly different…

Big Blue Wall

Last week, with the election of Manka Dhingra, Democrats gained control of the Washington State Senate and we finished building the Blue Wall between California, Oregon, and Washington.

Today, we begin implementing an agenda that truly represents our core values. We will now block Trump…

Gambling for the thrill of the kill

A month later, the authorities, despite great efforts, have been unable to unearth a motive for the horrendous slaughter in Las Vegas. Investigators may still discover an explanation that…

Freed from jail

A hardy thank you to everyone who stood tall in opposition to the now-defunct jail tax–Proposition 2017- 6.  You did not “stand down,” it was not a “done deal,” the “ship had not…

Seek a common good

Who are we? What are we looking for in a leader?
We are stuck in a paradigm that does not work. The world is more than black and white.
Our two political parties are stuck in an…

Today's Events
Holiday Festival of the Arts


More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts’ 38th annual “Holiday Festival of the Arts” starting this week and continuing from…

Bellingham at Home


Learn more about Bellingham at Home at an informational meeting from 1-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Membership and volunteering will also be discussed.

Pumpkin Pie Push


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…

Waxing Basics


Base preparation, structure and minor repair will be covered at a “Ski and Snowboard Waxing Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. An expert technician will go into an in-depth…

WAKE Meeting


Don Cheyette, director of Seattle Adventure Sports, will lead an “Expeditioning Made Easy” presentation at Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts’ monthly meeting from 6:30-9pm at the lower…

MVHS Fall Gala Concert


The celebrated Mount Vernon High School instrumental music department will open its season with a Fall Gala Concert at 7pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The audience will listen to a…

Books on Tap


Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba will helm a “Books on Tap” discussion from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6185 Mt. Baker Hwy. This month’s read is I Am Malala by…

Skagit Folk Dancers


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…

Comedy Open Mic


The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you’d like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a…

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