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Firehall Cafe

Of appetites and art

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lynden is bustling these days, and there are no shortage of great places for a light lunch. One often-overlooked eatery on the city’s Front Street is the Firehall Cafe, located in the Jansen Art Center.

The bright, open-plan, 30-seat restaurant opened in 2012 with the debut of the center, and it plays with the creative theme, offering a selection of wraps, salads and sandwiches named for different artists.

To her credit, general manager Lindsey Saldivar had a cool idea when she…

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The Girls

Cults, charisma and murder

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

With a publication date at the beginning of summer, Emma Cline’s debut novel, The Girls, has made a big splash on summer reading lists. And, no surprise, the story of a Manson-like cult in 1969 California will appeal to many types of readers.

Those who experienced the late 1960s will hearken back to the blockbuster true-crime bestseller, Helter Skelter, and the breathless madness of the Tate-LaBianca murders. Although fiction, The Girls reads like true crime and will keep you up…

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Wild Buffalo

From Minus the Bear to Macklemore

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

If you happened to wander past the Wild Buffalo last weekend, chances are pretty good you found that the normally lively music venue had gone dark, save for a private event Sunday night. This darkness probably confused you, as it is not the norm for the Buff, a place where a blank space in the calendar is far more likely to be used as an excuse to throw a giant pizza party for the general public than it is a reason to douse the lights and call it a night.

This party-every-night…

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Filthy Fun

The dirty days of summer

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

When I spent summers on Lummi Island as a kid, getting dirty was part of the equation. Blackberry picking by the side of the road often turned into full-scale food fights that resulted in me, my siblings and other assorted youth being covered toe-to-head with pulpy stains—so much so that I once convinced my mom that my sister had grazed me in the skull with an axe—and low-tide explorations typically ended with us muddy and tired, but always ready for the next adventure.

I’m of the…

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A Family Affair

Welcome to Tillie Lace Gallery

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The first time painter Cooper Lanza and her daughter Morgan entered 1415 13th Street, it was for an opening reception at the former Lucia Douglas Gallery.

Lanza says she was struck by the high ceilings, clean industrial lines and the way the light filtered through the windows at the space, which for many years highlighted and sold some of the best local and regional art around. But it wasn’t until she saw a “For Lease” sign recently that she realized the Fairhaven mainstay could be…

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Syrians in Washington

State is on track to receive refugees from war, drought

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

American Airlines flight number 1239 touched down at Sea-Tac Airport last November, and a family of Syrian refugees entered a new life.

They were the first family to arrive in the Seattle area since the United States agreed to take in more Syrian refugees. Since then they have been joined by a small number of other families. The civil war in Syria has displaced more than four million people.

Since the Syrian conflict began, more than 200 Syrian families have been relocated to…

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On Stage

Seasonal Spotlight

An iDiOM state of mind

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

When I last wrote about iDiOM Theater, the 14-year-old performing arts venue was preparing to decamp from its longtime space on Cornwall Avenue for a move to the new Sylvia Center for the Arts—but not before offering up a production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

I was in attendance at the final performance of the Bard’s masterwork on June 25, where I came to the realization that, although I had long depended upon being able to enter the room tucked behind the Limelight Cinema to…

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Hell or High Water

Making them like they used to

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Oh, they do not make heartland crime dramas like they did back in the ’70s—smart, ornery, low of budget and high of attitude. Steeped in seedy characters and lousy luck. Above all lacking in the least amount of body fat, moral or cinematic.

Two-Lane Blacktop, Vanishing Point, Badlands. They don’t make ’em like that anymore. Except they just did. It’s called Hell or High Water and it is all sinew.

It would be easy to overhype the thing. Director David Mackenzie—he made the…

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The Gristle
A Lock on the Crypt

A Lock on the Crypt: Late in their meeting last week, after our print edition had gone to press, Whatcom County Council unanimously approved a temporary ban on the acceptance of plans to develop new unrefined fossil fuel export projects at Cherry Point. The chain of words is important:…

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What’s trickling down

While life keeps getting lazier at the ever-narrowed top of this high-finance dunghill, everyone else struggles daily just to…

The four nations of Bernie

Bernie Sanders’ withdrawal from the presidential race and his endorsement of Hillary has effectively derailed the movement that he…

The lies never end

Hillary Clinton quotes and FBI Director James Comey’s response:
“Director James Comey said my answers were truthful and…

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Today's Events
Bard on the Beach


William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th “Bard on the Beach” season at Vancouver, BC’s…

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks,…

All-Paces Run


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…

History Sunset Cruise


Join Whatcom Museum’s 33rd annual “History Sunset Cruise” outings at 6:15pm leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Historians Brian Griffin and Doug Starcher will take…

Summer Book Club for Adults


Get together with friends to read or talk about a book that has been chosen as not to be missed at an Award-Winning Summer Book Club for Adults from 6:30-7:30pm at the Lummi Island Library,…

Bellingham Reads


Elizabeth Kilbert’s The Sixth Extinction will be the focus of discussion at a Bellingham Reads meeting from 6:30-7:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.…



Upfront Theatre improvisors will present two sets of short-form improv comedy games at Beer + Improv + Food Truck (BIFT) shows at 6:30pm every Tuesday through Aug. 30 at the beer garden at…

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…

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