Reporting from the heart of Cascadia

Food

Naan & Brew

Sampling the flavors of India

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On a recent Saturday afternoon, my significant other was still in his bathrobe, curled up on the bed with a cat in one hand and a book in the other. From his prone position, he mused about the voracious hunger that had suddenly overtaken him.

But directly after I hung up the phone with Naan & Brew and informed him the new Indian restaurant I’d heard great things about did indeed offer its $9.99 lunch buffet from 11am-2:30pm every day of the week, he was upright, clothed and had started…

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Visual

Paul Havas

A life of painting

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Paul Havas, best remembered for his beautiful landscape paintings, was born in 1940 in a New Jersey town named Orange. After receiving his MFA from the University of Washington, he first attracted attention in Seattle for paintings of trucks writer Sheila Farr described as being “Big, striking…very gutsy.”

Havas trained at Syracuse and the University of Washington in the prevailing idiom of abstract expressionism, but he soon surrendered to his love of the outdoors—which included…

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Outdoors

Recreation Roundup

An all-season outdoor expo

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

As I write these words from my perch on the sixth floor of the Herald Building, it’s early February and our corner of the world is blanketed in approximately six inches of still-accumulating snow. 

Despite the winter weather, Bellinghamsters are still out and about in full force. So far today, I’ve witnessed a number of bicycle commuters riding down State Street, joggers making their way along the Depot Market Square alley that leads directly to the Interurban Trail and Boulevard…

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On Stage

Always, Patsy Cline

Musical memories at the Conway Muse

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When Louise Seger met Patsy Cline before a show at Houston’s Esquire Ballroom in 1961, she was already a big fan of the country western star. By the end of the night, and until Cline’s untimely death at 30 in a plane crash two years later, the duo were fast friends.

In the time Ria Peth Vanderpool (Cline) and Kelly Visten (Seger) have been reprising their roles in the musical Always…Patsy Cline—which is showing Fridays and Saturdays through April 1 at the Conway Muse—Vanderpool…

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Words

March

How peaceful protests can make a difference

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Across Cascadia, there are reports of peaceful demonstrations happening almost daily. The Women’s March on Bellingham on Sat., Jan. 21 drew record crowds, there have been several rallies at the Peach Arch border crossing in support of immigrants, and a March for Science is in the planning stages. 

Of course, marches as a form of political protest are nothing new, as John Lewis, an American icon known for his key role in the devastating 1965 Bloody Sunday March on Selma, can attest.…

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Film

Going for Gold

Making time with Oscar

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

People think the most wonderful time of the year is Christmas, but they are misguided. Truly the most wonderful time of the year is Oscar season, that glorious couple of months when movie houses are flooded with all of the year’s finest films, we all become amateur movie critics and the whole thing culminates in the pomp and circumstance of the Academy Awards.

As with every Oscar season, this one has its narratives. Owing to last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy—a storm that had…

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Music

The Wild Buffalo

Music under the big top

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I respect any number of things about the Wild Buffalo’s ownership cohort of Craig Jewell, Joey Crahan, and Lee Huffman, but nothing more than their steadfast, unshakable belief that owning a music venue is supposed to be fun. Sure, they deal with all the standard-issue problems of operating a small business as well as the stresses particular to running a music venue and establishment that serves adult beverages. But they rarely let the strain of occasionally having to be proper…

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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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The Gristle
Half Time

HALF TIME: The 2017 Washington State Legislature struck a milestone in their 105-day regular session last week, passing the last day to move bills out of committee in their organizing chamber. A lot of proposed bills were trapped in committee this session, and that’s become a new strategy…

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Letters
Dark money

It is time to speak up. Is this a big coincidence? Has anyone noticed that Donald Trump’s appointees mesh perfectly…

Earth shattering

I had a vision last night that proves our worries about the Cascadia subduction zone are a moot issue. If…

Protections eroded

Apparently, protecting consumers against unfair, deceptive, or illegal practices is not high on the Trump agenda. After the financial crisis…

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Today's Events
Fairhaven Food Fest

11:00am

Övn Wood Fired Pizza, Tony’s Coffee House, Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, Shirlee Bird Cafe, Rocket Donuts, Rustic Coffee & Wine Bar, On Rice Thai Bistro, Mount Bakery Fairhaven, Magdalena’s…

Ancestry & Genealogy

1:00pm

Join an Ancestry and Genealogy group to discuss and share ideas from 1-3:15pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Attendees at the free event can learn the basics of searching census,…

Make Monday Matter

4:00pm

Students in grades 6-12 can join a “Teens Make Monday Matter: Book Talk” gathering from 4-5pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Bring the current book you are reading and share what you…

Library Tour

6:00pm

View a hidden fourth floor, a “book hospital” and much more at a “Behind the Scenes” tour taking place from 6-7:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Meet at the upper…

Cuban Salsa

6:00pm

Rumba Northwest hosts a “Cuban Salsa for Beginners” class at 6pm at Bell Tower Studios, 1430 N. Garden St. At 7pm, a “Cuban Salsa Advanced” class takes place. Entry to the classes is $8 for…

Yoga for Outdoor Fitness

6:00pm

Anna Waham leads a “Yoga for Outdoor Fitness” presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th S. The class will provide you with an introduction to basic yoga exercises and poses, along with information…

Open Mic

7:00pm

Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience at a monthly Open Mic helmed by local writer and teacher Laurel Leigh at 7pm at Village Books, 1200…

Swing Dance

8:00pm

All ages and experience levels are invited to a weekly Swing Dance starting with a beginner drop-in class from 8-8:30pm at Eagles Hall, 1125 N. Forest St.  From 8:30-10:30pm, all levels are…

Poetrynight

8:00pm

Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.

Poetrynight

8:00pm

Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.

Guffawingham

9:30pm

A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. Each week, the event features approximately 20…

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