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Go Fish!

You can now safely eat a forkful of fish each week—mostly because the state proposes to fudge the meaning of “safe” by an order of magnitude.

The debate on fish consumption carries deep ironies. Nutritionists say fish and shellfish are part of a healthy diet and should be consumed regularly. But clinicians and oncologists warn that toxic chemicals that can build up in the flesh of aquatic life can increase the risk of certain diseases like cancer.

The state uses the fish consumption

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This Week

The Gristle

Gut Check

GUT CHECK: “To the winners go the spoils,” Sam Crawford observed, after a rightward lurch in election results in 2009 allowed him—as council president and in control of their process and procedures—to pack the planning commission and other county appointments into an echo chamber of likeminded fellow travelers. But he was right, though; and it is with a small irony County Council in a new majority chose to replace Crawford himself, who resigned his position last month, with Satpal

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Music

Geographer and the Velvet Teen

Indie rock tries a takeover

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Historically, Bellingham’s musical reputation has always been built on rock ’n’ roll, the louder and grittier the better. More recently, we’ve become a destination known for bluegrass and Americana bands, their numbers and influence growing stronger with each passing year. We’ve also nurtured a burgeoning, but ever-growing hip-hop scene, one that pairs local talent with touring acts probably better and more effectively than other genres that regularly grace the stages of our music

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Words

Radio Waves

New station gives voice to the community

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“Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?”
― Ralph Ellison,
Invisible Man

Imagine live, local music, culture and in-depth news and analysis about issues that matter to you most and brought to you by independent local reporters you know and trust. Imagine local community radio by Bellingham, for Bellingham. It’s not just a dream, it is actually happening.

In 2013, Bellingham art cooperative Make.Shift, with the help of radio advocacy group Common Frequency,

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News

Go Fish!

City recommends a cleaner standard for state waters

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You can now safely eat a forkful of fish each week—mostly because the state proposes to fudge the meaning of “safe” by an order of magnitude.

The debate on fish consumption carries deep ironies. Nutritionists say fish and shellfish are part of a healthy diet and should be consumed regularly. But clinicians and oncologists warn that toxic chemicals that can build up in the flesh of aquatic life can increase the risk of certain diseases like cancer.

The state uses the fish consumption

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Food

Wine and History

Day sipping in Langley

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Vancouver gets all the limelight for its big-city feel and its great arts and culture scene. But the truth is, it’s just one glimpse of British Columbia.

For something completely different, try a day drive to Langley in the Fraser Valley, a city with a strong claim to British Columbia’s history, yet one that still has the feel of the countryside. Leave Langley’s main roads and you’re surrounded by green, open spaces containing farms, a few vineyards and horse paddocks.

Being wine

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Outdoors

Can You Dig It?

The dirt on native plant sales

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When I first moved into my York neighborhood house, I had a roommate who worked for a native plant nursery. During the three years she lived in my basement, my friend would occasionally bring home samples of her work with her. Fifteen years later, the Indian plums, red-flowering currants and assortment of ferns and other growing goods she gifted the garden with have thrived, and have helped make the formerly barren yardage come alive.

While not every plant I tend is endemic to Washington, I

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Film

Get Hard

Or stay at home, whatever

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If you’re disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy Get Hard. Not even two of America’s most reliable funnymen can eke consistent laughs out of this sloppy odd-couple comedy about a wrongly convicted millionaire (Will Ferrell) who asks the nearest black guy (Kevin Hart) to toughen him up in preparation for a decade behind

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On Stage

Divided They Stand

Comedy with a catch

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Ian Harris isn’t afraid to bring religion onstage.

Whether he’s talking about the irony of purchasing a book called Christianity for Dummies or pointing out that his dog is a devout Christian Scientist (at least when it comes to choosing whether or not to sign his canine up for a $12,000 surgery) the standup comedian says he’s not squeamish about tackling taboo subjects—especially if they’re not supported by science or facts.

Ty Barnett, Harris’ longtime friend and Last Comic Standing

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Visual

Seconds Sale

Pottery by the pound at Blue Water

Once upon a time, potter Jeremy Noet and his wife Megan lived aboard a sailboat in Bellingham. Eventually they had a baby, but stayed on the sailboat. However, after having their second child, everything changed.

“We sold our boat three years ago to some beautiful people, who, like us many years ago, had more time than money,” Noet says.

One thing that hasn’t differed since their days of living aboard a watercraft is how the couple likes to surround themselves with cherished

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Today

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Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines more »

Wonderheads present Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of "Grim and Fischer" at performances March 19-29 at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. more »

The Birthday Party: iDiOM Theater and Stone Town Theatre Works team up to present Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, which concludes this week at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM's headquarters at 1418 Cornwall Ave. Expect absurdist dialogue, themes of identity and social conformity, and a birthday party that "heads off the rails and into uncharted, nightmarish territory." Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. more »

Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of Grim and Fischer at 7:30pm Thursday, 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. more »

The Jungle Book: Actors ages 9 to 12 present song-and-dance performances of the musical The Jungle Book at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10. more »

The Spitfire Grill: Performances of The Spitfire Grill begin this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The dramatic musical focuses on a girl trying to make a fresh start in a small town in Wisconsin and the power of redemption. Tickets are $20; additional showings happen through April 25. more »

Fundraising Garage Sale: Donated items covering more than 6,000 square feet of space can be perused at a fundraising Garage Sale for WeSNIP from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday, in Ferndale at 1920 Main St., #1. (WeSNiP's support for low- income families has resulted in more than 13,000 spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in Whatcom County.) The sale happens again April 3-5. more »

Diploma Art Exhibit: View an exhibition of Diploma Students' Work from 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts, 12636 Chilberg Rd. Work on display will include wall hanging, 3-D items, and a portfolio of samples. Entry is free. more »

Rock & Gem Show and Sale: The Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club will host its 54th annual Rock & Gem Show & Sale from 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday at the Bloedel Donovan Community Center Building, 2214 Electric Ave. Among other things, the show will feature an ongoing fluorescent rock show, lapidary demonstrations, gold panning, rocks, gems, jewelry, dealers and some 30 cases of rock exhibits. Entry to the family-friendly event is free. more »

FAIRHAVEN RIDE: Meet up with folks from Fairhaven Bike & Ski for a weekly race-pace ride at 8am at the Fairhaven Village Green. more »

Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mt. Baker Bike Club for the weekly “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8:30am at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route sees riders heading down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. more »

Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. This is intended to be a fitness ride, and you're encouraged to push yourself. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. more »

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Show up for a big-screen broadcast of National Theatre's Behind the Beautiful Forevers at 1pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The play is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Katherine Boo's book of the same name, which is baed on the three years she spent in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. Entry is $12-$16. more »

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra: Three Seattle Symphony soloists—cellist Efe Baltacigil, pianist Jessica Choe, and associate concertmaster Emma McGrath—will join the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra for a 3pm concert at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Beethoven's "Triple Concerto" will be the highlight of the performance. Tickets are $13-$39. more »

J.A. Jance’s Cold Betrayal: Bestselling author J.A. Jance reads from her latest Ali Reynolds thriller, Cold Betrayal, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the book, Reynolds goes head-to-head with a shadowy polygamous cult called “the family." more »

Lou and Peter Berryman: Musical humorists Lou and Peter Berryman will bring their talents to Bellingham for a 7pm concert at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. Berryman songs have been sung around the world, by a legion of professional musicians from Peggy Seeger to Garrison Keillor. Suggested donation is $15. more »

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