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Do You Really Want to Know?

For almost 30 years of his life, Jeff Carroll was, as most of us are, ignorant of Huntington’s Disease. Then, when he was in his late 20s, his mother became ill and Huntington’s officially entered his lexicon and forever changed his life.

Exceedingly rare, Huntington’s Disease, or HD, is a degenerative neurological illness with effects on the body that are best described as having ALS, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s at the same time. Onset tends to be early, the progression is long and

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This Week

The Gristle

Taxation and Representation

TAXATION AND REPRESENTATION:

All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
—Washington State Constitution Article One, Section One, Sentence One

The cardinal rule of representative government is, when the consenting governed have their infrequent and fragile moment to speak on what has been proposed in their name, you do not waste their precious time or dishonor their opinion. You do not challenge that opinion. You

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Film

Do You Really Want to Know?

A life and death decision

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For almost 30 years of his life, Jeff Carroll was, as most of us are, ignorant of Huntington’s Disease. Then, when he was in his late 20s, his mother became ill and Huntington’s officially entered his lexicon and forever changed his life.

Exceedingly rare, Huntington’s Disease, or HD, is a degenerative neurological illness with effects on the body that are best described as having ALS, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s at the same time. Onset tends to be early, the progression is long and

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Music

Record Store Day

Vinyl is forever

Given the general air of revelry and excitement that surrounds Record Store Day, it can be easy to forget that its creation was as much a response to a crisis as it was an excuse for celebration.

The year was 2007, and it was apparent that independent record stores were becoming casualties of the internet changing the price of music from already pretty cheap to free in nearly all cases. However, one retail sector of the music store was not just holding the line, it was actually experiencing

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Visual

Neo-Naturalist

Mixing matter at MoNA

A glorious assemblage of David Eisenhour’s sculptures of sea creatures, cast in silvered bronze, greets the visitor to “Neo-Naturalist,” currently at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA). These brilliant objects celebrate our joy of discovering the beauty in nature. 

Guest Curator Robert Yoder places a very different piece opposite the Eisenhour gems. The huge painting “Switchback,” by Michael Paul Miller, shocks with its pathos and despair. Here’s a ravaged old man who

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Outdoors

Breakfast on Blanchard

Switchbacks and squirrel chats

It was just a shade before sunup, and I’d already been chugging my way up through pitch-dark, mist-shrouded forest for the better part of an hour when daybreak finally broke over Blanchard Mountain enough for me to switch my headlamp off without worrying about inadvertently stepping off the trail and plummeting straight down-slope into Samish Bay.

Even though I could still hardly see beyond the next tree trunk and/or boulder at that point, a sudden surge of self-propelled animal joy jolted

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Food

Burger Express

Get your caboose to Sedro-Woolley

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As you drive east along Highway 20 heading into Sedro-Woolley, you might not notice the old red and white caboose in a parking lot just outside of town. Or if you do notice it, you might think twice about stopping there to order food. That, however, would be a mistake, because this caboose is Skagit Valley Burger Express, home of the best burgers in Skagit County.

Although the Burger Express has been around for a while now, I hadn’t seriously considered visiting it until personal

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Words

Northwest Bookshelf

Native art, native trees and a journey to the north

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Northwest Coast Indian Art
Bill Holm (University of Washington Press)

From blankets to gambling sticks, coffins to rain hats, spoons to shaman’s paraphernalia, seemingly every material aspect of the indigenous cultures of the northern Pacific Coast was decorated with representations of the natural world, usually animals. Salmon, bear, raven, wolf, whale, seal, beaver: the wild creatures of the British Columbian and southeast Alaskan coastlines and islands are memorialized in bold strokes of

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On Stage

Ded Reckoning

Singing their way through space

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There’s a moment in Ded Reckoning: A Space Musical in Two Acts when Tiny, one of the five crew members aboard the Galaxy Guppy, finally understands what the space/time continuum is all about.

Thanks to the helpful (and catchy) lyrics in “Moving Fast”—the song that accompanied the “aha!” moment for Tiny—I also came much closer to comprehending why the six-plus years the crew had been adrift in space translated to nearly 48 years for those they left behind on planet Earth. 

Like the 11

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Film

While We’re Young

Friends without borders

The title of Noah Baumbach’s wry generation-gap comedy, While We’re Young, could be read as an ode to youth, like the name of a lost Cole Porter tune.

It could also be taken as sarcasm, as when Rodney Dangerfield shouts, “Let’s go, while we’re young!” to Ted Knight’s slowpoke golfer in Caddyshack.

Either way works, and does it ever. While We’re Young pairs two New York couples, one middle-aged and anxious and the other millennial and carefree. Both are in for a satirical

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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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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, roller derby, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster more »

I Hate Hamlet: Find out what happens when an actor relocates to New York after his television series has been cancelled when I Hate Hamlet concludes this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, in Oak Harbor at the Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $18. more »

Drowsy Chaperone Auditions: Attend open auditions for upcoming performances of The Drowsy Chaperone at 7pm Sunday and Monday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Auditions will consist of dance and singing try-outs. Please be prepared to sing 16 measures of any up-tempo musical theatre song. more »

Bike Maintenance Basics: Learn how to better care for your two-wheeler at a "Bike Maintenance Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free workshop. more »

Cooking with Spices: Find out more about how to give your dishes a distinctive exotic vibrancy through the skillful use of spices when Chef Jesse Otero focuses on "Cooking with Spices" at a course from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $39; a $7 wine option is payable at class. more »

April in Paris: Fish amok steamed with herbs in banana leaf, kampot pepper squid, and Khmer seared beef red chili pepper salad will be on the menu at a "Tastes of Cambodia" cooking class with Chef Robert Fong from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $45. more »

Women’s Vocal Workshop: Ann MacDonald leads a Vocal Workshop for Women from 7-8:30pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave. The event is open to all levels of singers 16 years and older, and focuses on exploring healthy, empowering vocal tips and techniques in an interactive setting. Suggested donation is $10. more »

Call to the Land: Filmmakers David Goldberg and Eli Hirtle will present their documentary, RESIST: The Unist’oten Call to the Land, at 7pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. They will be joined by students from Western Washington University. All will speak of their experiences at the camp established by the Wet’suwet’en people to block the pipelines proposed by 11 fossil-fuel corporations. Entry is by donation. more »

Rock & Gem Club Meeting: Visitors are always welcome at the monthly Rock & Gem Club meeting at 7pm at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. Door prizes, refreshments, a rock-related silent auction and more will be part of the fun. more »

Poetrynight: 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. P.S. Please use the back fountain entry. more »

The Gateway Show: Celebrate 4/20 by attending "The Gateway Show" at 8pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The night's entertainment will feature seven comics—including headliner Tyler Smith and Henry Russell Stoddard, Mike Cramblett, Brendan Kelley, Lisa Curtis and Jim Stewart Allen—who will do a sober set, get extremely stoned at an undisclosed location and then return for a second set "completely baked." Tickets are $10. more »

Guffawingham: 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. more »

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