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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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This Week

The Gristle

Aloha

ALOHA: Hello and goodbye to the Bellingham Public Development Authority, and with it the latest stumble in the city’s journey to employ public land as the nucleus to fuel an urban village planning concept. The BPDA died without a whimper last week after Bellingham City Council declined to discuss restoring the organization’s funding to the mayor’s proposed 2015-16 biennial budget. The BPDA board met the following day and terminated the contract with its executive director, Jim Long.

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Music

Art Chantry

Bellingham’s poster boy

Because I am a person of a certain age, as long as I’ve been into music, I’ve been an admirer of the work of Art Chantry.

At this point in his career, Chantry has been long hailed as a graphic artist of unusual vision and influence, and his work has hung in museums from the Museum of Modern Art to the Louvre to the Smithsonian. When I first encountered his work, grunge was rapidly becoming Seattle’s soundtrack but was not yet a word, and Chantry was busy putting his distinctive stamp all

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Food

Raspberry Redo

From simple to sublime

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It is a grey, chilly Monday morning and no amount of Earl Grey tea will warm my soul. I’m trying to stay positive and think good thoughts about dark days, dead leaves and itchy sweaters, but it’s hard. The passing of summer and the imminence of winter months have gotten me down and, sadly, it’s only October.

I revert to my favorite method of surviving the cold: I bake. I do not hibernate, like a bear, although a long nap somewhere in the mountains sounds heavenly. I do not fly to Tahiti.

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On Stage

Halloween Preludes

Scaring up a good time

In Bellingham, Halloween isn’t just a one-night affair. Historically speaking, its residents love to celebrate spookiness throughout the entire month of October. To that end, I’d like to draw your attention to three events happening before the calendar hits Oct. 31.

Last Friday night, the early Hellingham show at the Upfront Theatre was sold out, so my friends and I had to repair to a nearby bar to wait for the late one. It wasn’t a big surprise that we were turned away; the event has become

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Visual

Accreted Terraine

An artist’s amusement park

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Guest curator David Francis offers a cornucopia of delights in “Accreted Terraine,” the new exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art. This theme challenged 42 artists to depict things that multiply or accumulate.

Many of the artists have backgrounds in the natural sciences and their work depicts data accumulation, such as Adele Caemmerer’s “Morning watch, 3 weeks Rickshaws and Green Buses.”  Some of the creations are lovely to look at, like Russell Prather’s “Loaf,” which glows

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Outdoors

Transition Time

Last call in the North Cascades

A majestic coda to summer’s music, autumn in the North Cascades is a resolving chord that is allowed to ring out like the concluding passage of a tone poem, settling the nerves and invigorating the adventurous spirit. Extinguishing the forest fires of summer and preparing us for the winter ahead.

But October is fading fast, my friends, and soon it will be November.

November is—despite what the calendar may say—winter. And we know what that means. So savor October while it’s here and urge

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Words

Just Do It

Make a Difference Day

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It’s apt that our Best of Bellingham issue is coming out during the same time frame that the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County is once again taking the lead in organizing its 22nd annual “Make a Difference Day.”

The Volunteer Center’s program director, Hollie Moe, says the late October event—which this year happens throughout the day on Sat., Oct. 25—always brings out the best in those living in our burg, but also points out that residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County can be counted

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Film

John Wick

Man’s best friend

There are no good guys in John Wick, but there are some great actors working alongside Keanu Reeves in his darkest and most tormented role yet: a stunningly lethal contract killer who goes on a rampage after a Russian thug murders his dog. Yes, his dog. If you can stomach the setup, then the rest is pure revenge-movie gold, as Reeves reminds what a compelling action star he can be, while the guy who served as his stunt double in The Matrix makes a remarkably satisfying directorial debut,

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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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Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

Godfather of Greening: Allen Hershkowitz, the senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, discusses the economics of business innovation and sustainability at 2:30pm at WWU's Communication Facility, room #120. Entry to hear the "Godfather of Greening" is free and open to the public. more »

Irish Primer: Fiddler Cayley Schmid will acquaint you with some of the types of tunes that are played and danced to in Irish music at "An Introduction to Irish Music and Dance" at 6:30pm at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barn View Ct. Norah McLaughlin will then provide an introductory workshop exploring the basic movements and steps used in traditional Irish dance. Entry is free. more »

On Cabbage: Robert Fong and guest Pat Doering will team up for an "On Cabbage" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $39; and $8 wine option is payable at class. more »

Old Timers’ Tales: The Burlington Historical Society will host is third annual "Old Timers' Tales" from 7-8:30pm at the Burlington Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Longtime Burlington residents Don Mapes, Jim Neff, and Duane Stowe will share entertaining yarns of growing up in Burlington during the 1930s-1960s. Entry is free. more »

Square Dance: Rainbow Squares presents beginning square dance lessons from 7-9pm at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is necessary. Admission is free for the first two lessons, $5 afterwards. more »

Sanford Piano Series Kickoff: Western Washington University's annual Sanford Hill Piano Series kicks off with a performance by Cliburn Gold winner Vadym Kholodenko at 7:30pm at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $16-$32. more »

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