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Music

Record Store Day

Let your freak flag fly

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Most days of the year—almost all of them, in fact—Avalon Records leads a pretty unassuming life. It has been holding down the same corner of downtown Bellingham at Railroad Avenue and Magnolia Street for three decades, and owes a decent portion of its longevity to its nonmusical inventory. Odds are, if you have ever had use for a bong, a tapestry for your wall or bed, a poster of “The Great Wave of Kanagawa,” incense, cheeky stickers or a hacky sack, you have purchased one or more…

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Food

Sustainable Sipping

Inside Bellingham Beer Week

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

If it were possible to save the world simply by drinking beer, Bellingham would be way ahead of the game.

This observation is not based solely on the premise that a city of 80,000 enthusiastically supports a whopping 10 breweries (and counting). It’s also predicated on the fact that this year’s Bellingham Beer Week—which kicks off Fri., April 21 with events at the Local, Elizabeth Station, McKay’s Taphouse, and Kulshan Brewery and concludes Sat., April 29 with April Brew’s…

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Words

History and Fiction

The true cost of war

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Quick: name the ship whose sinking is responsible for the most deaths. The Titanic? 1,500. Lusitania? 1,198. Bismarck? 2,000.

No. The dubious honor goes to the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a German military transport ship that sank off the coast of Poland in January 1945, torpedoed by a Russian submarine.

Between 9,400-10,582 people were estimated to be onboard. More than 5,000 of them were children. Most died. Several other ships also sank during Operation Hannibal, Germany’s desperate…

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On Stage

Canada or Bust

Help! I’m American!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

When asked if he’d consider deflecting when he takes his “Help! I’m American!” sketch comedy show north for a five-month Canadian Fringe Festival tour later this spring, actor and improviser DK Reinemer admits that the original title of the one-man performance piece was almost “American and Looking”—indicating he’d be up for moving to Justin Trudeau’s stomping grounds if he met the right gal.

These insights, among others, can be gleaned when the former Bellinghamster and current Los…

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Visual

Textile Talk

Waste not, want not

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I was rooting through a gigantic pile of clothes at Shuksan Middle School’s annual fundraising sale last weekend when one of the organizers announced that, since the event was in its final hour, all clothing could be purchased for 50 cents per bag.

As my boyfriend patiently waited below the stage where the men’s and women’s choices were scattered pell-mell, I burrowed deeper into the mountain of fabric, pulling out items I thought might fit my form and tossing them to him. I didn’t…

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News

Science Week

Earth Day and the March for Science

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It’s no coincidence that Earth Day, the first anniversary of the signing of the climate agreement, and the March for Science are all taking place on the same day, April 22. It is the people’s day. It has been the people’s day since 1970, when Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.), Rep. Pete McCloskey (R-Calif.), and lead organizer Denis Hayes turned out 20 million ordinary citizens in what is still regarded as the largest-ever single social mobilization effort in world history.

The…

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Outdoors

March for Science

A push for climate control

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Late last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt called for an exit from the climate change-related Paris Agreement.

Dubbed a “historic turning point” in the goal of reducing global warming by France’s foreign minister, the language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries—including the United States—and was adopted by consensus on Dec. 12, 2015. It was opened for signature at a ceremony in New York City on Earth Day 2016,…

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Film

The Lost City of Z

Welcome to the jungle

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Is James Gray the best American filmmaker most Americans haven’t heard of?

Critics love him, and with good reason. His The Immigrant was a beautifully photographed and complex tale of 1920s New York strivers. Pictures like The Yards and We Own the Night took on crime and family and class.

Yet studios have been less supportive (Harvey Weinstein reportedly tried to butcher The Immigrant, and when Gray fought him, petulantly dumped it, instead). And audiences haven’t exactly flocked…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm

RoozenGaarde

If you were to wend your way to RoozenGaarde, you would find field after field ablaze with the tulips for which the area is so famous. It is a carefully cultivated, wholly natural wonder of the world, and it draws thousands every year who make the pilgrimage to the Skagit Valley to take in the riot of color that has made the region famous. But the tulip fields, while certainly a sight unto themselves, are merely the gateway to a county that boasts a rich history of agriculture and art, and is inhabited by folks who proudly hew to a fiercely local lifestyle. With its distinct and disparate cities and towns, natural beauty from field to sea and the miles of scenic routes and backroads that link it all, there is much treasure to found in Skagit, if only you know where to look. What follows is that which you’ve deemed the region’s best, the places that have earned your votes and your love, the ones that exist right in your own bountiful backyard.

Best of Skagit compiled by Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Tim Johnson, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat. Photos by Jessamyn Tuttle

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The Gristle
April Showers 2

APRIL SHOWERS 2: More rain is on the horizon, but with rising temperatures and buds in bloom, spring has clearly arrived. We described last week the conditions months of elevated rainfall has created on the region’s steep slopes and high country, but what of the lowlands?

“The…

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Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions and the unleashing of police power

As the world focusses on state violence from Syria to Iraq to Yemen to North Korea, the groundwork is being laid in the United States for unchecked state violence here at home. Donald Trump is making good on at least one of his many campaign promises: promoting unfettered police power. His…

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Letters
Rebuild economies we’ve destroyed

In the context of the crimes committed by the United States since 1945—the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the…

Be thoughtful 
to wildlife

Boaters in Southern California were recently asked to look out for a gray whale entangled in what was most likely…

A fight for the soul of America

I have growing concern for the immigration policies in the United States that are being enforced today. Those policies have…

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Today's Events
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am

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…

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am

The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able…

Spring Fest Fine Art Show

11:00am

As a precursor to the Anacortes Arts Festival’s upcoming “Spring Fest” happening April 22-23, peruse the fourth annual Fine Art Exhibition from 11am-4pm daily (except Easter) at the city’s…

Lynden Friends Book Sale

10:00am

Adult fiction and nonfiction, religion, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, crafts, cooking, health, old and vintage, romance, biography, movies, music, kids books and more can be found at…

Tulip Festival Street Fair

10:00am

The 33rd annual Tulip Festival Street Fair takes place from 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday along First Street in downtown Mount Vernon. Arts & crafts vendors from six…

Kiss Me, Kate

7:30pm

The Opera Studio of Western Washington University’s Music Department will present the Cole Porter Broadway hit Kiss Me, Kate at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Performing…

Anacortes Arts Festival's Spring Fest

10:00am

Booths, music, food, a beer garden, youth activities, a Fine Arts Exhibit, the “Do the Bloom” Color Run, and much more will be part of the Anacortes Arts Festival’s “Spring Fest” taking place…

Tulip Time

11:00am

Trish Harding, the featured poster artist for this year’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, will sign posters and talk with visitors from 11am-3pm Saturday at RoozenGarde (15867 Beaver Marsh…

Rabbit Ride

8:00am

Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via…

Dirty Dan Harris Festival

10:00am

Live music, selections of food and shop offerings, an all-ages fish toss, a donut-eating contest, a Dirty Dan lookalike contest, period costumes (and costume contests), an uphill piano race,…

Trail Talk and Walk

11:00am

In honor of National Park Rx Day, join Recreation Northwest for a Trail Talk and Walk from 11am-1pm starting at the upper pavilion at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive N. Attendees at the…

Kids Out

11:00am

Kids in grades 1-5 can sign up for a “Kids OUT: Beavers, Salamanders, and Frogs…Oh My!” outing with Wild Whatcom from 11am-4pm starting at Squires Lake trailhead and continuing around the…

Animal Blessings and Open House

12:00pm

Farm tours, a petting zoo, face painting, demos and more will be part of Animals as Natural Therapy’s annual Blessing of the Animals and Open House from 12-3pm at Windy Acres Farm, 721 Van…

Walk for Water

1:00pm

Join the Brownies of Troop #44278 as they take action to bring clean water to others in need at a “Walk for Water” starting at 1pm at Lake Padden Park, 2244 Samish Way. Bring a jug to fill at…

Good Earth Demos

1:00pm

View featured artist Shelly Stark’s “From the Ground Up” and watch demos from several artists during Dirty Dan Days from 1-4pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave.

Chuckanut Chili Cook-Off

1:30pm

As part of the annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival, attend the annual Chuckanut Chili Cook-Off from 1:30-3:30pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Tickets are $5 and will cover a…

Sunday at 3 youth concert series

3:00pm

The young artists concert series known as “Sunday at 3” continues with a 3pm concert at Lynden’s Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Today’s performance will feature Lynden High School’s…

Parisian Delights

3:00pm

The Fifth Inversion Quintet and Victoria and Dan Sabo will be part of a “Parisian Delights” concert at a Bellingham Chamber Music Society concert at 3pm at the First Congregational Church,…

Singer Songwriter Showcase

3:00pm

Sam Chue, Maddy Smith, Boris Budd, and Maddie Pritchard will perform at a Singer Songwriter Showcase from 3-6pm at the Cooper Lanza Gallery, 1415 13th St. Suggested donation is $5-$15.

Into the Green

4:00pm

Illustrator, graphic designer and interpretive writer Sandra Noel reads from her poetry collection, Into the Green at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. These poems represent a journey…

Standup with Kyle Kinane

8:00pm

Lauded standup comedian Kyle Kinane brings his talents to town for an 8pm performance at the Underground Night Club, 211 E. Chestnut St. Bellingham’s Lee Cox will open the show, and…

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