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The fruits of fall

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On a recent visit to my father’s house on Lummi Island, I helped myself to a hefty bag of pears and apples sourced from a giant mound of fruit he had spread out on one of his living room recliners (don’t ask).

“I got those from my friend Henry’s garden on the sunny side of the island,” my pops said a few days later when I admitted I’d absconded with the fruits of fall. “I’ve been making pear ‘butter’ to spoon on my morning oatmeal. It’s a delicious addition to what can be a boring…

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Spooky Sojourns

Of gore, lore, ghosts and more

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What do a graphic murder mystery, Depression-era tales of darkness and despair, and spooky voice recordings have in common? They’re all part of what can be experienced by getting in on the Good Time Girls’ seasonal “Gore & Lore” tours taking place in downtown Bellingham every Saturday through October.

On Fridays through the month, the historical tour guides will also lead citizens on excursions through Fairhaven, focusing on stories of Spiritualism, hauntings and the “dark and dingy”…

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The Holocaust on trial

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Denial is a movie about a real-life libel case. The filmmaking isn’t fancy or ambitious. Its aim is to tell the story of the case, from its origins to its finish, and it does so clearly, with no embellishment. Fortunately, the issues surrounding the case are so fascinating and so packed with moral importance that a straightforward telling is quite enough to make Denial a worthwhile drama.

In 1996, American historian Deborah Lipstadt was sued by the British historian David Irving over…

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On Stage

Alien Alert

Top of the food chain

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

When Woody Ciskowski was growing up on Orcas Island, his television choices were limited, so the fact that he discovered the alien invasion spoof known as Top of the Food Chain was completely by chance.

“About 15 years ago, my father was late-night channel surfing our six channels and he called me down to check out this ‘crazy movie’ he found,” Ciskowski says. “We only saw the second half, but the main character (played by Campbell Scott) and a line about ‘genetically engineered…

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David Dondero

Just another hardcore troubadour

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In this era of all the music in existence being available for the streaming on the Internet, it can be surprisingly difficult to find something to listen to. More truly lovely music than I could ever hope to hear in my lifetime is out there, waiting for me to discover it, but it’s sometimes challenging to filter through all the noise and find the good stuff.

Real rough problem to have, I know.

This time of plenty is, of course, much harder on musicians than it is on me. When they…

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Indelible Images

Worlds of wonder at Whatcom Museum

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thanks to a recent viewing of the exhibit “Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates,”  I’m now convinced that an underwater denizen dubbed the “stubby squid” (Rossia pacifica) is my new spirit animal.

Like the dozens of other up-close-and-personal photographs taken by marine biologist Susan Middleton of the sea creatures that make up more than 98 percent of the known animal species in the world’s oceans, the image of the diminutive cuttlefish at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher…

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Community Paramedic

Saving lives, saving money

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

911. It’s an easy number to remember—deliberately so!—and, like a light switch, it always works.

Emergency dispatch is always there, but a lot of times—a lot of times—people will call it for non-emergencies. That gets expensive.

In 2014, the City of Bellingham began an experiment to help connect frequent utilizers of 911 services for non-emergent medical needs to more appropriate services. The benefit of the program was conceived as twofold—citizens are connected…

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The Gristle
Twice Zero

TWICE ZERO: The first law of holes is, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”

Whatcom County found itself at the bottom of an enormous deep hole earlier this month when the Washington Supreme Court agreed with the findings of a state growth board that determined the county had…

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Motive matters

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Misogyny writ large

In this presidential election sexism plays a significant role. Most people say they are not sexist, but social research shows…

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Today's Events
Tech Trends Conference


Twenty-five speakers and eight breakout sessions will be part of a “Tech Trends” event by the Technology Alliance Group taking place Thursday and Friday in downtown Bellingham and at Hotel…

The Music Man


Meet fast-talking salesman Harold Hill when The Music Man concludes this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the…

Family Game Night


Expect deception, confusion and family skeletons when Family Game Night: A New A Capella Musical opens this week at 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington…

The Art & Science of Gardening


“The Art & Science of Gardening” will be the focus of a Master Gardener Advanced Training conference happening from 8am-4pm at St. Luke’s Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy.…

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in October at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Suggested…

Lynden Book Sale


Books for all ages, movies, audio books and music CDs can be found at a Lynden Friends Book Sale taking place from 10am-5pm Friday, 10am-4:30pm Saturday, and 1-4:30pm Sunday at the Lynden…

Parkinson's Dance Class


Kuntz and Company’s Pam Kuntz leads a dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement or neurological disorders at 10am Fridays through Nov. 18 at Ballet Bellingham, 1405…

Spanish Storytime


Families interested in hearing stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish can attend “Spanish Storytime” for kids ages 3-5 at 10:30am most Fridays through Dec. 16 at the Lynden Library, 216 4th…

Ferndale Farmers Market


Local vendors and farmers will sell their wares at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 1-6pm every Friday through Oct. 28 at 2007 Cherry St.

Books, Bites and Blogging


Marcus Samuelsen’s Yes, Chef will be the focus of a “Books and Bites” discussion from 1-2:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. (If you’re so inclined, bring your lunch along.) Also at 1pm,…

Komo Kulshan Ski and Snowboard Swap


The Komo Kulshan Ski Club hosts the annual Komo Kulshan Ski and Snowboard Swap from 4-9:30pm Friday and 9am-2pm Saturday at the Bloedel Donovan Gymnasium, 2214 Electric Ave. Sell or buy new…

Festival of the Macabre


Join the Bleedingham Film Festival to celebrate its five-year anniversary at “The Festival of the Macabre” taking place from 5-10pm at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. Horror…

Gore and Lore Tours


The Good Time Girls combine history with a bit of horror at “Gore and Lore” tours at 6pm Fridays in Fairhaven (in front of Skylark’s) and 6pm Saturdays in downtown Bellingham (at the Bureau…

Family Story Night


Pros from the Bellingham Storyteller’s Guild will offer up an hour of coaching and an intro to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will…

Clay Girl


Short story writer Heather Tucker reads from her debut novel, Clay Girl, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book focuses on an orphaned girl who faces love and loss with the help of…

Friday Night Flicks


View the iconic film Harold and Maude at a “Friday Night Flicks” event in Deming at 7pm at the Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. Entry is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Arsenic and Old Lace


The Northwest Washington Theatre Group presents showings of Arsenic and Old Lace at 7pm Friday and Saturday at Ferndale High School, 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets are $10-$12. Additional…

Ghost Hunt Class


Chuck Crooks and Elena Stecca—two top ghost hunters from Bellingham Observers of the Odd and Obscure (BOOO)—will lead a “Ghost Hunt Class” from 7:30-10:30pm in downtown Bellingham…

Saeed Abbas


Dance along to the high-energy music of West African master drummer Saeed Abbas & the Gye Nyame Ensemble at 7:30pm in Langley at the Bayview Community Hall, 5642 Bayview Rd. Skagit band…

Skagit Community Band


Listen to sea songs, sea chanteys and sea adventure when the Skagit Community Band presents “Songs from the Sea” at 7:30pm Friday at La Conner’s Maple Hall and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at…

12 Minutes Max Fall Showcase


Theater, dance, performance art, music and film will be highlighted at “12 Minutes Max Fall Showcase” performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314…

Top of the Food Chain


Watch an intergenerational cast take on aliens hungry for human flesh at showings of Top of the Food Chain at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets to see the…



Enjoy improv comedy when the Dead Parrots Society performs as part of monthlong “Squawk-Tober” shows at 8pm Friday and Saturday at Western Washington University’s Old Main Theater. Tickets…



Help figure out whodunnit when the perennially popular improvised murder mystery known as “Hellingham” returns to the stage for 8pm and 10pm shows every Friday and Saturday through October…

Phenomenal Woman Cabaret


Come ready to dance, laugh and sing when the Provocateurs present evenings of unbridled cabaret at performances of “Phenomenal Woman: A Peek at the Spectrum of Femininity” at 8pm Friday and…

Ghosts of Concrete


SJ and Russ Wells of FOG Paranormal will host “Ghosts of Concrete” at 11pm Friday and Saturday starting at the Skagit County Community Action Center, 45770 Main St. The duo will share their…

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