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Once upon a time, not so long ago, Western Washington University, under the auspices of Associated Students Productions (or ASP Pop Music as it was once known before being incorporated under the AS Productions umbrella), was responsible for bringing bands and musicians to campus for the entertainment of the student body.

This was an arrangement with benefits beyond the confines of the WWU campus, as, thanks to the miracle of plentiful university funding, AS Productions was able to book bigger

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This Week

The Gristle

The Election That Wasn’t

THE ELECTION THAT WASN’T: For all the fussing and farting about “fair and equitable representation by district” that has consumed the Charter Review Commission this cycle, more attention might be spent encouraging and recruiting excellent people into public office. Filing Week ended for local elections last week, and what a lackluster show it was. Incumbents filed early and vigorously for reelection; challengers trickled in late in a footsore and tuneless, glum parade. A few last-minute

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News

Shell v.Skagit

Court rules the public is entitled to more information about oil train transport

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“Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.”
—Abraham Lincoln

Shell Oil didn’t get far last week in its effort to head off a study of Bakken oil transport in the Skagit Valley. Its lawsuit rolled backward down a legal slope, like the unattended oil train that blew up in Quebec in 2013.

Nobody got hurt when the rhetorical brakes failed in Skagit County Superior Court last week. The world’s second-biggest oil company (or biggest, depending on how you measure it)

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Words

The Great Symmetry

James Wells’ novel of knowledge screaming to be free

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The most compelling speculative fiction comments on the present day.

James Wells says the seeds of his novel of a dystopian future were long germinating, but the soil required something more to bring it all to vivid life. And that ingredient was fertilizer of the most pungent variety—modern corporate excess, the despair of the faceless, grinding oligarchs rising as monoliths in our world today, and the chance—by no means certain, and therein lies the drama—that small acts of curiosity

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Food

Over Easy

Sweet and savory in Sunnyland

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It’s great to see a new restaurant packed with happy customers, and that was certainly the case this past Mother’s Day when my family and I popped into Over Easy, the new breakfast and brunch eatery in Bellingham’s Sunnyland neighborhood, next to Trader Joe’s.

Proprietors Jamie and Colleen Bohnett were run off their feet by the steady influx of hungry diners ready to celebrate the women in their lives. But their kitchen and staff were in peak form, delivering a great selection of sweet and

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On Stage

Bard on the Beach

All Shakespeare, all the time

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I’m quite certain William Shakespeare would have approved of the birthday party I hosted for myself a few nights ago.

The evening’s festivities featured a few costumes, a spread including grilled meat and intoxicating spirits, the telling of many stories, dancing, gift-giving, pie-eating, the sharing of epic poems and—after a couple shots of Jose Cuervo—a recitation of the final lines of the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, courtesy of yours truly.

While wearing a celebratory

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Visual

Art in the City

The pop-up particulars

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If you find yourself at the intersection of Bellingham’s Cornwall Avenue and Holly Street in the next couple of weeks, take a short stroll and don’t stop until you’ve passed the Greenhouse, Café Akroteri, and India Grill. If you come to Eva Salon, you’ve gone too far.

Perhaps I should be more specific about what exactly you’ll be on the lookout for. For at least a little while longer, the space at 1213 Cornwall Avenue that was formerly a dance studio—but has been empty for the

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Film

Iris

Style for miles

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Iris Apfel isn’t exactly a household name, unless we’re talking about very stylish households. From 1950 to 1992, Apfel ran Old World Weavers, the business she cofounded with her husband, Carl, which faithfully re-created antique textiles for use in home decorating. From grand Park Avenue drapes to demure White House settees, the duo’s historically accurate fabrics made their way into any number of upper-crusty redecorating schemes. But today Apfel, 93, is less well known for dressing interiors

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Music

Lawnstock

Pull up a patch of grass

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Once upon a time, not so long ago, Western Washington University, under the auspices of Associated Students Productions (or ASP Pop Music as it was once known before being incorporated under the AS Productions umbrella), was responsible for bringing bands and musicians to campus for the entertainment of the student body.

This was an arrangement with benefits beyond the confines of the WWU campus, as, thanks to the miracle of plentiful university funding, AS Productions was able to book bigger

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Outdoors

Take Me to the River

The subtle pleasures of the Samish

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My friend Jesse really likes rivers.

Jesse has been a fisherman, rafting guide and all-around river bum for many years. We go way back: I have known him since he was five years old. So when he offered to take me on a paddle on the tiny Samish River, I said yes without hesitation.

We drove down through the vibrant green fields and marshes of the Skagit Valley near Edison and pulled over near an unmarked bridge. The spot was obscure—that’s the way Jesse likes it. We carried his canoe down

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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 »

All-Paces Run: Staffers and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. more »

Camp Cooking Basics: Equipment (stoves, cook sets and fuel), planning and preparation, along with some tips and tricks to make your meals the hit of the trip, will be part of a "Camp Cooking Basics for Backpackers" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free workshop. more »

Bellingham Reads: Patrica Wood's Lottery will be the focus at a Bellingham Reads book discussion group meeting at 6:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome. more »

Geologic Time: Western Washington University geology professor Don Easterbrook shares ideas from Cruising Through Geologic Time in the San Juan Islands at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book includes geologic descriptions of the geology of all of the islands with more than 400 photos, maps, and laser, sonar and satellite images, cross–indexed so the geology of any specific island can be easily found. more »

Hummingbird Expedition: Find out more about the Andean Mountain Hummingbird Project when Jim and Daphne Hamilton lead an Audubon Society presentation at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. more »

University Choir: Attend a "University Choir" performance at 8pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to the public. more »

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