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Through the Lens

From the searing deserts of Namibia to the soaring glacial moraines of deep Alaska and the saturated rainforests of the Olympic Coast, photographers Dennis Walton and John D’Onofrio present the trophies they’ve captured of photographic expeditions across the world’s great landscapes. Their work is both sweeping and personally intimate.

Walton has lived and travelled abroad for much if his life, photographing extensively in Burma, Tibet, Ladakh, Java, India, and Japan, where he captured

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This Week

The Gristle

The Permanence of Variance

THE PERMANENCE OF VARIANCE: A remarkable schism opened between the afternoon and evening sessions of Bellingham City Council this week, although perhaps too few noticed.

The central puzzle facing the city—and indeed communities throughout the West and across the country—is the affordability of housing and its attendant concerns, as middle incomes have remained relatively flat while home prices continue to rise precipitously. The balance between what one earns and what one pays for a roof

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News

It's Complicated

About that “Local Taxes” item on your Comcast bill

If you’re confused by your Comcast bill for cable TV—the one you got in January or February—don’t feel dumb.

Batches of Comcast subscribers have complained to the City of Bellingham about some jolting December-to-January increases in a Comcast billing item listed as “Local Taxes.”

The increases varied from one Comcast subscriber to another. One billing increased from 14 cents in December to $6.35 in January. Another, from 22 cents in December to $7.66 in January.  Another, from

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Outdoors

Through the Lens

Exotic landscapes, far and near

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From the searing deserts of Namibia to the soaring glacial moraines of deep Alaska and the saturated rainforests of the Olympic Coast, photographers Dennis Walton and John D’Onofrio present the trophies they’ve captured of photographic expeditions across the world’s great landscapes. Their work is both sweeping and personally intimate.

Walton has lived and travelled abroad for much if his life, photographing extensively in Burma, Tibet, Ladakh, Java, India, and Japan, where he captured

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Words

Station Eleven

Weaving stories from gossamer thread

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Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven is one of those books that sweeps you up and doesn’t put you down until the last page is turned. I picked up a copy at the Whatcom Literacy Council Breakfast last November, where Nancy Pearl touted it as one of her recent favorites, a book that restored her “heretofore flagging faith that wonderful novels are still being written.” It languished on the coffee table for several months until I picked it up on a slow Sunday and became lost in it.

A

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On Stage

Challenge America

A world of learning

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When Kuntz and Company founder Pamela Kuntz found out her dance and community organization had qualified for a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of a “Challenge America” competition, she and her crew promptly got things rolling. The first of three dance residencies takes place this week with both public performances and classes at local schools throughout Whatcom County.

Cascadia Weekly: What were the parameters of the “Challenge America” grant?
Pamela

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Visual

Red is Neutral

Collage and collaboration with Freddy Moran

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“Freddy” Moran had been quilting for 20 years when, at 80, she thought she was burned out. Said her son: “Think what you can do in the next 20 years!” The result is her “Collage” exhibit at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum.

Here in the historic mansion atop the hill in the tiny artist town, you’ll discover fabric art from the 19th century to the present.

On the first floor, examine handmade clothing and quilts. Children’s frocks from the early 1900s remind us that once

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Food

Colophon Cafe

Comfort food with a history

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There are some restaurants that grab you by the heart and won’t let go. They offer that brilliant combination of consistently good comfort food, great service, a warm, ambient environment and a location that’s convenient and attractive. The Colophon Café nails every one of those.

We started coming back in 2003 on our first foray to Bellingham, with a new babe in an infant carseat and all the worries of first-time parenthood. By then the café had been open 18 years in Fairhaven’s

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Film

Song of the Sea

A selkie’s tale

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Song of the Sea is another satisfying smack in the face of computer-generated 3D animation from Irish director Tomm Moore, after his earlier, Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells. Working with wondrous watercolor backgrounds and 2D animation in which the impressions of depth and perspective are almost exclusively suggested through overlapping flat surfaces, this pleasingly old-school item again relies on Irish folklore and legends to color a familiar story about a young boy venturing out into a

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Music

Howlin’ Rain

A new deal

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I’ve been around musicians long enough to know that, whatever kind of music of whatever kind of genre they might create, they all tend to do it for similar reasons, generally speaking. It goes without saying that musicians have a creative itch they need to scratch, as well as a need to put forth what they’ve created into the world. Regardless what degree of stage fright they may feel, I think most musicians would agree that nothing feels quite like the support and validation they receive

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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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The Underpants: Professional and community actors can be seen onstage when the Mount Baker Theatre presents its sixth year of Winter Repertory Theatre with performances of Steve Martin's The Underpants concluding this week at showings at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the MBT's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the see the satire—which takes place in 1910 and focuses on a scandal caused when the wife of a government clerk loses control of her more »

Leading Ladies: Ken Ludwig's Leading Ladies—a comedy about down-on-their-luck English Shakesperean actors attempting to fool a rich old lady out of her money by posing as long-lost relatives—concludes this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$12. more »

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: The Skagit Valley College Drama Department presents showings of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for the final week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the school's Phil Tarro Theatre. Tickets are $5. more »

Skagit Opera’s Cinderella: The classic fairy tale known as Cinderella—or La Cenerentola‚will be brought to life by the Skagit Opera at performances at 7:30pm Friday and 3pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Gioachino Rossini's enchanting opera can also be seen March 6 and 8. Tickets are $25-$59. more »

Winter Festival: "A Fascination for Hellebores" will be the theme of the ninth annual "Winter Festival" happening Saturday and Sunday in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Sign up in advance if you want to hear guest speaker Katie Miller of Skagit Gardens talk on the topic at 11am Saturday. more »

Birding Festival: The 10th annual "Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival" takes place Saturday and Sunday in Stanwood. Events include seminars, tours and hands-on activities. Entry is free and open to all. more »

Orchid Show and Sale: The Mt. Baker Orchid Society hosts its annual Show and Sale from 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Peter Johnson Rd. In addition to the orchid displays, commercial vendors and members will have orchids for sale. Entry is free; there will be a repotting service by donation. more »

High School Bands: After performing in festivals throughout Washington, the Mount Vernon High School bands and orchestras present a performance of music from their core repertoire at 7pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $4 for students, $6 for seniors, and $8 for adults. more »

Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines more »

FAIRHAVEN RIDE: Meet up with folks from Fairhaven Bike & Ski for a weekly race-pace ride at 8am at the Fairhaven Village Green. more »

Community Breakfast: Get served by local politicians at the monthly Community Breakfast happening from 8am-1pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. Entry to the breakfasts—which feature made-from-scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, eggs and more—is $2 for kids and $5 for adults. Kids 5 and under are free. more »

Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mt. Baker Bike Club for the weekly “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8:30am at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route sees riders heading down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. more »

Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. This is intended to be a fitness ride, and you're encouraged to push yourself. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. more »

Dinah Pelerin Mystery: Jeanne Matthews reads from her latest Dinah Pelerin mystery, Where the Bones are Buried, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Readers of the series can expect blackmailing, murder, long-buried secrets and more. more »

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