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Our oceans are acidifying — even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet.

As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we know it. The vast oceans absorb much of the carbon dioxide we have produced, from the industrial revolution through the rise of global capitalism.

Earth’s self-sacrifice spared the atmosphere nearly 25 percent of humanity’s CO2 emissions, slowing the onslaught of many severe weather

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This Week

The Gristle

Dirty Little Not-So-Secret

DIRTY LITTLE NOT-SO-SECRET: What if your partner who was not especially solvent and whose financial profile was headed in a terrible direction proposed a new business venture with considerable risk and downside? Sure, there’s potential for upside, and your initial entry costs appear low; but there’s also long-term liability and costs you’re on the hook for no matter what happens to the venture or partner. Does that sound like a deal to you?

RE Sources and Power Past Coal brought a

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The news that didn’t make the news

Our oceans are acidifying — even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet.

As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we know it. The vast oceans absorb much of the carbon dioxide we have produced, from the industrial revolution through the rise of global capitalism.

Earth’s self-sacrifice spared the atmosphere nearly 25 percent of humanity’s CO2 emissions, slowing the onslaught of many severe weather

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Mule Skinners and Misery Whips

Thank you, Wilderness Act


“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.”
—President Lyndon Johnson, 1964

National parks might be one of America’s best ideas, but when it comes to extended trail-building forays deep in the backcountry, I’m inclined to say federally designated wilderness areas are an even

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Spotlight on Acrylics

Delightful surprises at the Scott Milo Gallery


The spotlight is on Dianna Shyne at the Scott Milo Gallery this month. Shyne will paint any subject in nature: birds, landscapes, people at play, noble buildings and creaky, old wooden doors.

For November, she’s showing landscapes and paintings of boats, including the standout, “La Conner Waterfront.” This acrylic is in reds, blue ascending above the white. I enjoy a work like this for the characteristic, confident brush strokes, which create a design in themselves, especially where the

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Anelia's Kitchen

Warming from the inside out


Downtown La Conner can seem very quiet and dark on a rainy evening during the off season, but a row of brightly lit windows and the sound of music make it easy to be drawn in to Anelia’s Kitchen and Stage, which opened during the summer in an old bank building on First Street.

Named for the grandmother of owner Jennifer Ferry, the restaurant specializes in traditional Polish recipes, as well as an assortment of salads and sandwiches. The space is warm with natural wood and brightly colored

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Making Merry at the MBT

No Christmas allowed*

Whatever your opinion about holiday creep—the phenomenon that sees store shelves stocked with lights, mistletoe and ornaments the day after Halloween—once the barrier of Thanksgiving is breached, the holiday season is upon us and the musical landscape begins to look a whole lot like Christmas. But before that happens, the Mount Baker Theatre will play host to an eclectic variety of shows that have nothing to do with Christmas.*

It’s possible I’ve mentioned this before, but I am an

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On Stage

A Christmas Story

A holiday tale, with guns


Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker isn’t a typical holiday hero. In fact, when Christmas rolls around, it’s not peace on earth he’s hoping to find. Instead, the pint-sized protagonist wants a gun—specifically, a Red Rider Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

Anybody who’s watched the iconic 1983 film A Christmas Story knows full well that the bespectacled Ralphie doesn’t give up on his gun-toting dream, despite everyone from his mom to his teacher to a department store Santa warning him

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Penguins of Madagascar

This one’s for the birds


Charming in small doses, the Penguins of Madagascar prove altogether less irresistible in their feature-length starring debut. The latest example of DreamWorks Animation’s franchise mania is a frantic, peppy, in-your-face slice of irreverent toon action, but the result is far more snoozy than Looney (as in Tunes).

DreamWorks practically patented the idea of conceiving and marketing animated films like live-action comedies intended to appeal equally to adults and kids, and while this latest

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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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Nov 28


Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival continues from 10am-6pm Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 24. at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. Entry is free. P.S. The festival will be closed for Thanksgiving. more »

Fairhaven Holiday Festival: Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors in the Victorian-era gazebo at the corner of Harris Avenue and 10th Street from 3-4:30pm Friday to kick off the Fairhaven Holiday Festival. The night's activities will also include the annual Lighting of the Trees at 5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, entertainment by Bellingham High School's Showstoppers, and, from 5-8pm, a Holiday Art Walk. From 12-3pm Saturday, there will be free carriage rides, and from 5-8pm, the Holiday Art Walk will continue. more »

Holiday Art Walk: As part of the opening weekend of the Fairhaven Holiday Festival, attend an Art Walk from 5-8pm Friday and Saturday at a variety of venues throughout historic Fairhaven. The Whatcom Art Market, Three French Hens, Artwood, Good Earth Pottery, Morgan Block Studios, Renaissance Celebration, Colophon Cafe, and others will be sharing the creative visions of local artists. Entry is free. more »

Doubles and Triples: Teams of two will create never-before-seen stories and scenarios at "Doubles" shows at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, "Triples" teams will take the stage. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. more »

Bob’s Your Elf: Comedy and the holidays combine when Bob's Your Elf opens this weekend with 7:30pm shows Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18 and additional showings happen weekends through Dec. 20. more »

Holiday Art Show: Glass artists Melissa Ballenger and Annett Tamm will be joined by wood turner Sherrie Greenleaf, collagist Maggi Mason, ceramicist Kathy Huckleberry and others at a Holiday Art Show happening from 10am-6pm every Friday through Sunday through Dec. 21 in Mount Vernon at Ballenger Studio, 15502 State Route 9. Entry is free. more »

Miracle on 34th Street: Is Santa a myth? Find out when Kris Kringle takes on the cynics in a musical adaptation of the popular holiday favorite, Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, starting this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14 and additional showings take place through Dec. 14. more »

Deck the [Old City] Hall: Shop, sing, see Santa, enjoy dozens of decorated trees and enter to win a special "decked out' tree for your home at part of "Deck the [Old City] Hall" from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 28 at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Special events will happen through December. Entry is free with museum admission. more »

Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in November at Bellingham's Cornwall Park. Entry is by donation. more »

Lighthouse Mission Thanksgiving: The Lighthouse Mission hosts its annual Thanksgiving Meal from 12-1:30pm at the Assumption Church Gym, 2116 Cornwall Ave. In addition to the traditional meal, there will also be a clothes giveaway. Entry is free. more »

VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. more »

Western Line Dancing: A Western Line Dance class meets at 6pm Friday at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. The group dances the oldies to the latest western, with a little bit of rock and roll. Entry is $5 per class. more »

Native American Heritage Day Concert: Swil Kanim, Cindy Minkler, Peter Ali, and JP Falcon Grady will perform at the fourth annual "Native American Heritage Day Concert" at 7pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. The event honors the rich cultural heritage, history and vital contributions of America's indigenous peoples. Entry is by donation. more »

Friday Night Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. more »

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