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Happy Halloweekend!

Because I have not donned a costume in more than a decade, people often think I’m some sort of Halloween killjoy. That could not be further from the truth. Like most people who live around these parts, I’m a diehard devotee of this particular holiday, and my Halloween season typically involves numerous visits to spook shops, in-depth conversations about the costume ideas of others, and the excited making of plans. Occasionally, I am afforded an opportunity to spend Halloween elsewhere, and

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This Week

The Gristle

See No Evil, Speak No Evil

SEE NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL: The end was in the beginning; and after a long, long and ambitious evening session filled with impassioned testimony on the issue of landlord licensing, Bellingham City Council appears ready to approve what was first set in front of them uncolored by the passion. They were determined not to kick the can down the road—though kick it they did, to another special work session in November to again consider testimony—and determined to resolve something on a rental

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News

Scary Scarcity

Of draughts and droughts

Water is the source of life, but many ideas about water are true zombies—dead, dysfunctional, yet still shambling.

Western water law, in particular, seems the stuff of the apocalypse, a mandate that the first in to a watering hole is entitled to it all, until his gut bursts from the draught, and only then may the second in line drink to her fill—a lawful right to consume without duty to cooperate or share. Yet embedded within that dark consumptive right is a redemption, a logical

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Music

Happy Halloweekend!

It’s spooktacular

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Because I have not donned a costume in more than a decade, people often think I’m some sort of Halloween killjoy. That could not be further from the truth. Like most people who live around these parts, I’m a diehard devotee of this particular holiday, and my Halloween season typically involves numerous visits to spook shops, in-depth conversations about the costume ideas of others, and the excited making of plans. Occasionally, I am afforded an opportunity to spend Halloween elsewhere, and

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Outdoors

When Wolves Become Witches

It’s scary to be a wolf in Washington

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Washington’s wolves belong to no one; they belong to wilding landscapes and to their own packs. They are not the property of specific ranchers, nor do they belong to our state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Nonetheless, many of our northeastern ranchers and WDFW are behaving otherwise, using wolves as scapegoats and political pawns for what is ailing the livestock economy as well as their own professional shortcomings. Wolves are the new witches, and just in time for Halloween.

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Words

Camping With the Dead

A graveyard survival story

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Although I spooked myself silly at numerous junctures throughout my 480-mile solo backpacking trip across Scotland, only one episode continues to haunt me.

It was early November,1995, when I found myself trudging for dear life across a wild, desolate expanse of coastal moorland called the Caithness District—one of the most hallowed and topographically intense northern wetland bioregions I’ve ever had the good fortune to splash my way through. 

Despite putting on 30-plus miles of road

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Food

Bugging Out

Getting past the disgust factor

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Moth mousse whipped with hazelnut milk. Cricket broth with a side of grasshopper garum sauce. Licorice-glazed ant stick. Bee bread. These dishes are part of a menu put together by the Nordic Food Lab, a kitchen/laboratory/think tank in Copenhagen. The idea behind its “Pestival” menu is to “explore the 1,400 untapped wholesome crawling creatures that are edible to man.”

That goal is in line with a recommendation contained in a recent United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, to

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Visual

It's Alive!

Art is far from dead in La Conner

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Every fall, the town of La Conner explodes with “Art’s Alive!” festivities. Galleries, merchants and civic organizations compete for attention with exhibits, music and refreshments. Members of Skagit Artists Together hang their art in the Garden Club and the town invites a dozen outstanding Northwest creators to show their new, best work at Maple Hall.

This year, the featured artist at Maple Hall is sculptor Wayne Maslin, who brings seven of his smoothly abstract works. He describes his

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On Stage

A Piece of My Heart

Reliving the horrors of war

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During a period of the Vietnam War—from 1966-68—Deb Currier’s father was a Green Beret medic. Later, after returning home to his family, he rarely talked about those years.

“The only story I remember him telling—usually three or four Canadian Blend whiskeys into the evening—was how his best friend’s chute didn’t open and they ‘poured him out of his boots’ on the field and ‘sent him home in a jar’ to his mother,” Currier says.

Her father’s reluctance to talk about what he

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Film

Nightcrawler

Let’s get creepy

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“If it bleeds, it leads,” is the mantra that best describes our media’s obsessive exploitation of violence, feeding it to an audience hungry to see lots of blood and guts from the comfort of their own living rooms. Taking that slogan far too literally, a lonely sociopath decides to enter the cutthroat world of freelance TV news reporting, only to find himself slowly edging toward the wrong side of the crime tape, in writer-director Dan Gilroy’s debut feature Nightcrawler.

The loner in

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Film

Before I Go to Sleep

All chiller, no thriller

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Before I Go to Sleep, which has to be deemed a fate-tempting title, opens with an extreme close-up on Nicole Kidman’s fearful right eye. Its red veins pulse in alarm and confusion; we instantly know it’s hers. Kidman’s penchant for allowing tight, lingering and sometimes invasive close-ups, in contexts that range from the beautiful (Birth) to the baffling (Grace of Monaco), has given her the most recognizable peepers in the business.

She has no idea where she is, who she is, or who the

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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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Zombie Asylum: A "Zombie Asylum" Haunted House will be open from 7-10pm nightly through Nov. 1 at the former Billy McHale's site at 4301 Guide Meridian. Entry is $15. more »

Vietnam Plays at WWU: View two plays honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War when Streamers and Piece of My Heart—works that explore the full spectrum of the Vietnam experience—have alternate-night showings from Oct. 23-Nov. 1 at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10-$15. more »

Incognito Dinners: Get surprised by new recipes at "Incognito: Return from Italy" dinners at 6pm Tuesday and Wednesday at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry to the dinner is $78. more »

Museum Nightmares: A haunted cast of crazy, unforgettable devices sure to thrill and chill can be experienced at the "Return of the Nightmare" Halloween extravaganza starting at 7pm Wednesday through Friday at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay St. The infamous Cage of Death, a singing Tesla Coil, a schizoid talking robot, guest spirits such as Thomas Edison, and other characters will make appearances. Entry is $8-$12. more »

Return of the Nightmare: A haunted cast of crazy, unforgettable devices sure to thrill and chill can be experienced at the "Return of the Nightmare" Halloween extravaganza starting at 7pm Wednesday through Friday at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay St. The infamous Cage of Death, a singing Tesla Coil, a schizoid talking robot, guest spirits such as Thomas Edison, and other characters will make appearances. Entry is $8-$12. more »

Murderous Book Release: Learn more about true crime stories highlighting the more unsavory history of early Bellingham and Whatcom County from 1880-1933 when Todd Warger shares his newest book, Murder in the Fourth Corner, at a book release party at 6pm Wednesday at the Redlight, 1017 N. State St. Another book launch happens at 5pm Saturday at Aslan Brewing, 1330 N. State St. Both venues are the scenes of some of the murders mentioned in the book. more »

Teen Book Club: Students in 9th through 12th grade can join today's Teen Book Club to discuss Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave at 4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

Downtown Meeting: Mayor Kelli Linville will be on hand at the Downtown Bellingham Partnership's monthly Downtown Meeting at 6pm at the Leopold Retirement Residence, 1224 Cornwall Ave. The meeting with include and open forum and Q&A with the elected official, the police will be present to answer questions, and there will be time for general announcements from the community at large. This is the last meeting until January. Entry is free. more »

Small Dishes of the World: Jesse Ottero leads a "Small Dishes of the World: Meze" course from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. "Meze: refers to the small dishes that are an important part of the culinary culture of the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean, similar to the Spanish tapas tradition. Entry is $39. more »

Arctic Documentary: View Ragnar “RAX” Axelsson's Last Days of the Arctic at 6:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The documentary brings together his work, presenting a unique record of the daily life and culture of some of the most remote communities in the world and as they face a changing climate. Entry is free. more »

Americana Trio: Coty Hogue, Kat Bula, and Aaron Guest bring joyful Americana and original music to the stage at a 7pm performance at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Dr. more »

African Children’s Choir: The African Children's Choir returns to the area for a 7pm concert at Lynden's Faith Community Church, 586 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd. Entry is by free will donation. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

Sprouse & Rothfield: Help raise funds for the Maple Alley Inn at a concert featuring bluegrass and old-time musicians Blaine Sprouse and Janie Rothfield at 7:30pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Admission is $15. Reserve a seat via email. more »

Comedy at the Shoe: Attend the weekly "Shoe Me the Funny" comedy showcase starting at 9pm every Wednesday at the Ranch Room at the Horseshoe Cafe, 113 E. Holly St. The event features six comedians vying for your vote, a highlighted comedian, host Mike Cramblett, and chances to win platters of cheesy fries. Entry is free. more »

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