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Worlds of Words

When Daemond Arrindell leads a “Found Poetry” workshop at the tail end of the Skagit River Poetry Festival, it’ll be with an emphasis on finding creative wordplay where you least expect it—whether it’s in a science textbook, on billboards, in pop music, Yelp reviews, or in the form on graffiti on an alley wall.

Arrindell’s subject matter is fitting, as the ninth biennial extravaganza taking place May 19-22 at various venues throughout La Conner makes it easier than usual to uncover word-related wisdom. From one-on-one consultations with writers to workshops, poetry readings, mixers

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This Week

The Gristle

Trails versus Jail

TRAILS VERSUS JAIL: City and county executives almost always get their way with their legislative councils. Almost always. But this year, they’re experiencing some pushback from their councils on matters that may be placed in front of voters this fall.

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville experienced a rare setback this week when City Council apparently rejected her idea to replace a limited, targeted fourth Greenways with a less restricted, more general metropolitan parks district (MPD) proposal.

The current Greenways levy will expire at the end of this year; and the question

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Music

The Green Frog

A week in the life

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If you wanted to—and you surely should want to—you could pluck just about any week in the life of the Green Frog from the calendar and end up with an astonishing amount of high-quality entertainment. Truly excellent songwriters and musicians cycle through the State Street venue with such regularity and so little fanfare that getting alert fatigue from trying to keep track of it all is a real possibility.

But even for a place that consistently boasts some of the consistently best music in town, the coming week of shows is

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Visual

Sculpture Culture

Out and about in La Conner

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Among the attractions of La Conner are a number of pocket parks decorated with gardens and statuary. There’s scenic Pioneer Park and contemplative Peace Park, but the quirkiest has to be Dirty Biter Park, with a bronze statue of the beloved town mutt. 

Next to the dirty biter is Wayne Chaudiere’s “Cloud Buster,” happily put together out of rusty gears, pistons and bicycle chains—evoking an iron-age arrow launcher worthy of a Plantagenet siege. It’s one of seven new outdoor sculptures chosen in the 2016 La Conner juried exhibition.

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Food

The Place

The best of Friday Harbor

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Friday Harbor is a bustling place with myriad restaurants to choose from. If you’re in town for dinner during the San Juan Island Studio Tour taking place June 3-5, the seat with the best view of the harbor is the Place Restaurant & Bar, located in the Pier 1 building, the town’s oldest structure, dating from the mid-1800s.

Owners Steven and Kathy Anderson opened the Place 20 years ago after relocating to San Juan Island from Seattle, where they had run two Italian restaurants. “Our vision was for casual fine dining featuring

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Film

Neighbors 2

Sorority Rising

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Heaven help the next generation of American women if Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising represents what Hollywood thinks of them. In Nicholas Stoller’s sequel to his 2014 Neighbors, even the with-it girls—the ones too freethinking to join a cookie-cutter sorority—are so dumb they make the bros in the first movie look like elder statesmen. Smarts aren’t the point, of course—the reason these freshmen strike out on their own, renting a house next to Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, is that they hunger for their very own place to get

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Words

Worlds of Words

Skagit River Poetry Festival

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When Daemond Arrindell leads a “Found Poetry” workshop at the tail end of the Skagit River Poetry Festival, it’ll be with an emphasis on finding creative wordplay where you least expect it—whether it’s in a science textbook, on billboards, in pop music, Yelp reviews, or in the form on graffiti on an alley wall.

Arrindell’s subject matter is fitting, as the ninth biennial extravaganza taking place May 19-22 at various venues throughout La Conner makes it easier than usual to uncover word-related wisdom. From one-on-one consultations with writers to

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On Stage

Bellingham Terror

Scaring up a story

In the year since he shut down his “Political Junkie” blog and went to work for the City of Ferndale, Riley Sweeney hasn’t let his creative juices go to waste. Seven years after he and his wife Bryna first came up with the idea for a historically based horror radio drama, “Bellingham Terror” can now be heard on SPARK Radio (102.3FM) every Tuesday and Saturday.

“Part Twilight Zone, part Lovecraftian horror, part fun detective romp, ‘Bellingham Terror’ is a rather odd mixture, but when we pitched it to KMRE, they loved the concept,” Sweeney

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Outdoors

Whatcom Wanders

Hiking bible gets a makeover

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Ken Wilcox didn’t set out to be a guidebook author.

More than 30 years ago, the man behind Hiking Whatcom County arrived in Bellingham to attend Huxley College, and spent the first few weeks in the city living out of his car, exploring the nearby trail systems when he wasn’t at class.

After forming the Bellingham Mountaineers with a few friends in the early 1980s and starting a climbing course, friends and coworkers increasingly asked him for ideas on where to hike. Eventually, someone noted that he should

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Today

A week in the life: »

All-Paces Run:Staff 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... »

Bellingham Reads:New members are welcome to discuss Bill Browder's Red Notice at at Bellingham Reads book discussion meeting at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.  »

East and West:Trinidad native Sarah Chan presents tantalizing West Indian variations on classic East Indian dishes at an "East Indian, West Indian" course happening from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220... »

Vitality Map:Local naturopathic physician and transformational health coach Deborah Zucker shares ideas from The Vitality Map: A Guide to Deep Health, Joyful Self-Care, and Resilient Well-Being at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 1... »

Shrinking Summits:Climb-it Change's Trevor Bloom leads a North Cascades Audubon Society presentation focusing on "Shrinking Summits: The Impact of Climate Change and Wildfire on High Elevation Flowers in Western North America"... »

Jean Rohe:Brooklyn-based songwriter and guitarist Jean Rohe will share her original music at a 7pm concert at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. The suggested donation to hear the award-winning musician with... »

Skagit Folk Dancers:Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance.... »

Eruption Talk:"Mount Saint Helen: The 1980 Eruption, Climbing, Skiing and Running Around It" will be the focus of a presentation by 92-year-old Marianna Kearney and her son Alan at 7:30pm at Fairhaven... »

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