This Week's Cover


Ginger's Ballad

It’s been nearly a century since Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed in the Cumberland bush on Canada’s Vancouver Island, but thanks to people such as playwright Elaine Avila, the legacy of the workers’ rights activist won’t soon be forgotten.

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin, the play Avila penned after visiting Vancouver Island and realizing Goodwin’s story had been quelled in the decades since his death, tells the story of the titular character who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc

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This Week

The Gristle

Fictions in Collision

FICTIONS IN COLLISION: Whatcom County Council held a long and crowded, rancorous session on the update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan last week. The Comp Plan update is intended to shape a shared vision for the future in the context of expected growth and economic development. The reason for the ruckus was obvious—by hook and by crook, in a roundabout way, after spending nearly seven long pent-up years mincing around and avoiding the subject, County Council finally heard public

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45 Years

Old flame on ice


Movies don’t need much to be good except—except!—for terrific acting, directing and writing. Case in point: writer/director Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, about a marriage that suddenly finds itself on the rocks a week before a planned wedding/anniversary celebration.

Geoff and Kate Mercer, played superlatively well by Tom Courtenay and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, have spent their almost 45 years of marriage in what looks to be a state of cozy, childless comfitude. A former factory

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Free is the nicest price

A month of music at the Buff


If you travel in the same social media circles as I do, you might’ve seen a piece of commentary in Free Press Houston provocatively titled “Say Goodbye to the $5.00 Show” sort of lazily making its way around. In it, the writer opines that the five-buck cover charge—seemingly the going price point no matter where you happen to be seeing live music—is unfair to bands, presents some metrics in support of a $10 cover and encourages us to stop devaluing the art we love.

All good points,

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The art of Cascadia


The awesome landscapes of Cascadia have inspired artists for millennia. The Coast Salish people expressed their love and respect for the land in many ways, weaving the natural world into their art, ceremonies and rich spiritual life.

Today, the spell of Cascadia continues to influence the work of artists who express their connection to the mountains, forests and waters of the region in a plethora of ways.

A community-wide celebration of nature-inspired art, “Elevation: The Art of Cascadia”

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Northwest Bookshelf

A regional roundup for readers


The Wild In You: Voices from the Forest and Sea,
text by Lorna Crozier, photographs by Ian McAllister
Greystone Books

Lorna Crozier, a poet from Vancouver Island, and Ian McAllister, a photographer and cofounder of the conservation organization Pacific Wild, merge their art forms to create an evocative prayer for a place: the Great Bear Rainforest on the northern coast of British Columbia. These pages are inhabited by evocative photos of raven, grizzly bear, jellyfish, wolves and otters; the

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Spa Spotlight

Road trip to relaxation


I’m flat on my back on a warm table, my hair cascading over its rim as I luxuriate in a deep scalp massage followed by a rosemary mint shampoo. This ain’t no salon, though. I’m at the Yuan Spa in Bellevue for a one-night getaway, and since this spa was rated one of the top in the city I booked myself for a Chinese Body Scrub ($125) without a clue what I was in for.

“Most people prefer it naked,” my therapist advised when I asked what clothing should be left on. She disappeared

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Bitter is Better

A winter salad fix


Winter can be a challenging time for leaf-lovers. The tender, bountiful garden foliage of summer is long gone, and seasonal winter options are generally a more fibrous lot, like cabbage and kale. Even the spinach is chewier.

From a health perspective, you could probably use the extra fiber, but nonetheless, serving wintergreens takes more forethought than plopping a bowl with leaves in it next to some bottles of dressing.

Some seasonal leaf-lovers, meanwhile, swap their greens for reds in

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On Stage

Ginger's Ballad

Workers of the world, unite!

It’s been nearly a century since Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed in the Cumberland bush on Canada’s Vancouver Island, but thanks to people such as playwright Elaine Avila, the legacy of the workers’ rights activist won’t soon be forgotten.

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin, the play Avila penned after visiting Vancouver Island and realizing Goodwin’s story had been quelled in the decades since his death, tells the story of the titular character who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc

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A meeting of minds


It was a meeting of the minds—two great, movie-obsessed minds: Alfred Hitchcock, who was 63 and had recently unleashed Psycho on an unsuspecting public, and Francois Truffaut, a 30-year-old critic-turned-director with just three titles to his credit (but what titles: The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim).

They met over the course of a week in August 1963 at Hitchcock’s offices on the Universal Studios backlot. Truffaut would ask a question, Hitchcock would respond.


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Boy & the World

The incredible journey


In Brazilian animator Ale Abreu’s Boy & the World, crude pencil and crayon drawings that ape the naive art of kindergartners explode into sophisticated riots of color and elaborate fantasy worlds that evoke Joan Miro and Georges Braque. Observing from a child’s perspective the inexorable march of globalization and its impact on rural communities and cultural traditions, this is an imaginative, artisanal work, blissfully distant in style and sensibility from the computer-animated

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Feb 05


The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin: A cast of 10 will play everyone from a radical socialist to an Italian laundress to a scientific industrialist when The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theatre. The play focuses on the events surrounding the titular character, who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc smelter, brought the World War I British war machine to a halt. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional more »

Baby: Meet three couples who are facing the brave new world of parenthood in humorous and poignant fashion when Baby continues this week with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen through Feb. 14. more »

Calendar Girls: Attend performances of Calendar Girls at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on a true story and the hit movie of the same name, the play tells the tale of Annie and her friends who, following the death of Annie's husband, resolve to raise money for the local hospital by posing nude for a fundraising calendar. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 13. more »

Moon Over Buffalo: Hilarious misunderstandings pile on top of madcap misadventures in Ken Ludwig's valentine to theater hams everywhere when Moon Over Buffalo shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 21. more »

Cupid’s Arrow: An improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" opens this week with performances at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the classic 1960s and ’70s show The Dating Game, and has the "contestant "choosing from three outlandish characters inspired by audience suggestions (and then going on a date with him/her). The show runs weekends through February. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. more »

Father’s Been to Mars: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association presents Father's Been to Mars continuing this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. The comedy focuses on a television actor who can't separate his family life from his onscreen persona. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen though Feb. 14. more »

Mary Poppins: Watch what happens when a magical nanny comes to work for a banker's family and takes them on fantastical adventures when Disney's Mary Poppins concludes this week with performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 1:30pm and 7pm Sunday, at Lynden Christian High School, 515 Drayton St. Tickets to see the Broadway musical are $6-$10. more »

Les Miserables: BAAY Pro, a new and advanced division of Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, will present showings of the musical Les Miserables at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm and Saturday, and 12pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. The school edition of the play takes the audience on an exciting journey through revolutionary France, where a number of young idealists put their lives on the line for what they believe in. Tickets are $10-$12. more »

Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am Fridays in February on the Interurban Trail. Suggested donation is $5. more »

Parkinson’s Dance Class: Kuntz and Company's Pam Kuntz leads a dance class for people with Parkinson's disease and other movement or neurological disorders at 10am at Ballet Bellingham, 1405 Fraser St., suite #103. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the joy of dancing while forming a community of support. Entry is free. No registration is necessary. more »

The Nerd: Find out what happens when an ex-GI is beset by a visitor who outstays his welcome with a vengeance when the MBT Rep comedy The Nerd opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the show are $25. Additional performances happen Feb. 17-21 and 24-28. more »

Valley Writers: Bring pen and paper or a digital device to the bimonthly "Valley Writers" meeting from 1-3pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Participants write from prompts à la Natalie Goldberg, and the event is facilitated by C.J. Prince. All adults are welcome. more »

How Space Turns Reception: An opening reception for "How Space Turns" happens from 5-7pm at Western Washington University's Western Gallery. The exhibit brings together installations from six prominent artists from three continents (South America, Iceland, and Japan) sharing common approaches to space and materials. It can be viewed through May 12. more »

Lighting the Dark: Chuckanut Transition will host "Lighting the Dark: Swapping, Dining, Learning and Burning" from 5-8:30pm at Burlington's Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Ln. The event will include a food and seed swap, potluck dinner, art, a "Forgotten Pollinators" presentation and the lighting of fire sculptures. Bring along your musical instruments and help fill the dark night with celebration. Entry is free. more »

World Wide Wine Dinner: Master sommelier Rob Bigelow from Chateau St. Michelle will join Mataio Gillis for a "World Wide Wine Tour" dinner at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Expect to experience variety, phenomenal flavors and great values on exceptional wines—which will be available after the dinner at discount pricing. Entry is $98. more »

Gallery Walk: A.C.M.E. Creative Spaces, Scott Milo Gallery, Burton Jewelers, Anacortes Oil & Vinegar Bar, the Depot Gallery, the Majestic Inn and Spa and more will have their doors open from 6-9pm for the monthly Gallery Walk in downtown Anacortes. Entry is free and open to all. more »

Art Walk: Allied Arts, Aslan Brewing Co., Bayou on Bay, Bay Street Studio Artists, Bellingham Alley District, Casa Que Pasa, Center for Independence, Community Food Co-op, Downtown Visitors Center, First Baptist Church, Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, Hatch 2.0, Honey Salon, he Lucky Monkey, Max Higbee Center, Make.Shift Art Space, Novato, Old World Deli, Pickford Art Studios, the Racket, Redlight, Rock & Rye Oyster House, Social Fabric, Western City Center, and Western Gallery will be among those taking more »

Noisy Water Reading: Selected poets who were published in Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County will read from their respective works from 7-9pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The collection includes the work of 101 poets. Entry to the all-ages event is free. more »

Healthy Knees Cycling: Local author and Bellingham Tennis Club and Fairhaven Fitness co-owner Robin Robertson will give a talk about how to reduce knee pain and keep your knees healthy when she shares advice from her book Healthy Knees Cycling at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In June, she will launch an international “train the trainer” program to teach others how to safely guide those with knee, hip, and ankle complaints to better health, reduced pain and an active lifestyle. more »

Coco Montoya: Self-taught guitar slinger Coco Montoya shares his signature blues sounds with the public at a 7:30pm performance at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $25-$35. more »

Ciompi String Quartet: Expect musical sophistication when the four Duke professors performing under the moniker of the Ciompi String Quartet share their chamber music talents at a concert at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to the public. more »

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