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Music is Everywhere

With July 4 on the horizon, I’ve been assessing my feelings with regard to this most American of occasions and have reached the conclusion that I’m into it. I’d say Independence Day is a pretty good holiday, as these things go. Aside from that one time that I took a bottle rocket to my right temple, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed July 4 and all it has to offer.

As much as I like the Fourth of July, it’s just a precursor to the (as yet unofficial) holiday that I really care about: the annual kickoff

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This Week

The Gristle

Closing a door, opening another

CLOSING A DOOR, OPENING ANOTHER: It’s a given, there has always been an industrial presence and a fourth pier envisioned for Cherry Point. The state Commissioner of Public Lands confessed as much in a 1995 letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as she prepared to protect the remainder of tidelands as part of an aquatic reserve management plan. The assumptions of a Cherry Point industrial park extend many decades further back than that, with a proposal in the 1970s from Chicago Bridge and Iron to construct and ship offshore drilling rigs from that location.

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News

A Renewed Vision

Port and city consider new plans for waterfront

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A little more time, a little more thought, a little more detail—that’s what Port of Bellingham Commissioners said they want at a public meeting last week on revised plans for the city’s central waterfront.

A private developer wants to invest more than $30 million in a waterfront hotel, but two commissioners don’t want to too quickly accept the offer without more planning. Commissioners expressed excitement that an early action planned for the former Georgia-Pacific mill site, a remodel of the historic Granary Building, is at last apparently underway, but want to base their decision

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Music

Music is Everywhere

From the streets to the sea

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With July 4 on the horizon, I’ve been assessing my feelings with regard to this most American of occasions and have reached the conclusion that I’m into it. I’d say Independence Day is a pretty good holiday, as these things go. Aside from that one time that I took a bottle rocket to my right temple, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed July 4 and all it has to offer.

As much as I like the Fourth of July, it’s just a precursor to the

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Words

Pacific

Inside the world’s largest ocean

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If there’s a prize for nonfiction works with interesting subtitles, Simon Winchester’s latest would be a top contender. In Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers, the juxtaposition of subjects mentioned immediately draws readers in and lets them know that this book is comprehensive in scope but also detailed and specific.

The author delivers each topic as promised, and gives a far-ranging and fascinating look

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Food

Dungeness Dreams

The crab cakes of summer

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I was at work on the first day of summer, and I was finding it hard to concentrate.

The line item my mind kept returning to again and again was the pile of fresh dungeness crab waiting for me in the fridge at home.

We’d acquired the crustaceans for a Father’s Day feast, and even after my dad, my fella and I had sated ourselves silly by cracking the crab and dipping the sea meat into vats of melted butter and

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On Stage

Summer Stages

It’s all about the dance

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Last week, after compiling a list of ways for parents to offload their kids for portions of the summer via sending them to a variety of drama camps happening throughout Bellingham in the next couple of months, I realized I hadn’t said word one about what to do with youth who were more interested in movement than theater. To remedy my transgression, I’m happy to point out a few ways for dance students to stay on their toes as the temperature rises.

At

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Outdoors

Skagit Tours

A power-packed day trip

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I’m a sucker for the term “media getaway,” so I recently accepted an invite for a behind-the-scenes excursion that promised to take its guests on a whirlwind day trip comprised of samplings of the four “Skagit Tours” offered each summer by the trifecta of Seattle City Lights, the North Cascades Institute (NCI), and the National Park Service.

After a scenically stimulating drive through both sun and rain from Bellingham to the Skagit Information Center in Newhalem, my canny coworker and I joined up with

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Visual

Colorfast

Big, bold and gasp-worthy

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When guest curator Amy Chaloupka recently brought a couple dozen kindergarteners to view the “Colorfast: Vivid Installations Make Their Mark” exhibit at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, she said many of the youngsters’ first response upon walking through the doors to the gallery consisted of audible gasps.

“There’s been lots of that, and that’s what I was going for,” Chaloupka says. “I want people to have a physical response to the work.”

While those visiting the museum will get a glimpse

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Film

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema

Stars under the stars

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Late last Thursday night, I started to get worried.

A few hours after dark, I opened the door to take out items for the recycling and happened upon falling rain. It wasn’t just a drizzle, either—it had all the appearance of a proper rainstorm.

Normally, I welcome a little summertime rain. Given my status as a lifelong Northwesterner, few weather events are more pleasing to me than a warm-weather downpour. Somehow, when you lengthen the days by several hours and raise

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Today

Boating Center Open:The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks,... »

Book Chats: Join three book buyers as they discuss their favorite upcoming books at Open Book Chats at 11am and 5:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.  »

Bard on the Beach:William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier... »

Bellingham at Home:Learn more about Bellingham at Home at a membership and volunteer information meeting at 2pm at Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. The organization enables seniors to continue to live... »

Blues, Brews & BBQ:Jasmine Greene will perform at tonight's "Blues, Brews & BBQ" summer music series taking place from 5-9pm on the waterfront terrace at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. The concerts continue... »

Ham Independence Week Event:Aaron Eckhouse, son of La Quercia Artisan Cured Meats founders Herb and Kathy, will make a stop in Bellingham as part of Ham Independence Week from 5:30-7pm at the... »

Elizabeth Park Concert Series:The rock and blues sounds of the CC Adams Band can be heard from 6-8pm at the summer concert series at the Columbia neighborhood's Elizabeth Park. The free, family-friendly... »

Beer Release Benefit:Help raise funds to build a solar panel system for Lydia Place at a Summer Solar Ale Release Party taking place from 6-9pm at Aslan Brewery, 1330 N. Forest St.... »

Incognito:Expect to be surprised by the use of seasonal ingredients at the unconventional dinner series known as Incognito starting at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry to the multi-course ... »

Port and city consider new plans for waterfront: »

Raw Foods for Energy:Alissa Segersten focuses on "Raw Foods for Energy" at a live foods class happening from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Segersten will demonstrate how to... »

Blood and Kangaroos:Spec-fic novelists Claire Humphrey (Spells of Blood and Kin) and Curtis C. Chen (Waypoint Kangaroo) read from their respective works at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.  »

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