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Animal Homes

Bellingham ecologist Chris Morgan wants us to know that each animal home is magic in its own way. After studying DIY homes constructed by a wide array of wildlife, from hummingbirds to black bears, leafcutter ants to beavers, Morgan shares in Animal Homes, a three-part series on PBS’ Nature, his wonder for these treasures found among the wilds of the world and sometimes, in our own backyards.
Hosted by Morgan, Animal Homes begins with the first visually stunning and thought-provoking program

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This Week

The Gristle

Gut Check

GUT CHECK: “To the winners go the spoils,” Sam Crawford observed, after a rightward lurch in election results in 2009 allowed him—as council president and in control of their process and procedures—to pack the planning commission and other county appointments into an echo chamber of likeminded fellow travelers. But he was right, though; and it is with a small irony County Council in a new majority chose to replace Crawford himself, who resigned his position last month, with Satpal

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Words

KAPOW!

Winners announced in city design competition

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Based on the submissions in Bellingham’s guerilla design competition, the downtown Parkade needs a whole lot of love.

Designs were revealed to a packed house last week at the Mount Baker Theatre for KAPOW!, a collaborative design competition hosted by Sustainable Connections and co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham. After reviewing nearly 50 applications, a panel of sponsoring organizations settled on 10 finalists to advance to the final round, each idea delivered in rapid-fire PechaKucha

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News

Animal Homes

Chris Morgan studies the blueprints of nature’s homes

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Bellingham ecologist Chris Morgan wants us to know that each animal home is magic in its own way. After studying DIY homes constructed by a wide array of wildlife, from hummingbirds to black bears, leafcutter ants to beavers, Morgan shares in Animal Homes, a three-part series on PBS’ Nature, his wonder for these treasures found among the wilds of the world and sometimes, in our own backyards.
Hosted by Morgan, Animal Homes begins with the first visually stunning and thought-provoking program

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Food

Easter Bugs

Reverence for the egg

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Humans have always found reason to celebrate spring. As we welcome the sun back from its hiatus, life sprouts from the rotted remains of autumn, and the world is reborn.

Fertility symbols like the Easter egg were common in many such vernal celebrations, like the pagan holiday Ostara, named after the fertility Goddess ostre, which some believe is the root of the word Easter. In Persia, eggs have been painted for thousands of years as part of the spring celebration of Nowruz.

Vernal egg

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Outdoors

Of Nature and Writing

Seeds, poetry and backyard birds

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Natural history writing is experiencing a revival, with Northwest authors trailblazing ahead with new books. The best take literary elements from the past—the plain talk of Edwin Way Teale, the curiosity of Ann Zwinger, the humility of Henry David Thoreau, the eco-consciousness of Rachel Carson—and blend them with what cutting-edge science is telling us today.

Village Books and North Cascades Institute are teaming up to present the third annual “Nature of Writing” Speaker Series, bringing

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Film

It Follows

Run for your life

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Forget blood, gore and gotcha surprises.

One of the most effective tools in scaring horror-movie audiences is dread.

Think of Halloween, John Carpenter’s great 1978 movie. Sure, plenty of blood is shed eventually. But think about those supremely creepy scenes in which, on Halloween, the sun is starting to set. Kids are roaming he suburban neighborhood, oblivious to the impending danger we’ve been clued into. Is that him? The killer? Behind a bush? Or just imagination? We in the audience have

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Visual

Home for Hank

Artists lend a helping hand

Hank Perry is a typical seven year old. He likes to play music, pretend he’s a ninja, and lead his friends and his younger brother, Dean, on various adventures.

However, by the time he reaches his 10th birthday, there’s a good chance the spirited kid will be showing acute signs of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a rare disorder he was diagnosed with two years ago.

First, Hank will likely lose his ability to walk. By the time he’s in his late teens, he’ll have lost most of his upper-body

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Film

Furious 7

Pour one out for Paul

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A new director at the helm and the sudden death of leading man Paul Walker might have spelled doom for the Fast and the Furious franchise, but rather like one of its own seemingly indestructible muscle cars, Furious 7 has emerged miraculously unscathed. In taking over for longtime director Justin Lin (parts three to six), horror auteur James Wan (The Conjuring) ably steps up to the big-action plate, orchestrating two-plus-hours of increasingly outlandish vehicular (and aerobatic) mayhem that

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Film

The Wrecking Crew

The beat goes on

Think of The Wrecking Crew as 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) for instrumentalists, or a West Coast version of Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002). There’s a similar shared joy among the participants, a similar sense of discovery for the viewer, and, of course, a killer soundtrack.

Denny Tedesco’s lively and loving documentary takes its title from the name collectively applied to the group of two to three dozen Los Angeles studio musicians who dominated rock and pop recordings there

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On Stage

Harvey

A hare-raising comedy

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Is the Easter Bunny real? How about Harvey, the titular character in Mary Chase’s 1944 play focusing on an affable man named Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, an incredibly tall invisible rabbit? 

The first question can be answered by asking any wide-eyed child on the hunt for candy and eggs this coming Easter Sunday. For the response to the second query, you’ll have to make your way to Lynden’s Claire vg Thomas Theatre sometime between April 9-26 to see the Lynden Performing Arts Guild’s

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Music

A Variety of Variety Shows

Spice up your life

It was English poet William Cowper who declared “variety is the very spice of life,” and although he was troubled by bouts of recurring insanity, he’d lived a long life by the time he’d written those words, and I’d like to think he knew what he was talking about.

It was true in 1785, and it remains so 320 years later.

Variety also happens to be the spice of Bellingham’s arts community, and a person can easily take in performances theatrical, musical, musically theatrical and

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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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Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines more »

Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

All-Paces Run: Staffers 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 out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. During these cold, dark months a headlamp or flashlight is required. Entry is free. more »

Art in a Pickle Barn Opening: An opening reception for the 26th annual "Art in a Pickle Barn" exhibit takes place from 6-8pm at Mount Vernon's Azusa Farm & Gardens, 14904 SR 20. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival exhibit shows through April 30. Admission is free. more »

Sweet Dough Variations: Laura Hartner, owner of the Sweet & Savory Pop-Up Bakery, leads a "Basic Sweet Dough with Three Variations" class from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 508 S. First St. Students will learn to make traditional cinnamon rolls, sticky pecan buns, and creamy lemon rolls. Entry is $30. more »

Japanese Izakaya: Miso butterfish, chicken yakitori, and musubi grilled on a tabletop hibachi will be a few of the menu items Robert Fong will focus on at a "Japanese Izakaya" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $45 with an $8 sake option payable at class. more »

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