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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

Hamster Cage

’HAMSTER CAGE: They hugged each other with such fierce, rapturous joy you’d think they’d been granted clemency and released from prison; and perhaps, in a sense, they had. For almost certainly the Port of Bellingham staff who with the blessing of City of Bellingham staff this week inked a master development agreement with Belfast-based Harcourt Developments will all be living on a fat government pension and associated investments before the monstrous folly of their boondoggle implodes on

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Winners announced in city design competition


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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Animal Homes

Chris Morgan studies the blueprints of nature’s 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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Easter Bugs

Reverence for the egg


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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Of Nature and Writing

Seeds, poetry and backyard birds


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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It Follows

Run for your life


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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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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Furious 7

Pour one out for Paul


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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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


A hare-raising comedy


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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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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Apr 01


Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, roller derby, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster more »

Bellingham Music Club Concert: The Bellingham Music Club will present the student winners of its Western Washington University Awards at a free concert at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. The performers will be David Hoogkamer on alto sax, Hannah La Gassey on viola, and baritone Nathaniel Voth. more »

Quilt Exhibit Openings: An opening reception for "Revealing the Hidden" (Contemporary QuiltArt Association), "Impressions in Fabric" (Denise Miller and Nancy Ryan) and "Pastels and More: Selections from our Permanent Collection" takes place from 4-7pm at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. Second St. See the exhibits through June 28. more »

Green Drinks: Network with likeminded environmentally aware citizens at the monthly Green Drinks from 5-7pm on the main floor of the Herald Building, 1155 N. State St. Futurewise Whatcom will host this month's event, and attendees can learn more about their new GreekLink efforts to connect and expand Bellingham's green infrastructure. more »

Publishing Primer: Attend an information session for Western Washington University's upcoming eight-week "Publishing and Marketing" course at 5:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The class is for writers of all genres who write for the purpose of publishing either traditionally or in the DIY realm. 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 »

Group Run: All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required. more »

The Jacob Zimmerman Quartet: The Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center hosts a concert with Seattle's Jacob Zimmerman Quartet at 7pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St.High school student combos from WJMAC will open the show. Entry is $5-$10. more »

Garden Club Meeting: "Summer Bulbs and Perennials" will be the focus of a presentation with Diane Gaine Van Noort at a Birchwood Garden Club meeting at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The public is invited; membership is open to anyone in Whatcom or Skagit counties. more »

Swing Connection April Fools Concert: Attend a Swing Connection April Fools Concert from 7-9pm at Bellingham's First Baptist Church, 110 Flora St. In honor of National Humor Month, humorous music will include such "boisterous swingers" as "Cement Mixer," "One Meat Ball," and "Guy Lumbago Plays Lawrence Welch." Area musicians will make cameo appearances. Entry is by donation. more »

Photographic Legacy: "Darius and Tabitha May Kinsey: A Photographic Legacy" will be the focus of a slideshow by Everson photographer Gary Meader at 7pm at the Sumas Library, 451W. 2nd St. Kinsey is famous for his early 20th century, large-format images of the logging and railroad industries here in the Pacific Northwest. 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 »

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