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Climate Sentinels

Four women explore science in the high arctic

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

On the dawn of a new polar spring, four women will set off across a chaos of ice and black volcanic rock, covering hundreds of miles on skis. Their pursuit is science and a desire to show a new generation of young scientists how to gather data in one of the harshest—and yet most sensitive—environments on earth.

They call themselves the Climate Sentinels.

Three are glaciologists with degrees in snow science and long familiarity with winter climes. The fourth understands spectral…

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Visual

Shared Visions

The language of pattern

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

In Edison, i.e. gallery presents yet another cutting-edge exhibit with “The Language of Pattern.” Works by five distinguished artists seduce the viewer with patterns from folk art and nature.

Once again we find Allen Moe patiently exploring the “margin between order and chaos, searching for pattern that holds it all together.” His small works create surprising effects as he painstakingly drips minute amounts of paint onto a surface. Each new drop pushes the still-wet, previous…

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Food

Taste Test

More than a label

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

“You should never pick a wine because of its label” was one of the first things Ted Seifert told me and my friend Amber when we stopped by Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants on a recent afternoon for the Prospect Street store’s weekly Saturday wine tasting.

When I informed Amber the company known for supporting smaller wine importers and distributors was hosting a free blind taste testing during her visit to Bellingham, she was intrigued.

When we arrived, Seifert—who opened the vino…

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Outdoors

An Epic Ride

Biking across America

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The sketchiest part of Patrick McGinty’s bicycle trip across America last spring took place between New Mexico and Texas when, after making it 120 miles through three sandstorms and reaching speeds up to 50 miles per hour on his fully loaded touring bike, he was blown off his trusty two-wheeler by a strong crosswind gust.

This will likely be one of the many tales McGinty will share during the City of Bellingham’s first Travelogue presentation of the year Thurs., Jan. 16 at Whatcom…

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On Stage

City of Light

An American in Paris

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

“Life is not like your American movies,” the character of Lise tells her wannabe suitor Jerry in the stage version of An American in Paris as she informs him she doesn’t have the luxury of falling in love with him.

Ironically, the production of the play showing Sun., Jan. 19 at the Mount Baker Theatre was itself inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning American film of the same name starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, bringing the tale set in post-World War II Paris full circle.…

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Music

The Big Weekend

Make the most of it

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Like anything else, Bellingham’s music scene changes over time. Some of this has to do with musical preferences shifting between styles and genres. Some of it is the normal ebb and flow of things, the wax and wane that happens on a long enough timeline. Some of it can be attributed to simple evolution.

A cynic would say that the more things change, the more they stay the same, but I don’t share that viewpoint. I tend to believe that there are new things under the sun, as well as…

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Best of Bellingham 2019
Best Neighborhood

Sunnyland

The center of the universe has coasted north over the years of our annual Best of Bellingham reader survey—Columbia and Sunnyland neighborhoods feature a vital mix of charming long-established Craftsman homesteads, innovative businesses and artist studios. They’ve taken their share of infill, proving urban densities can make a city come alive. The city’s bike and pedestrian plans have matured in these neighborhoods. They feel centered. And it is not at all a coincidence that so many winners in our Best of Bellingham survey are located here.

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The Gristle
‘I Have A Dream’

‘I HAVE A DREAM’: To audiences large and small, the Whatcom County Executive took office this week in ceremonies of historic proportions.

Standing alongside family and friends, Satpal Sidhu was sworn into office in a well-attended ceremony in the Meridian High School auditorium over…

Community
Fierce Urgency of Now

Historical consciousness most often associates white supremacy and intolerance with the hooded robes, pointed hats and burning crosses of the Ku Klux Klan, just as it links social justice and racial harmony with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. In many respects…

Rumor Has It
Chicken and egg:

For me, I’m not sure which came first: My love of music or my interest in politics, but I do know that for many years there was not a lot of overlap in that particular Venn diagram.

However, that all changed Mon., Jan. 13 when Hollie Huthman was officially sworn in as a member of…

Letters
Congress must act

The last time Congress fulfilled its exclusive constitutional authority to formally declare war was during World War II. Article I of the Constitution states that only Congress has the power…

Age of the sociopath

President Trump’s threat to destroy cultural sites in Iran because of verbal “threats” to the United States shows us something very important—his disregard for society as a whole, not…

Dupes and diplomats

The GOP has dissolved their credibility before our very eyes. They have become the very hypocritical souls they rail against—making a strong argument for their having some sort of mental…

Today's Events
A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published…

Deep Forest Experience

11:00am

Attend “Deep Forest Experience” events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the…

Beauty and the Beast

7:00pm

Students from Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth present showings of the musical Beauty and the Beast starting this weekend at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY…

The Curious Savage

7:00pm

Alger Lookout Thespian Association (ALTA) concludes its 2020 show, John Patrick’s The Curious Savage, at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run…

Skagit Eagle Festival

10:00am

Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 22nd annual Skagit…

Deep Forest Experience

11:00am

Attend “Deep Forest Experience” events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the…

Space Trek

7:30pm

The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, “Space Trek,” returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Fridays and…

Sedro-Woolley Community Breakfast

8:00am

Eggs to order, omelets, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast and more can be had at a monthly Community Breakfast happening from 8am-11am in Sedro-Woolley at American…

Skagit Eagle Festival

10:00am

Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 22nd annual Skagit…

Deep Forest Experience

11:00am

Attend “Deep Forest Experience” events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the…

Langar in Lynden

11:00am

All are welcome at a Langar event from 11am-2pm in Lynden at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara, 176 E. Pole Rd. Langar is the sacred community free kitchen of the Sikh people and every temple…

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Skagit Guided Adventures hosts “Birding for Kids” excursions from 2:30pm-4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays through March. Prices vary; transportation and binoculars will be provided. Reservations…

An American in Paris

7:30pm

Romance, adventure and Gershwin will be part of An American in Paris performance at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the…