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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

I don’t play the guitar. But I own one, a vintage Gibson acoustic that sounds great when other people play it. However, no one has been able to play it for a bit because it needs work and I have been waiting for Devin Champlin to open his guitar shop so I can have him get it shipshape again.

That day has come—or rather it came last Saturday, Oct. 12, when Devin threw a grand-opening party in his long-awaited guitar shop at 1230 Cornwall Ave. If you’re unfamiliar with Devin, along with being an excellent local musician, all-around delightful man and the only person whose mustache I condone, he’s also a bona fide luthier—and because he became one, I now know what a luthier is, meaning Devin can not only fix my guitar, but he has also made me marginally smarter. Possibly more pertinent is that his shop will focus on repair and setup of both electric and acoustic guitars, as well as mandolins, ukuleles and quite probably whatever other stringed instruments you want to challenge him with. And if you’d like a custom guitar built from scratch, he can do that as well because that’s what luthiers do. His shop is called Champlin Guitars and he’s open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays, which are the days he’s set aside to groom his mustache.

In not-so-happy news, the Bellingham Alternative Library, which currently occupies the Karate Church, aka the Bellingham Academy of Elf Defense, on Maple Street, recently received word from their landlord that they must vacate that space by the end of the year. Given that the press release sent out by the library characterizes the news as “sudden and unexpected,” I’m sure there’s a story there, but in all honesty, what I care about in this is that the Alternative Library find a new, equally great home for their 9,000-title archive and performance space.

For many nonprofits, news that they’d need to relocate would be catastrophic. However, the Bellingham Alternative Library has had several homes over the years as the organization, its collection of materials and its membership have grown. If anyone has the ability to take a shakeup and turn it into an opportunity, it’s them. But the volunteer-staffed organization can definitely use an influx of cash—or useful in-kind donations—to fund their move and make their continued existence possible. To make it easy for folks to open their wallets, the Alternative Library is hosting a 12th anniversary party and fundraiser that will take place Oct. 25. They’re still in the process of hammering out the details, so stay tuned for more info.

Past Columns
Drink it up

February 19, 2020

Apologies in Advance

February 12, 2020

All-Ages Action

February 5, 2020

Music at the Movies

January 29, 2020

Hot in Herre

January 22, 2020

Chicken and egg:

January 15, 2020

Say It Ain’t So:

January 8, 2020

Passages:

January 1, 2020

A necessary update:

December 25, 2019

Questions and answers:

December 18, 2019

It’s Baaaack:

December 11, 2019

Of Art and Artists:

December 4, 2019

Fundraising and Family Time:

November 27, 2019

Of beginnings and endings:

November 20, 2019

Of love and loss:

November 13, 2019

Dream All Day:

November 6, 2019

News of the Muse:

October 30, 2019

But wait, there’s more:

October 23, 2019

Sing Loud:

October 9, 2019

Road to somewhere:

October 2, 2019

Events
Today
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Bellingham City Club Meeting

11:30am|Northwood Hall

Mapping Mountains

4:00pm|Western Library

Beginners Welcome

4:00pm|Village Books

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Wild Church

6:00pm|Marine Park

Food and Wine Pairing

6:30pm|Cordata Community Food Co-op

The Slacks

7:00pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Tomorrow
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Jazz Lecture Series

2:00pm|Anacortes Public Library

Exploring Equity

2:00pm|Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Keenan's Dinner

4:00pm|Keenan's at the Pier

Trivia Night

6:00pm|Burlington Public Library

Life Between the Pages Dinner Book Club

6:00pm|Evolve Chocolate + Cafe

A date with democracy

6:30pm

Bottle Club

6:30pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Pasta Party

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

The Woman's Hour with Elaine Weiss

6:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

An Iliad

7:00pm| Firehouse Arts and Events Center

The True Cost

7:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Jazz and Mariachi Night

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

WWU Wind Symphony

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

House Concert with Meghan Yates and Louis Ledford

7:30pm|Chuckanut Center

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Friday
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wild Things

9:30am|Interurban Trail

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Cultural Arts Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Valley Writers

1:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Fourth Friday Art Walk

5:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Sanford-Hill Piano Series

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Comedy Night at Chair 9

9:00pm|Chair 9

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