Rumor Has It

Hot in Herre

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

One of the enduring mysteries and source of speculation in my life revolves around the musical acts at the Northwest Washington Fair.

Much more than any other annual entertainment event, the fair’s booking hews to no genre or style and seems to fall under the general header of “stuff people like,” so it feels like just about anyone can—and has—appeared on the Grandstand stage at the fairgrounds in Lynden.

Huey Lewis? Sounds great. Weird Al? Perfect. Cheap Trick? Go ahead and surrender. Trisha Yearwood with a surprise appearance from Garth Brooks? That’s just shameless. Ted Nugent? Go home, fair. You’ve obviously caught a case of cat scratch fever.

This year, coming to Lynden, home of old-fashioned Dutch family values and wholesome good times, is none other than Nelly, he of such lyrics as “good gracious, ass is bodacious,” “my grammar be’s ebonics, gin tonic and chronic,” and “but as long as you a thicky-thicky-thick girl you know that it’s on”—and that’s at the tamer end of the Nelly lyrical spectrum.

You know I’ll be there, band-aid on my cheek, to witness Nelly tell the mainstage audience that it is “hot in herre” before instructing them to “take off all your clothes.” The odds of this show selling out are higher than everyone on Nelly’s tour bus, so if you’re lucky enough to snag tickets during the reserved and VIP presale Jan. 22 second, I suggest you do so before the public gets a crack at them on Jan. 24.

Somewhere, Craig Jewell is hatching a plan to lure Nelly to the Wild Buffalo while he’s in our neck of the woods. I don’t know this for certain, but I’d bet my band-aid on it.

Shifting gears quite a bit, while I’ve spend the first part of 2020 getting ready to act on my laundry list of Groundhog Day resolutions (I can’t rightly call them New Year’s resolutions anymore), the Bellingham Alternative Library has been moving into their new space. Although still not the permanent home of their dreams (can someone please buy them a building with a lot of built-in shelving and great acoustics?), the Alt Lib has landed at 1309 Billy Frank Junior St., in the building that used to house the ceramics studio of beloved artists Eugene and Ene Lewis, which is right next to the building that used to house the Baskin-Robbins I made my mom take me to during my first visit to Bellingham (thanks, mom!). They’re still unpacking and getting their 9,000-plus volumes of readable material squared away, but Poetry Night has resumed, shows have been hosted and the ever-resilient Alt Lib remains with us, as it should be.

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

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

Comings and goings:

October 16, 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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