Rumor Has It

Apologies in Advance

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Perhaps a day will arrive when Big Business can come to town and I will not mention it, but as long as the band is comprised of a KARP (Jared Warren) and a Murder City Devil (Coady Willis)—or two Melvins, which also works—that day remains in the future. They’re touring through our neck of the woods and, as is their custom, will land at the Shakedown—and not just for the pinball and falafel. They’ll play a show Thurs., Feb. 13 with Dryland featuring special guest drummer and the only person I will willingly high-five unless it’s my birthday Noah Burns. Tickets, unlike my birthday high-fives, are still available.

I probably should not follow up talking about a respectable and respected band like Big Business by informing you about an event that involves a dog kissing booth, especially when said kissing-booth event has nothing to do with live music, but I gotta be me (do I though? Highly debatable).

Paws for a Beer, a place that will one day kick me out when they finally realize I don’t have a dog, is hosting a Valentine’s Day event that, as far as I know, is the first of its kind in Bellingham.

It’s called Kiss Your Pup (or, in my case, Kiss Other People’s Pups and No That’s Not Weird), it happens on Valentine’s Day proper and the scant info about it includes the following: “Grab a dog and pucker up! Any dog will do. Take a selfie or have a friend take a photo. We will provide the kissing booth, you provide the lips.” I can’t tell if it’s the “any dog will do” or the “you provide the lips” that is funnier, but it’s all solid gold. Apparently the kissing booth will be there all day, which prompts me to state the obvious: What a time to be alive. It’s possible that Cascadia Weekly office dog and snack tester June will be in attendance, and while I can attest to the fact that she is a gentle kisser, her breath often smells like hot kibble, so your mileage may vary there.

I just want to apologize again to Big Business, but this time because I expended twice as many words on a canine-focused V-Day event as I did on their upcoming Shakedown show. I could’ve mentioned that the always-excellent band is fresh off a tour with Sleep or that Willis recently did a stint as the house drummer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, but regrettably I chose to highlight a dog kissing booth instead. Just remember, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, any dog will do.

Past Columns
Of bongos and backwards balls

February 26, 2020

Drink it up

February 19, 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

Comings and goings:

October 16, 2019

Sing Loud:

October 9, 2019

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Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

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Fame, the Musical

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Jazz Lecture Series

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The Woman's Hour with Elaine Weiss

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My Fair Lady

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An Iliad

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Good, Bad, Ugly

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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)

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Godspell

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The Curious Savage

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Typhoon of Tenderness

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Wild Things

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A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

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Cultural Arts Festival

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Valley Writers

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The Hobbit

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Sanford-Hill Piano Series

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