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

The Great Northwest Glass Quest

10:00am|Camano Island and Stanwood

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Murder on the Orient Express

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Red Barn Spring Market

6:00pm|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Something in the Stars

7:00pm|BAAY Theater

Fame

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Swan Watch

7:00am|Tennant Lake

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #154

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Bay to Baker Trail

Garden Design

10:00am|Blaine Library

Aura Photos

10:00am

Correspondence Club

10:30am|Mindport Exhibits

What your home says about the world

10:30am|Museum of Northwest Art

Clean Water Happy Hour

12:00pm|Overflow Taps

Sculptural Hat Forms

1:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Telling Stories Through Textile Maps

2:00pm|Blaine Library

Native Plants and Birds

2:00pm|Lynden Library

Indie Imports Wine Tasting

2:00pm|Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

One Trick Pony Paul Simon Tribute

6:00pm|Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town

Links at the Library

7:00pm|Anacortes Public Library

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Bayshore Symphony

7:30pm

Serial Killers

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Tomorrow
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

The Great Northwest Glass Quest

10:00am|Camano Island and Stanwood

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Something in the Stars

7:00pm|BAAY Theater

Fame

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Links at the Library

7:00pm|Anacortes Public Library

Bayshore Symphony

7:30pm

Snowshoe Walk

10:00am|Glacier Public Service Center

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

World Famous Chicken Parade

12:00pm|World Famous Chicken Parade

Bellingham's Got Talent

1:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

A Short History of Birdwatching

1:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Whatcom Writes Reading

2:00pm|Village Books

Skagit Topic

2:00pm|Skagit County Historical Museum

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Sunday @ 3 concert

3:00pm|Jansen Art Center

Interfaith Coalition Music Festival

3:00pm|First Congregational Church

Art of Jazz

5:00pm|VFW Hall

Monday
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Monday Meander

9:30am|Lake Padden Park

Teen Art Club

3:00pm|Blaine Library

Open Mic Night

6:00pm|Village Books

Cider University

6:30pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Mardi Gras Cooking Class

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

Lake Whatcom

7:00pm

Nefesh Mountain

7:00pm|Congregation Beth Israel

Poetrynight

7:00pm|Alternative Library

Anacortes Book Club

7:00pm|Anacortes Public Library

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