Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Skookum Creek

A gift of resilience

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Here in Cascadia, many folks know the word skookum.

Meaning “strong” or “powerful,” it comes to us from the language of the Coast Salish people. Not a word that was bestowed lightly, it is also the name given to an energetic creek that flows down from the mountains in the shadow of the Twin Sisters.

Skookum Creek is the largest tributary of the South Fork of the Nooksack River and plays a crucial role in maintaining the health of the entire river system.

The recent history of this…

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FCC Advent

Limited Engagements

Here today, gone tomorrow

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Wanting to flee from the familial embrace of relatives is a common occurrence where the holidays are concerned. But rather than leaving the ones you’re supposed to love behind this year and hoofing it to the nearest bar at the first sign of seasonal strife, consider instead taking a deep breath and suggesting everyone join in on an outing to one or more of the following exhibits—all of which will be shuttering near the end of the year.

If you haven’t yet experienced the beauty,…

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Reslience IPA

Brewing for a cause

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Unprecedented disaster calls for an unprecedented response.

That is the thought, at least, behind the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, the latest creation from Sierra Nevada Brewery—whose flagship location resides in Chico, Calif., directly adjacent to the recent Camp Fire in the state’s Butte County. The IPA is being brewed as a fundraiser for those directly affected by the fire.

This is no ordinary IPA. Sure, it’s a traditional West Coast IPA, brewed with Centennial and…

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On Stage

A Christmas Carol

Spirits of the season

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Spoiler alert: In iDiOM Theater’s recent revival of A Christmas Story currently showing at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, the pivotal role of Tiny Tim is cunningly played by a small wooden chair.

But aside from Tim and a couple of his siblings—who briefly come to life even though they are portrayed by what appeared to be wadded-up napkins—most of the characters in Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale are channeled by adroit actors Anna Mostovetsky, Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao, and…

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So This Is Christmas

Can’t stop won’t stop

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

I know I’ve been talking a lot of turkey about my abundance of Christmas spirit, but as is so often the case, my reality doesn’t exactly match my mouth. We are closing in on the holiday and yet the number of Christmas presents I have procured still sits at a hard zero. I have decked no halls, trimmed no trees, stuffed no stockings and hung no mistletoe. I have worn no tacky Christmas sweaters (and believe me, I have a few) and have sat on the laps of no Santas. Reindeer games…

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The Favourite

A royally good time

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Favourite is the most normal film Yorgos Lanthimos has yet made—if “normal” can be stretched to define this tale of an upchucking and libidinous queen, indoor duck and rabbit chases, and a dodgeball variant involving naked men and fruit.

The film has all these things and so much more. Keen scholars of the Lanthimos oeuvre will connect the ducks and rabbits here with the Greek auteur’s previous animal obsessions in Dogtooth, The Lobster, and The Killing of a Sacred…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? Well, one that is walkable, with tree-lined streets and ample parks, nearby services and entertainment. One that allows people to work from or near their homes. Many artists have moved to Sunnyland for exactly that reason, so they can run a studio out of their home—and that has produced a flourishing local arts community. Sunnyland is a nucleus for many of the favorite haunts and hangouts cited in this year’s reader survey.

That dynamism has a downside, too, and Sunnyland is experiencing some growing pains from its tangy mix of industrial and commercial uses in proximity to family homes. Friends, an outdoor beer garden is a heartbreaking thing to quarrel about! I predict they’ll soon solve those problems, and continue to claim their crown as Bellingham’s favorite neighborhood.

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The Gristle
Taking Charge of the Public Charge

TAKING CHARGE OF THE PUBLIC CHARGE: Whatcom County Council stepped up last week with an active response to one of the more cruel and counterproductive stances of the Trump administration’s pogrom on immigration, adopting a resolution opposing changes to federal legislation that would…

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Delay bus barn proposal

In pursuit of a future where our children can enjoy the benefits of a healthy, vibrant environment, we believe the Bellingham School District should delay for serious reconsideration the…

Even climate solutions are costly

Ray Dellecker wrote a letter commending efforts to lessen the carbon footprints we leave on this planet. I concur with him yet find exception to his solution that includes solar panels and…

The journey of oppression

The photo of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, who died of dehydration and irresponsibility hours after coming into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody, reminded me of Rosita, also 7…

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Today's Events
The Giving Tree


Through December, take part in the annual “Giving Tree” at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Choose an angel ornament from the tree in the store and purchase a book for a recipient. You will be…

Holiday Festival of the Arts


More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts’ 39th annual “Holiday Festival of the Arts” from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas…

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar


Through Christmas Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. As one of only two locations in the state to be chosen to participate in the…

Cook It and Book It


Students in grades 4-7 can meet up for cooking and book-related fun at a monthly “Cook It and Book It” gathering from 3:30-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. If whipping up something…

Bellingham Mysterians


Adults who are fans of the mystery genre in all its sub-categories and micro-niches are welcome to attend a “Bellingham Mysterians” meeting from 4-5pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Maurizio…

Women's Snowshoeing Basics


Find out more about gear and where to go to get started at a “Women’s Snowshoeing Basics” presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free event.

All-Paces Run


Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on…

Bellingham Reads


New members are welcome at a “Bellingham Reads” book discussion focusing on Zarqa Nawaz’s Laughing All the Way to the Mosque” from 6:30-7:30pm at the Dodson room at the Bellingham Public…

Skagit Folk Dancers


Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to…

Books on Tap


Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba will helm a monthly “Books on Tap” discussion from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy. The tome to read for December is…

Comedy Open Mic


The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you’d like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a…

Amahl and the Night Visitors


The Peterson Conservatory presents performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors at 7:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The one-act opera by…

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