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Film

Cezanne et Moi

A tale of two artists

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cezanne et Moi is the story of the lifelong friendship between Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola; and nothing about it was easy. Zola enjoyed fairly early success as a novelist, but not until he’d spent long years almost freezing and starving to death. And Cezanne, though he had the benefit of family money for most of his life, never quite achieved the success and acknowledgment that he craved and deserved—at least not while he was breathing.

The movie begins with Cezanne paying Zola a…

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Music

Bellingham Arts & Music Fest

Of genius and madness

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Even though I have lived in Bellingham for more than half of my life, I continue to exist in a constant state of amazement at the things people get up to in the name of artistic expression, entertainment and community involvement.

Currently, my mind is very busy being blown by the Bellingham Arts & Music Fest (not to be confused with the Bellingham Music Film Festival or the Bellingham Festival of Music or any other of the similarly named festivals that happen here), or BAMF as it is…

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Food

Northwater

Check-in time at the Holiday Inn

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I’m a big fan of eating at spanking-new spaces.

A restaurateur has to take time to really develop his or her menu, to select silverware and plates, to decorate according to a certain theme. In the best cases, there’s a budget that makes this a fun, creative project. That’s certainly true for northwater, the restaurant at the Holiday Inn Bellingham Airport that opened in late March.

Airport hotels are not known for their stellar cuisine, but northwater is an exception to that…

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On Stage

Access Bellingham

As seen on TV

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

At 6pm every Sunday night, television viewers can tune in to Comcast Channel 10 or watch online as their friends and neighbors fill the screen as part of Access Bellingham. For the past two years, Eero Johnson of EJ Visuals has been helping bring people’s visions to life—whether it’s a sketch comedy show, a cooking how-to, live performances, documentaries or a dancing hamster.

Cascadia Weekly: How did you get involved with Access Bellingham?

Eero Johnson: I’ve been producing…

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Outdoors

Dig In

The dirt on local plant sales

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thanks to the manly machinations of my common-law landscaper, I’m now in possession of three brand-new raised beds and a wealth of additional garden space. In the nick of time, Whatcom County’s glut of plant sales begin this weekend, ensuring that my plots—and yours, if you’re so inclined—won’t stay empty for long.

In fact, from 9am-4pm on Thurs., April 27 the annual BSAC Plant Sale will fill the Bellingham Senior Activity Center (315 Halleck St.) with selections from local…

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News

Growing Veterans

Dirt therapy works its magic on a Skagit hillside

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Down on his knees planting onions, Vietnam War veteran Mike Hackett reflects on the way his vocation has changed lives.

“It’s a three-legged stool,” the college- trained agriculture specialist explains.  “We grow food, we grow our community and we grow each other.”

He’s talking about Growing Veterans, an organization in its fifth year of farming and providing peer support to troubled war veterans. Members work the soil, grow and sell vegetables, and offer each other…

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Words

YIMBY

Putting the ‘happy’ in Happy Valley

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The issues of housing affordability, of infill, of neighborhood character are frequently in collision. Acknowledged successes to bring these public goals into harmony are few, and can be slow and difficult to achieve. And—without meaning to be glib about a thorny problem—one reason may be that efforts to approach these convergent public goals are seldom welcomed. They’re resisted. We term it NIMBY, Not in My Backyard. And even that term draws growls of annoyance as we reduce…

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Visual

Border Crossing

Images of resilience

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Despite the fact that he’s been pushing for a viewing of Whatcom Museum’s “Images of Resilience: Chicana/o Art and its Mexican Roots,” exhibit for the past month, I had to assure my date I’d treat him to a post-tour lunch to get him out the front door last Sunday.

It turns out I shouldn’t have promised to part with my dineros quite so quickly. After we’d done our first walk-through of the thought-provoking show, my fella informed me that not only did he love everything about the…

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Film

Their Finest

Making movie magic

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Near the end of the stealth charmer Their Finest, the accidental screenwriter played by Gemma Arterton slips into a movie theater among the London public during the Blitz to watch the morale-building British Ministry of Information propaganda film she has helped to shape. Director Lone Scherfig pushes every required button to evoke the style of the era in this mini-narrative recounting a Dunkirk rescue mission by patriotic civilians-the quivering lips, the plucky determination, the…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm

RoozenGaarde

If you were to wend your way to RoozenGaarde, you would find field after field ablaze with the tulips for which the area is so famous. It is a carefully cultivated, wholly natural wonder of the world, and it draws thousands every year who make the pilgrimage to the Skagit Valley to take in the riot of color that has made the region famous. But the tulip fields, while certainly a sight unto themselves, are merely the gateway to a county that boasts a rich history of agriculture and art, and is inhabited by folks who proudly hew to a fiercely local lifestyle. With its distinct and disparate cities and towns, natural beauty from field to sea and the miles of scenic routes and backroads that link it all, there is much treasure to found in Skagit, if only you know where to look. What follows is that which you’ve deemed the region’s best, the places that have earned your votes and your love, the ones that exist right in your own bountiful backyard.

Best of Skagit compiled by Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Tim Johnson, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat. Photos by Jessamyn Tuttle

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The Gristle
The Calm Before the Storm

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Let’s map the coordinates and storm surge of the hurricane that’s standing just offshore, gathering dynamic energy and ready to race inland.

The storm, of course, is a proposed new jail. A plan and initiative to finance a large, remote $100 million jail and…

Robert Reich
First 100 Days

Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his first 100 days is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time—especially his degradation of the presidency.

From early in the Republic, we have looked at the office of…

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Letters
Get to work on water

I am interested in the water issues that confront our county based on the recent Supreme Court’s Hirst decision regarding…

Support worker rights

It is hard to believe, but every day 150 workers are killed by job injuries and illnesses. This year alone,…

Washington steps up

Last week marked a huge victory for Washingtonians, especially those of us who have a uterus! On the final day…

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Today's Events
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am

The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition…

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am

The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able…

Bellingham Beer Week

10:00am

A beer tasting panel, beer dinners, anniversary parties, brewers nights, “Walk for Paws,” a Tap Trail Challenge, trivia night, a block party, a pop-up “sip and shop,” and April Brews Day are…

Twelfth Night

7:00pm

Expect to see twins, cross-dressing, love triangles, live music and more when drama students at Sehome High School present showings of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at 7pm Thursday…

Butt Kapinski

7:30pm

For the final weekend of the Mia Solo Festival, Butt Kapinski (played by Deanna Fleysher) brings “clown noir” to the stage at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the…

Student Veteran Conference

8:00am

Student veterans from throughout the West Coast will gather for the Western Regional Student Veteran Conference from 8am-8pm Friday and 8am-12pm Saturday at Settlemyer Hall at Bellingham…

Spring Book and Bake Sale

10:00am

Browse a wide selection of great reads and find something sweet to eat at a Spring Book and Bake Sale happening from 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday, and again May 6, at the Deming Library, 5044…

Sin & Gin Tours

4:00pm

Join the Good Time Girls for their sixth “Sin & Gin” tour season every Friday and Saturday through August starting at 4pm at Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism’s Downtown Info Center, 1306…

Northwest Wine Encounter

4:00pm

A wine-tasting reception will kick off the “Northwest Wine Encounter” Friday night at Blaine’s Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Through Sunday, winemakers from DeLille Cellars,…

Aristokittens

6:00pm

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth’s Pixie Theatre students will share their singing and dancing talents at showings of Aristokittens at 6pm Friday and Saturday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State…

Celebrating in Song

7:30pm

Skagit Valley Chorale’s “Celebrating in Song” concerts take place at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War” and…

Celebrating in Song

7:30pm

Skagit Valley Chorale’s “Celebrating in Song” concerts take place at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War” and…

Skagit Community Band

7:30pm

“I’ll Remember April” will be the theme of Skagit Community Band’s annual Spring Swing Concerts at 7:30 Friday in La Conner at Maple Hall, and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall. The…

Lifeguards and Pirates

8:00pm

Improvisers will jump into action as lifeguards to save the day from any beach catastrophe imaginable when “Improvised Baywatch” shows for the final weekend at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the…

Have a Heart Run

8:00am

Help raise funds for Community Action of Skagit County by taking part in the eighth annual “Have a Heart Run”  starting at 8:15am at Mount Vernon’s Edgewater Park, 600 Beherens Millet Rd.…

Community Pancake Breakfast

8:00am

Attend a Community Pancake Breakfast from 8-10:30am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Entry is $3 for kids and $6 for adults and features pancakes (regular or blueberry) French…

Birchwood Garden Club Plant Sale

9:00am

Annuals, perennials, indoor plants, veggie starts, pots, books and other garden-related goods will be available at the Birchwood Garden Club’s 25th annual Plant Sale from 9am-2pm at the…

Independent Bookstore Day

9:00am

As part of the nationwide Independent Bookstore Day, be the first in line starting at 9am Village Books stores in Bellingham (1200 11th St.) and Lynden (430 Front St.) for exclusive,…

Anacortes Spring Vintage Show

9:00am

Sassy Frass Company hosts an “April in Paris” Spring Vintage Show from 9am-4pm in Anacortes at the Port Transit Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave. All vendors will be fully stocked with home…

Art in the Garden

9:00am

Container garden artist Nancy Elvebak will show off her gallery of planted containers made of stone and repurposed material, as well as Italian pottery, at “Art in the Garden” from 9am-6pm at…

WWU Queer Comics Convention

10:00am

Thirty-plus artists, authors and vendors from throughout the United States and Canada will share their work at today’s Queer Comics Convention taking place from 10am-5pm at in the Academic…

Backyard Habitat & Native Flora Fair

10:00am

Experts from the Whatcom Native Plant Society and the Cascades Audubon Society will be on hand to answer questions at the annual Backyard Habitat & Native Flora Fair happening from 10am-3pm…

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am

The 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Every week, a plethora of produce,…

Issaquah Singers

10:30am

Expect to hear joyful, uplifting and inspirational music when the Issaquah Singers perform songs like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “His Eye is on the Sparrow” from 10:30am-1pm…

Landscape Staging

11:00am

Accredited staging professional Karri Street will lead a presentation focused on “Landscape Staging for Selling or Living” at 11am at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. The free event will…

Landscape Planning

11:00am

Learn how to make your landscape functional, inviting and sustainable at a free “Planning for a Successful Landscape” presentation from 11am-12pm in Mount Vernon at Azusa Farm & Gardens,…

People's Climate March

11:00am

Attend the People’s Climate March from 11am-3:30pm starting at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. The event co-hosted by Community2Community, Bellingham NoDAPL Coalition, Bellingham…

Run for the Bees

11:00am

The third annual “Run for the Bees” 5K takes place from 11am-3pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. In addition to running through a blooming orchard, attendees can learn about bees,…

Community Art Museum Day

12:00pm

Celebrate the variety of “identities” that make up our diverse multicultural community at “Community Art Museum Day” from 12-4pm at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Open…

Citizen Scientists

12:00pm

Become a citizen scientist by joining the North Sound Stewards for a free beach survey training from 12-4:30pm Saturday at the Heron Center at Birch Bay State Park. From 12-4:30pm Sunday,…

Skagit Topic

2:00pm

“Blast Open the Pass: Tales of the North Cascades” will be the focus of a “Skagit Topic” presentation from 2-4pm in La Conner at the Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. 4th St. At the…

Twelfth Night

2:00pm

Show up for a National Theatre Live screening of Twelfth Night at 2pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tamsin Greig plays Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic…

Artists Talk

4:00pm

Painters Gregg Laananen and Rob Vetter will discuss their work and their “On the Road to Heavy Mountain” exhibit at an Artist Talk at 4pm at Edison’s Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave.…

Crush Cancer Fundraiser

6:00pm

The inaugural “Crush Cancer” Silent Auction & Dance Fundraiser takes place from 6-10pm at Hampton Inn’s Fox Hall, 3985 Bennett Dr. Live music by Midnight Legend, a silent auction, light…

Giant's Causeway

6:30pm

The local five-piece Irish music group, Giant’s Causeway, will perform at a fundraiser for the next Bellingham Folk Festival at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth…

Painting Party

6:30pm

Create your own “Down by the Bay” masterpiece at a Painting Party taking place from 6:30-9pm at Stoneycreek Glassware, 4833 Guide Meridian. Entry is $35 and includes painting supplies, one…

Contra Dance

7:00pm

Heliotrope will provide live tunes and Bellingham’s Abigail Hobart will do the calling at the Bellingham Country Dance Society’s Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven…

The Sweet Goodbyes

7:00pm

Attend an album preview and Kickstarter concert for the local harmony-based indie folk duo, the Sweet Goodbyes, from 7-9pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew Street Rd. Suggested…

Skagit Symphony's Classics Concert

7:30pm

The Skagit Symphony will close out its 37th season with a “Classics Concert” at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Pianist Angela Kraft Cross will join the symphony…

Salsa Night

9:30pm

Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest’s weekly “Saturday Salsa Night” taking place from 9:30pm-12am at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State…

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