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Subdued Stringband Jamboree

After having spent the past 15 or so years working for an organization that relies on an army of volunteers for basic daily operations, I have learned that you can tell a lot about an event/entity/etc. by the attitude of its volunteer staff.

When volunteers treat their service as though it is an obligation or job they can barely stand, it tends to speak less to what they are being asked to do, and more to who is doing the asking. When volunteers are cheery, helpful and seem grateful to provide

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This Week

The Gristle

Coal Dump

COAL DUMP: What if you spent a fortune to queer an election and kneecap local government in order to build a coal pier, and for all that trouble didn’t get the coal pier anyway? That’s looking like a very possible outcome following the election this November. Abysmal voter turnout, such as that seen in this week’s primary election, could decide the matter as assuredly as any invisible hand.

The Seattle public policy group Sightline picked up the story last week—developed through the

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News

Montana Mischief

U.S. Senate applies pressure to Cherry Point review

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Steve Daines is not happy with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and that agency’s decisions about the handling of the review process for the Gateway Pacific Terminal coal pier proposed for Cherry Point. The U.S. Senator from Montana has introduced a flurry of legislation intended to ease the regulatory burden of coal exports. In April, the Republican chaired a field hearing that focused on the importance of coal to Indian tribes in the West. He’s toured the GPT site at Cherry Point and has

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Visual

Arts at the Port

Inside the Anacortes Arts Festival

Local artists were in a panic. With a twinkle in his eye, juror Stefano Catalani announced the theme of this year’s “Arts at the Port” exhibit to be “Zeitgeist!”

What does that mean? Were our Northwest Washington artists to be elbowed out of the crown jewel of the 54th annual Anacortes Arts Festival by edgy, tattooed invaders?

But Catalani, director and curator of the Bellevue Art Museum, found local and Seattle talent as well as entrants from Georgia, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, Missouri,

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Film

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Setting the baa

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Conventional wisdom may have it that sheep are dumbest of all livestock, but the woolly ones’ wits get a collective sharpening in Shaun the Sheep Movie, a sweet-natured but cleverly off-kilter feature-length debut for Aardman Animations’ plucky farmyard hero. Retaining the gentle, nonverbal comedy and daffy sight gags of the popular stop-motion TV series—itself a loose spinoff from Aardman’s cherished Wallace and Gromit franchise—while assigning Shaun and his flock an urban escapade more

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Food

Planning Ahead

Still time for a food party

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Spring is the season for planting, and fall is for harvesting and preserving. At least, that is the conventional wisdom among those who partake in such pursuits. But these rules of thumb can oversimplify the matter, and can get in the way of a DIY-food lifestyle led to the fullest.

It’s not to late to plant, yet. Nor is it too early to start putting away the harvest.

There is an important window in the weeks following the summer solstice, during which time a fall garden is planted. This

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On Stage

Birthday Bash

The writing’s on the wall

During its first year of operations, the walls of the green room at the Upfront Theatre were mostly bare.

Eleven years later, it can be difficult to find a space on the four walls that hasn’t been claimed, whether by local improvisers past and present declaring they were there via short missives or artwork penned in ink, visiting performers leaving their mark, or by kids and adults who’ve learned a thing or two during classes designed to get them to look at life in an entirely new way.

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Outdoors

Owls & Woodpeckers

Paul Bannick’s flight plan

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“Oh my goodness! These owls are about the most adorable thing ever!” I exclaimed to my date as we toured the collection of photographs of winged creatures taken by Paul Bannick at “The Owl & the Woodpecker” exhibit currently on display at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall.

“Maybe in a museum they’re kind of cute, but in the outdoors they can be pretty damn scary,” he answered without skipping a beat.

Not long afterward, as we came across a stupendous image of a great gray owl—a large bird

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Music

Subdued Stringband Jamboree

Of labor and love

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After having spent the past 15 or so years working for an organization that relies on an army of volunteers for basic daily operations, I have learned that you can tell a lot about an event/entity/etc. by the attitude of its volunteer staff.

When volunteers treat their service as though it is an obligation or job they can barely stand, it tends to speak less to what they are being asked to do, and more to who is doing the asking. When volunteers are cheery, helpful and seem grateful to provide

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Today

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Boating Center Open: The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online. more »

Bard on the Beach: Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors plays in repertory with King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost, and Shakespeare's Rebel at the 26th annual "Bard on the Beach" through September at Vancouver BC's Vanier Park, 1695 Whyte Ave. Tickets are $26-$45. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. more »

MBT Summer Rep: Joe Dipietro's The Last Romance, Neil Simon's Jakes's Women, and Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, continue this week at showings at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, 3pm Sunday, and 7:30pm Tuesday as part of the MBT Summer Rep at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $25. The plays show in repertory through Aug. 9. more »

Marrowstone Music Festival: Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and professional performances for the public will be part of the 72nd annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place from July 26-Aug. 9 at Western Washington University. Students ages 14-25 come from more than 30 states and several countries to study with internationally acclaimed faculty. Public concerts take place July 30 and Aug. 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9. Prices vary. more »

Jungle Book Theatre Camp: Area youth can join professional actors from the Missoula Children's Theatre for "The Jungle Book Theatre Camp" happening Monday through Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tuition is $185. Performances of The Jungle Book take place at 3pm and 7pm Sat., July 8. more »

Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

All-Paces Run: Staffers 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 two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. more »

Skagit Folk Dancers: Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at the Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards. more »

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