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Creative Collaboration

Painter James Williamson takes his Whatcom Art Guild (WAG) membership seriously.

The maritime-focused watercolor artist joined the organization when he moved to Bellingham in 1975 as a way to become a part of the art community, and has spent the last 41 years partaking of the numerous perks that come with being a part of the creative club.

“I enjoy exchanging ideas and information with other artists, displaying work at various venues and establishing ties in the community by promoting the arts and artists,” Williamson says. “Guild artists encourage each other’s creative endeavors. The guild offers

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This Week

The Gristle

Five Favor Five

FIVE FAVOR FIVE: The Gristle was optimistic in thinking there would be consensus in the effort to draw five new voting districts for Whatcom County elections. After all, representatives from the Democrats and the Republicans had already agreed on the shape of the coastal district that would include Blaine, Birch Bay, and Ferndale; and they’d agreed on shapes for Bellingham districts that closely followed the contours of city limits. That’s three out of five districts; and the particular point of contention remaining was whether an incorporated city would be included in the district that includes

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News

Get In the Way

A continuing dialog that Black lives matter

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One Bloody Sunday in 1965, Selma became a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. John Lewis–now a rU.S. Congressman for the state of Georgia, then a young student–helped lead peaceful protesters seeking voting rights for African Americans. Coming face to face with a wall of club-wielding Alabama state troopers and being beaten to the point of unconsciousness, Lewis maintained a steadfast, nonviolent stand. Hours later, televised images of the ensuing assault shocked Americans to the core as they witnessed appalling racial oppression.

Fast forward 50 years to events in Ferguson, the militarization of police forces

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Music

Melissa Manchester

Don’t cry out loud

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Even though Melissa Manchester was ruling the charts with hits like “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” when I was too young to know anything about music, thanks to my mother’s affinity for adult contemporary radio—and a Muppet Show performance forever imprinted upon me—the accomplished singer was still part of my life. I have a clear recollection of riding in the backseat of the car on the way to swim lessons while my mother and older sister belted out “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” from

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Outdoors

Full Exposure

A showy sojourn on the slopes

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For a creaky pair of Gen X powder-hounds like my buddy D.D. and me, no other tonic rejuvenates our youthful outlook on life quite so effectively as spring skiing around Mt. Baker. 

And this April—thanks to abundant, late-lingering snowpack in the North Cascades—we’ve been able to hit the slopes so much that I recently overheard him tell a bartender that he “almost feels 27 again.” 

Unfortunately, after a sudden flare-up of plantar fasciitis forced D.D. to bag out of a long-planned ski tour to Chain Lakes, I was left

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Food

Lime Kiln Café

Beyond donuts at Roche Harbor Resort

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Situated at the Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island, the Lime Kiln Café is a traditional American café with a menu comprised of comfort food, pure and simple.

Inside, the ambience is laid-back, friendly and completely unpretentious. Diners place their orders at the counter when they walk in and find a table in the 80-seat restaurant, opting for the sunny deck overlooking Roche Harbor whenever possible.

Look out for the donuts as they have a “to-die-for” reputation. “The girls make ’em,” Chef Roy Taylor told me on an early spring day when he sat

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Visual

Creative Collaboration

Whatcom Art Market makes a move

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Painter James Williamson takes his Whatcom Art Guild (WAG) membership seriously.

The maritime-focused watercolor artist joined the organization when he moved to Bellingham in 1975 as a way to become a part of the art community, and has spent the last 41 years partaking of the numerous perks that come with being a part of the creative club.

“I enjoy exchanging ideas and information with other artists, displaying work at various venues and establishing ties in the community by promoting the arts and artists,” Williamson says. “Guild artists encourage each other’s creative endeavors. The guild offers

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On Stage

Feel the Heat

August: Osage County

Although the temperature at the Bellingham Theatre Guild was at a comfortable level when my date and I sat down to watch August: Osage County last Saturday night, it wasn’t long before we were feeling the heat.

The Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts is set in Oklahoma during an unusually hot summer, and as characters reunite at the Weston family homestead to deal with the fact that the alcoholic patriarch is missing and presumed dead and the matriarch is zoned out on prescription meds, the audience viscerally feels their physical

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Film

A Hologram for the King

Tom Hanks hits the road

A Death of a Salesman for the outsourcing era, A Hologram for the King makes full use of Tom Hanks’ default note, that of an everyman struggling painfully against the tide.

He used it to great effect in the Cold War drama Bridge of Spies. And it is an even better fit here in this adaption of the acclaimed Dave Eggers novel about a corporate shill with a regretful past, who is assigned to sell holographic conference technology to the king of Saudi Arabia.

There is an almost

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Film

Green Room

Live long & prosper

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Green Room is brutal, exploitive, nerve-wracking and bloody as hell. It’s also one of the best pure genre movies to come down the highway in many a moon—a siege thriller with a novel setting and characters real enough to make you forget the story is as old as the human urge to survive.

The writer/director is Jeremy Saulnier, whose sophomore film, 2013’s Blue Ruin, was a family-feud drama that bowled over everyone who had the nerve to see it; this third effort should catapult him closer toward the big time.

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Today

Bellingham Terror:Tune in for the first episode of the radio drama series, "Bellingham Terror," at 1:30pm on SPARK Radio (102.3FM). Created by Bryna and Riley Sweeney, the show features more than 40... »

Bike Maintenance Bascis:Learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat in record time and make other minor adjustments to your ride at a "Bike Maintenance Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 3... »

Tres de Mayo 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... »

Alaskan Halibut:Robert Fong demonstrates three ways to cook his favorite fish at an "Alaskan Halibut" class happening from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $55.  »

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.... »

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