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Ski to Sea

Although the racecourse itself has undergone some rerouting due to the nearly nonexistent snowpack in the mountains (climate change is real, folks), Ski to Sea soldiers on with all the pluck, creativity and dogged determination the event has shown since its inception some 40 years ago.

Which is a good thing, not just because the multi-stage race has become a highlight and hallmark of our community, participated in and watched by thousands every year, but also because with Ski to Sea come Ski

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This Week

The Gristle

The Election That Wasn’t

THE ELECTION THAT WASN’T: For all the fussing and farting about “fair and equitable representation by district” that has consumed the Charter Review Commission this cycle, more attention might be spent encouraging and recruiting excellent people into public office. Filing Week ended for local elections last week, and what a lackluster show it was. Incumbents filed early and vigorously for reelection; challengers trickled in late in a footsore and tuneless, glum parade. A few last-minute

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Weekend of Action

No snow won’t stop race; it will activate it


Memorial Day is coming again and in these parts that means another chance for the region to show off its marquee civic event: Ski to Sea. Folks are rightly proud. Where else can you start atop a mountain, ski down, cross- country ski, run, bicycle, canoe and finally trail-bike to the sea; then climb in a kayak and paddle in the presence of lush, low-slung islands? It’s called a race, but it’s really more a celebration. In one exuberant relay, Ski to Sea manages to sum up the entire region,

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Ski to Sea

For you and me


Although the racecourse itself has undergone some rerouting due to the nearly nonexistent snowpack in the mountains (climate change is real, folks), Ski to Sea soldiers on with all the pluck, creativity and dogged determination the event has shown since its inception some 40 years ago.

Which is a good thing, not just because the multi-stage race has become a highlight and hallmark of our community, participated in and watched by thousands every year, but also because with Ski to Sea come Ski

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Dead Wake

A tale of transatlantic troubles


Say the name “Lusitania” and most people can conjure a luxury ocean liner, glamorous passengers and tragedy.

An iceberg? No, that’s the Titanic. Disastrous fire? The Hindenburg zeppelin. Torpedo? That’s it!

Named for the ancient Roman province which covered most of modern Portugal and part of Spain, the RMS Lusitania was a British ship of the Cunard line. Built in 1906, it was outfitted with sumptuous furnishings, a wireless telegraph and electric lights.  Capable of speeds up to 25

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Beer and Brats

Invite your grill friends


People from Wisconsin are generally a congenial, easygoing lot. Until Scott Walker came around, there wasn’t much to argue about, except, well, beer and bratwurst.

Wisconsin’s largest ancestry group is German, and the original immigrants brought their bratwurst with them. Today, bratwurst are a defining characteristic of the local cuisine. And while brats—which rhymes with “pops,” not “rats”—are beloved by all Sconnies, there is quiet discord with respect to the purely Wisconsin ritual of

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A new look at nature


One sunny Thursday, I stretched out in my self-driving car and typed in: “Great food and someplace beautiful.” Opening my eyes, I found myself in Edison. How does this tiny village enjoy a monopoly on tasty eats and good art? 

I enjoyed sandwiches and homemade soup in a blooming garden overlooking the slough, then stepped next door to Smith & Vallee Gallery. Their current homage to the work of Sharon Kingston and Eric Eschenbach is more than merely beautiful; it’s a comment on the clash

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Throwback Thursdays

Kickball and community at Maritime Heritage Park

As the Executive Director of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, Nick Hartrich has a duty to make sure the city’s urban core is both vibrant and inclusive for all. It’s one of the reasons he’s excited about the new “Throwback Thursdays” Urban Kickball League taking place every Thursday at Maritime Heritage Park. We caught up with “NickySix”—Hartrich’s kickball alias—to find out more.

Cascadia Weekly: Come rain, come shine, return to Maritime” is the tagline of the Throwback Thursdays

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On Stage

Short Shots

Best of Brass Monkey


I’m a dedicated reader of short stories. Why? For one thing, there’s no beating around the bush when it comes to character development. If something momentous and interesting—or at least pertinent to the story arc—doesn’t take place in the first few pages, it’s probably not going to.

The same school of thought also translates to short plays. Events and relationships need to move along quickly when you’ve only got 10 or 15 minutes to tell a tale, and the playwrights penning the scripts are

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Far From the Madding Crowd

A modern love story


Far From the Madding Crowd is a Masterpiece Theatre version of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel, shot with sumptuous taste and care, rife with emotions repressed and unbound, and featuring expertly nuanced performances from a tony, mostly British cast. It will greatly please discerning audiences while causing Hardy to spin discreetly in his grave. That’s a fair tradeoff, especially if the movie sends you back to the book.

Carey Mulligan (An Education) makes for a more modern Bathsheba Everdene

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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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May 22


Ski to Sea Book Sale: The annual Ski to Sea Book Sale takes place from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Friday, and 10am-1pm Saturday, at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Most items are $1, and, on Saturday, purchases will be $4 a bag. more »

What-a-Sho!: Theater, dance, music and poetry readings—with a little comedy in-between—will be part of the "What-a-Sho!" variety show at 7pm Thursday and Friday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets to the all-ages performances will be $8 at the door. more »

Marina: Experience the story of a tough, brokenhearted widow struggling to survive the rowdy fishing and canning industry of Blaine, circa 1908, when Bellingham TheatreWorks presents the world premiere of the musical Marina at 8pm THursday through Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The play was written by Semiahmoo playwright Sandy Wolf and is being directed by Mark Kuntz. Tickets are $10-$24. more »

Marina: Bellingham TheatreWorks presents the world premiere showing of the musical Marina at performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The story focuses on Marina, a grief-stricken woman who owns a cabaret and must deal with "the woes and wonders of life in Blaine, Washington circa 1908." Tickets are $10-$24. more »

Spring Rep: A Spring Rep series continues this week with showings of Best of Brass Monkey at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. See Broken Holmes and In a Handbag Darkly at 9:30pm Friday and 7:30pm Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Additional Spring Rep shows continue through May 30. more »

Blender: Mainstage players will join forces with other top-notch improv groups from around the region at "Blender" shows at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; see the mingled magic happen again at May 29-30 performances. more »

Inflammable Circus: Della Moustachella hosts "Inflammable Circus" shows at 8:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Bellingham Theatre Guid's Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite #102. The third annual fundraising fire show features stunning aerials, flaming bellydancing, torch juggling, fire contortion, world-class fire poi spinning and more, all set to music by Bar Tabac, the Cornwall Marching Band, and Strangely. Tickets are $12-$22. Show up starting at noon Sunday for a variety of circus performances happening throughout more »

Art by the Airport: The Whatcom Art Guild will host its annual "Art by the Airport" spring show from 2-8pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at Hampton Inn's Fox Hall, 3985 Bennett Dr. The judged show will feature the work of more than 45 well-known community artists. Offerings include fine art originals, affordable prints, photography, handcrafted fabrics, pottery, jewelry and more one-of-a-kind items. Demos and a daily raffle will also be part of the festivities. Entry is free. more »

Northwest Folklife Festival: More than 5,000 performers from throughout the region and beyond will perform at the 44th annual Northwest Folklife Festival 11am-10pm Friday through Sunday, and 11am-9pm Monday, at the Seattle Center grounds. This year's cultural focus, "Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today's Branches," will highlight in great depth the cross-cultural roots of Hip Hop in the Northwest. Per usual, the event is free. more »

YWCA Leadership Breakfast Deadline: Today is the deadline to register for the YWCA's annual "Leadership Breakfast" fundraiser happening at 7am Fri., May 29 at the ballroom at the Best Western Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Dr. <>A Leg to Stand On author Colleen Haggerty will be the keynote speaker. A minimum $50 donation is requested; funds raised support the YWCA transitional and emergency housing program. more »

Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in May at Cornwall Park. Entry is by donation. more »

Shredding Event: Attend a free "Shredding Event" from 12-2pm in the parking lot at Bob Wallin Insurance, 1844 Iron St. Sound Recycling will be on hand to shred whatever documents you need shredded. Please remove all metal binding clips and staples. more »

Plover Ferry Returns: The Plover ferry starts running this weekend and continues through the summer from 12-8pm Friday and Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested donation for the rides is $1 for kids and $5 for adults. more »

VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. more »

Ski to Sea Block Party: All ages are invited to take part in a Ski to Sea Block Party taking place from 5-9pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The free event will feature music, prizes, commemorative beer glasses, and more. more »

Little Shop of Horrors: An uproarious version of Little Shop of Horrors performed by youth ages 13-16 can be seen at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets to the musical are $10. Since the second cast will be taking over this weekend, there'll be an Opening Night Gala starting at 6pm Friday. Tickets to that event are $15. Additional showings happen through May 31. more »

George Cables: The Arlington Arts Council hosts a concert with jazz pianist George Cables at 7:30pm at Arlington's Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Barisax player Gary Smulyan, bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer Matt Jorgensen will play along. The show opens with the Arlington High School Jazz I, directed by John Grabowski, with a special guest, Thomas Marriott, on trumpet. Tickets are $15. more »

Friday Night Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. more »

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