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What The Funk

Of music and magic

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I’ve known Wild Buffalo owner Craig Jewell long enough to understand that those who underestimate him, do so at their peril. He seems a lot like a really easygoing guy who likes to have the best time possible under any and all circumstances—and he definitely is that—but he’s also capable of engineering miraculous acts, and they seem to happen on a fairly regular basis.

Even so, talking George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic into playing a Sun., March 25 show at the Wild Buffalo…

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Smoking Crow

Green Gold

New offerings from Square One Maps

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

When a beefy, hand-folded envelope from Square One Maps arrived in our mailbox recently, I suspected a special treat of the highest cartographical order had been bestowed upon me.

Happily, my hunch proved to be only partially correct.

Upon opening said correspondence, I was pleased to discover I’d underestimated both the quality and quantity of its contents by a considerable degree.

Square One hadn’t just sent me a single map to review, they’d sent four of them.


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West Coast

The Immortalists

A date with death

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

It’s halfway through a humid summer in 1969 on New York City’s Lower East Side, and the four Gold siblings are restless. There is no air-conditioning in the house, and life seems to be happening to everyone else but them. Kids are getting wasted at Woodstock, there is rioting outside the Stonewall Inn, people are even walking on the moon.

Daniel has heard that a rishika, a fortune-teller, recently moved into the neighborhood. Rumor has it that rather than foretelling what will…

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West Coast

Building Blocks

Slurping into springtime

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring has begun its tantalizingly slow reveal, but winter isn’t quite done with us yet. This means soup can shine for a few weeks longer before it’s time to think about salads.

At the final winter market last week, I found carrots, onion and celery root, which were all I need to make anything into soup. These three ingredients are what you need to make mirepoix (“mere-pwah”), a chopped mixture of aromatic vegetables used as a base for many soups and sauces.

There are many regional…

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West Coast
On Stage

Song and Dance

From Broadway to Bellingham

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thanks to the miracle of flight, it’s possible to leave the Pacific Northwest in the morning and be across the country and on the streets of New York City by the end of the day. In fact, you could be watching a Broadway show by nightfall.

Another option is to reduce your carbon footprint and save many hundreds of dollars by procuring tickets to two big-name shows making their way to the Mount Baker Theatre in the near future. As part of the MBT’s current season, they’re bringing…

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Smoking Crow


Stay out of the gaslight

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

With the word “gaslighting” getting thrown around a lot in our current age of fake-news awareness, to the point where some use it simply as a heated synonym for “lying,” along comes Unsane to remind us of its more elaborately melodramatic origins. It’s tempting to call Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-shot psychothriller a “Gaslight” riff uncannily timed to the #MeToo movement, though that risks giving undue gravitas to what was plainly, and effectively, conceived as a…

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Smoking Crow

Island Insights

Separated From Normal

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

After viewing many of the paintings in “Separated From Normal,” I’m now convinced Trish Harding is is my artistic spirit animal. 

That’s because the exhibit currently on display at Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center as part of the “Healing Through Art” series documents Harding’s teenage years spent living with her family on Lummi Island—which also happens to be the locale where I spent many of my teenage summers and received my first kiss, attempted to smoke driftwood (don’t…

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West Coast
Best of Bellingham
Best Band

The Wednesdays

Music scenes, including ours, have traditionally been boys’ clubs—but the Wednesdays win in this category is a welcome indication of a change that has been a long time in coming. Unabashedly feminist and unapologetically political, the Wednesdays are making music with a message—and people are listening. With a motto of “Dismantling the patriarchy by day, playing basement blues punk by night,” coupled with an electrifying live show, the Wednesdays are making their mark and making it count.

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The Gristle
The Boundaries Between Us

THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN US: Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order outlining a strategy for the recovery of Puget Sound’s crashing resident southern resident orca population and the prized Chinook salmon that nourish them.

“The problems faced by orcas and salmon are human-caused,…

Amy Goodman
‘Bloody Gina’

On Monday, President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by tweet. Despite the scores of administration officials who have been ousted, escorted out or simply left, Trump is still managing to make an indelible mark on the federal government, installing scores of conservative…

Village Books
Costs and scale of war

Jimmy Carter was the last president that didn’t take us to war. We’ve been “keeping the peace” for a long time.
According to Miriam Webster’s Dictionary, terrorism is “the…

Our future

I am a 7th grader at Kulshan Middle School and in my science class we have learned about global warming and how it affects society.
Global warming has many negative effects on the Earth. One…

Our safety

Due to the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the national March For Our Lives movement, Bellingham will join the national movement by…

Village Books
Today's Events
Boynton Poetry Contest


The annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting submissions through March 31. Winning entries are displayed for a year on placards in front of the Bellingham Public Library, and inside…

Daffodil Festival


The fourth annual La Conner Daffodil Festival continues through March 31 in and around La Conner and the Skagit Valley.

Women's Conference Registration Deadline


Today is the final day to register for the “She Leads Me” Women’s Conference taking place from 9am-4:30pm Fri.,. March 30 at the Bellwether Ballroom, 1 Bellwether Way. The conference…

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in March at Whatcom Falls Park. Please bring a simple,…

Coffee Tasting


Attend a weekly coffee tasting from 3-3:30pm at Camber Cafe, 221 W. Holly St. Entry is free, and no RSVP is needed to come in and enjoy a small tasting flight of the venue’s single-origin…

Food Not Bombs


All are welcome to partake of nutritious and delicious vegan meals when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue…

Fourth Friday Art Walk


Attend the monthly Fourth Friday Art Walk from 5-8:30pm throughout historic Fairhaven. Among those taking part in the free event are Mambo Italiano, Current and Furbish, Scandi Butik, Whatcom…

Bingo Night


Generations Early Learning will host a “Fly Me to the Moon” Bingo Night fundraiser from 6-10pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Tickets to the 18-and-older event are $25 and include…

From Auschwitz to America


Journalist Katrina Shawver shares stories from Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Told in an interview format,…

The Book of Moron


Buckle up for a hilarious joyride over the pot-holed highways of cultural hypocrisy when Robert Dubac’s Off-Broadway hit, The Book of Moron, shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at Mount…

Adventures and Brawls


Through March, audience members can help decide what happens next at improvised showings of “Choose Your Own Adventure” at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At…

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