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Ferndale Farmstead

An Eat Local Month spotlight

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kevin Dougherty, the farm manager of Ferndale Farmstead, is already up at first light—he’s been awake since 5:30am—feeding fawn-colored calves and preparing for the long day ahead.

Dougherty’s morning routine doesn’t look any different from countless other dairy farmers across Whatcom County, and in fact, the tasks are the same; but the farm he’s running is unique. Ferndale Farmstead happens to be one of the only large-scale seed-to-craft operations in Western Washington. To…

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The Magnificent Seven

Another day, another remake

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The big difference between the new version of The Magnificent Seven and the revered 1960 feature is the ethnic background of the main characters. The titular seven in director Antoine Fuqua’s take are a diverse bunch, while the ruthless villain of the piece is no longer a Mexican bandito but, instead, a cutthroat white capitalist. Other than the revisionist casting, however, nothing particularly original or fresh has been injected into this competently made remake of the star-studded…

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Block Party

Making memories at Make.Shift

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

By the time this issue hits the streets, summer will be morphing into fall and everyone will be making their way inside to sip hot cocoa, knit scarves out of hand-dyed wool and count the rising number of falling leaves from their living-room windows.

Or not. With the Make.Shift Block Party taking place Sat., Sept. 24 in the heart of Bellingham’s Arts District, autumn may have to chill out and wait a little longer for its turn in the spotlight.

For at least one day longer, summer…

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London Road

A musical murder mystery

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The techniques of verbatim theater go back decades, to at least the 1950s, when young German theater troupes would reenact complicated court cases word for word onstage. Even earlier, in the United States, the WPA paid for a form of this performance with its “Living Newspapers,” in which theater artists conducted extensive journalistic research about a social problem and then dramatized their findings. But no matter what the topic of a verbatim piece, it’s almost guaranteed the…

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River Dance

Bustin’ a move on Horseshoe Bend

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I was visiting Glacier on important business recently when the thing that always happens to me up there happened again: I had an insatiable urge to ambulate the enveloping terrain that compelled me to initiate a protracted dash through the woods.

Ephemeral mist vapors atomized the sun dapple as I padded down the stairway toward the raucous, silt-laden course of the North Fork, and with each approaching step I felt the tedium of the workday dissipate further into the foliage.

With a…

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On Stage

Women's World

Love, Loss and What I Wore

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The five women who tell their tales in Love, Loss, and What I Wore don’t shy away from touchy subjects.

Whether they’re discussing the death of a child, ex-husbands, being raped at college, dressing room anxiety or aging, the 28 monologues comprising the play penned by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron get to the heart of women’s relationships—with each other, and also with their wardrobes.

Les Campbell, who’s directing the production for the Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG) starting…

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River Visions

When storytelling and ecology collide

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The artists of the Sepik River in Papua, New Guinea create striking, evocative work, acclaimed by collectors and museums worldwide. In a pair of brilliant exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology of the University of British Columbia, the lyrical Sepik storytelling collides with a tragically somber vision of the ecology of the contemporary Northwest.  

Papua is the world’s second-largest island, and the Sepik River is the largest unspoiled river system in the Asia-Pacific region.…

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Erin Jones

Tending and mending our schools

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teaching kids means teaching ourselves—to be a more generous, more accommodating, more honest society, Erin Jones says.

With the funding of basic education deemed the highest priority of state policy makers, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as advocate and champion of those goals may be the most important election this season. But beyond the questions of money, Washington’s public schools face unprecedented issues related to diversity and cultural, racial,…

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Ladies of the Lincoln

Who run the world?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, the Lincoln Theatre kicked off its fall season with a concert by Maria Muldaur, an event that, among other things, prompted me to sing “Midnight at the Oasis” to my coworkers until they threatened me with a violent end should I continue to torture them with my dubious musical stylings.

Needless to say, I am no Maria Muldaur.

Muldaur’s performance was just the first of several concerts by powerhouse female artists who will take the stage at the historic…

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Closer to home

CLOSER TO HOME: The York Neighborhood Association held a well-attended and vocal town hall meeting last week, inviting neighbors from all over the city to discuss concerns about affordable housing, zoning, protection of single-family neighborhoods, quality-of-life issues, and housing…

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Ericksen leads from behind

Senator Doug Ericksen, again uninformed, manipulative or fear-mongering, recently claimed the new emissions capping rule will have a “chilling effect”…

Who pays?

I never thought about it until it happened. Who pays for the all the security at political rallies?

Save Blanchard forests

Bellingham’s proximity to outdoor areas is undoubtedly one our city’s most beloved advantages. Blanchard State Forest, located just south of…

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Today's Events
Eat Local Month


A Farm Fund Hootenanny for the Community Food Co-op’s Food & Farming Program taking place from 6-10pm Sun., Sept. 4 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery will act as the official kickoff…

Whatcom Water Week


Tours of local water and waste water treatment plants, a “Run with the Chums,” a Streams of Thought Film Festival, a social media photo contest, a rainwater irrigation workshop, watershed…

We Grow Market


Stock up on organic fruit, veggies and flowers when the We Grow Market Stand—a vocational project for at-risk and homeless youth in our community—sells its wares from 3-5pm every Monday…

Yoga for Outdoor Fitness


Anna Waham leads a “Yoga for Outdoor Fitness” presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th S. The class will provide you with an introduction to basic Yoga exercises and poses along with information…

Cooking with Sea Vegetables


Join Wellness Chef Kate MacKenzie for a “Cooking with Sea Vegetables” course from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Attendees will enjoy samples of tofu seaweed…

Candidate Forum


The League of Women Voters of Skagit County will host a Candidate Forum from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at the PUD Building 1415 Freeway Dr. Candidates for legislative districts 10, 39 and…

The Happy Elf Auditions


Adults and children are invited to audition for upcoming performances of Harry Connick Jr.‘s The Happy Elf from 7-9pm Monday and Tuesday at Lynden’s Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St.

Open Mic


Local writer and teacher Laurel Leigh helms the monthly Open Mic at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Sign up at the main counter or by calling the number listed below to share your…



Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.



A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free.  Each week, the event features approximately 20…

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