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Ginger's Ballad

It’s been nearly a century since Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed in the Cumberland bush on Canada’s Vancouver Island, but thanks to people such as playwright Elaine Avila, the legacy of the workers’ rights activist won’t soon be forgotten.

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin, the play Avila penned after visiting Vancouver Island and realizing Goodwin’s story had been quelled in the decades since his death, tells the story of the titular character who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc

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This Week

The Gristle

Fictions in Collision

FICTIONS IN COLLISION: Whatcom County Council held a long and crowded, rancorous session on the update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan last week. The Comp Plan update is intended to shape a shared vision for the future in the context of expected growth and economic development. The reason for the ruckus was obvious—by hook and by crook, in a roundabout way, after spending nearly seven long pent-up years mincing around and avoiding the subject, County Council finally heard public

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Film

45 Years

Old flame on ice

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Movies don’t need much to be good except—except!—for terrific acting, directing and writing. Case in point: writer/director Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, about a marriage that suddenly finds itself on the rocks a week before a planned wedding/anniversary celebration.

Geoff and Kate Mercer, played superlatively well by Tom Courtenay and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, have spent their almost 45 years of marriage in what looks to be a state of cozy, childless comfitude. A former factory

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Music

Free is the nicest price

A month of music at the Buff

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If you travel in the same social media circles as I do, you might’ve seen a piece of commentary in Free Press Houston provocatively titled “Say Goodbye to the $5.00 Show” sort of lazily making its way around. In it, the writer opines that the five-buck cover charge—seemingly the going price point no matter where you happen to be seeing live music—is unfair to bands, presents some metrics in support of a $10 cover and encourages us to stop devaluing the art we love.

All good points,

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Visual

Elevation

The art of Cascadia

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The awesome landscapes of Cascadia have inspired artists for millennia. The Coast Salish people expressed their love and respect for the land in many ways, weaving the natural world into their art, ceremonies and rich spiritual life.

Today, the spell of Cascadia continues to influence the work of artists who express their connection to the mountains, forests and waters of the region in a plethora of ways.

A community-wide celebration of nature-inspired art, “Elevation: The Art of Cascadia”

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Words

Northwest Bookshelf

A regional roundup for readers

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The Wild In You: Voices from the Forest and Sea,
text by Lorna Crozier, photographs by Ian McAllister
Greystone Books

Lorna Crozier, a poet from Vancouver Island, and Ian McAllister, a photographer and cofounder of the conservation organization Pacific Wild, merge their art forms to create an evocative prayer for a place: the Great Bear Rainforest on the northern coast of British Columbia. These pages are inhabited by evocative photos of raven, grizzly bear, jellyfish, wolves and otters; the

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Outdoors

Spa Spotlight

Road trip to relaxation

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I’m flat on my back on a warm table, my hair cascading over its rim as I luxuriate in a deep scalp massage followed by a rosemary mint shampoo. This ain’t no salon, though. I’m at the Yuan Spa in Bellevue for a one-night getaway, and since this spa was rated one of the top in the city I booked myself for a Chinese Body Scrub ($125) without a clue what I was in for.

“Most people prefer it naked,” my therapist advised when I asked what clothing should be left on. She disappeared

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Food

Bitter is Better

A winter salad fix

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Winter can be a challenging time for leaf-lovers. The tender, bountiful garden foliage of summer is long gone, and seasonal winter options are generally a more fibrous lot, like cabbage and kale. Even the spinach is chewier.

From a health perspective, you could probably use the extra fiber, but nonetheless, serving wintergreens takes more forethought than plopping a bowl with leaves in it next to some bottles of dressing.

Some seasonal leaf-lovers, meanwhile, swap their greens for reds in

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On Stage

Ginger's Ballad

Workers of the world, unite!

It’s been nearly a century since Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed in the Cumberland bush on Canada’s Vancouver Island, but thanks to people such as playwright Elaine Avila, the legacy of the workers’ rights activist won’t soon be forgotten.

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin, the play Avila penned after visiting Vancouver Island and realizing Goodwin’s story had been quelled in the decades since his death, tells the story of the titular character who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc

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Film

Hitchcock/Truffaut

A meeting of minds

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It was a meeting of the minds—two great, movie-obsessed minds: Alfred Hitchcock, who was 63 and had recently unleashed Psycho on an unsuspecting public, and Francois Truffaut, a 30-year-old critic-turned-director with just three titles to his credit (but what titles: The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim).

They met over the course of a week in August 1963 at Hitchcock’s offices on the Universal Studios backlot. Truffaut would ask a question, Hitchcock would respond.

Four

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Film

Boy & the World

The incredible journey

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In Brazilian animator Ale Abreu’s Boy & the World, crude pencil and crayon drawings that ape the naive art of kindergartners explode into sophisticated riots of color and elaborate fantasy worlds that evoke Joan Miro and Georges Braque. Observing from a child’s perspective the inexorable march of globalization and its impact on rural communities and cultural traditions, this is an imaginative, artisanal work, blissfully distant in style and sensibility from the computer-animated

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Today

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Baby: Meet three couples who are facing the brave new world of parenthood in humorous and poignant fashion when Baby continues this week with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen through Feb. 14. more »

Calendar Girls: Attend performances of Calendar Girls at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on a true story and the hit movie of the same name, the play tells the tale of Annie and her friends who, following the death of Annie's husband, resolve to raise money for the local hospital by posing nude for a fundraising calendar. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 13. more »

Moon Over Buffalo: Hilarious misunderstandings pile on top of madcap misadventures in Ken Ludwig's valentine to theater hams everywhere when Moon Over Buffalo shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 21. more »

Les Miserables: BAAY Pro, a new and advanced division of Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, will present showings of the musical Les Miserables at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm and Saturday, and 12pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. The school edition of the play takes the audience on an exciting journey through revolutionary France, where a number of young idealists put their lives on the line for what they believe in. Tickets are $10-$12. more »

Mary Poppins: Watch what happens when a magical nanny comes to work for a banker's family and takes them on fantastical adventures when Disney's Mary Poppins concludes this week with performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 1:30pm and 7pm Sunday, at Lynden Christian High School, 515 Drayton St. Tickets to see the Broadway musical are $6-$10. more »

Chocolate Pop-Up Lounge: Special discounted chocolate and tastings will take place from 2-4pm daily through Valentine's Day at the Evolve Chocolate Pop-up Lounge, 1313 N. State St. From 4-8pm there'll be an acoustic open mic, a "Lovers Flight of Cacao" (three confections served with sipping chocolate for two), seasonal specials and more. Entry is free. more »

August Osage County Auditions: Open auditions for upcoming performances of August: Osage County take place at 7pm Sunday and Monday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Auditioners will do cold readings from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. See more details online. more »

Snowshoeing Fun: Join members of the Mount Baker Club for a snowshoeing excursion near Mt. Baker today. Meet at 8am at Sunnyland Elementary to carpool, and bring snacks, water and a lunch for the trail. Drivers will need a Sno-Park permit. more »

Community Breakfast: Meet and greet local politicians as they serve you coffee and made-from-scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, eggs and more at the monthly Community Breakfast taking place from 8am-1pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. Entry is $2 for kids, $5 for adults. more »

Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bike, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. more »

Chess & Coffee: Join a new "Bellingham Chess and Coffee Meetup" at 2pm at the Market Street Cafe at the Barkley Haggen, 2900 Woburn St. Folks of all ages may drop every Sunday by to meet other local players and play chess. Entry is free. more »

Arthur Green: Selections from Chopin, Gershwin, and Ives will be on the bill when lauded pianist Arthur Green performs at 3pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $11-$22. more »

West African Dance Class: Seattle-based dancer Frank Anderson will teach West African Dance from Guinea and Mali from 3:30-5pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The class happens at the same time Sun., Feb. 14. Drop-in prices are $7 for students, $15 general. more »

West African Dance Class: Seattle-based dancer Frank Anderson will teach West African Dance from Guinea and Mali from 3:30-5pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The class happens at the same time Sun., Feb. 14. Drop-in prices are $7 for students, $15 general. more »

Sea Shanty Songs: Join Randy Benson and friends for a Sea Shanty Sing-Along from 4-6pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Entry to the all-ages event is free, and no experience is required. more »

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