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Doctober

Bellingham is a town with a passion for the silver screen. Not only does it support an astonishing number of movie screens—19 at last count—but shows routinely sell out, sometimes days in advance. As well, the Pickford Film Center is one of this town’s biggest arts organizations, and, along with such venerated local institutions as the Mount Baker Theatre and Whatcom Museum, helps to anchor the downtown Arts Districts—not bad for a nonprofit staffed mostly by volunteers.

As a Pickford

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This Week

The Gristle

Steaking a Claim

STEAKING A CLAIM: Whatcom conservatives were galvanized by news that California billionaire philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer helicoptered in $1 million to assist key Democratic candidates for the Legislature this year, in an effort to create “a pro-climate majority” in both Washington and Oregon. Their alarm is a bit of a ruse, given the announcement that Steyer’s political action committee NexGen Climate will focus its efforts on two key senate races, and the 42nd

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News

Power to the People

PUD campaign puts the public back into public utilities

The uneasy balance of environmental and economic interests, the growing friction between public and corporate spheres, is on vivid display in a quiet election this year.

Public Utility District No. 1 is a little-known, little-understood agency with a big role to play in future discussions of water resources and resource management in Whatcom County. Authorized under state law, the district is led by three commissioners, each elected to a six-year term. On the rotation this year is the position

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Music

Branford at the Baker

A season of sound

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It is true the Mount Baker Theatre’s season officially began Sept. 24 when the curtain opened on the Main Stage production of Little Shop of Horrors, but the musical part of this year’s season—or the music that isn’t a musical, rather—doesn’t start until Branford Marsalis takes the stage Sun., Oct. 5. And with that, the floodgates will open, as the historic downtown theater’s 2014-15 season is rife with music of many genres and varieties.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

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Visual

Autumnal Art

Seasonal sights at River Gallery

It’s autumn, and time for the semiannual pilgrimage to the quaint and unforgettable River Gallery near La Conner. 

Silvia Strong, a talented curator and herself an artist, has found a unique space to display art in a former commercial greenhouse, picturesquely situated among the peaceful fields and mysterious, forested hummocks of the Skagit River Delta.

The gallery is spacious and so brightly lit by the translucent roof panels that I wore a hat indoors for shade. Owing to the enormous

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Food

The Oyster Bar

Nothing short of magnificent

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f you’re looking for a really special meal, head onto Chuckanut Drive and stop when you get to the Oyster Bar.

The fine dining restaurant 150 feet from Samish Bay has a treehouse-like feel thanks to its hilltop position, and between the boughs of the massive Douglas Firs, the view of the Bay and the oyster beds below is nothing short of magnificent.

California restaurateurs Guy and Linda Colbert bought the restaurant 27 years ago, but it’s been a fixture on Chuckanut Drive for decades.

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Outdoors

Snow Report

Featured films cause a flurry

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Put this paper down, right now, and look outside the window. Do you see any snowflakes falling from the sky? If the answer is “Of course not, dummy, it’s early October and the white stuff won’t blanket our region for another month or two,” you’re only partially correct. In the next couple of weeks, the snow report calls for a variety of flurries. While it’s true they’re only in the form of ski and snowboard flicks designed to generate excitement for the coming season, they also act as

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Words

The Art of Death

Examining the end

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Death is one of our culture’s favorite taboos, and like all big, hard topics, sometimes tapping into your creative juices is the best way to evoke and connect with it meaningfully.

A new festival dealing with many aspects of the end of life called “The Art of Death” is coming up Oct. 2-11 at various venues throughout Bellingham. At the heart of the 10-day series of events is a juried art show featuring artist Scott Kolbo, exhibited at the Majestic on Sat., Oct. 11, with an opening reception

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Film

Gone Girl

Fincher’s fractured fairytale

Gone Girl, David Fincher’s hypnotically great movie, is a break-all-the-windows plot-twister that keeps every jolt and (most of) the cultural jabs from Gillian Flynn’s blockbuster novel.

Yet in its twisted little gut, this dramatic thriller is just as notable for addressing how relationships can force a change in people that may not always be welcome. That explains why Flynn has said, tongue in cheek, that the movie could “break up couples nationwide.”

The book uses the alternating

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On Stage

Terrific at 10

Something for everyone at McIntyre Hall

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When my coworker informed me she’d be writing about Mount Baker Theatre’s upcoming season in the music section of this week’s Cascadia Weekly, I immediately thought of a recent press release I received extolling the virtues of McIntyre Hall’s 10th anniversary season.

After taking a look at the list of the “McIntyre Hall Presents” series—as well as the plethora of other events that will fill the popular Mount-Vernon based venue in coming months—I realized they, too, were deserving of some

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Film

Doctober

Rock out with your doc out

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Bellingham is a town with a passion for the silver screen. Not only does it support an astonishing number of movie screens—19 at last count—but shows routinely sell out, sometimes days in advance. As well, the Pickford Film Center is one of this town’s biggest arts organizations, and, along with such venerated local institutions as the Mount Baker Theatre and Whatcom Museum, helps to anchor the downtown Arts Districts—not bad for a nonprofit staffed mostly by volunteers.

As a Pickford

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Today

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BMC’s Broadway Cabaret: The Bellingham Music Club highlights stage songs from the last 100 years at a free performance of "A Broadway Cabaret" at 10:30am Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. The event can also be experienced at a 7:30pm show Thursday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets for the nighttime gig are $15. more »

The Good News Chair: Author and educator Harriet Arkley shares ideas from her book The Good News Chair at 4pm at the Blaine Public Library, 610 Third St. Arkley will share highlights of how a special chair changed the culture of an elementary school principal’s office and at the same time encouraged and recognized desirable behavior in children. more »

Green Drinks: Network with likeminded environmentally aware community members at the monthly Green Drinks gathering from 5-7pm at 2020 Engineering, 814 Dupont St. Bring your own glass. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

Fall Hikes: Kathy Whitman helms a "Best Local Fall Hikes" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions, local resources and places to go will all be on the roster. Entry is free; register in advance. more »

Ballroom Dancing: Good Vibrations will perform at the monthly Ballroom Dancing gathering from 6-8pm at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. Entry is free. more »

Blue Foot Chicken: Nettles Farm's Riley Starks and Chef Robert Fong will lead a "roast-off" at a "Blue Foot Chicken" course from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $45. more »

Garden Club Meeting: Charley Yaw, owner of Charley's Greenhouse in Mount Vernon, presents "Greenhouses, Cold Frames and Garden Gear" at the Birchwood Garden Club's monthly meeting at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The public is welcome to attend. more »

Human Rights Film Festival Meeting: The Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival committee will host an open planning meeting at 7pm at the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 1220 Bay St. Anyone interested in helping plan for and work on the 15th year of this inspiring, free festival (scheduled for Feb. 29-28) is welcome. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

Mike Allen Quartet: The Mike Allen Quartet monthly jazz series continues with a concert at 8pm at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. The series continues with shows Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. Entry is free for students and $10 general. more »

Comedy at the Shoe: If you like sipping on cocktails and laughing uproariously, attend the weekly "Shoe Me the Funny" comedy showcase starting at 9pm every Wednesday at the Ranch Room at the Horseshoe Cafe, 113 E. Holly St. The event features six comedians vying for your vote, a highlighted comedian, host Mike Cramblett, and chances to win platters of cheesy fries. Entry is free. more »

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