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City and Colour

Life after post-hardcore

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dallas Green looks like a rock musician. There’s no getting around it. To put a finer point on it, what with his many tattoos combined with an overall clean-cut sensibility, he looks like a certain breed of post-hardcore musician.

That is, of course, what he is. At least, it’s what he was.

Before Green adopted the moniker City and Colour, he was a founding member of Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. They described their music as the “sound of two Catholic high-school…

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Grand Larchery

A quest for autumnal art

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

As September unfurls its autumnal colors, my thoughts turn to the realm of the magnificent larch forests, high on the eastern slopes of the North Cascades. Actually, forest is too strong a word. Larches gather in “stands,” not forests. The high country they inhabit cannot support forests. These scattered stands are made even more beautiful by their aesthetic placement, each tree a work of standalone autumn art.

The larch—Larix lyallii—is unique among the trees that inhabit these…

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Get an edible education

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

If you’re under the impression the second annual Bellingham SeaFeast is all about the food, you’re only only partially correct.

While it’s true the two-day event offers myriad ways for people to sate their appetites via the ingestion of locally and regionally sourced seafood, the gustatory gatherings taking place Sept. 22-23 by the waterfront and in the downtown core are also bracketed by a number of happenings that pay homage to the hardworking humans involved in the maritime and…

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Sew Excited

A time for textiles

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ever since I attempted to make a flannel nightgown as part of a home economics class in junior high school, I’ve been in awe of people who can sew.

While my finished frock looked like something someone in a mental institution might wear instead of a straitjacket—one arm was approximately four inches shorter than the other one, and the longer limb’s elastic wristband was almost cinched too tight to allow a hand to fit through—other students created attractive, wearable works that…

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SVCR Live Music

The Midwife

Catherines the Great

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The French-language title of director Martin Provost’s latest femme-centric drama is Sage Femme, a term that technically means midwife, as in the medical profession, but also literally describes a “well-behaved woman.” The double meaning is particularly apt when applied to the film’s heroine, Claire—a single mom in her 50s whose spick-and-span life is thrown amuck by the arrival of Beatrice, a woman who is Claire’s polar opposite in every way, but who could possibly change her…

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The Last Ballad

Finding the courage to create change

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Working the night shift six nights a week to support her four kids (with another on the way), Ella May Wiggins is tired, and desperate, and her $9-a-week paycheck barely keeps enough food on the table.

Her oldest daughter, Lilly, takes care of the younger children while Ella is at work. When three-year-old Rose gets a cough and high fever, Ella stays home to care for her, losing pay and falling further behind. She has lost a child before, though, and cannot bear to lose another…

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ICU Roof #2

Border Imperialism

Day of Peace observes those displaced by war

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

“Peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
― —Martin Luther King Jr.

As almost 400,000 refugees flee ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, world leaders at the United Nation’s General Assembly this week acknowledged that they have not only failed on promises to take in more refugees, but refugee rights have been dismantled in many parts of the world.

The UN marked the International Day of Peace with the annual ringing of the peace bell and calls for…

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ICU Roof #2
On Stage

Return Engagement

Back to the basics with Paula Poundstone

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Many years ago, during an early morning telephone interview with Paula Poundstone, the standup star fell asleep on me, and I retaliated by subtitling my story something along the lines of “famous comedian gives local reporter the nod.”

We’ve both grown up a lot since then. In the intervening years, I’ve learned what to do when a celebrity snores during a prearranged verbal volley (hang up immediately and make plans to call back later instead of waiting on the line like a dolt for 20…

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SVCR Live Music
The Gristle
Ounce of Prevention

OUNCE OF PREVENTION: Behavioral health factor large in discussions among Whatcom County Council members this week.

With the capital budget held up in Olympia in a quarrel over residential wells, County Council created a fund to begin expansion of a Crisis Triage Center to decrease the use…

Robert Reich
Dynasty Dystopia

White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that “only morons pay the estate tax.”

I’m reminded of Donald Trump’s comment that he didn’t pay federal income taxes because he was “smart.” And billionaire Leona…

Credit where it is due

Kellyanne Conway is a senior advisor to the President. Sarah Sanders is the press secretary. Mercedes Schlapp is coming into the White House as a communications advisors. Hope Hicks is now in…

Silence equals complicity

The Rohingya people and other Muslims in Northern Myanmar are the victims of a government campaign of terror and murder and forced deportation. The military, which controls the government…

Plenty of blame

There is plenty of blame that can be shared all around for slavery. The Northern states may not have held slaves and worked them directly but many investors benefited from their holdings of…

Today's Events
Eat Local Month


Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections’ annual “Eat Local Month) taking place…

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals…

The Addams Family Musical


The Lynden Performing Arts Guild will begin its 30th season with a musical take on The Addams Family starting this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and…

Oktoberfest Cruises


San Juan Cruises will host Oktoberfest Cruises aboard the Victoria Star at 6:30pm Friday and Saturday leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $49 and include…

The Mousetrap


Find out whodunnit when Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap opens this weekend with showings at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to…

Young Frankenstein


Watch the musical comedy adaptation of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein starting this weekend with 7:30pm shows Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the…

Forever Plaid


The musical Forever Plaid continues this weekend when the Theater Arts Guild presents the Broadway hit at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. …

Figmentally, Circus for All


Dive into the world of a curious writer whose uncontrollable imagination overtakes her story and her life at showings of “Figmentally: Circus Comedy for All” at 8pm Friday and Saturday, and…

Welcome Back Students Shows


Short- and long-form improv will be on hilarious display when mainstage performers present “Welcome Back Students” shows at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay…

Harvest Happens


U-pick pumpkins and apples, a corn maze, apple bin train rides, live music, distillery tours, corn cannons and face painting will be part of “Harvest Happens” events weekends through October…

Pancake Breakfast


Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at Ferndale’s American Legion Hall, 5537 2nd Ave. All are welcome.

South Whatcom Birding Walks


Bring your binoculars along for South Whatcom Birding Walks starting at 8am and 9:30am at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Birding expert Phil Wegener will lead the…

Southside Rummage Sale


Attend the 43rd annual Southside Rummage Sale from 8:30am-2pm at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave. The downstairs area of the church will be packed with clothes, kitchen and…

Anacortes Farmers Market


Garden goods by approximately 60 vendors and more will be part of the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through October at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.

Twin Sisters Farmers Market


Affordable, Whatcom County-grown produce can be procured at the Twin Sisters Farmers Market from 9am-3pm at the parking lot at Nugents Corner, and 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork…

Mount Vernon Farmers Market


The 30th season of the Mount Vernon Farmers Market continues from 9am-2pm Saturdays through mid-October at the city’s Riverfront Plaza. A Wednesday Market takes place from 11am-4pm weekly…

Make It and Take it


Sign up in advance for a “Hypertufa: Make It and Take It” class starting at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Hypertufa (lightweight concrete) containers have been used in…

Blaine Gardeners Market


Homegrown and handmade farm products, baked goods, arts and crafts and more can be found at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through October at the city’s H Street Plaza.

Bellingham Farmers Market


The 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Every week, a plethora of produce,…

Little Mountain Trail 10K


The “Little Mountain Trail 10K” begins at 10am in Mount Vernon near Little Mountain Park at Carpenter Creek Winery, 20376 E. Hickox Rd. As a true trail run, the uphills are brutal, the…

Salmon Sighting


Join NSEA naturalists for “Salmon Sighting” from 10am-12pm at Thompson Creek Bridge (off the Mt. Baker Hwy). Attendees will witness pink salmon—who only spawn on odd years—fighting their…

Pesto Perfecto


If you’re looking for a way to use up all the herbs in your summer garden, register in advance for a free “Pesto Perfecto” class taking place from 11am-12:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125…

Council of the Animals


Rooted Emerging will host its third annual “Council of the Animals” starting at 11am the stage at Boulevard Park. The free, all-ages show, “The Circle Holds It All,” will features the song,…

Trial Vineyard Open House


Those 21 and older can register for a Trial Vineyards Open House and Wine Trial Evaluation from 12-3:30pm at Everson’s Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. The workshop is a chance…

Sedro-Woolley Brewfest


Sample sips from more than 10 area breweries at the inaugural Sedro-Woolley Brewfest taking place from 2-7pm at Hammer Heritage Square, 118 Ferry St. Live music, games and more will be part…

River Walk


Learn about salmon, discover native plants and find bugs at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s Nooksack final River Walk of the season starting at 3pm in Glacier at the Horseshoe…

The Art of Living


Abbe Rolnick, author of Cocoon of Cancer: An Invitation to Love Deeply, leads a “Care Giving and the Art of Living During a Prolonged Illness” presentation from 3-4:30pm at the Deming…

Nooksack River Walk


Learn about salmon, discover native plants and find bugs at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s Nooksack River Walk starting at 3pm in Glacier at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead. The…

Kulshan CLT Community Party


Attend a musical celebration focusing on how local, affordable homes power our community when Kulshan Community Land Trust hosts its annual Community Party from 5-9pm at the beer garden at…

BowEdison Anniversary Party


Live music, live painting and food and drink will be part of a One Year Anniversary Celebration taking place from 5:30-7pm at BowEdison, 5545 Chuckanut Dr.

Democrats Dinner


Join the Whatcom Democrats for their annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner starting at 5:30pm at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way. The annual social and fundraising dinner features…

Fall Demo Derby


Drivers will smash and crash―and some will get cash―at a Fall Demo Derby starting at 6:30pm at Lynden’s Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. Tickets to see the automotive…

Contra Dance


The Brad & Steve Fortified Band will provide live tunes at the Bellingham Country Dance Society’s Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No…



Former Western Washington University dance students who have been exploring choreographic ideas on topics ranging from love to drug abuse will share what they’ve created when Keenan & Co.…

Salsa Night


Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest’s weekly “Saturday Salsa Night” taking place from 9:30pm-12am at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State…

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