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Bumbershoot

With the first real rain of the season now upon us, it occurs to me that I’ve never been to a rainy Bumbershoot. Typically, when my Labor Day weekend has been spent at the Seattle Center and its trademark music festival, the experience is associated with heat—and lots of it. My memories are marked, not just by music, but also by the combination of high temperatures and many bodies in constant motion and close proximity.

It’s not nearly as sexy as it sounds.

And though we’ve gone from

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This Week

The Gristle

No Fine for Nooksack Nine

NO FINE FOR NOOKSACK NINE: With August arrives the earliest and most vulnerable of the Cascadia salmonids. Chinook require abundant cold, clean water to spawn, and the challenged species is returning to find the Nooksack River historically low, warm and cloudy with glacial milk. Chinook are an indicator species that yield clues about the health of the environment. The milk is an indicator, too, not only of a vanished seasonal snowpack, but loss of the icy heart of the glaciers themselves that

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News

Kulshan

Waterfront cleanup plan could approach $20 million

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Bellingham City Council this week learned more about the master plan to clean and develop former industrial property south of the old Georgia Pacific mill site for use as a new city park. On Aug. 27, the state Department of Ecology released its review and recommendations for the cleanup of environmental hazards related to wood-treatment and wood waste at the foot of Cornwall Avenue. The agency seeks public comment on the plan.

Various companies operated a lumber mill and treated wood on the

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Film

Phoenix

Darling, we’re late

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Some of the best love songs are those whose lyrics perch precariously between “I adore you, let’s be happy forever” and “I’m miserable without you, where have you gone?” Together, the melody and words of Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash’s 1943 ballad “Speak Low” take the shape of a vaporous question: “We’re late, darling we’re late/The curtain descends, everything ends too soon, too soon.” Too late for what, exactly? Something has just happened, and something else is about to

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Words

A Full Life

Of peanuts and politics

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Nanu-Nanu and Pet Rocks. Mood rings, platform shoes, CBs, and “May the Force be with you.” Saturday Night Fever, Pac-Man, disco suits, and Olivia Newton John on roller skates.

If you’re of a Certain Age, these things may bring back memories, but in the new book A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter, this 90-year-old remembers much more.

Former President Jimmy Carter was born in October 1924 in Georgia, and raised mostly in a small town called Archery, where his family was one of two that was

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Outdoors

Urban Stream Series

What’s up with Whatcom Creek

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Whatcom Creek runs approximately four miles through the heart of Bellingham. One can walk along much of its reaches on the Whatcom Creek trail from Lake Whatcom, where our city gets its drinking water, all the way to the mouth as it enters into inner Bellingham Bay.

“Whatcom,” meaning “noisy waters”, got its name from the loud set of cascades near its mouth where Lummi fishing camps were once set up to harvest the annual runs of healthy salmon.

While this urban creek may appear to have a

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Visual

First Thursday

Make your way through Mount Vernon

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Just so you don’t confuse it with other art walks, Mount Vernon has decided to have theirs on the first Thursday of the month instead of Friday—Thurs., Sept. 3, to be specific.

Difficult as it was to preview the show on the weekend beforehand, during a vicious windstorm, I found quite a few nice surprises.

The first surprise was delicious. At Forte Chocolates (700 S. First St.), headquarters of the chocolatier Karen Neugebauer, I discovered one of America’s outstanding small chocolate

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Food

Cosmos Bistro

The epitome of awesome

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When Jamison Rogayan describes the fare to diners at Cosmos Bistro, there’s a good chance he may use the word “awesome” more than a few times when referring to that day’s menu.

He is not a liar. I’ve been to Cosmos for breakfast (once), lunch (once) and dinner (twice) and have yet to put a bite of food in my mouth that could not be described as “awesome.”

While it’s true Jamison has a vested interest in promoting the eatery—he co-owns it with Cinnamon Berg, the masterful chef responsible

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On Stage

Finding the Grail

Bellingham Theatre Guild’s Capital Campaign

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While King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table stampeded back and forth across the Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG) stage during a rehearsal of Monty Python’s Spamalot last Friday night, the basement of the venerable performance space was seeing an equal amount of action.

Both those above and those below were seeking their own grails. In the play, the actors were galloping across the countryside on invisible horses hoping to discover the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, while those

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Music

Bumbershoot

Songs of Seattle

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With the first real rain of the season now upon us, it occurs to me that I’ve never been to a rainy Bumbershoot. Typically, when my Labor Day weekend has been spent at the Seattle Center and its trademark music festival, the experience is associated with heat—and lots of it. My memories are marked, not just by music, but also by the combination of high temperatures and many bodies in constant motion and close proximity.

It’s not nearly as sexy as it sounds.

And though we’ve gone from

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Today

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Bard on the Beach: Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors plays in repertory with King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost, and Shakespeare's Rebel at the 26th annual "Bard on the Beach" through September at Vancouver BC's Vanier Park, 1695 Whyte Ave. Tickets are $26-$45. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. more »

Boating Center Open: The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online. more »

Salmon Dinner Sail: Combine your tastes for adventure and delicious food at the final "Bellingham Bay Salmon Dinner Sail" of the season aboard the Schooner Zodiac leaving at 6pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $59 for kids and $79 for adults. more »

Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

All-Paces Run: Staffers and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. more »

The Gilded Hour: Local author Sara Donati delves into the lives of two descendants of her famous characters Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner from the Wilderness series when she reads from The Gilded Hour at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The year is 1883 and New York City is aflutter with extraordinary change. more »

Skagit Folk Dancers: Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards. more »

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