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Happy Halloweekend!

Because I have not donned a costume in more than a decade, people often think I’m some sort of Halloween killjoy. That could not be further from the truth. Like most people who live around these parts, I’m a diehard devotee of this particular holiday, and my Halloween season typically involves numerous visits to spook shops, in-depth conversations about the costume ideas of others, and the excited making of plans. Occasionally, I am afforded an opportunity to spend Halloween elsewhere, and

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This Week

The Gristle

See No Evil, Speak No Evil

SEE NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL: The end was in the beginning; and after a long, long and ambitious evening session filled with impassioned testimony on the issue of landlord licensing, Bellingham City Council appears ready to approve what was first set in front of them uncolored by the passion. They were determined not to kick the can down the road—though kick it they did, to another special work session in November to again consider testimony—and determined to resolve something on a rental

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News

Scary Scarcity

Of draughts and droughts

Water is the source of life, but many ideas about water are true zombies—dead, dysfunctional, yet still shambling.

Western water law, in particular, seems the stuff of the apocalypse, a mandate that the first in to a watering hole is entitled to it all, until his gut bursts from the draught, and only then may the second in line drink to her fill—a lawful right to consume without duty to cooperate or share. Yet embedded within that dark consumptive right is a redemption, a logical

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Music

Happy Halloweekend!

It’s spooktacular

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Because I have not donned a costume in more than a decade, people often think I’m some sort of Halloween killjoy. That could not be further from the truth. Like most people who live around these parts, I’m a diehard devotee of this particular holiday, and my Halloween season typically involves numerous visits to spook shops, in-depth conversations about the costume ideas of others, and the excited making of plans. Occasionally, I am afforded an opportunity to spend Halloween elsewhere, and

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Outdoors

When Wolves Become Witches

It’s scary to be a wolf in Washington

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Washington’s wolves belong to no one; they belong to wilding landscapes and to their own packs. They are not the property of specific ranchers, nor do they belong to our state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Nonetheless, many of our northeastern ranchers and WDFW are behaving otherwise, using wolves as scapegoats and political pawns for what is ailing the livestock economy as well as their own professional shortcomings. Wolves are the new witches, and just in time for Halloween.

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Words

Camping With the Dead

A graveyard survival story

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Although I spooked myself silly at numerous junctures throughout my 480-mile solo backpacking trip across Scotland, only one episode continues to haunt me.

It was early November,1995, when I found myself trudging for dear life across a wild, desolate expanse of coastal moorland called the Caithness District—one of the most hallowed and topographically intense northern wetland bioregions I’ve ever had the good fortune to splash my way through. 

Despite putting on 30-plus miles of road

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Food

Bugging Out

Getting past the disgust factor

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Moth mousse whipped with hazelnut milk. Cricket broth with a side of grasshopper garum sauce. Licorice-glazed ant stick. Bee bread. These dishes are part of a menu put together by the Nordic Food Lab, a kitchen/laboratory/think tank in Copenhagen. The idea behind its “Pestival” menu is to “explore the 1,400 untapped wholesome crawling creatures that are edible to man.”

That goal is in line with a recommendation contained in a recent United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, to

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Visual

It's Alive!

Art is far from dead in La Conner

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Every fall, the town of La Conner explodes with “Art’s Alive!” festivities. Galleries, merchants and civic organizations compete for attention with exhibits, music and refreshments. Members of Skagit Artists Together hang their art in the Garden Club and the town invites a dozen outstanding Northwest creators to show their new, best work at Maple Hall.

This year, the featured artist at Maple Hall is sculptor Wayne Maslin, who brings seven of his smoothly abstract works. He describes his

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On Stage

A Piece of My Heart

Reliving the horrors of war

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During a period of the Vietnam War—from 1966-68—Deb Currier’s father was a Green Beret medic. Later, after returning home to his family, he rarely talked about those years.

“The only story I remember him telling—usually three or four Canadian Blend whiskeys into the evening—was how his best friend’s chute didn’t open and they ‘poured him out of his boots’ on the field and ‘sent him home in a jar’ to his mother,” Currier says.

Her father’s reluctance to talk about what he

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Film

Nightcrawler

Let’s get creepy

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“If it bleeds, it leads,” is the mantra that best describes our media’s obsessive exploitation of violence, feeding it to an audience hungry to see lots of blood and guts from the comfort of their own living rooms. Taking that slogan far too literally, a lonely sociopath decides to enter the cutthroat world of freelance TV news reporting, only to find himself slowly edging toward the wrong side of the crime tape, in writer-director Dan Gilroy’s debut feature Nightcrawler.

The loner in

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Film

Before I Go to Sleep

All chiller, no thriller

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Before I Go to Sleep, which has to be deemed a fate-tempting title, opens with an extreme close-up on Nicole Kidman’s fearful right eye. Its red veins pulse in alarm and confusion; we instantly know it’s hers. Kidman’s penchant for allowing tight, lingering and sometimes invasive close-ups, in contexts that range from the beautiful (Birth) to the baffling (Grace of Monaco), has given her the most recognizable peepers in the business.

She has no idea where she is, who she is, or who the

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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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Vietnam Plays at WWU: View two plays honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War when Streamers and Piece of My Heart—works that explore the full spectrum of the Vietnam experience—have alternate-night showings from Oct. 23-Nov. 1 at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10-$15. more »

Zombie Asylum: A "Zombie Asylum" Haunted House will be open from 7-10pm nightly through Nov. 1 at the former Billy McHale's site at 4301 Guide Meridian. Entry is $15. more »

Museum Nightmares: A haunted cast of crazy, unforgettable devices sure to thrill and chill can be experienced at the "Return of the Nightmare" Halloween extravaganza starting at 7pm Wednesday through Friday at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay St. The infamous Cage of Death, a singing Tesla Coil, a schizoid talking robot, guest spirits such as Thomas Edison, and other characters will make appearances. Entry is $8-$12. more »

Return of the Nightmare: A haunted cast of crazy, unforgettable devices sure to thrill and chill can be experienced at the "Return of the Nightmare" Halloween extravaganza starting at 7pm Wednesday through Friday at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay St. The infamous Cage of Death, a singing Tesla Coil, a schizoid talking robot, guest spirits such as Thomas Edison, and other characters will make appearances. Entry is $8-$12. more »

Murderous Book Release: Learn more about true crime stories highlighting the more unsavory history of early Bellingham and Whatcom County from 1880-1933 when Todd Warger shares his newest book, Murder in the Fourth Corner, at a book release party at 6pm Wednesday at the Redlight, 1017 N. State St. Another book launch happens at 5pm Saturday at Aslan Brewing, 1330 N. State St. Both venues are the scenes of some of the murders mentioned in the book. more »

Nightmare on Railroad Avenue: Make.Shift will take over the beer garden for its annual "Nightmare on Railroad Avenue" haunted house from 7-11pm Thursday and Friday at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The event is all-ages, but may be too scary for little ones. Entry is $5. more »

Zombie Asylum: A "Zombie Asylum" Haunted House will be open from 7-10pm nightly through Nov. 1 at the former Billy McHale's site at 4301 Guide Meridian. Entry is $15. more »

Scream Fair: Visit the annual haunted house known as "Scream Fair" from 6:30-9:30pm Thursday and 6:30-10:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Henry Jansen Building at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. Entry is $10-$13, or $24 for a ticket that lets you skip the (typically long) line. more »

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Local actors will act out key scenes and sing songs at showings of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 8pm and 11:59pm Thursday through Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The film is rated R; no one 16 or younger will be admitted without a parent or guardian. Entry is $10. more »

Rocky Horror Picture Show: Local actors will act out key scenes and sing songs at showings of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 8pm and 11:59pm Thursday through Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The film is rated R; no one 16 or younger will be admitted without a parent or guardian. Entry is $10. more »

Fall Dance Cabaret: Approximately 50 students from Western Washington University's dance and theater departments will perform at a "Fall Dance Cabaret" at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at WWU's Performing Arts Center, Room 16. The performance will span multiple art forms such as dance, theater, song, poetry and improvisation. Tickets are $5-$8. more »

Hellingham: Help figure out whodunnit when the perennially popular improvised murder mystery known as "Hellingham" returns to the stage for 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets to view the comedic carnage are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. more »

Art’s Alive: Celebrate Northwest art and its many artists at an opening reception for the annual "Art's Alive!" from 5-9pm Friday at La Conner's Maple Hall, 104 Commercial Ave. Thirteen highly regarded Northwest artists will show their work at the Invitational Show from 10am-9pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday at Maple Hall, and additional artists and events will happen throughout La Conner through the weekend. All events are free. more »

Master Gardener Advanced Training: The public is invited to the 20th annual Master Gardener Advanced Training from 8:30am-3:30pm at St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy. Local and regional experts will cover topics such as rain design, gardening with youth, watershed protection, composting, native plants, backyard bees and more. Entry is $35 (plus $8 for lunch). Please register in advance, as space is limited. more »

Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in October at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Entry is by donation. more »

Benefit Art Auction: Help raise funds for Belia Hamerly—an area three-year-old fighting leukemia—at a Fine Art Auction from 3-7pm at La Conner's Cassera Arts Premiers Gallery, 106 First St. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Hamerly family. more »

Halloween Stories: Professional tale-spinners from the Bellingham Storytelling Guild will share "Scary Stories for Kids" from 3:30-6pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. From 7-9pm, they'll present "Really Scary Stories for Adults" at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. A warning on their website says: "We mean it! These are really scary stories and they are not meant for kids." Entry to both events is free. more »

VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. more »

Bike-Oh-Ween: Show up for a costumed bike ride dubbed "Bike-Oh-Ween" at 5:30pm at the Hub Community Bike Shop, 903 1/2 N. State St. After riding around town in your costume, return to the Hub at 7pm for a fried chicken feed, beer, a chicken-themed costume contest, music, dancing and more. Entry is by donation. more »

Final Gore & Lore Tour: Bellingham's scariest stories and real-life horrors can be experienced when the Good Time Girls host their final "Gore & Lore" history tour of the spooky season at 6pm Friday at the Bureau of Historical Investigation, 217 W. Holly St. Entry is $15. more »

Downtown Trick-or-Treat: Look for balloons at participating businesses when you bring your kids to Downtown Bellingham Partnership's free "Downtown Trick-or-Treat" event happening from 3-6pm throughout the urban core. From 4-6pm, there'll also be a Halloween Carnival at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Entry to the event—which includes a photo booth, carnival games, a bounce house, face painting and more— is $3 for kids and free for adults. more »

Fairhaven Trick-or-Treat: Kids in costume can bring their keepers along for free Halloween Trick-or-Treating from 3-6pm at a plethora of businesses throughout historic Fairhaven. Stop by Fairhaven Pharmacy to get photos taken. more »

Masquerade Eve: Join Rooted Emerging for "A Masquerade Eve" starting at 6pm at Fairhaven Middle School, 110 Parkridge Dr. In addition to fortune-telling, mask-making, games and costumed festivity, there will also be performances by members of the Bellingham Circus Guild, music by the Frailing Banshees, poetry by Matthew Brouwer, and more. Entry to the all-ages event is by donation. more »

Witch’s Ball: A costume contest, Thriller line dances, Monster Mash lessons and more will be part of a "Witch's Ball" from 7:30-10:30pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $7-$10 and costumes are encouraged. more »

Halloween Benefit Concert: Eerie themes and ubiquitous, frightening pop-culture references can be heard when the WWU Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Halloween Benefit Concert at 8pm at the Performing Art Center Concert Hall. The evening’s program includes “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice," Camille Saint Saëns’ “Danse Macabre,” and Dvořák’s tone poem “The Noon Witch." Entry is $5 online or at the door. more »

Hip-Hop Halloween: Grayskul, the Bad Tenants, and members of the Bellingham Circus Guild will perform at a Hip-Hop Circus Extravaganza starting at 8pm the guild's Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite #102. Tickets are $15 in advance at the Star Club, Avalon, and Everyday Music. Day-of tickets are $20. more »

Costume Ball: Bellingham Explorer hosts a Halloween Costume Ball starting at 8:30pm at the Best Western Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Dr. Live music by R Factor 5, a light show, costume contests, appetizers and signature drinks will be part of the fun. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. more »

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