Reporting from the heart of Cascadia

Music

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Sounds by the bay

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Recently, I sat down with a calendar and a fairly comprehensive list of the very many outdoor music series that are taking place over the course of the summer in Whatcom and Skagit counties. It did not require much hard figuring to discern that a person could, if they were so moved, spend just about every afternoon, evening or night from now until sometime in August at one outdoor venue or another, taking in the variety of music for which this region is known.

One could see a whole…

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West Coast Wellness
Visual

Stars and Sea

Seeking the elements in Edison

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

In Edison this month art patrons can enjoy two excellent exhibits: Smith & Vallee Gallery features the work of Steve Jensen, and graphic works and paintings by Thomas Wood can be viewed at i.e. gallery.

The contrast is profound. Wood is a man who knows many things, while Jensen knows one thing well.

Jensen knows crescent-shaped boats, which are colorful in several media: paintings on wood and plaster, translucent resin boxes and recycled marine aluminum.

The boat images recall the…

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ICU Ship Lap#2
Outdoors

Urban Trails

A summer of discovery

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

When athlete and author Craig Romano was doing research for his new guidebook, Urban Trails: Bellingham, he learned a few things about the area he didn’t know before.

“There are no pine trees at Pine Lake!” Romano says. “There probably were at one time, but so many of our western white pines have succumbed to disease. I also learned the Stimpson Nature Reserve contains some really big trees, and that there are old-growth trees still growing in Lynden, of all places.”

The second in a…

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3 Oms 8th Anniversary (Spotlight)
Food

Crab Grab

Getting down to bisque-ness

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Since late May, I’ve spent an inexplicable amount of time fantasizing about the crab bisque I inhaled with glee at the Old Edison Inn during a birthday lunch date with my significant other at the longtime Skagit Valley eatery.

And although everything we consumed on that sunny spring day was divine—the oyster shooters popped with briny overtones, the fish tacos were fresh and fabulous, and my fella’s patty melt was one of the best he says he’s ever had—I haven’t been able to get…

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3 Oms 8th Anniversary (Spotlight)
Words

Beyond No

When small steps are not enough

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rarely have man and the moment collided so ferociously than in the presidency of Donald J. Trump. And few writers have the framework to understand the collision and the shockwaves to follow more than Naomi Klein. The acclaimed journalist, activist and bestselling author has spent two decades studying political shocks and well-branded bullies.

Watching Donald Trump’s rise, she admits in her latest book, she’s had a strange feeling she’s covered this topic before. Klein laid out…

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On Stage

Acting Out

The benefits of summer school

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My sister has four kids, and has said many times that the last thing she wants to hear from them when school is out for the summer and they don’t face the daily rigors of institutionalized education is “I’m bored.” She doesn’t live in Bellingham, but if she did, I’d direct her to the following ways to distract her offspring from the ho-hum existence of reality.

At Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY), youth as young as 5 and as old as 17 who are interested in being either onstage…

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Community

Save the Whales

Local efforts step up to protect Salish Sea orcas

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

San Juan County officials and others are coming up with ways to protect Southern Resident killer whales. Suggestions at a June 6 council meeting ranged from more enforcement of current state boating regulations to a 10-year moratorium on catching Chinook salmon in the county, the Journal of the San Juan Islands reported.

“If we keep doing things the same way, we’ll get the same result,” said Kendra Smith, manager of the San Juan County Environmental Resources Department, about…

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Film

Eat or be eaten

Beatriz at Dinner

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beatriz at Dinner is a darkly comic fantasy about an empathetic, nature-loving Latina healer who comes face to face with a racist, vulgar, thoroughly despicable member of the 1 percent. I say “fantasy” not because it couldn’t happen, but because the movie is predicated on the rare thrill of seeing an all-too-human monster being made to answer for his crimes, if only for the duration of one surreal and savagely funny evening.

The director, Miguel Arteta, and the screenwriter, Mike…

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The Gristle
Standoff

STANDOFF: On the immediate questions concerning the construction and operation of a big, flat, remote new jail, Whatcom County and Bellingham City policymakers appear paralyzed by one another’s indecision.

Whatcom County Council last week listened to a wide array of comments—most of…

Amy Goodman
White House for Sale

“Emolument” is a word few people used, or even knew, until Donald Trump assumed the presidency. Now it’s being bandied about the Beltway on a daily basis, and is at the heart of several lawsuits accusing President Trump of corruption. At issue is a rarely referenced item in the U.S.…

Lester and Hyldahl
Letters
A widening ministry

Russell Sapeinza’s letter in last week’s Cascadia Weekly strikes a chord. Helping others as a means of carrying on Jesus’ work sounds more meaningful and fulfilling to humans than…

Stop the name-calling

Whatcom County Council does represent my values.
These include respect for Native American treaty rights, the state legislature’s Growth Management Act, and the Hirst decision of our…

Grandfathered an inch, takes a mile

Wildwood Resort on Lake Whatcom is planning further recreational development. Shoreline permits and a SEPA DNS are pending.
The SEPA project checklist is for a change of use for one building,…

Northwood Steak and Crab
Today's Events
Boating Center Open

12:00pm

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…

Bard on the Beach

5:00pm

Shakespeare’s comedic Much Ado About Nothing and dramatic The Winter’s Tale are currently showing as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s Vanier Park. The plays…

Noises Off

7:30pm

A cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On brings the funny farce known as Noises Off to life for the final week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday,…

Plover Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Off the Charts!

7:00pm

Dancers of all ages—from toddlers to adults—will share their talents when the Dance Studio presents “Off the Charts!” performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Mount…

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Plover Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Rabbit Ride

8:00am

Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via…

Gardens of Note

10:00am

Skagit Symphony’s ninth annual “Gardens of Note” fundraiser will feature sneak peeks at six private gardens from 10am-4pm in the Fir Island and south Mount Vernon areas. In addition to…

Vaxxed Bus Stop

10:00am

A team of parents who claim their children have been injured by vaccines will bring their stories to Bellingham when the Vaxxed RV bus stops from 10am-5pm in the parking lot at the Civic…

Forest Walk

11:00am

Join Recreation Northwest for a tour of the Chuckanut Community Forest (100 Acre Woods) and get to know your way around this trail network starting at 11am at the trailhead near the upper…

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Plover Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

La Conner Live!

1:00pm

As part of a summer-long “La Conner Live!” concert series, Brian Lee & the Orbiters will play old school blues and jazz from 1-4pm at the town’s Gilkey Square. Entry is free. The series…

Audubon at the Museum

2:00pm

Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society for a monthly “Audubon at the Museum” gathering from 2-4pm at the New John M. Edson Hall of Birds at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121…

Peace Weavers

4:00pm

Sociologist and author Candace Wellman shares stories from Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast through Cross-Cultural Marriages at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The Bellingham…

Refugee Support

6:30pm

All are welcome at a Whatcom Refugee Support Network gathering from 6:30-8:30pm at the meeting room at the Community Food Co-op Bakery, 1220 N. Forest St. Ideas and information about how…

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