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Rooftop Cinema

Make mine a musical

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Although a wildly disparate lot, the phalanx of projectionists and volunteers from the Pickford Film Center has historically had one thing in common: its willingness—some might go as far as to call it eagerness—to show movies anywhere.

During my nearly 16 years as a projectionist at the Pickford, this belief that we can transform any and every locale into a temporary movie theater has led us to show films in bars, nightclubs and abandoned buildings. Fields and empty lots have also not…

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SVCR Brunch

Brandywine Kitchen

A farm-fresh friendship

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What do you get when you take a great friendship and turn it into a business partnership?

In many cases, the friendship would be on the rocks, but Bellingham locals Azizi Tookas and Chris Sunde turned theirs into Brandywine Kitchen, a longtime lunch and dinner restaurant on Commercial Street that hums daily with happy diners.

Sunde’s and Tookas’ relationship dates back to their kindergarten days and stretches into their adult years (both are in their late 30s). The two attended…

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SVCR Brunch

Gender Bending

This is how it always is

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Parenting these days is a challenge, with friendships and homework assignments, soccer carpools, birthday parties, social media, college applications and more clamoring for families’ attention. Even loving, well-adjusted, income-stable parents struggle.

So imagine what it would be like to have a child, from an early age, identify as transgendered.

Assuming no religious objections or fundamental inability to accept the child’s perception of their gender identity, what is the best…

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On Stage

Graffiti to Gardens

Third time’s a charm at Western Summer Theatre

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bellingham’s population visibly shrinks every summer, when Western Washington University students either head to their hometowns to chill until fall or graduate and vamoose. However, a crew of educatees from WWU’s theater and dance department stick around, working to craft creative offerings for Western Summer Theatre, which, since being revived three years ago, brings performances to campus and beyond from late July through early September.

At 7:30pm July 27-29, Graffiti Dance…

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Dave Made a Maze

Welcome to the cardboard jungle

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wildly inventive on a micro-budget scale, actor Bill Watterson’s (not the Calvin and Hobbes creator) shift to directing is an impressively crafted feature that’s full of frequent surprises. Assembling 30,000 square feet of cardboard to build full-scale sets for a fantastical maze clearly requires substantial commitment and creative vision, although the film’s determined quirkiness may mark it for cult status.

An easily recognizable type, Dave (Nick Thune) is a would-be artist and…

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Fourth Friday

Fairhaven gets its own art walk

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When it came time to choose a recurring day of the week for a monthly art walk in historic Fairhaven, artist and organizer Scott Ward admits that it came down to the way the event sounded when it rolled off the tongue.

“To be honest, it was the alliteration of Fairhaven Fourth Friday,” Ward says. “We looked at the first Friday, but knew that downtown has their walk then. We didn’t want to compete with that but, rather, complement it.”

If you’re in the camp of citizens…

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Current Affairs

Celebrating the Community Boating Center

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I once spent a thrilling summer night helping propel a tandem sea kayak through the waters of Bellingham Bay in search of the otherworldly glow of phytoplankton.

Ultimately, our post-sunset bioluminescence paddle led by staff at Fairhaven’s Community Boating Center didn’t net viewings of the lovely lights given off by marine vertebrates and invertebrates. But that was perfectly fine.

As we paddled along the waterfront and further down Chuckanut Drive to Post Point before returning to…

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Chemical Disaster

State challenges delay of industry safety rule

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The state Attorney General asks a federal court to review the Trump Administration’s two-year delay of the Chemical Disaster Rule, which updates safety requirements for large industrial facilities that handle hazardous chemicals. The action was filed this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The state joined 10 other attorneys general to claim the administration’s delay violates the Clean Air Act. The Chemical Disaster Rule was prompted by a number of…

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ICU Roof #2
The Gristle
Fire and Water II

FIRE AND WATER II: With members dwindling and walking out, the record-breaking 193-day session in Olympia ended with a whimper last week.

Republicans were annoyed with the governor’s veto of their tax break for rural manufacturers, and had already vowed to stall the state’s capital…

Robert Reich
Medicare-for-All is political jiu-jitsu

As Republicans in Congress move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are moving toward Medicare for All—a single-payer plan that builds on Medicare and would cover everyone at far lower cost.

Most House Democrats are already supporting a Medicare for All bill.

With health care…

Bellingham Farmer’s Market
How to end terrorism

How to end terrorism—quit increasing military spending.
Congress has just voted to increase Pentagon spending another $54 billion and thus increasing the U.S. national debt.

End game

OK, I get it. Although their current efforts seem to have withered and died, Republicans in Congress remain dedicated to repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Under the guise of offering us…

Huntsmen of the fourth estate

Recently, I watched a documentary on Netflix called Nobody Speak; Trials of the Free Press It frightened me as no other film has done.
The story begins by telling the history of the Hulk…

Today's Events
Bard on the Beach


Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s…

Marrowstone Music Festival


Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes and professional performances for the public will be part of the 74th annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 23-Aug. 6 at…

Kids' Craft Fairs


Purchase homemade crafts and treats made by children at a Kids’ Craft Fair from 10am-12pm Wednesday at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Ct. Similar fairs happen from 2-4pm…

Election Forum


Join the Bellingham City Club for an Election Forum and luncheon from 11:30am-1:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. Bellingham Port Commissioner candidates for both District 1 and…

Wednesday Farmers Market


The Wednesday Farmers Market takes place from 12-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. More than 25 vendors will offer fresh local produce, crafts, tasty treats and more weekly…

Bread Lab Grand Opening


From 12-1:30pm, Washington State University and the Port of Skagit invite residents to a grand opening of Burlington’s Bread Lab, 11768 Westar Lane. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and tour…

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market


Produce, crafts and more can be procured at the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm at Hammer Heritage Square, 118 Ferry St. The market continues Wednesdays through September.

Downtown Sounds


Swatkins & the Positive Agenda and Snug Harbor continue Downtown Bellingham Partnership’s annual “Downtown Sounds” free summer concert series from 6-9pm on the 1300 block of Bay and Prospect…

A Town Big Band


Skagit County’s A Town Big Band will perform as a part of the Port of Anacortes’ Summer Concert Series from 6-8pm at Seafarers Park, 601 Seafarers Way. Entry to the family-friendly concert is…

Group Run


All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for…

Brewers Cruise


Tonight’s “Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise” will feature liquid fare from Boundary Bay Brewery, Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, and Postdoc Brewing starting at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises’…

Berry Bonanza


Cindy McKinney will show participants how to make the most of the Pacific Northwest’s bountiful berries at a “Berry Bonanza” course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest…

Classical on Tap


Whatcom Symphony Orchestra musicians will perform classical music selections and talk about the genre at a “Classical on Tap” event at 7pm at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St.…

Open Midnight


Brooke Williams shares stories from his new book, Open Midnight, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The tome weaves two parallel stories about the great wilderness—Williams’s year…

Panty Hoes


Aruba Sterling and Mahogony Night host a weekly drag queen production, “Panty Hoes,” at 9pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. The duo—who are joined by other talented performers every…

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