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Creative Collaboration

Painter James Williamson takes his Whatcom Art Guild (WAG) membership seriously.

The maritime-focused watercolor artist joined the organization when he moved to Bellingham in 1975 as a way to become a part of the art community, and has spent the last 41 years partaking of the numerous perks that come with being a part of the creative club.

“I enjoy exchanging ideas and information with other artists, displaying work at various venues and establishing ties in the community by promoting the arts and artists,” Williamson says. “Guild artists encourage each other’s creative endeavors. The guild offers

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This Week

The Gristle

Five Favor Five

FIVE FAVOR FIVE: The Gristle was optimistic in thinking there would be consensus in the effort to draw five new voting districts for Whatcom County elections. After all, representatives from the Democrats and the Republicans had already agreed on the shape of the coastal district that would include Blaine, Birch Bay, and Ferndale; and they’d agreed on shapes for Bellingham districts that closely followed the contours of city limits. That’s three out of five districts; and the particular point of contention remaining was whether an incorporated city would be included in the district that includes

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News

Get In the Way

A continuing dialog that Black lives matter

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One Bloody Sunday in 1965, Selma became a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. John Lewis–now a rU.S. Congressman for the state of Georgia, then a young student–helped lead peaceful protesters seeking voting rights for African Americans. Coming face to face with a wall of club-wielding Alabama state troopers and being beaten to the point of unconsciousness, Lewis maintained a steadfast, nonviolent stand. Hours later, televised images of the ensuing assault shocked Americans to the core as they witnessed appalling racial oppression.

Fast forward 50 years to events in Ferguson, the militarization of police forces

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Music

Melissa Manchester

Don’t cry out loud

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Even though Melissa Manchester was ruling the charts with hits like “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” when I was too young to know anything about music, thanks to my mother’s affinity for adult contemporary radio—and a Muppet Show performance forever imprinted upon me—the accomplished singer was still part of my life. I have a clear recollection of riding in the backseat of the car on the way to swim lessons while my mother and older sister belted out “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” from

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Outdoors

Full Exposure

A showy sojourn on the slopes

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For a creaky pair of Gen X powder-hounds like my buddy D.D. and me, no other tonic rejuvenates our youthful outlook on life quite so effectively as spring skiing around Mt. Baker. 

And this April—thanks to abundant, late-lingering snowpack in the North Cascades—we’ve been able to hit the slopes so much that I recently overheard him tell a bartender that he “almost feels 27 again.” 

Unfortunately, after a sudden flare-up of plantar fasciitis forced D.D. to bag out of a long-planned ski tour to Chain Lakes, I was left

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Food

Lime Kiln Café

Beyond donuts at Roche Harbor Resort

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Situated at the Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island, the Lime Kiln Café is a traditional American café with a menu comprised of comfort food, pure and simple.

Inside, the ambience is laid-back, friendly and completely unpretentious. Diners place their orders at the counter when they walk in and find a table in the 80-seat restaurant, opting for the sunny deck overlooking Roche Harbor whenever possible.

Look out for the donuts as they have a “to-die-for” reputation. “The girls make ’em,” Chef Roy Taylor told me on an early spring day when he sat

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Visual

Creative Collaboration

Whatcom Art Market makes a move

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Painter James Williamson takes his Whatcom Art Guild (WAG) membership seriously.

The maritime-focused watercolor artist joined the organization when he moved to Bellingham in 1975 as a way to become a part of the art community, and has spent the last 41 years partaking of the numerous perks that come with being a part of the creative club.

“I enjoy exchanging ideas and information with other artists, displaying work at various venues and establishing ties in the community by promoting the arts and artists,” Williamson says. “Guild artists encourage each other’s creative endeavors. The guild offers

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On Stage

Feel the Heat

August: Osage County

Although the temperature at the Bellingham Theatre Guild was at a comfortable level when my date and I sat down to watch August: Osage County last Saturday night, it wasn’t long before we were feeling the heat.

The Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts is set in Oklahoma during an unusually hot summer, and as characters reunite at the Weston family homestead to deal with the fact that the alcoholic patriarch is missing and presumed dead and the matriarch is zoned out on prescription meds, the audience viscerally feels their physical

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Film

A Hologram for the King

Tom Hanks hits the road

A Death of a Salesman for the outsourcing era, A Hologram for the King makes full use of Tom Hanks’ default note, that of an everyman struggling painfully against the tide.

He used it to great effect in the Cold War drama Bridge of Spies. And it is an even better fit here in this adaption of the acclaimed Dave Eggers novel about a corporate shill with a regretful past, who is assigned to sell holographic conference technology to the king of Saudi Arabia.

There is an almost

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Film

Green Room

Live long & prosper

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Green Room is brutal, exploitive, nerve-wracking and bloody as hell. It’s also one of the best pure genre movies to come down the highway in many a moon—a siege thriller with a novel setting and characters real enough to make you forget the story is as old as the human urge to survive.

The writer/director is Jeremy Saulnier, whose sophomore film, 2013’s Blue Ruin, was a family-feud drama that bowled over everyone who had the nerve to see it; this third effort should catapult him closer toward the big time.

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Today

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival:The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In... »

Dance in Concert:Western Washington University dance students will perform original choreography by WWU dance faculty and guest artist Joachim Schloemer at "Dance in Concert" performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm... »

August, Osage County:Experience the dark side of a Midwestern American family when August: Osage County continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre... »

Book and Bake Sale:Browse a wide selection of reading material and tasty treats at a Spring Book and Bake Sale happening from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker... »

Books by the Bay Book Fair:Attend the annual "Books by the Bay" Book Fair from 1-6pm Friday through Sunday at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. Author signings, discussion panels, story speed dating, door prizes... »

North Cascades Concert Band:United States Marine Band saxophonist Gregory Ridlington will be the featured soloist at a North Cascades Concert Band performance at 7:30pm Friday at the Blaine High School Performing Arts Center (1055... »

Skagit Community Band:"Fly Me to the Moon" will be the theme of the Skagit Community Band's annual spring jazz concert taking place at 7:30pm Friday at La Conner's Maple Hall, and 3pm... »

Improvathon:Stay up late—heck, stay up all night—when the Upfront Theatre revives its 27-hour Improvathon starting at 8pm Friday night and continuing until 11:30pm Saturday night at the theater's... »

Improvathon:Stay up late—heck, stay up all night—when the Upfront Theatre revives its 27-hour Improvathon starting at 8pm Friday night and continuing until 11:30pm Saturday night at the theater's... »

Pancake Breakfast:Blueberry pancakes, French toast with blueberry sauce, eggs, sausage and beverages will be served at a Community Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-10:30am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover... »

Spring Vintage Market:Antiques, garden goodies, home decor, repurposed items and more can be had at the Anacortes Spring Vintage Market happening from 9am-4pm at the Port of Anacortes Event Center, 100 Commercial... »

Birchwood Garden Club Sale:Annuals, perennials, indoor plants, veggie starts, pots, books and other garden-related goods will be available at the Birchwood Garden Club's annual Plant Sale from 9am-2pm at the Lecture Room... »

Water Gardening:Discover the beauty of floating, potted and bog aquatic plants that can be grown in backyard water gardens at a "Water Gardening Season Ahead!" class at 9am at Garden Spot... »

Everson Plant Sale:Colorful perennials, natives, shrubs, small trees and more will be sold at well-below retail prices at the Everson Garden Club's annual Plant Sale happening from 9am-1pm at Everson Elementary... »

Community Boating Center Opening:Starting at 10am, rent a boat, register for a class, buy your season pass and more at opening day of the Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave. From 10am-2pm, the... »

Car Show:More than 100 classic and vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles will be displayed at an April Foolz Car Show from 10am-2:30pm in the parking lot in front of Jeckyl & Hyde... »

Honey Bee Festival:Attend an Apple Blossom & Honey Bee Festival from 10am-10pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The all-day affair will include a "Run for the Bees" 5K, a concert by Pearl... »

Bellingham Public Market:Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 17 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, crafts and... »

Spring Garden Party:Attend a Spring Garden Party from 10am-6pm at Chuckanut Bay Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 700 Chuckanut Dr. Painted Peace artist Stephanie Burgess will be on hand to sign her peace poles... »

Indie Bookstore Day:Activities, surprises and the chance to purchase exclusive items will be part of Independent Bookstore Day activities taking place from 10am-7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is free. »

Tunnels and Hoops:Learn how to grow great tomatoes and peppers in the Pacific Northwest at a "Using Tunnels and Hoop Houses for Productive Gardening" workshop taking place from 10:30am-12pm at Everson's... »

Run for the Bees:Sign up for the inaugural "Run for the Bees" 5K starting at 11am at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. In addition to the trail run through the orchard, the event will... »

Uplifted Down:Local author Beth Anna Margolis celebrates the release of her new book, Uplifted Down Syndrome, from 1-2pm at the Fairhaven Haggen, 1401 12th St. The author—who hasn't let Down... »

Hard Cheese Class:Seattle cheese-maker Mark Solomon teaches students how to make cheddar and gouda—two great cheeses that provide a window into the production of many hard cheeses—at a "Make Your... »

Bread & Music:Andy Walton from Micro Eats Farm focuses on how to make sourdough bread at a "Sourdough, Grumpy, and Sunshine" gathering from 3-5pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. In... »

April in Paris Fundraiser:Elegant food, wine, music, silent and live auctions and more will be part of the Bellingham Festival of Music's "April in Paris" fundraiser from 5:30-11pm at Settlemyer Family Hall... »

Pearl Django:Gypsy jazz will be highlighted when Pearl Django performs at a fundraising concert for WSU Bee Research at 7pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Tickets are $15.  »

Contra Dance:Heliotrope will provide a live soundtrack for the Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Entry is $6-$10. No partner... »

Farewell to 1418 Fundraiser:Live music by Julian and Bill MacDonough and friends, hearty appetizers, special performances from days of old and from upcoming shows, toasts and fond goodbyes will be part of a ... »

Brigid Collins Benefit Concert:Help raise funds for the Brigid Collins Center when Shauna Rae Samograd and Sharon Mayson, along with a number of musical guests, present original songs and Americana-style cover songs at 7:3... »

Celebrating in Song:The Skagit Valley Chorale and a small chamber orchestra will explore a variety of rhythmic themes in chorale music across the centuries at "Celebrating in Song" concerts at 7:30pm Saturday... »

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