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Get an edible education

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

For years, I was a (mostly) strict vegetarian who lived in Idaho.

I say “mostly” because I’d suspend my dietary dictates on my annual sojourn to our family’s cabin on Lummi Island—where we purchased sockeye salmon directly from the reefnetters who caught them, scooped up Dungeness crabs on the beach and in pots dropped in the waters in front of our property, and coaxed clams and the occasional geoduck from the low-tide muck.

I’m not willing to declare that easy access to fresh…

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Working It

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Before opening up the door of her coveted corner space in Fairhaven’s Morgan Block Studios to the public during the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour (WAST), Nancy Canyon admits to getting a little nervous, wondering if her studio looks presentable and if the selection of paintings she’s put aside to sell will tempt patrons of the arts.

Soon enough, though, Canyon gets into the groove of the annual event, which for the past 22 years has put a spotlight on Whatcom County artists for two…

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Handling the truth

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

By now, everyone knows that when I’m not executing my Cascadia Weekly duties, I’m moonlighting as a projectionist at the Pickford Film Center.

While the Pickford is currently offering its customary selection of top-notch indie movies, behind the scenes, all conversation revolves around a single topic: Doctober. Posters have been hung, documentaries are being delivered to the theater on the daily and stores of popcorn seeds and nutritional yeast are being accumulated. The staff is…

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On Stage

Election Selections

Broadway Takes on Politics

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What do the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, Groucho Marx, gangsters, suffragettes, Mamie Eisenhower, an elephant and a donkey have in common?

You’ll find the definitive answer by procuring tickets to Bellingham Music Club’s new cabaret-style musical, Broadway Takes on Politics, which runs Oct. 6-8 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center—just in time to provide some much-needed levity to the shit-show of an election season. 

“We started with 100 Broadway shows with political…

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Peak Experience

Autumn on Winchester Mountain

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The view from the Winchester lookout is sublime.

From this northern vantage point, the great fangs of the North Cascades are revealed in all of their wild grandeur, with the dramatic summit of Goat Mountain rising in the foreground to the east.

To the north, the great Border Peaks are up close and personal—this is perhaps the most dramatic viewpoint of these stupendous mountains. And the hike up from Twin Lakes is short and immensely scenic, with virtually the entire way above the…

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Hilary Franz

Surveying the landscape of Washington state

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This week, if she’s lucky, Hilary Franz may get to summit the Oyster Dome and view the forested trust lands of Blanchard Mountain in autumn. In November, she may become responsible for that expanse and many others as the 14th Commissioner of Public Lands.

As the head of the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the commissioner is responsible for healthy public aquatic reserves, forests, parks and more. The department leases out land to provide money to schools and…

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Cat's Pajamas

A pint-sized protagonist

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

There’s something extremely charming about a miserable, sassy almost-10-year-old bent on living her dream to become a jazz chanteuse. 

In Marie-Helene Bertino’s debut novel, 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pajamas, Madeleine Altimari is no average kid. She’s a potty-mouthed chain smoker, dodging cockroaches in her Philadelphia apartment while her father holes up in his bedroom, nearly catatonic after his wife’s death from cancer. Though Madeleine deeply misses her mom, she has purpose: to…

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Lynden Music Festival

Everybody cut footloose

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shortly after I moved to Bellingham all those millions of years ago, I learned it was widely believed that the movie Footloose was based, in part, on Lynden. If the finer plot point of the ’80s classic aren’t as alive for you as they are for me, allow me to refresh your memory.

In the movie, handsome outsider Ren (Kevin Bacon, at the height of his powers) moves from the big city to a small farm town full of bullies and rubes where dancing is illegal because it causes teenagers to…

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The Gristle
Closer to home

CLOSER TO HOME: The York Neighborhood Association held a well-attended and vocal town hall meeting last week, inviting neighbors from all over the city to discuss concerns about affordable housing, zoning, protection of single-family neighborhoods, quality-of-life issues, and housing…

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Ignorance is strength

I am considered a Millennial by most accounts. I have not voted. I have not been much interested in or…

Connecting the dots

Have you ever wondered whether there’s a connection between a 15-year-long war, the corporate quest to control our planet’s resources,…

Hillary must not be ‘Gored’

Berniecrats of today recall the Naderites of 2000. Nader called Al Gore an “environmental impostor” and Republicans described him as…

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Today's Events
Eat Local Month


A Farm Fund Hootenanny for the Community Food Co-op’s Food & Farming Program taking place from 6-10pm Sun., Sept. 4 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery will act as the official kickoff…

Whatcom Water Week


Tours of local water and waste water treatment plants, a “Run with the Chums,” a Streams of Thought Film Festival, a social media photo contest, a rainwater irrigation workshop, watershed…

The Happy Elf Auditions


Adults and children are invited to audition for upcoming performances of Harry Connick Jr.‘s The Happy Elf from 7-9pm Monday and Tuesday at Lynden’s Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St.

Making Miso


Learn the surprising ways fermented foods can make you happier and healthier when Regina Zwilling leads a hands-on Miso Workshop at 4pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S.…

Not If But When


Experts from the Western Washington University Palliative Care Institute and Whatcom County Library System will give a presentation focused on “Not If But When: Grief and Loss Introduced…

All-Paces Run


Staff 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…

Bingo in Blaine


Win cash and prizes at EZ Bingo at 6pm at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St. Entry is $15 and includes eight games, with three cards a game. Show up at 5pm for a grilled hamburger (or garden…

Wonton and Char Siu


Chef Robert Fong will school attendees on how to wrap their own wontons at a “Wonton and Char Siu” class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $49.

Roving Cocktail Party


Valley Shine Distillery owners Ben and Stacy will create one of their signature cocktails at a “Roving Cocktail Party” starting at 6:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen’s Kitchen, 509 S. First…

Bellingham Reads


Discuss Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You at a Bellingham Reads book discussion at 6:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. All adults are welcome.

Beginning Square Dance


No partner or experience will be needed when Rainbow Squares kick off a series of beginning Square Dance lessons tonight from 7-9pm at Lynden’s Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. The first…

Monastery Talk


Learn about the history and efforts to rebuild the Surmang Monasteries in remote eastern Tibet that were destroyed by the Chinese during the Cultural Revolution at 7pm at the Bellingham…

Eagle Presentation


Noted biologist, conservationist, writer and publisher David Hancock leads an Audubon Society presentation focused on “Bald Eagles: Amazing Comeback from Endangered Status” at 7pm at Whatcom…

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…

Blackfish Prophecy


Rachel Clark reads from The Blackfish Prophecy at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th ST. The YA book focuses on three teens driven to connect with the highly-evolved consciousness of the Orca.

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