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The fruits of fall

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On a recent visit to my father’s house on Lummi Island, I helped myself to a hefty bag of pears and apples sourced from a giant mound of fruit he had spread out on one of his living room recliners (don’t ask).

“I got those from my friend Henry’s garden on the sunny side of the island,” my pops said a few days later when I admitted I’d absconded with the fruits of fall. “I’ve been making pear ‘butter’ to spoon on my morning oatmeal. It’s a delicious addition to what can be a boring…

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Spooky Sojourns

Of gore, lore, ghosts and more

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What do a graphic murder mystery, Depression-era tales of darkness and despair, and spooky voice recordings have in common? They’re all part of what can be experienced by getting in on the Good Time Girls’ seasonal “Gore & Lore” tours taking place in downtown Bellingham every Saturday through October.

On Fridays through the month, the historical tour guides will also lead citizens on excursions through Fairhaven, focusing on stories of Spiritualism, hauntings and the “dark and dingy”…

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The Holocaust on trial

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Denial is a movie about a real-life libel case. The filmmaking isn’t fancy or ambitious. Its aim is to tell the story of the case, from its origins to its finish, and it does so clearly, with no embellishment. Fortunately, the issues surrounding the case are so fascinating and so packed with moral importance that a straightforward telling is quite enough to make Denial a worthwhile drama.

In 1996, American historian Deborah Lipstadt was sued by the British historian David Irving over…

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On Stage

Alien Alert

Top of the food chain

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

When Woody Ciskowski was growing up on Orcas Island, his television choices were limited, so the fact that he discovered the alien invasion spoof known as Top of the Food Chain was completely by chance.

“About 15 years ago, my father was late-night channel surfing our six channels and he called me down to check out this ‘crazy movie’ he found,” Ciskowski says. “We only saw the second half, but the main character (played by Campbell Scott) and a line about ‘genetically engineered…

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David Dondero

Just another hardcore troubadour

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In this era of all the music in existence being available for the streaming on the Internet, it can be surprisingly difficult to find something to listen to. More truly lovely music than I could ever hope to hear in my lifetime is out there, waiting for me to discover it, but it’s sometimes challenging to filter through all the noise and find the good stuff.

Real rough problem to have, I know.

This time of plenty is, of course, much harder on musicians than it is on me. When they…

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Indelible Images

Worlds of wonder at Whatcom Museum

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thanks to a recent viewing of the exhibit “Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates,”  I’m now convinced that an underwater denizen dubbed the “stubby squid” (Rossia pacifica) is my new spirit animal.

Like the dozens of other up-close-and-personal photographs taken by marine biologist Susan Middleton of the sea creatures that make up more than 98 percent of the known animal species in the world’s oceans, the image of the diminutive cuttlefish at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher…

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Community Paramedic

Saving lives, saving money

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

911. It’s an easy number to remember—deliberately so!—and, like a light switch, it always works.

Emergency dispatch is always there, but a lot of times—a lot of times—people will call it for non-emergencies. That gets expensive.

In 2014, the City of Bellingham began an experiment to help connect frequent utilizers of 911 services for non-emergent medical needs to more appropriate services. The benefit of the program was conceived as twofold—citizens are connected…

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The Gristle
Twice Zero

TWICE ZERO: The first law of holes is, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”

Whatcom County found itself at the bottom of an enormous deep hole earlier this month when the Washington Supreme Court agreed with the findings of a state growth board that determined the county had…

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Motive matters

The public service of former presidential nominees includes leading the forces of D-Day, fighting in World War II, governing…

Misogyny writ large

In this presidential election sexism plays a significant role. Most people say they are not sexist, but social research shows…

Proud of young voters

I just want to say that this last year and a half has give me great deal of hope for…

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Today's Events
Strong Towns


“Are Our Cities and Town Financially Healthy?” will be the topic of variety of “Strong Towns” events with former city planner, engineer and blogger Chuck Marohn today at Bellingham City…

Tech Trends Conference


Twenty-five speakers and eight breakout sessions will be part of a “Tech Trends” event by the Technology Alliance Group taking place Thursday and Friday in downtown Bellingham and at Hotel…

Healthy Treats


Double-fudge-chip hummus, gluten-free banana bread, coconut chia-seed energy bars, avocado chocolate mousse, and raspberry chia-seed jam will be on the menu when certified food and health…

Book Talk


Librarian Katie Bray leads a “Book Talk” at 1pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Participants can share their favorite titles, make selections, get…

Recovery Rocks


The North Washington Peer Recovery Action Network hosts a “Recovery Rocks” celebration from 4:30-7:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Days Inn, 2009 Riverside Dr. Music, food and fun will be part…

School Garden Harvest Dinner


Enjoy a kid-grown and kid-prepared meal at Common Threads’ seventh annual School Garden Harvest Dinner from 5-7pm at Whatcom Middle School, 810 Halleck St. Entry is $5 and includes a…

Farm to Table Brewers Dinner


Enjoy fare from Skagit Valley farmers and purveyors at a six-course Farm to Table Brewers Dinner in Anacortes at 6pm at H20, 314 Commercial Ave. Each course will be paired with beer from a…

Fall Feast


Sous chef Kraig Halterman focuses on seasonal fare at a “Fall Feast” beginning at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry to the five-course dinner is $58.

Meeting the Mantis


John and Genevieve Ashford share stories from Meeting the Mantis at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The travel tome focuses on the Kalahari Bushmen, one of the Ashford’s longtime interests.

Bhutan Travelogue


Take an armchair journey through slides and stories to learn about Pat O’Connor’s adventures at a “Travels Through Bhutan and India” Parks and Rec Travelogue from 7-9pm at Whatcom…

Sieber and Rumbel


Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber and multi-instrumentalist Nancy Rumbel perform original compositions at 7pm at Mount Baker Theatre’s Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Entry to…

Faith and Nature Series


“How can faith inform a love for nature?” is the central question of a yearlong Whatcom Land Trust “Faith & Nature” series continuing tonight from 7-8:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library,…

Peace Art


World Peace Poets will collaborate with the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center to explore through different creative mediums the global theme of peace and how it is relevant to our daily lives…

Family Game Night


Expect deception, confusion and family skeletons when Family Game Night: A New A Capella Musical opens this week at 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington…

The Music Man


Meet fast-talking salesman Harold Hill when The Music Man concludes this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the…

Paula Cole


Grammy Award-winning musician Paula Cole performs at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. From her top 10 hits of the 1990s to her more recent critically acclaimed…

Sugar, A Cabaret


Watch dance, music and stories of love and loss when American Theater Northwest presents “Sugar: A Cabaret” at 7:30pm at the Underground Nightclub, 211 E. Chestnut St. The performance is…

Girls Night Out Dance Show


Former cast members of the world-famous Chippendales, Men of Las Vegas, and Australia’s Thunder from Down Under will perform as part of a “Girls Night Out: Break the Rules” tour at 8pm at…

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