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Ski to Sea

Although the racecourse itself has undergone some rerouting due to the nearly nonexistent snowpack in the mountains (climate change is real, folks), Ski to Sea soldiers on with all the pluck, creativity and dogged determination the event has shown since its inception some 40 years ago.

Which is a good thing, not just because the multi-stage race has become a highlight and hallmark of our community, participated in and watched by thousands every year, but also because with Ski to Sea come Ski

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This Week

The Gristle

The Election That Wasn’t

THE ELECTION THAT WASN’T: For all the fussing and farting about “fair and equitable representation by district” that has consumed the Charter Review Commission this cycle, more attention might be spent encouraging and recruiting excellent people into public office. Filing Week ended for local elections last week, and what a lackluster show it was. Incumbents filed early and vigorously for reelection; challengers trickled in late in a footsore and tuneless, glum parade. A few last-minute

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News

Weekend of Action

No snow won’t stop race; it will activate it

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Memorial Day is coming again and in these parts that means another chance for the region to show off its marquee civic event: Ski to Sea. Folks are rightly proud. Where else can you start atop a mountain, ski down, cross- country ski, run, bicycle, canoe and finally trail-bike to the sea; then climb in a kayak and paddle in the presence of lush, low-slung islands? It’s called a race, but it’s really more a celebration. In one exuberant relay, Ski to Sea manages to sum up the entire region,

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Music

Ski to Sea

For you and me

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Although the racecourse itself has undergone some rerouting due to the nearly nonexistent snowpack in the mountains (climate change is real, folks), Ski to Sea soldiers on with all the pluck, creativity and dogged determination the event has shown since its inception some 40 years ago.

Which is a good thing, not just because the multi-stage race has become a highlight and hallmark of our community, participated in and watched by thousands every year, but also because with Ski to Sea come Ski

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Words

Dead Wake

A tale of transatlantic troubles

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Say the name “Lusitania” and most people can conjure a luxury ocean liner, glamorous passengers and tragedy.

An iceberg? No, that’s the Titanic. Disastrous fire? The Hindenburg zeppelin. Torpedo? That’s it!

Named for the ancient Roman province which covered most of modern Portugal and part of Spain, the RMS Lusitania was a British ship of the Cunard line. Built in 1906, it was outfitted with sumptuous furnishings, a wireless telegraph and electric lights.  Capable of speeds up to 25

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Food

Beer and Brats

Invite your grill friends

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People from Wisconsin are generally a congenial, easygoing lot. Until Scott Walker came around, there wasn’t much to argue about, except, well, beer and bratwurst.

Wisconsin’s largest ancestry group is German, and the original immigrants brought their bratwurst with them. Today, bratwurst are a defining characteristic of the local cuisine. And while brats—which rhymes with “pops,” not “rats”—are beloved by all Sconnies, there is quiet discord with respect to the purely Wisconsin ritual of

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Visual

Homage

A new look at nature

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One sunny Thursday, I stretched out in my self-driving car and typed in: “Great food and someplace beautiful.” Opening my eyes, I found myself in Edison. How does this tiny village enjoy a monopoly on tasty eats and good art? 

I enjoyed sandwiches and homemade soup in a blooming garden overlooking the slough, then stepped next door to Smith & Vallee Gallery. Their current homage to the work of Sharon Kingston and Eric Eschenbach is more than merely beautiful; it’s a comment on the clash

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Outdoors

Throwback Thursdays

Kickball and community at Maritime Heritage Park

As the Executive Director of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, Nick Hartrich has a duty to make sure the city’s urban core is both vibrant and inclusive for all. It’s one of the reasons he’s excited about the new “Throwback Thursdays” Urban Kickball League taking place every Thursday at Maritime Heritage Park. We caught up with “NickySix”—Hartrich’s kickball alias—to find out more.

Cascadia Weekly: Come rain, come shine, return to Maritime” is the tagline of the Throwback Thursdays

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On Stage

Short Shots

Best of Brass Monkey

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I’m a dedicated reader of short stories. Why? For one thing, there’s no beating around the bush when it comes to character development. If something momentous and interesting—or at least pertinent to the story arc—doesn’t take place in the first few pages, it’s probably not going to.

The same school of thought also translates to short plays. Events and relationships need to move along quickly when you’ve only got 10 or 15 minutes to tell a tale, and the playwrights penning the scripts are

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Film

Far From the Madding Crowd

A modern love story

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Far From the Madding Crowd is a Masterpiece Theatre version of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel, shot with sumptuous taste and care, rife with emotions repressed and unbound, and featuring expertly nuanced performances from a tony, mostly British cast. It will greatly please discerning audiences while causing Hardy to spin discreetly in his grave. That’s a fair tradeoff, especially if the movie sends you back to the book.

Carey Mulligan (An Education) makes for a more modern Bathsheba Everdene

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Today

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May 21

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Ski to Sea Book Sale: The annual Ski to Sea Book Sale takes place from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Friday, and 10am-1pm Saturday, at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Most items are $1, and, on Saturday, purchases will be $4 a bag. more »

What-a-Sho!: Theater, dance, music and poetry readings—with a little comedy in-between—will be part of the "What-a-Sho!" variety show at 7pm Thursday and Friday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets to the all-ages performances will be $8 at the door. more »

Spring Rep: A Spring Rep series continues this week with showings of Best of Brass Monkey at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. See Broken Holmes and In a Handbag Darkly at 9:30pm Friday and 7:30pm Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Additional Spring Rep shows continue through May 30. more »

Marina: Experience the story of a tough, brokenhearted widow struggling to survive the rowdy fishing and canning industry of Blaine, circa 1908, when Bellingham TheatreWorks presents the world premiere of the musical Marina at 8pm THursday through Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The play was written by Semiahmoo playwright Sandy Wolf and is being directed by Mark Kuntz. Tickets are $10-$24. more »

Marina: Bellingham TheatreWorks presents the world premiere showing of the musical Marina at performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The story focuses on Marina, a grief-stricken woman who owns a cabaret and must deal with "the woes and wonders of life in Blaine, Washington circa 1908." Tickets are $10-$24. more »

The Artistic life: Jonica Tod and Paul Hanson of Village Books focus on "The Artistic Life: Obsession in Books" at a brown bag presentation at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The duo will present a wide array of books, from novels, to histories, to pictorials, which illustrate and explore what "art" is. Suggested donation is $3. more »

Jamie Level, Dan Compton: World-renowned Celtic musicians Jamie Laval and Dan Compton perform at 7pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Tickets are $12-$20. more »

Spaghetti Sauce Taste-Off: Join the La Conner Chamber of Commerce for a "Spaghetti Sauce Taste-Off & Silent Auction" from 4:30-7:30pm at Maple Hall, 104 Commercial St. Entry is $6 for kids and $8 for adults and includes samples of all the sauces and a full-plate spaghetti dinner. Beer, wine and dessert will be available for an additional fee. more »

Prose Writing Primer: An info session on an upcoming "Prose Writing for All Genres" course at Western Washington University takes place from 5:30-6:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The seven-week writing class will be taught by Laura Kalpakian. more »

After Hours Art: Bring your favorite pencil and sketchpad and study the female figure with poses inspired by the paintings and sculpture of Tom Sherwood at an "AHA! After Hours Art: Figure Sketching" gathering from 5:30-7:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Entry is $13-$18; register in advance. more »

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 others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required. more »

Co-op Concert: Hear songs influenced by Tanya Hladik's love of the natural world and the deep mystery of life when the singer and songwriter performs with Brit Keeton and Zach Bauman from 6-8pm at the Swan Cafe at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is free. more »

Native Plant Walk: Join the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for a Native Plant Walk with ethnobotanist Abe Lloyd focusing on "Coastal Ethnobotany" at 6pm at the North Chuckanut Trailhead parking lot, where you'll continue on to Woodstock Farm. Entry is free and no registration is required. more »

Party of One: Celebrate the art of dining alone when Mary Ellen Carter leads a "Party of One" cooking class from 6-8pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. The menu will include a savory flatbread, charred asparagus with hollandaise sauce, chicken scaloppini, and, for dessert, a fruit crisp with a dollop of cream. Entry is $35. more »

Incognito: Get surprised by seasonal ingredients at the monthly "Incognito" dinner at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. The details of the multi-course menu are concealed until mealtime. Entry is $68. more »

What-a-Sho!: Theater, dance, music and poetry readings—with a little comedy in-between—will be part of the "What-a-Sho!" variety show at 7pm Thursday and Friday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets to the all-ages performances will be $8 at the door. more »

Chuckanut Radio Hour: Christopher McDougall, author of Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance, will be the featured author at the Chuckanut Radio Hour at 7pm at the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg St. Performance poet Kevin Murphy, Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, an episode of the "Bellingham Bean" and more will be part of the live taping. Entry is $5. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

Night Beat: Soprano Amber Sudduth-Bone and pianist Jay Rozendaal will perform works by Barber, Menotti, Heggie, and Deak at a Bellingham Music Club "Night Beat" concert at 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Thom Mayes on bass, baritone Nathaniel Voth, and soprano Anjani Briggs also will perform. Tickets are $10. more »

Man and Superman: Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes plays Jack Tanner in Man and Superman at a big-screen National Theatre live showing at 7:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $12-$16. The reinvention of Shaw's witty, provocative classic shows again at 2pm Sun., May 31. more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

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