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Romeo & Juliet

Anyone who’s familiar with the plot of Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of young love gone horribly awry, knows in advance that things don’t end well for the titular teens—who eventually decide they’d rather be dead than live without each other.

But despite knowing the passion in the play doesn’t quite manage to overcome familial friction—or a lethal dose of poison and a sharp dagger to the heart—audiences over the past four centuries have reveled in the story the

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This Week

That Which Is Permitted

THAT WHICH IS PERMITTED: This week marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the purchase and sale agreement that transferred the Bellingham tissue mill site and adjacent properties along Whatcom Waterway from Georgia-Pacific West into the ownership and control of the Port of Bellingham—or nearly a quarter of the portion of a 50-year plan projected to clean and redevelop the city’s central waterfront. Under the terms of the 2005 agreement, the port assumed all environmental liability of

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News

Feathers Fly

Hatching a large turkey from a small chicken

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Wild ducks, flying from their far north nesting grounds last fall, brought along some deadly baggage. They carried strains of an avian influenza virus that kills domestic poultry without killing (so far) the wild birds themselves.

The international omelet that followed could make you think regulators of cross-border commerce might want to meet and talk between emergencies, but apparently they don’t.

Bellingham’s big-box stores—and thousands of Canadian customers who shop there—were

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News

Ag Gag

Farmworker groups oppose ‘agricultural interference’ bill

Driving through bucolic Whatcom County and snapping a photo of a farm or agricultural operation could potentially land you in jail if a bill currently being considered in the Washington State Legislature is approved in coming weeks.

On Jan. 9, State House Rep. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) introduced HB 1104, a bill that would make it a crime to interfere with agricultural production or cause economic harm to the owners of that farm or operation. The bill, co-sponsored by the 42nd District’s own

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Music

Kodo Drummers

Bang the drum slowly

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Not long ago, an acquaintance who was a drummer in a rock band—a pretty good rock band that was enjoying a growing measure of regional success—gave up not just his burgeoning band, but also his home and all the friends, family and comforts that come with it to chase his dream of becoming a taiko drummer.

At the time, I chalked it up as yet another of my artistic friends exploring a whim, but as the years have passed, he has remained devoted to this very particular musical discipline, so much

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Visual

Big and Beautiful

The world of growing things at MoNA

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On a recent wintry afternoon, Adrianne Smits introduced her monumental paintings to a gaggle of gray-haired docents at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA).

The title of Smits’ exhibit, “Immersion Redux: Buiten” is a way of saying “relived memories of being outside in the rain and biting bugs”—Buiten, Dutch for “outside,” pays tribute to her ancestry.

This articulate young artist and scientist brings back from her Ph.D. fieldwork in northern California and Alaska a

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On Stage

Romeo & Juliet

Conrad Askland scores a classic

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Anyone who’s familiar with the plot of Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of young love gone horribly awry, knows in advance that things don’t end well for the titular teens—who eventually decide they’d rather be dead than live without each other.

But despite knowing the passion in the play doesn’t quite manage to overcome familial friction—or a lethal dose of poison and a sharp dagger to the heart—audiences over the past four centuries have reveled in the story the

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Outdoors

This Changes Everything

Capitalism vs. the climate

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In the same week Republicans put all of their political muscle into pushing the Keystone XL Pipeline, the New York Times reported the alarming news that 2014 was the “warmest year ever recorded on Earth.”

Another story the next day noted “humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.” The lead scientist of the new research warned, “We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event.”

No bother though, drill baby

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Food

Twenty Years and Counting

The evolution of the cookie lady

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Nope, Erin Baker didn’t change her name to fit her profession.

As the driving force behind Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods—a Bellingham-based company that was created two decades ago and has continued to grow by leaps and bounds in the years since—it’s purely serendipitous that the “cookie lady” has always had a yen to create things in the kitchen.

“I started baking and selling cookies at 9 years old, and I loved it so much that I made it my life’s work—and yes, my last name really

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Film

Two Days, One Night

Money changes everything

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In Two Days, One Night, Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne continue to explore their recurring theme of ordinary, working-class people on a quest that takes on larger-than-life dimensions (La Promesse, The Kid with a Bike, L’Enfant). Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a wife and mother recuperating from a bout of depression who learns she’s going to lose her job at a solar panel factory due to downsizing. Her coworkers were given the opportunity to decide whether to

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Film

Cake

A not-so-sweet slice

A strong if self-consciously de-glammed performance from Jennifer Aniston deserves more honest story treatment than it gets in Cake, a darkly amusing but overly calculated dramedy about a Los Angeles woman whose struggles with chronic pain have made her a royal pain. Approaching such heavy issues as suicide, grief, separation and pill addiction with a disarming sense of humor, director Daniel Barnz and screenwriter Patrick Tobin attempt to pull off an emotional bait-and-switch by suddenly

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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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