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Food

Bellingham SeaFeast

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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Visual

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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Film

Doctober

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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Outdoors

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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News

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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Words

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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Music

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
A Stitch In Time

A STITCH IN TIME: The purpose underlying Whatcom County Council’s emergency moratorium came startlingly into focus this week as scores showed up to share with policymakers the pros and cons of permitting new unrefined crude oil and natural gas export projects through Cherry Point.…

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Letters
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

4:00pm

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

10:00am

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…

Bellingham City Club Meeting

11:30am

“How a 21st Century Bellingham Waterfront Could Work” will be the focus of a Bellingham City Club discussion and luncheon from 11:30am-1:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. The…

Lynden Book Club

12:30pm

Adults can share what they’re reading and gain ideas for their next read at a Book Enthusiasts Book Club meeting from 12:30-1:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Don’t worry if you don’t…

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market

3:00pm

The Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market takes place from 3-7pm every Wednesday through Oct. 12 at the town’s Hammer Heritage Square, 640 Metcalf St.

Fun with Fermentation

4:00pm

Attend a “Sauerkraut and Fermented Veggies” presentation from 4-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. In addition to learning how fun and and easy it is to make your own (even without fancy…

Ukulele for Everyone

4:00pm

Cynthia Rogers of the Bellingham Ukulele Group leads a “Ukulele for Everyone” gathering at 4:15pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr.  Ukuleles will be available for use, and Rogers will…

Group Run

6:00pm

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…

Group Run

6:00pm

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…

Bokashi Composting

6:30pm

Learn more about “Bokashi Composting” from 6:30-8pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Bokashi—which means “fermented organic matter” in Japanese—is great for those…

Bebel Gilberto

7:30pm

World-renowned singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto, who has earned multiple Grammy nominations over the course of her career, will perform at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S.…

Teton Gravity Research's Tight Loose

7:30pm

Teton Gravity Research returns to Bellingham to celebrate their 21st birthday with a one-night-only viewing of their new feature-length ski and snowboard film, Tight Loose, at 7:30pm at the…

Bebel Gilberto

7:30pm

World-renowned singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto, who has earned multiple Grammy nominations over the course of her career, will perform at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S.…

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