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City and Colour

Life after post-hardcore

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dallas Green looks like a rock musician. There’s no getting around it. To put a finer point on it, what with his many tattoos combined with an overall clean-cut sensibility, he looks like a certain breed of post-hardcore musician.

That is, of course, what he is. At least, it’s what he was.

Before Green adopted the moniker City and Colour, he was a founding member of Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. They described their music as the “sound of two Catholic high-school…

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Grand Larchery

A quest for autumnal art

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

As September unfurls its autumnal colors, my thoughts turn to the realm of the magnificent larch forests, high on the eastern slopes of the North Cascades. Actually, forest is too strong a word. Larches gather in “stands,” not forests. The high country they inhabit cannot support forests. These scattered stands are made even more beautiful by their aesthetic placement, each tree a work of standalone autumn art.

The larch—Larix lyallii—is unique among the trees that inhabit these…

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Get an edible education

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

If you’re under the impression the second annual Bellingham SeaFeast is all about the food, you’re only only partially correct.

While it’s true the two-day event offers myriad ways for people to sate their appetites via the ingestion of locally and regionally sourced seafood, the gustatory gatherings taking place Sept. 22-23 by the waterfront and in the downtown core are also bracketed by a number of happenings that pay homage to the hardworking humans involved in the maritime and…

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ICU Roof #2

Sew Excited

A time for textiles

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ever since I attempted to make a flannel nightgown as part of a home economics class in junior high school, I’ve been in awe of people who can sew.

While my finished frock looked like something someone in a mental institution might wear instead of a straitjacket—one arm was approximately four inches shorter than the other one, and the longer limb’s elastic wristband was almost cinched too tight to allow a hand to fit through—other students created attractive, wearable works that…

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SVCR Wynnona

The Midwife

Catherines the Great

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The French-language title of director Martin Provost’s latest femme-centric drama is Sage Femme, a term that technically means midwife, as in the medical profession, but also literally describes a “well-behaved woman.” The double meaning is particularly apt when applied to the film’s heroine, Claire—a single mom in her 50s whose spick-and-span life is thrown amuck by the arrival of Beatrice, a woman who is Claire’s polar opposite in every way, but who could possibly change her…

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The Last Ballad

Finding the courage to create change

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Working the night shift six nights a week to support her four kids (with another on the way), Ella May Wiggins is tired, and desperate, and her $9-a-week paycheck barely keeps enough food on the table.

Her oldest daughter, Lilly, takes care of the younger children while Ella is at work. When three-year-old Rose gets a cough and high fever, Ella stays home to care for her, losing pay and falling further behind. She has lost a child before, though, and cannot bear to lose another…

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Border Imperialism

Day of Peace observes those displaced by war

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

“Peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
― —Martin Luther King Jr.

As almost 400,000 refugees flee ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, world leaders at the United Nation’s General Assembly this week acknowledged that they have not only failed on promises to take in more refugees, but refugee rights have been dismantled in many parts of the world.

The UN marked the International Day of Peace with the annual ringing of the peace bell and calls for…

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On Stage

Return Engagement

Back to the basics with Paula Poundstone

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Many years ago, during an early morning telephone interview with Paula Poundstone, the standup star fell asleep on me, and I retaliated by subtitling my story something along the lines of “famous comedian gives local reporter the nod.”

We’ve both grown up a lot since then. In the intervening years, I’ve learned what to do when a celebrity snores during a prearranged verbal volley (hang up immediately and make plans to call back later instead of waiting on the line like a dolt for 20…

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The Gristle
Ounce of Prevention

OUNCE OF PREVENTION: Behavioral health factor large in discussions among Whatcom County Council members this week.

With the capital budget held up in Olympia in a quarrel over residential wells, County Council created a fund to begin expansion of a Crisis Triage Center to decrease the use…

Robert Reich
Dynasty Dystopia

White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that “only morons pay the estate tax.”

I’m reminded of Donald Trump’s comment that he didn’t pay federal income taxes because he was “smart.” And billionaire Leona…

Bellingham Farmer’s Market
Credit where it is due

Kellyanne Conway is a senior advisor to the President. Sarah Sanders is the press secretary. Mercedes Schlapp is coming into the White House as a communications advisors. Hope Hicks is now in…

Silence equals complicity

The Rohingya people and other Muslims in Northern Myanmar are the victims of a government campaign of terror and murder and forced deportation. The military, which controls the government…

Plenty of blame

There is plenty of blame that can be shared all around for slavery. The Northern states may not have held slaves and worked them directly but many investors benefited from their holdings of…

Today's Events
Eat Local Month


Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections’ annual “Eat Local Month) taking place…

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals…

The Addams Family Musical


The Lynden Performing Arts Guild will begin its 30th season with a musical take on The Addams Family starting this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and…

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in September at Whatcom Falls Park. Please bring a simple,…

Ferndale Farmers Market


Vendors will sell a selection of locally grown produce and handmade crafts at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 3-7pm Fridays through mid-October at the city’s Centennial Riverwalk Park, 1931…

Foof Not Bombs


All are welcome to partake of nutritious and delicious vegan meals when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue…

Farm Tunes


Queens Bluegrass will perform as part of “Farm Tunes” from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The seasonal, bluegrass-focused series features bands, food and drink every Friday…

Oktoberfest Cruises


San Juan Cruises will host Oktoberfest Cruises aboard the Victoria Star at 6:30pm Friday and Saturday leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $49 and include…

The Last Outrageous Women


Find out what happens when five senior women escape retirement home boredom and travel the world to fulfill secret desires when Jes Stone reads from her new book of fiction, The Last…

The Mousetrap


Find out whodunnit when Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap opens this weekend with showings at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to…

Forever Plaid


The musical Forever Plaid continues this weekend when the Theater Arts Guild presents the Broadway hit at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. …

7-Day Dance Festival Finale


Dancers and choreographers of many genres who have formed teams to create a new dance piece in just one week will share their creations at the conclusion of Bellingham Repertory Dance’s…

Friday Night Flicks


Join the South Fork Valley Community Association for a “Friday Night Flicks” viewing of The Big Lebowski at 7:30pm at Deming’s Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. Suggested donation is…

Young Frankenstein


Watch the musical comedy adaptation of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein starting this weekend with 7:30pm shows Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the…

Welcome Back Students Shows


Short- and long-form improv will be on hilarious display when mainstage performers present “Welcome Back Students” shows at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay…

Figmentally, Circus for All


Dive into the world of a curious writer whose uncontrollable imagination overtakes her story and her life at showings of “Figmentally: Circus Comedy for All” at 8pm Friday and Saturday, and…

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