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South to Skagit

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Before I become consumed by Halloween in Bellingham and all of the various and plentiful happenings that come with it, I must first turn my attention southward, to Skagit County.

Generally speaking, when I journey south across the county line during this time of the year, I am seeking a corn maze or pumpkin patch or some variation of a haunted house. Fun outings, certainly, but hardly enriching cultural pursuits.

For those times when culture is what I crave, I need not search hither…

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On Stage

Team Tabetha

A show of love

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tabetha Clark is much more than a dancer. The Bellingham-based performer and founder of ABC Dance is a force of nature who inspires others not only when it comes to onstage action, but also behind the scenes and beyond.

Tabetha is also a mother, wife, sister and—after recently being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer—a fighter.

At “A Show of Love” fundraiser taking place throughout the day and into the night Sat., Oct. 13 at the Firehouse Arts and Event Center, many of those…

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A pair with flair

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

If you’re looking for a great new place for a meal, make a beeline for Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, upstairs at Village Books.

The space formerly occupied by Bookfare Cafe has been renovated and improved by Chef Christy Fox and her wife, Shannon Fox, and the talented pair are delivering fabulous food at super-reasonable prices.

Christy was previously the chef at the helm of Northwater, the restaurant inside the Holiday Inn at Bellingham Airport, but she had Shannon had long dreamed of…

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Pilgrim Power

Where the sidewalk ends

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

To hear Beth Jusino tell it, if she can walk 1,000 miles, almost anybody can.

In fact, when she comes to Village Books on Wed., Oct. 17 to share tales from her travel tome, Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles of the Camino de Santiago, those in attendance can find out more about how someone who never identified as an athlete learned to swallow their fear and put one foot in front of the other—and another, and another, and another—to find the strength to walk from Le…

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The Golden State

Tales of modern motherhood

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

After the forest fires that raged across California recently, it’s hard to imagine the scenery of the high desert as brown and grassy but not charred and smoldering. However, in her new novel The Golden State, author Lydia Kiesling skillfully evokes a scorching summer in fictional Altavista, California, that will have readers fully engrossed.

Daphne, a 30-year-old first-time mother, has retreated with Honey, her toddler, to her grandparents’ abandoned mobile home on a whim, unable…

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Art in Action

The studio tour scene

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Anyone watching a writer practicing their craft would likely become bored after the first few minutes.

Watching artists in action is a whole other animal.

When you’re planning your route for the second weekend of the 24th annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour, be sure to look on the map in the detail-filled catalogue for the creative spaces marked “Demo: Daily.” They’ll guide visitors to artists such as woodworkers Karen and Vernon Leibrant, sculptors Don Anderson and Suzanne Averre,…

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First Man

Shooting the moon

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

In examining Damien Chazelle’s filmography, the young director has never made the same film twice. He seesawed from jazz conservatory drama Whiplash, essentially a monster movie, to La La Land, which chronicled the fraught journey of Hollywood dreamers in the form of a classical Hollywood musical. So what comes next? A space flick naturally—First Man, a biopic of Neil Armstrong, starring Ryan Gosling.

There’s a famous line in First Man that unlocks the through-line of Chazelle’s…

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Best of Bellingham

Of the more than 1,000 ballots that came in for this year’s Best of Bellingham, voters were more likely to draw attention to their selections about where they go to eat, drink and be merry than just about anything else. That makes a lot of sense, since a big part of what makes Bellingham tick can be found in the customers, owners and loyal employees who make the city’s abundant breweries, bars, restaurants, coffeeshops and other assorted meeting places run. We get it. With fall in full swing, you like to be in warm, welcoming places to gather together and swap stories about your lives, discuss the show you’re going to see later that night, or fuel up for a night of dancing. As you read this, we hope you’re settling into your favorite coffee shop or watering hole and getting comfortable.

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The Gristle
As Above, So Below

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: Election ballots are in the mail—so declare press releases from election officials around the state, including the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office—in what’s being touted as the most important midterm election in a generation. And while every election is important…

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Today's Events
Rainbow Reads


Students in 8th grade and up can attend Rainbow Reads, an LGBTQ-plus-centered book group that explores Stonewall Book Award Winners and Honor books, from 3-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125…

Cook It and Book It


Students in grades 4-7 can meet up for cooking and book-related fun at a monthly “Cook It and Book It” gathering from 3:30-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. If whipping up something…

All-Paces Run


Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on…

War Through the Eyes of Women Book Club


Attend an open house for a new War Through the Eyes of Women Book Club from 6-7:30pm at the Bellingham Vet Center, 3800 Byron Ave., suite #125. Join the book club for military women to…

Peru Novoandina


Antonio Diaz demonstrates popular dishes from Peruvian fusion cuisine at a “Peru Novoandina” course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $45.

Mind-Body-Food Connection


Eating coach Sarah Clarke leads an “Exploring the Mind-Body-Food Connection” presentation from 6:30-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Attendees will gain new…

WAKE Meeting


The Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts hosts its monthly meeting starting with a social at 6:30pm at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Center, 3057 E. Bakerview Rd. At 7pm, Chris Mitchell…

Beginning Square Dance Lessons


Rainbow Squares will host Beginning Square Dance Lessons from 7-9pm at Lynden’s Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. Entry $5 per lesson. Singles, couples and families are all welcome.

Skagit Folk Dancers


Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to…

Books on Tap


Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba will lead a discussion about Kelly Regan Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon at a Books on Tap meeting from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork…

Fancy Bingo


Aireekah will host a monthly “Fancy Bingo” event from 7:30-10:30pm in the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Bingo cards are $2 each or a sheet of three for $5.…

Comedy Open Mic


The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you’d like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a…

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