This Week's Cover


One-Man Wimbledon

If you’re a tennis fan, you likely already know that the match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Wimbledon finals in 2008 is widely considered to be the greatest tennis match ever played—and was also the longest finals match in the competition’s history. Even if you don’t know jack about the historic sports event, you’ll still want to get in on the love when actor, writer and Renaissance man Mike Mathieu returns to Bellingham’s iDiOM Theater Nov. 21-22 to bring the match back to

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This Week

The Gristle

Mission Creep

MISSION CREEP: In what’s proving to be the longest courtship of a foreign bride since the Age of Sail, Port of Bellingham staff prepare their third extension of a 120-day negotiating period with their preferred master developer for Bellingham’s central waterfront, Harcourt Developments of Dublin, Ireland. Staff updated port commissioners last week on their progress with the master development agreement (MDA), predicting the documents could be completed by the end of the year. Port

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War Machine

Navy plans expansion of war capacity in Pacific Northwest


Residents of the San Juan Islands think the name the United States Navy chose for its new EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft—“Growler”—is fitting. They complain of noise volume from the plane that are replacing the 1970s era EA-6B Prowlers as the fleet’s electronic warfare jets.

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is home to all Navy electronic attack (VAQ) squadrons in the United States. The VAQ mission-related Navy functions have been performed almost exclusively at NAS Whidbey Island

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'Tis the Season

Holiday happenings with an eye on art


As we edge ever-closer to the season of giving and receiving, holiday happenings are starting to occur with increasing regularity. While this can be alarming to those who think there shouldn’t be any event with the word “Christmas” in it until Thanksgiving has come and gone, others like to plan ahead when it comes to things like purchasing one-of-a-kind gifts. Among the holiday fairs (and “faires”), open houses, art shows and exhibits coming up in the near future, I’d like to draw your

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Going around, coming around


It is not accurate to call Mudhoney Seattle’s original grunge band. Sure, having been a band for longer than a quarter of a century means they’re right in there, at the beginning of it all, but they were part of a musical movement that was growing up and coalescing all around them.

Mudhoney was also not the only grunge band that mattered—even cursory knowledge of the much-vaunted “Seattle sound” of the ’90s confirms that. Indeed, the hard-earned and much-deserved success enjoyed by

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A Thanksgiving Story

Indians, pilgrims and tapioca


You probably got the memo that Thanksgiving, as is currently celebrated, is a far cry from what probably transpired at the original feast.

Rather than a cross-cultural love fest, the first Thanksgiving was more like a poker game where each player has one hand on his cards and the other hand on his pistol, under the table, aimed at another man’s lap. The party did not include a quick game of tag football while the turkey cooked, because there wasn’t even a turkey. Or a pumpkin pie. Or women

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On Stage

One-Man Wimbledon

Mike Mathieu meets his match


If you’re a tennis fan, you likely already know that the match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Wimbledon finals in 2008 is widely considered to be the greatest tennis match ever played—and was also the longest finals match in the competition’s history. Even if you don’t know jack about the historic sports event, you’ll still want to get in on the love when actor, writer and Renaissance man Mike Mathieu returns to Bellingham’s iDiOM Theater Nov. 21-22 to bring the match back to

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Fowl Weather

The plight of the urban chicken


I swear I’m not a crazy chicken lady. My three hens aren’t wrestled into hand-weaved wool vests when the temperature dips, and they don’t have health insurance.

For a long spell, they didn’t even have names.

I have to admit, though, that there have been a few times during the recent cold snap I’ve found myself wishing I’d invested the time and money to make being an urban chicken farmer a little less “chicken” and a smidgen more “urban.” (And I haven’t even mentioned

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The Space Race

Inside the Astronaut Wives Club


The recent news that an unmanned supply rocket headed for the International Space Station exploded may not have registered on many people’s radar, but there was a time when the world watched NASA’s every move with great anticipation.

Much has been documented about the fearless men who trained to pilot our early spacecraft, and about the massive government effort to be the first nation to put a man on the moon. But aside from some Life Magazine cover stories from the 1950s and ’60s, not

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The Hunger Games

Mockingjay—Part 1


Katniss Everdeen becomes the face of a revolution in Mockingjay—Part 1, a tricky transitional episode of The Hunger Games franchise that abandons the reality-TV blood sports of the first two movies to conjure a dour, grimly escalating vision of all-out war. Unsubtly resonant, at times quite rousing and somewhat unsatisfying by design, this penultimate series entry is a tale of mass uprising and media manipulation that itself evinces no hint of a rebellious streak or subversive spirit: Suzanne

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Welcome to your surveillance state


The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller. Part of Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour’s thrill is that it allows the viewer to experience, first-hand, history being made, as National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, hiding in a Hong Kong hotel in the summer of 2013, exposes how the U.S. government used an unprecedented global surveillance program of phone calls, e-mails, debit transactions and Web searches in the trillions. For those who think the Snowden

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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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Nov 21


Radium Girls: Attend showings of Radium Girls at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Sehome High School Little Theatre, 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy. The play is inspired by a true story that takes a look at the "commercialization of science, and the power of the truth." Tickets are $10. more »

Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival continues from 10am-6pm Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 24. at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. Entry is free. more »

Home for the Holidays: Find an incredible selection of seasonal decor, gift items and gourmet foods at the 33rd annual "Home for the Holidays" from 5:30-9:30pm Thursday, 9:30am-9:30pm Friday, and 9:30am-5:30pm Saturday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry and parking are free. more »

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon: The Whatcom Community College Players present showings of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the school's Heiner Theater. The production features the upending of innumerable fairy tales (Snow White, Cinderella, etc.) and is family-friendly. Tickets are $5 (free for kids 12 and under). more »

Doubles and Triples: Teams of two will create never-before-seen stories and scenarios at "Doubles" shows at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, "Triples" teams will take the stage. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. more »

Bellingham Repertory Dance’s Swing/Shift: Bellingham Repertory Dance presents its ninth annual fall concert, titled "Swing/Shift" at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 5pm Sunday, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The performances—which will feature six works from choreographers who have never been presented in Bellingham—examine the comfort of repetitive patterns and the "delicious liberty" of changing the rhythm. Tickets are $14-$16. more »

Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in November at Bellingham's Cornwall Park. Entry is by donation. more »

Western Line Dancing: A Western Line Dance class meets at 6pm Friday at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. The group dances the oldies to the latest western, with a little bit of rock and roll. Entry is $5 per class. more »

Open House and Garage Sale: Attend an "Open House & Garage Sale" from 2-6pm at Home Port Learning Center, 707 Astor St. Funds raised at the event will benefit the alternative school for at-risk youth. more »

VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. more »

Family Story Night: Professionals from the Bellingham Storyteller's Guild will offer up an hour of coaching and an introduction to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will commence. Entry to both events is free. more »

Elvis & Orbison: Performers Dino Marcris and Bill DeGroot will pay tribute to the late Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison at a performance from 6-8:30pm at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Tickets to the fundraiser are $15. more »

Community Dance: Marlin Prowell will call dances at a Community Dance from 7-8pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. The event is kid-friendly. Entry is by donation. more »

Murder in the Fourth Corner: Local author and documentary filmmaker Todd A. Warger shares stories from Murder in the Fourth Corner: True Stories of Whatcom County's Earliest Homicides at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book is a series of 13 true crime stories highlighting the more unsavory history of early Bellingham and Whatcom County. more »

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's Pixie Theatre—featuring kids ages 5 to 8—will present showings of A Charlie Brown Christmas at 6pm Friday and Saturday at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Admission is $5 at the door. more »

Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband: Listen to bluegrass infused with flavors of rap, rock and contemporary country when Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband perform at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets to see the Utah-based quintet are $25. more »

Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. more »

Seattle International Comedy Competition: The 35th annual Seattle International Comedy Competition semifinals commence at 8pm at the Skagit Valley Casino Resort, 5984 N. Darrk Lane. Tickets to the (sold-out) show are $21. more »

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