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DeWitt and the Dead

Not your typical PI

Monday, April 15, 2019

There’s something really fun and escapist about hard-boiled detective novels, and Sara Gran’s first Claire DeWitt mystery, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, delivers in spades. 

There’s a self-destructive protagonist who may or may not be a reliable narrator. It’s set in a gritty urban environment, this time New Orleans post-Katrina. It’s got lots of slangy dialogue, rampant drug use, and a smattering of sex and violence to keep things edgy. 

It also has some quirks:…

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The Firefly Lounge

Happy birthday, baby bar

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

When the Green Frog closed and vacated the State Street space it had inhabited, everyone hoped the next person to occupy the spot would continue to operate it as a music venue. Many of us assumed if that were to happen, the new owner would be someone from our community—or at least that’s what I assumed.

So, when I heard the bar had been taken over by a woman from Olympia who was unknown to us, I confess to being a little wary. However, it was not long before it was revealed that the…

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Alan Doyle

Climate Science

From students to stewards

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Officially, we celebrate our planet Mon., April 22, and many of us will take part in a wide variety of celebrations, work parties and other gatherings intended to reignite our commitment to protecting the natural systems upon which we all depend. These events are fun and can be meaningful ways to introduce children to environmental advocacy. But as that trite phrase suggests, the real work needs to happen every day, not just one day in April.

Before Jay Inslee became the “Climate…

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Trash Talk

Recycle, reuse, create

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Early every April, Allied Arts of Whatcom County reminds the community of the role the arts can play in the sustainability movement via its Recycled Arts Resource Expo (RARE). And although the two-day event merging education and creativity has come and gone, the “ReArt Exhibit” that is the touchstone of the important undertaking remains on display at 1418 Cornwall Avenue through Earth Day and beyond. After you’ve taken in the unique works of the 20-plus artists whose pieces included 75…

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Pint Party

Bellingham Beer Week

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The fourth annual Beer Olympics happening from 5pm-10pm Fri., April 19 at Kulshan Brewery serves as the official kickoff for this year’s Bellingham Beer Week, but don’t let the title of this particular gathering fool you.

While it’s true 22 teams will compete in eight games for bragging rights and bronze, silver and gold medals during the course of the evening’s festivities—which will also include spectator games, beer specials and fare by the Hot Mess food truck—the spirit of the…

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Introducing Steve

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Disneynature’s Penguins places character, or rather an Adelie penguin who’s quite the character, at the forefront. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson focus on one charismatic male coming of age in the harsh conditions of Antarctica’s spring/summer season as he sets up a nest, finds a mate and fulfills his destiny as a father. With irreverence, charm, sparkling cinematography and a catchy pop soundtrack, this marks the series’ youngest-skewing, most comedic Earth Day…

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On Stage

Wester's World

Blue collar comedy in Edison

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

“Rural America Survivor” is one way Davey Wester describes himself on Twitter. Among other things, he also notes he’s a standup comedian based in Hollywood, past Comedy Store regular, and frequent podcast guest.

Onstage, Wester is a little more blunt (OK, a lot more blunt).

“I’m a redneck born with cerebral palsy and people don’t know how to take me,” Wester relates in a YouTube clip from a recent set at Comedy on State. “I hate it when people ask me about cerebral palsy, because I…

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Alan Doyle

High Life

Lost in space

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

It begins in a lush, green garden, but High Life, the quiet, bracing and ultimately moving first English-language film from acclaimed French director Claire Denis, is the antithesis of a creation story. A science-fiction parable of despair, filled with more brutality than kindness and more pessimism than hope, its optimistic title is a sliver of bitter irony.

The garden, bursting with vegetables and shrouded in mist, sits housed inside a shabby spaceship containing Monte (Robert…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? Well, one that is walkable, with tree-lined streets and ample parks, nearby services and entertainment. One that allows people to work from or near their homes. Many artists have moved to Sunnyland for exactly that reason, so they can run a studio out of their home—and that has produced a flourishing local arts community. Sunnyland is a nucleus for many of the favorite haunts and hangouts cited in this year’s reader survey.

That dynamism has a downside, too, and Sunnyland is experiencing some growing pains from its tangy mix of industrial and commercial uses in proximity to family homes. Friends, an outdoor beer garden is a heartbreaking thing to quarrel about! I predict they’ll soon solve those problems, and continue to claim their crown as Bellingham’s favorite neighborhood.

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The Gristle
The Raucous Caucus

THE RAUCOUS CAUCUS: The searing folly of water resource planning in Whatcom County came again into focus this month as the state Dept. of Ecology announced the first comment period on a new streamflow rule that will attempt to accommodate rural growth and protect water supply needs for fish…

Amy Goodman
Opioid Crisis

Drug overdoses killed 700,000 people in the United States between 1999 and 2017, and more than two-thirds of those deaths were the result of opioids. Last month, the state of Oklahoma won a landmark $270 million settlement against one of the world’s largest manufacturers of prescription…

Trove Web
A progression of judicial imbalance

Our Founding Fathers designed our government to have three equal branches to prevent any branch of government from controlling our nation.
In 1917, the U.S. Senate created the filibuster…

Four legs good, more legs better

It’s very good news that we now have a pair of Grey Wolves on this side of the Cascades. However, they may not be here for long if the Trump administration succeeds in removing them from…

Spare our herons

Great blue herons have lived in Bellingham before our city, state or nation even existed. It is a privilege, not a nuisance, to have these majestic birds in our midst. They deserve our…

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Today's Events
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival


The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able…

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition


Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham’s annual “Essence of Bellingham” photo competition through May 1. See submission guidelines online.
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Unstable by Design


Attend the world premiere of a new play by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao when Unstable by Design opens this week with 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts,…

Silent Sky


Learn more about the true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt when Silent Sky concludes this week at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Saturday at Anacortes Community Theatre,…

Tulip Festival Street Fair


More than 100 artisan vendors will show and sell their wares as at the annual Tulip Festival Street Fair happening from 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday in downtown Mount…

Spring Book Sale


Peruse hundreds of books, audios, videos, CDs and more at a Mount Vernon Library Spring Book Sale happening from 3pm-6pm Friday, and 10am-4pm Saturday at Fire Station #1, 901 S. Second St.…

Bellingham Beer Week


Beer Olympics, beer dinners, an Earth Day cleanup party, an Easter keg hunt, book signings, multiple release parties, hops planting, a mountain bike festival, brew-focused presentations, a…

Genre Legends, Hot Dogs


A fan favorite show, “Genre Legends,” returns to the stage at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays through April at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, attend “Top Dog,” a monthlong team…

Buffett Beach Bash


Jimmy Buffett tribute band Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads will perform at “Buffett Beach Bash” events at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Port Transit Shed, 100 Commercial Ave.…

The Coronation of Poppea


Western Washington University opera students will present performances of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets…

Tulip Pedal Bike Ride


Choose from 20-, 40- or 60-mile courses at the annual “Tulip Pedal” Bike Ride starting at 7:30am at La Conner Elementary School, 305 N. 6th St. All rides will incorporate the blooming tulip…

Pancake Breakfast


Choose from pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy at a Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8am-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $2.50 for kids and $6 for…

COB Earth Day Work Party


Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Bellingham Parks Department at a Community Work Party from 9am-12:30pm at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive N. Volunteers will be enhancing stream-side…

Fun with the Fuzz


Help raise funds for families of police officers who are killed in the line of duty by running or walking the course for the 10th annual “Fun with the Fuzz 5K” starting at 9am at the…

Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament


Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center will host its 17th annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament fundraiser from 9:30am-4pm at Bellingham Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way. All ages are invited to…

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30am-11am at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Please bring a simple, healthy…

Bellingham Farmers Market


The 27th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm Saturdays through Dec. 21 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing…

Kiwanis Kids Egg Hunt


Youth ages 8 and under can take part in a Kiwanis Kids Egg Hunt at 10am in Burlington at Maiben Park, 1011 Greenleaf Ave. The free event will include separate age groups searching for…

Cedar Dust Trail Ride and Party


Mountain bikers can join a Cedar Dust Trail Shred Party starting at 10am on the Bandito side of Cedar Dust Trailhead on Galbraith Mountain. The “biggest shred party train to ever visit” the…

Plant Sale and Easter Events


Starts of heirloom and organic tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, herbs and more can be found when Growing Veterans hosts its annual Plant Sale from…

Community Easter Egg Hunt


A free Community Easter Egg Hunt takes place from 11:30am-1:30pm at Bellingham at Orchard, 848 W. Orchard Dr. The event will include an egg hunt for children ages 1-8, face painting, balloon…

Obrigado Wines Tasting


Renee Start of Prime Wines will lead a wine tasting focusing on Obrigado Wines of Portugal from 2pm-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St.  Entry is free; please be 21 or…

Jesse Otero Art Talk


Peruse Jesse Max Otero’s “Artisan Donuts” show, then stick around for an Artist Talk with Otero at 4pm at Edison’s i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The exhibit will be on display through April…

Splinter Ideas, Halibut on the Moon


All ages are welcome when R.A. Cook reads from his environmentally focused book of hope and renewal, Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At…

Artist Workshop


Watch artist Neal Cronic paint with acrylics and oil at a low-key Artist Workshop from 6-7:30pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. If you’re interested…

Skagit Valley College Drag Show


Simply Curious Enterprises and SVC Rainbow Alliance present their seventh annual Drag Show at 7pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Entry is $13.50-$16.50 to see both…

Problem Child and Ten Miles Wide


Problem Child and special guests Ten Miles Wide will perform at an AC/DC tribute concert and fundraiser at 8pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $4.20-$34.20.…

Salsa Night


Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest’s bimonthly “Saturday Salsa Night” taking place from 9pm-12am at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State…

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