Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Naan & Brew

Sampling the flavors of India

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On a recent Saturday afternoon, my significant other was still in his bathrobe, curled up on the bed with a cat in one hand and a book in the other. From his prone position, he mused about the voracious hunger that had suddenly overtaken him.

But directly after I hung up the phone with Naan & Brew and informed him the new Indian restaurant I’d heard great things about did indeed offer its $9.99 lunch buffet from 11am-2:30pm every day of the week, he was upright, clothed and had started…

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Paul Havas

A life of painting

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Paul Havas, best remembered for his beautiful landscape paintings, was born in 1940 in a New Jersey town named Orange. After receiving his MFA from the University of Washington, he first attracted attention in Seattle for paintings of trucks writer Sheila Farr described as being “Big, striking…very gutsy.”

Havas trained at Syracuse and the University of Washington in the prevailing idiom of abstract expressionism, but he soon surrendered to his love of the outdoors—which included…

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Recreation Roundup

An all-season outdoor expo

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

As I write these words from my perch on the sixth floor of the Herald Building, it’s early February and our corner of the world is blanketed in approximately six inches of still-accumulating snow. 

Despite the winter weather, Bellinghamsters are still out and about in full force. So far today, I’ve witnessed a number of bicycle commuters riding down State Street, joggers making their way along the Depot Market Square alley that leads directly to the Interurban Trail and Boulevard…

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On Stage

Always, Patsy Cline

Musical memories at the Conway Muse

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When Louise Seger met Patsy Cline before a show at Houston’s Esquire Ballroom in 1961, she was already a big fan of the country western star. By the end of the night, and until Cline’s untimely death at 30 in a plane crash two years later, the duo were fast friends.

In the time Ria Peth Vanderpool (Cline) and Kelly Visten (Seger) have been reprising their roles in the musical Always…Patsy Cline—which is showing Fridays and Saturdays through April 1 at the Conway Muse—Vanderpool…

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How peaceful protests can make a difference

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Across Cascadia, there are reports of peaceful demonstrations happening almost daily. The Women’s March on Bellingham on Sat., Jan. 21 drew record crowds, there have been several rallies at the Peach Arch border crossing in support of immigrants, and a March for Science is in the planning stages. 

Of course, marches as a form of political protest are nothing new, as John Lewis, an American icon known for his key role in the devastating 1965 Bloody Sunday March on Selma, can attest.…

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Going for Gold

Making time with Oscar

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

People think the most wonderful time of the year is Christmas, but they are misguided. Truly the most wonderful time of the year is Oscar season, that glorious couple of months when movie houses are flooded with all of the year’s finest films, we all become amateur movie critics and the whole thing culminates in the pomp and circumstance of the Academy Awards.

As with every Oscar season, this one has its narratives. Owing to last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy—a storm that had…

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The Wild Buffalo

Music under the big top

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I respect any number of things about the Wild Buffalo’s ownership cohort of Craig Jewell, Joey Crahan, and Lee Huffman, but nothing more than their steadfast, unshakable belief that owning a music venue is supposed to be fun. Sure, they deal with all the standard-issue problems of operating a small business as well as the stresses particular to running a music venue and establishment that serves adult beverages. But they rarely let the strain of occasionally having to be proper…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? In the years we’ve been polling readers for their favorite places, this category has moved steadily north—as has the emphasis on great parks, trails, schools, places to hang out, and homes that are stylish, established yet affordable have come into focus. The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series is just one example of a neighborhood laying out all of its finest for the enjoyment of others. Roll on, Columbia!

Best of Bellingham write-ups by Tim Johnson, Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat
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The Gristle
Half Time

HALF TIME: The 2017 Washington State Legislature struck a milestone in their 105-day regular session last week, passing the last day to move bills out of committee in their organizing chamber. A lot of proposed bills were trapped in committee this session, and that’s become a new strategy…

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Dark money

It is time to speak up. Is this a big coincidence? Has anyone noticed that Donald Trump’s appointees mesh perfectly…

Earth shattering

I had a vision last night that proves our worries about the Cascadia subduction zone are a moot issue. If…

Protections eroded

Apparently, protecting consumers against unfair, deceptive, or illegal practices is not high on the Trump agenda. After the financial crisis…

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Today's Events
17th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival


The 17th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and…

Community Coffee and Tea


All are are invited to a free “Community Coffee & Tea” event from 9-10:30am in Maple Falls at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Rd. The free weekly event features snacks…

Ukulele for Everyone


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…

Garden Design Class


Hardscape assessments, project scope, materials use, home and view integration, sunlight, air flow and other landscaping decisions will be on the roster when Blaine C.O.R.E. presents a…

Handmade Pasta Class


Join Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen for a “Handmade Pasta & Tortellini” class from 5:30-7:30pm at Pierside Kitchen at Blaine’s Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $79 and…

Group Run


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…

Kombucha and Kefir


Oly-Cultures founder Julie Martin leads a “Make Your Own Kombucha and Kefir Water” class from 6:30-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Both of these fermented…

Frankie Gavin


Acclaimed Irish fiddler and flutist Frankie Gavin will share his myriad talents from 6:30-8:30pm at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. Gavin has played for four American…



Mark Sundeen shares ideas from Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book follows a diverse group of Americans― urban and…

Mike Allen Quartet


A string quartet will join the Mike Allen Quartet for a concert from 7-9:30pm at the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd. Entry is $5 for students, $10 general.

Panty Hoes


Aruba Sterling and Mahogony Night host a weekly drag queen production, “Panty Hoes,” at 9pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. The duo—who are joined by other talented performers every…

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