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Go Fish!

You can now safely eat a forkful of fish each week—mostly because the state proposes to fudge the meaning of “safe” by an order of magnitude.

The debate on fish consumption carries deep ironies. Nutritionists say fish and shellfish are part of a healthy diet and should be consumed regularly. But clinicians and oncologists warn that toxic chemicals that can build up in the flesh of aquatic life can increase the risk of certain diseases like cancer.

The state uses the fish consumption

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This Week

The Gristle

Gut Check

GUT CHECK: “To the winners go the spoils,” Sam Crawford observed, after a rightward lurch in election results in 2009 allowed him—as council president and in control of their process and procedures—to pack the planning commission and other county appointments into an echo chamber of likeminded fellow travelers. But he was right, though; and it is with a small irony County Council in a new majority chose to replace Crawford himself, who resigned his position last month, with Satpal

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Music

Geographer and the Velvet Teen

Indie rock tries a takeover

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Historically, Bellingham’s musical reputation has always been built on rock ’n’ roll, the louder and grittier the better. More recently, we’ve become a destination known for bluegrass and Americana bands, their numbers and influence growing stronger with each passing year. We’ve also nurtured a burgeoning, but ever-growing hip-hop scene, one that pairs local talent with touring acts probably better and more effectively than other genres that regularly grace the stages of our music

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Words

Radio Waves

New station gives voice to the community

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“Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?”
― Ralph Ellison,
Invisible Man

Imagine live, local music, culture and in-depth news and analysis about issues that matter to you most and brought to you by independent local reporters you know and trust. Imagine local community radio by Bellingham, for Bellingham. It’s not just a dream, it is actually happening.

In 2013, Bellingham art cooperative Make.Shift, with the help of radio advocacy group Common Frequency,

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News

Go Fish!

City recommends a cleaner standard for state waters

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You can now safely eat a forkful of fish each week—mostly because the state proposes to fudge the meaning of “safe” by an order of magnitude.

The debate on fish consumption carries deep ironies. Nutritionists say fish and shellfish are part of a healthy diet and should be consumed regularly. But clinicians and oncologists warn that toxic chemicals that can build up in the flesh of aquatic life can increase the risk of certain diseases like cancer.

The state uses the fish consumption

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Food

Wine and History

Day sipping in Langley

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Vancouver gets all the limelight for its big-city feel and its great arts and culture scene. But the truth is, it’s just one glimpse of British Columbia.

For something completely different, try a day drive to Langley in the Fraser Valley, a city with a strong claim to British Columbia’s history, yet one that still has the feel of the countryside. Leave Langley’s main roads and you’re surrounded by green, open spaces containing farms, a few vineyards and horse paddocks.

Being wine

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Outdoors

Can You Dig It?

The dirt on native plant sales

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When I first moved into my York neighborhood house, I had a roommate who worked for a native plant nursery. During the three years she lived in my basement, my friend would occasionally bring home samples of her work with her. Fifteen years later, the Indian plums, red-flowering currants and assortment of ferns and other growing goods she gifted the garden with have thrived, and have helped make the formerly barren yardage come alive.

While not every plant I tend is endemic to Washington, I

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Film

Get Hard

Or stay at home, whatever

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If you’re disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy Get Hard. Not even two of America’s most reliable funnymen can eke consistent laughs out of this sloppy odd-couple comedy about a wrongly convicted millionaire (Will Ferrell) who asks the nearest black guy (Kevin Hart) to toughen him up in preparation for a decade behind

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On Stage

Divided They Stand

Comedy with a catch

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Ian Harris isn’t afraid to bring religion onstage.

Whether he’s talking about the irony of purchasing a book called Christianity for Dummies or pointing out that his dog is a devout Christian Scientist (at least when it comes to choosing whether or not to sign his canine up for a $12,000 surgery) the standup comedian says he’s not squeamish about tackling taboo subjects—especially if they’re not supported by science or facts.

Ty Barnett, Harris’ longtime friend and Last Comic Standing

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Visual

Seconds Sale

Pottery by the pound at Blue Water

Once upon a time, potter Jeremy Noet and his wife Megan lived aboard a sailboat in Bellingham. Eventually they had a baby, but stayed on the sailboat. However, after having their second child, everything changed.

“We sold our boat three years ago to some beautiful people, who, like us many years ago, had more time than money,” Noet says.

One thing that hasn’t differed since their days of living aboard a watercraft is how the couple likes to surround themselves with cherished

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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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Today

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Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines more »

Wonderheads present Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of "Grim and Fischer" at performances March 19-29 at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. more »

The Birthday Party: iDiOM Theater and Stone Town Theatre Works team up to present Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, which concludes this week at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM's headquarters at 1418 Cornwall Ave. Expect absurdist dialogue, themes of identity and social conformity, and a birthday party that "heads off the rails and into uncharted, nightmarish territory." Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. more »

Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of Grim and Fischer at 7:30pm Thursday, 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. more »

Improvathon: tay up late—heck, stay up all night—when the Upfront Theatre revives its 27-hour Improvathon starting at 8pm Friday night and continuing until 11pm Saturday night at the theater's headquarters at 1208 Bay St. The even features a new show every hour, including some of the Upfront's most popular formats. Individual shows are $5-$12 depending on the hour; a "Stay as Long as You Can" pass is $20 and a "Hardcore" pass is $40 (includes food and beverages). more »

The Jungle Book: Actors ages 9 to 12 present song-and-dance performances of the musical The Jungle Book at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10. more »

Fundraising Garage Sale: Donated items covering more than 6,000 square feet of space can be perused at a fundraising Garage Sale for WeSNIP from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday, in Ferndale at 1920 Main St., #1. (WeSNiP's support for low- income families has resulted in more than 13,000 spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in Whatcom County.) The sale happens again April 3-5. more »

The Spitfire Grill: Performances of The Spitfire Grill begin this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The dramatic musical focuses on a girl trying to make a fresh start in a small town in Wisconsin and the power of redemption. Tickets are $20; additional showings happen through April 25. more »

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

Riedel Wine Glass Seminar and Tasting: Sign up for a Riedel Glass Seminar and wine tasting to benefit the Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Fund for WCC and BTC students from 6-8pm at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way. Tickets are $100 and include the seminar, wine tastings with Dunham Cellar Wines, and a four-piece Riedel Glass set to take home. more »

Friday Night 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 »

Ain’t Misbehavin’: Five great Northwest performers will present an evening of rowdy and humorous songs in a Harlem Renaissance musical homage that "encapsulates the many moods of songwriter Fats Waller and his view of live as a journey meant for pleasure and play" at an Ain't Misbehavin' performance at 8pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $20-$49. more »

Salsa Night: Rumba Northwest continues its "Friday Night Salsa" gatherings from 9pm-12am every Friday at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. The event kicks off with Salsa lessons by Antonio Diaz and Heather Haugland, followed by dancing to a variety of hot Latin rhythms until midnight. Entry to the all-ages event is $4. more »

Poetry Slam and Jazz Jam: Attend the monthly Jazz Jam and Poetry Slam at 10pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. In addition to the poets competing for a $100 cash prize, there'll be live jazz trio accompaniment and readings by a featured poet. Entry is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. more »

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