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Canadian government approves pipeline expansion

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government picked winners and losers among a number of large energy export projects this week. Decisions were delivered on three crude pipelines—Enbridge’s Line 3 and Northern Gateway, and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain—and on a previously pledged tanker ban along British Columbia’s northwest coast.

The Trudeau government approved Trans Mountain and Line 3, but rejected the Northern Gateway project due to its impacts on coastal old…

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Music

Songs Not of the Season

Save the carols for later

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

After last week’s confession that I am an unrepentant Black Friday shopper (this year I scored some discount underwear and a glittery sweater, possibly to be worn together), it probably comes as no surprise to anyone that I set my radio to the station that plays nonstop Christmas music before the clock struck midnight on Thanksgiving.

However, unlike so many of the other holiday traditions I can’t get enough of, I do have a threshold when it comes to carols. Because I’m a musical…

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Words

Pickett House

A treasure chest of history

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

There are ghosts at the George E. Pickett House in Bellingham. Chances are you won’t see them, but if you visit the house on Peabody Hill—the state’s oldest documented wooden structure on its original site—you’ll certainly feel them.

It was built by John Peabody, and if you venture up those rickety stairs and look carefully you’ll see the planks he used from the Roeder-Peabody lumber mill at Whatcom Falls. They expanded and contracted over the years, and to seal the cracks…

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Food

Hunting for Answers

Of elk and elections

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The day after the election, I went hunting for elk. Being away for a week gave me the space to begin wrapping my head around Trump’s victory. I could let my own thoughts percolate away from the noise and drama—except when I checked the news on my device. Obsessively. At the expense of scanning for elk.

Though I was in the middle of the wilderness, far removed from the chaos unfolding in Washington D.C., I was—like we all are—inextricably linked to those events. And I couldn’t…

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Outdoors

Polly Dyer

Honoring a conservation hero

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In the North Cascades, a mosaic of public lands—national, state and provincial parks; national forests; wilderness and recreation areas—protects many of the region’s most beloved areas.

It’s easy to take their stewardship for granted, but in truth, Washingtonians owe a great deal of gratitude to early visionaries like Polly Dyer, who passed away recently at age 96.

Without Dyer and her ilk, imagine what might have been: Clear-cuts in the Stehekin Valley. An open-pit copper…

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Visual

Downtown Visions

Weathering the storm at PAPO

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The windstorm that hit Western Washington on Aug. 29, 2015 was a whopper. In addition to knocking out power to much of Whatcom County, the angry gusts downed trees, sent debris flying to and fro and generally did its best to endanger human lives.

Before I took the advice of newscasters and holed up inside my house on that stormy summer day, I ran a couple of errands that had me driving down Bellingham’s Holly Street corridor.

Among the pedestrians who were hustling along the…

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Film

Manchester by the Sea

A masterpiece in a minor key

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Manchester by the Sea is a masterpiece in a minor key, an exploration of grief that never lets its characters—or its audience—off the hook.

It manages this even when it’s funny, which is surprisingly often. Kenneth Lonergan’s film, which understands the humor that can be found in unimaginable suffering, might be unbearable otherwise. But it would still be essential viewing.

Casey Affleck is magnificent as Lee Chandler, a janitor in Boston. We see him plunging toilets, repairing to…

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On Stage

Why Not

Working through the hard stuff

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

For many years, improviser and actor Robin Corsberg was used to being the life of the party.

And although the longtime performer still commands an audience—whether it’s making people laugh as a mainstage performer at the Upfront Theatre, in a juicy role at the iDiOM Theater, or onscreen in local and regional projects and commercials—she’s now doing so without a drink or two under her belt.

Corsberg’s two years of sobriety will be one of the topics she’ll tackle during “Why Not,”…

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Nocturnal Animals

A story within a story

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

High art meets base behavior in Nocturnal Animals, the singular second feature from Tom Ford, the fashionista and filmmaker.

This melodramatic yet nihilistic thriller unfolds in two distinct yet connected locations and mindsets, like a collision between Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind and David Lynch’s Lost Highway. Adapting his screenplay from Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony and Susan, Ford interweaves influences and style obsessions with an exactitude bordering on…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood

Columbia

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
Photos by Patrick Beggan (versaphotography.com)

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LAWLESS: Whatcom County’s commitment to lawlessness was on vivid display last week, as construction industry lobbyists, land speculators and property owners with trapped investments descended on County Council to protest a moratorium on development applications based on wells. Council…

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Hold firm, Democrats

The recent election debacle has put the Republicans in control of both executive and legislative branches of our national government.…

Rights of peaceful assembly

The other day I observed a peaceful and well-regulated demonstration on a local railroad crossing. The demonstrators appeared particularly concerned…

Sanctuary, not sanctions 

Providing sanctuary is a primordial response of compassion and courage in the face of vulnerability and injustice.
Bellingham has…

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Today's Events
Santa in Town

12:00pm

For the 34th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager’s Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no…

Peter and the Starcatcher

7:30pm

A dozen actors will portray more than 100 unforgettable characters when Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s Peter and the Starcatcher shows this week at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 2pm and…

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts’ 37th annual “Holiday Festival of the Arts” from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas…

The Lights of Christmas

5:00pm

View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual “The Lights of Christmas” this week from 5-10pm Thursday through Sunday in Stanwood at the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp, 20800…

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

7:30pm

Transport yourself to a lodge in Vermont when Irving Berlin’s White Christmas continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the newly renovated…

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

7:30pm

Find out what happens when church volunteers, struggling to present a Christmas pageant, are faced with casting the Herdman kids, the most inventively awful kids in history, when The Best…

The Happy Elf

7:30pm

A new musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Harry Connick, Jr. can be seen at performances of The Happy Elf at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday,…

A Christmas Story

7:30pm

The Theater Arts Guild’s rendition of A Christmas Story: The Musical, continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 1:30pm Sunday at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln…

Homemade Christmas Bazaar

9:00am

Peruse works by local artisans and stock up on candy and cookies by the pound at the 10th annual Homemade Arts & Crafts Christmas Bazaar taking place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the…

Toys for Tots

9:00am

Donate new, unwrapped toys, cash and more at the annual “Toys for Tots” event taking place from 9am-5pm Friday and Saturday at a distribution center at 1650 Birchwood Ave. The all-local event…

20th annual Pacific Arts Market

10:00am

Several dozen well-known local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home…

Holiday Book Sale

10:00am

Discover the perfect gift at the Friends of the Blaine Library’s Holiday Book Sale happening from 10am-6pm Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The event coincides…

Holiday Port Festival

12:00pm

Music by dozens of local bands, orchestras, choirs and performance groups, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities for kids, horse-and-wagon rides, gingerbread house viewings, Alaska…

Olde Fashioned Christmas

5:00pm

Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society will help visitors step back in time at the annual “Olde Fashioned Christmas” taking place from 5-9pm Friday, 1-9pm Saturday, and 1-4pm Sunday at the…

Festival of Lights

5:00pm

Find “unique gifts and adornments for the discriminating shopper” at the 12th annual “Festival of Lights” from 5-9pm Friday and 11am-5pm Saturday at Tillie Lace Gallery and School of Fine…

Santa Train

5:00pm

The Forest of Imagination changes into a magical wonderland full of more than one million lights brightly twinkling in the night at “Santa Train” excursions from 5-9pm Friday through Sunday…

Art on Tap

6:00pm

More than 25 artists will show and sell everything from paintings to sculpture, photography, woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, holiday portraits and more at the fourth annual “Art on Tap: Holiday…

Holiday Art Walk

6:00pm

More than 20 merchants will show the work of local artists at a “Holiday Art Walk” taking place from 6-9pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday in Old Town Anacortes. Patrons of the arts can peruse…

Holiday Make.Sale

6:00pm

Local vendors both new and old will share everything from paintings to independently published comic books, photography, Bellingham flags, beauty products, clothing and much, much more at the…

Glad Tidings Christmas Concerts

7:00pm

The Whidbey Community Chorus presents a “Glad Tidings” Christmas Concert at 7pm Friday and 4pm Sunday at Oak Harbor’s First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St. Entry is by…

Saving Christmas Town

7:00pm

Join comical and quirky elves as they defend their city from the naughty and ominous characters of Oogie Boogie Land when the Dance Studio presents Saving Christmas Town at 7pm Friday, and…

Pippi Longstocking

7:00pm

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students bring an iconic character to life when they present performances of Pippi Longstocking at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY…

Carols of the World

7:30pm

The Cantabile Chamber Choir of Skagit Valley presents “Peace on Earth: Carols of the World” concerts at 7:30pm Friday at Anacortes United Methodist (2201 H Ave.); 7:30pm Saturday at the…

A Duet of Nutcrackers

7:30pm

Dance students will perform solos and duets alongside Western Washington University Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band members at performances of Tchaikovsky’s classic “Nutcracker Suite” and…

The Nutcracker

7:30pm

The Skagit Valley Academy of Dance will present their 27th annual performance of The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College…

Ghosts and Games

8:00pm

Expect seasonal hilarity at improvised versions of The Christmas Carol when “My Three Ghosts” shows at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays through December at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm…

Fifth annual Aerial Showcase

8:00pm

Local performers and guests artists will share their varied talents at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s fifth annual “Aerial Showcase” at 8pm Friday and 6pm and 9pm Saturday at the Cirque Lab,…

Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend

8:00am

Head to Downtown Mount Vernon for an “Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend” starting Saturday with “Breakfast with Santa” from 8-11am at Hillcrest Park Lodge. That day’s events also feature a…

Sinterklaas Breakfast

8:00am

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and visit with a Dutch icon at a “Breakfast with Sinterklaas” from 8-11am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Entry is $3-$5; bring your…

Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend

8:00am

Head to Downtown Mount Vernon for an “Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend” starting Saturday with “Breakfast with Santa” from 8-11am at Hillcrest Park Lodge. That day’s events also feature a…

Santa Breakfast

8:30am

Enjoy a tasty breakfast and get a chance to visit with a big bearded guy in red at a “Santa Breakfast” taking place from 8:30-11am at La Conner’s Maple Hall, 100 Commercial St. Entry is $3…

Grapevine Wreath Class

9:00am

Bring a European Christmas into your home by attending a “Make a European Grapevine Wreath” workshop at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. The class fee is $39 and covers all…

Girls on the Run Fall 5K

9:00am

All are welcome at the “Girls on the Run” Fall 5K taking place from 9am-12pm at Mount Vernon’s Skagit Valley College Field House. Entry is $15-$25; proceeds support Girls on the Run of Skagit…

Skagit Valley Jingle Bell Run

9:00am

The annual Skagit Valley Jingle Bell Walk/Run begins at 9am at the Burlington Visitor Center, 520 E. Fairhaven. Choose from an Elves Kids’ Fun Run, a 5K walk/run or a 5K dog trot. Entry is…

Breakfast with Santa

9:00am

Help raise funds for Children’s House International at its third annual “Breakfast with Santa” from 9-11:30am at Bellingham Christ the King, 4173 Meridian St. Photos with Santa, face…

Fairhaven Frosty

10:00am

The Greater Bellingham Running Club hosts its annual “Fairhaven Frosty” 5K and 10K at 10am at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. Entry to the seasonal sojourn is $5-$10 (free for GBRC…

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am

Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 17 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce,…

Sleighbells Ring

10:00am

Attend “Sleighbells Ring” events every weekend through December at Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Fresh-cut trees and wreaths, ornament and cookie crafting, bonfires, distillery and…

Holiday Book Sale

10:00am

Find a huge selection of high quality children’s literature, superhero comics and a wide array of books for readers of all ages at a Holiday Book Sale happening from 10am-5pm Saturday and…

Glass Art Open House

10:00am

Live glassblowing demos, refreshments and holiday deals can be had at an Open House taking place from 10am-4pm at Morrison Glass Art, 2111 Lincoln St.

20th annual Skagit Eagle Festival

10:00am

Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 20th annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place from 10am-4pm most Saturdays and…

Skagit Journey

10:00am

Join members of the Mount Baker Club for an outing to Sharpe Park near Anacortes today. Meet at 10am at Sunnyland Elementary to carpool. Sharpe Park is a hidden gem of Skagit County Parks…

Green Eileen Pop-Up Sale

11:00am

Gently worn Eileen Fisher garments will be for sale at up to 70 percent of their original prices at a “Green Eileen” pop-up shop taking place from 11am-3pm at Ragfinery, 1420 N. Forest St.…

Holiday Open House

11:00am

Check out decorations and holiday exhibits and enjoy light refreshments at a Holiday Open House taking place from 11am-5pm at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. 2nd St. Entry is…

Holiday Gifts for the Kitchen

11:00am

Learn how to make homemade honey mustard, bacon jam, rum glazed walnuts, scone mix, layered cookie mix and chocolate dipped goodies when Cindy McKinney leads a “Holiday Gifts for the Kitchen”…

Faihaven Holiday Events

12:00pm

As part of the Fairhaven Holiday Festival, Father Christmas will be visiting with families from 12-3pm Saturdays in December in the lobby at the Fairhaven Village Inn, 1200 10th St. Free…

Celebrate the Season

12:00pm

The Anacortes Schools Foundation presents family-oriented events at “Celebrate the Season” from 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Anacortes Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave. Live…

NSEA Work Party

12:00pm

Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association will be hosting their final volunteer work party of the season from 9am-12pm at Little Squalicum Park. Attendees…

Tea and Music

1:00pm

Menhardt Merry, Kid’Sax Ensemble, the McLaughlin Irish Dancer, Misty Flowers, Zephyr Recorder Consort, and Mockingbird will perform at the Deming Friends Holiday Tea taking place from 1-5pm…

Traditional Jazz

2:00pm

The Crescent City Shakers will perform New Orleans/Dixieland music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry…

Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash

2:30pm

As part of Blaine’s “Holiday Lights” events, sign up for a “Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash” at 2:30pm at the H Street Plaza. The all-ages event features a 1.5-mile obstacle dash through…

Memory Into Memoir

3:00pm

Join the Red Wheelbarrow Writers Group for a reading from their new collection, Memory Into Memoir: An Anthology, at 3pm at Lynden’s Village Books, 430 Front St. A portion of the proceeds…

Bellingham Chamber Chorale

3:00pm

“Celebrating the British Masters” will be the theme of Bellingham Chamber Chorale concerts at 3pm and 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Woks by Benjamin Britten,…

Seeds and Pianos

4:00pm

Lawrence Verigin reads from his high-concept thriller Seed of Control at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 7pm, award-winning author and editor Kathleen Dean Moore reads from her new…

Community Tree Lighting

4:30pm

All are welcome at the annual Community Tree Lighting event taking place from 4:30-5:30pm at La Conner’s Gilkey Square. At 5pm, Santa will arrive in his old-fashioned fire truck, and there…

Western Winds, Western Brass

4:30pm

As part of a “Music in the Library” series taking place this month, the scholarship woodwind quintet Western Winds and Western Brass will perform traditional Christmas carols, jazz tunes and…

Objectification Opening

5:00pm

Functional and three-dimensional artwork from more than 40 regional artists can be perused and purchased at an opening reception for “Objectification 9” from 5-8pm at Edison’s Smith & Vallee…

Bellingham Bay Lighted Boat Parade

5:30pm

Bundle up and watch the Bellingham Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat Parade starting at 5:30pm departing from Squalicum Harbor. The boats will travel the waters along South Bay Trail,…

Light up the holidays

5:30pm

Downtown Bellingham Partnership’s “Light Up the Holidays” events include the Dec. 2 Holiday Art Walk, a Tree Lighting Ceremony happening at 5:30pm tonight at Depot Market Square—complete…

26th annual Lighted Parade

6:00pm

View a dazzling display of lighted trucks, cars, floats, wagons, farm equipment and more at the 26th annual Lighted Parade starting at 6pm at Lynden’s Fairway Center and continuing along…

Boat Parade Viewing Fundraiser

6:00pm

Join the Community Boating Center for a Lighted Boat Parade Viewing Party at 6pm at the Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. Tickets are $50 and include hors d’oeuvres; funds raised will…

The Coats

7:00pm

Small ensemble choirs from all Bellingham School District high schools will join the Seattle-based a cappella singing group, the Coats, for an annual holiday performance at 7pm at Bellingham…

Edward Albee Reading Series

7:30pm

The first of three one-night-only performances of plays by the great American playwright Edward Albee—who passed away last September—happens at 7:30pm at the Studio Theater at the Sylvia…

Pearl Django

7:30pm

Traditional jazz classics and original compositions can be heard when Seattle’s Pearl Django kicks off the Manouche Northwest Concert Series at 7:30pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship,…

Motherlode

7:30pm

Expect to hear songs of hope, passion, promise and humor when Motherlode returns to Bellingham for a 7:30pm concert at WWU’s Fairhaven College Auditorium. Tickets to hear the “wild and…

Salsa Night

9:30pm

Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest’s bimonthly “Salsa Night” taking place from 9:30pm-12am on the first and third Saturdays…

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