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Unseasonal Sounds

Say no to Christmas creep

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas creep is real.

This year, I saw my first Christmas display the day after Halloween. I walked into a store in downtown Bellingham expecting to see marked-down candy and costumes and instead walked smack into Kris Kringle, his associates and some of their accoutrements. I’m unabashedly, annoyingly infected with the spirit of the season every year, but even so, I was like, “Go home, Santa. It’s November 1. No one wants to see your bowl full of jelly just yet.”

Which…

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Words

Magpie Murders

A mystery within a mystery

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Now that there’s been snow in the lowlands of Whatcom County and the sun sets before 5pm, it’s time to flip on the gas fireplace and cozy up with a stack of mysteries from the library. Anthony Horowitz’s latest thriller is just the thing to take your mind off the weather and distressing news headlines.

The tale begins in the London flat of Susan Ryeland, longtime editor of the Atticus Pünd detective novels. She’s just received the manuscript of Magpie Murders, Alan Conway’s…

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Outdoors

Storm Warning

Blessings of a blowdown

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

When a limb from a century-old tree hits a house, it feels like it’s been rammed by a Humvee.

I know this because during a gnarly windstorm in mid-October, the stately maple that has been gracing the second lot of my front yard since long before I moved to Bellingham’s York neighborhood in the winter of 2000 succumbed to the elements.

I was vacuuming the basement when the tree attacked the roof, but I still heard the reverberating boom. As I rushed upstairs, I took note of a jagged…

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Food

Camber

Doing good things

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Spend half an hour in a restaurant and you can typically tell if its owners know what they’re doing.

At Camber, one of the newest additions to Bellingham’s food and coffee scene, it’s obvious from the get-go that the three partners at its helm are nothing short of brilliant. The food is exceptional, the atmosphere is warm, bright and friendly, the coffee is utterly divine and the space itself is nothing short of wow.

David Yake and his partners Andrew Bowman and Todd Elliott…

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On Stage

Alps Alert

Getting in on the act

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Last week, my officemate and I spent a few minutes of our deadline countdown belting out verses from “My Favorite Things.”

It may not have been the appropriate time or place to croon about “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” or “bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,” but once we started singing the hit from The Sound of Music, it was difficult to stop.

Truth be told, I could’ve sung the entire canon from the 1965 Academy Award-winning musical starring a dewy-eyed…

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Film

Loving Vincent

Art imitates art

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Loving Vincent is billed as the “world’s first fully painted feature film,” and I have no reason to doubt the claim. The Vincent in the title of this very strange movie is the great Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, and you would think he already had more than his share of biopics.

The most famous, of course, is Vincente Minnelli’s very fine Lust for Life, starring Kirk Douglas in one of his best seething performances. Maurice Pialat’s Van Gogh has its adherents, as does Paul…

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Visual

Creative Gifting

Holiday helpers, take two

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

In an era when it’s possible to knock items off a holiday shopping list without even having to get out of your bathrobe and leave your domicile, it’s refreshing to find that there still remains a plethora of choices for those who are still willing to step away from the computer screen to focus on creative gifting. For those on the lookout for options about what to get art-lovers in their lives, read on for details about a few events taking place this coming weekend that will help…

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News

State of the Sound

Progress in Whatcom County, but poor marks for the Salish Sea

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

As the number of endangered Southern Resident orca whales continues to decline and Puget Sound Chinook salmon remain threatened, officials say the need to save the two species is becoming dire.

A leading theory is the whales are starving because they cannot find enough Chinook salmon, the endangered fish that the resident orcas eat almost exclusively. Concerns are increasing that the iconic whales are on a path to extinction.

The leadership council for the state’s Puget Sound…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Band

The Wednesdays

Music scenes, including ours, have traditionally been boys’ clubs—but the Wednesdays win in this category is a welcome indication of a change that has been a long time in coming. Unabashedly feminist and unapologetically political, the Wednesdays are making music with a message—and people are listening. With a motto of “Dismantling the patriarchy by day, playing basement blues punk by night,” coupled with an electrifying live show, the Wednesdays are making their mark and making it count.

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Napkin Plan

NAPKIN PLAN: While late ballots were flooding in countywide on Election Day, outgoing Port of Bellingham Commissioner Michael McAuley used one of his last opportunities to cast a different kind of vote—a vote of no confidence in a flawed process that has produced a startlingly different…

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Big Blue Wall

Last week, with the election of Manka Dhingra, Democrats gained control of the Washington State Senate and we finished building the Blue Wall between California, Oregon, and Washington.

Today, we begin implementing an agenda that truly represents our core values. We will now block Trump…

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Letters
Gambling for the thrill of the kill

A month later, the authorities, despite great efforts, have been unable to unearth a motive for the horrendous slaughter in Las Vegas. Investigators may still discover an explanation that…

Freed from jail

A hardy thank you to everyone who stood tall in opposition to the now-defunct jail tax–Proposition 2017- 6.  You did not “stand down,” it was not a “done deal,” the “ship had not…

Seek a common good

Who are we? What are we looking for in a leader?
We are stuck in a paradigm that does not work. The world is more than black and white.
Our two political parties are stuck in an…

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Today's Events
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’ 38th annual “Holiday Festival of the Arts” starting this week and continuing from…

Wander + Camber Beer Dinner

6:30pm

Wander Brewing will team up with Camber to celebrate the shift in seasons at a Wander + Camber Beer Dinner taking place from 6:30-9pm at Camber, 221 W. Holly St. Diners taking part in the…

Rocks & Gems

7:00pm

Join the monthly meeting of the Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club at 7pm at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. A rock-focused show-and-tell, a silent auction, door prizes,…

Guffawingham

9:30pm

A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. Each week, the event features approximately 20…

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