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Doctober

Bellingham is a town with a passion for the silver screen. Not only does it support an astonishing number of movie screens—19 at last count—but shows routinely sell out, sometimes days in advance. As well, the Pickford Film Center is one of this town’s biggest arts organizations, and, along with such venerated local institutions as the Mount Baker Theatre and Whatcom Museum, helps to anchor the downtown Arts Districts—not bad for a nonprofit staffed mostly by volunteers.

As a Pickford

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This Week

The Gristle

Steaking a Claim

STEAKING A CLAIM: Whatcom conservatives were galvanized by news that California billionaire philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer helicoptered in $1 million to assist key Democratic candidates for the Legislature this year, in an effort to create “a pro-climate majority” in both Washington and Oregon. Their alarm is a bit of a ruse, given the announcement that Steyer’s political action committee NexGen Climate will focus its efforts on two key senate races, and the 42nd

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News

Power to the People

PUD campaign puts the public back into public utilities

The uneasy balance of environmental and economic interests, the growing friction between public and corporate spheres, is on vivid display in a quiet election this year.

Public Utility District No. 1 is a little-known, little-understood agency with a big role to play in future discussions of water resources and resource management in Whatcom County. Authorized under state law, the district is led by three commissioners, each elected to a six-year term. On the rotation this year is the position

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Music

Branford at the Baker

A season of sound

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It is true the Mount Baker Theatre’s season officially began Sept. 24 when the curtain opened on the Main Stage production of Little Shop of Horrors, but the musical part of this year’s season—or the music that isn’t a musical, rather—doesn’t start until Branford Marsalis takes the stage Sun., Oct. 5. And with that, the floodgates will open, as the historic downtown theater’s 2014-15 season is rife with music of many genres and varieties.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

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Visual

Autumnal Art

Seasonal sights at River Gallery

It’s autumn, and time for the semiannual pilgrimage to the quaint and unforgettable River Gallery near La Conner. 

Silvia Strong, a talented curator and herself an artist, has found a unique space to display art in a former commercial greenhouse, picturesquely situated among the peaceful fields and mysterious, forested hummocks of the Skagit River Delta.

The gallery is spacious and so brightly lit by the translucent roof panels that I wore a hat indoors for shade. Owing to the enormous

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Food

The Oyster Bar

Nothing short of magnificent

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f you’re looking for a really special meal, head onto Chuckanut Drive and stop when you get to the Oyster Bar.

The fine dining restaurant 150 feet from Samish Bay has a treehouse-like feel thanks to its hilltop position, and between the boughs of the massive Douglas Firs, the view of the Bay and the oyster beds below is nothing short of magnificent.

California restaurateurs Guy and Linda Colbert bought the restaurant 27 years ago, but it’s been a fixture on Chuckanut Drive for decades.

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Outdoors

Snow Report

Featured films cause a flurry

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Put this paper down, right now, and look outside the window. Do you see any snowflakes falling from the sky? If the answer is “Of course not, dummy, it’s early October and the white stuff won’t blanket our region for another month or two,” you’re only partially correct. In the next couple of weeks, the snow report calls for a variety of flurries. While it’s true they’re only in the form of ski and snowboard flicks designed to generate excitement for the coming season, they also act as

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Words

The Art of Death

Examining the end

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Death is one of our culture’s favorite taboos, and like all big, hard topics, sometimes tapping into your creative juices is the best way to evoke and connect with it meaningfully.

A new festival dealing with many aspects of the end of life called “The Art of Death” is coming up Oct. 2-11 at various venues throughout Bellingham. At the heart of the 10-day series of events is a juried art show featuring artist Scott Kolbo, exhibited at the Majestic on Sat., Oct. 11, with an opening reception

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Film

Gone Girl

Fincher’s fractured fairytale

Gone Girl, David Fincher’s hypnotically great movie, is a break-all-the-windows plot-twister that keeps every jolt and (most of) the cultural jabs from Gillian Flynn’s blockbuster novel.

Yet in its twisted little gut, this dramatic thriller is just as notable for addressing how relationships can force a change in people that may not always be welcome. That explains why Flynn has said, tongue in cheek, that the movie could “break up couples nationwide.”

The book uses the alternating

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On Stage

Terrific at 10

Something for everyone at McIntyre Hall

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When my coworker informed me she’d be writing about Mount Baker Theatre’s upcoming season in the music section of this week’s Cascadia Weekly, I immediately thought of a recent press release I received extolling the virtues of McIntyre Hall’s 10th anniversary season.

After taking a look at the list of the “McIntyre Hall Presents” series—as well as the plethora of other events that will fill the popular Mount-Vernon based venue in coming months—I realized they, too, were deserving of some

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Film

Doctober

Rock out with your doc out

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Bellingham is a town with a passion for the silver screen. Not only does it support an astonishing number of movie screens—19 at last count—but shows routinely sell out, sometimes days in advance. As well, the Pickford Film Center is one of this town’s biggest arts organizations, and, along with such venerated local institutions as the Mount Baker Theatre and Whatcom Museum, helps to anchor the downtown Arts Districts—not bad for a nonprofit staffed mostly by volunteers.

As a Pickford

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Today

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BMC’s Broadway Cabaret: The Bellingham Music Club highlights stage songs from the last 100 years at a free performance of "A Broadway Cabaret" at 10:30am Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. The event can also be experienced at a 7:30pm show Thursday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets for the nighttime gig are $15. more »

The Sound of Music: The hills will come alive when the Lynden Performing Arts Guild continues its run of performances of The Sound of Music this week with shows at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre at the town's Dutch Village Mall, 655 Front St. The Teri Grimes-directed musical can be seen at various dates through Oct. 12. Tickets are $8-$12. more »

Anything Goes: Stowaways, mistaken identity and hilarity will all make appearances when the Tony Award-winning musical Anything Goes continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Entry is $20 and additional showings happen weekends through Oct. 25. more »

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown: Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the cartoon crew will make appearances when You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14. Additional showings of the musical can be seen through Oct. 12. more »

City IQ Presentation: Drop in for an hourlong presentation focused on "Discovering Your City through City IQ" at 10:30am at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. City IQ may be used to access maps and information about a specific location, view aerial images, topography and more. more »

Lynden Farmers Market: Procure fresh, seasonal fare from local farmers at the Lynden Farmers Market, which happens from 12-5pm every Thursday through Oct. 30 at 324 Front St. more »

Brown Bag Concert: Alice Reberger and Sage Waters present classical songs for cello and piano—including Jewish seasonal favorites by Ernest Bloch, Max Bruch, David Popper, Srul Irving Glick, and Felix Mendelssohn—at a Brown Bag concert at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. more »

First Thursday Art Walk: Sixteen downtown venues featuring work by local and regional artists will open their doors for the final First Thursday Art Walk of the season from 5-8pm in downtown Mount Vernon. Entry is free. more »

First Thursday Reception: Attend an opening reception for the upcoming Whatcom Artist Studio Tour at a First Thursday Artist Reception from 6-8pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. In addition to the works by the WAST artists, there'll be a Fall Community Exhibit, live music and more. Entry is free. more »

Ski Club Potluck: Learn more about the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club at a season kickoff dessert potluck and informational meeting from 6:30-8:30pm at Garden Street Methodist Church, 1236 Garden St. Find out about cross-country ski venues and bring your skis to get them hot-waxed. Entry is free. more »

Gourmet Pickles: Live food chef Bruce Horowitz focuses on "Gourmet Old-Fashioned Pickles" from 6:30-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $35. more »

Travelogue Talk: Amy Wimmer focuses "Singing and Exploring from Slovakia to Amsterdam" at tonight's Travelogue Series presentation at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

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