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Ginger's Ballad

It’s been nearly a century since Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed in the Cumberland bush on Canada’s Vancouver Island, but thanks to people such as playwright Elaine Avila, the legacy of the workers’ rights activist won’t soon be forgotten.

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin, the play Avila penned after visiting Vancouver Island and realizing Goodwin’s story had been quelled in the decades since his death, tells the story of the titular character who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc

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This Week

The Gristle

Fictions in Collision

FICTIONS IN COLLISION: Whatcom County Council held a long and crowded, rancorous session on the update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan last week. The Comp Plan update is intended to shape a shared vision for the future in the context of expected growth and economic development. The reason for the ruckus was obvious—by hook and by crook, in a roundabout way, after spending nearly seven long pent-up years mincing around and avoiding the subject, County Council finally heard public

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Film

45 Years

Old flame on ice

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Movies don’t need much to be good except—except!—for terrific acting, directing and writing. Case in point: writer/director Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, about a marriage that suddenly finds itself on the rocks a week before a planned wedding/anniversary celebration.

Geoff and Kate Mercer, played superlatively well by Tom Courtenay and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, have spent their almost 45 years of marriage in what looks to be a state of cozy, childless comfitude. A former factory

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Music

Free is the nicest price

A month of music at the Buff

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If you travel in the same social media circles as I do, you might’ve seen a piece of commentary in Free Press Houston provocatively titled “Say Goodbye to the $5.00 Show” sort of lazily making its way around. In it, the writer opines that the five-buck cover charge—seemingly the going price point no matter where you happen to be seeing live music—is unfair to bands, presents some metrics in support of a $10 cover and encourages us to stop devaluing the art we love.

All good points,

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Visual

Elevation

The art of Cascadia

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The awesome landscapes of Cascadia have inspired artists for millennia. The Coast Salish people expressed their love and respect for the land in many ways, weaving the natural world into their art, ceremonies and rich spiritual life.

Today, the spell of Cascadia continues to influence the work of artists who express their connection to the mountains, forests and waters of the region in a plethora of ways.

A community-wide celebration of nature-inspired art, “Elevation: The Art of Cascadia”

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Words

Northwest Bookshelf

A regional roundup for readers

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The Wild In You: Voices from the Forest and Sea,
text by Lorna Crozier, photographs by Ian McAllister
Greystone Books

Lorna Crozier, a poet from Vancouver Island, and Ian McAllister, a photographer and cofounder of the conservation organization Pacific Wild, merge their art forms to create an evocative prayer for a place: the Great Bear Rainforest on the northern coast of British Columbia. These pages are inhabited by evocative photos of raven, grizzly bear, jellyfish, wolves and otters; the

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Outdoors

Spa Spotlight

Road trip to relaxation

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I’m flat on my back on a warm table, my hair cascading over its rim as I luxuriate in a deep scalp massage followed by a rosemary mint shampoo. This ain’t no salon, though. I’m at the Yuan Spa in Bellevue for a one-night getaway, and since this spa was rated one of the top in the city I booked myself for a Chinese Body Scrub ($125) without a clue what I was in for.

“Most people prefer it naked,” my therapist advised when I asked what clothing should be left on. She disappeared

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Food

Bitter is Better

A winter salad fix

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Winter can be a challenging time for leaf-lovers. The tender, bountiful garden foliage of summer is long gone, and seasonal winter options are generally a more fibrous lot, like cabbage and kale. Even the spinach is chewier.

From a health perspective, you could probably use the extra fiber, but nonetheless, serving wintergreens takes more forethought than plopping a bowl with leaves in it next to some bottles of dressing.

Some seasonal leaf-lovers, meanwhile, swap their greens for reds in

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On Stage

Ginger's Ballad

Workers of the world, unite!

It’s been nearly a century since Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed in the Cumberland bush on Canada’s Vancouver Island, but thanks to people such as playwright Elaine Avila, the legacy of the workers’ rights activist won’t soon be forgotten.

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin, the play Avila penned after visiting Vancouver Island and realizing Goodwin’s story had been quelled in the decades since his death, tells the story of the titular character who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc

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Film

Hitchcock/Truffaut

A meeting of minds

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It was a meeting of the minds—two great, movie-obsessed minds: Alfred Hitchcock, who was 63 and had recently unleashed Psycho on an unsuspecting public, and Francois Truffaut, a 30-year-old critic-turned-director with just three titles to his credit (but what titles: The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim).

They met over the course of a week in August 1963 at Hitchcock’s offices on the Universal Studios backlot. Truffaut would ask a question, Hitchcock would respond.

Four

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Film

Boy & the World

The incredible journey

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In Brazilian animator Ale Abreu’s Boy & the World, crude pencil and crayon drawings that ape the naive art of kindergartners explode into sophisticated riots of color and elaborate fantasy worlds that evoke Joan Miro and Georges Braque. Observing from a child’s perspective the inexorable march of globalization and its impact on rural communities and cultural traditions, this is an imaginative, artisanal work, blissfully distant in style and sensibility from the computer-animated

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Today

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Chocolate Pop-Up Lounge: Special discounted chocolate and tastings will take place from 2-4pm daily through Valentine's Day at the Evolve Chocolate Pop-up Lounge, 1313 N. State St. From 4-8pm there'll be an acoustic open mic, a "Lovers Flight of Cacao" (three confections served with sipping chocolate for two), seasonal specials and more. Entry is free. more »

Jam With Mojo: Attend a "Blues and Jazz Jam" from 2-4pm Tuesdays at MOJO School of Music, 2626 Meridian St. Come join the rhythm section (guitar, bass and drums) and bring your instrument (bass, guitar, woodwinds, brass, vocals, piano, harmonica, strings) and a song or two. All are welcome. more »

Whatcom Reads Kickoff: As part of this year's Whatcom READS! events, discuss Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being at 2:30pm at the Ferndale Library (2125 Main St.) and 7pm at the Point Roberts Library (1437 Gulf Rd.). Ozeki will be in Whatcom County in early March to share the book and participate in additional events. more »

Heart-racing Run: Staffers and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Tonight's "You Make My Heart Race" run will feature prizes, color-coded clothing clothing to delineate your dating status, demos by Brooks, and heart-shaped treats. Entry is free. In these dark months, a headlamp or flashlight is required. more »

Mardi Gras Dinner: Oysters Rockefeller, blackened catfish, seafood gumbo and more will be on the menu at a Mardi Gras Dinner Party starting at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $58. more »

Play Reading Group: Get together with others who enjoy reading plays aloud at a Play Reading Group gathering from 6:30-8pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Amateurs and first-timers are welcome. more »

Monkey Celebration: Chef Robert Fong celebrates in the kitchen with a "Year of the Monkey" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Come to eat and enjoy a meal with Fong’s family recipes. A glass of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage is included in course fee. Entry is $59. more »

Noisy Water Reading: At 7pm, selected poets who are published in Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County will read from their works at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. The collection features works by 101 writers. Entry to the all-ages event is free. more »

Gear Swap: Bellingham Mountaineers will host a Gear Swap at 7pm at the Bellingham YMCA, 1256 N. State St. Attendees can buy and sell used outdoor gear at the event, which is open to the public. more »

Skagit Folk Dancers: Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards. more »

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