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Halloween in the City of Subdued Excitement

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Recently, I was trying to convey to a recent Bellingham transplant the degree to which Bellingham loses its collective mind every Halloween. I explained the “Thriller” dancers, the elaborate costuming that occurs, the plentiful parties and even that guy who rides through downtown every Oct. 31 on his horse. Yet the newly minted Bellinghamster (or “Bellinghammer,” as he prefers it) remained skeptical, despite my descriptive efforts.

Perhaps his cynical viewpoint has to do with…

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Death Happens

Let’s talk about your choices

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

We all die, but there is no dress rehearsal for dying.

Most of us wish for a peaceful death, yet most of us do not plan for our deaths or have any ideas about steps we could take and the choices we can make to increase the likelihood that this wish will be realized. 

Currently, the treatments provided at the end-of-life are driven by medical decisions and insurance mandates; they often focus on an unrealizable goal for a cure. Decisions about next treatments and the trajectory of…

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On Stage

Pushed to Poison

Arsenic and Old Lace

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When the Northwest Washington Theatre Group cast local actor and improviser Joan Prinz as Martha Brewer in the black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, they probably never imagined she’d get so deep into her character that she’d believe she was actually one-half of a murderous duo. We caught up with Joan—excuse us, Martha—to find out what pushed her to poison.

Cascadia Weekly: Thanks for speaking with us today, Martha. How’s life at the Happy Dale Sanitarium?

Martha Brewer: Oh, Abby…

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Night Shine

Escape from Devil’s Canyon

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When my supervisor at Bighorn National Forest informed me that I was about to spend my final scheduled workday of the season retrieving two government-issued chainsaws from a tool cache at the bottom of Devil’s Canyon all by myself, I accepted her directive compliantly, but with a caveat.

“It’s not that I mind saving somebody else the trouble,” I said, “but before I undertake a 12-mile hike through the stygian depths of northern Wyoming I need to know why whoever cached those…

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Killer Burgers

The blood is real

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Vegetarians, at long last, will no longer have to fake their hamburgasms. The debut of the most meat-like veggie burger ever, at New York City’s Momofuku Nishi, has made a big, bloody splash in the food world—and especially in the burgeoning plant-based foods community.

The appropriately-named Impossible Burger sizzles like a burger, sending delectable clouds of meaty umami through the air. It browns like a burger, and this pleasing crisp skin manages to contain the juices that run…

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EMS Saves Lives

Vote Yes on Proposition 1

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Imagine waking in the middle of the night feeling short of breath and with pain in your chest. You call 911, and within minutes your local fire department EMTs are in your home beginning care. A short while later, paramedics arrive to stabilize you and transport you to the hospital. The complex chain of events that mobilizes emergency medical care in Whatcom County is activated many times a day, every day of the year.

Paramedics bring the emergency room to you wherever you are in…

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A month of mourning

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Why does it seem like bad news always come in threes?

When painter and sculptor Clayton James died early this month at the age of 98, it wasn’t entirely unexpected. But that didn’t change the fact that the Skagit Valley had lost one of its own.

One of the famed “Northwest School” artists, James was a man who spent decades of his long life involved not only in creative pursuits, but also in giving voice to his personal beliefs. As a conscientious objector during World War II, he spent…

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Not so hot after all

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

In the long and spotty history of movie taglines, few have been quite as noncommittal as the one dreamed up for Inferno, the third in director Ron Howard’s series of schlockbusters drawn from the nominal literary oeuvre of Dan Brown. “The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons were just the beginning,” proclaim the posters—pretty inarguably, since Inferno is nothing if not a continuation of what they started. But there’s a hint of threat in those words too: If you found the first two…

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Island love

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

There’s something thrilling about a movie that introduces us to a corner of the world we never knew existed. Tanna is that kind of film. It was shot on the remote South Pacific island that gives the movie its name with a cast composed entirely of local non-actors. The people of Yakel village live off the land, ignoring the modern world while adhering to a set of traditional rules known as the Kastom.

The Kastom is, in some ways, the tribe’s salvation, but it may also spell its…

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The Gristle
Civil War

CIVIL WAR: Bellingham City Council continues to struggle with the issues of housing equity and affordability in collision with the traditional form and character of established neighborhoods.

A special meeting on chapter amendments to the city’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan update turned into…

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Today's Events
Scream Fair Haunted House


Brave souls can journey into the darkness as they come face-to-face with creepy creatures and the undead at the annual Scream Fair Haunted House taking place from 6:30-9:30pm Thursday and…

Arsenic and Old Lace


The Northwest Washington Theatre Group presents dinner theater showings of Arsenic and Old Lace at 7pm Thursday and Friday at the Lynden Pioneer Museum, 217 Front St. Tickets are $18.

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30-11am at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Suggested donation is $5.

Spanish Storytime


Families interested in hearing stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish can attend “Spanish Storytime” for kids ages 3-5 at 10:30am most Fridays through Dec. 16 at the Lynden Library, 216 4th…

Parkinson's Dance Class


Kuntz and Company’s Pam Kuntz leads a dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement or neurological disorders at 10am Fridays through Nov. 18 at Ballet Bellingham, 1405…

Ferndale Farmers Market


Local vendors and farmers will sell their wares at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 1-6pm every Friday through Oct. 28 at 2007 Cherry St.

Final Ferndale Market


Local vendors and farmers will sell their wares at the final Ferndale Farmers Market of the season from 1-6pm at 2007 Cherry St.

Scary Bake Sale


Stock up on Halloween and harvest-time goodies and support the Friends of the Blaine Library at a “Monster Munchies and Terrifying Treats Bake Sale” from 1:30-5:30pm at the Blaine Library,…

Gates and Fires


Erhard Vogel shares ideas about how to live a meaningful and fulfilling life when he reads from The Four Gates at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 7pm, Priscilla Long reads from Fire…

Artist Talk


Seattle-based artist George Rodriquez will discuss his work at 5:30pm at the Syre Student Center at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. The event is free and open to the public. …

Gore and Lore Tours


The Good Time Girls combine history with a bit of horror at the final “Gore and Lore” tours at 6pm Friday in Fairhaven (in front of Skylark’s) and 6pm Saturday in downtown Bellingham (at the…

Art Party


Bring your own painting or drawing and art supplies to a monthly Friday Night Art Party taking place from 6-8:30pm at Tillie Lace Gallery, 1415 13th St. Entry to the night of creative…

Hamster Ball


Washington-area wineries, breweries, restaurants and specialty merchants will be highlighted at the second annual “Hamster Ball” from 6:30-9:30pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris…

Panic Squad


Enjoy family-friendly improvisational comedy when the Panic Squad performs at 7pm at Lynden Middle School, 516 Main St. Tickets are $15 per person or $49 per family and will be available in…

Back to School Catechism


“Back To School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales” will be the focus when “Sister” returns to Mount Vernon for a 7:30pm show at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way.…

Ben Folds and a Piano


See a multi-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and producer do his thing at a solo “Ben Folds and a Piano” concert at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Folds’ recent…

Our Town


Thornton Wilder’s iconic play Our Town can be seen when META Performing Arts presents the classic starting this week at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln…



Enjoy improv comedy when the Dead Parrots Society performs presents the “Halloween Thriller Show” as part of monthlong “Squawk-Tober” performances at 8pm Friday and Saturday at Western…



Help figure out whodunnit when the perennially popular improvised murder mystery known as “Hellingham” returns to the stage for 8pm and 10pm shows Friday and Saturday, and 8pm Monday at the…

Rocky Horror Picture Show


Celebrate the cult classic known as The Rocky Horror Picture Show at viewings at 8pm and midnight Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the Mount Baker Theatre’s Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial…

Ghosts of Concrete


SJ and Russ Wells of FOG Paranormal will host “Ghosts of Concrete” at 11pm Friday and Saturday starting at the Skagit County Community Action Center, 45770 Main St. The duo will share their…

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