Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Naan & Brew

Sampling the flavors of India

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On a recent Saturday afternoon, my significant other was still in his bathrobe, curled up on the bed with a cat in one hand and a book in the other. From his prone position, he mused about the voracious hunger that had suddenly overtaken him.

But directly after I hung up the phone with Naan & Brew and informed him the new Indian restaurant I’d heard great things about did indeed offer its $9.99 lunch buffet from 11am-2:30pm every day of the week, he was upright, clothed and had started…

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Paul Havas

A life of painting

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Paul Havas, best remembered for his beautiful landscape paintings, was born in 1940 in a New Jersey town named Orange. After receiving his MFA from the University of Washington, he first attracted attention in Seattle for paintings of trucks writer Sheila Farr described as being “Big, striking…very gutsy.”

Havas trained at Syracuse and the University of Washington in the prevailing idiom of abstract expressionism, but he soon surrendered to his love of the outdoors—which included…

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Recreation Roundup

An all-season outdoor expo

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

As I write these words from my perch on the sixth floor of the Herald Building, it’s early February and our corner of the world is blanketed in approximately six inches of still-accumulating snow. 

Despite the winter weather, Bellinghamsters are still out and about in full force. So far today, I’ve witnessed a number of bicycle commuters riding down State Street, joggers making their way along the Depot Market Square alley that leads directly to the Interurban Trail and Boulevard…

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On Stage

Always, Patsy Cline

Musical memories at the Conway Muse

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When Louise Seger met Patsy Cline before a show at Houston’s Esquire Ballroom in 1961, she was already a big fan of the country western star. By the end of the night, and until Cline’s untimely death at 30 in a plane crash two years later, the duo were fast friends.

In the time Ria Peth Vanderpool (Cline) and Kelly Visten (Seger) have been reprising their roles in the musical Always…Patsy Cline—which is showing Fridays and Saturdays through April 1 at the Conway Muse—Vanderpool…

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How peaceful protests can make a difference

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Across Cascadia, there are reports of peaceful demonstrations happening almost daily. The Women’s March on Bellingham on Sat., Jan. 21 drew record crowds, there have been several rallies at the Peach Arch border crossing in support of immigrants, and a March for Science is in the planning stages. 

Of course, marches as a form of political protest are nothing new, as John Lewis, an American icon known for his key role in the devastating 1965 Bloody Sunday March on Selma, can attest.…

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Going for Gold

Making time with Oscar

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

People think the most wonderful time of the year is Christmas, but they are misguided. Truly the most wonderful time of the year is Oscar season, that glorious couple of months when movie houses are flooded with all of the year’s finest films, we all become amateur movie critics and the whole thing culminates in the pomp and circumstance of the Academy Awards.

As with every Oscar season, this one has its narratives. Owing to last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy—a storm that had…

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The Wild Buffalo

Music under the big top

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I respect any number of things about the Wild Buffalo’s ownership cohort of Craig Jewell, Joey Crahan, and Lee Huffman, but nothing more than their steadfast, unshakable belief that owning a music venue is supposed to be fun. Sure, they deal with all the standard-issue problems of operating a small business as well as the stresses particular to running a music venue and establishment that serves adult beverages. But they rarely let the strain of occasionally having to be proper…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


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
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The Gristle
Half Time

HALF TIME: The 2017 Washington State Legislature struck a milestone in their 105-day regular session last week, passing the last day to move bills out of committee in their organizing chamber. A lot of proposed bills were trapped in committee this session, and that’s become a new strategy…

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Dark money

It is time to speak up. Is this a big coincidence? Has anyone noticed that Donald Trump’s appointees mesh perfectly…

Earth shattering

I had a vision last night that proves our worries about the Cascadia subduction zone are a moot issue. If…

Protections eroded

Apparently, protecting consumers against unfair, deceptive, or illegal practices is not high on the Trump agenda. After the financial crisis…

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Today's Events
17th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival


The 17th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and…

Arsenic and Old Lace


The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents a hilarious twist on murder mysteries when they present showings of Arsenic and Old Lace continuing this week at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm…

Into the Woods


Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, Rapunzel, and a plethora of other enchanted characters will all make appearances when Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairytale, Into the Woods,…

Ubu Roi


Witness the story of a power-hungry buffoon of a ruler who lays waste to his newly-conquered kingdom thanks to his greed and self-indulgence when iDiOM Theater presents showings of Alfred…

Up the Down Staircase


Squalicum High School Drama Club presents showings of Bel Kaufman’s Up the Down Staircase at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the school’s headquarters…

Weird Washington


As part of Whatcom READS!, Jefferson Davis and Al Eufrasio share stories and images from Weird Washington: Your Travel Guide to Washington’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets from 5-6:30pm…

PhotoLUSH 2017


Presentations on business, art and technique will be joined with hands-on demonstrations and model shoots for all participants at “PhotoLUSH 2017” starting at 6pm Friday with a speaker…

Always…Patsy Cline


The Theater Arts Guild presents a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always…Patsy Cline continues this weekend with 7pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Conway…

King John


As part of “A Season of Shakespeare,” attend showings of King John at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Philip Tarro Theatre at Mount Vernon’s Skagit Valley College. Expect to see inheritance…

Cupid's Arrow Final Weekend


An improvised dating game dubbed “Cupid’s Arrow” concludes this week with performances at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the…

Snow Play Day and Survival Skills


Kids in grades 3-5 can join Wild Whatcom for a “Snow Play Day & Winter Survival Skills” outing happening from 8am-5pm at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Activities will include the art of shelter…

Children's Literature Conference


Author Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrator Christian Robinson, author and illustrator Matt Phelan, and author Rita Williams-Garcia will be the featured speakers at the 14th annual Children’s…

What's New in Organic Gardening


Raindance Landscaping’s Travis Dickson focuses on “What’s New in Organic Gardening” at a 9am workshop at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. The free class will focus on how to apply both…

Plant Society Ramble


Join plant enthusiasts from the Native Plant Society for a “Cryptogramic Ramble” from 9:30am-3:30pm in the wetlands, waterfalls and forest understory at the one-mile-long Maple Creek Loop…

Winter Trail Run Series


The fourth Winter Trail Run Series of the season begins at 10am at Bellingham’s BBMX Park, 5022 Guide Meridian. The final 5K cross country trail run takes Sat., March 25. Entry is $5 for…

Sumas Writers Group


Aspiring writers can join the Sumas Writers Group to improve writing techniques, get feedback and gain information on how to get work published from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St.…

FiberFest 2017


Peruse an extravaganza of artisan textiles, embellishments, unique fibers, and wearable art at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum’s annual “FiberFest” happening from 10am-5pm at La Conner…

Smelt Run


La Conner Rotary hosts a fundraising “Smelt Run” starting at 10am at La Conner Middle School, 305 N. Sixth St. Choose from a 2-mile walk or 5K and 10K runs. Entry is $15-$30, and a free kids…

Intro to Ancestry


Learn how to research your family tree using the free library version of at an introduction to the program from 10-11am at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. The course will…

UFO Primer


Matthew Thuney will cover historical and cultural contexts before moving on to a discussion of modern-day UFO activity at a “UFO 101: From Sumeria to Lummi Island” class taking place from…

Kids Can Cook


Annalee Dunn of Tiny Onion Cooking School teaches a hands-on lunch-themed event for kids ages 7 to 13 at a “Kids Can Cook: Liven Up Your Lunch” class from 11am-1pm at the Community Food…

Washington Beer Open House


Anacortes Brewery, Aslan Brewing Co., Boundary Bay, Chuckanut Brewery, Kulshan Brewery, K2 Taproom, and Stones Throw Brewing will be among the area breweries to open their doors from 12-5pm…

Tax Help


AARP Tax-Aide will be offering free tax preparation services from 1-4:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. IRS-certified volunteers will assist people on a first-come,…

Weird Washington


Jefferson Davis and Al Eufrasio share stories from Weird Washington: Your Travel Guide to Washington’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets from 1-2:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St.…

Raising Pigs


If you’re interested in adding pastured pork to your farm or homestead, attend a “Raising Pigs” overview of what you need to get started from 1:30-3pm at Everson’s Cloud Mountain Farm Center,…

Peace Corps Revisited


In conjunction with Whatcom READS!, Paul Goff shares his own fascinating caregiving experiences doctoring in Sierra Leone in the early 1970s at a “Sierra Leone Peace Corps Revisited” talk…

Starry Night Chamber Orchestra


Nordic music will be featured when the Starry Night Chamber Orchestra performs at 3pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The orchestra is a group of   Pacific Northwest…

Geology Underfoot


Bellingham’s Dave Tucker will share his book Geology Underfoot in Western Washington from 3-4:30pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The book includes information on 22 field trips,…

Whatcom Writes


Winners of the Whatcom Writes eighth annual Writing Contest Anthology will share their selections at a group reading from 4-6pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Inspired by the Whatcom READS!…

Wishes for Our Stars Gala


Animals as Natural Therapy will host a “Wishes for Our Stars” Gala from 5-9pm at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. Tickets to the seventh annual fundraiser are $85 and include a plated…

Light in the Night Gala


A “Light in the Night” Gala begins at 7pm at Settlemyer Hall at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. Tickets to the Lighthouse Mission Drop-In Center fundraiser are $45 and…

Varsity Vocals


Students taking part in the Varsity Vocals International Championship of A Cappella will showcase the art of a cappella singing at a 7pm concert at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial…

Contra Dance


Brad and Steve Fortified will provide live music and Valerie Cohen will do the calling at the Bellingham Country Dance Society’s Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven…

Comedy Fundraiser


Improvisers from Bellingham’s Upfront Theatre will perform at as part of a fundraiser for S.P.O.T. starting with a social hour, silent auction and wine and hors d’oeuvres at 7pm at Mount…

Boating Center Fundraiser


Live music by the Replayzmentz will be part of the Corinthian Yacht Club’s eighth annual Benefit Dance for the Community Boating Center from 7-11:30pm at the Elks Club, 701 Samish Way.…

Wetzel's World


Blaine Wetzel, the award-winning head chef of the acclaimed Willows Inn, will share ideas and experiences from his remarkable career at an all-ages presentation from 7:30-9pm at the Lummi…

Bayshore Symphony Winter Concert


Cellist Kyle Matson will be featured at the Bayshore Symphony’s Winter Soloist Concert at performances at 7;30pm Saturday at Mount Vernon’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (415 S. 18th St.) and…

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