Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Cezanne et Moi

A tale of two artists

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cezanne et Moi is the story of the lifelong friendship between Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola; and nothing about it was easy. Zola enjoyed fairly early success as a novelist, but not until he’d spent long years almost freezing and starving to death. And Cezanne, though he had the benefit of family money for most of his life, never quite achieved the success and acknowledgment that he craved and deserved—at least not while he was breathing.

The movie begins with Cezanne paying Zola a…

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Bellingham Arts & Music Fest

Of genius and madness

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Even though I have lived in Bellingham for more than half of my life, I continue to exist in a constant state of amazement at the things people get up to in the name of artistic expression, entertainment and community involvement.

Currently, my mind is very busy being blown by the Bellingham Arts & Music Fest (not to be confused with the Bellingham Music Film Festival or the Bellingham Festival of Music or any other of the similarly named festivals that happen here), or BAMF as it is…

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Check-in time at the Holiday Inn

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I’m a big fan of eating at spanking-new spaces.

A restaurateur has to take time to really develop his or her menu, to select silverware and plates, to decorate according to a certain theme. In the best cases, there’s a budget that makes this a fun, creative project. That’s certainly true for northwater, the restaurant at the Holiday Inn Bellingham Airport that opened in late March.

Airport hotels are not known for their stellar cuisine, but northwater is an exception to that…

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On Stage

Access Bellingham

As seen on TV

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

At 6pm every Sunday night, television viewers can tune in to Comcast Channel 10 or watch online as their friends and neighbors fill the screen as part of Access Bellingham. For the past two years, Eero Johnson of EJ Visuals has been helping bring people’s visions to life—whether it’s a sketch comedy show, a cooking how-to, live performances, documentaries or a dancing hamster.

Cascadia Weekly: How did you get involved with Access Bellingham?

Eero Johnson: I’ve been producing…

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Dig In

The dirt on local plant sales

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thanks to the manly machinations of my common-law landscaper, I’m now in possession of three brand-new raised beds and a wealth of additional garden space. In the nick of time, Whatcom County’s glut of plant sales begin this weekend, ensuring that my plots—and yours, if you’re so inclined—won’t stay empty for long.

In fact, from 9am-4pm on Thurs., April 27 the annual BSAC Plant Sale will fill the Bellingham Senior Activity Center (315 Halleck St.) with selections from local…

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Growing Veterans

Dirt therapy works its magic on a Skagit hillside

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Down on his knees planting onions, Vietnam War veteran Mike Hackett reflects on the way his vocation has changed lives.

“It’s a three-legged stool,” the college- trained agriculture specialist explains.  “We grow food, we grow our community and we grow each other.”

He’s talking about Growing Veterans, an organization in its fifth year of farming and providing peer support to troubled war veterans. Members work the soil, grow and sell vegetables, and offer each other…

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Putting the ‘happy’ in Happy Valley

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The issues of housing affordability, of infill, of neighborhood character are frequently in collision. Acknowledged successes to bring these public goals into harmony are few, and can be slow and difficult to achieve. And—without meaning to be glib about a thorny problem—one reason may be that efforts to approach these convergent public goals are seldom welcomed. They’re resisted. We term it NIMBY, Not in My Backyard. And even that term draws growls of annoyance as we reduce…

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Border Crossing

Images of resilience

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Despite the fact that he’s been pushing for a viewing of Whatcom Museum’s “Images of Resilience: Chicana/o Art and its Mexican Roots,” exhibit for the past month, I had to assure my date I’d treat him to a post-tour lunch to get him out the front door last Sunday.

It turns out I shouldn’t have promised to part with my dineros quite so quickly. After we’d done our first walk-through of the thought-provoking show, my fella informed me that not only did he love everything about the…

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Their Finest

Making movie magic

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Near the end of the stealth charmer Their Finest, the accidental screenwriter played by Gemma Arterton slips into a movie theater among the London public during the Blitz to watch the morale-building British Ministry of Information propaganda film she has helped to shape. Director Lone Scherfig pushes every required button to evoke the style of the era in this mini-narrative recounting a Dunkirk rescue mission by patriotic civilians-the quivering lips, the plucky determination, the…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm


If you were to wend your way to RoozenGaarde, you would find field after field ablaze with the tulips for which the area is so famous. It is a carefully cultivated, wholly natural wonder of the world, and it draws thousands every year who make the pilgrimage to the Skagit Valley to take in the riot of color that has made the region famous. But the tulip fields, while certainly a sight unto themselves, are merely the gateway to a county that boasts a rich history of agriculture and art, and is inhabited by folks who proudly hew to a fiercely local lifestyle. With its distinct and disparate cities and towns, natural beauty from field to sea and the miles of scenic routes and backroads that link it all, there is much treasure to found in Skagit, if only you know where to look. What follows is that which you’ve deemed the region’s best, the places that have earned your votes and your love, the ones that exist right in your own bountiful backyard.

Best of Skagit compiled by Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Tim Johnson, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat. Photos by Jessamyn Tuttle

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The Gristle
The Calm Before the Storm

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Let’s map the coordinates and storm surge of the hurricane that’s standing just offshore, gathering dynamic energy and ready to race inland.

The storm, of course, is a proposed new jail. A plan and initiative to finance a large, remote $100 million jail and…

Robert Reich
First 100 Days

Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his first 100 days is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time—especially his degradation of the presidency.

From early in the Republic, we have looked at the office of…

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Get to work on water

I am interested in the water issues that confront our county based on the recent Supreme Court’s Hirst decision regarding…

Support worker rights

It is hard to believe, but every day 150 workers are killed by job injuries and illnesses. This year alone,…

Washington steps up

Last week marked a huge victory for Washingtonians, especially those of us who have a uterus! On the final day…

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Today's Events
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival


The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition…

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival


The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able…

Bellingham Beer Week


A beer tasting panel, beer dinners, anniversary parties, brewers nights, “Walk for Paws,” a Tap Trail Challenge, trivia night, a block party, a pop-up “sip and shop,” and April Brews Day are…

Law Day


Free legal advice and consultation regarding everything from bankruptcy to divorce to debt collection, immigration, criminal law, adoption, child custody and much more will be part of “Law…

Parkinson's Dance Class


Pam Kuntz leads a dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement or neurological disorders at 10am at Ballet Bellingham, 1405 Fraser St., suite #103. Entry is free. No…

Skagit Writers League Meeting


“My Worst Job and Other True (or False) Confessions” will be the topic of Skagit Valley Writers League workshop with Carolyne Wright from1-3pm at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401…

Family Service Party and Gear Swap


Join Wild Whatcom and Bellingham Parks and Rec for a Family Service Party and Gear Swap start starting from 3-5pm with weeding and mulching projects at Squalicum Creek Park. From 5-6:30pm,…

Uptown Arts Open House


Attend an Open House from 3-7pm at Uptown Art, 800 Harris Ave., #101. The new studio—which recently left the Bellwether area to move to Fairhaven—is a “paint-and-sip” venue where people…



Enjoy ukulele tunes when Ensembulele performs at a “Music in the Library” concert from 4-5pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free.

Walk for a Paws


As part of Bellingham Beer Week, take part in “Walk for a Paws” starting at 5pm at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Humans will get a complimentary root beer and…



Enjoy a minimum of six seasonally inspired courses at the bimonthly “Incognito” dinner beginning at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Conviviality is encouraged and reservations are essential.…

Mexican Kitchen


Ana Jackson teaches students how to create a spring fiesta menu with recipes suitable for Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, or any festive occasion at a “Mexican Kitchen: Fiesta!” class from…

Balkan Folk Dance


The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm most Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Dances are taught, and mentoring is available. Suggested donation is $5.

Twelfth Night


Expect to see twins, cross-dressing, love triangles, live music and more when drama students at Sehome High School present showings of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at 7pm Thursday…

Viking Economics


Author and social change activist George Lakey shares ideas from his book Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and We Can Too at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Lakey,…

movie trivia


Test your cinematic knowledge with the monthly installment of Movie Trivia from 7-9pm at the Bayou Annex Bar, 1300 Bay St. It’s free to play, and there will be many prizes and raffles…

Celtic Fiddle Festival


Hear masterful string music when the Celtic Fiddle Festival performs from 7-9pm in Mount Vernon at the Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. The band features Kevin Burke, Christian…

FAME Fundraiser


Amber Darland and Andrea Rackl will perform at Bellingham Sings’ annual fundraiser, FAME (Female Artists for Music Education), at 7:30pm at Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Rd.  Allegra Women’s…

Butt Kapinski


For the final weekend of the Mia Solo Festival, Butt Kapinski (played by Deanna Fleysher) brings “clown noir” to the stage at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the…

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