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A Weedy Problem

A document will arrive soon on the governor’s desk he’s indicated he will sign. When he does, if he does, the document will radically transform the delivery of medical marijuana in Washington, reducing its availability to patients and dramatically increasing its cost. Ironically, this arrives at a moment of bated success in the state’s cautious yet ambitious experiment with marijuana, and at a moment of ferment in the reconsideration and reform of drug laws nationally.

Senate Bill 5052,

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This Week

The Gristle

The Justiciability of Jail

THE JUSTICIABILITY OF JAIL: More than 150 people packed the Whatcom County Council chambers last week to learn more about a sales tax initiative that would finance the construction of a $122.5 million jail and Sheriff’s complex near Ferndale. More than 50 people commented in a lengthy special evening session Council had called exclusively to gather additional information about public support for the proposal and for alternatives that could reduce the cost and frequency of incarceration.

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Music

Radio Free Bellingham

Time to turn up

It is true we have been doing a lot of talking about nascent Bellingham radio station KVWV (94.9 FM) in the Cascadia Weekly recently. Enough so that people may begin to wonder if we have some kind of self-interest, financial stake or other hidden agenda at play here.

The answer: Nope. We just happen to have a soft spot for community-minded sources of entertainment and news, especially those that are free for the end user. Anything the general public can easily access that adds voices and

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News

A Weedy Problem

Medical marijuana reform heads for governor’s signature

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A document will arrive soon on the governor’s desk he’s indicated he will sign. When he does, if he does, the document will radically transform the delivery of medical marijuana in Washington, reducing its availability to patients and dramatically increasing its cost. Ironically, this arrives at a moment of bated success in the state’s cautious yet ambitious experiment with marijuana, and at a moment of ferment in the reconsideration and reform of drug laws nationally.

Senate Bill 5052,

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Food

Piece of Cake

A modern take on Cuban cuisine

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As my taxi rocketed through Havana, I saw around me a charming mix of architectural styles I recognized from pictures and movies. 

In real life, however, laundry fluttered from baroque balustrades and mold marred the pastel facades of neoclassical treasures. Exhaust from picturesque vintage cars stung my eyes. Pedestrians dressed in bright leggings dodged traffic while holding the hands of uniformed schoolchildren. Billboards on the carretera featured photographs of Fidel Castro and Hugo

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Outdoors

Counting the Rings

Arbor Day, past and present

It was April 15, 1896 and breakfast bacon had gone up in price from 10 cents to 12.

It was also the first-ever Arbor Day in Fairhaven. The celebrations were commissioned by Mayor Eli Wilkins as a way to beautify the logged-out area that had been developed only seven years before.

Members of the city were busy planting 117 cork bark elm tree saplings every 25 feet along what was then Front Street, now State Street, just above the boardwalk that winds along the bay.

That was 119 years ago.

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Film

Ex Machina

Meet your robot master

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Science fiction may be the defining movie genre of our time, but too often it’s just a vehicle for escapist space adventure or paranoid dystopian fantasy. A sci-fi movie that actually has intelligent things to say about science—that’s all too rare. It’s what we get in Ex Machina.

Human scale, mind-stretching and eerie, it’s the debut feature from the novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later). For his first time in the director’s chair, Garland goes easy on

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Visual

Empty Bowls

Ceramic artists fill a need

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Sometimes, meals are nourishing in more ways than one.

This concept will become clear when community members sit down to dine on steaming bowls of seafood chowder or minestrone soup as part of the annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser taking place Thurs., April 30 at Bellingham’s Old World Deli.

The obvious way attendees will get nutrients into their systems is by bringing spoons to their mouths and finishing their evening repasts. But even before that, they’ll be taking part in a fulfilling

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Film

The Hunting Ground

A call to action

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Just like a horror movie, The Hunting Ground opens with unsuspecting victims.

As “Pomp and Circumstance” plays on the soundtrack, a series of home videos shows women joyfully opening acceptance letters from colleges and universities. The women don’t know that upward of 20 percent of them, one in five, will be sexually assaulted during their college years.

This is but one of many alarming statistics presented in this well-researched documentary, which tops any fictional chiller for shock

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On Stage

Poetic Palavers

A way with words

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Whatcom County isn’t a place that takes a casual approach to National Poetry Month. Every April, residents find a plethora of verse-related events to choose from in a variety of different realms—both onstage and off.  With the nationwide celebration coming to a close April 30, we’d like to draw your attention to a number of ways to make sure you sufficiently enjoy the final week of creative wordplay.

Last Friday’s “Scratchpad” show at the Upfront Theatre was a perfect example of how poetry

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Words

Mingled Visions

Timothy Egan meets Edward Curtis

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Seattle in 1895 is booming with lumber and coal industries fueling the town’s economic expansion and population growth, as well as fishing, shipbuilding, wholesale trade and shipping. 

Edward Curtis, a dashing young photographer making a living photographing Seattle’s wealthiest citizens, has a chance encounter with Princess Angeline, the daughter of Chief Seattle.

Native Americans were at that time banned from Seattle city limits, and Princess Angeline lived illegally on the fringes of

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Today

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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 to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, roller derby, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster more »

Knife Skills: Mataio Gillis will host a "Knife Skills" class from 5:30-7:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Participants will learn fundamental knife skills—including safety, knife mechanics, maintenance and classic cutting techniques. Entry is $48. more »

Timothy Egan: Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Timothy Egan will discuss highlights of Edward S. Curtis' quest to document tribes across the nation at a free lecture at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Egan's book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis, is a riveting biography of the famous photographer. The event is part of a collaboration with Whatcom Museum, who is currently showing Curtis' works at its "Mingled more »

Open Mic: Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience at a monthly Open Mic at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Bring your poems and flash fiction to celebrate National Poetry Month—or any creative work in progress. Laurel Leigh helms the free event. Sign up at the front desk, or by calling the number listed here. more »

WWU Symphony Orchestra: Attend a performance featuring the WWU Symphony Orchestra at 7:30pm at the university's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to the public. more »

Poetrynight: Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation. P.S. Please use the back fountain entry. more »

Guffawingham: A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. more »

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