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Food

Ferndale Farmstead

An Eat Local Month spotlight

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kevin Dougherty, the farm manager of Ferndale Farmstead, is already up at first light—he’s been awake since 5:30am—feeding fawn-colored calves and preparing for the long day ahead.

Dougherty’s morning routine doesn’t look any different from countless other dairy farmers across Whatcom County, and in fact, the tasks are the same; but the farm he’s running is unique. Ferndale Farmstead happens to be one of the only large-scale seed-to-craft operations in Western Washington. To…

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Film

The Magnificent Seven

Another day, another remake

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The big difference between the new version of The Magnificent Seven and the revered 1960 feature is the ethnic background of the main characters. The titular seven in director Antoine Fuqua’s take are a diverse bunch, while the ruthless villain of the piece is no longer a Mexican bandito but, instead, a cutthroat white capitalist. Other than the revisionist casting, however, nothing particularly original or fresh has been injected into this competently made remake of the star-studded…

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Words

Block Party

Making memories at Make.Shift

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

By the time this issue hits the streets, summer will be morphing into fall and everyone will be making their way inside to sip hot cocoa, knit scarves out of hand-dyed wool and count the rising number of falling leaves from their living-room windows.

Or not. With the Make.Shift Block Party taking place Sat., Sept. 24 in the heart of Bellingham’s Arts District, autumn may have to chill out and wait a little longer for its turn in the spotlight.

For at least one day longer, summer…

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Film

London Road

A musical murder mystery

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The techniques of verbatim theater go back decades, to at least the 1950s, when young German theater troupes would reenact complicated court cases word for word onstage. Even earlier, in the United States, the WPA paid for a form of this performance with its “Living Newspapers,” in which theater artists conducted extensive journalistic research about a social problem and then dramatized their findings. But no matter what the topic of a verbatim piece, it’s almost guaranteed the…

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Outdoors

River Dance

Bustin’ a move on Horseshoe Bend

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I was visiting Glacier on important business recently when the thing that always happens to me up there happened again: I had an insatiable urge to ambulate the enveloping terrain that compelled me to initiate a protracted dash through the woods.

Ephemeral mist vapors atomized the sun dapple as I padded down the stairway toward the raucous, silt-laden course of the North Fork, and with each approaching step I felt the tedium of the workday dissipate further into the foliage.

With a…

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On Stage

Women's World

Love, Loss and What I Wore

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The five women who tell their tales in Love, Loss, and What I Wore don’t shy away from touchy subjects.

Whether they’re discussing the death of a child, ex-husbands, being raped at college, dressing room anxiety or aging, the 28 monologues comprising the play penned by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron get to the heart of women’s relationships—with each other, and also with their wardrobes.

Les Campbell, who’s directing the production for the Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG) starting…

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Visual

River Visions

When storytelling and ecology collide

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The artists of the Sepik River in Papua, New Guinea create striking, evocative work, acclaimed by collectors and museums worldwide. In a pair of brilliant exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology of the University of British Columbia, the lyrical Sepik storytelling collides with a tragically somber vision of the ecology of the contemporary Northwest.  

Papua is the world’s second-largest island, and the Sepik River is the largest unspoiled river system in the Asia-Pacific region.…

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News

Erin Jones

Tending and mending our schools

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teaching kids means teaching ourselves—to be a more generous, more accommodating, more honest society, Erin Jones says.

With the funding of basic education deemed the highest priority of state policy makers, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as advocate and champion of those goals may be the most important election this season. But beyond the questions of money, Washington’s public schools face unprecedented issues related to diversity and cultural, racial,…

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Music

Ladies of the Lincoln

Who run the world?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, the Lincoln Theatre kicked off its fall season with a concert by Maria Muldaur, an event that, among other things, prompted me to sing “Midnight at the Oasis” to my coworkers until they threatened me with a violent end should I continue to torture them with my dubious musical stylings.

Needless to say, I am no Maria Muldaur.

Muldaur’s performance was just the first of several concerts by powerhouse female artists who will take the stage at the historic…

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The Gristle
Closer to home

CLOSER TO HOME: The York Neighborhood Association held a well-attended and vocal town hall meeting last week, inviting neighbors from all over the city to discuss concerns about affordable housing, zoning, protection of single-family neighborhoods, quality-of-life issues, and housing…

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Letters
Ignorance is strength

I am considered a Millennial by most accounts. I have not voted. I have not been much interested in or…

Connecting the dots

Have you ever wondered whether there’s a connection between a 15-year-long war, the corporate quest to control our planet’s resources,…

Hillary must not be ‘Gored’

Berniecrats of today recall the Naderites of 2000. Nader called Al Gore an “environmental impostor” and Republicans described him as…

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Today's Events
Eat Local Month

4:00pm

A Farm Fund Hootenanny for the Community Food Co-op’s Food & Farming Program taking place from 6-10pm Sun., Sept. 4 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery will act as the official kickoff…

Whatcom Water Week

10:00am

Tours of local water and waste water treatment plants, a “Run with the Chums,” a Streams of Thought Film Festival, a social media photo contest, a rainwater irrigation workshop, watershed…

The Happy Elf Auditions

7:00pm

Adults and children are invited to audition for upcoming performances of Harry Connick Jr.‘s The Happy Elf from 7-9pm Monday and Tuesday at Lynden’s Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St.

Making Miso

4:00pm

Learn the surprising ways fermented foods can make you happier and healthier when Regina Zwilling leads a hands-on Miso Workshop at 4pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S.…

Not If But When

6:00pm

Experts from the Western Washington University Palliative Care Institute and Whatcom County Library System will give a presentation focused on “Not If But When: Grief and Loss Introduced…

All-Paces Run

6:00pm

Staff 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…

Bingo in Blaine

6:00pm

Win cash and prizes at EZ Bingo at 6pm at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St. Entry is $15 and includes eight games, with three cards a game. Show up at 5pm for a grilled hamburger (or garden…

Wonton and Char Siu

6:30pm

Chef Robert Fong will school attendees on how to wrap their own wontons at a “Wonton and Char Siu” class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $49.

Bellingham Reads

6:30pm

Discuss Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You at a Bellingham Reads book discussion at 6:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. All adults are welcome.

Roving Cocktail Party

6:30pm

Valley Shine Distillery owners Ben and Stacy will create one of their signature cocktails at a “Roving Cocktail Party” starting at 6:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen’s Kitchen, 509 S. First…

Eagle Presentation

7:00pm

Noted biologist, conservationist, writer and publisher David Hancock leads an Audubon Society presentation focused on “Bald Eagles: Amazing Comeback from Endangered Status” at 7pm at Whatcom…

Blackfish Prophecy

7:00pm

Rachel Clark reads from The Blackfish Prophecy at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th ST. The YA book focuses on three teens driven to connect with the highly-evolved consciousness of the Orca.

Skagit Folk Dancers

7:00pm

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…

Beginning Square Dance

7:00pm

No partner or experience will be needed when Rainbow Squares kick off a series of beginning Square Dance lessons tonight from 7-9pm at Lynden’s Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. The first…

Monastery Talk

7:00pm

Learn about the history and efforts to rebuild the Surmang Monasteries in remote eastern Tibet that were destroyed by the Chinese during the Cultural Revolution at 7pm at the Bellingham…

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