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Downtown Sounds

When Downtown Sounds began 11 summers ago, Bellingham’s downtown core was a different place. No, it was not some burned-out, rundown hellscape, but it did have more than its fair share of empty storefronts and was in need of both an image change and some revitalization.

Let’s face it: There comes a point in everyone’s life when a makeover is probably not the worst idea.

Enter the Downtown Bellingham Partnership.

Founded in 2000, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership has one singular,

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This Week

The Gristle

Four Promoting Five

FOUR PROMOTING FIVE: Despite the long and pretentious, preening moment of silence and quiet reflection the conservative caucus of the Whatcom Charter Review Commission invokes at the start of their meetings, caucus members nevertheless failed to gain divine insight on several key realities:

First, Whatcom County Council is the recognized authority able to affirmatively place charter amendment proposals on the ballot for voters in November. County Council also holds the legal authority to

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Film

Terminator: Genysis

Enough, already

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Arnold Schwarzenegger once again declares, “I’ll be back,” in this fifth installment of the Terminator franchise, but enough already. Spending half its time showing unkillable cyborg characters getting shot up only to quickly heal themselves, and the other half trying to explain a plot that rewrites the entire series, Terminator: Genisys will serve as a good litmus test of how keen the public is to see basically the same old thing in a new (but very similar) bottle.

At one point,

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Film

When Marnie Was There

Studio Ghibli’s swan song?

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“I hate myself.”

That’s an unusual statement coming from the hero of an animated film, let alone in the first two minutes. But 12-year-old orphan Anna (Sara Takatsuki), the protagonist of Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s lovely animated feature When Marnie Was There, has no illusions about her place in the world. There’s an invisible magic circle containing everyone else (i.e., all the seemingly normal, non-anhedonic people), and she’s forever on the outside. And as far as she’s concerned, she

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News

The Drive for Five

Fair representation with five equal districts

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Whatcom County has breathtaking landscapes—from the islands in the Salish Sea, to the foothills of the North Cascades, and between them, the rich farms and waters that provide berries, milk, salmon and shellfish to the world. The breadth of our landscapes are matched by the diversity of our people—from software engineers in Bellingham, to fishermen and women in our coastal communities, to the farmers of Lynden. Unfortunately, the diversity of our people, and what matters to them most, is

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Outdoors

Urban Stream Series

Little Squalicum Creek needs you

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We are blessed to have so many streams running through our community: Whatcom, Squalicum, Padden, Chuckanut, and Little Squalicum, to name a few. These special places are urban sanctuaries where we enjoy flowing water, wildlife and fresh air.

As our city grows, an increased amount of rainwater is routed away from roadways, parking lots and buildings into a system of underground pipes, and less water is filtered through vegetation and soil. This runoff is called stormwater, and as it flushes

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Words

Grateful Bookshelf

A long, strange trip

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When the remaining members of the Grateful Dead announced they would be playing a trio of farewell shows in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend to mark their 50th anniversary, it was unclear how the news would be received.

Was there still an appetite to hear music played by a bunch of semi-retired grandfathers sporting more than a little touch of gray? Had the legions of Deadheads hung up their tie-dyes and moved on? Would a final run of reunion shows have appeal without Jerry Garcia, the

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Food

Finding the Freeze

No ice cream maker, no problem

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Thanks to what I’m presuming is climate change, the blackberries lining my backyard fence are ripening much earlier than usual. I figure I have less than two weeks before I can start plucking. I am not prepared.

The problem, you see, is that I’ve still got two gallon-sized bags of blackberries and an equal amount of Italian plums from last summer taking up space in my freezer. I’d like to get rid of all of it before I start jamming the Frigidaire’s frosty chambers with more fruit.

It’s been

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On Stage

Curtains Up!

Seasonal surprises at the Mount Baker Theatre

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You know that feeling of relief that can be found when you transition from being uncomfortably ensconced in the sweaty clutches of a hot summer day into that of a cool, air-conditioned oasis?

That sigh of climate-controlled assuagement could be heard by many last week at “Curtains Up!,” the preview for the Mount Baker Theatre’s 2015/2016 season, which begins July 21 with the sonic stylings of Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and ends May 14, 2016, with “’50s Dance Party,” an authentic

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Visual

Take Your Time

National Art Exhibition thinks big

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Here’s a suggestion for those viewing the “Bellingham National Art Exhibition and Awards” exhibit currently on display at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building: Walk through the collection once without reading the attached biographies and explanations accompanying each work of art, and then do so again while paying closer attention to what the artists had to say about their creations.

While the directive is merely a suggestion, it helped me stay focused when I toured the exhibition last

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Music

Downtown Sounds

Calling out around the world

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When Downtown Sounds began 11 summers ago, Bellingham’s downtown core was a different place. No, it was not some burned-out, rundown hellscape, but it did have more than its fair share of empty storefronts and was in need of both an image change and some revitalization.

Let’s face it: There comes a point in everyone’s life when a makeover is probably not the worst idea.

Enter the Downtown Bellingham Partnership.

Founded in 2000, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership has one singular,

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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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Northwest Tandem Rally: The multi-day Northwest Tandem Rally takes place from Thursday to Monday throughout Bellingham. The event includes organized, supported bicycle rides, a vendor fair, a banquet, Tour de France viewing parties, ice cream sampling, beer-tasting, Bellingham Bay cruising, and more. Registration prices vary. more »

Loggerodeo: A chainsaw carving competition, a carnival, a classic car show, parades, a foot race, a logging show, a street dance, food-related events, fireworks, a beard contest and much, much more will be part of the annual "Loggerodeo"—the longest-running 4th of July celebration in Washington State—taking place Thursday through Monday throughout Sedro-Woolley. Prices vary. more »

Bard on the Beach: Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors plays in repertory with King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost, and Shakespeare's Rebel at the 26th annual "Bard on the Beach" through September at Vancouver BC's Vanier Park, 1695 Whyte Ave. Tickets are $26-$45. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. more »

Boating Center Open: The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online. more »

Lynden Farmers Market: Procure goods from local growers at the Lynden Farmers Market from 12-5pm at 324 Front St. (across from the Jansen Art Center). The market continues Thursdays through Oct. 30. more »

First Thursday Art Walk: As part of the seasonal Skagit Valley Art Escape, attend a First Thursday Art Walk from 5-8pm throughout downtown Mount Vernon. Visitors and locals alike will be delighted with art, music performances and artist demonstrations encompassing a broad range of media. Entry is free. more »

Blues and Brews: The Adrian Clark Band will perform at a "Blues, Brews & BBQ" summer concert series taking place from 5-9pm every Thursday through Aug. 27 on the waterfront terrace at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. The free event features a variety of live music, local beer and a delicious barbecue menu. more »

Poetry Writing Group: Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback and assist you with your writing goals at a Poetry Writing Group meeting from 5:30-7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and meets the first and third Thursday of each month. more »

Summer Park Concert Series: Listen to country, rock, folk and bluegrass tunes by D'Vas & Dudes from 6-8pm in Bellingham's Columbia neighborhood at Elizabeth Park. The free, family friendly summer concert series features live music every Thursday through Aug. 27. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

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