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Date Night

When I was performing improv on a regular basis, one of my favorite formats we presented to the crowd was a game called “Date Night.”

We’d call up a real-life couple from the audience, get the story of how they met and their subsequent first date, then re-create the action onstage as best we could. When we got something right, one half of the couple would ring a bell. When it was dead wrong, we’d hear a rude beep from a loud horn, and would have to go back to the basics. The end result was

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This Week

The Gristle

In a Bind

IN A BIND: “You break it, you own it” is an adage familiar to most people; and it was always understood that the next solutions to Whatcom County’s failed jail initiative would have to come from the communities most opposed to the $120 million sales tax proposal for a new justice center in Ferndale. The County Executive—who’d invested quite a bit of political capital in placing the initiative on the ballot last November, only to see it crater—had made it clear the next leadership

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Music

Valentine’s Day

Spread your love around

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Valentine’s Day brings out a lot of strong emotions in people. It should follow that, because this is a holiday intended to celebrate love and loved ones and loving loved ones and lovelovelove, that the emotions in question would be positive in nature. But the fact is, Feb. 14 and all it symbolizes is probably as loathed as it is loved.

Never is the line between love and hate thinner than it is on Valentine’s Day.

With Feb. 14 falling on a Sunday this year, that means a wealth of

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Visual

Tribal Images

A family affair in Ferndale

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It’s funny how you can drive past something many times but never actually see it. For me, that was the case with the Lummi Te’Ti’Sen Center (formerly the Lummi Gateway Center) on Rural Avenue in Ferndale, seconds from the Slater Road exit off I-5.

The center has been there for five years, but I never noticed it until the day Google Maps directed me to its front door to explore tribal art and food.

Frank Goes Behind and his wife Kym are the masterminds behind Tribal Images and are

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Food

Dope Desserts

For the love of brownies

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A cautionary tale: Once upon a time, a friend of mine ate way too many pot brownies at a party she was hosting and ended up spending most of the night huddled in the fetal position in the bathtub and screeching with alarm whenever anybody tried to get in to use the bathroom.

Don’t be that person. If you’ve eaten an entire pot brownie, it stands to reason that something is going to happen eventually. As Kevin Nelson notes in a “Marijuana for Beginners” article in our inaugural Cannabis

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Outdoors

Safety First

The fine art of being careful

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“Whether we’re chasing daylight with axes and chainsaws or just grunting out some pick-and-shovel work in the rain, we’ll be putting ourselves in harm’s way on a fairly frequent basis here at the ranch,” my buddy’s uncle told me when I arrived for my first day of work on his emergent 20-acre homestead in remote Snohomish County.

“Productivity is important,” the boss man said, ushering me along a rocky, root-gnarled trail to the half-buried shipping container where he kept his

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Film

Where to Invade Next

Michael Moore’s roadshow

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All has been fairly quiet on the pestering front for Michael Moore since Capitalism: A Love Story, his glum 2009 assessment of the greed-is-good culture that spawned the global financial crisis. But now this impassioned and unruly provocateur returns to further dismantle the myth of American supremacy with renewed optimism and sharpened comic instincts in Where to Invade Next, an impishly entertaining, career-summarizing polemic bent on demonstrating how other countries around the world—with

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On Stage

Date Night

An improvised Valentine

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When I was performing improv on a regular basis, one of my favorite formats we presented to the crowd was a game called “Date Night.”

We’d call up a real-life couple from the audience, get the story of how they met and their subsequent first date, then re-create the action onstage as best we could. When we got something right, one half of the couple would ring a bell. When it was dead wrong, we’d hear a rude beep from a loud horn, and would have to go back to the basics. The end result was

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Today

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Chocolate Pop-Up Lounge: Special discounted chocolate and tastings will take place from 2-4pm daily through Valentine's Day at the Evolve Chocolate Pop-up Lounge, 1313 N. State St. From 4-8pm there'll be an acoustic open mic, a "Lovers Flight of Cacao" (three confections served with sipping chocolate for two), seasonal specials and more. Entry is free. more »

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin: A cast of 10 will portray everyone from a radical socialist to an Italian laundress to a scientific industrialist when The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theatre. The play focuses on the events surrounding the titular character, who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc smelter, brought the World War I British war machine to a halt. Tickets are $7-$12. more »

Geography Talk: “Archival Evidence for Historical Changes in the Lowland Wilderness Meadows, Ozette Prairies, Olympic National Park” will be the focus of a presentation with Andy Bach, Associate Professor of Environmental Geography at WWU, at 4pm at the university's Western Library. Entry is free. more »

Slanted Eyes: As part of Whatcom READS!, psychologist and former broadcast journalist Sam Louie presents "Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Experience" at 6pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Louie uses spoken word poetry to guide audiences to better understand the depth of cultural issues that confront Asian- Americans today. This free program is sponsored by Humanities Washington. more »

Solar Talk: "Solar Energy for Your Farm, Home or Rural Business" will be the focus of a presentation by Fire Mountain Solar from 6:30-8p at Camano Island's Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd. Among other things, learn about the federal, state and utility incentives and about solar panels made in Washington or Oregon. more »

Heavy Metal: Attend a concert of classical transcriptions and original music made for the heavy sounds of low brass instruments at a "Heavy Metal" concert at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to the public. more »

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