Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Valentine’s Day

Love it or leave it

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Valentine’s Day is a polarizing holiday.

First of all, it’s not really a holiday at all. No one gets Valentine’s Day off of work unless they already had it off. No one gets time and a half on Feb. 14 save for those folks who are working overtime. It’s really more of an occasion than anything else. However, unlike other similar non-holiday occasions that come with pomp, circumstance and sweet treats—Halloween being the obvious example—there are a lot more ways to do…

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The Woman’s Hour

A date with democracy

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

This year is a big one for democracy: Not only is it a presidential election year, it’s the year of the decennial census, which helps apportion congressional voting districts.

It’s also a milestone anniversary for two voting-related Constitutional amendments. The 15th Amendment granting African-American men the right to vote is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the 19th Amendment, women’s suffrage, is celebrating 100.

Mired as we are in impeachment drama and the political…

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Eye Candy

Seduced by surrealism

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

“Surrealism has been neglected,” David Cassera says. That’s why he chose to exhibit the works of Joseph Kinnebrew at his eponymous gallery in Stanwood.

The distinguished Kinnebrew has painted and sculpted in realist and expressionist modes, yet always has been seduced by the sinister magic of 20th century surrealists. 

Kinnebrew recently relocated back to his native state, settling into a Whatcom County home with a spacious workshop. Always a prolific artist, he’s known to…

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Flower Power

Grow your own

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

According to the Society of American Florists, more than 250 million roses are produced for Valentine’s Day every year, with a price tag of approximately $2 billion on the total amount of flowers sold. That’s a lot of lucre to spend on gifts that will likely wither within a week. But learning how to grow and tend your own blooms can extend the shelf life of your petal-powered gifts—and of your relationships.

On Valentine’s Day proper, bring your sweetie along for a free talk with…

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On Stage

Feel the Love

My Circus Valentine

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Last February, after attending “My Circus Valentine” with my fella at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Fairhaven-based Cirque Lab, I found myself deeply regretting the years I had missed the high-flying compendium of acts designed to celebrate love in all of its many forms.

As we sat in the darkened warehouse watching the mesmerizing magic unfold, I vowed I wouldn’t make the same mistake again. After all, where else can audiences expect to see amazing aerialists put their bodies on the…

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Table for Two

Prelude to a kiss

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Slackers will want to pay close attention to the following compendium of Bellingham-based eateries offering masterful menus for Valentine’s Day. Your date doesn’t have to know you waited until the last possible second to make a reservation, and you’re more likely to secure a smooch by night’s end.

At B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar on Lakeway Drive, a Sparkling Wine Dinner being offered from 6pm-9pm Fri.-Sat., Feb. 14-15 is a steal at $99 per couple. Choose from “Leche de Tigre”…

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By Tim Johnson

Lake Whatcom

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A problem 50 years in the making may well take 50 years to solve.

Lake Whatcom management partners last week released their draft near-term work plan for this drinking water reservoir for 100,000 county residents. This five-year plan is the fifth update produced by the Lake Whatcom Management Program (LWMP) partners—a joint coalition of Whatcom County, City of Bellingham, the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District, and community stakeholders and advistory groups. The plan proposes a…

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Best of Bellingham 2019
Best Neighborhood


The center of the universe has coasted north over the years of our annual Best of Bellingham reader survey—Columbia and Sunnyland neighborhoods feature a vital mix of charming long-established Craftsman homesteads, innovative businesses and artist studios. They’ve taken their share of infill, proving urban densities can make a city come alive. The city’s bike and pedestrian plans have matured in these neighborhoods. They feel centered. And it is not at all a coincidence that so many winners in our Best of Bellingham survey are located here.

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The Gristle
Another Jail Fail?

ANOTHER JAIL FAIL?: Good news: In a welcome action this week, Whatcom County Council authorized an assessment of the county’s public health, safety,and justice facility needs—long the missing piece of a more comprehensive understanding of how these various programs serve the county’s…

Robert Reich

Here’s the real state of the union:

The most powerful force in American politics today continues to be anti-establishment fury at a rigged system. Vicious partisanship, record-breaking economic inequality and the resurgence of white supremacy are all byproducts of a rigged system. The…

Rumor Has It
Apologies in Advance

Perhaps a day will arrive when Big Business can come to town and I will not mention it, but as long as the band is comprised of a KARP (Jared Warren) and a Murder City Devil (Coady Willis)—or two Melvins, which also works—that day remains in the future. They’re touring through our neck of…

Missing the target

The Democratic impeachment effort was a miserable failure because it did not address Trump’s real crimes in the areas of finance, environmental catastrophe and militarism.
The worst crimes…

American Parasite

I was pleased to see the Oscar go to Parasite, and look forward to watching it soon. But it reminded me how history is a strange canvas, and some Best Picture titles are timely.
There’s a…

Tonkin tanking

With his vote to convict Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney (R, Utah) took his place alongside Senators Wayne Morse (D, Ore.) and Ernest Gruening (D, Alaska) in being on the right side of…

Today's Events
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest


The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our second annual “Fiction 101” contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and younger) and…

My Circus Valentine


Bellingham Circus Guild presents its 10th annual “My Circus Valentine” shows at 7pm Thursday, 6pm and 9pm Thursday and Saturday, and 3pm and 7pm Sunday at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. (The…

Murder on the Orient Express


An adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express continues this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community…

The Curious Savage


John Patrick’s A Curious Savage opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are…

The Great Northwest Glass Quest


Join the 11th annual Great Northwest Glass Quest from Feb. 14-23 throughout Camano Island and Stanwood. Called the “greatest treasure hunt in the Pacific Northwest,” the free event sees…

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition


A FOREST OF WORDS: Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having…

Red Wine and Chocolate Tour


Sample locally made wine, spirits and chocolates during a Red Wine & Chocolate Tour taking place from 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at six tasting rooms on Whidbey Island—including Holmes…

Vox and Friends


Vox Pacifica presents its second annual “Vox & Friends: Uncorked—A Musical Cabaret” fundraising performance at 7:30pm Saturday, and 4pm Sunday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect…

Sedro-Woolley Community Breakfast


Eggs to order, omelets, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast and more can be had at a monthly Community Breakfast happening from 8am-11am in Sedro-Woolley at American…

Snowshoe Walk


Learn snowshoe and winter safety basics while gaining knowledge about winter ecology, recreation opportunities, and the cultural history of the North Fork Nooksack drainage at a ranger-guided…

Langar in Lynden


All are welcome at a Langar event from 11am-2pm in Lynden at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara, 176 E. Pole Rd. Langar is the sacred community free kitchen of the Sikh people and every temple…

Jim and Susie Malcolm


Listen to folksingers and instrumentalists Jim and Susie Malcolm at 2pm at Nancy’s Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. Suggested donation is $20 at the door; concerts at by invitation only, so go to the…

Birding for Kids


Skagit Guided Adventures hosts “Birding for Kids” excursions from 2:30pm-4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays through March. Prices vary; transportation and binoculars will be provided. Reservations…

Aizuri String Quartet


In partnership with Seattle’s Emerald City Music, Bellingham Festival of Music presents a performance by the multi-award-winning Aizuri String Quartet at 4pm at the Lairmont Manor, 405…

Dances of Universal Peace


“Into the Heart of Love” will be the focus of a Dances of Universal Peace gathering from 6pm-8pm at the Center for Mindful Use, 100 E. Maple St., Suite B. No previous experience is necessary;…