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Flower power with Ruthie V.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Does art need to be ugly or shocking to be taken seriously? So worries the highly talented Ruthie V., whose work has been called “erotic, challenging and frighteningly vulnerable.” But even though she loves flowers, until recently she hadn’t let herself paint them.

She actually apologized that her show at Edison’s Smith & Vallee Gallery is so “disgustingly pretty.” Her only gesture toward “ugly” is the subtle background of “Mud Festival Peonies,” otherwise given over…

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When voices are silenced

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It’s the near future, and all women and girls across the United States are required to wear word counters that limit them to 100 words per day. For each word beyond 100, the irremovable “bracelets” deliver a series of electric shocks that increase in intensity from painful to completely devastating.

What’s more, women are not permitted to read books, or write, or use sign language. They are not allowed to work outside the home. Their only purpose is to serve men as homemakers.…

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Winging It

The birds of winter

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Blue herons, bald eagles, cormorants, Harlequin ducks, Canada geese, Northern flickers and Anna’s hummingbirds were among the winged wonders I viewed in Whatcom County last weekend, and I wasn’t even on a dedicated birding expedition—unlike a friend who, while on a Sunday field trip to the lower Skagit Valley, also reported seeing short-eared owls, trumpeter swans, Pacific loons, a couple different types of hawk, snow geese, red-winged blackbirds, buffleheads and plenty of other…

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Of food and funding

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ten dollars will go further than usual at an inaugural Bham SOUP event taking place Mon., Jan. 21 at Goat Mountain Pizza.

First off, those in attendance at the first-come, first-served event will be dished out a delicious bowl of warm goodness made by the eatery’s Charlie Pasquier—you can choose from ginger chicken noodle or shiitake miso soup—and a generous serving of bread.

But that’s not all the suggested $10 donation will get you. The entry fee for the micro-funding…

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On Stage

Broad Comedy

Fun with feminism

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It’s not often a Q&A page on a website is the place to go for a quick laugh, but when it comes to Broad Comedy, pretty much everything the female-focused ensemble does is designed to elicit a visceral reaction.

To wit, when asking if people should book Broad Comedy for their next big event, the clever reply to the question is twofold. “Answer: Are you a women’s health clinic, a liberal political organization, a college, or basically any corporation that doesn’t open your meetings…

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Two Nights at the Lincoln

Of fishin’ and family drama

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a story about a Rufus Wainwright concert at the Lincoln Theatre in which I detailed the long, fraught history of the Wainwright clan. In summary, Rufus is the son of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother to Martha Wainwright, also a musician. Father and offspring haven’t exactly had picture-perfect relationships with each other, and being that they’re all songwriters—especially confessional ones at that—they’ve not been…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? Well, one that is walkable, with tree-lined streets and ample parks, nearby services and entertainment. One that allows people to work from or near their homes. Many artists have moved to Sunnyland for exactly that reason, so they can run a studio out of their home—and that has produced a flourishing local arts community. Sunnyland is a nucleus for many of the favorite haunts and hangouts cited in this year’s reader survey.

That dynamism has a downside, too, and Sunnyland is experiencing some growing pains from its tangy mix of industrial and commercial uses in proximity to family homes. Friends, an outdoor beer garden is a heartbreaking thing to quarrel about! I predict they’ll soon solve those problems, and continue to claim their crown as Bellingham’s favorite neighborhood.

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The Gristle
Ranker Unanchored

RANKER UNANCHORED: For all the scandals and shenanigans and nine lives’ escapes of the senator from the 42nd District, who’d have imagined the senator from the 40th District would be the one to fall?

Kevin Ranker resigned his position as the senior representative of the district under…

Cherry Point Amendments

Fossil fuel infrastructure presents critical threats to local public health, safety, and the environment. Whatcom County Council is responsible for protecting our community from the risks of these facilities, while recognizing the need for energy and valuable industrial jobs.

Our shores…

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Steel rhymes with steal

The Golfer-in-Chief, Donald Trump and self-professed deal maker, now wants his fantasy border wall to be made of steel. Caring only about how he looks on TV in the present moment, he’s…

Leopold’s heart of darkness

“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” 
 —John Maynard Keynes
I thought Keynes’…

Cruelty is the cause

There is much wailing about “the homeless”—and I am tiring of it. It has a range from “homelessness is a blight on our city” to a wringing of the hands because “we can’t do…

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Today's Events
Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT)


The seventh annual Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) begins with performances from 7-9:30pm Monday through Saturday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The “fringe”-style…

Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest


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

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition


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

Ferndale Book Group


A Ferndale Book Group discussion will focus on The Keeper of Lost Things, a novel by Ruth Hogan, from 2:30-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St.  With an unforgettable cast of…

Infra-Supra Opening Reception


An opening reception for Finnbogi Petursson’s “Infra-Supra 2019” exhibit takes place from 5-7pm at Western Washington University’s Western Gallery. Petursson is known for intricate and subtle…

Group Run


All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for…

Ferndale Books on Tap


All are welcome at a “Ferndale Books on Tap” discussion from 6:30-8pm at Downtime Taps, 1730 LaBounty Dr. Tonight’s focus will be on The Wanderers, by Meg Howrey.
This fascinating novel…

Creekside Open Mic


Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2.…

A Sea Change


Sandy Lawrence, MD, leads “A Sea Change” presentation at 6:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Lawrence is a retired physician with a lifelong interest in environmental…

Intro to Improv


Attend a free workshop focusing on play, creativity, storytelling and fun at a “Learn to Think on Your Feet” introductory improv class from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St. All…

Plant Society Talk and Meeting


Environmental science professor Jim Helfield will join the Washington Native Plant Society to discuss the “Importance of Salmon-Derived Nutrients for Riparian Forest Growth” at 7pm at the RE…

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