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Rooftop Cinema

Make mine a musical

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Although a wildly disparate lot, the phalanx of projectionists and volunteers from the Pickford Film Center has historically had one thing in common: its willingness—some might go as far as to call it eagerness—to show movies anywhere.

During my nearly 16 years as a projectionist at the Pickford, this belief that we can transform any and every locale into a temporary movie theater has led us to show films in bars, nightclubs and abandoned buildings. Fields and empty lots have also not…

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3 Oms 8th Anniversary (Spotlight)

Brandywine Kitchen

A farm-fresh friendship

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What do you get when you take a great friendship and turn it into a business partnership?

In many cases, the friendship would be on the rocks, but Bellingham locals Azizi Tookas and Chris Sunde turned theirs into Brandywine Kitchen, a longtime lunch and dinner restaurant on Commercial Street that hums daily with happy diners.

Sunde’s and Tookas’ relationship dates back to their kindergarten days and stretches into their adult years (both are in their late 30s). The two attended…

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SVCR Brunch

Gender Bending

This is how it always is

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Parenting these days is a challenge, with friendships and homework assignments, soccer carpools, birthday parties, social media, college applications and more clamoring for families’ attention. Even loving, well-adjusted, income-stable parents struggle.

So imagine what it would be like to have a child, from an early age, identify as transgendered.

Assuming no religious objections or fundamental inability to accept the child’s perception of their gender identity, what is the best…

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On Stage

Graffiti to Gardens

Third time’s a charm at Western Summer Theatre

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bellingham’s population visibly shrinks every summer, when Western Washington University students either head to their hometowns to chill until fall or graduate and vamoose. However, a crew of educatees from WWU’s theater and dance department stick around, working to craft creative offerings for Western Summer Theatre, which, since being revived three years ago, brings performances to campus and beyond from late July through early September.

At 7:30pm July 27-29, Graffiti Dance…

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SVCR Brunch

Dave Made a Maze

Welcome to the cardboard jungle

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wildly inventive on a micro-budget scale, actor Bill Watterson’s (not the Calvin and Hobbes creator) shift to directing is an impressively crafted feature that’s full of frequent surprises. Assembling 30,000 square feet of cardboard to build full-scale sets for a fantastical maze clearly requires substantial commitment and creative vision, although the film’s determined quirkiness may mark it for cult status.

An easily recognizable type, Dave (Nick Thune) is a would-be artist and…

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SVCR Aaron Neville

Fourth Friday

Fairhaven gets its own art walk

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When it came time to choose a recurring day of the week for a monthly art walk in historic Fairhaven, artist and organizer Scott Ward admits that it came down to the way the event sounded when it rolled off the tongue.

“To be honest, it was the alliteration of Fairhaven Fourth Friday,” Ward says. “We looked at the first Friday, but knew that downtown has their walk then. We didn’t want to compete with that but, rather, complement it.”

If you’re in the camp of citizens…

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Current Affairs

Celebrating the Community Boating Center

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I once spent a thrilling summer night helping propel a tandem sea kayak through the waters of Bellingham Bay in search of the otherworldly glow of phytoplankton.

Ultimately, our post-sunset bioluminescence paddle led by staff at Fairhaven’s Community Boating Center didn’t net viewings of the lovely lights given off by marine vertebrates and invertebrates. But that was perfectly fine.

As we paddled along the waterfront and further down Chuckanut Drive to Post Point before returning to…

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SVCR Brunch

Chemical Disaster

State challenges delay of industry safety rule

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The state Attorney General asks a federal court to review the Trump Administration’s two-year delay of the Chemical Disaster Rule, which updates safety requirements for large industrial facilities that handle hazardous chemicals. The action was filed this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The state joined 10 other attorneys general to claim the administration’s delay violates the Clean Air Act. The Chemical Disaster Rule was prompted by a number of…

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The Gristle
Fire and Water

FIRE AND WATER: Whatcom County Fire District 8 and City of Bellingham officials met briefly this week. The Lake Whatcom Policy Group, the governing agencies for that municipal reservoir formed chiefly of Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham, also met this week. And though one topic was…

Alan Rhodes
Mr. Cranky’s Summer Academy

When I was a kid in school I thought tests were annoying. There was always just one right answer. How boring. How stifling to creativity. How damaging to one’s self-esteem. So I’m opening my own school this summer and I’ve tried my hand at making a test with no wrong answers. Just…

Village Books
How to end terrorism

How to end terrorism—quit increasing military spending.
Congress has just voted to increase Pentagon spending another $54 billion and thus increasing the U.S. national debt.

End game

OK, I get it. Although their current efforts seem to have withered and died, Republicans in Congress remain dedicated to repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Under the guise of offering us…

Huntsmen of the fourth estate

Recently, I watched a documentary on Netflix called Nobody Speak; Trials of the Free Press It frightened me as no other film has done.
The story begins by telling the history of the Hulk…

Bellingham Farmer’s Market
Today's Events
Bard on the Beach


Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s…

Plover Ferry Rides


The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Plover Rides


The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Marrowstone Music Festival


Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes and professional performances for the public will be part of the 74th annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 23-Aug. 6 at…

Addams Family Auditions


Auditions for upcoming performances of The Addams Family will take place at 7pm Monday and Tuesday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The musical comedy will be onstage…

Teens Can Cook


Jean Layton, ND, helms a “Teens Can Cook: Stir It Up” course from 11am-1pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Youth ages 13-18 can sign up for the stir-fry-focused class. Entry…

Readers Theatre Shakespeare Camp


Teens can sign up for a Readers Theatre Shakespeare Camp taking place from 12-2pm Tuesday through Friday at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. There will be three days of rehearsals followed…

Float Run


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…

The Art of Rappelling


Rock climbers can join Baker Mountain Guides for a free evening of skills and discussion at “The Art of Rappelling” from 6-7:15pm at REI, 400 36th St. Learn how to “rap” like a pro and how to…



Four Upfront Theatre improvisors will present two sets of short-form improv comedy games at Beer + Improv + Food Truck (BIFT) shows at 6pm every Tuesday through Aug. 29 at the beer garden at…

Sunset History Cruise


Whatcom Museum continues its “Sunset History Cruise” season at 6pm at San Juan Cruises’ slip at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Historians Brian Griffin and Doug Starcher will…

Bellingham Reads


New members are always welcome at the Bellingham Reads book discussion group, which takes place from 6:30-7:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Tonight’s meeting will…

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…

Skagit Folk Dancers


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…

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