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Sonny Sixkiller

Here’s a different spin on the controversy surrounding the name of the NFL football team in the nation’s capital: What would happen if Sonny Sixkiller, a Cherokee and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the University of Washington, bought the team? And then kept the offensive name and instead changed the players’ names? That’s the story inside a new play, Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins, by Lummi elder Darrell Hillaire.

The Redskins organization has tried to frame this

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This Week

The Gristle

Letters from Lummi

LETTERS FROM LUMMI:: Lummi Nation continues to grow in the sophistication of their pursuit of treaty claims, moving from blanket objection to a more targeted and leveraged resistance to concepts the tribe believes endanger their rights under treaty.

Lummi Nation in August withdrew without comment its administrative appeal of the City of Bellingham’s proposed regional stormwater project at West Bakerview Road and Arctic Avenue, releasing tribal resistance to an enlarged and relocated Costco

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On Stage

Sonny Sixkiller

Buys the Washington Redskins


Here’s a different spin on the controversy surrounding the name of the NFL football team in the nation’s capital: What would happen if Sonny Sixkiller, a Cherokee and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the University of Washington, bought the team? And then kept the offensive name and instead changed the players’ names? That’s the story inside a new play, Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins, by Lummi elder Darrell Hillaire.

The Redskins organization has tried to frame this

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Air Supply

The ones that you love


Because of the sorcery that is the internet, it is no exaggeration to say that a goodly portion of the world’s music is available to us, on demand, whenever we want it. Streaming services like Spotify have made it so we need never listen to anything we don’t explicitly choose to hear, allowing us to control our musical experiences with ever-increasing specificity.

Of course, this has its benefits, the primary one being simple access. Without having to build our musical collections by

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Autumnal Aromas

Settling in to a new season


Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun

These are the opening lines of the ode, “To Autumn,” by John Keats. 

Written after a walk on Sept. 19, 1819, Keats personifies autumn as a sensuous woman with “hair soft-lifted by winnowing wind.” He makes references to ripened fruit, swelling gourds, plump hazel shells and oozing cider.

As I walked early this morning, almost 200 years later, I saw a set of leaves that had changed to colors as dramatic as

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Block Party

Saying sayonara to summer

While weather forecasts around these parts can be a little dicey at times, right now there’s a “partly sunny and delightful” prognostication for this coming Saturday—which also happens to be one half of the last weekend of summer.

Although there are myriad ways you can say sayonara to the season—whether it’s rafting the Nooksack, doing sun salutations on your favorite beach, celebrating the coming equinox at a barbecue with friends, preparing your backyard garden for colder climes or

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Primitive Living 101

Nikki van Schyndel’s wild ways

Books are powerful change agents, deeply placing seeds within us that may lie dormant only to sprout years later in unpredictable ways. 

As a young girl, Nikki van Schyndel’s hero was Sam Gribley, the young protagonist of Jean Craighead George’s award-winning classic My Side of the Mountain. Sam runs away from home, determined to learn to survive on his own in the forest. Is it a coincidence that, at 29 years old, Nikki sets off to survive in the maze of remote wilderness islands off of

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Victorian Visits

Transformative time travels


Last April, I received (and accepted) an invitation to travel back in time.

To get to the Victorian era,  I was instructed to show up at Bellingham’s Bureau of Historical Investigation. At the appointed hour, the Good Time Girls—longtime historical tour guides and shop owners Marissa McGrath and Sara Holodnick—began to transform a group of women of varying ages and sizes from jeans-clad millennials into corset-wearing beauties.

While we sipped wine and picked out accessories for parlor

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This Is Where I Leave You

It’s a family affair

You laugh in spite of yourself in This Is Where I Leave You, a potty-mouthed comedy with enough exasperation, aggravations, long-standing grievances and get-me-outta-here moments of family stress to strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had to endure large clan gatherings that might have lasted a bit too long. The fact that many people will find something or someone to identify with here, even if they don’t have a mother with big new boobs prone to talking about sex most of the time the way

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Sep 20


Eat Local Month: Local foods, farmers and fishers will be celebrated during Sustainable Connections' "Eat Local Month" at a variety of events happening through September throughout Whatcom County (and beyond). Nineteen participating restaurants will have locally sourced specials, and there'll be a Sept. 13 Farm Tour, an Incognito Dinner by Ciao Thyme, the Bite of Bellingham, an "Eat Local Dinner Theater" with the Community Food Co-op, a food trail trek, a brewers cruise, Bellingham Oktoberfest, and more. See more »

Whatcom Water Weeks: Hatchery tours, a salmon habitat bike tour, Marine Center animal feedings, guided river walks, campfire talks, bird presentations, a rain barrel tour, an educational cruise i Drayton Harbor, the Whatcom County Farm Tour, a cloud formation experiment, storytelling events with water themes, a green building users group, a tour of Bellingham Cold Storage, a "Gardening Green" series, an agricultural buffer walk, a beach cleanup, the Bellingham Traverse and more will be part of the annual "Whatcom more »

Bellingham Beer Week: A Bellingham Tap Trail's Trail Breaking Party happening from 4:30-7:30pm at Kulshan Brewery and a "First Call" event from 5-9pm Friday, Sept. 12 at Elizabeth Station will kick off the Bellingham Beer Week events. The brew-haha continues through Sept. 21 with a plethora of brewers nights at various restaurants and breweries, beer trivia, tap takeovers, cask nights, a Brewer's Cup, films, brewers cruises, an Oktoberfest celebration, hikes, meet-and-greets, and much more. Head to the website for a more »

Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through this Saturday at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

Butt Kapinski: Acclaimed touring artist Deanna Fleysher brings her "hilarious one-woman film-noir detective clown show," Butt Kapinski, to Bellingham for performances at 7:30pm Thursday, and 7:30pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Tickets to opening night are free; otherwise, it's $10-$12. more »

Fall Book Sale: Help raise funds for building upkeep and community programs by using your purchasing power at a Fall Book Sale happening from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. more »

Truth Be Told: Improvised scenes, characters and relationships inspired by true monologues from performers can be seen at new "Truth Be Told" shows at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. more »

Harvest Festival: Four live dance bands will perform at a Harvest Festival kickoff from 8-11pm at Assumption Parish, 2116 Cornwall Ave. From 12-10pm Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday, there'll be a vintage car show, an arts and crafts fair, a bake sale, a used book sale, food booths (and beer), activities for kids and more. Prices vary. more »

Corn Maze: The Lynden FFA will host its annual Corn Maze from 6-10pm Friday, 2-10pm Saturday, and 2-6pm Sunday just south of Lynden on the Hannegan Rd. Entry is $4-$6 (free for those ages 4 and under). The maze will also be open Sept. 26-28. more »

Tour de Whidbey: Choose from a variety of bicycling routes varying from 10 miles to 100 miles at the annual "Tour de Whidbey" starting at 7am at the island's Greenbank Farm. Entry is $25-$60 for individual riders. more »

Fairhaven Walking Club: Whether you’re looking to improve or compete, all are welcome at the weekly Fairhaven Walking Club led by Cindy Paffumi starting at 8am at various locations in Fairhaven. Walk routes and meeting places change from week to week. All paces are welcome. more »

Fall Color: A free "Innovative Containers for Fall Color" workshop begins at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. To learn more about the topic, please sign up in advance. more »

Museum Tag Sale: Everything from artwork to linens, toys, tableware and more can be found at the 10th annual "Tag Sale" from 9am-3pm at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. All proceeds benefit exhibitions and programs at the museum. more »

Run 4 Refuge: Hope 4 Justice, a Bellingham-based human trafficking awareness group, will host the second annual "Run 4 Refuge" walk and run starting at 10am at East Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. Entry is $40, and includes a T-shirt. more »

Walk to Defeat ALS: Bring attention to people living with ALS, help raise money to find a cure and come together for something you care about at today's "Walk to Defeat ALS" starting at 10am at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. Join as an individual or a team, or donate to a walker of your choice. more »

Veteran Benefits: If you've served in the United States military, come to a "Veteran Benefits" gathering from 10am-12pm at the Ferndale Library, 2007 Cherry St. If you need information about your benefits, need to enroll in VA health care or need to know more about military discharge papers, come to the free event. more »

Seconds Sale: Not-quite-perfect pots, experimental pots, old pots—all of which are in need of perfect homes and priced to sell—will be up for sale at the annual "Seconds Sale" from 11am-5pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. more »

META Golf Tourney: Multicultural Educational Theatre Art (META), the Theater Arts Guild (TAG), and the Lincoln Theatre will team up for a fundraising Golf Tournament starting at noon at Burlington's Avalon Golf Links, 19345 Kelleher Rd. Entry is $400 for a team of four and includes 18 holes of golf, a riding car, lunch and prizes. more »

Bellingham Traverse: Solo, tandem and relay teams can challenge themselves—and one another—at the multi-sport Bellingham Traverse, which begins at 12pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The annual event celebrates the lifecycle of wild salmon and the natural and urban challenges of their journey. Entry fees vary. more »

Life After Death: Bellingham-based author Hilary Jamron shares stories from Surrealistic Trials: Surviving My Life After Death at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Jamron's book focuses on the lessons she learned after she "died" from a drug overdose at 18 and journeyed to the so-called "other side." more »

Matzke Live Art Auction: Preview the works for the fifth annal "Live Art Auction" from 11am-5pm at Camano Island's Matzke Fine Art Gallery, 2345 Blanche Way. A party with food, desserts and beverages begins at 4pm, and the auction—which includes more than 75 pieces of fine art by 60 local and regional artists—begins at 5pm. Entry to the event is $20 (the preview is free). more »

Line Dancing Classes: Western Line Dancing classes are offered at 6pm (beginners) and 7pm (intermediates) every Friday night at Lynden’s Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is needed. Cost is $5 per class. more »

5Point Film Festival: View a variety of short films that will inspire you to get off the couch, pack your van and embark on a new adventure when the 5Point Film Festival returns to Bellingham starting with a Kulshan Brewing Co. community tailgate party at 6pm at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Before the films start screening at dusk, there'll be live music, food, beverages, activities, vendor booths, giveaways and more. Entry is $10 (kids 12 and under are free). more »

Cabaret Capers: A variety of barbershop choruses—including NW Harmony, the Mt. Baker Toppers, the Blend, and Elation Quartet—will perform at a "Cabaret Capers: Harmony for the Homeless" concert at 7pm at Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave. Tickets are $10; proceeds benefit the Interfaith Coalition's cold weather shelter program. more »

Soldiers’ Angels Benefit Concert: Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends Band will perform at a benefit for Soldiers' Angels starting with a ham dinner at 6pm at Blaine's Haynie Grange, 3144 Haynie Rd. The music will begin at 7pm. Entry is $12-$25. more »

Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins: Setting Sun Productions—a group dedicated to marketing Native American-themed performing arts, as well as making the culture and the history of Native American people accessible—presents a performance of Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins at 7pm at Whatcom Community College's Syre Student Center, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. In the play, the character of Sonny Sixkiller is a councilman for his tribe who convinces his council to pursue his dream to buy the Washington Redskins. Entry is $10. more »

Clearbrook Dixie Band: Traditional jazz and swing and more can be heard when the Clearbrook Dixie Band performers at 7:30pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Prospect St. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. more »

Salsa Night: Join Rumba Northwest for "Salsa Night" starting at 9pm every Saturday at Cafe Rumba, 1430 N. State St. After an introductory lesson, attendees can dance to the a mix of Latin rhythms, including salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha-cha, and more. Entry to the all-ages event is $4. more »

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