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Bumbershoot

With the first real rain of the season now upon us, it occurs to me that I’ve never been to a rainy Bumbershoot. Typically, when my Labor Day weekend has been spent at the Seattle Center and its trademark music festival, the experience is associated with heat—and lots of it. My memories are marked, not just by music, but also by the combination of high temperatures and many bodies in constant motion and close proximity.

It’s not nearly as sexy as it sounds.

And though we’ve gone from

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This Week

The Gristle

‘That Day Is No More’

‘THAT DAY IS NO MORE’: Lummi Nation last week sent their final response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with 240 pages of documentation in support of their claim that the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal pier would materially harm their fishing rights, protected by federal treaty, at Cherry Point. Tribal leaders believe the submittal provides USACE with all of the information the federal agency needs to make a determination on whether the transit and loading (and ballast

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News

Klipsun

Waterfront cleanup plan could approach $20 million

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Bellingham City Council this week learned more about the master plan to clean and develop former industrial property south of the old Georgia Pacific mill site for use as a new city park. On Aug. 27, the state Department of Ecology released its review and recommendations for the cleanup of environmental hazards related to wood-treatment and wood waste at the foot of Cornwall Avenue. The agency seeks public comment on the plan.

Various companies operated a lumber mill and treated wood on the

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Film

Phoenix

Darling, we’re late

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Some of the best love songs are those whose lyrics perch precariously between “I adore you, let’s be happy forever” and “I’m miserable without you, where have you gone?” Together, the melody and words of Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash’s 1943 ballad “Speak Low” take the shape of a vaporous question: “We’re late, darling we’re late/The curtain descends, everything ends too soon, too soon.” Too late for what, exactly? Something has just happened, and something else is about to

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Words

A Full Life

Of peanuts and politics

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Nanu-Nanu and Pet Rocks. Mood rings, platform shoes, CBs, and “May the Force be with you.” Saturday Night Fever, Pac-Man, disco suits, and Olivia Newton John on roller skates.

If you’re of a Certain Age, these things may bring back memories, but in the new book A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter, this 90-year-old remembers much more.

Former President Jimmy Carter was born in October 1924 in Georgia, and raised mostly in a small town called Archery, where his family was one of two that was

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Outdoors

Urban Stream Series

What’s up with Whatcom Creek

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Whatcom Creek runs approximately four miles through the heart of Bellingham. One can walk along much of its reaches on the Whatcom Creek trail from Lake Whatcom, where our city gets its drinking water, all the way to the mouth as it enters into inner Bellingham Bay.

“Whatcom,” meaning “noisy waters”, got its name from the loud set of cascades near its mouth where Lummi fishing camps were once set up to harvest the annual runs of healthy salmon.

While this urban creek may appear to have a

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Visual

First Thursday

Make your way through Mount Vernon

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Just so you don’t confuse it with other art walks, Mount Vernon has decided to have theirs on the first Thursday of the month instead of Friday—Thurs., Sept. 3, to be specific.

Difficult as it was to preview the show on the weekend beforehand, during a vicious windstorm, I found quite a few nice surprises.

The first surprise was delicious. At Forte Chocolates (700 S. First St.), headquarters of the chocolatier Karen Neugebauer, I discovered one of America’s outstanding small chocolate

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Food

Cosmos Bistro

The epitome of awesome

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When Jamison Rogayan describes the fare to diners at Cosmos Bistro, there’s a good chance he may use the word “awesome” more than a few times when referring to that day’s menu.

He is not a liar. I’ve been to Cosmos for breakfast (once), lunch (once) and dinner (twice) and have yet to put a bite of food in my mouth that could not be described as “awesome.”

While it’s true Jamison has a vested interest in promoting the eatery—he co-owns it with Cinnamon Berg, the masterful chef responsible

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On Stage

Finding the Grail

Bellingham Theatre Guild’s Capital Campaign

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While King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table stampeded back and forth across the Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG) stage during a rehearsal of Monty Python’s Spamalot last Friday night, the basement of the venerable performance space was seeing an equal amount of action.

Both those above and those below were seeking their own grails. In the play, the actors were galloping across the countryside on invisible horses hoping to discover the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, while those

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Music

Bumbershoot

Songs of Seattle

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With the first real rain of the season now upon us, it occurs to me that I’ve never been to a rainy Bumbershoot. Typically, when my Labor Day weekend has been spent at the Seattle Center and its trademark music festival, the experience is associated with heat—and lots of it. My memories are marked, not just by music, but also by the combination of high temperatures and many bodies in constant motion and close proximity.

It’s not nearly as sexy as it sounds.

And though we’ve gone from

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Today

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Salmon Dinner Sail: Combine your tastes for adventure and delicious food at the final "Bellingham Bay Salmon Dinner Sail" of the season aboard the Schooner Zodiac leaving at 6pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $59 for kids and $79 for adults. more »

Eat Local Month: Sustainable Connections' Eat Local Month kicks off with a Launch Party and showing of the film Real Food at 5:30pm Wed., Sept. 2 at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. Events happening through the month include a Master Gardening composting workshop (Sept. 6), the Co-op's Farm Fund Hootenanny (Sept. 6), an Eat Local Incognito Dinner (Sept. 12), Bellingham Beer Week (Sept. 11-20), the Whatcom County Farm Tour (Sept. 12), a Field Dinner (Sept. 12), Taylor Shellfish Farms Tour (Sept. 16), Bite more »

Boating Center Open: The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online. more »

Bard on the Beach: Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors plays in repertory with King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost, and Shakespeare's Rebel at the 26th annual "Bard on the Beach" through Sept. 26 at Vancouver BC's Vanier Park, 1695 Whyte Ave. Tickets are $26-$45. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. more »

Improv Evolution: View never-before-seen improv formats at showings of "Improv Evolution" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Two teams will be formed and each will offer a unique element, obstacle or layer that will be used throughout the show. If they're any good, they'll be seen again. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. more »

Plover Ferry: The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Friday and Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested donation for the excursions is $1 for kids and $5 for adults. more »

Final Music at Maritime Concert: Seattle-based jazz quintet Pearl Django closes out the "Music at Maritime" series at a concert taking place from 11:30am-1:30pm at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. Entry is free. more »

Valley Writers: Bring pen and paper or a digital device to the bimonthly "Valley Writers" meeting from 1-3pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Participants write from prompts à la Natalie Goldberg. All adults are welcome at the meeting, which takes place on the first and third Friday of the month. more »

VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. more »

Quilt Guild Show: The Anacortes Arts Commission hosts an exhibit of fiber wall art by members of the FIQ Art Quilt Guild from 6-9pm Friday and 9am-2pm Saturday at the city's Depot Gallery, 611 R Ave. Entry is free. more »

Farm Tunes: Prozac Mountain Boys performs at a "Friday Fish Fry, Farm Tunes, & Old Fashioneds" event from 6-8pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The free series takes place Fridays through Oct. 2. more »

Salmon Sail: Combine your tastes for adventure and delicious food at a weekly three-hour "Bellingham Bay Salmon Dinner Sail" aboard the Schooner Zodiac leaving at 6pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $59 for kids and $79 for adults. more »

Gallery Walk: The Scott Milo Gallery, Burton Jewelers, A.C.M.E. Creative Spaces, Fidalgo Island Chiropractic, the Majestic Inn and Spa, Classic Style & Co., the Depot Gallery, and more will open their doors for the monthly Gallery Walk happening from 6-9pm throughout downtown Anacortes. Entry is free and open to all. more »

Art Walk: The Commercial Street Night Market will be the featured exhibit at the monthly Art Walk taking place from 6-10pm throughout downtown Bellingham. Other participants include Creative Openings (in the Alley District), Rock and Rye, Allied Arts, Aslan Brewing Co., Bayou on Bay, Bay Street Studios, Brigid Collins, the Bureau of Historical Investigation, Dakota Gallery, Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery, Hatch, Make.Shift, Opus Performing Arts, Novato, Sculpture Northwest Gallery, Studio 5, Waterfront more »

Beer & Brats: Hemplers bratwurst, Kulshan Brewery beer and locally made buns can be had at the weekly "Beers & Brats" evening cruise leaving at 6:30pm from the Island Mariner's slip at Squalicum Harbor, 2621 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Entry is $35. more »

Learning to Float: Allan Ament reads from his memoir, Learning to Float, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book describes Allan’s transformation from a criminal defense attorney to a compassionate, emotionally vulnerable caregiver for his wife, Deloris. more »

Friday Night Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. more »

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