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Music

Live At The Lincoln

Rebels with a cause

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

During the course of the coming days, the Lincoln Theatre will host three big-name acts—Bebel Gilberto (July 21), Leo Kottke (July 25), and Robert Cray (July 31)—and at first glance, it would seem the only thing they have in common is the historic venue at which they’ll perform.

But dig a little deeper and commonalities emerge.

Each got their start at an early age, and now have decades worth of experience and thousands of shows under their respective belts. Each boasts a devoted…

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Elections

A Moment of Generations

Four Democrats seek election in the Skagit

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

“Voters aren’t going to lose in this race, no matter what happens,” Alex Ramel admitted of his race to replace Representative Kris Lytton in the 40th District. “It doesn’t necessarily help my own campaign to say that—and there really are great differences between the candidates—but all the Democrats I am running against are excellent people.”

It’s a statement that aptly sums up the essence of this race—out of a constellation of guiding lights, which star do you send…

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Words

There There

Not your typical powwow

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tommy Orange did not grow up around books or aspire to be a writer. A recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, this debut novelist who came to writing late in life is making quite a splash with his first book, There There, a polyphonic story of 12 Urban Indians whose worlds collide at the Big Oakland Powwow.

Orange grew up in Oakland and clearly is writing about his home turf. A powerful prologue frames There There as an ode to Urban Indians who…

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Visual

In Red Ink

Beyond appropriation

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Goya’s prints depicting atrocities against Spanish peasants in the French invasion of 1814 are the first examples of “protest art.” This tradition continues today at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art’s latest installation, “In Red Ink.”

A hundred years ago, Edward Curtis’ photographs reinforced the view that American Indians were primitive and a “vanishing species.” The white settlers did their best to bring this about by appropriating Indian lands, removing Native…

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Outdoors

Hub Fest

Keep the wheels turning

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kyle Morris learned to ride a bicycle when he was 7 and his ex-stepfather took him to the top of a grassy hill—where he released him and let gravity take him to the bottom.

“It was possibly a pretty traumatizing moment in my formative years, but I guess I respond well to tough love,” Morris says, pointing out that he didn’t take to bicycling as a lifestyle choice until moving to Bellingham in 1995.

“I quickly realized this town was very well-suited to that sort of…

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Food

Leaf Love

The kale conspiracy

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kale has reached that point on the popularity curve where people are hating it because its popular.

Once, it was easy to file away this dark-green leafy vegetable as just some hippie food, but now it’s everywhere. Still, many people don’t enjoy eating it. And sometimes these haters get triggered by people who do.

For some reason it’s natural to resent success in others, and kale is a wildly successful species. Forget conspiracy theory. The ascendence of kale is a conspiracy…

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Film

The King

Elvis as America

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Documentaries about the current state of America, as good as some of them are, often have the effect of news headlines: They come and go, leaving a slight blur. But The King isn’t like other politically and socially inflamed documentaries. Written and directed by Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), it’s a meditation on the current American crisis (and if you don’t think we’re in one, you should probably stop reading now) that’s built around a deep-dish portrait of Elvis Presley.…

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On Stage

Campus Collective

Western Summer Theatre returns

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

When he’s not fishing for trout, gardening or canoeing to Mud Bay, Western Washington University theater professor Rich Brown spends the warmer months of the year helping ensure Western Summer Theatre (WST) entertains the masses.

Once again, “Commedia in the Park” will jump-start the season with free performances July 20-21 at Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park.

“Commedia Dell’Arte is a form of popular, ‘low comedy’ theatre that first began in Italy in the 1550s,” Brown…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm

RoozenGaarde

It’s tulip time, and the fields are alive with the light and color of spring. The word’s out, and this spectacular time in the Skagit Valley is no longer a secret.

But Skagit still holds a lot of secrets—mist-shrouded valleys, swollen and mighty rivers, and frosty high country thick with dark pines and devil’s club. And there are the hidey holes—the hamlets sprinkled along old forgotten highways, the winding sloughs and channels of the fertile delta, and the coast beyond—dotted with islands pungent from salt and rain. There are the bars and diners and coffeehouses, the playgrounds and trails. And there are the people who fill them, hearty and happy. And though our readers revealed some of these secrets, Skagit remains a treasure undiscovered.

Entries by Tim Johnson, Amy Kepferle, Carey Ross, Stephanie Young, and Trail Rat
Photos by Jessamyn Tuttle and Andy Porter

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The Gristle
Trust Is Reciprocal

TRUST IS RECIPROCAL: Eric Richey’s yard signs say “Trusted Leadership.”

It’s an oddly tone-deaf message, given the leadership that is trusted is that of Dave McEachran, the Whatcom County Prosecutor who is retiring after 46 years of service that Richey seeks to replace in November.…

Community
Criminalizing Protest

An investigative report released today by The Intercept, titled “The U.S. and Canada are preparing for a new Standing Rock over the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline,” details how the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office in Washington state—the county that shares a border with British…

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Letters
Is Ericksen committed to education?

In its wisdom, the Constitution of the State of Washington (Article IX ) charges the state to provide ample funding for basic education for every child in the state.
In 2012, Washington State…

Support Alex Ramel

I am writing to wholeheartedly share my excitement about Alex Ramel’s candidacy for State Representative in Washington’s 40th District. Alex is a true progressive who has devoted his life…

Working for the community

Our community needs leaders who are committed to the common good, where everyone benefits. Alex Ramel, who is running for the 40th District representative, has demonstrated his effectiveness…

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Today's Events
Skagit Tours

10:00am

As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Boating Center Open

10:00am

The Community Boating Center will be open from 10am until sunset daily through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle…

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm

Macbeth, As You Like It, Timon of Athens, and Lysistrata show in repertory through Sept. 22 at Vancouver, BC’s “Bard on the Beach” Shakespeare Festival at Vanier Park. Tickets start at $24…

Skagit Tours

10:00am

As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Skagit Tours

10:00am

As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Skagit Tours

10:00am

As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Skagit Tours

10:00am

As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Rainbow Reads

12:00pm

All teen readers 8th grade and up are welcome to attend and engage in fun, respectful dialogue facilitated by WCLS and Northwest Youth Services staff at Rainbow Reads Book Club meetings…

Plant Diagnostic Clinics

5:00pm

Local Master Gardeners will be on hand for Plant Diagnostic Clinics from 5-7:30pm Mondays through July at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Bring your…

Paddling Whatcom County

6:00pm

Learn about some local gems you can explore on day trips and overnight adventures by boat or board at a free “Paddling Whatcom County” presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Please register…

Cuban Salsa

6:00pm

Rumba Northwest hosts a “Cuban Salsa for Beginners” class at 6pm at Bell Tower Studios, 1430 N. Garden St. At 7pm, a “Cuban Salsa Advanced” class takes place. Entry to the classes is $8 for…

Books on Tap Two

6:30pm

South Whatcom Library manager Brian Hulsey will lead a “Books on Tap 2” gathering from 6:30-8:30pm at Tino’s Pizza & Pasta Co., 2275 Lake Whatcom Blvd. The book to read for tonight’s lively…

Guffawingham

9:00pm

A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9pm every Monday at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. The event features approximately 20 standup…

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