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Voter’s Guide

Two principles should guide voters on election day:

The first is an Iron Law—you vote for the individual, but you elect the caucus. Within that is a second rigid requirement—what’s this guy done for us lately?

American politics operates in an era where polarities are stronger than the parties that promote them, which is a way of saying that parties no longer control and restrain strongly held views in the pursuit of consensus and the compromise of lawmaking. Strongly held views control

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This Week

The Gristle

Carwreck

CARWRECK: Surefooted Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws stepped off the curb into a deep hole at a regional transportation planning meeting last week, rejecting a Lummi initial offering for improvements at Slater Road, angering tribal leaders.

Crossroads of Whatcom County, gateway to Ferndale, Bellingham, Cherry Point, and Lummi Island, the Interstate-5 interchange at Slater Road is also one of the most dangerous sections of road in the county—with high speeds, limited sight distance and

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Music

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

On the road again

When we last checked in with Nicki Bluhm, she was in the midst of having what can only be described as A Moment.

It was just a couple of years ago, in March 2012, to be exact, that Bluhm saw her musical destiny change almost overnight.

However, in order to understand what happened that fateful day (or week, whatever), we must go back further, six months earlier, to a time when Bluhm and her band the Gramblers had spent too many hours in a tour van, bored and looking for some sort of

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Outdoors

Last Stand

Two Talking Wolves, Ted Turner, and a troubled planet

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Bob Ferris, former executive director of Bellingham’s RE Sources, returns this month on his Two Talking Wolves Tour. Ferris will be joined by accomplished environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson, author of the book, Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, published this year. The foundation for both the book and the tour is rooted in Turner’s connection to wild things and wild places, as well as his journey into eco-capitalism-humanitarianism.

The Two Talking Wolves,

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Community

Voter’s Guide

Two principles should guide voters on election day:

Two principles should guide voters on election day:

The first is an Iron Law—you vote for the individual, but you elect the caucus. Within that is a second rigid requirement—what’s this guy done for us lately?

American politics operates in an era where polarities are stronger than the parties that promote them, which is a way of saying that parties no longer control and restrain strongly held views in the pursuit of consensus and the compromise of lawmaking. Strongly held views control

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Food

Exploring Richmond, BC

An Asian culinary concerto

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If you’re a foodie at heart, you’ll want to visit Richmond, British Columbia, an island city just an hour from Bellingham and a place where diners can enjoy some of the world’s best Asian cuisine without setting foot on an airplane.

Chances are you’ve whizzed past it many a time en route to Vancouver, never stopping to consider that nearly 60 percent of this densely populated city is comprised of immigrants, the majority of them from China.

The influx of Chinese over the past 15

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Words

The Maker Movement

A manifesto for innovation

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The Maker Movement is a fabulously fun repackaging of something humans have done for ages—innovate, create and tinker in the garage or workshop. One big difference is that modern-day maker geeks are not just building a better mousetrap, they are making prosthetic hands and replacement parts for no-longer-manufactured machines and maybe a Lego piece they wish existed.

As CEO of TechShop, a member-based workshop with locations nationally, Mark Hatch is a leader in the innovation movement and

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On Stage

Hide and Seek

Are the kids alright?

In the opening piece for Hide and Seek, Kuntz and Company’s latest community-focused production opening Oct. 17 at the Firehouse PAC, dancers Angela Kiser and Ian Bivens deftly carry around a baggage claim’s worth of luggage.

While watching their nimble back-and-forth—which soon becomes a power struggle over who will carry the suitcases, who will pick them up when they’re dropped and which one of them will take on the heavier burden—it becomes apparent that what the duo is presenting to

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Visual

Reaching Beyond

Sixty years of crafts and creativity

Larry Metcalf has his grandmother to thank for his lifelong love of making art.

That’s what he told a recent gathering of the Whatcom Museum Advocates last Thursday as he stood at a podium set up in the sun-infused hallway of the museum’s Lightcatcher Building.

“I’m a lifetime maker of things,” the longtime Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) member and two-time president of the organization told the advocates and other curious visitors in a short presentation before leading a tour of

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Film

Fury

Brad Pitt goes to war

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Fury is a good, solid World War II movie, nothing more and nothing less. Rugged, macho, violent and with a story sufficiently unusual to grab and hold interest, it’s a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, and because it stars Brad Pitt in what deserves to stand as an emblematic performance, it seems like a bigger deal, and the film’s mild case of pretentiousness in the climactic stretch is its one notable problem.

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Film

Tracks

A good walk unspoiled

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There’s another film coming down the awards-season pike about a woman who embarks on an arduous solo journey and lives to tell—and write—the tale: Wild, opening Dec. 5, with its star, Reese Witherspoon, already the presumptive frontrunner in the best actress Oscar race.

But in the meantime, attention should be paid to Tracks, a soul-stirring film set in that otherworldly place called Australia (kangaroos, feral camels—who thought of these creatures?), and set in another-worldly time: the

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Today

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These Seven Sicknesses: Make sure to wear something comfortable when you settle in to view These Seven Sicknesses this weekend at 6:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday, and 3pm Sunday, at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Dubbed the theater's "greatest undertaking yet," the four-and-a-half hour play features performances of the seven remaining plays by ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and dessert. Additional performances happen through Nov. 2. more »

Anything Goes: Stowaways, mistaken identity and hilarity will all make appearances when the Tony Award-winning musical Anything Goes continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Entry is $20 and additional showings happen through Oct. 25. more »

Hide & Seek: Kuntz and Company delves into the complexities of caring for the kids in our community at performances of Hide and Seek starting this weekend at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 5pm Sunday, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The dance and theater piece combines the talent of professional performers with the community members whose stories are being told. The show contains mature subject matter, and is not recommended for children. Tickets are $15 and additional showings more »

FAIRHAVEN RIDE: Meet up with folks from Fairhaven Bike & Ski for a weekly race-pace ride at 8am at the Fairhaven Village Green. more »

Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mt. Baker Bike Club for the weekly “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8:30am at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route sees riders heading down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. more »

Chuckanut Enduro: Mountain bikers can expect "four stages with approximately 4,000 feet of descending and overall times in the 25-35 minute range" at the Chuckanut Enduro starting at 9:30am at Larrabee State Park, 245 Chuckanut Dr. Entry is $40-$75. more »

Run, Walk and Roll: Help bring attention to National Disability Awareness Month at today's "Run, Walk and Roll" 5K starting at 10:30am at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. Entry to the event—which is hosted by Work Opportunities in Whatcom County—is $13-$15. Additional fundraising opportunities are available. more »

Annual Mushroom Show: Join the Northwest Mushroomers Association for its 25th annual "Mushroom Show" from 12-5pm at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. Admission is $3-$5 and includes mushroom talks by local experts and surprise guests, a "touch and feel" table, coloring and crafts for kids, displays of locally collected mushrooms, identification of specimens and more. more »

Downtown Mountain Boys: The veteran "bluegrassers" known as the Downtown Mountain Boys perform at 2pm at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. Suggested donation is $15. more »

Youth Concert: Attend a showcase featuring the talents of young area musicians at 3pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Entry is $5 general; children 12 and under are free. more »

Edison’s Ghost Machine: New York City-based poet Jennifer Faylor reads from her new collection, Edison's Ghost Machine, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The poems tell the story of a man's grief process over his lover's death. more »

Community Meal: Join the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association for a Community Meal from 5-6:30pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave. Meals are free; guests are asked to bring a potluck dessert. more »

Twin Peaks Cocktail Series: Join Sara Galactica for cocktail demos, tasty samples, fun activities and a free screening of a select Twin Peaks episode at the first of three "Fire, Drink With Me: A Twin Peaks Cocktail Series" events at 6pm at the Temple Bar, 306 W. Champion St. Entry is $15 per event, or $40 for all three. more »

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