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Valentine’s Day

Let’s get weird

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Last week, I expressed my ambivalence toward Valentine’s Day. To recap: People who want to make a big deal of it and break out the flowers and bust out the candy—I don’t really get it, but I’m cool with it. As for people who abhor Valentine’s Day, everything it stands for and everyone who celebrates it—I don’t get that either, but live and let live.

In other words, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, you do you, boo.

However, something I can get behind is an unorthodox…

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Slack Water

Glued to the oars

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

I was in her father’s Lummi Island basement crouched awkwardly behind a chest freezer knocking cobwebs into the hose nozzle of an overmatched Shop-Vac when the Lady of the House swooped in to remind me that—contingent to our regular midwinter cabin-cleaning chores—we were still on the hook to rescue a rowboat.  

“It’s an hour and a half before sunset,” she said. “If we’re going to haul the SS Sculpin off the beach we need to start sooner rather than later.”


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Comfort Food

From Rome, with love

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In a way that only comfort food can, a bowl of cacio e pepe—a pasta dish supposedly created by shepherds tending their flocks—saved me when I was a writing student in Rome. 

My classes took place in an ancient building in the Campo de Fiori, which means “field of flowers,” but belies that a man was burned at the stake there for heresy against the Catholic Inquisition. I was that muddled student who got lost, couldn’t hear instructions and penned the worst poetry ever written…

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Lehmann and Lavelle

Abstraction in action

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

This month offers a fine opportunity to see and compare the work of two outstanding artists—Anita Lehmann at Perry and Carlson Gallery in Mount Vernon, and Margy Lavelle at i.e. gallery in Edison. Each creates “abstractions,” but their approaches are very different.

Lehmann’s works in the “Westbound” exhibit arise from her “westbound journey” to Seattle 35 years ago, and evoke the excitement and passion she feels for the divine landscape of the Pacific Northwest.


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The Write Stuff

Your words go here

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Local writers who have long dreamed of seeing their work in print in a newspaper—or in the pages of a book, or inside of a city bus, or even on a placard outside of the Bellingham Public Library—have numerous opportunities in the near future to make that fantasy a reality.

At the Cascadia Weekly, we’ve been accepting submissions for the past month for our revived Fiction 101 Contest—something our staff hasn’t attempted since we all had a lot less gray hair and the paper…

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On Stage


My Circus Valentine

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Last February, Anneka Deacon felt the love from the approximately 1,000 humans who showed up at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab to witness the heart-stopping magic of “My Circus Valentine.”

But the cofounder of the Circus Guild and the producer of the Valentine’s Day hootenanny wants it known the affection she was the recipient of wasn’t just limited to the audiences who flocked to the high-ceilinged venue in Fairhaven to watch local artists and dazzling special guests share…

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Cold Comfort

Shelters near capacity as polar storm continues

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A continued polar storm front has scrambled resources to provide severe weather housing for the unsheltered.

Mayor Kelli Linville signed a proclamation on Monday that an emergency exists throughout the City of Bellingham and authorized the city to provide emergency assistance to the victims of this current winter storm and take other actions to protect life and property.

The mayor’s order gives the city the ability to enter into emergency contracts with other service providers and…

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Battle Angel

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It is a view broadly held in Hollywood that writing is not the greatest of James Cameron’s manifold filmmaking gifts. The visual storytelling of his blockbusters is what sticks, not the plywood poetry he sticks in the mouths of his often-perfunctory characters. A new Cameron production that boasts his imagination behind the keyboard rather than the camera, Alita: Battle Angel does little to change that perception. Directed instead with budget-splashing brio but little genuine…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? Well, one that is walkable, with tree-lined streets and ample parks, nearby services and entertainment. One that allows people to work from or near their homes. Many artists have moved to Sunnyland for exactly that reason, so they can run a studio out of their home—and that has produced a flourishing local arts community. Sunnyland is a nucleus for many of the favorite haunts and hangouts cited in this year’s reader survey.

That dynamism has a downside, too, and Sunnyland is experiencing some growing pains from its tangy mix of industrial and commercial uses in proximity to family homes. Friends, an outdoor beer garden is a heartbreaking thing to quarrel about! I predict they’ll soon solve those problems, and continue to claim their crown as Bellingham’s favorite neighborhood.

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The Gristle
New Bites at the Apple

NEW BITES AT THE APPLE: The Washington State Senate is taking a second bite at several familiar apples in Olympia this session; and the Fourth Corner has a new senator to take a fresh taste.

Anacortes City Council Member Liz Lovelett was sworn into the 40th District last week, bringing the…

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Bellingham 2050

I was walking past the Leopold Building on Cornwall Avenue when it happened. Everything turned wavy and buzzy. Bright lights were flashing in my head. Then it stopped and things were back to normal again—except different. I was perspiring inside my winter coat. I stopped a passerby and…

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A place for us

As someone who hopes never to bring any children into this wicked world, I was disgusted by the lewd, titillating, and lascivious photo of two mocha-skinned young people tongue-wrestling in a…

A flawed process

On Sat., Feb. 2, the Precinct Committee Officers of the 40th District assembled in Bellingham to elect Senator Kevin Ranker’s successor. There were 46 of us, coming from as far away as San…

Bait and switch

What a beautiful, brutal, and eye opening exposé’ of the plans for the former Alley District site.
I’ve been following loosely the  plans to develop Stateside ever since their public…

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Today's Events
Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest


The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived “Fiction 101” contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults…

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition


Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Fri.,  March 15. Along with having their poems published…

The Imaginary Invalid


See an adaptation of Molier’s last comedy, The Imaginary Invalid, at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday at Western Washington University’s DUG Theater in the Performing Arts Center. In the…

Birding Adventures


Skagit Guided Adventures hosts “Birding for Kids” and “Birding for Seniors” excursions from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm on a daily basis through March. Prices vary; binoculars will be…

My Circus Valentine


Attend “My Circus Valentine” shows at 6pm and 9pm Thursday and Saturday, and 4pm and 7pm Sunday at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. (The early shows are kid-friendly, the later shows are…

Almost, Maine


Showings of Almost, Maine conclude this week with performances at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. In the romantic…

Cupid's Arrow


The improvised dating game dubbed “Cupid’s Arrow” returns to the stage at 7:30pm Thursday (Valentine’s Day) and 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show…

Shakespeare in Love


Mistaken identity, scheming and backstage theatrics, love stories and more will be part of Shakespeare in Love performances continuing this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and…

West Side Story


META Performing Arts presents West Side Story continuing this week at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The…

Our Town


Head to Grover’s Corners to experience life in small-town America when Thornton Wilder’s classic story Our Town comes to life at performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm…

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Deep Forest Experience


Attend “Deep Forest Experience” events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery…

One-Act Plays at BAAY


Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 13-16 will present “One-Act Plays” written by celebrated local playwright Michael Wallace at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday…

Always...Patsy Cline


Witness a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always…Patsy Cline continues this weekend with 7pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Conway Muse, 1844 Spruce St. Ria…

Serial Killers, Episode 3


iDiOM Theater’s annual “Serial Killers” continues this weekend at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Studio Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The five-week…

Winter Swanrise Valentine's Celebration


Sign up in advance to join Skagit Land Trust for a “Birds of Winter Swanrise” and Valentine’s Celebration happening from 7-9:30am at Barney Lake. Many other birds winter there and bald eagles…

Pancake Breakfast


Choose from pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy at a fundraising Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $2.50 for kids and…

Celtic Arts Dance Championship


The public is invited to attend a Celtic Arts Championship taking place from 9am-5pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Scottish Highland Dance competitions are for ages 4 to…

Caring for your Roses


Becky Reed, horticulturist and rose expert for David Austin Roses, leads a “Caring for Your Roses” workshop at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Both enthusiasts and beginners…

Winter Farmers Market


A plethora of vendors will have edible and creative offerings for sale at the second Winter Market of the season from 10am-3pm at the Bellingham Farmers Market’s Depot Market Square, 1100…

Be Mindful of Minds Panel Discussion


Representatives from the Whatcom County Health Dept., Bellingham Police Dept, Opportunity Council, and Brigid Collins will be addressing the issues people with mental illness and addiction…

Correspondence Club


Anyone over 8 years old can show up for the monthly Correspondence Club gathering from 10:30am-12:30pm at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. Supplies, materials and instructional guidance…

Let's Make Mozzarella and Burrata!


Sign up in advance for a “Let’s Make Mozzarella and Burrata!” class from 11am-2:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Attendees will learn how to make these varieties from…

Growing Giant Vegetables


Lee Roof, president of the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers Club, will lead a “Growing Giant Vegetables” workshop at 11am in Mount Vernon at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Roof…

Deep Forest Experience


Attend “Deep Forest Experience” events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery…

Tax Help Available


The AARP Tax-Aide program will provide free tax preparation services from 12:30-4pm Saturdays at Bellingham’s First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Through mid-April, the service…

Native Plants and Birds


Discover the benefits of native plants in your yard for birds, bees, bugs and beauty when members of North Cascades Audubon Society lead a “Native Plants and Birds” presentation from 2-3pm at…

Era of the Megafires


As part of Whatcom READS, attend an “Era of the Megafires” presentation from 2-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. The multimedia presentation combines the research of Dr. Paul…

Love is in the Air Story Share


Do you love a good romance? If so, join a “Love is in the Air Story Share” from 3-4pm at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. Expect a fun-filled discussion of the books you love, relish…

Artist Talk with Margy Lavelle


Oil painter Margy Lavelle will discuss her new work in “The Flight of Gabriel” exhibit at an Artist Talk at 4pm in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. Entry is free.

Fighter in Velvet Gloves


Alaskan author and educator Annie Boochever shares stories from Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In 1945,…

Los Vivancos presents "Born to Dance"


Witness a dramatic fusion of traditional dance, martial arts and acrobatics when Los Vivancos present “Born to Dance” at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. As seen on…

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