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What The Funk

Of music and magic

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I’ve known Wild Buffalo owner Craig Jewell long enough to understand that those who underestimate him, do so at their peril. He seems a lot like a really easygoing guy who likes to have the best time possible under any and all circumstances—and he definitely is that—but he’s also capable of engineering miraculous acts, and they seem to happen on a fairly regular basis.

Even so, talking George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic into playing a Sun., March 25 show at the Wild Buffalo…

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Smoking Crow

Green Gold

New offerings from Square One Maps

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

When a beefy, hand-folded envelope from Square One Maps arrived in our mailbox recently, I suspected a special treat of the highest cartographical order had been bestowed upon me.

Happily, my hunch proved to be only partially correct.

Upon opening said correspondence, I was pleased to discover I’d underestimated both the quality and quantity of its contents by a considerable degree.

Square One hadn’t just sent me a single map to review, they’d sent four of them.


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The Immortalists

A date with death

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

It’s halfway through a humid summer in 1969 on New York City’s Lower East Side, and the four Gold siblings are restless. There is no air-conditioning in the house, and life seems to be happening to everyone else but them. Kids are getting wasted at Woodstock, there is rioting outside the Stonewall Inn, people are even walking on the moon.

Daniel has heard that a rishika, a fortune-teller, recently moved into the neighborhood. Rumor has it that rather than foretelling what will…

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Building Blocks

Slurping into springtime

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring has begun its tantalizingly slow reveal, but winter isn’t quite done with us yet. This means soup can shine for a few weeks longer before it’s time to think about salads.

At the final winter market last week, I found carrots, onion and celery root, which were all I need to make anything into soup. These three ingredients are what you need to make mirepoix (“mere-pwah”), a chopped mixture of aromatic vegetables used as a base for many soups and sauces.

There are many regional…

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West Coast
On Stage

Song and Dance

From Broadway to Bellingham

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thanks to the miracle of flight, it’s possible to leave the Pacific Northwest in the morning and be across the country and on the streets of New York City by the end of the day. In fact, you could be watching a Broadway show by nightfall.

Another option is to reduce your carbon footprint and save many hundreds of dollars by procuring tickets to two big-name shows making their way to the Mount Baker Theatre in the near future. As part of the MBT’s current season, they’re bringing…

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Stay out of the gaslight

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

With the word “gaslighting” getting thrown around a lot in our current age of fake-news awareness, to the point where some use it simply as a heated synonym for “lying,” along comes Unsane to remind us of its more elaborately melodramatic origins. It’s tempting to call Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-shot psychothriller a “Gaslight” riff uncannily timed to the #MeToo movement, though that risks giving undue gravitas to what was plainly, and effectively, conceived as a…

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Island Insights

Separated From Normal

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

After viewing many of the paintings in “Separated From Normal,” I’m now convinced Trish Harding is is my artistic spirit animal. 

That’s because the exhibit currently on display at Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center as part of the “Healing Through Art” series documents Harding’s teenage years spent living with her family on Lummi Island—which also happens to be the locale where I spent many of my teenage summers and received my first kiss, attempted to smoke driftwood (don’t…

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West Coast
Best of Bellingham
Best Band

The Wednesdays

Music scenes, including ours, have traditionally been boys’ clubs—but the Wednesdays win in this category is a welcome indication of a change that has been a long time in coming. Unabashedly feminist and unapologetically political, the Wednesdays are making music with a message—and people are listening. With a motto of “Dismantling the patriarchy by day, playing basement blues punk by night,” coupled with an electrifying live show, the Wednesdays are making their mark and making it count.

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The Gristle
The Boundaries Between Us

THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN US: Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order outlining a strategy for the recovery of Puget Sound’s crashing resident southern resident orca population and the prized Chinook salmon that nourish them.

“The problems faced by orcas and salmon are human-caused,…

Amy Goodman
‘Bloody Gina’

On Monday, President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by tweet. Despite the scores of administration officials who have been ousted, escorted out or simply left, Trump is still managing to make an indelible mark on the federal government, installing scores of conservative…

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Costs and scale of war

Jimmy Carter was the last president that didn’t take us to war. We’ve been “keeping the peace” for a long time.
According to Miriam Webster’s Dictionary, terrorism is “the…

Our future

I am a 7th grader at Kulshan Middle School and in my science class we have learned about global warming and how it affects society.
Global warming has many negative effects on the Earth. One…

Our safety

Due to the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the national March For Our Lives movement, Bellingham will join the national movement by…

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Today's Events
Daffodil Festival


The fourth annual La Conner Daffodil Festival continues through March 31 in and around La Conner and the Skagit Valley.

The Book of Moron


Buckle up for a hilarious joyride over the pot-holed highways of cultural hypocrisy when Robert Dubac’s Off-Broadway hit, The Book of Moron, shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at Mount…

Adventures and Brawls


Through March, audience members can help decide what happens next at improvised showings of “Choose Your Own Adventure” at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At…

Pancake Breakfast


Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at Ferndale’s American Legion Hall, 5537 2nd Ave. The breakfasts are held on the fourth Saturday of most months.

NSEA Work Party


Join the Nooksack Enhancement Assocation and Bellingham Parks and Rec for a Work Party from 9am-12pm along Willow Spring, starting at Squalicum Creek Park, 1001 Squalicum Way. Volunteers will…

Native Plant Sale & Expo


Kick off your spring gardening when the Whatcom Conservation District hosts its 25th annual Native Plant Sale and Expo from 9am-2pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Local…

Walk for Water


The City of Bellingham will host the 10th annual “Walk for Water” from 10am-12pm starting and ending at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Attendees will walk the distance women and…

Rock & Gem Club Show


he 57th annual Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club Show takes place from 10am-6pm Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday at the Bloedel Donovan Community Center, 2214 Electric Ave. Fine jewelry, rocks from…

March for Our Lives


Join the national movement to demand school safety and an end to gun violence and mass shootings in schools at a March for Our Lives Bellingham event starting at 10am at Bellingham City Hall,…

Whatcom County Democrats Convention


Whatcom County Democrats will co-host a County Convention with the 42nd LD Democrats and 40th LD Democrats from 10am-2pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Attendees will discuss…

Starting Your Vegetable Garden


Learn about choosing the right plant for the right place, fertilizers, microclimates, soil tests and amendments, seed starting, companion planting, mulching, composting and pest controls when…

Tax Help Available


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



See Benedict Cumberbatch take on the titular role when the 2015 NT Live broadcast of Hamlet returns to the big screen at a showing at 1pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St.…

Spring Show Opening Reception


Attend an opening gala reception for the annual “Spring Show” from 2-5pm at Mount Vernon’s River Gallery, 19313 Landing Rd. (off Dodge Valley Rd.). The group exhibit features works by 40…

Native Plants & Birds


North Cascades Audubon Society members will helm a “Native Plants and Birds” presentation from 2-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Attendees at the free event can discover the…

A Conversation with Alan Friedlob


Attend a “Conversation with Alan Friedlob” from 3-4:30pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Attendees can also view his “Ordinary Men” photography exhibit, and take part in a…

The Passage Home to Meuse


Gail Noble-Sanderson reads from The Passage Home to Meuse at 4pm at Lynden’s Village Books, 430 Front St. In this second historical novel in the Meuse Trilogy, Marie Durant Chagall, now 27,…

Contra Dance


Heliotrope will provide live music at the Bellingham Country Dance Society’s Contra Dance happening from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $6 for…

Shantala and Friends


A community Kirtan with Shantala (Benjy and Heather Wertheimer) and Bibi McGill, Steve Gorn, and Sean Frenette takes place from 7-9pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $20 in…

Memory's Blade


Spencer Ellsworth reads from the third installment of his Starfire trilogy, Memory’s Blade, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. “At the heart of the Dark Zone, a duel for the universe…

Ballroom Dance


All ages and levels of experience are welcome at a Ballroom Dance from 7:30-9:30pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Hallecks St. Show up at 7pm for a tango lesson with Chris…

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