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Sonny Sixkiller

Here’s a different spin on the controversy surrounding the name of the NFL football team in the nation’s capital: What would happen if Sonny Sixkiller, a Cherokee and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the University of Washington, bought the team? And then kept the offensive name and instead changed the players’ names? That’s the story inside a new play, Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins, by Lummi elder Darrell Hillaire.

The Redskins organization has tried to frame this

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This Week

The Gristle

Letters from Lummi

LETTERS FROM LUMMI:: Lummi Nation continues to grow in the sophistication of their pursuit of treaty claims, moving from blanket objection to a more targeted and leveraged resistance to concepts the tribe believes endanger their rights under treaty.

Lummi Nation in August withdrew without comment its administrative appeal of the City of Bellingham’s proposed regional stormwater project at West Bakerview Road and Arctic Avenue, releasing tribal resistance to an enlarged and relocated Costco

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On Stage

Sonny Sixkiller

Buys the Washington Redskins

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Here’s a different spin on the controversy surrounding the name of the NFL football team in the nation’s capital: What would happen if Sonny Sixkiller, a Cherokee and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the University of Washington, bought the team? And then kept the offensive name and instead changed the players’ names? That’s the story inside a new play, Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins, by Lummi elder Darrell Hillaire.

The Redskins organization has tried to frame this

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Music

Air Supply

The ones that you love

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Because of the sorcery that is the internet, it is no exaggeration to say that a goodly portion of the world’s music is available to us, on demand, whenever we want it. Streaming services like Spotify have made it so we need never listen to anything we don’t explicitly choose to hear, allowing us to control our musical experiences with ever-increasing specificity.

Of course, this has its benefits, the primary one being simple access. Without having to build our musical collections by

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Food

Autumnal Aromas

Settling in to a new season

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun

These are the opening lines of the ode, “To Autumn,” by John Keats. 

Written after a walk on Sept. 19, 1819, Keats personifies autumn as a sensuous woman with “hair soft-lifted by winnowing wind.” He makes references to ripened fruit, swelling gourds, plump hazel shells and oozing cider.

As I walked early this morning, almost 200 years later, I saw a set of leaves that had changed to colors as dramatic as

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Outdoors

Block Party

Saying sayonara to summer

While weather forecasts around these parts can be a little dicey at times, right now there’s a “partly sunny and delightful” prognostication for this coming Saturday—which also happens to be one half of the last weekend of summer.

Although there are myriad ways you can say sayonara to the season—whether it’s rafting the Nooksack, doing sun salutations on your favorite beach, celebrating the coming equinox at a barbecue with friends, preparing your backyard garden for colder climes or

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Words

Primitive Living 101

Nikki van Schyndel’s wild ways

Books are powerful change agents, deeply placing seeds within us that may lie dormant only to sprout years later in unpredictable ways. 

As a young girl, Nikki van Schyndel’s hero was Sam Gribley, the young protagonist of Jean Craighead George’s award-winning classic My Side of the Mountain. Sam runs away from home, determined to learn to survive on his own in the forest. Is it a coincidence that, at 29 years old, Nikki sets off to survive in the maze of remote wilderness islands off of

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Visual

Victorian Visits

Transformative time travels

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Last April, I received (and accepted) an invitation to travel back in time.

To get to the Victorian era,  I was instructed to show up at Bellingham’s Bureau of Historical Investigation. At the appointed hour, the Good Time Girls—longtime historical tour guides and shop owners Marissa McGrath and Sara Holodnick—began to transform a group of women of varying ages and sizes from jeans-clad millennials into corset-wearing beauties.

While we sipped wine and picked out accessories for parlor

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Film

This Is Where I Leave You

It’s a family affair

You laugh in spite of yourself in This Is Where I Leave You, a potty-mouthed comedy with enough exasperation, aggravations, long-standing grievances and get-me-outta-here moments of family stress to strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had to endure large clan gatherings that might have lasted a bit too long. The fact that many people will find something or someone to identify with here, even if they don’t have a mother with big new boobs prone to talking about sex most of the time the way

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Today

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Sep 16

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Eat Local Month: Local foods, farmers and fishers will be celebrated during Sustainable Connections' "Eat Local Month" at a variety of events happening through September throughout Whatcom County (and beyond). Nineteen participating restaurants will have locally sourced specials, and there'll be a Sept. 13 Farm Tour, an Incognito Dinner by Ciao Thyme, the Bite of Bellingham, an "Eat Local Dinner Theater" with the Community Food Co-op, a food trail trek, a brewers cruise, Bellingham Oktoberfest, and more. See more »

Whatcom Water Weeks: Hatchery tours, a salmon habitat bike tour, Marine Center animal feedings, guided river walks, campfire talks, bird presentations, a rain barrel tour, an educational cruise i Drayton Harbor, the Whatcom County Farm Tour, a cloud formation experiment, storytelling events with water themes, a green building users group, a tour of Bellingham Cold Storage, a "Gardening Green" series, an agricultural buffer walk, a beach cleanup, the Bellingham Traverse and more will be part of the annual "Whatcom more »

Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. more »

Bellingham Beer Week: A Bellingham Tap Trail's Trail Breaking Party happening from 4:30-7:30pm at Kulshan Brewery and a "First Call" event from 5-9pm Friday, Sept. 12 at Elizabeth Station will kick off the Bellingham Beer Week events. The brew-haha continues through Sept. 21 with a plethora of brewers nights at various restaurants and breweries, beer trivia, tap takeovers, cask nights, a Brewer's Cup, films, brewers cruises, an Oktoberfest celebration, hikes, meet-and-greets, and much more. Head to the website for a more »

Gardening Green: WSU Whatcom Extension presents a "Gardening Green: Sustainable Landscaping" course from 9am-2pm Tuesdays and Thursdays starting today and continuing through Oct. 2 in Bellingham. The six-session class includes presentations, demos, hands-on experience and landscape tours. Register in advance for the free workshops. more »

Ancestry Workshops: Learn how to access historical records with the Ancestry.com Library Edition at an in-depth class starting at 9am at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Register in advance, please, as space is limited. Researcher and certified librarian Sheryl Fullner will lead two other classes at 4pm and 6pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. All classes are free. more »

Business Book Group: "Sharpen Your Saw: A Business Book Discussion Group" meets for the first time from 11am-1pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The discussion of Adam Grant's Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success will be facilitated by Mike Cook, local business coach, faculty member at WWU, and author. The group will meet on the third Tuesday of each month. more »

Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

Eat Local Class: A "Cafe Favorites: Eat Local" course begins at 6:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Cooks from the establishment will share recipes that feature local chicken, corn, eggplant, tomatoes, beans, plums, blackberries and more. Fees are $58. more »

Discovering History: "Discover History at the Library" will be the focus of a free presentation with reference librarian and historian Karen Prasse at 7pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington St. more »

Strangers with Candy: Traveling artist and writer Margaret Meps Schulte shares stories from Strangers Have the Best Candy: How Talking to Strangers Leads to a Life of Crazy Adventure and Lasting Friendship at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. more »

Community Chorus Rehearsal: The non-auditioning choral group known as the Bellingham Community Chorus will host a beginning rehearsal at 7pm at Moles Farewell Tributes, 2465 Lakeway Dr. If you're interested in taking part, show up and see what it's all about. The ensemble hosts performances in December and April. more »

A Streetcar Named Desire: View a live-day broadcast of the National Theatre's production of A Streetcar Named Desire at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $12-$16; an additional showing of the Tennessee Williams masterpiece takes place at 2pm Sun., Sept. 28. more »

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