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Green Bookshelf

Back to the wild

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Hidden Lives of Trees
By Peter Wohlleben (Greytone)

German forester Peter Wohlleben spent most of his career sizing up trees according to their harvest-readiness and managing forests for profit. But after a life spent in close company with his sylvan neighbors, he began to see their complex lives and interactions with more depth and empathy.

In The Hidden Life of Trees, short chapters explore hidden dimensions of tree lives that science is slowly uncovering, enhanced by…

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Food

Local Flavor

Fairhaven Food Fest and Chow Down(town)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

I’m not sure if the Historic Fairhaven Association and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership (DBP) planned it this way, but both community hubs are featuring food-related events this month that draw attention to the culinary creativity of our city. If you’ve been saving up for a night (or two or three) on the town, now’s the time to crack open the piggybank.

Through Thurs., March 2, the “Fairhaven Food Fest” will see area restaurants offering special prix fixe lunch or dinner options…

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Visual

Culture Clash

Indigenous Influences at MoNA

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Currently showing at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), “Indigenous Influences” is a visual treat and educational too.

Paintings and prints by iconic Northwest artists—often called the “Mystics”—are juxtaposed with indigenous artifacts to suggest how artists might have been inspired by the native culture of the region. 

But we find two currents cutting across each other. Curator Regan Shrumm ransacked the museum for every plausible example of cultural borrowing.…

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Outdoors

Saving Blanchard

The legacy begins with you

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Along the coastline of Chuckanut Drive, the logging countdown is on.

Blanchard Mountain, the Oyster Dome Trail, and surrounding hiking trails and campgrounds are in imminent danger of being clearcut as long as people stand on the sidelines. This is not only about saving the trees and protecting a vital ecosystem that provides a safe haven for animals and humans alike, it is also about humans stepping up, speaking out, being active, responsible and empowered.

Thousands of residents…

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Film

Say goodnight, Wolverine

Logan

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Seventeen years after X-Men made him a movie star, Hugh Jackman ends his run as the Wolverine—at least for now—with a neo-Western road trip through the heartland.

As its title suggests, Logan strips away the superhero bells and whistles, cast-of-thousands spectacle and labyrinthine twists of the X-Men franchise to focus on its most tormented mutant, aka Wolverine. Seamlessly melding Marvel mythology with Western mythology, James Mangold has crafted an affectingly stripped-down…

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Film

Kedi

Cats gone wild

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Kedi, a Turkish documentary about the stray cat population in Istanbul, is not just a movie for cat people. I loved it and I am more of a dog person, though I admit to having bonded with a few felines in my day. I daresay even elephant or giraffe people will love it, too.

Ceyda Torun, who grew up in Istanbul, Turkey, before relocating to the United States, has made a movie so far beyond the cute kitty stuff one sees on YouTube that it’s almost insulting to draw the comparison. What…

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On Stage

12 Minutes Max

When artists are on the clock

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spoiler Alert: If you’re part of the latest “12 Minutes Max” showcase taking place March 3-4 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, you probably won’t want to read too much more of this missive.

That’s because until the lights dim and the spotlight comes up on the dance pieces, theater shorts and films that will be highlighted at the late-winter soiree, most of those involved in the adjudicated performances won’t have seen each other’s work before.

For those in the audience who…

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News

Absent Representation

Recall effort against Ericksen goes to court

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A hearing for the effort to recall Sen. Doug Ericksen is set for this week before Whatcom Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis.

The judge will decide whether there are grounds for the recall, which would allow supporters to continue to the next stage of collecting enough signatures to put the issue before voters.

The recall effort was started Feb. 9 by some voters in Ericksen’s 42nd District who said the Ferndale Republican wasn’t adequately doing his job as a state senator…

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Music

Lumber & Lace Ball

Calling all do-gooders

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bellingham is a city full of fun-loving do-gooders. Sure, people around these parts could spearhead simple fundraisers—and sometimes do—but more often than not, they pair their monetary asks with entertainment elements. We tend to be generous folk, but our largesse comes more easily when we can pay to party, all in the name of a good cause. This is why, no matter what time of year it might be, you’ll find benefits and fundraisers aplenty on the calendar of community whatdoings. For…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood

Columbia

What makes a great neighborhood? In the years we’ve been polling readers for their favorite places, this category has moved steadily north—as has the emphasis on great parks, trails, schools, places to hang out, and homes that are stylish, established yet affordable have come into focus. The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series is just one example of a neighborhood laying out all of its finest for the enjoyment of others. Roll on, Columbia!

Best of Bellingham write-ups by Tim Johnson, Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat
Photos by Patrick Beggan (versaphotography.com)

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The Gristle
The Fix Is In

THE FIX IS IN: If you hung a sign on a well that was dry most of the year, and that sign read, “Plenty of water! Available year ’round!” would you imagine that the hanging of that sign actually changed the conditions of the well, creating new water where there was none? Or would you…

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Letters
Double-dipping Doug

I question how Doug Ericksen can fully attend to both his duties as state senator and this additional job in…

Ericksen must resign

Senator Ericksen is consistently on the wrong side of every issue my family cares about—from proposing that citizen protests should…

Fat wallets benefit from ACA repeal

It is easy to be caught up by the daily barrage of surreal chaos from the new administration, but the…

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Today's Events
Fairhaven Food Fest

11:00am

Övn Wood Fired Pizza, Tony’s Coffee House, Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, Shirlee Bird Cafe, Rocket Donuts, Rustic Coffee & Wine Bar, On Rice Thai Bistro, Mount Bakery Fairhaven, Magdalena’s…

Community Coffee and Tea

9:00am

All are are invited to a free “Community Coffee & Tea” event from 9-10:30am in Maple Falls at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Rd. The free weekly event features snacks…

Community Coffee and Tea

9:00am

All are are invited to a free “Community Coffee & Tea” event from 9-10:30am in Maple Falls at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Rd. The free weekly event features snacks…

Tea and Books

2:00pm

Attend an “Afternoon Books and Tea” from 2-3:30pm and an “Evening Books and Tea” from 7-8:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Both events will feature a cozy Cupcake mystery, tea, and…

Reader's Theatre for Teens

3:00pm

Students in grades 6-12 can attend a “Reader’s Theatre for Teens” from 3-4:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Attendees will read from scripts that have been adapted from popular YA…

Books and Tea

3:00pm

Mysteries and books about discovery will be the theme for this month’s “Afternoon Books and Tea” from 3-4:30pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Bring one of your favorite books from the…

Poetry and Music

6:00pm

Mary G.L. Shackelford will share work from her new collection of poetry, Song In My Belly, from 6-7:30pm at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Ct. Music is also a big part of…

Group Run

6:00pm

All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for…

Milo Petersen Quartet

7:00pm

Seattle-based guitarist Milo Petersen will be backed by pianist Miles Black, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummer Julian MacDonough at a 7pm performance at the Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center’s…

Garden Club Meeting

7:00pm

Susann Schwiesow―owner of Schwiesow & Drilias Landscapes, Inc. and the Garden Room in Fairhaven―will give a presentation focusing on “Japanese Garden Design” at the Birchwood Garden…

Panty Hoes

9:00pm

Aruba Sterling and Mahogony Night host a weekly drag queen production, “Panty Hoes,” at 9pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. The duo—who are joined by other talented performers every…

Panty Hoes

9:00pm

Aruba Sterling and Mahogony Night host a weekly drag queen production, “Panty Hoes,” at 9pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. The duo—who are joined by other talented performers every…

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