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Ferndale Farmstead

An Eat Local Month spotlight

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kevin Dougherty, the farm manager of Ferndale Farmstead, is already up at first light—he’s been awake since 5:30am—feeding fawn-colored calves and preparing for the long day ahead.

Dougherty’s morning routine doesn’t look any different from countless other dairy farmers across Whatcom County, and in fact, the tasks are the same; but the farm he’s running is unique. Ferndale Farmstead happens to be one of the only large-scale seed-to-craft operations in Western Washington. To…

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The Magnificent Seven

Another day, another remake

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The big difference between the new version of The Magnificent Seven and the revered 1960 feature is the ethnic background of the main characters. The titular seven in director Antoine Fuqua’s take are a diverse bunch, while the ruthless villain of the piece is no longer a Mexican bandito but, instead, a cutthroat white capitalist. Other than the revisionist casting, however, nothing particularly original or fresh has been injected into this competently made remake of the star-studded…

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Block Party

Making memories at Make.Shift

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

By the time this issue hits the streets, summer will be morphing into fall and everyone will be making their way inside to sip hot cocoa, knit scarves out of hand-dyed wool and count the rising number of falling leaves from their living-room windows.

Or not. With the Make.Shift Block Party taking place Sat., Sept. 24 in the heart of Bellingham’s Arts District, autumn may have to chill out and wait a little longer for its turn in the spotlight.

For at least one day longer, summer…

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London Road

A musical murder mystery

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The techniques of verbatim theater go back decades, to at least the 1950s, when young German theater troupes would reenact complicated court cases word for word onstage. Even earlier, in the United States, the WPA paid for a form of this performance with its “Living Newspapers,” in which theater artists conducted extensive journalistic research about a social problem and then dramatized their findings. But no matter what the topic of a verbatim piece, it’s almost guaranteed the…

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River Dance

Bustin’ a move on Horseshoe Bend

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I was visiting Glacier on important business recently when the thing that always happens to me up there happened again: I had an insatiable urge to ambulate the enveloping terrain that compelled me to initiate a protracted dash through the woods.

Ephemeral mist vapors atomized the sun dapple as I padded down the stairway toward the raucous, silt-laden course of the North Fork, and with each approaching step I felt the tedium of the workday dissipate further into the foliage.

With a…

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On Stage

Women's World

Love, Loss and What I Wore

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The five women who tell their tales in Love, Loss, and What I Wore don’t shy away from touchy subjects.

Whether they’re discussing the death of a child, ex-husbands, being raped at college, dressing room anxiety or aging, the 28 monologues comprising the play penned by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron get to the heart of women’s relationships—with each other, and also with their wardrobes.

Les Campbell, who’s directing the production for the Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG) starting…

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River Visions

When storytelling and ecology collide

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The artists of the Sepik River in Papua, New Guinea create striking, evocative work, acclaimed by collectors and museums worldwide. In a pair of brilliant exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology of the University of British Columbia, the lyrical Sepik storytelling collides with a tragically somber vision of the ecology of the contemporary Northwest.  

Papua is the world’s second-largest island, and the Sepik River is the largest unspoiled river system in the Asia-Pacific region.…

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Erin Jones

Tending and mending our schools

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teaching kids means teaching ourselves—to be a more generous, more accommodating, more honest society, Erin Jones says.

With the funding of basic education deemed the highest priority of state policy makers, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as advocate and champion of those goals may be the most important election this season. But beyond the questions of money, Washington’s public schools face unprecedented issues related to diversity and cultural, racial,…

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Ladies of the Lincoln

Who run the world?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, the Lincoln Theatre kicked off its fall season with a concert by Maria Muldaur, an event that, among other things, prompted me to sing “Midnight at the Oasis” to my coworkers until they threatened me with a violent end should I continue to torture them with my dubious musical stylings.

Needless to say, I am no Maria Muldaur.

Muldaur’s performance was just the first of several concerts by powerhouse female artists who will take the stage at the historic…

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The Gristle
Closer to home

CLOSER TO HOME: The York Neighborhood Association held a well-attended and vocal town hall meeting last week, inviting neighbors from all over the city to discuss concerns about affordable housing, zoning, protection of single-family neighborhoods, quality-of-life issues, and housing…

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Ericksen leads from behind

Senator Doug Ericksen, again uninformed, manipulative or fear-mongering, recently claimed the new emissions capping rule will have a “chilling effect”…

Who pays?

I never thought about it until it happened. Who pays for the all the security at political rallies?

Save Blanchard forests

Bellingham’s proximity to outdoor areas is undoubtedly one our city’s most beloved advantages. Blanchard State Forest, located just south of…

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Today's Events
Eat Local Month


A Farm Fund Hootenanny for the Community Food Co-op’s Food & Farming Program taking place from 6-10pm Sun., Sept. 4 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery will act as the official kickoff…

The Miracle Worker


Watch the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and mute student, Helen Keller, when The Miracle Worker opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and…

Little Women


A Broadway version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday in Oak Harbor at the Whidbey Playhouse, 730…

Love, Loss & What I Wore


The Bellingham Theatre Guild presents Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss & What I Wore starting this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Whatcom Community…

Whatcom Water Week


Tours of local water and waste water treatment plants, a “Run with the Chums,” a Streams of Thought Film Festival, a social media photo contest, a rainwater irrigation workshop, watershed…

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset Saturdays and Sundays through mid-October at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and…

Bellingham Bay Marathon


Scenic courses with views of Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, and the North Cascades will be part of the annual Bellingham Bay Marathon taking place from 7:30am-2:30pm starting near…

Rabbit Ride


Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via…

Veterans Breakfast


Veterans, their families and guests and invited to a monthly Veterans Breakfast from 8-10am at VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St. Attendees can enjoy pancakes, waffles, French toast and more.…

Starry Night Chamber Orchestra


The Starry Night Chamber Orchestra performs at 3pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The ensemble is comprised of professional musicians from around the Pacific Northwest.…

I, Angus


Vancouver, B.C.-based author Mike Hartner reads from his new book of historical fiction,  I, Angus, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Art of Jazz


The Dmitri Matheny/Ed Dunsavage Quartet performs at the Jazz Project first “Art of Jazz” concert of the season from 4-6:30pm at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets to the monthly…

Sunday Night Fusion


A community partner dance dubbed “Sunday Night Fusion” takes place from 7-9pm every Sunday at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The event explores “co-creative partner dance inspired by a…

Deobrat Mishra


Sitar master and composer Deobrat Mishra—an 11th generation musician—returns to Bellingham to perform at 7pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Mishar is director of the Benares Music…

Culture Shock


Improvisers Robin Corsberg and Megan Galley present “Culture Shock” at 7:30pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets to see the women explore what happens “when you enter the unknown”…

Standup Comedy Showcase


John Lee, Timmy Riney, Lee Cox, Monisa Brown, and Alyssa Yeomah will be among the funny folks performing at a Standup Comedy Showcase at 8:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Joel…

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