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South to Skagit

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Before I become consumed by Halloween in Bellingham and all of the various and plentiful happenings that come with it, I must first turn my attention southward, to Skagit County.

Generally speaking, when I journey south across the county line during this time of the year, I am seeking a corn maze or pumpkin patch or some variation of a haunted house. Fun outings, certainly, but hardly enriching cultural pursuits.

For those times when culture is what I crave, I need not search hither…

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On Stage

Team Tabetha

A show of love

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tabetha Clark is much more than a dancer. The Bellingham-based performer and founder of ABC Dance is a force of nature who inspires others not only when it comes to onstage action, but also behind the scenes and beyond.

Tabetha is also a mother, wife, sister and—after recently being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer—a fighter.

At “A Show of Love” fundraiser taking place throughout the day and into the night Sat., Oct. 13 at the Firehouse Arts and Event Center, many of those…

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A pair with flair

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

If you’re looking for a great new place for a meal, make a beeline for Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, upstairs at Village Books.

The space formerly occupied by Bookfare Cafe has been renovated and improved by Chef Christy Fox and her wife, Shannon Fox, and the talented pair are delivering fabulous food at super-reasonable prices.

Christy was previously the chef at the helm of Northwater, the restaurant inside the Holiday Inn at Bellingham Airport, but she had Shannon had long dreamed of…

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Pilgrim Power

Where the sidewalk ends

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

To hear Beth Jusino tell it, if she can walk 1,000 miles, almost anybody can.

In fact, when she comes to Village Books on Wed., Oct. 17 to share tales from her travel tome, Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles of the Camino de Santiago, those in attendance can find out more about how someone who never identified as an athlete learned to swallow their fear and put one foot in front of the other—and another, and another, and another—to find the strength to walk from Le…

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The Golden State

Tales of modern motherhood

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

After the forest fires that raged across California recently, it’s hard to imagine the scenery of the high desert as brown and grassy but not charred and smoldering. However, in her new novel The Golden State, author Lydia Kiesling skillfully evokes a scorching summer in fictional Altavista, California, that will have readers fully engrossed.

Daphne, a 30-year-old first-time mother, has retreated with Honey, her toddler, to her grandparents’ abandoned mobile home on a whim, unable…

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Art in Action

The studio tour scene

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Anyone watching a writer practicing their craft would likely become bored after the first few minutes.

Watching artists in action is a whole other animal.

When you’re planning your route for the second weekend of the 24th annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour, be sure to look on the map in the detail-filled catalogue for the creative spaces marked “Demo: Daily.” They’ll guide visitors to artists such as woodworkers Karen and Vernon Leibrant, sculptors Don Anderson and Suzanne Averre,…

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First Man

Shooting the moon

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

In examining Damien Chazelle’s filmography, the young director has never made the same film twice. He seesawed from jazz conservatory drama Whiplash, essentially a monster movie, to La La Land, which chronicled the fraught journey of Hollywood dreamers in the form of a classical Hollywood musical. So what comes next? A space flick naturally—First Man, a biopic of Neil Armstrong, starring Ryan Gosling.

There’s a famous line in First Man that unlocks the through-line of Chazelle’s…

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Best of Bellingham

Of the more than 1,000 ballots that came in for this year’s Best of Bellingham, voters were more likely to draw attention to their selections about where they go to eat, drink and be merry than just about anything else. That makes a lot of sense, since a big part of what makes Bellingham tick can be found in the customers, owners and loyal employees who make the city’s abundant breweries, bars, restaurants, coffeeshops and other assorted meeting places run. We get it. With fall in full swing, you like to be in warm, welcoming places to gather together and swap stories about your lives, discuss the show you’re going to see later that night, or fuel up for a night of dancing. As you read this, we hope you’re settling into your favorite coffee shop or watering hole and getting comfortable.

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As Below, So Above

AS BELOW, SO ABOVE: Are we witnessing a real-time extinction of southern resident killer whales?

The question was raised multiple times in meetings by the governor’s Southern Resident Orca Task Force, which two weeks ago released a draft report of findings and recommendations for public…

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America’s Bullies

As a kid I was always a head shorter than other boys, which meant I was bullied—mocked, threatened, sometimes assaulted.

Childhood bullying has been going on forever. But in recent years America has become a culture of bullying—the wealthier over the poorer, CEOs over workers, those…

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Picking winners and losers

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Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild’s monthly uncensored variety show, “Vaudevillingham,” at 7pm (family-friendly) and 9pm (anything goes) performances at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St.,…



A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9pm every Monday at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. The event features approximately 20 standup…

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