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Live At The Lincoln

Rebels with a cause

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

During the course of the coming days, the Lincoln Theatre will host three big-name acts—Bebel Gilberto (July 21), Leo Kottke (July 25), and Robert Cray (July 31)—and at first glance, it would seem the only thing they have in common is the historic venue at which they’ll perform.

But dig a little deeper and commonalities emerge.

Each got their start at an early age, and now have decades worth of experience and thousands of shows under their respective belts. Each boasts a devoted…

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A Moment of Generations

Four Democrats seek election in the Skagit

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

“Voters aren’t going to lose in this race, no matter what happens,” Alex Ramel admitted of his race to replace Representative Kris Lytton in the 40th District. “It doesn’t necessarily help my own campaign to say that—and there really are great differences between the candidates—but all the Democrats I am running against are excellent people.”

It’s a statement that aptly sums up the essence of this race—out of a constellation of guiding lights, which star do you send…

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There There

Not your typical powwow

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tommy Orange did not grow up around books or aspire to be a writer. A recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, this debut novelist who came to writing late in life is making quite a splash with his first book, There There, a polyphonic story of 12 Urban Indians whose worlds collide at the Big Oakland Powwow.

Orange grew up in Oakland and clearly is writing about his home turf. A powerful prologue frames There There as an ode to Urban Indians who…

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In Red Ink

Beyond appropriation

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Goya’s prints depicting atrocities against Spanish peasants in the French invasion of 1814 are the first examples of “protest art.” This tradition continues today at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art’s latest installation, “In Red Ink.”

A hundred years ago, Edward Curtis’ photographs reinforced the view that American Indians were primitive and a “vanishing species.” The white settlers did their best to bring this about by appropriating Indian lands, removing Native…

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Hub Fest

Keep the wheels turning

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kyle Morris learned to ride a bicycle when he was 7 and his ex-stepfather took him to the top of a grassy hill—where he released him and let gravity take him to the bottom.

“It was possibly a pretty traumatizing moment in my formative years, but I guess I respond well to tough love,” Morris says, pointing out that he didn’t take to bicycling as a lifestyle choice until moving to Bellingham in 1995.

“I quickly realized this town was very well-suited to that sort of…

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Leaf Love

The kale conspiracy

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kale has reached that point on the popularity curve where people are hating it because its popular.

Once, it was easy to file away this dark-green leafy vegetable as just some hippie food, but now it’s everywhere. Still, many people don’t enjoy eating it. And sometimes these haters get triggered by people who do.

For some reason it’s natural to resent success in others, and kale is a wildly successful species. Forget conspiracy theory. The ascendence of kale is a conspiracy…

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The King

Elvis as America

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Documentaries about the current state of America, as good as some of them are, often have the effect of news headlines: They come and go, leaving a slight blur. But The King isn’t like other politically and socially inflamed documentaries. Written and directed by Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), it’s a meditation on the current American crisis (and if you don’t think we’re in one, you should probably stop reading now) that’s built around a deep-dish portrait of Elvis Presley.…

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On Stage

Campus Collective

Western Summer Theatre returns

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

When he’s not fishing for trout, gardening or canoeing to Mud Bay, Western Washington University theater professor Rich Brown spends the warmer months of the year helping ensure Western Summer Theatre (WST) entertains the masses.

Once again, “Commedia in the Park” will jump-start the season with free performances July 20-21 at Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park.

“Commedia Dell’Arte is a form of popular, ‘low comedy’ theatre that first began in Italy in the 1550s,” Brown…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm


It’s tulip time, and the fields are alive with the light and color of spring. The word’s out, and this spectacular time in the Skagit Valley is no longer a secret.

But Skagit still holds a lot of secrets—mist-shrouded valleys, swollen and mighty rivers, and frosty high country thick with dark pines and devil’s club. And there are the hidey holes—the hamlets sprinkled along old forgotten highways, the winding sloughs and channels of the fertile delta, and the coast beyond—dotted with islands pungent from salt and rain. There are the bars and diners and coffeehouses, the playgrounds and trails. And there are the people who fill them, hearty and happy. And though our readers revealed some of these secrets, Skagit remains a treasure undiscovered.

Entries by Tim Johnson, Amy Kepferle, Carey Ross, Stephanie Young, and Trail Rat
Photos by Jessamyn Tuttle and Andy Porter

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The Gristle
Trust Is Reciprocal

TRUST IS RECIPROCAL: Eric Richey’s yard signs say “Trusted Leadership.”

It’s an oddly tone-deaf message, given the leadership that is trusted is that of Dave McEachran, the Whatcom County Prosecutor who is retiring after 46 years of service that Richey seeks to replace in November.…

Criminalizing Protest

An investigative report released today by The Intercept, titled “The U.S. and Canada are preparing for a new Standing Rock over the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline,” details how the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office in Washington state—the county that shares a border with British…

Trove Web
Is Ericksen committed to education?

In its wisdom, the Constitution of the State of Washington (Article IX ) charges the state to provide ample funding for basic education for every child in the state.
In 2012, Washington State…

Support Alex Ramel

I am writing to wholeheartedly share my excitement about Alex Ramel’s candidacy for State Representative in Washington’s 40th District. Alex is a true progressive who has devoted his life…

Working for the community

Our community needs leaders who are committed to the common good, where everyone benefits. Alex Ramel, who is running for the 40th District representative, has demonstrated his effectiveness…

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Today's Events
Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am until sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals…

Bard on the Beach


Macbeth, As You Like It, Timon of Athens, and Lysistrata show in repertory through Sept. 22 at Vancouver, BC’s “Bard on the Beach” Shakespeare Festival at Vanier Park. Tickets start at $24…

Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Festival of Music Community Concert


Enjoy a free Bellingham Festival of Music chamber music concert at 12pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Comprised of outstanding musicians from major symphonies of North…

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market


Produce, crafts and more can be procured at the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm Wednesdays through Oct. 17 at Hammer Heritage Square, 118 Ferry St.

Wednesday Farmers Market


Bellingham Farmers Market continues its Wednesday Market from 3-7pm weekly through Aug. 29 at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1017 Harris St. At the event, fresh produce, meat, honey, plants,…

Downtown Sounds


Dirty Ferns open the second Downtown Sounds concert of the summer taking place from 5:30-9pm on Bay and Prospect streets in downtown Bellingham. Petty or Not headlines the free event. A beer…

Group Run


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…

Swing Connection


Bellingham’s Swing Connection will bring is big band sounds onstage as part of the Port of Anacortes’ free Summer Concert Series from 6-8pm at Seafarers’ Memorial Park, 601 Seafarers’ Way.…

Backpacking Basics


Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear and more at a free “Backpacking Basics” class at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Please register in advance.

Creekside Open Mic


Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2.…

Vegetarian Pakistani


Pakistan native Azma Khan focuses on “Vegetarian Pakistani” from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. All dishes will be gluten-free. (Pakistani cuisine is similar to…

Brewers Cruise


Tonight’s “Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise” will feature liquid fare from Boundary Bay, Sound Brewery, and Rainy Daze Brewing starting at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises’ dock at the Bellingham…

Intro to Improv


Attend a free workshop focusing on play, creativity, storytelling and fun at a “Learn to Think on Your Feet” introductory improv class from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St. All…

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