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Lee Ann Womack

For a time, the song was impossible to escape.

It seemed that every time I turned on Top 40 radio, I would hear the song that began with, “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,” and then continued in that vein—“May you never take one single breath for granted,” “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,” etc.—before it reached its soaring chorus, “And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance… I hope you dance… I hope you dance.”

It wasn’t exactly a

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This Week

The Gristle

Polar Wastes

POLAR WASTES: Last week, without fanfare or protest, Whatcom County Council gaveled in the five new county voting districts approved by voters last November. As the Gristle predicted, they did not tamper in any way with the district and precinct language or map outlines unanimously approved in April by the appointed Redistricting Committee; and despite stentorian oaths and enraged threats of legal action from the political Right, no one challenged the outcome. Our next prediction is: Voters will like these new districts.

The new districts preserve and empower distinct communities of interest. Every city can

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News

'A Public Trust'

Washington lands commissioner race draws crowd of Democrats

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This fall’s race for Washington’s commissioner of public lands—an office that oversees the state’s largest firefighting force and 5.6 million acres of land—is hotly contested since no incumbent is on the ballot.

Commissioner Peter Goldmark will not seek reelection to the quietly influential office. As the head of the state’s Department of Natural Resources, the commissioner is responsible for healthy public aquatic lands, forests, parks and more. The department leases land to provide critical school construction money, and its firefighting efforts are a key line of defense against destructive summertime wildfires, too.<

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Music

Lee Ann Womack

My kind of woman

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For a time, the song was impossible to escape.

It seemed that every time I turned on Top 40 radio, I would hear the song that began with, “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,” and then continued in that vein—“May you never take one single breath for granted,” “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,” etc.—before it reached its soaring chorus, “And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance… I hope you

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Food

Pure Bliss

A sugary trip to heaven

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Sink your teeth into a slice of carrot cake and you’ll know instantly what Pure Bliss is all about.

The six-year-old destination dessert and cake shop at 1424 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham is about sugary, buttery moments of blissful delight. If there’s any disappointment when you walk out, it’s only at not being able to stay longer, or accommodate a greater number of cakes, cookies and dessert wedges in your stomach before you head home.

Andi Vann, the 35-year-old entrepreneur behind

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Visual

Good Earth

Clay collective changes hands

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It’s been nearly half a century since Good Earth Pottery opened its doors in historic Fairhaven. By the end of July, the clay collective will have undergone a slight change in its decades of existence—Linda Stone is retiring, and Ann Marie Cooper will be joining Deb Martin as a co-owner of the space. Apparently, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Cascadia Weekly: Has Good Earth always been owned by artists?

Ann Marie Cooper:

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Words

A Four-Minute Life

A songwriter’s story

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Near the end of Jesse McRae’s book My Four-Minute Life: The Journey of a Very Human Songwriter, the author and musician notes that he changed his address more than 100 times in 40 years without ever once gaining the ability to escape himself.

By the time readers have gotten to this point of the memoir, this epiphany is an understandable one. In the span of years covered by the 73-year-old songwriter, he recounts a troubled childhood, decades of drug and alcohol abuse, the dissolution

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On Stage

Launch Date

Great escapes at the MBT

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The envelope containing the passport I recently received in the mail was peppered with a variety of stamps proclaiming that “bright lights,” “celebrity sights” and “renowned sounds” awaited me on my journey.

When I opened the dark-blue travel companion that had been sent by the powers that be at the Mount Baker Theatre, I was relieved to discover that the attractions mentioned above were of the entertainment variety, and wouldn’t require me to actually get on an airplane and leave town.

Listed

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Film

Absolutely Fabulous

Welcome back, Eddy and Patsy

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Blasting in with a flood of Bolly (Bollinger, their champagne of choice) nearly powerful and silly enough to blow away the post-Brexit blues, Jennifer Saunders (Edina) and Joanna Lumley (Patsy) give their all to Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and drag it bitching and boozing over the fine line between ropey TV transfer and riotous night out.

I do wonder: If anyone unfamiliar with the long-running BBC TV comedy (which premiered in 1992) walked into the movie theater, would they have a clue about what

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Outdoors

Summer Rides

Pedal-powered fun, for everyone

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In Washington, there are nearly as many types of bicyclists as there are coffee shops. And whether you’re a hard-core rider who owns so much spandex you might as well have stock in the company or a laid-back pedaler who prefers to amble along on an antique cruiser bike, there’s a ride for you. Read on for the evidence I’ve collected on three upcoming excursions that just might fit your biking bill.

At the 11th annual Tour de Whatcom taking

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Film

Rooftop Cinema

We will build it

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Many things have changed during my never-ending tenure as a projectionist at the Pickford Film Center, but one thing that has remained the same despite shifts in size, staff and location is our weird and undeniable love of taking our show on the road and setting up a movie theater wherever we can get away with it.

The places and settings we’ve transformed into temporary movie-going locales have included but are not limited to long-empty buildings, music venues, various fields and grassy knolls, classrooms

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Today

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Boating Center Open:The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks,... »

Bard on the Beach:William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver,... »

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Marrowstone Music Festival:Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and professional performances for the public will be part of the 73rd annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 24-Aug. 7 at Western Washington... »

Parkinson's Dance Class:Adrienne Wrightson will lead a Movement Class for people with Parkinson's disease, MS and other movement disorders at 10am at Inside Out Studio, 103 E. Holly St, suite #405. Entry is $10; participants... »

Alpine Climbing:Mt. Baker Climbing Ranger Brandon Helmstetter leads an "Alpine Climbing" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. At the free event, he'll cover invaluable information about climbing routes, hazards and... »

Sunset History Cruise:Join Whatcom Museum's 33rd annual "History Sunset Cruise" outings at 6:15pm leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Historians Brian Griffin and Doug Starcher will take turns at the... »

All-Paces Run:Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes... »

BIFT:Four Upfront Theatre improvisors will present two sets of short-form improv comedy games at Beer + Improv + Food Truck (BIFT) shows at 6:30pm every Tuesday through Aug. 30 at the beer garden... »

East Indian Burritos:Balabhadra leads a "East Indian Vegetarian Burrito Bar" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. A buffet-style burrito bar will allow students to customize their... »

Summer Book Club:Adults can get together with friends to read or talk about a book that has been chosen as not to be missed at today's Award-Winning Summer Reading Book Book Club... »

Bellingham Reads:Discuss Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry at a Bellingham Reads book group meeting at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always... »

Skagit Folk Dancers:Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance.... »

Happiness Guide:Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, a meditation master in the Nyingma lineage of the Buddhist tradition, shares ideas from Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness at 7pm at Village... »

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