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Music

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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Elections

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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Words

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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Visual

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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Outdoors

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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Food

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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Film

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

RoozenGaarde

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.…

Community
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…

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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

10:00am

The Community Boating Center will be open from 10am until sunset daily through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle…

Skagit Tours

10:00am

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…

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm

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…

Northwest Raspberry Festival

10:00am

Celebrate the largest harvest of raspberries in North America at the Northwest Raspberry Festival taking place Friday and Saturday throughout Lynden. In addition to offering raspberry ice…

Skagit Tours

10:00am

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…

Sin & Gin Tours

7:00pm

Through September, seasoned guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history at Good Time Girls’ “Sin & Gin” tours at 7pm Fridays in downtown…

Summer of Blood

7:00pm

The Skagit River Shakespeare Company continues its “Summer of Blood” season with showings of the drama King Lear at 7pm Friday and 4pm Sunday at the Rexville Grange Amphitheater, 19299…

LOL-apalooza

9:00pm

Come witness stories and comedy made up on the spot, inspired by your suggestions, when “LOL-apalooza” shows at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The short-form…

Raspberry Pancake Breakfast

7:00am

Before heading to the second day of the Northwest Raspberry Festival, attend a Raspberry Pancake Breakfast from 7-11am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Entry is $3 for kids ages…

Tour de Whatcom

7:30am

Choose from scenic 22-, 44-, 62- or 100-mile bicycle rides as part of the 13th annual “Tour de Whatcom” starting at 7:30am in front of the Farmers Market at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107…

Ferndale Breakfast

8:00am

Choose from pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy at a Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Admission is $2.50 for kids and $6 for…

Anacortes Farmers Market

9:00am

Find fresh produce and much more when the Anacortes Farmers Market continues its 29th season from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. The event continues Saturdays through Oct. 27.

Mount Vernon Farmers Market

9:00am

The Mount Vernon Farmers Market will feature more than 55 vendors from throughout the Skagit Valley from 9am-2pm every Saturday through Oct. 13 at the city’s Riverwalk Park. Through Sept. 26,…

Christmas in July Bazaar

9:00am

Evergreen Assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls will host a “Christmas in July” Bazaar from 9am-4pm at the Bellingham Masonic Center, 2626 W. Maplewood Ave. In…

Twin Sisters Market

9:00am

Affordable, Whatcom County-grown produce can be procured at the Twin Sisters Farmers Market from 9am-3pm at the IGA parking lot on Nugent’s Corner, and 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the North…

Primary Election Forum

9:30am

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County will host a Primary Election Forum from 9:30am-4pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. All candidates in local races who…

NW Art Beat Studio Tour

10:00am

Thirty-two artists will show and sell their work at more than 20 venues as part of Skagit Artists’ annual NW Art Beat Studio Tour from 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday throughout Skagit County.…

Blaine Gardeners Market

10:00am

Homegrown and handmade farm products, baked goods, arts and crafts and more can be found at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through October at the city’s H Street Plaza.

Skagit Tours

10:00am

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…

Summer Seersucker Bicycle Ride

10:00am

Dress in vintage wear from the 1920s and ’30s (think seersucker suits, leather lace-up shoes and flat caps) and take part in the Summer Seersucker Social Bicycle Ride & Scavenger Hunt…

Lynden Farmers Market

10:00am

Local farmers and artisans will sell their edible and creative wares at the Lynden Farmers Market from 10am-2pm every Saturday through Sept. 29 at Centennial Park, 319 Grover St.

Lummi Island Saturday Market

10:00am

Vendors will offer fresh produce, local honey, gorgeous flowers, landscape paintings and more at the Lummi Island Saturday Market happening from 10am-1pm Saturdays through the summer in the…

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am

The 26th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm Saturdays through Dec. 22 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to offering locally grown…

Correspondence Club

10:30am

Anyone over 8 years old can show up for the monthly Correspondence Club gathering from 10:30am-12:30pm at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. Supplies, materials and instructional guidance…

Downtown Market Walk

11:00am

Taste your way through unique markets and specialty food shops as part today’s Downtown Market Walk happening from 11am-3pm at nine locales in downtown Bellingham—including Pure Bliss…

Street Food Saturdays

11:00am

Sage Against the Machine, Mobile Mouth Hole, and Jalapenos Taco Truck will be on site for the Port of Bellingham’s “Street Food Saturdays” event from 11am-2pm at Zuanich Point Park, 2600 N.…

Show & Shine

11:00am

Check out vintage motorcycles and vehicles at a “Show & Shine” event taking place from 11am-3pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Admission is free to view the exhibits, $10 to show…

Hot Ticket

11:00am

Kids in grades K-5 are invited to “Explore Your Local Fire Truck” from 11am-12pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. Special guest Heather will read a story and the…

Public Sail

12:00pm

Join the Schooner Adventuress for a Public Sail from 12-3pm in Anacortes leaving from the Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave. Excursions on the 105-year-old watercraft are designed to get everyone…

The Nandia Trilogy

1:00pm

Author and musician Ned Wolf will sign all three volumes of The Nandia Trilogy from 1-3pm at Barnes & Noble, 4099 Meridian St. Entry to the 18-and-older event is a $20 suggested donation.

Craftapalooza

1:00pm

Kids in grades K-12 can make art masterpieces at a “Craftapalooza” happening from 1-3pm at the new Point Roberts Library, 1431 Gulf Rd. Entry is free, and all supplies will be provided.

Concrete Saturday Market

1:00pm

A Concrete Saturday Market can be visited from 1-3pm Saturdays through Labor Day weekend at the Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad Ave.

Field Games

1:00pm

As part of the City of Ferndale’s “Summer of Fun,” attend an all-ages Field Games event from 1-3pm at VanderYacht Park, 1945 Washington St. Bring clothes you can get dirty, and have water…

Wren and Della

1:00pm

Kids in grades K-5 can experience high-energy, circus-style entertainment when Wren and Della share their juggling and comedic talents at 1pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Entry is free.

Lynden Cemetery Tour

1:00pm

A costumed guide will explore the many historic personages of Lynden when the Lynden Pioneer Museum helms a tour at 1pm every Saturday through September at the Lynden Cemetery, 1975 Front St.…

State Street History Tour

1:30pm

Join the Good Time Girls for “State Street History: Guided Walking Tour of Old Sehome” starting at 1:45pm Saturday and Sunday at the goat statue at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad…

The Secret Garden

3:00pm

See what kids involved in the Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp have been up to at performances of The Secret Garden at 3pm and 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets…

Ferndale Uncorked and Uncapped

3:00pm

Sample specially selected wines and tasty appetizers at “Ferndale Uncorked & Uncapped” from 3-7pm at the city’s Centennial Riverwalk Park. Piano music and silent auction will round out…

Nooksack River Walk

3:00pm

Learn about local salmon species, discover native plants and find aquatic insects at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s Nooksack River Walk starting at 3pm in Glacier at the…

Whatcom Democrats Country Picnic

4:00pm

Meet candidates and elected officials, including Representative Suzan DelBene, at the Whatcom Democrats Country Picnic starting at 4pm in Ferndale at Hovander Homestead Park. Tickets are $10.

Seafood Boil

5:30pm

Sockeye salmon, Caesar salad, and a traditional seafood boil with prawns, fish, andouille sausage, corn and clams can be had at a Saturday Seafood Boil from 5:30-8:30pm by the shore at…

Seafood Boil

5:30pm

Sockeye salmon, Caesar salad, and a traditional seafood boil with prawns, fish, andouille sausage, corn and clams can be had at a Saturday Seafood Boil from 5:30-8:30pm by the shore at…

Feast and Frolic

5:30pm

Join Viva Farms to celebrate its farmers and the preservation of sustainable family farming at its second annual “Long Live Farms: Feast & Frolic in the Field” starting at 5:30pm in Mount…

Saturday Seafood Boil

5:30pm

Sockeye salmon, Caesar salad, and a traditional seafood boil with shrimp, fish, andouille sausage, corn and clams can be had at a Saturday Seafood Boil from 5:30-8:30pm by the shore at…

Music at Maritime

6:00pm

Baby Cakes will perform at the second of three “Music at Maritime” concerts from 6-8pm at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. The Anniversary Boys will close out the free,…

Austin Jenckes

7:00pm

Hear original country tunes when The Voice finalist Austin Jenckes performs from 7-9pm at the pavilion at Sedro-Woolley’s Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Rd. Entry is $12-$15; additional…

Bellingham Youth Jazz Band

7:00pm

The 29-piece Bellingham Youth Jazz Band will perform at a Swing Dance and concert from 7-9pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Expect to hear big band and combo jazz…

Sin & Gin Tours

7:00pm

Through September, seasoned guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history at Good Time Girls’ “Sin & Gin” tours at 7pm Fridays in downtown…

Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert

7:30pm

Members of the Bellingham Chamber Chorale and the Bellingham Unitarian Choir, with guest artists “Cricket and Snail”on violin and accordion, will perform at a Nelson Mandela 100th…

Bebel Gilberto

7:30pm

Celebrated bossa nova singer Bebel Gilberto shares songs from her latest album at a concert at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Gilberto has recently started…

Gerrymandering Update

7:30pm

Lummi Island resident Peter Earle presents an “Update on the Gerrymandering Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court” at 7:30pm at the Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Earle is an attorney who…

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