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Scott Kelly

To me, musicians’ side projects have long been a source of fascination. Since I’ll probably never get to go rummaging through any of their medicine cabinets or read their diaries, side projects are one of the means by which formerly familiar musicians reveal the deeper mysteries that drive them.

Even for those auxiliary bands whose intentions are only half serious—take, for instance, Queens of the Stone Ages’ Josh Homme’s Eagles of Death Metal—the devotion of time and precious

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This Week

The Gristle

Good, Bad, Ugly

Good, Bad, Ugly: As the Holy Roman Empire was risible in all three of its nominative declarations (neither Roman nor empire) so too is the Majority Caucus Coalition®, the unified whole of the Republican caucus in Olympia empowered by a lone traitorous DINO, Democrat Tim Sheldon of the archly named community of Potlatch, to make mischief on a hairsbreadth Democratic majority. All three of its declarations of bipartisan consensus and brotherhood must be uttered with a smirk and a hard swallow.

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News

An Obscure Little Election

Conservation District helps farmers thrive

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“Whatcom County faces several natural resource challenges that threaten our health, culture, economy and quality of life,” notes Joy Monjure. “We’ve made progress towards salmon recovery, but still have a long way to go to improve habitat conditions. Shellfish harvest areas continue to close due to worsening water quality. The impacts of climate change, including warmer temperatures and more extreme weather events, are expected to drive a significant migration of ‘climate refugees’

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Music

Scott Kelly

Taking the Road Home

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To me, musicians’ side projects have long been a source of fascination. Since I’ll probably never get to go rummaging through any of their medicine cabinets or read their diaries, side projects are one of the means by which formerly familiar musicians reveal the deeper mysteries that drive them.

Even for those auxiliary bands whose intentions are only half serious—take, for instance, Queens of the Stone Ages’ Josh Homme’s Eagles of Death Metal—the devotion of time and precious

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Visual

Still Life

When old is new again

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Showing off stunning recent acquisitions by La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), Exhibitions Director Lisa Young has assembled “Still Life”—which is, incidentally, an excellent introduction to the unique and vibrant art of the Northwest.

The colorful and influential Mark Tobey was the center of the early 20th century “Big Four,” along with Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson. The Tobey painting on display, “Pink Flower” (1928), shows the inspiration of natural

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Food

Winter Warmers

Drinking local, lifting spirits

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It’s that time of year again, when the chilly weather and the short, dark days usher us indoors. Fortunately, winter beers, also called winter warmers, are here to lift our spirits.

“Winter” beer is a loose category of seasonal ales and lagers that are released during the winter months. There is no strict style guideline, but they tend to have a big malt presence (from lightly sweet to heavily sweet), a relatively high amount of alcohol (most commonly 6 to 9 percent alcohol by volume, or

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On Stage

Late Nighters

Staying up at the iDiOM

Tobias Childs has a couple of simple tricks that allow him to stay up late; he gets at least eight hours of sleep a night and drinks lots and lots of coffee—“a gravy boat of coffee,” he says.

That regimen will come in handy over the next four months, when the actor, improviser and writer both performs in and hosts a plethora of late-night shows every weekend at Bellingham’s iDiOM Theater.

PETER Comedy, the trio Childs developed with Levi Friedman and Jacob Foerg—fellow improvisers he

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Outdoors

The Boys in the Boat

Of rowing and reading

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In 1948, my uncle, Warren DeHaven Westlund, was the stroke-man of the American boat that won the gold medal in the coxed four event during the Summer Olympics in London, England.

But until I started reading more about Daniel James Brown’s book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, I didn’t realize how important the games “Uncle Warren” competed in were—or how much those who rowed before them had risked to make the same athletic

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Film

Foxcatcher

The American Nightmare

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An ominous pall hangs over Foxcatcher, an aura of dread and unnerving quiet that announces right from the start of the film that things are not going to end well. The story of the strange relationship between billionaire John E. du Pont (Steve Carell) and Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) has been widely documented in the news media, but for those who come into the movie not knowing what awaits, that discomfiting feeling that permeates the early scenes is not your imagination.

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Today

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Winter Fish: Learn to prepare Alaskan true cod and petrale sole using various techniques at "Winter Fish" courses with Chef Robert Fong from 6-8:30pm Tuesday at the Cordata Community Food Co-op and 6:30-9pm Wednesday at the downtown Community Food Co-op. Entry is $45, with a $7 wine option payable at class. more »

Writer’s Toolbox Workshop: "The Writer's Toolbox: Building Strong Characters" will be the subject of a Chuckanut Writers workshop from 9:30am-4:30pm at Whatcom Community College's Foundation Building. Entry is $79. more »

Baker’s 20th Anniversary Celebration: Mayor Kelli Linville and Erin Baker will be on hand at a 20th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting event from 12-3pm at Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods retail store at 427 Ohio St. The event will also features samples from other local companies such as Bellingham Bay Coffee Roasters, Kombucha Town, and more. more »

Clearing Clutter Workshop: Therapist and "clutter coach" Carolyn Koehnline leads a "Clearing the Clutter and Finding Yourself" workshop from 1-3pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Entry is by donation. more »

High School Book Club: Joelle Charbonneau's The Testing will be the focus of a High School Book Club meeting at 4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. The discussion group is open to students in 9th through 12th grade. more »

Pruning Workshop: Find out why you should prune, what tools to use, plant habits and creative uses for clippings at a "Pruning Workshop" from 4-6pm at the Blaine Library, 310 3rd St. "Grafting 101" will also be included, and will focus on scionwood, harvesting, labeling and storage. Entry is free. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

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 others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required. more »

Quest Memoir: Cami Ostman teaches a Chuckanut Writers workshop focused on "The Quest Memoir: Writing About Travel & Other Assorted Journeys" starting tonight from 6-8pm at Whatcom Community College's Kulshan Hall. Classes continue Wednesdays through March 4. Entry is $139. more »

Danny Kolke Trio: The Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center presents a performance by the Danny Kolke Trio at 7pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest ST. Entry is $5 for students, $10 general. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

Kodo One Earth Tour: The limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese taiko drum will be explored when Kodo brings its "One Earth Tour: Mystery" to town for a 7:30pm performance at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Kodo strives to both preserve and reinterpret traditional Japanese performing arts. Tickets are $32-$62. more »

Comedy at the Shoe: Attend the weekly "Shoe Me the Funny" comedy showcase starting at 9pm every Wednesday at the Ranch Room at the Horseshoe Cafe, 113 E. Holly St. The event features six comedians vying for your vote, a highlighted comedian, and chances to win platters of cheesy fries. Entry is free. more »

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