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Sonny Sixkiller

Here’s a different spin on the controversy surrounding the name of the NFL football team in the nation’s capital: What would happen if Sonny Sixkiller, a Cherokee and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the University of Washington, bought the team? And then kept the offensive name and instead changed the players’ names? That’s the story inside a new play, Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins, by Lummi elder Darrell Hillaire.

The Redskins organization has tried to frame this

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This Week

The Gristle

Letters from Lummi

LETTERS FROM LUMMI:: Lummi Nation continues to grow in the sophistication of their pursuit of treaty claims, moving from blanket objection to a more targeted and leveraged resistance to concepts the tribe believes endanger their rights under treaty.

Lummi Nation in August withdrew without comment its administrative appeal of the City of Bellingham’s proposed regional stormwater project at West Bakerview Road and Arctic Avenue, releasing tribal resistance to an enlarged and relocated Costco

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On Stage

Sonny Sixkiller

Buys the Washington Redskins


Here’s a different spin on the controversy surrounding the name of the NFL football team in the nation’s capital: What would happen if Sonny Sixkiller, a Cherokee and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the University of Washington, bought the team? And then kept the offensive name and instead changed the players’ names? That’s the story inside a new play, Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins, by Lummi elder Darrell Hillaire.

The Redskins organization has tried to frame this

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Air Supply

The ones that you love


Because of the sorcery that is the internet, it is no exaggeration to say that a goodly portion of the world’s music is available to us, on demand, whenever we want it. Streaming services like Spotify have made it so we need never listen to anything we don’t explicitly choose to hear, allowing us to control our musical experiences with ever-increasing specificity.

Of course, this has its benefits, the primary one being simple access. Without having to build our musical collections by

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Autumnal Aromas

Settling in to a new season


Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun

These are the opening lines of the ode, “To Autumn,” by John Keats. 

Written after a walk on Sept. 19, 1819, Keats personifies autumn as a sensuous woman with “hair soft-lifted by winnowing wind.” He makes references to ripened fruit, swelling gourds, plump hazel shells and oozing cider.

As I walked early this morning, almost 200 years later, I saw a set of leaves that had changed to colors as dramatic as

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Block Party

Saying sayonara to summer

While weather forecasts around these parts can be a little dicey at times, right now there’s a “partly sunny and delightful” prognostication for this coming Saturday—which also happens to be one half of the last weekend of summer.

Although there are myriad ways you can say sayonara to the season—whether it’s rafting the Nooksack, doing sun salutations on your favorite beach, celebrating the coming equinox at a barbecue with friends, preparing your backyard garden for colder climes or

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Primitive Living 101

Nikki van Schyndel’s wild ways

Books are powerful change agents, deeply placing seeds within us that may lie dormant only to sprout years later in unpredictable ways. 

As a young girl, Nikki van Schyndel’s hero was Sam Gribley, the young protagonist of Jean Craighead George’s award-winning classic My Side of the Mountain. Sam runs away from home, determined to learn to survive on his own in the forest. Is it a coincidence that, at 29 years old, Nikki sets off to survive in the maze of remote wilderness islands off of

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Victorian Visits

Transformative time travels


Last April, I received (and accepted) an invitation to travel back in time.

To get to the Victorian era,  I was instructed to show up at Bellingham’s Bureau of Historical Investigation. At the appointed hour, the Good Time Girls—longtime historical tour guides and shop owners Marissa McGrath and Sara Holodnick—began to transform a group of women of varying ages and sizes from jeans-clad millennials into corset-wearing beauties.

While we sipped wine and picked out accessories for parlor

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This Is Where I Leave You

It’s a family affair

You laugh in spite of yourself in This Is Where I Leave You, a potty-mouthed comedy with enough exasperation, aggravations, long-standing grievances and get-me-outta-here moments of family stress to strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had to endure large clan gatherings that might have lasted a bit too long. The fact that many people will find something or someone to identify with here, even if they don’t have a mother with big new boobs prone to talking about sex most of the time the way

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Sep 19


Eat Local Month: Local foods, farmers and fishers will be celebrated during Sustainable Connections' "Eat Local Month" at a variety of events happening through September throughout Whatcom County (and beyond). Nineteen participating restaurants will have locally sourced specials, and there'll be a Sept. 13 Farm Tour, an Incognito Dinner by Ciao Thyme, the Bite of Bellingham, an "Eat Local Dinner Theater" with the Community Food Co-op, a food trail trek, a brewers cruise, Bellingham Oktoberfest, and more. See more »

Whatcom Water Weeks: Hatchery tours, a salmon habitat bike tour, Marine Center animal feedings, guided river walks, campfire talks, bird presentations, a rain barrel tour, an educational cruise i Drayton Harbor, the Whatcom County Farm Tour, a cloud formation experiment, storytelling events with water themes, a green building users group, a tour of Bellingham Cold Storage, a "Gardening Green" series, an agricultural buffer walk, a beach cleanup, the Bellingham Traverse and more will be part of the annual "Whatcom more »

Bellingham Beer Week: A Bellingham Tap Trail's Trail Breaking Party happening from 4:30-7:30pm at Kulshan Brewery and a "First Call" event from 5-9pm Friday, Sept. 12 at Elizabeth Station will kick off the Bellingham Beer Week events. The brew-haha continues through Sept. 21 with a plethora of brewers nights at various restaurants and breweries, beer trivia, tap takeovers, cask nights, a Brewer's Cup, films, brewers cruises, an Oktoberfest celebration, hikes, meet-and-greets, and much more. Head to the website for a more »

Butt Kapinski: Acclaimed touring artist Deanna Fleysher brings her "hilarious one-woman film-noir detective clown show," Butt Kapinski, to Bellingham for performances at 7:30pm Thursday, and 7:30pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Tickets to opening night are free; otherwise, it's $10-$12. more »

Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through this Saturday at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

Fall Book Sale: Help raise funds for building upkeep and community programs by using your purchasing power at a Fall Book Sale happening from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. more »

Truth Be Told: Improvised scenes, characters and relationships inspired by true monologues from performers can be seen at new "Truth Be Told" shows at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. more »

Harvest Festival: Four live dance bands will perform at a Harvest Festival kickoff from 8-11pm at Assumption Parish, 2116 Cornwall Ave. From 12-10pm Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday, there'll be a vintage car show, an arts and crafts fair, a bake sale, a used book sale, food booths (and beer), activities for kids and more. Prices vary. more »

Corn Maze: The Lynden FFA will host its annual Corn Maze from 6-10pm Friday, 2-10pm Saturday, and 2-6pm Sunday just south of Lynden on the Hannegan Rd. Entry is $4-$6 (free for those ages 4 and under). The maze will also be open Sept. 26-28. more »

Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in September at Whatcom Falls Park. Suggested donation is $5. more »

VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. more »

Mission Ride: Help out homeless vets by taking part in the Lighthouse Mission's second annual "Mission Ride" starting with a cookout and elevator dedication at 5pm at the nonprofit's headquarters at 910 W. Holly St. At 6pm, motorcyclists will "roll out" for a ride along Chuckanut Drive. Entry is $10; registration includes a T-shirt. more »

Poets for Peace: As part of the International Day of Peace, area poets, writers and musicians will give voice to rising aspirations and expressions for peace at a "Bellingham's Poets for Peace" gathering from 5-9pm at St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th St. In addition to the readings, there'll be a soup and bread dinner, a book table for participating authors and more. Entry is free. more »

Plein Air Paint Out Reception: An opening reception for the "Plein Air Paint Out" exhibit takes place from 6-8pm at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. The exhibit features paintings from artists who participated in August's Plein Air Paint Out on the nearby Holly Street corridor. The art is for sale, and artists will get 80 percent of the proceeds. more »

Family Story Night: Kids and adults can show up for an hour of coaching and introduction to storytelling with members of the Bellingham Storytellers Guild at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will commence. Entry is free. more »

Music and Wine: Listen to music by flamenco guitarist David Feingold and harpist Elvira Friesen at "An Evening of Wine-Tasting and Music" benefit at 6pm at Lynden's Dutch Village Mall, 655 Front St. Tickets are $25; proceeds benefit the Lynden Music Festival. more »

Dreams and reality: Sharon Reed-Hendricks shares stories from One Man's Dream, One Woman's Reality at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The autobiographical tome focuses on the lessons Sharon and her husband learned during a six-year sailing adventure. Sharon and Steve will also be on hand to tell their story at 7:30pm Saturday at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Both events are free. more »

Mudflat Walkers CD Release: Food vendors, a beer garden and acrobatic performances will be part of a CD Release party and concert with Mudflat Walkers and guests starting at 7pm at the Bellingham Circus Guild's Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Spoonshine and Hot Damn Scandal will also perform. Tickets are $10-$20. more »

Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. more »

Improv Mixer: Anyone with prior improvisation experience is invited to an "Evening Improv Mixer" from 7:30-10pm at Improv Playworks, 1308 E St. Please bring $5-$10 to help cover studio rental costs, plus finger food or drinks to share if you're so inclined. Please register by Sept. 17. more »

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