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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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Neil Simon’s Rumors: Neil Simon's classic farce, Rumors, continues this weekend with 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18 and additional showings happen weekends through Feb. 14. more »

The Carrion Man: A comedic mystery/horror adventure about a teen put through a series of tests to gain great fortune can be seen when The Carrion Man concludes this week at performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $10-$12. more »

Bird Month Events: "Unlocking the Mysteries of the Snowy Owl" will be the theme of a monthlong exploration of snow owls and other winter migratory birds from 12-5pm Thursday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. Entry is $5. Entry is $5. more »

Illuminight Winter Walk: The Mount Vernon Downtown Association hosts free "Illuminight Winter Walk" events starting with a create-your-own-paper-lantern event at 4pm at Tri-Dee Arts, 215 S. 1st St. At 5pm, join other attendees for a wellness walk along the Skagit Riverwalk, ending at Ristretto for hot chocolate and apple cider. more »

Flights & Bites: "Air France," a flight of wines paired with complementary bites, will be part of a "Flights & Bites" event from 5-7pm at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. As part of the bird exhibit that is currently open, the 21-and-over event will also feature a bird scavenger hunt. Entry is $5 for members, $10 otherwise. more »

Broken Bow Stringband: Music by the Broken Bow Stringband will be complemented by liquid goods from Bellingham's Wander Brewing Company from 5-8pm at Sedro-Woolley's Woolly Market, 829 Metcalf St. Entry is free. more »

Healthy Eating: Whole Life Nutrition's Alissa Segerston focuses on "Health, Hearty, Super-Delicious" menu items from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Learn to make roasted chicken with root vegetables, vegetable lentil soup, sautéed winter greens with garlic, homemade bone broth, lacto-fermented peppered carrots, and more. Entry is $39. more »

Potluck Anniversary Dinner: Attend a Second Anniversary Dinner at 6pm in Anacortes at Potluck Kitchen Studio, 910-A 11th St. Entry to the Hawaiian-themed four-course dinner and demo is $75, and includes two wine pairings. more »

Climate Workshops: "Energy & Climate: The Defining Issue of Our Time" will be the focus of a six-part workshop series continuing tonight from 6:30-8pm the Sustainable Living Center at RE Sources, 2309 Meridian St. Classes will focus on oil, wind energy, coal power, photovoltaic and other kinds of solar power, nuclear power and weapons, and climate change. Entry is free and no registration is required. Classes continue through Feb. 26. more »

Riedel Wine Tasting: Riedel representative MariBeth Baumberger will lead attendees through a tasting of amazing wines from Vehrs Distributors at a "Riedel Wine Tasting" event at 6:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $78 and includes light appetizers and a set of special glasses from the wine company. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

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