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Wanderlust Whistler

If downward dog, “activating the heart chakra” and Surya Namaskar are common phrases in your lexicon, you’re not alone.

According to a recent study by the Yoga Journal, 20.4 million Americans practice some form of yoga, a surge of interest that has given rise to a $27 billion industry, including an 87 percent increase in spending on classes, clothing, videos and retreats over the past five years.

Here in the Fourth Corner, the yoga scene is likewise thriving, with more than a dozen

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This Week

The Gristle

Dickering Docks

DICKERING DOCKS: As Cherry Point races to become the energy export mecca of the Pacific Northwest, efforts are simultaneously underway that could cripple Whatcom’s ability to economically benefit from that activity.

Scores endured a warm day in the Shuksan Middle School gymnasium last week to shine light through the holes in a plan to complete a second dock at BP’s Cherry Point Marine Terminal. Completion of a North Wing addition to the refinery’s existing dock would expand capacity at

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News

A Smaller Box

Coal terminal scope narrows, Bellingham wants it to widen

A revised design may provide better natural buffers and drainage to a proposed coal pier at Cherry Point, but other impacts remain.

SSA Marine announced last week that they had submitted an alternative approach and site configuration designed to provide greater environmental safeguards, including a reduction in wetlands acreage disturbed by the project. The new footprint is 14 percent smaller and would require removal of only half of the wetlands that would have been disturbed in the original

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Outdoors

Wanderlust Whistler

Local yogis head north for adventure

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If downward dog, “activating the heart chakra” and Surya Namaskar are common phrases in your lexicon, you’re not alone.

According to a recent study by the Yoga Journal, 20.4 million Americans practice some form of yoga, a surge of interest that has given rise to a $27 billion industry, including an 87 percent increase in spending on classes, clothing, videos and retreats over the past five years.

Here in the Fourth Corner, the yoga scene is likewise thriving, with more than a dozen

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Visual

Summer Moments

Seasonal sights at Matzke Gallery

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Once again, it’s time to take the drive to the magical Matzke Gallery on Camano Island for a cornucopia of wonderful art. 

Traveling is the hallmark of Hiroshi Yamano, a Japan-born glass artist who trained in Tokyo, in California, and at the Pilchuck School. He says, “I am a fish who is always looking for something…maybe I will swim forever, like the universe.” It’s been suggested that his ever-present symbol of the fish represents Japanese ambivalence between being open to novelty

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Food

Aslan Brewing Co.

Making a splash in Bellingham’s beer scene

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Aslan Brewing Company began making a splash in the local beer drinking community even before their Forest Street brewpub opened to the public.

I had tried several of their beers at the Local, including the extremely fragrant Ginger Rye, and when their IPA appeared on tap at my neighborhood pub it was highly popular. They were obviously off to a good start. They finally opened their doors in May, and seem to be settling into the downtown Bellingham food-and-drink scene very comfortably.

The

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On Stage

Becky's New Car

Forks in the road, with laughs

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The first thing I noticed as I settled into my seat at the Mount Baker Theatre’s intimate Walton Theatre to view Becky’s New Car—one of the three Summer Repertory Theatre plays showing through Aug. 10—was an oversized yellow traffic sign depicting a vehicle that was in danger of being crushed by a cascade of falling rocks.

Among the other highway ornamentations that captured my attention were shout-outs for Interstate 5, a “Speed Limit 65” reminder and a sizable fork-in-the-road sign.

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Words

Summer Reads

Books for the beach

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A few years ago, the big thinkers at National Public Radio (NPR) asked their book-loving listeners to take part in a “Best Beach Books Ever” poll. More than 16,000 people responded, casting approximately 136,000 votes for the 100 titles that were chosen. The following trio of tomes were included on the lengthy list, and deserve a second—or first, or third—read. Do you have to devour the words on a hot day while reclining on a towel near a refreshing body of water? Of course not, but it’s

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Music

Mission Folk Music Festival

A good time, squared

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Odds are, if you are a music fan, you can find a festival out there to suit your fancy. Whether your tastes are specific—you’re a bluegrass or EDM lover, say—or you’re into an experience that embraces a wide swath of styles and genres—in which case events like Sasquatch and Coachella probably flip your entertainment pancakes—there’s a music festival out there for you. Big or small, grassroots or corporate, rural or urban, family-friendly or adults-only—the options are many and growing

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Film

Life Itself

Two thumbs way up

There are scholars who blame Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel for dumbing down film criticism with their thumbs-up, thumbs-down approach, the same way they blame Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for ruining movies with the success of Jaws and Star Wars. But Siskel and Ebert accomplished just the opposite: They popularized criticism and introduced it to the masses via their PBS show in which they spent a lot of time debating (and fighting) over movies before delivering their final, yes-or-no

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Today

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One-Act Wonders: View two new one-act plays written by young artists from the collegiate community when Brian Toews' The ART (The Awful Real Thing) and Rene Vohze's The Velociraptor show at 8pm Thursday through Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The "satirical fringe spectacle" contains nudity, violence and adult language, and is intended for mature audiences only. Tickets are $8. more »

Shakespeare Northwest: The summer season of Shakespeare Northwest continues this weekend with showings of Much Ado About Nothing at 7pm Thursday, and Macbeth at 7pm Friday at the Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater at Mount Vernon's Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. On Saturday, attend the annual "Iron Man," which features Much Ado About Nothing at 1pm, To Be or Not TV2 at 4pm, and Macbeth at 7pm. Tickets are $10-$12 for the single shows, and $30 for Iron Man (includes a T-shirt). Additional showings happen more »

Whatcom Old Settlers Picnic: The 119th annual Whatcom Old Settlers' Picnic takes place from 12-9pm Thursday, 12pm-11pm Friday, 9am-10pm Saturday, and 12-4pm Sunday at Ferndale's Pioneer Park, 2004 Cherry St. Celebrating the rich history of the area and the people who call it home, the weekend-long event features live music, a fun run/walk, parades, a classic car show, local food and craft vendors, a barn dance, open tours of the historic park, a beer garden and more. 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 Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which has opened back up for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. more »

MBT’s Summer Repertory Theatre: The Mount Baker Theatre's Summer Repertory Theatre continues this week with showings of Lanford Wilson's comedy/drama Talley's Folly, Neil Simon's comedic Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Becky's New Car, by Steven Dietz, at the MBT's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The three plays show in repertory at 7:30pm on weekdays and 3pm Sundays through Aug. 10. Tickets are $12.50-$25. more »

Raising Dough: Elizabeth Ü, author of Raising Dough: The Complete Field Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business, discusses the ins and outs of financing food-based and small businesses at a free brown-bag lunchtime presentation at noon at the meeting room at Sustainable Connections, 1701 Ellis St., suite 221. more »

Lynden Farmers Market: Procure fresh, seasonal fare from local farmers at the Lynden Farmers Market, which happens from 12-5pm every Thursday through Oct. 30 at 324 Front St. more »

History Cruise: Longtime historian Brian Griffin will be the knowledgable narrator when the Whatcom Museum of History & Art continues its "History Sunset Cruise" season at 5:30pm at Island Mariner Cruises, 2621 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Tickets to the Bellingham Bay -focused excursion are $30-$35; additional cruises happen Thursdays through Aug. 21. more »

Family Trail Series: Bring the kids along when you show up for the Greater Bellingham Running Club's "Short & Sweet GBRC Family Trail Series" run at 6pm at the dog park area at Lake Padden, 4882 Samish Way. The free 2.5K (kids) and 5K (adults) runs occur on a weekly basis through Aug. 14 at Lake Padden and Whatcom Falls Park. Organizers say "this is a great way to try trail racing for the first time, introduce kids to the fun, or hone your speed with fellow runners." more »

Elizabeth Park Concert Series: As part of an annual season of Thursday night summer concerts, listen to Jamaica/New Orleans dance "riddims" from the Yogoman Burning Band from 6-8pm at Elizabeth Park. The free concerts continue every Thursday through Aug. 28. more »

Berry Extravaganza: Karina Davidson schools participants on what to do with summertime fruit at a "Berry Extravaganza" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $39. more »

Chuckanut Radio Hour: New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance will read from her latest Joanna Brady book, Remains of Innocence: A Brady Novel of Suspense, at the monthly Chuckanut Radio Hour at 7pm at the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg St. In addition to the featured author, there'll be live music by Geof Morgan, a reading by Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, poetry by Kevin Murphy, and more. Entry is $5. 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 »

Albert Lee Band: British guitar legend Albert Lee brings his band along for a 7:30pm concert at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Lee's many career highlights include two Grammy wins, five years in the Eric Clapton band, and stints with the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman, Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris, and many more. Tickets are $10-$30. 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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