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Meet the Beast

It rises 355 feet high, like a football field stood on end that keeps going. From front to back its sprawling platform spans 400 feet, held up by eight giant iron legs, four to a side, thicker than bridge supports. A white derrick rises from the middle like an elongated eye; or a raised middle finger. With a little imagination, it could be an erector-set nightmare created by a comic book villain, or an oversized “transformer” character.

It’s an arctic drilling rig, which its operators,

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This Week

The Gristle

Double-Jointed, Still Clumsy

DOUBLE-JOINTED, STILL CLUMSY: Bellingham City Council sat through two joint meetings with other governmental entities last week. The first convened the annual meeting of the Joint Councils responsible for the Lake Whatcom Cooperative Management Program to update the work plan for the reservoir and watershed through the end of this decade. The second convened a smaller subset of City Council, its planning committee, who met with appointed members of the Bellingham Planning Commission to

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Music

Adventures Festival

Music at the margins

It is very easy to tout both the quality and quantity of music to be found in Bellingham—indeed, I do it often, and I’m far from the only one. How nice then, that our bragging is backed up by the hard fact that, most nights a week, a stroll from stem to stern can involve encountering a variety of music disparate enough to only be united by geography.

That said, while Bellingham’s prevalent genres might differ from each other, sometimes wildly, there are not as many of them in regular

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News

Meet the Beast

Activists raft up to protest Shell oil rigs

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It rises 355 feet high, like a football field stood on end that keeps going. From front to back its sprawling platform spans 400 feet, held up by eight giant iron legs, four to a side, thicker than bridge supports. A white derrick rises from the middle like an elongated eye; or a raised middle finger. With a little imagination, it could be an erector-set nightmare created by a comic book villain, or an oversized “transformer” character.

It’s an arctic drilling rig, which its operators,

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Outdoors

Sea Lion Safari

Majestic mammals make a comeback

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We’re just a half-hour boat ride from Steveston Harbor in Richmond, BC when we see the first few 750-pound California sea lions basking languidly on the breakwater boulders of the Fraser River’s South Arm.

The mammals spread their gleaming bodies over the rocks, fully engaged in repose and utterly unperturbed that our boat is idling just 25 feet away from them.

“They may look like they’re sunning themselves,” Captain Bruce Livingston, owner of Steveston EcoTours, says. “But

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Words

Bellweather Rhapsody

Moonrise Kingdom meets The Shining

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A friend from book club recently remarked that most of the books we have read in the past year have some sort of plot line involving World War II, so when someone suggested we read Bellweather Rhapsody—a book about child prodigies attending a music camp in a ramshackle hotel in the Catskills—we quickly latched onto it. 

Author Kate Racculia did not disappoint, with a zany, odd, highly entertaining tale that comes across as a written equivalent of a Wes Anderson movie—think Moonrise

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On Stage

Sir Edwards Tourney

Getting medieval in the modern age

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By day, Ravyn Schmidt runs a small graphic design business with her husband, gardens and occasionally rescues reptiles.

In her off time, however, Schmidt can often be found taking on the persona of Jadwiga Radomyskowa, a lesser noble living in Rodom, Poland in the year 1569.

Among other things, Radomyskowa is married to a Hussar (a cavalry soldier) and enjoys reading, painting and running her husband’s village when he’s off at war.

As members of the Whatcom County chapter of the Society

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Visual

Say Yes to the Dress

Not your average wedding wear

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In the span of time that many spring brides have been freaking out about finding the perfect wedding dress and planning their upcoming nuptials, 30 teams of fabric artists have been hard at work doing something a little different with the white gowns that typically hearken a walk down the aisle.

While the finished products for the “Upcycle Challenge: Transform a Wedding Dress” are being kept under wraps until a Red Carpet “Show-Off” taking place Fri., May 1 at Ragfinery, organizers say those

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Food

Going Greene

Slices, storms and sustainability

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He Said: When the lady of the house asked me to drive her to Greene’s Corner, she was in luck. Having frequented the establishment for coffee, beer and/or pizza slices on numerous occasions during my brief but illustrious stint as sports/education reporter for the Ferndale Record-Journal a few moons back, I knew exactly how to get there.

“No problemo,” I exclaimed as I fired up the jalopy. “It’s a straight shot up Northwest Avenue to the intersection of West Smith Road, just

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Film

Avengers: Age of Ultron

2015, meet your box-office god

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Three years after saving New York from an alien apocalypse, Marvel’s superhero all-stars once again find the weight of the world—or, at least, an airborne chunk of Eastern Europe—thrust upon their mighty shoulders in Avengers: Age of Ultron, a super-sized spandex soap opera that’s heavy on catastrophic action but surprisingly light on its feet, and rich in the human-scale emotion that can cut even a raging Hulk down to size. Having gotten over the hump of assembling his six main characters

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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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YA Read: All readers of teen literature can attend a YA Read! book discussion group at 6pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Tonight's topic of discussion with be Tom McNeal's Far Far Away. more »

Coop Tales: Learn why raising quail for eggs and/or meat is a great alternative to raising chickens at a presentation titled "Tales from the Coop: Inspiration and Advice for Raising Quail and Ducks" at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Library employees and poultry enthusiasts Alisa Kester and Laura Schumacher will lead the free event. more »

Fourth Corner Murders: Author and Emmy Award winner Todd Warger shares stories from Murder in the Fourth Corner: True Stories of Whatcom County's Earliest Homicides from 6:30-8pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The tome highlights the more unsavory history of early 20th century Bellingham and Whatcom County—including crimes involving beheadings, shootings, stabbings, poisoning, hangings, strangling and bludgeoning. more »

Poetrynight: Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation. P.S. Please use the back fountain entry. more »

Guffawingham: A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. more »

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