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Go North, Young Man

Living here, I sometimes wonder if we’re all in an abusive relationship with Mother Nature. For the majority of the year, she shows us the coldest of shoulders and, just when we can’t take another cold, wet, dreary minute, she dazzles us with one postcard-perfect summer day after another. We are smitten, all past injury is forgiven, and the cycle begins anew.

Given that, we are sometimes reluctant to leave our piece of paradise here in the upper left-hand corner of the country during the

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This Week

The Gristle

‘Water, Water Everywhere’

‘WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE:’ If doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity, what does hearing the same thing repeatedly and thinking it means something else define? Delusion?

In rural Whatcom County the math is pretty simple: Count up all of the existing, on-paper claims to water and compare that to the volume of water flowing in the Nooksack River. In 2014, the first number is already larger than the second number. Realize, then, that the

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News

Conduct and Conscience

Infant death draws a new trial and sanctions for PeaceHealth

The death of an infant draws a second trial—and a sanction from the judge.

Did hospital conduct contribute materially to the death of an unborn infant when medical professionals at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham released a mother of twins after failing to register a heartbeat from one of the twins? That was the essence of a protracted trial that concluded in April. A Whatcom County jury determined, no, the hospital was not at fault in the 2008 death of Jillian Dickerson

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Music

Go North, Young Man

A cross-border cultural exchange

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Living here, I sometimes wonder if we’re all in an abusive relationship with Mother Nature. For the majority of the year, she shows us the coldest of shoulders and, just when we can’t take another cold, wet, dreary minute, she dazzles us with one postcard-perfect summer day after another. We are smitten, all past injury is forgiven, and the cycle begins anew.

Given that, we are sometimes reluctant to leave our piece of paradise here in the upper left-hand corner of the country during the

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Outdoors

Lucky Duck

A Harlequin Romance

We’d just finished our fourth and final day of heavy ditch and drainage improvements on a gnarly old sub-alpine pack trail deep in the Mt. Baker backcountry and I was in dire need of a bath.

While the rest of the crew packed up their tools and beat a hasty retreat down to the trailhead, I decided to stay up in the forest a little while longer and ferret out a proper swimming hole.

Fortunately, since there was a roaring, glacier-fed creek running over the trail right where our project area

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Words

Murder and Mesmerism

A true-crime tale

I am a sucker for long, descriptive nonfiction book titles (think Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 or Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex).  So when I saw the title of Steven Levingtson’s true crime tale, Little Demon in the City of Light: a True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris, I was immediately intrigued. 

The fact that the book sounded remarkably similar to another true crime account, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness

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Visual

Skagit Summer

Time for a tour

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It’s not every day that artists open their studios to the public. 

Few artists are public relations experts; many live in remote locations chosen for solitude. Besides, studios are messy places with paint on the floor and canvasses stacked facing the wall. Art studio tours are special.

Following is a random sample of the 31 artists people who will show their work at 18 studios July 19-20 as part of Skagit Artists Together’s 11th annual Studio Tour. (You’ll find brochures with short

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Food

Drink Local

Getting into the spirits of things

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In our corner of the world, efforts to “eat local” are wildly successful, especially in the summertime, when farmers markets abound—as do CSAs, urban garden patches and roadside fruit and vegetable stands. As evidenced by the plethora of upcoming events featuring wine, beer and spirits whose ingredients were also sourced in our foodshed, drinking locally is also gaining a whole lot of traction. Read on to see what we mean.

Our sipping tour begins Sat., July 19, when the Skagit County

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Film

We Are the Best!

The kids are alright

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If there is a guiding principle to Lukas Moodysson’s treatment of youth in his films, it’s encapsulated in a couple of sentences by Graham Greene: “At least I have never made the mistake of laughing at children’s love,” explains the narrator of The Innocent. “It has a terrible inevitability of separation because there can be no satisfaction.”

Like Greene, Moodysson appreciates the melancholy of childhood. His bittersweet portrayals of children’s love (and frustrations,

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Film

Venus in Fur

All the world’s a stage

Wickedly smart and wickedly playful, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of David Ives’ Tony-nominated Venus in Fur works on so many levels, it’s almost dizzying. A two-character piece about power, perversion, subjugation, seduction, the battle of the sexes, and the relationship between an actress and her director, a director and his star, the play opened Off-Broadway in 2010, moved to Broadway in 2011, and subsequently has been staged all over the place.

Polanski’s version—translated into French, and

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Film

The Discoverers

Dysfunction takes a road trip

Griffin Dunne has a rare genius for playing the underdog, the ordinary Joe, the overworked schlep.

He brings that hangdog quality to his role as an erudite professor in writer-director Justin Schwarz’s feature debut The Discoverers, a warm, endearing and surprisingly intelligent road comedy about a hopelessly dysfunctional family whose conflicts are magically healed when they are forced on a trek through the woods with a group of goofy, musket-carrying Lewis and Clark re-enactors.

Dunne plays

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On Stage

Grannies With Gumption

Art imitates life at BUF

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“I was reading from the Declaration of Independence to make the point that we must declare our independence from the corrupting bonds of big money in our election campaigns.”
—Doris “Granny D” Haddock

Although she’s never walked more than 3,000 miles to prove a point, Barbara Bates Smith has more than a passing similarity to Doris “Granny D” Haddock, an elderly woman who gained national attention when, in 2000, she journeyed on foot from southern California to Washington, D.C. to draw

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Today

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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 »

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 »

Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

Creek Talk & Walk: The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation and City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation will host an informational talk and overview of the Squalicum Creek Trail extension project, followed by a walk, starting at 6pm at Cornwall Park, 3427 Meridian St. Entry is free. more »

Sun’s Out Run: Come out for a fun run in your tank top and enjoy giveaways by Asics, raffles and prizes for the best farmers tan and biggest muscles at a "Sun's Out, Guns out" all-paces run starting at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. Entry is free. Please check-in starting at 5:40pm. more »

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