This Week's Cover


Ginger's Ballad

It’s been nearly a century since Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed in the Cumberland bush on Canada’s Vancouver Island, but thanks to people such as playwright Elaine Avila, the legacy of the workers’ rights activist won’t soon be forgotten.

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin, the play Avila penned after visiting Vancouver Island and realizing Goodwin’s story had been quelled in the decades since his death, tells the story of the titular character who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc

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This Week

The Gristle

Fictions in Collision

FICTIONS IN COLLISION: Whatcom County Council held a long and crowded, rancorous session on the update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan last week. The Comp Plan update is intended to shape a shared vision for the future in the context of expected growth and economic development. The reason for the ruckus was obvious—by hook and by crook, in a roundabout way, after spending nearly seven long pent-up years mincing around and avoiding the subject, County Council finally heard public

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45 Years

Old flame on ice


Movies don’t need much to be good except—except!—for terrific acting, directing and writing. Case in point: writer/director Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, about a marriage that suddenly finds itself on the rocks a week before a planned wedding/anniversary celebration.

Geoff and Kate Mercer, played superlatively well by Tom Courtenay and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, have spent their almost 45 years of marriage in what looks to be a state of cozy, childless comfitude. A former factory

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Free is the nicest price

A month of music at the Buff


If you travel in the same social media circles as I do, you might’ve seen a piece of commentary in Free Press Houston provocatively titled “Say Goodbye to the $5.00 Show” sort of lazily making its way around. In it, the writer opines that the five-buck cover charge—seemingly the going price point no matter where you happen to be seeing live music—is unfair to bands, presents some metrics in support of a $10 cover and encourages us to stop devaluing the art we love.

All good points,

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The art of Cascadia


The awesome landscapes of Cascadia have inspired artists for millennia. The Coast Salish people expressed their love and respect for the land in many ways, weaving the natural world into their art, ceremonies and rich spiritual life.

Today, the spell of Cascadia continues to influence the work of artists who express their connection to the mountains, forests and waters of the region in a plethora of ways.

A community-wide celebration of nature-inspired art, “Elevation: The Art of Cascadia”

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Northwest Bookshelf

A regional roundup for readers


The Wild In You: Voices from the Forest and Sea,
text by Lorna Crozier, photographs by Ian McAllister
Greystone Books

Lorna Crozier, a poet from Vancouver Island, and Ian McAllister, a photographer and cofounder of the conservation organization Pacific Wild, merge their art forms to create an evocative prayer for a place: the Great Bear Rainforest on the northern coast of British Columbia. These pages are inhabited by evocative photos of raven, grizzly bear, jellyfish, wolves and otters; the

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Spa Spotlight

Road trip to relaxation


I’m flat on my back on a warm table, my hair cascading over its rim as I luxuriate in a deep scalp massage followed by a rosemary mint shampoo. This ain’t no salon, though. I’m at the Yuan Spa in Bellevue for a one-night getaway, and since this spa was rated one of the top in the city I booked myself for a Chinese Body Scrub ($125) without a clue what I was in for.

“Most people prefer it naked,” my therapist advised when I asked what clothing should be left on. She disappeared

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Bitter is Better

A winter salad fix


Winter can be a challenging time for leaf-lovers. The tender, bountiful garden foliage of summer is long gone, and seasonal winter options are generally a more fibrous lot, like cabbage and kale. Even the spinach is chewier.

From a health perspective, you could probably use the extra fiber, but nonetheless, serving wintergreens takes more forethought than plopping a bowl with leaves in it next to some bottles of dressing.

Some seasonal leaf-lovers, meanwhile, swap their greens for reds in

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On Stage

Ginger's Ballad

Workers of the world, unite!

It’s been nearly a century since Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed in the Cumberland bush on Canada’s Vancouver Island, but thanks to people such as playwright Elaine Avila, the legacy of the workers’ rights activist won’t soon be forgotten.

The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin, the play Avila penned after visiting Vancouver Island and realizing Goodwin’s story had been quelled in the decades since his death, tells the story of the titular character who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc

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A meeting of minds


It was a meeting of the minds—two great, movie-obsessed minds: Alfred Hitchcock, who was 63 and had recently unleashed Psycho on an unsuspecting public, and Francois Truffaut, a 30-year-old critic-turned-director with just three titles to his credit (but what titles: The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim).

They met over the course of a week in August 1963 at Hitchcock’s offices on the Universal Studios backlot. Truffaut would ask a question, Hitchcock would respond.


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Boy & the World

The incredible journey


In Brazilian animator Ale Abreu’s Boy & the World, crude pencil and crayon drawings that ape the naive art of kindergartners explode into sophisticated riots of color and elaborate fantasy worlds that evoke Joan Miro and Georges Braque. Observing from a child’s perspective the inexorable march of globalization and its impact on rural communities and cultural traditions, this is an imaginative, artisanal work, blissfully distant in style and sensibility from the computer-animated

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Feb 06


The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin: A cast of 10 will play everyone from a radical socialist to an Italian laundress to a scientific industrialist when The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theatre. The play focuses on the events surrounding the titular character, who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc smelter, brought the World War I British war machine to a halt. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional more »

Baby: Meet three couples who are facing the brave new world of parenthood in humorous and poignant fashion when Baby continues this week with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen through Feb. 14. more »

Calendar Girls: Attend performances of Calendar Girls at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on a true story and the hit movie of the same name, the play tells the tale of Annie and her friends who, following the death of Annie's husband, resolve to raise money for the local hospital by posing nude for a fundraising calendar. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 13. more »

Moon Over Buffalo: Hilarious misunderstandings pile on top of madcap misadventures in Ken Ludwig's valentine to theater hams everywhere when Moon Over Buffalo shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 21. more »

Father’s Been to Mars: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association presents Father's Been to Mars continuing this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. The comedy focuses on a television actor who can't separate his family life from his onscreen persona. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen though Feb. 14. more »

Cupid’s Arrow: An improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" opens this week with performances at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the classic 1960s and ’70s show The Dating Game, and has the "contestant "choosing from three outlandish characters inspired by audience suggestions (and then going on a date with him/her). The show runs weekends through February. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. more »

Mary Poppins: Watch what happens when a magical nanny comes to work for a banker's family and takes them on fantastical adventures when Disney's Mary Poppins concludes this week with performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 1:30pm and 7pm Sunday, at Lynden Christian High School, 515 Drayton St. Tickets to see the Broadway musical are $6-$10. more »

Les Miserables: BAAY Pro, a new and advanced division of Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, will present showings of the musical Les Miserables at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm and Saturday, and 12pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. The school edition of the play takes the audience on an exciting journey through revolutionary France, where a number of young idealists put their lives on the line for what they believe in. Tickets are $10-$12. more »

Chocolate Pop-Up Lounge: Special discounted chocolate and tastings will take place from 2-4pm daily through Valentine's Day at the Evolve Chocolate Pop-up Lounge, 1313 N. State St. From 4-8pm there'll be an acoustic open mic, a "Lovers Flight of Cacao" (three confections served with sipping chocolate for two), seasonal specials and more. Entry is free. more »

Pancake Breakfast: A monthly Pancake Breakfast takes place from 8-11am at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Funds raised go to the Ferndale Food Bank. more »

Pruning 101: Blaine Community Orchards for Resources and Education (CORE) hosts a "Pruning 101" workshop from 10am-12pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Learn about the growth habits of trees and bushes, why to prune, the right tools, and how to get overgrown trees back in shape. Entry is free. The class repeats at 4pm Wed., Feb. 10 and 10am Sat., March 5. more »

Zombies Have Heart, Too: Registration (and face painting) for the Max Higbee Center's annual 5K Run, Walk & Roll, "Zombies Have Hearts, Too," begins at 8am at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. Zombie attire is not required—both the living and the walking dead can take part. Entry is $12-$25—if you choose to have your face painted, it'll be $5 -$10 for zombie face painting. Don't forget: an all-ages after-party and costume contest takes place at Kulshan Brewery. (Max Higbee Center is a nonprofit providing more »

Sculpture Woods: If you're interested in art with a view, head to Lummi Island to peruse 16 outdoor sculptures by Ann Morris from 10am-5pm at the monthly "Sculpture Woods" tour at 3851 Legoe Bay Rd. The working studio will not be open. Entry is free. Park diagonally in the designated parking area, take a map for the self-guided tour and enjoy (no photos, please). more »

Wild Whatcom Winter Classes: As part of Wild Whatcom's winter explorations, sign up boys grades 4 and up for "Snow Cave Building" today in Whatcom County ($70). Girls in grades 3-5 can take part in a "Night Exploration Traverse" at dusk ($45). Pre-registration is required for both event. more »

Advanced Coffee: Co-op coffee instructor Hayley Boothe, along with guest presenter Sara Galactica, will encourage students to think and taste outside the box of traditional coffee norms at an "Advanced Coffee" class from 10:30am-12pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $10. more »

Foodscaping: Kathy Anderson of Beautiful Landscapes will focus on "Foodscaping for the Urban Landscape" at an 11am presentation in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Foodscaping uses Permaculture techniques involving patterns found in nature to create sustainable, multi-layered and multi-dimensional food systems while still retaining an aesthetic landscape. Entry is $8; register in advance. more »

Returning Home Tour: The artist will be on hand at 2pm to lead a tour and share insights about his work when "Returning Home: Six Decades of Art by Ira Yeager" opens today from 12-5pm at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Born in Bellingham in 1938, Yeager has traveled the world and created a unique body of work that illuminates the people and landscapes that he encountered while living in Florence, Corfu, Tangiers, Santa Fe, New York City, San Francisco, and Calisto. The works will be up through more »

Tax Help: AARP Tax-Aide will be offering free tax preparation service from 1-4:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. IRS-certified volunteers will assist people on a first-come, first-served basis. The service will be available from 1-4:30pm Saturdays and 4-7pm Monday through Thursday through April 15. Starting this week, the Ferndale and Blaine senior centers and the Lynden and Ferndale libraries will also offer tax help by appointment. more »

Traditional Jazz: Bob Storms’ Dixieland All Stars will perform New Orleans/Dixieland music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 students, $10 members, $12 general. more »

FishBoy Winter Show: View and purchase new works and classics when folk artist RR Clark (FishBoy) hosts a Winter Show from 2-9pm at FishBoy Gallery, 617 Virginia St. (near Trader Joe's). more »

Top Dog/Underdog: Take a powerful and provocative journey with two young black brothers—Lincoln and Booth—who are attempting to survive in New York City at showings of Top Dog/Underdog at 2pm and 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Following the performances here, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Suzan-Lori Parks will be presented in Mexico City as part of the Festival Nacional de Teatro Universitario. Tickets are $15. more »

Vietnames Festival Fair: Vietnamese traditions, stories, horoscopes, food, arts and crafts and more will be part of an inaugural Vietnamese Festival Fair from 4-7pm at the YWCA, 1026 N. Forest St. Entry is $5 per person or $20 for a family of five (children under 10 are free). more »

Hearts for Housing: Get dressed up for the 15th annual "Hearts for Housing" fundraiser for Lydia House taking place from 6-9pm at Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Dr. Tickets are $75 and include a cocktail hour reception, a red carpet photo experience, a plated dinner, games, a chocolate bar, a romantically curated live auction, a silent auction, music and more. more »

Oysterfest: Enjoy fresh-shucked oysters, refreshments, a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions and more at Sunrise Rotary Club's annual "Oysterfest" from 6-10pm at Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. Tickets are $100. Proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research through the Strong Against Cancer project, as well as other local organizations. more »

Fiction Trio: Young Adult author and actress Jennifer Longo reads from her new book of fiction, Up To This Pointe, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 7pm, David Joy reads from Where All Light Tends to Go and Owen Laukkanen reads from The Stolen Ones at a fiction double-header. Both events are free. more »

Red and Black Dance: USA Dance will host a "Ladies in Red, Men in Black" dance from 7:15-10pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The event includes live music by the Alicia Dauber Quartet, a dance lesson and more. All are welcome including beginners, singles, couples, seniors and students. Entry is $7-$10. more »

The Dream of Spaceflight: Celebrated astronaut Dr. Stephen Robinson will take the audience to outer space when he presents "This Side of Impossible; Achieving the Dream of Spaceflight" at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Robinson's multimedia presentation focuses on the 36 years he spent in the space program—and out of this world. Tickets are $10-$29. more »

Folk Dance Party: The Makedonians will play music from the Balkans and beyond at the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers' monthly dance from 7:30-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No partner is necessary as most dances are circle or line dances, and no experience is necessary as most dances are easy to pick up, and coaching is readily available. Suggested donation is $15. more »

Serial Killers, Round Three: Four remaining teams will present short episodic plays as part of the annual "Serial Killers" competition at 7:30pm and 9:30pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Per usual, each week the audience votes to kill off one of the plays, with the remaining teams fighting to stay alive—and win $1,000—at weekly shows through Feb. 20. Entry is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. (P.S. If you miss a week, a recap team will get you up to date.) more »

Salsa Night: Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Salsa Night" taking place from 9pm-12am on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. Entry to the all-ages event is $4. more »

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