This Week's Cover


One-Man Wimbledon

If you’re a tennis fan, you likely already know that the match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Wimbledon finals in 2008 is widely considered to be the greatest tennis match ever played—and was also the longest finals match in the competition’s history. Even if you don’t know jack about the historic sports event, you’ll still want to get in on the love when actor, writer and Renaissance man Mike Mathieu returns to Bellingham’s iDiOM Theater Nov. 21-22 to bring the match back to

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This Week

The Gristle

Mission Creep

MISSION CREEP: In what’s proving to be the longest courtship of a foreign bride since the Age of Sail, Port of Bellingham staff prepare their third extension of a 120-day negotiating period with their preferred master developer for Bellingham’s central waterfront, Harcourt Developments of Dublin, Ireland. Staff updated port commissioners last week on their progress with the master development agreement (MDA), predicting the documents could be completed by the end of the year. Port

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War Machine

Navy plans expansion of war capacity in Pacific Northwest


Residents of the San Juan Islands think the name the United States Navy chose for its new EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft—“Growler”—is fitting. They complain of noise volume from the plane that are replacing the 1970s era EA-6B Prowlers as the fleet’s electronic warfare jets.

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is home to all Navy electronic attack (VAQ) squadrons in the United States. The VAQ mission-related Navy functions have been performed almost exclusively at NAS Whidbey Island

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'Tis the Season

Holiday happenings with an eye on art


As we edge ever-closer to the season of giving and receiving, holiday happenings are starting to occur with increasing regularity. While this can be alarming to those who think there shouldn’t be any event with the word “Christmas” in it until Thanksgiving has come and gone, others like to plan ahead when it comes to things like purchasing one-of-a-kind gifts. Among the holiday fairs (and “faires”), open houses, art shows and exhibits coming up in the near future, I’d like to draw your

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Going around, coming around


It is not accurate to call Mudhoney Seattle’s original grunge band. Sure, having been a band for longer than a quarter of a century means they’re right in there, at the beginning of it all, but they were part of a musical movement that was growing up and coalescing all around them.

Mudhoney was also not the only grunge band that mattered—even cursory knowledge of the much-vaunted “Seattle sound” of the ’90s confirms that. Indeed, the hard-earned and much-deserved success enjoyed by

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A Thanksgiving Story

Indians, pilgrims and tapioca


You probably got the memo that Thanksgiving, as is currently celebrated, is a far cry from what probably transpired at the original feast.

Rather than a cross-cultural love fest, the first Thanksgiving was more like a poker game where each player has one hand on his cards and the other hand on his pistol, under the table, aimed at another man’s lap. The party did not include a quick game of tag football while the turkey cooked, because there wasn’t even a turkey. Or a pumpkin pie. Or women

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On Stage

One-Man Wimbledon

Mike Mathieu meets his match


If you’re a tennis fan, you likely already know that the match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Wimbledon finals in 2008 is widely considered to be the greatest tennis match ever played—and was also the longest finals match in the competition’s history. Even if you don’t know jack about the historic sports event, you’ll still want to get in on the love when actor, writer and Renaissance man Mike Mathieu returns to Bellingham’s iDiOM Theater Nov. 21-22 to bring the match back to

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Fowl Weather

The plight of the urban chicken


I swear I’m not a crazy chicken lady. My three hens aren’t wrestled into hand-weaved wool vests when the temperature dips, and they don’t have health insurance.

For a long spell, they didn’t even have names.

I have to admit, though, that there have been a few times during the recent cold snap I’ve found myself wishing I’d invested the time and money to make being an urban chicken farmer a little less “chicken” and a smidgen more “urban.” (And I haven’t even mentioned

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The Space Race

Inside the Astronaut Wives Club


The recent news that an unmanned supply rocket headed for the International Space Station exploded may not have registered on many people’s radar, but there was a time when the world watched NASA’s every move with great anticipation.

Much has been documented about the fearless men who trained to pilot our early spacecraft, and about the massive government effort to be the first nation to put a man on the moon. But aside from some Life Magazine cover stories from the 1950s and ’60s, not

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The Hunger Games

Mockingjay—Part 1


Katniss Everdeen becomes the face of a revolution in Mockingjay—Part 1, a tricky transitional episode of The Hunger Games franchise that abandons the reality-TV blood sports of the first two movies to conjure a dour, grimly escalating vision of all-out war. Unsubtly resonant, at times quite rousing and somewhat unsatisfying by design, this penultimate series entry is a tale of mass uprising and media manipulation that itself evinces no hint of a rebellious streak or subversive spirit: Suzanne

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Welcome to your surveillance state


The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller. Part of Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour’s thrill is that it allows the viewer to experience, first-hand, history being made, as National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, hiding in a Hong Kong hotel in the summer of 2013, exposes how the U.S. government used an unprecedented global surveillance program of phone calls, e-mails, debit transactions and Web searches in the trillions. For those who think the Snowden

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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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Nov 22


Radium Girls: Attend showings of Radium Girls at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Sehome High School Little Theatre, 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy. The play is inspired by a true story that takes a look at the "commercialization of science, and the power of the truth." Tickets are $10. more »

Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival continues from 10am-6pm Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 24. at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. Entry is free. more »

Home for the Holidays: Find an incredible selection of seasonal decor, gift items and gourmet foods at the 33rd annual "Home for the Holidays" from 5:30-9:30pm Thursday, 9:30am-9:30pm Friday, and 9:30am-5:30pm Saturday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry and parking are free. more »

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon: The Whatcom Community College Players present showings of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the school's Heiner Theater. The production features the upending of innumerable fairy tales (Snow White, Cinderella, etc.) and is family-friendly. Tickets are $5 (free for kids 12 and under). more »

Doubles and Triples: Teams of two will create never-before-seen stories and scenarios at "Doubles" shows at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, "Triples" teams will take the stage. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. more »

Bellingham Repertory Dance’s Swing/Shift: Bellingham Repertory Dance presents its ninth annual fall concert, titled "Swing/Shift" at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 5pm Sunday, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The performances—which will feature six works from choreographers who have never been presented in Bellingham—examine the comfort of repetitive patterns and the "delicious liberty" of changing the rhythm. Tickets are $14-$16. more »

Holiday Farmers Market: Support local famers and get some of your Thanksgiving food shopping done early when the Anacortes Farmers Market hosts its 8th annual "Holiday Farmers Market" from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday at the Anacortes Port Warehouse, 100 Commercial Ave. Live music, door prizes and more will happen throughout the weekend. Entry is free. more »

Fairhaven Walking Club: Whether you’re looking to improve or compete, all are welcome at the weekly Fairhaven Walking Club led by Cindy Paffumi starting at 8am at various locations in Fairhaven. Walk routes and meeting places change from week to week. All paces are welcome. more »

GBRCs Turkey Trot: Join the Greater Bellingham Running Club for its annual "Turkey Trot" starting at 9am at Whatcom Falls Park. Meet at the main picnic shelters to register for the 5K. Entry is an $8 minimum donation to the Food Bank per runner, or $20 per family (kids under 12 are free). more »

NSEA Work Party: Joins reps from the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and Whatcom Land Trust for a Work Party from 9am-12pm along WLT's property at Landingstrip Creek (see website for directions). Parking is available at Acme Elementary School. more »

Holiday Craft Bazaar: Local artisans and crafters will have their work available for purchase and perusal at today's Holiday Craft Bazaar from 9am-3pm at Zuanich Point Park's Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. more »

Holiday Open House: A wreath bar, tasty treats, hot chocolate, discounts, Christmas tree sales and more will be part of a "Northwest Bliss Open House" from 9am-5pm at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. more »

Parks Work Party: Join a guide from the Bellingham Parks Department and other volunteers for a work party from 10am-12pm at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. Attendees will be removing invasive plants and planting natives. more »

Community Meal: A turkey dinner with all the fixings can be had at the bimonthly Community Meal from 10am-12pm at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Per usual, entry is free and open to all. more »

Veterans Benefits Event: If you have served in the United States military and need help accessing your benefit, attend a "Veteran Benefits" event from 10am-1pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. If you need to enroll in VA health care, need military discharge papers or require other information about your benefits, come to the fee event. more »

Bellingham Farmers Market: Attend the weekly Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 20 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. more »

Poetry Workshops: Jeffrey Morgan leads an "Eavesdropping in the 21st Century" poetry workshop from 10am-12pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. From 1-3pm, Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen focuses on "What Else is Also True?" Fees are $30 per workshop, or $50 for both; funds raised benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Please register in advance. more »

Kale House Art Show: Approximately 20 artists from Whatcom and Skagit counties will share their creative wares at the 15th annual "Kale House Art Show & Sale" from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday and again Nov. 29-30 at Everson's Kale House, 201 Kale St. Entry is free. more »

Holiday Craft Fair: Handmade crafts, arts, jewelry, woodwork and other unique, locally-made gifts can be checked out at a Holiday Craft Fair from 10am-4pm at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barn View Court. Live music, food and a raffle will also be part of the day's activities. more »

Rexville Grange Art Show: Paintings, pottery, glass art, photography, jewelry, fine crafts, weaving, woodwork and much more will be available for purchase and perusal at the Rexville Grange Art Show from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. Entry to the holiday arts and crafts show is free. more »

Fishboy Holiday Show: Check out the myriad works of folk artist R.R. Clark at the annual FishBoy Holiday Show from 2-9pm at the FishBoy Gallery, 617 Virginia St. (near Trader Joe's). Entry is free. more »

Rain Barrels 101: Brad Walters will demonstrate how to prep, assemble and maintain a rain barrel at a "Rain Barrel Construction" presentation at 3:30pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free and no registration is required. more »

Skagit Wine & Beer Festival: Sample wine and microbrews from around the county and the region at today's Skagit Wine & Beer Festival from 4-8pm in Mount Vernon at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn & Convention Center, 2300 Market St. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple and include wine and beer tastings, glass, food, chocolate and locally produced cheese samples. VIP tickets are $60 per person or $110 per couple. more »

Honey I Shrunk the Art Opening: The works of more than 40 artists working in glass, ceramics, sculpture and paintings can be seen at an opening reception and potluck party for the 24th annual "Honey, I Shrunk the Art" exhibit from 4-8:30pm at Camano Island's Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way. The show continues through Jan. 18. more »

China and Afghanistan: Author, educator and civic entrepreneur Eric Lieu explores the complex dimensions of American identity when he reads from A Chinaman's Chance: One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 7pm, journalist and illustrator Ted Rall shares his new book, After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan. Both events are free. more »

Line Dancing Classes: Western Line Dancing classes are offered at 6pm (beginners) and 7pm (intermediates) every Friday night at Lynden’s Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is needed. Cost is $5 per class. more »

Dance Bellingham Dance Competition: The fourth annual "Dance Bellingham Dance" fundraiser and dance-off competition begins at 6:45pm at the Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd. The event features five local couples who have been training for two months, five dance styles and an ’80s theme (that you can get in on). Tickets are $50 and include dinner; funds raising benefit Bellingham Young Life. more »

Legends of the Blues II: Patti Allen, the Mark Riley Trio, the CD Woodbury Band, and Jim McLaughlin will bring regional talent to the forefront when they perform at a "Legends of the Blues II" concert at 7pm at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Tickets are $15. more »

Contra Dance: Northern ContraBand will play and Karen Marshall will do the calling at the Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Entry is $6-$10. more »

TGR’s Almost Ablaze: View Teton Gravity Research's latest ski and snowboard film Almost Ablaze at 7:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The "global odyssey" highlights stunning locations, next-level riding, and the globetrotting lifestyle of thrill-seeking athletes. Tickets are $12-$16. more »

MIllie & the Mentshn: The classically trained musicians known as Millie & the Mentshn will play world music that ranges "from Prokofiev to Gershwin to Latin to raucous dance-in-the-aisle Klezmer" at 7:30pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. more »

Purge & Prejudice: Professor Paul Englesberg will focus on "Purge and Prejudice: The 1907 'Anti-Hindu' Riot in Bellingham" at a 7:30pm presentation at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. The program will include a short documentary, previously unpublished photos and his journey researching the topic. Entry is free. more »

Comedy Nite: Nate Jackson will be the featured standup comedian at the monthly Comedy Nite performance at 9pm at Lakeway Inn's Poppes 360, 714 Lakeway Dr. Jamal Harrington will also perform, and Randall Ragsdale will be the host. Tickets are $10. more »

Salsa Night: Join Rumba Northwest for "Salsa Night" starting at 9pm every Saturday at Cafe Rumba, 1430 N. State St. After an introductory lesson, attendees can dance to the a mix of Latin rhythms, including salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha-cha, and more. Entry to the all-ages event is $4. more »

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