Cover

This Week's Cover

 

Sonny Sixkiller

Here’s a different spin on the controversy surrounding the name of the NFL football team in the nation’s capital: What would happen if Sonny Sixkiller, a Cherokee and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the University of Washington, bought the team? And then kept the offensive name and instead changed the players’ names? That’s the story inside a new play, Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins, by Lummi elder Darrell Hillaire.

The Redskins organization has tried to frame this

Continue Reading »

This Week

The Gristle

Letters from Lummi

LETTERS FROM LUMMI:: Lummi Nation continues to grow in the sophistication of their pursuit of treaty claims, moving from blanket objection to a more targeted and leveraged resistance to concepts the tribe believes endanger their rights under treaty.

Lummi Nation in August withdrew without comment its administrative appeal of the City of Bellingham’s proposed regional stormwater project at West Bakerview Road and Arctic Avenue, releasing tribal resistance to an enlarged and relocated Costco

Continue Reading »

On Stage

Sonny Sixkiller

Buys the Washington Redskins

10553707_318830611574790_5620456948094724087_o-o.jpg

Here’s a different spin on the controversy surrounding the name of the NFL football team in the nation’s capital: What would happen if Sonny Sixkiller, a Cherokee and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the University of Washington, bought the team? And then kept the offensive name and instead changed the players’ names? That’s the story inside a new play, Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins, by Lummi elder Darrell Hillaire.

The Redskins organization has tried to frame this

Continue Reading »

Music

Air Supply

The ones that you love

air_supply3-o.jpg

Because of the sorcery that is the internet, it is no exaggeration to say that a goodly portion of the world’s music is available to us, on demand, whenever we want it. Streaming services like Spotify have made it so we need never listen to anything we don’t explicitly choose to hear, allowing us to control our musical experiences with ever-increasing specificity.

Of course, this has its benefits, the primary one being simple access. Without having to build our musical collections by

Continue Reading »

Food

Autumnal Aromas

Settling in to a new season

empanada3-o.jpg

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun

These are the opening lines of the ode, “To Autumn,” by John Keats. 

Written after a walk on Sept. 19, 1819, Keats personifies autumn as a sensuous woman with “hair soft-lifted by winnowing wind.” He makes references to ripened fruit, swelling gourds, plump hazel shells and oozing cider.

As I walked early this morning, almost 200 years later, I saw a set of leaves that had changed to colors as dramatic as

Continue Reading »

Outdoors

Block Party

Saying sayonara to summer

While weather forecasts around these parts can be a little dicey at times, right now there’s a “partly sunny and delightful” prognostication for this coming Saturday—which also happens to be one half of the last weekend of summer.

Although there are myriad ways you can say sayonara to the season—whether it’s rafting the Nooksack, doing sun salutations on your favorite beach, celebrating the coming equinox at a barbecue with friends, preparing your backyard garden for colder climes or

Continue Reading »

Words

Primitive Living 101

Nikki van Schyndel’s wild ways

Books are powerful change agents, deeply placing seeds within us that may lie dormant only to sprout years later in unpredictable ways. 

As a young girl, Nikki van Schyndel’s hero was Sam Gribley, the young protagonist of Jean Craighead George’s award-winning classic My Side of the Mountain. Sam runs away from home, determined to learn to survive on his own in the forest. Is it a coincidence that, at 29 years old, Nikki sets off to survive in the maze of remote wilderness islands off of

Continue Reading »

Visual

Victorian Visits

Transformative time travels

13548734394_419b7a1d99-o.jpg

Last April, I received (and accepted) an invitation to travel back in time.

To get to the Victorian era,  I was instructed to show up at Bellingham’s Bureau of Historical Investigation. At the appointed hour, the Good Time Girls—longtime historical tour guides and shop owners Marissa McGrath and Sara Holodnick—began to transform a group of women of varying ages and sizes from jeans-clad millennials into corset-wearing beauties.

While we sipped wine and picked out accessories for parlor

Continue Reading »

Film

This Is Where I Leave You

It’s a family affair

You laugh in spite of yourself in This Is Where I Leave You, a potty-mouthed comedy with enough exasperation, aggravations, long-standing grievances and get-me-outta-here moments of family stress to strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had to endure large clan gatherings that might have lasted a bit too long. The fact that many people will find something or someone to identify with here, even if they don’t have a mother with big new boobs prone to talking about sex most of the time the way

Continue Reading »

Today

«

Sep 18

»


Eat Local Month: Local foods, farmers and fishers will be celebrated during Sustainable Connections' "Eat Local Month" at a variety of events happening through September throughout Whatcom County (and beyond). Nineteen participating restaurants will have locally sourced specials, and there'll be a Sept. 13 Farm Tour, an Incognito Dinner by Ciao Thyme, the Bite of Bellingham, an "Eat Local Dinner Theater" with the Community Food Co-op, a food trail trek, a brewers cruise, Bellingham Oktoberfest, and more. See more »

Whatcom Water Weeks: Hatchery tours, a salmon habitat bike tour, Marine Center animal feedings, guided river walks, campfire talks, bird presentations, a rain barrel tour, an educational cruise i Drayton Harbor, the Whatcom County Farm Tour, a cloud formation experiment, storytelling events with water themes, a green building users group, a tour of Bellingham Cold Storage, a "Gardening Green" series, an agricultural buffer walk, a beach cleanup, the Bellingham Traverse and more will be part of the annual "Whatcom more »

Bellingham Beer Week: A Bellingham Tap Trail's Trail Breaking Party happening from 4:30-7:30pm at Kulshan Brewery and a "First Call" event from 5-9pm Friday, Sept. 12 at Elizabeth Station will kick off the Bellingham Beer Week events. The brew-haha continues through Sept. 21 with a plethora of brewers nights at various restaurants and breweries, beer trivia, tap takeovers, cask nights, a Brewer's Cup, films, brewers cruises, an Oktoberfest celebration, hikes, meet-and-greets, and much more. Head to the website for a 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 this Saturday at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

Butt Kapinski: Acclaimed touring artist Deanna Fleysher brings her "hilarious one-woman film-noir detective clown show," Butt Kapinski, to Bellingham for performances at 7:30pm Thursday, and 7:30pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Tickets to opening night are free; otherwise, it's $10-$12. more »

Studio Tour Brown Bag: "Whatcom Artists Studio Tour: Past and Present" will be the focus of a Brown Bag presentation at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. WAST Board member Jeni Cottrell will be joined by area artists for an overview of the 20-year-old tour's history, a look at individual processes, and how you can participate and support local artists. Suggested donation is $3. more »

McIntyre Hall Open House: Get details about the upcoming season ahead, visit with community arts organizations, tour the space and enjoy entertainment, refreshments, giveaways and purchase tickets for shows at the Community Open House from 4-7pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Admission is free. more »

Beyond the Basics: "Beyond Bike Maintenance Basics: Brakes & Drive Train" will be the focus of a free workshop from 6-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. If you've already taken a "Bike Maintenance Basics" class, this is your next step. Please register in advance. more »

Eat Local Dinner Theater: Clay Mazing and his Bee Bones Band will team up with members of the Bellingham circus community for a Third Thursday Eat Local Dinner Theater performance at 6pm at the Swan Cafe at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is free; attendees will have the option to purchase a locally sourced deli special. more »

Crops to Cuisine II: Spirits and wine will be paired with a multi-course meal at a "Crops to Cuisine II" dinner starting at 6:30pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Entry is $79. more »

Sustainable Revolution: Cultural anthropologist Juliana Birnbaum shares ideas from Sustainable [R]evolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communties Worldwide at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries, including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and permaculturists. more »

Travelogue Talk: "Viva Cuba!" will be the focus of the first Travelogue presentations of the season from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. At the event, Heather Haugland will share some of her favorite stories and photos from her many trips to Cuba over the last 15 years. Suggested donation is $3. 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 »

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 »

Cascadia Weekly

Home | Views | | Archives | Advertising | Contact | RSS

© 1998-2014 Cascadia Newspaper Company LLC | P.O. Box 2833, Bellingham WA 98227-2833 | (360) 647-8200