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Doctober

Bellingham is a town with a passion for the silver screen. Not only does it support an astonishing number of movie screens—19 at last count—but shows routinely sell out, sometimes days in advance. As well, the Pickford Film Center is one of this town’s biggest arts organizations, and, along with such venerated local institutions as the Mount Baker Theatre and Whatcom Museum, helps to anchor the downtown Arts Districts—not bad for a nonprofit staffed mostly by volunteers.

As a Pickford

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This Week

The Gristle

Steaking a Claim

STEAKING A CLAIM: Whatcom conservatives were galvanized by news that California billionaire philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer helicoptered in $1 million to assist key Democratic candidates for the Legislature this year, in an effort to create “a pro-climate majority” in both Washington and Oregon. Their alarm is a bit of a ruse, given the announcement that Steyer’s political action committee NexGen Climate will focus its efforts on two key senate races, and the 42nd

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News

Power to the People

PUD campaign puts the public back into public utilities

The uneasy balance of environmental and economic interests, the growing friction between public and corporate spheres, is on vivid display in a quiet election this year.

Public Utility District No. 1 is a little-known, little-understood agency with a big role to play in future discussions of water resources and resource management in Whatcom County. Authorized under state law, the district is led by three commissioners, each elected to a six-year term. On the rotation this year is the position

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Music

Branford at the Baker

A season of sound

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It is true the Mount Baker Theatre’s season officially began Sept. 24 when the curtain opened on the Main Stage production of Little Shop of Horrors, but the musical part of this year’s season—or the music that isn’t a musical, rather—doesn’t start until Branford Marsalis takes the stage Sun., Oct. 5. And with that, the floodgates will open, as the historic downtown theater’s 2014-15 season is rife with music of many genres and varieties.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

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Visual

Autumnal Art

Seasonal sights at River Gallery

It’s autumn, and time for the semiannual pilgrimage to the quaint and unforgettable River Gallery near La Conner. 

Silvia Strong, a talented curator and herself an artist, has found a unique space to display art in a former commercial greenhouse, picturesquely situated among the peaceful fields and mysterious, forested hummocks of the Skagit River Delta.

The gallery is spacious and so brightly lit by the translucent roof panels that I wore a hat indoors for shade. Owing to the enormous

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Food

The Oyster Bar

Nothing short of magnificent

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f you’re looking for a really special meal, head onto Chuckanut Drive and stop when you get to the Oyster Bar.

The fine dining restaurant 150 feet from Samish Bay has a treehouse-like feel thanks to its hilltop position, and between the boughs of the massive Douglas Firs, the view of the Bay and the oyster beds below is nothing short of magnificent.

California restaurateurs Guy and Linda Colbert bought the restaurant 27 years ago, but it’s been a fixture on Chuckanut Drive for decades.

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Outdoors

Snow Report

Featured films cause a flurry

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Put this paper down, right now, and look outside the window. Do you see any snowflakes falling from the sky? If the answer is “Of course not, dummy, it’s early October and the white stuff won’t blanket our region for another month or two,” you’re only partially correct. In the next couple of weeks, the snow report calls for a variety of flurries. While it’s true they’re only in the form of ski and snowboard flicks designed to generate excitement for the coming season, they also act as

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Words

The Art of Death

Examining the end

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Death is one of our culture’s favorite taboos, and like all big, hard topics, sometimes tapping into your creative juices is the best way to evoke and connect with it meaningfully.

A new festival dealing with many aspects of the end of life called “The Art of Death” is coming up Oct. 2-11 at various venues throughout Bellingham. At the heart of the 10-day series of events is a juried art show featuring artist Scott Kolbo, exhibited at the Majestic on Sat., Oct. 11, with an opening reception

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Film

Gone Girl

Fincher’s fractured fairytale

Gone Girl, David Fincher’s hypnotically great movie, is a break-all-the-windows plot-twister that keeps every jolt and (most of) the cultural jabs from Gillian Flynn’s blockbuster novel.

Yet in its twisted little gut, this dramatic thriller is just as notable for addressing how relationships can force a change in people that may not always be welcome. That explains why Flynn has said, tongue in cheek, that the movie could “break up couples nationwide.”

The book uses the alternating

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On Stage

Terrific at 10

Something for everyone at McIntyre Hall

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When my coworker informed me she’d be writing about Mount Baker Theatre’s upcoming season in the music section of this week’s Cascadia Weekly, I immediately thought of a recent press release I received extolling the virtues of McIntyre Hall’s 10th anniversary season.

After taking a look at the list of the “McIntyre Hall Presents” series—as well as the plethora of other events that will fill the popular Mount-Vernon based venue in coming months—I realized they, too, were deserving of some

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Film

Doctober

Rock out with your doc out

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Bellingham is a town with a passion for the silver screen. Not only does it support an astonishing number of movie screens—19 at last count—but shows routinely sell out, sometimes days in advance. As well, the Pickford Film Center is one of this town’s biggest arts organizations, and, along with such venerated local institutions as the Mount Baker Theatre and Whatcom Museum, helps to anchor the downtown Arts Districts—not bad for a nonprofit staffed mostly by volunteers.

As a Pickford

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Today

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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 »

Ancestry Workshop: Learn how to access historical records with the powerful tool Ancestry.com at a workshop at 9am at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. This in-depth class will concentrate on search strategies to get the maximum benefit from your research. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. 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 »

Starting a Co-op: Deborah Craig and Jo Ann McNerthney lead a "Starting a Co-op #1: Organizing the People Power" workshop from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. This is the first in a series of three classes designed to support the creation of co-ops in Whatcom County. Entry is $5. more »

Square Dance: Rainbow Squares will present beginning square dance lessons from 7-9pm at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is necessary. Admission is free for the first two lessons, $5 afterwards. more »

Intro to Ireland: Fiddle player Cayley Schmid and percussionist David Pender Lofgren will lead an all-ages "Introduction to Irish Music and Dance" at 7pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. At 8pm, Irish dancer and teacher Norah McLaughlin will teach a workshop on the basics of traditional Irish dance. Entry is free. more »

If Not For This: Celebrated Pacific Northwest author Pete Fromm (As Cool As I Am) reads from his new book of fiction, If Not For This, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is free. more »

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