Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Naan & Brew

Sampling the flavors of India

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On a recent Saturday afternoon, my significant other was still in his bathrobe, curled up on the bed with a cat in one hand and a book in the other. From his prone position, he mused about the voracious hunger that had suddenly overtaken him.

But directly after I hung up the phone with Naan & Brew and informed him the new Indian restaurant I’d heard great things about did indeed offer its $9.99 lunch buffet from 11am-2:30pm every day of the week, he was upright, clothed and had started…

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Paul Havas

A life of painting

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Paul Havas, best remembered for his beautiful landscape paintings, was born in 1940 in a New Jersey town named Orange. After receiving his MFA from the University of Washington, he first attracted attention in Seattle for paintings of trucks writer Sheila Farr described as being “Big, striking…very gutsy.”

Havas trained at Syracuse and the University of Washington in the prevailing idiom of abstract expressionism, but he soon surrendered to his love of the outdoors—which included…

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Recreation Roundup

An all-season outdoor expo

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

As I write these words from my perch on the sixth floor of the Herald Building, it’s early February and our corner of the world is blanketed in approximately six inches of still-accumulating snow. 

Despite the winter weather, Bellinghamsters are still out and about in full force. So far today, I’ve witnessed a number of bicycle commuters riding down State Street, joggers making their way along the Depot Market Square alley that leads directly to the Interurban Trail and Boulevard…

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On Stage

Always, Patsy Cline

Musical memories at the Conway Muse

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When Louise Seger met Patsy Cline before a show at Houston’s Esquire Ballroom in 1961, she was already a big fan of the country western star. By the end of the night, and until Cline’s untimely death at 30 in a plane crash two years later, the duo were fast friends.

In the time Ria Peth Vanderpool (Cline) and Kelly Visten (Seger) have been reprising their roles in the musical Always…Patsy Cline—which is showing Fridays and Saturdays through April 1 at the Conway Muse—Vanderpool…

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How peaceful protests can make a difference

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Across Cascadia, there are reports of peaceful demonstrations happening almost daily. The Women’s March on Bellingham on Sat., Jan. 21 drew record crowds, there have been several rallies at the Peach Arch border crossing in support of immigrants, and a March for Science is in the planning stages. 

Of course, marches as a form of political protest are nothing new, as John Lewis, an American icon known for his key role in the devastating 1965 Bloody Sunday March on Selma, can attest.…

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Going for Gold

Making time with Oscar

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

People think the most wonderful time of the year is Christmas, but they are misguided. Truly the most wonderful time of the year is Oscar season, that glorious couple of months when movie houses are flooded with all of the year’s finest films, we all become amateur movie critics and the whole thing culminates in the pomp and circumstance of the Academy Awards.

As with every Oscar season, this one has its narratives. Owing to last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy—a storm that had…

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The Wild Buffalo

Music under the big top

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I respect any number of things about the Wild Buffalo’s ownership cohort of Craig Jewell, Joey Crahan, and Lee Huffman, but nothing more than their steadfast, unshakable belief that owning a music venue is supposed to be fun. Sure, they deal with all the standard-issue problems of operating a small business as well as the stresses particular to running a music venue and establishment that serves adult beverages. But they rarely let the strain of occasionally having to be proper…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? In the years we’ve been polling readers for their favorite places, this category has moved steadily north—as has the emphasis on great parks, trails, schools, places to hang out, and homes that are stylish, established yet affordable have come into focus. The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series is just one example of a neighborhood laying out all of its finest for the enjoyment of others. Roll on, Columbia!

Best of Bellingham write-ups by Tim Johnson, Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat
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The Gristle
Half Time

HALF TIME: The 2017 Washington State Legislature struck a milestone in their 105-day regular session last week, passing the last day to move bills out of committee in their organizing chamber. A lot of proposed bills were trapped in committee this session, and that’s become a new strategy…

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Dark money

It is time to speak up. Is this a big coincidence? Has anyone noticed that Donald Trump’s appointees mesh perfectly…

Earth shattering

I had a vision last night that proves our worries about the Cascadia subduction zone are a moot issue. If…

Protections eroded

Apparently, protecting consumers against unfair, deceptive, or illegal practices is not high on the Trump agenda. After the financial crisis…

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Today's Events
17th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival


The 17th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and…

Arsenic and Old Lace


The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents a hilarious twist on murder mysteries when they present showings of Arsenic and Old Lace continuing this week at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm…

Into the Woods


Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, Rapunzel, and a plethora of other enchanted characters will all make appearances when Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairytale, Into the Woods,…

Up the Down Staircase


Squalicum High School Drama Club presents showings of Bel Kaufman’s Up the Down Staircase at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the school’s headquarters…

Ubu Roi


Witness the story of a power-hungry buffoon of a ruler who lays waste to his newly-conquered kingdom thanks to his greed and self-indulgence when iDiOM Theater presents showings of Alfred…

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in February on the Interurban Trail.  Suggested donation is…

Spanish Storytime


Families interested in hearing stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish can attend “Spanish Storytime” for kids ages 3-5 at 10:30am most Fridays through May 19 at the Lynden Library, 216 4th…

Valley Writers


Bring pen and paper or a digital device to the bimonthly “Valley Writers” meeting from 1-3pm at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Participants write from prompts, and…

Food Not Bombs


All are welcome to partake of nutritious and delicious vegan meals when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue…

Weird Washington


As part of Whatcom READS!, Jefferson Davis and Al Eufrasio share stories and images from Weird Washington: Your Travel Guide to Washington’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets from 5-6:30pm…

Friday Night Art Party


Bring your own painting or drawing and art supplies to a monthly Friday Night Art Party taking place from 6-8:30pm at Tillie Lace Gallery, 1415 13th St. Entry to the night of creative…

Whatcom Humane Society Wine Social


Join the Whatcom Humane Society for an evening of fine wine and craft beer tasting, a buffet dinner, live music by the Dagwoods, live and silent auctions and more at the organization’s annual…

PhotoLUSH 2017


Presentations on business, art and technique will be joined with hands-on demonstrations and model shoots for all participants at “PhotoLUSH 2017” starting at 6pm Friday with a speaker…

Friday Night Art Party


Bring your own painting or drawing and art supplies to a monthly Friday Night Art Party taking place from 6-8:30pm at Tillie Lace Gallery, 1415 13th St. Entry to the night of creative…

Always…Patsy Cline


The Theater Arts Guild presents a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always…Patsy Cline continues this weekend with 7pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Conway…

And I Remember


Carolina Barr reads from And I Remember at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Barr’s collection of stories are based on ones that were told to her by her father―a tenacious man who has…

King John


As part of “A Season of Shakespeare,” attend showings of King John at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Philip Tarro Theatre at Mount Vernon’s Skagit Valley College. Expect to see inheritance…

International Guitar Night


Travel to exotic locales at an International Guitar Night performance at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Italy’s Luca Stricagnoli, Brazilian performer and composer…

James Hunter Six


The electrifying soul and blues sounds of the James Hunter Six can be heard at a 7:30pm concert at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Hunter is touring in support of his new…

Borealis Wind Quintet


All are welcome at a free concert by the Borealis Wind Quintet at 7:30pm at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

Cupid's Arrow Final Weekend


An improvised dating game dubbed “Cupid’s Arrow” concludes this week with performances at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the…

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