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Once upon a time, not so long ago, Western Washington University, under the auspices of Associated Students Productions (or ASP Pop Music as it was once known before being incorporated under the AS Productions umbrella), was responsible for bringing bands and musicians to campus for the entertainment of the student body.

This was an arrangement with benefits beyond the confines of the WWU campus, as, thanks to the miracle of plentiful university funding, AS Productions was able to book bigger

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This Week

The Gristle

The Bigness of De Minimis

THE BIGNESS OF DE MINIMIS: Developers of a proposed coal export pier at Cherry Point appear to have been snared by their own media hype, misinterpreting a key communication by the federal agency authorized to issue the shoreline permit and very nearly missing a deadline for response.

At the opening of the year, Lummi Nation asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny a permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, arguing that capacity to ship 54 million metric tons of coal per year out

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News

Shell v.Skagit

Court rules the public is entitled to more information about oil train transport

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“Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.”
—Abraham Lincoln

Shell Oil didn’t get far last week in its effort to head off a study of Bakken oil transport in the Skagit Valley. Its lawsuit rolled backward down a legal slope, like the unattended oil train that blew up in Quebec in 2013.

Nobody got hurt when the rhetorical brakes failed in Skagit County Superior Court last week. The world’s second-biggest oil company (or biggest, depending on how you measure it)

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Words

The Great Symmetry

James Wells’ novel of knowledge screaming to be free

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The most compelling speculative fiction comments on the present day.

James Wells says the seeds of his novel of a dystopian future were long germinating, but the soil required something more to bring it all to vivid life. And that ingredient was fertilizer of the most pungent variety—modern corporate excess, the despair of the faceless, grinding oligarchs rising as monoliths in our world today, and the chance—by no means certain, and therein lies the drama—that small acts of curiosity

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Food

Over Easy

Sweet and savory in Sunnyland

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It’s great to see a new restaurant packed with happy customers, and that was certainly the case this past Mother’s Day when my family and I popped into Over Easy, the new breakfast and brunch eatery in Bellingham’s Sunnyland neighborhood, next to Trader Joe’s.

Proprietors Jamie and Colleen Bohnett were run off their feet by the steady influx of hungry diners ready to celebrate the women in their lives. But their kitchen and staff were in peak form, delivering a great selection of sweet and

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On Stage

Bard on the Beach

All Shakespeare, all the time

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I’m quite certain William Shakespeare would have approved of the birthday party I hosted for myself a few nights ago.

The evening’s festivities featured a few costumes, a spread including grilled meat and intoxicating spirits, the telling of many stories, dancing, gift-giving, pie-eating, the sharing of epic poems and—after a couple shots of Jose Cuervo—a recitation of the final lines of the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, courtesy of yours truly.

While wearing a celebratory

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Visual

Art in the City

The pop-up particulars

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If you find yourself at the intersection of Bellingham’s Cornwall Avenue and Holly Street in the next couple of weeks, take a short stroll and don’t stop until you’ve passed the Greenhouse, Café Akroteri, and India Grill. If you come to Eva Salon, you’ve gone too far.

Perhaps I should be more specific about what exactly you’ll be on the lookout for. For at least a little while longer, the space at 1213 Cornwall Avenue that was formerly a dance studio—but has been empty for the

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Film

Iris

Style for miles

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Iris Apfel isn’t exactly a household name, unless we’re talking about very stylish households. From 1950 to 1992, Apfel ran Old World Weavers, the business she cofounded with her husband, Carl, which faithfully re-created antique textiles for use in home decorating. From grand Park Avenue drapes to demure White House settees, the duo’s historically accurate fabrics made their way into any number of upper-crusty redecorating schemes. But today Apfel, 93, is less well known for dressing interiors

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Music

Lawnstock

Pull up a patch of grass

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Once upon a time, not so long ago, Western Washington University, under the auspices of Associated Students Productions (or ASP Pop Music as it was once known before being incorporated under the AS Productions umbrella), was responsible for bringing bands and musicians to campus for the entertainment of the student body.

This was an arrangement with benefits beyond the confines of the WWU campus, as, thanks to the miracle of plentiful university funding, AS Productions was able to book bigger

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Outdoors

Take Me to the River

The subtle pleasures of the Samish

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My friend Jesse really likes rivers.

Jesse has been a fisherman, rafting guide and all-around river bum for many years. We go way back: I have known him since he was five years old. So when he offered to take me on a paddle on the tiny Samish River, I said yes without hesitation.

We drove down through the vibrant green fields and marshes of the Skagit Valley near Edison and pulled over near an unmarked bridge. The spot was obscure—that’s the way Jesse likes it. We carried his canoe down

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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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Today

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Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market: Suss out spring offerings at the weekly Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm every Wednesday through September at Hammer Heritage Park (on the corner of Ferry and Metcalf streets). more »

High School Book Club: Students in 9th through 12th grade are invited to a High School Book Club meeting at 4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Books, snacks and prizes will be part of the fun. more »

Waterfront Forum: "A Waterfront for the Community: Towards a Shared Vision for Bellingham's Waterfront" will be the focus of a forum hosted by the BlueGreen Waterfront Coalition beginning at 5:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. This forum will bring together diverse voices offering positive visions for the waterfront and encourage public input that will help ensure the redevelopment process leads to a clean, sustainable waterfront and family-sustaining jobs for Bellingham. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market: Chef Nahla Gholam will bring the flavors of Lebanon to life at a "Recipes from Around the Mediterranean Sea" class from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Entry is $40. more »

Mediterranean Recipes: Chef Nahla Gholam will bring the flavors of Lebanon to life at a "Recipes from Around the Mediterranean Sea" class from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Entry is $40. more »

Spring Choral Concert: Students in the mixed treble choir, concert choir and Showstoppers choir will perform at a "Spring Choral Concert" at 7pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Admission is free and open to the public. more »

Milo Petersen Quartet: The Milo Petersen Quartet performs at a concert that will pay homage to master guitarist Wes Montgomery at 7pm at the Whatcom Jazz Music and Arts Center at the Majestic, 1023 N. Forest St. Entry is $5 for students and $10 general. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

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