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Visual

Sketches and Sculptures

Artifacts of time and place

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The first thing you’ll notice about Whiting Tennis is his sincerity.

He talks about prehistoric art and science fiction and how nobody knows what ancient artifacts meant to the people who made them.  The audience at a recent talk at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art loved it. 

The tall, gangly guy looks like a displaced cowboy and works full-time at his unique approach to art.

Every week, Tennis attends a life-drawing class. His sketches, he admits, have little to do with the…

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Food

Dinner Plans

Catching up with ACME Farms + Kitchen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Even though I was expecting to find it there, the brown ACME Farms + Kitchen box sitting on my front doorstep when I returned home from work on a recent Thursday gave me a thrill.

I’d ordered a small “Locavore” box ($59), but wasn’t sure what would be inside. However, knowing in advance that the contents of the cardboard container were nothing but locally and regionally sourced foodstuffs was a hint that plenty of goodness was to be found within.

I wasn’t disappointed. As…

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3 Oms 8th Anniversary (Spotlight)
Words

Summer Reading

The art of the memoir

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer is heralded as a time for the sort of escape provided by light, guilty pleasure beach-reading, but memoirs are the type of books I enjoy this time of year, when the longer days and more relaxed pace invite slipping into another’s skin for several afternoons. The following memoirs all share an intensity that lends a page-turner quality to the reading, and the stories are compelling in that the authors are, in many ways, outsiders to their native culture. 

In The Long Haul: A…

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On Stage

Field Guide

Of entertainment and expeditions

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

n a new “field guide” sent out by the Mount Baker Theatre, executive director Brad Burdick claims to have spent two-thirds of his adult life collecting experiences from around the globe for the historic hub—making him the perfect person to act as a liaison for those searching for entertainment-based expeditions.

“Consider this book a personal tour guide in your pocket as you map out new adventures for this year,” Burdick writes of the upcoming season’s offerings.

The…

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West Coast Wellness
Music

Marrowstone Music Festival

Hello mother, hello father

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

As a kid, I spent some time at summer camp. I’m proud to say I learned some things while I was there. One summer, I learned to sail a tiny, two-person sailboat. So, if you ever find yourself with a smooth lake, a small boat and a stiff breeze, but sans captain, I’m your girl. Another summer, I learned to make colorful friendship bracelets from skeins of embroidery floss. From that experiment, I reached the conclusion that it was preferable to never form friendships that reached the…

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Film

Girls Trip

It’s ladies night

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It’s barely been a month since the joyless Rough Night came and went in a blur of indifference, and this new comedy on paper could almost be the same movie—only with black sorority sisters and no corpse to dampen the weekend getaway. The difference is that Girls Trip actually delivers on its promise of a liberating good time, thanks in large part to the spirited characterizations and believable chemistry of its four immensely appealing leads. The progression from raunchy, raucous…

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Outdoors

Forest Facts

The wonder of the woods

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pacific Northwesters may grumble about the lack of sunshine for nine months of the year, but when summer does bring its nonstop infusions of vitamin D, many residents choose to hide from the sun and seek cover in shady moss- and fern-filled forests—whether they’re in their backyards or a day trip away. A trio of events this weekend will provide even more relief from the heat.

For those whose acreage includes property with plenty of trees, a Forest Owners Field Day will take place…

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The Gristle
Fire and Water

FIRE AND WATER: Whatcom County Fire District 8 and City of Bellingham officials met briefly this week. The Lake Whatcom Policy Group, the governing agencies for that municipal reservoir formed chiefly of Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham, also met this week. And though one topic was…

Alan Rhodes
Mr. Cranky’s Summer Academy

When I was a kid in school I thought tests were annoying. There was always just one right answer. How boring. How stifling to creativity. How damaging to one’s self-esteem. So I’m opening my own school this summer and I’ve tried my hand at making a test with no wrong answers. Just…

Bellingham Farmer’s Market
Letters
Feed the hungry

What does it mean when 53 percent of children and youth in the county are eligible for free lunch programs? With one in five children in America living in homes in poverty, this is not just a…

Follow the money

Five major health insurance companies in the United States are led by CEOs, each of whom are paid between $130 million and $138 million a year. That is about $670 million a year to the five…

Go ahead, repeal and replace

As an activist Democrat, I completely support the Republican goal of repealing Obamacare. Obamacare is a gift to health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and investment companies…

Lester and Hyldahl
Today's Events
Skagit Tours

10:00am

As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours…

Bard on the Beach

2:00pm

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s…

I and You

7:30pm

Lauren Gunderson’s “astonishing” drama, I and You, opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The play…

North Cascades Vintage Fly-In

12:00pm

Attend the 35th annual North Cascades Vintage Fly-In from Friday through Sunday in Concrete. Aircraft competitions, arrivals and departures, a classic car show, food vendors, a beer garden,…

Mission Folk Music Festival

12:00pm

The 30th annual Mission Folk Music Festival takes place from Friday through Sunday at Mission, BC’s Fraser River Heritage Park. The festival is renowned for its mix of accessibility and…

Plover Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Pop-Up Beer Garden

3:00pm

Recreation Northwest, Stones Throw Brewery, and Outbound will host a Pop-up Beer Garden to support the Fairhaven Park Trail and Wetland Boardwalk Project from 3-9pm in the recently renovated…

Skagit River Shakespeare Festival

7:00pm

Shakespeare Northwest continues its 15th annual Skagit River Shakespeare Festival this weekend with performances of The Comedy of Errors at 7pm Friday and 4pm Sunday at the Rexville Grange…

The Drowsy Chaperone

7:00pm

Celebrated Bellingham High School director Teri Grimes teams up with choreographer Tabetha Clark, musical director Steve Barnes, and BAAY Pro students ages 14-17 for performances of The…

Birch Bay Sandcastle Competition

10:00am

The annual Birch Bay Sandcastle Competition starts at 10am Saturday at Birch Bay Community Park. At 10am Sunday, there will be a Labyrinth Building Competition. Through the weekend, there…

Plover Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Farm to Glass Distillery Tours

12:00pm

Attend Farm to Glass Distillery Tours at 12pm or 2pm Saturday and Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Attendees can learn about agricultural practices, cider-making and the…

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Rabbit Ride

8:00am

Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via…

Rabbit Ride

8:00am

Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via…

Vietnam Veterans Car Show

10:00am

Attend the seventh annual Vietnam Veterans Car Show from 10am-2pm at Barkley Village, 2211 Rimland Dr. Fees are $15 to display your car, truck or motorcycle; spectators can attend for free.…

Forest Walk

11:00am

Join Recreation Northwest for a tour of the Chuckanut Community Forest (100 Acre Woods) and get to know your way around this trail network starting at 11am at the trailhead near the upper…

Plover Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Brewers by the Bay

1:00pm

Sample more than 80 craft microbrews from approximately 40 breweries at Bellingham Bay Rotary’s 11th annual “Brewers by the Bay” from 1-5pm at the Depot Market Square, 11000 Railroad Ave.…

La Conner Live!

1:00pm

As part of a summer-long “La Conner Live!” concert series, Swingnuts will perform a mix of jazz and folk music from 1-4pm at the town’s Gilkey Square. Entry is free. The series continues…

MBT Open House

2:00pm

Attend an “Open House and On-Sale” event from 2-5pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Come learn about 29 exciting, world-class events—and purchase tickets for them—tour…

Fiddlin' Fox Summer Concert Series

2:00pm

Fiddlin’ Fox’s summer concert series continues today with Latin music from Alma Villegas from 2-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. The free, all-ages gatherings feature live…

Audubon at the Museum

2:00pm

Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society for a monthly “Audubon at the Museum” gathering from 2-4pm at the New John M. Edson Hall of Birds at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121…

Angels in America

2:00pm

Attend a NT Live screening of Angels in America, Part One at 2pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration,…

Trivia Night

5:00pm

Jeff Zwiers will host a Trivia Night from 5-8pm in the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Teams of up to six people can play; entry per person is $1. The all-ages event…

Marrowstone Music Festival

7:00pm

Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes and professional performances for the public will be part of the 74th annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 23-Aug. 6 at…

Mousetrap Auditions

7:00pm

Can you master a British accent? If so, consider auditioning for upcoming performances of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap from 7-9 Sunday and Monday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H…

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