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On Stage


It’s not about the bikes

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Rankling Pam Kuntz isn’t easy.

When I queried the dancer and choreographer about a press release she’d sent regarding Kuntz and Company’s latest community dance piece, Spokes, I noted she’d sent photos of people on bikes and the title evoked them, but she’d ended the missive by saying the show wasn’t about the two-wheeled conveyances.

“The bikes are the frame we are using to explore relationships,” she says. “In the same way that True Grit is not about horses or Star Trek is not…

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Rough Rides

Off the rails

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

If a flat ride through bucolic farmland is what you think of when you picture taking your bicycle on an autumn excursion, it might be time to stop reading.

On the other hand, if what excites you is challenging trails and bringing a sense of adventure to your weekends, it’s not too late to sign up for a couple of events taking place Sat., Oct. 19 that are designed to get your adrenaline flowing and your conveyance dirty.

For those who’d like to join Cascade Cross for its “Woolley…

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Fall Colors

Seasonal sights at River Gallery

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Each spring and fall, River Gallery shows work by dozens of Northwest artists. Even several hundred paintings and three-dimensional pieces do not make this repurposed greenhouse look crowded.

Charlotte Slade Decker, a longtime regular, makes a bold impression with vivid abstract paintings. “Connection” and “Wandering XII” are in freely brushed, transparent acrylic in bright red, blue and yellow. She smiled at my remark that she looks like her art. You can see for yourself when…

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Wine Time

Celebrate the grape

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Due to the abundance of press craft beer gets throughout the Pacific Northwest—and in Bellingham itself—wine aficionados are often forced to take a backseat when it comes to finding events that are designed to celebrate and elevate the grape.

Luckily, a trio of happenings taking place within city limits this week will not only cater to the tastes of those who prefer chardonnay to IPA, but they will also raise money for local causes. So while you’re sipping your way through a world of…

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Climber's Corner

The highs and lows

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

You may have heard that it’s Whatcom County Library System’s 75th anniversary year, and to celebrate we’ve created the Read & Share program featuring Leif Whittaker’s excellent memoir My Old Man and the Mountain

Whittaker is the son of “Big Jim” Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest in 1963. Leif has recreated his father’s historic climb and made it to the peak (twice). Thanks to a grant from the Whatcom County Library Foundation, he’ll be speaking at…

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Jay Farrar and Joe Pug

Points of common interest

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

At the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much overlap between Jay Farrar and Joe Pug other than the fact that they kind of exist under the very broad umbrella of alt-country, and both will perform at the Wild Buffalo in the coming days—Farrar with his band Son Volt on Thurs., Oct. 17 and Pug a few days later on Sun., Oct. 20. But scratch that surface just a tiny bit and some commonalities appear.

Probably chief among the similarities is that underneath the skin of the alt-country…

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Best of Bellingham 2019

Best of Bellingham, Part Two

In days past, we used to cram our Best of Bellingham papers into one issue, thus forcing us to stick to our word counts and not waxing poetic about the establishments our voters chose as their favorites.

Times change, and these days we like to spread the love a little further. Last week, we wrote about the people, places and businesses that earned your votes. This week, we’d like to draw attention to the places you like to be entertained, and the eateries and bars you tend to frequent either before or after hitting the town. While there are plenty of repeat winners, we’re thrilled to welcome some newbies to the Best of Bellingham roster.

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The Gristle
A Working Waterfront?

A WORKING WATERFRONT?: Port of Bellingham Commissioners held a long and ambitious meeting last week, focused in large measure on Squalicum Harbor and the Bellingham central waterfront—including some action on the long comatose Western Crossing Development, the development partnership…

Alan Rhodes
Election Elucidations

Every contest on Whatcom County’s Nov. 5 ballot is important, of course, but I want to focus on three of special concern.

Barker vs. Fleetwood, Bellingham Mayor

On the basis of breadth and depth of experience alone, Seth Fleetwood should be elected mayor of Bellingham. He has served two…

Rumor Has It
Comings and goings:

I don’t play the guitar. But I own one, a vintage Gibson acoustic that sounds great when other people play it. However, no one has been able to play it for a bit because it needs work and I have been waiting for Devin Champlin to open his guitar shop so I can have him get it shipshape…

A working county government

Natalie McClendon, Satpal Sidhu, and Carol Frazey consistently listen respectfully to everyone. They are uniquely dedicated to the collaborative, not combative, framework we need to move us…

An important choice

We’re faced with a very important choice this year in selecting our next County Executive.
If one thinks about this election, not as a popularity contest, but as “hiring” the most…

Experience matters

Our ballots arrive shortly. Whom to vote for Port Commissioner? Many don’t know much about the Port of Bellingham, but the port touches thousands of jobs in Whatcom County. A port’s…

Today's Events
Fall Lynden Craft and Antique Show


More than 100 artisans, crafters, antique and vintage dealers will show and sell their wares at the 30th annual Fall Lynden Craft and Antique Show from 10am-8pm Thursday and Friday, and…

My Fair Lady


Sam Guzik directs the beloved musical My Fair Lady, which continues this weekend with 7:30pm showings Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave.…



Kuntz and Company presents its latest community dance piece, “Spokes,” at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 5pm Sunday at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The work…



As part of iDiOM Theater’s New Works series, Trevor Allens’ Mixtape opens this weekend with 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the…

Whatcomics Call for Art


Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to submit their artwork for consideration for publication in Whatcomics, an annual teen art book, through Oct. 31. The rules are simple: submit original…

Wishes and Dreams Call for Art


Students in grades 6-13 and college freshmen can submit a two-dimensional artwork inspired by the theme “Wishes and Dreams” through Nov. 20 to Gallery Syre, 465 W. Stuart Rd. This theme is…

Gore and Lore Tours


The Good Time Girls combine history with a bit of horror—think unsettling haunts, strange historical happenings and true crimes—at “Gore and Lore” tours Fridays and Saturdays through October…

Anacortes Vintage Market's Evergreens and Icicles


Anacortes Vintage Market’s “Evergreens & Icicles” Market and Gift show kicks off with a VIP event from 6pm-9pm Friday at the Port Transit Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave. Creative vendors…

Scream Fair's Camp Fear


“Camp Fear” will be the theme of this year’s “Scream Fair” Haunted House from 7pm-10pm Friday and Saturday at Lynden’s NW Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. Tickets at the door will be…

Matilda the Musical


META Performing Arts presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical starting this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S…



Help figure out whodunnit when the perennially popular improvised murder mystery known as “Hellingham” returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm shows every Friday and Saturday through…



Western Washington University’s resident improv troupe, the Dead Parrots Society, presents the third weekend of its monthlong “Squawktober” performances at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the…

Community Pancake Breakfast


Attend a Community Pancake Breakfast from 8am-11am at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St. Entry is $4-$6 and includes your choice of pancakes, waffles or French toast—all served with…

Ferndale Breakfast


Choose from pancakes, French toast, or biscuits and gravy at a Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8am-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $2.50 for kids and $6 for…

Orca Recovery Day Work Party


Join NSEA and Whatcom Conservation District for an Orca Recovery Day Work Party from 9am-12pm along the Nooksack River (parking will be available at Northwest Indian College, 2522 Kwina Rd.…

Anacortes Farmers Market


Find fresh produce and much more at the 30th season of the Anacortes Farmers Market happening from 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 26 at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.

Yoga and Detox


Bharti Naga leads “Ayurveda: Yoga and Detox” from 9am-2pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. The class will include pranayama, simple yoga postures, a light snack, and a primer…

Blanchard Beast Trail Race


Join the Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC) for its “Blanchard Beast” Trail Race from 9am-1pm starting and ending at the Blanchard Forest Lower Trailhead. Entry is $30-$40 for the 10-mile…

Twin Sisters Farmers Markets


Affordable, Whatcom County-grown produce can be procured at the Twin Sisters Farmers Market from 9am-3pm at the IGA parking lot on Nugent’s Corner, and 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the North…

98221 Studio Tour


The Anacortes Arts Commission will host its annual 98221 Studio Tour from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at approximately 40 locales throughout Fidalgo Island. Expect to peruse a wide variety…

Bellingham Comicon


Roger Sweet, Kendare Blacke, Jeremy Colwell, John Gallagher, and Andy Owen will be among the special guests in attendance at the 11th annual Bellingham Comicon taking place from 10am-5pm at…

Steam Expo


Kids ages 6-12 can get the chance to observe, explore and experiment with science, technology, engineering, arts and math at a STEAM Expo happening from 10am-3pm at Lynden Middle School, 8750…

Bellingham Farmers Market


The 27th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm Saturdays through Dec. 21 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing…

Blaine Gardeners Market


Homegrown and handmade farm products, baked goods, arts and crafts and more can be found at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through October at the city’s H Street Plaza.

Your Life is a Story Writer's Group


Poet and author Barbara Bloom leads a Your Life is a Story Writer’s Group meeting from 10:30am-12pm in Sudden Valley at the South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Ct. Focus on your life…

Correspondence Club


Anyone over 8 years old can show up for the monthly Correspondence Club gathering from 10:30am-12:30pm at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. Supplies, materials and instructional guidance…

Fall Festival


Enjoy games, food, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving and more at a Fall Festival taking place from 11am-4pm in Mount Vernon at Camp Korey, 24880 Brotherhood Rd. Visitors at the free event can…

Kraut-chi Ferment Class


Join a “Kraut-chi Ferment Class” from 11am-1pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. The primer for beginners and beyond will focus on making a simple kraut-chi ferment using salt,…

Winter Warmth Drive and Pickup


Interfaith Coalition’s Winter Warmth Drive will provide gently used coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to children and adults from 11am-1:30pm at Bellingham’s Assumption Church Gym, 2116…

Art Therapy Workshop


Nicholette Harrington leads an “Art Therapy: Draw a Line” workshop from 1:30pm-4pm at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. Participants will create meaningful drawings that…

Telling Tough Stories


Award-winning local author and WWU English professor Kathryn Trueblood will lead a free workshop focusing on “Telling Tough Stories: Writing About Illness” from 2pm-3:30pm at the South…

Fables and Tales Upcycle Runway Challenge


Celebrate creativity and garment reuse at Ragifinery’s annual Upcycle Runway Challenge from 6pm-9pm at Bellingham Technical College’s Settlemeyer Hall, 3028 Lindbergh St. The fanciful…

Concrete Ghost Walk


Purchase tickets in advance for the “Concrete Ghost Walk,” which continues tonight at 6pm starting at the historic (and haunted) Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main St. Learn about the characters…

Brew on the Slough


Enjoy samples from local and regional breweries as part of the fifth annual “Brew on the Slough” Beer Festival taking place from 6pm-9pm at La Conner’s Maple Hall. Tickets are $25; the first…

Bellingham Hoptoberfest


The fourth annual Bellingham Hoptoberfest brings a bounty of beer, wine and cider to town from 6pm-10pm at the Civic Way Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way. The expansive indoor space will…

How I Learned I'm Old


Nationally produced playwright Romney Humphrey reads from How I Learned I’m Old at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The collection of humorous essays embedded with a smattering of serious…

Take Me to the River Live


The most influential figures of modern New Orleans funk, R&B, soul and jazz can be heard at “Take Me to the River LIVE! Celebrating the Music of New Orleans” at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker…

Skagit Symphony presents Highland Heritage


“Highlands Heritage” will be the theme Skagit Symphony’s first concert of its 40th season at 7:30pm in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Attendees will be transported to the…