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Visual

Cafe Sketches

The art of adventure

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

“Café Sketches,” a lighthearted selection of artists’ travel drawings and paintings, is showing until the end of the month at Perry and Carlson Gallery in Mount Vernon.

The exhibit features line drawing, which since the Renaissance has been acknowledged as the foundation of all visual arts. Gallery co-owner Christian Carlson, an architect himself, selected a number of elegant works by fellow architects as well as other artists. 

Five pencil drawings by Anita Lehmann reveal…

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Outdoors

Sky Gardens

A walk among the flowers

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The road is obscure. It is little-traveled, but by and large is not in bad shape. Along the upper reaches the sides were lined with alpine wildflowers—columbine, lupine, tiger lily, paintbrush, phlox. Glacial ice gleamed blue-green across the plunging valley, its bottom clad in dark conifers. Somewhere down there, invisible from this elevation, a cold, clear creek rushed through the trees.

When the rain stopped, we packed our backpacks and headed up a sort-of-trail that exists on no…

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Words

Walkaway

An optimistic disaster novel

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Author, blogger and activist Cory Doctorow described himself as a “pulp science-fiction writer” while in Bellingham for his latest book tour.

Before turning to writing full time in 2006, Doctorow worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an international digital rights group that provides guidance to governments and courts on issues regarding Internet civil liberties. The EFF has been successful in influencing legislation relating to encryption and email privacy.

All this is…

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Food

Going Green

A chef with a penchant for produce

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I grew beets for years without realizing the greens atop the blood-red root vegetable could be cooked and consumed, and were in fact rich with vitamins C, A, and E.

These days, I’m apt to add them to everything from stir-fries to pasta sauces and omelets, and have even been known to contribute a few leaves to bulk up various pesto concoctions—something else I’ve learned can be made not just with basil, but also with various garden goods such as chives, garlic scapes, arugula and…

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News

A History of Hate

For more than a century, Sikhs have faced suspicion and violence

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The 1907 episode in a seaside timber town in Washington came to be known as the Bellingham Riots. Really, though, there were no riots.

There was a pogrom.

At the time, the United States was suffering through deep economic distress, a panic-filled recession that had begun the year before. Angry anti-immigrant sentiment was ascendant. And hundreds of Sikh men who had traveled from India to Bellingham to toil in the lumber mills paid the price.

Some 500 white men, many of them members…

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On Stage

No Borders

Asperger’s Are Us

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The members of Asperger’s Are Us appreciate it when people enjoy their shows, but they’d also like it to be known that the sketch comedy they’ve been generating together off and on since meeting in 2010 isn’t designed to do anything other than make themselves—and other people—laugh.

“It’s about improving people’s standards for comedy,” cast member Noah Britton says of the group that formed after he met New Michael Ingemi, Jack Hanke, and Ethan Finlan at a summer camp for kids on…

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Music

The Green Frog

Four walls and a grilled cheese

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Like all of you, I have spent the past several weeks ingesting the bulk of my musical intake in the great outdoors. From parks to fields to beer gardens to amphitheaters to the streets themselves, no al fresco spot has been safe from the seasonal sonic onslaught.

I’m certainly not complaining. The ability to wander into a concert at many of my favorite outdoor haunts is one of the things I remember fondly and wistfully during the dark days of winter.

But after the orgy of outdoor…

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Film

Logan Lucky

A Southern tall tale

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky is a high-spirited, lowdown blast. It’s a let’s-rob-the-racetrack heist comedy set in that all-American place that even rednecks would have no problem calling redneck country: the land of NASCAR and child beauty pageants, spangly long fingernails and roadside biker-bar brawls, and—these days being what they are—chronic unemployment and spiritual stagnation. The script, by Rebecca Blunt (it’s her first, and it’s a beauty), exploits the Southern…

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The Missing Middle

THE MISSING MIDDLE: Two eddies converged into a stream at Bellingham City Council this week, each carrying the effluent that the City of Subdued Excitement is quickly becoming a place where few of common means can live.

“There’s affordable housing that is subsidized, and then there is…

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Summertime 
and the Livin’ is Lazy

Ah, summer: the outdoor concerts, Saturdays at the Farmers Market, evening walks around Lake Padden, all beneath the benevolent canopy of thick gray smoke blowing down from Canadian forest fires.

I turn shiftless and irresponsible during these summer days, which makes writing 750 words on…

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Letters
A culture of cruelty

Since 2012, I’ve accompanied Western Washington University students to the Arizona/Mexico border with No More Deaths, an organization that aims to end death and suffering in the Sonora…

A bath of disquietude

I consider the rise to power of the madman in the White House. He burst onto the political scene with the lie that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Like any good con man he noted the political…

Lipstick on a pig

In a recent editorial, Republican Reps. Van Buys and Van Werven attempted to put lipstick on a pig (no offense to pig-lovers here).
The pig is the Republican hostage taking of a bipartisan…

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Today's Events
Boating Center Open

12:00pm

The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals…

Skagit Tours

12:00pm

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

6:00pm

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…

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.…

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.…

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…

Solo

7:00pm

Bestselling and award-winning author Kwame Alexander explores what it means to finally come home when he reads from the Young Adult novel Solo—which he co-wrote in poetic verse with Mary…

Poetrynight

8:00pm

Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.

Guffawingham

9:30pm

A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. Each week, the event features approximately 20…

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