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Go Fish!

You can now safely eat a forkful of fish each week—mostly because the state proposes to fudge the meaning of “safe” by an order of magnitude.

The debate on fish consumption carries deep ironies. Nutritionists say fish and shellfish are part of a healthy diet and should be consumed regularly. But clinicians and oncologists warn that toxic chemicals that can build up in the flesh of aquatic life can increase the risk of certain diseases like cancer.

The state uses the fish consumption

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This Week

The Gristle

Gut Check

GUT CHECK: “To the winners go the spoils,” Sam Crawford observed, after a rightward lurch in election results in 2009 allowed him—as council president and in control of their process and procedures—to pack the planning commission and other county appointments into an echo chamber of likeminded fellow travelers. But he was right, though; and it is with a small irony County Council in a new majority chose to replace Crawford himself, who resigned his position last month, with Satpal

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Music

Geographer and the Velvet Teen

Indie rock tries a takeover

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Historically, Bellingham’s musical reputation has always been built on rock ’n’ roll, the louder and grittier the better. More recently, we’ve become a destination known for bluegrass and Americana bands, their numbers and influence growing stronger with each passing year. We’ve also nurtured a burgeoning, but ever-growing hip-hop scene, one that pairs local talent with touring acts probably better and more effectively than other genres that regularly grace the stages of our music

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Words

Radio Waves

New station gives voice to the community

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“Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?”
― Ralph Ellison,
Invisible Man

Imagine live, local music, culture and in-depth news and analysis about issues that matter to you most and brought to you by independent local reporters you know and trust. Imagine local community radio by Bellingham, for Bellingham. It’s not just a dream, it is actually happening.

In 2013, Bellingham art cooperative Make.Shift, with the help of radio advocacy group Common Frequency,

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News

Go Fish!

City recommends a cleaner standard for state waters

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You can now safely eat a forkful of fish each week—mostly because the state proposes to fudge the meaning of “safe” by an order of magnitude.

The debate on fish consumption carries deep ironies. Nutritionists say fish and shellfish are part of a healthy diet and should be consumed regularly. But clinicians and oncologists warn that toxic chemicals that can build up in the flesh of aquatic life can increase the risk of certain diseases like cancer.

The state uses the fish consumption

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Food

Wine and History

Day sipping in Langley

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Vancouver gets all the limelight for its big-city feel and its great arts and culture scene. But the truth is, it’s just one glimpse of British Columbia.

For something completely different, try a day drive to Langley in the Fraser Valley, a city with a strong claim to British Columbia’s history, yet one that still has the feel of the countryside. Leave Langley’s main roads and you’re surrounded by green, open spaces containing farms, a few vineyards and horse paddocks.

Being wine

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Outdoors

Can You Dig It?

The dirt on native plant sales

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When I first moved into my York neighborhood house, I had a roommate who worked for a native plant nursery. During the three years she lived in my basement, my friend would occasionally bring home samples of her work with her. Fifteen years later, the Indian plums, red-flowering currants and assortment of ferns and other growing goods she gifted the garden with have thrived, and have helped make the formerly barren yardage come alive.

While not every plant I tend is endemic to Washington, I

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Film

Get Hard

Or stay at home, whatever

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If you’re disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy Get Hard. Not even two of America’s most reliable funnymen can eke consistent laughs out of this sloppy odd-couple comedy about a wrongly convicted millionaire (Will Ferrell) who asks the nearest black guy (Kevin Hart) to toughen him up in preparation for a decade behind

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On Stage

Divided They Stand

Comedy with a catch

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Ian Harris isn’t afraid to bring religion onstage.

Whether he’s talking about the irony of purchasing a book called Christianity for Dummies or pointing out that his dog is a devout Christian Scientist (at least when it comes to choosing whether or not to sign his canine up for a $12,000 surgery) the standup comedian says he’s not squeamish about tackling taboo subjects—especially if they’re not supported by science or facts.

Ty Barnett, Harris’ longtime friend and Last Comic Standing

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Visual

Seconds Sale

Pottery by the pound at Blue Water

Once upon a time, potter Jeremy Noet and his wife Megan lived aboard a sailboat in Bellingham. Eventually they had a baby, but stayed on the sailboat. However, after having their second child, everything changed.

“We sold our boat three years ago to some beautiful people, who, like us many years ago, had more time than money,” Noet says.

One thing that hasn’t differed since their days of living aboard a watercraft is how the couple likes to surround themselves with cherished

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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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Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines more »

Wonderheads present Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of "Grim and Fischer" at performances March 19-29 at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. more »

The Birthday Party: iDiOM Theater and Stone Town Theatre Works team up to present Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, which concludes this week at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM's headquarters at 1418 Cornwall Ave. Expect absurdist dialogue, themes of identity and social conformity, and a birthday party that "heads off the rails and into uncharted, nightmarish territory." Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. more »

Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of Grim and Fischer at 7:30pm Thursday, 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. more »

Elimination Diet: Ali Segersten, MS, and Tom Malterre, CN, present an "Elimination Diet 101" class from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Tom and Alissa —co-authors of "The Elimination Diet—team up to explain this process and share diet recipes that will expand your culinary horizons. Entry is $35. more »

Crab Dinner: Oysters, cheddar biscuits, corn chowder, potato frites, whole Dungeness crabs with dipping sauces and more will be on the menu at a "Winner, Winner, Crab Dinner" seafood feast at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $78. more »

Beans & Grains: Krista Rome, founder of Backyard Beans & Grains—a local seed company that works to identify varieties of staple crops that mature easily in the Pacific Northwest—helms a "Growing Dry Beans & Grains in the Pacific Northwest" course from 6:30-8:15pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Entry is free. more »

Options in Publishing: Kathleen Kaska and Karla Locke will focus on "Options in Publishing" a a Skagit Valley Writers League meeting from 6:30-8:30pm at the Burlington Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Entry is free; please register in advance. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

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