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Date Night

When I was performing improv on a regular basis, one of my favorite formats we presented to the crowd was a game called “Date Night.”

We’d call up a real-life couple from the audience, get the story of how they met and their subsequent first date, then re-create the action onstage as best we could. When we got something right, one half of the couple would ring a bell. When it was dead wrong, we’d hear a rude beep from a loud horn, and would have to go back to the basics. The end result was

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This Week

The Gristle

Fictions in Collision

FICTIONS IN COLLISION: Whatcom County Council held a long and crowded, rancorous session on the update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan last week. The Comp Plan update is intended to shape a shared vision for the future in the context of expected growth and economic development. The reason for the ruckus was obvious—by hook and by crook, in a roundabout way, after spending nearly seven long pent-up years mincing around and avoiding the subject, County Council finally heard public

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Music

Valentine’s Day

Spread your love around

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Valentine’s Day brings out a lot of strong emotions in people. It should follow that, because this is a holiday intended to celebrate love and loved ones and loving loved ones and lovelovelove, that the emotions in question would be positive in nature. But the fact is, Feb. 14 and all it symbolizes is probably as loathed as it is loved.

Never is the line between love and hate thinner than it is on Valentine’s Day.

With Feb. 14 falling on a Sunday this year, that means a wealth of

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Visual

Tribal Images

A family affair in Ferndale

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It’s funny how you can drive past something many times but never actually see it. For me, that was the case with the Lummi Te’Ti’Sen Center (formerly the Lummi Gateway Center) on Rural Avenue in Ferndale, seconds from the Slater Road exit off I-5.

The center has been there for five years, but I never noticed it until the day Google Maps directed me to its front door to explore tribal art and food.

Frank Goes Behind and his wife Kym are the masterminds behind Tribal Images and are

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Food

Dope Desserts

For the love of brownies

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A cautionary tale: Once upon a time, a friend of mine ate way too many pot brownies at a party she was hosting and ended up spending most of the night huddled in the fetal position in the bathtub and screeching with alarm whenever anybody tried to get in to use the bathroom.

Don’t be that person. If you’ve eaten an entire pot brownie, it stands to reason that something is going to happen eventually. As Kevin Nelson notes in a “Marijuana for Beginners” article in our inaugural Cannabis

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Outdoors

Safety First

The fine art of being careful

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“Whether we’re chasing daylight with axes and chainsaws or just grunting out some pick-and-shovel work in the rain, we’ll be putting ourselves in harm’s way on a fairly frequent basis here at the ranch,” my buddy’s uncle told me when I arrived for my first day of work on his emergent 20-acre homestead in remote Snohomish County.

“Productivity is important,” the boss man said, ushering me along a rocky, root-gnarled trail to the half-buried shipping container where he kept his

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Film

Where to Invade Next

Michael Moore’s roadshow

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All has been fairly quiet on the pestering front for Michael Moore since Capitalism: A Love Story, his glum 2009 assessment of the greed-is-good culture that spawned the global financial crisis. But now this impassioned and unruly provocateur returns to further dismantle the myth of American supremacy with renewed optimism and sharpened comic instincts in Where to Invade Next, an impishly entertaining, career-summarizing polemic bent on demonstrating how other countries around the world—with

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On Stage

Date Night

An improvised Valentine

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When I was performing improv on a regular basis, one of my favorite formats we presented to the crowd was a game called “Date Night.”

We’d call up a real-life couple from the audience, get the story of how they met and their subsequent first date, then re-create the action onstage as best we could. When we got something right, one half of the couple would ring a bell. When it was dead wrong, we’d hear a rude beep from a loud horn, and would have to go back to the basics. The end result was

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Today

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Chocolate Pop-Up Lounge: Special discounted chocolate and tastings will take place from 2-4pm daily through Valentine's Day at the Evolve Chocolate Pop-up Lounge, 1313 N. State St. From 4-8pm there'll be an acoustic open mic, a "Lovers Flight of Cacao" (three confections served with sipping chocolate for two), seasonal specials and more. Entry is free. more »

Jam With Mojo: Attend a "Blues and Jazz Jam" from 2-4pm Tuesdays at MOJO School of Music, 2626 Meridian St. Come join the rhythm section (guitar, bass and drums) and bring your instrument (bass, guitar, woodwinds, brass, vocals, piano, harmonica, strings) and a song or two. All are welcome. more »

Whatcom Reads Kickoff: As part of this year's Whatcom READS! events, discuss Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being at 2:30pm at the Ferndale Library (2125 Main St.) and 7pm at the Point Roberts Library (1437 Gulf Rd.). Ozeki will be in Whatcom County in early March to share the book and participate in additional events. more »

Heart-racing Run: Staffers and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Tonight's "You Make My Heart Race" run will feature prizes, color-coded clothing clothing to delineate your dating status, demos by Brooks, and heart-shaped treats. Entry is free. In these dark months, a headlamp or flashlight is required. more »

Mardi Gras Dinner: Oysters Rockefeller, blackened catfish, seafood gumbo and more will be on the menu at a Mardi Gras Dinner Party starting at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $58. more »

Play Reading Group: Get together with others who enjoy reading plays aloud at a Play Reading Group gathering from 6:30-8pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Amateurs and first-timers are welcome. more »

Monkey Celebration: Chef Robert Fong celebrates in the kitchen with a "Year of the Monkey" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Come to eat and enjoy a meal with Fong’s family recipes. A glass of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage is included in course fee. Entry is $59. more »

Noisy Water Reading: At 7pm, selected poets who are published in Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County will read from their works at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. The collection features works by 101 writers. Entry to the all-ages event is free. more »

Gear Swap: Bellingham Mountaineers will host a Gear Swap at 7pm at the Bellingham YMCA, 1256 N. State St. Attendees can buy and sell used outdoor gear at the event, which is open to the public. more »

Skagit Folk Dancers: Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards. more »

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