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Once upon a time, not so long ago, Western Washington University, under the auspices of Associated Students Productions (or ASP Pop Music as it was once known before being incorporated under the AS Productions umbrella), was responsible for bringing bands and musicians to campus for the entertainment of the student body.

This was an arrangement with benefits beyond the confines of the WWU campus, as, thanks to the miracle of plentiful university funding, AS Productions was able to book bigger

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This Week

The Gristle

The Bigness of De Minimis

THE BIGNESS OF DE MINIMIS: Developers of a proposed coal export pier at Cherry Point appear to have been snared by their own media hype, misinterpreting a key communication by the federal agency authorized to issue the shoreline permit and very nearly missing a deadline for response.

At the opening of the year, Lummi Nation asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny a permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, arguing that capacity to ship 54 million metric tons of coal per year out

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News

Shell v.Skagit

Court rules the public is entitled to more information about oil train transport

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“Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.”
—Abraham Lincoln

Shell Oil didn’t get far last week in its effort to head off a study of Bakken oil transport in the Skagit Valley. Its lawsuit rolled backward down a legal slope, like the unattended oil train that blew up in Quebec in 2013.

Nobody got hurt when the rhetorical brakes failed in Skagit County Superior Court last week. The world’s second-biggest oil company (or biggest, depending on how you measure it)

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Words

The Great Symmetry

James Wells’ novel of knowledge screaming to be free

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The most compelling speculative fiction comments on the present day.

James Wells says the seeds of his novel of a dystopian future were long germinating, but the soil required something more to bring it all to vivid life. And that ingredient was fertilizer of the most pungent variety—modern corporate excess, the despair of the faceless, grinding oligarchs rising as monoliths in our world today, and the chance—by no means certain, and therein lies the drama—that small acts of curiosity

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Food

Over Easy

Sweet and savory in Sunnyland

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It’s great to see a new restaurant packed with happy customers, and that was certainly the case this past Mother’s Day when my family and I popped into Over Easy, the new breakfast and brunch eatery in Bellingham’s Sunnyland neighborhood, next to Trader Joe’s.

Proprietors Jamie and Colleen Bohnett were run off their feet by the steady influx of hungry diners ready to celebrate the women in their lives. But their kitchen and staff were in peak form, delivering a great selection of sweet and

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On Stage

Bard on the Beach

All Shakespeare, all the time

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I’m quite certain William Shakespeare would have approved of the birthday party I hosted for myself a few nights ago.

The evening’s festivities featured a few costumes, a spread including grilled meat and intoxicating spirits, the telling of many stories, dancing, gift-giving, pie-eating, the sharing of epic poems and—after a couple shots of Jose Cuervo—a recitation of the final lines of the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, courtesy of yours truly.

While wearing a celebratory

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Visual

Art in the City

The pop-up particulars

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If you find yourself at the intersection of Bellingham’s Cornwall Avenue and Holly Street in the next couple of weeks, take a short stroll and don’t stop until you’ve passed the Greenhouse, Café Akroteri, and India Grill. If you come to Eva Salon, you’ve gone too far.

Perhaps I should be more specific about what exactly you’ll be on the lookout for. For at least a little while longer, the space at 1213 Cornwall Avenue that was formerly a dance studio—but has been empty for the

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Film

Iris

Style for miles

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Iris Apfel isn’t exactly a household name, unless we’re talking about very stylish households. From 1950 to 1992, Apfel ran Old World Weavers, the business she cofounded with her husband, Carl, which faithfully re-created antique textiles for use in home decorating. From grand Park Avenue drapes to demure White House settees, the duo’s historically accurate fabrics made their way into any number of upper-crusty redecorating schemes. But today Apfel, 93, is less well known for dressing interiors

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Music

Lawnstock

Pull up a patch of grass

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Once upon a time, not so long ago, Western Washington University, under the auspices of Associated Students Productions (or ASP Pop Music as it was once known before being incorporated under the AS Productions umbrella), was responsible for bringing bands and musicians to campus for the entertainment of the student body.

This was an arrangement with benefits beyond the confines of the WWU campus, as, thanks to the miracle of plentiful university funding, AS Productions was able to book bigger

Continue Reading »

Outdoors

Take Me to the River

The subtle pleasures of the Samish

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My friend Jesse really likes rivers.

Jesse has been a fisherman, rafting guide and all-around river bum for many years. We go way back: I have known him since he was five years old. So when he offered to take me on a paddle on the tiny Samish River, I said yes without hesitation.

We drove down through the vibrant green fields and marshes of the Skagit Valley near Edison and pulled over near an unmarked bridge. The spot was obscure—that’s the way Jesse likes it. We carried his canoe down

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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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Final Spring Rep Shows: A Spring Rep series concludes this week with showings of Best of Brass Monkey at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Additionally, there'll be a "Jazz Jam and Poetry Slam" at 10pm Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. more »

Honk! The Musical: Squalicum High School's drama department finishes up its season with performances of Honk! The Musical at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, at the school's Forum Theater, 3773 E. McLeod Rd. Tickets to the family-friendly adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling are $5-$10. more »

Book Talk: Librarian Katie Bray leads a bimonthly "Book Talk" at 1pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Participants can share their favorite titles, make selections, get reading ideas and hear more about great new books. more »

Urban Kickball League: Take part in Downtown Bellingham Partnership's "Throwback Thursdays" Urban Kickball League by showing up to support the teams from 5:30-7:30pm every Thursday at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. The spring league will conclude with a family-friendly Final League Tournament from 11am-4pm Sat., June 13. A summer league is also in the works. more »

Native Plant Walk: Join the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for a free "Downtown Plants" Native Plant Walk starting at 6pm at the Environmental Learning Center, 514 W. Holly St. Attendees will follow the Native Plant Teaching Trail in Maritime Heritage Park along Whatcom Creek and learn about the plants, their names, and uses in native Salish tradition. The walk will be led by anthropologist Allan Richardson. No registration is necessary. more »

Tribute Concert: The Mount Vernon High School instrumental music department celebrates our country's troops at a Tribute Concert at 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $4-$8. more »

Montego’s Tale: Bellingham-based author Jack Shaughnessy reads from Montego's Tale (about his friendship with a horse) and Puzzle Pieces on the Path (a random collection of personal musings, memories, observations and imaginings) at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. 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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