Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Bellingham SeaFeast

Get an edible education

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

For years, I was a (mostly) strict vegetarian who lived in Idaho.

I say “mostly” because I’d suspend my dietary dictates on my annual sojourn to our family’s cabin on Lummi Island—where we purchased sockeye salmon directly from the reefnetters who caught them, scooped up Dungeness crabs on the beach and in pots dropped in the waters in front of our property, and coaxed clams and the occasional geoduck from the low-tide muck.

I’m not willing to declare that easy access to fresh…

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Working It

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Before opening up the door of her coveted corner space in Fairhaven’s Morgan Block Studios to the public during the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour (WAST), Nancy Canyon admits to getting a little nervous, wondering if her studio looks presentable and if the selection of paintings she’s put aside to sell will tempt patrons of the arts.

Soon enough, though, Canyon gets into the groove of the annual event, which for the past 22 years has put a spotlight on Whatcom County artists for two…

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Handling the truth

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

By now, everyone knows that when I’m not executing my Cascadia Weekly duties, I’m moonlighting as a projectionist at the Pickford Film Center.

While the Pickford is currently offering its customary selection of top-notch indie movies, behind the scenes, all conversation revolves around a single topic: Doctober. Posters have been hung, documentaries are being delivered to the theater on the daily and stores of popcorn seeds and nutritional yeast are being accumulated. The staff is…

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On Stage

Election Selections

Broadway Takes on Politics

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What do the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, Groucho Marx, gangsters, suffragettes, Mamie Eisenhower, an elephant and a donkey have in common?

You’ll find the definitive answer by procuring tickets to Bellingham Music Club’s new cabaret-style musical, Broadway Takes on Politics, which runs Oct. 6-8 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center—just in time to provide some much-needed levity to the shit-show of an election season. 

“We started with 100 Broadway shows with political…

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Peak Experience

Autumn on Winchester Mountain

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The view from the Winchester lookout is sublime.

From this northern vantage point, the great fangs of the North Cascades are revealed in all of their wild grandeur, with the dramatic summit of Goat Mountain rising in the foreground to the east.

To the north, the great Border Peaks are up close and personal—this is perhaps the most dramatic viewpoint of these stupendous mountains. And the hike up from Twin Lakes is short and immensely scenic, with virtually the entire way above the…

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Hilary Franz

Surveying the landscape of Washington state

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This week, if she’s lucky, Hilary Franz may get to summit the Oyster Dome and view the forested trust lands of Blanchard Mountain in autumn. In November, she may become responsible for that expanse and many others as the 14th Commissioner of Public Lands.

As the head of the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the commissioner is responsible for healthy public aquatic reserves, forests, parks and more. The department leases out land to provide money to schools and…

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Cat's Pajamas

A pint-sized protagonist

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

There’s something extremely charming about a miserable, sassy almost-10-year-old bent on living her dream to become a jazz chanteuse. 

In Marie-Helene Bertino’s debut novel, 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pajamas, Madeleine Altimari is no average kid. She’s a potty-mouthed chain smoker, dodging cockroaches in her Philadelphia apartment while her father holes up in his bedroom, nearly catatonic after his wife’s death from cancer. Though Madeleine deeply misses her mom, she has purpose: to…

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Lynden Music Festival

Everybody cut footloose

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shortly after I moved to Bellingham all those millions of years ago, I learned it was widely believed that the movie Footloose was based, in part, on Lynden. If the finer plot point of the ’80s classic aren’t as alive for you as they are for me, allow me to refresh your memory.

In the movie, handsome outsider Ren (Kevin Bacon, at the height of his powers) moves from the big city to a small farm town full of bullies and rubes where dancing is illegal because it causes teenagers to…

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The Gristle
A Stitch In Time

A STITCH IN TIME: The purpose underlying Whatcom County Council’s emergency moratorium came startlingly into focus this week as scores showed up to share with policymakers the pros and cons of permitting new unrefined crude oil and natural gas export projects through Cherry Point.…

Mount Baker Theatre
Ignorance is strength

I am considered a Millennial by most accounts. I have not voted. I have not been much interested in or…

Connecting the dots

Have you ever wondered whether there’s a connection between a 15-year-long war, the corporate quest to control our planet’s resources,…

Hillary must not be ‘Gored’

Berniecrats of today recall the Naderites of 2000. Nader called Al Gore an “environmental impostor” and Republicans described him as…

Swinomish 2016
Today's Events
Eat Local Month


A Farm Fund Hootenanny for the Community Food Co-op’s Food & Farming Program taking place from 6-10pm Sun., Sept. 4 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery will act as the official kickoff…

Whatcom Water Week


Tours of local water and waste water treatment plants, a “Run with the Chums,” a Streams of Thought Film Festival, a social media photo contest, a rainwater irrigation workshop, watershed…

The Music Man


Meet fast-talking salesman Harold Hill when The Music Man continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave.…

The Miracle Worker


Watch the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and mute student, Helen Keller, when The Miracle Worker continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday…

Little Women


A Broadway version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday in Oak Harbor at the Whidbey Playhouse, 730…

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30-11am at Whatcom Falls Park. Suggested donation is $5.

Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival


The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum presents its annual “Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival” from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday at its headquarters and also at Maple Hall and the Civic Garden…

Parkinson's Dance Class


Kuntz and Company’s Pam Kuntz leads a dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement or neurological disorders at 10am Fridays through Nov. 18 at Ballet Bellingham, 1405…

Spanish Storytime


Families interested in hearing stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish can attend “Spanish Storytime” for kids ages 3-5 at 10:30am most Fridays through Dec. 16 at the Lynden Library, 216 4th…

Ferndale Farmers Market


Local vendors and farmers will sell their wares at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 1-6pm every Friday through Oct. 28 at 2007 Cherry St.

Autumn Celebration Dinner


In honor of National Senior Center Month, enjoy a salmon dinner and live entertainment from Tovah and Friends at an Autumn Celebration Dinner starting at 5:30pm at the Bellingham Senior…

Love, Loss and What I Wore


The Bellingham Theatre Guild concludes Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss & What I Wore this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Whatcom Community…



Help figure out whodunnit when the perennially popular improvised murder mystery known as “Hellingham” returns to the stage for 8pm and 10pm shows every Friday and Saturday through October…

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