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Naomi Klein

Half a million people crowded into the streets of mid-town Manhattan over the weekend in a call to action to curb carbon emissions and to protest stalled policy on a climate treaty. Crowds threaded through canyons of stone and steel to the United Nations to protest the sluggishness of world leaders, but on their way they passed through the camp of an even more determined opponent to climate change—Wall Street.

“We been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and

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This Week

The Gristle

Tigers, in a Herd of Cats

TIGERS, IN A HERD OF CATS: Flummoxed, Whatcom County Council last week stepped back from proposals that would place the creation of four special purpose taxing districts in front of north county voters early next year, postponing until later this month any endorsement of watershed improvement districts (WIDs) for the Drayton, Laurel, Sumas, and South Lynden drainage basins. Adding to council’s confusion, it was unclear whether they held much power to steer or brake the creation of these

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Music

Richard Marx

Right here waiting

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Because I am a person of a certain age, I can remember pretty clearly what life was like when ’80s ballads ruled the airwaves.

I’m not talking about the still-bizarre anomaly that was the series of hair-metal love songs—“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Sister Christian” being just two examples—that briefly held us all in their inexplicable grip. Instead, I’m referring to the monster love jams for which the era is also famous, songs like George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,”

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Words

Naomi Klein

Only a reverse shock doctrine can save our world

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Half a million people crowded into the streets of mid-town Manhattan over the weekend in a call to action to curb carbon emissions and to protest stalled policy on a climate treaty. Crowds threaded through canyons of stone and steel to the United Nations to protest the sluggishness of world leaders, but on their way they passed through the camp of an even more determined opponent to climate change—Wall Street.

“We been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and

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Food

Bites at the Border

Peace Arch City Cafe

If you’ve not stopped in at Blaine’s Peace Arch City Café, put this little eatery on your “must-visit” list when you’re next in the area. The charming restaurant has a unique menu, a cozy ambience and wonderful art on its walls, which serve as a small gallery space for local photographers.

Owners John Quimod and Kylie Bestul opened the café’s doors in July 2012, happy to expand into this turn-of-the-century house-converted-to-a-restaurant after they outgrew the Little Red Caboose on

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Outdoors

A Room with a View

Visiting the Hidden Lake Peak Lookout

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Many years ago, I met Fred T. Darvill at the Park Butte Lookout on the southern flanks of Mt. Baker.

Darvill was a legendary figure in the North Cascades, best known for his championing of decommissioned lookout cabins. A member of the Skagit Alpine Club (SAC), Darvill was a force of nature—and his passion for the preservation of these historic structures built in the 1930s to monitor forest fire activity in the northern mountains was unmatched.

The SAC had maintained the Hidden Lake

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Film

The Boxtrolls

A monstrous tale

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There’s a captivating sequence during the end credits of The Boxtrolls that’s more or less a hand-drawn capsule version of the entire story, accompanied by an airy cover of the Pete Seeger hit “Little Boxes” performed by Portland band Loch Lomond. That’s followed by two characters who share an existentialist bent—amusingly voiced by Richard Ayoade and Nick Frost—imagining a world in which their every movement is manipulated by unseen giants, before cameras pan back to show producer

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On Stage

Suddenly Seymour

Welcome to the Little Shop of Horrors

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Conner Peirson has been a behind-the-scenes presence at the Mount Baker Theatre for the last two years, but this week he’ll be front and center at the Mount Baker Theatre Rep’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. We caught up with the 26-year-old Western Washington University graduate to talk about his role in the musical as Seymour Krelborn—a Skid Row floral assistant who inadvertently raises a foul-mouthed, R&B-singing plant with an insatiable passion for human blood.

Cascadia Weekly:

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Visual

A Closer Look

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour turns 20

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Mary Gregg Byrne is well aware of the eye-rolling that often occurs when she tells people she’s a watercolor artist who’s fond of painting flowers.

That said, the longtime painter is unapologetic when it comes to the subject matter of many of her startlingly realistic and beautiful images.

In fact, at a recent presentation featuring a number artists who will be taking part in the upcoming Whatcom Artist Studio Tour (WAST)—which happens Oct. 4-5 and 11-12 at approximately 50 creative

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Film

Love Is Strange

You can’t go home again

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Something wonderful happens in the final minutes of Love Is Strange. A careful, humble examination of a marriage opens up emotionally, thanks in large part to co-writer and director Ira Sachs’ use of a gorgeous lullaby, Chopin’s Berceuse Op. 57 in D-flat major. From the moment a key supporting character at last allows himself to grieve the loss of a loved one, up through the ensuing 11 or 12 exterior shots, photographed on the streets of New York alive with renewal and young love, a good film

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Film

The Equalizer

Get off his lawn

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It’s almost as if the good bad old days of the Cold War are here again in The Equalizer, in which Denzel Washington’s former intelligence op kicks more nasty Russian ass than anyone has onscreen since James Bond. The comparison is not an idle one, since this updating of the fondly remembered late-80s TV show is the most exciting, violent and stylish film of its type in a very long while.

There’s nothing fundamentally new about what Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter

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Today

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Eat Local Month: Local foods, farmers and fishers will be celebrated during Sustainable Connections' "Eat Local Month" at a variety of events happening through September throughout Whatcom County (and beyond). Nineteen participating restaurants will have locally sourced specials, and there'll be a Sept. 13 Farm Tour, an Incognito Dinner by Ciao Thyme, the Bite of Bellingham, an "Eat Local Dinner Theater" with the Community Food Co-op, a food trail trek, a brewers cruise, Bellingham Oktoberfest, and more. See more »

Ancestry Workshop: Learn how to access historical records with the powerful tool Ancestry.com at a workshop at 9am at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. This in-depth class will concentrate on search strategies to get the maximum benefit from your research. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. more »

Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

Starting a Co-op: Deborah Craig and Jo Ann McNerthney lead a "Starting a Co-op #1: Organizing the People Power" workshop from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. This is the first in a series of three classes designed to support the creation of co-ops in Whatcom County. Entry is $5. more »

Square Dance: Rainbow Squares will present beginning square dance lessons from 7-9pm at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is necessary. Admission is free for the first two lessons, $5 afterwards. more »

Intro to Ireland: Fiddle player Cayley Schmid and percussionist David Pender Lofgren will lead an all-ages "Introduction to Irish Music and Dance" at 7pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. At 8pm, Irish dancer and teacher Norah McLaughlin will teach a workshop on the basics of traditional Irish dance. Entry is free. more »

If Not For This: Celebrated Pacific Northwest author Pete Fromm (As Cool As I Am) reads from his new book of fiction, If Not For This, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is free. more »

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