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Meet the Beast

It rises 355 feet high, like a football field stood on end that keeps going. From front to back its sprawling platform spans 400 feet, held up by eight giant iron legs, four to a side, thicker than bridge supports. A white derrick rises from the middle like an elongated eye; or a raised middle finger. With a little imagination, it could be an erector-set nightmare created by a comic book villain, or an oversized “transformer” character.

It’s an arctic drilling rig, which its operators,

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This Week

The Gristle

Double-Jointed, Still Clumsy

DOUBLE-JOINTED, STILL CLUMSY: Bellingham City Council sat through two joint meetings with other governmental entities last week. The first convened the annual meeting of the Joint Councils responsible for the Lake Whatcom Cooperative Management Program to update the work plan for the reservoir and watershed through the end of this decade. The second convened a smaller subset of City Council, its planning committee, who met with appointed members of the Bellingham Planning Commission to

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Music

Adventures Festival

Music at the margins

It is very easy to tout both the quality and quantity of music to be found in Bellingham—indeed, I do it often, and I’m far from the only one. How nice then, that our bragging is backed up by the hard fact that, most nights a week, a stroll from stem to stern can involve encountering a variety of music disparate enough to only be united by geography.

That said, while Bellingham’s prevalent genres might differ from each other, sometimes wildly, there are not as many of them in regular

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News

Meet the Beast

Activists raft up to protest Shell oil rigs

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It rises 355 feet high, like a football field stood on end that keeps going. From front to back its sprawling platform spans 400 feet, held up by eight giant iron legs, four to a side, thicker than bridge supports. A white derrick rises from the middle like an elongated eye; or a raised middle finger. With a little imagination, it could be an erector-set nightmare created by a comic book villain, or an oversized “transformer” character.

It’s an arctic drilling rig, which its operators,

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Outdoors

Sea Lion Safari

Majestic mammals make a comeback

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We’re just a half-hour boat ride from Steveston Harbor in Richmond, BC when we see the first few 750-pound California sea lions basking languidly on the breakwater boulders of the Fraser River’s South Arm.

The mammals spread their gleaming bodies over the rocks, fully engaged in repose and utterly unperturbed that our boat is idling just 25 feet away from them.

“They may look like they’re sunning themselves,” Captain Bruce Livingston, owner of Steveston EcoTours, says. “But

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Words

Bellweather Rhapsody

Moonrise Kingdom meets The Shining

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A friend from book club recently remarked that most of the books we have read in the past year have some sort of plot line involving World War II, so when someone suggested we read Bellweather Rhapsody—a book about child prodigies attending a music camp in a ramshackle hotel in the Catskills—we quickly latched onto it. 

Author Kate Racculia did not disappoint, with a zany, odd, highly entertaining tale that comes across as a written equivalent of a Wes Anderson movie—think Moonrise

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On Stage

Sir Edwards Tourney

Getting medieval in the modern age

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By day, Ravyn Schmidt runs a small graphic design business with her husband, gardens and occasionally rescues reptiles.

In her off time, however, Schmidt can often be found taking on the persona of Jadwiga Radomyskowa, a lesser noble living in Rodom, Poland in the year 1569.

Among other things, Radomyskowa is married to a Hussar (a cavalry soldier) and enjoys reading, painting and running her husband’s village when he’s off at war.

As members of the Whatcom County chapter of the Society

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Visual

Say Yes to the Dress

Not your average wedding wear

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In the span of time that many spring brides have been freaking out about finding the perfect wedding dress and planning their upcoming nuptials, 30 teams of fabric artists have been hard at work doing something a little different with the white gowns that typically hearken a walk down the aisle.

While the finished products for the “Upcycle Challenge: Transform a Wedding Dress” are being kept under wraps until a Red Carpet “Show-Off” taking place Fri., May 1 at Ragfinery, organizers say those

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Food

Going Greene

Slices, storms and sustainability

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He Said: When the lady of the house asked me to drive her to Greene’s Corner, she was in luck. Having frequented the establishment for coffee, beer and/or pizza slices on numerous occasions during my brief but illustrious stint as sports/education reporter for the Ferndale Record-Journal a few moons back, I knew exactly how to get there.

“No problemo,” I exclaimed as I fired up the jalopy. “It’s a straight shot up Northwest Avenue to the intersection of West Smith Road, just

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Film

Avengers: Age of Ultron

2015, meet your box-office god

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Three years after saving New York from an alien apocalypse, Marvel’s superhero all-stars once again find the weight of the world—or, at least, an airborne chunk of Eastern Europe—thrust upon their mighty shoulders in Avengers: Age of Ultron, a super-sized spandex soap opera that’s heavy on catastrophic action but surprisingly light on its feet, and rich in the human-scale emotion that can cut even a raging Hulk down to size. Having gotten over the hump of assembling his six main characters

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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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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 »

Heritage Resources Speaker Series: As part of a Heritage Resources Speaker Series, Seattle Times reporter and Western Washington University journalism instructor Ron Judd will explore the history and context surrounding a mid-1930s "Red Scare" in Bellingham and how it potentially impacted the campaign to remove Western Washington College of Education (now WWU) President Charles H. Fisher from office at 4pm at WWU's Wilson Library. Entry is free and open to the public. more »

Cinco de Mayo Run: Attend an all-paces "Cinco de Mayo" Run & Fiesta at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The Brooks-partnered event includes shoe demos, a pinata full of prizes and beverages and refreshments following the 40-minute run. Entry is free. P.S. The wearing of sombreros is encouraged. more »

Mother’s Day Recipes: Sharon Eldridge, owner of the Old Towne Grainery Tea Room & Galleria, will focus on "Mother's Day Tea Recipes" from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Each dish will be paired with the perfect cup of tea and ideas for hosting your own high tea. Entry is $40. more »

Northern Thai: Chef Robert Fong focuses on "Northern Thai" courses from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $45. more »

MVHS Jazz: Come to a final performance in a special series of one of Washington's premier jazz programs when Mount Vernon High School jazz ensembles perform at 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults. All proceeds benefit the MVHS Jazz Program. more »

The Mariachi Divas: The Grammy Award-winning multicultural ensemble known as the Mariachi Divas will make your Cinco de Mayo celebrations complete at a 7:30pm performance at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $20-$45; in case you're wondering, you'll also be able to purchase margaritas at the festive event. more »

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