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What The Funk

Of music and magic

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I’ve known Wild Buffalo owner Craig Jewell long enough to understand that those who underestimate him, do so at their peril. He seems a lot like a really easygoing guy who likes to have the best time possible under any and all circumstances—and he definitely is that—but he’s also capable of engineering miraculous acts, and they seem to happen on a fairly regular basis.

Even so, talking George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic into playing a Sun., March 25 show at the Wild Buffalo…

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West Coast

Green Gold

New offerings from Square One Maps

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

When a beefy, hand-folded envelope from Square One Maps arrived in our mailbox recently, I suspected a special treat of the highest cartographical order had been bestowed upon me.

Happily, my hunch proved to be only partially correct.

Upon opening said correspondence, I was pleased to discover I’d underestimated both the quality and quantity of its contents by a considerable degree.

Square One hadn’t just sent me a single map to review, they’d sent four of them.


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Smoking Crow

The Immortalists

A date with death

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

It’s halfway through a humid summer in 1969 on New York City’s Lower East Side, and the four Gold siblings are restless. There is no air-conditioning in the house, and life seems to be happening to everyone else but them. Kids are getting wasted at Woodstock, there is rioting outside the Stonewall Inn, people are even walking on the moon.

Daniel has heard that a rishika, a fortune-teller, recently moved into the neighborhood. Rumor has it that rather than foretelling what will…

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Smoking Crow

Building Blocks

Slurping into springtime

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring has begun its tantalizingly slow reveal, but winter isn’t quite done with us yet. This means soup can shine for a few weeks longer before it’s time to think about salads.

At the final winter market last week, I found carrots, onion and celery root, which were all I need to make anything into soup. These three ingredients are what you need to make mirepoix (“mere-pwah”), a chopped mixture of aromatic vegetables used as a base for many soups and sauces.

There are many regional…

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Smoking Crow
On Stage

Song and Dance

From Broadway to Bellingham

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thanks to the miracle of flight, it’s possible to leave the Pacific Northwest in the morning and be across the country and on the streets of New York City by the end of the day. In fact, you could be watching a Broadway show by nightfall.

Another option is to reduce your carbon footprint and save many hundreds of dollars by procuring tickets to two big-name shows making their way to the Mount Baker Theatre in the near future. As part of the MBT’s current season, they’re bringing…

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Smoking Crow


Stay out of the gaslight

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

With the word “gaslighting” getting thrown around a lot in our current age of fake-news awareness, to the point where some use it simply as a heated synonym for “lying,” along comes Unsane to remind us of its more elaborately melodramatic origins. It’s tempting to call Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-shot psychothriller a “Gaslight” riff uncannily timed to the #MeToo movement, though that risks giving undue gravitas to what was plainly, and effectively, conceived as a…

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West Coast

Island Insights

Separated From Normal

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

After viewing many of the paintings in “Separated From Normal,” I’m now convinced Trish Harding is is my artistic spirit animal. 

That’s because the exhibit currently on display at Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center as part of the “Healing Through Art” series documents Harding’s teenage years spent living with her family on Lummi Island—which also happens to be the locale where I spent many of my teenage summers and received my first kiss, attempted to smoke driftwood (don’t…

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West Coast
Best of Bellingham
Best Band

The Wednesdays

Music scenes, including ours, have traditionally been boys’ clubs—but the Wednesdays win in this category is a welcome indication of a change that has been a long time in coming. Unabashedly feminist and unapologetically political, the Wednesdays are making music with a message—and people are listening. With a motto of “Dismantling the patriarchy by day, playing basement blues punk by night,” coupled with an electrifying live show, the Wednesdays are making their mark and making it count.

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The Gristle
The Boundaries Between Us

THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN US: Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order outlining a strategy for the recovery of Puget Sound’s crashing resident southern resident orca population and the prized Chinook salmon that nourish them.

“The problems faced by orcas and salmon are human-caused,…

Amy Goodman
‘Bloody Gina’

On Monday, President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by tweet. Despite the scores of administration officials who have been ousted, escorted out or simply left, Trump is still managing to make an indelible mark on the federal government, installing scores of conservative…

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Costs and scale of war

Jimmy Carter was the last president that didn’t take us to war. We’ve been “keeping the peace” for a long time.
According to Miriam Webster’s Dictionary, terrorism is “the…

Our future

I am a 7th grader at Kulshan Middle School and in my science class we have learned about global warming and how it affects society.
Global warming has many negative effects on the Earth. One…

Our safety

Due to the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the national March For Our Lives movement, Bellingham will join the national movement by…

Best Of Skagit
Today's Events
Boynton Poetry Contest


The annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting submissions through March 31. Winning entries are displayed for a year on placards in front of the Bellingham Public Library, and inside…

Daffodil Festival


The fourth annual La Conner Daffodil Festival continues through March 31 in and around La Conner and the Skagit Valley.

World Water Day Beach Cleanup


Celebrate World Water Day by taking part in a Beach Cleanup with Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures and RE Sources from 12-2:30pm at Locust Beach, 3161 Locust Ave. Follow up by sorting the marine…

English Country Dancing


Attend English Country Dancing classes from 1:30-3pm Thursdays at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. No experience or partner is necessary.

Toward Zero Waste Workshop


Join Sustainable Connections for a Toward Zero Waste Workshop focused on “Restaurant Strategies for Safely Donating Prepared Foods” from 1:30-2:30pm at Kombucha Town’s Culture Cafe, 201 E.…

Happy Hour Thursdays


Participating bars and restaurants will offer special happy hour menus as part of Downtown Bellingham Partnership’s “Happy Hour Thursdays” from 4-7pm Thursdays through March in the urban…

Trivia Thursday


Teams of as many as six can win prizes and impress their friends at “Trivia Thursday” events hosted by Aireekah from 5:30-8pm at Trove Coffee, 228 N. Samish Way. Entry fee for each…

Jazz Jam


The Jazz Project’s Jud Sherwood hosts a rotating house trio featuring top-flight local and regional musicians at a Jazz Jam happening from 5:30-8:30pm Thursdays at Illuminati Brewing, 3950…

Jazz Jam


The Jazz Project’s Jud Sherwood hosts a rotating house trio featuring top-flight local and regional musicians at a Jazz Jam happening from 5:30-8:30pm Thursdays at Illuminati Brewing, 3950…

Pub Run


Attend a weekly Pub Run starting at 6pm at BBay Running, 1431 N. State St. The 3- to 5-mile runs are open to all levels and abilities of runners, and BBay ambassadors guide each pace group.…



The unconventional dinner series known as “Incognito” begins at 6pm at the Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. Entry is $82 to the six-course dinner featuring seasonal ingredients that are…

South Fork Exploration


As part of a Project NeighborShare series, learn more aobut exploring the area’s outdoor treasures by attending “Exploring the South Fork” from 6:30-8pm at Deming’s Van Zandt Community Hall,…

Balkan Folk Dancers


The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Dances are taught, and mentoring is available. Suggested donation is $5.

Fitness Forum


Seasoned ultra-runners and Team RunRun coaches Matt Urbanski, Mark Cliggett, and Yvonne Naughton will talk about “How to Crush Your 100-Mile Race” at a Fitness Forum at 7:15pm at Fairhaven…

Crown Jewel Wilderness


Lauren Danner shares the book Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The expansive park celebrates its 50th anniversary this…

Havilah Rand House Concert


Award-winning singer and songwriter Havilah Rand will be joined by cellist Anna Arvan for a “House Concert” at 7:30pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 N. Chuckanut Dr. Expect to hear melodically…

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