Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Opening a Shutter

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

“I wanted to get some of it on film before it was gone,” Darrell Hillaire said simply of the once-mighty sockeye run on the Fraser River.

Runs had been poor for the past several seasons, but signs suggested a stonger cycle had returned. Old hands, strong voices were leaving the fisheries. Their voices, their knowledge of an ancient way needed to be captured before it was lost.

The technical challenges of filmmaking were great for Children of the Setting Sun, the small production…

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Winter Wildcard

Drinking the good herb

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Few methods of coping with winter are superior to sipping a grapefruit martini. Composed of grapefruit, mint, vodka and sugar, it isn’t your typical martini. In fact, by most martini standards, this drink would be disqualified on multiple counts.

The combination packs a bright pizzazz that’s in short supply these days. The grapefruit’s bitterness softens the vodka flavor, while the mint sprinkles the experience with a diverse bouquet of aromatic components, adding a feeling of…

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On Stage

Crowded House

A loaded lineup at the Sylvia Center

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

This coming week, the Sylvia Center for the Arts will fulfill its mission of being a central hub for arts audiences to discover and enjoy a plethora of different entertainment options—and perhaps even find love.

The fun begins Wed., Feb. 19 when the Jazz Center of Bellingham hosts 21-year-old drummer and composer Xavier Lecouturier and his quintet. The American drummer will bring his French and Mexican heritage to the forefront, while still remaining true to the roots of the jazz…

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Collection Conversations

Go global at Whatcom Museum

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

In 1979, Stacey Miller purchased a hat during a four-month overland adventure from Madrid to India. The easily stowed simple cloth skullcap from Istanbul would prove to be a harbinger of things to come.

To date, Miller has collected more than 1,300 pieces of headwear from 42 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. Most of the pieces are from the mid-to-late 20th century, and many are still worn in the locales they originated from, whether…

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Play Dirty

Wild Womxn Week

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

By the time International Women’s Day arrives on the second Sunday of March, it’s possible those taking part in Shifting Gears’ annual Wild Womxn Week will be too exhausted to attend the nonprofit’s “Dirt to Indulgence” after-party at Boundary Bay Brewery’s Mountain Room.

A far more likely scenario is that the preceding week’s jam-packed roster of activities in and around Bellingham will instead serve to invigorate attendees, who are encouraged to embrace their inner divas by donning…

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Gone West

A musical conspiracy

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

No matter how you measure these things, Colbie Caillat is musical royalty. Her lineage might not be as instantly recognizable as a musician who has a last name like Dylan (see also: Bob, Jakob), Iglesias (Julio, Enrique), or Marley (Bob, Ziggy), but don’t let that fool you. Colbie’s father is Ken Caillat, who helped produce Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Tusk, and Mirage, and had a hand in a staggering number of iconic albums.

Whether by nature or nurture—or a bit of both—Colbie…

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Best of Bellingham 2019
Best Neighborhood


The center of the universe has coasted north over the years of our annual Best of Bellingham reader survey—Columbia and Sunnyland neighborhoods feature a vital mix of charming long-established Craftsman homesteads, innovative businesses and artist studios. They’ve taken their share of infill, proving urban densities can make a city come alive. The city’s bike and pedestrian plans have matured in these neighborhoods. They feel centered. And it is not at all a coincidence that so many winners in our Best of Bellingham survey are located here.

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The Gristle
A Mad Triad

A MAD TRIAD: The new axis of alignment on Whatcom County Council was on incandescent display last week as Council considered a contract extension for an educational program on recycling and waste reduction.

Since 2011, the program has been offered to students in local school districts and…

Norman Solomon
Class War

Hell hath no fury like corporate power scorned.

More than ever, Bernie Sanders is public enemy number one for power elites that thrive on economic injustice. The Bernie 2020 campaign is a direct threat to the undemocratic leverage that extremely wealthy individuals and huge corporations…

Rumor Has It
Drink it up

Good golly, Miss Molly, music is everywhere in Bellingham right now. Everywhere. Live music is happening in so many places that I wouldn’t be surprised if it started cropping up at truly unorthodox spots. Banks will start to have shows. Hair salons will host open-mic nights. You’ll go…

Think about the unthinkable

Healthcare 101: Serious illness or accident can happen at any age.
In most states, when a person reaches age 18, they are a legal stranger to their parents. A parent has no more right to…

Motive and means

At the Feb. 11 Whatcom County Council meeting, a new Council member made both a provocative and reckless statement accusing RE Sources of “domestic terrorism.”
Ben Elenbaas used this…

Hailey’s Law

Hailey’s Law was passed in response to a 2007 accident caused by a driver who drove drunk twice in one night. After the first DUI arrest, the driver returned to her parked car and soon…

Today's Events
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest


The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our second annual “Fiction 101” contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and younger) and…

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition


Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published…

Birding for Kids


Skagit Guided Adventures hosts “Birding for Kids” excursions from 2:30pm-4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays through March. Prices vary; transportation and binoculars will be provided. Reservations…

Monday Meander


Join Wild Whatcom for a “Monday Meander” from 9:30am-11:30am at Lake Padden Park, 4882 S. Samish Way.  If you’re curious about our local flora and fauna and would like to taste a licorice…

Teen Art Club


Bring friends and your creativity to inspire new pieces of art at a weekly Teen Art Club meeting taking place from 3pm-4pm at the Blaine Library, 610 Third St. If you love to draw, sketch,…

Open Mic Night


Spanish-language writers and poets—and the general public—are invited to the inaugural Spanish Open Mic Night starting at 6pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Published and unpublished writers…

Cider University


Chris Rylands of Renaissance Orchards in Ferndale will talk about the wonderful world of keeved ciders at a “Cider U” event from 6:30pm-8pm Thousand Acre Cider House, 109 Grand Ave. Fees are…

Mardi Gras Cooking Class


Chef Jesse Otero gets jazzy with the vibrant flavors of New Orleans cuisine at a “Mardi Gras” cooking class taking place from 6:30pm-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Enjoy…

Lake Whatcom


Nefesh Mountain


Acclaimed Jewish bluegrass string band Nefesh Mountain performs at 7pm at Congregation Beth Israel, 751 San Juan Blvd. Tickets are $10-$20 to see the ensemble whose mission is to spread the…



Those looking to share their creative verse as part of the weekly Poetrynight can sign up starting at 6:30pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. Readings begin at 7pm. Entry to the…

Anacortes Book Club


Discuss Robert Dugon’s The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell at 7pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St. All are welcome to join the conversation. Please visit our website or stop by…