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On Stage

Baderson

Beyond Cody Rivers

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

For a glorious spell of time, Bellingham was home base to the Cody Rivers Show. The brilliant sketch comedy duo comprised of Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor not only made audiences laugh uproariously, but their original works also made people think. It’s been five years since the two graced the stage together, but Sept. 20-21 they’ll reunite at the Sylvia Center with other iDiOM Theater actors and alums to present Baderson, an improvised storytelling format designed to bring…

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Words

Deep River

Epic action on the Columbia

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

In his debut novel, Matterhorn, based on his experiences as a Marine in Vietnam, Pacific Northwest author Karl Marlantes established himself as a master of evocative settings and characters developed over time. Deep River, his second novel, is a sprawling family epic set along the mouth of the Columbia River against Washington state’s early logging industry.

Befallen by tragedy and suffering at the hands of Russian imperialism in Finland, Ilmari Koski leaves his homeland to settle in…

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Visual

Wanted

Ed Bereal disturbs the peace

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

At first glance, I thought the six people standing in line by a “Please Enter Here; Have a Nice Day” sign near the entry of the “Wanted: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace” exhibit at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building were patiently waiting their turn to look at the sculpture suspended from the wall in front of them.

Then I noticed that the fellow at the front of the queue, a businessman type holding a large black bag resembling a lunchbox, had his bespectacled head on…

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Film

Reel Truths

An apology from the publisher

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cascadia Weekly has published feature film reviews without permission of their authors. The responsibility for this rests with me, the publisher, and I apologize and am available to those authors for cure.

All feature reviews were bylined and sourced, and our intent was never to deprive or defraud these authors of credit for their work. Cascadia Weekly received no revenue or remit from these reviews, which were offered as service to readers. These were licensed products for which we…

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Food

SeaFeast

A briny blowout

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

An event that promotes itself by sending a human-sized crustacean named Crabby around town to shake its claws and multiple legs at people in order to draw their attention is something I can get behind.

Getting the chance to spot Crabby at Zuanich Point Park and around Squalicum Harbor Sept. 21-22 is of the many reasons I’m excited for the fourth annual Bellingham SeaFeast, but it’s far from the only enticement. The briny blowout that will once again welcome fall and bid farewell to…

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Outdoors

Climate Strike

Student warriors march for climate justice

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Inspired by youth activists like Greta Thunberg, the student school strike movement has grown rapidly around the world. Youth organizers are now calling on adults to join them as allies to address the urgency of the climate crisis. Labor movements, social justice organizations and faith communities are expected to join a series of events alongside student strikers.

On Fri., Sept. 20, youth around the Bellingham area will take to the streets to demand that the government and businesses…

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Music

George Winston

More than a piano man

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

About halfway through what is a fairly extensive bio on pianist George Winston’s website is the line, “George Winston is undeniably a household name.”

Music bios are rife with such claims, but given the length of his music career, albums sold and many achievements, it seems this is more truth than hyperbole.

However, when I was growing up, the musicians who were household names were John, Paul, George, and Ringo, with a little Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye mixed in for good measure…

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The Gristle
Netse Mot

NETSE MOT: Whatcom Water Week (Sept. 14-22) is the annual event designed to raise appreciation of marine and fresh water resources and the important role water plays in our lives. The week’s events are organized by the Whatcom Watershed Information Network (WWIN), a network of…

Amy Goodman
Passing the Torch

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, sailed into New York Harbor last month after an occasionally harrowing, two-week transAtlantic voyage. Greta walks the walk, living her life with as small a carbon footprint as she can. She decided to forgo flying as part of that…

Rumor Has It
News of brews

For a person who can’t drink beer or hard cider, I sure spend a lot of time talking about it. But that’s because there’s always something worthwhile to say.

No, I’m not talking about whatever new brewery or cidery that’s about to open, although I imagine there are probably 10 or…

Letters
Integrity and compassion count

It’s wonderful to care deeply about Bellingham and its future. Add to that 12 years of public service and leadership, a proven record of achievements for social justice, housing…

Climate strike

For many years I have been reading about changes to our amazing planet. I have heard Bill McKibben speak in Fairhaven, and Naomi Klein, in Seattle. I continue to choose to ride my bike, the…

Respond to climate change

There is no more critical issue in today’s world than the climate crisis. 
Countless politicians give lip service to the climate, which—though perhaps better than ignoring it…

Today's Events
Whatcom Water Week

10:00am

Tours of local water and waste water treatment plants, a “Run with the Chums,” self-guided stormwater discovery tours, salmon-sighting with NSEA, coastal cleanups at Locust Beach and…

Whatcom Water Week

10:00am

Whatcom Water Week concludes with Wednesday through Sunday with neighborhood stream tours at Squalicum and Whatcom creeks, a City of Lynden Water Treatment Plant tour, Bellingham Water…

Eat Local Month

10:00am

The annual Eat Local Month continues through September. Upcoming events include a Find the Fork contest happening through the month, SeaFeast (Sept. 21-22), and locally-focused specials at…

Singin' in the Rain, Jr.

7:00pm

View Singin’ in the Rain, Jr. at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday at the auditorium at Ferndale High School, 5630 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets are $8 to see the one-hour version of the…

Tuesdays with Morrie and On Approval

7:30pm

Learn more about a weekly pilgrimage that leads to a class in the meaning of life at showings of Tuesdays with Morrie at 7:30pm Thursday and 2pm Saturday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas…

And Then There Were None

7:30pm

Find out what happens after 10 strangers with wicked pasts and big secrets are summoned to a remote island when Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None continues this weekend at 7:30pm…

Skagit County Garage Sale

9:00am

More than 150 vendors will show and sell their wares at the 27th annual Fall Skagit County Garage Sale taking place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday at Mount Vernon’s Skagit County…

Wild Things

9:30am

Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30am-11am every Friday in September at Whatcom Falls Park (Scudder Pond). Please…

Whatcomics Call for Art

10:00am

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to submit their artwork for consideration for publication in Whatcomics, an annual teen art book, through Oct. 31. The rules are simple: submit original…

Voter Registration Event

11:00am

The League of Women Voters will host a Voter Registration event from 11am-1pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The nonpartisan group will register…

Books and Bites

1:00pm

Bring your lunch if you’d like and join a monthly “Books and Bites” group to discuss Leif Whittaker’s My Old Man and the Mountain from 1pm-2:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St.  Read the…

Ferndale Farmers Market

2:00pm

Find fare from local farmers and artisans at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 2pm-6pm Fridays through Oct. 11 at a new locale next to the Grocery Outlet, 1750 LaBounty Dr.

Whatcom Museum Tag Sale

5:00pm

Beat the crowds for the 14th annual Tag Sale by purchasing tickets for a Preview Party happening from 5pm-7pm Friday at Whatcom Museum’s Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St.  Tickets are…

Open Mic Night

6:00pm

All levels and forms of artistic expression are welcome at an all-ages Open Mic Night taking place from 6pm-8pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Performers can sign up at the door.

Family Story Night

6:00pm

Bellingham Storyteller’s Guild members will lead an hour of coaching and an introduction to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will commence.…

The Cody Rivers Show presents Baderson

6:30pm

The Cody Rivers Show presents Baderson at 6:30pm and 8:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. In addition to Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor, the show…

Sin & Gin Tours

7:00pm

Through September 21, costumed guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history at Good Time Girls’ “Sin & Gin” tours at 7pm Fridays at Saturdays in…

Trivia Night Fundraiser

7:00pm

Dinner, beverages and a silent auction will be part of a Trivia Night fundraiser starting at 7pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $50.

Downriver

7:00pm

As part of the Nature of Writing series, award-winning journalist Heather Hansman will share ideas from Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.…

Edgar Allan

7:30pm

The Coldharts present their original two-person musical, Edgar Allan, for one night only at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The dark comedy follows a…

Godlike

7:30pm

Experience a modern twist on ancient legends when Godlike opens this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. In the…

Miss Fitts

8:00pm

The duo Figmentally presents the theatrical circus comedy Miss Fitts at 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. The shows combining…

Improv Evolution

9:00pm

What is the next step in performance improvisation? Find out during showings of “Improv Evolution” at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $12.