Reporting from the heart of Cascadia

Visual

Underwater

Submerged and subversive

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Western Washington University, Cynthia Camlin continues an active artistic output. Her works on view through June 27 at Perry and Carlson Gallery on First Street in Mount Vernon combine landscape and abstraction, experimental and traditional techniques to express outrage at racist terrorism from slavery times to the 20th century.

Camlin’s “Swamp/Garden” exhibit employs drawing, painting and cutouts on panel, over-painted with green Flashe…

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On Stage

Bellingham Entertainment

Bringing comedy back to the community

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Cecilee and Nathan Romano didn’t need to swipe right when it came to finding their perfect match. The duo (pictured) first noticed each other when they were both involved in various aspects of the now-closed Upfront Theatre, and nearly 10 years later they’re still making each other laugh. We caught up with the couple recently to find out more about Bellingham Entertainment, the production company they started during the dark days of the pandemic.

Cascadia Weekly: How and when did the…

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Food

Familial Feasts

Pop-up picnics

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

When the summer solstice coincides with Father’s Day—as it does this Sunday, June 20—it’s a clear sign from the universe that the important men in your life deserve a day of celebration. Throw in a warm-weather forecast with nary a drop of rain in sight, and the odds for a successful open-air outing are amplified. Following are a few suggestions of places to host a “pop”-up picnic.

In past years, my boyfriend and I discovered that packing a lunch and heading to Zuanich Point Park to…

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Words

Crying in H Mart

An unflinching memoir about love and grief

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Michelle Zauner, the indie rock sensation who records as Japanese Breakfast, was only 25 years old when she lost her mother to cancer. Her mother, Chongmi, was 56 when she died. “It was the year her life ended and mine fell apart,” Zauner states.

In the aftermath of the loss, Zauner published a New Yorker essay entitled “Crying in H Mart” that went viral; this 2018 essay forms the basis for the first chapter of her new memoir by the same name. In it, Zauner explores her…

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The Gristle
Crisis In Court

CRISIS IN COURT: Whatever details may emerge from the City of Bellingham’s independent investigation, Bellingham Municipal Court Judge Debra Lev appears to have lost control of the administration of her court. Municipal court employees walked off the job in late May—charging violations…

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The threat of adjudication

My name is Hans Wolfisberg and I own and operate an organic dairy farm outside Lynden along the Nooksack River. The river is the lifeblood of my farm’s sustainable grazing practices, providing the necessary irrigation water during the hot summer months in order to maintain the certified…

Rumor Has It
Shots fired

I’ve been wondering how events such as the Subdued Stringband Jamboree were going to host events predicated on having large numbers of people gather in our COVID reality—and now we have an answer.

Before we get into Stringband’s 2021 policies and procedures, I feel it important to make it…

Letters
Property owners have rights, too

Governor Jay Inslee’s eviction moratorium is frightening in its overreach of power, and allows no recourse for landlords to seek adjudication.

I’m one of the mom-and-pop landlords. I own…

A legal framework for water use

Time is running out. Summer flows throughout the Nooksack River basin are far below what is needed to restore and maintain healthy salmon and other wildlife. And flows are certain to decline…

People first

Many of you may have noticed the beautiful artwork by local artist Phoebe Wahl adorning the People First Bellingham Ballot Initiatives yard signs scattered about in our city. The serendipity…

Today's Events
Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

An Artist's Universe at Hotel Bellwether

9:00am

View painter and mixed-media master David Syre’s latest installation, “An Artist’s Universe,” hanging throughout the corridors, lobby and dining room of Hotel Bellwether and the Lighthouse…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

Unmasked WACK Exhibit

11:00am

“Unmasked: Imagining New Beginnings” will show from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays June 4-26 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The exhibit features two-dimensional ceramic art from…

An Artist's Universe at Hotel Bellwether

9:00am

View painter and mixed-media master David Syre’s latest installation, “An Artist’s Universe,” hanging throughout the corridors, lobby and dining room of Hotel Bellwether and the Lighthouse…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

Unmasked WACK Exhibit

11:00am

“Unmasked: Imagining New Beginnings” will show from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays June 4-26 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The exhibit features two-dimensional ceramic art from…

An Artist's Universe at Hotel Bellwether

9:00am

View painter and mixed-media master David Syre’s latest installation, “An Artist’s Universe,” hanging throughout the corridors, lobby and dining room of Hotel Bellwether and the Lighthouse…

Vast Exhibit

10:00am

View the rotating landscape show “Vast” from 10am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through June 27 in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. As pieces from the multi-artist show sell,…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

Julie Paschkis at i.e.

11:00am

View new works by Seattle artist Julie Paschkis from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through June 27 in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The pieces combine gouache, ink, cut paper,…

Spring Has Sprung Exhibit

11:00am

See works by 16 regional artists at a “Spring Has Sprung” exhibit from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays (and by appointment) through June 27 on Camano Island at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and…

Twin Sisters Farmers Markets

9:00am

From 9am-3pm, stop by the Twin Sisters Farmers Market’s Nugents Corner Market in the parking lot of the Bluebird Building, 3833 Mt. Baker Hwy. From 10am-3pm, the Kendall Market will take…

Lummi Island Saturday Market

10:00am

Stop by the Lummi Island Saturday Market from 10am-1pm in the field next to the Islander Grocery, 2106 S. Nugent Rd. The market will feature produce, art and good works from island nonprofits…

Concrete Saturday Market

10:00am

The Concrete Saturday Market takes place from 10am-1pm at the Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad Ave. The longtime event continues Saturdays through Sept. 4. COVID-19 protocols will be…

Origins and Evolutions Farewell

11:00am

For the final week, see “Origins and Evolutions: Five Generations” from 11am-4pm Tuesday through Thursday, and 11am-4pm Sat., June 26 at Gallery Syre, 465 Stuart Rd. The show gathers together…

Mary Bly in Conversation with Meg Tilly

12:00pm

From 12pm-1pm, tune in for “Mary Bly in Conversation with Meg Tilly” on Zoom. Bly—who has been celebrated as “the thinking woman’s romance writer” in the Washington Post—will share her new…

Rainbow Reads

3:00pm

Students in grades 6-12 can join Whatcom County Library System for virtual “Rainbow Reads” discussions from 3pm-4pm every Wednesday on Zoom. Do you love reading and stories with LGBTQIA+…

An Evening with Stacey Abrams and Cari Champion

4:00pm

Livestream “An Evening with Stacey Abrams and Cari Champion” from 4pm-5pm on Zoom as they discuss the urgency of voter suppression and how to empower citizens to use their power to shape the…

Rachel Michelberg and Cami Ostman

6:00pm

At 6pm, join Village Books for a virtual conversation between Rachel Michelberg and Cami Ostman on Zoom. The two will discuss Michelberg’s new book, Crash: How I Became a Reluctant…

Piano Nights with Paul Klein and Aaron Guest

6:00pm

Pianist Paul Klein plays from 6pm-8pm every Tuesday in the Tap Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. From 6pm-8pm Wednesdays, Aaron Guest takes a turn at the piano. For now, Klein…