Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Tomato Tabbouleh

Farmer meets blender

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The world has its share of tabbouleh recipes. The bulgur and parsley salad from the Lebanese hill country has made the rounds, finding homes in many cultures, with countless regional variations. And I can improve all of them, as if by magic wand, thanks to a trick I learned from a farmer friend. Thousands of years of culinary evolution is no match for a farmer with a blender, and the creativity to put it to use.

The tabbouleh innovation comes from the heart of tomato season, when the…

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The Buff is Back

Music for the masses

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

If there was ever a doubt that the Wild Buffalo House of Music was back in action, a recent announcement proclaiming the downtown Bellingham venue’s perennially popular Lip Sync Battle would resume on Mon., Aug. 9 and continue every Monday through October erased lingering questions.

Hosted by Wild Buffalo co-owner Craig Jewell and the Magnificent Mariah, the longtime lip-syncing event puts locals in the spotlight when they sign up to perform three songs—two they picked beforehand, and…

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Anacortes Arts Festival

Return to Commercial Avenue

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Last weekend, in advance of the 60th annual Anacortes Arts Festival taking place Aug. 6-8, a number of volunteers helped load in panels and paint the Port Transit Shed Event Center walls white for the “Arts at the Port” exhibit. The smiles on their faces indicated they were happy to be back on the scene after last year’s in-person event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

“Who would have thought something so basic, like decorating an empty transit shed, would feel so good?” volunteer…

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On Stage

Westlot Readers Theater

When the stage is a parking lot

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

On a recent Saturday afternoon, the parking lot at the Bellingham Theatre Guild was buzzing with action. Wannabee thespians had gathered to audition for the inaugural Westlot Readers Theater Series, and even though they were doing so on hot tarmac, they were thrilled to be there. To find out more about the series, we caught up with director Sean Walbeck, who will debut the parking lot plays Sat., July 31 with Qui Nguyen’s oft-produced dramatic comedy, She Kills Monsters.


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The Gristle
‘Free Dirt’

‘FREE DIRT’: The Washington State Department of Transportation is putting the finishing touches on a $31.3 million stream restoration project to improve salmon passage along 2.7 miles of Padden Creek between Padden Lake and Bellingham Bay. The City of Bellingham, meanwhile, has…

On Police Reform

Washington recently enacted a myriad of new “police reform” laws. While law enforcement leadership in Whatcom County supports efforts to enhance training, professionalism, and accountability, as well as to provide treatment alternatives to arrest, the new laws will significantly affect…

Rumor Has It
Happy Days Are Here Again

Things are happening, folks. All kinds of things, all over the place.

It does the heart good.

Before I get into the happenings at hand, I wish to be clear about where I’m at with events re: COVID. I feel very strongly that venues and event planners are free to get down to business as…

Oppose farm workforce bill

A dangerous bill disguised as a path to citizenship for farmworkers may soon be voted on by Congress.
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 would expand the exploitative H-2A…

A nation in decline

The New York Times recently reported on lower life expectancy in the United States.
“It’s hard to imagine a more alarming sign of a society’s well-being than an inability to keep its…

Dumbing down

Bellingham City Council has suspended public comments at meetings. The reason: Lengthy comments about COVID-19 conspiracies led to YouTube suspending a video of a meeting.
While concern about…

Today's Events
Whatcom Art Market featuring Karen Silvernale


Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm daily at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St. Through Aug. 1, Karen Silvernale’s acrylic mixed-media work will be…

Future Artifacts at MoNA


“Future Artifacts” shows from 10am-5pm daily through Oct. 10 in La Conner at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St. The exhibit features work by Lummi Nation glass artist Dan Friday,…

An Artist's Universe at Hotel Bellwether


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…

Celebrate Summer Exhibit


Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild hosts a “Celebrate Summer” juried show from 11am-5pm Wednesdays through Saturdays through Sept. 2 at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW.

Lands Real and Imagined


“Lands Real and Imagined” shows from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through July 31 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. This installment will include landscape-inspired pieces from…

Larry Richmond at Good Earth Pottery


Ceramic baskets by Larry Richmond will be highlighted from 11am-5pm daily through Saturdays, and 11am-4pm Sundays through July at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave.

Cabin Rain Revisited


“Cabin Rain Revisited,” featuring paintings by the late Northwest master William Slater from 1939-2007, shows from 11am-6pm daily (except Tuesdays) through July in Mount Vernon at Perry and…

Quilt Exhibits in La Conner


From 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday, visit La Conner’s Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. Currently on display are “Small Expressions: Handweavers Guild of…

Signature Member Show


Peruse works by NW Pastel Society artists at a “Signature Member Show” from 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday through Aug. 1 in Anacortes at the Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave. More…

Diablo Lake Boat Tours


Seattle City Light and the North Cascades Institute will team up to offer Diablo Lake Boat Tours starting this week with outings aboard the Alice Ross IV at 11:30am and 2:30pm Thursdays…

Fluid Formations and More at Whatcom Museum


View “Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest,” “El Zodíaco Familiar,” “All Dressed Up,” “Silk for Suffragettes and Schoolchildren: The Impact of Kimono on European…

Summer Juried Exhibit and More


A “Summer Juried Exhibit,” Seiko Purdue’s “Kumihimo Wishes: Current Times,” Gregory Kammer’s “New Terrain,” and “Quilting Forward: New Works by the Bellingham Modern Quilt Guild” can be seen…

Community Boating Center Summer Hours


Sign up for summer classes and experiences and book rentals for a dinghy, kayak, keelboat, paddle board or rowboat at the Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave. Summer rental hours are…

Garden Parties at Boundary Bay Brewery


Steve Webb and the Great Mad Swirl perform at a Happy Hour Concert Series taking place every Thursday from 4pm-8pm at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The weekly…

Quilt Museum Porch Sale


Shop a gigantic selection of “fabrics, fibers and fancies” at a Porch Sale taking place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday, and 9am-2pm Sunday in La Conner at the Pacific Northwest Quilt &…

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” community program exploring local trails and parks from 9:30am-11am every Friday. Please bring a simple, healthy snack,…

Jacobson and O'Neill


View works by ceramicist and mixed-media artist Sara Jacobson and sculptor Brian O’Neill from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday through Aug. 1 in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey…

Pilchuck Glass School Show


“The Pilchuck Glass School Show” can be seen from 11am-5pm Friday through Sunday (and by appointment) through Aug. 22 on Camano Island at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345…

Flags and Monuments


Check out award-winning Pacific Northwest artist Sheila Klein’s new exhibit, “Flags and Monuments,” from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through Aug. 1 in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains…

Ferndale Public Market


The Ferndale Public Market takes place from 2pm-6pm in the parking lot of the Ferndale Grocery Outlet, 1750 LaBounty Dr. They’ll be on hand to punctuate the end of your work week with fresh…

Port of Anacortes Summer Concert Series


The Port of Anacortes brings back its free summer concert series starting tonight with a show from the Chris Eger Band and the Powerhouse Horns from 6pm-8pm at Seafarers’ Memorial Park, 601…

Farmtunes with the High Mountain String Band


The High Mountain String Band perform at a revived “Farmtunes” series taking place from 6pm-9pm at Bellewood Farms, 6140 Guide Meridian. The free, family-friendly music series continues with…

LaFever Dream


The up-and-coming acoustic folk/bluegrass trio, the LaFever Dream, will make music from 6:45pm-8:45pm at All That Jazz Boutique Gallery, 1015 Railroad Ave., STE 105.

The Comeback


Watch Hockey Teeth, Northwest Hip Hop Collective, and India Glover with Lilyplayscello perform at a livestream taking place from 7pm-10pm at Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora St. The streamed…

Cory Vincent


“Grunge blues” can be heard when Cory Vincent performs from 8pm-10pm at Thousand Acre Cider House, 109 Grand Ave. Entry is $5-$40 (depending on how many people will be at your table). All…

Afterglow Comedy Hour


Attend a monthly Afterglow Comedy Hour from 9pm-10pm at Stemma Brewing Company, 2039 Moore St. The recipe is simple—add seven comedians, give them one hour to fit in their funny business, and…

Dive-In Movies at the Waterslides


The film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? continues a “Dive-in” Movies at the Waterslides series at 9:30pm in the parking lot of the Birch Bay Waterslides, 4874 Birch Bay Lynden Rd. The series…