Reporting from the heart of Cascadia

Visual

Seeds of Culture

Every picture tells a story

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

At the edge of Tulalip Bay, Darkfeather Ancheta and her sister and young nephew are dressed in traditional regalia, preparing for their tribe’s annual Canoe Journey. In Port Gamble S’klallam, Senior Miss S’klallam Days Princess Karleigh Gomez wears a woven crown and a sash that is barely visible under her long hair, her gaze steely and strong. And on the shores of Lummi Nation, Indigenous sports icon Temryss Lane cups her pregnant belly in her hands as she looks out at her home waters.…

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Film

Double Features

Drive-ins and dinosaurs

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Last summer, Western Washington University teamed up with Bellingham’s Pickford Film Center to turn the school’s Lincoln Creek Park and Ride into a temporary drive-in movie theater. Offering people a safe reprieve from their pandemic existence—where film-watching tends to take place at home, not parked in a car in front of a giant screen—the double features included Jurassic Park and the horror film Get Out! on one night, and Men in Black and The Matrix the following weekend.

Not…

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News

The Red Road

Lummi totem pole journey begins

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The national journey begins.

Later this summer, the House of Tears Carvers of Lummi Nation will begin the Red Road to DC Totem Pole Journey, a trek across the nation to transport a 24-foot totem pole to Washington, D.C. Along the way, the cross-country trip will highlight sacred sites across the United States that are at risk. The pole will be presented to President Joe Biden and will be featured at the Smithsonian this fall.

First, however, the totem pole will be blessed by the…

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On Stage

Myth Makers

The Priestess of the Witch Goddess

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

For the first time in more than a year, a limited number of audience members will be in attendance for an iDiOM Theater premiere at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. The news is something that has The Priestess of the Witch Goddess playwright and co-director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao looking toward the future.

Even though the available seats for his latest Greek mythology adaptation opening Fri., May 14 will be doled out to actors, volunteers, season pass holders and donors who have…

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Music

Music Missives

Sounds of the street

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Last week, shortly after announcing they’d give a free beer to those who showed up to get a shot of the Pfizer vaccine during a two-day pop-up clinic at Boundary Bay Brewery, the community staple on Railroad Avenue had another big announcement to make. After a long hiatus, they would be stepping back into the live music arena by hosting a Mother’s Day brunch concert with Cayley Schmid and Clea Johnson of Giants’ Causeway on the beer garden stage in “Bellingham’s Backyard.”

After…

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Food

Food Fighters

Solidarity, not charity

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

In the Weekly’s most recent online issue, I wrote about how people could become “hunger heroes” for the Foothills Food Bank simply by donating $5-$15 per month to help the recently relocated nonprofit feed the approximately 200 households it makes nutritious food available to on a regular basis, as well as expanding its programs to include more weekly distribution points, nutrition and cooking classes, and community meals.

A few days ago, a Facebook post by the Community Food Co-op…

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The Gristle
Grand Slam

GRAND SLAM: For whale watchers, a “Grand Slam” refers to sighting four unique species of whales during a single outing. The Pacific Whale Watch Association reported that, on Mother’s Day, at least two professional whale watching companies each hit a “Grand Slam”—sighting a minke…

Alex Ramel
Housing Policy

Housing is the biggest item in most of our household budgets, so when housing is too expensive, it’s a big problem for a lot of people. In Washington, construction of homes for low- and moderate-income households hasn’t kept pace with demand for years. So more people are competing for…

Rumor Has It
Bits and Pieces

For more than a year, there hasn’t been a lot of music news to write about, and of the news that existed, a lot of it wasn’t good. I’m sure the full measure of the fallout from the year-plus COVID shutdown for music venues and the musicians, staff and constellation of industries that rely…

Letters
Connect the dots

When the pandemic began and lockdowns were ordered, many of us were energized to do our part to keep the coronavirus from spreading. Over time, some were drained of their motivation, becoming…

Vaccine encouragement

We are now nearly 15 months into dealing with and responding to the COVID pandemic. I am as anxious to move on as anyone but remain cautious as we continue to see case loads rise to high…

Hazard pay for grocery workers

The Bellingham City Council voted 5-to-2 last week to mandate $4 per hour hazard pay for frontline workers at large grocery store chains in the city. The ordinance goes into effect in two…

Today's Events
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…

Fragile Ecology

11:00am

Painter Clayton Marsh’s one-man show, “Fragile Ecology: Land. People. Harmonies,” can be seen from 11am-6pm daily through May (closed Tuesdays) in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson Gallery,…

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…

Fragile Ecology

11:00am

Painter Clayton Marsh’s one-man show, “Fragile Ecology: Land. People. Harmonies,” can be seen from 11am-6pm daily through May (closed Tuesdays) in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson Gallery,…

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…

Fragile Ecology

11:00am

Painter Clayton Marsh’s one-man show, “Fragile Ecology: Land. People. Harmonies,” can be seen from 11am-6pm daily through May (closed Tuesdays) in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson Gallery,…

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.

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.

Origins and Evolutions Exhibit

11:00am

“Origins and Evolutions: Five Generations” can be seen from 11am-4pm Tues.-Thurs., and by appointment, at least through May 22 at Gallery Syre, 465 Stuart Rd. The show gathers together…

Spring Into Art

11:00am

View works by Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild members from 11am-5pm Wed.-Sat. in Stanwood at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW. A “Spring Into Art” regional juried art show can be seen through…

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.

Leo Osborne at Scott Milo Gallery

11:00am

Painter and sculptor Leo Osborne’s works will be featured from 11am-5pm Wednesdays through Sundays through May in Anacortes at the Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave. Osborne presents his…

Origins and Evolutions Exhibit

11:00am

“Origins and Evolutions: Five Generations” can be seen from 11am-4pm Tues.-Thurs., and by appointment, at least through May 22 at Gallery Syre, 465 Stuart Rd. The show gathers together…

Irene Dawson at Good Earth Pottery

11:00am

Works by Irene Dawson will be featured from 11am-5pm from 11am-5pm Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays) and 11am-4pm Sundays through May at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. Ten…

Teen Events with WCLS

3:00pm

Students in grades 6 to 12 can sign up for a variety of virtual events through Whatcom County Library System, including “Teen Reads” from 3pm-4pm Wednesdays, “Whatcom Teen Writers” from…

Leo Osborne at Scott Milo Gallery

11:00am

Painter and sculptor Leo Osborne’s works will be featured from 11am-5pm Wednesdays through Sundays through May in Anacortes at the Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave. Osborne presents his…

Origins and Evolutions Exhibit

11:00am

“Origins and Evolutions: Five Generations” can be seen from 11am-4pm Tues.-Thurs., and by appointment, at least through May 22 at Gallery Syre, 465 Stuart Rd. The show gathers together…

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.

Spring Into Art

11:00am

View works by Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild members from 11am-5pm Wed.-Sat. in Stanwood at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW. A “Spring Into Art” regional juried art show can be seen through…

Seeds of Culture at Whatcom Museum

12:00pm

View “Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Voices of Native American Women,” “Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest,” “Jac Trautman: The Specter of the Indigenous,”…

Spring Juried Exhibit and More

12:00pm

A “Spring Juried Exhibit,” “Winter Textile Explorations,” Lisa McShane’s “A Decade of Landscapes,” and Ron Pattern’s “The Seasonal Forest” can be viewed from 12pm-4:30pm Thursdays through…

Cascadia International Women's Film Festival

12:00pm

The fifth annual CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival takes place from May 13-22 online. Twenty-seven films from around the world will bring to light the work of both emerging and…

Food Bank Distribution

1:00pm

Bellingham Food Bank distributes pre-packed food boxes from 1pm-4pm Thursdays at 1175 Jersey St. People can join a car queue and, when it’s their turn, volunteers will offer food boxes…

Bark Steward Party

5:30pm

If your dog loves going to the park, and you want to help take care of local parks and trails with your pooch, show your love by joining Bellingham Parks and Rec for a “Bark Steward Party”…