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Spooky Snacking

Night of the dried corn

Monday, October 18, 2021

Halloween, more than almost any other holiday, is about fun. Unlike Christmas, Easter, Mother’s or Father’s days, all of which involve a certain amount of stress and sacrifice. Thanksgiving is fun, but it’s a ton of work. Halloween is a lot of play, nearly unmatched in its unbridled hedonism. It’s like New Year’s, but with corn syrup instead of booze.

It began with the Gaelic festival Samhain, which celebrated the end of harvest, while ushering in the dark half of the year.…

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Keeping the Beat

Bellingham Music Club’s lasting legacy

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

If there is anything Bellingham Music Club members have learned in the many decades since their first meeting took place on Feb. 22, 1916 at the home of New England Conservatory-trained pianist Mrs. C.X. Larrabee, it’s that adaptation is key to their survival.

When Larrabee founded the BMC with fellow violinist and lauded conductor Mme. Mary Davenport-Engberg—who had also founded the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra six years earlier—it was with the belief that making music acts as a…

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Make Waves

Get witchy on the water

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Before battening down the hatches and securing its impressive fleet of human- and wind-powered watercraft for the season, the Community Boating Center still has a few tricks—and also some treats—up its sleeves.

First up, the Fairhaven-based nonprofit with the goal “to foster small-watercraft education, access, safe recreation, and marine stewardship on Bellingham Bay” will hew to the stewardship part of its mission by hosting a beach cleanup Sat., Oct. 23 as part of World Make a…

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On Stage


I scream, you scream

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Even though I’ve spent the entirety of the pandemic in close proximity to my boyfriend, I’m still apt to scream at the tippy top of my lungs when he sidles up behind me while I’m doing the dishes or engaged in some other mundane household task. And although I mentally prepare myself for the fact that he’s known to appear out of nowhere—sort of like a bearded, grinning ghost—he often manages to catch me in the precise moment when I’ve let my guard down.

Truth be told, though, there’s…

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Follow the Money

FOLLOW THE MONEY: That enormous campaign war chest of the Whatcom County Republican Party appears to have evaporated—if it existed at all—according to a complaint filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission, the watchdog agency tasked with keeping money transparent in local…

Alan Rhodes
The Good, the Bad, the Ridiculous

Our local election is coming up and (no surprise here) I have an opinion or two. I don’t have enough print space to cover every contest, so I’ll mention just a few that I find especially interesting.

Whatcom County Council, At-Large Position A.

Challenger Kamal Bhachu—a Trump…

Rumor Has It
Set the Stage

“Are you going to Wilco at the Baker?”

Never has a question fed my soul more than that one. After they had to cancel their March 2020 tour due to the pre-vaccine ravages of COVID, Wilco finally made their way to the Mount Baker Theatre.

And it felt like a Real Event in the same way that…

Giving voice to the unheard

I am writing to share my endorsement of Eve Smason-Marcus for Bellingham City Council and I encourage you to join me in voting for her. I ask that you reflect deeply on the change you want to…

Working hard for Bellingham

Michael Lilliquist is a hard-working and committed City Council member who represents our city extremely well. He is responsive to requests from the community, he does his research to educate…

Excellent street cred

Please join me in voting for Eve Smason-Marcus for Bellingham City Council Ward 6.
Eve has reached out to many residents to hear their concerns and offer creative solutions. I have known Eve…

Today's Events
Whatcom Housing Week


Register for a series of free virtual events meant to build awareness and support innovative housing solutions to create safe, equitable and affordable homes for everyone as part of Whatcom…

Dine Out for Peace


In honor of Conflict Resolution Month, more than 20 local restaurants, brewpubs and coffee houses will take part in Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s “Dine Out for Peace” fundraiser through…

Harvest Happens


Choose from 22 varieties of apples located on 62 acres at U-pick events taking place from 10am-5pm Wednesdays through Sundays through October 31 at Bellewood Farms, 6140 Guide Meridian. On…

Paintings of My Life at Gallery Syre


View Beth Anna Margolis’ “Paintings of My Life” from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through Feb. 23 at Gallery Syre, 465 W. Stuart Rd. The show features a selection of more than 60 works…

The Red Chador


See Anida Yoeu Ali’s “The Red Chador: Genesis 1” from 10am-4pm Mon.-Fri., and 10am-4pm Saturdays through Nov. 20 at the Western Gallery on Western Washington University’s campus.…

Future Artifacts at MoNA


“Future Artifacts” shows from 10am-5pm daily through Nov. 14 in La Conner at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St. The exhibit features work by Lummi Nation glass artist Dan Friday,…

Whatcom Art Market featuring Rich Cavnar


Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm daily at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St. Works by abstract photographer Rich Cavnar will be featured through Oct. 24.

Fall Exhibits at Jansen Art Center


View a “Fall Juried Show” in Lynden from 11am-7pm Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 11am-5pm Fridays and Saturdays at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Also on display are “From Then ‘Til…

Rat City Studios at Good Earth Pottery


Check out an exhibit of works by the Rat City Studios crew past and present from 11am-5pm daily through Saturdays, and 11am-4pm Sundays through October at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave.

Mindport Exhibits


One-hour reservation slots are now open for household groups or pods of up to 10 people from 11am-6pm Tuesdays through Saturdays at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. In the months they were…

Small Art Works Juried Art Show


Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild’s “Small Art Works” regional juried art show can be viewed from 11am-5pm Wednesdays through Saturdays through Jan. 13 at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW. An…

Studio Conversations


“Studio Conversations: Short Stories,” an exhibit of new works by Anita Lehmann, can be viewed from 11am-6pm daily (except Tuesdays) through October in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson…

Keith Sorenson at Scott Milo


Oil paintings by Keith Sorenson will be featured from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 30 at the Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave. Also showing are a new series of…

Fleeting Faces


View “Fleeting Faces” from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 30 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The exhibit includes a variety of interesting and unique pieces from Frank…

El Zodíaco Familiar and more at Whatcom Museum


View “El Zodíaco Familiar,” “All Dressed Up,” a “Whatcom Artist Studio Tour 2021 Showcase” and “People of the Sea and Cedar” from 12pm-5pm Thursdays through Sundays at Whatcom Museum’s…

Good, Bad, Hellingham


Catch the Upfront Theatre’s long-running show “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” at 7:30pm Thursday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St. At 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and…

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


Watch the final showings of a comedic two-actor take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the…

Shakedown Live Music Lineup


Vandoliers, Vendovi, and Rob Leines perform at 8pm Thurs., Oct. 21 at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. The show will be followed by a number of other upcoming gigs—including the Stillvettas,…

Fall Book Sale


Attend an annual Fall Book Sale from 9am-6pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, and 1pm-5pm Sunday at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Browse a great selection of fall and winter reads, and show up on…

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,…

The Backstory


Take in the works of 16 innovative artists with intriguing stories by viewing “The Backstory” from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through Nov. 14. Masks will be required inside. 4:30pm-7pm…

Stone & Light


Portland-based painter Jef Gunn’s “Stone & Light” exhibit of oil and encaustic works can be viewed from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 31 in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains…

Fluid Reflections


“Fluid Reflections,” an exhibit spotlighting new oil landscapes by painter Lisa McShane, can be seen from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through October in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery,…

Harvest Time at Tulip Town


Celebrate the season at “The Harvest at Tulip Town” from 2pm-7pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at Tulip Town, 15002 Bradshaw Rd. Hay rides, a corn maze,…

Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk


Attend the Fourth Friday Art Walk taking place from 5pm-8pm at galleries and venues throughout historic Fairhaven. Meet artists, see demos, enjoy entertainment and celebrate local creative…

Scream Fair


“Nightmare at the Museum” will be the theme of an annual Scream Fair haunted house starting this weekend from 7pm-10pm Friday and Saturday in Lynden at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds,…

Poetic Trio


Western Washington University professor Jane Wong will read from her new poetry collection, How to Not Be Afraid of Everything, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. She’ll be joined by…

No exit


Jean Paul Sarte’s existential play No Exit opens this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University DUG Theater at the Performing…

Circus of Doom


Bellingham Circus Guild revives its annual Halloween show, “Circus of Doom,” starting this week with showings at 8pm Friday, 6pm and 9pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at Fairhaven’s Cirque Lab,…