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It’s not about the bikes

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Rankling Pam Kuntz isn’t easy.

When I queried the dancer and choreographer about a press release she’d sent regarding Kuntz and Company’s latest community dance piece, Spokes, I noted she’d sent photos of people on bikes and the title evoked them, but she’d ended the missive by saying the show wasn’t about the two-wheeled conveyances.

“The bikes are the frame we are using to explore relationships,” she says. “In the same way that True Grit is not about horses or Star Trek is not…

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Rough Rides

Off the rails

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

If a flat ride through bucolic farmland is what you think of when you picture taking your bicycle on an autumn excursion, it might be time to stop reading.

On the other hand, if what excites you is challenging trails and bringing a sense of adventure to your weekends, it’s not too late to sign up for a couple of events taking place Sat., Oct. 19 that are designed to get your adrenaline flowing and your conveyance dirty.

For those who’d like to join Cascade Cross for its “Woolley…

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Fall Colors

Seasonal sights at River Gallery

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Each spring and fall, River Gallery shows work by dozens of Northwest artists. Even several hundred paintings and three-dimensional pieces do not make this repurposed greenhouse look crowded.

Charlotte Slade Decker, a longtime regular, makes a bold impression with vivid abstract paintings. “Connection” and “Wandering XII” are in freely brushed, transparent acrylic in bright red, blue and yellow. She smiled at my remark that she looks like her art. You can see for yourself when…

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Wine Time

Celebrate the grape

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Due to the abundance of press craft beer gets throughout the Pacific Northwest—and in Bellingham itself—wine aficionados are often forced to take a backseat when it comes to finding events that are designed to celebrate and elevate the grape.

Luckily, a trio of happenings taking place within city limits this week will not only cater to the tastes of those who prefer chardonnay to IPA, but they will also raise money for local causes. So while you’re sipping your way through a world of…

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Climber's Corner

The highs and lows

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

You may have heard that it’s Whatcom County Library System’s 75th anniversary year, and to celebrate we’ve created the Read & Share program featuring Leif Whittaker’s excellent memoir My Old Man and the Mountain

Whittaker is the son of “Big Jim” Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest in 1963. Leif has recreated his father’s historic climb and made it to the peak (twice). Thanks to a grant from the Whatcom County Library Foundation, he’ll be speaking at…

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Jay Farrar and Joe Pug

Points of common interest

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

At the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much overlap between Jay Farrar and Joe Pug other than the fact that they kind of exist under the very broad umbrella of alt-country, and both will perform at the Wild Buffalo in the coming days—Farrar with his band Son Volt on Thurs., Oct. 17 and Pug a few days later on Sun., Oct. 20. But scratch that surface just a tiny bit and some commonalities appear.

Probably chief among the similarities is that underneath the skin of the alt-country…

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Best of Bellingham 2019

Best of Bellingham, Part Two

In days past, we used to cram our Best of Bellingham papers into one issue, thus forcing us to stick to our word counts and not waxing poetic about the establishments our voters chose as their favorites.

Times change, and these days we like to spread the love a little further. Last week, we wrote about the people, places and businesses that earned your votes. This week, we’d like to draw attention to the places you like to be entertained, and the eateries and bars you tend to frequent either before or after hitting the town. While there are plenty of repeat winners, we’re thrilled to welcome some newbies to the Best of Bellingham roster.

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The Gristle
A Working Waterfront?

A WORKING WATERFRONT?: Port of Bellingham Commissioners held a long and ambitious meeting last week, focused in large measure on Squalicum Harbor and the Bellingham central waterfront—including some action on the long comatose Western Crossing Development, the development partnership…

Alan Rhodes
Election Elucidations

Every contest on Whatcom County’s Nov. 5 ballot is important, of course, but I want to focus on three of special concern.

Barker vs. Fleetwood, Bellingham Mayor

On the basis of breadth and depth of experience alone, Seth Fleetwood should be elected mayor of Bellingham. He has served two…

Rumor Has It
Comings and goings:

I don’t play the guitar. But I own one, a vintage Gibson acoustic that sounds great when other people play it. However, no one has been able to play it for a bit because it needs work and I have been waiting for Devin Champlin to open his guitar shop so I can have him get it shipshape…

A working county government

Natalie McClendon, Satpal Sidhu, and Carol Frazey consistently listen respectfully to everyone. They are uniquely dedicated to the collaborative, not combative, framework we need to move us…

An important choice

We’re faced with a very important choice this year in selecting our next County Executive.
If one thinks about this election, not as a popularity contest, but as “hiring” the most…

Experience matters

Our ballots arrive shortly. Whom to vote for Port Commissioner? Many don’t know much about the Port of Bellingham, but the port touches thousands of jobs in Whatcom County. A port’s…

Today's Events
Wishes and Dreams Call for Art


Students in grades 6-13 and college freshmen can submit a two-dimensional artwork inspired by the theme “Wishes and Dreams” through Nov. 20 to Gallery Syre, 465 W. Stuart Rd. This theme is…

Whatcomics Call for Art


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…

Whatcom Housing Week


Presentations from national experts, deep-dive workshops, housing tours, a celebration and much more will be part of the third annual Whatcom Housing Week taking place from Monday through…

Northwest Paella


Chef Jesse Otero focuses on “Northwest Paella” at a class happening from 6:30pm-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. He’ll discuss the ancestral beginnings and development of…



Those looking to share their creative verse as part of the weekly Poetrynight can sign up starting at 6:30pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. Readings begin at 7pm. Entry to the…



A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9pm every Monday at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. The event features approximately 20 standup…