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DeWitt and the Dead

Not your typical PI

Monday, April 15, 2019

There’s something really fun and escapist about hard-boiled detective novels, and Sara Gran’s first Claire DeWitt mystery, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, delivers in spades. 

There’s a self-destructive protagonist who may or may not be a reliable narrator. It’s set in a gritty urban environment, this time New Orleans post-Katrina. It’s got lots of slangy dialogue, rampant drug use, and a smattering of sex and violence to keep things edgy. 

It also has some quirks:…

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Alan Doyle
Music

The Firefly Lounge

Happy birthday, baby bar

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

When the Green Frog closed and vacated the State Street space it had inhabited, everyone hoped the next person to occupy the spot would continue to operate it as a music venue. Many of us assumed if that were to happen, the new owner would be someone from our community—or at least that’s what I assumed.

So, when I heard the bar had been taken over by a woman from Olympia who was unknown to us, I confess to being a little wary. However, it was not long before it was revealed that the…

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Alan Doyle
Outdoors

Climate Science

From students to stewards

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Officially, we celebrate our planet Mon., April 22, and many of us will take part in a wide variety of celebrations, work parties and other gatherings intended to reignite our commitment to protecting the natural systems upon which we all depend. These events are fun and can be meaningful ways to introduce children to environmental advocacy. But as that trite phrase suggests, the real work needs to happen every day, not just one day in April.

Before Jay Inslee became the “Climate…

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Alan Doyle
Visual

Trash Talk

Recycle, reuse, create

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Early every April, Allied Arts of Whatcom County reminds the community of the role the arts can play in the sustainability movement via its Recycled Arts Resource Expo (RARE). And although the two-day event merging education and creativity has come and gone, the “ReArt Exhibit” that is the touchstone of the important undertaking remains on display at 1418 Cornwall Avenue through Earth Day and beyond. After you’ve taken in the unique works of the 20-plus artists whose pieces included 75…

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Pick and Go Silver Reef
Food

Pint Party

Bellingham Beer Week

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The fourth annual Beer Olympics happening from 5pm-10pm Fri., April 19 at Kulshan Brewery serves as the official kickoff for this year’s Bellingham Beer Week, but don’t let the title of this particular gathering fool you.

While it’s true 22 teams will compete in eight games for bragging rights and bronze, silver and gold medals during the course of the evening’s festivities—which will also include spectator games, beer specials and fare by the Hot Mess food truck—the spirit of the…

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Pick and Go Silver Reef
Film

Penguins

Introducing Steve

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Disneynature’s Penguins places character, or rather an Adelie penguin who’s quite the character, at the forefront. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson focus on one charismatic male coming of age in the harsh conditions of Antarctica’s spring/summer season as he sets up a nest, finds a mate and fulfills his destiny as a father. With irreverence, charm, sparkling cinematography and a catchy pop soundtrack, this marks the series’ youngest-skewing, most comedic Earth Day…

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Alan Doyle
On Stage

Wester's World

Blue collar comedy in Edison

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

“Rural America Survivor” is one way Davey Wester describes himself on Twitter. Among other things, he also notes he’s a standup comedian based in Hollywood, past Comedy Store regular, and frequent podcast guest.

Onstage, Wester is a little more blunt (OK, a lot more blunt).

“I’m a redneck born with cerebral palsy and people don’t know how to take me,” Wester relates in a YouTube clip from a recent set at Comedy on State. “I hate it when people ask me about cerebral palsy, because I…

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Alan Doyle
Film

High Life

Lost in space

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

It begins in a lush, green garden, but High Life, the quiet, bracing and ultimately moving first English-language film from acclaimed French director Claire Denis, is the antithesis of a creation story. A science-fiction parable of despair, filled with more brutality than kindness and more pessimism than hope, its optimistic title is a sliver of bitter irony.

The garden, bursting with vegetables and shrouded in mist, sits housed inside a shabby spaceship containing Monte (Robert…

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Alan Doyle
Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood

Sunnyland

What makes a great neighborhood? Well, one that is walkable, with tree-lined streets and ample parks, nearby services and entertainment. One that allows people to work from or near their homes. Many artists have moved to Sunnyland for exactly that reason, so they can run a studio out of their home—and that has produced a flourishing local arts community. Sunnyland is a nucleus for many of the favorite haunts and hangouts cited in this year’s reader survey.

That dynamism has a downside, too, and Sunnyland is experiencing some growing pains from its tangy mix of industrial and commercial uses in proximity to family homes. Friends, an outdoor beer garden is a heartbreaking thing to quarrel about! I predict they’ll soon solve those problems, and continue to claim their crown as Bellingham’s favorite neighborhood.
Info: http://www.sunnylandneighborhood.com

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The Gristle
The Raucous Caucus

THE RAUCOUS CAUCUS: The searing folly of water resource planning in Whatcom County came again into focus this month as the state Dept. of Ecology announced the first comment period on a new streamflow rule that will attempt to accommodate rural growth and protect water supply needs for fish…

Amy Goodman
Opioid Crisis

Drug overdoses killed 700,000 people in the United States between 1999 and 2017, and more than two-thirds of those deaths were the result of opioids. Last month, the state of Oklahoma won a landmark $270 million settlement against one of the world’s largest manufacturers of prescription…

Neil Berg
Letters
A progression of judicial imbalance

Our Founding Fathers designed our government to have three equal branches to prevent any branch of government from controlling our nation.
In 1917, the U.S. Senate created the filibuster…

Four legs good, more legs better

It’s very good news that we now have a pair of Grey Wolves on this side of the Cascades. However, they may not be here for long if the Trump administration succeeds in removing them from…

Spare our herons

Great blue herons have lived in Bellingham before our city, state or nation even existed. It is a privilege, not a nuisance, to have these majestic birds in our midst. They deserve our…

Trove Web
Today's Events
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am

The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able…

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

10:00am

Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham’s annual “Essence of Bellingham” photo competition through May 1. See submission guidelines online.
For more info:…

Bellingham Beer Week

12:00pm

Beer Olympics, beer dinners, an Earth Day cleanup party, an Easter keg hunt, book signings, multiple release parties, hops planting, a mountain bike festival, brew-focused presentations, a…

Wild Things

9:30am

Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30am-11am at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Please bring a simple, healthy…

TESOL Info Session

5:00pm

Attend a free information session on Western Washington University’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses from 5pm-6:30pm at the school’s Miller Hall, room 105.…

Introductory Plant Walk

5:00pm

Join the local chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for an Introductory Plant Walk from 5pm-7pm at Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. The free walk will be led by anthropologist Allan…

Energy Careers Prep Night

5:30pm

Community members, students and those interested in learning about jobs in the energy industry are invited to join an Energy Careers Prep Night from 5:30pm-8pm at Bellingham Technical…

Bellingham Reads

6:30pm

Discuss Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelson at a Bellingham Reads book group meeting from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The group meets on the…

Skagit Folk Dancers

7:00pm

Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to…

Books & Brews

7:00pm

Discuss B is for Beer by Tom Robbins at a new “Books & Brews” event hosted by Village Books at 7pm at Lynden’s Overflow Taps, 106 5th St. The monthly gathering also includes a chosen beverage…

Glacial Influence

7:00pm

Join the North Cascades Audubon Society when geologist Dan McShane discusses “Glacial and Post-Glacial Influence on the Northwest Washington Environment: What Does Lidar Show Us?” at 7pm at…

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