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Ski to Sea

Last year, immediately following Ski to Sea, I moved to a place with a view of Boulevard Park and almost dead center between Fairhaven and the downtown core. It occurred to me that had I moved in a couple of weeks earlier, I would’ve been perfectly situated for maximum Ski to Sea weekend action.

Timing has never really been my thing.

This year, however, things will be different.

Now firmly ensconced in my centrally—at least as far as Ski to Sea is concerned—located abode, I can take full advantage of

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This Week

The Gristle

Roads to Nowhere

ROADS TO NOWHERE: OWW, that’s got to hurt: The Overwater Walkway is dead.

Originally proposed in a 2006 federal grant request, the $4 million project was intended to connect Boulevard Park with the proposed Cornwall Beach Park, bypassing at-grade rail crossings, and providing a continuous corridor south to link up with the popular Taylor Street boardwalk. The project was reviewed and provisionally approved by the Bellingham Hearings Examiner in 2010. But the project ran out of time to be eligible for the federal grant agreement.

“Given the time taken to review the permit and the

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Film

A Bigger Splash

Of sun and sin

A Bigger Splash takes four characters with strong needs, drops them into a single location and invites us to watch what happens. It’s strange how compelling that can be. With nothing to hold the audience but the question of how these characters will get along and what they will feel, director Luca Guadagnino keeps audience attention glued to the screen for the full two-hour running time.

The compelling location helps. The film takes place in Pantelleria, an Italian island about 60 miles off the coast of Sicily. It’s a mix of beautiful beaches and

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Music

Ski to Sea

Of parties and pig’s eyes

Last year, immediately following Ski to Sea, I moved to a place with a view of Boulevard Park and almost dead center between Fairhaven and the downtown core. It occurred to me that had I moved in a couple of weeks earlier, I would’ve been perfectly situated for maximum Ski to Sea weekend action.

Timing has never really been my thing.

This year, however, things will be different.

Now firmly ensconced in my centrally—at least as far as Ski to Sea is concerned—located abode, I can take full advantage of

Continue Reading »

Visual

An Eye for Herons

Lance Ekhart’s magnificent obsession

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Everything is covered in shit. Everything.

The ground, ferns, nettles, fallen logs and every leaf on every tree is coated with a patina of white heron droppings. Lance Ekhart, heron photographer extraordinaire, stands motionless in the forest—literally deep in the shit.

Here on Samish Island, Ekhart is documenting one of the greatest concentrations of herons anywhere on Earth; with a total of 373 nests (according to Skagit Land Trust counts) in this heronry, perhaps 1,000 birds.

Although we’re only a few hundred meters from the road, we

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Words

The True American

Halting hate in its footsteps

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On Sept. 21, 2001, Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan was working the counter at a minimart in Dallas. An Air Force officer in his homeland, Rais came to America like many others, seeking the opportunity to form a different life. He was learning the ways of this new country. He was 27 years old.

On that same day, Texas native Mark Stroman was looking for confrontation. A self-described “American terrorist,” Stroman’s hatred for Muslims boiled over in the wake of September 11. He planned to hit back against the people who had wounded the country he loved.

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Food

Spring Streusel

Tales from the Garden

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By the time it registered that the confines of my fenced produce garden had been breached by two of our free-range hens, I was already halfway out the back door, screeching at the top of my lungs for the chickens to “stay the hell away from the strawberries!”

After shooing the feathered felons out of the burgeoning fruit patch they’d been snacking on, I set to work securing the crop. Approximately 20 minutes later—after affixing a thick layer of wire to the top of the long row of plants—I felt confident

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Outdoors

Mountain Music

Shoe Goo, duct tape and Purple Rain

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During my career as a seasonal trail crew leader, I’ve worn through 11 tents, 15 backpacks, 18 pairs of boots and a multitude of jackets, head lamps, camp stoves and double-gusseted dungarees.

Whether I’m wrestling rocks in the Wind River Range or hacking my way through slide alder jungles in the North Cascades, the strenuous physicality and craggy job sites of this Shoe Goo- and duct-tape-dependent vocation conspire to inflict considerable carnage upon even my most seemingly indestructible material possessions.

Fortunately, even as vast quantities of my gear inexplicably continue to disintegrate

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On Stage

Little Women

Marching to their own beat

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Because I was named after one of the characters in Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women, I’ve always had an affinity for the 1800s-era tale of four sisters struggling to find their own paths in life.

Although it’s been quite some time since I was in the age range of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, a recent viewing of a musical version of the theatrical adaptation at Sehome High School’s Little Theater reminded me of what it felt like to be on the cusp of adulthood,

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Today

Ski to Sea Book Sale:Attend the annual Ski to Sea Book and Media Sale from 10am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-6pm Friday, and 10am-2pm Saturday at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.... »

Bird Exhibit:View the 500-plus mounted birds on display from 12-5pm Thursdays through Sundays through June 4 at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. The center—which is only open for... »

Hiking Whatcom County:Ken Wilcox joins the Mount Baker Club to lead a slideshow focusing on the sixth edition of Hiking Whatcom County at 7pm Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. He'll... »

Come With Me if You Want to Live:Brendan LaBotz and Kimberly Ross' Come With Me if you Want to Live continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall. The musical is... »

Little Women:The award-winning Sehome High School Drama Department concludes its showings of Little Women: The Broadway Musical at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday at the Sehome Little Theatre, 2700 Bill... »

Wild Things:Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am at Cornwall Park. Suggested donation is $5.  »

Ski to Sea Block Party:Raffle prizes, glassware giveaways, barbecue offerings, live music by the Atlantics and Jasmine Greene, and much more will be part of a Ski to Sea Community Block Party taking place... »

Final Goodbyes:Director Heidi Boucher will be on hand to answer questions following a screening of the documentary In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye at 6pm at A Sacred Passing, 4200 Meridian St.,... »

New Old Time Chautauqua:Juggling, aerials, magic, music, acrobatics and more can be expected when the New Old Time Chautauqua performs at 7pm at Anacortes High School's Brodniak Hall, 1600 20th St. The show is... »

WAVE Concerts:Washington Allegro Vivace Ensemble (WAVE) performs at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The first of this premier season's seven professional-level classical chamber music... »

Proof:View the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play Proof starting this weekend at 7:30pm shows Friday and Saturday at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The drama focuses on a woman who's... »

Tarnation and Exchange:View an improvised Wild West comedy show at "Tarnation" performances at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "The Exchange Program," which... »

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