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On Stage


Beyond Cody Rivers

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

For a glorious spell of time, Bellingham was home base to the Cody Rivers Show. The brilliant sketch comedy duo comprised of Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor not only made audiences laugh uproariously, but their original works also made people think. It’s been five years since the two graced the stage together, but Sept. 20-21 they’ll reunite at the Sylvia Center with other iDiOM Theater actors and alums to present Baderson, an improvised storytelling format designed to bring…

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Deep River

Epic action on the Columbia

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

In his debut novel, Matterhorn, based on his experiences as a Marine in Vietnam, Pacific Northwest author Karl Marlantes established himself as a master of evocative settings and characters developed over time. Deep River, his second novel, is a sprawling family epic set along the mouth of the Columbia River against Washington state’s early logging industry.

Befallen by tragedy and suffering at the hands of Russian imperialism in Finland, Ilmari Koski leaves his homeland to settle in…

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Ed Bereal disturbs the peace

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

At first glance, I thought the six people standing in line by a “Please Enter Here; Have a Nice Day” sign near the entry of the “Wanted: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace” exhibit at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building were patiently waiting their turn to look at the sculpture suspended from the wall in front of them.

Then I noticed that the fellow at the front of the queue, a businessman type holding a large black bag resembling a lunchbox, had his bespectacled head on…

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Reel Truths

An apology from the publisher

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cascadia Weekly has published feature film reviews without permission of their authors. The responsibility for this rests with me, the publisher, and I apologize and am available to those authors for cure.

All feature reviews were bylined and sourced, and our intent was never to deprive or defraud these authors of credit for their work. Cascadia Weekly received no revenue or remit from these reviews, which were offered as service to readers. These were licensed products for which we…

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A briny blowout

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

An event that promotes itself by sending a human-sized crustacean named Crabby around town to shake its claws and multiple legs at people in order to draw their attention is something I can get behind.

Getting the chance to spot Crabby at Zuanich Point Park and around Squalicum Harbor Sept. 21-22 is of the many reasons I’m excited for the fourth annual Bellingham SeaFeast, but it’s far from the only enticement. The briny blowout that will once again welcome fall and bid farewell to…

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Climate Strike

Student warriors march for climate justice

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Inspired by youth activists like Greta Thunberg, the student school strike movement has grown rapidly around the world. Youth organizers are now calling on adults to join them as allies to address the urgency of the climate crisis. Labor movements, social justice organizations and faith communities are expected to join a series of events alongside student strikers.

On Fri., Sept. 20, youth around the Bellingham area will take to the streets to demand that the government and businesses…

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George Winston

More than a piano man

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

About halfway through what is a fairly extensive bio on pianist George Winston’s website is the line, “George Winston is undeniably a household name.”

Music bios are rife with such claims, but given the length of his music career, albums sold and many achievements, it seems this is more truth than hyperbole.

However, when I was growing up, the musicians who were household names were John, Paul, George, and Ringo, with a little Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye mixed in for good measure…

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The Gristle
Netse Mot

NETSE MOT: Whatcom Water Week (Sept. 14-22) is the annual event designed to raise appreciation of marine and fresh water resources and the important role water plays in our lives. The week’s events are organized by the Whatcom Watershed Information Network (WWIN), a network of…

Amy Goodman
Passing the Torch

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, sailed into New York Harbor last month after an occasionally harrowing, two-week transAtlantic voyage. Greta walks the walk, living her life with as small a carbon footprint as she can. She decided to forgo flying as part of that…

Integrity and compassion count

It’s wonderful to care deeply about Bellingham and its future. Add to that 12 years of public service and leadership, a proven record of achievements for social justice, housing…

Climate strike

For many years I have been reading about changes to our amazing planet. I have heard Bill McKibben speak in Fairhaven, and Naomi Klein, in Seattle. I continue to choose to ride my bike, the…

Respond to climate change

There is no more critical issue in today’s world than the climate crisis. 
Countless politicians give lip service to the climate, which—though perhaps better than ignoring it…

Today's Events
Eat Local Month


Sustainable Connections hosts its annual Eat Local Month through September. Upcoming events include a Find the Fork contest happening through the month, SeaFeast (Sept. 21-22), and…

Whatcom Water Week


Tours of local water and waste water treatment plants, a “Run with the Chums,” self-guided stormwater discovery tours, salmon-sighting with NSEA, coastal cleanups at Locust Beach and…

Whatcom Water Week


Whatcom Water Week concludes with Wednesday through Sunday with neighborhood stream tours at Squalicum and Whatcom creeks, a City of Lynden Water Treatment Plant tour, Bellingham Water…

Wednesday Farmers Market


Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market’s Wednesday Market from 2pm-6pm at the Barkley Village Green, 2215 Rimland Dr. The midweek market continues through September.

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market


The Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market takes place from 3pm-7pm at Hammer Heritage Square, 200 Metcalf St. Vendors will offer a selection of produce, crafts and more through September.

Group Run


All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for…

Creekside Open Mic


Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2.…

Brewers Cruise


“Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise” features liquid fare from Boundary Bay Brewery and two other local or regional breweries at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises’ dock at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal,…

Native Plant Seed Propagation Basics


Join the local chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for a monthly meeting focusing on “Native Plant Seed Propagation Basics” at 7pm at the RE Store’s Sustainable Living Center, 2309…

Disruptive Play


Writer, musician and educator Shepherd Seigel shares ideas from Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book journeys from ancient…

Brad Shigeta Quintet


Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center presents a concert with the Brad Shigeta Quintet from 7pm-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Rooted in the golden age of the big band jazz…