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Lincoln Livestreams

From Taj Mahal to Free Harmony

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Which do you want first, the good news or the not-as-stellar, but-still-not-horrible news?

Hedging bets that people are eager for positive postings during these dark days of the pandemic, I’ll start with the former and ease my way into the latter.

For fans of the legendary blues and roots musician Taj Mahal, a recently announced trio of concerts taking place this month will feature the likes of Fantastic Negrito (pictured), Phantom Blues Band, Jon Cleary, and a number of Taj’s…

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Words

Getting In

The sorry state of college admissions

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

First, a warning: If you are a high school senior or parent of a high school senior currently awaiting news of college acceptances, do not read Who Gets In and Why: a Year Inside College Admissions by Jeffrey Selingo. Parents of younger teens—this book is for you, although it is well-researched, fascinating and of interest to anyone who is curious about the sorry state of higher education admissions and how we got there.

Selingo begins his book with the acknowledgement that the high…

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Outdoors

Governors Point

A gift to the future

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Let me tell you the story of Governors Point.

This beguiling forested peninsula extends out into the Salish Sea between Pleasant Bay and Larrabee State Park’s Wildcat Cove along the Chuckanut Coast. Although it’s located only a scant two miles south of Bellingham’s city limits, the point is a place apart, a rugged and beautiful reminder of days gone by, lushly canopied with cedar and fir and sensuous madrone.

The shoreline is like a surrealist sculpture, sandstone carved into…

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Film

Movie Palace

MBT returns to its roots

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

On March 26, 2000, a crew from Access Hollywood was on site at the Mount Baker Theatre to attend the venue’s live screening of the 72nd Academy Awards. So was I.

Hilary Swank—a former Sehome High School student who’d impressed Bellingham Theatre Guild audiences before moving to Los Angeles to seek stardom—had been nominated for the Best Actress award for her transformative role in the 1999 movie Boys Don’t Cry, and the fame-focused television programmers were on hand to interview…

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Visual

Creative Coupling

Al and Anne’s uplifting balance

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Alfred Currier and Anne Schreivogl of Anacortes are among Skagit Valley’s cultural treasures. The creative pair work in similar media, although Anne prefers acrylic and Al, oil paint. Both work in bright colors, creating cheerful compositions and natural scenes, and each keeps to a personal, strongly marked style. The couple keeps studios in their beautiful home in Anacortes and travel to paint “plein air” in the western United States, Mexico, and southern Europe.

For Currier, “Art has…

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Food

Feast Fix

A St. Patrick’s Day takeaway

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, Bellingham’s Boundary Bay Brewery has proven itself to be lightning-quick when it comes to adapting to the changing times.

In fact, it was around this date last year that the longtime brewery and restaurant made its first real pivot of 2020 by hosting a safety-conscious St. Patrick’s Day Drive-Thru in the alley behind their Railroad Avenue headquarters. The world may have suddenly gone topsy-turvy, but that wasn’t about to stop owner Ed Bennett and general…

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The Gristle
Carbon Pricing

CARBON PRICING: For all the governor’s passion on the issue of climate change, he has not been able to convince the Legislature to pass a carbon pricing strategy. That may have changed last week when the state House of Representatives passed House Bill 1091.
HB 1091, the Clean Fuel…

Views
Washington Can’t Wait

If Northwest Washingtonians have learned anything from the past couple of years, it’s that the changing climate isn’t just hitting the United States’ hurricane-prone coastlines or the arid West. The change is at our doorstep too. 

In early September 2020, smoke from historic…

Rumor Has It
Signs of Life

Like everyone else that is part of this music community, I’ve been wondering what life post-COVID—or post-vaccination, to put a more accurate point on it—is going to look like. For the past year, I’ve been so focused on the hardships our venues are under that I’ve barely even thought…

Letters
Growing pains

This is a timely, county wide issue. Concerned residents are asking for an emergency moratorium to review our county marijuana codes.
Current codes have left our rural communities vulnerable…

Want money?

Should we raise our hourly pay from $7.25 to $15? 
The majority of Americans favor it. Republican voters favor it. Dogs like it. Cats agree. 
It’s not a hard question.

Eyewitness eye-opener

A week ago I sent a letter to the editor of Cascadia Weekly, voicing my reaction to a local homeless camp that I viewed as an appalling eyesore and a defilement of the neighborhood. Although…

Today's Events
Riding the Wind

11:00am

Michael Dickter’s “Riding the Wind” exhibit can be seen from 11am-6pm daily through Feb. 28 in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson Gallery, 504 S. First St. Face masks are required, and a…

Bellingham to the Border and Back Virtual Challenge

9:00am

Fairhaven Runners & Walkers will partner with Altra Running for a “Bellingham to the Border and Back” Virtual Challenge through March 15. Participants will be challenged to log 60 miles—the…

Virtual Wild Womxn Week

9:00am

Whether alone or with a friend in your bubble, join Shifting Gears for its Virtual Wild Womxn Week by hiking, biking, strolling, running, kayaking—or whatever gets you pumped and feeling…

La Conner Daffodil Festival

12:00pm

Celebrate the “golden trumpets of spring” at the seventh annual La Conner Daffodil Festival taking place through March in the Skagit Valley. Special events include a Springtime Chalk Art…

Birds of a Fiber

10:00am

Through March 14, make reservations Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at La Conner’s Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. Currently on display is the fourth…

Alfred Currier and Anne Schreivogl

11:00am

Oil paintings by Alfred Currier, acrylics from Anne Schreivogl, and oils by Patrizio will be featured from 11am-5pm Wednesday through Saturday through March 29 in Anacortes at Scott Milo…

Get Sparked

11:00am

Check out a variety of exhibits from 11am-5pm Wednesdays through Sundays at the newly reopened Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay St. General admission is $5-$8. Visit the…

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am

Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System’s annual poetry competition, “A Forest of Words,” through March 15. All styles of…

From Where They Are

10:00am

Help raise funds for Fairhaven’s Firehouse Performing Arts Center by watching Kuntz and Company’s virtual performance of from where they are online as part of the Firehouse Studio. The focus…

Museum Meanders

12:00pm

View “Anatomy of a Collection: Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts,” “Jac Trautman: The Specter of the Indigenous,” “1968: The Year That Rocked Washington,” “Conversations Between…

A World Well Traveled

12:00pm

“Max Benjamin: A World Well Traveled” can be seen from 12pm-4pm Thursdays through Sundays La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. The solo exhibit featuring the work of the…

Borcherding and Hoy

10:00am

Works by Seattle-based painter Brooke Borcherding and Skagit sculptor Jan Hoy can be perused from 10am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through March in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742…

Lines and Dots

11:00am

Louise Kikuchi’s “Lines and Dots” exhibit can be viewed from 11am-4pm Fridays through Sundays through March in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The gallery is also open by…

The Work of Jesus Guillén

11:00am

“The Work of Jesus Guillén: An Artistic Legacy of Love and Courage” can be seen from 11am-4pm Fridays through Sundays through May 3 in La Conner at the Skagit County Historical Museum, 501…

Elevation

11:00am

“Elevation,” an exhibit celebrating Pacific Northwest clay artists of color, will be featured from 11am-5pm daily through Saturday (closed Tuesday), and 12pm-4pm Sunday through March at Good…

Whatcom Reads Art Challenge

6:00pm

View non-juried works by area artists as part of a Whatcom READS Art Challenge related to this year’s book selection, Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, opening at 6pm Fri., March 5 and…

Baker Creek Work Party

9:00am

From 9am-11am, sign up to join Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a Micro Work Party from 9am-11am on the North Fork of Baker Creek. Weekly work parties will take place through…

Cornwall Park Work Party

9:00am

Join Bellingham Parks and Recreation for a Work Party from 9am-12pm at Cornwall Park. Tools, gloves, hand sanitizer and instructions will be provided, so all participants will need to do is…

Vermiculture Webinar

11:00am

From 11am-12pm, Christianson’s Nursery farm manager Rachel Berryman leads a virtual class on “Vermiculture.” Participants will find out more about worm bin composting. It is not only a…

Supercharging Your Snapshots

2:00pm

As part of Whatcom Museum’s Community Photo Project taking place through March, sign up for a virtual “Supercharging Your Snapshots” workshop from 2pm-3:30pm on Zoom. In this digital…

DeBay's Slough Work Party

3:00pm

Join the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group from 9am-11:30am or 12:30pm-3pm for a work party in Mount Vernon at DeBay’s Slough Swan Reserve. Each shift will be limited to 25 people, and…

Dual Reading

4:00pm

Susanne Paola Antonetta will read from her new book The Terrible Unlikelihood of Our Being Here and award-winning author Brenda Miller will share essays and poems at 4pm during a virtual…

Virtual Comedy Open Mic

7:00pm

Bellingham Entertainment will be hosting virtual Comedy Open Mics from 7pm-9pm every Saturday until live events are allowed again. Each open mic will have eight performance spots and room for…