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Flower power with Ruthie V.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Does art need to be ugly or shocking to be taken seriously? So worries the highly talented Ruthie V., whose work has been called “erotic, challenging and frighteningly vulnerable.” But even though she loves flowers, until recently she hadn’t let herself paint them.

She actually apologized that her show at Edison’s Smith & Vallee Gallery is so “disgustingly pretty.” Her only gesture toward “ugly” is the subtle background of “Mud Festival Peonies,” otherwise given over…

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Words

Vox

When voices are silenced

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It’s the near future, and all women and girls across the United States are required to wear word counters that limit them to 100 words per day. For each word beyond 100, the irremovable “bracelets” deliver a series of electric shocks that increase in intensity from painful to completely devastating.

What’s more, women are not permitted to read books, or write, or use sign language. They are not allowed to work outside the home. Their only purpose is to serve men as homemakers.…

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Outdoors

Winging It

The birds of winter

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Blue herons, bald eagles, cormorants, Harlequin ducks, Canada geese, Northern flickers and Anna’s hummingbirds were among the winged wonders I viewed in Whatcom County last weekend, and I wasn’t even on a dedicated birding expedition—unlike a friend who, while on a Sunday field trip to the lower Skagit Valley, also reported seeing short-eared owls, trumpeter swans, Pacific loons, a couple different types of hawk, snow geese, red-winged blackbirds, buffleheads and plenty of other…

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Food

Bham SOUP

Of food and funding

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ten dollars will go further than usual at an inaugural Bham SOUP event taking place Mon., Jan. 21 at Goat Mountain Pizza.

First off, those in attendance at the first-come, first-served event will be dished out a delicious bowl of warm goodness made by the eatery’s Charlie Pasquier—you can choose from ginger chicken noodle or shiitake miso soup—and a generous serving of bread.

But that’s not all the suggested $10 donation will get you. The entry fee for the micro-funding…

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On Stage

Broad Comedy

Fun with feminism

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It’s not often a Q&A page on a website is the place to go for a quick laugh, but when it comes to Broad Comedy, pretty much everything the female-focused ensemble does is designed to elicit a visceral reaction.

To wit, when asking if people should book Broad Comedy for their next big event, the clever reply to the question is twofold. “Answer: Are you a women’s health clinic, a liberal political organization, a college, or basically any corporation that doesn’t open your meetings…

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Music

Two Nights at the Lincoln

Of fishin’ and family drama

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a story about a Rufus Wainwright concert at the Lincoln Theatre in which I detailed the long, fraught history of the Wainwright clan. In summary, Rufus is the son of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother to Martha Wainwright, also a musician. Father and offspring haven’t exactly had picture-perfect relationships with each other, and being that they’re all songwriters—especially confessional ones at that—they’ve not been…

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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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Ranker Unanchored

RANKER UNANCHORED: For all the scandals and shenanigans and nine lives’ escapes of the senator from the 42nd District, who’d have imagined the senator from the 40th District would be the one to fall?

Kevin Ranker resigned his position as the senior representative of the district under…

Community
Cherry Point Amendments

Fossil fuel infrastructure presents critical threats to local public health, safety, and the environment. Whatcom County Council is responsible for protecting our community from the risks of these facilities, while recognizing the need for energy and valuable industrial jobs.

Our shores…

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Letters
Steel rhymes with steal

The Golfer-in-Chief, Donald Trump and self-professed deal maker, now wants his fantasy border wall to be made of steel. Caring only about how he looks on TV in the present moment, he’s…

Leopold’s heart of darkness

“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” 
 —John Maynard Keynes
I thought Keynes’…

Cruelty is the cause

There is much wailing about “the homeless”—and I am tiring of it. It has a range from “homelessness is a blight on our city” to a wringing of the hands because “we can’t do…

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Today's Events
Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT)

7:00pm

The seventh annual Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) begins with performances from 7-9:30pm Monday through Saturday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The “fringe”-style…

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Fri.,  March 15. Along with having their poems published…

Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest

10:00am

The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived “Fiction 101” contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults…

Call to Artists for Spring Juried Exhibit

10:00am

Lynden’s Jansen Art Center will be accepting submissions for its 2019 Spring Juried Exhibit through Mon., Feb. 11. The exhibits are open to the public as a way to showcase the artistic…

Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers

10:00am

The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and…

English Country Dancing

1:30pm

Enjoy gentle English Country Dancing to beautiful music from 1:30-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 15 Halleck St. Newcomers age 50 and up are welcome, and no partner is…

Wine Tasting Social

5:30pm

Attend a Wine Tasting Social event from 5:30-7:30pm at Hotel Bellwether’s Lighthouse Grill, One Bellwether Way. Each of these casual tasting events in the Compass Wine Room will feature at…

Incognito

6:00pm

Reserve a seat in advance for the unconventional “Incognito” dinner series starting at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $82 to the six-course (or more) feast featuring seasonal fare.…

Basic Emergency Preparedness

6:00pm

Empower yourself and your family at a “Basic Emergency Preparedness” workshop happening from 6-7:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Attendees will learn more about what supplies and…

Winter Soups for the Body and Soul

6:30pm

Karina Davidson helms “Winter Soups for the Body and Soul” from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. On the lineup will be a classic oxtail soup with barley and Burgundy;…

Bangladesh Travelogue

7:00pm

“Bumpy Travels Through Bangladesh” will be the focus of a Bellingham Parks and Rec Travelogue with local traveler Jake Strauss from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St.…

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm

The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. There is teaching early in the evening, and no experience or partner is necessary as most dances…

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm

Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 7:30pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late…

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