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May 11 - Cascadia Weekly
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A glance at what’s happening this week
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Celebrate familial bonds and
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happening May 7-8 in Blaine,
Birch Bay and beyond
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The New Pornographers: 8pm, Mount Baker
Theatre
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VISUAL ARTS
Kids’ Open Mic: 4:30pm, Village Books
Camano Studio Tour: 10am-5pm, throughout
Camano Island
Open House: 10am-6pm, Glass Mountain Studios
Healing Through Art Reception: 6-8pm, St.
Joseph Medical Center
Gallery Walk: 6-9pm, downtown Anacortes
Children’s Gallery Walk: 6-9pm, downtown
Bellingham
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ON STAGE
Anything Goes: 7pm, Nooksack Valley High School
Beauty & the Beast: 7pm, Sedro-Woolley High
School
Wonderland: 7:30pm, Claire vg Thomas Theatre,
Lynden
Good, Bad, Ugly: 8pm, Upfront Theatre
The Scrivener: 8pm, iDiOM Theater
The Project: 10pm, Upfront Theatre
ON STAGE
Wonderland: 2pm, Claire vg Thomas Theatre,
Lynden
Anything Goes: 7pm, Nooksack Valley High School
Oliver: 7pm, McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon
Beauty & the Beast: 7pm, Sedro-Woolley High
School
Late Night Catechism: 7:30pm, MBT’s Walton
Theatre
Evil Dead the Musical: 7:30pm and 10:15pm, NW
Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden
Finnegan’s Farewell: 7:30pm, RiverBelle Dinner
Theatre, Mount Vernon
Scratch Pad: 8pm, Upfront Theatre
The Scrivener: 8pm, iDiOM Theater
Doubles: 10pm, Upfront Theatre
MUSIC
Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival: Through
Sunday, WWU campus and beyond
Inon Barnatan: 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center,
WWU
WORDS
Clete Barrett Smith: 5pm, Village Books
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration: 4pm, Boundary Bay
Beer Garden
VISUAL ARTS
Curator’s Tour: 12:30pm, Whatcom Museum’s
Lightcatcher Building
Texture Reception: 6-9pm, Blue Horse Gallery
DANCE
Folk Dance: 7:30-10:30pm, Fairhaven Library
Cabaret: 8pm, Performing Arts Center, WWU
The Provocateurs: 9pm, Cirque Lab
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ON STAGE
Anything Goes: 7pm, Nooksack Valley High School
Beauty & the Beast: 7pm, Sedro-Woolley High
School
Oliver: 7pm, McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon
Late Night Catechism: 7:30pm, MBT’s Walton
Theatre
Evil Dead the Musical: 7:30pm and 10:15pm, NW
Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden
Wonderland: 7:30pm, Claire vg Thomas Theatre,
Lynden
Finnegan’s Farewell: 7:30pm, RiverBelle Dinner
Theatre, Mount Vernon
Variety Show Fundraiser: 7-10pm, Cirque Lab
Who We Are: 6:30pm and 8:30pm, Bellingham
Children’s Theatre
Scratch Pad: 8pm, Upfront Theatre
The Scrivener: 8pm, iDiOM Theater D
Doubles: 10pm, Upfront Theatre
DANCE
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Cabaret: 8pm, Performing Arts Center, WWU
MUSIC
Swil Kanim: 7pm, Stuart’s at the Market
Rain City Blue Blowers: 2-5pm, VFW Hall
Lynden Choral Society: 3pm, Christ the Servant
Lutheran Church
Jeremy Berry, Pauline Yang: 7pm, Christ the
Servant Lutheran Church
Petunia and the Vipers: 7:30pm, American
Museum of Radio
COMMUNITY
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dance their way through
a night of cabaret-style
entertainment May 7 at the
Cirque Lab
Bellingham Farmers Market: 10am-3pm, Chestnut Street and Railroad Avenue
Procession of the Species: 4pm, Bellingham City
Hall
Great Mystery Dinner: 5pm, the Majestic
Board Game Night: 6pm, Black Drop Coffeehouse
Zombie Prom: 9pm, Rumors Cabaret
GET OUT
Haggen to Haggen: 8am, Sehome Haggen
Lost Lake 50K: 8am, Clayton Beach Park
Master Gardener Plant Sale: 9am-2pm, Hovander
Homestead Park, Ferndale
Plant Sale: 9am-2pm, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
Paddle Demo & Gear Swap: 10am-5pm, Bloedel
Donovan Park
ART BY BRIAN MAJOR
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Boating Season Kickoff: 10am-4pm, Redden
Marine Supply
Great Outdoors Auction: 5pm, Lakeway Inn
GET OUT
Plant Sale: 10am-4pm, Bloedel Donovan Park
Mother’s Day Garden Party: 11am-3pm, Lambert Garden Creations
Plant Sale: 1-4pm, Big Rock Garden Park
VISUAL ARTS
Mother’s Day Studio Tour: 10am-5pm, Blaine,
Birch Bay, and beyond
Camano Studio Tour: 10am-5pm, throughout
Camano Island
Open House: 10am-6pm, Glass Mountain
Studios
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Jonathan Hayes: 7pm, Village Books
Poetrynight: 8pm, the Amadeus Project
VISUAL ARTS
Scott Bailey Presentation: 5pm, Old Main
Theater, WWU
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WORDS
Open Mic: 7pm, Blue Horse Gallery
Maya Zeller, Caleb Barber: 7pm, Village Books
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Tiller’s Folly: 2pm, Nancy’s Farm
Cuong Vu Trio: 8pm, Performing Arts Center,
WWU
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MUSIC
VIEWS 8
Wonderland: 2pm, Claire vg Thomas Theatre,
Lynden
Anything Goes: 2pm, Nooksack Valley High
School
Oliver: 2pm, McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon
Late Night Catechism: 3pm, MBT’s Walton
Theatre
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Mother’s Day Studio Tour: 10am-5pm, Blaine,
Birch Bay, and beyond
Camano Studio Tour: 10am-5pm, throughout
Camano Island
Open House: 10am-6pm, Glass Mountain
Studios
Julia Clifford Exhibit: 11am-7pm, the
Chrysalis
Canvas & Clay Reception: 1-5pm, Gallery
Cygnus, La Conner
Todd Horton Reception: 5-8pm, Smith & Vallee
Gallery, Edison
Multi-Artist Reception: 6-8pm, Lucia Douglas
Gallery
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of Ferndale
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COMMUNITY
Bingo Benefit: 5:30-9pm, Bellingham Elks Club
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The $65 million wedding of the century went off without a hitch Fri., April 29 when Prince William and Kate
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their lenses on the couple for the next 48 hours or so, until
it was revealed that 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden had
been captured, killed and buried at sea.
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ENERGY CHALLENGE
We’ve just completed an energy conservation
upgrade on our house through the Community
Energy Challenge. I cannot recommend this program highly enough!
They help you make your home more energy efficient, and find every grant and rebate possible
to help you afford it. It is federal stimulus funds
that actually help Main Street.
One: It helps put out-of-work construction
workers back to work, and retrains them to become experts in an important field.
Two: It makes our community less reliant on
power plants. The cheapest way to save energy is
through conservation.
Three: It improves our local housing. Our
house is definitely warmer and more comfortable
now after major insulating and some leak seal-
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DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS
Due to a copy error, last week’s Gristle
overstated by an order of magnitude
the amount of acres of state forest
lands around Lake Whatcom that might
be managed as a county park under a
reconveyance proposal. The online version correctly noted this amount as up
to 8,700 acres. We regret the error.
ing, as well. The CEC paid careful attention to
things that would not have occurred to me, like
maintaining air quality after sealing leaks, and
excluding rodents.
Four: It saves money on heating, and it’s affordable. They have supported loans so, more
people can afford to get this work done. The
program is also aimed at middle-class people, so
you don’t have to prove you’re broke to qualify.
—Fl!p Breskin, Bellingham
MORE ON HEALTH CARE
The recent proposal by Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), to create a voucher system for Medicare
consisting of $15,000 per annum requires very
serious consideration by people less than 55
years of age, which is the proposed cutoff of
“grandfathering” into the existing system.
I accept our current Medicare system requires
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review, especially in light of the descending
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tsunami of the chronic illnesses befalling our population, such as heart disease, diabetes and other related problems relevant to
the worsening obesity factor. These diseases
result in significantly higher expenses for our
medical system and require frequent doctor
visits, hospitalizations and medications.
I ask you, will you be able to afford that for
yourselves? Will your parents have enough savings to cover the hospitalizations that are inevitable with age? Did you know the costs to ad-
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We have an historic opportunity to
protect our watershed from the risk of
erosion and landslides from logging.
Please speak out next Monday and
Tuesday nights, first to the Department of Natural Resources on Monday (County Council Chambers, 6 PM),
then to the County Council itself on
Tuesday at 7pm.
The DNR manages 15,000 acres of forest land in our watershed. That’s about
10 square miles, much of it very steep
and unstable! Half of that land actually belongs to Whatcom County, which
has proposed to take the land back
so it can manage it in a more natural
condition (healthy old forest) to better provide for wildlife, recreation, and
quality drinking water.
These parts of our watershed, including the steepest slopes of Stewart and
Lookout mountains, are not the right
place for us to be getting timber. There
are better places in our county to support local timber jobs—a worthy goal.
The value we will get from this land as
natural forest, helping keep Lake Whatcom clean and potable, is many times
more the modest amount it will cost
the county to take over management.
Of the many things we must do to protect Lake Whatcom, this is the single
biggest and most cost-effective step
we can take. Can we afford not to?
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minister Medicare by the government are
4 percent versus insurance companies
that are 20 percent (that is shareholder
profit). Doctors are not paid adequately
today by Medicare, and insurance company reimbursement is not much better.
There is no doubt the health care
system is broken, but the only way to
fix it is to learn as much as you can to
understand this complex problem—but
for heaven’s sake, ask the government
to negotiate a different fix.
Many solutions were proposed during
the health care debate. Get involved. It
is your life we’re talking about here.
Hirst cites a union contract limiting volunteer hours for specific job
assignments. However, he failed to
say that the Bellingham Library, for
its size is one of the busiest in the
nation. And they’ve been severely
understaffed for years and have had
extensive layoffs. Also the Friends
of the Library have, since 1952 been
working to strengthen the library in
our community.
—Matt Wilson, Bellingham
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EMPLOYEES ANALYSIS
I read with interest the Cascadia Weekly
commentary by Eric Hirst about the City
of Bellingham’s employee costs.
In the first paragraph Hirst states, “We
need to protect the government services
that Bellingham citizens want and need
and the people who provide these valuable services.” I agree. I understand that
the COB is having huge budget problems
now, and that all expenses and incomes
need to be analyzed carefully to help
solve this problem. There are so many issues involved, one of which is certainly
employee costs. I would need more, more
relevant, and corrected information than
I found in Hirst’s article before I could
figure out what is going on between the
COB and its employees.
The information provided about the
cost of a COB employee was not an adequate or fair representation of employee costs. Using the average as a metric
is not representative of the employees’
compensation as a group. The average of
a group of numbers is always skewed by
outliers, even one. More so by several.
This means that having only a few individuals who are extremely highly compensated would raise the average unduly,
and perhaps enough to not make it representative of the COB’s employees’ compensation as a whole.
In order to have an understanding of
employee compensation costs, I would
need to know the range and median of all
the compensation data. I would need to
have the part-time and full-time data separated. I would also need to know what
percentage of employees fall into the lowest third, the middle third and upper third
of the distribution. It is probable a large
majority of employees fall into the lowto-middle compensation range, and only
a small percentage of employees are in
the highest compensation category. Until
I know all this information and more, I
really know nothing about the COB’s employee compensation structure.
The comparison of the COB’s employee
costs to those in the private sector was
not the relevant comparison to make. It
would be necessary to compare the COB’s
employee costs to the employee costs
of other cities of comparable size, both
within and out of state, to know whether
or not the COB’s costs are unreasonable.
Further, in the comparison to the private
sector, to which part of the private sector is Hirst referring?
I am sure I do not want the COB’s employees to experience what is happening
to many people who work in the private
In the midst of what Hirst calls the
worst recession in decades, he wants
to compare the compensation of city
employees with that of the remaining
employes in the private sector. Would
it really be accurate to compare negotiated, budgeted, fully publicly approved numbers with those strained,
partitioned, secretive, deferred and
private statistics? Probably not. It is
not meaningful to compare a quality organization to a substandard one. And I
say our private system is nothing if not
substandard today!
Finally, to illuminate the public a little, we should thank the City of Bellingham for having such quality personnel.
Recently, the Finance office successfully negotiated a bond issuance for
some federal energy tax relief that has a
beautifully low cost to the city. It may
be only a handful of such bonds issued
in the country were able to meet the
federal standards. One of those standards was satisfied because the city has
discussed and implemented a plan to
deal with this “recession.”
Thanks to the city for saving us a lot
of money.
—Larry Pratt, Bellingham
sector: being fired, having health benefits decreased significantly or lost altogether, having to work harder and more
hours for the same or less pay, being
treated as if they are expendable because
there is someone else who would jump at
the job at a lower compensation rate. I
am also sure that I do not want the COB
to overly depend on volunteerism to run
essential services. This is not sustainable
and not fair to expect this from most
people, who have to work one or more
jobs to survive.
Hirst has given no detailed information
about what is actually going on in the
COB. He mentions benefits, raises, constricted management decisions, but provides no detailed information. What is the
percentage the COB pays for healthcare
and pensions? Is years of service the only
reason for pay raises—does performance
not count at all, anywhere? I would have
liked to hear more specifics about work
rules limit flexibility, other than restrictions on volunteerism in one system.
Hirst says citizens “are likely unaware
of the city’s compensation practices.” I
would very much like to have much more
information, but his article provided me
with little.
—Joyce Prigot, Bellingham
(edited for length)
What a creative analysis!
After the job-exporting popularity of
the Bush years, and the compounding of
executive compensation formulas, the
Hirst data might even be a little conservative. But forces are at work that Hirst
doesn’t seem to consider, and there the
apples vs. oranges problem.
Does Hirst know health care costs are
so out of control that Blue Cross/Blue
Shield almost stopped paying for services delivered through the PeaceHealth
network? Even after last minute negotiations, the costs billed by PeaceHealth
is 20-some percent above the statewide
average. One wonders how many city
employees visit the offices and/or hospital of the overcharging PeaceHealth
system for services. Would he please
write a letter to their executives about
these excessive charges?
Knowing the city has negotiated a
retirement benefit for its valuable employes, don’t we also know those benefits need to be paid even in hard times?
Surely Hirst understands a lower return
on an investment (which is likely to happen in a recession) will mean an increase
in current expenditures. Will he please
write to Wall Street about our stock and
bond markets and the “excellent performance” of the past few years?
The opinion by Eric Hirst was full of
figures and statements that were never
substantiated with any facts. I thought,
“Shame on you, Weekly, for printing
something that was so full of holes and
lacked any kind of source to back up
those embellished claims...”
Then I read the “What’s Wrong with
Wisconsin” opinion by Tom Chisholm and
I felt better knowing you wouldn’t do
that without printing the truth! Tom laid
it out in easy-to-understand terms and
made it very clear how the negotiating
process works, who really has the power,
and who really are the “bad guys” causing the governmental “red ink” throughout our country.
Destroying an entire working class is
not the answer; making the politicians
accountable and the greedy corporations
pay their fair share is.
—Matt Lolkema, Ferndale
Editor’s Reply: A civil engineer by training,
Eric Hirst identified what is, in fact, a growing concern to municipal governments, the
rising costs of benefits, particularly in the
area of health care. It’s a concern in the private sector, too. We thank Eric for his commentary, and that of Tom Chisholm (and our
readers) who reminds us of the value we receive from our public-sector employees.
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was packed to capacity last week to hear the pros
and cons of a coal export terminal proposed for
Cherry Point. A meeting on potential transportation impacts of freighting more than 40 million
tons of coal annually drew elevated response in
the east county. Each meeting indicates word on
this project is spreading, not only in its potential
for industrial jobs, but the serious potential impacts of this project on our daily lives.
The Gateway Pacific Terminal, proposed by
Seattle-based SSA Marine, Inc., could ship upwards
of 25 million tons of coal per year to Asia, adding
at least nine coal trains a day through Skagit and
Whatcom’s most populous centers. Full buildout
of the facility could ship 54 million tons of coal
annually, adding at least another dozen trains a
day through these areas—a long, slow train every
hour or so. The fact that the intended export is
the dirtiest of all extracted fossil fuels causing
damage to our ecosystem, bound for a market that
has competitively hollowed out U.S. industrial capacity and the nation’s associated living-wage job
base, additionally weigh heavily on this project.
It bears emphasis that there are very few places
on the West Coast of the United States or Canada where a facility of this kind might be sited.
Deep water is required near shore, as is a certain
physical isolation for heavy industry of this kind.
One such place is Roberts Bank, just north
of here, a facility that while currently planning
for expansion nears capacity. Another might be
along the Columbia River near Longview, a site
claimed by a shipping competitor of SSA Marine. The economics of coal export are such that
a shipping facility cannot be too distant from
the source of coal before the ability to competitively ship that product is overwhelmed by cost.
So we have a site uniquely qualified. And we have an
applicant who wants to use that site very, very much.
Standard game theory goes something like this:
When Party A wants something unique very, very
badly and Party B has a set of requirements to grant
that that are not diametrically opposed to the goals
of Party A, a rigorous negotiation can occur. The
list of concessions that might be granted by Party
A through those negotiations are portentially vast;
and in this case they are weighted by how much
the company stands to profit from this project and
the availability of substitute locations that represent the credible threat of the company abandoning this site in favor of another (there are none).
But here’s the critical consideration: Party B does
not get the concessions unless B resists the proposal
by Party A; and the amount of concessions available
are directly dependent on the degree of resistance.
Perhaps all this seems elementary—one cannot
negotiate when one has already surrendered—but
someone should explain it to the dimwits who are
declaring war on those in Party B who are demanding a suite of mitigation strategies for this project.
Jon Soine, former vice president of the Washington Association of Realtors’ office of government affairs and past president of the Whatcom
County Association of Realtors, sent out a frothing email last week, encouraging a boycott of
businesses that support the rigorous negotia-
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BY AMY GOODMAN
Accomplish the Mission:
BRING THE TROOPS HOME
ON MAY 1, the U.S. president addressed the nation, announcing a
military victory. May 1, 2003, that
is, when President George W. Bush,
in his form-fitting flight suit, strode
onto the deck of the aircraft carrier
USS Lincoln. Under the banner announcing “Mission Accomplished,” he
declared that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.”
That was eight years to the day
before President Barack Obama,
without flight suit or swagger, made
the surprise announcement that
Osama bin Laden had been killed
in a U.S. military operation (in a
wealthy suburb of Pakistan, notably, not Afghanistan).
The U.S. war in Afghanistan has
become the longest war in U.S. history. News outlets now summarily
report that “The Taliban have begun
their annual spring offensive,” as if
it were the release of a spring line of
clothes. The fact is, this season has
all the markings of the most violent
of the war, or as the brave reporter
Anand Gopal told me today from Kabul: “Every year has been more violent than the year before that, so it’s
just continuing that trend. And I suspect the same to be said for the summer. It will likely be the most violent
summer since 2001.”
Let’s go back to that fateful year.
Just after the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress voted to grant President Bush
war authorization. The resolution
passed the Senate 98-0, and passed
the House 420-1. The sole vote against
the invasion of Afghanistan was cast
by California Congressmember Barbara
Lee. Her floor speech in opposition to
House Joint Resolution 64 that Sept.
14 should be required reading:
“I rise today with a heavy heart,
one that is filled with sorrow for the
families and loved ones who were
killed and injured in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania... Sept. 11
changed the world. Our deepest fears
now haunt us. Yet I am convinced
that military action will not prevent
further acts of international terrorism against the United States... We
must not rush to judgment. Far too
many innocent people have already
died. Our country is in mourning. If
we rush to launch a counterattack,
we run too great a risk that women,
children and other noncombatants
will be caught in the crossfire... As
a member of the clergy so eloquently
said, ‘As we act, let us not become
the evil that we deplore.’”
Ten years after her courageous
speech, Congress member Lee, whose
anti-war stance is increasingly becoming the new normal, wants a repeal of that war resolution:
“That resolution was a blank check
... it was not targeted toward al-Qaida
or any country. It said the president
is authorized to use force against any
nation, organization or individual
he or she deems responsible or connected to 9/11. It wasn’t a declaration of war, yet we’ve been in the
longest war in American history now,
10 years, and it’s open-ended.”
Lee acknowledges that Obama “did
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commit to begin a significant withdrawal in July.” But what does troop
withdrawal mean with the presence
of military contractors in war? Right
now, the 100,000 contractors (called
“mercenaries” by many) outnumber
U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan.
Anand Gopal says, “The U.S. is really a fundamental force for instability in Afghanistan... allying with
local actors—warlords, commanders,
government officials—who’ve really
been creating a nightmare for Afghans, especially in the countryside,
[and with] the night raids, breaking
into people’s homes, airstrikes, just
the daily life under occupation.”
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald has
partnered with anti-war veterans
to produce “Rethink Afghanistan,”
a series of films about the war, online at rethinkafghanistan.com. In
response to bin Laden’s death, they
have launched a new petition to
press the White House to bring the
troops home.
Congressmember Lee supports it:
“I can’t overstate how important this
is for our democracy—every poll has
shown that over 65, 70 percent of the
public now is war-weary. And they
understand that we need to bring our
young men and women out of harm’s
way. They’ve performed valiantly and
well. They’ve done everything we’ve
asked them to do, and now it’s time
to bring them home.”
Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/
radio news hour airing on more than
900 stations in North America. Denis
Moynihan contributed research to this
column.
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tion described above. He was joined
by the always ridiculous central
committee of the Whatcom County
Republican Party. The groups additionally declared fatwah on elected
representatives who might be so reckless as to ask for higher standards of
environmental and civil engineering.
The position of these quislings is,
from the standpoint of bargaining
and game theory, unbearably stupid.
The stupidity is magnified by the fact
that, at this early stage, the company
has not even released a study of potential impacts that may determine
whether this facility is even feasible.
One might expect associations
that claim to represent homeowners
and property rights to be more nuanced in their judgments, for surely
some of the wealthiest people in our
community will suffer some of the
greatest impacts from this proposal.
True, the Cherry Point terminal is a
multi-hundred-million dollar project,
with all the short- and medium-term
economic benefits that may bring.
Equally true, without mitigation that
project threatens to cut Bellingham off
from a multi-billion dollar restoration
of its waterfront, with all the mediumand long-term benefits that may bring.
The central truth learned by listeners at last week’s meetings is that
the most noticeable consequences
of this project are rail impacts from
the very sizable and numerous coal
trains that must wind through the
Puget Sound corridor, and there is no
way to force the railroad to address
those impacts—except, we’ll argue,
to make it a feature of negotiations
that SSA Marine asks the railroad to
address those impacts, a fundamental
requirement that allows the company
to obtain this thing they want very,
very badly and can get nowhere else.
With potentially billions to earn,
this shipping company is not going to vanish, pick up their toys
and stalk off simply because they
face resistance. Do they want to
get it as cheaply as possible? Sure!
SSA Marine has already proven
brilliantly skilled at gaining official
support for the terminal before details of project have even been released. The Gristle accepts they are
absolute pros at getting this stuff
done, including the hiring of charismatic and influential people at the
local level to convince the community of the merits of this proposal.
A cautionary note for days to
follow—we as a community need
neither support or reject this proposal to demand the best from it.
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CANADA-U.S. CENTER AT WWU CELEBRATES 40
YEARS OF DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP
unday night’s Canadian Broadcasting Corporation coverage
of the killing of Osama Bin Laden was every bit as fervent
as that of networks in the United States, illustrating the
complexities of the relationship between our two countries.
Depending on the situation, we may stand together as one
or squabble like siblings over minor issues.
While most people in our area are vaguely aware of the highlights of the relationship with our neighbor to the north—the
longest “unfortified” border in the world, 200,000 crossings
every day, billions in annual business back and forth—since 9/11 the local
perception of the border among many is that it’s just too much trouble to
go to Canada.
Since the advent of the requirement for a passport or enhanced driver license (EDL) as documentation for border crossings, people who might have
gone north occasionally out of curiosity have pretty much stopped. Many
Whatcom County residents are restricted to southerly explorations—not
just by the actual border, but by the border in their own minds.
It’s called the Border Effect—how the very existence of a boundary can
restrict the movement of goods or people, and it has a profound effect on
the economic well being of the region that straddles the border.
Since 1971, Bellingham has been home to an institution that plays a key
role in mitigating that border’s presence in innumerable ways—the Center
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public and private funding from both
sides of the border, including Canadian
provinces.
The Cascadia border region is held up
as a model of cooperation that others
across the continent would do well to
emulate. Numerous speakers singled out
the Pacific Northwest Economic Region
(PNWER), the Whatcom County Council
of Governments, local efforts to become
the first state and province to offer the
EDL, and other grassroots cooperation as
examples of how to develop systems that
work. By far the largest users of the NEXUS Pass are those who travel between
Washington and British Columbia.
Exports and imports across the Canada-U.S. border in 2009 amounted to
$429 billion. Much of the discussion
at the anniversary symposium centered on trade and policy impacts at
the national level. But never far in the
background was the idea that unless
individuals and “sub-national” governments understand their counterparts
across the border, the potential of
the U.S.-Canada cooperative relationship will never be realized. Places like
Whatcom County are key to fostering
that understanding.
Alper clearly values this regional
view, and his center’s location here is
not by accident. He describes Whatcom
County as “within the orbit” of Vancouver, and predicted that, over time,
we will feel increasing influence from
our nearest regional urban center.
“Being closer to Vancouver than Seattle, I think in the future Whatcom
County and Bellingham are going to
be drawing more in some ways from
Vancouver and the dynamism of that
large metropolis than we actually will
be from Seattle,” he said.
“I say that in terms of trade, in terms
of Pacific Rim exposure, and some of
the innovative ways that Vancouver is
dealing with energy and environmental
issues, the way in which they’re dealing
with diversity—those are all potential
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Customs and Border Protection in Seattle, shows off
the new enhanced documents that can now move
travelers quickly through the border. The new USCBP
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“Business outreach in particular—
trying to educate the community about
Canada-U.S. trade connections and business connections—is so important to
the economy of Whatcom County.”
Alper acknowledged that the federal
government has money problems too,
but sounded an optimistic note about
future funding from Washington DC.
“The feds have a huge stake in this, and
I think they recognize that good policy
research on the border fits within their
general jurisdiction.” The center has received federal Title VI funds since 1988
as one of only two National Resource
Centers focused on Canada.
But fortunately for the center, it is
also supported by an eclectic mix of
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for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University. Last week a
banquet and symposium celebrated the
40th anniversary with a cast of participants from near and far.
The consuls-general from the Canadian consulate in Seattle (Denis Stevens) and the U.S. consulate in Vancouver (Phillip Chicola) both addressed
the anniversary banquet, as did WWU
President Bruce Shepard. Speakers included representatives of business,
academia and government across both
nations, and their topics ranged from
business to energy and security.
Ironically, but perhaps fortuitously,
this anniversary celebration occurs as
funding of just about anything by our
state and federal governments is up for
discussion, and not in a good way. The
most short-sighted lawmakers might be
tempted to cut something with as nebulous and long-term a reward as Canadian
studies research. But WWU professor Don
Alper, director of the center and of its
affiliated Border Policy Research Institute, is used to pointing out the various
ways in which the center contributes.
“Our program is not just focused on
academic instruction of students on
Canada, but also business, cultural and
environmental outreach that we do to
the community,” Alper said.
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Kathy Kershner casts the deciding County Council vote that
reauthorizes a payment the state Dept. of Natural Resources
needs to complete its study of public forest lands around Lake
Whatcom. While support for the idea fades on council, the study
is a first step in a public process that could save thousands of
watershed acres from clearcuts. The DNR will receive additional
public comments on the proposal at 6pm, Mon., May 9, in the
County Council chambers.
It’s back to the drawing table as Whatcom County Council
approves more study for a new jail facility. Their resolution
creates a jail study task force. The task
force will recommend the size of the
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new jail, identify potential locations
and funding sources for the new jail,
and examine effective alternatives and
efficiencies to reduce the costs of the
new jail. Citizens who wish to serve on
the task force are advised to contact
the county before May 12 to apply.
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A plane that took off from Bellingham on a flight to Ketchikan, Alaska,
crashes in British Columbia, 32 miles
northwest of Campbell River. The pilot,
an Anchorage man, is found dead in the
plane. He was the only person aboard.
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Gary Weddle of East
Wenatchee stopped
shaving on September 11, 2001, and
vowed he would not
shave again until
Osama bin Laden
was captured or
killed. He shaved his
very long beard on
Monday.
FRIDAY
Making good on her threat, Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoes key
parts of a bill that aimed to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. Gregoire said she could not approve the measure after
the state's two U.S. attorneys said that state regulators would
not be immune from prosecution. A union that represents thousands of state employees asked the governor to veto the bill.
Federal law still classifies marijuana as a controlled substance.
A strange and rare funnel cloud briefly forms over Mount Vernon and
Burlington on Thursday, startling motorists.
property near Maple Falls. A couple along with
their 7 year-old son and his friend, were riding
ATVs at a limestone quarry. The caretaker reportedly fired at them with a 12-guage shot gun. No
one was injured in the incident.
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Should the steep slopes above Lake Whatcom be logged? The state
Dept. of Natural Resources is reorganizing some of these lands in
anticipation of moving them out of forestry management. They're
holding a public hearing on the matter May 9.
A federal jury in Seattle clears the city of Olympia and one of its police officers of allegations
that it violated the rights of three Iraq War protesters who were ordered to strip to their undergarments at the city jail. The three women were
among about three dozen protesters arrested at
the Port of Olympia in November 2007.
Opponents of taxpayer-funded stem cell research lose a key round in a federal appeals
courtt. In a 2-1 decision, a federal appeals panel
reverses a lower court’s injunction that had halted
new federal funding for several weeks last year.
The public retains an interest in health care advances, the judges found.
Whatcom County Sheriff deputies arrest a man
they say fired a shotgun at a family on private
The mayors of five of Whatcom’s smaller cities endorse the reelection of County Executive
Pete Kremen.
Expressing their frustration with leadership from
the mayor’s office in the area of funding law enforcement, the Bellingham Police Guild officially
shifts their endorsement to candidate Kelli Linville. Mayor Dan Pike replies that in recent years the
police department suffered fewer cuts than other
departments and has had no personnel layoffs.
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Democratic state lawmakers seek a second opinion from Washington's attorney general on the legal implications of proposed medical marijuana
regulations. Lawmakers turned to Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna after a veto last week
from Gov. Chris Gregoire.
Layoffs continue at The Bellingham Herald.
Reportedly, eight additional positions are eliminated.
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Terminal—a major shipping portal
Ken Oplinger.
planned for Cherry Point that will
“Since 2007, nearly
transfer bulk commodities arriving by
1,800 industrial
rail, such as grain, potash and coal to
jobs have been lost.
ships bound for Asian markets. SSA
Forty-two percent
Marine, a Northwest company, hopes
of construction
to break ground on the project in 2013.
workers in the county are unemployed.
We can choose to sit back and watch
our friends and family suffer. Or we can
work to create new high-paying jobs.”
The right idea at the right time
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A potential for thousands
of new jobs
“This is a game-changer,” says
Oplinger. “Current studies project
that during construction, the project
would inject more than 4,000 direct
Central Labor Council President David
and indirect jobs into the Whatcom
Warren has witnessed his share of
County economy. And it means around
despair. “Now any analyst could list all
1,500 jobs once the facility is running
the effects of a lost job; the loss of tax
at full capacity. That translates into an
revenue, the ripple effect it has on other
estimated $140 million a year in payroll
jobs, the increase in public assistance.
and local purchases and more than
Seattle.
“They’re a Washington company with
local roots,” says
Warren. “They’ve
grown into an
international
leader, especially in
developing green
David Warren
technologies. Being
local gives them an additional incentive
to do the project in an environmentally
responsible way because it’s not just a
job to them; they live here, too.”
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On April 23, Bellingham Police investigated
reports of graffiti in Puget neighborhood
that suggested an increase in gang activity. Gang graffiti was also found applied
to a different apartment building in Puget
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building downtown. Graffiti was also found
in the men’s restroom at Cornwall Park.
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On April 28, a business owner reported graffiti on a building on North State
Street. More graffiti was reported on a retaining wall in a residential area on South
State Street. In a third incident, graffiti
was found on the retaining wall of a parking lot on North Forest Street.
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threats. The president’s numbers surged 9 points following news of the death of Osama
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On April 28, the owner of a new business
on Cornwall Avenue found graffiti on the
rear of the building he is working on. “The
side that the graffiti is on was also recently
tagged with the same graffiti,” Bellingham
Police reported, “but no report was made as
the owner painted this over right away.”
PERCENT of Americans who feel President
George Bush played little or no role in
OBL’s demise. Just 15 percent feel Bush is
owed a “great deal” of credit. The military
drew highest praise, with 86 percent
crediting the military for the success of
the mission.
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SUPPORT for OBL tactics was declining
SUPPORT for al-Qaeda was similarly
in the Islamic world before his death.
Only 34 percent of respondents in the
six most predominately Muslim nations
expressed confidence in the tactics of
the terrorist leader, with highest support
found in occupied Palestinian territories.
in decline. More than two-thirds (68
percent) of Nigerians and Palestinian
Muslims viewed the organization
unfavorably. Unfavorable ratings were
higher throughout Islam.
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On April 26, Bellingham Police critically
studied an artist whom they observed spray
painting a wall on North State Street.
SOURCES: Washington Post; Pew Research Center
On April 28, a Lynden man was found guilty
of having shined a spotlight at a helicopter
engaged in border surveillance, temporarily blinding the pilot. Evidently annoyed
with frequent helicopters operating near
his home, the man stood in his yard in his
underwear last September and trained a
high-powered spotlight on the aircraft for,
border agents said, three to five minutes.
At his two-day jury trial in Seattle, the man
claimed he had shone his light on the helicopter out of curiosity and for far less time
than alleged. When another border agent
drove up the man’s street, investigating the
incident, the man shined the high-powered
spotlight at him, too.
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On April 29, a Lummi tribal member was
sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle
to nearly three years in prison for beating
another Lummi about the head and face
with his fists and with a piece of household
furniture in a drunken rage. The victim was
badly injured, his nose nearly torn off with
deep gashes to his scalp, and required reconstructive plastic surgery. The assault
occurred in March 2010. The man pleaded
guilty to the offense in February as part of
a settlement agreement.
PYROTEENS
On April 20, a citizen reported a roll of toilet paper on fire in the bathroom at Elizabeth Park. Bellingham Police put out the
smoldering paper that was contained in a
metal holder.
On April 10, a fire was set in Elizabeth Park.
Another fire was set nearby at the Broadway
Neighborhood Youth Center, damaging the
building. Witnesses spotted two boys and two
girls in the area at the time of the fires. After
an investigation, police arrested the 12- and
13-year-olds on charges of reckless burning.
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On April 27, a woman complained to Bellingham Police that someone had made rude
remarks toward her regarding her transgendered state.
On April 27, a Muslim house of prayer in Bellingham was vandalized by gang graffiti.
On April 27, a woman told Bellingham Police she was startled by a strange man who
came to her door and claimed he was being
chased by Hispanic men.
PERCENT of Americans who say they first heard the news on television. Only 3 percent
learned of the news through newspapers.
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passed at a Meridian Street business.
On April 26, Bellingham Police had a teen
empty his pockets. They found marijuana
and a pair of brass knuckles.
On April 26, Bellingham Police spoke to two
10-year-old boys who’d been observed fighting in Roosevelt Park.
On May 2, a Bellingham student fingered a
classmate for having palmed his iTouch.
THEY CALL IT PUPPY LOVE
On April 26, a watchful parent observed a
man approaching children near Sunnyland
Elementary School and starting a conversation with them. “The man had a puppy and
was asking children if they wanted to see
his puppy,” Bellingham Police reported.
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INTERGALAC T IC B & B: Bellingham’s
Clete Barrett Smith reads from and talks
about his new book, Aliens on Vacation:
Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, Book #1, at
5pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
WWW.VILLAGEBOOKS.COM
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YAPALOOZA: YA authors Teri Hall, Alexa
Martin, Kimberly Derting, and Denise
Jaden will read and speak at a panel discussion about their books and their writing at “YApalooza” from 6:30-8:30pm at
Village Books, 1200 11th St.
BOOK SALE: A “Book, Bake and Plant
Sale” happens from 10am-5pm Fri.-Sat.
at the Deming Public Library, 5044 Mt.
Baker Hwy. The sale continues May 1314.
PARTICIPATING IN THE PROCESSION
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BY AMY KEPFERLE
A TRIANGLE-HEADED black crow casually crosses Bellingham’s Commercial Street on two legs while a family comprised of bees and
ladybugs glance with interest at the human-sized creature that seems to
have a set of wings but isn’t using them to ambulate.
Further on, a giraffe, assorted jellyfish, a chicken, a giant owl, salmon,
frogs, penguins, bears, sharks, turkeys and gators stroll side by side in the
dappled spring sun. Surprisingly, no claws arebared, no teeth are biting and
no flesh has been torn asunder.
At part of last year’s annual Procession of the Species, the friendly interspecies socializing was to be expected. In fact, it was encouraged.
Jennifer Weeks, a longtime participant who helped recruit and organize
other volunteers as part of Bellingham’s eighth year of participating in and
planning the Procession, says the animal magnetism begins to take place
well before the event, which this year falls on Sat., May 7.
“I was delighted to meet a woman who said it was totally out of her element
to be there, but she made herself come,” Weeks says of the marathon costumemaking session that took place last weekend at Bloedel Donovan. “With the
help of supportive and encouraging volunteers she was off and running, creating an amazing lion costume that will grace our parade this year.”
While the kids who take part likely don’t know (or care) that the Procession
of the Species was created in Olympia in 1995 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day and support Congressional renewal of the Endangered
Species Act, their adult counterparts are well aware of the fact and work hard
to follow the three tenets of the original event—namely making sure there
are no motorized vehicles, no live animals
and no written words. When it comes to
creativity, however, anything goes.
“It’s always great to see families dreaming into their imaginations and creating
together, or strangers coming together to
help each other out,” Weeks says. “It is a
beautiful thing to watch a child ‘become’
an eagle or a wild and crazy bug, or a butterfly and proudly show you what they
have made.”
Weeks reminds community members that
even if they haven’t come up with a costume by the time Saturday rolls around,
every parade needs spectators. She also
thinks watching the various creatures
make their way through downtown Bellingham is likely to spark inspiration for
the following year’s shindig.
There’s also a chance that, come the big
day, there’ll be a “costume exchange corner” featuring items
that can be shared
(one year, Weeks gave
away her own penguin
mask to a kid who then
waddled away to join
the procession).
“Just come to the
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POE TRY WORK SHOP: Poet and literary
critic David Rigsbee will lead a “Passion
and Restraint in the First-Person Poem”
workshop from 10am-3pm at Bellingham’s
Egress Studio. Entry is $50.
398-7870 OR WWW.
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A DAY FOR K IDS: Authors who write
for kids and teens will read throughout
the day at Village Books as part of Children’s Book Week. Readers include David
Westerlund (Simone Goes to Market,) Kallie George (The Melancholic Mermaid),
and Nadia Krilanovich (Chicken, Chicken,
Duck!).
WWW.VILLAGEBOOKS.COM
SUN., MAY 8
COLLEC T IVE VISIONING: Linda Stout
shares ideas from her book Collective
Visioning at 4pm at Village Books, 1200
11th St. The tome is inspired by Stout’s
lifetime of social justice organizing. Entry is free.
WWW.VILLAGEBOOKS.COM
MON., MAY 9
HARD DEATH: Jonathan Hayes reads
from his forensic thriller, A Hard Death,
at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
671-2626
POE TRYNIGHT: Read your original verse
at poetrynight at 8:30pm at the Amadeus
Project, 1209 Cornwall Ave. Sign-ups
start at 8pm.
WWW.POETRYNIGHT.ORG
TUES., MAY 10
POETIC DUO: Maya Jewell Zeller (Rust Fish),
and Caleb Barber (Beasts & Violins) read
from their respective works of poetry at
7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
WWW.VILLAGEBOOKS.COM
OPEN MIC: The new weekly Spoken Word,
Poetry and Open Mic occurs from 7-9pm
every Tuesday at the Blue Horse Gallery,
301 W. Holly St. Entry is free.
WWW.BLUEHORSEGALLERY.COM
WED., MAY 11
WRITERS THEATER: The monthly
Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater begins at 7pm at the Firehouse Performing
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GAME NIGHT: Zombie Dice, Formula D,
Citadel, Fluxx and more will be among
the activities to partake in during Board
Game Night from 6pm-12am at the Black
Drop Coffeehouse, 300 W. Champion St.
WWW.BLACKDROPCOFFEEHOUSE.COM
ZOMBIE PROM: The undead are invited
to the Bellingham Roller Betties fundraising “Zombie Prom” starting at 9pm
at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave.
Entry is $5 with a zombie costume, $6
without.
WWW.BELLINGHAMROLLERBETTIES.COM
TUES., MAY 10
BINGO BENEFIT: Bellingham Kiwanis
will raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters at a Bingo Benefit from 5:30-9pm
at the Bellingham Elks Club, 710 Samish
Way. Prices vary from $6-$11.
WWW.BELLINGHAMKIWANIS.COM
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Thursday, May 5, 5pm
CLETE SMITH
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Book launch celebration with local author!
Friday, May 6, 6:30-8:30pm
YApalooza Teen Event with authors
TERI HALL, ALEXA MARTIN,
KIMBERLY DERTING &
DENISE JADEN
Saturday, May 7, 10:30-11am
Local
Author!
WED., MAY 11
GREEN EXPO: Sustainable career lectures, presentations and more will be
part of a Green Opportunities Expo from
1-5pm at WWU’s Viking Union Multipurpose Room.
650-461-9281
THURS., MAY 12
GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Help raise funds
for the St. Joseph Medical Center’s Cancer Clinical Trials at Girls Night Out from
4-10pm throughout historic Fairhaven.
Passports are $10.
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Picture book
by local
author!
Sunday, May 8, 2pm
NADIA KRILANOVICH
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Farmers Market, which continues from
10am-3pm every Saturday through December at Railroad Avenue and Chestnut
Street.
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For more information and to register, call 360.383.3200
or visit www.whatcom.ctc.edu/continuinged
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LEHMAN K ICKOFF: Attend a kickoff
party for Bellingham City Council candidate Cathy Lehman from 5-7pm at the
new Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St.
GREAT MYSTERY DINNER: Support
Explorations Academy’s student scholarships and financial aid by attend the
Great Mystery Dinner and Auction starting at 5pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Entry is $35 per person.
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Contest will read from their works at 7pm
at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355
Harris Ave.
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WARM BODIES: Seattle author Isaac
Marion reads from his new book, Warm
Bodies, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200
11th St.
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HOVANDER PLANT SALE: The Whatcom County Master Gardeners hosts
their annual Plant Sale from 9am-2pm
at Ferndale’s Hovander Homestead
Park. Perennials, herbs, trees and
tomato starts suitable for the Pacific
Northwest will be among the offerings. Experts will be on hand to answer questions.
(360) 392-8104
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HERITAGE PLANT SALE: Members
of the Ferndale Heritage Society, the
DUPI Garden Club and Friends of the
Library will sell garden and houseplants starting at 8am in the parking
lot of Ferndale’s Samuel’s Furniture,
1904 Main St.
WWW.FERNDALEHERITAGESOCIETY.COM
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BUF PLANT SALE: The 27th Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Plant Sale
occurs from 9am-2pm at the church’s
digs at 1708 I St. Perennials, shrubs
and bare root native plants will be
available for purchase.
WWW.BUF.ORG
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HAGGEN TO HAGGEN: The annual
Haggen to Haggen 5K kick off at 8am
at the Sehome Haggen and ends at
the Meridian Haggen. Prizes will be
awarded to the first three male and
female finishers. Entry is $5.
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AGELESS ATHLE TES: Nicola Mann
and Derek Shiers lead a free Fitness
Forum dubbed “Age-defying Athletes”
at 7:15pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209
11th St. The duo are personal trainers
and cross-training specialists who coown Trailhead Athletics.
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Part of the lure is its location on the far shore of the northernmost of
the San Juan Islands. It’s a small, tree-covered island with rocky shores
and twisted madrones reaching for the Salish Sea. A lonely outpost swept
by capricious winds, it feels like the edge of the world.
Unlike most of the San Juans, which have been logged over, the forests
of Patos are largely intact. Except for the few primitive campsites, two
mooring buoys and the lighthouse itself, it is blessedly undeveloped.
The lighthouse, like most these days, is unmanned. Its light has been
automated since 1974, offering its beacon into the night without the
benefit of human intervention. But it was not always so.
The Patos Island lighthouse was constructed in 1893 to help Alaskabound steamships navigate through Boundary Pass, the expanse of water
that separates the San Juan archipelago from Canada’s Gulf Islands.
The most famous of the lighthouse keepers was Edward Durgan, who
reluctantly moved onto the island in 1905 with this wife and 13 children.
Supplies were procured via a 25-mile trip to Bellingham by rowboat.
They would live there for eight years and grow to love their isolated
home. Legend has it that Theodore Roosevelt visited them on the island
and sang “Remember the Maine” on the beach (apparently Teddy couldn’t
carry a tune in a bucket).
One of Durgan’s children, Helene Glidden, would write a book in 1951
based on her experiences growing up on Patos entitled The Light on the
Island. Long out of print, the book is currently
available in a 50th anniversary edition.
After a stint as a U.S. Coast Guard facility,
the island came under the jurisdiction of the
Bureau of Land Management in 2005, and the
dilapidated coast guard quarters, built in 1958
on the bluff at Alden Point, were torn down and
removed, leaving the lighthouse itself the only
remaining structure on the island.
A half-century after reading The Light on
the Island as a girl, Midwesterner Linda Hudson moved to Lopez Island and visited Patos
for the first time, curious to see the setting of
the beloved story. She was captivated by the
place, but saddened by the condition of the
lighthouse, which had fallen into disrepair after
years of facing the raw elements of the northern San Juans. She founded the Keepers of the
Patos Light, a nonprofit group dedicated to the
preservation of the lighthouse. The roof was
replaced, structural repairs were made and the
lighthouse freshly painted.
Today the lighthouse once again gleams in
the sun, standing sentinel at the head of Active
Cove, its light flashing every six seconds. At
dusk, the bluff is alive with sounds: the lapping
of waves, the wind in the trees, the croaking of
ravens. If you hear something that sounds like
an off-key rendition of “Remember the Maine,”
don’t worry, it’s only your imagination.
For more information on how to visit Patos Island State Park, go to www.parks.wa.gov
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LOST LAKE 50K: The 3rd annual Lost
Lake 50K begins at 8am at Clayton
Beach Park. Entry is $60.
WWW.SKAGITRUNNERS.ORG
PADDLE DEMO: The Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts (WAKE) hosts
a Paddle Demo and Gear Swap from
10am-5pm at Bloedel Donovan Park,
2214 Electric Ave. Check out new gear,
sell used gear, demo boats from various
vendors, talk to reps and experienced
paddlers and more. Entry is free; the
charge for trying out boats on the water is $5.
WWW.WAKEKAYAK.ORG
WHATCOM CLASSIC: Rowers and
paddlers can choose from a short
course or long course at the Whatcom
Classic beginning at 10am at Bloedel
Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. Entry is $8-$16.
WWW.SOUNDROWERS.ORG
BOAT ING SEASON OPENING #1:
Celebrate Opening Day of Boating
Season from 10am-4pm at Redden Marine Supply, 1411 Roeder Ave. A free
barbecue, hourly raffles, demos and
more will be part of the fun.
WWW.REDDENMARINE.COM
BOATING SEASON OPENING #2: A
blessing of the fleet kicks off opening day of boating season at 10am at
Blaine’s Semiahmoo Yacht Club. Festivities continue throughout the day. Entry
is free for members, $20 otherwise.
WWW.SEMIAHMOOYC.COM
GREAT OUTDOORS AUCTION: The
Whatcom Land Trust hosts its annual
Great Outdoor Auction from 5-10pm
at the Best Western Lakeway Inn.
Tickets are $75 per person or $500
for a table of eight.
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GARDEN PART Y: Bring mom along
to Blue Skies for Children’s 6th annual
Mother’s Day Garden Party from 11am3pm at Lambert Garden Creations, 373
Hemmi Rd. In addition to being able
to stroll through five acres of perennial gardens, there’ll be games and refreshments available. Entry is $10.
HoPPY Hour Sun-Thurs 4-6pm
Buy Mama a Pint 50% Off May 8
Mom’s Brunch w/Pancakes & Fritattas
May 14 Amara Grace plays Soulful music
WWW.BLUESKIESFORCHILDREN.ORG
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NEW MOON MORNING: Find out
who’s nesting where at Wild Whatcom
Walks’ “New Moon Morning” outing
from 1-3pm at Bellingham’s Agate
Bay Preserve. Host Patricia Otto will
lead the way. Entry is $7 per person
or $21 for a family of four; register
in advance.
WWW.WILDWHATCOMWALKS.
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VOLK SWALK: Join the NW Tulip Trekkers for a Deception Pass Volkswalk
at 1:45 leaving from Cranberry Lake.
Entry is free.
WWW.NWTREKKERS.ORG
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MASTER GARDENER WORK SHOPS:
Free gardening classes taught by
Whatcom County Master Gardeners will be held every other Sunday
throughout the spring and summer
at Ferndale’s Hovander Park. Entry is
free.
676-6736 OR WWW.WHATCOM.WSU.EDU
MON., MAY 9
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K AYAK BASICS: Sharmon Hill of
Moondance Kayak Tours leads a “Kayak
Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th
St. Entry is free; register in advance.
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SONGBIRD PRIMER: Donald Drummond will lead a “Neotropical Songbirds” class from 7-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest
St. The presentation is a primer for a
June 11 field trip. Cost is $10-$12.
734-8158
TUES., MAY 10
COMPASS BASICS: Learn more about
how to stay found at a “Map and Compass Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400
36th St. Register in advance for the
free workshop.
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MOTHER’S DAY PLANT SALE: Attend Mother’s Day Plant Sales from
10am-4pm at Bloedel Donovan Park
and from 1-4pm at Big Rock Garden
Park. Parking is limited for the latter,
so catch a shuttle at Bloedel starting
at 12:45pm.
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Must be same day pay. No third party billing.
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RARE PLANTS SALE: Rare, reasonably
priced garden perennials and shrubs
can be purchased at a Plant Sale
from 10am-4pm Sat.-Sun. at 1685
Grandview Place, Ferndale.
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THOSE HOPING TO FIND
THRILLS AND CHILLS AT
EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL
SHOULD KNOW THAT, QUITE
LITERALLY, THAT’S WHAT
THEY’LL GET IF THEY SIT IN
THE SPLATTER ZONE.
BY AMY KEPFERLE
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SURVIVING THE SPLATTER ZONE
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Lynden last Friday night weren’t screaming out loud, but they, like
us, seemed anxious to escape into the safety of the night.
We’d all just survived Evil Dead the Musical’s “splatter zone” and
I, for one, had grown weary (and increasingly wary) of the neverending bloodbath.
I can’t say I wasn’t warned. But despite reading on the company’s website that “those seated in this section should be prepared to get bloody” and knowing full well that the original Evil
Dead movie plot featured groundbreaking quantities of gore, I
had nonchalantly donned a black cardigan and Levis and called
it good.
My sidekick was better prepared, having sourced an entire outfit
(jeans, torn-at-the-elbows wool sweater, black Chucks) from the
many bags of intended clothing donations she’s been toting around
in the trunk of her car. She didn’t care one whit about the state
of her used duds, but by the final curtain call she was sprinting
toward the exit sign just as fast I was.
The night had started innocently enough. After being escorted to
“the zone,” we settled in to seats in the middle of the fifth row of
the Boomstick Theater—a makeshift, yet high-tech stage situated
dead center in a drafty barn at the NW Washington Fairgrounds.
Listening in, I heard a
couple in front of us rehashing the plot of the
1981 horror film of the
same name, which focuses
on five college students
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gift from his sister punctuated the end of every
expletive-filled sentence with the fact that he
was, like, so excited for the show to begin. “This
is marginally better than World of Warcraft,” he
informed his sibling, adding that he hoped to soon
be showered with “cannons of blood.”
He was not to be disappointed. By the time the
main man Ash (Sebastian Haff) had to lop off his
girlfriend’s head because she’d become a zombie
intent on having him join her on the other side—
not to mention the fact that his once-shy sister
had become a foul-mouthed, singing demon he’d
had to chain in the cellar—I was covered with so
much fake blood I’d resigned myself to the fact
that I’d be doing a load of late-night laundry.
I don’t want to give too much away, but those
hoping to find thrills and chills at Evil Dead the
Musical should know that, quite literally, that’s
what they’ll get if they sit in the splatter zone.
Even if you’re dressed appropriately (a guy in
a raincoat had the right idea) you will get covered in red liquid, you will feel the icy claw of
death, and, if you’re like me, you’ll also get
paranoid every time someone on stage meets
his or her end.
Tender souls should also know that the production is not for kids. In addition to the copious
amounts of violence, there’s also a rafter of cursing, sexual innuendos galore and a demon tree
that does unspeakable things to a good person.
If you do survive the splatter zone, however,
it makes for a great story. I bet the guy behind
me felt the same way, as during intermission he
told his sister he was having the “best time ever”
watching demons and their foes sing, dance and
get slayed.
By the end, though, as the blood flow was
reaching epic proportions, even he was rushing
toward the door. Turns out there’s only so much a
human can take.
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LATE NIGHT CATECHISM: As part of the
Mount Baker Theatre’s Comedy Series, attend
“Late Night Catechism” at 7:30pm Fri.-Sat.
and 3pm Sun. at the MBT’s Walton Theatre,
104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to see the
“tart-tongued Sister” perform her interactive
comedy are $29; additional shows happen May
13-15.
734-6080 OR WWW.MOUNTBAKERTHEATRE.COM
FRI., MAY 6
FUN WITH FUNDRAISING: Circus performances, poetry, live music by the Yogoman
Burning Band and much more will be part of
Bellingham High School’s Gay Straight Alliance’s fundraiser for Planned Parenthood
from 7-10pm at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s
Cirque Lab, 2107 Iron St. Suggested donation
is $10.
WWW.BELLINGHAMCIRCUSGUILD.COM
WHO WE ARE: Bellingham Children’s Theatre’s “Girls Inc.” ensemble performs Who We
Are, a performance focusing on what it means
to be a teenage girl in the 21st Century, during the Children’s Art Walk at 6:30pm and
8:30pm at BCT’s studio at 1412 Cornwall Ave.
Entry is by donation.
WWW.BELLINGHAMCHILDRENSTHEATRE.COM
MAY 6-7
POE TRY & DOUBLES: Performers and local
poets will take part in “Scratch Pad” shows—
a form with a tagline of “improv inspired by
poetry inspired by improv”—at 8pm every Friday and Saturday in May at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, view “Doubles.”
Tickets are $8-$10.
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THE JUNGLE BOOK: Experience the adventures of a “man-cub” named Mowgli when
WWU’s Department of Theatre and Dance
presents The Jungle Book at 7:30pm Thurs.Sat. and 2pm Sun. at the school’s Performing
Arts Center. Tickets are $8-$12 and additional
showings happen May 18-22.
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MAY 5-8
ANY THING GOES: Board the S.S. American
when drama students form Nooksack Valley
High School present the musical comedy Anything Goes at 7pm Thurs.-Sat. and 2pm Sun.
at the school’s digs at 3326 E. Badger Rd. in
Everson. Tickets are $8.
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DANCE PART Y: If you’re looking to focus
on swing, Latin and ballroom dancing styles,
take part in the Bellingham Dance Company’s
weekly Dance Party Mix starting at 7pm at
Core Kinetics, 1103 Railroad Ave. Cost is $10
and includes a 7:15pm dance lesson.
WWW.BELLINGHAMDANCECOMPANY.COM
MAY 6-7
CABARE T: WWU’s Department of Dance presents its annual “Cabaret” performances at
8pm Fri.-Sat. in room 16 of the Performing
Arts Center. The works that will be on display
showcase cutting-edge performances created
by students and faculty. Tickets are $8.
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FOLK DANCE: Balkanarama will provide the
tunes at the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers’ First
Saturday Party from 7:30-10:30pm at the
Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested
donation is $10-$15.
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THE PROVOCATEURS: The Provocateurs, a
local cabaret and variety dance group, will
headline an evening of cabaret, comedy and
music at 9pm at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s
Cirque Lab, 2107 Iron St. Tunes by the Gallus Brothers, comedy from Upfront Theatre
members and more will be part of the night’s
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PARSONS DANCE COMPANY: View a collaboration between the renowned Parsons
Dance Company and the Grammy-nominated
rock group, the East Village Opera Company,
at a performance dubbed “Remember Me” at
7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N.
Commercial St. Tickets are $32-$45.
734-6080 OR WWW.MOUNTBAKERTHEATRE.COM
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THE SCRIVENER: A new take on Herman Melville’s Bartleby can be seen when
Solomon Olmstead’s existential farce, The
Scrivener, shows at 8pm every Thurs.-Sat.
through May 21 at the iDiOM Theater, 1418
Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $5 on Thursdays,
$10 otherwise.
INTRO TO IMPROV: Sheila Goldsmith leads
a free introductory improv class from 7-9pm
at Improv Playworks, 301 W. Illinois St. New
ongoing classes start soon.
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WONDERLAND: The Lynden Performing Arts
Guild presents Wonderland! with showings at
7:30pm Thurs.-Fri. and 2pm Sat.-Sun. at the
Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The
musical misadventures of a girl named Alice
continue May 12-15. Tickets are $8-$12.
WWW.MCINT YREHALL.ORG
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BEAUT Y & THE BEAST: Students from SedroWoolley High School will perform Disney’s
Beauty and the Beast at 7pm Thurs.-Sat. and
again May 12-14 at the school’s auditorium at
1235 Third St. Tickets are $5 for students and
seniors and $10 general.
OLIVER: An 18-piece orchestra and more
than 60 performers will take part in META Performing Arts version of the classical musical
Oliver at 7pm Fri.-Sat. and 2pm Sun. at Mount
Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way.
Tickets are $18-$35 and additional showings
happen May 12-15.
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GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the
Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at
the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm,
stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for
the early show, $4 for the late one.
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FINNEGAN’S FAREWELL: Attend an Irish wake,
among other things, when the interactive
musical comedy, Finnegan’s Farewell, shows
at 7:30pm every Fri.-Sat. through June 4 at
Mount Vernon’s RiverBelle Dinner Theatre, 100
E. Montgomery St. Tickets are $20-$40.
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IF YOU sent Todd Horton an email recently, you shouldn’t take it
personally if he didn’t reply to your missive right away.
Apparently, when you’re living off the grid, responding to niggling
tasks such as computer correspondence takes a back seat to everyday
survival—or, in Horton’s case, relentless creativity. He’s back in Edison
as of this week, but for the past two months the artist has been living
in his Airstream on a secluded 100 acres in Point Roberts. “From Here
to the Horizon,” an exhibit jam-packed full of new paintings he’ll be
debuting Sat., May 7 at Smith & Vallee Gallery, is the result of the time
he spent living among the blue herons, owls, coyotes and smugglers.
Thusly, each of the 40 paintings that’ll be on display will likely have
a compelling story behind it. Heck, even the tale of how he fashioned
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a studio in an abandoned 100-year-old farmhouse “perched on a cliff 200 feet above the
Salish Sea” is of interest.
“The house was like something out of Fight
Club,” Horton reports. “Rain and wind were
pouring in, all the windows were busted out
and there was angry graffiti throughout. To
clean, I used a large push broom—not so much
to sweep, as to shove all the oddly disturbing
debris into the huge holes in the floor.”
After he’d installed windows and a door
to help heat the room that became his studio for the duration, he had more time to
pay attention to the jaw-dropping beauty
of his surroundings and make friends with
the surrounding wildlife (who, as it turned
out, were also the subjects of many of his
paintings).
For example, he was befriended by a blue
heron who’d hang out around the Airstream
and follow him to the studio. When he’d return after a day of work, she’d fly ahead, plop
herself on top of his home base and spread
her wings as if to guide him to the spot.
He’d also listen to the dozen eagles on the
property chatter and hear an occasional “thud”
as they flew into one another (he thinks they
were playing). Once, he awoke to the howls and
yelps of coyote “brothers” racing around the
trailer in the middle of
the night.
The owls weren’t
keeping quiet, either.
“At night they called
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below his studio to set
their salmon nets, over warm beers a “parttime neighbor” regaled him with tales of
cross-border smuggling adventures.
“A couple times, late at night, I could
hear a small boat engine running close to
the shore without running lights beaching
somewhere below me,” Horton says, adding
that he wondered if it was his sometimesneighbor.
To get a clearer picture of the myriad other reasons Horton’s been out of commission
of late, head to his “Scraping the Surface”
blog for photographic evidence of his time
spent in near seclusion. That way, you’ll be
prepared with questions you can ask him
at the opening reception, and can get a
clearer sense of what’s been occupying his
precious time.
BLUE HORSE OPENING: Members of the
Whidbey Island Surface Design Group will
be on hand for opening receptions for an exhibit dubbed “Texture” from 6-9pm Thurs. and
6-10pm Fri. at the Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W.
Holly St. A closing reception happens Sat.,
May 28.
WWW.BLUEHORSEGALLERY.COM
FRI., MAY 6
GALLERY WALK: Various galleries will stay
open late as part of the monthly First Friday
Gallery Walk from 6-9pm throughout downtown Anacortes. Entry is free.
WWW.ANACORTESART.COM
HEALING THROUGH ART: An opening reception for the fourth annual “Healing Through
Art” exhibit happens from 6-8pm in the cafeteria at the St. Joseph Medical Center, 2901
Squalicum Pkwy. The multi-artist show runs
through Aug. 19.
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CHILDREN’S ART WALK: The Whatcom Museum will take part in the annual Children’s
Art Walk from 6-9pm at the Lightcatcher
Building, 250 Flora St. Hands-on workshops,
performances by student choirs and more
will be part of the free event. Thousands of
works by local kids will also be highlighted
throughout dozens of businesses in downtown
Bellingham.
WWW.WHATCOMMUSEUM.ORG
ALLIED ARTS: A reception for the “Bringing the Arts Alive in Education” exhibit takes
place from 6-9pm at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall
Ave. Dance, music and theater performances
will happen through the night.
WWW.ALLIEDARTS.ORG
HONE Y: Kathryn Hackney’s paintings will be
on display through June 1 Honey Salon, 310
W. Holly St. An opening reception happens
from 6-9pm tonight.
WWW.HONEYBELLINGHAM.COM
FISHBOY GALLERY: The FishBoy Gallery will
be open tonight from 6-10pm at its digs at
615 Virginia St. (near Trader Joe’s).
WWW.FISHBOYGALLERY.COM
MAY 6-8
GLASS MOUNTAIN SHOW: Attend the annual Mother’s Day Sale and Open House from
10am-6pm Fri.-Sun. at Glass Mountain Studios,
927 Yew St. Demos, tasty treats and free glass
WWW.GALLERYCYGNUS.COM
LUCIA OPENING: An opening reception for a
group show featuring works by lauded artists
Joseph Goldberg, David Ireland, Allen Moe,
Jasmine Valandani, and Thomas Wood takes
place from 6-8pm at Fairhaven’s Lucia Douglas
Gallery, 1415 13th St. The art will be on display through May 28.
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BLAINE STUDIO TOUR: More than 30 professional and emerging artists will open their
doors to the public for a Mother’s Day Studio
Tour taking place from 10am-5pm Sat.-Sun. in
Blaine, Birch Bay, and the surrounding countryside. Entry to the self-guided tour is free.
WWW.BLAINEARTISTS.COM
ONGOI NG E X H I BI TS
BOUNDARY BAY: Artworks created from appliance parts will be on display through May
at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave.
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FOG: View a variety of works by noted artists
at the new Fairhaven Originals Gallery, 960
Harris Ave.
WWW.BELLINGHAMFOG.COM
GOOD EARTH POT TERY: Todd Stephens’
“Mountain to Ocean” stoneware will be highlighted through May at Good Earth Pottery,
1000 Harris Ave.
WWW.GOODEARTHPOTS.COM
MONA: “Act 2: The Next Track,” “The Vanishing Landscape,” and pieces by James B.
Thompson’s and Jay Steensma can be seen
through June 12 at La Conner’s Museum of
Northwest Art, 121 S. First St.
WWW.MUSEUMOFNWART.ORG
SEASIDE GALLERY: “The Glory of Spring”
exhibit will be on display through May 22 at
La Conner’s Seaside Gallery, 122 Morris St.
WWW.LACONNERSEASIDEGALLERY.COM
WESTERN GALLERY: “The Washington Art
Consortium/Safeco Insurance Collection
of Northwest art on Paper” shows through
May 21 at the Western Gallery on the WWU
campus.
WWW.WESTENRGALLERY.WWU.EDU
WHATCOM ART GUILD: From 10am-6pm
every Friday through Sunday, stop by the
Whatcom Art Guild’s Art Market at Fairhaven’s
Waldron Building, 1314 12th St.
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C YGNUS OPENING: Attend an opening reception for “Canvas & Clay,” an exhibit featuring works by Patty Detzer, Michael Clough,
and Sue Roberts, from 1-5pm at La Conner’s
Gallery Cygnus, 109 Commercial St. The exhibit runs every Fri.-Sun. through June 26.
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BEAF EXHIBIT: As part of the Bellingham
Electronic Arts Festival, attend an opening
reception for a sound, video and electronic
installation from 6-8pm at WWU’s Viking
Union Gallery. The show will be up through
May 13.
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CLIFFORD ON DISPLAY: “The Color of
Spring,” an exhibition and art sale by Bellingham painter Julia Clifford, can be seen from
11am-7pm at the Chrysalis, 804 10th St. If you
want to attend a preview from 4-9pm Friday
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will lead a tour of “Collection Selections/
Two” at 12:30pm at the Whatcom Museum’s
Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Suggested donation is $3.
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CALL FOR ART: If you’re a professional artist
and a member of the Whatcom Museum, you’re
eligible to submit one, exhibition-ready work
in any media interpreting the Pacific Northwest forest. Deadline for “Fate of the Forest:
An Opening Hanging” is Sun., May 15.
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CAMANO STUDIO TOUR: More than 60 local
artists will have their works and spaces available for public perusal from 10am-5pm Fri.Sun. for the Camano Island Studio Tour. If you
can’t make it this weekend, the tour happens
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The New Pornographers
WHAT WOULD JIMMY SWAGGART DO?
IN 1986
the scandal-ridden televangelist Jimmy
Swaggart famously announced that rock ’n’ roll “is the
new pornography.” It is definitely a blessing that the only
change that came about as a result of Swaggart’s crusade
against rock was the conversion of Christian hair metal
band Stryper, while this “pornographic” music continues
to be enjoyed immensely by so many people, especially
in our own fair city. We all know how much Bellingham
loves to rock out, more than ever when said rock is laced
with undeniable pop hooks that remain in one’s head for
days. Arguably the New Pornographers have the biggest
claim on modern power pop.
Formed in Vancouver in 1997 from various Canadian music luminaries, the super group of sorts released their first
song, “Letter from An Occupant,” and has never looked
back since. They garnered major critical attention for
2003’s Electric Feel and followed that up with the classic Twin Cinema in 2005, with 2010’s Together being their
fifth and most recent release. The band combines driving,
guitar-heavy rock ’n’ roll with some of the most memorable melodies and choruses ever written, so much so that
it is hard to believe they are not Top 40 radio staples.
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ALTHOUGH WE’VE HAD exactly three days
worth of semi-sunshine, I feel confident in saying that summer is on its way, and, along with
it, some of my favorite sunshine-based entertainment options.
Downtown Sounds, of course, ranks high on
my list of favored summer activities, as it does
not require me to hike, bike or float my way
through the wilds of Whatcom County to get
to it. Instead, all I have to do is wander my way
through the concrete jungle that is downtown
Bellingham, following the sounds of music that
takes place on Bay Street every Wednesday for
five weeks. This year’s series kicks off July 6, and
when that date finally arrives, so will the MarchFourth Marching Band. As well, the series has
made an effort to include more local talent, and
everyone from Acorn
Project to Robert
Sarazin Blake will take
part in the entertainment spectacle.
Also taking it
to the streets is
a group of folks
spearheaded
by
Darkheart Visions.
BY CAREY ROSS
Along with shooting commercials and apparently working on
a clothing line, they’ve also dreamed up and
are currently figuring out how to execute a
one-day, five-venue, (they’re also angling for
the same streetside real estate Downtown
Sounds uses) all-local music festival tentatively scheduled for the end of June and dubbed
North by Northwest. If they can pull it off, I
may actually levitate from sheer excitement.
Now, after my commentary in last week’s
“Rumor Has It” about Yellingham, and the cessation of shows at the Contra House, I figured that would be my (or anyone’s, really)
last words on the matter. But that was before the Western Front published what was, in
my opinion, an extremely ill-advised April 29
“Frontline” column about their printing of the
address of the Yellingham show that was broken up by the police. I don’t have the space
or desire here to speak to all of that “Frontline’s” statements that were, at the very least,
deeply misguided. However, since they quoted
my column and brought me into it, I do want
to address the Editorial Board of the Western
Front directly: You are right: when you published the address of that Yellingham show, it
was indeed an honest mistake. However, when
your response to making that honest mistake
is anything other than a simple apology—i.e.
when you not only stand behind and justify
the making of that mistake, but also blame by
way of explanation the very people you owe
the apology to, that mistake becomes something other than honest. It is not my intention to berate either the Western Front or you,
its Editorial Board, but instead to remind you
that you have a voice. And how you use it is
important. Be mindful of that.
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SANFORD SERIES: As part of WWU’s Sanford
Piano Series, Tel Aviv pianist Inon Barnatan
will perform pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Schubert, and others at 7:30pm at the Performing
Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $9-$16.
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TRADIT IONAL JAZZ: Rain City Blue Blowers
will perform during the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance
from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St.
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SWIL K ANIM: Virtuoso violinist Swil Kanim
performs at a free monthly concert from
7-9pm at Stuart’s at the Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave.
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FEST IVAL FUNDRAISER: Violist Jeremy
Berry and pianist Pauline Yang will perform
at a fundraiser for the Bellingham Festival of
Music at 7pm at Christ the Servant Lutheran
Church, 2600 Lakeway Dr. Suggested donation is $10.
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LYNDEN CHORAL SOCIE T Y: Selected portions of Handel’s “Messiah” and Mendelssohn’s
“Elijah” can be heard when the Lynden Choral
Society performs at 3pm at Christ the Servant
Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Dr. Entry is
by donation.
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WED., MAY 11
KEVIN CARR: Multi-instrumentalist and
storyteller Kevin Carr performs at 7:30pm at
the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Dr. Suggested
donation is $8-$12.
THURS., MAY 12
DAN DANIELS: Mountain dulcimer master
Dan Daniels will lead a workshop at 6pm and
perform at 7pm at the First Christian Church,
495 E. Bakerview Rd. Entry is $15 for the
concert or $25 if you’re also attending the
workshop.
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T ILLER’S FOLLY: Celtic-influenced Canadian
and American music can be heard when Tiller’s
Folly performs at 2pm at Nancy’s Farm, 2030
E. Smith Rd. Suggested donation is $15.
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The Bellingham Electronic Arts
Festival takes place May 5-8 at
various locales. More info: www.
BEAF.org
ELEC TRIC BARN DANCE: Petunia and the Vipers return to Bellingham for an Electric Barn
Dance at 7:30pm at the American Museum of
Radio & Electricity, 1312 Bay St. Tickets are
$10 in advance and $12 at the door.
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sity, as well as other downtown
locales, will be practitioners of
electroacoustic
composition,
electropop, experimental hiphop, electronic dance, ambient
music and more by such practitioners as Lydia Kavina, Richard
Lainhart, VibeSquad, the Cuong
Vu Trio, and many more. Local musicians like Zach Zinn, DJ
Postal, and Jenni Potts will also
contribute their talents, as will
Scott Rickey, who will provide
his ever-distinctive visuals.
I guess probably the best way
to describe the mysteries and
magic of BEAF is not to try at all.
Like so many other things, you’re
just going to have to see for
yourself.
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year, the Bellingham Electronic
Arts Festival—or BEAF, with all
the attendant poor jokes I like to
make at the acronym’s expense—
remains a difficult thing to classify, categorize or otherwise succinctly and concisely describe—at
least for me. Sure, some of the
meaning is in the event’s name,
specifically the fact that it exists
to showcase the mostly musical
faction of the “electronic arts,”
but even that sounds like a nebulous descriptor at best.
Without resorting to some kind
of prefab, Wiki-inspired definition,
what BEAF is, in my estimation, is
a celebration and display of some
truly weird and wonderful music
and art. It centers on those folks
who harness technology to do
their musical bidding—and I’m
not talking about insipid exercises in Auto-Tune here. To make
it a bit clearer, most of us, I imagine, when confronted with a new
piece of technology think about
its practical applications, wondering how it will make our world
faster, more convenient, easier.
Those who make their art in the
BEAF ethos see that same technology and consider its artistic applications. As such, technological
advances drive artistic innovation,
and the results can be downright
amazing. Some of it translates
easily, some of it is wholly inaccessible, and most all of it is thought
provoking in some way.
Represented at this musical
mind-meld, which takes place
May 5-8 at a variety of venues
at Western Washington Univer-
650-6146
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Their success can mostly be attributed to chief
singer and songwriter Carl Newman. Newman has
an amazing knack for coupling clever lyrics with
outstanding musical and vocal high points, which
are showcased on his own fantastic solo records.
But the New Pornographers also pack some powerful secret weapons in their lineup, namely Neko
Case and Dan Bejar. Case as a solo performer is a
Bellingham favorite, and the Pornographers allow
her a fun respite from her dark country balladry.
To hear her belt in her signature commanding voice
over one of Newman’s choruses is truly a delight,
and she has performed with them for most of their
spring tour. It is somewhat rare to see her with
her cohorts, so keep your fingers crossed.
Dan Bejar has made a name for himself with his
own project Destroyer. Destroyer’s songs are also
darker with a great dramatic
flair, and they showcase his
dense and often surreal lyrics. In the New Pornographers he shares some songwriting credit with Newman
as well as some lead vocal
duties, and, much like Case,
HEAR
his contributions to the band
WHO: The New
Pornographers,
not only provide variety but
Thao & Mirah,
also a collective quality to
Kathryn Calder
the band and their music.
WHEN: 8pm Fri.,
With all of these highly reMay 6
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WHERE: Mount
Baker Theatre, 104
group the New Pornographers
N. Commercial St.
often sound like a collection
COST: $25
of very talented friends just
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www.mountbaker
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the result is sublime.
Joining them for the Bellingham show will be
female singer-songwriter titans Thao and Mirah.
Both are renowned for their solo careers and recently released an extraordinary collaborative album that combines the intense rhythms of afrobeat and rock with their own signature brand of
pop. No doubt these songs will be fantastic live,
and the pairing of both groups should prove to
be a night of ecstatic music. Fans of Bellingham
pop should purchase tickets as soon as possible,
because to miss this show would be quite regrettable. Even the pious Mr. Swaggart wouldn’t be
able to help himself from singing along and pumping his fist.
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Aaron Guest
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Scott Greene Band (early)
Open Mic
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MONDAY
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Swil Kanim
Mike Cuperus
Janie and Joe
Children's Cabaret (early),
Lindsay Street (late)
Euphoric Recall
The Bow Diddlers
Live Music
Comedy Night
Open Mic w/Chuck D feat.
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College Night
Live Music
Green Frog Café
Acoustic Tavern
Main St. Bar and Grill
Country Karaoke
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Groovulation
DJ Ryan I
Gallus Brothers
Timmy Sunshine
Bradley Lockhart and Nika,
Cora Glass
David Post (early), James
Lee Harris Jr. (late)
Savage Jazz
Andrew Jr. Boy Jones
Cheryl Jewell and the
Saltwater Octet
Little Bill and the Blue
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Lip Sync Contest
DJ Jester
DJ Jester
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Betty Desire Show, DJ
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Throwback Thursdays w/DJ
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The Spencetet
Karaoke
DJ Postal, Short-wave,
Splatinum
Karaoke w/Poops
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Jon Mutchler (Pierside),
Blues Union (Packers)
Motopony, Memes, more
80s Night
Skagit Valley Casino
Jeff Reier & Mark Woodworth
Skylark's
Virgin Islands, Sugar Sugar
Sugar, PRND
Rooftops, Pan Pan, The
Violins
The Penguins
The Penguins
Carrie Cunningham & The
Six Shooters
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Steve Faucher
Stirred Not Shaken
Temple Bar
DJ Yogoman
Irish Session
Bar Tabac
Three Trees
Coffeehouse
Open Mic feat. Bob Gudmundson & Reels of Rhyme
Snug Harbor
Open Mic feat. IYA
Plant Party, Mike Van Fleet
Village Inn
Wild Buffalo
Karaoke
Tony & the Tigers
DJ Clint
Silver Reef Hotel
Casino & Spa
Underground
Coffeehouse (WWU)
MOGWAI/May 6
Commodore Ballroom
Brian Hillman and Friends
Semiahmoo Resort
The Shakedown
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The Shadies
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Tony & The Tigers
DJ RoyBoy
Old World Deli
Royal
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Rockfish Grill
Lesbian, Grayceon, Dog
Shredder, Fight Amp
Tea Seas, The Silver
Vandals
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The Ridge
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Open Mic
Karaoke
Wild Out Wednesday w/The
Blessed Coast
Snug Harbor, Umami
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Tim Reynolds & TR3,
Danny Barnes
Champagne Champagne,
Head Like A Kite
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ly, in 8 Women, he showed his flair for Douglas Sirk-ian
melodrama—here, it’s his touch for farce.
It’s not the slapstick of slamming doors and perpetually seduced chambermaids, perhaps. But the story—
based on a popular play—is a lively comedy, and by doing it as a ’70s piece, Ozon is able to ridicule not only
some horrendous fashions, but some awfully outdated
attitudes. It’s like Nine to Five—but with just a touch of
creme fraiche.
The ironic intent is right there from the start when
Deneuve—who somehow makes even a tracksuit look
glamorous—goes jogging through the woods. On cue, an
adorable woodland creature from some Disney movie heralds her approach—and the star beams appreciatively.
Clearly, we are in a self-conscious movie-movie here,
particularly as flashbacks show us romantic episodes
from the characters’ pasts. Or as, occasionally, the labor troubles—which quickly escalate to involve kidnapping—stop to include a musical number, or some
forward-thinking design tips. (That Deneuve’s family
factory makes bumbershoots is, given her early iconic
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THIS ISN’T JUST A FILM SET
IN THE ’70S. IT FEELS LIKE A
’70S FILM WE’RE ONLY NOW
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REVIEWED BY STEPHEN WHITTY
Potiche
NOBODY PUTS CATHERINE IN A CORNER
IN FRENCH,
a “potiche” is the sort of pretty but
useless little vase you put up on a bookshelf and forget.
It’s also slang for what Americans call a “trophy wife.”
But in Potiche, Suzanne is tired of sitting on the
shelf.
She’s not aware of her discontent at first, mind you.
A woman of a certain age, she’s happy in her preordained role—overseeing the house and children while
her husband runs her family’s business. But then labor
unrest erupts. A long-standing affair becomes embarrassingly apparent.
And this pretty little object climbs down off her pedestal and puts up a fight.
Potiche is a showcase for a number of French actors,
especially Catherine Deneuve, but more than anything
it’s a starring role for director Francois Ozon. Previous-
smash The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, one of the film’s
many in-jokes.)
The star, who Americans rarely see kicking up her high
heels in a comedy, plays things relatively straight, with
only the slightest wink at the camera. She’s well-partnered by Fabrice Luchini as her tres chauvinist husband,
and the terrific Karin Viard as her spouse’s secretary and
equally long-suffering lover.
Also on hand is Deneuve’s old co-star from The Last
Metro, Gerard Depardieu. (While she’s remained nearly
ageless, he now looks like a particularly craggy range of
the Pyrenees that’s somehow been forced into a suit.)
He is clearly having a great deal of fun here, as is the
rest of the cast. And while a detour into politics—Ozon’s
addition to the original play—feels a bit preachy, so
was the time. This isn’t just a film set in the ’70s. It feels
like a ’70s film we’re only now getting to see.
And it’s great to make its acquaintance.
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REVIEWED BY TOM HUDDLESTON
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Thor
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both sides. For every solid action setpiece or inventive digital effect, there’s
a ludicrous costume choice or stupid
sub-Shakespearian plot twist: pity poor
Tom Hiddleston, whose role as hissable
trickster Loki is little more than a daft
horned helmet and a dismissive sneer.
The supporting cast fare better: while
Hemsworth pouts, Hopkins barks and
Natalie Portman simpers as forgettable
love interest Jane Foster, it’s Stellan
Skarsgaard and Kat Dennings, as Portman’s scientist sidekicks, who emerge
with dignity relatively intact. Idris Elba
also does himself proud as taciturn gatekeeper Heimdall, but the less said about
Thor’s roving pack of becoiffed backup
gods, the better.
But the big question that hangs over
Thor, and one that is never satisfactorily
explained, is why was Kenneth Branagh
tapped to direct? He’s never shown a
penchant for action, and that isn’t remedied here: while the film’s many noisy
punch-ups are perfectly serviceable,
this is a largely anonymous piece of
work, lacking any directorial stamp. And
this apparent dispassion extends to the
figures onscreen, with precious little attention paid to character development.
But for anyone looking for a spot of
mindless fluff, Thor remains an endearing
throwback to simpler times: when men
were men, gods were gods and heroes
looked like bodybuilders who’d just raided
the dress-up box. Just don’t expect to remember much about it afterwards.
Potiche (R) - Stars Catherine Deneuve
“Neither Francophiles nor film fans could ask
for anything more than François Ozon’s latest,
a charming comedy.” NY Daily
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1987 again already? With its
big hair, bulging biceps, blunt dialogue, swooning maidens, stoic heroes,
shiny sets and even shinier armor, had
Thor been released a quarter of a century ago it would have had its own
animated spinoff, tie-in shampoo and a
range of articulated toys manufactured
by Mattel. Even the basic setup—an
age-old intergalactic conflict between
muscle-bound lugs transfers to Earth
and chaos ensues—feels eerily similar
to the movie version of Masters of the
Universe. The only thing missing is a
cheeky animal sidekick.
Comic-book fans will angrily point out
that this incarnation of the ancient Norse
god was actually created by Marvel guru
and cameo junkie Stan Lee back in the
early ’60s, and that the film’s plot, which
sees Thor (Chris Hemsworth) banished
from Asgard by his dad Odin (Anthony
Hopkins) in an effort to teach the wayward warrior a spot of humility, comes
directly from the source. But it’s clear
from the decor, the dialogue and the
nod-and-wink execution that everyone
involved knows exactly how outrageously
outdated this all is, and they’re going to
have a little fun with it while they can.
Not that Thor is camp—this isn’t Flash
Gordon 2, however much some of us
might have enjoyed that. Like a number
of recent comic-book blockbusters, it
treads the line between telling an engaging story and recognizing its silliness, though it does err sporadically on
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film ›› showtimes you who are unclear as to the significance of that, it
doesn’t mean that just one reviewer hated this movie.
It means all of them did. Proceed with caution. One
star for the presence of John Krasinski as an acknowledgment that whatever is wrong with this movie
probably isn’t his fault. ★0'sHRMIN
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FILMSHORTS
Afr ican Cats: African cats are just like regular cats
except way bigger and more beautiful. Oh yeah, and
they’ll totally eat you for breakfast. Probably best
to view them in all their powerful glory on the big
screen. ★★★★'sHRMIN
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Soul Sur fer: I know this is some quasi-religious
flick, but it’s also the story of teenager Bethany Hamilton, who had her arm chewed off by a shark and
didn’t let it stop her from pursuing her dream of bigwave surfing. She is an utter and complete badass. For
real. ★★★0'sHRMIN
3UNSET3QUARE#ALLFORSHOWTIMES
And Ever ything is Going Fine: Steven Soderbergh lovingly and carefully constructs a posthumous
documentary about writer/actor/monologist Spalding
Gray, a story that is told, in large part, by the voluble
Gray himself. ★★★★5NRATEDsHRMIN
0ICKFORD&ILM#ENTER-AY Source Code: Jake Gyllenhaal is a sort of repetitive
time traveler, playing out the same eight minutes before a disaster over and over again in the hopes of
gathering enough clues to ultimately prevent it. And
THENLOVEINTERFERESBETCHADIDNTSEETHATCOMING
and nothing goes according to plan. ★★★0's
HRMIN
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Atlas Shrugged, Par t 1: Ayn Rand’s unwieldy, but
wholly compelling and thought-provoking behemoth
of a novel has now been made into a behemoth of a
movie—promoted, pushed into theaters and otherwise propagandized by the Tea Party. The question
is not “Who is John Galt,” but rather, “What has happened to his movie?” ★0'sHRMIN
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The Circus: When we first meet Chaplin’s Tramp in
this comic gem, he’s in typical straits: broke, hungry,
destined to fall in love and just as sure to lose the
girl. Mistaken for a pickpocket and pursued by a peace
officer into a circus tent, the Tramp becomes a star
when delighted patrons think his escape from John
Law is an act. ★★★★★'sHRMIN
0ICKFORD&ILM#ENTER-AY Dylan Dog: Dead of Night: This is some sort of
film noir/zombie flick/Indiana Jones-style adventure
that’s based on a graphic novel, set in New Orleans
and starring onetime Superman Brandon Routh. All
this could add up to something amazing or it could
result in a big ol’ cinematic mess. My hopes lie with
the former, but I fear the latter. ★★★ 0' s HRMIN
3EHOME
The Economics of Happiness: A hard look at the
personal implications of globalization and the resulting backlash that happens when government and
business continue to grow in a world that continues
to shrink. ★★★★5NRATEDsHRMIN
0ICKFORD&ILM#ENTER-AY even Tyler Perry wouldn’t touch it. Ouch. ★ 0'
sHRMIN
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Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil 3D: When the
first installment of Hoodwinked was released, I recall
saying, “Now, this is a movie just begging to be made
into yet another sub-par animated franchise. And it
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needs to become better acquainted with sarcasm. ★
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Potiche: See review previous page. ★★★★2sHR
MIN
Pickford Film Center See www.pickfordcinema.com for
showtimes.
Hop: I know this movie has something to do with Easter, the Easter Bunny and several other Easter-related
things, but every time I watch the trailer, all I can
see are those fuzzy yellow animated baby chicks and
I get way too excited to pay any attention to what’s
actually going on. Therefore, all stars are allotted for
the chickens alone. ★★★0'sHRMIN
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I Am: The man responsible for Ace Ventura, Liar Liar,
and Bruce Almighty tries his hand at being a documentarian. His subject matter? Just what’s wrong with
the world and how to fix it, that’s all. The problems
he brings up are familiar, but their solutions may surprise you. ★★★★5NRATEDsHRMIN
Pickford Film Center See www.pickfordcinema.com for
showtimes.
Jumping the Broom: A familial dramedy with an
ensemble cast that apparently has a script so poor
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Fast Five: Apparently, this movie isn’t near as bad
as it should be. And yes, that is what passes for a
ringing endorsement from me, at least when it comes
to sequel-to-a-sequel movies where the cars display
more acting chops than the actual cast. ★★★0'
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ELIMINATE THE POINTLESS $ 3TILL A SUBPAR ANIMATED
franchise? Check. ★0'sHRMIN
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Prom: I really want to hate on this House of Mouse
film that follows several intersecting stories of teens
in the lead-up to their prom, but I’m having a hard
time mustering up the requisite level of cynicism. Because, as it turns out, I had fun at my prom. Sue me.
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animated macaw. Born in captivity, he’s never learned
to fly, but now he’s learned another animated macaw
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Water for Elephants: This is maybe the only time in
the history of the universe when book club members
and Twihards will stand side by side in line to see
the same movie. It stars Robert Pattinson and Reese
Witherspoon in an adaptation of a mega-bestseller
about circus people written by Sara Gruen. But, if you
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Natasha Gustafson, MS,
LMFT, leads a workshop on
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Sat., May 7 at Mount Vernon’s
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Community Food Co-op’s
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“Mastering Your Triad
of Change” will be the focus
of a Brown Bag Healthcare
Series talk with Rhythm of
Life Wellness Studio’s Dr. Kim
Haustedt at noon Wed., May
4 at Village Books, 1200 11th
St. Entry is free. More info:
ww.vilalgebooks.com
Certified nutritionist Jim
Ehmke helms a “Hormonal
Health” class at 6:30pm Thurs.,
May 5 at the Community Food
Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. If
you want to learn all about the
body’s endocrine system, register in advance. Cost is $5-$6.
More info: 734-8158
“Helping Aging Friends
and Family” will be the focus
of a talk with Eden Alexander
and Jean La Valley at 7pm
Wed., May 4 at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest
St. Entry is free, but registration is requested. More info:
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The Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center hosts an
open house and introductory
talk at 7pm most Mondays
at its digs on the third floor
of the Masonic Hall, 1101 N.
State St. A variety of meetings and workshops happen
throughout the week. More
info: 483-4526 or www.bellingham.shambhala.org
Sign up for a Visioning
Class at 6pm every Tuesday
in April at Mount Vernon’s
Center for Spiritual Living,
1508 N. 18th St. Entry is free.
More info: www.cslmountvernon.com
Dance Gallery hosts a Modern Dance Class for Beginners
at 6pm every Monday at the
Firehouse Performing Arts
Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The
class is open to all ages, and
drop-ins are welcome. More
info: 676-4113
Tai Chi Classes begin at
9:15am Tuesdays and 8am
Thursdays at the Bellingham
Senior Activity Center, 315
Halleck St. Cost is $3.50 for
members and $5 for nonmembers. More info: 7334030
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place from 10am-12pm Wed.,
May 4 at Mount Vernon’s
Skagit Valley Food Co-op.
The event is open to families
with infants from birth to 18
months only (no siblings allowed). Entry is free; please
register in advance. More
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Kelsang Kunshe leads a
“Simply Meditate” class from
4-5pm every other Thursday
afternoon at the La Conner
Retirement Inn, 204 N. First
St. Everyone is welcome.
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students, seniors and the
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Sound Healing Circle happens
from 6-7pm on the fourth Monday of every month at Jiva Yogi
Wellness, 1109 Cowgill Ave.
Suggested donation is $5.
More info: www.jiva-yogi.net
Attend a Meditation Hour
from 5:30-6:30pm every first
and third Wednesday of the
month at psychic Jill Miller’s
offices at 1304 Meador Ave.
Entry is $5. No registration
is required, but please be on
time, as the doors will close
right at 5:30. More info: www.
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Family Hoop Jams happen
from 6-8pm every Wednesday at Bellingham’s Center
for Expressive Arts. Suggested donation is $5, and
all levels are welcome. More
info: www.centerforexpressivearts.com
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“No Eyes, No Ears, No
Nose…Zen and Creative Expression” happens at 7pm
Mondays and 9:30am Saturdays at the Red Cedar Dharma
Hall, 1021 N. Forest. Shuso
Edie Norton leads the class.
Cost is $20-$60. More info:
www.redcedarzen.org
Move and Groove Toddlers,
Adult modern dance and creative dance for kids of various
ages will be taught in May at
the Center for Expressive Arts,
1317 Commercial St., suite
#201. Mandy Pidgeon is the instructor. More info: 296-3766 or
[email protected]
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Intenders of the Highest
Good Circle meets at 7pm
on the second Friday of the
month at the Co-op’s Connection Building, 1220 N. Forest
St. Len-Erna Cotton, part of
the original group in Hawaii,
is the facilitator.. More info:
www.intenders.org
5:30pm every second and
fourth Monday of the month
at psychic Jill Miller’s offices
at 1304 Meador Ave. Entry
is $5. No registration is required. More info: www.jillmillerpsychic.com
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Sign up for a Spring Cleanse
happening May 9-25 with
Dr. Jess Van Dusen of Vital
Source Natural Medicine, 1111
W. Holly St. Cost is $175 and
includes educational classes,
detox supplements, home
remedies and much more.
Please sign up by May 4. More
info: www.vitalsourcenaturalmedicine.com
Kim Sandstrom, ND, will
focus on “Improving Cardiovascular Health Naturally”
at a presentation starting
at 6:30pm Wed., May 11 at
the Community Food Co-op,
1220 N. Forest St. Entry is
$5 for members, $6 for nonmembers and registration is
required. More info: 734-8158
Skagit Community Acupuncture is now offering a
“get what you need, pay what
you can” acupuncture clinic
every Thursday at its home
base at 160 Cascade Place,
suite 218, in Burlington. More
info: www.skagitcommunityacupuncture.com
A Breastfeeding Café
meets at 10:30am every Monday at the Bellingham Birth
Center’s Life Song Perinatal
Wellness Center, 2430 Cornwall Ave. Here, you’ll find
breastfeeding support and
encouragement, solution-focused dialogue and other networking perks. Entry is $10.
More info: www.lifesongperinatal.com
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“Laughter: Motivation
and Medicine” will be the
focus of a WWU Connections
Brown Bag Series talk with
Dr. Robert Kepier at noon
on Tues., May 10 at Village
Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is
free. More info: 734-8158
Stroller Strides, a total
body fitness class for moms
and their babies, meets on a
weekly basis. The class focuses on cardio, strength and core
training. Your first class will be
free to try. More info: 391-4855
or www.strollerstrides.com
A Grief Support Group meets
at 7pm every Tuesday at the
St. Luke’s Community Health
Education Center. The free,
drop-in support group is for
those experiencing the recent
death of a friend or loved one.
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“Positive Discipline: Effective Parenting Skills for
All Ages” will be the focus of
a workshop with child development specialist Kathie Ketcham, MA, at noon on Thurs.,
May 12 at Mount Vernon’s
Skagit Valley Food Co-op.
Entry is free. Please register
in advance. More info: (360)
336-5087, ext. 136.
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be offered at 11am Mon., May
9 at Bellingham’s Jiva Yogi
Wellness, 1109 Cowgill Ave.
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scene, as described by Seattle-based video artist
Michael Douglas. “Sometimes a tree falls down in
a field of cows, and the cows walk over to it and
stare at it. It used to be standing and now it’s on
the ground. There’s something different in the field
and the cows start to hang out around the tree and
watch it like it’s television, attracted to the rupture in the order of things. They gather around it for
months, even after they completely forget why they
started doing it.” I think there’s a comparable scene
going on in your life right now, Aries. People you
care about are in a daze, seemingly hypnotized by
a certain “rupture in the order of things” that took
place some time ago. In my opinion, it’s your task
to wake them up, gently if possible, and motivate
them to move on.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You’re an animal!
And I mean that in the best senses of the word. Your
vitality is heading toward peak levels, and your body
is as smart as it gets. If you were ever going to act
as if every move you make is a dance, now would be
the time to do it. If you ever wanted to explore the
righteous blending of grace and power, this is a perfect moment. Give yourself permission to be a fluid
bolt of ingenious fun, Taurus. Play hard and sweet,
with sublime ferocity.
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Make the invisible
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dark force beautiful.” That was the first line of the
horoscope I wrote for you in my dream last night.
Here’s what came next: “Create a song out of your
moans. Brag about your wounds. Dance reverently on
the graves of your enemies.” Does any of this make
sense to you so far? It all seemed perfectly reasonable and helpful in my dream. “Sneak a gift to your
bad self. Dissolve the ties that bind you to hollow
intelligence. Seek the angel near the funky gulley
that winds through no man’s land. Dig for treasure
in the muddy puddle where the single lily grows.”
That’s it, Gemini—my dream of your horoscope. If
you can align yourself with its spirit, I bet you’ll
be primed for the waking-life opportunities that are
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Journal of Medical Ethics, psychologist Richard Bentall proposed that happiness be reclassified as a
“psychiatric disorder”—a pathology that should be
treated with therapy. “Happiness is statistically abnormal,” he argued. It “consists of a discrete cluster
of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive
abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal
functioning of the central nervous system.” If he’s
correct, Cancerian, you may have a problem. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re
about to be besieged by a massive influx of good
feelings. It may be hard for you to fend off surges
of unreasonable joy, well-being, and gratitude. So
let me ask you: Are you prepared to enter into rebel
mode as you flaunt your abnormal bliss?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Two British men, Jack
Jones and Chris Cuddihy, pulled off an epic deed in
2009. They ran seven marathons in seven consecutive days on seven continents. Each marathon was
over 31 miles. (More info here: 7in7on7.com.) I’m
not recommending that you try something as ridiculously excessive as they did, Leo, but I do want to
note that you’re now in a phase when your capacity
for amazing feats is bigger than usual. Do you have
any ideas about what you could accomplish that’s
beyond your expectations?
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): What have you had
to relinquish in the past 10 months, Virgo? What
were you forced to sacrifice or surrender? Whatever
it is, I predict you will be compensated for it over
the course of the next 12 months. And the process
begins soon. It’s not likely that the incoming blessing will bring an exact replacement for the dream
that got away. Rather, you will be awakened to an
unexpected new source of excitement, thereby dissolving the lingering sense of loss and liberating you
to rise again.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If given the choice
between having our lives change or keeping our lives
the same, many of us would choose the status quo.
We tend to feel that even if the current state of
things is uncomfortable, it’s still preferable to having to deal with the uncertainty and fear that come
from transformation. But I don’t think you fit this
description right now, Libra. Of all the signs of the
zodiac, you’re the one that’s most receptive to shifting the mood and experimenting with the rules. It’s
easier than usual for you to imagine different ways
of doing things. Take advantage of this superpower.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Hugo Chavez is the
socialist president of Venezuela, not an astronomer
or New Age philosopher. And yet he recently speculated that the planet Mars once had a thriving civilization that met its doom because its resources were
drained off and poisoned by the excesses of capitalism. I love it when notable people go off-message
and freestyle wacky fantasies, so I applaud Chavez’s
improvisation. May I respectfully suggest you consider indulging in your own version of this art form?
According to my reading of the astrological omens,
it would be downright healthy for you to depart from
your usual raps and unveil some unpredictable selfexpressions to anyone and everyone who think they
have you all figured out.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Symmetry
and equilibrium are not all that valuable right now.
They’re certainly not worth obsessing over or having
screaming fights about. In fact, I recommend that
you cultivate a jaunty knack for stylish lopsidedness.
Appreciate the beauty of irregularity. Be alert for the
way incongruous details and crooked angles reveal
fresh, hot truths that provide you with exactly what
you need. Even so-called flaws and mistakes may
lead to lucky accidents.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “It was better
for me when I could imagine greatness in others,
even if it wasn’t always there,” said Charles Bukowski, a generally cranky writer not renowned for his
optimism. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, this strategy will also work wonders for
you in the coming days. Trying to see what’s great
about other people will tend to activate your own
dormant greatness, and will just generally make you
feel good. So ask yourself: What’s beautiful, smart,
interesting, and successful about the people you
know? Fantasize aggressively.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The income gap
between the richest and poorest sections of society
has always been large, but in recent years it has
grown absurdly, grotesquely humongous. As journalist Les Leopold notes (bit.ly/RichEatPoor), there are
hedge-fund gamblers who rake in more money in an
hour than a middle-class wage-earner makes in 47
years. From an astrological perspective, Aquarius, it’s
an excellent time for you to raise your voice against
this inequity. Furthermore, you’d be wise to dramatically shrink the discrepancy between the haves and
have-nots in your own personal sphere, where you
can actually have an immediate effect. You might
start the healing by asking yourself how the rich aspects of your psyche steal from the poor parts.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): There’s a good
chance you will soon utter the smartest words you
have ever said in your life. It’s also possible that
you will generate two of the top five thoughts that
have popped into your brain in the last decade.
That’s how in tune I expect you to be with your
inner sources of wisdom. And that’s how closely
aligned you’ll be with the Divine Intelligence
formerly known as God. Now here’s the surprise
ending to my message for you, Pisces—the unexpected outcome: Your brilliant insights and cogent
statements may tempt you to be wilder and freer
than you’ve been in a long time.
A mother doesn’t risk her relationship with her daughter for just anything. In your case, somebody has to
say hi. (One wonders what you’d do
for “Lovely weather we’re having”
or “Have a nice day.”) If you care at
all about your daughter, think hard
about what creepy, narcissistic competitiveness led you to go home with
her ex and how creepy you’re still being, wondering how you might snag
her O.K. to go back for seconds. Sure,
your daughter said she’s over the guy.
And she could be—more than anybody has ever been over anybody—
and still never get over hearing her
mother say, “Oh, sweetie, I bumped
into your ex…and then I ground into
him for hours.”
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Last week, my 25-year-old daughter’s exboyfriend said hi to me in a bar, and one
thing led to another, and we ended up in
bed. I felt absolutely terrible about what
happened, and then my daughter, out
of the blue, announced she’s finally over
him. In fact, she insisted she is. Is there
any way I could keep seeing him, and if
so, should I tell her?
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It’s always so cute when a man announces “WE’RE having a baby!”—as
if “WE” will be getting huge, bloated
and hormonal, and nuzzling the toilet bowl for nine months. And then
there’s the really fun part, when WE
get strapped to a table, legs spread,
and we’re surrounded by strangers
shouting “Push! Push!” (As if it’s
sheer laziness that keeps a person
from squeezing a Mack truck out a
carport-sized opening.)
Your fiancee was a teen mother way
back before you’d get a reality series for that and has now spent over
a third of her life being somebody’s
mommy. Not surprisingly, she isn’t
into having yet another human being to be responsible for for the next
20-plus years—understanding all too
well that, “Hey, can we get a new
person?!” isn’t like getting another
kitten (as in, what’s one more once
you’ve already got two shedding on
the couch?).
Unfortunately, it seems you assumed there’d be some sort of kid
pro quo here: You drive her kids to
soccer and admire their crayonings,
and she’d make you a kid of your own.
You’re right to expect some really
big hugs for doing the stand-in dad
thing, but just because she has the
womanparts doesn’t mean she owes it
to you to fire up the assembly line and
give you an heir. What you’re calling
selfishness on her part is actually a
sign of emotional health—not being
so needy that she’d agree to be your
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My 27-year-old girlfriend has two kids
(ages 10 and 5). She is financially stable
and owns her own house. We began planning to get married, but then she said
she didn’t want any more children. She
cites the financial burden, the time a
baby would take from “us,” how she’d be
starting all over again, and not wanting
to do that to her body again. I think she’s
being selfish, seeing me as good enough
to help raise her two girls but not good
enough to have a child with. I want a
child who’s genetically related to me, who
I can raise and form from the start. I
told her, if she won’t have a baby, I won’t
take the next step and get married and
purchase a house together. Am I in the
wrong here, or is she?
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baby vending machine, only to end
up resentful and angry (“Here’s your
lunchbox, you little snot!”).
You don’t get a kid out of her by
acting like one—sniffling that you’re
“not good enough to have a child
with” and announcing, “No baby, no
marry, no housie!” Instead of trying
to pout and guilt her into more motherhood, discuss this like adults to see
whether there’s any wiggle room here.
(Don’t get your hopes up.) As for your
question about which one of you is in
the wrong, you’re probably just wrong
for each other. Ultimately, this could
be one of those unfortunate situations in which love just isn’t enough.
Two people also have to want the
same major things: Must love dogs.
Must want kids. Need to be horsewhipped daily.
Should this relationship crash and
burn, try to learn from it: If you really, really want to be something’s dad,
prudent family planning involves casually putting that out there as early
as the first date. This isn’t foolproof,
but it beats the other kind of family
planning: planning to swap out the
wife’s birth control pills for 30 days
of Tic Tacs: “Gee, my Ortho-Novum
tastes minty-fresh!”
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BY AMY KEPFERLE
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A CINCO DE MAYO ROUNDUP
I DON’T
need any sort of an excuse to eat Mexican food. Although I’m
pleased those living south of the border gained their independence way back
in 1862, the annual celebration known as Cinco de Mayo simply provides me
with one more reason to peruse area restaurants for tasty fare for my own
personal fiestas. If you’re looking for guidance on where to get your own
party started, keep reading.
Last Friday, my compadre and I pulled into somewhere neither of us had
ever been before—Lynden’s Bender Plaza. We ignored the mini-mall feel of
the crowded locale and headed toward dinner at Cancun Mexican Restaurant. I’d agreed to take the wheel on the way home, so my amiga hucked
caution aside and started her night with a super-sized jalapeno cucumber
margarita ($10). The delightful concoction—yes, I took a small sip—was
made with agave nectar, organic lime juice and tequila; small jalapenos
and sliced cucumbers floated around like lazy swimmers bobbing in the
Caribbean Sea.
She decided on the skirt steak and vegetable-stuffed Baja Burrito ($13)
while I opted for the Chichen Itza combo ($11), which included an enchilada,
taco and tostada with a side of rice and
beans. While we waited for our meals, we
snuck envious looks at the platters of sizzling fajitas and huge entrees that passed
us by on their way to other diners in the
narrow, salmon-colored space.
I was pleased with my huge platter of
goodness, and declared the cheese-and-
sauce-covered enchilada the star of my supper. Sampling a bite from my date’s meal, I
was impressed with the smoky, spicy flavor of
the tomatillo sauce covering her burrito behemoth. We ate heartily, but both ended up with
plenty of leftovers. It’s worth mentioning that
the eatery doesn’t use lard or MSG in any of its
dishes, but I’d probably come back even if that
wasn’t the case.
Honestly, I didn’t even know Tadeo’s exited
until I saw a guy on the corner of Bellingham’s
State and Holly streets waving around a large
sign advertising the new space, which apparently opened in early February at the former
Bowl & Roll (next to Old School Tattoo).
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aforementioned friend—I believe her words
went something like “it’s cheap, and really, really bueno”—I found myself there on a recent
lunch break with a growling stomach and a yen
for something a little different.
Perusing the menu, I discovered that in addition to the chicken and beef selections, the
family-owned restaurant—which touts authentic
Mexican food, homemade tortillas and “the best
tamales in Bellingham”—also offers a variety of
menu items featuring tongue. Deciding to hold
off on the more adventurous fare for another
time, I ordered an a la
carte Asada Torta ($5.50)
to go. Back at the office,
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from its bag and beheld
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fresh salsa, offered just
the right amount of spice for my senses.
Next time I go to Tadeo’s—whether it’s for a
Oaxacan omelet during breakfast, a lunchtime
tamale or the only-available on-Sunday hominy
and chicken soup dubbed Pozole—I plan to
dine in-house so I can see what everybody else
is ordering and plan my menu accordingly. It
may well happen on Cinco de Mayo, but even if
it doesn’t, I have a feeling I’ll be back sooner
rather than later.
See, when it comes to Mexican food, I don’t
wait until somebody tells me it’s the perfect
holiday to eat it, I just show up and dig in.
CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION: Chili beer will
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PANCAKE FUNDRAISER: The Ferndale Food
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for kids, $5 for adults.
384-4262
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$45.
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THURS., MAY 12
SEASONAL PARIS: Karina Davidson leads a
course dubbed “Springtime in Paris” at 6pm at
the Cordata Food Co-op. Cost is $39.
383-3200
WINE TAST ING: A rep from C & G Wines will
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