Making plans for the weekend? This is Western Washington University’s back-to-school week, and there’s a lot going on!
You could go hard at the Back 2 Bellingham festival, a three-night untz-travaganza of dance music and blue shots.
But maybe you’re feeling a bit, let’s say, mature for such carryings-on. If that’s the case, head on down to the Red Rum Tiki Lounge this Saturday and lounge hard with Seattle’s Lushy Trio and locals the Di Young Combo.
The Lushy Trio is the crunchy core of Lushy, a five piece that’s been playing “progressive cocktail” music around the Northwest for two decades. Appearing Saturday are singer Annabella Kirby backed by Matt Nims and Andy Sodt, who’ve played with erstwhile Bellingham bands Applied Science, the Sharx, and Tiny Hat Orchestra.
While Di Young often plays as a two-piece, with singer Diana Young-Blanchard (formerly of the DTs) accompanied by Aaron Smith on guitar, Saturday’s show will include bassist Anna Burl Jull and drummer Stephanie Straight.
With its low lighting, exotic drinks, and decor out of a tropical fever dream, Red Rum is a great place to take in a show. And with a 6pm start time, you can head home afterwards at a sensible adult bedtime. Alternately, you can stay downtown and enjoy the mayhem. Life is full of choices!
State Street businesses will have food and drink specials, plus voter registration tables, in support of Hollie Huthman, city council candidate and owner of the Racket/Shakedown. It’s all happening in the vicinity of State and Chestnut from 4 to 7pm. At 7:30, pop into the Shakedown to see Hollie’s band, Dryland, with Stereo Donkey opening.
Friday, August 2: Downtown Art Walk
Drink art! See wine! Downtown sidewalks come alive every first Friday for the Downtown Art Walk, and this Friday will be no exception. 6-10pm,
Head to Stone’s Throw Brewing in Fairhaven for music from the Brittany Collins Band and Groovebot, food trucks, and, of course, beer. The event is free, but you’ll have the opportunity to toss a few bucks in the direction of Recreation Northwest. 11am-9pm.
Gruff Brewing and Boundary Bay Brewery are joining forces to benefit Shifting Gears, and they want to get you wet in the process. To that end, there’ll be squirt guns, bubble machines, water balloons, and slippery yard games. DJs and food trucks will round out the dry side of the bill. Noon-4pm.
Last week’s Downtown Sounds show got doused by a summer downpour. Taking no chances, organizers have moved this week’s show, featuring New Orleans legends the Rebirth Brass Band, to the drier, but still outside-ish, environs of the Depot Market. The aptly named Raincity opens.
Downtown Sounds will be back on Bay Street as usual next Wednesday.
Downtown Sounds, July 17, 5pm Rebirth Brass Band and Raincity Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave.
Happy birthday to Downtown Sounds! My, how you’ve grown. I remember watching the first show set up in the alley next to the Wild Buffalo. Now DTS covers two blocks centered at Bay and Prospect Streets, one of which is 99% beer garden.
In addition to the onsite beer and food vendors, several nearby establishments are offering Downtown Sounds specials this summer.
The Downtown Bellingham Partnership held a public Q&A with mayoral candidates Seth Fleetwood, April Barker, Pinky Vargas and Garrett O’Brien on June 19. Note that the first 11 minutes of this video are introductions and procedural discussion – best to skip ahead.
Here’s the summer lineup for the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. Movies are shown behind Village Books on the Fairhaven Village Green, 10th and Mill. Live entertainment starts at 8:15, movies at dark. BYO chair or blanket. Admission is $5, free for kids under five.
June 22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Strangely and Bellowing open
June 29: Spiderman, Into the Spiderverse, Wren & Della open
July 6: Top Gun, The Sweet Goodbyes open
July 13: Bohemian Rhapsody, DJ Westwood opens
July 20: Mary Poppins Returns, Talia Keys opens
July 27: Ten Things I Hate About You, Azara Tribal Bellydance opens
Aug. 3: Jurassic Park, Aaron J. Shay opens
Aug. 10: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Havilah Rand opens
Aug. 17: Grease, Brian Ernst opens
Aug. 24: The Princess Bride, Psychedelic Cowboys open
Bellingham breweries had a strong showing at the North American Beer Awards this month, bringing home a total of 14 medals. In addition, Chuckanut Brewery won overall in the Best Large Brewery category. Here are the winning breweries and their entries, listed in order of domination.
Silver – Chuckanut Maibock – Helles BockMaibock
Gold – Chuckanut Asian Lager – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale
Silver – Chuckanut Mexican – – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale
Silver – Chuckanut Rye Lager – Rye Beer
Gold – Chuckanut Altbier 9 – Altbier
Gold – Chuckanut Dortmunder – DortmunderExport
Silver – Correspondent – Foreign-Style Stout
Gold – Oud Bruin – Flanders-Style Red or Brown Ale
Gold – Champagne Toast – Berliner-Style Weisse
Kulshan Brewing Company
Bronze – Helles – Helles Lager
Silver – Cherry Gose – Flavored Gose
Aslan Brewing Company
Bronze – Frances Farmer – Brett Beer
Bronze – A Study of Dreams – Berliner-Style Weisse
Silver – Honey, Wheat Shrunk the Kids – American-Style Wheat Ale
Hana Kim at Q-13 Fox News covered gay teen Jace Taylor’s termination from his camp counselor position by the Firs, a christian organization that runs a variety of camps and retreats. This article includes the full statement from Firs Executive Director Tom Beaumont.
I’m going to miss the Fairhaven Wednesday Farmer’s Market. The walk along the bay from downtown to Fairhaven is lovely in the summer. I enjoyed wandering among the market stalls, people watching, and stretching out on the grass to catch some rays while half-listening to the buskers.
I must admit, however, that I never bought so much as single radish.
It seems I wasn’t alone in this. Citing declining sales, the Wednesday Farmers Market has pulled up stakes and moved to Barkley Village. The new Barkley Market kicks off this afternoon from 2pm-6pm with a grand opening featuring music from Lefty and the Right Hand Band. The market will continue every Wednesday through September.