The Crossing Guide

BAMF kicks off season at B’Ham Oasis: Lookout Arts Quarry

The Lookout Arts Quarry, located on a 61-acre site previously operated as an industrial rock quarry 12 miles south of Bellingham, WA was launched by a group of artists who took collective ownership of it in 2007 and have been establishing the land as an arts center ever since. [...]

May 4, 2017

Avalon Music: a local institution with a community-based flare

The trope of the grumpy record store employee, popularized by actor Jack Black in the film High Fidelity is one that Chris Lamb, owner of Avalon Records in Bellingham can understand, but it isn’t one he’s keen on perpetuating at his boutique store in the heart of a [...]

April 9, 2017

Record Store Day Series: Get the Business in Anacortes

If you are a vinyl junkie, like me, you’ll be getting hyped for April 22nd. That’s Record Store Day, when vinyl junkies pull out their savings accounts and get ready to sit in line on that day, sometimes camping out overnight, to be assured the special releases that come out [...]

April 3, 2017

Chuck Berry: Long Live the King

The King of Rock & Roll is dead at 90. He wasn’t even MEGA till he was near 30. He is probably the most underrated lyricist, and he is simply the KING because there simply would be no GUITAR ROCK without him. He was the architect. Elvis pretending to play guitar. Fats, [...]

March 20, 2017

Edison’s elbow makes for a unique stop in Skagit Valley

I recall first encountering the village of Edison, Washington by accident, after taking an alternate route to Bellingham, Washington one sunny afternoon. I was driving with my family from Anacortes and my wife started telling me how much she loved this little place, but that she [...]

March 2, 2017

UBU ROI: an absurdist rumpus salve for modern times

  (Left to Right) Dogpile played by Ben Williamson, Financiers played by Karianne Nelson and Sam Johnson, and (top) Mere Ubu played by Chris Coombs behold their new King Ubu, played by Keefe Healy There is a theory that says we elect political leaders, or at the very least [...]

February 22, 2017

White guys can jump, jump, jump

The first time I heard Jump Around by Rappers House of Pain, I was playing hoops at Greenlake Park in Seattle against some of coldest ballers from the C.A.Y.A (Central Area Youth Association) select basketball team. It was May 1992. My buddy, Little Joker walked over with this [...]

September 18, 2016

Witnessing the Cycle of Life in an Alaska Rainforest

In the sparkling shallows below, a large paw plunges into the creek. It darts so quickly I wonder if I’ve really seen it. It comes up empty. Trying a new tactic, the bear dunks his whole shaggy head in and finally snags a squirming salmon, beautiful pinks and greens flashing [...]

September 22, 2015

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