Best Bets: Satirist Roy Zimmerman sings in Bellingham


Roy Zimmerman, Bellingham

Roy Zimmerman, a satirical songwriter in the Tom Lehrer-Phil Ochs tradition, performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 1220 Bay St.


Roy Zimmerman is a satirical songwriter in the Tom Lehrer-Phil Ochs tradition.

He tours almost constantly, taking his funny songs about fracking, creationism, marijuana laws, government shutdown, same-sex marriage, guns, taxes and abstinence across the country, often playing in some of the least Progressive places in America for the most Progressive people there - the "Blue Dots" he calls them.

He'll perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 1220 Bay St.

A few of his songs are "I Approve This Message," "Firing the Surgeon General" and "Creation Science 101." He founded and wrote all the material for the comedy folk quartet The Foremen, which performed on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

He's shared the stage with George Carlin, Bill Maher, Bill Clinton and kd lang.

Admission is $15 at the door.

For more on his music, go to


Platinum-selling songstress Suzy Bogguss performs contemporary arrangements of popular folk songs, country tunes, jazz and old-timey melodies, as well as her originals, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St.

Her latest album - her 18th - is "Lucky," inspired by the songs of Merle Haggard.

James Hardesty, proprietor of the Frog, says "Suzy has one of the most distinguished country voices out there."

Cover is $25; tickets available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets.

More on her music at


Xat'sull Chief Bev Sellars talks about her book, "They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Sellars spent her childhood in a church-run residential school whose aim it was to "civilize" Native children through Christian teachings, forced separation from family and culture, and discipline. Beginning at age 5, she was isolated for two years at Coqualeetza Indian Tuberculosis Hospital in Sardis, B. C., nearly six hours' drive from home.

In her memoir, Sellars tells of three generations of women who attended the school, interweaving the personal histories of her grandmother and her mother with her own. Sellars returned to the First Nations community of Soda Creek and while she was away, she earned a degree in history from the University of Victoria and a law degree from the University of British Columbia, and she served as adviser for the BC Treaty Commission. She was first elected chief in 1987 and has spoken out on behalf of her community on racism and residential schools and on the environmental and social threats of mineral resource exploitation in her region.

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