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Craig Jewell

Craig Jewell, owner of the Wild Buffalo, will be among the speakers at the Pop Music Industry Conference at Western Washington University. The conference kicks off with registration at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at WWU's Viking Union.


The Music Industry Conference, presented by Associated Students Pop Music at Western Washington University, kicks off with registration at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at WWU's Viking Union. The event serves as a place for individuals involved in the music industry across all levels of experience to gain useful knowledge, insights and connections.

Through the various segments of the conference, attendees are able to discover the ins and outs of getting into, and succeeding in the music industry.

The Music Industry Conference is an opportunity for anyone with a passion for music to come together and discuss relevant topics and explore new ideas.

Keynote speaker is Sean Nelson, best-known as the singer of Harvey Danger. He has also made contributions to the community and music industry as co-owner of Barsuk Records and also as a writer and editor for The Stranger.

Craig Jewell, one of the owners of The Wild Buffalo, is a panelist on the session "Behind the Lights: Insight into Music Production and Programming."

Other panel topics include: music's influence on artists, listeners and the community; the importance of local music coverage in the digital age; forging your own path within the music industry; what it really takes to survive life on the road; and connecting community: and bringing all ages together with the arts.

Details: and on Facebook (search pop music industry conference).


iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave., presents "The Man Who Was Thursday," freely adapted by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao from the novel by G.K. Chesterton and directed by Hergenhahn at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 through March 1. A special opening performance is just $5 on Thursday, Feb. 20.

"The Man Who Was Thursday" follows the investigation of detective Gabriel Syme, as he infiltrates a secret group of anarchists. The play reveals twist after twist in the absurd world inhabited by poets, anarchists and spies until absolutely no one and nothing is any longer what they seem. G.K. Chesterton is one of the founders of the modern mystery novel. Hergenhahn-Zhao has taken every liberty with Chesterton's political and philosophical novel. Keeping all the many plot and character twists, and adding a few more, he has turned the dark/comic novel into a mysterious The play features Beth Wallace, Lucas Naylor, Ben Williamson, Tera Contezac, Cassandra Murphy, Jessica Young, Christopher Coombs, and Ron Warne, with costumes and make- up by Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao.

Tickets, $10 for all other performances, are available through


Tim McNulty, award-winning poet, essayist and nature-writer, speaks about "Wolves Across the Water," specifically, about the Olympic National Park and wolves, in a free event at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.

McNulty is the author of 10 books of poetry and 11 books of natural history, including "Olympic National Park: A Natural History," which won the Washington State Book Award.

Wolves have begun to return to northeastern Washington and the North Cascades. Is there any chance that they can return to the Olympic National Park where they once flourished? Tim's talk encompasses the Olympic wolves' history, biology and politics surrounding them.

Sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife,


Birds are everywhere in Whatcom County. If you haven't noticed, you haven't been watching.

The North Cascades Audubon Society sure has been watching, and they want you to join them on one of their many field trips in February to see what they see.

The society is hosting free field tips on Thursday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, March 1. The trip on Feb. 20 will be at 8:30 a.m. to the Samish flats to see raptors, short-eared owls and more. Register for this trip by calling Steven Harper at 360-650-9065.

The trip on March 1 will start at 9 a.m. to Semiahmoo Park to see a wide range of bird species. No registration required.

To see a list of all the society's upcoming field trips, go to

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