Best Bets: Oregon author Willy Vlautin a guest on Chuckanut Radio Hour


Willy Vlautin

Oregon author Willy Vlautin talks about his novel, "The Free," at the Chuckanut Radio Hour on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Whatcom Community College's Heiner Theater, 231 W. Kellogg Road.


Oregon author Willy Vlautin talks about his novel, "The Free," at the Chuckanut Radio Hour on Tuesday evening, Feb. 25, at Whatcom Community College's Heiner Theater, 231 W. Kellogg Road.

In his heartbreaking yet hopeful fourth novel, award-winning author Vlautin demonstrates his talent for illuminating the disquiet of modern American life, captured in the experiences of three memorable characters enduring a host of crises: financial, familial, and existential, and looking for meaning in distressing times.

Vlautin is the author of "The Motel Life," "Northline," "Lean on Pete," and he is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine. He will also be tonight's musical guest.

The Radio Hour airs every Saturday evening at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m. on Spark Radio, KMRE 102.3fm.

Tickets are $5 and are available at Village Books and online. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and you must be seated by 6:45 p.m. as the show begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Details: 360-671-2626.


Through reading her poetry, and discussing her reaction to the Whatcom Museum's Vanishing Ice exhibition, poet Priscilla Long will address how poetry, art, and the sciences - together - can help keep us aware of who we are on this planet at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Whatcom Museum' Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St.

She presents a workshop, "Earth, Ice, Place: Writing the Poem, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Egress Studio, 5581 Noon Rd.

During this workshop, participants will look at ways to bring the world, and the science that illuminates it, into original poems. The intent is to look at the situation of the Earth from the perspective of where we stand on it: backyard, woods, ditches, roads, creeks, rivers, the crack in the sidewalk.

Participants will be invited to read their poems at the Whatcom Museum during April (National Poetry Month).

Suggested donation for her reading on Friday is $3; the workshop is $50. To register, call 360-398-7870.


The fifth annual Black History Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Fountain Community Church, 2100 Broadway has the theme "Give Me that Old Time Religion."

Admission is by donation.

Please bring donations of sleeping bags, backpacks, new underwear for adults for SALT on the Street's ministry for the homeless in Whatcom County, sponsored by Cornwall Church

The choir is led by Jonita "Jay" Johnson, and she is always seeking new members. There are no auditions.

If you enjoy singing traditional gospel musical, call her.

Details: 360-223-8098 and the Bellingham Community Gospel Choir on Facebook.

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