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The Hive offers a maker-space for DIY projects and more

The Hive, Bellingham’s newest maker-space, will celebrate its opening with an alley party from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at 1208 Bay St., behind the Upfront Theater and 3 Oms Yoga.

The party features music from The Loofahs, Karma Taxi, and Dana Hubanks; food from Kurly’s Fries; on-site T-shirt printing courtesy of Red Boots Design, a membership raffle, and other festivities.

The Hive is a member-based community business that offers woodworking tools, sewing machines, and space to work on a array of crafts, repairs and do-it-yourself projects. Its doors officially opened to the public earlier this spring after a year of building grass-roots support through outreach at summer festivals and two crowd-funding campaigns, as well as connecting with members of the maker and DIY community in Bellingham.

Hive founder Kendall Dodd says the space was set up with help from friends and family, and was furnished with work surfaces from the ReStore and University of Washington surplus, as well as tools donated from near and far.

“Maker-spaces are a part of the newly emerging shared economy,” Dodd says, “and I believe they should represent that by taking advantage of the resources already present here in our area.”

Once people become members, the tools and space at The Hive are accessible in one of two ways — using a punch card to pay by the visit, or with a flat monthly fee. The Hive also offers an activity schedule that includes casual meet-ups, project-based maker events, and classes for members who want to learn new skills or want guidance about where to start.

The Hive is offering free annual memberships to everyone who makes their first visit in May. Details:, 360-778-3507

Bellingham Review celebrates newest issue and a leadership transition

Kaitlyn Teer, managing editor of Bellingham Review, the literary journal produced by Western Washington University’s MFA program, recently announced the publication of Issue 70, which includes the winners of its annual literary contests. To celebrate, the Review and Honey Moon, 1053 N. State St., in the alley behind Pepper Sisters, will host a literary double-header Saturday, May 16.

The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with the release party, featuring readings from the most recent issue’s contest winners and readings by Western’s English department graduate students.

At 8:30 p.m., Honey Moon hosts Wild Literarians, vol. 3, a community open-mic event in which lovers of the written word can share passages from their favorite books.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Bellingham Review’s 2014 winners are Michael William Palmer, Jackleen Holton and Tom Howard. In addition to the winners, Issue 70 contains stories, poems, essays and artwork by 30 contributors, including work by Bellingham artist Ron Pattern, and a collaboration by poet Katrina Hays and photographer Steven McBurnett, who comment on their collaborative process in an interview by Rob Rich, a WWU graduate student. Read the interview and listen to Hays perform several of her poems on the Review’s blog at

Finally, the issue marks the conclusion of editor-in-chief Brenda Miller’s leadership of the journal. Miller has edited the journal since 2001, guiding 22 issues to publication. During that time, the journal received awards and recognition, and published work that has been reprinted in Harper’s Magazine, Utne Reader and The Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Miller’s colleague and longtime editorial advisor for the Review, S. Paola Antonetta, will assume leadership of the journal. Atonetta worked with the faculty, including former editor-in-chief Robin Hemley, who helped acquire the Bellingham Review for WWU’s English department many years ago.

“It feels like coming home, in many ways, to return to the editorship of the Bellingham Review,” Antonetta says.

Antonetta’s first issue as editor-in-chief is due out in the fall. Details:

Upfront Theatre brings back film festival

Bellingham actor and comedian Ryan Stiles, who is known for his work on “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” “Two and a Half Men” and “The Drew Carey Show,” and is the owner of Upfront Theatre, is bringing back the Upfront Film Festival after a 10-year hiatus.

Now through May 26, the festival is accepting comedy films no longer than 5 minutes in length. The festival’s planning committee will choose the top 10 finalists from international and local submissions.

The 10 finalists will compete for awards, including Best Picture ($500 prize) and six other awards, including Best Single Funniest Moment and People’s Choice. The finalists will also receive written feedback from at least four celebrity judges and have their film screened at 8 and 10 p.m. June 27 at The Upfront Theatre viewing gala. Awards will be presented at the 10 p.m. viewing.

Celebrity judges, subject to change, are Stiles; Gerry Cohen, director of “Married with Children,” “Anger Management” and “The Drew Carey Show;” Mo Collins, actress in “Parks and Recreation” and “MadTV;” and Daran Norris, actor in “Veronica Mars,” “The Fairly Odd Parents,” “T.U.F.F. Puppy” and “Team America: World Police.”

Details: Festival website and Film Freeway.