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Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s Vanier Park. The plays will show in repertory through Sept. 23. Ticket prices begin at $21 (Canadian). Advance purchase is strongly recommended.




Whatcom Museum continues its “Sunset History Cruise” season at 6pm at San Juan Cruises’ slip at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Historians Brian Griffin and Doug Starcher will take turns leading the popular Bellingham Bay excursions aboard the Victoria Star—which, in addition to offering stunning scenery, includes stories about the region’s fascinating history. Tickets are $30-$35; additional cruises happen every Tuesday through Aug. 29.



The Prime Time Band and Baby Cakes will kick off Downtown Bellingham Partnership’s annual “Downtown Sounds” free summer concert series from 6-9pm on the 1300 block of Bay Street. In addition to the dance-worthy tunes, there will be local food vendors, a 21-and-over beverage garden and more. Additional concerts happen July 19 (Polecat, Hot Damn Scandal), July 26 (Swatkins & the Positive Agenda, Snug Harbor), and Aug. 2 (Naughty Professor, Deadly D).

Charmaine Craig will read from her autobiographical book Miss Burma as the featured author at tonight’s Chuckanut Radio Hour at 7pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. In addition to finding out how modern Burma came to be and of the ordinary people swept up in the struggle for self-determination and freedom, the live taping will include performance poet Kevin Murphy, Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, music and more.

Entry is $5.

Numerous artisans, six food vendors, a VITAL climbing wall, pinball, a poem store, salsa dancing performances, yoga and more will be part of the monthly Night Market taking place from 6-10pm on the 1300 block of Bellingham’s Commercial Street. Entry is free.


As part of the annual Steampunk Festival happening from 10am-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, a variety of authors will read starting at 1pm at Village Books, 1200 11th. Scribes include Jeffrey Cook (Dawn of Steam Trilogy), Jesikah Sundin (Transitions: Novella Collection and The Biodome Chronicles), and Paulina Ulrich (Flightless Bird series). The free event also features a costume contest, a Tesla Coil demo, musical guests Rogue’s End, and 
vendors from far and wide.



The 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Aplethora of produce, crafts, ready-to-eat dining options and more are available.


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