Jul 29

Gender Trouble: A Queer Art Showcase

For the First Friday Art Walk in July, Make.Shift Gallery presents “Gender Trouble: A Queer Art Showcase.” This exhibition will highlight recent works from both professional and emerging LGBTQ+ artists from Bellingham and Seattle. Featured artists will include Clyde Peterson, Nika Feline, Kat Varela, Jess Weaver, Oliver Ray Sebren and more.

Mom Jeans, The Co Founder, Graduating Life, Iffy Comma
8:00 pm20:00
All Ages Rock and Roll Lottery!
7:00 pm19:00

All Ages Rock and Roll Lottery!

What's an all ages rock lotto?

Band Lottery started in Bellingham in 2010 at the former Jinx Art Space. Bringing it back it's original basement home, we will select thirty-five people and randomly group them together with five other musicians to from a band, write three songs, and play a show within a two week period. The results often make for fun, hilarious, and chaotic results. The lottery has moved around a bit and now has a permanent home every January at Wild Buffalo who graciously benefits the proceeds to our humble all ages space. 

To get involved please read, and fill out the google form below. We will contact you before the draft date to let you know if you have been selected. 

This event will be a benefit for Make.Shift and we thank you for participating! This event is sponsored by Casa Que Pasa. There sponsorship pays for the admission of the 1st 20 people at the door. 

Sign up here:

Aug 26

Make.Shift Family: Appreciating Those Who Make.Shift Happen

For the First Friday Art Walk in August, Make.Shift Gallery will host our first annual appreciation night for the tremendous volunteers, tenants, and staff that make this space possible. We’ve invited all those involved behind the scenes at Make.Shift to display works depicting unique interpretations of community to celebrate our chosen family in the Bellingham arts & music scene. “Make.Shift Family: Appreciating those who Make.Shift happen” ill feature new visual art by James Mey, Steeb Russell, Jess Flegel, Brad Lockhart, Renee Shepherd, Jabez Richard, Jessyca Murphy and more!

Make.Shift Summer Party!
12:00 pm12:00

Make.Shift Summer Party!



Make.Shift is excited to work with The Hub Community Bike Shop to host SUMMER PARTY,

Saturday August 5th from Noon-8pm at the HUB 903 State Street

Saturday August 5th
10 AM: Bike Scavanger Hunt
Team or Incividual check-in at Make.Shift between 10-11a.m. 
Team will receive a list of clues at check-in. Designate one team member to take pictures for the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the best scores & completion times!

Emma Lee Toyoda (Seattle indie pop)
Memory Boys (Whidbey Island Pop/Punk)
Heavy Weather (Calgary emo/punk/indie)
balance (Vancouver post hardcore punk)
The Wednesdays
Redwood Sol
Virgo Virgo
Boris Budd and The Bonquistidors

Beer Garden
Bellingham Play Lab/Kidz Zone
Food by Buenos 'Dillas Quesadillas


This event is a fundraiser for Make.Shift, a 501C Non Profit who aims to engage the community by providing a space for all ages art and music in Bellingham, WA. We are asking for $10 at our donation stations. ALL AGES weclome.

Ghost Mice, Adam Gnade, Morgan Eldridge, Chris Clavin, Porch Cat, Old Growth, Pluto
8:00 pm20:00

Ghost Mice, Adam Gnade, Morgan Eldridge, Chris Clavin, Porch Cat, Old Growth, Pluto

Words & Music Tour! Featuring Chris Clavin, Morgan Eldridge, Adam Gnade, Ghost Mice (solo)

Tickets at the door: $6


Order of events:


Adam reads from Locust House and the DIY Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad.

Morgan reads from Omen Amen.

Chris reads from Free Pizza for Life and Cursed in Cairo


Live music!

Adam plays his "talking songs" which feature characters from his books.

Chris plays Ghost Mice songs solo.

With locals Porch Cat, Old Growth, and Pluto Eolande

Traveling bookfair featuring titles from Secret Sailor Press, Hello America, Eternia Press, and Pioneers Press


Adam Gnade is the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad and Caveworld, Locust House Locust House And many more. Adam is also a musician and spoken word performer. He lives in Kansas on a farm and helps out with Pioneers Press.

Morgan Eldridge is a poet, spoken word performer and artist from Bloomington, Indiana. So far she only has a few chapbooks published, but working on a book.

Chris Clavin is the author of Free Pizza For Life and Cursed In Cairo. He is also a musician and plays in the DIY folk punk band Ghost Mice.

Mega Ran, Sammus, Thee Unsound
8:00 pm20:00

Mega Ran, Sammus, Thee Unsound

Thursday August 31st

Mega Ran (Phoenix, AZ)
Arguably the world's most well known video-game influenced performance artist, and his nerdy persona has led to world tours, festivals and video game tournament performances.
LISTEN: http://megaranmusic.com/
with locals

S▲MMUS (Philidelphia, PA)
Sammus has made waves as an MC among feminists, punks, self-proclaimed geeks, and activists particularly since signing to Don Giovanni Records in 2016. 
LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/sammusmusic

Thee Unsound

ALL AGES No Booze, No Drugs, No Jerks, please!
Doors 8pm / music 8:15
$10 (cash at the door)

For accessibility information, as well as Make.Shift's Testament to Inclusivity, please visit:

Itemfinder, Andy's Room, Old Notes
8:00 pm20:00

Itemfinder, Andy's Room, Old Notes

All ages!

Itemfinder (Seattle, WA)

Old Notes (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

Andy's Room (Fullerton, CA)

$6 at the door
8 pm doors / 8:15 music
No Booze, No Drugs, No Jerks!

For accessibility information, as well as Make.Shift's Testament to Inclusivity, please visit:

Tummy Fest 2017
Jul 1

Tummy Fest 2017

Event Page

Tummy Rock Records presents:
Tummy Fest 2017
June 30th and July 1st!

Tummy Rock once again hosts a weekend festival to promote DIY music and to raise money for DVSAS. This year a quarter of the proceeds will be donated to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. Another quarter will help Make.Shift with operating costs and the remaining half will compensate the bands for their excellent performances! 

2 days, 2 stages, 20 bands and other activities!

Friday June 30th
Dead Bars (No Idea records)
Bobby's Oar (Seattle)
Dumb Luck (Corvalis, OR)
Maneken Hand 

Doors at 6pm Music at 7pm $10 cash at the door
ALL AGES No Drugs, No Booze, No Jerks

Saturday July 1st
Afternoon activities TBA

Cumulus (Seattle)
Whitney Ballen (Seattle)
Antonioni (Seattle)
ratbath (Missoula)
Cairns (Missoula)
Mossmouth (Missoula)
Girl Teeth
Cat Positive

Doors at 6pm Music at 7pm $10 cash at the door
ALL AGES No Drugs, No Booze, No Jerks

Jun 24

Cringe: June Art Walk

For the First Friday Art Walk in June, Make.Shift Gallery presents “Cringe,” a juried exhibition of gross art. Make.Shift has invited artists from across the community to submit works exploring the depths of creepiness and abjection.

THWACK! BAM! POW! Kid's Art Walk
May 27

THWACK! BAM! POW! Kid's Art Walk

This year for Kid’s Art Walk, Make.Shift Gallery has partnered with Art Peace School to present “Thwack! Bam! Pow!” a showcase of art inspired by superheroes and villains. 

Free Screening of "Names"
3:30 pm15:30

Free Screening of "Names"

Make.Shift is pleased to host a free screening of "Names" on Saturday, April 15! "Names", created by Sierra Tucker, is an animated short film set to interviews with six different people. This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided with the screening starting at 4 p.m.! See you there!

Bellingham Music Film Festival
Apr 8

Bellingham Music Film Festival

April 6 - April 8

The second annual Bellingham Music Film Festival is here! Join us April 6 - 8 for music videos, music-inspired shorts and feature films, and live bands. Bellingham Music Film Festival showcases local and student talent, as well as filmmakers from around the world. It's a party all weekend long and you're invited to experience the vibrant, diverse music films with us. 

Check out the schedule below and find the full lineup at http://bellinghammusicfilmfestival.com/ 

THURSDAY - 6:30 - 8:30 - Opening night @ The Pickford
To kick off, The Pickford will be screening David Byrne's Contemporary Color, which features the best (and only) color guard routine choreographed by Ira Glass. The music-doc, also featuring St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado and Ad-Rock, will be preceded by music videos and shorts. Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/2o7hXho

FRIDAY - 7:00 - 10:00 - Music videos @ Make.Shift
A free evening of non-stop rotating music videos playing at Make.Shift Art Space during Art Walk, bring your friends, bring your family, bring your ears and eyes because it's gonna be a sight (and sound) to behold! 

SATURDAY - All day - FILM SCREENINGS, AWARDS SHOWCASE, & AFTER-PARTY @ The Pickford & Sylvia Center for the Arts
Pickford Film Center will showcase selected and award-winning submissions to the festival in all categories all day long! Closing out the night with awards for the best music video, short and feature film. 

Following the films at the Pickford, we will be hosting an after party at the new iDiOM Theater at their new home in the Sylvia Center for the Arts at 205 Prospect.
Music by:
Briana Marela
and I Love You Avalanche

Events will be held between Pickford Film Center, Make.Shift Art Space and the new iDiOM Theater in Sylvia Center for the Arts with multiple screenings, awards, live music, popcorn, drinks, and more. 

All events $3 donation at the door except for Contemporary Color: $10.75 general, $7.50 PFC Members, $8.00 Students.

BGRC Benefit: Great Grandpa, Dog Mountain, The Wednesdays
8:00 pm20:00

BGRC Benefit: Great Grandpa, Dog Mountain, The Wednesdays

Bellingham Girls Rock Camp (BGRC) is a summer day-camp for female-identified youth ages 8 to 17. In one week, girls get a crash course in writing songs, playing an instrument, collaborating with a band, audio recording, and performance. In addition, campers take a series of workshops focused on empowerment and social justice. Come join us at this all-ages benefit concert featuring premier female-identified performers from the PNW!

Great Grandpa
Dog Mountain
The Wednesdays

$6 at the door / All Ages
Doors 8:00 pm, Music 8:15
No Booze, No Drugs, No Jerks!