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Seattle has a fascinating past — and yes, it goes beyond being the launchpad for grunge music. Evergrey reader Cynthia Brothers has been cataloging our disappearing cultural institutions through a project she calls Vanishing Seattle.
Sometimes the project’s followers mourn the loss of places like the Seattle Mystery Bookshop and the Central District’s Red Apple grocery store. But they also celebrate dearly departed hangouts like Shelly’s Leg, the first openly-run gay bar in the city, and Sorry Charlie’s in Queen Anne, where piano player Howard Bulson tickled the ivories for everyone from local opera singers to Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne.
Whether you’re new to town or a Seattle lifer, you’ll learn something interesting at Vanishing Seattle’s pop-up in Pike Place Market. Check it out. It disappears after Dec. 24.
Big day at City Hall. It’s Mayor Jenny Durkan’s first day in office. Want to say hi? She’ll be making stops in Rainier Beach, West Seattle, the International District, Phinney Ridge, and Lake City after she takes the oath of office. If it feels like we’ve had a lot of mayors lately, we have. Former mayor Ed Murray resigned this summer over sexual abuse allegations. Then two city councilmembers filled in while we figured out who we were going to elect. Barring any big disasters, we should be keeping this mayor — our fourth this year — for a whole term. (MyNorthwest)
What does $100 billion look like? Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. His net worth hit that milestone last week, and something tells us the holiday shopping season is going to be very good for his bottom line. P.S. — If you want to see Jeff when he had a lot less money and a little more hair, check out this amazing 1999 “60 Minutes” clip that’s been making the rounds. “You generally hear him before you see him,” the correspondent says. “It’s the ear-piercing laugh of billionaire Jeff Bezos.” (GeekWire)
A soft spot for Microsoft. A new poll asked locals what big entity we’re most proud of that’s headquartered here. The winner, with 27 percent of our vote, was not Amazon. It was Microsoft, followed by that other huge organization billionaire Bill Gates set up — the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Amazon came in third place with 12 percent of the vote. Just 5 percent of respondents picked Starbucks. ☕️ (The Seattle Times)
They’ve always wanted a taco necklace. From coffee flour to a sushi coin purse, here are some fun local gift ideas for your favorite finicky foodie. (Eater Seattle)
Ever wonder why our light rail doesn’t have turnstiles? You know, those gates that let only one person through at a time? The folks at Sound Transit get this question a lot, so they answered it. The basics? Our stations don’t have enough closed access points for turnstiles to make a lot of sense. So instead, Sound Transit staffers randomly check to make sure we’ve paid our fare. Only 3.9 percent of us didn’t in September. Thanks to reader Cherylynne Crowther for the tip! (Sound Transit)
🎉 YPIN Presents: Black & White Global Gala Join young professionals in Seattle on Saturday, December 2nd for a night of dancing, signature cocktails, raffle prizes, games, and more!
🎉 11/29: The Evergrey Turns One! — We’re SOLD OUT, but follow along with #theevergreyturnsone
🦁 11/28: WildLights with Olympus and Manfrotto
💃 11/28: Salsa in the Glasshouse
⚽️ 11/28: A Celebration of the Sounders
🚨 11/29: The Big One: Cascadia’s Megaquake
🎄 11/30-12/3: A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol
📚 11/30: Best Books for Holiday Giving
😚 12/1: Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
🏘 12/1: Rainier Beach Light Up the Beach
🌍 12/1-2: Giving Marketplace
🛍 12/2-3: Urban Craft Uprising
🍩 12/2: Coffee Beer and Donuts
🎁 12/2: Black Santa Visit
🍺 12/2: Winter Beer Fest
🚢 12/3: Christmas Ships at Lake Union
❄️ 12/3-24: Snowflake Lane
See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.
“The Humans” got the Tony Award for Best Play and is kicking off its nationwide tour right here in Seattle. We’ve got a pair of tickets to Sunday’s performance at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Want ‘em? Just head on over to our Instagram and tag who you’d want to take with you in the comments section. We’ll draw the winners at noon.
Watch out for that wind today. See you tomorrow. — The Evergrey