This does not smell like teen spirit 🎸

Cheers! Joining us last night were Ilona Idlis, Ernie Overholtzer, Jesus Segura, Cathy Gobble, Bitsy (Cathy's terrier!), Ian S. King, Beth Anderson, Dylan Wilbanks, Sabrina Roach, Brian Young, and, of course, Steven.
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There’s nothing like a good brew to close out a Monday. Especially if you enjoy it in good company — human and canine.

Steven was the unofficial guest of honor at our first Evergrey meetup last night. He knows all the regulars at Hellbent Brewing Company up in Lake City — he is the co-owner’s dog, after all — and wasn’t sure at first what to make of the chatty group by the sofas. After a while, though, he hopped up next to us and joined in.

>> Check out our video interview with Steven and his human, Hellbent head brewer Brian Young, on our Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone for coming out, and to Brian for the beer. We had the Cranberry Wheat, the Moon Tower Stout, and reader Ian S. King’s favorite — the DANG! Citra IPA. They did not disappoint.

Got a favorite neighborhood spot you’d like us all to check out? Hit reply or email [email protected]. And stay tuned: We’ll announce another meetup soon.

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Meet our new police chief. Carmen Best has been with the department for 26 years, and she’s now the first black woman to lead it. She was deputy chief under our former chief, Kathleen O’Toole. When Kathleen stepped down Jan. 1, Carmen stepped up. She may not be there long; she’s just filling for Kathleen until Mayor Jenny Durkan names a new chief. But she did apply for the gig. “I think I’m well qualified to do it,” she told Crosscut’s David Kroman. “I really do.” (Crosscut)

Look who’s on the cover of this week’s New Yorker. It’s Seahawk Michael Bennett, who’s shown kneeling next to San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick and — oh yes — Martin Luther King, Jr. Michael and Colin have been sitting or taking a knee during the national anthem before NFL games for months to protest racial inequality. Not everyone’s been a fan — particularly our president — but their protest lives on. (Seattle Met)

Traffic’s getting worse. And you can blame the “period of maximum constraint.” That’s what transportation planners are calling what we’re living through in Seattle right now: lots of new stuff getting built, and a bunch of construction slowing us down. Where are all these new things gonna be, and how do you stay sane as you try to navigate them? Explore this handy, thorough map to find out. (The Seattle Times)

A housing dilemma. There are 8,500 people who live without a home in Seattle, and 34 acres at Fort Lawton where the city could build affordable housing for them. But it’s complicated. The area is next to Discovery Park — the biggest park in the city — and it’s tucked into Magnolia, one of our wealthiest neighborhoods. Our neighbors there aren’t sure they’d like how low-income housing would change where they live. Meanwhile, people who want to build some desperately needed homes see a big opportunity to add hundreds of affordable units on the cheap. Have an opinion on this? Check out the public hearing at 6 p.m. tonight at Magnolia United Church of Christ. (The Seattle Times, The Stranger)

Bad news for C&P Coffee. If you’ve never been to C&P Coffee in West Seattle, it’s kind of like visiting a friend’s beautiful old house. Now its landlord is putting the property up for sale, and its owners are trying to figure out how to save the place — and their business. “The coffeehouse is far more than a place to get your latte,” writes the West Seattle Blog. “It’s a beloved community center and hangout, a place that hosts music and meetings, bazaars and bake sales, donation drives, and one-on-one conversations that no doubt have changed some lives.” (West Seattle Blog)

Around Town


🦀  Gorge on Seattle seafood (All over)
💻  Check in with busy techies (Pioneer Square)


👏  Laugh and cringe at this pun slam (Ballard)
😀  Ask why Scandinavians are so happy (University District)
🎓  Hear a prof talk race and capitalism (University District)
🎮  Meet the cofounder of XBox (Queen Anne)


❤️  Celebrate MLK Unity Day (Capitol Hill)
📽  Catch a hilarious film critique (University District)


💃  Learn global dances (Hillman City)
☮️  Apply MLK’s vision to today’s issues (Capitol Hill)
👽  Nerd out at this convention (SeaTac)


🚂  Check out these model trains (Queen Anne)
🐠  Take the fam to Hawaii Weekend (Downtown)
🎵  Celebrate the ladies of rap (Capitol Hill)


🌮  Feast on Seattle street food (Fremont)
🚸  Take 6th-12th graders to an MLK Day workshop (First Hill)
🍽  Connect with fellow black folks over dinner (Central District)

Going to one of these?

Send us a pic or tag #theevergrey and tell us how it went. See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.


You know that huge 90s Nirvana hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit”? A musician down in Austin changed some minor chords to major chords to make it sound more “pop punk.” The result? A viral hit that sounds super weird and kinda … hopeful?

“I would’ve played this back in the day,” iconic grunge DJ Marco Collins told KIRO‘s Casey McNerthney. “Hell, I’d play the hell out of it now!”

Rich Smith of The Stranger isn’t so sure. He knows something’s not right about it. “But I still kinda like it?”

Craziness. See you tomorrow. — The Evergrey

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