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A sphere within a sphere: Amazon employee Sheridan Martin won a company photo contest with this badass Amazon Sphere dress she made herself. (📸: @sheridanzig)

TOUR THE BALLS — ER, SPHERES 🏐

The Spheres are our hometown tech giant’s experiment in the future of work. They’re basically huge office greenhouses — places where Amazon employees can get stuff done in a kind of botanic paradise.

They’ve been in the works for five years and hold 40,000 plants from 30 countries. Starting next Tuesday, we commoners can sneak a peek.

Want to check ‘em out? Just go here and pick a tour slot. There are plenty of spots still open, though that may change as the opening date gets closer.

Here’s more on the Spheres from GeekWire and Curbed Seattle. And just for kicks, we’ll throw in this clip from Saturday Night Live poking fun at Amazon’s search for its second headquarters. Enjoy.

NOW HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY 🎸

Can’t find better men. Save the dates, groupies: Pearl Jam just said they’re going to play two shows in Seattle this summer — August 8 and August 10. They’re going to be at Safeco Field, and they’re going to be huge. “This will be the largest headlining concert event in Seattle since the Rolling Stones’ two-night stint at the Kingdome in 1981,” says KEXP. Whoa. Here’s lead guitarist Mike McCready hoisting the band’s flag over the Space Needle yesterday to get the word out. And get this: The band’s giving $1 million to fight homelessness and working on raising at least $10 million. There’s more than one way to be a rock star, folks. (KEXP)

Cool nerd alert. You know about 3D printing? It’s when you make 3D digital designs on your computer then print them out using relatively cheap materials right in your own home. A Seattleite named Joel Telling has a popular YouTube show for 3D printing geeks, and if nothing else, you’ve gotta watch him geek out over the five-foot tall Space Needle he printed this weekend. Fast-forward to 7:08. Impressive stuff. (3D Printing Nerd)

Hello, skyline newbies. Here’s a handy map of 10 new skyscrapers being built as we speak in downtown Seattle. Among the highlights? The shoe-shaped Rainier Square Tower and the new Hyatt Regency Seattle, which’ll be our biggest hotel when it opens this fall. (Curbed Seattle)

The tastiest and local-est. The Good Food Awards honor “sustainable, crazy tasty local food and drink products,” and 16 of this year’s winners are right here in Washington. Check ‘em out, and get hungry. (Seattle Met)


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HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP 📅

PARTNER EVENTS

🏙 Feb. 2-3: Crosscut Festival (Psst — Evergrey readers get 25% off!)

AROUND TOWN
TONIGHT

🎭  Watch intentionally gross improv (Greenwood)
💪  Learn how to start your own business (Beacon Hill)
💡  Ask how we should control things with our minds (South Lake Union)

TOMORROW

🍿  Check out our first Southeast Asian Film Festival (University District)
🎨  Hear poems about race, mistakes, and friendship (Central District)

THURSDAY

🎵  Feel the groove at this weekly funk/soul night (Fremont)
🎈  Catch “The Little Prince” at the children’s theater (Queen Anne)
🗣  Hear real stories about good ideas gone wrong (Capitol Hill)

FRIDAY

🎈  Rock out with the kids at Karaoke Family Night (Hillman City)
👋  Meet 20 fellow professionals in two hours (University District)
🎨  Get texts from space at the sculpture park (Belltown)

SATURDAY

🏞  Brush up on all things hunting and fishing (Puyallup)
💪  Learn how to grow an edible garden (Crown Hill)
🍻  Try weird beers at the Strange Brewfest (Port Townsend)

SUNDAY

🎈  Take the kids to a lot of awesome movies (Capitol Hill)
🏞  Get nautical at the Seattle Boat Show (All over)
💡  Hear from a leader of the International Space Station (Downtown)

Going to one of these?

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

JOIN THE KAYAK CLEANERS 🚣

Reader Amelia Apfel did a double take when she saw Mia Klaus’s pic we shared last week of kayakers on Lake Union. “I can’t be 100 percent sure,” she said, but they “look like they might be some of our Soundkeeper volunteers!”

What are those, exactly? Kayak patrols that head out every Wednesday from the Northwest Outdoor Center on Lake Union to clean up trash and look for pollution issues on the water.

“Yellow trash bags on the kayaks are usually a good sign it’s one of our groups,” Amelia said. Want to join this kayak clean-up crew? Just email [email protected].

We’ll see you tomorrow. — The Evergrey