‘I wouldn’t believe me at this point.’ It’s not every day we’d point you to a piece that takes an hour to read, but this story about our former mayor is worth it. It’s been several months now since Ed Murray resigned as head of the city. Five men had accused him of sexually assaulting them when they were younger, and while Ed denied it (and still does), it added up to one of the most explosive scandals in our history. Enter Eli Sanders. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at The Stranger who took a job with former mayor Tim Burgess under the condition that afterward, he’d get to write whatever story he wanted. (Tim served as mayor for just 10 weeks, between when Ed resigned and Mayor Jenny Durkan took office.) This is Eli’s story, and it gives us a deep, insightful look at what was going on in the minds of the people who came to City Hall every day to work for a man accused of something awful. (The Stranger)
…And then there’s the texts. Last year, while the city processed the sexual abuse allegations against our former mayor, Ed Murray, officials and advisors started talking. And now, we know what they said. Investigative reporters Lewis Kamb and Jim Brunner broke the biggest Seattle story of 2017, and now they’re giving us a behind-the-scenes look at how people in Ed’s circle reacted. (The Seattle Times)
Can’t see the show? Have the drink. If you tried and failed to get tickets to the Seattle run of the insanely popular musical “Hamilton” at the Paramount this month, you can console yourself with a “Hamilton”-themed cocktail at the Carlile Room across the street. The “Dueling Gentleman’s Sidearm” looks like a winner. Feeling lucky? Here’s a chance at a last-minute $10 ticket. (Seattle Met)
Learn how to lead in your neighborhood. Monday’s the last day to apply for a pretty nifty program. The People’s Academy for Community Engagement is for any Seattleite who wants to make good things happen around them, and will teach you how to move your ideas through the city. “No one wakes up suddenly knowing exactly how to navigate a complicated, bureaucratic, intricate system like city government,” program coordinator Hilary Nichols told us. “The good news is that many of the key civic engagement strategies necessary to make your voice heard can be learned by anyone.” (PACE)
This’ll clear things up. The Amazon Spheres opened to the public on Tuesday, and a lot of locals were not impressed. That’s because all we got to see when we signed up for a one-hour time slot was a small one-room exhibit area at the base of the Spheres, instead of the botanical workday paradise we’d been hearing so much about. That crucial detail made it into some news stories, but wasn’t at all clear on the website people went to to set up a visit. Now it is. As GeekWire pointed out, Amazon’s added language in bold type. “Please be aware that the Understory exhibit is separate from the indoor gardens of The Spheres. A reservation to Understory does not grant entry into The Spheres.” OK. Got it. Thanks. 👍
🏙 Feb. 2-3: Crosscut Festival (Psst — Evergrey readers get 25% off!)
🍴 Eat ice cream for breakfast in your PJs (Ballard)
🗣 Geek out on civics at the Crosscut Festival (First Hill) — and check out our session!
🎵 Hear video game tunes from an orchestra (Fremont)
🍿 Watch films by indigenous creators (Capitol Hill)
Send us a pic or tag #theevergrey. See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.
Here’s a roundup of some of the weirder ways you can tune in to the Super Bowl Sunday between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Cigar fans, chili cooks, car nerds? There’s a watch party in our region just for you.
See ya Monday. — The Evergrey