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Happy Thursday, all. It can feel like a chore to get around Seattle in all this rain. But the right gear can change everything. 🌧

“Socks that wick, shoes that fit, and grip that doesn’t slip.” Brennan knows his rain gear. And when you watch our video, so will you. (📽: Ana Sofia Knauf)

VIDEO: HOW TO DRESS FOR THIS WEATHER 👕

It can take years for Seattleites to learn to love our city’s rainy season. One thing that makes a difference? Finding the right rain jacket.

“Once you have adequate clothing for going out in this weather, it becomes easier,” reader Katayoon Dej-Panah told our Embrace the Grey Facebook group. She’s been in the area all of 18 months and already loves the winter.

But how exactly do you tell one raincoat from another? And once you’ve found the right jacket, how do you avoid spending your day slipping on Seattle’s hills? We hung out with Marina Fitzpatrick and Brennan Halterman of Seattle-based Ascent Outdoors to get the lowdown.

» Check out our two-minute video to hear — and share! — their top tips.

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

‘We assume that used to be a brothel.’ Start poking around in our city’s historic neighborhoods and you’re bound to find something interesting. Like the murals, secret passageways, WWII graffiti, and “decorative bed posts” that have been turning up in an old building in the International District. “I’ve heard so many stories of underground clubs and passageways, and I’ve never seen any until today,” historian Paul DeBarros told KING 5. The rest of us will get a peek when the building’s renovations wrap up in summer 2019. (KING 5)

Fenced out. See what you make of this: The city’s been putting up fences in places where people who don’t have have stable homes set up camp. In the case of a brand new fence under the Ballard Bridge, at least, they’re saying it’s a safety thing: all those open flames and tents could start a fire. But there are something like 5,500 people in our county who don’t have a steady place to live, and a couple city council members aren’t sure that fencing people out is helping anything. “It doesn’t solve the problem,” Councilmember Mike O’Brien told the Times. “In fact, it makes it worse.” (The Seattle Times)

Will you see John Cleese? So (relatively) few Seattleites have booked tickets to see “Monty Python” comedian John Cleese at McCaw Hall on March 26 that he tweeted to ask why. “Did I offend the mayor?” he joked. Nope. Don’t think so. 🤔 (The Stranger)

How our foodies fell in love. It’s less than a week ‘til Valentine’s Day, and if you’ve got a crush on our city’s food scene you will savor these profiles of power couples in the industry. A couple fun facts: Tom Douglas and his wife, Jackie Cross, fell for each other over pink prosecco at the downtown Pink Door. And April Pogue and Becky Selengut have a go-to set of spots for date night, including Artusi and Poppy in Capitol Hill and Sushi Kappo Tamura in Eastlake. (The Seattle Times)

Best studio ever? You can see all around the city from the northwest tower of The Fremont Bridge. And some lucky musician is going to make the 13-foot-by-8-foot space inside their very own office this summer. It’s part of a fun new artist-in-residence program from Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture. Make sure all your artsy friends know about this, stat. Applications are due March 20. (The Stranger)

HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP 📅

AROUND TOWN
TONIGHT

🍴  Doughnut it up on Fat Thursday (Eastlake)
💡  Fix the future (University District)
🎟  Catch a stellar play about civil rights (Queen Anne)

TOMORROW

🎶  Jazz it up before Valentine’s Day (South Lake Union)
🎟  See a burlesque “Romeo and Juliet” (Downtown)
🎈  Ring in the Lunar New Year (International District)
👋  Laugh along with an undocumented activist (Capitol Hill)

SATURDAY

👋  Be the best neighbor ever (All over)
🌲  Take a photowalk through Volunteer Park (Capitol Hill)
🗣  Ask all your housing q’s at the South Seattle Home Fair (South Seattle)

SUNDAY

🍻  Mix beer and chocolate (Downtown)
🎶  Hear symphonies of Asian music (Downtown)
🎈  Celebrate the Year of the Dog (International District)

Going to one of these?

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

HOLY WOW THAT’S TALL 🏙

Ever heard of the Burj Khalifa? It’s the tallest building in the world. And though its 2,722 feet stretch to the sky in Dubai, an illustrator worked some digital magic to plop it into our Seattle skyline — just to make those other buildings jealous.

The illustration hit Reddit back in 2015 and seems to have made a comeback. But viewer beware: The Burj in the illustration is not shown quite to scale. Here it is more accurately stacked next to Seattle’s actual tallest building — Columbia Center.

Keep reaching, all. See you tomorrow. — The Evergrey

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