For the last two months, we’ve been challenging you to take on Seattle’s dreary winter weather with intention as part of our Embrace the Grey project. With the first day of spring swiftly approaching next Tuesday, here’s our final tip: Welcome the flowers and warm(er) weather by planning a spring-themed party with your friends and family. (Just like we’re doing this Thursday at our Greybreak party).
Can’t make it? We’ll miss you — but here’s how you can throw your own rad party to welcome spring in just five easy steps:
» Find a cozy venue: Post up in a cool pub (👋 The Neighbor Lady) or host a soirée of your own at home or in one of our city’s cozy bars or restaurants.
» Whip up some snacks: Have a friend (or your kids) help you arrange some seasonal spring veggies into little terracotta pots, piece together flower-shaped pretzel bites, and/or create some not-gross backyard bug bites.
» Shake up a delicious cocktail: Like this Greybreaker, a tasty drink The Neighbor Lady invented for our party.
» Plan a fun party game: Get competitive with a trivia card game or design a game of your own. We’ll be playing a song bingo game on Thursday night, and if you want to borrow the idea, you can download a bingo card here.
Have more great party ideas to ring in the Seattle bloom? Let us know over in our Embrace the Grey Facebook group.
‘It’s not the way it should be.’ This morning, Seattle school students are planning a 17-minute walkout to honor the 17 kids killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month. Seattle students are also skipping class to demand Congress ban assault weapons, require universal background checks to buy a gun, and pass laws to keep firearms out of the hands of potentially dangerous people.
On Tuesday, city council members voiced their support for the students’ demonstration. Mayor Jenny Durkan met with community members, including students, last week to talk about local gun safety efforts and the importance of voting. (MyNorthwest, KUOW)
Unsettled. The King County Council recently doubled down on its commitment to protect immigrants and refugees by launching a new commission, which will include an ethnically, geographically, and socioeconomically diverse group of people to help shape county programs, boost immigrant employment and civic engagement, provide better government representation, and lower language barriers through interpreters and English-learning classes. (The Seattle Weekly)
‘A diorama that’s life-size.’ Wanna take a step back in time? Check out the Living Computers: Museum + Labs in SoDo, which is opening its new “Totally ‘80s Rewind” exhibit tomorrow. The collection includes tons of throwbacks like vintage computers and classic arcade games (what up, Ms. Pac-Man!) as a tribute to the upcoming film “Ready Player One.” Tech nerds, assemble. (GeekWire)
Facebook’s fancy new office. Since non-Amazonians can’t properly peek into the Amazon Spheres, Curbed Seattle took us inside another of our big tech hubs: Facebook. The social media network opened in Seattle in 2010 with just three employees. Today, there’s more than 2,000 of them working out of a colorful and airy 150,000-square-foot space, which is jazzed up with murals by Seattle artists and includes a bike repair shop. It’s no lush, rainforest nest, but it sure ain’t shabby. (Curbed)
🎟 See a play about a Persian love story – only a few tickets left! (U-District)
🍻 Geek out about black holes and anti-magnets (Capitol Hill)
👋 Say bye to winter & welcome spring with The Evergrey (Central District)
💡 Learn what’s behind the hashtag #EducationSoWhite (Downtown)
🎨 See local students’ fashion designs (SoDo)
💡 Watch a film about resilience and learn about ‘the biology of hope’ (Downtown)
🎟 Get cheeky at the Moisture burlesque festival – through 4/8 (Ballard)
🍽 Whip up some tasty truffles (Downtown)
🍿 Watch the classic film, Metropolis (Columbia City)
👋 Hit the dance floor with fellow queer & trans POC (Downtown)
💪 Learn how to make vegan tamales (Beacon Hill)
🍿 Watch a film about a pioneering mountaineer (Rainier Valley)
💡 Tune in for hip-hop revelations with a Wu-Tang Clan founder (Central District)
🍽 Hone your tastebuds with a local chef and author (Fremont)
🎉 Celebrate Nowruz (Persian New Year) at City Hall (Pioneer Square)
🍽 Eat a doughnut & take photos of our city (Belltown)
🎨 Learn about the history of Filipino American migration through photos (Chinatown-International District)
Last night we learned that the brilliant astrophysicist Stephen Hawking passed away at age 76. He most recently visited Seattle in 2012 when he gave a talk at the Paramount Theatre, and he has another local connection: one of his sons lives in Seattle and works at Microsoft.
Of his many notable quotes, here’s one of our favorites: “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
See you tomorrow. 🐵 — The Evergrey