🏕 Homelessness in LEGO

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You free Tuesday, June 26? Awesome. Because we’re partnering with our friends at Seattle magazine for our next reader meetup, Craft Beer & Conversation; there’s going to be beer, beer writers, beer trivia, and paella; and you are not going to want to miss it.

Not a beer nerd? Not a problem. Kendall Jones, beer writer for Seattle magazine and the Washington Beer Blog, will join Evergrey director Mónica Guzmán in hosting a learn-as-you-go round of local beer trivia — and all Moni knows about beer is that she prefers stouts because they’re “good.”  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

It all goes down at Seapine Brewing Company in SoDo, and they’re going to treat us right. Pint glasses for trivia winners, $1 off brews all night, and paella for purchase. That’s right: Seapine doesn’t usually offer food, but for you, they’re inviting the foodies at Pintxo Seattle to cook up the ricey dish. 😋

Think you can join us? The event is free, but RSVP ASAP ‘cause space will be limited. We’ll see you then!

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The head tax is history. Real Change, Seattle’s street paper, covers our city’s homelessness crisis more intimately than anyone else. So as our city council voted 7-2 to repeal the head tax yesterday, Real Change staffers and supporters settled in by City Hall to strike a gong 6,320 times. That’s once for every person who’s living unsheltered in King County. The head tax was a big per-employee tax on high-grossing local businesses that would have raised $47 million to fund housing and services for the homeless. It got a lot of pushback — especially from our business community — and even though our city council passed the tax unanimously about a month ago, they didn’t see it holding up.

What worries you most about where we’re at after this repeal? Come join the chat on our Facebook page. “What worries me,” writes reader Jamie Clausen, “is that we don’t seem any closer to a solution.” (The Seattle Times)

Homelessness in LEGO. You’ve seen LEGO art, but nothing quite like this. Local LEGO artist Iain Heath recreated Seattle in the style of a LEGO skyline set — complete with tents where thousands of our unsheltered neighbors sleep. Iain used to work in our tech industry and told Kurt Schlosser of GeekWire that he was “galled” by Amazon’s big moves against the head tax, which was supposed to raise millions for homeless services before our city council repealed yesterday. “Maybe before we start putting people in tents on Mars,” he wrote on Flickr, “we should first try to reduce the number that are forced to live in them down here.” (GeekWire)

A failed rebellion. Students at Juanita High School over in Kirkland decided not to change their mascot, “The Rebel,” in a vote of 680 to 350. Hundreds of students wanted it gone because they see associations with the Confederacy and the racism embedded in that part of America’s past. Hundreds more students who voted to keep The Rebel believe it ties back to the spirit of the American Revolution and that’s it. (Kirkland Reporter, KUOW)

Nobody’s perfect. And isn’t it about time we celebrate that? Enter FuckUp Nights Seattle. It’s an event where locals talk about times they screwed up professionally. It’s happening tonight in Queen Anne. And here’s more info.

In our blackberry-picking explainer yesterday, we caught up with James Apa, a spokesperson for King County Public Health — but we called him Frank. Clearly, we had Frank Zappa on our minds. 🙃 Thanks for letting us know and being a good sport about it, James!

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Partner Events

🏆  TODAY: Learn who you are as a leader at the next Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

💃  Friday: Watch amazing Northwest dancers do their thing at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN performance and party (Queen Anne)

💪  Wednesday, June 20: When do you keep pushing, and when do you call it a day? Learn how to tell the difference at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🍻  Tuesday, June 26: Join fellow readers of The Evergrey and Seattle magazine for a night of craft brews, good conversation, and hoppy-go-lucky beer trivia (SoDo)

Want to partner on your event with us? Here’s how.

Around Town


💡  Peek into the world of coffee roasting (Pioneer Square)
🎨  Check out a new literary anthology and live poetry (Columbia City)
💡  Learn who you are as a leader at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)
🎨  See a legendary Central District photog’s pics — through June 17 (South Lake Union)


👋  Share golden year goals with fellow seniors (Green Lake)
💡  Learn about penguins who live in the desert (
West Seattle)
🗣  Hear women’s experiences being homeless in Seattle (Capitol Hill)
👋  Bring your transpo nerd A-game to transit-themed trivia (Pioneer Square)
🗣  Hear from the bishop who gave the sermon at the royal wedding (Capitol Hill)


🎟  Cheer on Rocky Horror-themed roller derby (White Center)
👋  Test your Seattle knowledge at Crosscut’s trivia night (Ballard)
🎟  Party with dancers at this Evergrey partner event (Queen Anne)
🍿  See the Seattle International Film Festival’s best flicks (All over)


🎈  Watch The Goonies under the stars (South Lake Union)
🏞  Explore some of North Seattle’s secret gardens (Lake Forest Park)
🎈  See some live music and handmade art — through June 17 (Edmonds)
🎈  Kick -off summer with the Solstice Festival’s naked bike riders (


🎈  Take a drive to gorge on strawberries (Marysville)
🎈  Celebrate black art, fashion, and culture with live music (Queen Anne)
🍺  Crack open a beer with dad at the Washington Brewers Festival (Redmond)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership.


We’re big fans of the advertisers who help us keep you tuned in to your city (thanks, 4Culture! 🙌). And some of the ads you’re seeing in The Evergrey these days are a little extra special. They were placed here by you — the readers who last week won a free spot to promote something local and awesome in the newsletter.

Today’s community ad (look for the * above!) comes from reader Tricia Cervenan, who helps organize App Camp for Girls in Seattle to “participate in the movement to help change the trajectory of under-represented people in the tech industry.”

Have a good one, all. — The Evergrey

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