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(📸: Two Thangs)
IN A TRAFFIC JAM? LOOK FOR BETTIE
WHAT IS IT? A mural of legendary pin-up model Bettie Page on the side of a house in the Ravenna neighborhood visible from Interstate 5. Artist John Green and homeowner Chris Brugos painted the mural in 2006. Learn more about its history here.
DEFACED: In 2016, a group self-identified as “some feminists” defaced the Bettie Page mural by splashing grey paint on it and writing “Stop exploiting women’s bodies.” Homeowners Chris Brugos and Jessica Baxter painted over the vandals’ message with one of their own: “Autonomous sexuality is empowerment. Telling a woman to cover up is oppression.”
RESTORATION: Jessica and Chris commissioned Seattle pop culture artist Two Thangs to fix up the mural — and to give Bettie a new friend: Divine, a drag queen made famous by film director and artist John Waters. “I thought it was a perfect response,” Two Thangs told The Evergrey. “Divine presented her femininity in her own way — it was eye-grabbing and she wasn’t like her drag queen predecessors. It’s more about finding who you are.”
SEE IT: While driving on northbound I-5, near exit 170 to 65th Street.
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NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY
Too disconnected? Our big local tech companies are organizing fun employee-only activities after work, and some professors and activists aren’t fans of that. Why? They’re worried that these exclusive groups are keeping techies from forging connections to Seattle. “For any real lasting community, you have to have some willingness to sacrifice yourself for the wellbeing of others,” University of California San Diego psychology professor Nicholas Christenfeld told Crosscut. “This requires caring about — and a connectedness to — your community.” Do you work in Seattle tech? Is this a bold critique or an overreaction? Join the chat on our Facebook page. 🤔 (Crosscut)
Escalating costs. Some of Seattle’s transit tunnel escalators are out-of-order a lot. KUOW listeners noticed that’s especially true at the University of Washington light rail station, where passengers had to wait around an hour for an elevator in March and April. And how much has Sound Transit spent to repair them? $1.5 million. The transit agency picked “cheaper escalators that were less sturdy … [that] showed much more wear and tear than should be expected for their age,” according to an engineering report. Sound Transit says they’ve fixed the problem — and, in the future, will switch to heavy-duty escalators and stairs. (KUOW)
‘Not some Chipotle on wheels.’ Chef Aarthi Sampath is pretty badass. She’s worked at a Michelin star-rated restaurant, beat celeb chef Bobby Flay on his own show, and was the first Indian woman to win The Food Network’s “Chopped.” Now, the New York chef is in Seattle serving up fine dining from her new food truck, Kukree, a “mobile test kitchen” for a restaurant she and an investor are opening here next spring. Track down Kukree by following their Facebook page so you can nom on quinoa, chicken biryani, and more. (The Seattle Times)
To tech or not to tech. Yesterday we pointed you to a handy profile of Seattle’s newcomers written up by The Seattle Times’ Gene Balk. In our write-up, we wrote that “90 percent of them do not work in Seattle’s go-to growth industry — tech.” But actually, 90 percent of newcomers do not work in tech-related jobs, though they might still work in the tech industry. “In other words, someone who works for Amazon in the warehouse, in HR, in janitorial, in legal, etc., would not count as a tech worker, even though they work for a tech company,” Gene wrote us when we checked in. “Conversely, someone who works at, say, the Seattle Times — not a tech company — but who is employed as a developer, would count as a tech worker.” Thanks to Gene for breaking this down, and to reader James Cameron for flagging the detail. 👍
D’oh: Yesterday, we wrote that Seattle’s first Trans Pride was held in 2013, but that’s actually the year local advocacy group Gender Justice League restarted it. The first-ever Seattle Trans Pride was held in 1997 — and this Gender Justice League post says it was the first in the nation. 😲 Thanks to ZipBangWow on Twitter for letting us know!
HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP
🍻 Tuesday, June 26: Hang out with fellow readers of The Evergrey and Seattle magazine at Seapine Brewing Company for good beer, good company, and craft brew trivia with WashingtonBeerBlog’s Kendall Jones (SoDo)
⚡ Wednesday, June 27: Get tips on how to break through barriers in innovation at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
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🍴 Fill up on tasty bites and check out cool art (Tacoma)
🏞 Ride your bike through the countryside (Carnation)
🏞 Compete in a strawberry shortcake eating contest (Bellevue)
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.
YOU FREE TUESDAY?
Don’t forget to join us at Seapine Brewing Company — Seattle magazine’s Brewery of the Year — while we toast our craft brew scene with fellow readers and try out beer trivia with Seattle magazine beer writer Kendall Jones. RSVP here and get there early. We can’t wait.
Last but not least, a big shoutout to our eighth and final winner of a free newsletter ad spot promoting a cool local thing (see the ad with a * above 👆). Reader Jenna Blake is on the board of the organization she put the spotlight on — AIGA Seattle — because she believes that “design can be a powerful force for good.” 💪
Have a good one, all. – The Evergrey