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CLOWNING AROUND: “Sometimes you come across a bunch of clowns under a Calder sculpture.” Thanks for tagging #theevergrey, Shemaiah! (📸: @shemaiahg)

Reader Shemaiah Gonzalez caught a bunch of clowns hanging out at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park on Saturday. We can’t blame ‘em — that’s one of the more beautiful waterfront hot spots in the city.

Less amusing/terrifying things you’ll run into there? 🎈 The performers at Summer at SAM. That’s a summer-long series of free events at the park, and tomorrow you can catch tunes by Seattle band Daisy Chain, stories from Quinault storyteller Harvest Moon, and mixed media art from Malia Peoples.

Now on to that important question…

GET THOSE VOTES IN

A few weeks ago, we helped launch a callout for community questions about homelessness in and around Seattle. That turned into a city-wide media effort to dive deeper into reporting on our homeless crisis. You helped us pick our first reader-submitted question, which sought a better understanding of some of the reasons why people struggling with homelessness come to Seattle. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our answer.

Now, it’s time for us to take on a new question — and we want your help.

Since we started this project, you’ve sent us and our local media partners nearly 400 questions — ones that often came from places of vulnerability or helplessness about a crisis so large and unwieldy. There were a ton of fantastic questions, but we had to narrow it down to just three. These represent curiosities and concerns that we heard from a bunch of you.

» Follow this link to cast your vote: Which of the below questions should we dig into next?

  • What do current/former homeless people think would have prevented their homelessness in the first place? — Jared Randall
  • How do the unhoused think we should address our housing challenges? What would they tell home owners? Renters? Politicians? Businesses? — Brian Hsi
  • As a transgender formerly homeless person here, I am wondering what, if anything, is being done to help us be safe? — Anya Adora

Voting closes in a few days, so be sure to cast your vote, stat. After that, head over to our partner orgs later today — Crosscut, GeekWire, KUOW, ParentMap, Patch, Real Change, and SeattlePI — to help them choose a question to report on next.

We’re stoked that we can do our part to help us all better wrap our heads around homelessness in our region. We’re even more jazzed that you are helping guide this project.

We’ll announce which question won next week and then we’ll have our noses to the grindstone. » Go vote on the question you want us to answer next and put us to work!

» Interested to hear what your questions might say about our city? Evergrey cofounder Mónica Guzmán and storytelling producer Ana Sofia Knauf will be talking with Real Change’s Tim Harris, Seattlepi.com’s Daniel DeMay, and Patch’s Neal McNamara about the project today on Facebook Live at 12 p.m. Make sure you “like” our page so you’ll get notified when it starts.

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NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY

Sushinomics. Bloomberg uses a surprising proxy to measure “changes in a city’s demographics, spending power, business growth and influx or outflow of wealth” — sushi. Its annual Sushinomics Index (yup, it’s a thing) ranks Seattle as the second most expensive city for sushi in the country, behind New York City and now ahead of Los Angeles and (😮) San Francisco. A basic sushi combo costs $8.39 here at home — more than a buck over the national average of $7.14. 🍣 (Bloomberg)

Unacceptable. Burien has its first-ever Latino mayor, and on Saturday, he said, someone threatened his life. Mayor Jimmy Matta said he was at a Burien event when a man put an arm around his neck, brought him down, and whispered, “We’re not going to let you Latino illegals take over our city.” A man has turned himself in in connection with all this, and police are looking into it as a possible hate crime. Meanwhile, the mayor has a message: “You have the right to vote and voice your concerns, however when you put your hands on me, I will press charges on you, and have our legal system take care of you.” (The Seattle Times)

The man behind the street. Next time you’re driving on 15th Avenue South in Beacon Hill, take note: You might be on the brand new Alan Sugiyama Way. Our city council just passed a resolution to name the stretch of road between South Nevada Street and South Columbia Way after Alan, an Asian-American civil rights leader who passed away last year, and “was always working on behalf of the less fortunate.” ❤️ (The International Examiner)

One for the haters. Trends aren’t for everyone. And if you’ve about had it with all this hype around brunch and brunching — “the unnecessarily long wait, overpriced scrambled eggs, and highly excited 20-somethings toasting bottomless mimosas to ‘being alive!’” — then you want to check out this roundup: “Where To Get Brunch If You Hate Brunch.” (Infatuation Seattle)

The video’s up! The Seattle Police Department’s been working on its entry to a nationwide viral video lip sync challenge, and just posted the finished product — set to Macklemore’s “Downtown” — overnight. Good clean fun or off-duty distraction? We’ll just say this entry’s hard to beat. (Facebook)

Feeling old lately? Seattleite Stuart Williamson just celebrated his 100th birthday by skydiving. So…you know. Something to keep in mind. Especially for Evergrey director Mónica Guzmán, who spent Monday night freaking out about needing reading glasses. 🙄👓 (KUOW)

HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP

PARTNER EVENTS

💰  TODAY: Get the basics on bookkeeping, local tax deadlines, and more at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🍸  Friday: Dance, drink, and discover at Theory, Pacific Science Center’s big summer bash. (Queen Anne)

💪  Wednesday, Aug. 1: Workshop your perfect content marketing plan at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

🎈  Say arrrrr to the Seafair pirates (Greenwood)
🍿  Embrace your inner film nerd and see The Shining on celluloid (University District)
💪  Create an awesome story-driven content marketing plan at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)

 

TOMORROW

💪  Learn how to identify fake news (Downtown)
🎟  Watch a drag competition over drinks (Beacon Hill)
🍿  Hear a filmmaker’s take on veganism’s African roots (University District)

 

FRIDAY

🍷  Sip on award-winning wines and beers (Queen Anne)
🎈  Stroll to a community playdate with your little ones (White Center)
🍹  Dance and learn the science behind cocktails at this Evergrey partner event (Queen Anne)
👋  Try not to get spooked at this cemetery tour (Capitol Hill)
💃  Cheer on Latin, Brazilian, and Caribbean performers (Columbia City)

 

SATURDAY

🎈  Take the fam to the Torchlight Parade (Downtown)
👋  Honor the work of two black women community leaders (Central District)
🎈  Check out art, food trucks, and bands on the beach (West Seattle)
🍴  Get the scoop at an ice cream social (South Lake Union)
🎈  Celebrate how water shapes our culture (West Seattle) 🆕
🎶  Sway the night away at a R&B bar crawl (Pioneer Square) 🆕

 

SUNDAY

🎈  Peruse local art on Alki Beach (West Seattle)
☕️  Unleash your inner caffeine fiend at CoffeeCon (Fremont)
👋  Learn about Filipino culture and food at Pista sa Nayon festival (Seward Park)

 

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. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.

THE ULTIMATE WIN

Seattle Riot, our own women’s Ultimate frisbee team, dominated Revolution, the fan favorite from Columbia, to win the women’s 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships yesterday. Here’s how they celebrated — to the tune of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” — and where you can get a Riot brand frisbee to support the team and toss around at the park.

Keep flying, all. — The Evergrey