🚘 Why Seattle likes to drive in circles

🚘 Why Seattle likes to drive in circles

It's never too early to start dreaming about the weekend, especially with Memorial Day coming up. Thanks for tagging @theevergrey on Instagram, Jordan!

What Seattle is talking about

Our orcas are in trouble. And a new installment in The Seattle Times’ ongoing Hostile Waters series explores the impact that humans are having on the local population of southern resident killer whales.

The latest story focuses on how the animals use sound to hunt a dwindling supply of chinook salmon in the Salish Sea. Some researchers believe that noise from increased ship traffic affects the orcas’ ability to track down their prey and communicate with one another.

Most scientists agree: The main problem facing our local orcas is a lack of food. But the presence of ships could be accelerating their extinction by making it even more difficult for them to hunt.

This past legislative session, Washington lawmakers passed new regulations for commercial whale-watching boats that require them to keep at least a 300-yard buffer zone from the animals.

But many feel the rules don’t go far enough. The Southern Orca Resident Task Force recommended a distance of at least 650 yards — something that industry leaders said would amount to a whale-watching ban in Washington state.

In other news…

A Seattle ordinance that prohibits landlords from considering a prospective tenant’s criminal record is in jeopardy. The state Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments next month in a lawsuit filed by a group of landlords who say the ordinance violates their right to access public information. (NBC News)

Tomorrow’s the day that Seattle’s skincare fanatics have been waiting for. Glossier, a popular New York-based beauty company, is about to open a pop-up store inside the old American Apparel shop on Capitol Hill. (Seattle Met)

Ever wonder what it would be like to take a road trip with one of the life-size bottles from those vintage Rainier beer commercials? The new Alice in Chains music video for the song “Rainier Fog” lets you visualize that fantasy. (YouTube)

Storytelling on stage

Evergrey members get access to exclusive giveaways and experiences. This week, we’re handing out three pairs of patron-level tickets to the Moth Mainstage event at Benaroya Hall, presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures.

Don’t miss out on future giveaways. Join us as a member today, and stay tuned for more perks. 🙌

Let’s get together

🍸 It’s cocktail time! We’re going deep down a spirit rabbit hole at tonight’s Crafting Libations class to explore all things Absinthe. Don’t be intimidated — it’ll be creatively delicious! (South Lake Union)

🍽️ And coming up tomorrow, we still have a few spots left for our first-ever Setting the Table event. Listen to local thought leaders discuss community in Seattle, share your own ideas, and enjoy a delicious dinner to connect it all together. See you there! (Belltown)

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Are you one of those drivers who just "wings it" at traffic circles? Click on the image to learn the rules of the road.

Today’s how-to

Ever feel like you’re driving in circles? Turns out, that might be a good thing, at least according to the folks at the Seattle Department of Transportation.

We had a lot of questions for them about Seattle’s friendly neighborhood traffic circles. Who keeps them looking good? What direction are we supposed to go in again? Do they actually make driving in Seattle safer?

Check out our handy video explainer for the answers.                

Think you’ve mastered the traffic circle — and all the other roadway-related challenges Seattle throws your way? Turns out, the city is on the hunt for Seattle’s safest driver, and there’s a cash prize involved.

Our Partner Events

🏙️ June 1: Come together in civic community to reflect and connect with other passionate Seattleites (Hillman City)

🔥 Now through June 3: Immerse yourself as interactive performance, community, and political commentary intersect in “The Arsonists,” a new play from Horse in Motion (Pioneer Square)

Want to see your event listed here? Hit reply or email [email protected] to chat about a promotional partnership.

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Around town


🍸 Absinthe it up at The Evergrey’s Crafting Libations class (South Lake Union)

🍼 Meet other moms and treat yourself to a chair massage (Green Lake)

🎼 Listen to a renowned local cellist at Town Hall Seattle’s big re-opening (First Hill)

🎤 Immerse yourself in Jericho Brown poetry at this reading event (Downtown)

🎬 Go behind the scenes at this SIFF forum on short films (Queen Anne)


🗣️ Join local thought leaders for a conversation about belonging in Seattle (Belltown) —sold out

😷 Get your panel on at this community discussion on public health in the U.S. (Downtown)

🔭 Drink beers and learn about astronomy at this brewery event (Ballard)


📣 Sit back and listen at The Moth’s Mainstage storytelling event (Downtown)

🎨 Unleash your inner Bob Ross at this free painting class (Delridge)

🐋 Dive into a history lesson on the relationship between orcas and humans (Downtown)

🙌 Learn more about your civil rights in the workplace at this panel event (Capitol Hill)


🎞️ Kick off a celebration of indigenous culture at this filmmaker gathering (Queen Anne)

🎙️ Groove old school and shake your booty at this retro dance party (Capitol Hill)

🎺 Jazz up your night with this tribute to Miles Davis’ birthday (Downtown)


🌅 Wake up and dance the morning away at this fun dawn party (Westlake)

💃 “Find your folk” at this free festival taking over Seattle Center (Queen Anne) —through Monday

🇺🇸 Honor veterans at this Museum of Flight event (SoDo)

🐡 Wrangle the kids together for Family Science Weekend at the Aquarium (Waterfront)  —through Monday

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram.

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

One more thing...

Planning to take Fido on an outdoor adventure this summer? Curbed’s new map of dog-friendly campgrounds has you covered. Just be sure to book early for sites that accept reservations.

Happy trails — and tails — Seattle. We’ll see you tomorrow.

— The Evergrey

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