Plus, where to get the best breakfast sandwich in town and what the arrival of the Omicron variant means for Washington.
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Plus, where to get the best breakfast sandwich in town and what the arrival of the Omicron variant means for Washington.

By Hannah Myrick

Hey there, it’s Thursday.

All the festive events happening this month have us in a holi-daze. You too? Here’s a few links that might help you narrow down your choices.

  • 🎆 A new list of Seattle’s best holiday light displays from Seattle PI
  • 🍿 Some food-based holiday outings courtesy of Eater
  • ❄️ All the deets you need to know for Bellevue’s annual Snowflake Lane

If you think we missed an *essential* holiday event, let us know! You can also always submit an event for consideration in our calendar. 😉

Now that we’ve invoked your holiday spirit, let’s talk about the headlines.


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What Seattle is talking about

🗳️ The Kshama Sawant Recall election results are in, but because we write the newsletter one day in advance, we can’t quite tell you how it’s turned out as of press time. Luckily, there are still some things we can share for certain. 

❓ ​​Why the vote? Long story short, in August of 2020 a District 3 resident filed a recall complaint against Sawant, claiming that she misused both her office resources and her position as a councilmember. The Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the recall could move forward with three key complaints, and the matter was put on the ballot and left to the  75,000 voters of District 3 to decide. 

In other news...

❓ What does it mean now that the Omicron variant is in Washington? As researchers rush to investigate more about the variant, Seattle Met has answered some of your questions about what that means for those of us who live here. Good news: Pfizer announced yesterday that getting your booster shot (along with the two initial doses) appears to be strong protection against omicron. (Seattle Met)

🍔 The most important meal of the day? A Seattle breakfast sandwich. You may think all you need is eggs and meat between some bread, but these spots will prove you wrong. When it comes to picking out your loaf, you’ve got options: Challah, a poppyseed roll, a biscuit — go crazy! Your filling? Arugula! A hash brown patty! Eggs-obvs! Cheese, duh! Roasted pork loin? Why not! From hole-in-the-walls to cafes, you’re sure to find a new staple in your morning routine. (Seattle Met)

🌇  2030 is our new deadline to reduce emissions, say climate scientists. Regional leadership agrees that the territory of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, often referred to as Cascadia, needs to better keep up with their promised climate policies. There’s a lot of action being taken to cut emissions and prevent future loss to environmental disaster, but still, we need to do more to get ourselves on track to decarbonize. (Crosscut)


🖼 Meet the artists behind the West Seattle Art Walk (West Seattle/Online)

🎄 Head to Volunteer Park for a fun, free festival of lights (Capitol Hill)


🎟 Watch Ginger Minj, star of RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 6, team up with her bestie, Gidget Galore in this non-denominational, musical romp through the holidays (Capitol Hill)

🖼 Peruse local galleries, shops, and art studios and meet local artists at the Belltown Art Walk (Belltown)

🎭 Take an unexpected journey to explore the many forms 'ghosts' can take in our lives via these five original one-act plays by The Shattered Glass Project (Online)


🎅 Put on your best Santa costume and paint the town red and white at this year's Seattle SantaCon (Downtown)

🎁 Shop unique gifts for your loved ones at Africatown’s Soul Holiday Market (Downtown)


🎶 Come to the "Big Blues Mix Up"--An Inaugural Benefit Concert for Blues in the Schools (SoDo/Industrial & Online)

🍷 Eat oysters, enjoy a wine flight, and shop for holiday gifts from local artisans at The Local 104 Holiday Market (Lake Forest Park)

🎁Treat yourself and your loved ones this holiday season at Africatown’s Soul Holiday Market! Featuring dozens of black-owned businesses selling amazing locally produced gifts and products, along with food trucks, music, and more (Downtown)


🧵 Imagine you're somewhere warm while you learn embroidery and stitch up tropical plants (Ballard)


🗣Join Crosscut for a conversation with the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (Online)

🍸 Learn about Seattle's dive bars, taverns, and psychedelic experiences of the past with author Brad Holden (Downtown)

One last thing before you go….

The blues is more than just that feeling we have after daylight savings time, it’s a music genre rich with history. 

If soaking up some blues tunes sounds good to you, check out the “Big Blues Mix Up” concert happening this weekend, hosted by local anti-racist music and cultural organization The Rhapsody Project. The Project pairs BIPOC youth with opportunities that expand their skills as musicians and help them explore their personal and cultural heritage. 

Proceeds from the show will go towards the Blues in the Schools project, which focuses on education around music and culture for local students. The concert will feature local blues, jazz, and soul artists including Lady A and Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method.

The concert is set for Dec. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cafe Con Leche in Fremont. Buy your tickets here.

Thanks for tune-ing ​​🎶 in. Catch you back here on Friday! 

— The Evergrey Staff

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