⛴️ Why the Washington State Ferries are struggling
Plus, a new movie shot in Seattle and ideas for a year’s worth of weekends.
By Hannah Myrick
Welcome to Thursday!
Good news for all you Seattle cinema buffs — there’s a new action film coming out that was shot in Seattle’s own streets! KIMI is about a voice stream interpreter (played by Zoë Kravitz) who overhears a murder while she is analyzing tape. The film’s title is named for the Alexa/Siri-like voice-activated digital assistant that Kravitz uses to complete her tasks.
In the trailer alone you’ll see a map of Seattle street names, an aerial shot near Westlake Center, and a snippet of the Expedia campus in Interbay. Spot anything else we missed?
We can’t wait to see what other local landmarks will be on display when the film is released on HBO Max on Feb. 10.
Alright, now let’s see what else is happening on Seattle’s streets today besides moviemaking magic...
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🚲 The Seattle outdoor retailer Evo recently purchased an entire block of land in Fremont. Evo founder Bryce Phillips, Evolution Projects and a partner will have control over the whole block as they make way for their “Campus Seattle” project, which will combine office buildings with retail, restaurants and sport facilities. Evo operates nine stores across the country and has recently expanded their business with large-scale projects in Whistler Village and Salt Lake City. Phillips says the project will begin once the space is occupied by the “right” tenant. It’s unclear who that perfect tenant could be, but it’s worth mentioning the neighborhood has grown increasingly tech-heavy with the offices of Google, Tableau and others nearby. (Geekwire)
⛱️ If you’re hoping to pack your weekends with fun all year long, Seattle Met has you covered. The following list offers plenty of affordable, accessible ways for you and the whole family to spend your Seattle Saturdays and Sundays. You’ll find options that are close to home (flying a kite at Alki Beach) and a little further away (taking an elk tour near Mt. Rainier). (Seattle Met)
✉️ Abortion pills are permanently available by mail after the FDA permanently lifted a dispensing requirement for a medication commonly used in some abortion practices last month. In Washington, providers have been prescribing abortion pills via mail since the requirement was first lifted. Abortion access varies widely, and the South Seattle Emerald covers how we compare to other areas of the country and how the new availability of abortion pills impacts our region. 👉 (South Seattle Emerald)
⛴️ Washington State Ferries have struggled with staffing for over a decade, and ferry-goers have started to notice. Crew shortages cancelled 341 runs in the first half of October alone, affecting riders’ abilities to commute, get to medical treatments, or access groceries. There are several reasons why it’s hard to both retain and recruit employees, but most recently, many ferry employees have quit, retired or been fired for COVID-related reasons— 139 employees in total. Since 1999, the state’s ferry system has lacked sufficient funding, but Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a 26 percent increase for Washington State Ferries in the budget for 2021-2023. Hopefully that changes the game. (Crosscut)
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🌿 Forage the day away with survival skills adapted for residents of the Pacific Northwest taught by an expert herbalist and forager (Online)
☃️ Check out the winter celebrations going at Lake Chelan’s Winterfest, complete with ice sculptures, fireworks and more through Jan. 23 (Lake Chelan)
🎸 Celebrate the legacy of Johnny Cash with music from renowned cover band Cash’d Out at the Tractor Tavern (Ballard)
🖼️ Soak in Seattle’s art scene at the Belltown art walk, happening across multiple venues (Belltown)
✂️ Don’t miss the opening weekend of Seattle’s NFT Museum, where you can meet your icons and learn more about NFT trends (Downtown)
🍻 Take a roadtrip to Ellensburg’s 18th annual Brewfest, featuring craft beer from over 25 local breweries (Ellensburg)
🎬 Enjoy the film series "Daredevils of the Red Circle" and another secret classic feature at the Grand Illusion Cinema (University District)
💃 Discover the fun and basic steps of the original swing dance —Lindy Hop (Capitol Hill)
Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day
🎤 Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with host Jamaar Smiley at The Royal Room (Columbia City)
📔 Tackle your first drafts at a Works in Progress Open Mic at Hugo House (Online)
📺 Show off your knowledge at "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Trivia Night at The Crocodile (Belltown)
📢 Join the march and rally hosted by the MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition, both beginning at Garfield High School (Central District)
🖌️ Gather with other miniature painters and terrain builders and talk about your work with the North End Makers (Northgate)
One more thing….
This upcoming Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and thanks to the MLK Jr Organizing Coalition you’ll find ways to celebrate from today ‘til Monday. The organization has been working for 40 years to serve and work for justice in the Seattle/King County community and throughout the remainder of this week, they’re hosting activities, including virtual workshops, a youth event, an opportunity fair, and a march and rally set for Monday.
“Our efforts keep the spotlight on our responsibility to correct the injustices in our world, from our criminal justice system to our public schools to senseless military misadventures that threaten human rights and rob our communities of resources,” says their website.
Each year thousands of people join the rallies and marches they host on MLK Jr. Day, and this year encourages the same, with several COVID precautions in place. If you’re looking for ways to help, the Coalition needs volunteers for the rally and march, and you can register here.
Thanks for hanging with me to the bottom today. I’ll see you for our final day of the week tomorrow! Woo!
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