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Plus: Beth's Cafe closes again...this time with no reopening in sight.

By Grace Madigan

Welcome back to your regularly scheduled Evergrey programming. 

Before we get to the news of the day, I wanted to make sure you saw that we have a very exciting contest going on with the small business champion — the Intentionalist

To enter the Heart of Seattle photo contest, all you need to do is submit a photo taken at Downtown, Belltown, or South Lake Union business. Photos can be entered into one of three categories depending on the subject of the pic: people (centers customers, staff, or anyone else at the business), place (centers the space the business is in, interior or exterior), and things (centers a business’ product like a dish or ingredient). Submit as many photos as you’d like in each category; from there, we will pick the top finalists and have the public vote on a winner in each group. We will also pick a fourth winner whose shot also has the best story.

The prize? A pack of gift certificates to local businesses worth $400. The reward, in our humble opinion, is definitely worth the small effort of submitting a photo.

You have until Sunday, September 19 to enter. Just post your photo on Instagram, tag us via @the_evergrey and @intentionalist_, and include the hashtag #WelcomeBackSeattle. 

Have any questions? Concerns? Ask ‘em by hitting reply to this email. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

Now, on to the headlines...

We never get tired of live music. 😍| Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @dd.madigan_photos

4 things Seattle is talking about

🎵  Live music’s return could be heard quite loudly at the new Day In Day Out festival over the weekend, and your friendly neighborhood newsletter editor here was lucky enough to attend. Lauren Mayberry, the lead singer of headlining act Chvrches, put the prevailing sentiment around the fest quite simply: “It’s been a f**ing year.” And as we all know, it’s not necessarily over just yet: three acts slated to perform at the two-day fest had to bail at the last minute after testing positive for COVID-19. While this turn of events was a depressing sign of the times, it did mean that a number of local artists were tapped in as replacements, including featured Local Music Lowdown artists Sol and Tomo Nakayama. Head on over to our website to take a look at photos snapped during day two of the festival. (The Evergrey)

  • Related: The new King County outdoor mask requirement took effect yesterday. This applies to everyone 5 and older regardless of vaccination status. The mandate will mostly affect outdoor spaces like stadiums and music venues. (The Seattle Times)

🥚  A sad farewell to Beth’s Cafe. The 24-hour diner announced its closure over the weekend and attributed its end to the fact that they were struggling to break even with labor and food costs, both of which are in short supply and high demand as businesses continue reopening. I regret not visiting the beloved dive one last time; their cinnamon rolls will always be a fond memory of my (hungover) college days. (Seattle PI)

➡️  How does the abortion ban in Texas affect the PNW? Although the Lone Star State is nearly 2,000 miles away, it doesn’t mean that what happened last week won’t have ripple effects here. Washington state legalized abortion in a 1991 initiative, but neighboring states like Idaho have stricter laws regarding the medical procedure. The Texas law may encourage other states to pass more stringent laws on abortion, something Idaho has considered doing before. Iris Alatorre, the program manager at the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) says that about 60% of the people they serve already come from Idaho. (The Stranger)

  • Take action: You can donate to the NWAAF here

🍯🍎 A belated happy new year to you. Monday evening marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. While I recognize not everyone celebrates this holiday, this piece by writer Joy Resmovits makes a pretty convincing case for why all of us, in our own ways, ought to consider acknowledging the day. As she puts it, “If the idea of a new start right now feels the slightest bit hopeful or empowering to you, I invite you to end your year early and imagine the possibilities of how we can live differently.” (South Seattle Emerald)

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🎨 Learn about the work of local artists creating art that challenges structures of power in the global fight for social justice.(online)


🌸 Wildflower Embroidery Basics Flower power time!(Ballard)


📽️ Watch the Virtual Film Aalto with the National Nordic Museum(Online)


✨ Weave Like a Viking with our Virtual Viking Metal-Weaving Bracelet Class(Online)

🌊 Gallery Talk: Among Forests and Lakes(Ballard)

🌼 Rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen(Ballard)


🎉 Free Community Celebration of Movement, Transportation & Play(Downtown Redmond )


🌲 A direct, hands-on Summit that examines the unique challenges, as well as the opportunities, in preparing our region for the impacts of climate disruption(Downtown/Online)

📡 Nordic Innovation Series: Diplomats in Dialogue(Ballard)


👪 Unhoused, The unseen crisis affecting children and families. A two-part community conversation with experts on family homelessness.(Online)

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One more thing …

We’re going live on Instagram today at 4 p.m. with Daybreak Star Radio. Some time back we shared a "Crosscut" profile on the online radio station and they were kind enough to make time to chat with us for our “Have a drink with” series. Tune in to hear from their station manager and DJ about what it’s like operating one of the only Indigenous radio stations in the U.S. 

🍴 Cooking: Tofu tacos

📺  Watching: Rewatching “Happy Endings” (In my opinion, one of the most underrated sitcoms in the past decade.)

🎧  Song on repeat: Samia — “Big Wheel” (I got the chance to see her open for Sylvan Esso last night at Marymoor. And fun fact: She is the daughter of Kathy Najimy from “Hocus Pocus.”)

Thanks for reading. Be right back here tomorrow. 👋

— Grace at The Evergrey

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