Plus: The woman who opened Seattle’s first modern art gallery.
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Plus: The woman who opened Seattle’s first modern art gallery.

Happy Friday eve.

In a recent column, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, embraced the moniker Fox News host, Sean Hannity, thrust upon Seattle — CRAZYTOWN — last summer. Conservative outlets like Fox, have denounced the city as all sorts of things including “circling the drain” and “on life support.” 

Besides the out-of-touch use of “crazy,” Hannity’s comments are a stale take on the narrative that Seattle has devolved into a shell of what it once was. It’s also a take that Westneat argues leaves out all the positive things that have happened — all the small businesses that have opened during the pandemic despite everything. 

Obviously, Hannity's take is old (and bad) but proving him wrong isn't. So tell us, what businesses have opened in the past year that you've been excited to support?

Keep reading for another Throwback Thursday with MOHAI, an op-ed from the South Seattle Emerald, and the answer to this week’s game of I Spy.

What Seattle is talking about

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Seattle Fire’s Health One is adding a second unit. The program pairs specially trained Seattle Fire Department firefighters with a civilian social worker to address basic health needs — including those related to houselessness. The second unit will allow the program to cover clients beyond South Seattle and SODO and will be based in Belltown. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)

A journalist reflects on the cycle of trauma in an op-ed. Mike Davis shared his thoughts of watching yet another police shooting of a Black man. Davis goes on to lament how this cycle of violence is never-ending and is something that has become normalized in the Black community. Read the whole piece at the South Seattle Emerald

How does COVID-19, a respiratory disease, affect your brain? That’s what UW researchers are trying to find out. Robin Hayes lives in Issaquah and used to be a competitive triathlete and a nurse, now she struggles to play computer games. Researchers published a study theorizing how the virus can enter the brain last December, but why it does this is a whole other question. (Crosscut)

TBT: A piece of fashion history

Mariano Fortuny lavender silk gown, ca. 1920s, courtesy of MOHAI

Zoë Dusanne may not sound like a familiar name but her influence on the city’s art scene was significant. Dusanne is thought to be Seattle’s first professional modern art dealer. Originally from Kansas, Dusanne attended college at Oberlin and then the University of Illinois, Urbana. She made her way to Seattle after a failed marriage to be with her parents. 

In 1913 Dusanne’s mother Letitia Graves founded the Seattle chapter of NAACP and served as the first president. Dusanne and her father were both founding members of the chapter. Dusanne started dabbling in the art world after moving to New York City where she met a number of artists and started learning about modern art.

Dusanne returned to Seattle in 1942 with her art collection and opened up her home at 1303 Lakeview Place as the Zoë Dusanne Gallery which gave Northwest artists a place to have their art in a real professional gallery.

The dress pictured was considered extremely forward-thinking for its time as it didn’t require a corset. Italian designer Fortuny made Delphos gowns for decades, the dresses used finely pleated silk and could fit any form.  

Read more about Dusanne on the History Link website.

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🧠 Explore the mystery of age and aging with Dr. David Sinclair at this Town Hall Seattle event (Online)

❓ Test your knowledge with the Burke Museum's virtual trivia night (Online)


🎞 Watch the 18th edition of the Seattle Black Film Festival put on by Langston Seattle (Online) — Through April 26

🎭 The latest show in Macha Theatre's series of solo performances by female writers, watch "The Transcendence" (Online)


📖 Meet the Norwegian author Ruth Lillegraven as she discusses her book "Everything is Mine" with the Nordic Museum (Online)


⭕ Try out a crafting-meditation as you make your own mobius strip (Online)


💨 Celebrate 420 with the SPLIFF Film Festival: short films made by stoners for stoners (Online)

♀ Hear about the humanitarian crisis the women of Syria are facing in this virtual talk put on by the Holocaust Center and Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (Online)


🌲 Support Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks by participating in the 2021 Auction for the Parks (Online)

Thursday, April 22

📖 Hear from the author of the bestseller "The Vanishing Half" (Online)

One more thing …

We know at least one of you is headed up to Skagit to see the tulips this weekend, so, we thought we’d share this list of places to stop for food from Eater Seattle. As you know from all our Instagram of the Day photos, we love a good flower pic. Send us any photos you take if you go up for the tulip festival on Instagram and we may share them in the newsletter!

— Grace at The Evergrey

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