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Plus: Vegan donut news we love to see and the viral videos made right here in Seattle.

What’s up? It’s Tuesday and it’s also 4/20.

Sure, 4/20 is not really a holiday and it only really means anything to anyone who partakes in the herb. But I’ll argue it’s a great excuse to put on a great, bad movie and enjoy all your favorite junk food. 

If you do plan on celebrating the holiday with some grass (or edibles), here’s a recent list from Seattle Met of the best cannabis dispensaries around the city plus a few outside it. We’ll point out that Emerald Leaves in Tacoma and Seattle’s own Hollingsworth Cannabis are two of the few Black-owned cannabis businesses in the state. You can find much of Hollingworth’s products in several stores around the city. 

In keeping with the theme, on Thursday at 4 p.m., we’ll have another “Have a drink with” episode over on Instagram, this time with Mary J. White — a cannabis chef and instructor. We’ll talk about cooking with cannabis and advice she might have for home cooks to best utilize the plant. Have questions for her? Let us know by replying to this email.

Now on to today’s news...

What Seattle is talking about

Sun? Check. Mountains out? Check. Field of tulips? Check. ✅ | Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: Rachel C.) 

Everyday Music isn’t disappearing (kinda). Longtime employees Hans Fluegel and Tyler Mitchell have launched a GoFundMe campaign to carry on the legacy/tradition of the Capitol Hill record store with a new venture called Almost Everyday Music. The local-loved space is set to close on May 16 after 18 years of business. Hans and Tyler have found a spot in Lower Queen Anne — erm, “Uptown” — for the new business and are asking for customers new and old to support them in raising $25,000 to open the store. (Vanishing Seattle)

Did you know ‘Cut’ is in our own backyard? Ever seen the viral videos “Fear Pong”, “Truth or Drink” or “Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First Time”? No? Well check those out and then read up on the video production company that produces them because they’re located right here in Seattle! You might even recognize a familiar face as most of the people featured in the videos are locals. Want your own 15 minutes of fame? Apply here. (Seattle Met)

A different kind of bikini barista stand. Burlesque performer, educator, and erotic entrepreneur Goddess Briq House is looking to open a bikini barista stand that challenges stereotypes. She wants the stand to be inclusive for all people — not just white, thin, and able-bodied women. Briq hopes the business can create opportunities for BIPOC, queer, trans, and disabled people to gain employment while celebrating their bodies as they are. You can donate to the GoFundMe to support the stand here. (The Stranger)

  • Related: This Crosscut article highlights how the pandemic has greatly affected sex workers and their ability to find safe work. And this article from The Stranger delves into how sex workers were not prioritized for vaccination in the early stages of the vaccine rollout.

In donut news: Dough Joy, a new vegan and queer-owned donut truck, is set to open in Ballard next month. Owners Christopher Ballard and Sean Willis currently run the self-published vegan magazine, Outbound Herbivore and decided to venture into the food truck business during the pandemic. They acquired their truck from Cycle Dogs which is currently planning to move into the old No Bones Beach Club space. Stay up to date with Dough Joy’s opening by visiting their site. (MyBallard)

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🗣 Listen to a conversation with filmmakers Hinaleimonana Wong-Kalu and Tracy Rector and they discuss being Native in islands occupied by both American and Asian settler-colonial systems (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)


🏔️ Hear from Chris Bombardier, the first person with hemophilia to summit Mt. Everest, and get FREE access to his documentary Bombardier Blood (Online)

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


🍴 Enjoy a fun night of cooking and learning with Chef Ethan Stowell and the Executive Director of Ballard Food Bank, Jen Muzia (Online)

🌊 Learn about sea otters in the Seattle Aquarium's latest installment of their "Lightning Talks" where experts present a five-minute presentation on the topic (Online)

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


📖 Listen to Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast talk with Book Larder about her new book "Crying in H Mart" (Online)


🌳 Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to help restore the Washington Arboretum, you'll need to pre-register for free (Montlake)

💡 Bid it to win it at Seattle Choruses 25th annual auction; Love You in the Light (Online)

💙 Join us for this inclusive, family-friendly celebration of World Autism Acceptance Month which will feature sensory-friendly, fun activities, musical performances, and more for children, adolescents, and adults. (Online)


🍻 Stop by the Spring Nordic Market at Skål Beer Hall where they'll have Nordic and Viking merchants selling their goods plus live music (Ballard)

Tuesday, April 27

🎉 Party Popper Join with others working to create healthy & thriving communities for children, youth and families at the Best Starts for Kids Summit (Online)

One more thing …

I was scrolling through Reddit, curating today’s news, when I saw that this skate park shaped like bacon and eggs exists just an hour outside of Seattle. Did you already know about it? How have you not told me? Skating has been my latest pandemic hobby/quarter-life crisis so I fully intend on visiting the park as soon as I feel confident that I won’t severely hurt myself on a board. 🙃

That’s all we’ve got for today. Get out and soak up the sun, partake in the holiday, or just indulge in your favorite junk food. 

Meet ya back here tomorrow!

— Grace at The Evergrey

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