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Plus: A federal judge holds SPD in contempt.

It’s Wednesday.

Welp, to top off this less-than-stellar year is the crowning of a less-than-stellar name choice for an arena. If you haven’t been by the new home for the Kraken and Storm, Climate Pledge Arena’s neon green signs were installed last week. 

We asked your thoughts on the name now that we have a visual aid. The overwhelming consensus is that Bezos could have maybe, just *maybe* spent a little more time on the name or perhaps less time and just named it for what it was — Amazon Arena and a big ol’ reminder of Amazon’s presence in the Emerald city.

Since it seems that a) you all don’t like the name and b) it’s too late to change it, does anyone have ideas for a better sounding nickname? “CPA” sounds like a business-related term I am ignorant of ... there must be something better out there. Let us know your ideas by replying to this email.

Now on to the news.

— Grace at The Evergrey

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What Seattle is talking about

Federal judge holds SPD in contempt. A 27-page order cited four “clear violations” of the injunction preventing police from using force against peaceful protestors. The violations included the use of blast balls and pepper spray.  (The Seattle Times)

King County Jail inmates tested positive for COVID-19. The downtown jail said that a total of 16 inmates tested positive and that this marks the first time they have seen confirmed cases from exposure occurring within the county’s jails. (South Seattle Emerald)

Growing up during a global pandemic. Crosscut chronicled the story of one Seattle teen and her senior year of high school. The documentary uses photos and video shot by Jacquelyn Jimenez Romero and her siblings to get an in-depth look at what it’s like to be a teen in such a tumultuous time. (Crosscut)

Seattle soul food. Chef Kristi Brown opened her highly anticipated new restaurant, Communion, over the weekend. The restaurant is located in the Central District where gentrification has driven out the historically Black neighborhood making Communion’s opening significant. Customers can look forward to a menu influenced by her Kansas City childhood and love for the ID. (Eater Seattle)

Add these to your reading list. Bill Gates shares his top five must-reads from the year. As you might imagine, the Microsoft co-founder’s picks are decidedly not exactly “light” reads. Topics include mass incarceration, an account of the German Blitz on London, and a Cold War espionage tale. (GeekWire)

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Things to do

Submit your events to our calendar.


🎥 Explore the work of Black filmmakers in this free online class (Shoreline)


🔥 Join fellow women of color for a workshop on squashing imposter syndrome (Online)

🎭 Bring the theatre into your living room with Seattle Rep's "Twelfth Night" (Online)


🎄 Experience the Nutcracker in a new way with Evergreen City Ballet (Online)


🎁 Check out a pop-up shop of locally made gifts (Downtown)

🎵 Get in the spirit with Seattle Pacific University's virtual Christmas concert (Queen Anne)

🍿 Tune in to Scarecrow Video's first-ever Holiday Special (Online)

❄️ Watch as 25 local kiddos twirl their way through the Nutcracker ballet (Online)


🎉 Join Voyager's Table for holiday-themed cooking, crafting, and comedy (Online)

🎅 Visit Santa in his socially distanced snow globe (Greenwood) —through Dec. 23

Wednesday, December 16

💉 Join Crosscut for a conversation about the latest COVID-related science (Online)

🎹 Hear local jazz musicians perform "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (Online)

One more thing …

Miss live comedy? Apparently so does this comedian, so much so that he’s putting on guerrilla open mics around town. There is no mailing list to join to find one of these shows, just the comedian’s personal Facebook page where you can find the latest info. The shows are done outside in a socially distanced manner accompanied by lots of hand sanitizer. 

If one of you all decide to venture to the next one, let us know. Literal “underground comedy”? Yes, please.

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