Plus: Have a drink with Hi Crime.
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📍Putting the YOU in the U District

Plus: Have a drink with Hi Crime.

Happy Friday!

We’ve got a packed newsletter for you today and a really exciting announcement. But you’re going to have to keep reading to hear about it, so keep on scrolling.

What Seattle is talking about

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The big announcement is that we’re launching a new series spotlighting different neighborhoods around Seattle starting in May! The neighborhood we’re starting with? The U District. 

In the reader survey we shared at the beginning of the year, we got a lot of responses saying you’d like more information on Seattle’s neighborhoods. Their histories, the businesses, and the people who make them. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do starting next Tuesday, but first, we need YOUR help. 

At the end of May, we’re going to compile a “guide” to the U District made by YOU, our readers. We want to know your favorite coffee shops, favorite businesses, favorite hidden gems in the neighborhood, plus any questions you might have about the area. 

⭐️ Fill out this survey, and we’ll use your answers to make and publish the guide. ⭐️

In other news ...

Seattle police department reported that more than 200 officers left their job last year. Acting Chief of Police Adrian Diaz reported that the department is in a “staffing crisis.” While some officers retired early, others left for policing jobs in different cities. (Associated Press)

More vaccines than willing arms. For a long while, vaccine appointments were scarce and hard to find. Now, that’s changing and several vaccination centers have reported that they have more vaccines than people signed up. (The Seattle Times)

In honor of Jimi. The Seattle Sounders will debut their new kits commemorating Jimi Hendrix as they take on the LA Galaxy at home on Sunday. Sales of the jersey are benefitting multiple local nonprofits. (Sounders FC)

  • Related: The OL Reign’s kits feature the Black Future Co-op Fund, which is the state’s first all Black-led philanthropy. The group aims to foster Black generational wealth, health, and well-being. The Reign’s next game is on Monday against Kansas City. (Sounder at Heart)

Have a drink with...Hi Crime

(Mitch Etter - left and Brielle Rutledge - right, Photo credit: Joel Simard)

We’re giving you a two-for-one deal with this edition of “Have a drink with.” Hi Crime is a local band that’s not only had one but two songs featured as KEXP’s Song of the Day. It’s been a while since we’ve done a Local Music Lowdown, and we’re glad to bring the feature back. Speaking of which — know a local band or artist you think we should spotlight? Let us know and reply to this email!

Hi Crime consists of Brielle Rutledge, Mitch Etter, Cody McCann, and Jesse Botello. If you missed our IG Live with Mitch and Brielle, you can find that here and keep reading for our Q&A with Mitch — Hi Crime’s guitarist and one of the founding members.

Interview has been edited for length.

What's your favorite part about your job?

The creative expression of recording music. There's a great satisfaction in transforming something that started only as an idea in my head, into a fully produced artistic statement that often develops into something greater than I imagined during that recording process. 

What's your favorite hidden gem in Seattle?

I'm still a new enough transplant here, I'm sure I don't know about the real hidden gems. But the weather is getting warmer out, and I'm starting to think more about kayaking. I really like launching out of the boat ramp by the Edmonds-Kingston ferry. It's close, but never too crowded on the water. I always see some cool wildlife. I'm still waiting to see whales, but I'm hoping it'll happen soon.

Where are two places you'd take an out-of-town guest?

On a hike in the Cascades and to see a show at KEXP. 

If you were to give a piece of advice to a newcomer to Seattle, what would it be?

My seven-year anniversary in Seattle is this summer. One bit of advice is to leave 15 minutes earlier than you think you need to when going to any kind of big event. You'll often be able to find a free parking spot that's closer than you think it would be. (Except for Belltown. I have no advice for free Belltown parking.)

If you could change anything about Seattle, what would it be?

I mean, I love it here. I'd love to get a house someday, so if housing prices could fall a lot more, that'd be great for me. 

Who or what are 5 Seattle people or organizations more people should know about?

🎵 For music lovers, stop by KEXP. Catch a free show, grab a coffee, do some record shopping, and hang. It's a great spot! There are other great community radio stations in Seattle people can and should explore, but I'm loyal to KEXP and think they are the best lens into Seattle music culture.

💗Another music spot that doesn't get enough attention is The Vera Project. It's important because it's an all-ages venue for all sorts of art/music. The Vera Project does a great job in trying to lower those hurdles for young artists and art lovers. 

📰Last music shout-out. Dan's Tunes is doing some of my favorite music journalism in the scene. So many local art reviewers fall into that "indie blog" category. But Dan's Tunes is a fully realized, professional journalism website covering a topic I happen to care a lot about. 

🍟One of the under-the-radar spots near my house I love is Bryant Corner Cafe in Ravenna. Great quality diner food, comfortable atmosphere, friendly folks, and big portions. It's a pretty regular spot for me when I eat out. 

➡️Aurora Commons is a great "welcoming space for unhoused neighbors to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community." My cousin Lisa started this non-profit, and I'm very proud of her and her work lifting up communities that really need a hand.

JUST FOR MEMBERS: We planned your weekend

📖  Read: The Seattle Times takes a look at the influx of folks living in Seattle who made the move to South King County during the pandemic. Cheaper housing costs, the ability to work remotely, and the lure of having more space all were factors in the trend. 

📺  Watch: This improv shows combines comedy and everyone’s favorite green substance for what will guaranteed be an entertaining night. The Bandit Theater is hosting a show where the regular improv shenanigans will happen BUT some performers are stoned and it’s up to the audience to figure out who. Get tickets for this online comedy show happening tonight

🎧  Listen: Celebrate International Jazz Day with this concert from The Royal Room featuring the Ahamefule J. Oluo Quartet. The livestream is free to watch. 

👟 Go: The Seattle Chinese Garden is holding its Peony Festival this weekend. Folks can come watch performances from the Seattle Guzheng Academy and buy their very own tree peony. This event is in person so be sure to mask up if you choose to attend.

🍺 Drink: Calling all bourbon fans (forgive us — the whiskey emoji is not compatible). Did you know this past week has been Bourbon Week? If not, there’s still time to take advantage of it. Check out the list of places where you can find some Bourbon specials this weekend. 

Promotion from Neighborhood Farmers Markets

🍑 Capitol Hill Farmers Market Has Moved!!

Your berries, cheese, peaches, & peas moved 422 steps north. Find the farmers market in its new home on Broadway & E Denny Way every Sunday.

Learn More About Capitol Hill Farmers Market
Promotion from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center

✨ In Community We Flourish | Enduring COVID-19

Celebrate community & healing at a virtual opening of the “Enduring COVID-19: Stories from Our Transforming World” exhibit.

May 5 @ 12 pm via Zoom | RSVP for Free


🍝Today's the last day of Seattle Restaurant Week! Come dine with us – showing support has never been more delicious (Various)

✊Join YWCA & Ijeoma Oluo at the virtual 10th annual Stand Against Racism(Online)

🍺Lucky Envelope Brewing is celebrating its 6th anniversary with several new beer releases (Ballard)

🎷KNKX and Jazz24 present a live streamed studio session with The Cory Weeds Trio on International Jazz Day, the free event will be hosted by KNKX's Abe Beeson (Online)


🎧Support El Centro de la Raza for their virtual May Day Fest which will include music and giveaways and will benefit their COVID-19 Emergency Response (Online)

✂️Get your creative juices flowing and learn how to take a photo and turn it into a papercut (Online)


⚽️Cheer on the Sounders as they take on the LA Galaxy from Lumen Field or from home (Pioneer Square)


🎤Hear from local and national speakers at the Crosscut Festival all week (Online)


😂Perfect your joke-telling with comedian Emmett Montgomery (Online)


💍Use found materials to make stunning jewelry in this online class (Online)


🎭Join us for an in-person comedy show and dinner on The Collective's Patio in South Lake Union (South Lake Union)

One more thing …

We’ll see you back here on Monday for a special newsletter takeover in partnership with Civic Commons. If you missed our last event with them discussing the impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color, catch up on the conversation here

Go enjoy the weekend, you deserve it. 

— Grace at The Evergrey

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