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🎞 Over 100 films from Asian American filmmakers

Plus: Get some tips for your victory garden.

You made it — it’s Friday!

I’m not going to dilly-dally with the intro today because we’ve got a lot for you (especially if you’re an Evergrey Extra member). 

But I will mention if your eyes have been itchy and your nose runny, do not be alarmed like I was: It is indeed allergy season. However, if you need an excuse to demolish the bag of jalapeño chips in your pantry “to make sure it’s not COVID-19 symptoms,” then please disregard the above information.

Let’s get to the news. 

What Seattle is talking about

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A new report from the UW examines how lies about the presidential election led to the Capitol insurrection. Among the findings: People with verified Twitter accounts, including political leaders, were largely to blame for spreading false information. You can find a link to the whole report on KUOW’s website. (KUOW)

In case the Smith Tower penthouse was too spendy... just kidding, this floating home on Lake Union is even more expensive, but it looks pretty cool. With three outdoor decks and a bedroom that opens right onto a dock with a swim ladder, this place may rival the tower. We can dare to dream, right? (Seattle Met)

Need gardening tips? Since the pandemic began, “victory gardens” have sprouted up as people looked for hobbies and another way to be self-sufficient amidst the anxiety that COVID brought with it. Now that spring is coming around again, folks can start planning what they’re going to plant this year. (The Seattle Times)

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival returns virtually

Recently, acts of violence against the Asian American community have been in the spotlight. This comes as we mark a year since the pandemic started and also a year since the former president called the virus the “Kung flu.” As the discussion around anti-Asian rhetoric continues, it seems like an appropriate time to explore what’s screening at the ninth-annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival

The 10-day long festival is streaming more than 100 films from Asian American filmmakers through March 14. Folks can watch these movies by purchasing individual tickets or festival passes on their website

We got the chance to ask Lisette Marie Flanary, the director of the documentary “Tokyo Hula” a few questions: 

The following has been edited for length and clarity. For the full version head to our website.

“Tokyo Hula” is a part of a trilogy. How long has it been since you started working on the first film?

Oh, are you ready for this? I started the first film in 1998 and finished that one in 2003. “Tokyo Hula” was completed in 2019. So about 20 years. 

How did you get into hula and what made you want to explore the topic through film?

I knew that I needed to find stories that I really felt passionate about. In the research and development phase of starting a production company, I decided to start picking up hula.

I was living in New York and found a very large Hawaiian community and really sort of fell back in love with it. It helped me feel very grounded and connected back to Hawaii. And from that, I was sort of interested in how communities who move away from Hawaii use hula as a way to connect back to home. That first project, “American Aloha” was the first feature doc that I did for POV [the PBS showcase of independent non-fiction films].

What do you hope viewers take away from “Tokyo Hula”?

I hope the film is a catalyst for dialogue — whether it's here in Hawaii or elsewhere — of where do we draw the line between appreciating culture and appropriating it?

I was talking to someone recently who saw the film, and they were like, oh, it made me think of yoga. And it made me think of all these other dances that have moved onto a global stage. We don’t usually think about where this art form actually comes from. Are we perpetuating it safely and truthfully to its origin? 

Why is it important to empower those from marginalized and underrepresented communities to tell their stories?

Having diverse voices and representation brings a lot of understanding and respect. What's so amazing about film or documentary is that one film can be seen on public television by 3 or 4 million people.

Taking a film about hula and showing it in Europe, for instance — it’s enlightening to hear the responses from people who say, “I had no idea. This really changed the way that I think about Hawaii or it changed the way I think about the hula dance and now I understand that it really is an art form and cultural expression and there's this whole history to Hawaii that I had no clue about.”

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Today

🎶 Groove into the weekend with D'Vonne Lewis and Earshot Jazz (Online)

Promotion from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center

💯 Womxn Breaking Barriers | March 11 @ 5:30 PM

Celebrate women creating change! Virtually hosted by United Way of King County, YP Impact, and the Gates Foundation Discovery Center.

Free. RSVP now

Tomorrow

🍷 Learn about the wine regions of the PNW and taste along at home (Online)

Tuesday

🏙️ Join Puget Sound Business Journal for a conversation about the future of downtown Seattle (Online)

🌍 Test your knowledge on all things sustainability at this trivia night (Online)

Wednesday

🇺🇸 Join KUOW for a conversation about rebuilding democracy (Online)

Thursday

🐦 Join KNKX and BirdNote for a presentation about winter migrating birds in the Skagit Valley (Online)

🌲 Learn the secrets of Seattle’s botanical past with David B. Williams (Online )

🥧 Join KCTS 9 for a discussion on all things pie — sweet AND savory (Online)

🐛 Forking Moths! Fix 'em good by embroidering their likeness over the pesky holes they leave in wool (Ballard/Online)

✈️ Satisfy your travel bug with a virtual trip around the world at this trivia night (Online)

One more thing …

I know we already stated this, but the days are getting longer so just indulge me with another update. Starting today, the sun won’t set before 6 p.m. until Oct. 27! Sure we’re still in Seattle’s “faux spring” stage, but that is not stopping me from having a pep in my step knowing we’re that much closer to summer. 

— Grace at The Evergrey

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