The Karaoke Baron’s Kingdom Spans from Seattle to Vegas

by Jacob Uitti

Joshua Baron lives for karaoke. So much so that the 45-year-old is considering moving from Seattle to Las Vegas in order to locate himself in the center of this country’s karaoke universe. But for now, Baron, who is the national director of the Karaoke World Championships U.S.A. (KWCUSA), continues to host his Wednesday night karaoke sessions at the Columbia City Theater from 9 PM to 1 AM. Every week, a cast of characters come together there over their need for expression as much as their need for family.

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South End Stew: Beauty Among Us

This is the third in a series of three pieces. The first can be read here. The second can be read here.

by Kelsey Hamlin

But, god damn it, as if we don’t uproot those mother fuckers right back.

I don’t know if the seeds will ever stop whispering. I don’t know if there will ever be a time when the whispers constantly fall on deaf ears to the point where there’s no whispers at all. I don’t know if they’ll ever stop growing.

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Book-It Repertory Theatre’s My Antonia Draws Connection to Today’s Immigration Story

by Georgia S. McDade

Book-It Repertory Theatre’s production of Willa Cather’s novel My Antonia at Center House can make you feel good.

Unlike two recent productions, University of Washington’s Incident at Vichy and Seattle Repertory Theatre’s A 1000 Splendid Suns — both superb, but decidedly less than humorous — My Antonia has many funny parts. Antonia Shimerda and Jim Burden face crises just as characters do in the other works, but here, there is breathing space. Adult Jim’s nostalgia figures prominently, as the play is based on memories dating back to the time 10-year-old Jim and 14-year-old Antonia meet.

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Local Musicians Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons To Record Live Album in South End

by Gus Marshall

Acoustic old-time roots blues duo Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons will be performing two concerts this Saturday at The Rainier Valley Cultural Center. The performances will be recorded and produced into their third full length album entitled The Antidote.

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Emerald Uncovered: Jerrell Davis, aka Rell Be Free

Our second episode of Emerald Uncovered takes us to the “Soufend” of Seattle, home to Emcee, Educator, and Activist Jerrell Davis, aka Rell Be Free. Recently selected as one of Seattle’s Most Influential People of 2018, Jerrell seeks to shine a light on the incredible work being done by community organizers, youth, elders, and educators in the city. Brought to you by Indie Genius Media.

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Black Autistics Exist: An Argument for Intersectional Disability Justice

by ChrisTiana ObeySumner

After more than a decade advocating for Intersectional Disability Justice, I received the honor of being voted the first Co-Chair of the Seattle Disabilities Commission who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. Ever since, I have turbo-charged my advocacy and study of intersectional disability and fought for the amplification of voices and lived experiences of people whose intersectionality included one or more disability, a non-White racial identity, and other socially marginalized intersections. This work has also brought to light the horrendous lack of awareness or representation of intersectionally disabled people — especially Black Autistic folks like myself.

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Rainier Beach Cultural Community Dinner, Free Mt. Baker Meaningful Movie, NAAM Holiday Market, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Dec. 7th:

Dress for Success Holiday Sale

“The most exciting new or slightly used clothing clearance is back downtown ready for the holiday season! By snapping yourself up a fantastic bargain, you will also be helping to support and empower women. Our sale commences both days with replenished stock. Most items are between $5-$15 – with slightly more expensive items for sale in our High End Designer Boutique. Grab that perfect holiday outfit for a FRACTION of the cost at a store.” This event takes place on Thurs, Dec. 6 too! 

Time: 10 AM–5 PM
Where: Dress for Success Seattle — 1118 5th Ave.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Clothing, Sale, Charity

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