This Weekend In South Seattle: Declare “We Are Not Ghosts,” Work to Restore Kubota Garden, and End a Siege

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, February 20th

Movies: The Imitation Game Details:During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, this film follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.Showings: 12:00pm, 2:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info:

Movies: Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies: We Are Not GhostsDetails:Fifty years ago Detroit was booming with 2 million hard-working people living the American Dream.  The the auto industry crashed and so did the Motor City.  Most moved away; whole neighborhoods turned into wastelands.  But some didn’t give up on the city they love.  They had a vision for Detroit as a human-scaled city for a post-industrial world, and theky are working to make it real.We Art Not Ghosts tells their stories from community businesses, to place based schools, to thriving urban gardens and spoken word artists, these are the tales of Detroiters remaking their city with vision and spirit.Showings: Doors open 6:15, Movie at 7:00 (Motown will be playing, come early and dance!)WhereGarden House (2336 15th Ave. S)More Info:

Community: VFW Meat Raffle Details:The Skyway VFW will be hosting their weekly meat raffle. Come for the beef and stay for the company. You may just score some savory cuts of prime dead cow. – Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm –Where: 7421 S 126th Street, Seattle, WA – More Info:

Civics: Call to Action: End the Siege on Black LivesDetails:A Black History Month community meeting to strategize around critical issues of race and resistance. Dynamic panelists will kick off an open discussion on how to sustain the movement against police violence and address poverty, jobs, gentrification and schools. Panelists will include Jacquie Jones Walsh, Executive Board member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and a member of WFSE Local 843; Christina López, Coordinator of the Comrades of Color Caucus and author of Estamos en la Lucha: Immigrant Women Light the Fires of Resistance; and a representative of the Seattle King County NAACP Executive Board. Door donation $3, students $1. Hearty snack plates and desserts available, $2.50-$7.00.Time: 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm –Where:  New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle) More Info:

Music:  Joel Harrison and Free Country feat. David Binney, Cuong VuDetails:Supremely gifted guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist and songwriter, Joel Harrison has been a mainstay in jazz since the 1990’s and has released 16 records as a leader since ’95. His combination of western classical ideas, roots Americana, and improvised jazz has become a hallmark for him throughout his career and blurring these boundaries has become crucial to his inventiveness and innovativeness as a musician. –Time: 8:00pm –Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118) – More Info

Saturday, February 21st

Community: Beacon Hill Community Work PartyDetails: Come out to the Beacon Forest P-Patch for a work party! – Time: 10:00am-2:00pm – Where:  Beacon Hill Food Forest 1600 South Dakota Street

Technology: Young Geniuses Code LabDetails: The same way our youth come up with new slang, dances, musical styles/genres, fashion trends and basketball moves. they can also create new technology. In the Code Lab, youth and young adults are introduced to computer software development by working on fun projects including video games, websites, mobile apps and devices. Programming languages including Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML5/CSS, Python and other tools.Our coaches and mentors include working professionals who help youth develop fundamental skills as well as up to date perspectives being employed to create products and platforms that we see and use every day. – Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm – Where: RAfricatown Center for Education and Innovation 3100 S. Alaska St. (@MLK) Seattle, WA 98108 – More Info:

Family: KCLS AARP Tax HelpDetailsGet free individualized tax preparation assistance provided by trained AARP volunteers. 10am – 5pm. No age or income limits. Please bring yellow intake sheet, photo ID, Social Security card, personal check for use in requesting direct deposit, and last year’s return as well as any current tax documents.Time: 10:00am- 5:00pm –Where: Skyway Library 7614 South 126th Street, Seattle, WA 98178 – More Info: 206.772.5541

Music: Cumbieros Details: The Cumbieros are a Seattle born multi-national cumbia band made up of talented musicians from Chile, Brazil and North America. Featuring such instruments as violin, accordion, guiro, guitar and horns, The Cumbieros fuse traditional and contemporary South American cumbia with the modern sounds of ska and rock creating fun, high-energy music that drives everyone to the dance floor. Cumbia is a genre of music/dance that originated in Colombia and is now extremely popular all across Latin America. The Cumbieros hope to spread the popularity of this music to the Pacific Northwest and beyond with one goal in mind; getting people on the dance floor. Come dance with us! – Time: 9:00pm – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118)- More Info

Sunday, February 22nd

Community:  Kubota Gardens Forest Restoration Work Party Details:Did you know that outside the beautifully maintained Japanese garden there is a wild and beautiful natural area? This natural area needs your help! Come help to remove ivy and other invasive weeds from the park –Time: 10:00am-2:00pm –Where: Kubota Gardens 9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178
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Civics: No New Youth Jail Teach InDetails:Come learn about the No New Youth Jail Seattle Campaign from Youth Undoing Institutional Racism – YUIR Seattle. The youth of color who are leading this campaign will provide the history of the work, future ways to get engaged and how it is a critical component of the growing antiracist movement here in King County.Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm – Where: 832 32nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122- More Info:

Music: Jacob Zimmerman/ David Valdez QuartetDetails: Jacob Zimmerman/ David Valdez – alto sax, Michael Glynn – bass, Phil Parisot – drums – Time: 8:00pm – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118)- More Info

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