This Weekend In South Seattle: Rainier Valley’s First Ever Lit Crawl, Youth Speaks Poetry Slam, and Women Who Rock!

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, March 6th

Movies: Open of The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelDetails:The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny, and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina. Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy-posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy and Lavinia. Evelyn and Douglas have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel, the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.Showings: 12:10pm, 3:00pm, 5:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info:

Culture: Youth Speaks Poetry Slam SeriesDetails:Since 2003, Youth Speaks Seattle has held an annual COMPETITIVE slam series to decide the top 5 poets to REPRESENT SEATTLE AT NATIONALS (Brave New Voices, look it up) and deliver a series of incredible events to INSPIRE the community and usher in the NEXT GENERATION of spoken word LEGENDS. WHY SLAM?-to provide a stage, a mic, and a crowd to authentically witness young people in a world where they are often silenced -to showcase the incredible power, talent, and voice of young people in the 206 -to create a space of reverence for truth in a society of lies -to allow healing to take place through the power of stories -to HAVE A GOOD TIME! we gets it poppin tho..IF YOU WANT TO SLAM: -do it!! this is a chance to be heard. to go to BNV yo!! -MUST be age 13-19 by july 2014 to be eligible-bring 3 (THREE) original poems to perform-each poem NO LONGER than 3 minutes and 40 seconds-come ON TIME, or early. no spot-saving-come to WRITING CIRCLE to get feedback on your writing and performance from experienced poets! i highly suggest you do this.Time: 5:00pm- 10:00pm –Where: Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 South Alaska) More Info:

Music: Electric CircusDetails:Electric Circus remixes classic soul and rock for the 21st century with sampled grooves, improvised sonic exploration, light projections and a reinventions of mid 20th century psychedelia. –Time: 9:00pm –Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118) – More Info

Saturday, March 7th

Community: Life Skills 2 WorkDetails:The Life-Skills-to-Work (LSW) process provides students with the Learn-to-Learn & Cognitive Behavior skill-sets needed for successful transition from prison & jail back to the community.The course work emphasizes practical skills development, assessment tools and application for successful education, training, employment and family reintegration student outcomes. All referrals must include the appropriate documentation, including the Referral / Staffing Document.- Time: 8:15am-2:50pm – Where: New Holly Learning Center (7058 32nd Avenue S, Seattle 98118-  More Info:

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:

Community: 5th Annual Women Who Rock Community (un)conferenceDetails: Join us to celebrate the Women Who Rock Community’s fifth anniversary! The 2015 unConference theme is Rocking Media Justice and will give us lots of important topics to talk about and interesting ways to make our own media Saturday’s events: Musical Brigade, Intergenerational Roundtable Discussion, Skill Swap Bazaar, 5th Anniversary CAKE, Cypher, Community Altar/Ofrenda Building Throughout the DayTime: 12:00pm- 8:00pm –Where: Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 South Alaska) More Info:

Music: Richie AldenteDetails: Richie Aldente is among a handful of rising Seattle bands that are redefining the sound of the post-grunge city. With an intelligent fusion of dance beats, yacht rock, disco and contemporary hip-hop, the band creates ferociously infectious music that is smartly crafted but unabashedly fun-loving. While the sound hints of influences from the 70’s and 80’s, it is decidedly modern, appealing to a new generation of listeners who were born long after the genres that inspired it.- Time: 9:00pm – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118)- More Info

Sunday, March 8th

Community:  Duwamish Native Foods: Spring Greens- Details:Free program sharing the cultural & food traditions of Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe. Heidi Bohan, the author of People of Cascadia, shares about harvesting and preparing local native wild greens and shoots. Each season has its indicators. The spring harvest begins with the call of the Pacific chorus frog and the return of the ruby-throated hummingbirds.-Time: Doors open 12pm. Guest Speaker, Heidi Bohan 1pm. Cultural Program 2pm Shared Meal: Smoked salmon, clam & nettle chowder 3-4pm. –Where: Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
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Art: Rainier Valley Lit CrawlDetails:The pub crawl is a tradition that goes back to the 19th century. A group gets together and drinks in a series of bars. Maybe the participants are new to a town. In Australia they had over 4,000 people do a pub crawl once, a Guinness world record. LIT Crawls go back only about ten years or so, apparently starting in San Francisco in 2004, and featuring performances by poets and writers at a series of nearby bars. A.P.R.I.L. brought the concept to Seattle a few years ago, on Capitol Hill. Aaron Kokorowski, and Graham Isaac did a series of 5 lit crawls in 2012/13 in the Greenwood neighborhood and Greg Bem and Ra’anan David. Now the Rainier Valley has its own!- Time: 5pm Union Bar, 6pm Afrikando Banadir, 7pm Flying Lion Brewery, 8pm Lottie’s Lounge – More Info:

Music: Jazz, EtcDetails: Jazz, Etc. is an Eastside based jazz ensemble with 7 singers and Rhythm Section including Joe Rojo, locally reknown pianist. Our music expands the 30’s/40’s/50’s decades with fresh arrangements of traditional jazz standards. You will hear music from Ellington, Basie, Gershwin, Ella, Frank, Andrew sisters, along with some Latin Jazz pieces, and a few surprises. The director of the group, Jack Halm taught High School Jazz for many years in Bellevue and is currently at SPU. They regularly perform programs around the area at Private Parties, Retirement Homes/ and Jazz venues such as Tulas in Seattle. – Time: 6:00pm – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118)- More Info

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