This Weekend In South Seattle: Bask in Rainier Beach’s I.B. Program, Cut Down Kubota Garden, and Dance With the Whole Wide World

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, March 20th

Movies: Opening of the Divergent Series: InsurgentDetails:This film raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris and Four are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.- Showings: 12:00pm, 2:50pm, 7:00pm, 9:40pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info:

Movies: Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies: Honor TotemDetails:What can a person do when faced with injustice?  The John T. Williams Totem Pole project rose from the August 2010 fatal police shooting of Williams, a First Nations woodcarver.  The shooting, which was found to be unjustified by the Seattle Police Department, sparked an outcry that extended beyond the city of Seattle and the native community.  The slain man’s older brother Rick Williams chose a peaceful response through an ambitious endeavor to carve a 34-foot totem pole in honor of the Williams family’s artistic legacy and the memory of one of its most talented carvers.  A poignant examination of how a community leans on the power of tradition, art and clulture after one horrific event, Honor Totem tells the story of a brother’s love and determination to “take something ugly and give something beautiful back” Special guests for the evening will be film maker Ian Devier, master carver Rick Williams, and leader of the John T Williams Organizing Committee Jay Holllingsworth. Free!- Time: Doors open at 6:15pm, Show Starts at 7:00pm –Where: Garden House (2336 15th Ave S, across from the Shell station) – More Info:

Food: VFW Meat RaffleDetails: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: 4:00pm –Where: 7421 S. 126th Street South Seattle

Music: Wil Blades TrioDetails:From cookin’ with Blues legend John Lee Hooker, organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, television and radio appearances, Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum internationally. He has been named “Rising Star” for organ in the Downbeat critics poll every year since 2006. Wil has been wowing audiences with groups such as “O.G.D.,” “Amendola Vs. Blades”, “Stanton Moore Trio”, “Steppin” and Billy Martin Wil Blades Duo”. In 2007 Blades released his much anticipated debut record, “Sketchy”, on Doodlin’ Records. In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has performed and recorded with Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, Anders Osborne, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others. Cost: Free –Time: 9:30pm –Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118) – More Info

Saturday, March 21st

Community: Rainier Beach Community Center Pancake Breakfast FundraiserDetails:All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes and Beverages, (limited amounts of meat also available). Proceeds will benefit youth programs scholarships. Sponsored by: Rainier Beach Community Center Advisory CouncilTime: 8:30am-11:00am – Where:8825 Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA 98118

Food: Northwest Tea FestivalDetails: Celebrate the first day of Spring with a fun and festive tasting of flower infusions! Infusions of flowers are a tradition in several countries, including China and Japan, which are of course known more widely for the production/consumption of true tea (Camellia sinensis). The flowers in the tasting will range from pure and delicate dried flowers, to true teas scented or combined with flowers, to a cake of aged flowers of the true tea plant. We will be surrounded by bright and delicate flavors, and infusions that range from pale and delicate to a riot of magenta. If you have never had the opportunity to taste any pure flower infusions this will be a fun adventure. if you have already experienced a taste of some of these beverages we expect you will probably discover something new that you were not already familiar with. Either way, this will be a great way to launch into Spring!- Time: 9:30am-12:30pm – Where: 3515 South Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98118- More Info:

Community: Life Skills 2 Work: Career Readiness Training ClassesDetails: 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:

Community: Kubota Garden: Gala Sword Fern Cutting Volunteer Work PartyDetails: This is a great once-a-year community event in Rainier Beach! Expect to be assigned to a team carefully exploring Kubota Garden, cutting back the older fronds of the evergreen sword ferns. This is a rain or shine event. Wear raingear, hats and sturdy shoes. Tools and gloves are provided, but you may bring your favorite hand pruners or weeder. Bring your water bottle. Fruit and granola bars will be available.- Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm – Where: Kubota Garden: 9817 55th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: Sign up and registration here.

Community: Beacon Food Forest Community Work PartyDetails: Physical location of the food forest is on the western slope of Jefferson Park.- Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm – Where: 1600 South Dakota Street Seattle, WA 98108

Community: PACE presents: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial InequityDetails:Can you feel it?  Are you talking about it?  There is a shift in the racial and social climate all around us. Still, often times it is difficult for our communities to engage in meaningful conversations about racial inequality that lead to positive and lasting systemic change.   Well, here is your opportunity Seattle Department of Neighborhoods PACE (People’s Academy for Community Engagement) invite you to join us for a presentation of Shakti Butler’s celebrated film Cracking the Codes: A System of Racial Inequity.Cracking the Codes is an educational film that features moving stories from racial justice leaders around the country who in the midst of their testimonies draw the viewer into an internal dialogue while our facilitators, led by Darlene Flynn (Seattle Office of Civil Rights), provide opportunities during the film for interactive conversations with your fellow viewers. Free!- Time: 9:30am- 1:00pm –Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute – More Info:

Community: Rainier Beach International Baccalaureate Program Community CafeDetails: Join your neighbors for a free meal to learn about how to support the rigorous educational opportunities that Rainier Beach High School’s successful International Baccalaureate Program provides. This event is open to everyone with an interest in learning more about our vision for advanced learning in the Rainier Valley. At this event, you will have a chance to see a mini-lesson led by one of the IB teachers, hear from students about their experience with the IB program, and offer input by brainstorming ways for all of us to better support our community youth.Check out an inspiring article on Rainier Beach High School and soaring graduation rates at 1:00pm- 3:00pm –Where:El Centro de La Raza, 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 More Info: Cambrie Nelson at

Music: World Dance PartyDetails: Join us for a night of dance, culture and community in South Seattle. Learn 8 new dances. Meet your neighbors. Fun for all ages and absolutely free. Show up, and  Get Down!Time: 6:06pm- 9:29pm –Where:Rainier Beach High School (8815 S. Seward Park Avenue, Seattle, 98118)

Music: JP & The OK Rhythm BoysDetails: Join JP and the OK Rhythm Boys as they celebrate the release of their third CD – “Beet Feet”. The disc, and the show, features the fine fiddling of JP Wittman, ably backed by Gordon Koenig and Anita Orne on guitar and bass (and, sometimes, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, and musical saw), as well as beautiful 3-part vocal harmonies. JP and the Boys’ music ranges from swing to hoe-down, jazz standards to fiddled-up 60s rockers, perhaps a waltz, a touch of klezmer, originals both vocal and instrumental, and more, whatever may strike their fancy, all played in the inimitable JP and the OKRBs style. As they say, if you don’t like one song, stick around, you’re sure to like another!- Time: 6:00pm – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118)- More Info

Sunday, March 22nd

Community:  Duwamish Native Foods: Now & Then (Traditional Medicine)- Details: Free program sharing the cultural & food traditions of Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe. Doors open 12pm. Guest Speaker, Paul Eubanks, premiers the video: Vi Hilbert (1918-2008) Indian Medicine from a Strong Mind 1pm. Cultural Program 2pm. Shared Meal 3-4pm: Split Pea Soup & Fry Bread.-Where: Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
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Music: Peppino D’AgostinoDetails: A native of Italy, Peppino D’Agostino emerged on the musical scene in the late 1980’s and helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His virtuosic technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for years. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls “minestrone music”. D’Agostino continues to evolve and grow in ways that would have been hard to predict when he was first showcasing his melodic yet emotionally intense style on the recordings Acoustic Spirit, Close to the Heart, and Every Step of the Way, which was named one of the top three acoustic guitar albums of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine readers in 2008. The readers of Guitar Player voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist in 2007, and the following year in Acoustic Guitar’s People’s Choice Awards he won a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time for his 2002 release Every Step of The Way (tying with Leo Kottke, one of his prime inspirations). Get tickets here.Time: 7:00pm – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118)- More Info

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