This Weekend in South Seattle: All Day Game Day, Music in the Park, Cinema Under the Stars

Friday, July 14th

Movies: Opening: War for the Planet of the ApesDetails: In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.– Showings: 12:00pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm (Fri, Sat & Sun) –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info:

Movies: Opening: The Big SickDetails: Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.– Showings: 12:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm (Fri, Sat & Sun) –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info:

Community: Meat Raffle – Details: Every Friday, come on down to the Skyway VFW post for your chance to get a great deal on fresh meat! “Meat” some new friends and save some grocery money. Your dollars help support our great VFW Post and all of the charitable work they do for our vets and our community. – Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm–Where: Skyway VFW Post (7421 South 126th Street Seattle, WA 98178)  – More Info: Here

Music: Music Under the Stars – Details: FREE Good for All Ages! Fridays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28. Gather friends and family, pack a picnic, and enjoy some of the best classical music ever written. It’s another summer of Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Music Under the Stars, a series of FREE outdoor musical evenings at Columbia Park.The FREE outdoor evenings begin at 7:30 PM with a live performance by a local pre-professional or outstanding student ensemble, and then at 8:00 PM the night’s Summer Festival Concert is broadcast live from Benaroya Hall by KING-FM. For more information please visit our website: http://www.seattlechambermusic.or– Time: 7:30pm –Where: Columbia Park: 4721 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: Here

Music: Jim Kweskin and Meredith Axelrod – Details: Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. He also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded solo ventures, as a member of the U and I band, and with U and I bandmate Samoa Wilson, and continues to perform widely in various formats. In recent years he and Geoff Muldaur have often appeared as a duo, revisiting and expanding on their Jug Band repertoire. –Time: 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:45pm) – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118) More Info

Music: Shock Opera: The (Un)Authorized Alice Cooper StoryDetails: Written and directed by GuignolFest’s founder, Dylan Hillerman, the one-night only revival of “Shock Opera” will come to Columbia City Theater, on Friday, July 14, 2016, at 7pm. Tickets are $20 general admission and $30 VIP. “Shock Opera: The Authorized Alice Cooper Story”, riddled with themes of: friendship, drug-abuse, shock value, celebrity status, gender-bending, every deadly sin, and love— is guaranteed to be a sold out event. A portion of tickets sales go to youth causes: Solid Rock (Alice Cooper Foundation, Phoenix, AZ) and AMP (Artist Mentorship Program, Portland, OR). The multi-media play is the first in the world to feature the history of the Alice Cooper band. Alice Cooper himself has encouraged the troupe to “Keep doing what you’re doing. I want to hear more!” Dennis and Vincent, two high school track-stars obsessed with girls, surrealist art, rock & roll and horror movies, form a band eventually known as the pioneering and darkly-theatrical Alice Cooper. But when ultimately drug-addled Vincent/Alice begins to talk with a future reflection of himself in a hotel mirror, the play takes you on a roller coaster story about the group that invented the rock show. We attempt to top their early shows with a bit of innovative theatrical spectacle never before seen until 2016, as an homage to their legendary influence on popular culture. They arguably invented Glam (wearing shiny dresses before Bowie, etc.), Punk (rocking Detroit before The Ramones, etc.), and Goth (singing about bad juju before Siouxsie and the Banshees, etc.). Much like the Grand Guignol theatre’s movement of thrill, shock, and horror, our play centres on the original Alice Cooper band and its members who brought horror show theatrics to rock music in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, starting a movement of their own.-Time: 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm) – Where: Columbia City Theater: 4916 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: Here


Saturday, July 15th

Movies: Cinema Under the Stars: Moana- Details: SEEDArts presents CINEMA UNDER THE STARS with a screening of Moana in Columbia Park, corner of Rainier Ave S. and S. Alaska (between the Library and Rainier Arts Center) Bring your camping chairs, a warm blanket, and your favorite movie snacks!- Time: Gather at 8:00pm, Film Begins at Sunset –Where: Rainier Art Center: 3515 South Alaska Street WA 98118

Food: Pozole Making Cooking Class at El Centro de la Raza – Details: El Centro de la Raza (The Center for People of All Races) offers tamale making classes and is expanding class offerings! Learn how to cook our favorite dishes, share in our culture, and meet new people all at the same time! Class fees benefit our Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program. Pozole has its roots in the Nahuatl language. Pozolli, pronounced Pozo-lee, is a traditional Mesoamerican stew known for its main ingredients of red or green chile, meat and the hominy maize corn. This meal in a bowl is indigenous to the tribes living among the U.S. Southwest and Mexico that include the Hopi, Pueblos, the Aztecs and many others. Because of migration patterns by indigenous peoples and the commerce that took place prior to the arrival of the Spanish, indigenous peoples exchanged goods and ideas, this included foods and recipes. Pozolli dates back as far as the tamale and was often viewed as a celebratory meal. This is why today we prepare Pozole for important celebrations, holidays and times of rites of passage. Little has changed from its original ingredients that we still use today. Instructor Janet hopes you will join her to learn how to make this celebrated traditional dish. – Time: 10:00am-1:00pm–Where: El Centro de la Raza: 2524 16th Avenue S. Seattle WA 98144

Food: McDonald’s Presents Dragon Fest (Sat and Sun)Details: McDonald’s Presents Dragon Fest 2017 is on Saturday July 15th from noon to 8pm, and Sunday July 16th from noon to 6pm, in the Chinatown-International District! This summer festival is the largest annual Asian American celebration in the Pacific Northwest. Centered in the heart of Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District, Dragon Fest attracts more than 30,000 people over two days and features a line-up of over 20 cultural performances with everything from the spirited Chinese lion and dragon dances, to captivating martial arts demonstrations and Japanese Taiko drumming. Bounded by the iconic Chinese Gate and beautiful Hing Hay Park, this Seafair Festival brings the streets to life with historic walking tours, a large-scale outdoor Asian market and cultural activities for people of all ages. Take a tasting tour of Asia with the $3 Food Walk presented by Delta! Collect 5 stamps for your chance to enter to win prizes. – Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm–Where: International District – More Info: Here

Community: All Day, Game DayDetails: Join All Ages! Free puzzle give-a-way for the first 50 people through the doors!Table top games are taking over Skyway Library! Every table in every section of the library will be covered in board games, dice games and role playing games! Kids games in the children’s area, teen games in the teen area, and more time intensive involved games in the living room area. We will have indy game designers, big game company’s demo teams, board game enthusiasts, and local gaming stores bringing their games and teaching you how to play. All day free air conditioned fun for the whole family!– Time: 10:00am-5:00pm–Where: Skyway Library: 12601 76th Avenue S Seattle, WA 98178

Civics: CIRCC 2017 Mayoral Candidate ForumDetails: Join us for our Mayoral Candidates Forum on Saturday July 15th. CIRCC’s mission is to build informed, engaged and equitable communities. – Time: 10:00am-3:00pm–Where: Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle: 1528 Valentine Place S, Seattle WA 98144

Community: Neighborhood RecycleDetails: Have old appliances, electronics, furniture, or styrofoam you need to get rid of?  Recycle these items (and many more) for FREE at the Rainier Valley recycling and reuse collection event, hosted by Waste Management, Seattle Public Utilities,  the Rainier Chamber of Commerce and Kaiser Permanente – Time: 10:00am-2:00pm–Where: Kaiser Permanente parking lot (5316 Rainier Avenue S. Seattle, WA 98006)

Food: Brunch at Jude’s- Details: Rainier Beach’s favorite watering hole is now open for brunch. Come enjoy exquisite cuisine while sitting in our new parklet! – Time: 10:00am-3:00pm–Where: Jude’s Old Town:  9252 5th Avenue South 98118

Nature: Friends of Deadhorse Canyon Community Cleanup Party– Details: Meet at the entrance at 68th Ave S & Holyoke St. Tools, gloves and snacks provided – everything you need to kick invasive plant species’ rear ends, get a great healthy workout and make an amazing difference in your own backyard.– Time: 9:00am- 1:00pm–Where: Dead Horse Canyon: 10201 Holyoke Way S, Seattle, WA 98178– More Info: Here

Music: Brazilian Duo Claudia Villela & Vitor GonçalvesDetails: Giordano Productions presents an intimate evening with the extraordinary Brazilian vocalist Claudia Villela and Brazilian pianist and accordionist Vitor Gonçalves at the historic Columbia City Theater. Described by one of the fathers of the bossa nova as “the biggest expression of Brazilian music in the U.S. today,” pianist and vocalist, Claudia Villela boasts an astounding five-octave range, a distinctive songwriting style, and a flair for risk taking that has earned her an enthusiastic following. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, she sings mostly in Portuguese, and “is a supremely inventive scat singer, who has honed a vivid vocabulary of sounds that can evoke the hollow thump of a tabla drum, the muted trumpet of Miles Davis, the insistent twang of a berimbau, the ethereal call of a flute, or the distortion-laden Stratocaster licks of Jimi Hendrix.” Also from Rio, pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger Vitor Gonçalves relocated to New York in 2012 to “deepen his pursuit of jazz and its connection with Brazilian music, and to explore the diverse musical melting pot that is New York City” after an illustrious career in Brazil, playing with such icons as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Itiberê Zwarg and many others. He has since garnered much acclaim, performing frequently at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, and the Jazz Gallery collaborating with many luminaries on the New York scene including Anat Cohen, Vinícius Cantuária, Kate McGarry, and John Zorn. –Time: 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm) – Where: Columbia City Theater: 4916 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118

Comedy: Odd Babes Presents: Curtis Cook Details: Curtis Cook is a comic from Ohio now living in Los Angeles, California. He’s been seen on Portlandia, Flophouse, and in venues and festivals throughout the country, including the Cleveland Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Exposition, and San Francisco’s Sketchfest. In addition to performing standup, Curtis has appeared on Daily VICE and television programs in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and throughout the Middle East. He’s also a former host of Earthquake Hurricane and a contributing writer for the Willamette Week and Laugh Staff.  – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118) More Info


Sunday, July 16th

Community: Valley and Mountain Morning  Morning CelebrationDetails: All are invited to our morning celebration! The 11am gathering designed to be family-friendly and multicultural/multiethnic, and it includes beautiful elements of vintage faith like communion and gospel music. (the vintage/communion pun is intended). – Time: 11:00am – Where: Hillman City Collaboratory (5623 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118)- More Info:

Community: Glorious Sundays- Vendor Market- Details: Vendors needed! The only vendor market in south Seattle is coming to Columbia City Theater July 16th. This is an indoors event in the busy Columbia City area. This event is all ages with free entry. Guests will enjoy live music beverage specials and light food items. Time: 10-4pm. Fee $60. All vendors provided with cafe style table. Please email vendor inquiries to 10:00am – 4:00pm –Where: Columbia City Theater (4916 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118)- More Info:

Food: Brunch at Jude’s- Details: Rainier Beach’s favorite watering hole is now open for brunch. Come enjoy exquisite cuisine while sitting in our new parklet! – Time: 10:00am-3:00pm–Where: Jude’s Old Town:  9252 5th Avenue South 98118

Dance: Day Shift: All Under One Sky Dancing- Details All under one sky dancing! ♪ ♫ ♬ Day Shift returns to Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood on Sunday, July 16 for a full day of sunshine, music, and friends from all over the city! Dance. Day drink. Until the sun comes down 🙂 21+ Featuring: Chapel Sound (VAN), (WSUPTIGER / Shaunic / Gene Pool), HansmJustin, Reverend Dollars, Taylar Elizza Beth, Kween Kay$h, Leo Szn.-Time: 3:00pm – 10:00pm –Where: Ciudad: (6118 12th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98108)

Music: Duffy Bishop Details: Duffy Bishop is a force of nature. A powerful blues blaster, a sultry soul singer, a presence who connects with her audience in a deeply personal way be it in an intimate club or huge festival. “Her band went on first and did a tune. Duffy watched from the back of the theater. The band struck up another tune and all of a sudden, this huge beautiful voice came out of nowhere. She was walking up the aisle, mic in hand, tall and glamorous, dressed to the nines, singing and greeting the members of the audience. By the time she got to the stage they were cheering…they were hers and she was theirs.” – Tom D’Antoni, Oregon Music News.  Time: 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm) – Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118) More Info