THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Dark Divas, RingSide, Legacy Festival, and more!

Friday, February 23rd

Slam: RingSide: Psmith vs John Eklof & Feat. Nic Masangkay
Details: “RINGSIDE IS BACK and better than ever. We got some new Revolutionary Poets, we got some old heads, we got new battles to be won, and the best yet…back what we wanted from the jump: $$PRIZE MONEY$$ for our winner of the night. […] Always the Last Friday of the Month.” Resident Dj: Dj Rise, Host: Momma Nikki, Slam Master: Nikkita “KO” Oliver” (ALL AGES Until 10 PM)
Time: Doors, 7:45 / Show, 8 PM
Where: Taste of the Caribbean – Red Lounge—1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: FREE (donations appreciated)
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Community/Celebration: Legacy Festival
Details: “Celebrate Your History! Take Control of Your Future! Legacy Festival pairs like minded individuals and organizations in a night of celebration of our historical achievements in the struggle for freedom. This is an opportunity to pair organizations and individuals with shared goals in an effort to forge coalitions and build upon the successes of our ancestors—all to the rhythm of some of Seattle’s finest talent! Join us for a night of Community, Art, Music, Poetry, and Action! Hosted by Jazz and Eula of HellaBlackHellaSeattle! Keynote: Gary Owens, a founding member of the Seattle Chapter Black Panther Party!”
Time: 6–9:30 PM
Where: Beacon Arts TBD Warehouse—2507 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $5 suggested donation (RSVP)
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Music: Soyaya
Details: “Ghanaian-born Mohammed Shaibu leads my African band Soyaya, with virtuoso acoustic guitar, dynamic talking drums and endearing vocals. The name Soyaya means love and affection in my native language of Hausa in West Africa. The music of Soyaya is a combination of Palmwine and Highlife, is the indigenous rhythm and blues. […]” 21+
Time: 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater Bourbon Bar—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE
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Community/Dance: Tudo Nosso
Details: “This is a great opportunity to dance, eat, have fun, and make new friends. Carnaval da ressaca is a collaboration of many artists that came together to share their talents. ‘Tudo Nosso’ It’s all ours.”
Time: 8 PM–12 AM
Where: Union Cultural Center—803 S. King St
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Music: Trovadoro – Original Cuban Son Music from Seattle
Details: “Join TROVADORO for a night of sublime Cuban troubadours & dance music at The Royal Room! The quintet of Kiki Valera (Cuban cuatro & chorus), Javier Marú (guitar y chorus), Justin Maggart (lead vocals & maracas), Steve Smith (bongó & bell) & Lalo Bello (congas & vocals) will play songs from their new album – Lengua, Alambre y Cuero (Tongues, Strings & Leather) and golden Cuban classics. Warm up this cold winter night with friends and TROVADORO – Original Cuban Son Music from Seattle!”
Time: 9 PM–12 AM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10 Adv. / $12 DOS
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Movies: Black Panther, Phantom Thread, The Shape of Water, and more!
Details: “In an age of impersonal, high-tech multiplexes, old-time movie theaters still feel as charming as ever. Housed in a beautiful historic building with a retro marquee, Ark Lodge Cinemas works hard to keep that vintage charm.” Also playing this weekend: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), The Lodgers (independent horror), Suspiria (restored Argento horror classic)
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas—4816 Rainier Avenue S.
Cost:Matinee (before 5 PM)—Adults & Children $9, Seniors (62+) $8 / Evenings—Adults $12, Children (3-12 years) $9, Seniors $8
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Saturday, February 24th

Music: Dark Divas at The Royal Esquire
Details: “Dark Divas performing an incredible celebration of ten women who were musical pioneers. Etta James, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, Pearl Bailey, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Moms Mabley and Eartha Kitt. This is a must see show! Local artist Sheila Blackwell, Cheye Howell, Gwendolyn Coats, Mizz Floes and Kibbi Monie will be performing. There will be a special segment as apart of this event; a jitterbug contest amongst the audience. […]”
Time: 7 PM–12 AM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20
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Gaming/Community: Mini Game Day
Details:Skyway Library’s Mini Game Days will be an amazing chance to try out some local indie games, in all different levels of development. This is a great opportunity for the Southend community to talk to designers, get to know the DIY game design community here in Seattle, and maybe start to imagine the game you would design!” (Ongoing monthly event)
Time: 12–5 PM
Where: Skyway Library—12601 76th Ave S.
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Youth/Social Justice: Youth Undoing Institutional Racism Weekend
Details: “YUIR Weekend is a two-and-a-half day anti-racist organizing training for youth ages 13–25. We will be using the arts and creative expression each day. Dinner on Friday, Lunch on Saturday and Sunday and snacks will be provided.”
Time: Weekend event times vary
Where: Black Power EPICenter—6218 Beacon Ave S.
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Community/Social Justice: The Creation of Whiteness
Details: “We all know that racial identity is one of the most complex and continuously evolving facets of human existence, and that it has shaped much of the history of our country and our community. What is less well known is that Whiteness has an origin story. This half day workshop will explore the history of why white identity was intentionally created, how it has functioned to legitimize oppression, and what people of all racial identities can do to challenge the false ideal of whiteness in our culture. […] Free child care and community dinner Provided.”
Time: 1–6 PM
Where: Fauntleroy Church—9140 California Ave SW
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Theater: The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559
Details: “‘I was born here. I’m from here. I’m American.’ Witness the story of 12-year-old Ben Uchida, a Japanese-American boy whose life is changed forever following the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. When the U.S. government forces Japanese-American citizens into incarceration camps, Ben and his family must face difficult truths about the idea of home. One young person’s struggle to understand a society allowing mass discrimination against its citizens poses questions as urgent today as they were in the past.” Recommended for ages 9+
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Seattle Children’s Theater—201 Thomas Street
Cost: $27 (and up)
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Sunday, February 25th

Dance/Tap: Seattle Tap Jam
Details: “Tap dancers and fans alike are invited to attend this jam session hosted by Jessie Sawyers: Visual Musician. This event is inclusive to participants of all ages, abilities, and studio affiliations.”
Time: 5 PM | Doors, 4:30 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Sliding scale $7–$15
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Music: TessaRosa at The Royal Room
Details: “The TessaRosa band is an exciting band that blends bossa nova, latin rhythms, smooth jazz, pop and funk in their music that will get you tappin’ your feet and movin’ to their unique and catchy grooves. Drawing their influences from primarily the 1960s and 70s pop, jazz, funk and soul with influences from Stevie Wonder, Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66, Sade, Natalie Cole […] So whether you want a small jazz trio or dance band, the TessaRosa band is guaranteed to impress and be a hit!” (Musicians are compensated by your donations.)
Time: 8 PM | Doors, 7:30 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE
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Community/Culture: Code Quilts & African Night
Details: “Join us for our Black History Month event series […]: The Jim Tharpe Code Quilt Collection presentation + quilting specialist. We invite you to celebrate the rich history and heritage African-American culture has played in shaping America’s unique color and personality through an exclusive exhibit of Quilts, Quilt Codes and Art […] Attend in person or TuneIn.” (ALL AGES) Black History Month Museum at the station is open 11 AM–4 PM Mon–Sat and features: The Jim Tharpe Antiquities Collection, Rainier Valley Historical Society Black Pioneers Exhibit, and more!
Time: 12–7 PM
Where: Rainier Avenue Radio—5262 Rainier Ave S.
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Music: Black & Tan Hall Presents: Rev. Sekou w/ Guests
Details: “Rev. Sekou’s music is a unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar. In May 2017, he released ‘Like These’ […] Seattle songsters Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons give life to voices that have long been silenced in American culture. […] Ben & Joe bounce from fiddle & banjo breakdowns to a cappella field hollers, early jazz to gospel songs featuring Piedmont guitar style and rattlin’ bones.”
Time: 7 PM
Where: The Hillman City Collaboratory—5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15 Adv. / $18, Door
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Community/Party: Beacon Hill Block Party
Details: “Come join our quarterly all-ages event to connect with your neighbors on Beacon Hill. We will have a potluck, music, and activities for kids. We are run by neighbors for neighbors to build community where we live. Bring your friends and meet new ones. We close down the whole block between 14th and 15th on Lander St. just west of Delite Bakery. Hope to see you there!”
Time: 3–6 PM
Where: 14th Ave S. & S. Lander St
Cost: FREE
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Yoga/Fitness: Mixed Bag Fitness: Yoga
Details: “Winter is here and it’s time to take our fitness indoors. Every Sunday we’ll offer different forms of exercise from dance, kickboxing, pilates, and MORE! […]”
Time: 10–11 AM
Where: Kanjin Yoga—5701 Rainier Ave S., Ste B
Cost: $5
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Networking/Community: Latinos in Tech Mixer | It’s Game Time
Details: “It’s time for our monthly Latinos in Tech Mixer. […] Last time, we had nearly 100 attendees and endless fun. If you missed it, this is your chance to connect with others in the community. If you were there, please join us again for another fantastic evening. See you there! This is a safe space. All are welcome. You will be accepted, heard, and respected. Come ready to have meaningful conversations and celebrate each other. […]” 21+
Time: 5–8 PM
Where: The Meyer—118 S. Washington St
Cost: FREE
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Music: ‘New Levels’ Album Release Party (Eddy P.)
Details: “Album release show for New Levels by Eddy P. available now on Spotify, SoundCloud, Bandcamp and more. Featuring performances by Jarris Parris and a stacked lineup of very special guest performers.” ALL AGES / Bar w/ ID
Time: 8 PM | Doors, 6 PM
Where: 843 Hiawatha Pl S.
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