THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Cinco de Mayo Festivities, Goodybagg, Freshest Roots ‘Expresso’ Open Mic, and more!

Friday, May 4th

Exhibit Opening: Wham! Bam! Pow!
Details: “New York based cartoonist Vishavjit Singh wields art and humor to fight intolerance and challenge stereotypes.” Also check out this FREE Create Your Wham! Bam! Pow! Workshop on Sat
Time: 10–5 PM Daily (Tues–Sun)
Where: Wing Luke Museum—719 S. King St
Cost: $10–17 (Children 5 and under, FREE)

Photo Credit: Wing Luke Museum website

Open Mic:  Freshest Roots ‘Expresso’ Open Mic
Details: “Expresso is held the FIRST FRIDAY of every month . . . Please come share your writing, poetry, art, comedy, dance, music, and love. If you don’t have anything to share, come anyway! Support your local talent and have some fun!” Featured artist: Rell Be Free
Time: 7 PM
Where: Langston Hughes—104 17th Ave S.

Exhibit Opening Party: The Photography of Atoq Ramón
Details: “Atoq Ramón is a street photographer and media activist based in Lima. In 2014 he started the platform MaldeOjo with the goal of making visible not only police brutality but structural social violence in Peru. He has spent the last four years working on topics like human rights and postwar memory.” 
Time: 7–10 PM
Where: Cafe Red—7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: FREE

Community: First Friday Networking Social
Details: “A staple at the Royal Esquire Club, First Friday’s has always provided the Grown & Sexy people an event to look forward to each and every month.”
Time: Doors, 7 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Movies: Avengers: Infiniti War, Isle of Dogs
Details: In addition to these new titles, Ark Lodge is also playing cult classic films Serenity and Galaxy Quest this weekend.
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas—4816 Rainier Avenue S.
Cost: $9–12

Music: Goodybagg
Details: New 1st Fridays In Columbia City—“Goodybagg is hosting 1st Friday again . . . with full band. Geoffrey on violin, Gerald Bass, Curtis on Keys, LeNard on Drums, Thad on guitar, KG on talkbox & vocals, & DeChelle Monet & Ernest Pumphery on vocals.”
Time: 9 PM–2 AM
Where: Rumba Notes Lounge—5041 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Music: The Portsiders & Natural Israel
Details: Lots of entertainment to be had at Columbia City Theater this weekend as usual, beginning Fri night with The Portsiders and Natural Israel in the Bourbon Bar. See website for details on individual shows (all 21+).
Time: Event times vary
Where: Columbia City Theater—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Cost varies (Bourbon Bar events, FREE!)

Music: Quartet Evolution
Details: 2018 Garden House Spring Strings Series—“Quartet Evolution is a vibrant, fun and versatile string quartet consisting of four highly experienced, classically trained multi-instrumentalists residing in the Seattle area.” ALL AGES; Presented by Beacon Arts 
Time: Doors, 7 PM
Where: Garden House—2336 15th Ave S.
Cost: $10–25

Saturday, May 5th

Community/Celebration: Cinco De Mayo
Details: “El Centro De La Raza presents the 13th annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration. This year’s theme is ‘fighting against all odds.’ Special guests : José Iñiguez, Banda Vagos, Youth Duo, Los Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin, Juan Gabriel Imitaror & Los Rebeldes de la Cueca!”
Time: 11 AM
Where: El Centro de la Raza—2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: FREE


Music: Alma y Azúcar, Supersones Quintet
Details: Cinco de Mayo: Latin Fiesta—“Alma y Azúcar masterfully integrates beloved Latin rhythmic styles–Cha Cha, Latin Jazz, Mexican boleros, Son and Salsa with more contemporary influences, resulting in ‘Latin music for everyone.’ The band features the music of ‘La Reina de la Salsa,’ Celia Cruz.”
Time: 9 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15

Youth: Rising Voices Oratory Competition
Details: We.APP 3rd-Annual Rising Voices Oratory Competition“We.APP YAA scholars compete in a citywide public speaking showcase to spark a brave new movement of voices dedicated to truth and liberation.”
Time: 10:30 AM–2 PM
Where: South Shore K-8—4800 S. Henderson St
Cost: FREE 

Comedy: Laughing Out Loud Comedy
Details: “. . . The microphone will be blazing with a Laughing Out Loud Comedy show that folks have been begging for. The show will be second to none [and] will be hosted by Marilyn Gibbs from New York and will include Seattle favorite Ralph Porter, Tony Daniel from California . . . ” . . . and more! 
Time: 9 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20–30

Comedy: Beyond The Tippe: Comedy Showcase
Details: “Monthly open mic and comedy showcase . . . Comics: Please message [our Facebook event page] if you want to get on the list!” Tonight’s featured comics: Corrina Lee Allen & Dewa Dorje
Time: 9–11 PM
Where: Tippe & Drague Alehouse—3315 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Community/Celebration: BACKYARD’s 1st Birthday Party!
Details: “Come celebrate with us for our 1-Year Anniversary Party! We’ll have a complimentary nacho bar (6:30p till it’s gone), $5 margaritas and drink discounts, Mexican beer on draft, food specials, games, lively tunes, prizes, and more!”
Time: 5 PM–Midnight
Where: Backyard—3820 S. Ferdinand St. Ste 102
Cost: Free to attend

Sunday, May 6th

Community/Culture: Japanese Children’s Day Festival
Details: “Kodomo no Hi, also known as Children’s Day Festival, and hosted by the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, is an annual event that encourages children and families to explore and learn about Japanese art, culture, food, and music.”
Time: 11 AM–5 PM
Where: JCCCW—1414 S Weller St
Cost: FREE


5K/Fun Run: WACAP “Race for Home”
Details: “We invite you to run alongside us in our family-friendly 5K fun run, where all abilities are welcome to run, walk, stroll or roll. Participants join together to celebrate at the finish line with music, food, fun, child-friendly activities and prizes.”
Time: See event
Where: Seward Park—5902 Lake Washington Blvd S.
Cost: $40 Reg. fee

Social Justice: May Day Celebration
Details: How to Build Working-Class Power—“Featuring
Steve Hoffman, Freedom Socialist candidate for U.S. Senate,
Shop Steward, and Recording Secretary for Washington Federation of State Employees, local 304; anti-fascist & anti-racist fighter, long time feminist and defender of immigrant rights.” Family-friendly
Time: 1–5 PM
Where: New Freeway Hall—5018 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Music: Garfield High School Choir
Details: “Free and open to the public. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.”
Time: 7 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE