THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Beats for Ballots, Frida Fest, Muddy Lotus Arts Festival, and more!

Friday, July 6th:

Live Music: Darren Loucas EP Release
“The Royal Room presents the long-awaited EP Release show from Darren Loucas. Also on the bill are Robin Holcomb and Barton Carroll, two of America’s finest songwriters. Please join us for a rare evening of darkly poetic and exhilarating music from three of Seattle’s most singularly talented musicians.”
Royal Room hosts events all weekend. See website for more. ALL AGES (until 10 PM).
Time: Shows start 7 PM, Fri
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Cost varies (donations appreciated)

Open Mic: Expresso Open Mic ‘Heart And Soul’
“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! Doors open at 7pm for sign up!” Presented by Freshest Roots
Time: 7–10 PM
Where: Langston Hughes—104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Live Music:  Dearheart Album Release
“Seattle’s own post-emo band Dearheart is set to release their debut album ‘Too Late; Doesn’t Matter’ at this show a month before its online release. ‘Listening to the band’s music, huge influences from emo shine through in the band’s confessional, raw portrayal of hardship and self-reflection, and from the genre’s tendency towards twinkling guitars and slow-burning emotional payoffs, but the songs the band creates feel way fuller and more defined than any one or two genre tags would properly convey.’ —NW Music Scene.” 21+
Time: 9 PM
Where: Clock-Out Lounge—4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $10–12

Movies: Ant-Man and the Wasp, Won’t You Be my Neighbor?, The Incredibles 2
In addition to these new titles, Ark Lodge is also showing classic film, Back to the Future, this weekend.
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas—4816 Rainier Avenue S.
Cost: $9–12

Saturday, July 7th:

Community/Children: Children’s Open Mic
“Do you have a little performer or would you like to perform for children? Creative activities for children and families! Write a poem in our writing funshop, share your talents in our open mic, and enjoy the creativity of your community! Featuring performances by: Elnah Jordan Experience. This program features 4 Saturday Open Mics @ 4 Central Area parks named in honor of African Americans.”
Time: 3–5 PM
Where: Floware Park—2800 S. Jackson St
Cost: FREE

Community/Art/Culture: Seattle Frida Fest 2018
“Join us as Colectiva Noroeste presents the first annual Seattle Frida Fest, a celebration of the life and art of Frida Kahlo! At the Centilia Cultural Center we will be hosting a Pop-Up Mercado with 30+ artists/crafters/vendors and a Frida inspired Art Show! Plus live performances & entertainment out in the Plaza! Including Las Lunas: A Living Gallery Walk, family activities, and food vendors. The Colectiva Noroeste is supported by SEED, as fiscal sponsor.”
Time: 11 AM–5 PM
Where: Plaza Roberto Maestas—2524 16th Ave S.

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Comedy: Hashtag Diversity
Mirth of July: Open Mic and Comedy Showcase—“Beacon Hill’s second most talked about comedy show is back! In celebration of Independence Day, we’ll be featuring several immigrant comics and Howie Echo-Hawk. The OPEN MIC will still be happening, and even white people are encouraged to sign up.”
Time: 9–11 PM
Where: Tippe & Drague Alehouse—3315 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Film: Asmara Indie Film Festival
“Asmara Indie Film Festival (AIFF) is a traveling showcase of independent films with groundbreaking, diverse representations in visual storytelling. The first edition of the festival will be held in September 2018 in Oakland, CA, with a beta pop up festival being held in Seattle, WA on July 7, 2018. Admission is free.”
Time: 12–8 PM
Where: Langston Hughes—104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE (reserve tickets online)

Live Music: Rheda K & Willie Fisher
“This couple comes all the way from Las Vegas to deliver their great R&B and Jazz selections to The Royal Esquire Club for your listening and dancing pleasures. Formerly from Seattle, Willie feels an obligation to deliver the best to the home time crowd. Don’t miss this evening for dancing and fun.”
Time: 8 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15

Photo Credit: Muddy Lotus

Community/Variety/Festival: Muddy Lotus Arts Festival
“The Muddy Lotus Art Festival is a collaborative effort to unite artists, performers, healers, yogis, poets, and positive community members of all ages for a day celebrating health, harmony and happiness. The festival offers many workshops, art exhibits and live performances. There will also be an open mic from 6-7 so come through and sing a song, recite a poem, freestyle. COME THROUGH!”
Time: 1–10 PM
Where: Pritchard Beach—8400 55th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Live Music/Youth/Hip Hop: Beats for Ballots
“The NAACP Youth Coalition is creating a concert/community event aimed towards registering young people in Seattle to vote. Featuring: Aurelio, Mista DC, Theomatic, Campana, and more! Sponsored by 206 Zulu. ALL AGES
Time: 2–6 PM
Where: Washington Hall—153 14th Ave
Cost: $5–10 suggested, FREE if you register to vote!

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Live Music/Hip Hop: Black Lives Matter Hip Hop Show & Fundraiser 
“If Black Lives Truly Matter – we must not only support the #BlackLivesMatterMovement but also the Black community through music and donations and reparations – we must live in a society – where we love and support each other and break the bonds of oppression by expressing ourselves through music and through supporting our Black community. Show Supports #BlackLivesMatter and Rainier Valley Food Bank.” 21+
Time: 7 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $5–10

Community/Fundraiser: Ultimate Summer 5k Fun Run/Walk 
“Please join us for a morning stroll or run and help us reach our goal of $5000 for Beacon Hill International School PTA. All proceeds benefit community-building events and celebrations, guest teacher programs that bring native Spanish and Mandarin-speaking teachers into the school, STEM and computer coding opportunities, new library books for our students and more.” Kids dash starts, 9 AM; 5k run & walk to follow
Time: 9 AM
Where: Seward Park—5900 Lake Washington Blvd S.
Cost: $20

Community/Farmer’s Market: Rainier Beach Farm Stand 
“The Rainier Beach Farm Stand will operate weekly throughout the summer…beautiful fresh produce from our local POC farmers. All welcome.” Hosted by Rainier Beach Action Coalition
Time: 10 AM–2 PM
Where: Ethiopian Community in Seattle—8323 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Sunday, July 8th:

Museum/Celebration/Brunch: Big 10 Jazz Brunch
“Celebrate 10 years of Black History, Art and Culture at NAAM in partnership with Black & Tan Hall! Join us in our Legacy Hall as we enjoy live jazz by the Johnaye Kendrick Quartet, curated by Ben Hunter. Brunch will be prepared by Chef Tarik Abdullah, who always “Feeds the People.” He’s creating a special menu for this signature buffet. And don’t miss the unlimited mimosa hour from 11 AM to noon, along with a signature cocktail bar, champagne, and wine bottle service.”
Time: 11 AM–3 PM
Where: NAAM—2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: $30–40

Garden/Community: 23rd-Annual Georgetown Garden Walk
“Stroll colorful gardens, discover shops and restaurants, visit artist studios, and hear live music. The Georgetown Garden Walk is always on the second Sunday in July. The Garden Walk is a free self guided tour, free maps will be available on the day of. No reservation or tickets are needed.”
Time: 10 AM–5 PM
Where: BofA Parking Lot—1112 S. Bailey St.
Cost: Free to attend

Community/Music: Columbia City BeatWalk 
“BeatWalk has returned for its 24th year of incredible live music in the heart of Columbia City! We’ve got new venues lined up, which means more music and more fun for you. BeatWalk always features a diverse line-up of first-rate, local musicians hosted by neighborhood businesses for audiences of all ages.”
Time: 5:30–10 PM
Where: Columbia City—Rainier Ave S. & S. Ferdinand St.
Cost: FREE


Food/Music/Dance: Samba Sunday
“It’s a Brazilian tradition to welcome friends and family to enjoy feijoada on a Sunday afternoon. And of course, no Brazilian party is complete without music and dancing!
Menu: Feijoada (Brazilian bean stew served with rice and greens), Brazilian cocktails: caipirinha, leitinho. Samba and more with Rebecca Garcia & friends; Dancing demo/lessons: Samba w/ Dora Oliveira; West African (Guinea) w/ Manimou Camara.”
Time: 5–10 PM
Where: The Wine Station—2533 16th Ave S.
Cost: $25 Per Person

Live Music/Hip Hop: Silas Blak and Co. 
“Columbia City Beatwalk and The Bourbon Bar at Columbia City Theater Present Silas Blak and Co. Silas Blak is a unique force in Seattle’s hip-hop scene, spitting complex bars about subjects that rappers seldom approach, let alone attack head-on. Known for his work in formative Pacific Northwest groups Blak Stax, Silent Lambs Project, & Blind Council, Blak remains a valued member of the region’s hip-hop community.” 21+
Time: 8–11 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE