THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Seattle SAMBAThon, Arabic Story Time, Little Saigon Festi-Roll!, and more!

Friday, Aug. 24th:

GRAND Opening: Cheese Platters and More

“Cheese Platters and More has been open for a month now and it is time to celebrate! We will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration and want to see you there! Wine tastings! Delicious food! Great deals! Fun times! This is our way to thank the people who have helped us get rolling and invite the rest of the city to check us out. Join the cheese revolution!”
Time: 3–7 PM
Where: Cheese Platters and More—2717 E. Union St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Food, Wine, Grand Opening

Image Credit: Cheese Platters and More

Charcoal Reception

“An exhibition of contemporary Black and African Diaspora artists residing in the Pacific Northwest Black artists have a long and prolific history in the Pacific Northwest. Drawing on this brilliance, Charcoal is an art exhibition that aims to amplify the voices and works of 19 local black and African diaspora artists by showing the range of media, content and approach that is here locally.”
Time: 6–9 PM
Where: THE 101—101 S. Jackson St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Art, Reception, Gallery

Image Credit: Skyway Outdoor Cinema

Skyway Outdoor Cinema—Black Panther

“Let’s end Season 16 right with the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time (both in $$ and in our hearts): Black Panther.” FOOD:  SoSo Good Food Truck, Full Tilt Ice Cream truck, 50¢ popcorn & $1 full-size candy at concessions; FUN: Meet Black Panther costumed characters, Pacific NW Drumline, pick up passes to Woodland Park Zoo, Paisley The Clown balloon twisting, and more.
Time: 8–11 PM
Where: Skyway Outdoor Cinema—12610 76th Ave S. (Behind the 7-Eleven)
Cost: FREE

Tags: Movies, Family-Friendly, Outdoors

Othello Park Pictures—Black Panther

“Gather with your friends and neighbors for the second annual Othello Park Pictures! We will be showing movies on Friday August 10th, 17th and 24th starting at 8pm sharp – thanks to the generous sponsorship by Own the Night we are able to use a digital screen that will allow for an earlier showing this year! Don’t forget to bring low beach chairs, blankets and pillows. POP Gourmet will provide bags of popcorn again this year – free while supplies last.”
Time: 6 PM
Where: Othello Park—4351 S. Othello St
Cost: FREE

Tags: Movies, Family-Friendly, Outdoors

Kevin Gardner: Zapp Tribute

“Kevin Gardner will deliver a dynamic Zapp tribute show that is second to none. This is one you don’t want to miss, as he brings the Zapp concert to life right here in the Royal Esquire Club. You will be compelled to dance and have a great time. For those that come hungry we have that answer also, The Comfort Zone is a wonderful restaurant in the Royal Esquire Club that is second to none. We will have it all at one place, Zapp Tribute concert, The DJ that will have you up and out of your seat and a top notch restaurant to take care of your appetite.”
Time: 8 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15

Tags: Live Music, Soul Food

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New titles—Crazy Rich Asians, BlacKkKlansman, Sorry to Bother You, Eighth Grade
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge—4816 Rainier Avenue S.
Cost: $8–12

Tags: Movies

Saturday, Aug. 25th:

Arabic Story Times

“Stories, songs and fun for ages 2 and older with an adult. Learn the Arabic alphabet with stories, songs and games.
When: 1:30 PM
Where: Tukwila Library—14380 Tukwila Intl. Blvd.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Stories, Culture, Children, Families, Songs

Power to the Portrait 2

Back by popular demand, local photographer and one creative half behind the Everyday Black exhibition artist Zorn B Taylor hosts a pop up studio day on August 25th from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Northwest African American Museum. Register now as we have a limited number of slots. Each session is $40 and includes one retouched digital image.”
Time: 11 AM–4 PM (by appt.)
Where: NAAM—2300 S. Massachusetts St.
Cost: $40

Tags: Art, Photography, Classes, NAAM


Hai, Japantown! 2018

“Seattle’s historic Nihonmachi comes alive with festivities only an Asian-style neighborhood can claim with the return of ‘Hai, Japantown!’ Long-time locals, Seattle newbies, area residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in discovering this vital, re-surging community during a summer celebration for the entire family. Experience an historic heritage walk, the dedication of Nihonmachi Alley art, Hawaiian music, a beer and sake garden, Spam musubi making contest, nashi (Japanese pear) picking and more.” Activities: Gallery showings, shopping, mural dedication, music, body painting, kids corner, spam musubi contest, movies
Time: 3–7 PM
Where: Japantown Seattle, near Main & Jackson at 7th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: International District, Festival, Arts, Film, Shopping

Thaddillac & Furniture Girls

Georgetown Music presents an amazing night of local music with the extraordinary guitar stylings of Thaddillac and Seattle Weekly-nominated Best Rock Band Furniture Girls. The show is all ages with a bar (W/ID).”
Time: Doors, 8 PM
Where: Georgetown Music—6111 13th Ave. S.
Cost: $10

Tags: Concerts, Rock

3rd Seattle Urban Book Expo

“The Black and Brown Literary get-down returns to Seattle on August 25th. The 3rd Seattle Urban Book Expo will take place at the Centilia Cultural Center in collaboration with El Centro de la Raza to deliver an experience of literature, festivities, and art. This will be our most exciting event ever, so we are expanding our registration to: 45 Authors, 10 merchants.”
Time: 1–5 PM
Where: Centilia Cultural Center—1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest. St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Books, Literature

Image Credit: Seattle Urban Book Expo

SOLD OUTRise Up: The Hamilton Tribute Band

“Don’t throw away your shot to see Rise Up, the Hamilton Tribute Band! Rise Up is an ensemble of top Seattle vocalists and musicians that performs the amazing music of ‘Hamilton’. ‘Hamilton’ is a record-breaking Broadway musical and winner of 11 Tonys including Best Musical. It is a sweeping national cultural phenomenon with music that marries hip hop, R&B and Broadway. Rise Up delivers a performance that captures all the sophistication, detail and emotion of the music of ‘Hamilton’. Rise Up has performed extensively in the Northwest, delighting theater, festival and club audiences at frequently sold out shows.”
When: 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15 Adv., $18 Door

Tags: Hamilton, Musicals, Tribute Band, Live Music

Royal Esquire Club All White Party

“This year has been a tough one as far as current events and the passages of our loved ones are concerned. As a celebration of life and being thankful for all that we have to be grateful for the Royal Esquire Club will execute this years’ white party as an acknowledgement of the things and people we are grateful for. Life is for the living and in that vain let’s live it up. Dawn your favorite white outfit, bring your best party mood and celebrate life to it’s fullest at the Royal Esquire Club’s Annual White Party.” 21+
When: 8 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $10 

Tags: Nightlife, Party

Annual Health & Safety Fair

Sparky has been looking forward to this all year long. He said it makes him happy to see all those smiling faces, shiny new helmets, and snazzy backpacks!” Includes free backpacks and school supplies.
When: 10 AM–2 PM
Where: King County Fire District 2012424 76th Ave. S. Seattle WA 98178
Cost: FREE

Tags: Skyway, Safety, Health, Back-to-School

Outspoken Speaker’s Bureau Training

OutSpoken is a diverse group of LGBTQ and allied youth, adults, organizations and providers dedicated to challenging bullying, oppression and anti-LGBTQ violence in our schools and communities. The Skyway Library is teaming up with the Northwest Network to offer a training to any young person interested in joining the OutSpoken Speaker’s Bureau.” Aimed at youth ages 13–24; Must RSVP to attend.
When: 1–5 PM
Where: Skyway Library—12601 76th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: LGBTQ+, Youth

Image Credit: OutSpoken

Women’s Rights Day 2018

“Reproductive Rights in the Crosshairs: The Intensified War over Women’s Bodies. Speaker: Norma Gallegos. Bay Area activist and Chicana socialist feminist who has defended clinics and protested the far-right from Mississippi to San Francisco. Seasonal Summer Buffet, 6:00pm. $10.00 donation ($8.00 for low-income, strikers and students). Vegan options available. On the #7 busline or short walk east from the Columbia City light rail station.” Sponsored by Radical Women
Time: 7 PM
Where: New Freeway Hall—5018 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $8–10 (by donation)

Tags: Social Justice, Women

Dadabass, Vibe, Messiah Jenkins

“Geneiva Arunga aka Dadabassed is a spoken word artist poet and Rapper. Although she has been writing poetry since the age of 8 she started preforming professionally in 2004. VIBE and Messiah Jenkins are two local indie /soul /alternative hip hop musicians who happen to be first cousins only one year apart in age. Coming from a family of the creative and performing artists, it has been quite easy for them to pick up music. Their solo work separate from one another is unique in itself but when they come together–it is a different sound that is pure ambience to the ear.”
Time: 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Bourbon Bar—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

*Columbia City Theater and Bourbon Bar host events all weekend. Showtimes and ticket prices vary; See website for individual event details. Bourbon Bar shows are 21+. Some theater shows are all ages or 18+.

Tags: Live Music, Spoken Word

Image Credit: DeChelle Monet

DeChelle Monet ft. SoundProof / Nancy Erickson

DeChelle Monet has been making quite the name for herself in the Seattle music scene. From performing with local bands, to hosting a popular weekly open mic, she has commanded to be heard in the subtlest way. / Nancy Erickson: Mark your calendars now, buy your tickets, make a reservation, invite your friends! This is an event not to miss – the release of Nancy Erickson’s Live CD ‘Here & Now!’”
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Prices vary (some shows FREE / by donation)

*Royal Room weekends are packed full of events. Showtimes and ticket prices vary; See website for individual event details. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 PM.

Tags: Live Music, Restaurant

CID Summer Cinema—Allegiance 

“Free outdoor movie screenings at Hing Hay Park located in the Chinatown-International District.” Tonight’s movie is Allegiance
Time: 7–11 PM
Where: Hing Hay Park—423 Maynard Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Movies, Community, Family-Friendly, Outdoor

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

Photo Credit: Rainier Beach Farm Stand

Sunday, Aug. 26th:

Fourth Annual Seattle SAMBAThon 

“What do you SAMBAThon 4? For health, for joy, for self-expression? Whatever your reason, SAMBAThon is sure to be a highlight of your year! Join Dora Oliveira and Dance Brazil, along with a high-energy percussion section, to samba around the beautiful Seward Park Loop Trail, with green leaves above us and blue water beside us! Then celebrate afterwards with more music, dancing, capoeira and luscious traditional Brazilian food at an exclusive party just for SAMBAThoners!” *There’s also a marathon at Seward Park this weekend! Park attendees, it’s gonna be busy!
Time: 11 AM–4 PM
Where: Seward Park—5900 Lake Wash. Blvd. S.
Cost: $0–30 (Youth 15 and under, FREE)

Tags: Dance, Community, Culture, Outdoor, Family-Friendly

Image Credit: SAMBAThon

Little Saigon Festi-Roll! 

“8th Annual Celebrate Little Saigon – Festi-Roll! Celebrate Little Saigon is community festival that brings together Vietnamese American food, culture, and entertainment. Join us in Seattle’s Little Saigon-ID on Sunday, August 26th for Vietnamese street food with a twist! This year we’re celebrating all things rolled, inspired by Vietnamese spring rolls. On top of the variety of food vendors, we’ve got: Live performances, Inflatable children’s activities and games, Pho and Spring Roll Eating Contest…” …and more!
Time: 11 AM–7 PM
Where: Little Saigon—1025 S. King St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Festival, Community, Culture, Outdoor, Family-Friendly

Talk Time Class 

“Practice speaking English with other English language learners. Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world. A trained volunteer hosts the conversation. Classes are free, join anytime!”
Time: 2–3:30 PM
Where: Tukwila Library—14380 Tukwila Intl. Blvd. (Tukwila)
Cost: FREE

Tags: Community, Culture, ESL

SocialFit: Boot Camp 

“Are you ready to add more to your fitness routine? Are you looking for an activity for the entire family? Social Fit boot camp is exactly for you! The Duncan Connection, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Greenways Initiative, and Associated Recreation Council have joined forces to get our community active. Join TDC every Sunday at Van Asselt Community Center for 60-minutes of fun, sweating, and enjoying the great outdoors.” End of Summer Party to follow.
Time: 9:30 AM
Where: Van Asselt Community Center—2820 S Myrtle St
Cost: FREE

Tags: Health, Community, Outdoor, Family-Friendly