THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Friday Night Po’ Boys at Estelita’s, Black Art Party, QTPOC Craft Night, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Sept. 21st:

Friday Night Po’ Boys at Estelita’s

“We are so excited to welcome our weekly food pop-up!! Every Friday, we will have Po’Boys for sale from 6-10pm. These Po’ Boys are some of the best you will ever try – New Orleans style and fresh. We will have Catfish, Shrimp, and Oyster Po’ Boys!! Where else can you get a fresh Po’ Boy in Seattle? Nowhere. So come join us and order a Po’ Boy and a Sangria. See you all Friday night!”
Time: 6–10 PM
Where: Estelita’s Library—2533 16th Ave S.
Cost: Prices vary

Tags: Community, Library, Bookstore, Soul Food, Sangria

Image Credit: Estelita’s Library

Soul Line Dance Classes and Party

“Soul line dancing is one of the most fun one can do as a single person or with a group. The Royal Esquire Club and Ms. Anna have teamed up to help you become proficient with line dancing then show off your new moves at the party on Friday nights. For $10.00 you can learn new dances and be able to line it up and party like a RocStar.” Also this weekend at the Royal Esquire: Little Black Dress Soiree
Time: Doors, 8:30 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Tags: Soul Line Dancing, Soul Food, DJ, Party

Game On

Middle- and high school-aged youth—Play video games at the library every Friday!
Time: 2:45–4:30 PM
Where: Skyway Library—12601 76th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: After School, Youth, Teens, Tweens, Games, Gaming, Library

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Image Credit: Clint Rivers / Showtime Photography

Memorial for Tahlequah’s Baby and J50/Scarlet

“First, we mourn, then we organize. Memorial for Baby Orca of Mother Tahlequah/J35. Occidental Square Park in Pioneer Square on the Traditional lands of the Duwamish Peoples. Opening by youth representative Blake Whitewolf Shelafoe and hereditary leader Ken Workman, with presentations, prayers and songs by Indigenous leaders and musical artist Dana Lyons. Join us to greive the loss of Tahlequah’s calf in solidarity with the starving Southern Resident Orcas.

Come prepared:
Bring personal words, letters, pictures, drawings and thoughts to add to the community altar which will be carried in the procession and placed in front of The Federal Building.

Please come dressed in black and white to show Love for our Southern Resident Orcas.

Tahlequah is the mother who carried her deceased baby orca around the Salish Sea for 17 days in a historically unprecedented and incredibly moving ritual of grief. When the baby would fall her mother would nose dive and reach down to bring her dead calf’s body back to the surface. Procession to The Federal Building at 915 2nd Ave calling for the removal of the Lower Snake River dams. RSVP here.” Sponsored by Students for the Salish Sea
Time: 3 PM
Where: Occidental Square Park—117 S. Washington St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Memorial, Community Action, Orcas, J Pod, J50, Tahlequah, Southern Resident Orcas, March, Outdoor

Hope For Freedom Gala – A Lasting Foundation

“Come to our annual auction and gala on Friday, September 21st, 2018. Help raise over $100,000 so more women and kids in Nepal can be saved from the risks and abuses of human trafficking. With the opening of our new 5 story safe home in February, we are now able to bring in more women and children who need your support! The 8th annual Hope for Freedom Gala with a live and silent auction and games will inspire you to action as we work together to end trafficking. Doors open at 5 PM and we will be serving Nepali appetizers and dinner, traditional chai tea as well as wine and beer.”
Time: 6–10 PM
Where: Canvas Event Space—3412 4th Ave S.
Cost: See website

Tags: Gala, Silent Auction, Nepal, Culture, Human Trafficking, Community Action

Image Credit: Playthey / Black Art Party

Black Art Party // September Edition 

“Welcome Back to us, Fam! Playthey’s Black Art Party returns just in time for fall and for many folks, school! And accordingly, our party this month is going to be filled with fall fortitude and mental growth goodness! For September and October we will be on a Friday, not a Thursday, but everything else is the same. Maybe you’re late to the party, or just don’t remember what it’s all about. That’s cool! We got you! BLACK ART PARTY: a melanin-rich queer-centric event filled to the brim with local POC vendors of all stripes, disciplines, and wares, Black DJs, and QTPOC performance artists! Black Art Party is artsy, holistic, and family friendly from 7-10, followed by queer and weird performances and a funky dance party till 1!”
Time: 7 PM–1 AM
Where: The Hillman City Collaboratory—5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE before 10 PM; $5 after 10 PM

Tags: QTPOC, Art, Black Art, DJ, Vendors, Family-Friendly

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New titles—A Simple Favor, Crazy Rich Asians, BlacKkKlansman, Fahrenheit 11/9 
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge—4816 Rainier Avenue S.
Cost: $8–12

Tags: Movies

Saturday, Sept. 22nd:

Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool 5 Year Celebration

“Rainier Beach Community Center Is Celebrating 5 Years Of Operations In Our “New” Facility And The Whole Community Is Invited!There Will Be Class Demos & Participation Opportunities. Free Food. DJ Nyice Guy Will Be On The 1’s & 2’s. Free Swim At 3:45 p.m. *swim limited to 130 people”
Time: 14 PM
Where: Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool—8825 Rainier Ave S
Cost: FREE

Tags: Community Center, Pool, Swimming, Anniversary Celebration

Friend Fest: A Benefit for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

“An all-day festival featuring local bands, comedians, and vendors, to raise funds for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project! Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.

Featuring: BACKYARD STAGE—Virginia Easthope, Flying Fish Cove, Dog Sister, ings
129,600; DOWNSTAIRS STAGE—Baby Jessica, Jessica Dennison + Jones (PDX), Emma Lee, Toyoda, Salt Lick, Porch Cat (BELLINGHAM), Amethyst de Wolfe, Velvet Q, Dim Wit, DARK SMITH; FROZEN PIZZA POTLUCK COMEDY HOUR (Outdoor Stage starting at 7pm)—Hosted by Melissa Beadle and LLynn Marks; – the comics – Dan Hurwitz, Adi Naidu, Erin Mohr, Penny Whitehouse, Lucy Tollefson, Andrea Entz, Grace Penzell, Birungi Birungi, Arijana Ramic ♥ VENDORS TBA ♥”
Time: 12 PM2 AM
Where: Word of mouth / Message event host?
Cost: $1050 (NOTADTLOF)

Tags: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Benefit, Live Music, Comedy, Underground

Opening Celebration: New Hugo House

“We’re opening the doors to Seattle’s new home for words! Join Hugo House on September 22 as we open the doors to our new home — 10,000 square feet designed for writers and readers. Explore all the nooks and crannies, catch pop-up readings, and find literary experiences around every corner.

Featuring: Special guest MARIA SEMPLE and emcee NANCY GUPPY. Performances and installations from VIS-à-VIS SOCIETY and more. Pop-up readings from beloved local writers, including ANASTACIA-RENEE, QUENTON BAKER, and Hugo House writers-in-residence AMBER FLAME and KRISTEN MILLARES YOUNG. Original literature-inspired music from THE BUSHWICK BOOK CLUB. A special edition of WORKS IN PROGRESS open mic (be one of the first writers to read on the new stage!). AFTERPARTY from 8-10 pm with DJ GABRIEL TEODROS of KEXP”
Time: 510 PM
Where: New Hugo House—1634 Eleventh Avenue
Cost: FREE

Tags: Writers, Writing, Books, Hugo House, Opening, DJ, Art Installations, Open Mic

Motel 7 // MKB Ultra // Beyond Captain Orca

Motel 7: New compositions from Wayne Horvitz plus a few revisits to music from Pigpen, The President, Zony Mash, and more; MKB Ultra: Groove Rock for the end times. A veteran Seattle musician, Mia Boyle combines singer/songwriter craft with musical collaborations bringing hints of American folk, soul and experimental. Regarding MKB Ultra, Mia says, “We are committed to convey the truth as we know it and as it chooses to be conveyed in time and space through the hearts and minds of those devoted to the incredible, unifying power of self-expression. We intend that expression to reveal things that are for you, and only you, to know. The thought of this is delightful. Rock on; Beyond Captain Orca: Exploring the art of improvisation. Featuring: Jack Endino; 5-Track; Patrick Lenon.”
Time: 9 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15 (adv.) / $20 (DOS)

Tags: Live Music, Seattle Grunge Era, Restaurant

Holly Nearwith, Jan Martinelli, and Tammy Hall

“Holly Near has been singing for a more equitable world for well over 50 creative years. She is an insightful storyteller through her music, committed to keeping the work rooted in contemporary activism.” This event takes place on Sat and Sun. See website for individual event details. 21+
Time: Doors, 7 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $25 (adv.) / $30 (DOS)

Tags: Live Music, Protest Music, Activism Through Music

Image Credit: Showing Out

Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers

“Help us kick off CD Forum’s 20th Anniversary Season with SHOWING OUT: CONTEMPORARY BLACK CHOREOGRAPHERS — a mentorship and performance festival curated by DANI TIRRELL, a Seattle-based choreographer and dance artist who creates movement pieces inspired by their queer, gender non-conforming, and Black experience.

SHOWING OUT supports the creation and development of work created by emerging Black Choreographers from around the Pacific Northwest — perfectly aligned with CD Forum’s mission to support distinctive Black artistic voices.

Each night features a different set of choreographers and dancers — join us for one or both evenings! Featured artists include Vorece Batchman-Miller, Vania C. Bynum, Brian J. Evans, Randy Ford, Nia-Amina Minor, Robert Moore, Noelle Price, and TAQUEET$. Some adult content and language. Recommended for ages 12 and older.” This event takes place on Fri and Sat
Time: 11 AM & 7:30 PM (Fri.)
Where: Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas—104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $15 GA / $25 Festival Pass (attend both evenings, save $5!) / $10 Students / $5 “TeenTix” available at door

Tags: ContemporaryBlack Choreography, Dance, PNW Choreographers, Performance

QTPOC Craft Night

“Want to meet other QTPOC & make fun things? Want something with dinner, something kid friendly, something laid back, and community oriented? Seattle Nonbinary Collective is hosting QTPOC Craft Night as September’s QTPOC Night! We’ll hang out, eat, make jewelry, and do other crafts. If crafting isn’t your thing you’re welcome to just come and hang out, and/or join us for October’s QTPOC Night! We hope to see you there.”
Time: 9 PM
Where: Washington Hall—153 14th Ave

Tags: QTPOC, Arts & Crafts, Family-Friendly


No Chill- Hip Hop Throwback Dance Party

“Still Ill DJS + ClockOut Lounge Presents No Chill: 90s – 00s Hip Hop + RnB throwback party! DJ Paco and Chetbong (Still Ill @Lofi) bring you another night of 90s-00s throwbacks. BreezyTown Pizza Slices until close.

Influenced by: Arrested Development, Missy Elliott. 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Notorious BIG, A Tribe Called Quest, OutKast, TLC, Beyonce, Mac Dre, Drake, Nelly, City High, Usher, Lil Jon, Justin Timberlake, Black Street, 50 Cent, UGK. ODB, Dead Prez, Aaliyah, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, TI, DMX, Lil Wanye, David Banner, Usher, Lil’ Jon, Pusha T, Cardi B, BBD, TI, NAS, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z, Kelis, Roots, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi and more.” 21+
Time: 9 PM
Where: Clock-Out Lounge—4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $10

Tags: DJ, Deep Dish Pizza, ‘90s R&B

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day 

“The Northwest African American Museum will open their doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 11am until 5pm as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day. Museum Day is a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.

Museum Day tickets will be available for download at beginning August 15. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at a participating venue of their choice on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address and tickets may only be used at one location. Additional guests not included in the Museum Day ticketing will be charged regular admission rates. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at
For more information about Museum Day Live, please visit”
Time: 11 AM–5 PM
Where: NAAM—2300 S Massachusetts St
Cost: Download free tickets online

Tags: NAAM, Museum, Smithsonian Museum Day

Sunday, Sept. 23rd:

Super Hero Family activities

“In honor of Smithsonian Museum Day, The Wing will be hosting Maliha and her son Azeem for Superhero fun! Join us for Superhero Jeopardy from 11-11:30AM & 1-1:30PM; Superhero Haikus will be from 11:30AM-12noon and Superhero Madlibs will be from 1:30-2PM. And remember to check out the “Wham! Bam! Pow!” exhibition, featuring the artwork of Vishavjit Singh (aka Sikh Captain America)!”
Time: 11 AM–2 PM (multiple events)
Where: Wing Luke Museum—719 South King St
Cost: Free w/ museum admission ($17; senior / student discounts avail.; under 5 years, FREE)

Tags: Museum, Smithsonian Museum Day, Family-Friendly, Super Heroes

The Griot Party Experience 6.0

“The Griot Party is collaborating with Seattle Public Utilities, the Office of Arts and Culture, The Shelf Life Community Story Project, Fearless 360 and Seattle Public Library. Artists Inye Wokoma and Rachel Kessler will partner with the aforementioned entities to create and share an immersive public art and community story experience. The focus is people who have roots in the Central District. This experience is intended to create a safe place so people can share their dreams for how water, art, and stories can deepen their relationship to the CD and serve the neighborhood.”
Time: 3–5 PM
Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute—104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Central District, Public Art, Community

Local Sightings 2018

“Local Sightings is Seattle’s only festival dedicated to Pacific Northwest films and filmmakers: a showcase of new films from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, the Yukon and British Columbia. Produced every year by Northwest Film Forum, the festival features new films, parties, juried prizes and film conversations. Screenings are only part of the story: artist talks, performances and networking events held throughout the week allow film lovers and filmmakers to explore local creativity together.” Today: Indigenous Showcase: Mele Murals & Films of Vi Hilbert, digitized by MIPoPS
Time: 3–7 PM (multiple events)
Where: NW Film Forum—1515 12th Ave
Cost: See website

Tags: Film, Film Festival

Mokedo Closing Garage Sale

“Mokedo has fallen victim to the real estate madness and will be closing it’s SODO doors at the end of September. 🙁 Which means almost EVERYTHING in Mokedo has got to go! Come down to Mokedo to score on all sorts of goodies! Couches, chairs, folding tables, art supplies, fake plants, ladders, folding chairs, dj mats, speaker stands, cables, decor, event supplies, fans, shelves, garbage cans, lighting supplies and whatever else I find in the corners of Mokedo. We’ll have some music flowin so feel free to come hang out and say goodbye to Mokedo!”
Time: 11 AM–4 PM
Where: Mokedo—1762 Airport Way S
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Store Closing, Sale

Orchestra Zarabanda

“Both the savvy and the uninitiated get up and moving to this irresistible dance music! Echoing the classic Cuban conjunto format, Zarabanda plays deep-grooving salsa, straight from Old Havana, and spices it up with modern arranging sensibility. Equally at home in dance halls, festivals and concert halls, Orchestra Zarabanda is known for it’s trademark sound of sultry melodies contrasted with syncopated and exacting rhythms. The band is comprised of latin rhythm section, trombones, flute and vocals. Influences include Felix Chappotín, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri and Los Van Van.

Time: 8:30 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $12

Tags: Live Music,Cuban Music, Salsa

Image Credit: Orchestra Zarabanda