THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Black Joy II, Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, Benefit for Our Homeless Neighbors, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Sept. 28th:

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival

11-day event, begins tonight!—“Tasveer South Asian Film Festival is the largest South Asian film festival in the United States. Seeking to provide a counterpoint to the images and stories prevalent in main stream South Asia and Bollywood, the festival encourages an atmosphere of thoughtful dialogue and creative inquiry, where filmmakers and audiences engage in lively discussions, forums, and other collaborative interactive formats. In 2018, the festival will screen over 65 films and welcome 5000 attendees over 11 days, in 5 cities.

While Pakistan is the festival focus for 2018 and the festival theme is #KnowMe, TSAFF 2018 will include films–shorts, experimental work, documentaries, and narratives of any length–on themes related to South Asia in its entirety: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the various diasporas across the world. Films with a focus on issues of human rights and social justice will be a highlight of the festival again this year.”  Tasveer is a non-profit film and arts organization. Tasveer’s mission is to inspire social change through thought-provoking film and arts.
Time: Individual event times vary
Where: Event locs. vary—Northwest Film Forum, SIFF Film Center, SAM
Cost: Event passes & Ind. event tickets avail.

Tags: Film Festival, Culture, Human Rights, Social Justice, South Asia

Teen Book Club

“Meet other avid readers and discuss your favorite books! We do not assign the books you read, each teen gets to choose a book they are excited about to bring to each meeting. Talk about what we liked and absolutely did not like about our choices. Every book club member will win a free book to keep, and one lucky member will leave the meeting with a book autographed by the author! Meets the last Friday of every month.”
Time: 4–5 PM
Where: Skyway Library—12601 76th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Youth, Literary, Library, Book Club

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

All Ages Jam Session & Potluck! 

“Join us with your acoustic instrument(s) for an all ages jam session facilitated by The Rhapsody Project instructors! You are invited to bring a potluck item and anything you care to drink, learn songs and share songs.”
Time: 6:30–8 PM
Where: The Hillman City Collaboratory—5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $5 (suggested donation)

Tags: All Ages, Open Mic, Acoustic Music

Image Credit: The Rhapsody Project, Hillman City Collab

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, Family-Friendly, Acoustic Music

Ark Lodge Cinemas

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

Tags: Movies

Saturday, Sept. 29th:

Grand Opening: Resistencia Coffee

“Join us as we celebrate our grand opening! The Party will last all day: 8 AM – Ribbon Cutting (’cause yes); 9 AM – Kids Hour: Face painting, Coloring, Duck Picking; 12PM -Doggy Meet & Greet; 1 PM – BOGO Coffee Hour; 2 PM – Corn Hole Tournament; 4 PM – Beer & Trivia; 5 PM – South Park Passport Bar Hop.”
Time: 8 AM–6 PM
Where: Resistencia Coffee—1249 S. Cloverdale St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Coffee Shop, Grand Opening, Family-Friendly

“Grrrl Justice” Premiere – Local Sightings Festival at Northwest Film Forum

Grrrl Justice is a short narrative film exploring the pathways of girls and queer youth of color into the juvenile justice system. It uses gender and sexuality as a framework for understanding their rising rates of incarceration. Through the lead characters in this powerful triptych, we also come to understand the power of story and the necessity of art and youth led community spaces in their healing and liberation.” Editor’s Note: Workshop / Artist Talk with Shontina Vernon is full but you can RSVP in case of a cancellation.
Time: 2–3:30 PM
Where: Northwest Film Forum—1515 12th Ave
Cost: For ticket information visit Local Sightings

Tags: Film, Film Festival, Local Sightings

Image Credit: Grrrl Justice

Food Foresting Workshop

“Learn about food forests and edible understory plants as you install them at the Wetmore Community Farm. We’ll be planting an edible understory at the edge of the farm under the existing tree canopy. This food forest will host dry shade tolerant native and unique edible plants that will be available for harvest at different times of year.

Presenters Jake Harris and Marco Downs of Stone Soup Gardens help turn streets, parking lots, and under-utilized spaces into community farms. They are honored to be collaborating with Alleycat Acres as the designers and constructors of Wetmore Community Farm, and look forward to sharing their love of tasty plants!”
Time: 10 AM–2 PM
Where: Wetmore Community Farm—3025 S. Estelle St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Urban Farming, Food Foresting, Food Justice, Gardening

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

Tags: Farm Stand, Farmers Market

Image Credit: DNDA

13th and U.S. Policies

DNDA’s Let’s Talk Race Series 2018—“What is justice? What is freedom? Who decides This half-day event will explore these questions and the intersections of policy and institutionalized racism through the film 13th. The film will be screened in two segments, followed by dialogue and storytelling to deepen our understanding of how the 13th amendment and U.S. history play a role in perpetuating systemic oppression.

Workshop goals:
1. Participants will learn about the historical context of the 13th amendment.
2. We will explore the impact of the 13th amendment on modern society’s view on criminality.
3. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the interplay between institutionalized racism and policy.

Facilitators: Lylianna Allala and Vivian Brannock; Free Child Care and Community Dinner Provided”
Time: 1–6 PM
Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center—4408 Delridge Way SW
Cost: FREE (please register)

Tags: Let’s Talk Race Series, Social Justice, Film, Workshop, U.S. History

Old School Fellas

“The Old School Fellas bring precision dance moves, pure harmonies, a great band and not to be beat play list of some of the best R&B the World has ever heard. The Motown sound you have been craving comes to life in The Royal Esquire Club. You won’t be able to stop dancing when you hear these entertainers put you in a celebratory mood.”
Time: 8 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15 (GA) / $25 (reserved) / VIP available

Tags: Live Music, R&B, Motown

Image Credit: Royal Esquire Club

Artists’ Reception: Glow Up! and The Figure in Flux

Glow Up!—“Five luminaries of the Seattle neon scene band together to showcase a wide variety of artwork from graphic luminous tubes to plasma displays. Jeremy Bert; Mark Ditzler; Kelsey Fernkopf; Cedar Mannan and Lia Yaranon Hall, Noble Neon”

The Figure in Flux—“Featuring members Osa Elaiho, Saundra Fleming, Kate Harkins, and Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger.” Meet the artists at this free reception.
Time: 5–7 PM
Where: Columbia City Gallery—4864 Rainier Ave S
Cost: FREE

Tags: Gallery, Art, Reception

Eleanor Friedberger

“Eleanor Friedberger is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is best known as one half of the indie rock duo The Fiery Furnaces, alongside her older brother Matthew Friedberger. In the band she contributes the majority of the vocals both on record and during their live performances.” 21+
Time: 9 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue

Image Credit: Northwest Hospitality

Benefit for Our Homeless Neighbors

“Support Northwest Hospitality and our partnership with communities to reach out to our homeless neighbors with thoughtful hospitality kits, food cards, and haircut vouchers. Our programs provide basic essentials to people in need, bring people to resources that will help them improve their circumstances, and educate communities about the tragedy of homelessness to strengthen empathy and develop community; Music from Reggie Garrett & The SnakeOil Peddlers and Eric Miller & the Easy Winners; Silent Auction & Raffle Prizes by: Seattle Sounders FC, Columbia City Alehouse, Costco, Artist Home, Heritage Distilling Co, Andaluz Gifts, Framebridge, Panera Bread.” Northwest Hospitality was founded by Anton Preisinger to provide essential everyday items to people experiencing homelessness in Seattle. They put together kits that include haircut vouchers, gift cards to purchase food, and other necessities. They’re all about “Freedom, dignity, respect, and community-building.”
Time: 4:30 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10 (adv.) / $12 (DOS)

*Also this weekend at the Royal Room: Joe Casalini/Michael Biller Duo and En Canto (Fri.) and JazzED / The Alaska Suite – Nelda Swiggett Quintet (Sun.).

See website for individual event details. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 PM.

Tags: Benefit, Live Music, Restaurant, Music Venue

Black Joy II

“Celebrate with us and see the Everyday Black exhibition one more time before it closes September 30th. Every month at NAAM we celebrate Black Futures and we are bringing BLACK JOY BACK! Fall is upon us, so Seattle family roll up to the Quad at NAAM and represent! It’s Homecoming season, so come through representin’ your favorite HBCUs or Greek organizations! The future is Black joy…Black joy is a radical and critical component in our liberation. Look forward to a self-care lounge with free massages, a free photo booth, and specialty cocktails! Sounds by DJ ESSEX” 18+ to enter; 21+ to drink
Time: 8 PM–12 AM
Where: Northwest African American Museum—2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: $10

Tags: Black Joy, Everyday Black Exhibition, NAAM, DJ, Self Care, Museum, Photography

2nd Annual Drop Your Drawers!

“Join Unlock Seattle and Backyard in Columbia City for the 2nd annual Drop Your Drawers: A bra and panty drive benefiting Mary’s Place. Bring your new bras and underwear to our FUNdraising party and enjoy fabulous drag queen performances, a lively DJ set, food and drink specials, and a raffle with epic prizes! Talent: Andrew Scott, DJ MIXX America”
Time: 47 PM
Where: Backyard—3820 S. Ferdinand St. Ste. 102
Cost: $10 (suggested donation)

Tags: Clothing Drive, Mary’s Place, Homelessness, Raffle, Fundraiser, DJ

Disunited States of America

“The Disunited States of America: Can fascism happen here? What’s race and class got to do with it? The culture wars: who is winning? Speakers: Christina López—Raised in the barrio in the right-to-work state of Arizona, López is a passionate immigrant rights activist, a leader in Radical Women, and a member of Teamsters Local 763; Chris Smith—After escaping the “heartland” of Normal, Illinois, Smith became a revolutionary queer freedom fighter, leading campaigns against AIDS hysteria, gay-bashers and white supremacists. Spaghetti dinner at 6:00pm, Program starts at 7:00pm. Door donation $3.00, strikers and students $1.00, A $9.00 donation also includes dinner.” Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party
Time: 610 PM
Where: New Freeway Hall—5018 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: See event details

Tags: Dinner, Politics, Social Justice

BecauseWeveRead Seattle: The Shock Doctrine

“#BecauseWeveRead is an international radical reading group organized by Hoda Katebi of JooJoo Azad. For our September meetup, we are reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. A free pdf/audiobook of The Shock Doctrine is available here. On Sunday, September 30th there will be a live online discussion facilitated by Hoda and our monthly guest (TBA).”
Time: 12–2 PM
Where: Estelita’s Library—2533 16th Ave S.
Cost: $10

Tags: DJ, Deep Dish Pizza, ‘90s R&B

Sunday, Sept. 30th:


Image Credit: CARW

Anti-Racism, Chapter 1

“Are you a white person who is new to anti-racism work? Do you need more clarity around race, racism and how white folks fit in? Please join us for an afternoon training on basics of anti-racism analysis and practice. Space is limited, click here to register and ensure you get a spot!

The training will cover language and history as well as build alignment around a shared understand of structural racism. We will also practice talking about race and racism with family and friends, share info about CARW and ways to get involved in multi-racial organizing in Seattle. We will close with an opportunity for collective action. This training is open to CARW members and members of the public.”
Time: 1–5 PM
Where: Washington Hall—153 14th Ave
Cost: $10–50 (suggested donation)

Tags: Racism, Discussion, Workshop

Sunday Hustle / Open Session

“Hustle came to Seattle almost two years ago and we want to continue to grow it by giving an opportunity for both new and current hustle dancers to grow together! Hustle SEA will provide lessons to new/beginners on hustle basics for the first 30 min of the session and the rest of the session will be for hustle dancing or solo dancing or both! Your choice. Also, current hustlers are encouraged to help beginners and share their knowledge on old/new hand patterns! WHAT IS HUSTLE? >> Hustle is a partner/social dance in the 1970s from New York. It was commonly danced to disco music. It is common to have a lead/follow who follow a ‘track’ when dancing.”
Time: 6–8 PM
Where: Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon—664 S. King St
Cost: $5 (includes lesson!)

Tags: Hustle, Dance, Social Dance

Sunday Brunch at Tippe & Drague

“Serving a full brunch menu including Hangover Hash, Eggs Benedict & Buttermilk Pancakes along with tasty mimosas!”
Time: 9:30 AM–1:30 PM
Where: Tippe & Drague Alehouse—3315 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Prices vary

Tags: Brunch, Mimosas, Beer, Family-Friendly