THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Social Justice Film Festival, Singing our Way to Freedom, Wakanda Paint Party, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Oct. 12th:

Singing our Way to Freedom

“Join the Seattle Latino Film Festival in collaboration with El Centro de la Raza in this special screening of the film, Singing our Way to Freedom.

About the movie: Singing Our Way to Freedom (length 88 minutes) is a multilayered look at the life of Chicano musician, composer and community activist, Ramon ‘Chunky’ Sanchez. The film chronicles Chunky’s life from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to the dramatic moment when he received one of his nation’s highest musical honors at the Library of Congress in Washington DC in 2013. As a young man in the 1960s, Chunky joined the picket lines in the California fields with Cesar Chavez … ” Director Paul Espinoza will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.
Time: 7–10 PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza—2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Film, Social Justice, Seattle Latino Film Festival, Q&A

Image Credit: Singing our Way to Freedom

Earshot Jazz Presents Samantha Boshnack: Seismic Belt

“Created at a prestigious residency, the trumpeter’s Seismic Belt evokes human adaptation to the Ring of Fire. Joining a band of top Seattle players — Samantha Boshnack, Chris Credit (sax), Begin Scarseth (violin), Alex Chadsey (piano), Troy Schiefelbein (bass), and Max Wood (drums) — is Lauren Elizabeth Baba, from Boshnack’s LA band, a superb violinist/violist/composer.
Time: Doors, 6:30 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20 adults; $18 Earshot mems / seniors; $10 (students/military)

*Also this weekend at the Royal Room: Town Hall Seattle Presents: Bushwick Book Club – After The Fall (Sat. AM), Earshot Jazz Presents: *Adam O’Farrill Quartet, *two shows (Sat. PM), Oliver Groenewald NewNet CD release feat. Jay Thomas (Sun.). See website for individual event details. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 PM.

Tags: Live Music, Restaurant, Music Venue, Earshot Jazz, Town Hall Seattle

Women in Song for the Garden House

“The Garden House is a historic cultural beauty with a tiny ballroom where the music is front and center! Join us in celebrating powerful women musicians in six shows the second Friday and Saturday of October, November and December. Each night a great double bill: Oct 12th—PEPPER PROUD:

Pepper Proud’s lyrically alluring lush enchanting vocals sweetly soar over guitar chords reminiscent of the Appalachian Mountains where her musical journey began. Through a heartfelt voice, her stories captivate audiences with emotional illustrations & reassuring compositions.” Sat, Oct 13th featured artist: Kat Bula & Great American Trainwreck 
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Beacon Arts Garden House—2336 15th Ave S.
Cost: Pay what you can; Season tix avail. w/ suggested price

Tags: Live Music, Family-Friendly, Historic Venue, Save Garden House

Image Credit: Women in Song / Beacon Arts / Save Garden House

Lyle’s Single Release

Lyle:; Sarah Gerritsen & the Shadow Catchers: Thedrifterluke:; Nik Singleton of Woods of Wild; 21+
Time: 7–11 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15.15

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: Happy And You Know It, Mug, Aaron Spieldenner, hummingbull (Fri.), Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson (Sun.). See website for individual event details. 

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New titles—A Star is Born, Smallfoot, Crazy Rich Asians
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge—4816 Rainier Avenue S.
Cost: $8–12

Tags: Movies

Saturday, Oct. 13th:

Celebration of Life after a Cancer Diagnosis

Cierra Sisters Presents—“This event will give Survivors, family member’s friends and caregivers the opportunity to celebrate amongst other survivors while being inspired by the innovative new treatments that has prolonged life for many that have been diagnosed with cancer.

Speakers: World Renowned Oncologist, Dr. Julie Gralow; Activist, Lawyer and Spoken Word Artist, Nikkita Oliver plus Tabernacle Mime Team directed by Debra Kennedy, and more!

The mission of Cierra Sisters is to bring knowledge and to take the fear out of a cancer diagnosis with providing resources to African-Americans and the underserved communities concerning breast cancer/cancer, along with other health related issues to create a new reality of cancer survivorship.”
Time: 10:30 AM (networking); 12 PM (lunch & health resources)
Where: Rainier Beach Community Center—8825 Rainier Ave S
Cost: FREE (please register)

Tags: Luncheon, Health, Networking, Nikkita Oliver, Oncology


Community Coffee Hour

“Stop by the Skyway Library on the 2nd Saturday of the month for a great start to the weekend. Come in to pick-up your holds or a local newspaper and stay for a free cup of coffee. Catch up with friends, meet neighbors, or read the news and foster a sense of community. First come, first served. Coffee provided by the Friends of the Skyway Library.”
Time: 10–11:30 AM
Where: Skyway Library—12601 76th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Coffee, Community, Library

Image Credit: Terry Hill Sr.

Indie Author Day: Featuring Terry Hill Sr.

“Welcome to Indie Author Day: an all-day celebration of local and self-published authors! Come meet local author, Terry Hill Sr. [who] will read from his book, Memoirs From A Prison Cell Trilogy, and talk about his journey through the criminal justice system and his determination to get his story told.

This is an opportunity for the indie community to come together at their local library to help local self-published and independent authors get discovered and for readers to find new books written by fellow community members. (Book sales and signing to follow.)”
Time: 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
Where: Skyway Library—12601 76th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Author Meet & Greet, Reading, Independent Publishing, Community, Library

Conversation: Educational Racism & Our Children

“This 2 hour, interactive, Conversation will focus and address racism experienced by children as students in an academic setting as well as [a] communal one. The conversation will touch upon race, melanated students, cultural competency and cultures in the curriculum.

If you are expecting a formal and structured training workshop with handouts, powerpoint slides (exceeding 10 slides) lecturing – this is not that type of venue! This is a workshop that uses the unconventional 21st century tool of ‘Conversation.’ Through conversation, guided by Allie, a Social Change Entrepreneur, and known as “Allie the Conversation Starter, ” participants will be challenged to be honestly raw on classroom expectations, controversial issues and certain racial issues that either they encountered (or have faced) in the classroom, as well as out of it – as teachers, parents and/or as students.” Free admittance for youth 17 & under; youth encouraged to attend.
Time: 10 AM–12 PM
Where: Welcome Table Community Church—1322 S. Bayview St
Cost: $35

Tags: Education Policy, Social Justice, Conversation, Community

Jhado Rinpoche: “The Four Mindfulnesses”

“Written by H.H. Kalsang Gyatso, the 7th Dalai Lama, A Song of the Four Mindfulnesses touches on key points of the path to enlightenment, from how to properly rely on a spiritual teacher, what it means to be caught in the cycle of problems (samsara), the kindness of our parents, the essential qualities of mindfulness, compassion and wisdom, and deity yoga. Expect a skillful unpacking of meaning from one of the great Buddhist masters of our time.” Hosted by Dharma Friendship Foundation.
Time: 10 AM–4 PM (two sessions!)
Where: El Centro de la Raza—2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: By donation (please register)

Tags: Wellness, Buddhism, Mindfulness, Spirituality

Image Credit: Wakanda Paint Party / Canvas Connections

Wakanda Paint Party #2

“We promised another opportunity to paint this beautiful image! She is fierce, focused, displaying the beauty of a grand warrior who is fighting and winning battles with ease. As a general, she receives inspiration by flying high, where she gains a clearer perspective of where she needs to be. Come out and give her life, give her a name. Many ladies were in attendance at our last event and enjoyed the entire experience from beginning to end. All supplies furnished, and the image is lightly traced on the canvas so you can focus on painting.” Light meal & beverage provided; Ok to bring beverages of your choice. Hosted by Canvas Connections.
Time: 3:30–6:30 PM
Where: 2100 Building—2100 – 24th Avenue S.
Cost: $26

Tags: Painting, Film, Art

African Dance Workshop

“Join Motema Afrobeat in Seattle for a workshop in African Dances with Steven El Fantastico. Steven is fresh from an intensive study in African contemporary and traditional dance at the renowned Ecole des Sables in Senegal. We’re excited to share our energy and experience with you and can’t wait to see you on the dance floor. No dance experience nor dance partner required!!!”
Time: 4–7 PM
Where: My World Dance & Fitness Studio—849 Hiawatha Pl S.
Cost: $32 adv. / $40 at the door

Tags: Dance, Fitness, Afrobeat, Family-Friendly

waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home)

On Saturday, a series of films will be shown at Duwamish Longhouse as part of the Social Justice Film Festival. One of such featured films is waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home). See website or Facebook events here and here for individual event details. Editor’s Note: Read more about the film festival in this recent Emerald article.
Time: 4–10 PM (back-to-back films + Q&A)
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center—4705 W. Marginal Wy SW
Cost: $10–15 (individual films may require additional payment; festival passes available)

Tags: Film, Documentary, Independent Film, Social Justice Film Festival

Beautiful. Powerful. Love: Celebrate!

“Honor and celebrate our Ancestral Mothers through music and dance performances from across the African Diaspora. Hear local author Barbara Pamplin as she reads from her personal, yet universal memoir, Fat, Black, and Unlovable, sharing a joyful message of transformation and healing. Enjoy delicious neo-soul bites and shake it up at our dance party! Wherever you are on your journey toward freedom and wholeness, this night will celebrate the steps you have taken and fortify you for the road ahead.

Performances by Dora Oliveira and Dance Brazil, Mark Lilly and Bembe Olele, Wali Pamp, Kokou Al-Nuzan and Anna Kosugi. Doors open @ 4:30PM, Program starts @ 5PM, Party to follow; All ages, Bar w/ ID.”
Time: 5–8 PM
Where: Langston Hughes—104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $25 GA

Tags: Wellness, Book discussion, Dance performance, Family-Friendly, Healing

Image Credit: Beautiful. Powerful. Love: Celebrate!

Bastos Talaga – A Filipinx Art Installation

“Moonyeka is curating a follow-up to their installation ‘BASTOS,’ featuring performance art, installations, and sound design by local Filipinx movement artists and remix’d music by award-winning composer/keyboardist Victor Noriega.

Installation Artists: Alyza DelBread-monkey, Roldy Aguero Ablao Moonyeka; Performance Artists: Moonyeka, Venus Volante; Sound Artists/Sound Design: Nic Masangkay, Allison Masangkay, Amanda Chavez, Victor Noriega. This event is taking place in historic Filipino Town of the Chinatown International District.” Hosted by Kapatid Kollective.
Time: 6–8 PM
Where: Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon—664 S. King St
Cost: $5–25 (suggested donation) benefits Lumad Schools/Community

Tags: Art Installation, Visual Art, Dance, Music, Performance, Family-Friendly

Dinner & A Movie Night!

“For our October event we will discuss [our] food systems and alternative methods to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations doesn’t want people to know about it!! We will introduce you to our new program and share milestones, while sharing a healthy dinner and refreshments! Wheelchair accessible.” ALL AGES; Hosted by Nurturing Roots.
Time: 5:30–8 PM
Where: Hillman City Collab—5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $2 suggested donation (students free)

Tags: Dinner, Film, Food Systems, Health, Family-Friendly

Seattle AKAs Spades Party

“The Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., – Delta Upsilon Omega Chapter and Dynamic Urban Opportunities Foundation, Inc. are proud to present our … Spades Party! Come join us for an evening of fun, food, music and fellowship! The tournament will start promptly at 7:00pm! *… Portions of the proceeds from this event will be used to fund scholarships and community service programs.”
Time: 6–11 PM
Where: NAAM—2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: $25–35

Tags: Spades, Games, Cards, Party, Benefit

Living and Dying in Amazonland

“Is homelessness just the price of Bezos’ billions? Developers vs the poor: Where are unions? Time for a tax rebellion—Featuring speakers: Ashley Archibald,
Real Change reporter who has covered Seattle’s housing crisis, and the role of developers in city politics. Archibald graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science; Nic Preston, Young father and construction worker in the Iron Workers Local 86 apprenticeship program. Preston traveled to Washington, DC in January 2017 to protest Trump’s inauguration; Adrienne Weller, Retired union member who lives on Social Security and a modest state workers’ pension. Weller is fed up after having been forced to move repeatedly due to outrageous rent increases.” Spaghetti dinner, 6 PM / Program, 7 PM
Time: 6–10 PM
Where: New Freeway Hall—5018 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $1–9 (suggested)

Tags: Homelessness, Social Justice, Amazon, Jeff Bezos, Talk, Dinner

Smooth Jazz Concert Series Vol. 1 w/  Kenney Polson & Deems Tsutakawa

“Smooth Jazz at its finest. National recording artist’s Saxophonist Kenney Polson from Portland with his Brazilian influence sound. His Paradise Album took him to the top of the Smooth Jazz Ladder.  Seattle’s Local National Recording Artist Deems Tsutakawa  a graduate of Franklin High School. His ‘Tough Tofu’ song  hit the top of the Jazz charts nationwide. He has shared his passion for music since he was 5 years old sharing the stage with Roy Ayers and Kenny G.”
Time: 6–10 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15–30 (suggested)

Tags: Smooth Jazz, Concert

Image Credit: Living Computers: Museum + Labs

Saved by the Dell! 90s Party

“This Fall, we’re kickin’ it 90s-style with the biggest blowout you’ve seen since Zach danced with Kelly at the prom. Be transported back to the days of inflatable furniture, Windows 95, and Saturday morning cartoons while your ears try to identify the songs from that CD mix you burned in high school. Grab your brick phone, put that hair in a scrunchie, and relive your childhood with the best of the 90s. Schwing! FEATURING: 90s Costume Contest; Jurassic Petting Zoo; Saturday Morning Cartoon & Cereal Lounge; Classic 90s Gaming; Bayside High School Pop-Up; Terminator Barbie Activity; 90s Sound Forest; Disney-Inspired Circuit Activity; Lisa Frank-Inspired Bar; Iconic 90s Photo Ops; Disney-Inspired Sing-A-Long; 90s Character Cameos; Premiere Performance of the boyband X-TYNC (ft. Reptar); Full Museum Access.” 21+
Time: 7–11 PM
Where: Living Computers: Museum + Labs—2245 1st Ave S.
Cost: $20–30

Tags: ‘90s Party, Costume Contest, Games, Sing-a-long

Sunday, Oct. 14th:

Choose Your Adventure: Trails, Rivers & the North Cascades 50th

“2018 marks the 50th birthday for North Cascades National Park, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and the National Trails System Act. To celebrate this milestone, the National Parks Conservation Association is teaming up with over 20 different conservation, recreation and business groups to celebrate our parks, rivers, and trails. The event will feature a variety of program elements, including inspirational speakers, authors, scientists, national park rangers, live animals, film elements, and more. Learn about & celebrate Trails, Rivers, and North Cascades National Park.” ALL AGES
Time: 2–5 PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza—2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: National Parks, Conservation, Outdoors, Family Friendly, Live Animals, Speakers

Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson

“Aloha Kakou,
I’m really looking forward to touring this month with one of the finest guitarists on the planet – Jeff Peterson. Jeff, myself and my beautiful Kumu Hula wife Moanalani will be at the following venues this month. Come by and say aloha!” Editor’s Note: There are two scheduled performances, an early show and a late show.
Time: 4 & 7 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $30–35

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: Lyle’s Single Release & Happy And You Know It / Mug / Aaron Spieldenner / hummingbull (Fri.)See website for individual event details. 

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue

Image Credit: Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson

APSP 7th Congress Viewing Party Seattle

“Do you want to stop the attack on the black community? Are you concerned with U.S. imperialism and war? Are you interested in building white solidarity with African self-determination and liberation? Do you want African people to have power over their land, resources and lives? There is a place for white people in the Uhuru Movement. Please join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement Seattle on Oct. 14th from 2-5pm as we participate in watching highlights of the historic African People Socialist Party’s Seventh Congress taking place in St. Louis, Missouri from Oct. 6–12, 2018.

Considered the most important event since the 1920’s Marcus Garvey Movement, the Seventh Congress occurs every five years and is the highest body of the APSP. It is where African revolutionaries from around the world convene to sum up the political period which is laid out in the Political Report written by the founder of the Party, Chairman Omali Yeshitela …

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this important opportunity for white people to learn about material solidarity with African people.”
Time: 2–5 PM
Where: Must register for location
Cost: $10 (suggested at door)

Tags: Social Justice, Politics, Uhuru Movement, African People Socialist Party

SPP King County Prosecutors Forum

“The King County Prosecutor is a gatekeeper to justice in our region. Whomever holds this position controls key policies for undoing the school to prison pipeline, ending mass incarceration and racial disproportionality, and police accountability. In the past few years there has been a movement for “progressive’ prosecutors to run for office. In some cities this has been a strategy for reform.

While the current King County Prosecutor (incumbent) no longer has an active challenger, he should still be out in our communities connecting with and hearing from constituents; especially those most marginalized and negatively impacted by the criminal legal system.

The Seattle Peoples Party will host a forum with or without Dan Satterberg to provide an essential space for earnest dialogue regarding the impacts of the criminal legal system in King County.” Hosted by Seattle Peoples Party
Time: 6–7:30 PM
Where: Langston Hughes—104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Seattle Peoples Party, Political Forum, Community

Bike to Seattle Children’s PlayGarden

“We will meet at Jefferson Park playground and bike the Beacon Hill Greenway, connecting to the Mt. to Sound trail to bike to the Seattle Playgarden. Meet at 11:00am and we will start rolling by 11:30 AM. The Playgarden is fully enclosed and a safe place to let your kiddos run, smell plants and hang out with the the livestock.” Hosted by Familybike Seattle
Time: 11 AM–2 PM
Where: Jefferson Park—3801 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Health, Biking, Family-Friendly, Outdoor

*NOTAFLOF = “No one turned away for lack of funds.”

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