THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—The Kutt’N’Up Massacre, Hip Hop History Month Kick-Off, Bunka no Hi, and more!

by Emerald Staff

For a our super special Dia de los Muertos events round-up, see: Celebrating Día de los Muertos 2018 in and Around the South End. For everything else, read on…

Friday, Nov. 2nd:

World’s Beyond Here

The Expanding Universe of APAs in Science Fiction—“Looking at the connection between Asian Pacific Americans and the infinite possibilities of science fiction, World’s Beyond Here follows the path of a young Sci Fi fan becoming an empowered creator, limited only by imagination.

“The exhibition, which features a mix of literary and pop culture works, encourages museum visitors to see how science fiction reflects the times they were written in. The creative process draws in ideas about how we build our world and how we imagine the future – and the artists featured in this exhibit inspire us to find our own vision.”
Time: 10 AM–5 PM (Tues.–Sun.)
Where: Wing Luke Museum — 719 South King St
Cost: $10–17 (children under 5, free)

Tags: Museum, Exhibition, Asian Pacific American Culture, Science Fiction, Pop Culture

Image Credit: Quenton Baker, Frye Art Museum

Quenton Baker: Ballast

“Quenton Baker’s poetry focuses on how black interiority functions under the constraints of an anti-black society. His exhibition at the Frye Art Museum will be an outgrowth of an in-process collection of poems that examines the 1841 slave revolt aboard the brig Creole, using the event as a kaleidoscopic lens through which to consider the position of blackness and the ongoing afterlife of slavery.”
Editor’s Note: Thursday, Nov 1., catch Ballast: an intimate reading from 7–8:30 PM with Amanda Johnston, Dante Micheaux, & L. Lamar Wilson
Time: 11 AM–5 PM (Tues.–Sun.), 11–7 (Sun)
Where: Frye Art Museum — 704 Terry Ave
Cost: FREE

Tags: Museum, Exhibition, Poetry, Racism, History

Image Credit: Anansi and the Halfling

Anansi and the Halfling

“African storytelling has many forms. Ancient wisdoms were passed down through song, dance and (often comical) metaphorical re-tellings. Anansi and the Halfling strives to bring those storytelling mediums to light in a modern way through the experiences of a young, black millennial. As the story snakes through a college classroom, a mystical story realm, and the home of the gods themselves, puppetry, drumming, and movement are as crucial to the storytelling as the words themselves are. Our heroine strives to learn that in order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you came from … even when the past is painful.” Written by Madison Jade Jones; Directed by Miss-Jay O’Leary; CAST: Madison Jade Jones, Bob Williams, Patrick Tolden, Anjelica McMillan, Saige Hawthorne
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Annex Theatre — 1100 E Pike St, Fl 2nd
Cost: $10–40 (discounts avail.)

Tags: Theater, African Storytelling

Barber Shop Chronicles

“One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.

“For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops. Sometimes they have haircuts, sometimes they listen, more often than not they talk. Barber shops are confession boxes, political platforms, preacher-pulpits and football pitches … places to go for unofficial advice, and to keep in touch with the world.

“Fuel has produced Inua Ellams’ work for theater since his debut play nine years ago. BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play, set in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and London. The play invites the audience into a uniquely masculine environment where the banter may be barbed, but the truth always telling.

“The barbers of these tales are sages, role models and father figures, they are the glue that keeps men together.” Show runs all weekend!
Time: 3–6 PM
Where: Moore Theatre — 1932 2nd Ave
Cost: $17.50–$62.50

Tags: Theater, All Ages

Image Credit: Barber Shop Chronicles

Now’s The Time: A Benefit for Initiative 1631

“Join us at The Royal Room for a night with a cause, benefiting initiative 1631 (The Washington Carbon Emissions Fee and Revenue Allocation Initiative). A festival of mini-sets opens the night (7:00pm-9:00pm): Ayesha Brooks sings Fontella Bass, Ryan Burns and friends play Thelonious Monk, Alex Guy/Wayne Horvitz duo, Thione Diop+Greg Campbell Duo, Kathy Moore plays PJ Harvey, Abbey Blackwell’s RAE, Simon Henneman plays Marc Ribot’s Los Cubanos Postizos, “Playing Changes” -a conversation with New York author and music critic Nate Chinen. Headlining the night will be Electric Circus (9:30pm): Electric Circus Reinvents classic 20th century Soul, Funk and Rock for the 21st Century. Music of: The Clash, The Isley Brothers, Sun Ra, The Pointer Sisters [and many more!]. Cover by donation – All proceeds will go to
Time: 7 PM
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: By donation

Tags: Live Music, Restaurant, Music Venue, Benefit, Politics

*Also this weekend at The Royal Room: Jay Clayton & Dawn Clement Birthday Celebration w/ special guest, Julian Priester Quartet (Sat.) and The Orbit of Benny Goodman (Sun.). For individual event details, see their website. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 PM.

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New titles—Bohemian Rhapsody, Free Solo, The Hate U Give, A Star is Born. Plus: Wednesday, Oct. 31, celebrate the winners of the Seattle 48-Hour Film Project Horror Edition w/ the 48 Horror Best of Screening in Ark Lodge’s House 1 (second floor). $12 GA. Get tickets here.
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $8–12

Tags: Movies, 48 Hour Film Project

Saturday, Nov. 3rd:

Diwali Family Festival

“Join us in celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights! Tour our special exhibition, Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India and take in some exciting live performances. Craft your own lantern in honor of this historic Indian celebration, and shine your light on the joy and creativity surrounding today’s Diwali festivities.”
Time: 11 AM–2 PM
Where: SAM — 1300 1st Ave

Tags: Museum, Asian Art Museum, Festival, Family-Friendly, Exhibition, Culture

*Also at Seattle Art Museum today: Tia Fuller Quartet as part of Earshot Jazz Festival.

Image Credit: Diwali Family Festival, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum

The Kutt’N’Up Massacre 6


“Kutt’N’Up’s annual Halloween dance show. With some of the hottest dance crews in the Northwest blazing the stage. Of course we have Kutt’N’Up, Main Cast, 1st Klass, Kreativ Mndz, Auburn, Purple Lemonade, and more. This show is going to be banannas!”
Time: 2:30–5 PM & 7:30–10 PM (two shows!)
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St.
Cost: $15 (per show)

Tags: Dance Performance, Dance Ensemble, Halloween, Family-Friendly

Museums On Us

“Visit NAAM on Bank of America. Free general admission is limited to the cardholder at participating institution. Museum hours and participation varies. Not to be combined with other offers.” Editor’s note: If you’re a BofA cardholder you can visit NAAM for free on Sunday too (as well as on the 8th & 9th of December). If you’re not a BofA cardholder, you should visit the Northwest African American Museum anyway.
Time: 11 AM–5 PM
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE (for Bank of America card holders)

Tags: Museum, Family-Friendly

Image Credit: CrossFit RE (cropped to fit this space)

Free Saturday CrossFit Classes

“Curious about CrossFit, or about CrossFit RE specifically? On the first Saturday of every month, EVERYONE is invited to join us for a free workout! Programming will be structured to accommodate large groups and all levels, so that everyone has a blast and gets a great workout! See you there!”
Time: 6:30–11 AM (multiple class times)
Where: CrossFit RE — 4243 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Health, Fitness, Community, CrossFit

How to Stop a Dam with Indigenous Resistance

“In Guatemala’s Ixcán, Cobán, and Uspantán regions, Indigenous communities have resisted the imposition of the Xalalá Dam for over a decade.

“Learn from the lessons of their successful organizing in conversation with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) and Maya Mam community leader José Gómez. On behalf of the Association of Communities for Development & the Defense of Land and Natural Resources (ACODET), Jóse will speak about their struggle to protect land and water, cultivate Indigenous leadership, and build community power in the face of harmful corporate and state-led megadevelopment.

“José Gómez’s presentation will be followed by a discussion with local water protectors including representatives of Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG and Mosquito Fleet.” For more information, visit: and
Time: 2–5 PM
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center — 4705 W. Marginal Wy SW
Cost: FREE

Tags: Social Justice, Talk, Presentation, Education, Culture

Hip Hop History Month Kick-Off!

“206 Zulu presents Hip Hop History Month Kick-Off! Celebrating the past, present and future of the Northwest Hip Hop Community. DJs | MCs | BBoys | BGirls | Writers. Presenting a 206 Zulu Vanguard Award to The Flavor Magazine! Part of Nights at Washington Hall Series. Sponsored in part by 4Culture & Raynier Institute & Foundation

“Do you love 206 Zulu FREE events? Consider supporting our annual fundraising event! Check out 206 Gala 2018 happening earlier this evening!”
Time: 8 PM
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave
Cost: FREE

Tags: Hip Hop, History, All Ages, Breakdance, DJ, Dance Performance

Image Credit: 206 Zulu

Green Seattle Day

“Mark your calendars for our biggest party of the year, Green Seattle Day, on November 3rd! We want you to dig in and to get out into your local neighborhood to help us kick off our planting season. Join the fun and be one of hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of plants in parks throughout the Emerald City! Choose from 15 parks to volunteer in, and all events will be starting at 9am.”

Multiple Event Locations, including: Maple Wood Playfield, Kubota Gardens, Colman Park, Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetland, Seward Park, and more!
Time: 9 AM
Where: Event locations vary
Cost: FREE

Tags: Outdoor, Volunteer, Gardening, Stewardship, Community, All Ages

Nick Weaver & New Track City Concert

“New Track City and Nick Weaver link up for one special night, co-headlining at Columbia City Theater. Featuring special guest sxlxmxn. Sponsored by Heritage Distilling Company, Inc, Presented by Respect My Region.” Editor’s Note: This event is SOLD OUT; 21+
Time: 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $10 (SOLD OUT)

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: Braulio Rios, Sean Morse, & Deacon Raleigh St James—Free in the Bourbon Bar! (Sat.) and The Pangea Concert featuring Seffarine and the Marina Albero Trio (Sun.).

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue

Restorative Justice & Healing

DNDA’s Let’s Talk Race Series 2018—“Join us for a screening of Healing Justice as we ground ourselves in practices of Restorative Justice. Humanity is in the midst of making a profound transformation, it is time for us to transition from a time of overwhelming strife to one of unity. As the well-being of our society is imperiled, we need to pay more attention to the patterns of our own behavior and actions. Our journey towards personal healing sets the trajectory for cultural healing, which leads to the healing of our world.

“Free Child Care and Community Dinner Provided. For more information and accessibility needs contact Nafasi Ferrell at” Facilitated by Sophie Theriault and Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell
Time: 1–6 PM
Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center — 4408 Delridge Way SW
Cost: FREE (please register)

Tags: Let’s Talk Race Series, Restorative Justice, Social Justice, Film, Workshop


Nisei Veterans Hall Tour

“Join Atlas Obscura Society Seattle as we get a glimpse into the WWII experiences of the local Japanese American community though this personal and moving exhibit.

“Since 1938, the unimposing Nisei Veterans Hall has been a center for the Japanese American community in Seattle. First used as a dojo for the Japanese martial art of Kendo, the building was abandoned with the advent of WWII when Executive Order 9066 resulted in the incarceration of Seattle’s entire Japanese American community. Following the war, the building was gifted to the Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC), a group of Seattle WWII veterans who formed in part because their Japanese heritage barred them from joining other veterans organizations…”
Time: 2:30–4 PM
Where: Nisei Veterans Committee Memorial Hall — 1212 S. King St
Cost: $30 (adv. only)

Tags: Nisei Veterans, Culture, History

Filipino Community of Seattle’s 83rd Gala

“In partnership with the FCS, ILAW: A coalition of PNW Filipino Food & Beverage professionals presents FCS’s 83rd Gala: Para sa Pamayanan (For Community). Hosted by Sara Porkalob; Keynote Speaker Hon. Sharon Tomiko Santos -37th District State Rep.

“Join us for the 83rd FCS Gala as we celebrate the history of the Filipino community of Seattle—where we started, what we’ve accomplished, and what’s coming next. Through sound, smell, taste, and emotion, award-winning actress and director, Sara Porkalob and the talented food and beverage professionals of Ilaw will take you on a journey through our history. We are the Filipino community of Seattle. All proceeds go to the programs hosted at the Filipino Community of Seattle.”
Time: 6–9 PM
Where: Filipino Community Center — 5740 MLK JR. Way S.
Cost: $100

Tags: Benefit, Dinner Theater, Gala

Sunday, Nov. 4th:

Killing Marías a Staged Reading

WA State Book Award Finalist, Killing Marías, honors the lives of 43 working and indigenous women who were killed in Juarez, Mexico.

“The performance, which includes dancing form the Afrolatina dancer Milvia Pacheco, music from Trio Guadalevin and the presence and voices of Seattle writers Catalina Cantu and Donna Miscolta, creates a site of remembrance, resistance and a call to action against misogynist attitudes in our society.” Part of El Centro de la Raza’s Dia de los Muertos Festivities
Time: 2 PM
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Dance, Music, Spoken Word

Image Credit: Bunka no Hi, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of WA

Bunka no Hi | Japanese Culture Day

Bunka no Hi is a celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage. A popular annual event hosted by the JCCCW, the schedule is filled with performances, cultural demonstrations, games, and other activities. It is a true community-wide event, with booths and informational displays from a variety of local groups, nonprofit organizations and a couple of vendors. No matter where your interests lie, Bunka no Hi will have something for everyone! This is a free event!

“This year the ‘J’ is proud to present two exhibits during Bunka no Hi. “Travel to Japan” will offer useful travel tips for those hoping to explore the Land of the Rising Sun, especially with the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo right around the corner. An additional exhibit will focus on “Nisei Daughter,” an autobiography by Monica Sone, a Seattle-born Japanese American.


“さらに、今年のメイン企画は、2020年に東京オリンピックを控えて日本への旅行に役立つ情報の展示と、シアトル出身の日系二世モニカ・ソネの自伝、”Nisei Daughter (日系二世の娘)”をご紹介する展示です。入場無料ですのでお気軽にお立ち寄りください。詳しいスケジュールは下のウェブサイトで!”
Time: 11 AM–4 PM
Where: Japanese Cultural & Community Center – ワ州日本文化会館 — 1414 S Weller St,
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Family-Friendly, Japanese Music, Culture, Vendors, Performances, Variety

1st of the Season: Youth Speaks Open Mic/Writing Circle

“The FIRST of the 2018-19 season, with many more to come! Youth Speaks writing circles and open mics are a BRAVE and SUPPORTIVE space for young artists of all mediums and experience levels to share their creative passion. Every first Sunday of the month at the Station community cafe, we invite you to create with one another in our writing circle, share your poetry, music, dance, jokes, and more in our open mic, or just watch if you want to!

“Great first place to write, perform, be heard, have fun and show love to each other. YSS writing circles and open mics are some of the most supportive you can find! ♥”Writing circle followed by open mic. Priority goes to folks 19 and under wishing to perform. 
Time: 5–8:30 PM
Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Fest. St
Cost: FREE

Tags: Youth, Youth Speaks, Poetry, Slam, Open Mic, Writing Workshop

Image Credit: Youth Speaks

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

“‘No matter how big they got, they started out small.’

“Long before he was Muhammad Ali, 12-year-old Cassius Clay knew he would be a hero someday, no matter what anyone else had to say. In the nation’s dark time of Jim Crow racism and violence, Cassius—with the support of his family, training from Officer Joe Martin, and his own hard work—fought his way onto the gold-medal stand and into the history books.” See also: Discussion with Rasheda Ali, hosted by Northwest African American Museum and Seattle Children’s Theater, at 4:30 PM
Time: 1 PM
Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre — 201 Thomas St
Cost: $40–45 (Note: $20 tickets avail. for weekday showings)

Tags: Theater, Children’s Theater, Muhammad Ali, Boxing, Civil Rights

Represent! Local Playwrights Showcase

“As a part of the REPRESENT! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival eSe Teatro: Seattle Latinos Take Stage, The Hansberry Project, Pratidhwani and SIS Productions along with guest company Pork Filled Productions present Local Playwrights Showcase.

“Featuring: Chords by Cristian López, Rosas by Rose Cano, Privileged by Alma Davenport, Nothing But Gonads by Celeste Mari Williams, Made for Each Other or Shaadi.Com by Agastya Kohli, Dawn of the She-Devil of the China Sea By Roger Tang.”
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave. S.
Cost: $9 (adv.) / $10 (DOS)

Tags: Festival, Theater, Writing Workshop

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

“Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S. and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, received a Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous JAZZ festivals, displaying her versatility as a tourist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence!” Two shows! 
Time: 6 PM & 8:30 PM
Where: The Triple Door — 216 Union St
Cost: $24

Tags: Jazz, Ethno Jazz, Earshot Jazz Festival

Image Credit:Jane Bunnett & Maqueque


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Adv. = Advance

GA = General Admission (no assigned seating)

FREE = As far as we can tell, you can show up and have fun without buying anything.

Free to attend
= No cover, but you may feel enticed or expected to buy something (especially if the event is at a bar/restaurant).

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