THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—DoNormaal, Meklit, G’ma Project, Craft Markets, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Nov. 30th:

KEXP presents: Meklit

Meklit with special guest Diana Gameros—“Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to NYC, London, Montreal, Nairobi, Rome, Zurich, Cairo, and many more.” 21+
Check out our recent interview with Meklit
Time: 8:30 PM / 8 PM Doors
Where: Columbia City Theater— 4916 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $17

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: Sheila Kay and the Wulff Tones, free in the Bourbon Bar (Fri.) Neumos presents: Novo Amor (Sat.). See venue website for individual event details.

Image Credit: Meklit (courtesy image)

Train the Trainer: Know Your Rights at Work

“This training is for workers, social service providers, advocates, and people interested in learning about worker rights in Seattle. Learn how to help workers understand their rights at work. Questions: contact Andra at 206-486-9721 or” Guest speakers: Unemployment Law Project, Washington State Labor & Industries
*Event location details: Washington State Labor Education & Research Center, South Seattle College | Georgetown Campus—Building B, Room B123
Time: 9:30 AM–2:30 PM
Where: *South Seattle College – Georgetown — 6737 Corson Ave S.
Cost: RSVP here

Tags: Labor Standards and Worker Rights, Workshop, Trainer Training, Certification

Medicare Enrollment Seminar/inscripción en Medicare

“Medicare open enrollment deadline is on December 7th. Attend this session to make sure you understand everything you need to know about your Medicare coverage.

“La fecha de inscripción abierta de Medicare es el 7 de diciembre. Asista a esta sesión para asegurarse de que comprende todo lo que necesita saber sobre su cobertura de Medicare.”
Time: 10:45 AM–12 PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza — 2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Wellness, Health, Medical Insurance, Medical Coverage

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, Literacy, Book Club, Library

Christmas Tree Sale

“El Centro de la Raza, located in Beacon Hill, is selling Christmas trees from November 23 through December 20 (or until supplies last). We are selling fresh and organic trees – Nordman, Noble, and Douglas Firs – available in various heights. When you purchase a Christmas tree from El Centro de la Raza, you are supporting small business owners of color Adrian and Evencio Gonzales, two brothers who supply, own, and operate in Onalaska, Washington.

“You can purchase and pick up your tree at our Christmas Tree Lot located on the north side of the building located at 2524 16th Ave South.

“This event helps El Centro de la Raza raise funds to support our human services and community-building programs that benefit 14,000+ vulnerable and underrepresented children, adults, and families annually. By purchasing a Christmas tree from us, you are directly contributing to our community while supporting El Centro de la Raza in providing 43 high-quality services and programs. If your home does not need a Christmas tree this season, consider purchasing one to donate to the home of a low-income family.
Time: M–F 4–8 PM / Sat/Sun 12–8 PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza — 2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Not-for-profit Christmas Trees, El Centro de la Raza

Image Credit: El Centro de la Raza

Sun Breaks, DoNormaal, Select Level

Sun Breaks is the new band of singer/guitarist John Atkins (764-Hero, Hush Harbor) and drummer/producer James van Leuven (Plan B, Automaton).

“From i-D (Vice): Already somewhat of a local celebrity in Seattle, DoNormaal worked with a handful of producers for around a year and a half to create her second album, Third Daughter, which premieres today on i-D. It plays unlike anything we’ve heard in 2017: the soundscape is a singular blend of hip-hop, grunge, nursery rhymes, layered melody, horror-core, electronica, and southern trap (she counts Fiona Apple and Dem Franchize Boyz as influences). In a single song, she’ll worry about her sisters, bemoan the oppression of capitalism, examine her place in society as a queer woman of color, and fight her depression, all with a secret smile.

Select Level is a musical vision of multi instrumentalist and producer Andy Sells … The live version of Select Level features Joel Cuplin on guitar, Doug Port on drums, Noel Brass Jr. on keys, and Sells on synths, bass, programming, vocals, and percussion. 21+
Time: 9 PM
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $10–13

Tags: Music Venue, Live Music, Restaurant

*Also this weekend at Clock-Out: Family Feud Live! Hosted by Betty Wetter (Sat.). See venue website for individual event details.

Friday Night Po’Boy 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!!

“There will be live music by a local vocalist that is gracious to share his gift with us. Where else can you get a fresh Po’ Boy and live music in Seattle? Nowhere. So come join us and order a Po’ Boy and a Sangria while listening to an amazing vocalist.
Time: 6–9:30 PM
Where: Estelita’s Library — 2533 16th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Restaurant, Social Justice, Po’Boys, Library

Forró in Seattle with En Canto

“Join En Canto for another great night of forró (faw-HAW) dancing at The Royal Room on November 30. Explore the hip-swiveling, dance floor-filling, popular music and dance originated in Brazil’s north-eastern states.
Time: Doors, 7:30 PM
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $12 (adv.) / $15 (door)

Tags: Live Music, Restaurant, Music Venue, Brazilian Dance Music, Brazilian Dance

*Also this weekend at The Royal Room: Joe Casalini & Michael Biller: An evening of jazz duets (early show, Fri.), “Not Your Average Holiday Concert” w/ Last Call (early), The Mews & Downpilot (late) (Sat.), University Prep Winter Jazz Extravaganza (early show), Pacific MusicWorks Underground Presents: A Country (Baroque) Christmas (late show) (Sun.). For individual event details, see their website. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 PM.

Image Credit: En Canto / The Royal Room (cropped to fit this space)

Los Buhos Returns

“Every Friday at 6 – 8 pm – Los Buhos plays musica latina – Fine food – 206-329-2970” 
Time: 6–8 PM
Where: El Quetzal Bar & Lounge — 3209 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Order off the menu

Tags: Live Music, Traditional Mexican Food

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New titles—Widows, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Bohemian Rhapsody, Free Solo, The Hate U Give.Also this weekend at Ark Lodge, a screening of Why Not Home? on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge — 4816 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $8–12

Tags: Movies

Saturday, Dec. 1st:

Orca K-8 PTSA Holiday Bazaar 

“Join your community at the Orca K-8 PTSA Holiday Bazaar.  Find one-of-kind gifts from over 30 local vendors, a raffle, food, hot drinks, a Kid’s Makery, and more! Free admission!” 
Time: 10 AM–3 PM
Where: Orca K-8 at Whitworth Elementary School — 5215 46th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Artisan Market, Family-Friendly

Image Credit: Orca K-8 PTSA

Holiday Bazaar

“Holiday Bazaar at the Clubhouse—The Annual Holiday Gift Bazaar is a great place to browse for interesting things to buy from local vendors – many unique and hand crafted items. The bazaar will be open to the public from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Food and drink will be available to purchase.” There’s also a blood drive going on during this event! Check it out.
Time: 10 AM–3 PM
Where: Lakewood Seward Park Neighborhood Association — 4916 S. Angeline St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Artisan Market, Family-Friendly

Rainier Beach Arts and Crafts Market

“Find holiday gifts by artists in your very own neighborhood at the Rainier Beach Arts and Crafts Market! Saturday, December 1; 10am-2pm at the Rainier Beach Community Club (6038 S Pilgrim St, Seattle).
Time: 10 AM–2 PM
Where: Rainier Beach Community Club — 6038 S. Pilgrim St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Artisan Market, Family-Friendly

Family Arts and Craft Fair

“Join the Duwamish Longhouse and Seattle Parks & Recreation for a FREE family-focused Arts & Crafts Fair. Drop in and participate in rotating art stations, refreshments and community activities for all ages!
Time: 2–5 PM
Where: Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center — 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Artisan Market, Family-Friendly, Art, Community

*Also this weekend at the Duwamish Longhouse: Duwamish Peace Pole Dedication (Sat.).

Neighborhood Health Tours

“Think you know the neighbrohood. Come and join us for a visit of existing and future assets. Health and food security are 2 major issues of the community, yet resources are available but sometimes little known. Follow David Sauvion on 2 quick tours, discovering or learning more about the Urban Farm & Wetlands, the Ethiopian Community in Seattle commercial kitchen, the future Food Bank or the new Northwest Kidney Center under construction.

“Dec. 1st tour will start from Beer Sheva Park parking lot. Look out for the bright blue coat! Coffee and Beach Bakery treats will be served.
Time: 10 AM
Where: Rainier Beach Action Coalition — 9013 MLK Jr Way
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Community, Neighborhood, Health, Food Security

Image Credit: The G’ma Project

G’ma Project Event!

“Honoring our elders, cultures and ancestors in the modern world! Diverse artists will share what this means for them through film, music, spoken word, stories and visual art! Gathering multiple generations from Asian, Black, Latino and Native communities, we come together to honor our past and be present with each other to create a better future, together. 😀 ”  This public art project is funded in part by the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and 4Culture.
Time: 1–4 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Performing Arts, Multi-Generational, Family-Friendly

Natural Hair Symposium

“Join us for an afternoon of learning, conversation, and natural hair celebration! 💙 RSVP on Eventbrite! Thoughtful discussions led by our PANEL of professional tricologists, cosmetologists and barbers; Featured guest educators and hairstylists showcasing some of the hottest trends and techniques in natural hair during 5 EXPRESS PRESENTATIONS; Natural hair demos and products; Complimentary consultations.” 
Time: 1–4:30 PM
Where: 2100 Building — 2100 24th Ave S.
Cost: FREE (register here)

Tags: Wellness, Natural Hair, Education, Cosmetology, Hairstylists, Demos, Family-Friendly

Image Credit: Queen City Holiday Market

Queen City Holiday Market

“Join us December 1st as we support women owned businesses and celebrate the holidays! We’ll have great food, libations, live music from JazzED and the best goods to shop from. Drink proceeds go directly back to our hosts at Central Area Senior Center!” 
Time: 4–8 PM
Where: Central Area Senior Center — 500 30th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Crafts, Artisan Market, Food/Drink, Live Music, Women-owned Business, Family-Friendly

Holiday Bazaar and Soulful Santa

“We are hosting a Holiday Bazaar and Soulful Santa event. We will have children from the community in the Royal Esquire getting gifts to put under the tree and a possible pic with our Soulful Santa. We will have vendors on site for the parents that have that holiday shopping itch that needs to be scratched. This will be a chance to support black businesses as your young ones are giddy with the anticipation of meeting our Soulful Santa.
Time: 1–6 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave. S
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Royal Esquire Club, Black Santa, Black-owned Businesses, Shopping, Family-Friendly

Columbia City Winter Festival

“Join our vibrant community in kicking off the holiday season with the Columbia City Winter Festival and Pole Lighting at the Gateway Park! There will be entertainment by the fabulous Beaconettes and the Columbia City Chorus! Snacks! Glow lights! Hot cocoa and Father Solstice! Also, CC Gnome is back! The rascal went MIA for bit, but he is back but with a facelift—so the Window Display contest will be in full effect! Be sure and stop by for Photos with Father Solstice at Tutta Bella from 4:30-5:30!
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Columbia City Gateway Park (37th Ave. S. & S. Edmunds St)
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Community Festival, Pics w/ Father Solstice, Live Music, Caroling

Sunday, Dec. 2nd:

December Garden Work Party

“We’ve got great news to share! Come meet our new Garden Coordinators and have fun preparing and dreaming up times to come! There will be snacks and drinks, optional pot luck! We want to learn from the community and continue creating something wonderful together. Our new Coordinators, Emily Scali and Nyema Clark, will be guiding our work party and guiding the collaboration within the community. Tell us your hopes and get involved creating big impact within a small space. ♥ 
Time: 1–3 PM
Where: The Hillman City Collaboratory — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Gardening, Potluck, Community Work Party

Image Credit: Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks Open Mic

Youth Speaks Open Mic + Writing Circle, Dec.—“Youth Speaks writing circles and open mics are a BRAVE and SUPPORTIVE space for young artists of all mediums and experiences to share their creative fire. Every first Sunday of the month at the Station 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!

“This event is FREE and open to ALL AGES, though we prioritize folks 19 and under performing. 5-6:45: WRITING CIRCLE; 6:45-7:00: OPEN MIC SIGN UPS; 7-8:30: OPEN MIC

“Writing circle hosted by: Ahava & Mehria; Open mic hosted by: ZAG & Hira; This month’s special feature: TBA


“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! ♥ ” ALL AGES
Time: 5–8:30 PM
Where: The Station—1600 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St
Cost: FREE

Tags: Youth, Slam, Poetry, Open Mic, All Ages


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

DOS = Day of Show

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
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All Ages = People under 18- / 21-years may attend, but young children won’t necessarily enjoy this event.

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