THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Rainier Beach Cultural Community Dinner, Free Mt. Baker Meaningful Movie, NAAM Holiday Market, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Dec. 7th:

Dress for Success Holiday Sale

“The most exciting new or slightly used clothing clearance is back downtown ready for the holiday season! By snapping yourself up a fantastic bargain, you will also be helping to support and empower women. Our sale commences both days with replenished stock. Most items are between $5-$15 – with slightly more expensive items for sale in our High End Designer Boutique. Grab that perfect holiday outfit for a FRACTION of the cost at a store.” This event takes place on Thurs, Dec. 6 too! 

Time: 10 AM–5 PM
Where: Dress for Success Seattle — 1118 5th Ave.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Clothing, Sale, Charity

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.” Exhibit live through February 3, 2019.

Time: 11 AM–5 PM Sat/Sun
Where: Frye Art Museum — 704 Terry Ave.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Poetry, Black History

Photo Credit: Quenton Baker, Frye Art Museum

Free Mt. Baker Meaningful Movie: Groundswell Rising

“Watch Groundswell Rising and then learn how you can take action to keep fracked gas out of the PNW! Doors Open: 6 pm for snacks and conversation. Movie starts at 6:30 pm. Stay for speakers & audience discussion after the movie.

“This award-winning film tells the powerful story of local communities fighting to protect their clean air and water. We meet parents, scientists, artists, teachers, clergy, community organizers and business leaders who are convinced that this unproven form of gas extraction is a serious health and environmental risk. We see how they are standing up to one of the world’s most powerful industries – and winning. Co-Hosts: 350Seattle, Mt. Baker Community Club, So. Seattle Climate Action Network.”

Time: 6 PM Doors
Where: Mt. Baker Community Club — 2811 Mount Rainier Dr S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Movies, Environmental Justice

Rainbow Bingo Mistletoe Madness

“This Rainbow Bingo happens 6 times a year, but Mistletoe Madness is a blow-out! It’s prizes and pandemonium, all to raise money for programs that are vital to seniors in our community. Huge thanks for beer from Hill City Taphouse, mac and cheese from none other than Beecher’s! We have Ms. Sylvia O’Stayformore as our MC plus the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, jello shots, and more. Mrs.Claus recommends you get your tickets ASAP. Ticket price gets you 12 games, food and drink a la carte.”

Time: 6–9 PM
Where: Southeast Seattle Senior Center — 4655 S. Holly St.
Cost: $20 adv.

Tags: Bingo, Beer, Performance

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic

“Expresso is held the FIRST FRIDAY of every month at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 17th Ave S.) Please come share your writing, poetry, art, comedy, dance, music, and love. If you don’t have anything to share, come anyway! Support your local talent and have some fun!

“In celebrating the spirit of the season, the Freshest Roots Family would like to honor our friends by hosting a FRESHgiving themed “Expresso” Open Mic. We will be continuing our Holiday Donation Drive for Treehouse, and collecting new or gently used clothing, toys, and school supplies for foster children. Monetary donations are also being accepted.

“Join us EVERY FRIST FRIDAY!!!! at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.”

Time: 7 PM Doors / Sign Up
Where: Langston Hughes — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Open Mic, Performance

Image Credit: Freshest Roots

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

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

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Now Playing: Widows, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Bohemian Rhapsody, Free Solo, The Hate U Give. 

Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge — 4816 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $8–12

Tags: Movies

Saturday, Dec. 8th:

La Cocina 3 Course Peruvian Dinner Cooking Class

“NEW CLASS! La Cocina School at El Centro de la Raza will be offering a Latin cooking course on how to prepare a 3 Course Peruvian Dinner with Raquel Rodriguez! Raquel will teach you how to prepare: Causa limeña de atún (Appetizer), Fideo a la Huancaina co lomo Saltado, main dish, Arroz con leche a la limeña, dessert.

“Beer and wine is served at this event. Limit: two drinks per person.”

Time: 10 AM–12:30 PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza — 2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: $85 (benefits Senior Wellness programs)

Tags: Cooking classes, Peruvian Cooking, Food

Handmade Holiday Market

“Combat the drudgery of holiday shopping by browsing the work of over 50 local artists in Seattle’s largest architectural salvage yard! Second Use invites you to join us for our 6th Annual Handmade Holiday Market.

“Food by TukTuk Mobile Feast; treats by Alexandra’s Macarons, Lá Liath Bakery, and sugar+spoon; coffee by Johnny Samra; and a beer garden to benefit Sawhorse Revolution; and a storewide sale will accompany this celebration of creativity and resourcefulness within our community.

“This event is free, open to the public, all ages, and indoors- we will even turn on the heat! Please promote the creativity of our community through sharing the event with your friends, family, and followers.”

Time: 10 AM–4 PM
Where: Second Use Building Materials — 3223 6th Ave. S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Handmade Goods, Artisan Market, Food Trucks, Food, Art, Architecture

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Image Credit: Handmade Holiday Market, Second Use

NAAM Holiday Market

“Join us for our first ever NAAM Holiday Market! Shop the local small business’ for unique holiday gifts.”

*Bring a toy for the Black Santa Visit Toy Drive , then come back on Sunday at 11:30 AM for the Black Santa Visit!

 10 AM–4 PM
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Family-Friendly, Crafts, Artisan Market, Christmas

Seattle Music Gear Swap and Sale Meet Up

“Seattle Music Gear Swap and Sale Meet Up! IRL!

“Please join us Dec. 8th. We will have approved swappers and sellers* tabled at the Clockout Lounge from 12p-4p. Everyone on the board is welcome to bring your own musical gear of all sorts that you would like to sell, swap and even give away (no trash – and you are expecting to leave with any unsold/traded gear).
Tablers will have the necessary gear and power to test items as they see fit.

“Come meet your other swappers, get rid of some gear collecting dust and pick up some new gear to you! All rules and guidelines that float the Seattle Music Gear Swap and Sale page will be in place for this event and no tolerance for racism, sexism, ableism or any bigotry of the sort.”

Time: 12 PM–4 PM
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

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via Clock-Out Lounge (cropped to fit this space)

Tags: Music Gear, Swap-meet, Sale, Food

*Also this weekend at Clock-Out: Lazy Daisy Market (Sun.). See venue website for individual event details.

Rainier Beach Cultural Community Dinner Series

“Come and celebrate Rainier Beach’s rich diversity. Cook together and break bread with your neighbors from all cultural backgrounds and share their heritage. Each dinner will feature a different tradition. Food and performances for all to enjoy! Cooking class at 1pm, performances from 4pm, and dinner at 5pm. Please RSVP to, specifying if you would like to help cooking.”

Time: 1 PM–7 PM
Where: Ethiopian Community in Seattle — 8323 Rainier Ave. S.

Tags: Food, Family-Friendly

Art Under $100

“Our big event of the year. A celebration of art and community. Over 70 artists selling work of all kinds of media. A live DJ, the infamous raffle, the Makery, food trucks, and so much fun!”

Time: 2 PM–8 PM
Where: Seattle Design Center — 5701 6th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Arts, Sale, Food

Image Credit: Ingersoll Gender Center

Ingersoll Gender Center Presents: Snowball 2018

“Come celebrate our biggest year yet at our annual community celebration, Snowball! Join us for our yearly celebration of our trans and gender diverse communities and learn what we have in store for 2019. There will be a robust program, free food, drinks, and community awards!!

“FREE TO OUR COMMUNITIES! Tickets are available for suggested amounts and we encourage folks to reserve tickets at whatever level works for them. Tickets at the door will be available at a suggested $25/person. You can reserve tickets here.

“Questions? Contact us via email at

Time: 6–8:30 PM
Where: Bertha Knight Landes Room (City Hall) — 600 4th Ave
Cost: Sliding scale (pay what you can)

Tags: HolidayCelebration, Ingersoll Gender Center, Gender Diversity

The Antidote

“Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons invite you to a live concert recording session for their new album, “The Antidote,” one night only with special guests! Join the award-winning duo on Dec 8 at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center for two shows.” Check out the article we put out this week on The Antitode and this upcoming live-album recording.

Time: 4 PM–6 PM / 8 PM–10 PM
Where: Rainier Valley Cultural Center — 3515 S. Alaska St.
Cost: $15 adv. (17 & under free)

Tags: Live Music, Live Recording

Image Credit: The Vera Project (cropped to fit this space)

Live from our Living Room, ft. Car Seat Headrest & Kimya Dawson

“Join us this December for Live from our Living Room, an intimate holiday benefit for our home at The Vera Project, featuring Car Seat Headrest, Kimya Dawson, & Parisalexa, and plenty of surprises!!! $60, 100% of proceeds support all ages programming at VERA.”

Time: 6–11 PM
Where: The Vera Project — Warren & Republican
Cost: $60

Tags: Live Music, Benefit, The Vera Project

Sunday, Dec. 9th:

Holiday Trunk Show and Wine Tasting

“Join us for a day of wine and olive oil tasting while shopping for all things hand made – perfect for your holiday shopping needs. This annual event includes: hand made jewelry, paper goods, art, knitted items, rope bowls all hand made in Seattle. There will also be gorgeous linen, clothes and accessories from India and Mexico as well as wine and olive oil for you to taste and purchase – all day long!

“Featured Artists Include: Alma – Soulful creations from around the world, Ann Dawson – Knit goods, Kelley Fenigstein – Jewelry, De Luce Design – Jewelry, Samantha Slater Studio – Jewelry, Trock Design – art, prints, cards and more!”

Time: 11 AM–6 PM
Where: La Medusa — 4857 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Artisan Holiday Market, Wine Tastings, Art, Crafts

Image Credit: Hustle SEA

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


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

RSVP = French acronym for “Please respond.” The hosts’ / venue encourage or require you to let them know you’re coming. There’s probably a link somewhere. 🙂

Family-Friendly = This is an event for the whole family.

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

Tags” are based on the hosts’ full event description as well as what we can gather about the event during our research. They are not intended to be all-encompassing.

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