THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—DeChelle Monet, Winter Mokojumbies, Ugly Sweater Party, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Dec. 21st:

Marshall Family Band / Genre Free

“Genre Free—Members of Marshall Family Band and *The Mortgage Lifters come together to fight genre-fication. Johnny Calcagno- mandolin, guitar; Tony Mates- bass, guitar; Robert Hinrix- guitar, mandolin, bass; Roy Marshall- fiddle, guitar; Chrissie Marshall- accordion; Gus Marshall- guitar

“Marshall Family Band, featuring Candy Goldman—Mother, father and son playing piano, accordion, fiddle and guitar, are a loose-knit acoustic trio performing original melodies, drifting chord progressions and occasionally supporting 3 part harmony. A contemporary perspective on country, blues and old-time with a hint of gospel.”

*The Mortgage Lifters are also playing Saturday night, 12/22, at Perihelion Brewery on Beacon Hill!

Time: 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater (Bourbon Bar) — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: No Cover (tips encouraged)

Tags: Live Music

Image Credit: The Marshall Family Band

Career and Tuition Help

“Renton Technical College will be available to answer questions about a variety of programs that offer free tuition for a new career.

Time: 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
Where: Skyway Library — 12706 76th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Library, Free Service, Careers, Free College Tuition

Longest Night Service

“The holidays can be a painful time for many of us. This service, which takes place on the longest night of the year, is a chance to acknowledge the grief, loneliness, fear, despair, illness, and other burdens that we carry silently. We will hold these burdens together in the comfort of one another and God’s presence. Everyone is welcome.

Time: 7–9 PM
Where: Columbia City Church of Hope — 3818 S. Angeline St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Church, Religion

House Party Fridays

“House Party Fridays is a new night at the Manor dedicated to the original partygoer. A night where you can hear your favorite hip-hop/top40 tracks one after another like you’ve got your very own iPod plugged in! Every Friday night in the house that Roy built with the finest crowd Seattle has to offer, drinks flowing and the Aston Mob spinning all the cuts on vinyl/turntables. DJ Charma

“We encourage our guests to drink responsibly. For VIP Tables and complimentary guest list, please visit:

Time: 10 PM
Where: Aston Manor — 2946 1st Ave S.
Cost: $20

Tags: Club, DJ, Dance

Image Credit: Aston Manor (cropped to fit this space)

Prom Queen / Von Wildenhaus / Drippy Baby

Prom Queen –

Von Wildenhaus –

Drippy Baby –

Time: 9 PM doors
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $10 adv. / $12 door

Tags: Live Music, Psychedelic Pop, 21+

Community Movie Night at Estelita’s Library

“Hey Community —

“As promised, we will be filling our Friday nights with fun events for all!

“This Friday, and for a few Fridays to come, we will be hosting Movie Nights (And TV Show Nights) at Estelita’s Library from 6:30pm-9pm.

“Homemade popcorn will be offered and all the refreshments we already have will be available. This is family friendly (but be mindful that the content of some of the films will be less child friendly).

“The titles of the movies/Shows will be shared 2 days before in the comments of the event!! If you’d like to see a specific movie or show, please add it to the comments — thank ya’ll!!

—Estelita’s Library”

Time: 6:30–9:30 PM
Where: Estelita’s Library — 2533 16th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Movies, Community, All-Ages

Image Credit: Estelita’s Library

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New this week: The Favourite, Mary Poppins Returns
Also playing: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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

Tags: Movies

Saturday, Dec. 22nd:

DeChelle Monet & Friends at The Royal Room

“Fresh from winning the Seattle Sound Music Award for Best Female Vocalist, DeChelle Monet Music has been making quite the name for herself in the Seattle music scene. From performing with local bands, to hosting a popular weekly open mic, she has commanded to be heard in the subtlest way. Her self-described shy nature can lead one to believe that she couldn’t possibly possess the powerful voice she has. Then that magical moment happens … ”

Time: 8 PM
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $12 adv. / $15 DOS

Tags: Live Music

Image Credit: DeChelle Monet (cropped to fit this space)

*Also this weekend at The Royal Room: 
Zony Mash & McTuff (Fri.), The Music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (early show, Sat.), Home for the Holidays (Sun.). For individual event details, see The Royal Room’s website. All Ages until 10 PM.

2018 Afro-Beat Festival

“::::::::Representing Africa:::::::::

“Live opening Performance by International Artist ZNi

Nigerian Community, Guineans Comminuty, Ghanaian Community, Kenya Community, Ugandan Community, NW Mandingo Association, Ivorian Community, Liberian Community, Malian Community, Togolese Community, Senegalese Community, Burkina Faso Community, Sierra Leone Community, Congolese Community, Ethiopian Community, West Indian Community, Somalian community.

Time: 10 PM–2 AM
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $20

Tags: Festival, Live Music, Culture, Community, Africa, Afro-Beat

Image Credit: Afro-Beat Festival

Holiday Makers Market

“Join us as we open our doors for an afternoon of fancy and fundraising — all in support of youth! Proceeds from the Holiday Makers Market will directly benefit Coyote Central, a creative space for youth offering pay-what-you-can workshops to nearly 2000 students annually. Shop at over a dozen local vendors, artists, and small businesses then stop by our gift wrapping station to have anything you buy or bring lovingly wrapped for a $2 donation per gift. While you wait, grab some cocoa and dress it up at our cocoa bar. Create handmade gift tags at our DIY area. With raffle prizes, a live DJ, food, and more!

Time: 12–4 PM
Where: Coyote Central — 2300 E. Cherry St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Makers Market, Craft Fair, Gifts, DIY, DJ, Food


Seattle Secular Solstice 2018

“Join us to celebrate humanity’s accomplishments, reflect on our past, and consider the future with food, light, song, and camaraderie. Tickets are totally optional, but very much appreciated. Donating helps us make this happen every year by covering various expenses like event space. (Recommended donation is $20, last year’s cost-per-person.)

Time: 4–9:30 PM
Where: The Factory Luxe — 3100 Airport Way S.
Cost: By donation

Tags: Effective Altruism, Winter Solstice, Community, Party

Winter Craft Fair at ALTSpace

“Join us for a day of artistic expression with crafts by local artists, hosted at your very own community Makerspace in Central Seattle: ALTSpace! Hosted by IgnitionNW, a non-profit arts foundation, this social community-building event will have something for everyone. Food and drinks (alcoholic and not); a live glass blowing display; a giant Pirate Ship outside (with DJs aboard!); indoor and outdoor space; art both for sale and on display; caroling by the Jerk Church; face painting by Caroline Langevin; your friends!

“We’ve got some amazing creators in our community, let’s show off your brilliant efforts, and come support our friends and community!

Time: 12–6 PM
Where: Air Light Time Space (ALTSpace) — 2318 E. Cherry St
Cost: $10 (suggested donation)

Tags: Makers Market, Party, Food, Drink, Glass-Blowing, DJ

Holiday N Funk :: Party Fundraiser for Punk N Funk 2019

“What’s going on!? Celebrate the holidays with local talent! Purpose: Fundraising for an annual waacking event! WHAT IS PUNK N FUNK? ‘Punk N Funk’ is a dance battle, dance party, and celebration of the coming together of street dance community including all of the Seattle Waackers.

“Punk N Funk is more than just a battle – it is a community gathering that celebrates the importance of individuality, unapologetically expressing oneself, reclaiming one’s space, and the love for the dance, music, and community.

“*This is a safe space for everyone including LGBTQIA, POC, and WOMXNN. Therefore we will not tolerate transphobia, transmisogyny or misogyny, homophobia, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, ableism or any other form of bigotry.

Time: 5–9 PM
Where: Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon — 664 S. King St
Cost: $10 (suggested donation) *NOTAFLOF

Tags: Dance Party, Open Mic, Holiday Games, Arts & Crafts, Family-Friendly

Image Credit: Beautiful. Powerful. Love: Nourish!

Beautiful. Powerful. Love: Nourish!

“Join in a reflective writing circle designed to help you uncover harmful beliefs you are harboring about your self and your self-worth and transform them into beauty. Then, refuel with a luxurious Neo-Soul dinner including Barbara Pamplin’s much anticipated curry goat as you get sung to by singer-songwriter Mark Lilly, who blends R&B, jazz, and funk elements with a depth and beauty that comes straight from the soul. Put a little meat on your bones and get comfortable in your own skin. All are welcome; Black Women are centered.

“Advance reservations required, no tickets will be sold at the door. Menu: Curry Goat (Halal), Curry Tofu (Vegan), Soul Salad (Vegan), Brazilian Cheese Bread (GF), My Mama’s Rum Cake, Chocolate Love Cake (Vegan, GF), Beer, Wine, Bubbly, Ginger Tea”

Time: 5–9 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $25 + fees

Tags: Writing Circle, Live Music, Self Care, Food

X-mas Party with Riffbrokers, Love and Fury, Value Ape


Time: 9 PM
Where: Slims Last Chance Saloon — 5606 1st Ave S.
Cost: No Cover

Tags: Live Music

Image Credit: Royal Esquire Club

Ugly Sweater Party

“Get that one sweater you wear one time a year! Ugly Sweater at the Royal Esquire Saturday Night December 22 Doors open at 9:00pm.”

Time: 9:30 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Tags: Ugly Sweater Party

Sunday, Dec. 23rd:

Navidad Pop Up Shop

“Join us for a festive pop-up shop at Resistencia Coffee. Come interact with and support local Seattle businesses, as well as find that perfect present for the people who’ve made it onto your list this Navidad.

We’ll have exclusive Rebels & Scholars merch that isn’t even online. And while you’re at it grab some warm coffee & yummy cookies from Resistencia Coffee. See you there and Feliz Navidad.”

Time: 11 AM–3 PM
Where: Resistencia Coffee — 1249 S. Cloverdale St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Navidad, Pop-Up Shop, Rebels & Scholars

Image Credit: Rebels & Scholars, Resistencia Coffee

Winter Mokojumbies

“Come out to Jimi Hendrix Park to see our Caribbean Sea Fest Mokojumbies and dance with us to SOCA MUSIC, which originated in Trinidad & Tobago. Learn about Mokojumbies (Stilt Dancing), a Caribbean art form with West African roots. Seattle’s Mokojumbies were taught by Jay Royer with the assistance of designer Duston Sobers and folklorist Anthony Gonzalez. We will share updates about opportunities for Playing Mas’ 2019 with the Theme: Rivers & Mountains. Event Organizers: Javan Yochum & Anthony Gonzalez.”

Time: 2–4 PM
Where: Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park — 2400 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE

Tags: Live Music, Dance, Performance, Culture, Mokojumbies (Stilt Dancing), Outdoor

Traditional Capoeira Angola Roda

“You and your family are welcome to the only weekly capoeira roda* in the Pacific Northwest hosted by the Washington Capoeira Center. We welcome all families to watch and learn something new about a culture from Brazil. This event is great for kids and experienced capoeira players. All capoeira groups are welcome.

“*Capoeira is an African-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It was developed in Brazil at the beginning of the 16th century by enslaved Africans seeking to win their liberation. It is known for its quick and complex maneuvers, predominantly using intelligence, guile, strength, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins, flips and other techniques.

“The roda is a circle formed by capoeira players and musical instruments, where every participant sings songs and claps their hands following the music. Two capoeira players enter the roda and play the game according to the style required by the musical rhythm.”

Time: 2–4 PM
Where: Capoeira Angola Palmares — 2909 Rainier Ave S, # 103
Cost: FREE

Tags: Capoeira, Martial Arts, Roda, Game, Culture, Family-Friendly

Hummingbird Sessions Jam

“Come on out to South Seattle‘s community jam — stiff drinks, high energy performances and new friends guaranteed. See you Sunday night at the BIRD.

Time: 9 PM–1 AM
Where: The Hummingbird — 5041 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: No Cover


*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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