THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Boxing Empowerment for Trans & Non-binary Folx, Deaf Talks 2019, East African Community Dinner, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Jan. 4th:

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!”

Time: 7 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Open Mic, First Friday

Small Frye: Storytelling + Art

“A free program for children ages three to five years old and their care givers. You’ll start in the museum galleries with Seattle Children’s Theatre as they weave together an imaginative narrative in a dramatic book reading. Following the story, children registered for art-making will create a work of art inspired by the book’s themes. Art making provides an opportunity to creatively express science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts and to practice twenty-first-century skills. Books, themes, and art activities change each month.” *Registration is required for art activity.

Time: 10:30–11:45 AM
Where: Frye Art Museum — 704 Terry Ave.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Family-Friendly, STEM, Art

Image Credit: Frye Art Museum

The Columbia City Landmark Board

“The Columbia City Landmark District Review Committee is advisory to the Landmarks Preservation Board. Any changes to the exterior of any building or structure in the District (including signage, painting and mechanical systems), or to the external appearance of any property or public right-of-way in the District as well as the construction of new structures or buildings must be reviewed and approved by both the Columbia City Review Committee and the Landmarks Preservation Board.”

Time: 4–6 PM
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Historical Landmarks, Historical Building Preservation

Community Yoga Class w/ Vanessa Skantze

“All levels welcome. By donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Vanessa Skantze is a Butoh artist and teacher of yoga and dance. She has performed in the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years.” Hosted by Teatro de la Psychomachia and Fusion Kung Fu.

Time: 5–6:15 PM
Where: Fusion Kung Fu — 1706 S. Jackson St
Cost: By donation

Tags: Yoga, Pay-What-You-Can

Boxing Empowerment for Trans and non-binary Folx

“A friendly non-contact boxing workout. $10 fee – Sponsorship available! Beginners encouraged! Come punch things.”

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Arcaro Boxing — 1208 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $10

Tags: LGBTQIA, Fitness

Community Movie Night at Estelita’s Library

“Hey Community — As promised, we will be filling our Friday nights with fun events for all! … we will be hosting Movie Nights (And TV Show Nights) at Estelita’s Library.

“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

*Also this weekend at Estelita’s: #BecauseWeveRead: Prisons, Policing, and Abolition Meeting (Sun.)

First Friday Networking Social

“A staple at the Royal Esquire Club, First Friday’s has always provided the Grown & Sexy people an event to look forward to each and every month. Doors open at 7:00 pm at the party is in full-effect by 9:00 pm. Come early to network and socialize (there is no limit to what can occur during the social hour – special presentations, give-aways, etc.). Enjoy food from our southern kitchen and cocktails from the bar; be prepared to stay well into the night as dance floor heats up with a sophisticated mix of your favorite R&B, Neo-Soul, and Hip-Hop jams by our resident mixologist, DJ Craig Jackson.”

Time: 7 PM, doors
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Tags: Networking, Adults, Soul Food, DJ

Image Credit: Sun Ra Arkestra


Space is the Place Festival Featuring Sun Ra Arkestra

“Sun Ra Arkestra (Saturn) In the half-between world, Dwell they: The Tone Scientists In notes and tone They speak of many things… The tone scientists: Architects of planes of discipline Mathematically precise are they: The tone-scientists (Sun Ra).”

Time: 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $34 adv. (event currently SOLD OUT)

Tags: Live Music, Performance Venue, 21+

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Now Playing: Vice, The Favourite, Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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

Tags: Movies, Independent Theater

Saturday, Jan. 5th:

Deaf Talks 2019

“WSRID and Deaf Spotlight are co-presenting Deaf Talks featuring local Deaf community members sharing their personal stories and experiences.

“This is an annual community event for sharing ideas, exploring new concepts and introducing attendees to the latest knowledge, concerns, and inspirations in the Deaf/ DeafBlind communities. All presentations will be conducted in sign language. Katie Roberts will be our MC for this event. Our lineup: Keith Clark, Ellie Savidge, Monique Holt, Korian Koko Thomas, and Jena Floyd.

“*This year, Deaf Talks is being hosted in a community based space, not a restaurant. In lieu of purchasing lunch there, you are welcome to bring in your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.*”

Time: 12–3:30 PM
Where: The Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20 (online), $25 (door, CASH ONLY)

Tags: Community, Culture, Discussion in Sign Language

Image Credit: Deaf Spotlight

East African Community Dinner

“Rainier Beach Action Coalition in partnership with Voices of Tomorrow is hosting another Cultural Community Dinner to celebrate East African heritage. Come and learn how to cook traditional dishes and help prepare the dinner. Join a herb class by Nurturing Roots’ Nyema Clark and find out how to identify them or create your own seasoning blends. Cooking class/Dinner Preparation starts at 1pm. Herb workshop from 4-5pm. Dinner will be served at 5pm. This event is free and open to all. For more info or to RSVP, contact or Shelby,”

Time: 1–7 PM
Where: New Holly Gathering Hall — 7054 32nd Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Community Dinner, Culture, Food, Cooking, Workshop, Family-Friendly

Image Credit: Voices of Tomorrow, Rainier Beach Action Coalition (cropped to fit this space)

Volunteer Open House: New Year / New Museum

“Introduction of NAAM staff to potential/new volunteers and how volunteers impact their work. Discuss general volunteer goals for 2019 and how volunteering at NAAM can fit into their new year’s goals. Bring your new years resolutions and your calendars!!!!”

Time: 2–3:30 PM
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: NAAM, Volunteer Opportunity, Museum

What’s Your Spiritual New Year’s Resolution? (Free Event)

“New Year’s Resolutions and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Spiritual Perspective—This is the time of year when we ask ourselves the big questions – Am I happy? What’s my purpose? Is my life working for me? How can I make this year better than the last?

“We have New Year’s goals and aspirations for our careers, families, relationships, health, wealth and more, believing these will make us happy. But what makes us truly happy? Can living our lives with a more spiritual orientation help us to fully achieve our goals and bring us authentic happiness? Do we really have to choose to focus on one or a few areas or can we fully integrate all aspects of our lives and find true happiness?

“Come join a discussion that explores these topics as we examine some of the Bahai spiritual teachings on true happiness, spiritual growth, and building diverse spiritual communities.

“*This event is free and open to all regardless of background or belief. No donations will be accepted.”

Time: 3:30–5:30 PM
Where: Beacon Hill Library — 2821 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Community Discussion, Spirituality, New Year’s Resolutions, Library

Image Credit: Oleaje Flamenco

Oleaje Flamenco present Feria de Invierno

“Oleaje Flamenco’s Seattle based Flamenco collective presents Feria de Invierno!, a festive celebration to bring heat into the dark of Winter with the special invitation and collaboration of several local Flamenco guest artists. Flamenco with its improvisational communication between the guitar, song and dance is fiercely unpredictable, and the Feria series highlight this delightful interplay between artists (and audience!) in a fun and party-like atmosphere.”

Time: 9 PM
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $30

Tags: Live Music, Flamenco, Dance Performance

*Also this weekend: Garth Reeves Birthday Bash feat. Garth Reeves Band, Darren Loucas, Tekla Waterfield & special guests (Fri.),  JazzED: Welcome to Winter Quarter Jam Session (Sat., early show) The Elnah Jordan Experience ft. Eric Verlinde / Pacific MusicWorks Underground Presents: Corelli Goes Global (Sun., early / late shows). For individual event details, see their website. All Ages until 10 PM.

Image Credit: Black Music For Black Lives Festival

Black Music For Black Lives Festival

“Come join us at Columbia City Theater and enjoy these extremely talented hip hop and other amazing Artists Performing.

“If Black Lives Truly Matter – we must not only support the #BlackLivesMatter Movement but also the Black community through music – we must live in a society – where we love and support each other and break the bonds of oppression by expressing ourselves through music and through supporting our Black community.

“Artists: Money Making prince, K.P. Tha Killa Percussionist, King Flyz, Zooited Gang, The Artist Keli, Kibbonafide, And Many More.”

Time: 7 PM, doors (8 PM show!)
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Tags: Live Music, Hip Hop, Variety Performance, 21+

*Also tonight at Columbia City Theater: Rhythm and Rhymes Presents Sir Jalen Charles @sirjalencharlesKyrelle @officialkyrelleMusie @musie_ctbKidspitsfireYoung Kim (8pm / Free in the Bourbon Bar, 21+)

Mississippi Records American Tour 2019

“A mix of film, audio, slides and lecture presented by Mississippi Records founder Eric Isaacson. This presentation attempts to tell the entire history of recorded music in 90 minutes – from the first star being born to the current age of bizarre technology. A psychedelic and entertaining approach is favored over anything academic.

“Subjects covered will include the cosmic patterns that resemble music generated by stars being born and dying, the untold early history of recording technology (including tales of Archeoacoustic technology that allows us to hear recordings from 2,000 years or more ago, cat pianos, the phonautogram which reproduces sounds from dust and much more), the rise of blues, rock and roll, and other revolutionary American music forms and their subsequent destruction by the powers that be, and some hopeful messages about the future.” Co-presented by KEXP’s The Roadhouse and Wo’ Pop.

Time: 8 PM
Where:  Northwest Film Forum — 1515 12th Ave
Cost: $7–12

Tags: Film, Music, Music History, Audio Recording History

*Also this weekend at Northwest Film Forum: Seattle Arabian Nights Festival (also on Sat.)On Her Shoulders (dates vary)

Image Credit: Street Fight Radio (cropped to fit this space)

Street Fight Radio Live

“Street Fight Radio – The #1 Anarcho-Comedy Radio Show.”

Time: 9 PM
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $10

Tags: Comedy, Live Radio Show

Beyond The Tippe: Comedy Showcase

“Ring in the New Year with Beacon Hill’s second favorite comedy show, Beyond The Tippe, and Seattle’s absolute favorite comic, Natalie Holt. Simultaneously make your resolution to get out more, and break your resolution to drink less. Sign-ups at 8:45 for open micers!”

Time: 9 PM
Where: Tippe & Drague Alehouse — 3315 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Comedy Open Mic, Beer, Food

Young Dolph Role Model Tour

“Young Dolph Role Model Tour PRESALE (Jan 5) — LIKE & SHARE!!! Use Code DOLPH & Get your tix here ->”

Time: 9 PM
Where: Showbox SoDo — 1700 1st Ave S.
Cost: From $64

Tags: Live Music, Trap, Hip Hop

Image Credit: Soft Option & Camp Conception

Soft Option & Camp Conception present: DAWN – Blacklight Sunrise

“Join Soft Option for a Camp Conception takeover to celebrate the New Year. Featuring the visual prowess of Conception’s lighting specialists. If it glows, wear it. If it’s got that burner feel, wear it. Monkey Loft will be in full blacklight effect. UV Face & Bodypainting provided by: Vessa (Melissa Duncan)

“Featuring DJs: DJ Matt Stands, dj spaceotter, Karl Kamakahi, Ruxpin (Raymond Gomez), MzArTiz (Cristina Ortiz), Raven Dullea

“About Camp Conception: Rising from the ashes of Camp Discopolis (BM10), the Conception Arts Collective explores the inside of the creative act—the ultimate rite of passage between nothingness and existence. Inherently trans & intersex, neither female nor male, Conception hovers at the fulcrum between imagined and actual, where potentials collide into form, matter, and light.

“*OFFICIAL SOFT OPTION DANCERS*: Cathy Carter McCarthy, Cassie Jo Cedergreen-Dascher, David Humphrey, Devon Cady-lee, Frederic Baldwin, Janu Sun, Jessica Tolentino, Joey Webb, Kelsie Sherman-Hall, Monica Mimo Young, Rigo Jay, Sarah Slaton, Shomari Shanks, Yarah Sutra.”

Time: 10 PM–4 AM
Where: Monkey Loft — 2915 1st Ave S.
Cost: $15/$20 (cash)

Tags: New Year’s Party, DJ, Dancing, Light Show, 21+

Sunday, Jan. 6th:

Self Defense Class

“This Community Self Defense class is open to women-identifying and gender-diverse people, age 11 and older.

“Self-defense skills are essential life skills. In this workshop, you will learn techniques and strategies to protect yourself and others in a safe and supportive environment. We specialize in practical, real-world self-defense skills. Our classes are hands-on, working on pads and on bodies. We also explore verbal and physical self-defense situations. We discuss self-defense facts and myths.” Please register in advance.

Time: 1–3 PM
Where: Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu — 525 21st Ave
Cost: $25 (or pay what you can)

Tags: Womxn’s Self Defense

Image Credit: Youth Speaks (cropped to fit this space)

Youth Speaks Open Mic + Writing Circle, January


“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 us in our writing circle, share your poetry, music, dance, jokes, and more in our open mic, or just watch if you want to! 5-6:45: WRITING CIRCLE; 6:45-7:00: OPEN MIC SIGN UPS; 7-8:30: OPEN MIC

“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! ♥” Performance priority goes to folx 19 and under.

Time: 5–8:30 PM (6:45 open mic sign up)
Where: The Station — 1600 S Roberto Maestas Festival St
Cost: FREE

Tags: Slam, Poetry, Youth, All Ages

Bella LaVey – Fetish Girl

“Fetish Girl is a kinky true story of addiction, violence, motherhood, sex, and the creation of Evil Kitty, Bella LaVey’s larger-than-life dominatrix persona. It shows that a heavily tatted BDSM sex worker can come to terms with her painful truths and raise a healthy, loving child.”

Time: 7 PM
Where: Third Place Books — 5041 Wilson Ave S
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Literature, Books, Reading


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