THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—State of Africatown 2019, Asian Market Tour & Thai Cooking Class, Quinn DeVeaux, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Jan. 11th:

B by Guillermo Calderón

“Washington Ensemble Theatre presents the North American Premiere of B, By Guillermo Calderón; Translated by William Gregory; Directed by Jay O’Leary

“Anarchists Alejandra and Marcela are searching for a way to voice their political beliefs and prove their dedication to the cause. When they meet disillusioned bomb maker Jose, he agrees to teach them all he knows. With their motives and devotion for non-violent anti-capitalist anarchy put to the test, Alejandra and Marcela must decide how far the are willing to go and what they are willing to give up to speak their minds. Guillermo Calderón’s tightly-wound surrealist play hashes out the complicated and irrational nature of violence, terrorism, and activism.

“CAST: Sophie Franco* as Alejandra, Craig Peterson as Jose Miguel, Shermona Mitchell as Carmen, Klarissa Marie Robles as Marcela. *Member of Washington Ensemble Theatre.” Editor’s note: Opening night (Fri.!) is SOLD OUT. But there are many upcoming show dates.

Time: 7:30 PM
Where: 12th Avenue Arts — 1620 12th Ave
Cost: $15–25

Tags: Theater

Image Credit: Washington Ensemble Theater

Broadway Bound Presents: Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.

“Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre is pleased to present our Winter 2018/2019 production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.! This special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof JR. follows Tevye the milkman as he tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world. Created by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof JR. tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.” Show runs through Jan. 18. Check out the other dates on the event page. 

Time: 7 PM
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St.
Cost: $15–20

Tags: Broadway Bound, Theater, Youth

We Got Jokes 1 Year Anniversary and Celebration

“Come out for an intimate evening of comedy and celebrate 1 year of comedy at Cafe Red. Cafe Red has an amazing selection of food and beverages, so come out and make it a Friday evening dinner for two or friends.

“The night will be hosted by Chris Zapata and the stage will begin to be set for creative laughter and joy with the comedy styles of Carole Freeman, Todd Kirkwood, Augusta Chapman, Nate Pringle, Cara Rosellini and closing out the night, one of Seattle’s finest, Narin Vann. Come out and laugh, celebrate with us!” Cafe Red is also hosting their Open Mic For All on Thursday, 1/10.

Time: 8–11 PM
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Comedy, Cafe, Food, Drink

Socharls, Never the peach, Zach Zamora

Performances by: Never the peach, Zach Zamora, and Socharls

Time: 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater Bourbon Bar— 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free

Tags: Live Music, Performance Venue, 21+

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: 2nd Annual Seattle World Tour: Columbia City Theater [night 5] (Sat.).

Image Credit: Socharls, Never the peach, Zach Zamora, Socharls (cropped to fit this space)

Eish The Party Presents: Baile Mundial

“Kicking off the New Year with our monthly Global Dance Inspired Party at our favorite Venue ( RED LOUNGE ) with a special DJ Set by the talented Dj Equis. Support by NAYIRAM x FARENJI

“Come step inside the immersive environment of Baile Mundial. Expressing oneself through music beyond just genres. Playing music by: Branko, Gafacci, Black Coffee, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Konshens, DJ Maphorisa, Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Mina, Bryte, Rathero, Banx and Ranx, Shomadjozi, Uproot Andy and many more.” Also at Red Lounge, ever Sat. in January: Caribbean Nights

Time: 10 PM
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $10

Tags: Music, DJ, Afrobeat

Fraktured – Monkey Loft Pop Up Show!

Fraktured has been asked to throw down at the almighty Monkey Loft last minute. We will be pairing up as many residents that are available to rock this night! We will be serving up a mixture of UKG and Breaks! Hope you join us!

“Binah – BREAKS; Hyphonetics – BREAKS and stuff; Snapdragon B2B Mode 4 – BREAKS; Paul Wheeler B2B J.Samuel – UKG; Golden Toaster – UKG, toastercookie B2B Austeele; Miss Min.D B2B Dot Diggler – BREAKS; VJ Eyesauce – Bringing the eye candy in full effect!” There’s an event on Sat. night, 1/12 at Monkey Loft too. Check it out here

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

Tags: DJ, Dancing, 21+

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Now Playing: If Beale Street Could Talk, 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. 12th:

Image Credit: Africatown

State of Africatown 2019-The African American/African Gathering

“The sixth annual State of Africatown will be held on Saturday January 12th at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and will feature presentations on the accomplishments of the last year, as well as the vision, opportunities, and challenges facing the African American and African Diaspora community in 2019 and beyond.”

Time: 10 AM–1 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE (please register)

Tags: Africatown, African Diaspora Community, Community Meeting

Asian Market Tour & Thai Cooking Class

“Explore an Asian Market and learn how to stock up on Thai and Vietnamese staple ingredients. Discover authentic fresh herbs, vegetables and cooking utensils that are essential to Asian cooking. We will meet at the Viet Wah Supermarket in the International District, then learn to cook Thai traditional cuisine with Pranee at Pranee’s Thai Kitchen.

“Som Tum (Thai Green Papaya Salad with Lime & Peanut Dressing), Tom Yung Goong (Sweet and Sour Prawns with Lemongrass and Kaffir Lime Leaf), Phad Kee Meo (Stirfried Fresh Rice Noodles with Spicy Sauce and Thai Basil), Gaeng Kew Wan Gai (Green Chicken Curry with Thai Eggplant and Basil Leaf), Pak Bung Fai Dang (Flambeed Stirfried Swamp Morning Glory), Kao Horm (Steamed Jasmine Rice), and Kluey Bud Chee (Fragrant Banana in Coconut Milk).”

Time: 9:30 AM–3:30 PM
Where: Viet Wah — 1032 S. Jackson St
Cost: $150

Tags: Market Tour, Culture, Culinary, Education, Cooking Class

Image Credit: Social Equity Educators

#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Planning Meeting

“Social Equity Educators (SEE) is a rank-and-file organization of educators inside the Seattle Education Association that seeks to transform education in terms that empower students, teachers, and the communities that our public schools serve. As members of the SEA we understand that the educator’s union has a vital role to play in creating an equitable education system. As educators we understand the importance of using culturally relevant and holistic curriculum to empower our students. We have come together to fight against the corporate reform of our schools and to organize for a socially just education system.” Meeting takes place in room 2772.

Time: 10 AM–12 PM
Where: John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence — 2445 3rd Avenue South
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Education, Justice and Equity in Education, Youth Empowerment, Seattle Educators

Peacekeeper Training

“Peacekeepers at demonstrations, marches, and actions help organizers to achieve their goals. Come learn and hone your skills in being alert to situations and intervening appropriately, de-escalation, and communicating with participants. In this interactive workshop, we’ll look at the role of peacekeepers, practice together, and examine the specific issues that a peacekeeper coordinator needs to think about. Whether you work with 350 Seattle and want to be an active participant for upcoming actions or if you’re planning on being in the streets on MLK Day or for the Women’s March – come, have fun, and practice useful skills.

“Pledge to engage in civil disobedience to stop new fossil fuel projects and support climate justice here. With over 2,000 signers, the PNW Pledge of Resistance is a powerful tool to resist fossil fuels and uphold climate justice in our region. From shutting down fracked gas facilities to bank blockades, we are a community ready to resist the expansion of fossil fuels and the unfolding climate crisis with direct action and civil disobedience.”

Time: 1–5 PM
Where: Rainier Beach Library — 9125 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Sliding scale donation, up to $50 (must register)

Tags: Workshop, Activism, Social Justice

Image Credit: SPS Ethnic Studies, Art by Julie Trout (cropped to fit this space)

Learning the Truth to Better the Youth: SPS Ethnic Studies Event

“The Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Program would like to invite you to learn about the program while learning about the art, dance, and music of the cultures in our community. In order to grow and thrive, the Ethnic Studies Program needs you! Come see how you are a part of the work and how we can build lasting partnerships that benefit the youth in the city.”

Time: 3–6 PM
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Community, Education, Seattle Educators/Students/Families, Family-Friendly

Writing South Asian LGBTQ Lives

“In this panel, the following authors will read from their latest writings and discuss their major challenges as LGBTQ writers of color in the US and India: S J Sindu (Sri Lanka, US): Marriage of a Thousand Lies (2018); Minal Hajratwala (India, US): Out: Stories from the New Queer India (2018); Sasha Duttchoudhury (India/US): Moving Truth(s): Queer and Transgender Desi Writings on Family (2015)

“Moderator: Chandan Reddy is Associate Professor of English and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington Seattle. His has published Freedom With Violence: Race, Sexuality and the U.S. State (2011). He is currently working on his book The Burials of Globalization: Race, Rights and the Failures of Culture.”

Time: 5–7 PM
Where: Hugo House — 1634 11th Ave
Cost: Free (please register)

Tags: Literature, Culture

Image Credit: Tasveer South Asian Litfest

80’s Rock Boot Camp + A Pint

“Transcend your limits and celebrate community, health and the new year here at Ghostfish Brewing with a rock’n workout and delicious pint of your choice!

“You can expect a fun, challenging full body workout, that will take place in the taproom and surrounding urban terrain, using dumbbells, kettlebells, kegs, resistance bands, med balls and your own body weight. We’ll get to know each other while engaging in drills that will burn your buns, strengthen your core, and test your stamina, coordination, balance and teamwork abilities – all while rocking to big hair 80’s rock bands like Def Leppard, Van Halen, KISS and Motley Crue! After the workout, we’ll get to enjoy a pint of your choice. (1 beer ticket provided right after your last plank hold!).

“All levels are welcome; modifications are encouraged. Doors open at 9:30am and class begins at 10am! Bring it and let’s do dis!!”

Time: 10 AM–12 PM
Where: Ghostfish Brewing Company — 2942 1st Ave S.
Cost: $27.08

Tags: Health, Workout, Fitness, Beer

Bird Focus: Winter Waterfowl

“When ice begins to form on waterways from Canada into the Arctic Circle a great number of waterfowl migrate over long distances to winter in the south. Some of these migrants make the lakes and rivers of the Puget Sound their winter home. Identify and learn about some of these species with naturalist Ed Dominguez as we survey the shores of Lake Washington. Binoculars will be provided.” For adults and kids ages 10 and up

Time: 8–10 AM
Where:  Seward Park Audubon Center — 5902 Lake Wash Blvd S.
Cost: $5

Tags: Birds, Birding, Education, Nature, Family-Friendly

Southside Revolution: Season 5-Bout 2: The House Cup

“South Seattle’s Premier Coed Junior Roller Derby League presents: THE 2019 HOUSE CUP, TRIPLE HEADER MEGA-MASHUP! January 12, 2019. This is our FOURTH annual Harry Potter themed bout! Come watch the Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby positional and both full-contact teams mashup with various players from the Northwest.

“This is a HARRY POTTER themed mega-mashup bout. The teams will be sorted into their ‘Houses’ at the beginning of the bout with the ‘Sorting Hat’ as per standard with all students of Hogwarts. The teams with the most points will win their share in the 2019 HOUSE CUP! Also, there will be a costume contest at half-time as well! All proceeds including the raffle and bake sale to support SSR. Please bring cash for the bake sale and Raffle.”

Time: 5:30–10 PM
Where: Southgate Roller Rink — 9646 17th Ave SW
Cost: $5–10 (children under 5, free)

Tags: Roller Derby, Roller Skating, Youth, All Ages

Alma y Azucar with the Supersones Quinteto

“Alma y Azucar Septet with special guests the SuperSones Quinteto; VERY SPECIAL GUESTS: SUPERSONES QUINTET.”

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

Tags: Live Music

*Also this weekend: Rat City Brass (Fri.), WinterSongs: a Vocal Showcase (Sat., early show), Jane Addams Middle School Band / The Blair Bitch Project (Sun., early / late shows). For individual event details, see their website. All Ages until 10 PM.

Stereo Embers, Stag, The Close Seconds

“Stereo Embers is a story about 4 guys experiencing a twenty five year overnight success story. Ten thousand hours of rock and roll applied. Look out, they may surprise you. These veterans are bringing it. Focused on well crafted songs and delivering them with big energy. Weaving guitars and a back line that locks in and hits hard. New classic rock and indie energy. You heard it here first.”

Time: 9 PM
Where: Slims Last Chance Saloon — 5606 1st Ave S.
Cost: $10

Tags: Live Music

Sunday, Jan. 13th:

Image Credit: International People’s Democratic Uhuru

Africans Must Lead Speaking Tour Seattle


“Keynote Speaker: Akile Anai – Akile Anai is the Editor of the Burning Spear Newspaper, Uhuru Candidate in the St Petersburg city council election in 2017, and Chair of CURED (Communities United for Reparations and Economic Development).

“Kalambayi Andenet – Kalambayi Andenet is the President of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, the Chair of the #KEEP28 campaign against ward reduction in St Louis, and a revolutionary from Ferguson, MO” Hosted by International People’s Democratic Uhuru. 

Time: 3–6 PM
Where: 5256 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free (please RSVP)

Tags: Community Meeting, Call to Action, Social Justice

Image Credit: Quinn DeVeaux

Quinn DeVeaux w/ special guest Cole Schuster Organ Trio

Quinn DeVeaux spent his early childhood living with his grandmother, a former jazz singer, twenty-five miles outside of Chicago in Gary, Indiana. The birthplace of the Jackson 5 had long since slipped into post-industrial economic decline and the ambitious DeVeaux, while still a teenager, headed west with just a guitar and a golden voice.

“Cole Schuster Organ Trio – A versatile guitar player with virtuosic technique, Cole Schuster has shared the stage with jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, the Clayton Brothers, and Jeff Hamilton. Cole studied at Berklee School of Music, and also co-leads the 200 Trio.His most recent project, The Cole Schuster Organ trio is a high energy band performing mostly original music that is rooted in jazz and heavily influenced by other genres such as Hip-hop, Afro pop, and Funk.” Check out the other events this week at Clock-Out here.

Time: 8:30 PM
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $8–10

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue, Deep-dish Pizza

Image Credit: Nao


“Neo Jessica Joshua (born in December 1987), better known as Nao (/ˈneɪ.oʊ/), is an English singer-songwriter and record producer from East London. … Nao coined the term ‘wonky funk’ to describe her style. She released her debut album, For All We Know, in 2016, and her second album, Saturn, in 2018.” Learn more about the artist here.

Time: 8 PM
Where: Showbox SoDo — 1700 1st Ave S.
Cost: From $47

Tags: Live Music


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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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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.

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