THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Django’s Birthday, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women’s March, Plus MLK Jr. Day!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Jan. 18th:

TBD feat. Mt Eden

“STAGE Seattle, FW Events, Bass Therapy, and Safe Escape Events present: TBD… a genre-less weekly event series. Featuring: Mt Eden. Presale tickets:

“Stage features a brand new full LED lighting display, festival quality Turbosound system, multiple rooms, Seattle’s best DJs, Seattle’s top VIP experience & more.”

Time: 10 PM–2 AM
Where: STAGE Seattle — 172 S. Washington St
Cost: $10–20

Tags: DJ, Dancing, 21+

Jesse Gallaway, Curtis Boyd & Dakota Reese

“Singer-Songwriter Spotlight night at Columbia City Theatre Bourbon Bar. Come out and join Jesse Gallaway, Curtis Boyd, and Dakota Reese for original music, great drinks, and an awesome venue, it’s going to be a great night! No entry fee, so come on down, grab a drink, and let us do our thing for you. #tipthemusicians”

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

Tags: Live Music, Bar, 21+

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: The Civilians Record Release Show (Fri.), Bone Poets Orchestra, One Fine Night in the Galaxy // Jordan Lowe, Spencer Carlson, Gabija (Sat.), Jon Glaser is Coming to Town (Sun.). For individual event details, see their website.

Image Credit: Heartbeat Silent Disco (cropped to fit this space)

Heartbeat Silent Disco – Get Your Workout On

“All Aboard The Party Train 2019 !?!? We will be boarding The Orient Express on Friday the 18th of January to mix, mingle, and do the dance of aboard one of Seattle’s most unique venues…The Orient Express. Let’s kick off 2019 with a dance and ‘Get your work out on’. It’s not a party without the gear so come dressed up in your favorite ’70s, ’80s, ’90s workout clothes, sweats, tank tops, head bands, wristbands…and keep it sexy.

“This Workout Theme Party featuring 8 Djs on 3 channels for over 4 hours of Music Madness while we party aboard this train to nowhere. Food and Drink will be available at additional cost.” Headphones required for music.

Time: 9 PM–2 AM
Where: Orient Express — 2963 4th Ave S
Cost: No Cover (headphones $10)

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. 19th:

Minority Subcontractors Info Meeting

“Hello this is Walter Jones form WJJ Consulting. I am strongly encouraging you to attend the first subcontractor informational meeting for Minority Subcontractors regarding the 23rd and Union Mid Town Project.

“This meeting will be to provide information regarding the developer, the owner, and the bidding dates and scope of work opportunities. Also to communicate on needs and Q&A. It is highly recommended that you attend this meeting if you are interested in the opportunity to be a part of this project.” Hosted by Africatown-Central District. 

Time: 10–11:30 AM
Where: Black Dot Underground — 1437 S. Jackson
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Community Meeting, Africatown, 23rd & Union

Who Can Bus the Dance!!! Vancouver B.C. vs Seattle Wa

“Red Lounge / Y2K Sound / DJ X-TEN Presents—Who Can BUS DE DANCE!!!
Vancouver BC vs Seattle WA. Representing Vancouver Canada Dj West / Dj Arems / Dj Hoppa; Representing Seattle WA DJ X-TEN / ZJ Veteran / Y2K Sound. Hosted by Dj Hy-C. LADIES FREE BEFORE 10:30 PM. Dress to impress. Caribbean Cuisine Available, Order At The Bar. Jerk Wings, Fried wings, shrimp fish & fries, Plantains.” Also at Red Lounge, every Sat. in January: Caribbean Nights. Take note: the host of this event is also hosting an “MLK Celebration” at Club Contour on Sun., 1/20

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

Tags: DJ, Dancing, Food, 21+

Ladies of Rap – All Female Hip Hop Dance Party

“Ladies of Rap – All Female Hip Hop Dance Party at Neumos
feat. Catch24. This is the official Kylie Nelson after party!”

Time: 10:30 PM
Where: Neumos — 925 E. Pike St.
Cost: $5 (adv.)

Tags: DJ, Dancing, Womxn-Only, Hip Hop, 21+

Image Credit: Neumos

Django’s Birthday Seattle

“Gypsy jazz musicians from around Puget Sound will celebrate Django Reinhardt’s 109th birthday with an evening of music. The party will be hosted by two bands, Victor Horky’s Silk Road Swing and Ranger and the ‘Re-Arrangers’, plus other top Seattle Gypsy Jazz musicians will make guest appearances.

“Django was an itinerant Gypsy who earned international acclaim in the 1930s. Many of his compositions became jazz classics and he is considered one of the top guitar soloists of all time. Duke Ellington referred to Django as ‘the most creative jazz musician to originate anywhere outside the United States.’”

Time: 6 PM
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: No Cover

Tags: Live Music, Gypsy Jazz, Django Reinhardt, All Ages

*Also this weekend: Dazed and Confused: The 50th Anniversary of Zeppelin I—two shows!(Fri.) and Charles St. Messengers & Professor Sweater // An Evening with Nicolas King at The Royal Room w/ Special Guests (Sun., early // late shows). For individual event details, see their website. All Ages until 10 PM.

THIS! w/ Makes Me Move, Sean Majors & Julie Herrera

“Viva Recordings Presents…THIS! @ Monkey Loft every 3rd Saturday. Saturday January 19th w/ Dj M3 aka Makes Me Move (Green Gorilla Lounge, SF), Sean Majors (Studio 4/4), Julie Herrera (Flammable Sundays), Justin Collins (Viva Recordings).” Check out LOST at Monkey Loft on Fri. night too!

Time: 10 PM–4 AM
Where: Monkey Loft — 2915 1st Ave S.
Cost: FREE before 11 PM / $20 after

Tags: DJ, Dancing, 21+

Image Credit: Seattle Womxn Marching Forward

Womxn’s March Seattle 2019: Building Power

“Together, as we work for a world that benefits everyone, we present Womxn’s March 2019: BUILDING POWER. On SATURDAY, January 19, we kick off a weekend of building power through community, protest, and activism with a rally. Hear from the region’s most powerful progressive womxn leaders as they speak about the greatest threats and most inspiring triumphs our communities have experienced in the past year.

“After the rally, we will march to Seattle Center, where we continue our day of service and learning. At Seattle Center, attend one of several “Activism 101” workshops designed to energize, illuminate, and activate our marchers for the work to come in 2019 and beyond.

“ON SUNDAY, January 20, we build power through connection at the second annual Womxn Act on Seattle: a full day of food and supply drives, workshops, lectures, trainings, small groups, panel discussions and community-building events at Hubs and independent locations all around the region. Last year, we organized nearly 100 events, registered 100s of people to vote, and collected ONE TON of food for Food Lifeline. Let’s make this year even better.

“ON MONDAY, January 21, we build power by honoring the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. march and day of service. Join the Womxn’s March coalition at the MLK Jr. Day justice-oriented workshops and the 37th annual MLK Jr. Day march as a show of solidarity that no one is free until everyone is free.” Hosted by Seattle Womxn Marching Forward.

PSA: There’s a march on Sat., 1/19 called “Alpha March 2019” that advertises itself as an event to counter the “Women’s March.” For more information, see the Facebook event. Event goers will meet at Cal Anderson near 11th Ave S. at E. Olive St. 

Time: 9 AM–4 PM Sat., 10 AM–5 PM Sun., 8:30 AM–3:30 PM Mon.
Where: Cal Anderson Park (and other locations) — 1635 11th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Social Justice, Rally, March, Workshops, Lectures, Trainings, All Ages

All Black Party MLK Weekend

“Celebration weekend. Kicking off Martin Luther King Jr weekend with the ‘All Black Party’ Music by D J Black entry $10.00 food, dance, Fun. Drink Specials or call 206 723 2811.” Check out the Josephine Howell event on Sunday, too!

Time: 8 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S
Cost: $10

Tags: DJ, Food, Dancing, MLK Jr Day

Sunday, Jan. 20th:

Image Credit: MMIWW

Seattle Women’s MMIW March 2019

“Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Washington (M.M.I.W.W.) led the 2018 Seattle Women’s March 2.0. With our Indigenous Contingent we helped uplift our community by bringing awareness of our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirits (LGBTQ+). This year, with Duwamish Nation’s blessing, #MMIWW continues to be at the forefront of the 2019 Seattle Women’s March 3.0. We will continue to bring awareness by uplifting Missing and Murdered Indigenous Families and Victims, while promoting respect for our Indigenous Communities and our Motherearth.”

Time: 10 AM–2 PM
Where: Occidental Square — 117 S. Washington St
Cost: FREE

Tags: MMIW, Womxn’s March, Social Justice, All Ages

19th Annual Expansions MLK Unity Party

“KEXP 90.3 FM is proud to present the 19th Annual Expansions MLK Unity Party on Sunday, January 20th at 7pm at Clock-Out Lounge on Beacon Hill. Join KEXP’s DJ Riz, Masa, Alex, Kid Hops and Sharlese for an evening of music, dance and celebration in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King.” Check out the other events this week at Clock-Out here.

Time: 7 PM–2 AM
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $12

Tags: DJ, Dancing, MLK Jr. Day, Deep-dish Pizza

Image Credit: KEXP & Clock-Out Lounge

The People’s Chess Club: Community Chess Day

“Join us for inaugural The People’s Chess Club event at Estelita’s Library! No matter if you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Master, Grand Master — shoot, you don’t even need to know how to move the pieces — we want to bring community together to play, learn, and share.

“So why chess? Chess is a game that challenges our critical thinking, logic, and problem solving skills; it’s also game that doesn’t require much, just the willingness to try and learn. Evidence has shown that children and youth that learn how to play chess do better academically. We look forward to seeing you! Note: Pieces and boards will be available for players to use.”

Time: 12–2:30 PM
Where: Estelita’s Library — 2533 16th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Community, Chess, Games, Family-Friendly

Image Credit: Kids4Peace

Make Your Voice Heard 2019: An MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop

“Attention all 6th-12th grade youth!! Are you concerned about a continued increase in hatred and discrimination in the US? Do you want to build your skills to use your voice and be an upstander in your community? Do you want to meet other youth from all over the Puget Sound region who are inspired to work for change in their communities and nation? Are you ready to make a commitment to change your community one action at a time? If so, join us for an MLK Youth Advocacy Workshop!

“Join Kids4Peace and our Program Partners, CAIR-Washington State, The Seattle Globalist, and WA Immigrant Solidarity Network -Red de Solidaridad de Inmigrantes en WA for a workshop focusing on building skills to change your communities. Youth of all (or no) faith backgrounds welcome!”

Time: 2–6 PM
Where: Seattle University Student Center — 1100 E. James Way
Cost: Free (please register)

Tags: Youth, Youth Self Advocacy, Journalism, Social Justice, MLK Jr. Day

Seattle MLK Jr. OC – Youth Celebration

“Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition Youth Celebration kicks off 2019 MLK Day activities! Young Future Leaders Take the stage in song, dance, spoken-word, and panel discussions expressing the meaning of Dr. King’s ‘Dream’.

“Affirmative Action = Justice is the theme, and youth have a platform, space, and time to run the show!!

“Let’s encourage them to be involved in the community events and the activism that leads to positive change.

“Family friendly event with FREE FOOD, a DJ, and performances by our Young Future Leaders! Youth Entrepreneurs will also be in attendance promoting their business and selling their art and goods.”

Time: 2–5 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Celebration, MLK Jr. Day, Youth, Youth Empowerment, Community, Family-Friendly

Fall Swap at the Collaboratory

“It’s that time again ya’ll! Clothing Swap time that is! We’re in the thick of Winter and it’s time to create a wardrobe to match! Bring your gently used, hardly used or never used items and then shop for a new to you wardrobe on the spot! There is always good music and good company to be had. Come on out and see us. It’s a fun time for everyone involved! *This is a free event but there is a cost involved. Gratuity and donations are very appreciated.” Hosted by Jones Community Solutions.

Time: 2–6 PM
Where: Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Clothing Swap, Family-Friendly

Monday, Jan. 21st,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

Image Credit: Rowland Scherman (via Wikimedia Commons)

2019 Seattle MLK Day

“Join us for our community’s largest tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Special thanks to our Diamond Sponsor The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.

“All activities are free to all – workshops, a job fair, rallies, a march, and community meal. See event schedule below and share with friends and family! All activities at Garfield unless indicated – Visit for additional details and updates!

Career & Opportunity Fair – Employers w/ jobs
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Workshops – full schedule of inspiring topics coming soon
9:30 – 10:50 a.m.

Rally in Gymnasium – get moved to ACTION!
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

March to Downtown – let your voice be HEARD!
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Rally at Westlake (4th & Pine )
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Community Meal
(estimated) 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Visit for additional details, to volunteer, and donate!”

Time: Event times vary (typically starting between 9–10 AM)
Where: Garfield High School — 400 23rd Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Workshops, Career & Opportunity Fair, Rally, March, Youth, Food, Community, All Ages, MLK Jr. Day

Image Credit: Seattle MLK, Jr. Organizing Coalition

MLK Day of Service

“You can fight injustice in our community by volunteering. You can make a difference. Join thousands of others who make MLK Day a day of service, a day to help others and a day to honor Dr. King’s legacy by fighting for social justice. Grab your co-workers, family and friends and join a volunteer project. We need your help, your time and your energy. Sign up for a volunteer project today.” Hosted by United Way of King County.

Multiple Event Locations, including: Danny Woo Community Garden, Kubota Gardens, Skyway Park, West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA, the UW Farm, and more!

Time: Event times vary (typically starting between 9–10 AM)
Where: Event locations vary
Cost: FREE

Tags: Outdoor, Volunteer, Gardening, Stewardship, Community, All Ages, MLK Jr. Day

Image Credit: Powerful Voices

Revolutionary Self Care Day by Powerful Voices

“Powerful Voices presents: REVOLUTIONARY SELF CARE DAY for girls* and womxn of color, by girls* and womxn of color – This event centers young girls* of color!

“Last year, we hosted a wildly successful Self Care Sunday. This year, in partnership with United Way of King County, we’re bringing it back in the form of Revolutionary Self Care Day in honor of Rev. Dr. MLK Jr.

“When we think of self care, it is often marketed as expensive, individualistic, and inaccessible for certain communities. For the girls of color we serve at Powerful Voices, self care is not always a priority when they are tending to their families’ immediate basic needs. Powerful Voices believes that self care is for everyone and necessary. It is a right.

“‘In a real sense all life is interrelated. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.’ —Dr. MLK, Jr.

“Here, Dr. MLK speaks about our responsibility to one another. And how that means that we need to take care of ourselves intentionally.

Womxn stylists of color from all over the city will be coming to pamper young girls and womxn of color by offering services like haircuts / hairdos + styles / maintenance, hair care tips, 💄 makeup, and nail art.

*Services will be first come, first serve with young folks of color as priority.*

We will also have fun, self care activities and local resources by local organizations + individuals (activities can range from tarot card reading, dance lessons, bath bomb making, etc.).

Young folks will be able to “shop” (fill their bags or arms!) through our Self Care Station of free hygiene products, make up, clothing, shoes, accessories, and more.”

Time: 11 AM–4 PM
Where: Powerful Voices — 1620 18th Ave
Cost: FREE

Tags: Self Care, Youth, Hair Cuts / Styles, Make-Up & Nail Art, Variety, All Ages, MLK Jr. Day

Image Credit: DNDA

Restorative Justice and Healing: MLK Day of Service 2019

“Join DNDA for the 2019 MLK Day of Service in partnership with United Way of King County. To attend, please sign up as a volunteer at

“Restorative Justice and Healing will include a screening of Healing Justice, a film that explores the causes and consequences of the U.S. justice system and its effect across communities. This event will bridge differences and inspire community healing through the restorative justice practice of peacemaking circles. Participants will engage in a non-hierarchical discussion and learn through the collective wisdom embedded in the stories and lived experiences of all participants.

“Community dinner and childcare will be provided. Free and open to the community.” Hosted by the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA).

Time: 1–6 PM
Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center — 4408 Delridge Way SW
Cost: FREE

Tags: Restorative Justice, Community, MLK Jr. Day

Archdiocese of Seattle – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mass

“The Black Catholic Advisory Circle of the Archdiocese of Seattle in partnership with the Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture will host a Mass celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Mass and celebration are an ongoing acknowledgement of our call to discipleship which draws Catholics of all backgrounds from around the Archdiocese. This Mass will not only celebrate the memory of Dr. King, but will inspire us to continue in unity to stand up for justice.

“Our guest speaker will be author, radio and former television host, Deacon Arthur L. Miller. Deacon Miller is a certified trainer in Dr. King’s nonviolence philosophy as well as a Certified Spiritual Director and is a board member for Connecticut Center for

Time: 11 AM–12 PM
Where: Washington State Catholic Conference — 710 9th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Religious, Mass, Celebration, MLK Jr. Day

Image Credit: Borrowed from the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s Facebook event

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“YMCA of Greater Seattle invites you to join us for our annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event is FREE and open to the public.

11:00am – MLK Rally begins. Please meet us at Garfield High School.
12:30pm – MLK March through downtown begins. Snacks will be provided!

Contact DarNesha Weary at” Editor’s note: This is part of the 2019 Seattle MLK Day march and festivities. 

Time: 11 AM–2 PM
Where: Garfield High School — 400 23rd Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Celebration, Rally, March, MLK Jr. Day

The following event takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd:

SU Annual Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. Celebration

“The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) presents SU’s annual REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Celebration the “day after” the official holiday on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 6:30pm in the Campion Ballroom. This year’s theme is immigration and migration and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis, Executive Director of Freedom University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Please note the celebration will be held, the day after the official holiday, on Tuesday, January 22.

“The event is free and open to the campus community and general public. For additional information and questions contact or (206) 296-6074.” Editor’s note: This event takes place the day after MLK Jr. Day!  

Time: 6:30–8 PM
Where: Seattle University (Campion Ballroom) — 901 12th Ave
Cost: FREE

Tags: Celebration, Speakers, MLK Jr. Day


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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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