THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Chris LeVaughn, Cafe Red January Hip-Hop Showcase, Story Time with Laila Taji, and more!

by Emerald Staff  

Friday, Jan. 25th:

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno w/ Tomo Nakayama

Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno are tapping into the deepest parts of American music, taking old songs that have seldom been heard and presenting them next to their own timeless and visceral originals. When they are not performing as duo, they’re often found sitting knee to knee, playing under the canopy of trees at fiddle festivals across the country. ‘Time is Everything.’

Named “Best Folk Act 2017   by Seattle Weekly, Tomo Nakayama has consistently created music that is complex, nuanced, and emotionally compelling. His decade of work both as a solo artist and as frontman in his chamber-pop band Grand Hallway has been praised by NPR, New York Times, and KEXP. Known for his crystalline high-tenor voice, intricate fingerpicking, cinematic production style, and simple, poetic lyrics imbued with warmth and humanity, Tomo’s songs have drawn comparisons to Paul Simon, Elliott Smith, and Jeff Buckley. ‘Pieces of Sky.’”

Time: 7 PM, doors
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $12 adv. / $15 DOS ($10 students w/ ID, door only)

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue, Food

19510540_1394269427353128_6853323097449133838_nImage credit: Ian Allen (photographer), Tomo Nakayama (pictured). (Image cropped to fit this space.)

*Also this weekend: School of Rock Issaquah performs The Who / TISH’s Summer Jam in January Birthday BASH! (Sat. early / late) and Pie Party 2019 (Sun.). For individual event details, see their website. All Ages until 10 PM.

Fiscal Irresponsibility

“How better to welcome the period of my life that I call fiscal responsibility… than with one grandiose act of fiscal irresponsibility. I’ve always been surrounded by incredible performers and during this one-night only show, I will be your Willy Wonka-style tour guide as we meander through the raw talent, idiocy, dedication, humor, and genius of some of my favorite people. Think of a low budget $NL with a bit more music.

“I’ll be your host, opening the show with some stand up/closing it with some ukulele. In between, you can expect a medley of acts that span genres and formats. Should be one hell of fun way to spend a Friday. Oh, and all ticket sales will be donated to Mary’s Place.”

Time: 7 PM, doors
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Tags: Live Music, Variety, Performance Venue, 21+

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: Shelby Easley, Aly Crase, Jeremiah Craig live at Bourbon Bar (Fri. in the Bourbon Bar) and André Mehmari Trio (Sat.). For individual event details, see their website.

Whitney Mongé

“W Music Spotlight Presents: LIVING ROOM LIVE, Featuring WHITNEY MONGÉ

“Alternative soul artist, Whitney Mongé, was once known for being the ‘Best Busker in Seattle.’ Her music has since transcended to a national level supporting acts, Ziggy Marley, Allen Stone, KT Tunstall, Patrick Sweany and Mayer Hawthorne. Catching the attention of the masses with her dynamic voice and heartfelt performances, Whitney’s music is often compared to Tracy Chapman and Alabama Shakes.”

Time: 6 PM
Where: W Seattle — 1112 4th Ave
Cost: No Cover

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue, Bar

Image credit: Kingmon Creative (photographer), Whitney Mongé (pictured).

We Are Here: american|asian

“Steven Tran and Aaron Jin

“A classical pianist reminisces on the past to confront his present. A determined gay sets out to find love on every first date. Two separate narratives, one common thread: there isn’t an easy way out. Theater artists Steven Tran and Aaron Jin present a double-header evening of solo performances examining their own Asian-American identities through stories of love and loss, expectations and family, and above all, learning and living your truth. Come and find out what it really means to be american|asian.” This event is part of the larger We Are Here: Intiman Emerging Artists series.

Time: 6 PM
Where: 18th & Union: an arts space — 1406 18th Ave
Cost: $15–25 (sliding scale)

Tags: Theater, Solo Theater, Multi-racial and LGBTQI+ Intersectional Identity

Children’s Film Festival Seattle – The Adventures of Prince Achmed

“Co-presented with Goethe Pop Up Seattle!

“The oldest existing animated feature, The Adventures of Prince Achmed was made by 23-year-old teacher Lotte Reiniger using the stop-motion and silhouette animation techniques she perfected. Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the prince foils the magician’s plan, and soars headlong into a series of wondrous other adventures.” This event is part of the larger: Children’s Film Festival Seattle.

Time: 7 PM
Where: Northwest Film Forum — 1515 12th Ave
Cost: $12 ($7, members; $9, students/seniors)

Tags: Film, Animation, Silent Film w/ English Intertitles, All Ages

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. 26th:

Image credit: Meter Music School

Music Classes for Kids in Columbia & Hillman City

This Saturday, you and the kiddos can catch two awesome educational music opportunities for children in Violin Discovery Workshop Series (1 of 3) w/ BJ Montoya at the Hillman City Collab—this class is designed for kids 4–8 years—and Meter Music Columbia City Open House at Meter Music School, designed for children 6 mos. to 3 years. The latter is free! But they ask that you register so they know you’re coming. The Violin Discovery Workshop is $75 for the full 3-class series. 

Time: 10 AM (see links for individual event details)
Where: Columbia City & Hillman City
Cost: See links for details

Tags: Music Education for Children, Family-Friendly

Story Time with Laila Taji – These Chicks (هالصيصان)

“These Chicks (هالصيصان) is a beloved nursery rhyme, well-known in the Levant; much like Hey Diddle Diddle in the States. The board book format is ideal for toddlers, the easy-to-read Arabic print is perfect for blossoming Arabic readers and the English transliteration and translation aids non-Arab speakers or not-so confident Arabic readers. The author will play interactive games and sing songs in Arabic, as well as read her book. It will be a great for all ages but geared for 18 month-3 year olds.

“Laila Taji is an American of Palestinian heritage. She has an MPH in public health from the University of Washington and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two girls. She loved watching her kids blossom into readers but struggled to make that happen in Arabic since most books are complex and written in formal Arabic. She wrote These Chicks to give her kids an early Arabic reading experience and to connect them with their Arabic heritage.”

Time: 11 AM
Where: Third Place Books — 5041 Wilson Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Literature for Children, Author Event, Arabic/English Story Time, Family-Friendly

Image credit: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center

Duwamish Longhouse 10 Year Anniversary Open House

“Join us on our ten year anniversary for a screening of the film Promised Land, a special thank you event for our Real Renters and donors, and the opening of our new featured gallery artist.”

Time: 10 AM–5 PM
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center — 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Anniversary, Open House, Film Screening, Gallery Opening, All Ages

Cafe Red January Hip-Hop Showcase

“Come out to Cafe Red to grab an evening drink or some delicious food, and enjoy the sounds and talent of local Seattle hip-hop artists! Whispah The Ruler, Mavo Rhymes, Jawzilla, Walt Dizz, SoraCD, Rel ToppFlyyt, Jamel Moxey, Kody Keys, NA$AMAN. Hope to see y’all there!”

Time: 7–11 PM
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: $5 adv. (tickets from artists) / $7 DOS (door)

Tags: Hip Hop, Performance Showcase, Live Music

*Also this weekend at Cafe Red:  Thrifty Thursday volume 3: Hip Hop x Clothing Drive (Thurs.) Path to Peace Vol. 3 (Fri.). For individual event details, see their events page on Facebook.

Danny Godinez & Adam Kessler + Suffering Fuckheads

“Join us for an evening of amazingly talented local artists: Danny Godinez & Adam Kessler & Suffering Fuckheads.” All Ages; Bar w/ ID

Time: 8 PM, doors
Where: Georgetown Music — 6111 13th Ave S.
Cost: $5

Tags: Live Music, Music Store Show, All Ages

Image credit: Chris LeVaughn

Chris LeVaughn

“Chris LeVaughn is a Singer/Songwriter, Dancer, and Actor. Chris LeVaughn has taught and performed as a singer and dancer in many venues and clubs, doing live stage, before releasing his debut album, Chronicles of xLeVaughn. His urban sultry voice will lift your spirits.”

Time: 8 PM
Where: Perihelion Brewery — 2800 16th Ave S.
Cost: No Cover

Tags: Live Music, Food, All Ages

Exhibitions Opening Reception

“Please join us to celebrate the opening of the Frye Art Museum’s latest exhibitions: Tschabalala Self; The Rain Doesn’t Know Friends From Foes: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian; Cherdonna Shinatra: DITCH.

“Enjoy a preview of the exhibitions and reception with cash bar.”

Time: 7:30–9:30 PM
Where: Frye Art Museum — 704 Terry Ave
Cost: FREE

Tags: Art Exhibit Opening, Art Museum

Image credit: The Bushwick Club (image cropped to fit this space)

Original Music inspired by James Baldwin’s Another Country

“Baldwin’s path-breaking classic gets a 21st century response

“Bushwick performers include Stephanie Anne Johnson, Reggie Garrett, Aaron Starkey, Alex Guy, Sean Morse and Damiano Unique and more…

“For this event we also want to offer complimentary tickets to those librarians and teachers who help support our communities and schools.”

Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Hugo House — 1634 11th Ave
Cost: $10

Tags: Live Music, Hugo House, Literature

Sunday, Jan. 27th:

Celia C. Pérez And ‘The First Rule Of Punk’

“Global Reading Challenge author Celia C. Pérez will talk about her award winning book, ‘The First Rule of Punk.’

“’The First Rule of Punk’ follows the adventures of 12 year old Malú as she moves to a Chicago and learns more about the intersection of Latinx and punk music culture. Malú expresses herself in zines, and the book features this art form heavily. There will be a display featuring some of the SPL Zine collection at the event. 3rd Place Books will be on hand to sell copies of The First Rule of Punk.” The First Rule of Punk and its author are part of the Global Reading Challenge.  

Time: 2–3 PM
Where: Downtown Library — 1000 4th Ave
Cost: FREE

Tags: Children’s Literature, Author Talk, Library

Image credit: Detail of cover of “The First Rule of Punk” (Kat Fajardo, cover illustrator)

Warehouse Sale!

“It’s that time when bicycle enthusiasts and cycle-less people alike come together to dig through bins and dream up new projects all in the name of saving mad cash and supporting the community. Of course we’re referring to the Bike Works Warehouse Sale!

“All used parts, frames, and as-is bikes will be up to 80% off! Find a sweet stem for your Schwinn, a treaded tire for your Trek, a classy crankset for your Cannondale, or a bottom bracket for your Bridgestone.

“Not looking to labor over a project? All refurbished, ready-to-ride bikes will be 10% off.”

Editor’s note: Speaking of bikes—There’s an “Orientation Ride” today you may want to check out if you want to get into bike commuting and/or riding more in the city. 

Time: 11 AM–4 PM
Where: Bike Works — 3709 S. Ferdinand St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Bikes, Cycling, Bike Sale, Bike Parts

Image credit: Japanese Cultural & Community Center of WA

Fukuoka Kenjinkai hosts 2019 Mochitsuki at the ‘J’

“The Fukuoka Kenjinkai will be leading a mochitsuki on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 11am-3pm, right here at the ‘J.’ The event is free and open to the public with a request for a small $5 donation. The event will promote Japanese culture with information on mochitsuki history and traditions; organizers encourage participation regardless of which Kenjinkai or community that one comes from.

“Also, if you’re looking to volunteer, consider helping with preparations, go on grocery shopping runs, or help set up for this mochitsuki on Saturday, Jan. 26th, beginning at 2 p.m. If you’d like to attend or have more questions, please register or submit your questions to”

Time: 11 AM–3 PM
Where: Japanese Cultural & Community Center ワ州日本文化会館 — 1414 S. Weller St
Cost: $5 (suggested donation)

Tags: Culture, Traditional Food Preparation, Community, Family-Friendly

Peoples Party General Assembly

“Hey Seattle! Happy New Year everyone! Who’s ready to put some work in for 2019? SPP is and hopefully so are all of you.

“It has been a journey for us over the past 2 years. And this past year we have been gathering weekly, getting together our 501c4, and making sure we are centering our work around the community we are fighting for. There is still so much more work to do, but it starts with looking internally first, working on ourselves, so that we can make the impact we need to make for our neighbors and the community we live in.

“So please join us Sunday, Jan 27th, at 3pm and lets start the conversations we need to have with one another.”

Time: 3–6 PM
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Seattle Peoples Party, General Assembly, All Ages

Image credit: Seattle Peoples Party

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII

“Documentary screening presented in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

“GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II tells the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. Through the eyes of the servicemen and women, the film brings to life the little-known story of Jews in World War II as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry, and intolerance.

“The film will be followed by remarks from U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Rabbi Michael Harari, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Learn more about this and other programs at”

Time: 6:30–8:30 PM
Where: The Museum of Flight — 9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Cost: FREE (must register)

Tags: WWII & Holocaust History/Education, Documentary Film Screening, Holocaust Remembrance Day

Image credit: ‘GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII’ & Museum of Flight

Sunday Sunday Sunday w First Hill Mr.Shn Jazz Mom Titled Thunder

Concuss Music Showcase, Record Swap, and Pop-Up with live performances from Fìrst Hìll & Mr.Shn.

“live beats from members of Filthy Fingers United (FFU) throughout the evening plus Q&A w the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds banked track Roller Derby team and live painting by Jazz Mom. Concuss Pop-Up ft Tees, New Exclusives, new Concuss Music on Cassette & Vinyl, and much more.” Check out the other events this week at Clock-Out here.

Time: 8 PM–Midnight
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Pop-Up Shop/Market, DJ, Record Swap, Deep-dish Pizza

Sunday Dinner with Stephanie Ellis-Smith

“To celebrate our 20th anniversary, CD Forum for Arts & Ideas continues our newest event series, SUNDAY DINNERS, with a *very* special guest: CD Forum Founder STEPHANIE ELLIS-SMITH!

“Hosted by CD Forum co-curator DANI TIRRELL, each month we’re gathering with you for food and conversation, as we celebrate some of the most inspirational Black folx in our community keeping art and culture alive–while enjoying food catered by some of Seattle’s most sought after and talented Black chefs.

“Our January dinner will be catered by DONNA MOODIE of Marjorie restaurant on south Capitol Hill, which The Seattle Times food critic Providence Cicero says ‘offers offbeat ambience and inventive fare.’ Donna is also a former Board President and Director of CD Forum, making this Sunday Dinner even more of a family affair!”

Time: 2–4 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $15 ($10, students)

Tags: Food/Dinner, Black Chefs, Culture, Community, Family-Friendly


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Adv. = Advance

GA = General Admission (no assigned seating)

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Free to attend
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