THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Women Of Wakanda, Civic Saturday, Lunar New Year Festivities, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Feb. 1st:

Franklin’s Lunar New Year Celebration

“Franklin’s Asian Student Association will be hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration in the Franklin Commons. Come enjoy delicious FOOD and exciting PERFORMANCES from all around Asia! There will also be a fantastic FASHION SHOW! All Franklin family and friends are welcome! Prices: $6 with ASB, $8 without ASB, $10 adults. Tickets will be sold at the door and doors close at 6:45.”

Editor’s note: There’s also a Lunar New Year Celebration at Wing Luke Museum on Sat., 2/2. See their event page here

Time: 6–7:30 PM
Where: Franklin High School — 3013 S Mount Baker Blvd
Cost: $6–10

Tags: Lunar New Year, Community, Youth, Family-Friendly

Image credit: Joe Mabel (Lunar New Year Celebration, Seattle’s International District, 2018)

Unveiling & Dedication of Rev Dr MLK Jr Bronze Bust

“Acompáñenos para una presentación y dedicación de un busto de bronce del Reverendo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. que se ubicará en nuestra Plaza Roberto Maestas.

“Please join us for an unveiling and dedication of a bronze bust of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which will be located in our Plaza Roberto Maestas.” Light refreshments will be provided.

Time: 1–2 PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza — 2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Dedication Ceremony, Statue, Public Art, MLK Jr.

*Also at El Centro de la Raza this weekend: Civic Saturday at El Centro and 2019 DiscNW Annual Meeting in Centilia Cultural Center (Sat., 2/2).

An Evening w/ Matt Alber & Friends

“Two-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Alber returns to The Royal Room for an intimate evening of acoustic songs & standards reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright, Mel Torme, & K.D. Lang. Matt will feature songs his new big band album How High The Moon, a tribute to The Velvet Fog himself- Mel Tormé. As a filmmaker, Matt focuses on the stories of LGBTQ+ youth & elders. His current film & docu-series, Room To Grow, chronicles the lives of 12 LGBTQ+ teens and families.”

Time: 7:30 PM, doors
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20 GA

Tags: Live Music, Music Venue, Food

*Also this weekend: Ray Skjelbred’s Yeti Chasers / The Cumbieros (Sat. early / late shows) and Christian Pincock’s Super Bowl Scrambler (Sun.). For individual event details, see their website. All Ages until 10 PM.

Madison Valley Family Movie Nights are back!

“We are happy to announce that the Madison Valley Family Movie Nights are back!!! Please join us for our monthly Family Movie Night. We will be showing a kid friendly movie and sweet and savory waffles will be available for purchase from Beanfish. For details about the movie please call (206) 257-5465 or send us a message. Feel free to dress your kids in PJs and bring pillows and blankets if you want to get super comfy. We will have floor seating and chairs setup. We hope to see you there!

“PS – Our license prevents us from naming the movie publicly, but I can tell you it’s a fairly recent release featuring a favorite superhero family. If you want more details, please call the number above.” Proceeds from this event will fund future community events. 

Time: 6–8 PM
Where: MLK F.A.M.E. Community Center — 3201 E Republican St
Cost: $5/person or $10/family (suggested donation)

Tags: Community, Movies, Family-Friendly, Waffles

Image credit: Freshest Roots

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic

“Expresso is held the FIRST FRIDAY of every month at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. 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, All Ages

Kitchen Sessions: Music That Inspires

“Join CD Forum, KEXP, and 206 Zulu at Washington Hall for an unforgettable night of food and drink, live performance, and intimate dialogue with some of Seattle’s most inspiring Black artists—and a celebration of the Black musical icons that inspire them.

“Hosted by award-winning poet and Person of Letters, IMANI SIMS, ‘Kitchen Sessions: Music That Inspires’ will amplify the voices of Black female-identifying and gender non-conforming artists like: storyteller SHOLONDA HIGGINS; contemporary dance artist TAQUEET$; cellist EBONY MIRANDA; poet/filmmaker KAMARI BRIGHT

“Why is it called a KITCHEN SESSION?
The kitchen seems like the place where nourishment is found. Not only food, but also valuable lessons. Little girls go from childhood to the kitchen. At some point, we graduate into womanhood.

“What is the rite of passage that allows you to enter the sacred space of the kitchen? It functions as an epicenter, a doorway into a space where it is safe to examine the crooked room. It is safe to talk about the long list of things we experience as Black women. As our hands conjure nourishment, our mouths begin to form spells, and we reshape our reality for a moment.” Ticket price includes dinner and drinks followed by performances by—and conversations with—the featured artists.

Time: 7–10 PM
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave
Cost: $15 GA / $10 students / $5 “TEENTIX”

Tags: Music, Poetry, Performance, Conversation w/ Performers

Image credit: 206 Zulu and KEXP

*Also this weekend at Washington Hall: Cheating, Lying, Stealing (Sun. 2/3)

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New Releases: On the Basis of Sex, Green Book
Still Playing: If Beale Street Could Talk, Vice, The FavouriteSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Also this weekend at Ark Lodge: The Grave Plot Film Fest (Sat., 2/2). Learn more about the event on here.

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

Tags: Movies, Independent Theater

Saturday, Feb. 2nd:

Civic Saturday at El Centro de la Raza

“Join the Civic Saturday community for the first gathering of 2019, held at El Centro de la Raza!

“Civic Saturday is a salve for the civic soul — a place to come together in civic community, be inspired and encouraged to reflect and connect, and create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal.

“What happens at Civic Saturday? We’ll gather as friends and strangers to hear readings, sing together, share thoughts and ideas, and hear a ‘civic sermon’ from Eric Liu.

“Join us as we come together to continue nurturing a spirit of shared civic purpose. Free and open to all. Share Civic Saturday!”

Time: 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza — 2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Community, Civics

*Also at El Centro de la Raza this weekend: Unveiling & Dedication of Rev Dr MLK Jr Bronze Bust (Fri., 2/1) and 2019 DiscNW Annual Meeting in Centilia Cultural Center (also Sat., 2/2).

Community Open House

“Learn more about the Othello Square development, enjoy free food, ask questions, and sample some local coffees!

Time: 12–2 PM
Where: New Holly Gathering Hall — 7054 32nd Ave S
Cost: FREE

Tags: Community, Open House, Othello Square

Image credit: Othello Square, New Holly Gathering Hall

The People’s Chess Club: Community Chess Day

“Join us for The People’s Chess Club 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

*Also at Estelita’s this weekend: Community Movie Night (Fri., 2/1)

Hello | Goodbye: Viaduct Arts Festival

“In celebration of the future waterfront and tunnel, the Office of the Waterfront and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture will activate the top deck of Alaskan Way Viaduct with a once in a lifetime arts festival featuring unique performances, activities, and site-specific art installations from over 100 regional artists and organizations.”

NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT (still available: tunnel access only), however the website states: “There will be walk-up lines for access to the viaduct at the Seneca Street ramp and through the Battery Street tunnel as well as for access to the tunnel. We believe the best arrival window for un-ticketed guests will be between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. We plan to accommodate all un-ticketed guests, however, we are not able to guarantee access if the wait extends past the 6:30 p.m. end time.”

Time: 12:30–6 PM
Where: Accessible via Seneca Street & Battery Street Tunnel during the time period corresponding w/ your [FREE] ticket
Cost: FREE (must get a ticket)

Tags: Viaduct, Festival, Art, Live Music, All Ages

Image credit: 3D chalk art by Naomi Haverland, image from Hello Waterfront

CCW Film Benefit Show

Crystal Clockworks (CCW) will throw a benefit show this Saturday night to raise funds for their first movie, The Log of Magnus (already in the works!). Check out a short preview on their GoFundMe page. The event will be held at Cafe Red, a small-business supporter of CCW. CCW, a 501c3 nonprofit, boasts their diversity in performers and staff, noting that their affiliated performers and production crew, “are more than 70% local working or low-income people of color, and more than 50% women of color in Seattle and the PNW.” They also state on their GoFundMe that they are “dedicated to the preservation of the planet” and that they “seek to produce films that don’t misrepresent P.O.C, women, and LGBTQ individuals.”

The event kicks off at 4 PM with “Art From art,” wherein they will host vendors. This portion of the event features Crystal ClockworksRachel Si, and Future Crystals. Live Music starts at 8:30. Featured performers are Marcian Jamel MoxeyJoseph Scribe CabeyCooper Dionne, and Niq Venus. Read more about CCW on their event page.

Time: 4–11 PM
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: $10 suggested donation

Tags: Film, Fundraiser, Art Exhibition, Live Music, Vendors

I Can Fly Twice as High

“A dance class in a bookstore?? That’s right! I Can Fly Twice As High is a dance class (with the opportunity to learn contemporary phrase work and to create some of your own) for readers and a book club for dancers!

“Twice a month, Neve Mazique-Bianco will guide participants through a dance class which engages with the text and themes of different works of fictional prose. Books might be intended for Adults or Young Adults, but everyone ages 13 and up is welcome! (Younger friends, make sure it’s okay with your parent or guardian to read certain books.) Some dance experience or comfort/interest in movement is warranted but not required.

“We’ll dance from a different book every month (meaning two classes will be dedicated to one book). The first book will be Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi.”

Time: 7–9 PM
Where: Third Place Books — 5041 Wilson Ave S.
Cost: $15–20 suggested donation (per class)

Tags: Dance Class, Literature, Book Club, Recurring Event

Image credit: Third Place Books & NEVE

Sunday, Feb. 3rd:

Image credit: Rainier Ave Radio

Superbowl Party w Seahawks’ Edwin Bailey at RainierAvenueRadio

“You are invited to the SUPERBOWL PARTY at Rainier Ave Radio, hosted by Seahawks legend Edwin Bailey & Friends + station personalities. * Raffle! Win a signed Seahawks Jersey. * Prize for “Best Football Fan” Outfit (any team). Attend in-person: 5256 Rainier Ave S. in Columbia City or catch the pre-game broadcast at 3pm, watch on Facebook, or listen on our website or the TuneIn app.”

Editor’s note: Rainier Ave Radio is also hosting a NW-exclusive film screening of the award-winning “Questions” this weekend (Sat., 2/2). See the event here

Time: 3–7 PM, (2:30 doors)
Where: Rainier Avenue Radio — 5256 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Super Bowl Party, Sports, Radio, Studio Party, Football

Adam Nystrom / Gianni Taylor / Travis Atreo

“DFTN Presents ADAM NYSTROM, Gianni Taylor, Travis Atreo; Sounds by: Swervewon, Qreepz & Albo Capo; All-Ages + Bar w/ I.D. TICKETS ON SALE NOW.”

Time: 7 PM, doors
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $17

Tags: Live Music, Variety, Performance Venue, All Ages

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: Sheldon, Bob Crow, Aaron Spieldenner in the Bourbon Bar & After Midnight Cabaret Presents: 7 Year Itch in the theater (Fri.) After Midnight Cabaret Presents: 7 Year Itch (Sat., two shows!). For individual event details, see their website.

Image credit: The Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma and The Gay Washington’s 2018-2019 (image cropped to fit this space)

Women of Wakanda

“The Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma and The Gay Washington’s 2018-2019 present to you Women of Wakanda [are] very excited to bring to you an all POC fundraiser. Very excited to be kicking off black history month the right way. We will be bringing all types of POC talent to the Skylark stage. Also other Amazing news is that this event is ALL AGES!

“All Proceeds will go to the Imperial Court of Tacoma which helps raise money for lgbtq youth go to college when they aren’t able to. The other portion of the fundraiser goes to POCAAN. POCAAN Is People of Color Against AIDS Network. The organization is a multi cultural organization created in response to the devastating impact that HIV/Aids has and continue to has on the communities of color.

“At the day of event we will be having all kinds of talent to showcase what they got plus! Raffles, games, prizes, all sorts of fun shenanigans going on.”

Time: 6 PM
Where: Skylark Cafe — 3803 Delridge Way SW
Cost: By donation

Tags: Fundraiser, Music, Variety

Explosion Grupera llega a Seattle WA

“Compra ya tus Boletos en para la Explosión Grupera este Domingo 3 de Febrero.” 

Time: 8 PM–2 AM
Where: Kings Hall MS LLC — 2929 27th Ave S.
Cost: $40

Tags: Music, Performance, All Ages

Image credit: Explosion Grupera


*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 or make a donation (especially if the event is at a bar / restaurant or is not-for-profit).

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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