THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Frederick Douglass Now, 3 Queens, Lazy Daisy Market, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Feb. 8th:

Roger Guenveur Smith—Frederick Douglass Now

“FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW is a one-man show inspired by the life and work of the self -liberated abolitionist and pioneering feminist Frederick Douglass. ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH has edited Douglass’ classic 19th century texts into a jazz-infused narrative, bookended by original writing of Beckettian force to produce the kind of edgy, stylistic mash-up of which vital contemporary theater is made.

“Inspired by Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight, Smith has been interpreting Douglass materials since he was an undergraduate at Occidental College, subsequently serving as graduate research assistant at Yale University’s Frederick Douglass Papers. He has since taught at both institutions, as well as Cal Arts, where he currently directs his Performing History Workshop.”

This show runs three times this weekend with a matinee on Sunday. 

Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $25 (+ fees) GA

Tags: Roger Guenveur Smith, Theater, Frederick Douglass, Jazz

Image credit: Roger Guenveur Smith—Frederick Douglass Now, STG

Unapologetically Black

“Join ALLEGORY; Stories That Shape the Soul Storytellers for our ground breaking debut of UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK.

“UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK is a collection of true stories as told by those who lived through them. Each story a profound display of humanity and triumph amid racial and ethnic division across a variety of topics including mental health, law enforcement, education, relationships, identity and more.

“MEET THE STORYTELLERS: Julie Smith, Joe McClain Jr., Kilam Tel Aviv, Sharon Smith, Marcel McCants, and Robin Josey.”

This show runs again on Saturday, 2/9, but that show is currently SOLD OUT.

Time: 7 PM
Where: Center Theater — 305 Harrison St
Cost: $22

Tags: Theater, Storytelling

Image credit: Allegory; Stories That Shape the Soul

Tender Loving Queers

“Tender Loving Queers is a flashy, splashy, and guaranteed savvy queer comedy minifest at 18th & Union featuring your favorite funny folk alongside some fresh new faces. With curated stand-up by seasoned comics, new kids on the block, family-style storytelling, and a new solo explosion by minifest mastermind Woody Shticks, Tender Loving Queers overflows Seattle’s spot for small-batch theatre with heart, hilarity, and crystal-clear queers. Fight the bite of winter by filling up on quality queer comedy: come out, lean in, and #punchup!

“All ages welcome, and choose your own tickets for $10, $15, $20, or $25. Each guarantees the same great experience, but some kick back more to the artists bringing you the goods!”

This “minifest” will host shows from Feb. 7–10. Event days/times vary. See website for details.

Time: 7:30 PM
Where: 18th & Union — 1406 18th Ave
Cost: $10–25 (sliding scale)

Tags: Comedy, Variety, All Ages, Queer Comedy, Festival

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

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Regi Marc

Regi Marc performs in the Bourbon Bar at Columbia City Theater. Check out their stuff here.

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

Tags: Live Music, Bar, 21+

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: Freaksheaux to Geaux with The Debaucherauntes in the theater (Fri.) Showbox presents: Keuning (Sat.). For individual event details, see venue website.

Game On! (Free Video Gaming)

“Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers: Come play video games at the library!”

Time: 2:45–5 PM
Where: Skyway Library — 12690 Renton Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Youth, Games, Gaming, Library

*Also at Skyway Library this weekend: Community Coffee Hour (Sat.).

Broadway Bound Presents: Newsies

“Newsies! Directed by Jimmy Nixon. Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre is pleased to present our Winter 2018/2019 production of Newsies! Jimmy Nixon, founder and executive director, directs three casts of tweens and teens in Newsies. Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged ‘newsies.’ When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

“There will be concessions and beverages available at the performances in the lobby. Tickets will also be available at the door at every performance.”

This show runs with this cast from Feb. 8–16. Showtimes vary.

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

Tags: Children, Youth, Theater, Performance, All Ages

DANCE Afrika

“We’re excited to welcome one of LA’s very own Blaq Pages the brain behind Afro GoGo and Trybvl as our special GUEST DJ for next month’s party themed DANCE AFRIKA. We can’t wait for the vibes and energy. Come join us while we Groove to the sounds straight from the streets of Africa.”

Time: 10 PM–2 AM
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E Jefferson St
Cost: $15

Tags: DJ, Dance

*Also this weekend at Red Lounge: BOB Marley’s Birthday Celebration (Sat.).

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New Releases: Roma, Lego Movie 2: The Second Part 
Still Playing: On the Basis of Sex, Green Book

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

Tags: Movies, Independent Theater

Saturday, Feb. 9th:

Pelvic Health Workshop

“Pelvic dysfunction affects 20% of the population. How do you know you are experiencing pelvic dysfunction and what can you do about it? Meet Pelvic Health Specialist, Kelsea Cannon and learn how you can treat pelvic dysfunction symptoms such as incontinence or leaking, pain with intercourse, constipation, pelvic fullness and weakness. Join us for a free community information session at our Fit4Mom South Seattle studio on Beacon Hill. Open to the public and all are welcome. Babes in arms or bellies only please.”

Time: 11:30 AM–1 PM
Where: Fit4mom South Seattle — 6300 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Pelvic Health, Information Session

Seattle Parks Programming Grant Funding Info Session

“Come out to learn more about Programming Funds Available through the Seattle Parks Recreations’ Parks District Initiatives Get Moving and Recreation 4 All offers grants to nonprofit organizations, small businesses, individuals, and community groups to develop new, innovative and culturally relevant recreational and physically active opportunities that serve under-resourced communities where health disparities are prevalent.

“Events and/or projects are to increase participation in community sports, recreation and physical fitness activities and provide opportunities to enhance communities lives. Grants top off at $15,000 per program. To apply click here. For more information, visit this website.” Hosted by Africatown-Central District and Black Dot.

Time: 1–3 PM
Where: Van Asselt Community Center — 2820 S. Myrtle St
Cost: FREE

Tags: Grants, Grant Writing, Community, Nonprofit, Small Business, Fitness, Health

Image credit: Nurturing Roots

Dinner & A Movie Night!

“Join us for our first DINNER AND A MOVIE NIGHT! Cuban Inspired Meal and Raffle! For our February event we will discuss Cuba and the Environment. The film is a reflection of the peak oil scenario argued by oil industry experts and political activists, including Matthew Simmons and James Howard Kunstler.

“The Cuban economy, heavily dependent on economic aid from the Soviet Union, suffered tremendously following the end of the Cold War. The nation lost half of its oil imports, and 85 percent of its international trade economy.

“We will introduce you to our new program and share milestones, while sharing a healthy dinner and refreshments!”

Time: 5:30–8 PM
Where: The Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S
Cost: $10 suggested donation

Tags: Community Dinner, Film, All Ages

*Also this weekend at the Collab: Activism Brunch: Immigration (also on Sat.).

Image credit: Dozer Art

Dozer’s Warehouse Presents 3 Queens

“Join Dozer’s Warehouse Gallery for their first Art Show displaying works from Cady Bogart, Hoa Hong, and Angelina Villalobos (179).

“The 3 Queens will also be collaborating on a mural inside the gallery. (Up for one month only). IG Info: @thequeencity \\ @whoaaart \\ @onesevennine. Hosted by @dozer_art.”

Time: 6–10 PM
Where: Dozer’s Warehouse & Gallery — 2507 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Art, Gallery, Art Opening, Street Art, Fine Art, All Ages

Boombox Cartel – The Cell Tour 2019

“Boombox Cartel returns to Seattle for his spring tour ‘The Cell.’ Join us on February 9th for a night of the best trap & bass music around. Live outside the law and join the cartel for one night only.”

Time: 7–10 PM
Where: Showbox SoDo — 1700 1st Ave S.
Cost: $28 and up

Tags: Live Music, Performance Venue

Image credit: Crown Chronicles, Cafe Red

Crown Chronicles EP Release Party

“The jump-off to celebrate the release of the Crown Chronicles EP produced by J. Esco! Featured performers will be ReaLife, Lyric Divine, and special invited guest Fatal Lucciauno.”

Time: 9 PM–12 AM
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr. Way S.
Cost: Unknown (probably free or by donation)

Tags: Live Music, CD Release Party, Cafe

Image credit: Your Pest Band, Georgetown Liquor Co.

Your Pest Band from Tokyo

Your Pest Band (all the way from Japan)
Muscle Dungeon (PDX)
Porn Bloopers
Minimal Enjoyment

Time: 10 PM–2 AM
Where: Georgetown Liquor Company — 5501 Airport Way S.
Cost: Unknown (low-dollar cover expected, if any)

Tags: Live Music, Bar

Sunday, Feb. 10th:

Nirvana Day and Pet Memorial Service

“Nirvana Day (Nehan-e) observes the passing of the historical (Shakyamuni) Buddha at the age of 80. This is also our annual pet memorial service. Sangha members are invited to submit photos of deceased pets to be included in a slide show during the service.

“Join us for a vegetarian potluck hosted by the Dharma School and Annual Membership meeting in the Temple gym following after-Service programs. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.” Tours of the temple offered during this event.

Time: 9 AM–1 PM
Where: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple — 1427 S. Main Street
Cost: FREE

Tags: Community, Culture, Buddhist Holiday, Family-Friendly

VietNamese Lunar New Year 2019

“Happy New Year, Year of the Pig 2019! #HDDDCDNVQGWA #VRCWA” There will be food, cultural and traditional ceremonies, musical performances, lion dances, and martial art demos at this family-friendly community event to celebrate Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. 

Time: 3–6 PM
Where: New Holly Gathering Hall — 7054 32nd Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Tết, Lunar New Year, Culture, Community, Family-Friendly

Lazy Daisy Market

“Mini vintage fashion and art market.”

Time: 1 PM
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Vintage Clothing Sale, Restaurant, Bar, All Ages

Jewels of the Nile

“The art of Belly dancing has been an exotic talent not available in Columbia City. The Jewels of the Nile will be offering a belly dancing class and showcase. Here you have a chance to mentally and culturally transport yourself to a place where belly dancing is commonplace and revered. The Jewels of the Nile and the Royal Esquire Club are proud to present to you, The Jewels of the Nile’s Belly Dancing Showcase.” This is a recurring event that takes place on second Sundays. 

Time: 5 PM, doors
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15

Tags: Belly Dancing, Culture

Image credit: Rain City Rock Camp, Ladies Rock Camp, HYPE

RCRC Ladies Camp – Band Crush ALL AGES

“Band Crush is brought to you by the Rain City Rock Camp/ Ladies Rock Camp (LRC) HYPE Committee. HYPE consists of a group of LRC alum and volunteers who are dedicated to increasing engagement, participation, and fierceness in our community.”

Time: 7–10 PM
Where: Skylark Cafe — 3803 Delridge Way SW
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Rain City Rock Camp, Ladies Rock Camp, Band Crush, All Ages

*Also this weekend at Skylark Cafe: SixTwoSeven, Marble Second Player Score and Girl George (Fri.).

Garfield High School Jazz Jam

“Garfield High School students and alumni come together for a jazz jam open to the public. All members, past and present, of Garfield Jazz Bands are welcome to sit in.”

Time: 4 PM, doors
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Live Music Jam, High School Jazz, Music Venue, Food

*Also this weekend: Wes Weddell (Album Release), Ben Mish Trio, and Lizzie Weber  (Fri.) and Pacific MusicWorks Underground Presents: Will Power – Shakespeare in Song  (Sun., late show). For individual event details, see venue website. All Ages until 10 PM.


*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.

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