THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—The Melanin Marketplace, Dance in the Moonlight: FOCS Parents’ Night Out, Sunday Night Blues, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Feb. 22nd:

RingSide’s Winter Show

“RINGSIDE IS BACK and it will be like nothing you’ve ever seen us do before. 2019 is going to be a year of growth and expression of art.

“We will have an open mic sign up each show, but if you’ve ever wanted to have a band back your work up as a poet or better still, have wanted to do some songs…we got you. You’ll have plenty of artists supporting you.

“4 Quarterly Show’s in 2019: Feb 22nd, May 31st, Aug 30th, Nov 29th

“Feb 22: Dj: Dj Rise; Hosts: Momma Nikki & Nikkita Oliver “KO,” Live House Band—Keys: Paul Stoot, Drums: Shacolby Shae Jenkins, Bass: DeAndre Enrico” All Ages until 10pm

Time: 8 PM, doors
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $5 cover (to pay the house band)

Image credit: Ringside

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

Backstreet Bazaar

“Come down to the southend, enjoy some music, some art, some food and drinks, and celebrate art & culture in Hillman City, Seattle’s newest Arts & Culture district!

“For February, we’ll have local Latin funk band, The New Triumph, laying down the music, with artists Siayana Suzumura, and Mónica Mendoza-Castrejón displaying their art in our gallery for the month.”

Time: 7 PM
Where: Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Nicole Byer

“Nicole Byer is an actress, comedian and writer, Nicole hosts the baking show Nailed It currently streaming on Netflix and has a sitcom loosely based on her life streaming on Facebook Watch called Loosely Exactly Nicole. She also hosts a podcast called Why Won’t You Date Me. She recently starred on the short lived Fox sketch show Party Over here. You’ve also seen her on MTV’s Girl Code, 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, @Midnight, Adult Swim, Chelsea Lately, Transparent, Lady Dynamite, and a Nestle commercial that only runs in Israel. She co-wrote and starred in the Pursuit of Sexiness which Variety named a web series to watch. Nicole was featured as a Time Out LA comic to watch in 2015, and Refinery 29 says she’s a female comic to look out for. She’s also been featured in Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Elle and Ebony. Nicole has done lots of fun shit. with special guest El Sanchez.”

Note: This event is currently SOLD OUT (both nights!).

Time: 7 & 9 PM (two shows)
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $25 (SOLD OUT)

*Also this weekend at Columbia City Theater: Festival of Friends in the theater & Daniel Pellegrini, Micah James, Alex Enger in the Bourbon Bar (Sat.). For individual event details, see venue website.

Image credit: Nicole Byer

Purple Mane—A Tribute to Prince & George Michael

Purple Mane is a Prince tribute band from Seattle, Washington that captures the essence, theatrics, and sexiness of Prince. They have played sold out shows from Seattle to SXSW and are available for both public performances and private parties.

Purple Mane strives to give you the full Prince experience with every guitar lick, screaming falsetto and pelvic thrust.”

Time: 9 PM, doors
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $10 adv. / $12 DOS

*Also this week at Clock-Out: Concuss’ Special Edition of Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! w/ Blak Wizard and more (Thurs., 2/21) and Slang, Wild Powwers (Sat., 2/23). For individual event details, see venue website.

Image credit: Concuss (Concuss event is Thurs., 2/21/19)

Electric Circus

“Electric Circus remixes classic R&B, soul and rock for the 21st century with sampled grooves, improvised sonic exploration, light projections and reinventions of mid 20th century psychedelia.

“Featuring: Kate Olson – Sax, Greg Sinibaldi – Sax, Ray Larsen – Trumpet, Beth Fleenor – Bass Clarinet, Vocals, Tim Kennedy – Piano, Ayesha “MusicBox” Brooks – Vocals, Andy Roth – Drums, Greg Campbell – Percussion, Ronan Delisle – Guitar, Abbey Blackwell – Upright Bass, Mark Hunter – Electric Bass, Simon Henneman – Guitar, Wayne Horvitz – Conductor, Brad Rouda – Lights.”

Time: 8 PM, doors
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: No Cover (donations appreciated)

*Also this weekend at the Royal Room: Crowdsource Choir / Love and Fury (Album Release) w/ MKB Ultra (Sat. early / late shows), Orca Family Talent Show Fundraiser (Sun.). For individual event details, see venue website. All Ages until 10 PM.

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New Releases: Fighting with My Family, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Still Playing: Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Green Book

*Also this week at Ark Lodge:
Afro-Punk – With Director James Spooner—“Join us as we welcome director James Spooner in an exploration of the Black punk movement and its enduring cultural impact. One night only screening of the award winning ‘Afro-Punk.’

“The movie that sparked a movement. ‘Afro-Punk’ explores the experiences of black punk and hardcore kids within a predominantly white subculture.

“Through exclusive interviews with punks and various punk rock bands including, Fishbone, 24-7 Spyz, and Dead Kennedys, Spooner’s documentary covered issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating, and the double lives people of color lead within a predominately white sub-cultured community.”—Thurs, Feb. 21 @ 7 PM

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

Image credit: Afro-Punk Movie (cropped to fit this space)

Saturday, Feb. 23rd:

New Majority: POC Political Candidates and Staff Training

“Presented by CD Strategic, Inc, a local POC-owned political consulting firm in coordination with Dr. Ben Yisrael, a political strategist and non profit consultant from Texas.

“Learn political campaign essentials including but not limited to field organizing, fundraising, social media and more… network with other people thinking about or already running for office and get connected with people in the political world.”

Time: 9:30 AM–5 PM
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St
Cost: $150 (per candidate)

Image credit: CD Strategic, Inc. (via Facebook)

What’s Next—Opportunity and Resource Fair

“What’s Next is CfY’s annual event that allows students to inquire and explore what could potentially be next for them. Set up as an opportunity fair, this event includes tabling from various organizations and programs that offer information on internships, job opportunities, academic and adventure programs, post-secondary options, and more.

“We will have breakout sessions including: Goodwill: Resume Building, Mock Interviews, BECU: Financial Literacy, Youth Force: Networking Skills, YearUp: Goal Setting, JUMA Ventures: Youth Employment Strategies

“Get a professional photo taken for your LinkedIn Profile! Enter to win amazing Raffle Prizes! Come join us for opportunity exploration, community building, food, and fun!”

Hosted by Community For Youth and Year Up.

Time: 10 AM–4 PM
Where: Goodwill Training & Education Center — 700 Dearborn Pl S.
Cost: FREE (please register)

Health and Wellness Fair

“Join us for our first annual health and wellness fair at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center! Receive free information from our health and wellness booths set up by organizations including University of Washington Health and Dental, Seattle Indian Health Board, and more. Receive free screenings and enter our raffle while gathering information on Native health and wellness. Be sure to be here for a visit with the Seattle Fire Department and a real fire truck at 12!”

Time: 11 AM–4:30 PM
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center — 4705 W. Marginal Way SW
Cost: FREE

Image credit: The Melanin Marketplace (cropped to fit this space)

The Melanin Marketplace

“Get your cards ready as we highlight products and services from selected artists, entrepreneurs, and overall creatives of African descent. (Directions: We are located on the NW corner of 2nd and Seneca between the Chiropractor office and the shoe repair shop. Follow the blue light to the back of the plaza.)”

*Also today at The Union Seattle: Black LGBTQ Happy Hour 5:30–7:30 PM.

Time: 12–4 PM
Where: The Union Seattle — 1200 2nd Avenue
Cost: Free to attend

Image credit: Old Army Jacket (Randy Ford pictured). Event: Black LGBTQ Happy Hour, Sat., 2/23/19

A weekend with Dr. T Owens Moore

“Lecture on Saturday, February 23 1 pm to 5 pm and Melanin Research workshop on Sunday, February 24 with brunch from noon to 4 pm with Dr. Timothy Owens Moore.”

This is a two-day event on Sat. & Sun. See event page for program details. 

Time: 1–5 PM (Sat.)
Where: Africatown International — 3100 S. Alaska St
Cost: $10–30

Women’s Work

“Join us for the artists’ reception for Women’s Work, Saturday, February 23, 5-7pm. Free and Open to the Public. Community Gallery — February 20–March 31

“Women’s Work—Examining the connection between domestic labor and women’s craft. Ten female artists exhibit work that challenges the patriarchal viewpoint of domesticity and craft. Marissa Cain, Priscilla Dobler, Lisa Fruichantie, LadyFIRM, Carmen Lizardo, Maureen McCourt, Lacey McKinney, Paige Pettibon, Asia Tail, Lesley Wamsley, Kelly Worman.” All Ages

Time: 5–7 PM
Where: Columbia City Gallery — 4864 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Fighting Racism on the Job

“Black History Month Forum 2019—Fighting Racism on the Job

“Speakers: Markisha Dixon—Protech union Local 17 and Seattle Silence Breaker member standing up to race and sex discrimination facing workers at the City of Seattle; Tamasha Emedi—Teacher at Hazel Valley Elementary and Building Representative to Highline Education Association striving to diversify teaching staff and eliminate prejudice in schools; John Frazier—President of Washington Federation of State Employees Local 3488 and leader in the struggle for equality and respect at Harborview and UW medical centers; Christina López—Teamsters Local 763 and immigrant rights activist, coordinator of the Comrades of Color Caucus, and affirmative action advocate.

“Home-cooked Soul Food Dinner 6pm. For info: 206-722-2453 or To arrange childcare or work exchanges, please call two days in advance.” Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party & Radical Women

Time: 6–10 PM
Where: New Freeway Hall — 5018 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $2–5 (sliding scale donation) / Buffet: $8–10

Image credit: Bill Fletcher Jr. (feat. “The Man Who Fell From the Sky” book cover)

Bill Fletcher Jr – The Man Who Fell From the Sky

“Join us on Saturday, February 23 at 7pm for a reading with Bill Fletcher Jr., author of The Man Who Fell From the Sky.

“In 1970, a sniper’s bullet shocks the sleepy Cape Cod village of Osterville. David Gomes, a young reporter for the Cape & Islands Gazette covers the story, thinking his reporting might lead to a job with a major metropolitan newspaper. With protests against the Viet Nam war and the rise of the Black Panthers roiling the county, the murder investigation becomes deeply personal when Gomes, a Cape Verdean American, encounters the legacy of the often overlooked history of a non-enslaved African people in the USA, as well as the deep-seated hatred toward all people of African descent among members of the white community.

“Bill Fletcher Jr. has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO.”

Time: 7 PM
Where: Third Place Books — 5041 Wilson Ave S.
Cost: No Cover

Image credit: Chris LeVaughn (“Had It” album cover artwork)

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.” All Ages

Time: 7 PM
Where: Perihelion Brewery — 2800 16th Ave S.
Cost: No Cover

Dance in the Moonlight: FOCS Parents’ Night Out

“FOCS Families, YOU NEED A TIME OUT! Our community of parents and families of color has accomplished so much on our journey together as advocates for all families. So join us for a night out; you deserve it!

“Join us on a Saturday night for Dance in the Moonlight, a dance party fundraiser with FOCS parents and friends. Tickets are $50 (with a $25 sliding scale option) and include two drinks and Chinese and Korean-style street food bites.

“MUSIC: DJ Doughboy + DJ BTwoTimes + DJ Daps1; DANCE PERFORMANCES: Tudo Beleza, Tracey Wong + Eric Pak” 21+

Time: 7:30–10 PM
Where: Dynasty Room — 714 S. King St
Cost: $50 ($25 sliding-scale option)

Sunday, Feb. 24th:

Image credit: NAAM (cropped to fit this space)

A Hymn to the Peoples: An Afro-Classical Concert

“Join dynamic duo, CernaBella, and Seattle Symphony cellist Joy Payton-Stevens as they explore the journey of Afro-Classical music from the Middle Passage to being in the middle of it all in this exciting concert experience! Includes the West Coast premiere of ‘Three Pieces for Violin and Cello’ by acclaimed African American composer, Jessie Montgomery.”

Time: 5–7 PM
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St.
Cost: $20–25

Drag & Drama: Academy Awards Party

“Come and celebrate the best night in film, hosted at Backyard by drag royalty, Queen Andrew Scott! Games and prizes throughout the evening for correct ballot predictions, commercial-break trivia, and our very own red carpet runway. Best Picture-inspired food and drink specials to be featured. Free popcorn! PLUS: Dress to impress for our costume contest! There are two categories—formal wear and nominee inspired—with a special award for winners.

“Individual GA tickets are $5 and reserve you a seat. Large VIP Tables (seats 5-7 people) are $50 and include a bottle of bubbly. Small VIP Tables (seats 2-4) are $25 and also include bubbles. We will show red carpet style right at 4 followed by the live broadcast at 5 so COME EARLY to find your seat, fill out a ballot, and catch all the fabulous fashion. Prizes include CASH, gift cards, and other surprises we can’t tell you about!”

Time: 4 PM
Where: Backyard — 3820 S. Ferdinand St Ste. 102
Cost: $5 GA

February Community Kitchen

“You are invited! Please join us for the February Cultural Community Kitchen Dinner at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands. Bring the whole family – children are always welcome! This month, we are excited to celebrate Black History Month. We will be joined by guest Chef Ariel, owner of Healthy Creations. Performance by LaTanya Horace aka Sistahluv. The performance will happen before dinner at 4 p.m. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with Rainier Action Coalition’s Cultural Community Dinner Series.” All Ages

Time: 4–7 PM
Where: Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands — 5513 S. Cloverdale St.
Cost: FREE


Youth Speaks Prelim #3 Slam

“Every winter and spring, Youth Speaks Seattle hosts 3 preliminary slams, one Wildcard slam, leading up to the culminating finale Grand Slam in April. The top 3 finalists of each prelim slam win a place to compete at Grand Slam for the opportunity to represent the Youth Speaks Seattle team at esteemed international youth poetry competition, Brave New Voices.”

Time: 6–9:30 PM
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave.
Cost: $5–10 NOTAFLOF

Sunday Night Blues—Hosted by CT Thompson

“The request for a Blues Night has been heard loud and clear. Sometimes you just need to hear and jam to the Blues. The 4th Sunday of the month is where our Blues resides. The Northwest’s superstar CT Thompson is your host for the night. You will not be disappointed in your Sunday night venture to the Royal Esquire Club on Sunday Night Blues. Call the club for reserve seating. (206)723-2811.”

Time: 6 PM, doors
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Live Jazz, Blues, and R&B

“Every Sunday evening at Cafe Ibex in the Ballroom Musicians gather in honor and homage to Joe Brazil. Detroit Native, Seattle transplant his work, talents and skills helped transform, develop, and cultivate the Jazz music scene in Seattle. First African-American Jazz Music Instructor at the University of Washington. The Black Student Union demanded Brazil be brought in to teach the History of Jazz Music. Brazil developed and created a curriculum where there was none, and his lectures were standing room only. Many popular musicians of the time, personal friends of Brazil’s would appear in the lecture hall to engage the students. This is OUR SPACE, and OUR TIME – to COME TOGETHER!!”

Time: 7–10:30 PM
Where: Cafe Ibex — 3219 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
Cost: No Cover

Image credit: Cafe Ibex (cropped to fit this space)

*Honorable Mention…

Thursday, Feb. 21st:

Dozer’s Warehouse Presents 3 Queens—Event r
escheduled from Feb. 8

“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.”

See our write up about Dozer’s Warehouse & Gallery!

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

Image credit: Dozer’s Warehouse & Gallery (This event will now take place on Thurs., 2/21/19)


*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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