THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE— Indigenous and Women of Color Rise, Utopian Blackness Family Portrait Day, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Mar. 8th:


TINY COUCH Concerts (rescheduled!)“Join us at Cypher Cafe inside Washington Hall 2019 weekly for our newest event series; #TinyCouchConcerts & #Cyphers. New Artists and Nationally Recognized Performers will stop by the #CypherCafe #CoffeeShop for an afternoon full of Surprise Guests, Short Interviews and Performances. THIS WEEK at #TinyCouchConcerts Series Episode 5 we will be interviewing Local Author / Founder of Seattle Urban Book ExpoJeffrey L Cheatham II. Stop by this Friday 3:30pm PST or Tune In via #CypherCafe #periscope & #instagram.” All Ages

Time: 3–6 PM
Where: Cypher Cafe — 153 14th ave
Cost: Free to attend

*Also tonight at Cypher Cafe: Legacy Fridays Open Mic Fridays Open Mic / Showcase Vol. 25 “Wellness Edition” (6 PM–12 AM).


Book Drive for the Youth at Echo Glen

“The Station Coffee Shop and Estelita’s Library are hosting a book drive for the youth at Echo Glen Children’s Center.

“Echo Glen is a medium/maximum security youth facility located in Snoqualmie. The youth at Echo Glen have a promising future but can use the support of the community. We are seeking to help provide relevant literature to spark the desire for literary development. We are asking the community to donate books catered for youth of color ages 12-18; literature for and Black and Latinx are highly encouraged.

“Please drop off books at The Station anytime between 6AM and 8PM Monday thru Friday or at Estelita’s Tuesday thru Friday 3-8PM.”

This event is ongoing through March 20.

Time: See above
Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St & Estelita’s Library — 2533 16th Ave S.
Cost: N/A

*Also today at Estelita’s Library: Community Movie Night at Estelita’s Library (Fri., 6:30 PM).

Excluded, Inside the Lines

“Uncover the history of redlining and its impacts through individual stories in our FREE exhibit. Beginning with the exclusion of Native people from Seattle, follow the ongoing confluence of interconnected financial, environmental, physical factors that have plagued people of color and the instrumental history of response through resistance, innovation, solidarity and creativity that has shaped Seattle.

“Join us on First Thursday, March 7th for the exhibit opening from 6 – 8 PM.”

Time: 6:30–8:30 PM
Where: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience — 719 S. King Street
Cost: FREE

Image credit: Wing Luke Museum (image depicts a rally at Westlake in protest of redlining)

*Also this weekend at Wing Luke: AAPI Perspectives on The AMP (Sat., 1–3 PM).

Image credit: Indigenous and Women of Color Rise

Indigenous and Women of Color Rise

(Read the South Seattle Emerald Q&A with Dominique Christina here.)

“As our world burns, injustice festers around the globe. Patriarchy, racism, and capitalism are bringing us to ruin. In the face of this brutality, we need to elevate voices from the grassroots. And not just any voices. We need radical voices that take no prisoners, that speak the truth, that rip down the fantasies of the powerful and inspire us to fight like our lives depend on it.

“On March 8th, 2019 (International Women’s Day), an event will be held featuring two of these powerful voices: Dominique Christina, the author of four books and the only person to EVER become a two-time world champion in slam poetry, and Cherry Smiley, warrior hero, feminist activist, scholar, and artist from the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) and Dine (Navajo) nations.

“The evening program will inform, educate, empower, inspire, and strengthen our spirit for the injustices we face: male violence, objectification, sexual exploitation, and racialization. The event will take place at the world-famous Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle, Washington, and is being organized by Asian Women for Equality and Fertile Ground Institute for Social and Environmental Justice.”

Can’t make it to this event but want to show your support? Contribute to the Kickstarter here

Time: 7 PM
Where: Seattle Central Library — 1000 4th Ave
Cost: $20 (or pledge more!)

*Here are three other International Women’s Day events you might like:

Image credit: ReWA (cropped to fit this space)

*International Women’s Day Celebration

“Join us for our International Women’s Day celebration at our main office. All are welcome. Lunch is at 11am. The entertainment program begins at 12:00pm.”

Time: 11 AM–2 PM
Where: Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) — 4008 Martin Luther King Jr Way S.
Cost: FREE

*Brave Girl Rising Free Art Giveaway

“This International Women’s Day, join Amplifier, the Seattle based non-profit organization responsible for the iconic We The People campaign, Girl Rising, and artist Ashley Lukashevsky to be part of the movement to amplify the voices of refugee girls around the world. Join us for a FREE ART giveaway, be apart of an activist photoshoot, and help us move this artwork throughout the streets of Seattle on Friday, March 8th in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park from noon-1pm.”

Time: 12–1 PM
Where: Occidental Square — 117 S. Washington St
Cost: FREE

*IWD Outreach and Speak-Out w/ Refuse Fascism Seattle

“International Women’s Day 2019—Come out with Refuse Fascism Seattle! Get with people at this busy intersection, make some noise, speak-out about the christian fascist attacks on women and why we must drive this regime from power in the name of humanity.”

Time: 5:30–7 PM
Where: Pike Street and Broadway — 819 E. Pike St
Cost: FREE

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New Releases: Capernaum (Capharnaüm), Captain Marvel
Still Playing:  How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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

Image credit: FlatTop Fridays, B-boy Fidget

FlatTop Friday’s (90’s Party)

“FlatTop Friday’s (90’s Party) @ Dynasty Room/ Friday, March 8th. Music By: DJ Pheloneous & DJ Remi. Hosted By: B-boy Fidget.”21+

Time: 9 PM–2 AM
Where: Dynasty Room — 714 S. King St
Cost: No cover

#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Student Talent Showcase

“The NAACP Youth Coalition and Social Equity Educators are proud to co-sponsor the ‘Final Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase.’ These creative youth—dancers, poets, filmmakers, singers and more—will define the phrase, ‘Young, Gifted, and Black!’ and make the case for how to uproot institutional racism in education!

“Special thanks to the Seattle Council PTSA for their support and sponsorship!”

Time: 6–8 PM
Where: Cleveland High School — 5511 15th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

The Gold Coast Experience “Ghana @62 Independence Party”

“Hottest Ghana Independence Celebration—Come in your most Fashionable/Elegant attire with all your friends, family and loved ones. Come Celebrate GHANA @ 62 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE. On this special night come witness the culture of the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence. A night of great music, dancing, performances, cocktails, fashion, network-ing and most importantly all Africans uniting for a celebration.

“Part of the Proceeds from this event will be donated to Autism Compassion Africa for their amazing job they got going on in Ghana.

“DJS: Nayiram, MIxtycal, Solo (Portland,OR)” 21+

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

Saturday, Mar. 9th:

Orientation: Become a Mentor

“Harsh and cruel experiences have led many Black children to have no hope for a bright future. The Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement seeks to dispel that notion by matching youth with mentors who take an active role in helping to shape their development. By mentoring a young person, you can help redirect the course of a young person’s life. We ask for four hours of your time a month. Come to our orientation and we’ll show you the way to become meaningfully involved in Seattle’s Black community and most importantly, in the lives of our young.”

Time: 9 AM–12:30 PM
Where: Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church — 3201 Hunter Blvd S.
Cost: Free to attend

Image credit: Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement (via Facebook)

Spring Native Art Market

“Come Join us for our Spring Native Art Market! Over 25 artists and local vendors will be on hand to sell their fantastic and unique items. Free for shoppers. We hope to see you here!” This event repeats Sat. & Sun.!

Time: 10 AM–5 PM (Sat. & Sun.)
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center — 4705 W. Marginal Way SW
Cost: Free to attend

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

Image credit: NAAM

Utopian Blackness Family Portrait Day

“In the spirit of the Jeremy Bell: Utopian Blackness exhibit, learn to draw your portrait from portrait artist George Jennings.

“Join us in the spirit of the Jeremy Bell: Utopian Blackness exhibition for a fun workshop to share with your family and friends. Learn to draw your portrait from art instructor and professional portrait artist George Jennings.This is a free workshop, but attendance will be capped at 25 people, so please register to secure your spot, you must be 21 or older to participate.” 21+

Time: 3–5 PM
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE

*Also this weekend at NAAM: 11th NAAMiversary (Fri.).

Indigenous Showcase – Indian Horse

“An adaptation of Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s boarding schools or Indigenous Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of aboriginal people.”

Time: 4–6 PM
Where: Northwest Film Forum — 1515 12th Ave
Cost: $7–12

Image credit: Red Letter Press, Ellie Belew (detail of High Voltage Women: Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light book cover)

High Voltage Women: Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light

“Women’s History Month BOOK LAUNCH—High Voltage Women: Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light

“A compelling account of pioneering electrical tradeswomen whose fight for affirmative action and against job harassment changed their workplace, their union, and their city. Radical Women is incredibly proud of the role played by our founder Clara Fraser and other members in an effort that began in the 1970s and continues today. The book shows how tradeswomen built alliances with men of color, white male union members and office staff to change the culture of management abuse and life-threatening sexism and racism at Seattle City Light.

Meet author Ellie Belew and City Light groundbreaker Megan Cornish. No-Host Bar – Refreshments $5-10 donation. Books go on sale March 1. Order at”

Sponsored by: Radical Women, Labor Archives of Washington, Seattle Silence Breakers, Washington Women in Trades

Time: 5–7:30 PM
Where: Washington State Labor Council Building — 321 16th Ave S.
Cost: Free entry

Fierce As F*ck: Womxn Are Tired Of Your Sh*t

“A Womxn/Femmes/Nonbinary PoC Variety show.

“This is a show for and of all Womxn, Femmes and Nonbinary People of Color:
It is a message for ourselves: We are Fierce as F*ck. And it is a message for everyone else: We are tired of your sh*t.

“Regardless of patriarchy, of cis-white feminism, and of exploitive and silencing politics, our fierceness rises up from within our soul, surging like electricity through our skin, and emanating from our bodies and our voices and our movements.

“So, to our fellow Womxn and Femmes of Color, we invite you to bring your fierceness into this space, as our all WoC cast share their stories and their art and their songs. Lets show “progressive Seattle” what fierce womxn of color look like. It looks like you. It looks like us.

“And to everyone else, you can come to. But this is for us.” 21+

Time: 7:30–11 PM
Where: Annex Theatre — 1100 E. Pike St
Cost: $10–50 (sliding scale)

Image credit: Indigenize Productions, Fierce as F*ck

Sunday, Mar. 10th:


“Join us as we celebrate International Women’s Month and learn about the Filipinx Food Movement. Learn to make a classic snack, then sit down for lunch. We will share stories, talk about what’s happening in the Beacon Hill community, and support the brick-and-mortar dreams of Chef Melissa Miranda, Beacon Hill native. Stay for afternoon festivities: Lawn bowling and BBQ. Lunch by Ates Vee & Gee, & Central District Ice Cream Co.

“10AM – 12PM: Lumpia Rolling Class and Lunch – $15 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
30 spots available. RSVP: — registration fee will be collected on the day-of.

“12:PM – 2PM: Community BBQ. Suggested donation $15 – $20!” Learn more about the Musang brick-and-mortar project here.

Time: 10 AM–2 PM
Where: Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club — 4103 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: By donation (suggestions provided)

Image credit: Roll With Musang

Writers Read, ft. Marcus Harrison Green

“Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session.

“This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers’ Alliance on the second Sunday of the month.”

Time: 2–4 PM
Where: Columbia City Library — 4721 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: FREE

Bridging The Music MiniFest at Columbia City Theater

“Bridging The Music Presents: Seattle MiniFest. Come join us for an afternoon and evening of top notch regional acts as they grace the stage at the Columbia City Theater!”

Time: 4–9 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $13 adv. / $15 door


*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).

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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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