THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE— Showing Out: Word & Shout!, Liberty Bank Building Ribbon Cutting, ARTS at King Street Station, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Fri., March 22nd:

Showing Out: Word & Shout!

“For one weekend only, Seattle’s fiercest Black writers and musicians will light up the stage *together* in our Central District home. But get ready! This is NOT your traditional, sit-back-and-be-quiet arts experience — this dope lineup of Black artists will make ya wanna HOLLAAAAA!!!

“Do not miss this incredible weekend of powerful performances by: Kamari Bright /// Brian J. Evans /// Le’Ecia Farmer /// Gail Haynes /// Nadia Imafidon /// Janelle Jolly /// Mahal Kita /// Robert Lashley /// Jennifer Moore /// Nandi Seboulisa /// Kilam T.A. /// Jacqueline Tabor /// The Smiley Experience /// Gina Williams

“WHAT IS ‘SHOWING OUT?’—SHOWING OUT supports the creation and development of work by several of the Pacific Northwest’s emerging Black artists, curated by Dani Tirrell and perfectly aligned with CD Forum’s mission to support distinctive Black artistic voices.

Note: This is a weekend-long festival event with tickets available for various event days and times. Please see the event page(s) for details. Content recommended for ages 12 and up.

Time: Event times vary
Where: Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas —104 17th Ave S.
Cost: See above

Image credit: Showing Out


“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. We will record and broadcast on all platforms. #New #VideoBlog- #Podcast- #LivePerformace #Seattle #PlacesToVisit #Events w/ Respect The Culture / #TownHeroes & #SpecialGuests.” All Ages

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

Image credit: Ardalan

People Music & Studio 4/4 Present: Ardalan, Thelem, onhell

“People Music & Studio 4/4 present Two Floors of Music

“ARDALAN (Dirtybird – SF, 3 hour set)
Sean Majors B2B Jesse Leer

Pressha, Nofux Gibbons, Åse

Dirtybird – SF
Born in Tehran, Iran, Ardalan Noghre-Kar possesses a peculiar, fresh perspective on music genesis without even trying. His mixes, remixes and dubs are known for their sass, energy and wickedly wry samples that snap like a wet towel to the face

ONHELL – West Coast
STYLSS, Terrorhythm, Deep, Dark & Dangerous, Astrophonica
‘ONHELL’ is a phonetic respelling of the Spanish pronunciation of angel and the first name of Los Angeles based composer, producer and DJ, Angel Rubio-Hale. ONHELL’s releases on Plastician’s Terrorhythm Recordings, Truth’s Deep, Dark & Dangerous, and Fracture’s Astrophonica exhibit his range within the experimental bass music sphere.”

*Check out Diggin Deep 2 rooms : Atish + Uniting Souls at Monkey Loft on Sat. night too!

Time: 10 PM–4 AM
Where: Monkey Loft — 2915 1st Ave S.
Cost: $15 adv.

Tags: DJ, Dancing, 21+

Ark Lodge Cinemas

New Releases: Us
Still Playing:
Apollo 11, Captain Marvel

*Also at Ark Lodge this week: The Burial of Kojo – Presented by Sankofa Film Society (Thurs., 3/21)

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

Sat., March 23rd:

Liberty Bank Building Ribbon Cutting Celebration

“Africatown Community Land Trust, the Black Community Impact Alliance, Byrd Barr Place, and Capitol Hill Housing invite the community to celebrate with us as we open the historic Liberty Bank Building on Saturday March 23, 2019.

“This glorious new building, built on the site of the first African American-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest, provides 115 new affordable homes, and affordable retail space for three local minority-owned businesses. The Liberty Bank Building was created through the dedication and support of many community members and organizations with deep roots in Seattle’s Central District. The celebration will reflect our community by bringing together the neighbors, friends, artists, business owners and community leaders who have contributed to the success of this momentous project.

“Speakers and performers from the community begin a brief program promptly at 11:30.

“With live music and performances, and food for all attendees. #libertybankbuilding

Time: 11 AM–2 PM
Where: Liberty Bank Building — 1405 24th Ave
Cost: Free to attend (RSVP)

Image credit: Detail of Kali Spitzer’s (Kaska Dena and Jewish) “Awapuhi” on display at Yəhaw̓ Show – Indigenous Creatives

Grand Opening: ARTS at King Street Station

“Join us for the grand opening of ARTS at King Street Station, our new arts and cultural space in the heart of Seattle. This space is dedicated to increasing opportunities for communities of color to:

– DISPLAY and SHARE their work
– RECOMMEND PROGRAMMING through the King Street Station Advisors

“In recognition of the Coast Salish peoples on whose land the City of Seattle is built, we are honored to open ARTS at King Street Station, with yəhaw̓, an Indigenous-centered inaugural exhibition that will run March 23 – August 3, 2019.

“This opening celebration will have performances, song, and storytelling all day. Join us!

“This project was conceived and curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon.

Time: 12–7 PM
Where: Office of Arts & Culture — 303 S. Jackson St (Top Floor)

Rainier Beach Job & Resource Fair

“In the Rainier Beach Neighborhood, we want to create access to employment resources for anyone searching for a job, career change, job training program or learn more about starting your own business.Learn more on the event page. 

Time: 12–2 PM
Where: Rainier Beach Community Center — 8825 Rainier Ave S.

Tammy Morales Launch Party

Tammy Morales is one of many people running for City Council in District 2. This event is family-friendly and food is included.

Time: 2–4 PM
Where: Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend (RSVP)

Image credit: Phorale

Phorale Grand Opening Fiesta

“We want to thank everyone for their love and support for Phorale these past years. As you all know we closed our brick and mortar just over a year ago and we are so excited to bring it back on wheels.

“Come celebrate with us at our Grand Opening party at Bar Ciudad in the courtyard on March 23rd. This is a family friendly event so bring the entire family! Our full menu will be available, which includes favorites from back in the day, to new creations we have been waiting to release.

“We will have live music provided by DJ On Mars, DJ Shookz & DJ OKbeats and a live performance by 7 man Mariachi de Guadalajara. Come join us for a great night filled with piñatas, merchandise giveaways, great food, great cocktails and drinks made by Bar Ciudad.

Time: 3 PM
Where: Bar Cuidad — 1210 S. Bailey St
Cost: Full menu available; food prices vary

Image credit: Cafe Red

Cafe Red March 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!

Third Eye Bling
Zen Seizure
Madshroom MC

“Hope to see y’all there! ✌🏽

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

All Diamonds Are Blood Diamonds

“This event is a call to action for white people to return diamonds and other stolen resources back to African people as a form of reparations. All Diamonds are Blood Diamonds is a national speaking tour by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party.

“Long revered as rare, benign gems symbolizing the ideals of beauty and everlasting love, diamonds are the desired gift for engagements, anniversaries, graduations, or simply as an expression of love. Diamonds are thought to be the makings of heirlooms, something to pass down from generation to generation with ever appreciating value.

“These myths about the diamond trade, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. This is a look into the reality of diamonds and the real price of this seemingly innocent stone for millions of African people and others who live on the other end of the equation.

Time: 6–8 PM
Where: South Park Neighborhood Center — 8201 10th Ave S.
Cost: FREE (Register)

Image credit: Uhuru Solidarity Movement

Liberation Flicks: The revolution will not be televised

“PSL-hosted viewing party for award-winning documentary focused on events in Venezuela surrounding the U.S.-backed coup attempt in 2002.

“Free admission (donations accepted). Popcorn served. Wheelchair accessible. Comrades will be waiting outside to bring attendees up to the viewing room.All Ages

Time: 6–8 PM
Where: 918 S Horton St
Cost: Free to attend

Chef Tarik’s Midnight Mecca: South on S E V E N Roundtrip

“March’s Midnight Mecca dinner is dedicated and pays homage to the cultures one would find along the number 7 bus line from Rainier Beach to the International District. 🚎🚃Learn more here

Time: 6:30–10 PM
Where: Subscribe at to find out!
Cost: Must subscribe above to find out; Event will sell out.

Do Peterson Band plays Stevie Wonder

“Do Peterson Band plays the songs of Stevie Wonder. Do Peterson Band is led by of Bronx-born, African American, Seattle singer songwriter Do Peterson, performing Soul & Folk originals and classic Soul & Folk covers made famous by Marvin Gaye, Tracy Chapman, The Roches and, of course, Stevie Wonder for happy audiences at sold out venues in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Do Peterson Band’s rich vocal harmonies, with inspiring musical arrangements, speak to both the mind and heart.

“Do Peterson Band is: Zoe Bermet (vocals), Jeanne Morefield (vocals), Kirk Van Scoyoc (vocals, banjo), Do Peterson (vocals, guitar) AND Special Guests: John Ewing (drums, Percussion), Bob Lovelace (bass).

Time: 6–9 PM
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $12 adv. / $15 DOS

Honorable mentions (Seattle Center & Southcenter):

Image credit: Gates Foundation, 2019 Teen Action Fair

Teen Action Fair

“It Starts with Youth!

“Celebrate youth-driven change at #TeenActionFair 2019. Connect with youth and organizations working to make a difference in their local and global communities through volunteering, art, social justice campaigns, and more.

Free and open to all. The celebration features powerful performances, a youth-led open mic, an art showcase, give back activities, and over 30 youth-driven and youth-focused organizations.

For more information visit:

Performances by: Da’Fir, Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team [FYA Drill Team], Red Eagle Soaring – Native Youth Theater, Youth Division – Spectrum Dance Theater, Zoser.Youth Speaks will host open mics throughout the day too!

Time: 10 AM–3 PM
Where: Gates Foundation Discovery Center — 440 5th Ave N.
Cost: FREE

Empowering Youth & Families Outreach 17-Year Anniversary

EYFO Fundraising Event—“Please join Empowering Youth and Families Outreach as we celebrate 17 years of serving youth and families in our community. Your support will provide college scholarships and will allow us to provide increased services to under-served youth.Family friendly

Time: 1 PM
Where: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel — 16500 Southcenter Parkway
Cost: $65 (see eventbrite)

Sun., March 24th:

Brunch With Musang: Fil-Am Edition! Featuring Chef Jun Robles

“Brunch with Musang is back! This month, we’re joined by Chef Jun Robles, who is known for his brand of Fil-Am pop-ups in Portland and has recently relocated to Seattle. Join us for this special Fil-Am edition of our brunch series as we take you through our versions of Filipino classics. Family friendly + different seating options available!

*Also! Help Chef Melissa Miranda set her table, expanding her Filipinx pop ups and becoming a brick and mortar as MUSANG by contributing contributing to her Kickstarter (just two days left!).

Time: 10:30 AM–2:30 PM
Where: Bar del Corso — 3057 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $40 (get tickets)

Image credit: Musang

Street Clean Up & Outreach

“Meet at the track at Franklin High School and we hit Rainier Ave! We will start with beautifying, chatting, and spreading joy and end with pizza, chatting and spreading joy. We will see you there rain or shine but let’s all hope for shine! ☀️Hosted by Abundance of Hope

Time: 11 AM–2:30 PM
Where: Franklin High School — 3013 S. Mount Baker Blvd
Cost: FREE

Image credit: U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times

U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times

“Please join us for a U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times training, an examination of transforming anger into spiritually based activism. This series of trainings is in partnership with Buddhist Peace Fellowship and API Chaya.Co-hosted by Buddhist Peace Fellowship and API Chaya

Time: 3–6 PM
Where: Dharma Gate — 1910 24th Ave S.
Cost: FREE


*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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