THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—179 x CDICC Ice Cream Thursdae, Columbia City Beatwalk Fundraiser, JS Ondara, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Editor’s note: We’ve updated our format for THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE (TWISS) and given it a new name! Actually, it’s just the old name with three fewer letters. “THIS *WEEK* IN SOUTH SEATTLE” (still TWISS) is just like its predecessor but now includes events happening all week long in and around the South End.

Wed., April 3rd:

Live Jazz featuring Ed Taylor at Cafe Red

“Come enjoy live performances by local jazz musicians including phenomenally accomplished guitarist Ed Taylor.

Check out Cafe Red’s Facebook for more events this week, like The Motivate & Navigate Tour/ Seattle w/ Lyric Divine, Whispa the Ruler, Money Making Prince, Keasha Beard (Sun., 4/7).

Time: 7–10 PM
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: No Cover (Suggested donation: $10–20

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Beats to the Rhyme Youth Showcase!

“206 Zulu presents: BEATS TO THE RHYME, Hip Hop Music Production Program

“Youth Showcase Featuring: Daneca, Hieu, Lil Fax Machine,  Medusa, RJ3, Sigil, Yeji, DJ Melonic.” All-Ages

*Also at Washington Hall this week: WAKE UP! Conversations about what it means to be “woke” (Mon, 4/8).

Time: 6:30–8:30 PM
Where: 206 Zulu — 153 14th Ave
Cost: FREE


Thurs., April 4th:

179 x CDICC Ice Cream Thursdae

“April Ice Cream Thursdae Vol 27—Featured Artist: Jessica (Jessie) Crenshaw-Leonard Dibble Dabble Art

“Vendors: Marcosa Opulencia Marcosa Opulencia’s art, Alexander Pasqualle Pridgen @pigeon_arts, Yessica Marquez The Art of Yes, Creations by Jaylin Creations by Jaylin

“Music: NateVibes @iwantsomebigboys | DJ: Caitlyn Calderon @m0mlyn

“FREE EVENT//FAMILY FRIENDLY//COMMUNITY FEELS” Family-Friendly; The Artist Series is a CDICC and 179/Angelina Villalobos collaboration. 

Time: 6–9 PM
Where: Central District Ice Cream Co. — 509 13th Ave
Cost: FREE


Wine & Cheese Social

“As we celebrate the first #ArtWalk of April, as well as Sir John Wesley’s return to Seattle, The Station will host a curated experience for artists and art lovers.

“At this Wine & Cheese Social, you will enjoy a decadent tasting of delicacies and hors d’oeuvres paired with wines of your choosing, curated by experience designer, producer, and foodie Sir John Wesley.

“Your ticket includes unlimited access to the curated delicacies and hors d’oeuvres x 1 complimentary glass of wine. (Additional wines for purchase)

Find more information about April First Thursday Art Walk on the event page. 

Time: 7–10 PM
Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: $15 Adv. / $20 DOS

Fri., April 5th:

4th Annual Beer and Chocolate Fest

“Join us for beer and chocolate pairings–all funds raised benefit DRCC/TAGs cleanup efforts for the Duwamish River and the work we do in our communities .

“Join us to thank James Rasmussen for his last 8 years as Coordinator and welcome our new Executive Director Paulina López .

“Besides beer and chocolate … We will have music 🎶, appetizers and lots of fun conversations!

Time: 5:30–8 PM
Where: Duwamish Longhouse — 4705 W Marginal Wy SW
Cost: $25 ea. / 2 for $40

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Visesia Grace in Concert

“Come and see Visesia Grace share her story through music, stories and dance.

Time: 7:30–9 PM
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St
Cost: $25

Pebbles in my shoes

“Book reading by Nikkita Oliver and special guests. This event is hosted at Hyena Culture for the Seattle Writers Series, supporting local authors and artists to share their work. The setting is very lounge like and we will be serving beer, wine and a cocktail for the night.

Time: 7–9 PM
Where: Hyena Culture — 211 1st Ave S.
Cost: $10 Door via Cash or Venmo (RSVP required)

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Expresso Open Mic (Anniversary Edition)

“This Friday April 5th were coming together not only as artists but as a family celebrating 7 spectacular years of Expresso Open Mic! This wouldn’t be possible without you all, so mark it down on your calendars, set those reminders and let’s get it poppin’!

“Expresso is held the FIRST FRIDAY of every month at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 17th Ave S.) 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!

Join us EVERY FIRST FRIDAY!!!! at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Doors Open at 7pm for sign up!

*Also at Langston Hughes this week: Salmon People: Native Opposition to Genetically Engineered Fish (Tues., 4/9).

Time: 7–11:30 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

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Block Party Presents: JS Ondara

J.S. Ondara with Special Guests—“J.S. Ondara offers a unique take on the American dream on Tales of America, his debut album. Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, listening to American alt-rock and making up his own songs for as long as he can remember. After discovering the music of Bob Dylan, he moved to Minneapolis in 2013 to pursue a career in music. There he began making his way in the local music scene, continually writing songs about what he saw, felt and experienced in a place far different from home.” 21+

Time: 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $12 Door

Sat., April 6th:

Culture Fest Vol. 4

“An annual intimate cultural art experience that highlights Seattle’s creative community through fashion, art and music. From London MC Jay Prince, Seattle MC Dave B, to artists Alexander Codd, Leo Shallat, to fashion with the International Sad Boy Commitee and many more –– CF Vol. 4 highlights acclaimed artists across multiple mediums.

Time: 5–10:30 PM
Where: AXIS Pioneer Square — 308 1st Avenue S.
Cost: $30 (pre-sale)

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Unmasked Love – An Au Collective Fundraiser

“Unmasked Love is a masquerade themed fundraiser party centering the folx we love in Au Collective. We’ll have a special performance from the Malicious Vixens and DJ Phenohype to lead us in a dance celebration.

Time: 9 PM–1 AM
Where: Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10–20 (sliding scale)

Sun., April 7th:

Columbia City Beatwalk Fundraiser

“Have you attended Beatwalk in the past? Want to see Beatwalk continue and grow? Then please come & support Columbia City Beatwalk so we can continue to provide the community with Free music on the second Sunday of the month — June through September. This is the only Beatwalk event with a cover charge!!!

Performances by: Thaddillac, BEAR AXE, Nurse Ratchett, Knuckles, Pearl Dragon” 

Time: 4 PM, doors / 5 PM, show
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $15 GA / $5 kids under 12


Mon., April 8th:

LGBTQ Renters Rights Training

“Learn about LGBTQ housing history, the current state of housing for LGBTQ renters in King County and your rights as tenants.

“William Yi will be the trainer and Allyship will provide food and drink.

Time: 6–8 PM
Where: Rainier Avenue Radio — 5256 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

African-American Writers’ Alliance – Open Mic

African-American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA) hosts an open mic on the second Monday of each month at Third Place Books in Seward Park.

Time: 7 PM
Where: Third Place Books (Seward Park) — 5041 Wilson Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tues., April 9th:

Film Screening: This Living Salish Sea

Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies Presents—This Living Salish Sea

This Living Salish Sea is important to us here in the Pacific Northwest. Starting at an inland pond which flows into a stream, then rivers and finally into the sea, this film is about interconnectedness and interdependence. It takes you deep into the Salish Sea and introduces the beings who live there with gorgeous and intimate underwater photography and explanation by the filmmaker, Sarama. But the film also presents the threat to this environment and these beings by the heedless fossil fuel industry, the Kinder Morgan pipeline to transfer petroleum from Alberta tar sands to tankers in Vancouver which will ship it through the Salish Sea. Spills can happen at every stage. Now that the Canadian government has bought the project and despite the warning by their own National Energy Board of the risks it poses to orcas and people…

Time: 6–9 PM
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: FREE (donations appreciated)


*NOTAFLOF = “No one turned away for lack of funds”

DOS = Day of Show

Adv. = Advance

GA = General Admission (no assigned seating)

Door = Tickets are only available at the door.

FREE = As far as we can tell, you can show up and have fun without buying anything.

Free to Attend
= We don’t think there’s a 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.

Please follow individual event links and follow up with event venues / organizers to verify crucial event details. 

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