THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Cafe Red April Hip-Hop Showcase, Ola Wyola (Re) Opening, 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 10th:

Sullivan Fortner Trio

“Lauded as one of the top jazz pianists of his generation, Sullivan Fortner is recognized for his virtuosic technique and captivating performances. As a leader, The Sullivan Fortner Trio has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, Tri-C Jazz Festival, Jazz Standard, and the Gillmore Keyboard Festival.

Note: Two shows! Early show is 7–9 PM and late show follows. Early show is all-ages.

Time: 7 PM
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $25 GA / $10 students & military


Ark Lodge Cinemas

New Release on Thurs., 4/11: Little
Still Playing:
Us, Captain Marvel, Shazam!, Dumbo

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

Thurs., April 11th:


The Black Tones ‘Cobain & Cornbread” Album Release Show

“The Black Tones ‘Cobain & Cornbread’ album release show w/ Black EndsPayge Turner.” 21+

Time: 8 PM
Where: Chop Suey — 1325 E. Madison St
Cost: $10 adv. / $15 w/ album download code

Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism

“Facilitators: Nikkita Oliver (featured) with youth storyteller, Azura Tyabji, Natasha Marin, Fleur Larsen, and Bert Hopkins.

“Join us in this training to explore how storytelling can be used to develop concrete strategies to help individuals and organizations actively engage in anti-racist work.

Note: This event is SOLD OUT, but you can register for the next event in the series, which takes place May 2

Time: 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: $175 (SOLD OUT)


Spinster (EP release) // Brenda Xu // Tekla Waterfield

Brenda Xu + string quartet; Spinster EP release + Ghost Choir; Tekla Waterfield. This will be a seated event.

Time: 7 PM, doors
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $12 pre-sale / $15 door

The Jaydogs & Jessie McKenna w/ Sid Law

Beacon Hill songstress Jessie McKenna w/ special guest, Sid Law, will start the evening off, followed by The Jaydogs, whose fearless leader, Jay Hollingsworth, and bass player, Jack LeNoir, also call Beacon Hill home. The whole lot will represent some South End edgy pop / folk / and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll at the Skylark this Thurs, where there’s good food and drink (and a great sound guy!).

Time: 7:30 PM, doors
Where: Skylark Cafe — 3803 Delridge Wy SW
Cost: $8


Fri., April 12th:

14th Yoni Ki Baat Seattle

“Produced by Tasveer, Yoni Ki Baat Seattle is a growing collection of authentic, bold, vivid, tender, powerful, and poignant stories written and narrated by South Asian women and trans members. It is space that transforms and encourages SA women, trans, and gender non conforming folks to express their challenges, hopes, dreams, breakdowns, and aspirations for change.

“14th YKB is directed by Jaya Ramesh. She has been a former participant of YKB 2012. It is organized in collaboration with Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas.”

Note: This event repeats on Sat. and Sun. at 7 PM and 2 PM, respectively. 

Time: 7–9:30 PM (Fri.)
Where: SAM — 1300 1st Ave
Cost: $25 GA (per daily event)


Screening of “Booker” & talk w/ screenwriter Charles Johnson

“Come enjoy a screening of the award winning film Booker and then stay for a talk back with screenwriter Charles Johnson and Inye Wokoma.

“Set in the 1860’s South, Booker is the impassioned story of the boy who struggled through slavery to found the Tuskegee Institute. Through the eyes of nine-year-old Booker T. Washington, viewers witness the end of the Civil War, the cruelties that endured after slavery was abolished, and the hard work that led Booker to education and true freedom. Booker is a one-hour drama based on the childhood of Booker T. Washington and his quest for education in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War…

Time: 7–8:30 PM
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave
Cost: FREE


WriteOn! Series feat. Damon Young, moderated by Ijeoma Oluo

“One of the most closely followed writers about race, class, and gender of our generation, Damon Young has been praised by Ava DuVernay as ‘one of our best thinkers,’ by Kiese Laymon as “the most exciting new American essayist in the country,” and by Michael Eric Dyson as ‘the antidote to what ails this nation.’ The publication of his first book, WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU BLACKER will put Young on the map for an even wider national audience…

“Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based Writer, Speaker and Internet Yeller. Her work on social issues such as race and gender has been published in *The Guardian*, *The Stranger*, *Washington Post*, *ELLE Magazine*, *NBC News* and more. She has been the Editor at Large at *The Establishment* since 2015. Her NYT bestselling first book, So You Want To Talk About Race, was released January 2018 with Seal Press…” Find more info about Damon Young and Ijeoma Oluo on the event page.

Time: 7–9 PM
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE

Note: There’s WriteOn! event on Mon., 4/15, too, featuring author, Valerie Jarrett / moderated by Hill Harper. More info on the event page. If you dig author talks, here’s one at Third Place Books (Seward Park) on Wed., 4/17—Survivors Speak: Poetry and Musings from the Local Sex Trade. More info on the event page.

Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase

“LEGACY FRIDAYS Open Mic / Showcase Vol. 26 #SPIRIT #LEGACYFridays #OpenMic #Showcase. Monthly (2nd Fridays) 2019 at Cypher Cafe inside Washington Hall. Hosted by Suntonio Bandanaz w/ DJ Neebor (Robbin Neebor Clemente) #FeaturedArtists #VISUALS by: JOAN CZESLAWA. #Seattle #Events #WhatToDoInSeattle W/ #TOWNHEROES & #RESPECTTHECULTURE #FAC3KREW. Limited Sign Up Performer Slots Available (Come Early).” All-Ages

Time: 6 PM–12 AM
Where: Cypher Cafe — 153 14th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

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Sat., April 13th:

Creating LGBTQ+ & Gender Inclusive Schools: A Human Rights Campaign

 “Issues about gender in our schools are emerging as never before. As government, communities, schools and classrooms work to support the learning of every child, gender diversity (even in Seattle) is an area that is new for many educators. As loving adults, we play an important role in turning around potentially negative situations for LGBTQ+ and non-binary children by helping to foster a school climate that promotes acceptance of diversity and security for all.

“This workshop will look at policy, practice, teaching strategies and curriculum that will help you create a welcoming environment for students of all gender identities. The morning session will focus on developing a framework for creating a gender inclusive school.Presented by Hilltop Educator Institute, this workshop is FREE for City of Seattle DEEL staff and DEEL’s early learning partners in the Seattle Preschool Program, the SPP Pathway Program, and Step Ahead. (Washington STARS hours available.)

Time: 8:30 AM–3:30 PM
Where: 2100 Building — 2100 24th Ave S.
Cost: $150–165

Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

We Are Still Here: Central Area Public Art Community Feedback

 “Join the Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Public Utilities, and Seattle Department of Transportation in welcoming: Melvin Freeman.

“Come and meet the selected artist for the ‘We are still here’ public art project in the Central Area. Engage in public art activities and bring old photos from your life in the Central Area to be scanned and potentially included in the final artwork.

Time: 12–2 PM
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave S.
Cost: FREE (must register)


WE ARE STILL HERE Film Screening: 10th Anniv. Duwamish Longhouse

 “We hope you will join us for film, food, and conversation as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Duwamish Longhouse with a FREE screening + postfilm discussion of PRINCESS ANGELINE and two short films, WAAŁŠIʔAƛIN (COMING HOME), and RECLAMATION: The Rise at Standing Rock. These films tell indigenous stories: past and future.

“The Duwamish people have been in the Seattle/Greater King County area since time immemorial. Their stories, such as ‘North Wind, South Wind,’ tell of the last Ice Age, and an Ice Weir breaking over the Duwamish River. Their longhouse today stands across the street from where one of their largest villages was located before it was burned down by settlers in 1895. Today, the longhouse is a space where the Duwamish people can revitalize their culture, preserve living heritage, and share their stories with the community.

“We hope you will join us as we celebrate the anniversary of the creation of this space with an evening of fantastic films.” 

Time: 4:30–7 PM
Where: Duwamish Longhouse — 4705 W. Marginal Wy SW
Cost: $10 (suggested donation, $10 for 10 years!)

Cafe Red April 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! Golden MasterBacchusMoisto FlashJulie-CDork SteezyRocket The Prophet. Hope to see y’all there! ✌🏽

Check out Cafe Red’s Facebook for more events this week.

Time: 7–11 PM
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: No Cover

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MVP Michael Jackson vs Prince

“Outstanding musical tribute to two music Icons’ MVP will send you down and up memory lane! PYT & Purple Rain on the same stage? Miss this and hear about it later.

Time: 8 PM–1 AM
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15 GA / $25 VIP

Mighty Crown Live – Red Lounge 6th Anniversary

“Red Lounge & Taste of the Caribbean 6th Year Anniversary Celebration Featuring the Far East Ruler Mighty Crown with Ninja Crown Alongside Seattle’s own DJ Element // Y2K Sound // ZJ Veteran // Ron.” 21+

Time: 9:30 PM–2 AM
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $20

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The Great Seattle Vegan Chocolate Meltdown

“Join us in Seattle as companies recommended by Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) share their delicious chocolates for you to sample and purchase! All vegan, of course! And to make it even better, you will be helping to raise funds for Food Empowerment Project.

“Learn about local chocolatiers, where they source their chocolate, and how to avoid supporting the worst forms of child labor when selecting your sweets. This fun, family-friendly event will feature a variety of chocolate tastings to please all palates, an all-you-can drink hot cocoa bar with all the fixings, a chocolate ice cream tasting station, kids’ activities, raffle prizes, and much more!

Time: 2–4 PM
Where: Mt. Baker Community Club — 2811 Mt. Rainier Dr S.
Cost: $10 adult / $3 child

Sun., April 14th:

Ola Wyola (Re) Opening

 “Bohemian dreams and vintage thangs! Coming soon, Seattle! In the heart of the Rainier Valley, we out here bringing a collection of delicious delights to thrill and inspire. Serving vintage vibes, sustainable fashion, curated collections, apothecary and more, including our Wyola Wellness Healing Center.

Time: 2–6 PM
Where: Ola Wyola — 4427 Rainer Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend


GOT Watch Party

“Game of Thrones Season 08, Episode 01—It’s finally here! This deserves a watch party. Join us at the Station. $3 entry fee (Comes with Watch Snacks ! 🙌🏾). Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Time: 8:30–10:30 PM
Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: $3


*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 / No Cover
= We don’t think there’s a cost to attend, but you may feel enticed or expected to buy something or make a donation (especially if the event is at a bar or restaurant or is not-for-profit and/or a fundraiser).

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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One thought on “THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Cafe Red April Hip-Hop Showcase, Ola Wyola (Re) Opening, and more!”

  1. Can this event be posted? This will be the 40th Rainier Beach Town Hall since 2004. The topic is Open Space in neighborhoods where people of color are the majority.


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