THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—C-ID Happy Hour Food Walk, Diversity Checklist Cabaret, 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 17th:

Community Night with Sendai Era

“Sendai Era is a Seattle based music duo comprised of emcee Era and producer Sendai Mike. Every week they write a song and make a video inspired by the stories of people in our community. For their April 17th video, they would love to invite all of our amazing community members to participate in a community video shoot in collaboration with the Malaya Movement at Eastern Cafe.

“Check out one of their videos here.”

Time: 7–9 PM
Where: Eastern Cafe — 510 Maynard Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Columbia City’s New Karaoke Night

“Come one! Come all! The Greatest Night of Karaoke is happening every Wednesday night at Backyard in Columbia City!

“Great food, tons of songs, free parking, and delicious libations!

Time: 9 PM
Where: Backyard — 3820 S. Ferdinand St Ste. 102
Cost: No Cover

CarLarans’ RAW HNNY Album Release Show!

“This night is both a celebration and a dedication to the most RAW and uninhibited love creature inside ALL of us. There will be live performances by myself and some of my favorite fam, limited edition physical copies (ft album photography by the ever inspiring Kendra K Boudoir), and event photography by Queerspace Magazine!

“I am HONORED to have performances by local stars PSA, LüCHI, ZELLi, KYLIE MOONCAKES, and DJ JOY MA!

“RAW HNNY is an audio and visual journey dripping with raw emotion and vulnerable expressions of both the sweetest moments, and the most stinging pains of Queer Black Existence. Love, Sex, Truth, Lies, Black Joy, Good Vibes, and Resistance are some of the major themes exploredDigital album is free with ticket purchase. All Ages

Time: 8 PM, door
Where: Timbre Room — 1809 Minor Avenue #10
Cost: $7

Thurs., April 18th:

Happy Hour Food Walk – April

“It’s our first Happy Hour Food Walk of the year! Explore Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District neighborhood during the Happy Hour Food Walk. Take a self-guided tour of the neighborhood and enjoy $2, $4, and $6 bites from over 30 businesses in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District! The event is on the third Thursday of each month during the summer. There are no tickets for sale – simply pay the restaurants directly.

Time: 4–7 PM
Where: Chinatown-International District
Cost: Free to attend

Image: Adrienne Maree Brown (from

Emergent Strategy: An Evening With Adrienne Maree Brown

“Join a community-centered conversation with author/activist Adrienne Maree Brown
Description Join activist and author Adrienne Maree Brown for a reading centered on her book Emergent Strategy and a celebration of community-led organizing in Seattle.

Time: 6:30–8:30 PM
Where: Central Library — 1000 4th Ave
Cost: FREE

Fri., April 19th:

2019 Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam

“Ten of the highest-scoring poets of the season grace the stage for one transformative night of competition, storytelling, and community celebration. By the end of the night, the top 5 poets will be chosen to represent Team Seattle at renowned international youth poetry festival, Brave New Voices, this year in Las Vegas. You don’t want to miss this!

HOSTED BY: Youth Speaks Seattle teaching artists, award-winning poets Ebo Barton, and Youth Poet Laureate of Seattle, Azura Tyabji; FEATURING: Incredible singer and organizer, JustMoni.

Time: 6–10 PM
Where: Kings Hall MS LLC — 2929 27th Ave S.
Cost: $10 youth / $20 adults

NIF Office Warming Party!

“Na’ah Illahee has moved from Ballard to First Hill! Come see our new office!

“Traditional Food + Elderberry Fizzy Drinks, Door Prizes & Photos, Tea & Salve Making.” Family-Friendly

Time: 1:30–5:30 PM
Where: Na’ah Illahee Fund — 1620 18th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

PORCH at Wa Na Wari Art Space

“A Central District home will be converted into art space called Wa Na Wari which means ‘our home’ in Kalabari, the Ijo language of southern Nigeria. A home to rotating exhibitions of contemporary art by Black artists.

“The living room will display our work titled ‘Porch’ The upstairs bedrooms will be filled with new collages by Chi Moscou-Jackson, and videos by Portland-based new media artist Ariella Tai and filmmaker Howard Mitchell.

“UAC celebrates the richness of Black culture with art that embodies Strength, Unity, Courage, Solidarity, and Resilience. Through photography, UAC vividly shows the significance of the porch in the Black community.

Time: 11 AM–5 PM
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Image: Shayla Lawson (photography by Renee Lopez)

Shayla Lawson – I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean

“Join us here at Third Place Books in Seward Park for a night of poetry with Shayla Lawson and her newest book, I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean.

“Each poem of I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean riffs on a Frank Ocean song, paying homage to the man but also investigating oceans, The Ocean, and the similarity between heartbreak and break beats by blending Frank Ocean’s musical catalog with personal narrative and social critique. I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean builds upon historicized representations of Ocean’s career in ekphrasis, carefully examining the intent of each composition as a metaphoric parallel to Black American legibility.

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

*Also this week at Third Place Books: Survivors Speak: Poetry and Musings from the Local Sex Trade, Rebecca Roanhorse – Storm of LocustsEmily Matyas – Sol y Tierra/Sun and Earth, and Janaka Stucky – Ascend Ascend.

Black Joy-Bold As Love: Jimi Hendrix Style

“Celebrate Black Joy Jimi Hendrix style! In partnership with Vibes by B.Sidney, join us for the kick off Spring event–Black Joy Bold As Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home!

“Come dressed in a Jimi influenced style–show off your flair, edginess, and rock n’ roll style! Come early, doors open at 8 pm, the first 20 people who show off their BOLD style will get in FREE! Take advantage of the opportunity to see the exhibition and dance the night away to DJ Blendiana Jones and DJ Essex.” 21+

Time: 8 PM
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: $15 GA

Sat., April 20th:

Korean American Service Day at Daejeon Park

“Join the Korean American Coalition (KAC) for our annual Korean American Service Day! Just in time for Earth Day, we will get outdoors and enjoy the spring weather while cleaning up Daejeon Park in Seattle. Daejeon Park is named after Seattle’s sister city in South Korea, Daejeon, and features a beautiful Korean-style pagoda and flowers. Let’s celebrate Korean culture and honor our environment while connecting with fellow community members!!

“The park clean up event will run from 10 AM–12 PM, and we will enjoy lunch from 12 PM–1 PM. This event is FREE, family-friendly, and open to the community. See you there!

Time: 10 AM–1 PM
Where: Daejeon Park — 1144 Sturgus Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Rainier Beach ‘Open Space’ Town Hall Meeting

“We would like to invite you the Rainier Beach ‘Open Space’ Town Hall Meeting. This event is our neighborhood’s annual update on the great work done during the previous year and will set the stage for the continued work in 2019. This year we are highlighting Open Space! Taking inventory of the different Open Space projects being dreamt, planned, built, etc. in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Currently there are over 16 projects that have the possibility to impact land mass in Rainier Beach. Are you willing and available to attend in support of opening up our minds to broadening the definition of Open Space and what it means to people living in the Rainier Beach neighborhood?

Time: 10:30 AM
Where: South Lake High School — 8601 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Mosquita y Mari – Indigenous Showcase X yəhaw̓

“Set in a predominately Mexican, immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mosquita y Mari tells the story of two 15-year-old Chicanas growing up in H.P. — Huntington Park.

“When Yolanda Olveros (‘Mosquita’) meets her new neighbor, Mari Rodriguez, all they see in each other are their differences. As a sheltered, only-child to her older, immigrant parents, Yolanda’s sole concern is securing her college-bound future. Street-wise Mari hustles to help her undocumented family stay above water. But despite Yolanda and Mari’s contrasting approach to survival, Yolanda and Mari are soon brought together when Mari is threatened with expulsion after saving Yolanda from an incident at school involving Yolanda’s boy-crazed friends… ” Director Aurora Guerrero will be in attendance and a Q&A will follow the screening.

Time: 4–6 PM
Where: Northwest Film Forum — 1515 12th Ave
Cost: FREE (w/ RSVP!)

Teleclere EP release party

“Celebrate Seattle Music History with an EP release of never-heard-before songs!

“In the early ‘80s, Seattle funk-soul-RnB band TELECLERE created a new sound with their original music, which eventually earned a placement on Wheedle’s Groove 2 as part of the ‘hidden music scene.’ Now 35 years later, London label Fantasy Love Records has published a 5-song EP including their first single ‘Fantasy Love’ plus 4 never-released TELECLERE songs to showcase this ‘soulful music of the highest quality.’

“Join the Seattle Album Release & Listening Party with special guest, the legendary DJ Supreme La Rock. Come hear the album AND a live performance by original players of Teleclere: Tony Benton – Bandleader, vocals, bass; Ernest Bernard Thomas – Keys, vocals; Tony Wilson – Drums, vocals; Roger Evans – Keys; Thaddeus Turner – Guitar; Curtis Henderson – Bass; and Stacey Israel – Vocals.” This event will also be live streamed on Read more here for the full story and to purchase the EP.

Time: 6–8 PM
Where: Rumba Notes Lounge — 5041 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

MochaCulture: inspired by Nina Simone

“KEXP and On the Boards Present: MochaCulture — artists of today celebrating artists of color.

“MochaCulture provides a platform for established local artists and upcoming musicians to creatively connect while exploring the works of celebrated, POC music legends. Join us for an inspired evening of music, art and community as we present the work of composer, creator, civil rights advocate Nina Simone.

“Music performances by: Adra Boo, Whitney Mongé, Shaina Shepherd, Eva Walker, and more; Spoken Word performance by Aviona Rodriguez Brown; Live Painting by Rae Akino.” 21+

Time: 8 PM, doors
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $18 adv. / $25 DOS

Sun., April 21st:

SCAC’s Beacon Hill Eggstravaganza

“Come and enjoy an awesome egg hunt, lunch, cookie decoration, photo booth, inflatables and more! People of all ages are welcomed- invite your friends!

Time: 1–4 PM
Where: Seattle Chinese Alliance Church — 2803 S. Orcas St
Cost: Free to attend

Diversity Checklist Cabaret

“We are raising money for our new works diversity festival happening in September called Diversity Checklist where an Asian American playwright, African American Playwright, and Latinx American Playwright write a group of one acts together and we put it up in one night of theatre!

“Come down to Skylark Cafe & Club on April 21st and watch a variety of awesome people sing, play instruments, and performer their hearts out to raise money so we can produce this awesome festival. There will be a silent auction and raffle for awesome prizes, so come prepared to bid!

“The Performers: Rheanna Atendido, Danny Lacker, Michael Lacker, Lisa Clarke, Christian Quinto, Lauren Freman, Patrick Shelton, David Duvall, Ania Briggs, Lia Lee, Chandler Thomas, Aviona Rodriguez Brown, and an all girl a capella group: GIRL BAND.

Time: 7 PM
Where: Skylark Cafe & Club — 3803 Delridge Way SW
Cost: $5

Mon., April 22nd:

Offbeat Ada’s: Sex Work is a Feminist Issue

“Join curator and PROS BEFORE BROS author Ariel Meadow Stallings from the Offbeat Empire for an evening of discussion with Pike Long, Deputy Director of St. James Infirmary, the nation’s only clinic operated for and by people in the sex industry. We’ll dive into the details and differences between sex work, trafficking, and exploitation using an intersectional feminist lens. Learn about the current multi-state push for sex work decriminalization and how it differs from legalization and the so-called ‘Nordic model.’

“We’ll also explore first-person perspectives on the potential therapeutic value of sex work, and push back against simplistic narratives that paint all forms of sexual labor as inherently harmful or exploitative. This will be a unique opportunity to ask questions about all this and more. Copies of Ariel’s limited edition erotic book/ jewelry pairing, PROS BEFORE BROS (a story of therapeutic sex work) will be available at the event.

“All proceeds from this event will go toward St. James Infirmary, a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers of all genders.” 21+

Time: 6 PM, doors
Where: The Lab at Ada’s — 425 15th Ave E.
Cost: $10


*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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