THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Strange Fruit, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Editor’s note: THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE (TWISS) has a new name! Read THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE to find events throughout the entire week.

Wed., April 24th:

First Nations: Going Global for the Environment

“Among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change are indigenous peoples who depend upon and have close relationships with the environment and its resources. How does climate change and environmental degradation pose threats and dangers that affect indigenous peoples’ livelihoods, culture, and lives? How are indigenous communities empowered to take action locally and globally?

“Join the World Affairs Council for a roundtable discussion with Dana Tizya-Tramm, Chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon, Canada, on how the consequences of climate change and environmental degradation are undermining indigenous ways of life and ways indigenous communities are taking real action.”

Time: 12–1:30 PM
Where: Stoel Rives LLP Attys — 1633 6th Ave
Cost: Free to attend


Joketellers Union Weekly Comedy Showcase

“A weekly comedy show produced by Brett Hamil and Emmett Montgomery featuring the best local and visiting comics plus special guests with surprising talents.”

If you like comedy, check out Who Cares! by Woody Schticks, this Thurs.–Sun. @ 18th & Union.

Time: 8:30–10:30 PM
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S
Cost: $7 (“…for $11.50 worth of comedy”)

Thurs., April 25th:

2019 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

“This April, LANGSTON will showcase stories from the African Diaspora through the lens of over 25 independent filmmakers in the 16th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) is a preeminent event for LANGSTON, an organization with a deep-rooted legacy as a hub of African American arts and culture in Seattle. The 2019 festival lineup truly celebrates the nuance of Black storytelling, boasting films that grapple with themes both potent and timely in the current political climate as well as stories of self-discovery and personal triumph.”

Festival runs Thurs., 4/25 to Sun., 4/28. Find a full list of events here.

Time: Screenings vary
Where: Langston Seattle — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $12 GA / $7, 12 and under & seniors (for individual screenings)
*Full Festival Pass: $90 (access all screenings & save over $50)


Ark Lodge Cinemas

New Releases on Thurs., 4/25: Amazing Grace, Avengers: Endgame

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

Free: Trickle Down Town

“Tomasz Biernacki’s new documentary about the homeless crisis in Seattle is a must-see. It deftly interweaves in-depth stories and interviews of community members who are living the crisis on the streets with interviews of political leaders and community advocates, vivid images of the current state of affairs, and a poignant examination of the roots of homelessness in the region. Biernacki paints a picture of a city struggling to come to grips with an unprecedented emergency, and finds glimmers of hope.

“After the film, the filmmaker and other speakers will be available for questions and discussion. The South Seattle Climate Action Network and other local groups will also provide info tables with opportunities for action.”

Time: 6:30–8:30 PM
Where: Mt. Baker Community Club — 2811 Mt Rainier Dr S.
Cost: FREE (donations appreciated)


As the Sea Splits: A Musical Seder Experience

“Join Seattle-based anti-fascist klezmer folk-punk trio, Brivele for a special Passover experience on the 7th night of Passover – the night the Sea of Reeds split and the Israelites found their liberation. Brivele and Kadima come together for this festive evening of celebrating collective liberation in Passover.

“Brivele and Kadima come together for this festive evening of celebrating collective liberation in Passover. Tickets on sale now at $18, $36, and $54 levels. This is a concert and community potluck dinner (MEAT, EGGS, FISH or VEGAN only, no dairy, please) at all celebrating the foods of Passover from our various traditions – please bring a dish that adheres to your Passover dietary restrictions and we ask that no wheat, spelt, barley, oats, or rye be brought to the event. There will be ritual foods and an afikomen hunt! We are excited for this collaboration of Brivele and the Kadima Ritual & Liturgy Team and invite you and your friends to join us!

Time: 6:30–9 PM
Where: The Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $18, $36, & $54 (sliding scale)

Thrifty Thursday volume 6: Hip Hop x Clothing Drive

“Thrifty Thursday is back! Bring clothing and personal hygiene items to donate to local organizations supporting our neighbors in need. Pop-up shop by Thirty+ (; Featuring live performances by RACEA, SCULLY VEGA, XTRA, ZAG, CARTER WILSON; Hosted by Blksknn.

“Come vibe with us and help support the community ♥.” All-Ages

Time: 7–10 PM
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: Free to attend


Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit draws its title from the 1937 poem and song of the same name by Abel Meeropol and made famous by the great jazz singer Billie Holiday.

“The lyrics are an extended metaphor linking a tree’s fruit with lynching victims. The impetus for this world premiere work is the employment of lynching as a tool of racial terrorism during the Jim Crow Era.

“For this dance/theater work, the facts of lynching act as a springboard into a highly personal interior space and state of mind. Strange Fruit tracks choreographer Donald Byrd’s feelings as a response to lynching and plays out as a series of dance/theater vignettes. For more information, visit” This event repeats with multiple performances throughout the weekend. See event for details. 

Time: 7:30–9 PM
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave
Cost: $20–25 (plus pay what you can option!)

Fri., April 26th:

World Dance Party

“Learn Tahitian, , Filipino, Hip-Hop, Somali, Hula, West African music, Guatemala and more styles of dances in 15 minute mini-lessons.Samoa Dance, African Dance/Modern, Bollywood dance, Zumba, Sliders, Vietnam, Samoa. Bring a dish to share at the party. Invite your whole crew to this all ages FREE event. Promote positivity and dance out the stress!All-Ages

Time: 6:03–9:37 PM
Where: Filipino Community of Seattle — 5740 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: Free


In The Spectrum – The Concert For Autism

“In The Spectrum is a concert founded by Musicians on the Autism Spectrum. Our goal is to expose people to the talents and gifts Autistic people bring to the world and to celebrate us all while changing the stigma of Autism.

Spectrum and non spectrum artists alike, come together to celebrate the beauty and creativity of Autism in one event. Come enjoy music, visual arts, great food and good company, all while supporting a cause. $1 Raffle tickets.

Performers include: Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind, Clare Means, Tobias The Owl, Jim Marcotte, Rachelle DeBelle & The Jamfest Miracles, Aly Crase, TallWillie, Jamie Murray; Visual art by artists on the Autism Spectrum will be available on site.” 21+

100% of door & raffle will be donated to Autism Speaks Washington.

Time: 7 PM
Where: Skylark Cafe & Club — 3803 Delridge Way SW
Cost: $10 donation online or $15, door

Sat., April 27th:

2019 White Center Cambodian New Year Street Festival

“Hello White Center and friends!!! In honor of the Cambodian New Year, please join us, the Cambodian Cultural Alliance of Washington (CCAW) for a day full of entertainment, food, and fun! We will have tons of activities for children and parents: Banana eating contest, Cambodian hacky sack (saiee) 8 vs 8 compete against each other and a trophy will be awarded, Robam dances, guest speakers, poetry, live Cambodian band, live performances with Cambodian Classical instruments, local talents, open mic…. and many more. There will also be booths for community sponsors, and vendors selling delicious food! Free photo booth with a photo to take home for memories. Admission is FREE and all are welcome. Invite all your family and friends. 🙂

“Lets celebrate the year of the PIG!!! Set up will begin at 4:30pm on Friday, and again at 6:30am on Saturday. Meet us at: 9823 15th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106. We will see you then!

Time: 10 AM–5 PM
Where: 9823 15th Ave SW
Cost: FREE


Telle’s Chow Hall Business Shower

“Join us for an exciting celebration for the launch of Telle’s Chow Hall Catering. Come and support Chantelle and her business launch while enjoying samples of her delicious food and cocktails.

From Telle’s business page on
“Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts—I had the luxury of my grandmother cooking—all the time. [ Ironically ] I vaguely remember any of her dishes. I was always told by my sister and my mother—she (my grandmother) did all of the cooking. After she passed, that luxury went away. My mother rarely cooked and never taught me. It wasn’t until after I had my first child, while in the United States Army—I taught myself how to cook. Coming from a family with Honduran descent, I’m heavily influenced by Latin, Carribean & Indian cuisines. They’re all a representation of me and my family.”

Time: 3–7 PM
Where: 211 1st Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend


First Person Plural — Movie, Meal, And Discussion

“Like the story it tells, First Person Plural brought together actors, artists, composers and musicians from the Twin Cities’ Somali, film, theater and music communities. Please join us for this special preview screening, and a chance to discuss the film’s timely issues with the film’s artistic collaborators.

“Starring Faysal Ahmed (Sicario 2, Captain Phillips) and Amanda Day (The Seeker, The Lumber Baron). With Barkhad Abdirahman (Fargo, A Stray), Mikey Johnson (Supermoto), writer Ahmed Ismail Yusuf (A Crack in The Sky, The Lion’s Binding Oath), filmmaker and poet Fathia Absie (The Lobby), Pearce Bunting (Boardwalk Empire) and Guthrie Theater great, Michelle O’Neill. With soundtrack music by Somali pop stars Nimco Jamaac and Nibo Hudon, Ethiopian superstar Gizachew Ligabaw, traditional songs by Abdi Salam and Fathia Absie, sitar by Mark Ilaud, and score by Helsinki composer Alex Freeman.Written and directed by Eric Tretbar.

Time: 4–9:30 PM
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St
Cost: $12 (movie only) / $25 (movie & Somali meal)

5th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser

La Resistencia Anniversary—“Come help us celebrate five years of close partnership between undocumented activists inside and outside the Northwest Detention Center, five years of uncompromising abolitionist vision and fierce community resistance. Over these years, you’ve lent crucial support to the fight against detention in Tacoma and beyond. Help us sustain the fight until we shut it down!

“Things to look forward to: speakers from La Resistencia and partner organizations, live music – Seattle Fandango Project!, dance party w DJ Mike Ramos (KEXP) and DJ Nia!, pupusas and more from Salvadorean Bakery!, cash bar with selections from Flying Bike, and Fremont Brewing, cake auction featuring some amazing bakes!, special-edition Resistencia merch, including posters and t-shirts

“Can’t make it? You can still support our work by donating online! A limited number of comp tickets will be available for families impacted by the detention system and members of partner organizations.

Time: 7–10 PM
Where: Southside Commons — 3518 S. Edmunds St
Cost: $25 GA / $10 (sliding scale)


Kalimba The True Spirit of Earth, Wind and Fire

“Returning to the Historic Royal Esquire Club! Kalimba will surely take you down memory lane with the spirit and flair that makes them the Ultimate EWF tribute band.” 

Time: 9 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $25 GA / $40 VIP

Sun., April 28th:

Brunch With Musang: Springtime Feast!

“Brunch With Musang is back for the month of April! Join us in celebrating the turn of the seasons. Ate Mel will be focusing on spring flavors and highlighting seasonal veggies and other local ingredients. Sip on some special cocktail drinks and vibe out to our monthly DJ! Family friendly event.” Family-Friendly

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

Sunday Sunday Sunday w/ Qreepz, Shubzilla and Bill Beats & More!

“Concuss Music Showcase, Record Swap & Pop-Up with live performances from QREEPZ, Shubzilla, Bill Beats, Kerry Melonson (of SATIN HOOKS), and more surprises you just couldn’t possibly be ready for… Plus a Record Swap with Jason Holm of 300 Club Records… Q & A with the Tilted Thunder Railbirds… Concuss Pop-Up featuring: Tee’s, New Women’s sizes, Cassettes, Vinyl, Hats & more…

“Also the Clock-Out Lounge has a full bar as well as some of the best pizza on our flat, definitely not spherical planet!” 21+

Time: 9 PM–12 AM
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $5 (suggested)

Mon., April 29th:

Dinner & a DJ Volume 28: Ethiopian-ish

“Ethiopian-inspired food & flavors with menu by: Patric Gabre-Kidan; Music by: DJ Marty Mar. MENU: Alicha Skillet Pie—stewed potatoes, carrots and cabbage with injera puff pastry; Ethiopian Spaghetti—berbere pesto; Kitfo—beef tartare, kurtwood farms ayeb, collard greens, injera crostini; Lamb Wat—mitmita dry rubbed lamb chop, cippolini onions, bright tomato salad; Coffee and Donut—ethiopian coffee ice cream, cardamom donuts, spiced orange jelly.

Time: 7 PM
Where: Ciudad — 6118 12th Ave S.
Cost: $60


*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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