THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—20th-Annual May Day March, Cinco de Mayo, 2019 Kodomo no Hi, 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., May 1st:

20ma Marcha Anual del 1ro de Mayo / 20th Annual May Day March

“Join us in the 20th Annual May Day March for the Rights of Immigrants and Workers. This year we march once again to reclaim our struggles as immigrants, workers, and without borders.

“We are here because of the insecurity, crime, and corruption unleashed in our countries by bad governments with the support and intervention of the U.S. We are here because of political repression and exploitation of workers and the dispossession of our natural resources and territories. We are here refusing to be victims of the few who benefit from this system and the impoverishment, displacement and death that they wreak upon on our peoples.

“Walk with me for justice,
Walk with me for immigrant rights,
Walk with me for labor rights,
Walk with me because this is our struggle!

Note: Staging at 20th Pl S. and S. Dearborn St. begins at 12 P.M; march begins at 1 P.M. sharp.

*Find the Women & Families marching contingent for May 1st March event here. They’re meeting at 20th & Weller at 12:30 PM.

Time: 1–4 PM
Where: Judkins Park — 2150 S. Norman St
Cost: Free to attend

Poster art by Saner

Walk-In for Equitable Funding of Rainier Beach High School

“Support the Walk-In of Rainier Beach High School educators before school this Wednesday May 1.

“We hope to be joined by allies in the community as well as students and parents as we publicly demand the full restoration of 4.8 FTE (or just under 5 full-time educator jobs) to Rainier Beach High School’s 2019-2020 budget immediately so that we can retain essential staff and continue to provide the instruction necessary for our students to succeed. In addition, we stand in solidarity with all Seattle Education Association members and Seattle Public Schools currently facing job and budget cuts.

“Read the full letter explaining the impact of the cuts here. Sign a petition for Equitable Funding of Rainier Beach High School here.”

Time: 8:20–8:55 AM
Where: Rainier Beach High — 8815 Seward Park Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

(Our Love Is) Unbroken by Bars

“Nationally-recognized street artists Jess X Snow and Shyama R. Kuver, with curator Katie Fuller, present an exhibition of video, photographs and paintings at Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), sharing stories of women that gave birth while shackled in prison, alongside the power of love that continues in spite of separation.

Related events for this show begin today and continue through Sat., May 4. See list of events on the event page.

Time: Roundtable Discussion @ 6–8:30 PM
Where: Center on Contemporary Art — 114 3rd Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend (we *think*)


Ark Lodge Cinemas

New Releases on Fri., 5/3: Ugly Dolls
Still Playing: Amazing Grace, Avengers: Endgame, Us (Us plays until Thurs., 5/2!)

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

Thurs., May 2nd:

Phonetic Aesthetic vol.8

“Come join us for the eighth installment of Phonetic Aesthetic at Cafe Red on May 2nd! Grab a coffee or beer and enjoy live music (Phonetic) as well as visual art by local artists (Aesthetic). Artwork by this month’s featured visual artist – Able Fader; Guest musicians: Moisto FlashJimi JaxonZKRY. Come out early if you would like to take part in a creative space for the community – canvas and paint will be provided to make art of your own.

“Please RSVP – we hope to see y’all there!All-Ages

*Check out Brzowski Gone Squatchin’ Tour on Fri., May 3rd too!

Time: 6–10 PM
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: Free to attend


BUILD Barbershop Series #1 Criminal Justice

“BUILD Barbershop Series 2019 — BUILD will host and facilitate discussions at local Black owned Barbershops in the greater Seattle area. Each discussion will include community members with personal experience in navigating systems/issues that impact Black men and boys. It is an opportunity for our community to come together, share, listen and learn from each-others experiences. We are kicking this years BUILD Barbershop Series off starting at J-Styles Barbershop. Session 1 #CriminalJustice.

“BUILD will be covering the cost of haircuts for Black men and boys, free haircuts will be given on first come first serve basis. These conversations are open to the public. Please feel free to join us and invite others. Light refreshments will be served. #BUILD it’s a lifestyle.

Time: 6–7:30 PM
Where: J Styles Barber Shop — 3847 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend


Power, Privilege, and Plastic 4: War and Domestic Violence

“Join the Seattle ultimate community for our 4th annual night of storytelling, food, friends, and refreshments. RSVP here.

“This event will be focused on the ways community and storytelling can be places of healing from violence, particularly the impacts of war, intergenerational trauma, and domestic violence. We understand that these are heavy, personal topics that can be triggering, and that many of us carry these wounds in secret. We will hear personal stories from a variety of perspectives that relate to these issues and would be honored if you could join us, and respect if you cannot.”

Time: 6:30–9 PM
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave
Cost: By donation ($10–25 suggested)

Fri., May 3rd:

The 1919 Seattle General Strike in a time of revolution A May Day Celebration!

“Featured Speaker: Patrick Burns — Union carpenter who built lodgings for water protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Freedom Socialist writer and active with Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity.

“Strike Kitchen Supper 6:00pm — Hearty beef stew with vegan option. 

Time: 6–10 PM
Where: New Freeway Hall — 5018 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $1–9 (sliding scale)

Crosscut Festival

“Journalists, politicians, authors, and newsmakers from our community and across the nation come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.Online tickets available for the festival until Thurs., May 2 at 5 PM. Festival begins on Fri., May 3 and continues through Sat., May 4

Time: Event times vary
Where: Event locatins vary
Cost: $20–250

Sat., May 4th:


Take a Ride in Jimi’s Neighborhood

“Please join us for a leisurely bike ride through Jimi Hendrix’s neighborhood. See the places he loved and spent time at. It’s about six miles total and takes approximately 90 minutes.

“We will gather at 10:30 am and start the ride at 11:00 am, please bring your own bike to ride along with your own water or snacks. Kids are welcome to join. This is free and open to the public.” 

Time: 10:30 AM–1 PM
Where: NAAM — 2300 S Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE

Bridge 2 Beach SE Seattle Community Cleanup 2019

Saturday, May 4 is the 12-annual Bridge 2 Beach (B2B) event, headed up by the Rainier Chamber of Commerce. This year, B2B has 20-plus participating groups hosting clean-ups from I-90 (Mt. Baker and North Beacon Hill) to Rainier Beach and everywhere in between. Projects range in size and scope and can be anything from collecting garbage to weeding and mulching public green spaces, greenbelt restoration, and more.

Check in with your local community groups to find out who’s hosting an event near you, or join up with a group in any of the meeting locations to put some elbow grease into the community and show some love to the South End this weekend. The events are traditionally family friendly and all materials needed are provided.

This B2B event map includes basic info about the various events.

Time: 9:30 AM–3 PM
Where: Southeast Seattle
Cost: FREE


14th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration

“El Centro de la Raza presents the 14th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration!

“On Saturday May 4th, join us in honoring history and resilience with a day of music, performers, food, and art. The day’s festivities will run from 11-5pm and live performances will run from 12-4pm.

“Don’t miss out on a chance to celebrate this historic day with our community at El Centro de la Raza. Sit and watch the performers, grab a bite to eat, check out our talented vendors at the tianguis and don’t miss the multicultural desfile!

Time: 11 AM–5PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza — 2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend


Punk N Funk :: Volume III “May The Fourth Be With You”

“PUNK N FUNK :: May The Fourth Be With You – Waacking x Open-Styles Battle – Dance Battle x Dance Party x Soul Trains *Presented by the Punk N Funk committee*. Waacking Workshop w/ Clarence 3 – 4 PM. 4PM Doors Open. 4:30PM Battle Starts. 4:30-10PM Event.

“CATEGORIES: Waacking 7-to-Smoke Battle; 1v1 Waacking BBs Battle (6 months or less or never battled before); 1v1 Open-Styles (TWIST: Lottery Style + Live Beatboxer); Best Dressed. Attire theme: ‘May The Fourth Be With You’ + Funk. (70s inspired Princess Leia white jumpsuit? Or do you have a bomb fur coat inspired by Chewbacca?)

“Dressing to the theme in encouraged, but not mandatory. Just make sure you feel good in whatever you are wearing! Best Dressed award for the best dressed tho!Vendors, DJs, prizes, and more!

Time: 3–10 PM
Where: Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon — 664 S King St
Cost: $10 (+ $5 for Waacking workshop)


Seismic Sound: Silent Auction Night!

“Seismic Sound Drumline is pleased to present our first silent auction fundraiser! Join us in a night of fun bidding, good food, and grooving music by various guest artists. All proceeds will benefit Seismic Sound Drumline and our goal to purchase our own instruments.

“GUEST ARTISTS: Thomas Jefferson High School Drumline, Sound Wave, Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, Seismic Sound; SNEAK PEAK at some of our silent auction donors!: barre3, Community Fitness, CorePower Yoga, Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center, KEXP, Sail Sand Point, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Zildjian Company.Can’t make it but want to support the cause? Make a donation, or buy some Seismic Sound swag here

Time: 6–9 PM
Where: Rainier Ave Radio — 5256 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10 per person. / $35 for families (of 4 or more)

The Griot Party 2nd Anniversary Experience

“Logic Amen presents: The Griot Party 2nd Anniversary Experience Directed by Logic Amen Saturday, May 4th. Doors open at 7pm. Experience starts at 8pm. Music by: Black on Purpose, Phil Hines II, Micah Turner, Ibrahim Arsalan. Featuring: La’Twon Allen, Tiffany Wilson DJ Seabefore on the Turntables Storytellers: Jamie Elmore Koramaism Tia Yarbrough Ibrahim Arsalan Elijah Mu’ied Jamaar Smiley Logic Amen.” 21+

*Check out all upcoming Columbia City Theater events on their website.

Time: 7 PM, doors
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20

The Derby Day Big Hat and Bowtie Affair

“Derby Day at The Royal Esquire Club will be the place to be, wearing your best stylist hat and GQ attire. So come on down for the ‘Big Hat Affair’, and make moves across our dance floor like them horses with a flair.

“It’s Gonna Be A Derby Day Party!!! Wear your Hats and Bow Ties. Live Music. DJ. Vendors. Benefitting the Non-Profit Urban Games and the Royal Esquire Scholarship Fund.” 

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

50th! Great Records of 1969 – The Meters // Sly – Stand!

“Featuring the The Meters Self Titled record performed by:
The Meter Maids – Darren Loucas, Wayne Horvitz, Mike Stone, Bob Lovelace.

“And Sly and the Family Stone – Stand! performed by:
Darrius Willrich, Gerald Turner, Thaddeus Turner, Allen Hunter, Darian Asplund, Jason Chambliss, Arzelia Jones, Veronica Malki.The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.

Time: 8:30 PM
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15 Adv. / $20 DOS

Sun., May 5th:

2019 Kodomo no Hi | Children’s Day Festival

“Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day Festival, is a fun and exciting introduction to the rich world of children’s culture in Japan. The JCCCW welcomes families in the community to take part in the Kodomo no Hi festival as an opportunity to experience multiculturalism while celebrating the health and growth of all children. The event is free and open to the public; it offers exciting performances, martial arts demonstrations, hands-on activities, and games for all ages.

“This year, to commemorate Tokyo Olympics 2020, Kodomo no Hi will highlight various Tokyo-inspired games and activities such as a “koinobori” flying competition, Tokyo landmark fishing and gold medal making. The performances and demonstrations include dancing with audience participation, taiko, martial arts, big kamishibai (storytelling) and classical dance. Also, there will be water yoyo fishing, book reading areas (children’s books written in English and Japanese about Japan and Japanese Americans), scavenger hunt, LaQ building contest, food and more.

Time: 11 AM–5 PM
Where: Japanese Cultural & Community Center ワ州日本文化会館 — 1414 S. Weller St
Cost: FREE

Transgender Education Tour by The OUT Foundation

“FROM THE LIPS OF GREG GLASSMAN… In August of 2018, Greg Glassman, Founder of CrossFit, made the announcement that transgender athletes would be allowed to compete in the 2019 CrossFit Games in the gender category of which they identify – thus changing years of oppression of our trans siblings and their ability to be seen for their true selves in sport.

“As part of our mission, The OUT Foundation is embarking on a nationwide town hall tour to serve the greater CrossFit, fitness and general business community on best practices for ensuring your space is a safe space for transgender and gender non-conforming athletes.

“We are grateful to be able to provide this education and hope it allows us to get one step closer to equality and inclusion in fitness.” This event is for everyone and there will not be a workout. Please RSVP to or visit

Time: 2–3:15 PM
Where: Rocket CrossFit — 5720 Rainier 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)

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.

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

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