THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Edwin T. Pratt: A Living Legacy, The Groovement, Cultural Dance Series, 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 8:

We Got Jokes May Edition

“Join us for beverage and food specials! Kick off your month with laughs with local comedians and one of the northwest’s funniest, Cheri Hardman. Featuring the comedy stylings of J Lamar Jones. Hosting the evening will be yours truly, Chris Zapata and a few more friends of Café Red will bring you joy to make your week a better week with giggles and laughs!All-Ages

*Also check out The Friday Night Get Down on Friday & Asymetriclove Part II on Saturday.

Time: 8–10 PM
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
Cost: Free to attend


Ark Lodge Cinemas

Still Playing: Amazing Grace, Ugly Dolls, Avengers: Endgame, Us

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

Thurs., May 9:

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Edwin T Pratt: A Living Legacy

“Pratt Fine Arts Center stands today as a beacon of Edwin Pratt’s vision of cultural access, educational excellence and a vibrant community.

“Pratt Fine Arts Center continues to attract artists, arts educators and students whose work helps maintain the Central District as a hub of creativity and creative expression for the entire city of Seattle. The Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship program provides opportunities for underrepresented artists of color to hone their craft and advance their careers.

“Edwin T. Pratt: A Living Legacy showcases the work of long-time Pratt artist Jite Agbro alongside artists and Pratt Scholarship recipients Priscilla Dobbler, Barry Johnson, Marilyn Montufar, Asia Tail and Tara Tamaribuchi. ” 

Time: 6–9 PM
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St.
Cost: Free to attend

Jazmarae in Seattle w/ Kristen Palmer & Søltree

“Jazmarae just released her sophomore album, ‘Start Over,’ and she’s coming home to celebrate!

“Featuring the beautiful heartfelt songstress, Kristen Palmer, and the cosmically driven electro-pop duo, Søltree.The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.

*Also check out the benefit show for Mount Baker Preschool featuring Sandi Fernandez and The Winter Shakers on Saturday.

Time: 8 PM
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10


Fri., May 10:

RainierAvenueRadio’s Cultural Dance Series at Pritchard Beach

“Join RainierAvenueRadio.World’s Cultural Dance Series at Pritchard Beach in Rainier Beach! * Dance * Music * Food * Free & All Ages *

“Learn the HISTORY, Learn the DANCE! Fridays in May, 5:30-7:30pm, dancers of all ages and abilities are invited to come learn dance styles rooted in traditional ethnic cultures with historic storytelling of the dance’s origins, plus related music, food, and more!

“Watch on Facebook, listen at RainierAvenueRadio.World or on the TuneIn app.

Music/Dance for Friday, May 10: ‘Tango is about the Connection & Dounie Djembe (West African)’

Time: 5:30–7:30 PM
Where: Pritchard Beach — 8400 55th Ave. S.
Cost: Free to attend


The Groovement

“Presented by Shakiah and Northwest Tap Connection—An evening of current and classic hip hop culture!! Seattle’s own Northwest Tap Connection and guests!

“Featured Artists: RELLBEFREE, REDCULTURE, NAKEYA ISABELL, SHAKIAH, & ALLEY CAMP. You don’t want to miss this!!” Event will be held in the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Time: 7 PM
Where: Rainier Beach High — 8815 Seward Park Ave. S.
Cost: $16

Sat., May 11:

Plant Sale at Cesar Chavez Demo Garden

“The Master Gardener Plant Sale at the Cesar Chavez Demo Garden in front of El Centro de la Raza — Vegetables and Perennials.This event repeats on Sunday!

*Check out the Orca K-8 PTSA Plant Sale today too!

Time: 9 AM–5PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza — 2524 16th Ave. S.
Cost: Free to attend

Community Cafe for LGBTQ Families

Seattle-King County Public Health (SKCPH) is developing a new model for how to ensure all children in King County are assessed for and connected to needed developmental resources. SKCPH is interested in better understanding the unique needs of LGBTQ families as they design this system to assure it is accessible and relevant to our needs.

“Lunch will be provided. All children welcome. For those over two, there will be organized programming and for those under two, there will be space for play. Help us spread the word! Invite other families you know!This event is for LGBTQ parents of children under 13 and/or parents of LGBTQ children under 13 to discuss opportunities and challenges of linking our children to resources in King County.

Time: 1–3 PM
Where: Rainier Community Center — 4600 38th Ave. S.
Cost: FREE

Sun., May 12:

Hustle/Open Session at Hing Hay Park

“We loved having our sessions at The Beacon, but now it’s time to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. Bring anyone and everyone and of course have fun! COST: FREE.99.

“Every Sunday 4pm til we feel like we’re done! Located at Hing Hay Park in the heart of Seattle’s international district~ We’ll be dancing under the red arch! You can’t miss us.”  Hosted by Hustle SEA.

Time: 4-10 PM
Where: Hing Hay Park — 423 Maynard Ave. S.
Cost: FREE

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Mon., May 13:

Brick Builders

“The library will provide the LEGOs, you provide the fun! Build, create, and share with other LEGO lovers! This is a drop-in program, no registration needed. Ages 6 and older, younger children and siblings welcome with adult. Sponsored by Friends of the Skyway Library.

*Also check out Skyway Library’s regular event for middle- and high-school-aged youth that takes place this week on Fri, May 10Game On! (Free Video Gaming).

Time: 3:45–4:45 PM
Where: Skyway Library — 12690 Renton Ave. S.
Cost: FREE

Iftar Sunset Dinner

“Join us and Golas Kitchen for an outdoor sunset dinner on Monday, May 13th to experience Iftar food and learn more about Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

“Iftar translates to “break fast” – it is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

“We will be serving a multi-course halal dinner inspired by South East Asian (Malaysian/Indonesian/Mindanao) ingredients and flavors. Alongside the dinner, enjoy a short performance by world-renowned Poet and Wasat Creative Director Baraka Blue.

Proceeds of this dinner will be donated to Wasat, a nonprofit that creates the space to connect people and explore the American Muslim experience through art, love and learning.

Time: 8 PM
Where: Ciudad — 6118 12th Ave. S.
Cost: $100

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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

Tues., May 14:

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha – Toungebreaker

“In their fourth collection of poetry, Lambda Literary Award-winning poet and writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha continues her excavation of working-class queer brown femme survivorhood and desire. Tonguebreaker is about surviving the unsurvivable: living through hate crimes, the suicides of queer kin, and the rise of fascism while falling in love and walking through your beloved’s Queens neighborhood. Building on her groundbreaking work in Bodymap, Tonguebreaker is an unmitigated force of disabled queer-of-color nature, narrating disabled femme-of-color moments on the pulloff of the 80 in West Oakland, the street, and the bed. Tonguebreaker dreams unafraid femme futures where we live—a ritual for our collective continued survival.” 

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

Wed., May 15:

The Cosmos – Seattle: AAPI Heritage Month Kick-Off

“Join The Cosmos – Seattle at Seattle Freeze, on May 15th to kick off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. You’ll learn more about The Cosmos [a community for Asian women creators and rule breakers to flourish and thrive] and have the opportunity to connect with other women in the Seattle AAPI community.

“The ticket purchase will include one ice cream with 2 toppings. Please note we are only using Eventbrite.” 

Time: 6:30–8:30 PM
Where: Seattle Freeze — 6014 12th Ave. S.
Cost: $8

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Lyrically We Stand: Showcasing Verbal Talents of our Community

“You are invited to participate in’s monthly Live broadcast
LYRICALLY WE STAND, showcasing the verbal talents of our community. Third Wednesdays, 7-8pm PST. This event is an open mic for poetry, spoken word, and storytelling; and is also a forum for group discussion. ALL AGES welcomed!

“Attend in person at the RAR.W Annex in Columbia City. Watch on Facebook; listen at or on the TuneIn app. Brought to you by Your South Seattle Community Radio Station. #Seattle #SpokenWord #Poetry #Performance #LiveBroadcast” 

Time: 7–8 PM
Where: — 5256 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $8

Community! There are a veritable crap-ton of *open mics popping up in the South End. Here’s a quick round-up of the ones we know about (listed in chronological order):

Seattle’s Best Open Mic

Sistas Rock The Arts Open Mic

Open Mic for All May Edition FEAT. Mojo Barnes (Second Thursdays)

Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase (Second Fridays)

Tuesday Night Music Club (TNMC) Open Mic

Skylark Hang: Jazz Open Mic

Open Mic Tuesdays

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic (First Fridays)

*And this list doesn’t even include the comedy-specific open mics — holy Toledo, Batman!


*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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