THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Brown v. Board Turns 65, C-ID Happy Hour Food Walk, Haitian Flag Day Celebration, 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 15:

KNKX Presents: Piano Starts Here: McCoy Tyner/Bill Evans

Featuring: Ryan Burns, Matt Williams, Tim Kennedy, Alex Guilbert

The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 p.m.

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $12


Thurs., May 16:

Brown v. Board Turns Sixty-Five

“Sixty-five years ago the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education which held that racially separate schools were ‘inherently unequal.’ Join Integrated Schools for a panel discussion about school segregation in Seattle over the past 65 years. We’ll look backwards at what worked and what didn’t, and look forward to how we can disrupt segregation now. After the panel, we will have breakout sessions that dive into specific actions we can take in our schools, working towards true community- and equity-driven integration.

“Speakers include: Nancie Beadie – Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington; Stephan Blanford – Former Seattle School Board Director and Executive in Residence, Seattle Foundation; Brent Jones – Chief Equity, Partnerships and Engagement Officer, Seattle Public Schools, and more!For more information and to register for free tickets!

Time: 6–8:30 p.m.
Where: Garfield High — 400 23rd Ave.
Cost: FREE


C-ID Happy Hour Food Walk – May

“Explore Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District neighborhood during the Happy Hour Food Walk on Thursday May 16, from 4pm to 7pm.

“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 p.m.
Where: Seattle’s Chinatown-International District
Cost: Free to attend

Fri., May 17:

Spring Open Mic: Othello UW Commons

“Singers, Musicians, Poets, and more! Come One, Come All to Totem Star’s Spring Open Mic @ Othello UW Commons! Our Open Mic events are centered around youth performances but welcome for adults to join and support. There will be light snacks & refreshments as well.

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: Othello-UW Commons — 4200 S. Othello St. Ste. 117
Cost: FREE


Artist Talk: Ariella Tai

“Tai will be discussing their three videos currently screening at Wa Na Wari– ‘hold me,’ ‘adore’ and ‘i just.’ They will be talking about their research and video work exploring possibilities of black agency, interiority, pleasure and refusal and exploring the cinematic as a space where alternative social arrangements of blackness can be revealed.

“Bio: Ariella Tai is a video artist, film scholar, and independent programmer from Queens, New York. They work with appropriated and re-purposed images from film, television and popular media to explore how black gesture, gaze and corporeality work to interrupt, subvert and defy the diegetic cohesiveness of narrative.” 

Time: 7–8 p.m.
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave.
Cost: Free to attend


“Join us FRIDAY, May 17 at The Station where CookaT and Damon will be serving up small bites & cocktails from 10 pm – 2 am! You know CookaT got that fresh newnew menu items – don’t be late. A la carte food & drinks menu, Small Bites – Libations – Vibes. #feedthepeople #bringafriend #MMafterdark” 

Time: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Fest. St
Cost: $10 (cash preferred)

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Sat., May 18:

Soapstone Carving Workshops for Youth

“This workshop will teach youth (ages 8–17) how to carve animal shapes from soapstone. Using free kits, members of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association will show each participant how to file stone and create a unique sculpture. All supplies will be provided by Studiostone Creative and participants will keep their finished pieces.

“There are two, 90-minute, workshops each day (one beginning at 10:00am, the other at 1:00pm), with a limit of 50 youth in each workshop. Participants will be working with soapstone and water and soapstone dust will get on participants clothing, so dress appropriately.This event repeats on Sunday, May 19.

Time: 10 a.m. & 1 PM
Where: Kubota Garden Terrace Overlook — 9817 55th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Haitian Flag Day Celebration

“As some may know, our current location (Red Lounge) was previously an Haitian owned Restaurant/Lounge where we ate, partied and came to socialize with friends. When approached about hosting this event, it was a no brainer as we currently host a weekly Caribbean Night every Saturday with current Haitian customers and staff! Help us spread the word! Caribbean Night along with Wisley & Guichard presents! Da Official Haitian flag Day!

Time: 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St.
Cost: No Cover (until 11 PM, $10 after)


Sun., May 19:

Moms and Malcolm

“May 19th Join US for Moms and Malcolm. Paying homage to our mothers & the legacy of Malcolm X ‘El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz’ born May 19, 1925. Malcolm would have been 94.

“POUND CAKE BAKE – OFF; FILM SCREENING and DISCUSSION: ‘Malcolm X: Make it Plain’ $10 Entrance Film Screening + Pound Cake Tasting / Judging

“TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: The Black Messiah, The Black Widow & The Expectation of Mothers

“PANELISTS: ChrisTiana ObeySumner, Solo, and Kathei McCoy (Coach Kathei)

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr. Way S.
Cost: $10

Cherish Grand Opening & Epic Pancake Party Fundraiser

“If you Cherish equitable, inclusive Early Education… Come eat a Big meal for a tiny price & huge reward: All you can stack Pancake Bar w/ all the fixings, coffee, juice bar along side live Jazz!!

“This soft opening kicks off our summer programs! Cherish Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place 10am before we serve! Tour our NEW space and Africatown Grow Urban farm. Lets Celebrate the beautiful partnership of Africatown Center for Education and Innovation, GROW and Cherish: Art, Culture & Science Academy!

“Pre-purchase your tickets using this link. Arrive by 9:45 to join the ribbon cutting before brunch!

Time: 9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Cherish: Art, Culture & Science Academy — 3100 S. Alaska St.
Cost: $12 per person / $6 for children & elders

Mon., May 20:

Black Dot Mastermind Mondays

“Black Dot Master Mind Mondays is back! We all need consistent check-ins and check ups to keep us performing at our highest potential as business builders. Mastermind Mondays provides a weekly place to connect with motivated entrepreneurs, get inspired and solve problems.

“This meetup is for small business owners, startups, artrepreneurs, entrepreneurs, and those who have a hobby they want to monetize. We will be sharing wins, discussing challenges, and learning best strategies and practices for starting and growing a business. Come network and get valuable insights into business and industries.

Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Black Dot — 1437 S. Jackson St.
Cost: FREE


Tues., May 21:

This Living Salish Sea

“This sweeping documentary takes us in and under the waters of the Salish Sea, while more fully understanding the threats posed by the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to this incredible ecosystem.A film by Sarama, presented by Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies.

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest. St.
Cost: FREE (donations appreciated)


Swing 3PO at Perihelion

“Kevin leads Swing 3PO, a dynamic and versatile group that plays dance music rooted in the Swing tradition. Swing 3PO features Kevin Connor on guitar and vocals, Mike Daugherty on drums and vocals, Lamar Lofton on bass and David Loomis on trombone. Vocal harmonies, swingin’ solos, and playful call and response singing will be heard at any show along with a few jokes between songs. The group features Connor’s original compositions as well as fresh arrangements of many pre WW2 classics.All-Ages

Time: 7 PM
Where: Perihelion Brewery — 2800 16th Ave. S.
Cost: Free to attend

Wed., May 22:

Martha Silano, Kevin Craft, & Laura Da’ Poetry Reading

“Join us on Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm for a night of poetry with Laura Da’, author of Instruments of the True Measure, Martha Silano, author of Gravity Assist, and Kevin Craft, author of Vagrants and Accidentals.

“Instruments of the True Measure charts the coordinates and intersections of land, history, and culture. Lyrical passages map the parallel lives of ancestral figures and connect dispossessions of the past to lived experiences of the present. Shawnee history informs the collection, and Da’s fascination with uncovering and recovering brings the reader deeper into the narrative of Shawnee homeland. Images of forced removal and frontier violence reveal the wrenching loss and reconfiguration of the Shawnee as a people. The body and history become lands that are measured and plotted with precise instruments.” 

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

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 (Wednesdays)

Lyrically We Stand (Wednesdays)

Sistas Rock The Arts Open Mic (Thursdays in May)

Cafe Red’s Open Mic for All (Second Thursdays, see Facebook page for individual events)

Totem Star Spring Open Mic (Fridays w/ variable frequency & location)

Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase (Second Fridays)

Tuesday Night Music Club (TNMC) Open Mic (Tuesdays)

Skylark Hang: Jazz Open Mic (Tuesdays)

Royal Esquire Club Open Mic Tuesdays (Tuesdays)

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic (First Fridays)

And check out these comedy-specific open mics:

Joketellers Union (Wednesdays)

Stand Up Comedy Open Mic at Tippe & Drague (First Saturdays)

*Here’s a monthly comedy showcase too: Cafe Red’s We Got Jokes

If *karaoke* is more your speed, check out these venues:

Bush Garden (Daily)

Columbia City’s New Karaoke Night (Wednesdays)

Clock-Out’s ggnzla Karaoke (Mondays)

Venus Karaoke (room rentals)


*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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