THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Celebrate Juneteenth, We Out Here, Father’s Day Brunch, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., June 13:

Celebrate Juneteenth

“A community event focused on fellowship & empowerment. Fun For Youth & Families. Performances|Food|Games Prizes|Community Resource Fair.Hosted by Therapeutic Health Services, Parks and Rec, and Atlantic Street Center.

Time: 3–7 p.m.
Where: Rainier Beach Community Center — 8825 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE


5th-Annual All You Can Eat Crawfish & Shrimp

“Have an insatiable appetite for crawfish & shrimp? Here’s a chance to test your limit! How it works: You have 2 hours to eat as much crawfish & shrimp as you can. Tickets are starting at $25 – 12 pm, $25 – 2 pm, $30 – 4pm, $35 – 6pm and $35 – 8pm
When you arrive, you will be served 2 lbs of crawfish and 1lb shrimp additional crawfish and shrimp will be served at 1lbs increments until your time is up. It’s as simple as that.

“Your meal also comes with limes, lemons, bread, potatoes, corn, sausage. If you choose to have them. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant.”

Time: 12–10 p.m.
Where: Crawfish King — 725 S. Lane St
Cost: $25–35

Nidhi Chanani – I Will Be Fierce

“Written by Bea Birdsong and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani, I Will Be Fierce is a powerful picture book about courage, confidence, kindness, and finding the extraordinary in everyday moments. Today, I will be fierce! It’s a brand new day, and a young girl decides to take on the world like a brave explorer heading off on an epic fairytale quest. From home to school and back again, our hero conquers the Mountain of Knowledge (the library), forges new bridges (friendships), and leads the victorious charge home on her steed (the school bus).

“Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.Author/Illustrator Talk

*Also check out this event on Sat., June 15: Kids Storytime and Yoga with Lilia Karimi – Lily Finds Her Om Way.

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


Ark Lodge Cinemas

Opening today: Shaft
Still playing:
Secret Life of Pets 2, The Biggest Little Farm, Rocketman, Aladdin (today is the last day to see Aladdin)

 Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $9–12

Fri., June 14:

We Out Here Exhibition and Festival Celebrating Black Excellence

“We Out Here is a festival to honor and celebrate Black excellence and share resources in the Seattle area. Shining a light on artists, elders, activists, community members, and organizations representing a number of fields who are working to address complex issues in creative ways, We Out Here will feature consultations, talks, presentations, and workshops throughout the day and live performances each night from June 14-19, 2019.”This festival event begins today and continues through June 19.

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Langston Hughes — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE (Donate to support the artists!)


The Friday Night Get Down

“Join us for The Friday Night Get Down held at Cafe Red in Seattle. We will be bringing some the best local artists in the scene while Cafe Red provides delicious food and drinks to keep the night flowing.

The night will be jam packed with music from MyndthaVillain, Burnzz & Holiday, and EyE_AM. We will also be having a Vinyl Record giveaway to one lucky attendee. Grab your raffle ticket at the door. If you think you got bars, join us for the rap cypher during the show.All-Ages

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr. Wy S.
Cost: $5



“If you haven’t heard, LATE NIGHT IS BACK!! Thank you for showing us the LOVE! Join us FRIDAY, June 14th 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.

*Also check out: Let’s Talk About It – Our Changing Neighborhood, the third installment, Mon., June 17.

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

Sat., June 15:

Saturday Night With DJ Smooth T

“Playing the best in Southern-style R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz!For more information about this event, call 678-514-9841 or email

*Also check out Cascade Elks Club’s Bid Whist nights, every Sunday from 6–9 p.m.

Time: 8 p.m–12 a.m.
Where: Cascade Elks Club — 9116 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: FREE (we think)

The Best Of Afrodisiac 9th Anniversary Show!

“Enjoy an erotic trip down memory lane as we feature some of the best performances from our past 9 years!

“Join us for an up-close and intimate evening with Afrodisiac Erotic Poetry Show. We will entice you with sensual and erotic poets, vocalist, and visual artist. We will open up the stage and share the spot light with an open mic segment, so come prepared to share your erotic poems, thoughts, songs, and short stories!

“Afrodisiac shows feature an enticing array of sensual and erotic poets, dancers, vocalist and visual artist. Afrodisiac is designed to be a safe space for every gender, race and sexual identity. Afrodisiac is a place to celebrate the diverse sexualities of people of color. We are committed to exposing our audience to a variety of artistic erotic presentations, challenging classic views of sexuality towards tolerance at the very minimum and celebration at its most supreme!” Hosted by Afrodisiac Erotic Poetry. 21+

*Also at Washington Hall this weekend: Arc Artist Fellowship Showcase (on Sat.) and KISHI BASHI – Omoiyari intimate album release show (on Sun.). And next Wednesday, check out: The Color of Money: An Evening with Mehrsa Baradaran.

Time: 9–11 p.m.
Where: Cypher Cafe — 153 14th Ave.
Cost: $20 Adv.

Sun., June 16:

Brunch With Musang: Father’s Day Edition!

“Brunch With Musang is back for the month of June! We are dedicating this installment of our special brunch series to the father figures in our lives For those who don’t know – we are named after my dad, who is known by his friends and family as Musang, which translates to ‘wild cat’ in Tagalog. As I celebrate my dad and the love and gratitude I feel for him, I would also like to join you in honoring the loved ones who hold this significance in your life.

“The regular #BrunchWithMusang programming to ensue, including special cocktail drinks and sounds by our monthly DJ.Family-Friendly

Time: 10:30 a.m–2:30 p.m.
Where: Bar del Corso — 3057 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $40


Father’s Day Brunch Party

“Red Lounge / Taste Of The Caribbean Presents: Father’s Day Brunch Party—Live DJs. Happy Hour Drink Specials. Card Games // Board Games // Domino // Bring your team!All-Ages

*Also check out: Dj Avalanche “The Caribbean’s Hottest Dj” Live in Seattle! (Sat., 6/15).

Time: 2–9 p.m.
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: No Cover ($15 buffet)


Daddy’s Day: Columbia City’s PRIDE Kickoff Party

“Sashay Away Sundays presents DADDY’S DAY: Columbia City’s PRIDE Kickoff Party! Featuring drag performances from some of Seattle’s top talent, a body-shaking DJ set by Mixx America, photo booth, and a special happy hour menu. Bring your friends, show your pride, and let’s boogie! PERFORMANCES BY: Andrew Scott, D Dynasty, and Bosco.”

Time: 3–8 p.m.
Where: Backyard — 3820 S. Ferdinand St. Ste. 102
Cost: Free to attend

Image: Stephanie Anne Johnson (via Facebook)

The Junebugs // Stephanie Anne Johnson & The Hidogs

“Stephanie Johnson is an award-winning Northwest singer and songwriter. Her rich sound has jazz, blues, folk and soul roots.

“The Junebugs—Imagine if Neil Young and Janis Joplin had three love children, and those children grew up to like Folk Rock and Hip Hop. The Junebugs combine high-energy pop and rock with Pacific Northwest folksy goodness to create a genre-bending sound you can kick up your heels to.” The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 p.m.

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $10

Tues., June 18:

Fun Free Events

“FREE ACTVITY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Activate your Rainier Beach Neighborhood. Free snacks, fun activities and a conversation about designs for the space. Join us at Rainier/ Rose st and Henderson st/ Chief Sealth Trail.”

Time: 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: Ethiopian Community in Seattle — 8323 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: FREE


Authentic Empowerment Summit w/ Guest Speaker Trisha R. Thomas

“The Northwest African American Museum and Clever Vixen Media announced the Authentic Empowerment Summit presenting a platform that celebrates the beautiful aspects of women of color and their natural hair. The driving force of the Authentic Empowerment Summit is the push for acceptance of natural hairstyles in the workplace, military, and schools. The guest speaker, Trisha R. Thomas, wrote the book Nappily Ever After, to enlighten as well as entertain about the constant unrelenting toll of having to straighten natural hair for acceptance in careers and relationships. The cultural implications of wearing natural hair instead of straightened hair have been an ongoing conversation and continue to bring about emotional memories from childhood onto adulthood for women as well as men.

“This summit will be a powerful evening of interaction with a community who want to share their experiences and offer advice on pushing for social change and acceptance to live authentically. The evening will highlight unforgettable moments in the African American history of hair, from 70’s afros, braids, extensions, and now back to natural hair in various fashion. What will the future hold? Trisha R. Thomas and the panel hosted by Nina Foxx, will discuss the road ahead and how we can teach and grow from our history.”

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: $5 (Free for members, RSVP recommended)

Wed., June 19:

Soul Line Dance Classes

“SOUL LINE DANCE CLASSES AND PARTY—Soul line dancing is one of the most fun one can do as a single person or with a group. The Royal Esquire Club and Ms. Anna have teamed up to help you become proficient with line dancing then show off your new moves at the party on Friday nights. For $10.00 you can learn new dances and be able to line it up and party like a RocStar.” Recurring event every third Wednesday; see Royal Esquire website for details.

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $10

Open Mics!

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 (Third Wednesdays)

Sistas Rock The Arts Open Mic (Thursdays)

Cafe Red’s Open Mic for All (Second Thursdays, See Website for details)

Totem Star Open Mics (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 (Second Wednesdays)

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

Cafe Red Karaoke: The Second (Thurs., June 20)

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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