THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Queens, Coolout Network Cypher, On The Brink, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., June 19:

Mentoring Info Session at The Station

“Interested in learning more about becoming a mentor or mentee with Community for Youth? Please join us at our next info session! Hear stories from current students & mentors. Learn more about the mentoring commitment. Learn about CfY Program structure & objectives.

“Your first beverage will be on us! The Station offers coffee, tea, wine, and beer!”

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St.
Cost: FREE


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: 5256 Rainier Ave S, Seattle in Columbia City. Watch on Facebook; listen at or on the TuneIn app.

“Brought to you by Your South Seattle Community Radio Station.”

Time: 7–8 p.m.
Where: Rainier Avenue Radio — 5256 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: FREE

Thurs., June 20:


“Simone Pin Productions present Queens…a sexy thought-provoking burlesque featuring two opposing queens drenched in opulent power. Gaze upon staggering beauty in the form of rooks and knights and witness with your own eyes the unfolding of two primal Queens face to face on the board of games!

“Queens includes a fusion of burlesque and technical choreography by Shay Simone. Powerful female figures, love and battles experienced by women of color are all to be seen in this stimulating burlesque. The Queen’s Court features Adra Boo, Caela Bailey, TAQUEET$!, Elise, Shay Simone and Annya Pin.”

Read the South Seattle Emerald’s preview of this event.

Also shows July 21 and 22.

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Northwest Film Forum — 1515 12th Ave.
Cost: $40


Fri., June 21:

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Opening today: Booksmart
Still playing: 
Shaft, Secret Life of Pets 2, The Biggest Little Farm, Rocketman

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

Meaningful Movies — I Am Not Your Negro

“Join the Northwest African American Museum, Mt Baker Meaningful Movies, American Civil Liberties Union, Social Justice Film Institute, the Mt. Baker Conversations About Race and Equity team and Michael B Maine for a free screening of I Am Not Your Negro.

“This program is one of a series of events at NAAM commemorating Juneteenth, the holiday acknowledging the final abolition of slavery during the U.S. Civil War era. (Learn more at

“This powerful film envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

“Join us for snacks and conversation before the film. Afterwards, there will be a panel of speakers as well as time for community discussion.”

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE (donations accepted)

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Coolout Network Cypher in the C.D. #MakeMusicDay Seattle

The Coolout Network aka Coolout TV hosts its 3rd year of bringing hip hop performance to Make Music Day!

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: Liberty Bank Building — 1405 24th Ave
Cost: FREE


Sat., June 22:

Mind Over Matter: Poems & Monologues About Rediscovering Oneself

“Come and watch, for the first time on Langston Hughes Theater stage, the intimate collaboration of Poets and Actors.

“A Golden Nile Production and support from Office of Arts & Culture Seattle, Mind Over Matter is the second show part of ‘The Soloist Series’ debuting in Seattle, Directed by Tayo Talabi. It will be a night of Poems and Monologues expressing the internal battle we may all go through when trying to understand ourselves and our purpose in life.”

This event is for ages 17 and up.

Time: 6–8 p.m
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $5 Adv., $10 at the door (or pay what you can)

Black Music History Month Celebration 2019

“June is Black Music History Month, and a perfect time to celebrate and honor World re-known Jazz music legend Joe Brazil. Originally from Detroit, Michigan aka The Motor City, Brazil made his mark in the jazz music world, and also within the city he adopted as home, in 1962 Seattle, Washington.

“Brazil’s music legacy includes recording with legends the likes of John Coltrane, and Roy Ayers. Friends of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gilespe, and McCoy Tyner, the range of influence Mr. Brazil has expanded the Globe.

“Brazil was a beloved Seattle music fixture. He along with Jabo Ward, Floyd Standifer, Chuck Metcalf, Frank Gant, and other local music leaders, were the teachers for the next generation of skilled musicians. Brazil was the first African American hired at the University of Washington where he would teach for several years, yet was denied tenure in 1976. His departure from the UW however, made room for more focus on grooming up and coming musicians via the Black Academy of Music.”

Time: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Blanche Lavizzo Park — 2100 S. Jackson St
Cost: $20 Adv.

Black History

Mon., June 24:

Let’s Talk About It — Historic Preservation

“Our Beacon Hill neighborhood is changing very fast. Let’s talk about it, your vision, and what we want to do about it.

“From 7 to 9 p.m., for 4 Mondays in June, we are going to have courageous conversations at The Station.

“Light dinner will be served. Please rsvp/register for food count. AND yes, you can come to more than one event.

“Sponsored by Beacon Hill Council with outreach Partners Beacon Arts & The Station. Funded by Neighbor To Neighbor.

“Yes, we can!”

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St.
Cost: FREE


Tues., June 25:

On The Brink

“Seattle’s Central District was the largest enclave of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest. The once-thriving community now finds its very existence threatened by change, which is tearing apart the social fabric of their neighborhood. With few African Americans left in the Central District, can they overcome the course of change before their community and its rich history vanish? On the Brink tells a universal story of a struggle to hold on to a sense of community in the face of change, and finding hope in a time of despair.”

View the trailer here.

Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St.
Cost: $10


API Chaya and Tenants Union: Housing Rights and Language Access!

“All tenants have the right to affordable and decent housing. And we know that language barriers present challenges in accessing and keeping housing. This is why API Chaya and the Tenants Union have decided to team up to support community in knowing their rights, and also coming together to advocate for more access for communities that speak languages beyond English. Please join us for an evening of learning about our rights as renters, sharing barriers, challenges, and also creative community solutions to making housing access language accessible and to helping shape an emerging campaign to further raise awareness of what it takes to treat language access as a human right.”

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE


Weds., June 26:

The Mixer: Surviving & Thriving in the Creative Gig Economy

“Join us at Clock-Out Lounge on 6/26 for our second in a series of community discussions to help shape the City’s vision for the future of our creative economy.

“Seattle’s creative workers earned over $6 billion dollars in 2017, and creative jobs in Seattle are growing at a faster rate than in the rest of the country*. On a national level, the ‘gig economy’ is on the rise—allowing flexibility and freedom for creative types, but with less of a safety net. At this month’s Mixer, Amy Lillard of Washington Filmworks will lead a discussion with panelists from different creative fields who will share their secrets of success about freelancing, entrepreneurship, and what it takes to make it professionally in Seattle’s growing creative economy.

Afterwards, attendees will break out into small groups for more networking and to give feedback about how the city can help creatives find the resources they need to not only survive, but thrive in our rapidly growing city.

This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be provided, and alcohol is available for purchase for guests 21+.”

Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave. S.
Cost: FREE

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:

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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