THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Close the Camps & Lights for Liberty, Last Black Man in San Francisco, Undocumented Tales, and More!

by Emerald Staff

**Immigrant Detention and Family Separation Protest & Solidarity Actions Planned for July 11, 12, and 13:

Thurs., July 11, 5–7 p.m. @ Westlake Park: Close the concentration camps now!

Fri., July 12, 7 p.m.: Lights for Liberty (at *Your Location):
“Lights For Liberty will be holding Friday night vigils around the country from 7–9 pm to show that we stand in solidarity with immigrants who are under attack by the Trump administration.
*South Seattle location: Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park

Sat Jul 13th, 12:30 p.m. Community Engagement: Lights on Detained People NWDC Northwest Detention Center (1623 E. J St, Tacoma)

Thurs., July 11:

Close the concentration camps now!

“Over the past months we have witnessed the brutality that refugees and the displaced have faced at the hands of this administration. We have seen and heard the reports of children sleeping on concrete floors, locked in cages and denied basic human rights. This is not a protest about political issues but one about moral responsibilities. The severe overcrowding and denial of basic needs like food, beds, soap, showers and medical care are unacceptable.

“Today hundreds of children are still waiting to be reunited with their families. They are living in detention centers facing psychological and physical trauma. Since Trump took office we have lost 24 people including 6 children and many more injustices. This not the world we want to live in!!? What side of history do we want to stand on? Follow us @El Comite, get informed about what is happening and teach, share, protest ACT. We are asking that all of the people who care to come out and join us this Thursday at 5pm at Westlake Park.

Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: Westlake Park — 401 Pine St
Cost: Free to attend

YWCA Party in the Park

“This family-friendly event will celebrate Washington women with entertainment and art for the whole community!

“We’ll have a photo booth, music, food trucks, and more, including: Appearance by the Seattle Seahawks dancers, mascot, legends, and Blue Thunder drum line; Art activities for youth hosted by Coyote Central, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and the Northwest African American Museum; Giveaways of YWCA t-shirts and ice cream for the first 100 guests; Add the names of inspiring women to YWCA’s traveling tapestry and celebrate the women who shape our community and our lives.

“This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite your colleagues, friends, and family to join us.”

Time: 4–7 p.m.
Where: Powell Barnett Park — 352 MLK Jr Way
Cost: FREE

Ancestral Waters: Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

“Join us for a special screening of Native Daily Network’s new documentary film Ancestral Waters in Seattle! Please RSVP here.

“This powerful film chronicles the Puyallup Tribe and Water Warriors’ movement to resist the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) facility currently being built without proper permits on the Tribe’s ancestral tideflats in violation of the Medicine Creek Treaty. Watch the official trailer.

“This event is free, with suggested donation of $10 to support Native Daily Network‘s ongoing work.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Refreshments provided! The screening will begin at 7:00 PM, with a short filmmaker Q&A and panel discussion following the film.

“Learn more about the Power Past Fracked Gas coalition.

Time: 6:30–9 p.m.
Where: Southside Commons — 3518 S. Edmunds St
Cost: FREE

Image credit: 350 Seattle

Fri., July 12:


Lights for Liberty – a Constellation of Lights | Seattle Tacoma

“Join us! Stand Up against Immigrant Detention!

“Across this country, we have witnessed acts against people fleeing persecution many of us thought we would never see in modern times.

“At Trump’s concentration camps, teen mothers and babies are held outdoors in “dog pounds.” We have witnessed the sick and elderly confined to “icebox” rooms for weeks at a time. Unbelievably, children as young as 4 months are taken from their parents, medicine is confiscated, and medical care withheld, and LGBTQ and disabled individuals are held in solitary confinement.

“At the NWDC in Tacoma, detained people are served rotten, inedible food, and are held in terrible conditions for want of bonds to release them to their families and communities where they can get legal support.

“Perhaps most terrifying, refugees are beginning to be moved onto military grounds, where there will be a lack of oversight from the media, lawyers, and human rights monitors.

“Now is the time for every person to stand up and say, ‘We will not accept this!’

“We asked NW immigrant and detained persons support groups how we can most help those living this nightmare every day. What people detained most desire is their immediate release and connection to the outside, so we all know of the inhumane conditions they face everyday. The following series of events on July 12th and July 13th is based on their input:

“At the specific request of those directly impacted, Saturday (July 13) will be a NOISIER Community day of SUPPORT at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma. We need lots of powerful voices so all detained people and any visiting families can hear our support. We also will learn meaningful ways we can help in the sustained fight against immigrant detention, such as: Contribute to the Fair Bond Fund and Free Our Neighbors Bond fund and sign up to volunteer at the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network. #LightsforLiberty #EndDetention”

*Find the Lights For Liberty Vigil location nearest you at

Time: 7 p.m. (Friday)
Where: Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park (South Seattle Location)— 2200 Martin Luther King Jr Way S.
Cost: Free to attend

Sat., July 13:

Versatile EP Release Party: Esai Marceleno / Rell Be Free & more

“Southend legend-in-the-making Esai Marceleno releases his newest EP VERSATILE. Available now on Spotify and all other major outlets.

“Featuring additional performances by: Rell Be Free, Waveworld Wishbaby, Mavo Rhymes, JahFromTheWA, EyezOthelo, DJ Whispah The RulerAll-Ages

Time: 7–11 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: $5 (suggested) *NOTAFLOF

Hip Hop Live Music Benefit Show feat. Fantasy A

“Fantasy A — Fantasy A aka Alexander Hubbard was born in Seattle, WA on May 23rd, 1993. He raps about his personal life he’s been through and things he does for fun. He’s one of Seattle’s best rappers that posts flyers to promote his music all over town for 4 years and he’s well-known on The Stranger and Seattle Weekly articles. He’s in a TV-pilot film called Fantasy A Gets Jacked! that’ll air on Adult Swim in the future which his 1st movie appearance as an actor and rapper. (Bandcamp)

“AK-47 (Ray Jackson) — Originally from Port Townsend, WA; he called his business BIGHMW which stands for Heavy Metal Warrior and called his fans “Legions of Warrior Nation.” (Soundcloud)

“Kyle Kamppi — Originally from Arlington, WA and based out of Seattle, Kyle Kamppi is an upcoming hip-hop artist and MC who goes the extra mile with his lyricism. Elements of grunge influence shine through his stage presence, and he often raps over hazy, smokey beats with smooth flows. Instagram: @skrr_skrrington

“Menace Marley — Soundcloud

“DoNormaal — DoNormaal is an artist from Southern California living in Seattle.
Instagram: @donormaal.” 21+

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $10 Adv. / $13 DOS

Sun., July 14:


Summer Swap at the Collaboratory

“It’s that time again ya’ll! Clothing Swap time that is! It’s time for your Summertime Wardrobe. Bring your gently used, hardly used or never used items and trade them for a new to you wardrobe on the spot! There is always good music and good company to be had. Come on out and see us. It’s a fun time for everyone involved! **This is a free event but there is a cost involved. Gratuity and donations are very appreciated. **Kids clothes and Men clothing very much welcome and very much in need!**

Time: 2–6 p.m.
Where: The Hillman City Collaboratory — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend (gratuity & donations appreciated)

Last Black Man in San Francisco Talk Back

“Marcus Harrison Green, Seattle Times South Seattle Reporter, is hosting this special Talk Back showing of The Last Black Man in San Francisco, co-written by and starring Jimmie Fails along with an ensemble cast that includes Danny Glover, Jonathan Majors, and Tichina Arnold.

“Joining Mr Green to the discussion will be Seattle Times Project Homeless reporter Vianna Davila, Seattle Times Project Homeless reporter Sydney Brownstone, and Seattle Times Education Lab reporter Dahlia Bazzaz will complete the panel.

“The Talk Back will start at the end of the movie.”

*Also playing at Ark Lodge Cinemas: Stuber, Midsommar, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Late Night, Spider-man: Far From Home (showtimes vary, see website)

Time: 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $9–13


Columbia City Beatwalk

“The next Columbia City Beatwalk is Sunday, July 14th! The theme is R&B, Funk, and HipHop. Check out the FABULOUS lineup! [See event]

“The Columbia City Historic Society will also be playing OLD School Soul and R&B on vinyl. As always, we’ll have street buskers on Rainier Avenue, and vendors on Ferdinand St. So put on your dancing shoes, and let’s continue the 25th Silver Anniversary celebration! SEE YOU THERE!

Time: 5:30–10 p.m.
Where: Columbia City (Rainier Ave S. & S. Ferdinand St)
Cost: Free to attend

Tues., July 16:

Undocumented Tales Screening & Convo w/Armando Ibañez

Undocumented Tales is a YouTube web series that follows the journey of Fernando Gutierrez, an undocumented queer immigrant from Mexico living in U.S. Fernando’s story is one that is rarely told in the broader immigrant and LGBTQ communities, and one that is almost never told in mainstream media.

The series serves as an online platform that brings together the intersections of immigration status, homophobia/transphobia, class, and race to portray the realities of what it means to both undocumented and queer in the United States.

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: FREE


Wed., July 17:

Creative Justice Family (Community) Dinner

“Creative Justice will be installing a show, ‘Up From the Table’, at the Hedreen Art Gallery at Seattle University in August of 2019. Just a few blocks from the new $233 million Children and Family Justice Center, the New Youth Jail, ‘Up From the Table’ calls us to question the true costs of the United States mass incarceration problem.

“On July 17, 2019 we will be hosting a family (community) dinner to prepare for the exhibit. ‘Up From The Table’ is to be a community collaborative art installation led and guided by the artistic vision of Creative Justice participants. In addition to sharing a meal there will be space and opportunity to share our stories of how jails, prison, courts, police, and the criminal legal system have personally impacted us and our families. We will do this through oral storytelling, photography and textile based arts projects.

“We humbly ask our community to join us in this collaborative effort by bringing with them a blanket, article of clothing, or another fabric item which represents a personal experience with the criminal legal system.

“Lastly, we will be doing family portrait sessions. So bring your family! Whomever that is and however you define it! Join us for an evening of storytelling, dinner, and community building!

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave
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)

BNV 2019 Team Send off Show + Open Mic (Sat., July 13)

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.

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