THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — JamFest, Beacon Cinema Grand Opening, Farm Fest, Seattle Latinx Pride, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., July 18:

Beacon Hill District 2 Candidate Forum

“The Beacon Business Alliance will co-host a D2 Candidate Forum in partnership with the Beacon Hill Council (BHC). This is an opportunity for the community to learn about candidates’ platforms, ask questions, register to vote, and more. The event is free! A short social hour will precede the forum, beginning at 5:30 PM, on the plaza adjacent to the venue.

“Our confirmed list of guests includes 16 candidates running for Seattle City Council, King County Council, Port of Seattle, and more. Follow BBA on Facebook for event and other community updates!

Time: 5:30–8 p.m.
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: FREE

*Also happening tonight in Skyway: West Hill Voter Town Hall w/ Girmay Zahilay & Larry Gossett (King Co. Council candidates, both of whom will attend both events). 7–8:30 p.m. @ Dimmitt Middle School —12320 80th Ave S.

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JamFest 10th Anniversary

“Celebrating our 10th anniversary, the Chinatown-International District’s JamFest activates the Canton Alley and Maynard Alley Party with activities for all ages! Featuring pop up art installations, live music and performances, mahjong and arcade games, local vendors, and a Happy Hour Food Walk – July, there’s an activity for everyone! Celebrate the international flavor of our community and all we have to offer. Admission by donation.

Time: 5–9 p.m.
Where: Wing Luke Museum & the C-ID — 719 S. King St
Cost: Free to attend


Fri., July 19:

Grand Opening: The Beacon Cinema—FREE WEEK!

“Come help us warm the house during our grand opening with a whole week of totally free films. First come, first admitted. Welcome to The Beacon!

Time: See calendar for shows & showtimes
Where: The Beacon Cinema — 4405 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Image: The Beacon Cinema (via Facebook; cropped to fit this space)

Michael GodHigh – “Committed”

“Highway Houndz Present: Michael GodHigh – ‘Committed’

Special Guests: Rainy Dayz Ent., Walker, Emac, Toney Martel and Soul The Interrogator; Hosted By: Dirtay; Music By: DJ Vinny Mac” 21+

Time: 9 p.m. (doors)
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $5 Adv. / $8 Door

Sat., July 20:

Farm Fest at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands

“Join us Saturday, July 20; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for Farm Fest, a celebration of urban farming and community in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood!

“Enjoy storytime with Katherine Pryor reading Bea’s Bees at 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The first 30 kids at storytime will get a free copy of Bea’s Bees to take home! Dance Brazil will perform at 1:30 p.m. Also, get creative and assemble the herb crown of your dreams to wear while exploring the farm and beyond. FOOD — Enjoy tasty snacks and food from local vendors, including POP UP bike pops, Umami Kushi and Frelard Tamales!

Strongly encouraged by event host: Walking, biking, and taking public transportation. Learn more about Farm Fest on their website. Please leave pets at home.

Time: 10 a.m–3 p.m.
Where: Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands — 5513 S. Cloverdale St
Cost: FREE


Ragin’ Viet-Cajun

“Friends of Little Saigon presents Ragin’ Viet-Cajun, a summer pop-up celebrating food & community. Viet-Cajun cuisine is a cross-cultural union of two coastal communities, highlighting the journey of many southern Vietnamese immigrants and refugees. This event celebrates this journey and looks to the future of the dynamic flavors of our community.

“As you indulge in the hands-on spicy seafood experience, there will also be live DJs, a beer garden, karaoke, Vietnamese street wear, and more. Proceeds from this event will go to supporting the Little Saigon creative space, a community and arts space that promotes Vietnamese culture, identity, and programs.

Time: 12 p.m.–12 a.m.
Where: Pho Bac Sup Shop & Boat — 1240 S. Jackson Street
Cost: $10

*Down the hill in the nearby C-ID, check out: Natsu Matsuri Outdoor Summer Festival (Sat/Sun).

BUILD Community Field Day

“The BUILD Community Field Day will include a team sport such as Kickball, Flag Football, Knockerballs, Soccer and much more. Community members will have fun as we exercise and play together. The goal is to simply to enjoy each other without worrying about who wins. Bring out your friends / family and #BUILD with us!

Time: 2–5 p.m.
Where: Genesee Park and Playfield — 4300 S. Genesee St
Cost: FREE


2019 Seattle Bon Odori

“Join us for the 2019 Bon Odori Festival at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple! Food, entertainment, cultural exhibits, traditional Japanese dance, culture, live music & more! Celebrating 87 years in the Puget Sound region! Seattle Bon Odori is a proud Seafair Sanctioned Community Event. Follow this event page to stay up-to-date on the latest Bon Odori news.

“Hosted by the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist organization under the Buddhist Churches of America and Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, Kyoto, Japan.

Time: Sat (4–10 p.m.) / Sun (3–8 p.m.)
Where: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple — 1427 S. Main Street
Cost: Free to attend (we think)


Seattle Latinx Pride 2019

“3rd Seattle Latinx Pride Festival — Everyone is invited, free event!
Let’s celebrate our LGBTQ and Latino/a/x identities. ENTERTAINMENT, DANCING, FOOD, COMMUNITY RESOURCES/VENDORS & MUCH MORE! Share &Invite ALL your friends!
“Evento GRATIS! — Acompañanos en el tercer festival del Orgullo LGBTQ Latino!
Sábado 20 de Julio 5-10 pm. Ven celebrar el orgullo de la comunidad Gay, Lesbiana, Bi, Trans Latina. ENTRETENIMIENTO, BAILE, COMIDA, BEBIDAS, RECURSOS COMUNITARIOS Y MUCHO MAS! Pasa la voz e invita a más personas.

Time: 5–10 p.m.
Where: El Centro de la Raza — 2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Sun., July 21:

We All Scream For Immigrant Rights

“Central District Ice Cream Company, The Station & Intentionalist are 3 womxn-owned businesses teaming up to help you celebrate National Ice Cream Day *and* make a difference! Central District Ice Cream will donate 15% of sales from the event to Northwest Immigrant Rights Project; The Station & Intentionalist will match the donation for triple the impact; In addition to this month’s flavors, the event will feature a special ice cream inspired by one of The Station’s signature drinks.

Time: 12–3 p.m.
Where: Central District Ice Cream Company — 509 13th Ave
Cost: Buy some ice cream!


Master Congolese Dance!

“African Village Experience Kick-Off Dance Workshop with Energetic, Fiyah Master Dance Instructor Loubayi and Master drummers Messango and Kiazi!! This workshop will test and bless you as you engage in connection with your internal self and higher ascension!! Only $20!!

*Also at Northwest Tap Connection this weekend: Block Party and Outdoor Movie: Cool Runnings (Sat. @ 6 p.m.).

Time: 2–3:30 p.m.
Where: Northwest Tap Connection — 8732 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20

Sofie Salonika & Slingshot

“Two great women-led bands, featuring new Sephardic Jewish music and spontaneous compositions! SOFIE SALONIKA is a hybrid group delving into Sephardic, Spanish, Turkish and Arabic songs, presenting concerts filled with compelling new interpretations on traditional works, and spicy, original Middle Eastern and Balkan-inspired compositions with hints of Bluegrass, Jazz and Nocturnal Funk. SLINGSHOT is a collective improvising group specializing in far flung free improvisations that aim high, led by Jessica Lurie and Heather Bentley and Beth Fleenor. This set will feature Robin Holcomb on piano; Jessica Lurie on woodwinds and electronics; Katie Down flute, glass instruments; Jonti Simon bass; and special guests!” The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 p.m.

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $12 Adv. / $15 DOS


Tues., July 23:

Love, Power & Purpose Summer Art the Park Program

“Inspired Child Love, Power & Purpose: exploring the power of our words and movements through spoken word, dance, art and activism. This program is a FREE 4-week intensive that will meet T&TH 2-5pm July 9 – August 1st @ Judkins Park it is comprised of dance & poetry workshops & art projects. It will culminate in a finale performance and the self-publishing of Vol. 4 of the Love, Power, & Purpose Chapbook featuring participant poetry.

*Also hosted by Inspired Child, happening on Sat., July 20: Powell Barnett Park Children’s Open Mic Free Summer Art in Park.

Time: 2–5 p.m.
Where: Judkins Park — 2150 S. Norman St
Cost: FREE

Open Mics!

Here’s a quick round-up of the ones we know about (listed in chronological order; list updated frequently):

Seattle’s Best Open Mic (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 *NO TNMC on 7/16)

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)

Cafe Red Karaoke – The Third Chapter (Thursday, 7/18)

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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