THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Rainier Beach Back2School Bash, Othello Park International Festival, Rizal Park Jazz Festival, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Aug. 7:

It Happened Here! – Stories in Hing Hay Park

“’It Happened Here!’ is an afternoon outdoor talk series in Hing Hay Park featuring community speakers, local history, and neighborhood stories from Seattle’s International District. Co-Hosted by Wing Luke Museum, InterIm Community Development Association, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Bring a lunch and enjoy a story!

SPEAKER: August 7 – Akemi Matsumoto, APACE – on becoming a community activist and the fight for education, employment, and opportunity.This free, all-ages event repeats weekly through Aug. 28 with new speakers/topics each week!

Time: 12 p.m.
Where: Hing Hay Park — 423 Maynard Ave S.
Cost: FREE

*Also at Hing Hay Park (on Sat., Aug. 10):  SAAFF (Seattle Asian American Film Festival) C-ID Summer Cinema: Iron Monkey—“Join us at Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown-International District for a free outdoor screening of Iron Monkey in Cantonese with English subtitles.With performances by: Junhong’s Kung Fu Club, Sendai ERA, and Brenda Xu.


SJF NW Summer POCluck (POC Pot-Luck)

“It’s time; you’re invited for our summer POC Potluck! Please join us on August 7th in Seattle for an evening to enjoy good food, learn about upcoming events, share ideas, see old friends, and meet new people of color! There will be a brief agenda but mainly we want to hang out with you, and for you all to build together.

“Location: North Beacon Hill. The location is wheelchair accessible and within a short walking distance to public transportation including the Light Rail, and bus routes 36, 60, and 107. There is also free parking in the area.

“Who: For SJF friends and supporters of who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
RSVP here.

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: RSVP for address
Cost: FREE

Thurs., Aug. 8:

Crowdsource Choir

“You’ll learn choir parts and group sing with a bunch of strangers and probably have more fun than most other times in your life.

“Crowdsource Choir is a monthly drop-in choir in Seattle reinventing choir for the 21st century and recovering singing as an ancient communal art form that helps us participate in a magnificent whole. No singing experience required.

Time: 8–10 p.m.
Where: Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10 (suggested)

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Opening today: The Farewell
Still Playing: The Last Black Man in San Francisco (extended to Aug. 15!), Yesterday

 Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $9–12 ($6 Wednesdays!)

Fri., Aug. 9:

Rainbow Bingo: Blingo Night!

“Are you READY? To play Bingo? Be sure to get your tickets now for this super-fun, since this has been known to sell out. Your ticket raises money for programs that are vital to seniors AND gets you into an awesome party with Sylvia O’Stayformore as the M.C. Beer on tap, jello-shots and food available for dinner a la cart. This is event is for adults only.

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Southeast Seattle Senior Center — 4655 S. Holly St
Cost: $25

The Friday Night Get Down (Seattle)

“Noir Grime Presents… The Friday Night Get Down – Chiptune Night – Episode #4.

“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…Techno Mage, Nikola Whallon, and a special edition Chip Rap Cypher.

“Hosted By: Shubzilla and Bill Beats. 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: 7:30–11 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr. Way S.
Cost: $5 (“Lil’ ones get in FREE)

*Also at Cafe Red this weekend: Cancer Season is Over: a benefit for Arianna (Sat., Aug. 10).


Jim, Eddie Resto and Larry Mahlis

“Eddie Resto, the very fine bassist will be coming into town from Los Angeles and joining Larry Mahlis on drums and me at Kezira Cafe’ Friday, August 9th. No cover, all ages, excellent Ethiopian cuisine, in a beautiful atmosphere, courtesy of Nigist.All-Ages

Time: 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Where: Kezira Restaurant & Coffee Bar — 5100 Rainier Avenue S.
Cost: No Cover

Sat., Aug. 10:

Rainier Beach Back2School Bash

“This FREE EVENT is hosted by The Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RBAC) formally Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition (RBCEC) and Rainier Beach Moving Forward (RBMF) in partnership with RBCC, volunteers residents and dozens of other organizations will sponsor the 16th Annual Rainier Beach Back 2 School Bash. The purpose of this event is the same it has been since the first one in 2003 – to affirm the greatness within each child and address social barriers they face to learning.

“This event has a rich history of strengthening neighborhood support for education, providing services to families in need and generating involvement in neighborhood projects that improve quality of life. Our goal is to provide students and families with backpacks, school supplies and information about neighborhood and educational resources, food, clothing and entertainment. We invite you to join with residents, social service agencies, faith-based organizations, and local businesses to make the Rainier Beach Back2School Bash a success.

“Go to we welcome monetary donations, in-kind contributions, the willingness to become a sponsor or VOLUNTEER.

Time: 12–4 p.m.
Where: Rainier Ave S. & S. Henderson St. Lander St
Cost: Free to attend


African Diaspora All White Block Party!

“Join us THIS SATURDAY NIGHT from 6-9pm at Northwest Tap Connection in Rainier Beach for an African Diaspora All White BLOCK PARTY! We’re celebrating the 2019 SEATTLE GULLAH GEECHEE FESTIVAL Saturday night with music, dancing, Taste of Gullah food, storytelling and more!

“Don’t miss a chance to connect with old and new friends, family, and folks you met at our previous festivities! We hope to see you there! All white attire requested.

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Northwest Tap Connection — 8732 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Sun., Aug. 11:

SCAC City Serve Day at Dearborn Park International School

“We’re coming together as neighbors to get Dearborn Park International School ready for their upcoming school year. Help Dearborn Park International School with indoor and outdoor painting, cleaning, and landscaping! SIGN UP HERE.

Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Dearborn Park Elementary School — 2820 S. Orcas St
Cost: FREE


Rizal Park Jazz Festival

“Celebrating 40 years of the naming Of this beautiful park and bridge after Dr Jose Rizal. A Filipino patriot and martyr who made many contributions in engineering, medicine, political and social reform.

“This beautiful park is on the north slope of Beacon hill with a an amazing view point of the city and Elliot bay, It was transferred to the park department in 1971 but was named after Dr Jose Rizal seven years later in 1979. The formal unveiling and dedication ceremony was on Sept 16, 1989 this included the naming of the bridge.

“Pls come and support this milestone event with great jazz music by local musicians, a special menu created by ‘Chef’ Henry Pacheco and fun for the whole family!

Time: 12–8 p.m.
Where: Doctor Jose P. Rizal Park — 1008 12th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Othello Park International Festival

“Join us in Othello Park for food, fun and festivities that reflect our wonderful community’s various cultures. You’ll enjoy a multicultural experience filled with music, dancing, food, art activities, booths, and a petting zoo including a camel!

“Free for all to attend. Visit the array of tents and booths and sample Rainier Valley’s diversity of businesses and organizations. One large tent on the green will shelter the Festival’s traditional ‘Art Creation Station’ to engage those young in age and young at heart, in a variety of hands-on visual art activities led by local artists. Our main stage will host dance performances from around the world all day — lineup will be posted soon.

“Conveniently located a block away from the Othello light rail station and adjacent to Othello’s business district.See video from last year’s festival here.

Time: 12–6 p.m.
Where: Othello Playground — 4351 S. Othello St
Cost: FREE


Sunday Dinner featuring Randy Ford

“Back by Popular Demand, SUNDAY DINNER hosted by curator DANI TIRRELL with guest RANDY FORD. Each month we are bringing the community together for food and conversation, as we celebrate some of the most inspirational Black folx in Arts and Culture. We will enjoy food catered by some of Seattle’s most sought after and talented Black chefs. We are still working on the Chef for this event. Tickets are just $20 / Students $10! We want everyone to be able to join us at the table.

Time: 2–4 p.m.
Where: Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $20 / $10 (Students)

Columbia City Beatwalk

“The next Columbia City Beatwalk is Sunday, August 11th! The theme is World Rhythms and Beats. Please note that this NEXT Beatwalk starts at 4:30pm. Here’s the lineup folks.

“ will be broadcasting live from 5-8pm at their new Art of Soul Gallery on Rainier, between 39th and 42nd. Boompa Loompa will be performing at 6:30pm.

“The Columbia City Historic Society will also be playing World Music. 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: 4:30–10 p.m.
Where: Columbia City (Rainier Ave S. & S. Ferdinand St)
Cost: Free to attend

Image: Alex Duncan’s band warming up before Beatwalk (2016, via Columbia City Beatwalk on Facebook)

Wed., Aug. 14:

Big Jazz in the Park

“This summer, Jazz Night School will be returning to Columbia Park for the Big Jazz in the Park Concert Series. Held in conjunction with the Columbia City Farmers Market, Big Jazz in the Park is a beloved Jazz Night School tradition. These concerts provide a space for people to enjoy jazz, dance, and soak up the beautiful Pacific Northwest summer.

“The Big Jazz in the Park concerts showcase the talent and dedication of Jazz Night School students and shares the great American tradition of jazz music. It is also a great opportunity to build community in the Columbia City neighborhood. Big Jazz in the Park concerts are fun and free events for people of all ages.

“This second performance in the series will feature Big Band Blue – Jazz Night School’s premier big band made up of advanced learners and pro’s from around the region. Big Band Blue plays outstanding music from jazz greats plus new works by local composers/arrangers.

Time: 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Farmers Market — S. Edmonds St (Cross street: Rainier Ave S.)
Cost: Free to attend

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, Aug. Edition ft. Will Rideout)

Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase (Second Fridays)

Tuesday Night Music Club (TNMC) 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)

Clock-Out’s ggnzla Karaoke (Mondays)

Venus Karaoke (Room rentals)

**They also do karaoke at Marco Polo Bar & Grill in Georgetown on the weekends. 


*NOTAFLOF = “No one turned away for lack of funds”

DOS = Price day of show

Door = Price at the door

Adv. = Advance

GA = General Admission (no assigned seating)

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.

To submit an event for inclusion in “This Week in South Seattle,” email us at Help us out and include the event title, date, time, venue/address, cost, and a link to more information. Thank you!

Love the Emerald? Be a Rainmaker! Rainmakers are recurring donors that ensure our quality South Seattle coverage. Follow this link to be part of the Rainmaker family.