THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — What the Funk?! Fest, SAMBAthon REMIX, Pagkakaisa (United as One) Festival, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Aug. 22:

What the Funk?! Fest 2019

“Seattle is going to be extra funky this August as we bring the first Pacific Northwest all people of color burlesque festival to Queer/Bar Seattle and Columbia City Theater! August 22-24th! Three nights of the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk!

“Night One takes place at Queer/Bar Seattle with our guest of honor and emcee the boss of burlesque, Foxy Tann from Minneapolis! Featuring the 12 burlesque performers from the Pacific Northwest tearing the roof off the mothersucka! Ticket link for night one is here. Nights Two and Three take place at the historic Columbia City Theater! Featuring over 12 performers each night including our headliners: Egypt Blaque Knyle (California), Tre da Marc (Minneapolis). Nox Falls (Seattle), The Luminous Pariah (Seattle) and our PNW featured performers: Ms. Briq House (Seattle), spICE! (Seattle), The Shanghai Pearl (Seattle), Isaiah Esquire (Portland).

“Three nights of funk, burlesque and celebrating the diversity that makes this artform funky!Tickets for nights two and three at Columbia City Theater here.

Time: All shows start at 9 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Theater (Queer/Bar, Thurs.) — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20 GA / $25 at the door (+ VIP table options)


Fri., Aug. 23:

Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse at Skyway Outdoor Cinema

“THWIP on over and celebrate the SOC Season 17 finale with the multidimensional masterpiece, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse!

FOOD: Food Trucks TBA; 50¢ popcorn & $1 full-size candy at concessions

“‘Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.’” (Rated PG)

“Preshow fun gets started at 8pm behind the Skyway 7-Eleven in the U.S. Bank parking lot (but insiders know to get here by 7pm for a good spot). Don’t forget to bring a comfy chair or blanket (or picnic table, or beanbag) and some cash for the concession stand (there is a U.S. Bank ATM on premises and a CO-OP ATM in the 7-Eleven, if you prefer). Movie starts at 9pm with a Blu-ray DVD prize drawing to follow.

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Skyway Outdoor Cinema — 12702 Renton Ave S.
Cost: FREE

*Also in Skyway (on Sat., the 24th) Annual Health and Safety Fair.

Celebrating Aretha Franklin // Thadillac

“The Royal Room, The Royal Esquire Club, and the South Hudson Music Project present: Seattle musicians play the entire 1967 album, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You. Widely considered to be a masterpiece from start to finish, Aretha Franklin’s Atlantic label debut, I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You, includes may well-known songs such as Respect, Drown in My Own Tears, A Change is Gonna Come, and Dr. Feelgood. In addition to covering this soul landmark, the evening will include a second set of classic favorites from the vast repertoire Ms. Franklin left behind.

“PERSONNEL — Vocals: Ayesha Brooks, Melissa Montalto, Shaina Shepherd; Bass: Abby Blackwell; Keys: Darrius Willrich; Wayne Horvitz; Drums: Eric Eagle; Guitar: Jeff Fielder. Thadillac opens! Lead by Thaddeus Turner.

Time: 8 p.m. (doors)
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20 Adv. / $25 DOS

*Also check out Royal Esquire Club’s All White Party on Sat., 8/24.


Sat., Aug. 24:

Inspired Child’s Children Open Mic

“Mark Your Calendar’s For the 4th Saturday of Every Month. Inspired Child presents The Children’s Open Mic.

“Do you have a little performer or would you like to perform for children? Creative activities for children and families! Write a poem in our writing funshop, share your talents in our open mic and enjoy the creativity of your community! This is Free event.

“Check out our website at for other events, programs and performance opportunities for artists of all ages!

Time: 4:30–6 p.m.
Where: Northwest Tap Connection — 8732 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE


The Bar Plays

“This summer join The Williams Project at Washington Hall for Tennessee Williams’ Small Craft Warnings and William Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life, directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell! All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can and available now at Check out our website for more info

“More about ‘The Bar Plays’:

Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams — A doctor, a beautician, a sex worker, a scriptwriter, a stud, a cook, and a boy from Iowa walk into a bar. In a dive on the wharf in San Diego, a makeshift community laughs, drinks, dances, fights, and cares for one another in Small Craft Warnings, Tennessee Williams’ raucous and searching meditation on the lengths to which we will go to find human connection.

The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan — How should you spend the time you’re given? A cast of eight will bring to life 27 indelible characters as they stumble in and out of Nick’s Waterfront Saloon, a spot trying to hold onto its soul in a city being rapidly transformed by economics and anxiety, and grapple with this unanswerable question. Full of music, humor, poetry, and politics, The Time of Your Life calls on us to enjoy our city and each other while we have the chance.This event repeats with early and late shows Sat. and Sun.!

Time: Showtimes vary (day/eve options)
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave
Cost: Pay what you can

The Empire Strikes Back in the Park

“Hello Earth’s Wars Outdoors continues this year with the long-awaited sequel to A New Hope! Come see Han struggle with commitment, explore Luke’s domestic drama, and find out how Lando will keep his business interests solvent!

“Performances are a 5pm—note the time change from last year, due to difficulty acting and watching in the dark. Hot dogs will be available to purchase at every performance. Feel free to bring (non-alcoholic) provisions and the whole family!

“As always, ALL PERFORMANCES ARE FREE!! Thanks to Seattle Parks and Recreation for their generous donation of the space.

Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: Blanche Lavizzo Park — 2100 S. Jackson Street
Cost: FREE


SAAFF C-ID Summer Series: Up

“Join us at Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown-International District for a free outdoor screening of Up. Performances by: The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project and Huraiti Mana

“Live performances start 7:30 and the movie will begin at sundown around 8:30! We’ll have chairs but seats are limited (feel free to bring your own camp chair). Bring the kids and an extra sweater just in case. See you at Hing Hay Park! Seattle Asian Art Museum will also be joining us with a table for arts & crafts! Presented in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and InterIM CDA.

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hing Hay Park — 423 Maynard Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Sun., Aug. 25:

SAMBAthon REMIX – The Joy of Dance is for Every Body!

“2.4 miles of dance fitness. Live drums. After party. Join Seattle’s most inspiring dance instructors for a one-of-a-kind fitness event! Then eat Brazilian food, have some drinks, and dance some more! Let’s make some joy in this world!

“The SAMBAthon is all about celebrating dance as a wonderful way to stay healthy in your body, mind, and spirit. All shapes, sizes, ages, races, languages, nations, genders, and abilities are welcome!

“Show up at 11 to sign in and warm up. Please bring your own water bottle, and consider carpooling or taking transit to this event. Please click on the tix link to register and make a donation to cover the cost of the event!Family-Friendly

Time: 12–4 p.m.
Where: Seward Park — 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Cost: FREE / Pay what you can (must register)

Pagkakaisa (United as One) Festival!

“Uniting the community with food, music, and fun! Join us – we hope to see u there! Please join us as we celebrate the restoration and beautification of Dr. Jose Rizal Park.

“Live entertainment | Filipino food | Arts and Crafts booth.

“Live performances featuring local talents: Mojo 5, Moia Bri, Prophit on Point, Sara Mayor, and more. Special guests: Mr. Nasty Nes Rodriguez and High Children.”

Time: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Doctor Jose P. Rizal Park — 1007 12th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

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Carla Rachel Sameth – One Day On The Gold Line

“Through meditations on race, culture, and family, One Day on the Gold Line tells the story of a lesbian Jewish single mother raising a black son in Los Angeles. A memoir-in-essays, it examines life’s surprising changes that come through choice or circumstance, often seemingly out of nowhere, and sometimes darkly humorous—even as the situations are dire. While escaping from a burning boat, Carla realizes that if she died, her one regret would be not having children. She overcomes miscarriages to finally give birth to a son. Motherhood’s usual struggles are then complicated by identity, community, and the challenges of creating a blended family. The overarching theme of these loosely woven reflective tales is the storyteller’s dream of the “perfect” family, the pursuit of which hurls her from one crisis to the next, ultimately meeting its greatest challenge in the form of her teenage son’s struggle with drug addiction.

“Writer. Teacher. Mother. As a writer, Carla hopes to help readers feel less alone and more resilient. As a teacher, she strives to help others tell their stories and hone their craft while experimenting with new forms. The journey of motherhood informs much of her writing. Carla teaches creative writing at the Los Angeles Writing Project (LAWP) at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) and with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).

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

Tues., Aug. 27:

Fun Free Events—Art Walk

“FREE ACTIVITY 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: Rainier Ave S. & S. Rose St (AND S. Henderson & Chief Sealth Trail)
Cost: FREE

Sat., Aug. 28:

The Mixer: Advancing Equity in the Arts – Real Talk!

“Join us at Northwest African American Museum on 8/28 for the fourth and final in a series of community discussions to help shape the City’s vision for the future of our creative economy. This month’s topic is Advancing Equity in the Arts – Real Talk!

“Lived experience and recent research confirms that people of color in Seattle’s arts and creative ecosystem do not have adequate resources or opportunities to participate in the creative economy equitably and on their own terms. Creatives of color face structural barriers to accessing career opportunities and resources, and are underrepresented in arts leadership and in the creative workforce overall. This needs to change. What can we – the City, the creative community, each of us individually – do to mitigate racial disparities in the creative economy?

“Our guest speakers will discuss issues of access and representation, leadership, and organizational culture. After the speaker portion, attendees will break out into small groups for networking and to give feedback about how the city can grow, support, and retain creatives while minimizing disparities and inequity.All-Ages

Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts 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 Facebook for next date)

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.

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