THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Jackson Street Jazz Walk, Grandparents Day Celebrations, Last 2019 Beatwalk, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Sept. 4:

Last Black Man in San Francisco—Tenth Week at Ark Lodge!

“Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

“Director: Joe Talbot
Cast: Thora Birch, Finn Wittrock, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Mike Epps
Advisory: Rated R for language, brief nudity and drug use

*Also playing at Ark Lodge Cinemas: The Farewell, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Midsommar: The Director’s CutReady or Not, and opening Thurs., 9/5—IT Chapter Two 

Time: Showtimes vary (see website)
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $9–13 ($6 Wednesdays!)

Thurs., Sept. 5:

Ice Cream Thursdae Vol 32

“And we’re back!!! CENTRAL DISTRICT ICE CREAM presents: Ice Cream Thursdae Vol 32. NEW ARTIST, New Flavors… FEATURED ARTIST/CURATOR: Bryant Garduque @bgrdq; VENDORS: Christine Quibuyen @qweenquibs_creates; Cecilia Marrero @cmarrero15; José Castro @bonkaistudio; Dusty Winter @dustywinterstattoo; SELEKTAH: Jennifer Moore aka DJ FREEQUEENSEE; Come join us!!! #FREE #FamilyFriendly #CommunityFEELS.”

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Central District Ice Cream Co. — 509 13th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Fri., Sept. 6:

10-year anniversary and back to school fundraiser

“Join public school educators fighting for social and racial justice in our schools and communities. $10 cover goes to Social Equity Educators, but all are welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Bring your kids for the first few hours, although the venue is only all ages until 8PM. Join us and fight for the union we all deserve.”

Time: 5 p.m.
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $10

San Gennaro Festival 2019

“Save the date for the 7th Annual San Gennaro Festival! ALWAYS the weekend after Labor Day, September 6-8th this year. BE THERE!” This three-day Italian street fair features food, wine, music, and more. 

Time: 3-day event
Where: S. Angelo St (Georgetown)
Cost: Free to attend

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Jackson Street Jazz Walk

“The 2019 6th Annual Jackson Street Jazz Walk (JSJW), benefiting North West Harvest, is a community event that combines MUSIC, ART, & COMMUNITY. On Sept. 6th there will be a kick-off performance at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, followed by the Sept. 7th, Jazz Walk’s 7-venue, 12-band line-up appearing at various locations along S. Jackson Street.

“Held in conjunction with the Pratt Fine Art Center’s Fall Open House (also on Sept. 7th) the Jackson Street Jazz Walk will be a grand-scale community event that you won’t want to miss! ADMISSION 3 or more non-perishable food items benefiting North West Harvest!

This Eugenie Jones Jazz Production event takes place in multiple locations over two days. For full line up, list of venues, and event details visit

Time: Event times vary
Where: Event venues vary
Cost: 3 or more non-perishable food items

A Tribe Called Quest/Zulu Nation Tribute

“DJs Vitamin D and Sean Malik paying homage to one of the BEST HipHop groups EVER, and affiliates! Can WE kick it? YES we can! A special Phife Dawg (RIP) mix at midnight.

Time: 10 p.m.
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10 Adv. / $12 DOS

Sat., Sept. 7:

Kubota Garden Plant Sale

“Attention Garden, Tree and Houseplant Lovers! Kubota Garden Foundation’s Fall Plant Sale is Saturday, September 7. Expect to find an excellent selection of perennials, annuals, grasses and both deciduous and evergreen bushes and trees as well as our usual great selection of Japanese Maples and dwarf conifers. In addition, we will have a unique selection of houseplants in case you don’t have a garden.

“As usual, those first to arrive will have the best selection to choose from, so plan to arrive first thing for the opening at 9:00AM on the nose! We’ll provide assistance with loading plants into your vehicle as well. Free parking is available and located close to the Garden. For additional information contact the Foundation at 206-725-5060 or or check out the Kubota Garden Facebook page for a preview of the Fall Plant Sale offerings.

Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Kubota Garden Nursery — 9817 55th Ave. S.
Cost: Free to attend

Po’Boy Pop-Up

“Caliste’s Creole Cuisine is at it again, is the Central District ready to #GetServed??? We will be starting a Po’Boy Pop-Up series on 18th & Yesler at Soulful Dishes, on Saturday September 7th from Noon-3AM. Come grab, lunch, dinner or late night meal and taste the best Po’Boy this side of the Mississippi! ***PRE-ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE: Call or Text Sean Sylve at 206.779.7622*** Come experience our #PoboyMagic! #GetServed2019
#PoBoyPopUp #AfricaTown #SoulfulDishes #CalistesCreoleCuisine

Time: 12 p.m.–3 a.m.
Where: Soulful Dishes — 1800 E. Yesler Way
Cost: Unknown


Screening of the Invisible Vegan

“NARN is very excited to partner with Hip Hop is Green to present a screening of the film The Invisible VeganWe are thrilled to have the film’s Director, Jasmine Leyva, join us for the film. After the film, there will be a Q&A lead by one of the film’s Producers – Erica Taylor, with Jasmine Leyva and Keith Tucker of Hip Hop is Green. Snacks by renown Chef Ariel will be provided.

“Reserve your free ticket today to ensure your spot at the screening! While the screening is free, we are requesting a donation of $5-$10 to help us cover costs of the movie screening. (This is optional as we do not want to turn anyone away for lack of funds.)For more information about the film visit

Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE (donations appreciated)

*Also at Langston Hughes, Breathing Underwater: An Evening with Alexis Pauline Gumbs on Tues., Sept. 10.


Fuck Yeah Bingo for Arianna

“Fuck yeah bingo is positively THRILLED to be doing another fundraiser bingo!!! We’re raising money for a wonderful employee of Cafe Red, [the illustrious Arianna Fl] who’s got some expensive medical care to pay for. -(BOOOO FUCK CANCER)-

“We’ll be coming to Cafe Red in all of our glittery obscene fury, and we will be bingo-ing so fucking hard!!! Bring out all your $$’s as each round will be a cash round! Fabulous prizes courtesy of~ Highline Bar, Cafe Red, Gutter Twink Productions, and Americana Restaurant.

“This is an all ages show but those over 21 can buy beer and cider at the bar. The proceeds of which will go directly to Arianna’s cause and there will be vendors of art and clothing who are donating part of their proceeds as well. Please join us for a good show for an even greater cause. If you can’t attend but would like to help you can donate to Arianna’s cause through cash app at $ariannatrenta, venmo at @Ariannasmith722, or PayPal at

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: Bring cash for bingo!

Sun., Sept. 8:


Celebrate Grandparents Day at NAAM

“NAAM, in collaboration with Seattle’s Mayor’s Council on African American Elders, Age Friendly Seattle, Seattle Human Services Department, Aging and Disability Services, and AARP Washington, will host a community National Grandparents Day celebration. The 2019 theme for NAAM’s program is Hand in Hand: Honoring our Grandparents.

“The day will feature a variety of family-fun activities, including outdoor games, facepainting and interactive story activities for kids, fitness and wellness activities for the family, DJ music, a family photo area, black genealogy resources and information, gallery talks, and food. The keynote program will include musical performances by Seattle’s Josephine Howell, a short chat by the University of Washington’s African American gerontology specialist Dr. LaShawnDa Pittman, and a special tribute to all grandparents by local youth. A variety of local vendors will be on hand for information and demos.

“Grandparents play a special and respected role in the lives of African American families and the community. All grandparents will be celebrated. This event is generously sponsored by AARP Washington.” *Also at NAAM this week, History As A Starting Point lecture series: Ula Taylor (Thurs., Sept. 5).

You can celebrate Grandparents Day at Northwest Tap Connection too at their event, Melbad’s Nat’l Grandparents Day Block Party!from 3–8 p.m.

Time: 2–5 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE


Columbia City Beatwalk

Today will be the last Beatwalk of 2019! See the full line up here.

Time: 4:30–10 p.m.
Where: Rainier Ave S. & S. Ferdinand St
Cost: Free to attend

*Honorable Mention in Tukwila on Sun., Sept. 8:

Welcome the Water

“We’re gathering by the river for a casual day of honoring the water, the Duwamish River, the salmon, and the change of the seasons. Bring a blanket, a lawn chair or two, and your friends and family and join us for a beautiful, relaxing end of summer day. All are welcome!

“We’ll be hosting the first ever ‘riverside chat’ with the Tukwila City Council about river and water issues! Bring your questions, comments, and items for discussion and let’s talk about what the City can do to support salmon, clean water, and a healthy river.

Organized by City of Tukwila Artist in Residence Sarah Kavage.”

This event will have food, art, including a Coast Salish weaving and twining workshop, healthy fishing demonstrations and samples made northwest-style with salmon (Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Latinx recipes), and more!

Time: 2–6 p.m.
Where: Tukwila Community Center — 12424 42nd Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Mon., Sept. 9:

Black Dot Mastermind Mondays

“Black Dot Master Mind Mondays is back! We all need consistent check-ins and check ups to keep us performing at our highest potential as business builders. Mastermind Mondays provides a weekly place to connect with motivated entrepreneurs, get inspired and solve problems.

“This meetup is for small business owners, startups, artrepreneurs, entrepreneurs, and those who have a hobby they want to monetize. We will be sharing wins, discussing challenges, and learning best strategies and practices for starting and growing a business. Come network and get valuable insights into business and industries.

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: Black Dot — 1437 S. Jackson St
Cost: FREE (Register here)

Tues., Sept. 10:

Labor Wars Of The Northwest

“A week after Labor Day, this powerful one hour documentary reminds us how we got here. It covers three decades of labor strife in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the 20th century and reveals the plight of working class men and women who battled hard for the better wages, reasonable hours, and workplace safety that we now tend to take for granted.

“The movie will be followed by a discussion with director and local historian David Jepsen. No charge, but donations welcome.

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: FREE (donations welcome)

Wed., Sept. 11:

High School, College, and Career Help

“Reconnect to Opportunity from King County will be here to help 16-24-year-olds get back on track towards high school completion, college, and career. Drop-in and explore your options! (2nd Wednesday of the month)

Also check out Skyway Library’s event Get Enrolled: ORCA LIFT’s Reduced Fares on Mon., 9/9.

Time: 3–5 p.m.
Where: Skyway Library — 12601 76th Ave S.
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’s (Second Wednesdays, intermittently)

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 have 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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