THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Black Arts Love 2019 Mixer & Marketplace, City Council D2 Debate, Author Talk w/ Gabby Rivera, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Sept. 12:

No Small Talk: Exploring Blackness Through Candid Conversations

“In partnership with University of Washington’s School of Social Work, this community dialogue series invites and highlights voices and ideas from across the black diaspora on important topics that inform the individual and collective black experience. September’s session is entitled: Keeping Us Together: Examining Mental Health and Wellbeing through a Black Lens. It will be a moderated conversation that includes the voices of performing artists, mental health professionals, spiritual and body workers, writers, authors and more from across the northwest. Free & open to the public!

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE

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Fri., Sept. 13:

Ladies’ Night Out

“‘Oh Yes it’s Ladies Night.’ Come relax and enjoy D J Mysteik playing all your favorites. Drink, Food Specials and a Raffle.”

Time: 8 p.m., doors
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10 GA / $25 Champagne VIP

Sat., Sept. 14:

Black Arts Love 2019 Mixer & Marketplace

“Join us for a free & fun community event celebrating African American arts and culture! Event Features: Special products and services from local African American Artists and small businesses; Drawings, Paintings, Custom Jewelry, Clothing, Beauty/Wellness Products and More! Live DJ, Refreshments/Food, Raffle Prizes, Community atmosphere, METRO Bus accessible, Live Performances, Family Friendly Event, Fun!

Time: 12–5 p.m.
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.

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Georgetown Beer Festival in Seattle’s Original Brewing District

“The inaugural Georgetown Beer Festival celebrates the abundance of craft brewers in Seattle’s south end. As the ancestral home of Rainier Beer – once the 6th largest brewery in the country – Georgetown is our region’s original brewing district. The diverse offerings available at this event continue that tradition. This festival, at the colorful Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, features a diverse selection of boutique beer from Counterbalance Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Flying Lion Brewing, Future Primitive Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing, Jellyfish Brewing, Lowercase Brewing, Machine House Brewing, Perihelion Brewery, Seapine Brewing, and Tin Dog Brewing. Tickets redeemable for beverages are available on site. ($3 each or 10 for $25) The festival is restricted to ages 21 and over with valid ID.

“Join us at this exciting event on Saturday, September 14 from noon to 5:00 PM. Patrons are encouraged to make an evening of it with a meal at one of our many fine dining establishments followed by the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring contemporary visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.” 21+

Time: 12–5 p.m.
Where: Georgetown Trailer Park Mall — 5805 Airport Way S.
Cost: Tickets for beverages $3 each (or 10 for $25)

Keeping it Cool: a Benefit for Climate Solutions

“Climate Solutions and the South Hudson Music Project present: We cared about the climate before it was cool. On Sept. 14, on the eve of the international Climate Action Summit in New York, we’re keeping it cool by raising a glass to effective climate action. Wayne Horvitz and The Royal We will provide the rocking soundtrack as our community comes together to support Climate Solutions. For more than 20 years, Climate Solutions has been a powerful Northwest voice confronting the climate crisis, expanding clean energy solutions, and accelerating a just transition away from fossil fuels.

Time: 7 p.m., doors
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15 Adv. / $20 DOS

C-ID Night Market 2019

“Seattle’s original Night Market under the Chinatown Gate in historic Chinatown-International District. C-ID Night Market is coming back on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 4PM – Midnight in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. Enjoy a fun night filled with food, beer garden, local crafts & goods, art, and live entertainment. You wouldn’t want to miss this one! #CIDNightMarket2019” Family-Friendly

Also check out the C-ID Bar Crawl!

Time: 4 p.m.–Midnight
Where: S. King St & 6th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend


Sun., Sept. 15:

Pop-Up MINI Markets

“Daniella makes things with the purpose to bring more Medicine into our everyday lives. Products are homegrown, homemade, natural, and affordable for your self-care. Enjoy colorful hand-crafted jewelry to brighten your day, take home some fresh pickles with fun flavors for good digestion, lather up with homemade herbal skin products, find blended herbal teas, tinctures, and more. Come find out what’s in season at the next pop-up! And follow along for updates, inspiration, and tutorials on Instagram and Facebook Daniella’s Every Day Medicinalss @Daniellaseverydaymedicinals.

Time: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: Free to attend

Virgo Szn, All White Party

“Seattle’s top DJs, visual artists, community leaders and event enthusiasts have collaborated to bring you the elite end of summer experience, the All White Virgo Szn Day Party! Expect a sexy, fashion-forward group of young influential professionals dipped in all white attire.

“Five DJs will rotate playing jams to groove to. The bar will be serving the summer favorites and a food vendor will provide delicious bites. Bring your swagger and we’ll provide a great time!

“This event is exclusive, *invite only centered around our POC (People of Color) community. We aim to provide a safe space for our Black, Brown and Indigenous individuals to kick back and enjoy.” 21+

*This party is for black and brown people, indigenous people, PoC-only! (No exceptions; no offense.) 

Time: 3–8 p.m.
Where: Dozer’s Warehouse — 2507 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $20–50


September Community Kitchen Dinner

“Come join Fire Station #33, Tilth Alliance and the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands for a community kitchen dinner at the farm! Come early if you’d like to help cook (see below). Menu: Fried Catfish & Hush Puppies, Clam Chowder, Greens, Cole Slaw.

“~Featuring Guest Chef Phyllis Davis~
Phyllis is a faithful volunteer at the community kitchen dinners and she loves to express herself by creating dishes from her heart. Phyllis is a local resident who loves her community and enjoys coming to Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands.Help in the kitchen! Sign up here. Arrive early for family fun!—fire trucks and farm games 4–5 p.m. 

Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands — 5513 S. Cloverdale St
Cost: Sliding scale donations of $1–3 ($5–10/family) Space limited; RSVP

Tues., Sept. 17:

Seattle City Council District 2 Debate

“Seattle City Council District 2 Debate with Tammy Morales and Mark Solomon—Join us for a free and public debate for U.S. Senate Debate with Tammy Morales and Mark Solomon. The debate will be moderated by a journalist from KOMO-4 with additional questions by reporters with The Seattle Times and KCTS-9/Crosscut.Seating is first-come-first-served.

Time: 5:30–7 p.m.
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St

Gabby Rivera – Juliet Takes a Breath

“Third Place Books Seward Park is thrilled to have Gabby Rivera here for the (re)release of her novel, Juliet Takes a Breath on Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm. The bookstore is on a street-level floor with wide aisles and no stairs to event area or to the gender-neutral, wheelchair accessible restroom. There are two accessible parking spaces available near the front entrance (permit required). We ask that all attendees help make this a fragrance-free zone by not wearing scented products to the event.

Juliet Takes a Breath—A gutsy, queer coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Nina LaCour, Rainbow Rowell, and Elizabeth Acevedo.

“Gabby Rivera is a Bronx-born queer Latinx babe on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever. She’s the first Latina to write for Marvel comics, penning the solo series AMERICA about America Chavez, a portal-punching queer Latina powerhouse.”

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

Image: Rise Up on Facebook (Art by Jackie Albano)

Wed., Sept. 18:

Filipino Community Village Groundbreaking Ceremony

“Come join us and RSVP for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Filipino Community Village taking place from 4PM to 8PM on Wednesday, September 18 at the Filipino Community of Seattle!

Time: 4–8 p.m.
Where: Filipino Community of Seattle — 5740 MLK Jr Way S.

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.

Please follow individual event links and follow up with event venues / organizers to verify crucial event details.

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