THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Queen Street, Love Train Back to School Play Street, Sunday Sunday Sunday, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Sept. 19:

Emerge: a movement based healing intensive

“You’re invited to (E)MERGE: a movement based healing intensive for dance communities and beyond.

“(e)merge: a movement based healing intensive for dance communities and beyond+ is an intensive sponsored by What’s Poppin’ Ladiez? x 206 Zulu x Moonyeka that will be exploring: How to honor ourselves and the histories we stand on in Street Style Culture; Addressing appropriation through dance/movement (based in Black/Latinx, Street/Club Styles practices); Healing through somatic body-based practices.

“Folks who are holding this space include Stacy Torres, devon de Leña, Dani Tirrell, Naomi Macalalad Bragin, and Moonyeka.Registration required; register here

Time: 12–8 p.m.
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave
Cost: $75 for 21+ ($25 under 21)


C-ID Happy Hour Food Walk – Sept.

“Explore Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District neighborhood during the last Happy Hour Food Walk of the summer, on Thursday September 19th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by the Information Booth in Hing Hay Park for more info!

“Take a self-guided tour of the neighborhood and enjoy $2, $4, and $6 bites from over 30 businesses in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District! The event is on the third Thursday of each month during the summer. There are no tickets for sale — simply pay the restaurants directly. Cash is encouraged to keep lines moving!”

Time: 4–7 p.m.
Where: Seattle’s Chinatown-International District
Cost: Free to attend

Southend Connect Live

“Our overall mission is to improve South Seattle neighborhoods by mobilizing the caring power of the community. This year we started a unique storytelling campaign, called Southend Connect, featuring stories of local business owners and community leaders who make our neighborhoods rich and diverse places to live and grow.

“On Sept. 19, we will bring together the voices of the local business and residents and explore how storytelling can enrich and build community. As an engaged community member, our hope is to foster economic growth for local small businesses which bring character and substance to our neighborhoods. Together, we stand as neighbors who make a difference.

“In essence, the mission of Southend Connect is simply stated as: Connecting our Communities.”

Time: 6–8:30 p.m.
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St
Cost: FREE


Fri., Sept. 20:

Randy Ford + CD Forum present Queen Street

“QUEEN STREET is a physicalized experience through the lens of queer, trans, non binary, and gender nonconforming people of color. This full length evening dance show highlights the importance of centering intersectionality by giving audiences a peek inside the physical, mental, and spiritual transitions of its performers. Randy Ford (Au Collective, Black Bois) creator and performer, uses dance, theater, photography, video, and song to show how evolution doesn’t just happen once but we are in an ever evolving state. The cast and crew are all made up of Queer, Trans, non binary, gender non conforming (gnc), artists of color who live in Seattle, WA. Too often are these stories blurred, erased, and appropriated by pop culture. This show brings those that reside in the margins front and center to be seen and heard.

“What started off as a solo project now involves 9 of Seattle’s electrifying creatives: Randy Ford – Creator; Dominique Stephens – Production Manager; Kuo-Hao – Set Designer; Nic Masangkay – Music Producer; Dominique Thomas – Lighting Technician; Kat Young – Photographer; Saira Barbaric – Collaborating Performer; Keelan Johnson – Collaborating Performer; Chip Sherman – Collaborating Performer & Co-produced with Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (shoutout to Sharon, Nina, and Merri Ann).

Youth are encouraged to attend. Queen Street is partnered through TEEN TIX and discounted tickets for youth 13–19 are available. This show plays at 7:30 p.m. on 9/20 and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on 9/21

Time: See above.
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $20 GA / $10 Students

Image: Randy Ford of Queen Street (Queen Street promo image).

MAKE MOVES VOLUME 1 Album Release Show

“Noo Makes Music is releasing a new album Make Moves Volume 1 and THIS is the release party! Featuring performances from Shelby and Salaysia and sounds from DJ Kween Kaysh and DJ Blak Mic. Cafe Red, Seattle WA SEPT 20.

*Also check out DEVH / Lovely / Julz / Creation / Molecule at Cafe Red on Sat., 9/21.

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: $10 Adv. / $15 Door

Honorable Mention in Seattle on Fri, Sept. 20:

Seattle Climate Strike

“Youth around the world have been striking for their right to a healthy future, and they are calling on all of us to join them. That’s why on Sept. 20, we will be walking out of our schools, workplaces and homes to join millions of people around the world demanding climate justice and an end to the age of fossil fuels.

“The Global Climate Strike is shaping up to be the largest climate mobilization in history. It kicks off a week of global action that will use art, music, stories and nonviolent direct action to disrupt business-as-usual and create the climate justice future we need.

“Join us for a peaceful & powerful youth-centered mobilization. We are a broad coalition of youth leaders and adult allies all across the Seattle area, and we are demanding climate action at scale with the crisis: no new fossil fuel projects, just and equitable climate solutions to transition to 100% renewable energy, and holding those most responsible for the climate crisis accountable.This event starts at Cal Anderson Park. There will be a march from there to City Hall at 12:30 p.m. Amazon Employees and other tech company employees and those who work in downtown Seattle have an alternate meeting time and place. See event.

Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Cal Anderson Park — 1635 11th Ave
Cost: FREE

Sat., Sept. 21:

5th Annual Love Train Back to School Play Street

“Come join the 5th Annual Love Train Back To School Play Street on 75th Ave S in Skyway between Renton Avenue and S 122nd St.

“Music by DJ E Free, Photography JC Photography Productions, Willie Austin Foundation Fitness Challenge, Ashé Preparatory Academy, KCFD 20 & Sparky, Restoration House Ministries NW, New Life Youth Foundation, Micah’s Outdoor Barber Shop, Learn a new line dance the Haterz Shuffle by Tucka, Games and fun activities for the kids, share a meal with friends and family catered by Phillip & Cynthia Green Backyard Catering. Satisfy your sweet tooth at our community Bake Sale, Hopes Closet offers gently used clothing for women, men, and children. volunteers are needed and monetary donations are accepted type Love Train Play Street Block Party to give.

“We will be offering free haircuts by Chop it Up Barbershops, there will be 3 barbers including M-Deuce, from who is also a local artist. Please Pre-wash your son’s hair for a fresh back to school haircut, and check out M-Duece’s Anti Bullying Message. Let’s send our children back to school connected to the Anti-Bulling Campaign.

Time: 1–7 p.m.
Where: Angel of Hope Play Place —12214 75th Ave S.
Cost: FREE (donations appreciated)

Let Us Tell It Film Series: Beloved

“September’s feature film Beloved is an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved. We celebrate the life and legacy of one of history’s most prolific writers, Toni Morrison. The Northwest African American Museum is in continued mourning at the loss of a literary pillar and historically informed architect that both continued and transformed storytelling of the black experience. In this film adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, the destructive legacy of slavery is examined as it chronicles the life of a black woman named Sethe, from her pre-Civil War days as an enslaved woman in Kentucky to her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1873. This film screening is free & open to the Public.

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


Seattle Green New Deal Listening Session

“What: Join us for an afternoon of learning about the Seattle Green New Deal, envisioning a better future, and building with like minds. This event is being organized by and for Communities of Color. Our communities suffer the most and are at the greatest risk from both climate disasters and ongoing pollution.

“Who: This event is co-sponsored by Got Green, Maztala Talks, Washington Building Leaders Of Change, Community Passageways, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees, and Communities of Color, El Comite, Bethany United Church of Christ, and Surge Reproductive Justice.Free food and childcare provided.

Time: 2–4 p.m.
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: FREE

PARKing Day 2019 – Columbia City Neighborhood Cluster

“Bike Works is teaming up with Alta, Urban Artworks, & Cascade Bicycle Club to bring you a bicycle-tastic PARK(ing) Day, sponsored in part by BECU! Stop by and hang out with us at our PARK(ing) Day pop-up installation, where we’re transforming TWO WHOLE blocks of parking into a place for people (and their bikes)!

“Join us for a day of awesome activities including: games, public art, snacks, and more. Come relax, hang out, and enjoy fun times imagining bike and pedestrian friendly streets in South Seattle!

Time: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Where: Rainier Ave S. between Hudson & Edmunds
Cost: FREE

Baile de la Comunidad – Aniversario de 25 años!

“¡Casa Latina te invita a un baile comunitario en honor a nuestro 25 aniversario! ¡Ven a bailar salsa, cumbia y bachata toda la noche y celebrar la belleza de nuestra comunidad! Todos los ingresos se utilizarán para enviar miembrxs trabajadorxs a una conferencia nacional de liderazgo de jornalerxs. Habrá deliciosos alimentos, así como bebidas alcohólicas y no alcohólicas. Use su ropa tipica para ayudar a celebrar nuestra comunidad hermosa y multicultural.

“Casa Latina invites you to a community dance in honor of our 25th anniversary! Come and salsa, cumbia and bachata the night away and celebrate the beauty of our community! All proceeds will be used to send worker-members to a national leadership conference. There will be delicious, Latin-inspired food for sale as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Wear your traditional clothes to help celebrate our beautiful and multicultural community.

Time: 7–11 p.m.
Where: CASA Latina — 317 17th Ave S.
Cost: $10 suggested donation


Sun., Sept. 22:

Free Self Defense Training

“We invite you to join Q-Defense for self defense training Sunday, September 22nd. Learn how to defend yourself and others, safely and effectively, during violent encounters. LGBTQ+ and allies of all skill levels are welcome to attend!

“Suggested donation is $5, no one is turned away for lack of funds. Your donations go toward the cost of space and equipment. Please arrive by 6:30 pm, training begins at 6:40 pm. Please bring water and dress athletically. Wear clothing without metal components and avoid wearing your favorite shirt, as shirt grabs may happen during training.

Time: 6:30–9 p.m.
Where: Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu — 525 21st Ave
Cost: $5

Image: Promo image for Q–Defense Free Self-Defense Training (artist/origin unknown)

Sunday Sunday Sunday w/ Nic Masangkay, Son the Rhemic and more

“Concuss Music Showcase & Pop-Up With live performances from:::

“Nic Masangkay – Artist. Nic just released an album you can find here. It is a lovely showcase of Queer, emotional pop music that features spoken word and visuals.

“Son the Rhemic – Son the Rhemic is moving throughout the city Hip-Hop scene with fierce passion and dramatic flair. Check out their bandcamp and keep watch for new work.

“As well as music from Miss Broadway, Concuss Pop-Up ft Tees, New Exclusives, Concuss MUSIC on Cassette & Vinyl, and much more…” 21+

*Also check out No Chill! 90s/00s Hip Hop Throwback Monthly Dance Party! $10 on Sat., 9/21.

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $5

Mon., Sept. 23:


“Often compared to Cesária Évora, Lucibela sings traditional Cape Verdean music including the bittersweet ballads called mornas – a creole cousin of the fado from Portugal, with whom Cape Verde has a long history as a former colony. After years of playing at hotels in the capital city of Praia where she met many influential musicians, Lucibela recorded her first album (Laçon Umbilical) with Toy Vieira, a legendary Cape Verdean musician who has played with other critically-acclaimed vocalists such as Tito Paris and Lura. This is the first time that Lucibela will be bringing her rich and expressive vocal style to a Seattle stage.

Time: 7 :30 p.m.
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20 Adv. / $25 DOS

Image: Lucibela (Lucibela  promo image)

Wed., Sept. 25:

Dispatches from The People’s Struggle

“You are invited to ILPS Seattle’s Report Back event about the 6th international assembly in Hong Kong earlier this summer. This is a learning and alliance building opportunity. Food will be provided. Merchandise will also be for sale.

“International League of Peoples’ Struggle is a global alliance of grassroots people’s struggles for human rights, social, and environmental justice. ILPS has been at the global forefront of bringing light and unity to people most impacted by U.S./western war and imperialism. The 6th international assembly of the ILPS was help in Hong Kong in June of 2019. 17 organizers from the PNW participated in this international assembly and will share lessons learned and dispatches from people’s resistance around the world. Come to grow and strengthen your relationships to revolutionary and anti-imperialist movements across the world. We believe our local struggles and organization are strengthened when we connect and work on solidarity with others in different contexts resisting the same forms of oppression.Hosted by GABRIELA Seattle. 

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Welcome Table Christian Church — 1322 S. Bayview St
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; 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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