THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Tagalog sa King Street, 4th Seattle Urban Book Expo, Mighty Diamonds, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Oct. 3:

Tagalog sa King Street

“Join us for the workshop production of Tagalog sa King Street, a collection of one-act plays written and performed in Tagalog.

“With creative use of live English subtitles and shadow puppetry, non-Tagalog speaking audiences can enjoy the innovative, brave, new voices selected from the prestigious Virgin Labfest of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

“Presented by the creative team comprised of Lorna Velasco, Joyce Juan Manalo, Ai Lalo, Alyza DelPan-Monley, Arlo Magpoc, Nina De Torres Ignacio, Leah Mitts, Manny Golez, and Pia Rivera.This event repeats on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. See event for individual performance details. 

Time: 6 p.m.
Where: ARTS at King Street Station — 303 S. Jackson St (top floor) Rainier Ave S.


Support WOC Running for School Board

“Our movement continues and it is time for more womxn of color to bring their power and voices to our schools! Join the Womxn of Color in Education Committee (WoCE) for an evening to celebrate and support the incredible womxn of color running for school board this year including Molly Mitchell, Rebeca Muniz, Chandra Hampson, Minal Ghassemieh, Maria Flores, Jane Aras and Luckisha Phillips.

“You will have an opportunity to hear from some of our endorsed candidates and to contribute to our fund to help get them across the finish line for the election this year.

“Light food and drinks will be provided! Come ready to mingle and to hear from incredible womxn in our community. Entrance into the event is free but we’ll be asking attendees to make a meaningful contribution. Hosted by Womxn of Color in Education Committee.

Time: 5–6:30 p.m.
Where: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria — 4918 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE (donations will be requested; RSVP)

Mahjong Night

“Join us for a night of fun, food, and Mahjong — All FREE of charge! This popular event brings Kin On residents, community members and young professionals together in a unique setting.

“If you are unfamiliar with the game of Mahjong, fear not — we have teachers to help you learn, and instructional pamphlets will be provided. All ages and levels of experience are welcome!

Time: 6:45 p.m. (registration begins)
Where: Kin On — 4416 S. Brandon St
Cost: FREE

Nacho Picasso & The Dopplegangaz with Remember Face

“The Crocodile Presents: NACHO PICASSO / THE DOPPLEGANGAZ / Remember Face at the Clock Out Lounge” 21+

Time: 8:30 p.m. (doors)
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $15 Adv. / $17 DOS

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Fri., Oct. 4:

Mighty Diamonds

“Culture Yard Presents THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS with Special Guests DUBTONIC KRU & Selecta Matsui. Here is your chance to rock and groove with Jamaica’s national treasures, the Mighty Diamonds. Join Jah living legends in concert as they share their sweet harmonies and crucial reggae anthems in an intimate venue.

“Led by Tabby’s unmistakable tenor, the Mighty Diamonds’ live show is a journey through the African Diaspora from gospel to R&B to roots reggae and dancehall, including cover songs by the Stylistics, Bob Marley, Curtis Mayfield, Jester Hairston, and Alton Ellis. Their music is a calling for more humanity and unity within the human family.

“Opening this remarkable show is the NW’s premier live experimental reggae band, DUBTONIC KRU. With musicians trained in Jamaica, and domiciled in the NorthWest U.S. Dubtonic Kru expertly move audiences with heavy basslines, one drop, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards and conscious lyrics.

“Selecta Matsui kicks things up at the Rumba Room from 8:30 PM with a classic and modern mix of reggae hits. This is a small venue. Secure your tickets today. Show, Share, Spread Jah L o v e.” 

Time: 8:30 p.m. (doors)
Where: Rumba Notes Lounge Seattle — 5041 Ranier Ave S.
Cost: $26


Sat., Oct. 5:

4th Seattle Urban Book Expo

“The Seattle Urban Book Expo returns with its most ambitious event to date. Join us, as we celebrate black and brown authors, and show their literary projects on a national stage.”  There are multiple events associated with the Seattle Urban Book Expo between 10/3–10/5. Learn more on the Seattle Urban Book Expo website.

Time: 12–5 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: $125

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Dogtoberfest 2019

“Great local brews, dog costume contest, raffle prizes and amazing community spirit all come together at Urban Feed and Garden’s Dogtoberfest.

“Urban Feed and Garden in partnership with Counterbalance Brewing Company, Jellyfish Brewing Company, Flying Lion Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Puddles Barkery, Lotus Pet Foods, and Pet Releaf bring you an afternoon of beer tasting and fun in support of Vet Techs Without Borders! Costume contest at 2:30. Live Music by Peter Radermacher. $12 entrance (donation) includes 2 drink tickets. Additional tasting available for $5/2 tastings.” 21+

Time: Gates open at 1 p.m.
Where: Urban Feed & Garden — 4878 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $12 (suggested donation)

Kitchen Table Clay Sculpting

“Presented by Seniors Creating Art. Learn beginning pottery techniques with air-dry clay. Try different construction methods and a variety of decorative techniques with this easy-to-use material. You will learn about the history of pottery in the process. Take home examples of original work and learn about finishing techniques for them. All supplies provided. Dress for mess!

Time: 2–3:30 p.m.
Where: Skyway Library — 12601 76th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Social Justice Film Festival at the Duwamish Longhouse

“Join us for the third night of the Social Justice Film Festival at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center for two Indigenous Features! Festival Passes allow admission to all events and screening. Pass-holders are allowed first access to theaters, at 20 minutes before show time. Passes are $75 and can be picked up at any screening.To inquire about other festival events or purchasing tickets to individual films, contact the venue at (206) 431-1582.

Time: 4–9 p.m.
Where: Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center — 4705 West Marginal Way S.W.
Cost: $75


Olivia Gatwood

“Olivia Gatwood Life of the Party US Tour w/ Ari Chi and special guest Cailin Nolte—Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. As a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World and the National Poetry Slam, Olivia’s performances have been featured on HBO, Huffington Post, MTV, VH1, and BBC among others. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, The Winter Tangerine Review, Poetry City U.S.A., Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and The Missouri Review. Her Amazon Best Selling collection, New American Best Friend, reflects her experiences growing up in both New Mexico and Trinidad, navigating girlhood, puberty, relationships, and period underwear. Olivia is a full-time touring artist, and has performed internationally at over two-hundred schools and universities. Online, her videos, including Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Ode to My Bitch Face have gained over 3 million views collectively. She currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

Time: 7 p.m. (doors)
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $18 Adv. / $20 DOS

Sun., Oct. 6:

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

The Elnah Jordan Experience

“From the choir stands of Kentucky, to the streets of San Francisco; from night-clubs across the country to award winning Off Broadway productions, the Elnah Jordan Experience carries a lifetime of musical journeys. Her rich resonating vocal stylings bring a unique beauty to Gospel, Blues, R&B and Jazz favorites.

Following the Elnah Jordan Experience is a Nancy Wilson Tribute Show with Katrina Kope and Friends. Katrina Kope, Jose “Juicy” Gonzales, Birch Pereira and others will celebrate the life and music of Nancy Wilson. Event starts at 7:30 p.m.

Time: 4 p.m.
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: No Cover

Image: Elnah Jordan promotional image.

Wed., Oct. 9:

7th Annual API Candidate Forum

“Join us for the 7th annual API Candidates Forum on Wednesday, 10/9/19 at the International District/Chinatown Community Center! We have invited candidates for a variety of races, including County Council District 2, School Board, Port of Seattle, and Initiative 1000. We are planning to provide interpretation for community members who are not fluent in English, and will be prioritizing them for the first half of the forum.” 

Time: 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: International District/Chinatown Community Center — 719 8th 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; see Facebook for next date)

Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase (Second Fridays)

Royal Esquire Club Open Mic Tuesdays (Tuesdays)

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic (First Fridays)

Inspired Child’s Children’s Open Mic (Fourth Saturdays)

**Tuesday Night Music Club (TNMC) Open Mics at the Bourbon Bar are no longer. 🙁

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; see venue calendar

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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