THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Earshot Jazz Festival, JUST Words Spoken Vol #2, Seattle’s QTPOC Music Scene, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Oct. 10:

Earshot Jazz Festival – Columbia City Performances

The Earshot Jazz Festival 2019 has begun with performances in venues across town. The Royal Room and Columbia City Theater will collectively host performances beginning Thursday, October 10. Artists include, but are not limited to D’Vonne Lewis, Joe Doria, and Cole Schuster, performing The Tony Williams Lifetime’s ‘Emergency!’ and Makaya McCraven.

Also at the Royal Room, on Wed., Oct. 9, is the Led to Sea (EP Release) w/ Betsy Olson (Solo).

Time: Showtimes vary
Where: The Royal Room & Columbia City Theater
Cost: $10–29

Image: Makaya McCraven (Source: Royal Room website)

Rigged & the Battle for Ranked Choice Voting

Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook speaks to the weakening of democracy in America via voter suppression. The film makes the case that beginning with the election of our first black President, conservative political forces have turned with renewed vigor to ways of winnowing the electorate of people of color, the economically stressed, and the young. The suppression playbook is replete with technique: polling-place ID requirements, voter integrity commissions, wide-scale voter roll purges, difficult voter registration requirements, reduced number of polling places, long wait times in voter queues, deleted guarantees of the Voting Rights Act overturned by the Supreme Court in 2013, and potentially suppression-favorable lower courts that have been, since the 1970’s, seeded with a preponderance of conservative jurists. To add insult to injury, the political effectiveness of those that can and do vote is reduced by gerrymandering. The film will inform and alarm you about the multiple, interconnected, and unscrupulous schemes being increasingly used to shape voting outcomes and ultimately our democracy.

“Special Guests: Speaker from Fix Democracy First.

This film screening is part of the Social Justice Film Festival and is a ticketed event, unlike other Meaningful Movies Project events—however, there is a free option if you mention “Meaningful Movies at check in. Arrive early for conversation and snacks.  

Time: 6 p.m. (doors)
Where: Mt. Baker Community Club — 2811 Mt Rainier Dr S.
Cost: By donation (NOTAFLOF)

*Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies will screen Knock Down the House on Tues., Oct. 15 at Centilia Cultural Center.

Fri., Oct. 11:

Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves

“Frontier Home and Beacon Arts are giddily excited to welcome back two of the finest young players in American traditional acoustic music.

“In this duo, Allison de Groot, known for her intricate clawhammer banjo work with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, joins forces with powerhouse fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves (Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis) to create a sound that is adventurous, masterful, and original, while never losing sight of what makes the music endure.Optional potluck begins at 6 p.m.; performance begins at 7 p.m.

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club — 4103 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $20 suggested donation (100% goes to the band)

Shea Serrano – Movies and Other Things

“Movies (And Other Things) is a book about, quite frankly, movies (and other things).

“One of the chapters, for example, answers which race Kevin Costner was able to white savior the best, because did you know that he white saviors Mexicans in McFarland, USA, and white saviors Native Americans in Dances with Wolves, and white saviors Black people in Black or White, and white saviors the Cleveland Browns in Draft Day?

“Another of the chapters, for a second example, answers what other high school movie characters would be in Regina George’s circle of friends if we opened up the Mean Girls universe to include other movies (Johnny Lawrence is temporarily in, Claire from The Breakfast Club is in, Ferris Bueller is out, Isis from Bring It On is out … ).

“Many, many things happen in Movies (And Other Things), some of which funny, others of which are sad, a few of which are insightful, and all of which are handled with the type of care and dedication to the smallest details and pockets of pop culture that only a book by Shea Serrano can provide.Tickets are first come, first served and available beginning at 4 p.m.

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

Image: Shea Serrano (Source: Author headshot from

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Opening this week: Hustlers, The Addams Family
Still Playing: Joker, Abominable, Downton Abbey, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $9–12 ($6 Wednesdays!)

JUST Words Spoken Vol #2

“Just Words Spoken, Presented by: The HYv Network, Complementary Wine.

“A night showcasing the city’s best and brightest spoken wordsmiths. Highlighting the artistic genius that is a well known painter in your favorite city and founder of OutsideThinc, Mujale!

“Performers: 1. Korvus Blackbird, 2. Mr. Go Lightly, 3. Jordan D. Brown, 4. Josh Riseberg, 5. Ani Mesropian, 6. Simon Wolf.

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Artspace Hiawatha Lofts — 843 Hiawatha Pl S.
Cost: FREE


STG presents Songhoy Blues

“Sons of Mali, musical refugees, groundbreaking artists, virtuoso performers, survivors. Unforgettable & undeniable, ‪Songhoy Blues‬ are the future of African rock n’ roll.

“Steeped in the deep traditions of classic Malian music & desert blues fused with a youthful & super-charged sound of today, these 4 young men from Timbuktu continue marching, playing & dancing their way into the hearts & minds of music fans everywhere with their electric, eclectic & kinetic songs.

“The band are also proud spokespersons for the charity WaterAID, and have helped to raise money & awareness toward providing relief in their native Mali. They will be appearing in an upcoming documentary on climate change in the Sahara; and were featured in the award-winning documentary “They Will Have to Kill Us First”, about the plight of musicians in war-torn Mali (” 21+

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $25

*Also at Columbia City Theater this week, STG presents: KAZU – Adult Baby Tour on Tues., Oct. 15.

Image: Songhoy Blues (Source: Columbia City Theater website)

Sat., Oct. 12:

Thriving Families: The Intersections of Race & Disability

“Join us for a discussion on the intersections of race and disability to learn, through the lived experiences of the panelists, about the disparities in equitable outcomes for people of color with visible and invisible disabilities, and the value of integrating disability justice with anti-racist work.

“MODERATOR: ChrisTiana ObeySumner – CEO & Social Equity Consultant Epiphanies of Equity: Education and Consulting

* Celeste Peña – Parent and intersectional advocate for equity
* Shayla Collins – Parent and intersectional advocate for equity
* Ben Wahl – Program Director, Aspiring Youth Program at Ryther
* Hodan Mohamed – Family Support Specialist, Open Doors for Multicultural Families.Hosted by PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support, FOCS (Families of Color Seattle), and Amara.

Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Amara — 5907 Martin Luther King Jr Way S.

South End Record Sale

“Dig into the crates of local vinyl hounds!All-ages

Time: 12–4 p.m.
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Bad Gyal Steppingz – Caribbean Night

“Red Lounge Presents Caribbean Night BAD GYAL STEPPINGZ. It’s A Dancer’s Edition. Mixie Live from B.C. | Alia Lux from Portland | Awadia of Seattle Ravers | Tiara. Music and Entertainment: ZJ VETERAN | XTEN | Y2K SOUND. SOCA . DANCEHALL . AFROBEATS . HIP-HOP . REGGAE.” 21+

Time: 10 p.m.–2 a.m.
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $15 before midnight


Sun., Oct. 13:

Seattle Queer Film Festival: Seattle’s QTPOC Music Scene

“Whether you are based in Seattle or visit frequently, you’ll find yourself recognizing quite a few of the unapologetic, unscripted responses to Seattle local Momma Nikki’s interview questions for queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) musical badasses. This documentary isn’t just a showcase of what QTPOC artists are doing—it centers on questions of support and equality for QTPOC creative types in the music scene as it relates to race, queerness, and gender equity. Be prepared to be inspired—and sing along.Find a full list of Seattle Queer Film Festival events here.

Time: 8:45 p.m.
Where: Northwest Film Forum — 1515 12th Ave
Cost: $12–14


Tues., Oct. 15:

No Small Talk: Exploring Blackness Through Candid Conversation

“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. October’s session is entitled: Social Capital and Collective Economics. It will be a moderated conversation that includes the voices of performing artists, 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

*Also at NAAM this week, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Visits Seattle on Mon., Oct. 14.

Wed., Oct. 16:

Seattle City Council Candidates Forum on Police Accountability

“In 2012, Seattle entered into a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to address findings of use of excessive force and racial bias by the Seattle Police Department, and in 2017, our City Council unanimously passed a landmark Accountability Ordinance that made Seattle a national leader in rebuilding community trust and confidence in police officers.

“Currently, certain provisions in contracts the City signed with two police unions would return Seattle to the old regime that failed to provide adequate disciplinary oversight and accountability. The federal judge overseeing the 2012 settlement agreement ruled in May that the City has fallen out of compliance. The next City Council will be involved in negotiating the new contracts.

“Join us at this important candidate forum to listen to the candidates’ stances and be on the record on one of the most important issues affecting our families and communities.
Program will begin at 6:30 pm sharp. Please consider arriving by 6:00 pm.

Time: 6–8:30 p.m.
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest 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; see Facebook for individual event details.)

Cafe Red’s Open Mic for All (Second Thursdays; see Facebook for next date.)

Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase (Second Fridays; might be on hiatus, contact event host for more info.)

Royal Esquire Club Open Mic Tuesdays (Tuesdays)

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic (First Fridays)

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

Here’s an open mic up north that looks cool: HYv Open Mic: Inviting ALL Singers, Rappers, Poets and Comedians.

**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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