THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Wing Luke House Party, Iconic Black Women, Arts Gumbo Samoa, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Oct. 16:

Knife Knights / Darius Jones and Stas Thee Boss — Earshot Jazz Festival

“Ishmael Butler (Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces) and crew chief Erik Blood weave what they describe as ‘soul and shoegaze, hip-hop and lush noise, bass and bedlam’ with DJ OCnotes (Otis Calvin III) and Marquetta Miller. Opening: OCnotes’ fellow KEXP DJ Stas Thee Boss (Stasia Irons, ex- Psychedelic-Space-Rap-Jazz duo THEESatisfaction) and alto-sax expansionist Darius Jones.”

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Langston Hughes — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $10–22

*Also coming up at Langston—Film screening and talk back: Sembene, the Inspiring Story of the Father of African Cinema, on Sat., 10/19 and Silent Movie Mondays – Within Our Gates (1920) on Mon., 10/21. Within Our Gates is the oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director.

Emily L. Thuma – All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence (in conversation with Angélica Cházaro)

“Join us for an evening with Emily Thuma in conversation with Angélica Cházaro. They will be discussing Emily’s new book, All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence.

“During the 1970s, grassroots women activists in and outside of prisons forged a radical politics against gender violence and incarceration. Emily L. Thuma traces the making of this anticarceral feminism at the intersections of struggles for racial and economic justice, prisoners’ and psychiatric patients’ rights, and gender and sexual liberation.

All Our Trials explores the organizing, ideas, and influence of those who placed criminalized and marginalized women at the heart of their antiviolence mobilizations.”

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

Thurs., Oct. 17:


Digital Candidate Forum – South Seattle District 2

“FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM EVENT: South Seattle! Want to know where your candidates stand on the issues impacting you and your community? CAIR Washington and Somali Health Board will be holding a DIGITAL CANDIDATE FORUM on Thursday, October 17th at 3:30 pm with King County Council District 2 candidates Girmay Zahilay and Larry Gossett and we want to hear from you! Submit your questions here.

“To WATCH the livestream just CLICK ‘GOING’ [on the Facebook event] and you’ll be notified when we go live. (The video will be available after the livestream.)

“King County District 2 includes Central District, Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Seward Park, Skyway, UW, Fremont, Ravenna, and Laurelhurst.”

 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Where: CAIR Washington — 1511 3rd Ave #701
Cost: FREE

*Other upcoming district two candidate forums (King County Council district 2 and/or Seattle CityCouncil district 2):


Develop-Meant for Community RB Townhall

“Let your voice be heard at the Develop-Meant for Community Rainier Beach Town Hall. Thursday, October 17, 6pm at South Shore K-8. Over 10 developers will be there to present their projects and answer questions…FOOD WILL BE SERVED.”

Time: 6–8:30 p.m.
Where: South Shore K–8 — 4800 S. Henderson St
Cost: FREE

Dolemite Is My Name – Ark Lodge Cinemas

Special Thursday night premiere of Dolemite Is My Name at 7:30 p.m. Plus, on Sat., 10/19, Ark Lodge, in partnership with The Emperors Group and the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce, will host a ‘Dolemite Funk Night,’ with a DJ, costume contest, and screening of the original 1975 Dolemite.

Still Playing: Hustlers, The Addams Family, Joker, and Downton Abbey (last day).

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

Fri., Oct. 18:

Exhibit Opening: Iconic Black Women Featuring Hiawatha D.

“Inspired by Black women transcending historical, societal, racial and economic challenges in America, Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman is artist Hiawatha D.’s homage to the resilience, power and beauty of Black women and Black women history-makers.” Exhibit live through March, 2020.

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE


“Joteria is the queer version of the lotería game. Join us for a night of fun, food and games. Event is for everyone! All ages. We will have elotes, pan dulce and drinks.

“Acompáñanos a jugar con orgullo el nuevo juego ‘Joteria.’ Este juego representa la intersección de nuestra comunidad LGBT y Latina. Habrá elotes preparados, pan dulce y café. Todos están invitados, evento para todas las edades. Hosted by Somos Seattle. Costume contest! All-Ages

Time: 7–11 p.m.
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: FREE (we think)


House Party 2019

“Join us at The Wing’s 2nd Annual House Party! We invite you to experience an event that transcends the ordinary and deepens our sense of collective self-love. Join us in the cultural heartbeat of Seattle’s Chinatown International District for The Wing’s 2nd annual after hours House Party, an evening where you can explore our exhibits and enjoy exclusive performances, drag shows, interactive visuals, music, and dance by contemporary Asian Pacific American and BI QTPOC artists. Together, we’ll carve out a space as vibrant and unique as we are. All event proceeds benefit the programs and facilities of the Wing Luke Museum.

“EVENT LINEUP: Aleksa Manila, Amber Rose Tanaka, Audrey Siu, The Autumn Club, Avery Osajima, e(MERGE), Erin Wallace, Geo Quibuyen, Guayaba, Guma’ Ge’la, Jusmoni, Little Brown Language, Lourdez, Malicious Vixens, Monyee Chau, DJ Yung Barong + Friends

“The Wing acknowledges that our Museum is located on the unceded land and waters of the Duwamish, Muckleshoot, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, and Tulalip. These People are not only the First Stewards of this land in which we work, live, and build community, but they are still here. As we celebrate this event, we recognize and remember that we are here on their land, and that this recognition comes with accountability to support tribal enterprises and partner with tribal leadership.

“ADA Access: Wing Luke Museum galleries are fully wheelchair accessible by elevator as well as our entrance on South King Street.

Time: 7–11 p.m.
Where: Wing Luke Museum — 719 S. King St
Cost: $25–60

Image: Designed by Koji Minami.

The Noire Challenge

“An Opulent night of burlesque, beauty, and community support raising funds for The Noire Pageant, a Burlesque Pageant and Hall of Fame for POC performers, brought to you by the producers of Spoilers, Filth Element, and Fire and Tassels!

“As amazing as burlesque is, POC contributions have been consistently erased, whitewashing our histories. The Noire Pageant is changing this, and MurderApples Events plans to support them.

“Join us at Columbia City Theater on October 18th for burlesque performances, a live costume auction, and door prizes all to raise money to support Perle Noire’s vision [to create opportunities for the POC burlesque community].” 21+

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

Sat., Oct. 19:

Duwamish Alive! Saving Our Salmon, Saves Our Orca

“What can I do to help save our salmon and orca? This is a question we should be considering, especially now during the fall season and the return of spawning salmon in our river and its streams. Recent media stories have highlighted the plight of our Southern Resident orcas and describe how they are struggling to survive. Understanding how our collective actions and efforts are connected to the health of these whales, the salmon they depend on and the ecosystems that support all of us — it’s important to remain focused and hopeful for the future. YOU CAN HELP by joining us for Duwamish Alive! to improve critical salmon habitat within the Green-Duwamish River watershed that salmon depend upon. We will be working at many sites within the watershed, planting native plants, removing invasive weeds and trash along with mulching. Register with one of our partners for a day of fun, action and learning.”

Time: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Locations Vary (along the Duwamish River)
Cost: FREE

Rainier Arts Center Presents Arts Gumbo 2019—SAMOA!

“Talofa lava! (Greetings)! We invite you to celebrate Samoan culture through their traditional music & dance, delicious food, arts and children’s crafts. A family-friendly festival showcasing an amazing Island culture!” Family-Friendly 

Festivities include: animated short films, Samoan music and dance by Lumana’i o le Pasefika (Future of the Pacific) Cultural Group, Polynesian crafts for kids—make your own kukui nut lei or bracelet or get a Samoan (i.e. Polynesian) wrap—“A Taste of the Islands” by Island Breeze Catering featuring pineapple-BBQ chicken, oka (poke), sapasui (rice noodle with beef), panikeke (deep-fried donut) and poi fa’i (blended ripe banana and coconut smoothies). Master of Ceremonies will be Ben Leiataua Jr. Also check out the free Arts Gumbo Book Chat at the Columbia City Library on Thurs., 10/17 at 6 p.m. Featured book is Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel.

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St
Cost: $10–15 (under 7, free)


Rise Up – A Tribute to the Music of Hamilton

“Rise Up, the Hamilton Tribute Band, is an ensemble of Seattle’s top vocalists and musicians who have come together to play the amazing music of Hamilton. Hamilton is a record-breaking Broadway musical and winner of 11 Tonys including Best Musical. It is a sweeping cultural phenomenon that marries hip hop, R&B and Broadway. Rise Up has performed extensively in the Seattle area, selling out shows and delighting audiences of all ages.” The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 p.m.

Time: Early & late show options
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $18 Adv. / $20 DOS

Sun., Oct. 20:

NFFTY 2019 Launch Party!

“IT’S NFFTY SEASON! FILMMAKERS, FILM LOVERS, SUPPORTERS AND BEYOND ARE ALL INVITED TO JOIN US AT THIS FREE EVENT! Kick off NFFTY season in style at a Launch Party for the 13th-annual National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), the largest film festival in the world for emerging directors!

“Start the night with our Volunteer Orientation, then we’ll kick it into party mode and watch a special preview screening to get HYPED for the festival, all while enjoying some delicious pizza!

“Event is all-ages & FREE!” All-ages

Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend (register)


Wed., Oct. 23:

Ari Glass Studio Session

“Ari Glass is an emerging artist born and raised in Seattle. He grew up in the Rainier Valley and Skyway, Seattle and attended art classes at Franklin High School. For a short period, Glass was enrolled in the graphic design program at Seattle Central College to study art.

“In his works, for which Glass says he finds inspiration in historical and fictional concepts of kings, queens, and kingdoms, Glass uses gold paint. His works show the deep, personal and positive effect that art and art history had on him. Better known as a ‘spiritual painter’ Glass, also creates music and designs a clothing line, as well as merchandise and visuals for the Graffiti Village Tour.

“$20 includes admission and supplies, RSVP and buy tickets here.

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: $20


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 (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.

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

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