THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — South End Stories, Africatown Candidate Showdown, Spooky Halloween Parties, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Oct. 24:

Sankofa Film Society presents ARRAY’s “Burning Cane”

“Directed by the youngest director to ever have a film in competition at Tribeca Film Festival, BURNING CANE tells the story of a deeply religious woman’s struggle to reconcile her convictions of faith with the love she has for her alcoholic son and a troubled preacher. Set in rural Louisiana, the film explores the relationships within a southern black protestant community, examining the roots of toxic masculinity, how manhood is defined and the dichotomous role of religion within the black community.

“Director Phillip Youmans is an NYU film student and the first African American director to win Tribeca’s Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature. BURNING CANE also won Best Actor for Wendell Pierce (CLEMENCY, SELMA) and Best Cinematography for Youmans.” Presented by the Sankofa Film Society.

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $8–12

*Here are two other films playing in the South End this weekend that you may be interested in: Free Meaningful Movie: Dolores (Huerta) (10/24), and Reproductive Rights Film Showing: “Vessel,” (10/25)

Image: A still from the film “Burning Cane” (source: Sankofa Film Society on Facebook).

Fri., Oct. 25:

Mural Unveiling: Rainier Farmer Market

“Come celebrate the completion of this community mural at Rainier Farmer Market. This has been a collective effort and we want to come together and present the finished piece.”

Time: 5–6 p.m.
Where: Rainier Farmer Market — 2119 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Rainbow Bingo Freaky Friday

“Boo! Did you know Halloween is right around the corner! Do you have your costume for Rainbow Bingo Freaky Friday yet? There’s still time for that. Bobbi Jo Blessings will be our Drag Queen, MC and Entertainer as we play bingo and win prizes and raise $ for programs that matter to seniors in our community! No foolin’ on the fun part though. We will have warm-up Band Marc Smason, jello-shots, beer on tap (THANKS Flying Lion Brewing!!) and more. Heads up that ticketing will be tricky this time – stay tuned for information.

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Southeast Seattle Senior Center — 4655 S. Holly St
Cost: Contact event host

*Also check out the Compassion Health Clinic, a free community health clinic, on Sat., 10/26.


Candidate Showdown in Africatown Voter Forum

“The Young Voters League and the Central Area Collaborative presents the Showdown in Africatown Voter Forum 2019. This forum will have candidates responding to questions about issues that affect residents within their respective districts versus a direct debate between candidates. Each event supporting organization will be asked to submit a question. Africatown and Central Area Collaborative will vet the questions creating the final questions that will be used at the Forum.

“Seattle City Council District # 2: Tammy Morales – Candidate and Mark Solomon – Candidate; Seattle City Council District # 3: Kshama Sawant – Incumbent and Egan Orin – Candidate.

“Moderators: We will have two experienced moderators. The moderators will work together around the various questions submitted by community members and follow-up questions to gain a better understanding of the candidates vision for their district’s constituents.

“Some food will be provided by caterers, but we know our community can get down, so we are encouraging attendees to bring a dish to add to the catered food. Food Vendors: Food Art, Follow Me Catering, Walter’s Soul, and Lil’ Red’s.

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: Central Area Senior Center — 500 30th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

*Here are two other South End candidate forums happening this week: the District 2 neighborhood Candidate Forum at New Holly Gathering Hall on Wed., 10/23 and the TSB & ULMS M.Y. Voice Candidate Forum at Washington Hall on Thurs., 10/24.

South End Stories – CAC Annual Fundraiser

“CAC is a South End incubator for generative collaboration at the intersection of art, culture, and development.

Join us on Friday, October 25th for South End Stories, a benefit for Community Arts Create in Hillman City. This year’s theme centers the stories and heritage of Seattle’s Southend- our home, rich with culture, language, food, art, and legacy.

“Taste food from some of Seattle’s most innovative and tasty chefs. Kristi Brown (That Brown Girl Cooks!), Marlon Brown (Bessie’s Cakes) and Tarik Abdullah (Chef Tarik). Listen to music from students in the Rhapsody project and testimonials from folks involved in our programming. Hear stories from local artists and organizers from the South End. We’ll have a silent auction! AND we’ll have DJ Onesie!

This fundraiser event is benefitting Community Arts Create as we enter our 9th year. By providing support for dedicated staffing and resource development, your participation will help grow the reach and impact of our programs- which up to this point have been fueled almost exclusively by volunteer labor. The tremendous success of these programs despite limited resources- which include efforts such as Taste International, Rhapsody, Mural Project, Backstreet Bazaar, and the South End Heritage Festival – shows dedication, demand, and potential. Your contributions will help ensure that community members are equitably valued and compensated for their cultural labor which is fundamental in building sustainable capacity from the ground up.

Community Arts Create is a South Seattle organization that uses the storytelling power of the arts to create space for folks to engage. Our mission is to utilize the Arts to re-center individual & collective identity through a shared experience. We are a hyper-local movement, rooted in collaboration and community. We believe that the arts connects with everything that is vital for a healthy community.Ticketed event is from 7 – 10 p.m. w/ a free-to-attend dance party directly following. Food by That Brown Girl Cooks, Chef Tarik, and Bessie’s Cakes. 

 7 p.m.–1 a.m.
Where: Community Arts Create — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $50 (includes open bar and catering) / *Dance party free to attend after 10 p.m.!


Sat., Oct. 26:

Family-Friendly Halloween Celebrations

Here’s a quick round-up of some family-friendly Halloween parties this weekend beginning today:

Time: Times vary
Where: Locations vary
Cost: All events are FREE

Image: promo image for the Beacon Hill Children’s Carnival.

Dia de Los Muertos Pop Up Mercado & Workshops

“Join Rebels & Scholars and La Roxay Productions for a Dia de Los Muertos Pop Up Mercado, Workshops and Community Love.

“Local artists and artisans will be vending art, jewelry, crafts, apparel, calaveras, snacks and more. Community organizations and student groups will be on hand to fund raise for their respective causes.

Time: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Cleveland High School — 5511 15th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend


Samba das Caveiras

“Music, drinks, food, and dancing to celebrate short, sweet life! Live Brazilian classics by special guests. Compete for the prize of King/Queen Caverete with your cute costume and sexy samba! All-Ages

Time: 8–10 p.m.
Where: Union Cultural Center — 803 S. King St
Cost: $10 (free for kids)

Pink Saturday

Pink Saturday Breast and Prostate Cancer Awareness Night—“The fifth Pink Saturday Event will share the need to get checked out. Breast & Prostate Cancer are two of the deadliest cancer that affects us. Simple tests! Early Detection is the key. This event will focus on awareness with cancer survivors in attendance and on stage. Let Beat This, Cancer Sucks!

“Each ticket includes a special raffle ticket. Call for VIP tickets (206) 723-2811.

Time: 8–10 p.m.
Where: Union Cultural Center — 803 S. King St
Cost: $10 (kids free)

HalloQueen Karaoke Spooktacular

“Join us at Backyard in Columbia City for a spooktacular affair complete with karaoke, drag performances, costume contest, photo booth, dancing, themed drink specials, and more!

“Your bewitching host for the evening is Queen Andrew Scott joined by special guests and Backyard newcomers Rylee Raw and Phoenyx. KJ Fehronemo will keep you movin’ and groovin’ all night long.

“Come experience the weird and wonderful, sing a duet with a drag queen, and DRESS TO IMPRESS for our costume judges. See you there Queens!” 21+

Time: 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
Where: Backyard — 3820 S. Ferdinand St. Ste. 102
Cost: No Cover

Spellbound : A Halloween 80’s Themed Dance Party

“Party in your best Halloween costume, with an 80’s inspired theme! DJ’s Evan Blackstone and Michael & Michael – The Mike Drop, will be spinning all night long. Costume Contest With Prizes!

Time: 9 p.m.–Midnight
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $10 Adv. / $12 DOS


Sun., Oct. 27:

CID Is Home: Community Speak Out!

“What makes the Chinatown-International District home? What are the places that make this community unique — and how do we protect them as gentrification takes its toll in Seattle and in Chinatowns across the country? As for-profit development drives up rents and threatens to displace longtime residents and small businesses, it’s vital that we preserve the CID as a place where immigrants, workers, and people of color can thrive for generations to come.

“Join the CID Coalition to speak out about your vision for our community, and learn how to get involved in the fight to stop displacement in the CID. Food will be provided, and interpretation is available. This project is made possible with support from the Seattle Public Library Foundation through the Library’s COPE program.

“為何CID (唐人街/國際區)稱之我們的家?什麼使這個社區獨一無二?我們如何捍衛這個地方?都市發展和貴族化讓我們的社區付出了代價。營利性的發展推高了租金,並有可能取代老居民和小企業。因此,我們必須保護CID – 這個讓移民、工人和有色人種能夠世世代代繁榮的地方。

“加入CID聯盟,暢談您對我們社區的展望,並認識如何參與阻止 CID 逐漸被吞沒的鬥爭。我麼將提供食物和口譯服務。該項目是在西雅圖公共圖書館基金會的支持下,通過圖書館的COPE計畫得以實現。

“CID là nhà: Cộng đồng lên tiếng
Một bài lắng nghe củ cộng đồng

“Điều gì làm cho Phố Tàu-Khu Vực Quốc Tế nhà? Những nơi nào làm cho cộng đồng này duy nhất- và làm sao chúng ta bảo vệ chúng khi chỉnh trang đô thị lan dần ở Seattle và trong những khu Phố Tàu trên toàn quốc?

“Tham gia vào liên minh CID (CID Coalition) để nói ra ý tưởng của bạn cho cộng đồng chúng ta, và học cách tham gia vào cuộc đấu tranh để dừng lại việc di chuyển ở CID.

“Thức ăn sẽ được cung cấp và thông dịch viên sẽ có sẵn.

Time: 2–4 p.m.
Where: Bush Garden Restaurant — 614 Maynard Ave S.
Cost: FREE


An Enchanted Evening

“Please join us for An Enchanted Evening! A frequency raising, vibrational energy cleansing good time. Chanting vibrations with concentration enable to reduce the adrenaline level and cortisol and reducing the level of stress. Let’s heal with sound, toast with CBD mocktails and strengthen our intuition with tarot! Third eye poppin’!

Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: Ola Wyola — 4427 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Contact event host


SWAMPHOUSE PRESENTS: $eattle: Halloween Drip 19 W Sunny Fritz & BigHomie$lim

$eattle: Halloween Drip 19 costume party and show. Live music, performances, bar, food.” 21+

Time: 6 p.m.–Midnight
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Booktoberfest ‘Ales from the Crypt’

“Enjoy a drink with friends and relax (?) to spine tingling tales of ghastly horror at Tippe & Drague Alehouse on Beacon Hill. Just in time for Hallowe’en, we invite you to gather to hear spine-tingling tales of terror from beyond the grave. This reading will last a little over an hour, and will be repeated on October 22 at The Palace Theater and Art Bar in Georgetown, and Oct 30 at Floating Bridge Brewing in the University District. More information here.

“This program is a part of Booktoberfest, our annual celebration of books, beer and good cheer taking place in bars and pubs across the Seattle. Join us for Karaoke, a trilogy of Trivia nights, Drink & Draw, ‘Ales from the Crypt’ spooky stories in bars, Hallowe’en Horror Movie Marathon, and more!

“Be on the lookout for our Booktoberfest Drink Coasters at all events, and at bars all across the city. Find our full roster of events at” 21+

Time: 8–9:15 p.m.
Where: Tippe & Drague Alehouse — 3315 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: No Cover

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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