THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Let Us Tell It, South End Halloween, Día de los Muertos, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Oct. 30:

Let Us Tell It Film Series

“NAAM’s new Let Us Tell It film series centers the narratives of Black women and their families, both blood and chosen, through film. October’s feature film is the 1996 classic Set It Off. This series is free and open to the public.

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


Thurs., Oct. 31:

Five Halloween-Night Events

Here’s a quick round-up of some Halloween events happening tonight in the South End:

Time: Times vary
Where: Locations vary
Cost: Costs vary (trick or treating is free!)

Harriet — Thursday Night Premiere!

“Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Still playing: Dolemite Is My Name, The Addams FamilyLinda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Joker

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $8–12

Fri., Nov. 1:


15th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration

“We would like to invite you to our 2019 – 15th annual Día de los Muertos Celebration! Curated by: Francisca Garcia

“This year our theme is Perseverance – Power in Action: Voice! Vote! Venceremos! Perseverance is defined as “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”. We can make a difference and change by organizing our communities to get out the vote, registering to vote and to be counted in the 2020 census. This administration incited fear in our communities, scaring them away from the census, which will take away important funding from programs that help those in need.

“El Vez will be this year’s MC! We will also have performances by Folklore Tonatzin, Duo Finelli, Ceatl Tonalli, Chief Sealth Int’l High School and a Selena impersonator. Schedule and more info to follow…

“In addition, the ofrenda exhibition will be opening on the third floor of the historic building. We will also have some delicious (and free!) chicken mole to offer!

“¡Nos gustaría invitarl@ a nuestra 15a celebración de Día de los Muertos, 2019!

“Este año nuestro tema es Perseverancia – Poder en Acción: ¡Voz! ¡Vota! ¡Venceremos! La perseverancia se define como “persistencia en hacer algo a pesar de la dificultad o retraso en lograr el éxito”. Podemos marcar la diferencia y el cambio organizando nuestras comunidades para salir a votar, registrándonos para votar y para ser contados en el censo de 2020. Esta administración incitó miedo en nuestras comunidades, ahuyentándolas del censo, lo que quitará fondos importantes de programas que ayudan a los necesitados.

“¡El Vez será el presentardor de este año! También tendremos actos de Folklore Tonatzin, Duo Finelli, Ceatl Tonalli, Chief Sealth Int’l High School y un acto de imitación de Selena! Horario y más información a seguir…

Además, la exposición de ofrendas inaugurará en el tercer piso del edificio histórico. También tendremos delicioso (y gratis!) mole de pollo para ofrecer!”

Time: 5–8:30 p.m.
Where: El Centro de la Raza — 2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Five other local Dia de los Muertos events (Nov. 1–3):


Sat., Nov. 2:

Green Seattle Day!

“Plant a Forest – Grow Community! Help us create a healthier, happier, and greener Seattle by coming out to our biggest planting event of the year – Green Seattle Day! On November 2nd we will be planting the city’s future forest at 17 neighborhood parks. From creating wildlife habitat, to combating climate change, and providing a place for residents to recreate: having a hand in Green Seattle Day is one of the best ways to give back to your neighbors, parks, and your local forest. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT A PARK NEAR YOU.

“All community members are welcome, and no experience is necessary! The event is family friendly and open to all ages. Hundreds of volunteers will plant native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that will become the future forest of Seattle. We will provide all of the necessary tools and training for the day, along with light refreshments!

Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Where: Locations vary
Cost: Free to attend


Columbia City Harvest Market

“On November 2nd, the Columbia City Farmers Market RETURNS so you can stock up on all your favorite autumn essentials, while celebrating fall in your community! Squash, apples, hearty greens, all the potatoes you can ask for, you’ll have endless options for cozy fall meals. This one day autumn comeback will take place where you usually find us, on 37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, just off Rainier Ave S.

“The Details: 35+ vendors—fruits, veggies, produce, meat, cheese, eggs, cider!

“Preserve Your Herbs! Join us for an educational demonstration by Tilth Alliance + Garden Hotline. Shop the market, collecting recipes along the way and complete your bingo card for free herb preserving olive oil and salts to test your new skills at home.

Plus, an Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Geni, from Geni’s Ethiopian, a knife skills demo, activities for kids, and more!

Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Farmers Market — 3631 S. Edmunds St
Cost: Free to attend


Friends of Skyway Library’s Annual Book Sale

“This is your best chance each year to get some amazing new-to-you reading materials for super cheap! Your purchases help the Friends continue to provide support for Skyway Library programming.

“Prices: Hardcover Books for $1, Paperback Books for 50¢, Children’s Books for 25¢, Magazines for 10¢, DVDs for $1, CDs for 25¢, Special items individually priced.

Also check out: Wisdom Cafe: How Does Ageism Impact Us? (Tues., 11/5).

Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Skyway Library — 12601 76th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Halloween Costume Party – Caribbean Night

“Red Lounge Presents Caribbean Night HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY, Music and Entertainment, SPECIAL GUEST: JAZZY T (Renascence Sound) Alongside Y2K SOUND & ZJ VETERAN (SOCA . DANCEHALL . AFROBEATS . HIP-HOP . REGGAE).” 21+

Time: 10 p.m.–2 a.m.
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $15 B4 midnight / $20 After midnight

Sun., Nov. 3:

Bunka no Hi | Japanese Culture Day

“Bunka no Hi is a celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage. A popular annual event hosted by the JCCCW, the schedule is filled with performances, cultural demonstrations, games, and other activities. It is a true community-wide event, with booths and informational displays from a variety of local groups, nonprofit organizations and a couple of vendors. No matter where your interests lie, Bunka no Hi will have something for everyone! This is a free event!

“This year, JCCCW proudly presents two exhibits, an exhibit of numerous and unique good luck symbols of Japan and an exhibit of now and then photos of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp. The event also includes martial arts demonstrations, tea ceremony, taiko, storytelling, craft making, food vendors and more. (More information here.)


Time: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Japanese Cultural & Community Center of WA — 1414 S. Weller St
Cost: FREE


Mon., Nov. 4:

Business Resource Open House

“Are you ready to take your business to the next level? We are ready to support you. Local assistance organizations will be onsite to provide financial help, counseling on the
viability of a business idea, or just advice on next steps. Have other things you need for your business? Whether you are an independent artist turning a side gig into a business, a food truck operator thinking about a new site, or a tech business about to hire new employees, there will be resources at this event to help you!

Experts will help you: Research your market or industry; Learn about legal topics like how to form an LLC or copyrighting your writing; Start that business you’ve been thinking about; Develop a growth plan for your business; Get your financial plan in ship shape; Learn about hiring employees and being the boss.” Hosted by the Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC) with SPL Library to Business.

Time: 3–6 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Library — 4721 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Wed., Nov. 6:

Just Like Us! | Live Performance

“Join us for a live performance: Just Like Us! A true story following the lives of four Meixcan girls, all friends, two documented and two undocumented, growing up in the USA. Their stories of persistence and resilience as they come of age personalize the issues we often see reduced to talking points on the political stage.

Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: Contact event host

Sky: An Evening of Flamenco

“Seattle-native Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, Sky an evening of Flamenco, to CCT. Savannah will be joined by singer/percussionist Diego Amador jr. direct from Spain and guitarist Pedro Cortes. More info at” 21+

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $23–35

Image: promo shot of Savannah Fuentes (via Facebook event).

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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