THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Hustle! LGBTQ Job Fair, Abortion AF: The Tour, Freedom Blueprints, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Nov. 13:

Domestic Violence & Interventions to Harm

“Join us to learn more about domestic violence and build skills around interventions to harm. Refreshments will be provided. For questions, concerns, access needs, contact is part of the API Chaya Community Education Series. Childcare is available upon request. 

Time: 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Where: 2100 Building — 2100 24th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

*Also at the 2100 Building this week, Accountable Communities Conference Report Back (Sat., 11/16).

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Now playing: ParasiteHarriet, Jojo Rabbit, Ford v Ferrari, Terminator: Dark Fate, and Motherless Brooklyn (these last two end on Thurs., 11/14).

Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $8–12 ($6 Wednesdays!)

Thurs., Nov. 14:

Hustle! LGBTQ Job Fair

“LGBTQ Allyship is partnering with queer-led and worker-friendly businesses in the area to bring recruiters to YOU. We’re offering recruitment readiness workshops at 2 and 4pm for those new to job fairs, pizza to snack on courtesy of Pagliacci’s, and a disability accommodation workshop as well.

“We’re proud to welcome the following employers:

  • Pagliacci’s
  • Macrina Bakery
  • Lifelong
  • Real Change
  • Queer/Bar
  • The US Census

“Bring your resume, your best interview attire, and your appetite.

Time: 2–7 p.m.
Where: Southside Commons — 3518 S. Edmunds St
Cost: FREE

Ableton Beatmaking for Beginners

“James Street will be demonstrating Beat Production for beginners. Ableton Live Fundamentals is a perfect point of entry if you’re looking to learn this fascinating program, which will open up new possibilities and change the way you think about making music. Ableton Live is not only an ideal tool for recording, but it can also be used for composing, arranging, mixing, and especially performing.

Come play with Ableton for FREE. Make your own Beats! $20.00 VIP package includes two (2) glasses of wine, cheese and crackers, assorted fruit. $10.00 Gold package includes cheese and crackers, assorted fruit. FREE – Play with Ableton and PUSH controller for FREE. Instructor: James Street – Head Engineer and show host at

Time: 5:30–7 p.m.
Where: — 5256 Rainier Avenue S.
Cost: FREE (with VIP options available, register here)

Image: Promo image for Ableton Beatmaking for Beginners.

Urban Innovations: How Are Cities Fighting Displacement?

“Fast-growing cities continue to grapple with displacement of historically disadvantaged communities. Affordable housing, support for cultural organizations, funding for social service networks, and services for vulnerable small businesses all play a role in combatting displacement. What unique local and national approaches are successfully responding to displacement pressures and supporting communities seeking to remain in place?

“Join the discussion with our guest panel: Monica Bravo, West Side Community Organization, St. Paul Gregory Davis, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Seattle Nicole Johnson, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland Tony Lamb, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland Chris Schildt, All-In Cities Anti-Displacement Policy Network, Oakland. We hope to see you there!

Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: FREE

Andrea Long Chu – Females

Editor’s note: THIS EVENT WAS CANCELED (as of 11/13/19).

“Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome Andrea Long Chu to Seward Park for her first book, Females, an exploration of gender and desire from our most exciting new public intellectual.

“‘Everyone is female, and everyone hates it.’ So begins Andrea Long Chu’s genre-defying investigation into sex and lies, desperate artists and reckless politics, the smothering embrace of gender and the punishing force of desire.

Drawing inspiration from a forgotten play by Valerie Solanas—the woman who wrote the SCUM Manifesto and shot Andy Warhol—Chu aims her searing wit and surgical intuition at targets ranging from performance art to psychoanalysis, incels to porn, and even feminists like herself. Each step of the way she defends the indefensible claim that femaleness is less a biological state of women and more a fatal existential condition that afflicts the entire human race—men, women, and everyone else. Or maybe she’s just projecting.

“A thrilling new voice who has been credited with launching the ‘second wave’ of trans studies, Chu shows readers how to write for your life, baring herself with a morbid sense of humor and a mordant kind of hope.

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

*Also check out SPL’s Storytime For Grownups at Third Place Books Seward Park on Sun., 11/17.


Abortion AF: The Tour feat. Lizz Winstead with El Sanchez!

“Hey Seattle Fans! We are coming to town for an amazing show that is a benefit celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Cedar River Clinics! We know you have a pretty awesome state when it comes to abortion rights, but, we also know you have Matt Shea (we’re sorry), and that you’re fed up with the OUTRAGEOUS abortion bans being passed across the country. So, are you ready to laugh at all the misogynists making these laws and raise money to keep this amazing clinic open for another 40 years? Don’t miss this show!

“Abortion Access Front (AAF), is a reproductive rights non-profit founded by Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead. She and AAF are joining the hilarious El Sanchez to support of this amazing reproductive heath care provider. Winstead and company use comedy shows as a way to gather folks together for a night of fun, with activism built into the evening! Each performance features a post-show talkback with local abortion providers and activists, plus a booth full of direct action items. Abortion AF: The Tour is a one stop hub for audiences to have a great night out, take action, and get information on how to continue the fight back against the assaults on reproductive rights across America and in your state.” 21+

Time: 8:30 p.m. (doors)
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $20 Adv. / $25 DOS

Fri., Nov. 15:

Full Service 002

“RozzvilleMansion presents Full Service 002 at Cafe Red at Othello Station in South Seattle. This is the prefunk edition. DJs: Rozzville – RozzvilleMansion + SPECIAL GUESTS Shaggy – TCOEMA / TDJS.

Time: 6–11 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: $3 (suggested)


Sat., Nov. 16:

Fall Garden Gathering

“A free event for people of all ages! Connect with your neighbors over candlemaking, putting the Green Plate Special garden to bed, bowls of soup, and spiced cider. Whether you attend to work or play, we’ll be sure to save you a seat at the table. Please RSVP so we can make sure we have food for everyone!

Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Green Plate Special — 2115 25th Ave S.

A Very Merry LadyMaker Holiday Show & Sale

“Join the Seattle LadyMakers for an exclusive handmade holiday shopping event. Featuring a variety of handcrafted items from a female collective group of artisans. Items for purchase include handmade pottery, handbags, accessories, jewelry, children’s clothing, plush, art prints and originals. Featuring instrumental music by Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants, raffles, and light snacks and drinks. Check out @SeattleLadyMakers on Instagram for more info!

Time: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Welcome Table Church — 1322 S. Bayview St

Freedom Blueprints: Arts Inspired by the Black Panther Newspaper

“What are the freedom blueprints in the largest collections of Black Panther newspapers? How can these important archives help us understand today’s social justice issues? Use art and popular education to learn from the Black Panther Newspapers at Life Enrichment Bookstore with a special deep dive from Estelita’s Library. The special selections will focus on Black Liberation, Solidarity, Food Sovereignty, Housing and more. Along the way, you can also make a silk screen inspired by legendary Black Panther designer Emory Douglas and chat with community organizers and activists whose work is inspired by the Black Panthers. Listen to dazzling spoken word/hip hop artists, as they share verses inspired by Black Liberation movements past and present. Come early for refreshments by The Brown Girl Cooks.

Time: 2–5 p.m.
Where: Estelita’s Library — 2533 16th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Image: Promo image for Freedom Blueprints.

Tsuru for Solidarity Seattle Launch

“Join us for the inaugural meeting of the Seattle chapter of Tsuru for Solidarity, a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates and their allies working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities that are being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies.

“At this meeting, we will give an overview of Tsuru for Solidarity’s objectives, hear from targeted members of our community, and create working groups for local and national actions.

“If you’re interested in participating but aren’t able to attend the event on the 16th, please email us at We also encourage you to sign up for emails from the national Tsuru for Solidarity group so that you can hear the latest about national actions [on our website].

Time: 2–4 p.m.
Where: Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall — 1212 S. King St
Cost: FREE

Black and White Ball

“The Black and White Ball is our signature event for the Fall. We will be honoring citizens in the community that have committed to a life of service to the community and the community is better because of it. Detective Denise Cookie Boulden, Eddie Rye and Clarence Acox Jr. are the three honorees this year. Your admission includes the program, delicious meal, entertainment and a night of dancing and celebrating our new Mr. Esquire. Get your tickets before they are sold out and thanks for your support.

Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $25


Tues., Nov. 19:

Jackson Heights Info Session One

“Please join us at the Jackson Heights Info Session One to learn more about the Jackson Heights Affordable Housing opportunity and to answer questions about the building, the application process, as well as help with completing your application. If you cannot make it to this session there will be another one on December 9, 2019 at 5:30pm at Douglass-Truth Library. To learn more about Jackson Heights please visit

Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: Douglass Truth Branch of SPL — 2300 E. Yesler Way

Wed., Nov. 20:

Happy Birthday Phife Dawg/Diabetes Awareness Event

“The month of November is Diabetes Awareness Month. On November 20th 1970, one of my favorite MCs was born, Malik Taylor, aka Phife Dawg, The 5 Foot Assassin, The Funky Diabetic. On November 20th we will remember Phife by honoring him with Tribe Called Quest and affiliates jams. This is a free event, but a suggested donation of $5 is encouraged with 100% of the money going to a local organization. Come out and support a great cause, while jamming to one of the BEST HipHop groups EVER! DJs Topspin and Sean Malik will be on the 1s and 2s. The party starts and ends early enough on a school night. LET’S DANCE!

“Take this quick test to see if you are at risk for diabetes.

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Backyard — 3820 S. Ferdinand St. Ste. 102
Cost: $5 (suggested)


Open Mics!

Here’s a quick round-up of the ones we know about (listed in chronological order; list updated frequently):

Royal Esquire Club Open Mic Tuesdays (Tuesdays)

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.)

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic (First Fridays)

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

Inspired Child’s Children Open Mics (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 (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)

**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 on the day of the 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).

Suggested = Suggested donation. (There’s technically no ticket price or cover for this event, but you are expected to make a cash donation at the door and this is the suggested donation amount. These events are often “NOTAFLOF” events.)

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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