THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — TINY COUCH Concerts, L.E.M.S. & Estelita’s Salsa & Sangria Party, Ayame Kai Guild’s Arts & Crafts Fair, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Nov. 20:

Brighter Future: To be heard To be seen To be free.

“Come see this exhibition organized by the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery and featuring artworks created by more than 50 local artists of color reflecting on freedom. The exhibition is organized by the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery (EHAG) Board, a collective of City of Seattle employees including people who are of Black, Latinx, Native, White, Asian, and Indian backgrounds who showcase local artists of color and build appreciation for diversity and social commentary expressed through art.

FREE and open to the public.

The exhibition features 100 artworks including paintings, photography, sculpture, print, video and four installations.Exhibit live through Jan. 11, 2020.

Time: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: ARTS at King Street Station — 303 S. Jackson St. (top floor)
Cost: FREE

Image: detail from Marilyn Montufar’s Dani, Mexico City, MX, Chromogenic color print, 2011.

Thurs., Nov. 21:

The Moonshine Revival Tent w/ Special Guests!

“In Sweetheart in a Chicken Coop, a young fellow falls in love with a girl who’s been transformed into a chicken — but his mean and feckless fiancee won’t let anyone take anything that’s hers, even though she’s not even sure if she likes him. This American fairy tale is told in the Moonshine Revival Tent’s fusion of storytelling and choral song, and accompanied by a few extra treats (including a short, sweet snippet of puppetry) and some delightful musical guests.

“The Moonshine Revival Tent is Sari Breznau, Bret Fetzer, Mike Gilson, Christine Longe, and Jillian Vashro. Thursday’s musical guest is The Dutiful Dreamers; Friday features Kurdish percussionist Ahmad Yousefbeigi; Saturday features Motivational speaker and parenting lifestyle coach Burl Dirkman (alterego of Brett Hamil); and Sunday’s guest will be the Half Brothers (John Ackerman, Rick Miller, and David Nixon).

Time: 8 p.m. (matinee on Sunday)
Where: 18th & Union: an arts space — 1406 18th Ave
Cost: $12–24

Fri., Nov. 22:

TINY COUCH Concerts at Cypher Cafe

“Join us at Cypher Cafe inside Washington Hall 2019 weekly for our newest event series; #TinyCouchConcerts & #Cyphers. New Artists and Nationally Recognized Performers will stop by the #CypherCafe #CoffeeShop for an afternoon full of Surprise Guests, Short Interviews and Performances. We will record and broadcast on all platforms. #New #VideoBlog- #Podcast- #LivePerformace #Seattle #PlacesToVisit #Events w/ Respect The Culture / #TownHeroes & #SpecialGuestsFamily-Friendly

Time: 3–6 p.m.
Where: Cypher Cafe at Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

*Also at Washington Hall this weekend—Seattle Hip Hop Film Festival 2019 (Sat., 11/23).

Sister Carol, the High Council, Rootsonic

“A wonderful night of live positive music Friday November 22, headlined by the phenomenally talented veteran female reggae artist Sister Carol.

“Sister Carol is preparing to release her 16th album – Reggae Inna Me Blood. Her last album called THC – The Healing Cure – featured 15 vibrantly mixed tracks infused with a roots / acoustic sound. Sister Carol is exceptionally talented on the mic and she is also mindful of the importance of her influence as an example to her listeners. She stands as a singer upholding love, truth and rights, with informational, humorous and enlightening lyrics in a DJ style.

“Opening up this night of live music are Seattle’s own The High Council – this band explores the boundaries of melody and groove. With a blend of transcendent improvisation and earthy rock sensibilities, THC draws on elements of jazz, reggae, folk, rock and psychedelia. We are stoked to finally be featuring them! Come catch their set at 9:30 PM

“DJ Rootsonic brings his delectable mix of rocksteady selections into the evening as well.

Time: 9 p.m.
Where: Rumba Notes Lounge — 5041 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $16

Sat., Nov. 23:

Ayame Kai Arts Guild Arts & Crafts Fair

“Don’t miss Ayame Kai Guild’s 38th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair on Nov. 23rd! 30+ vendors to display and sale everything from Asian inspired home-decor and one-of-a-kind art to delicious baked goods and homemade treats. We can’t wait to see you there! Ayame Kai sales benefit the remaining Keiro Northwest programs.

Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Blaine Memorial United Methodist — 3001 24th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Seattle Eritreans for Yiakl Brainstorm Session!

“Hi beautiful people. You’re invited to a brainstorm session to workshop our strategic roadmap for the upcoming year. We’re calling all the bright + bold, Eritrean + non-Eritrean allies to help us create a collective vision of action for 2020. Wether you’ve been plugged in to the movement or not, you are welcome. We’re being hosted by the lovely people at the Black Power Epicenter and we hope you’ll join us!

Time: 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Black Power Epicenter — 6218 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Image: promotional image for Seattle Eritreans for Yiakl Brainstorm Session (via Facebook event).

LEMS Bookstore: Estelita’s Library Salsa & Sangria Party!

“COMMUNITY! We are thrilled to bring you the Salsa & Sangria party to raise funds for LEMS Bookstore in Columbia City. After successfully raising over $50k on GOFundMe for LEMS we are aiming to reach our goal of $75k so we can finish the project!!

“We will be playing the best Salsa music around and will have a massive dance floor for everyone to dance and learn to dance. A basic introduction to Salsa Dancing will be provided for those new to the beautiful Afro-Caribbean Music.

“We will be accepting Donations at the door and selling fresh Sangria for the 21+ to enjoy! Bring your dance shoes, your rhythm and your heart!! We look forward to seeing you there next Saturday!

Time: 2–6 p.m.
Where: Lem’s Life Enrichment Bookstore — 5023 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: By donation

Mayor Ed Lee Documentary Film

“C.A.C.A. Seattle proudly co-sponsors the Seattle Premiere of Mayor Ed Lee, a documentary film by Rick Quan. Saturday, November 23, 2pm, Franklin High School Auditorium.

Time: 2–4:30 p.m.
Where: Franklin High School — 3013 S. Mt Baker Blvd
Cost: $20 GA / $10 Students

FOCS Dialogue w/Union Cultural Center! Ancestrality & Family

Connecting With Our Ancestors Through Cultural Arts—“Greetings beautiful FOCS community, we are excited for you to join us for our November Gathering on Saturday, November 23 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at Union Cultural Center / FICA in the International District / Chinatown. We will be sharing in community potluck and dialogue on the theme of Ancestrality & Family!

“We are honored and very fortunate to partner with Union Cultural Center to feature three community artist-educators and culture bearers, who will share from their cultural repertoire and discuss the importance of ancestrality / ancestors in relation to their art form.

“All ages are welcome, from babes in arms to teens, so bring your fam to connect with the FOCS family!Family-Friendly

Time: 4–6 p.m.
Where: Union Cultural Center — 803 S. King St
Cost: FREE


“Sesikua Jimbo, El Colectivo Ireta P’urhépecha les invita cordialmente a un Kermés/Baile, los recursos recabados ayudaran para dar continuidad a nuestros proyectos en pro del fortalecimiento de nuestra identidad cultural. Tendremos varios antojitos mexicanos, comida tradicional y música en vivo con la Fuerza M. Esperamos contar con su asistencia y le pedimos de favor inviten a sus familiares y amigos. *Nuestro Colectivo apoya la sobriedad, NO tendremos bebidas embriagantes*

“The Collective Ireta P’urhépecha invites you to a fund raiser to support our projects that strengthen our cultural identity. There will be vendors, traditional food, and live music (Fuerza M). Please invite your friends and family and we hope to see you all there! Our collective supports sobriety — there won’t be alcoholic beverages.

Time: 4–8 p.m.
Where: CASA Latina — 317 17th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend (we think, but it’s a fundraiser, so pitch in!)

Sun., Nov. 24:

New Black Renaissance w/ Isaiah Sharkey

“NOVEMBER 24TH // The Bourbon Bar at Columbia City Theatre – Chicago’s New Black Renaissance makes their debut appearance in Seattle for a night of authentic soul, R&B, funk, jazz, and cocktails.

“Composed of Tony Cazeau, Isaiah Sharkey, Adam Brown, Quin Anderson, and Slique Adams, this supergroup of world class musicians have worked with the likes of John Mayer, D’Angelo, Usher, Lalah Hathaway, Paul Simon, Fantasia, Isley Brothers, and more. Join us November 24th and enjoy a Chicago-style shed!

Time: 7 p.m.–1 a.m.
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: No Cover

*Also check out Dark Diamonds Burlesque Presents—Darque: All Shades of Night (Sat, 11/22).

Tues., Nov. 26:

5th Annual Turkey Bowl Week

“The 5th Annual Turkey Bowl Week kicks off its 3 day event.

“11/26 Day of service 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.: We will be passing out Turkey Dinners which is first come first serve so please call and register so that you can reserve yours. We will be making Turkey Sandwiches and Hygiene kits to distribute to the less fortunate. We will head to downtown Seattle to distribute those and allow our participants to experience serving someone in need.

“11/27 Youth Game & Community Dinner 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: This will be a flag football tournament for all ages. Immediately following the game we will go back to the community center and enjoy a community dinner, everyone is welcome.

“11/28 Adult Game 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: The adult game and some may say the highlight of the 3 day experience is seeing our Leaders, Fathers, Uncles, and mentors come out and play in a flag football tournament in which the winner will receive bragging rights for the year and the annual championship trophy.

“This 3 day event is truly More than a game we are feeding the less fortunate, engaging with our youth in the community and teaching them how to serve someone other than themselves. We are touching fatherless homes and giving community a sense of tradition.

“My Uncle Charles E Sampson Laid this foundation from 1977 to 1995 his vision inspired my vision in 2015 and I would like to give a special thanks to both the Manning & Sampson Family for inspiring the Annual Turkey Bowl Week.

Events take place at both Rainier Beach High School and Rainier Beach Community Center. To reserve a turkey dinner or for more info, contact or call 206-641-1553.

Time: Event times vary
Where: Rainier Beach Community Center — 8825 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

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)

The Salute Sessions (Mondays; technically an open jam session vs. a typical open mic)

**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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