THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Fifth-Annual Turkey Bowl, Shop Small in the C-ID, a Mary J. Blige Tribute, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Nov. 27:

Wolf Shop Wednesdays at Ola Wyola

“Wolf Shop Wednesday! The high school screen printing class at Interagency Southeast invites you to come support youth entrepreneurs selling their own t-shirt designs. Pop up and in on Nov 27th from 5-8 and meet the young designers!

Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Ola Wyola — 4427 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

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*5th Annual Turkey Bowl Week

*This link is to our 11/26/19 article on Turkey Bowl Week. Head to the Facebook event for further details or to contact the event host. 

The 5th-Annual Turkey Bowl Week kicked off its 3-day event on Tues., 11/26! Read on for event details.

“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.

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


Thurs., Nov. 28:

Thanksgiving Community Workout

“Come get in a FUN workout with friends and family before getting down with all that delicious food on Thanksgiving!

“This is our 6th year in a row hosting a community workout on Thanksgiving. As in years past, we will be doing a fitness version of Simon Says that is 100% scaleable to every fitness level — including kids! So come one, come all and lets start off the holiday season with some fun fitness and community.

“As always this is a FREE event, but this year we will also be collecting donations for the Rainier Valley Food Bank … so please bring a non-perishable food item OR diapers, wipes, or feminine products as a donation.CrossFit RE first-timers — arrive early so you can sign a waiver! 

Time: 9–10 a.m.
Where: CrossFit RE : Columbia City — 4243 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE


Thanksgiving Meal

“Come to Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with us at The Hillman City Collaboratory.

Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Hillman City Collab Drop-in Center — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Fri., Nov. 29:

Harvest Social

“SHARE – Bring a potluck dish to share with your neighbors; ENJOY – Enjoy local beer on tap, or bring a bottle of wine to share with friends new and old; GATHER – There will be great music throughout the night for all members of the family. Families welcome.

Time: 6–10 p.m.
Where: Rainier Beach Community Club — 6038 S. Pilgrim St
Cost: $10 suggested donation for adults

Unilalia Live: Skully Vega + More

“Hosted by ThatGuyRajah ~ Performers: Skully Vega, Madshroom, Moia Bri, Max Moodie, Isadore Noir, Kyle Kamppi, Carter Wilson, and thad wenatchee. All-Ages

Time: 7–11 p.m.
Where: Hollow Earth Radio — 2018a E. Union St
Cost: $5–15 donations appreciated


Suitman Productions presents: Holiday Momedy

“Holiday Momedy: A Celebration of Comedian Moms

“What a better way to spoil your mom for spoiling you on thanksgiving with a wonderful show of comedy! We bring 11 funny women who excel in life and on stage!!! Come on out and support!! Host: Joni Rose; Featuring: Stephanie Flynn, Jaci Terjeson, Tara Christian, Kiesha G, Carrie Piispanen, Carole Freeman, Megan KD, Auntie M, Cara Rosellini, and Tracey L Croisier.” 21+

Time: 7:30 (doors)
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15 Adv. / $20 Door


“LATE NIGHT IS BACK! — Join us FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29th at The Station where CookaT and Damon on will be serving up small bites & tasty cocktails from 9 pm – 1 am The Station. We got a DJ spinning all night – come show us your dance moves!

“You know CookaT got that fresh newnew menu items – don’t be late. $3 cover charge at the door — CASH PLEASE (we got to keep the lights on yall). A la carte food & drinks menu at the counter (cards ok). Small Bites – Libations – Vibes. #feedthepeople #bringafriend #MMafterdark #BLACKfriday #shopsmall #smallbusinesssaturday

Time: 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: $3 (cash please!)


Honorable Mentions for Fri., Nov. 29: 

Black Lives on the Front Line : Climate Justice Discussions

“Come together as a community with Garfield High Schools Black Student Union and Fridays for Future Seattle as they engage local experts in discussions around what climate justice actually means to our communities of color.

“What is intersectionality and how does it relate to climate justice? What are the top climate issues facing communities of color around the world and in our region?
What can we do as a city to ensure a just transition while also creating vibrant, equitable communities? Come find out!Hosted by Fridays For Future Seattle and Town Hall Seattle. 

Time: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall — 1119 8th Ave
Cost: FREE (RSVP on Facebook)

Annual November Native Art Market

“Join us for our annual Native art market and gift fair this holiday season! Free and open to the public, this event features local vendors and Native makers and artists showcasing goods including wood carvings, bead work, drums, prints, paintings, and more. Grab some fry bread and hot coffee and escape the Seattle winter for two weekends in November and December to find the perfect gifts for family, friends, or yourself!This event takes place over two weekends — Nov. 29–Dec. 1 and Dec. 13–15. 

Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (daily)
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center — 4705 West Marginal Way SW
Cost: Free to attend


Sat., Nov. 30:

Shop Small Saturday in the Chinatown-International District: 


1. Holiday Happy Hour Food Walk

“Join us for a special holiday edition of the Happy Hour Food Walk and support small businesses in Chinatown-ID during Small Business Saturday! Enjoy $2, $4, and $6 food and drink specials from 30+ businesses on Saturday November 30th, from 11:00am to 3:00pm!

“We will also be partnering with Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) on a Food Bank Drive. Bring your non perishables to our Information Booth in Hing Hay Park and celebrate the season with us. You can also find the Food Walk Menus there.” 

Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Hing Hay Park (and nearby) — 423 Maynard Ave S.


2. Winter AAPI Arts & Crafts Fair

“This event will be a part of the CID Holiday Cheer on Small Business Saturday, November 30th from 12 -6p. Our fair is open to folks in the food industry, clothing industry, art industry, and hand crafted goods. Vendors must have some “hand-crafted” element in their work.

“This festive day is a great opportunity for the greater Seattle area to come out and support local businesses and vendors! We will also be working with the CIDBIA, who will be coordinating a Holiday Edition Food Walk that day, as well.

“Our goal is to increase awareness, visibility and patronage of AAPI community artists and crafters by providing a new market venue for artists to sell their original arts and crafts in the Seattle Chinatown International District. We seek out Asian American artists across a range of ethnicities, generational groups, and immigration status.

Time: 12–6 p.m.
Where: Hing Hay Coworks — 409B Maynard Ave S. (and nearby)


3. Save Big Saturday at Hosekibako

“If you’re looking for a unique treasure to give your friends and family over the holiday season, look no further! Hosekibako will be offering huge savings of up to 40% on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30. You can find everything from popular kokeshi dolls and waving maneki cats, handmade jewelry crafted from artisans in Japan, high-quality and stunning fabric and clothing, and much more!

“JCCCW members will enjoy an additional 10% off of purchases! But that’s not all! Hosekibako will offer big savings through all December weekends leading up to Christmas, including savings of 25% for members and 15% off for non members.

“Parking is available on local streets and is free of charge! HOLIDAY SALE continues through December, including 5-7, 12-14, 19-21.

Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Hosekibako: Japanese Resale shop — 1414 S. Weller St

Cost: All three above events are free to attend

Mary J. Blige Tribute Show – Songs of Life: A Music Journey of Love & Strength

“Back by Popular Demand, The Mary J. Blige Tribute Show is a Hip-Hop Soul, storytelling extravaganza. The joy, pain, rawness and real ness of her life experiences transcends to her audience who experience the emotions of Mary J. Blige’s music.

“This performance features some of Seattle’s finest vocalists; Ashanti Procter, Arzelia Z Jones, Patricia Sanford and La Tanya Horace a.k.a Sistahluv.

“Our smoking Hott band featuring: John Studemire – bass, Curtis Seals – keys, Perry, Joshua – guitar, Conrad Real – drums, Jason Chambliss – trumpet, and Carlos Overall – tenor Sax.There are two shows tonight — one early; one late. The Royal Room is all ages until 10 p.m.

Time: 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20 Adv. / $25 DOS


Sun., Dec. 1:

Day With (Out) Art World Aids Day Film & Discussion Panel

“The Frye Art Museum and Northwest African American Museum are proud to partner with Visual AIDS for the thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art by presenting STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.

“The seven short videos range in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago, highlighting pioneering AIDS activism and staging intergenerational conversations. Recalling Gregg Bordowitz’s reminder that THE AIDS CRISIS IS STILL BEGINNING,* the video program resists narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories from the past three decades.

“There will be a panel discussion featuring Trinisha Arza and Ro Yoon, moderated by Moni Tep, Coordinator of Public Programs at Northwest African American Museum immediately following the film.

Time: 2–4 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St


Wed., Dec. 4:

RainierABC Networking Happy Hour

“The Rainier Ave Business Coalition invites the business community to our first networking event! We recently sent surveys to hundreds of business owners in Columbia City and Hillman City and we got feedback from the small business community that they (you!) want more opportunities to network with fellow business owners and make contacts in the community. To that end, were hosting our first Networking Happy Hour!

“Please join us at Amys Merkato in Hillman City for delectable appetizers and hot Ethiopian coffee and tea and take this opportunity to meet up with us, RainierABC, and with each other, face to face.

“Share some info about your business, services, and/or products with the group, bring your questions and concerns, tell us about your upcoming events—Lets talk about and celebrate Southeast Seattle small business!

“Come hungry and let Yodit and Filli make you some traditional Ethiopian fare to eat at the restaurant or take home to your family.

Time: 4–6 p.m.
Where: Amy’s Merkato — 5710 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend (RSVP)


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 Reds 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. (Theres 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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