THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Holiday Craft Markets Galore, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Black Santa, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Dec. 4:

ARRAY Film: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

“Two Indigenous women (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and, introducing, Violet Nelson) from vastly different backgrounds find their worlds colliding as one of them, Rosie, is fleeing a violent domestic attack. What begins as an urgent and terrifying escape tentatively expands as the women weave a fragile bond in their short time together while navigating the complexities of motherhood and the ongoing legacy of colonialism. Edited by Tony Massil. With music by Fawn Wood and Jordan Wilson, Chad Neufeld.

*Also check out Blu Meadows Holiday Jam on Sat., 12/7 and the Holiday Paint Party with Artastic Events on Sun., 12/8.

Time: 7–10 p.m.
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave
Cost: $8–12

*Also-also check out the public premier of Fujitaro Kubota and His Garden at Ark Lodge and the Screening of Ancestral Waters at Centilia Cultural Center, both on Tues., 12/10. Read about Fujitaro Kubota and his garden in our recently republished Crosscut article by Alex Gallo-Brown.


Holiday Pop Up & Wine Tasting at Geraldine’s Counter

“Come shop for holiday gifts from local artists and creators and sip some fabulous wines, varieties and bubbles selected by Kate’s Tastings. Proceeds from tasting to go to Rainier Valley Food Bank.All-ages

Time: 5:30–9 p.m.
Where: Geraldines Counter — 4872 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Thurs., Dec. 5:

Mahjong Night at Kin On

“Join us for a night of fun, food, and Mahjong — All FREE of charge! This popular event brings Kin On residents, community members and young professionals together in a unique setting.

“If you are unfamiliar with the game of Mahjong, fear not – we have teachers to help you learn, and instructional pamphlets will be provided. All ages and levels of experience are welcome!All-ages

Time: 6:45 (registration begins)
Where: Kin On — 4416 S. Brandon St
Cost: FREE

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood w/ Eva Walker & Julia Massey

“We welcome Eva Walker back to Crowdsource Choir to sing ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ with all of us! Yes, that song from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

“Eva recently collaborated with two local favorite musicians, Julia Massey (who will be joining the Crowdsourced Choir fun) and Alaia D’Alessandro, to record and release their take on the classic song. She will lead the choir (you and anyone else who shows up) in learning the arrangement and singing it together.

“Crowdsource Choir is a monthly drop-in choir in Seattle reinventing choir for the 21st century and recovering singing as an ancient communal art form that helps us participate in a magnificent whole.No singing experience required.

Time: 8–10 p.m.
Where: Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10 suggested

Fri., Dec. 6:

Stephanie Anne Johnson & The Hidogs (CD Release)

“Clock-Out Lounge Presents Stephanie Anne Johnson & The Hidogs (CD Release), Betsy Olson Band, and Intisaar.

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


Sat., Dec. 7:

Black Santa at NAAM!

“A winter wonderland is coming to NAAM! Join us as we kick off our holiday programming with our annual Black Santa celebration. Families are welcome to join us for family fun throughout the museum with activities in our studios, interactive reading time in our library, pictures with Black santa in our Legacy Hall and food available from Stubbs BBQ & Catering. Pictures with santa are on a first come first serve basis with a single pose and printed photo available. December 7th & 8th, 2019 11-5 PM. Free and open to the public. $15 for family photos.This is a two-day event! 

Time: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: Free to attend


Southeast Seattle Holiday Arts Markets, Crafts Fairs, Bazaars, and more! So many on Saturday, we made a list:

1. Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market

“Find holiday gifts by artists in your very own neighborhood at the Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market!

Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Rainier Beach Community Club — 6038 S. Pilgrim St

2. Holiday Bazaar at the Lakewood Seward Park Community Club

“The Annual Holiday Gift Bazaar is a great place to browse for interesting thing to buy from local vendors – many unique and hand crafted items. The bazaar will be open to the public from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Food and drink will be available to purchase.

The Lakewood Seward Park Neighborhood Association will also host its third-annual Blood Drive during the Bazaar. Please consider donating blood today before or after you check out the market!

Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Lakewood Seward Park Neighborhood Assn. — 4916 S. Angeline St

3. St. Peter’s Multicultural Holiday Arts & Craft Fair

“Raffle, World Crafts, Bake Sale, Multicultural Books, Fashion Accessories, Sushi, Home Decor, Kids Krafts and a Plate Lunch. *Proceeds benefit the Refugee Resettlement Office.

Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: St. Peters Episcopal Parish — 1610 S. King St

4. aLocARTé – Local Artisan Marketplace

“Greetings beautiful community! You are invited to our Local Artisan Marketplace, aLocARTé! Come check out hand made art by local artists. There will be jewelry, t-shirts, stickers, body care products food, and more! See you there!

Time: 12–5 p.m.
Where: Union Cultural Center — 803 S. King St

5. Punk Rock Flea Market – Holidaze 2019

“Find bargains for your bad boy, gifts for your guerilla gal, togs for your toddler, treasures for your troubled teen and untold riches JUST FOR YOU! Get yer stocking stuffed at Seattles Punk Rock Flea Market! One day only!

Time: 12–10 p.m.
Where: Punk Rock Flea Market Seattle — 2929 27th Ave S

6. Hall-i-Day Celebration!

“Can you believe its our third year serving up Hillman City hospitality?! Black & Tan Hall invites all our neighbors and supporters to our special friends and family celebration. Part market, part party… well have local vendors, food and drinks by Chef Tarik and B&TH partners, and a KJ bringing you family-friendly Karaoke!Bring donations of non-perishable food for the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

Time: 6–10 p.m.
Where: Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.

$ All events listed above are free to attend! $


Food, Art, & Beer Showcase

“Art abounds in the Emerald City. From culinary artists to visual artists–performance artists to fermentation artists (as we like to call them), there is no shortage of beauty and innovation in our city. On December 7th, we invite our South Seattle neighbors to join us for an afternoon showcasing local food, art, music, and of course…BEER! The Beer: NW Peaks Dragontail Scotch Ale. The Food: Chef Brett Phillips. The Art: Vikram Madan. The Music: Marshall Family Band.Tickets include food and beer!

Time: 1–5 p.m.
Where: NW Peaks Brewery — 5718 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15

Brazilian Connection: Let’s Be United

“Lets Be United by the Breeze & Diversity of Belém do Pará. Join celebrated dancer & choreographer Dora Oliveira for music & dance from Pará, Brazil, along with special guests performing styles from Africa & the Diaspora.

“The dances of Pará tell the story of Africans in Brazil: surviving, inventing, mixing, connecting to nature and the divine. This performance weaves together dances from centuries ago with the newest urban styles, showing the continual innovation and inspiration that are African culture in the Americas. Doras performance troupe will be joined by special guests… stay tuned to find out who. After the performance, join us for food, drink, and more live music.” 

Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Where: Langston Hughes PAI— 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $15


Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble

“Royal Esquire Club & Gator Boy Productions present… The beloved Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble return to Seattle for a Zydeco Christmas Celebration.

“This supremely talented band brings the monster fun and endless grooves, and puts on a fantastic show every time out. From Curleys smooth-as-silk vocals to the joyfully danceable rhythms, its fresh, its righteous, and its guaranteed youll be on your feet and hollerin for more! The very best of Louisiana coming to YOUR town, Seattle, get it while its hot.” 

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $20–30

Sun., Dec. 8:

Annual Holiday Sing-Along at Royal Room

“This fun and highly interactive event with SING NOEL is for all ages. Lyrics are projected on the big screen, as the choir leads you in traditional holiday favorites.

“We have some great new holiday music, but don’t worry, we will still have our full-audience, interactive, 12-part version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and Elvis and Beach Boys will be back. This year we’ll feature some classic yuletide drinking songs, The Boar’s Head, the Gloucester Wassailing Carol, and of course, Auld Lang Syne.

“Our talented musicians: SING NOEL is an 8-part harmony group supported by a festive mix of instrumental support including piano, accordion, oboe, French horn, recorder, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, Irish drum, bells and coconuts.Family-friendly. 

Time: 7 p.m. (doors at 6)
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend (make a reservation!)

Wed., Dec. 11:

Writers Under the Influence: James Baldwin

“In partnership with the Northwest African American Museum, we’re pleased to present a tribute to the literary and cultural legacy of novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and social critic, James Baldwin (1924–1987). Featuring readings and remembrances from Anastacia-Renée, Ebo Barton, LaNesha DeBardelaben, and Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith.

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: No cover (we think)


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 Childs 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)

Comedy on Broadway’s Open Mics (Multiple days per week!)

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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