THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Safe Neighborhood Pathwayz, More Festive Markets, Beatwalk Winterfest, and More!

by Emerald Staff


Your Southeast Seattle holiday market round-up, take two (dates vary!): 

1. Annual December 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!”

Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (daily 12/13, 12/14, & 12/15)
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center — 4705 West Marginal Way SW

2. Holiday Market at NAAM

“‘Tis the season to support Black businesses, small and big alike! Our holiday market provides space for business owners to directly connect with their communities and build within them. Our market will offer an array of vendors who specialize in apothecary, literature, home goods, African textiles and prints to so much more!

Time: 12–5 p.m. (Sat., 12/14)
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St

3. Winter Market at Cafe Red

“Winter is coming… And for many this means holidays to prepare for, chilly days, longer nights, chaos, possibly stress, AND the decision of where to spend your hard-earned dollars. Every dollar we spend is a vote towards what we believe in.. so Daniella of Daniella’s Every Day Medicinalss is organizing an evening to #PURCHASEWITHPURPOSE and dance while highlighting predominantly South Seattle artists and entrepreneurs at Cafe Red next to the Othello Light Rail Station with live DJ, Whispah The Ruler.

“There will be a GIFT BASKET RAFFLE with proceeds benefitting REAL RENT DUWAMISH.

This is not your average holiday market! I am SO pumped about these up and coming artisans and entrepreneurs representing the beautiful diversity of South Seattle. Oh yeah, and this is a free event. See you there!

Time: 3–8 p.m. (Sat., 12/14)
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.

4. Las Posadas & Mercado Navideño

“FREE for the whole family! Las Posadas, Live Music, Pozole Dinner, Hot Chocolate, Cookies, Tree Lighting, Nativity Scene, Christmas Market and a visit from Santa Claus! Las Posadas will be led by the children and teachers of the Jose Marti Child Development Center.

“Gratis para toda la familia! Las Posadas, Musica en vivo, Pozole, Chocolate Caliente, Galletas, Iluminacion de Arboles, Pecebre, Mercade Navideño y una visita de Santa Claus. Las Posadas seran dirigidas por los niños y maestras de Jose Marti CDC!

Time: 5:30–8 p.m. (Tues., 12/17)
Where: Centilia Cultural Center — 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St

5. Holiday Store at New Freeway Hall

“The Freedom Socialist Party Seattle/Puget Sound Branch invites you to come shop at our holiday store and support us at the same time! We have a large selection of items for sale from handmade quilts to sangria sets to art supplies, we have your gifting needs covered! Dont forget to check out the bookstore and our great selection of 2020 calendars and holiday cards.

Time: 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. (daily thru 12/25)
Where: New Freeway Hall — 5018 Rainier Ave S.

All events listed above are free to attend! $


Wed., Dec. 11:

Happy Hour with Columbia Hillman Arts and Cultural District

“Many of you asked for regular networking events for the artists and cultural workers in our neighborhood. Here’s your chance to meet fellow creatives and give input about the District’s plans for 2020.

Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: The Hummingbird Saloon — 5041 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Creating Culture, Commerce & Community: An Evening With Naseed Gifited

“Join Naseed Gifted, Founder & Creative Director of Focused Black Soldier Media and Principal of Malcolm Shabazz High School In Newark, NJ.

“Join Black Dot Underground, Skyhouse Press and Minutes Till Dawn Productions as we welcome Naseed Gifted, Founder & Creative Director of Phocused Black Soldier Media and Principal of Malcolm Shabazz High School In Newark, Nj to Africatown Seattle.
As a part of our Black Dot Talks series, Gifted will be sharing lessons from his journey growing up in Newark, NJ, working in corporate America, transitioning to education, building a media company to inspire Black youth and creating Khem Fest platforms for Black comic books and content, as well as leading the revitalization of the only high school in the nation named for the late Malcolm X.

Time: 6–8:30 p.m.
Where: Black Dot Underground — 1437 S. Jackson
Cost: $5 GA / FREE (youth)


Thurs., Dec. 12:

Pet Pictures with Santa & Holiday Yappy Hour

“Holiday Yappy Hour 5-7P! Festive Pet Photos with Santa (suggested donation for Community Pet Care Fund); Holiday Ugly Holiday Sweaters (people AND pets are encouraged! not required!). Well have an ugly sweater contest, holiday photos and paw-print art projects!

Come hangout, tour the hospital, enjoy some light eats/drinks, pet swag bag for each family!! We will have the following community partners and activities during the Open House: Seattle Barkery Food Truck – parked out front!

Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Veterinary Hospital — 3810 S. Ferdinand St #101
Cost: No fee (donations appreciated)


Safe Neighborhood Pathwayz in Rainier Beach

“What up Rainier Beach neighborhood! Join RBAC and other Rainier Beach public safety practitioners as we acknowledge people and organizations who have contributed to safety and crime reduction in the Rainier Beach neighborhood in 2019.

“We will be introducing a new program funded by a Seattle Foundations Vibrant Democracy Engagement Pipeline grant called YATTA Rising (YATTA is an acronym for ‘young adults transitioning to adulthood’). YATTA Rising has an aim to enhance young adult well being through leadership development and public safety system change. Young adults coordinating the work will participate in a panel that reveals their feelings about the work and the challenges they face living in Seattles Southend community.

“Your attendance is important as they are looking for allies to help in this work. Come to help celebrate public safety wins including the 30% reduction of crime in RB. See you there and in the neighborhood.Hosted by Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RABC). 

*Also, sign up for Fathers and Sons Together Empowerment Basketball Camp (Sat., 12/14). Free family event at Rainier Beach Community Center!

Time: 6–8:30 p.m.
Where: Ethiopian Community in Seattle— 8323 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Small Business Scavenger Hunt

“Attention all Explorers! Join in the fun of a scavenger hunt around the Rainier Valley. Look for hidden objects (items can be found on participants’ websites or their physical location) at 10 participating Rainier Valley locations to win a prize!

“To find all the clues, start your adventure at!

Hosted by the Martin Luther King Business Association in partnership with an array of businesses and organizations (list on website). Event ongoing 12/1/19 to 1/10/20.

Time: N/A
Where: Rainier Valley (Primarily Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.)
Cost: Free to participate

Honorable Mention on Thurs., Dec. 12:


Amplifying Voices of Missing & Murdered Indigenous People

“Please join us for an evening amplifying the voices of missing and murdered Indigenous people and the intersectional issues that contribute to our Native people going missing and being murdered at the highest demographic than any other ethnicity. It will be a night of amazing panelists and speakers touching on these topics, families speaking out about their experiences, and discussion of the work folks are doing to combat this issue of MMIP.

“Sacred Water Canoe Family; West Shore Canoe Family. MMIP Families: Esther Smith Family, Alyssa McLemore Family, Stoney Chiefstick Family, and Noohoox (Geraldine) Hendrickson Family. Guest Speakers: Roxanne White, Rachel Heaton, Carolyn DeFord, Abigail Echohawk, Deborah Parker, Matt Remle, George Farrell, AJ Abrahamson, Wesley Roach, and Mariah LaPointe-Stafford. Grounding: Kathleen E. Poco. Moderator: Ixtli White Hawk. Organizers: Roxanne White, Rachel Heaton, Ixtli White Hawk, Mazaska Talks, Unkitawa, and Seattle Human Rights Commision

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Seattle — 1119 8th Ave
Cost: FREE

Fri., Dec. 13:

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Opening today: Jumanji, and Its a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
Still playing: Parasite, Frozen II, and Jojo Rabbit
*Showing Waves through Thurs., 12/12.

Plus! Buy a gift card between now and December 31 and a portion of all proceeds will go to the Rainier Valley Foodbank! Get your gift cards online or in person. They can even send them to loved ones with a personalized note. The cards are just like a prepaid debit card and can be reloaded at the box office or concession stand.

Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $9–12 ($6 Wednesdays!)

The Nightmare Before Xmas: Beverly Crusher/Dearheart/Actionesse

“Clock-Out Lounge Presents The Nightmare Before Christmas, featuring: Beverly Crusher, Dearheart, and Actionesse.” 21+

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


Late Night – 30th Year Celebration

“We would like to invite you, your friends and family to join Seattle Parks & Recreation at its citywide Late Night Program 30 year celebration. Take a stroll down memory lane and share what the Late Night program means/meant to you!

“Free Food! Dominos/Card Tournaments, Basketball, Volleyball, Dodgeball, Ping Pong, Music, Live Performances, Raffle and Prizes and so much more!

“We will have Special Keynote Speakers. 100% Free!!Kid-friendly 

Time: 7 p.m.–Midnight
Where: Rainier Community Center — 4600 38th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

*Also at the community center this week, Seattle Derby Brats – Winter WonderSlam! (Sun., 12/15).


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Sat., Dec. 14:

New Jack Swing Recital

“Were takin our December recital back to the 90s with New Jack Swing – an evening of dance, song and spoken word performances >>> Dont miss it!! Get your tickets. Location: Paul Robeson Performing Art Center at Rainier Beach High School.Kid-friendly; two performances! 

Time: 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Where: Paul Roberson Performing Arts Center — 8815 Seward Park Ave S.
Cost: $16

Hello/Goodbye: Krommer/Dinescu/Haydn/Mozart

“Celebrate the winter solstice with an inspiring concert featuring works by Krommer, Dinescu and Haydn. Franz Krommer – Harmonie in B-flat, Op. 67; Violeta Dinescu – Memories; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550; Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 45,Farewell.There’s another performance on Sunday at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

Time: 2 p.m.
Where: Rainier Arts Center — 3515 S. Alaska St
Cost: $35 GA / $25 seniors / 21 & under, FREE

Columbia City Caroling Extravaganza and Beatwalk Winter Fest!

“Come celebrate the joy of the season with music and cheer in the CC! From 3:30 to 5:30 there will be a roving array of carolers wandering the business district, including your favorite beehived troubador, The Beaconettes along with Sing Noel, The Columbia City Chorus and the Jazz Night School Reindeer Trio. Father Solstice will be holding court at Tutta Bella from 3:30-4:30 and Black Santa will be at Jeffery Taylor State Farm from 4:45-6pm! Hot cocoa, cookies and glow sticks for the kiddos! Stick around later for a very special Winter Fest Beatwalk from 5:30-10pm.

“Beatwalk’s FIRST Holiday Winter Fest will start at 5:30pm. *Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication with Rumba Notes. They will not be participating in this Beatwalk Holiday Winter Fest. They will however be open for a ticketed event. We apologize for any confusion.

“Here is the official lineup for Beatwalk: Backyard: Carlos Overall Express, 5:30pm; Jeffrey Taylor – State Farm Agent: DJ Vitamin D, 6pm; Columbia City Ale House: Reggie Goings, 6:30pm; Island Soul Rum Bar & Soul; Shack: Chris Iam LeVaughn, 7pm; The Hummingbird Saloon: The Good Company Trio, 7:30pm; *Royal Room: Holiday Hootenanny, 8:45pm Please note that the Royal Room’s band time has changed and is a ticketed event!

Time: 3:30–10 p.m.
Where: Columbia City (Rainier Ave S. & S. Ferdinand St)
Cost: Free to attend (*You’ll need tickets at the Royal Room!)

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Sun., Dec. 15:

The Music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

“Come hear the classic Vince Guaraldi record performed by some of Seattle’s best jazz pianists! Tim Kennedy, Ryan Burns, and Evan Captain. NOTE – No advance tickets, first come first serve at the door. Reservations strongly recommended.Kid-friendly. 

Time: 7 p.m. (doors at 6)
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10 adults / $5 children

*Also at The Royal Room this week, Marina Albero “A Life Soundtrack” CD Release Concert (Mon., 12/16).

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)

Backyard’s Drag Queen Karaoke (Last Saturdays)

**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
/ No fee = 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. 🙂

N/A = Not applicable. In other words, it’s not a thing (e.g. “Time: N/A” means there is no specific time associated with this event.)

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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