THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — A Taste of Africa, Rainier Avenue Radio Holiday Party, Paint and Sip #SagTakeOver, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Dec. 19:

Jose Bold

“Lineup: John Osebold [Jose Bold]+ members of Awesome: Evan Mosher, David Nixon, John Ackermann, Kirk Anderson, Basil Harris, and Rob Witmer + marimbist/percussionist/producer Erin Jorgensen + comedy artisan Emmett Montgomery + members of Degenerate Art Ensemble: Joshua Kohl & Crow Nishimura + singer/songwriter Rick Miller + recently certified chainsawer Sara Edwards + lighting board player Xris Ex Nil.” 21+

Time: 7:30 p.m. (doors)
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15


Grateful: A TBGC! Celebration

“We love y’all and we’re grateful for your continued support! Join us on the 19th for food, drinks, music, community, love, laughs, and more.Tickets include entry, app buffet, and one drink ticket. Additional drinks available for purchase. (Ticket sales end on Dec. 19 at 4 p.m.)

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave
Cost: $25


*Also at Washington Hall this week — The 3rd Annual Central District Reunion 6-12 (Sat. 12/21).

Holiday Paint, Sip & Celebrate

“We want to end the year off with a fun filled night! Come enjoy community through a shared paint activity and open mic at LBB.

Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Where: Liberty Bank Building — 1405 24th Ave
Cost: FREE


Central District Stories: Neighborhood memories through poetry

“Wa Na Wari is partnering with the African American Writer’s Alliance on the first of a on-going series called Central District Stories. Central District Stories invites artists of various disciplines to share their stories and history of the neighborhood through art. This December, join us a reading of poems by Georgia S. McDade, Minnie A. Collins, Jaye Ware and more of their personal CD stories. All pieces will then be catalogued as part of Wa Na Wari’s on-going community archive.Kid-friendly 

Time: 7–8 p.m.
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave
Cost: FREE (we think)

*Also check out this Native Womxn Writers Celebration at Hugo House tonight (7–9 p.m.).

RainierAvenueRadio.World Holiday Party 2019!

“You are invited to the Holiday Party! It will be BIG FUN, with food, drinks, LIVE performances from Northwest artists (including Rainier Avenue Radio show hosts lip syncing old skool groups), special guest speakers, games, raffles and more… including a LIVE broadcast from 7-9p.

“Keynote Speaker: Seattle King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay + Special media guest James Rose, General Manager and President of KING 5 Media Group. [Event located] at our Annex Gallery — 5256 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118

“Agenda: 6-6:45 DJ / socializing / games, 6:45 DINNER, 7P LIVE performances and LIVE broadcast, speakers, games, more food/ drinks/ merriment/ Green room and who knows what else! Feel free to bring guests.

“YOUR DONATION SUPPORTS: RAR.W Educational Media Training Programs (CADMA); Show Production for 60+ community members; Live In-The-Community Broadcasts. We appreciate your support, partnership and acquaintance as part of our year of success 2019, looking forward to more in 2020!

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: RainierAveRadio.World / Art of Soul — 5256 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $25–100 *suggested tax-deductible donation (RSVP)
*You can attend the party at no cost, but folx who donate will be served dinner. 

RainierAveRadio.World (RAR.W) staff and friends at the grand opening of RAR.W’s Art of Soul gallery.

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Opening today: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Still playing: Jumanji: The Next Level and Frozen II
*Showing Jojo Rabbit and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood through today only (Thurs., 12/19).

Also, 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!)

Fri., Dec. 20:

A Taste of East Africa Heritage Festival

“EACS presents an extraordinary evening with diverse, catered East African cuisine, cultural dance performances and networking designed to build deeper, cross cultural connections in the East African Communities of King County! We aim to serve 200 people!Kid-friendly

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: New Holly Gathering Hall — 7054 32nd Ave S.
Cost: FREE


The Friday Night Get Down

Noir Grime Presents… **The Friday Night Get Down – Holiday Release Party – Episode #8**—“Join us for The Friday Night Get Down held at Cafe Red in Seattle. We will be bringing some the best local artists in the scene while Cafe Red provides delicious food and drinks to keep the night flowing. The night will be jam packed with music from… Ohm-I, Klopfenpop, And Steven of (Dying of Exposure). Hosted By: Shubzilla and Bill Beats. We will also be having a Vinyl Record giveaway to one lucky attendee. Grab your raffle ticket at the door. Rap Cypher: If you think you got bars, join us for the rap cypher during the show.All-ages

Time: 7:30–11 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: $5 (kids free!)


Annual UGLY Sweater Affair

“Red Lounge Presents Caribbean Night ANNUAL UGLY SWEATER AFFAIR. Music and Entertainment. Y2K SOUND | XTEN | ZJ VETERAN | RO. SOCA . DANCEHALL . AFROBEATS . HIP-HOP . REGGAE .” 21+

Time: 10 p.m.
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $15 (“before midnight”)

*Also check out Red Lounge’s 2019 Afrobeats Festival (Sat. 12/21).

Sat., Dec. 21:

Stand Up Comedy Show

“Come enjoy high quality laughs with high quality, locally-brewed craft beer. Join us December 21st for a star-studded lineup: Special Guests: Bri Badilli Winlar; Featuring:
J Lamar Jones; Headliner: Thomas Nichols. Jokes start at 9. $5 online, $10 at the door. 18+ strongly encouraged.” 

Time: 9–10:30 p.m.
Where: NW Peaks Brewery — 5718 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $5 online / $10 door


Holiday Bazaar and Soulful Santa

“Our 2nd Holiday Bazaar will follow up the spectacular first party we had last year. There were toys, food, pics with Black Santa, vendors and we are going to do it again this year.Holiday music will fill the air and holiday cheer will be the result of our efforts to serve the community during this joyous holiday.

Time: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Paint and Sip #SagTakeOver

“Black & Tan Hall’s Good Job Fellows present Paint and Sip #SagTakeOver! Our paint and sip will feature Yessica, a dope artist, who will facilitate a colorful painting with Sagittarius twang, combined with music, snacks, and of course something to sip on.

“In addition to the paint and sip we have a FREE game mixer. There will be connect four, spades, and dominoes, just to name a few. Following the paint and sip and game mixer there will be an after-party suited for Sagittarius and other signs alike. Tunes by Madame Joy Ma, food by Chef T, cocktails by Brown Liquor and tarot reading La Espiritista. It’s gonna be a great time, we can’t wait to see you there. Come paint with us! Come get turnt with us! Event Schedule: *Paint and Sip (8:00pm – 9:30pm) – $20-25; Game Mixer (8:00pm – 9:30pm) – FREE; Afterparty (9:30pm – midnight) – FREE.

“The Good Job Fellows are a group of badass womxn brought together to throw an exceptional event in line with Black and Tan Hall’s vision – elevating diverse cultures, built by and for people rooted in community, feeding the arts, & sustaining good jobs.” 18+

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: The Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: *$20–25 (for Paint and Sip only, later events are FREE!)


Mon., Dec. 23:

The Royal Room 1st Annual Chanukah Celebration

“Live Music and Latkes! I am What I Am plays the music of John Zorn’s Masada, featuring: James Falzone, Wayne Horvitz, Darren Loucas, Geoff Harper, Evan Woodle. Plus—The Klein PartyOrkestyr Farfeleh, Brivele, and Ari Joshua Quartet – jazz quartet holiday classics.

“The Klein Party explores Top One Million songs from all the Old Countries. This clarinet-saxophone-accordion-ukulele-bass quintet brings a jazz sensibility to klezmer freylachs and bulgars, gypsy dance music, sentimental Italian tunes, novelty Americana, country-and-western favorites, Yiddish theatre music and the occasional opera aria.

“Orkestyr Farfeleh the winsome concoction of Harvey Niebulski and Marianne Tatom, is a portable feast for lovers of Jewish music, replete with freylakhs, Eastern European folk tunes, and Yiddishkayt.

“Brivele is a Seattle-based anti-fascist klezmer folk-punk trio who braid together oral history, Yiddish language, contemporary and old-country musical genres, American Vaudeville, and visual arts. Brivele is pronounced BREE-veh-leh (בריוועלע) and means Little Letter in Yiddish.Note: Kitchen is not kosher. The Royal Room is all ages before 10 p.m.

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: No cover (donations appreciated)


*Check out other Royal Room events this week, like Parranda Navideña – a Latin Caribbean Christmas Party (Thurs., 12/18).

Tues., Dec. 24:

Christmas Eve Happy Hour

“We’ll be open 11am to 5pm Christmas Eve serving our Lunch and Happy Hour menus all day long. Get out of the house and join us for a toast to the end of another year and beginning of a new decade!Kid-friendly

Time: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Super Six — 3714 S. Hudson St
Cost: No cover (food/drink costs apply)

*Also check out Super Six’s Saimin Night (Sat., 12/21).


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)

*New!NW Peaks Comedy Open Mic (Tuesdays, *beginning Jan. 7, 2020)

**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. “Kid-friendly” is another term often used by event hosts. We use “family-friendly” only when we know the event is geared toward adults and children specifically. “Kid-friendly” means kids can come, but the event is not for kids, per se.

All-ages = People under 18- / 21-years may attend, but young children won’t necessarily enjoy this event.

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