THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Operation Nightwatch Community Kitchen, Pushout: Screening and Community Conversation, Restorative Social Hour, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Jan. 9:

Artist Talk HIAWATHA D.

“An intimate evening in conversation with artist Hiawatha D. for insight behind the ‘Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman’ art exhibition at Northwest African American Museum.

*Also check out Pre-King Day: King in the Wilderness Film Screening (Sun., Jan. 10).

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: $10 (free for members)

Feed the homeless – Operation Nightwatch Community Kitchen

“Hi, Would you like to make a difference in the community?

“Helping Hands Seattle volunteers to serve up to 100+ [of] our homeless friends a hot meal at Operation Nightwatch (International District) on the second Thursday of every month. We need a team of 5-10 people to prepare, cook, serve food, and clean up. We will cook different meals depending on what is available in the kitchen. Usually a main dish, a side dish, sandwiches, desserts/fruits.

“Timing is flexible and any help is welcomed so you can go early and leave early or arrive late. Wear comfy casual clothes and closed toe shoes. Show up and we will show you the ropes.

Time: 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Where: Operation Nightwatch — 302 14th Ave S.
Cost: FREE / volunteer

Image: Operation Nightwatch / Helping Hands Seattle kitchen staff volunteers (photo credit: Helping Hands Seattle on Facebook).

HOSTED Community Leadership Meeting

“All are welcome. We meet monthly to discuss opportunities to improve the safety, health and community connections of all people in the Othello=Brighton+NewHolly/Holly Park neighborhood. We will be discussing ideas and support for our community activities and physical changes planned in the next several months. We hope to see you there!

Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: New Holly Gathering Hall — 7054 32nd Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Opening today: Just Mercy
Also playing: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Knives Out, Little Women, Fantastic Fungi (ends today!)

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

Fri., Jan. 10:

Pushout: Second Screening and Community Conversation

“PUSHOUT is a feature length documentary that takes a deep dive into the lives of Black girls and the practices, cultural beliefs, and policies that disrupts one of the most important factors in girls’ lives—education.

“This evening is both for people who have and have not seen the documentary. We will open with a look at what the treatment of Black girls looks like in Seattle schools, followed by a second free screening of PUSHOUT. For those who have seen the documentary, we will provide space for community conversations during the screening.

Event is free, light refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. For more information about the film, including a trailer [go to] by Community Passageways and Creative Justice.

Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: 7728 Rainier Ave S.

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SABJ Holiday Party

“Come celebrate the new year with the Seattle Association of Black Journalists and friends at Redwing Cafe in Rainier Beach!

“On January 10, SABJ will host a holiday party featuring music by DJ Custom Cutz. Vegetarian and vegan appetizers will be served throughout the night, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. The event is all ages.

“SABJ recently became re-affiliated with the national chapter after several years of dormancy. We understand the importance of diversity and representation in journalism, which is why half of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards helping The Seattle Globalist pay off some of its debt.

“Support our revitalized chapter and make new connections by purchasing your $10 tickets today!All-ages

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Redwing Cafe — 9272 57th Ave S.
Cost: $10

Artist Talk: Jaleesa Johnston

“Join Wa Na Wari for an artist talk with exhibiting artist Jaleesa Johnston. Johnston will talk about her current exhibition and her practice as a performance artist.

“Jaleesa Johnston is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work explores the black female body as both subject and material through performance, video, photography, sculpture and collage. She has been the recipient of the AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Centrum’s Emerging Artist Residency and Open Signal’s New Media Fellowship. Jaleesa has exhibited her work in cities along the west coast, including San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, and she currently facilitates workshops and classes in new media and performance art.

*Also check out Wa Na Wari’s January Art Opening (Sat., Jan. 11).

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

Image: promotional image for Artist Talk: Jaleesa Johnston.

The Friday Night Get Down

Noir Grime Presents… **The Friday Night Get Down – Holiday Release Party – Episode #9**—“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… Julie-C, Shubzilla x Bill Beats, closing with a Rap Cypher hosted by MyndthaVillain. The event is Hosted By: Shubzilla x Bill Beats, MyndthaVillain and the good people at Cafe Red.

“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!)

Jim O’Halloran, Osama Afifi, & Larry Mahlis Live!

“Come on by! These guys are always so fun and happy-plus they’re groove monsters – Larry and Osama have been working on their groove together since their gigs together in Los Angeles back in the day. These guys know how to make music. So fun!

“No cover, full bar, all ages, great food, pleasant and inviting atmosphere with original Ethiopian and Eritrean artwork thanks to Nigist. Check out Kezira [the venue].

“Can’t make this one? Come February 7th when I’ll be back with Farko Dosumov and Royce C. Shorter, Jr.; or March 13th with Dean Schmidt and D’Vonne Lewis.

Time: 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Where: Kezira Restaurant And Coffee Bar — 5100 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: No cover

Sat., Jan. 11:

Live Music Concert

“Live music rumba.Hosted by DJ Moto, DJ E-Nice, and DJ Peter. 

Time: 9 p.m.
Where: Rumba Notes Lounge — 5041 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15

Sun., Jan. 12:

Legacy Nights at Cafe Ibex!

“Featuring: Mahulu 88, a four-piece group playing a mixture of genres from Jazz to R&B.

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: Cafe Ibex — 3219 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: No cover

Food 4 Thot

“A new podcast discussing sex, relationships, race, identity, what we like to read, & who we like to read.

“Dennis, Fran, Joseph, Tommy forged a beautiful friendship over their shared love of literature, rosé, and butt-stuff. This round-table podcast is a recipe from all their brains, discussing (and sometimes disagreeing) on everything at the intersection of queerness and brownness—from Beyoncé to Borges, politics to peen sizes, Nietzsche to 90s R&B—combining the best of literary intellect with absolute trash. Like The View, but not terrible.” 21+

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $22

Image: Food 4 Thot promo image via Eventbrite.

Mon., Jan. 13:

Indigo Mist

“Initially the brainchild of electro acoustic pioneer/composer Richard Karpen and Cuong Vu, Indigo Mist has become a vehicle for the musical musings of a group of forward reaching artists with tendencies towards experimentation. Having crossed paths over the years as University of Washington music faculty, the group is currently comprised Vu, Karpen, electro-acoustic composer and DXArts director Juan Pampin, Ted Poor, whose prodigious drumming has recently been enlisted by Chris Thile and Andrew Bird, and 15 time Grammy winner, bassist/producer Steve Rodby.

Critics have described the Indigo Mist’s 2014 recording as ‘…gorgeous, far out, haunting, and evocative…In a word: special’ (Outside Inside Out), ‘Mysterious, provocative, fanciful’ (Something Else). Stereophile states, ‘Cuong Vu is a postmodern jazz trumpeter…[pianist/composer] Richard Karpen is director of the School of Music at the University of Washington…When these two got together, the shit hit the fan.’” The Royal Room is all ages before 10 p.m.

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15

Wed., Jan. 15:

Restorative Social Hour

“Join us after school every other Wednesday! We will have free time to hang out, do a short restorative activity; then eat snacks, listen to music, and play tabletop games or do crafts! Sandwiched in-between time that’s just to hang out, we will be doing activities aimed at growing our ‘soft skills’  we need to succeed in school, college, and our careers!

“If teens are interested in helping out with this program to get volunteer hours please check out our Circle Leaders program!”

Time: 3 p.m.
Where: Skyway Library — 12601 76th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

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)

*The Original Open Mic (Tuesdays; *new open mic at the CCT Bourbon Bar!)

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)

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. Usually noted when it might not otherwise be clear.

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