THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Jazz Cypher ft. SCRiBE the Verbalist, Model Minority Comedy Show, Ethiopian Community Breakfast, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Jan. 29:

Jazz Cypher ft. SCRiBE the Verbalist

“Hip hop cypher backed by live jazz musicians. Hosted by SCRiBE the Verbalist with King Dre on drums and Dennis Blockman on keys. Bring your raps and your friends. Totally free and all ages. Food and drink specials all night.All-ages

Time: 6–9 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: Free to attend


Bruce Phares and Overton Berry

“Overton Berry began his musical career over fifty years ago at the age of 16 when he played USO shows at military bases on the west coast with the first Overton Berry Trio. Since those early beginnings the music has never stopped. He is described in the Pacific Northwest as “a living legend”, and his wealth of experience and generations of fans bear witness to this affectionate accolade. The Royal Room is all ages before 10 p.m.

Check out our just-published article, Overton Berry & Bruce Phares: Beyond Musically Bonded, by Gus Marshall.

Time: 6:30 p.m. (doors)
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $17

*Also check out Noche Bembe y Guaguanco with Eléré and Omo Alagba on Fri., Jan. 31.

Thurs., Jan. 30:

Africatown presents Digging For Weldon Irvine West Coast Film Premier

“The next Black Health & Wellness Meetup will feature a screening of the new documentary Digging For Weldon Irvine with reflections and panel discussion with Brooklyn based award-winning filmmaker Victorious De Costa joined by Seattle’s own Vitamin D, Nichelle Alderson, Owuour Arunga and Mafi D.

“‘Digging For Weldon Irvine’ is about the life of accomplished musician and activist who despite significant success and prominence in his field which included serving as the bandleader for jazz singer Nina Simone and mentoring to many New York hip-hop artists including Q-Tip, Common and Mos Def, he would ultimately take his own life.

“Event format: Networking/Resource Sharing, Screening of Film, Q&A with Director, Victorious De Costa, Panel/Community Discussion about Black Mental Wellness, Vitamin D, Nichelle Alderson, Owuor Arunga, and Mafi D.

Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $10 adults (youth free)


Free Mt Baker Meaningful Movie: The True Cost

“The True Cost reveals the high price of the low-cost ‘fast’ fashion industry, from toxic production to rapid waste, from low-wage workers to carcinogenic pollution, pesticides, and death. Showing more environmentally just and wiser options, the film includes people organizing for fair trade and sustainable clothing production. After the film, speakers from Seattle Zero Waste and other groups will answer questions, lead discussion, and give options for action.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Mt. Baker Community Club — 2811 Mount Rainier Dr S.
Cost: FREE

No Small Talk: Color & Cannabis

“In partnership with the Association of Black Social Work Students at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, this community dialogue series invites and highlights voices and ideas from across the Black diaspora on important topics that inform the individual and collective Black experience. This months’ topic is ‘Color and Cannabis,’ examining the prison industrial complex, legalization, stigma and frontrunners of revolutionizing the Black Cannabis experience.” 

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St
Cost: Pay what you can | FREE for members

Model Minority Comedy Show

“Come laugh as we debunk the model minority myth and challenge stereotypes. MODEL MINORITY is a standup comedy showcase featuring womxn of the Asian diaspora.

“Lineup: Host – Dewa Dorje, Ellen Acuario, Stephanie Nam, Nisha Srinivasan, Bernice Jing Ye, Umi Om, and Cindy Su

“Producer info: Caracol Productions is run by Stéphanie Nam, a queer Asian-American comedian who aims to create community through comedy and spaces by and for underrepresented people.

Time: 7 p.m. (doors)
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $15 adv. / $20 door

*Also check out the Dark Brew Comedy Showcase 3 on Sat., Feb. 1.

A Night of Poetry with Kellie Richardson, Robert Lashley, and Nicole McCarthy

“Join us on January 30th as we welcome three local poets to share some of their latest work.

“KELLIE RICHARDSON is a writer, artist and educator born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Her work explores the intersection of race, class, and gender. Kellie has authored two books, The Art of Naming My Pain (2019), a collection of poetry, prose and collage; and her debut poetry collection, What Us Is (2017). She also served as Tacoma Poet Laureate from 2017-2019. Kellie is particularly inspired and called to explore the experiences of women of color, and the intersectionality of identities.

“NICOLE MCCARTHY earned her MFA from the University of Washington Bothell. Her work has appeared in The Offing, Redivider, Glass: a Journal of Poetry, The Shallow Ends, Ghost Proposal, Moonchild Magazine, Memoir Mixtapes, Civil Coping Mechanism’s A Shadow Map anthology, the 2018 Best American Experimental Writing anthology and others. Her work has also been performed and encountered as projection installation pieces throughout Tacoma and Seattle and her written work can be found at She is a 2018 Artist Trust GAP award recipient.

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Third Place Books — 5041 Wilson Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

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Fri., Jan. 31:

Happy Hour Sign Making for NY-C School Board Protest

“Join SEE members for a happy hour and sign making to support the student-led NY-C protest of the next SPS School Board meeting (scheduled for February 5th during BLM in Schools Week)

“National BLM demands are:
1) End ‘zero tolerance’ discipline, and implement restorative justice
2) Hire more black teachers, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and IAs
3) Mandate Black history and Ethnic Studies in K-12 curriculum
4) Fund counselors not cops

“Additional demands in Seattle:
5) Fully fund our public schools
6) Oppose standardized testing
7) Detrack our schools

“Learn more about BLM in Schools week and how you can integrate current and events in your schools.

Time: 5 p.m.
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

FINAL Fridayz


Time: 10 p.m.–2 a.m.
Where: — 5256 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10 adv.


Sat., Feb. 1:

Capicu, Todos Dios Photography Show

“CAPICU, Todos Dios Photography Show. A celebration of art, culture, music and food! The event is free and open to the public. Displayed art will be available for purchase. Invite friends and family to come support.

Time: 8–11 p.m.
Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St
Cost: Free to attend


Sun., Feb. 2:

Monthly Breakfast

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“Our monthly breakfast is this Sunday, February 2, at noon. Bring a friend. Hear about current and upcoming programs at ECS. Host the event to introduce your business.

Time: 12–2 p.m.
Where: Ethiopian Community in Seattle — 8323 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE (we think!)

Image: promo image for Ethiopian Community in Seattle monthly breakfast.

FEB WIP: The Coolout Legacy

“Join us for our first 2020 Works in Progress on February 2nd at NW Film Forum, featuring documentary filmmaker and tv producer (and new SeaDoc board member), Georgio Brown.

“The Coolout Legacy captures the emerging sounds and sights of Seattle’s golden age of 90’s Hip Hop through the eyes of Georgio Brown and The Coolout Network. Featuring The Emerald Street Boys, NastyMix, Wordsayer, Piece, DJ Roc’Phella, Specs Wizard, Funkdaddy, Supreme La Rock, Silent Lambs Project, Silver Shadow D, VJD, E-Dawg, B-Mello and more. Executive Produced by Georgio Brown. Produced by Scott Macklin, Kitty Wu, Mike Clark, Tishuana Crockett. Executive Produced by Georgio Brown. Produced by Scott Macklin, Kitty Wu, Mike Clark, Tishuana Crockett.

“Seattle Documentary Association Works in Progress screen work by documentary filmmakers followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience in order to give filmmakers the opportunity to develop their projects in a supportive and constructive environment.

Time: 4–6 p.m.
Where: NW Film Forum — 1515 12th Ave
Cost: FREE

Mon., Feb. 3:

Innovation Learning Center Charrette

“Help shape the community with your voice! We are seeking input from our community in the planning of the Innovation Learning Center and its future assets in the Filipino Community Village of Seattle.

Time: 5:30–7 p.m.
Where: Filipino Community of Seattle — 5740 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: FREE

*There’s also South Seattle Home Fair at the Filipino Community Center on Sat., Feb. 1. 

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)

NW Peaks Comedy Open Mic (Tuesdays)

*Here’s a monthly comedy showcase too: Cafe Reds We Got Jokes (Second Wednesdays, intermittently; see venue calendar). And here’s a new weekly radio comedy show on RainierAveRadio.World featuring local comedians in-studio: Got Funny? (Download their new app on the Google Play store or the App Store to listen on mobile.)

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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