This Week In South Seattle — Artists of Color Expo & Symposium, Lego Grand Prix, The Story Collider, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., Feb. 27:

Black Dot Hosted Author Share: Marrio Matthews and Rajnii Eddins

“Join Marrio Matthews and Rajnii Eddins for an Author Share hosted by Black Dot Media exploring each writer’s journey to being published, the art they create and what inspires them.” Time: 6–8 p.m. Where: Black Dot Underground — 1437 S. Jackson Cost: FREE (we think!) —

Fri., Feb. 28:

ACES: Artists of Color Expo & Symposium

“ACES is POC-led, community-curated program with performances, exhibits, presentations, workshops, listening opportunities, and open forums. Our vision is to establish a space for us to celebrate and center ourselves. We are coming together with intentionality to value our work and to see each other as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest. “We acknowledge that the creative community in the Pacific Northwest is teeming with talent and resources— especially in communities of color where crisis breeds innovation.This is a two-day event 2/28 & 2/29.Time: 9:30 a.m. (Thurs. start time) Where: The Armory at Seattle Center — 500 Harrison St Cost: FREE (register here) —

Sat., Feb. 29:

37th District Town Hall

“Join Senator Rebecca Saldaña for a town hall event to learn about the 2020 Legislative Session, pending bills and issues important to the community.Time: Noon–2 p.m. Where: New Holly Gathering Hall — 7054 32nd Ave S. Cost: FREE —

The Go For Broke Spirit Book Release and Program

“Please join the NVC/NVC Foundation in welcoming Shane Sato back to Seattle. Shane will be presenting copies of his book to the Seattle Nisei Veterans who are featured in this book. They are Shig Otani, Fred Shiosaki, Mickey Hiroo, Roy Kirita, George Kozu, Shig Tanagi, and the late Jimmy Kanaya. “Over 20 years in the making, photographer Shane Sato has been shooting moving portraits of Japanese American Nisei soldiers to create a one of a kind coffee table book — poignant images of men who fought for America while that same country put their families and loved ones in prison. They fought as a segregated unit in the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, which became the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in U.S. military history, and as members of the MIS, the secret unit that was credited with shortening the war in the Pacific by two years.Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Where: NVC Memorial Hall — 1212 S. King St Cost: Free to attend (we think!) *Also at Nisei Veterans Committee Memorial Hall today, NVC Memorial Hall – Monthly Open House w/ Special Guest Lane Nishikawa, including a screening of Nishikawa’s film, “Our Lost Years.” —

Lego Grand Prix- Free Family Event

“Come join us for a great afternoon of building and playing with your family- all for FREE! Make a race car out of Legos and race it down a huge track. When you are all done, take your creation home. Who: Children in Kindergarten to 6th grade. All children need to be accompanied by an adult. Food: Pizza provided at the awards ceremony at the end of the event.” Time: 1–5 p.m. Where: Seattle Chinese Alliance Church — 2803 S. Orcas St Cost: FREE (must register) —

Screening and discussion of Los Eternos Indocumentados

“A documentary exploring root causes of forced migration from Central America and the experiences of people who make the perilous journey to the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The film, with both Spanish and English dialogue and subtitles, tells the story of exploitative corporate control in Latin America, backed by the US government, which led to the plundering of natural resources and incitement of brutal wars to cover up and exacerbate the crisis. We will follow the screening with an audience discussion with support from local experts. The event is hosted by the Seattle Interfaith Migrant Rights Network (SIMRN) and the Seattle chapter of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA).” Time: 2–4:30 p.m. Where: Washington State Labor Council — 321 16th Ave S. Cost: FREE (register here) *Also this week, catchFree Mt. Baker Meaningful Movie: The Best of Enemies, on Thurs., 2/27 at Mt. Baker Community Club. —

NAAM Presents Descendants Series

“NAAM’s Descendants Series brings living descendants of notable African American civil rights figures and activists to Seattle for conversation. We recently launched this series by featuring Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of legendary civil rights and women’s suffragist icon Ida B. Wells. “Our February 2020 program will highlight descendants of enslaved freedom-seekers who were contemporaries of Frederick Douglass. The event features 6 panelists, including the great-great-great granddaughter of Solomon Northup, upon which the feature film 12 Years a Slave was based. The panel will be followed by a screening of Regina Masons’s film Gina’s Journey.Time: 2–6 p.m. Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St Cost: $15 (members) / $25 (non-members) *Also this week at NAAM2020 Youth Curator Program: Open House, on Wed., 3/4. —

Rajnii Eddins, Julie-C, open mics and more, hosted by Jerm Dee

“Do you support local creativity? Rajnii, co-founder of the historic Poetry Experience, and conduit plus connector of culture and community in Seattle, is back town, and it’s a reunion plus celebration of past, present, and future featuring- “7-10pm Open Mic hosted by The Hydrant’s Diana Rodriguez and Aurelio Valdez “10-12pm Performances by Rajnii Eddins, Julie-C, Sage, and ZAG and maybe more? With DJ Melonic and hosted by Jerm Dee!” Time: 7 p.m. (doors) Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr. Way S. Cost: $15 Adv. / $20 DOS —

A Wine Savoy Tasting

“Come sip with us! The premier wine tasting event in Seattle that exclusively features wines from underrepresented winemakers. Wines to be tasted will be from a Black winemaker, a Latina winemaker, Native winemakers and Women. “Also in attendance will be designer Jacinta Green! she created customized, vintage-inspired clothing for women. Do check out Shop Jacinta Green!Time: 8–11 p.m. Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Fest St Cost: $20 —

Mon., March 2:

Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth

“Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. presents the history of more than two dozen known and unknown leaders, past and present, illuminating their change-making contributions through bold, contemporary visual art, fresh literary excerpts, and vibrant stories. The exhibition highlights men such as Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kendrick Lamar and more, whose journeys altered the history and culture of our country through politics, sports, science, entertainment, business, religion and more. “Join Mary Mikel Stump, Director of Audience Engagement for a preview of the Smithsonian traveling exhibition that is currently on display at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma until March 15, 2020.” Time: 6 p.m. Where: Skyway Library — 12601 76th Ave S. Cost: FREE *Also, Skyway Library has a ton of other great programming on the regular, including the bi-monthly, youth-centered Restorative Social Hour, the (also bi-monthly) tweens/teens-focused regular event Community Circles and an Election Day Assistance Booth. And that’s just a snapshot of what’s currently on the calendar. —

Tues., March 3:

The Story Collider

“The Story Collider is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to true, personal stories about science. Since 2010, we have been working with storytellers from both inside and outside science to develop these stories, and we share them through our weekly podcast and our live shows around the world. Join us for our debut Story Collider show in Seattle featuring five personal stories on Environmental Science.” The Royal Room is all-ages until 10 p.m.Time: 6:30 p.m. (doors) Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S. Cost: $12 adv. / $15 DOS —

Wed., March 4:

Como el Aire: An Evening of Flamenco

“An evening of Flamenco music and dance featuring guitarist Carlos de Jacoba, Singer/percussionist DIego Amador jr. and dancer Savannah Fuentes.” Time: 8 p.m. Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S. Cost: $25–$35 —

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