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Editor in Chief of the South Seattle Emerald

Ditch Amazon, Shop South End “Gems” This Holiday Season

by Jessie McKenna and Marti McKenna

This year for Shop Small Saturday, Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) embarked on a month-long campaign to promote small business in Seattle, with a particular focus on PoC-, immigrant-, family-, LGBTQI+-, and women-owned businesses—and businesses owned by folx at various intersections therein.

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The Karaoke Baron’s Kingdom Spans from Seattle to Vegas

by Jacob Uitti

Joshua Baron lives for karaoke. So much so that the 45-year-old is considering moving from Seattle to Las Vegas in order to locate himself in the center of this country’s karaoke universe. But for now, Baron, who is the national director of the Karaoke World Championships U.S.A. (KWCUSA), continues to host his Wednesday night karaoke sessions at the Columbia City Theater from 9 PM to 1 AM. Every week, a cast of characters come together there over their need for expression as much as their need for family.

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South End Stew: Beauty Among Us

This is the third in a series of three pieces. The first can be read here. The second can be read here.

by Kelsey Hamlin

But, god damn it, as if we don’t uproot those mother fuckers right back.

I don’t know if the seeds will ever stop whispering. I don’t know if there will ever be a time when the whispers constantly fall on deaf ears to the point where there’s no whispers at all. I don’t know if they’ll ever stop growing.

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Book-It Repertory Theatre’s My Antonia Draws Connection to Today’s Immigration Story

by Georgia S. McDade

Book-It Repertory Theatre’s production of Willa Cather’s novel My Antonia at Center House can make you feel good.

Unlike two recent productions, University of Washington’s Incident at Vichy and Seattle Repertory Theatre’s A 1000 Splendid Suns — both superb, but decidedly less than humorous — My Antonia has many funny parts. Antonia Shimerda and Jim Burden face crises just as characters do in the other works, but here, there is breathing space. Adult Jim’s nostalgia figures prominently, as the play is based on memories dating back to the time 10-year-old Jim and 14-year-old Antonia meet.

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Local Musicians Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons To Record Live Album in South End

by Gus Marshall

Acoustic old-time roots blues duo Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons will be performing two concerts this Saturday at The Rainier Valley Cultural Center. The performances will be recorded and produced into their fourth full length album entitled The Antidote.

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Emerald Uncovered: Jerrell Davis, aka Rell Be Free

Our second episode of Emerald Uncovered takes us to the “Soufend” of Seattle, home to Emcee, Educator, and Activist Jerrell Davis, aka Rell Be Free. Recently selected as one of Seattle’s Most Influential People of 2018, Jerrell seeks to shine a light on the incredible work being done by community organizers, youth, elders, and educators in the city. Brought to you by Indie Genius Media.

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