Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Gallery Showcases Art’s Pathway to Self-Expression

words and photos by Alex Garland

The Columbia City Gallery is dropping an assist to art aficionados whose colossal passion for collecting is mismatched with a microscopic bank account.

The local artist co-op, which is associated with the arts division of South East Effective Development (SEED), is currently hosting its annual two week sale of local works produced by nearly two dozen South Seattle based artists. All watercolors, pottery, ceramics, and jewelry on display in the main gallery is priced for under $200 and will be available to purchase until April 16th. Continue reading Gallery Showcases Art’s Pathway to Self-Expression

Review: I Am Not Your Negro

by Courtney Weaver

Remember this house and do not forget who built it…

Last weekend I sat in the Ark Lodge theater in Columbia City to view the James Baldwin documentary  I Am Not Your Negro, the recent adaptation of the legendary writer and public intellectual’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House,  directed by Raoul Peck and accompanied by the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. The film was followed by a panel moderated by Marcus Harrison Green. Continue reading Review: I Am Not Your Negro

Documentarian Duo “Uncode” Black Seattle

by Marcus Harrison Green

The wife and husband duo call it storytelling, but it’s really Black love on film. More accurately, their love for Seattle’s at times misunderstood Black community.

The camera scans the interior of Columbia City’s Royal Room as an early 90s era hip-hop instrumental slowly builds. Beyond tables topped with chairs and a bar stocked with premium liquor is a kitchen known as the hallowed sanctum of South Seattle-based Chef Tarik Abdullah.  Continue reading Documentarian Duo “Uncode” Black Seattle

Beacon Hill Dance Studio Fosters Safe Space for Diversity

by Brynn Tweeddale

Behind an inconspicuous white door on the top floor of El Centro de la Raza in Beacon Hill resides Culture Shakti.

Inside the studio, the traditional wooden floors and mirrors of a dance studio are accented by racks filled with dance costumes, Indian puppets or “kathputli” hanging from the walls, and an oil lamp or “diya” sometimes used for prayers in Hinduism. Continue reading Beacon Hill Dance Studio Fosters Safe Space for Diversity