Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Poet and Former Cage Fighter Jenny Liou Talks About Her Debut Book ‘Muscle Memory’

by Amanda Ong


As a poet and former cage fighter, Jenny Liou has a unique perspective on violence, both in the ring and out of it. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Seattle Public Library (SPL) will host a discussion between award-winning poet and writer Shin Yu Pai and Liou about her debut collection of poetry Muscle Memory. The collection brings together Liou’s time in the MMA cage with her Chinese American family’s history, as she reflects on violence in the cage and generationally.

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New Moon Movie Night: ‘The Woman King’ Is the Epic I’ve Always Wanted

by Saira B.


Welcome to our moon-synced movie review show, hosted by Saira Barbaric and NEVE. This duo of South Seattle creatives make multidisciplinary work together and individually. For this show, they’re ecstatic to join their love of astrology, ritual, and pop culture.

Stream this month’s podcast at the New Moon Movie Review official podcast website

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Massive Monkees Dance Crew Reopens The Beacon Dance Studio

by Ronnie Estoque


A hole was left in the local dance community’s heart when the Massive Monkees (MM) dance crew had to close their Chinatown-International District studio, The Beacon, in May of 2020 due to the pandemic and increases in rent from the property owner. While MM had occupied the space for nearly eight years, they had only met the landlord once since opening that location in 2013. Other factors contributed to the MM crew choosing to leave their original space, including the apartments right above their dance space, which meant their music had to be cut off early. According to Hocine Jouini, who has been a member of the dance crew since 2008, the studio was a boon to the community: Community members would often support local businesses around the CID after attending events or classes.

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A Holiday Market Guide for the South End

by Amanda Ong


Looking to shop locally and support South End and BIPOC makers this holiday season? The Emerald has you covered. You may have seen our guide to Native art markets this winter, but for even more options that support local, BIPOC, and South End small businesses, here are a handful of notable holiday markets perfect for gift shopping.

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PONGO POETRY | Walk One Mile … In My Shoes

Pongo Poetry Project’s mission is to engage youth in writing poetry to inspire healing and growth. In the spring of 2022, Pongo began mentoring poetry with young people at the Echo Glen Children’s Center, a juvenile institution for youth serving criminal sentences. Studies of incarcerated youth indicate that up to 70% suffer from a mental health disorder and that many have experienced childhood trauma. The isolation, economic upheaval, and turmoil of the last two years have only exacerbated this issue. Youth at Echo Glen have endured significant mental and emotional challenges in the last two years, including increased rates of depression, anxiety, sleep issues, and behavioral challenges.

Pongo believes there is power in creative expression, and articulating one’s pain to an empathetic audience. Through this special monthly column in partnership with the South Seattle Emerald, Pongo invites readers to bear witness to the pain, resilience, and creative capacity of youth whose voices and perspectives are too often relegated to the periphery. To partner with Pongo in inspiring healing and relief in youth coping with mental and emotional turmoil, register for Pongo Poetry Night, its upcoming event at Third Place Books Ravenna.


Blood, Sweat, & Tears

by a young person at the Echo Glen Children’s Center

I am painting my self-portrait.

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A Guide to Native Art Markets This Winter

by Amanda Ong


This November is Native American Heritage Month, and while the Thanksgiving holiday is rooted in colonizer narratives, Native American Heritage Day (Nov. 25) celebrates diverse Native cultures. As we turn to gift-giving season, a wonderful way to support our Indigenous communities and honor Native American heritage is by buying from Native makers and artists. Read on for a list of Native art markets, both seasonal and ongoing, throughout the Seattle area. 

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Arts in the South End: A November Roundup

by Victor Simoes

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (the Glee version, please), but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy the events we have curated for South Enders. From film festivals and circus debuts to local jazz and more, the South Seattle November art scene is worth stepping out for.

Check out our list of November arts events below. Know of something that should be on our list? Let us know at Arts@SeattleEmerald.org.

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Kat Lieu’s Subtle Asian Baking Brings Asian Flavors to Your Favorite Sweets

by Amanda Ong


After 13 years as a physical therapist, Renton-based Kat Lieu never expected to become the face and founder of Subtle Asian Baking, a Facebook community dedicated to baking with Asian flavors that has over 150,000 members. Lieu had only started baking in 2017, but when she started the page in light of other popular Facebook pages Subtle Asian Traits and Subtle Asian Cooking, it skyrocketed into a massive community of Asian baking enthusiasts. 

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S.U.B.E. Founder Jeffrey Cheatham Initiates Seattle’s First-Ever Children’s Book Day

by Troy Landrum Jr.


My writing journey began approximately eight years ago — possibly 30-something years, if the journey includes reading memorable books and making up stories in my head through my middle-grade years and adolescence. Specifically during that eight-year span I had the honor of meeting a lot of wonderful people along the way who shared those same hopes of making something out of the stories that floated around in their heads. 

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