Category Archives: Arts & Culture

PHOTOS: Teen Summer Musical Presents ‘Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory’

by Susan Fried

Teen Summer Musical presents Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory this weekend at Benaroya Hall, a presentation put together with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Atlantic Street Center, and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Emerald Contributor Susan Fried attended a dress rehearsal and provided this photo essay.

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Black Pride Play Examines the Black Male Body

by Bri Little

NW Black Pride kicked off last night with Black D*ck Matters, written by Kathya Alexander (co-writer of Black to My Roots: African American Tales from Head and the Heart) and directed and produced by Tyrone Brown. The multimedia experimental experience premiered at Gay City in front of a full house, and much like Black Pride itself, the play was provocative. The piece both asks and answers a question aimed toward Black men: How does “it” feel? The answers, revealed throughout the play, unmask the tenderness of Black pain alongside Black pleasure.

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Javoen Byrd Drums The Beat of His African Heritage

by George Collins

It’s hard to miss Javoen Byrd as he enters Empire Espresso on Edmunds Street in Columbia City. He sports a cream colored outfit with soft gold balls dangling from the collar, an Aso Yoruba. It’s an outfit I’ve seen him wear several times when tapping his hands on a set of drums in celebration of his African heritage.

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South End Heritage Festival Celebrates Local Musical Talent

by Carolyn Bick

Music from two different block parties wound its way down the block and into the ears of Columbia City’s and Hillman City’s pedestrians on the late afternoon of July 27. The parties, held at Big Chickie and City Teriyaki, were part of the first annual South End Heritage Festival.

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PHOTOS: Othello Block Party’s Second Volume

by Naomi Ishisaka

The Othello Block Party reunited Abyssinian Creole (Gabriel Teodros and Khingz) on its stage along with music and poetry from DoNormaal and Rell Be Free among others at the the second volume of the event on July 27. Photographer Naomi Ishisaka attended to catch the sights of the festival.

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