Category Archives: Arts & Culture

THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—State of Africatown 2019, Asian Market Tour & Thai Cooking Class, Quinn DeVeaux, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Jan. 11th:

B by Guillermo Calderón

“Washington Ensemble Theatre presents the North American Premiere of B, By Guillermo Calderón; Translated by William Gregory; Directed by Jay O’Leary

“Anarchists Alejandra and Marcela are searching for a way to voice their political beliefs and prove their dedication to the cause. When they meet disillusioned bomb maker Jose, he agrees to teach them all he knows. With their motives and devotion for non-violent anti-capitalist anarchy put to the test, Alejandra and Marcela must decide how far the are willing to go and what they are willing to give up to speak their minds. Guillermo Calderón’s tightly-wound surrealist play hashes out the complicated and irrational nature of violence, terrorism, and activism.

“CAST: Sophie Franco* as Alejandra, Craig Peterson as Jose Miguel, Shermona Mitchell as Carmen, Klarissa Marie Robles as Marcela. *Member of Washington Ensemble Theatre.” Editor’s note: Opening night (Fri.!) is SOLD OUT. But there are many upcoming show dates.

Time: 7:30 PM
Where: 12th Avenue Arts — 1620 12th Ave
Cost: $15–25

Tags: Theater

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Boxing Empowerment for Trans & Non-binary Folx, Deaf Talks 2019, East African Community Dinner, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Jan. 4th:

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic

“Expresso is held the FIRST FRIDAY of every month at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 17th Ave S.) Please come share your writing, poetry, art, comedy, dance, music, and love. If you don’t have anything to share, come anyway! Support your local talent and have some fun!”

Time: 7 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Open Mic, First Friday

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Franklin HS Basketball Tournament, Enbymas 2018, Plus: South-End New Year’s Eve!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Dec. 28th:

Afrobeat Night

“Red Lounge & Afrobeats Global Presents: AFROBEATS NIGHT (Every Last Friday) Music & Entertainment by Residents: DJ Mo // Nayiram // ZJ Veteran”

Time: 10 PM–2 AM
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $10 before midnight, $15 after (adv. tickets FREE, until 9 PM DOS!)

Tags: Music, DJ, Culture, Community, Afro-Beat, 21+

*Also this weekend: Caribbean Night (End Of Year Fete) on Sat., 12/29

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Brown Girls Write Prioritizes Self-Care and Safety

by Georgia S. McDade

Brown Girls Write (BGW) founder Christy Abram has a mammoth task: helping women of color heal through self-expression.

Abram places great emphasis on self-care and safety. Because the women with whom she works women have often been ignored by mainstream health professionals or do not have access to healthcare, Abram encourages and teaches them to take care of themselves. Though many of their problems began in childhood — abandonment, homelessness, illness, incarceration, and abuse — some of these women continue to suffer as adults because of the ongoing impact of the past and their present circumstances. Abram is convinced writing is a cure or, at least, a beginning to becoming well.

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—DeChelle Monet, Winter Mokojumbies, Ugly Sweater Party, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Dec. 21st:

Marshall Family Band / Genre Free

“Genre Free—Members of Marshall Family Band and *The Mortgage Lifters come together to fight genre-fication. Johnny Calcagno- mandolin, guitar; Tony Mates- bass, guitar; Robert Hinrix- guitar, mandolin, bass; Roy Marshall- fiddle, guitar; Chrissie Marshall- accordion; Gus Marshall- guitar

“Marshall Family Band, featuring Candy Goldman—Mother, father and son playing piano, accordion, fiddle and guitar, are a loose-knit acoustic trio performing original melodies, drifting chord progressions and occasionally supporting 3 part harmony. A contemporary perspective on country, blues and old-time with a hint of gospel.”

*The Mortgage Lifters are also playing Saturday night, 12/22, at Perihelion Brewery on Beacon Hill!

Time: 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater (Bourbon Bar) — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: No Cover (tips encouraged)

Tags: Live Music

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Black & Tan Hall-i-day Celebration, Native Gift Fair & Art Market, Total Experience Gospel Choir, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Dec. 14th:

December Native Gift Fair and Art Market

“Come Join us for our annual Native Gift Fair and Art Market. Plenty of gifts and beautiful artwork for all your holiday shopping needs. Free for shoppers. We hope to see you here!” This event runs all weekend, Fri–Sun!

Time: 10 AM–5 PM
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center — 4705 W. Marginal Wy SW
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Native Art, Artisan Vendors

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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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