Category Archives: Arts & Culture

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

Midnight Mecca Rings In New Year, Hillman City’s Black & Tan Hall

by Jovelle Tamayo 

With StasTheeBoss of Thee Satisfaction DJ’ing through the night, Hillman City welcomed 2017 from its newest gathering spot, Black & Tan Hall. The venue hosted the 2nd Annual Midnight Mecca New Year’s Eve Ball, which centered Seattle’s queer and trans people of color (QTPOC), and also served as the hall’s grand opening celebration. Continue reading Midnight Mecca Rings In New Year, Hillman City’s Black & Tan Hall

Columbia City Theater Kicks Off 2017, Centennial Celebration on New Year’s Eve With Steampunk

by Emerald Staff

South Seattleites looking to quickly put 2016 in the rear view as they desperately dash to 2017 won’t have to travel far come New Year’s Eve.

The Columbia City Theater will be ringing in the New Year by throwing what owner Lara Lavi calls an epic extravaganza, that will see a night of high class entrees,  ever flowing champagne, and a musical performance by one of the world’s premiere steampunk bands. Continue reading Columbia City Theater Kicks Off 2017, Centennial Celebration on New Year’s Eve With Steampunk

Poetry, Passion, and Honey Wine: Rainier Valley Lit Crawl #4

by Victoria Garcia

Last Saturday, December 3, 2016, the fourth Rainier Valley Lit Crawl took place in Hillman City.   This free event brought together a dozen diverse, dynamic, high-energy literary artists from throughout the Seattle area to perform their work at four different Rainier Avenue venues.  Continue reading Poetry, Passion, and Honey Wine: Rainier Valley Lit Crawl #4

House of Dinah Review: “I Opened up My Mouth and God Came Out”

by Charhys Bailey 

Only days ago, I was invited to write a review of House of Dinah, a deeply emotional and surreal theatrical performance about five intergenerational Black Queens written by acclaimed Bronx-born playwright, Jerome A. Parker, and directed by Intiman Theatre’s Andrew Russell featuring the work of Detroit-raised/Seattle-based choreographer and teaching artist, Dani Tirrell. Continue reading House of Dinah Review: “I Opened up My Mouth and God Came Out”

Sunday Fiction: Seafair 2020

by Rob Zverina

“You have to go.”

“I can’t. They know which websites I follow, the links I like, everything.”

“But if you don’t go that’s cause enough…”

The kids burst into the room. They were healthy, handsome, well socialized little monsters. They loved school, excelled in sports, played musical instruments and took immersion classes in the languages of international trade. They were groomed for the future and eager for Sea Fair. Pirates! Boat races! And the Drones! That was the best part and they’d been pestering their beleaguered father about it all week. Continue reading Sunday Fiction: Seafair 2020

Sunday Stew: The Problem of the Black Girl and The Beaver

by Reagan Jackson (painting by Mickey Schilling)

1.

There was a problem.
Though no one saw him
or the dam itself,
there was the indisputable evidence
of unusually high water levels at the project site.
15 city employees with billable hours
to 5 separate government agencies
formed a coalition to discuss in depth
the problem of the Beaver.
Continue reading Sunday Stew: The Problem of the Black Girl and The Beaver

Seattle Sweeties: Cupcakes, Women, Hip Hop, and the Fight Against Domestic Violence

by Reagan Jackson

If you haven’t gotten your sugar fix yet, you have a few more days to purchase a “Seattle Sweeties” cupcake from Cupcake Royale. With your purchase of any of the six new flavors, Choco-latte, Vanilla Dream, Chai Cinnamon, Caramel Delight, Lemon Cherry Blosson, and Banana Cream, a portion of the proceeds will go to Runway to Freedom. Continue reading Seattle Sweeties: Cupcakes, Women, Hip Hop, and the Fight Against Domestic Violence