Category Archives: Arts & Culture

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

Sunday Stew: The More Things Change

by Robert Zverina   

It was one of those crisp, brilliant Pacific Northwest fall days that made Jim glad to be back on the mainland after two years on Maui. Yeah, Hawai’i is great, but you just don’t get those kinds of days there and he missed them. Besides, the Northwest was his home and it made him feel good in a certain way that no other place ever would. It was where he was formed, its air and light bound up with his being on a cellular level. Continue reading Sunday Stew: The More Things Change

Sunday Stew: Birmingham Sunday in New York City

by Celia Y. Weisman

The radio is on and the little girl walks into the kitchen.  Her mother, back to the kitchen doorway, is actually sitting at the kitchen table.  This is strange, because the mother rarely would sit down, especially on a Sunday morning with all the kids at home. And even more oddly, the girl discovers when she comes closer, the mother is weeping.   Continue reading Sunday Stew: Birmingham Sunday in New York City

Sunday Stew: The Language of Love

by Marcus Harrison Green (Painting: The Long Goodbye by Don Perino)

There are days so unbelievably perfect that if life just relented a little in hoarding them there would never exist a reason to do drugs. From sunrise to the yellow orb’s setting, what usually exist as fantasy or chemically enhanced delusion is somehow suffused into your life. For one day all your desires are accommodated. Your heart brims. Your belly burst. And laughter is played on a loop. Those days are ones you wish you could bottle portions of to spray as needed when the fetid aroma from the vast majority of 24 hour increments we experience surfaces to life. Continue reading Sunday Stew: The Language of Love