Category Archives: Culture

PHOTOS: Attendees share in Japanese culture during Bunka no Hi

By Carolyn Bick

Though she didn’t celebrate Bunka no Hi herself, when she lived in Japan, Arisa Nakamura now celebrates the modern holiday alongside the community and her fellow Japanese Cultural and Community Center staff and volunteers.

This year marked the organization’s 14th annual celebration of Bunka no Hi, which Nakamura said was originally a celebration of the Emperor Meiji’s birthday, changing in 1948 to commemorate the post-WWII Japanese constitution. While it’s still a national holiday in Japan, it’s now about celebrating and sharing Japanese culture and art, she said.

Continue reading PHOTOS: Attendees share in Japanese culture during Bunka no Hi

PHOTOS: El Centro de la Raza holds 15th annual Día de Muertos celebration

By Carolyn Bick

Ignoring the chilly evening air nipping about them, hundreds of laughing people thronged through Roberto Maestas Plaza at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle, Washington, for the organization’s 15th annual Día de Muertos celebration on Nov. 1. Some wore extravagant, traditional Mexican outfits trimmed with lace, faces painted and decorated to look like bejeweled skulls. Others tucked up in puffy jackets eagerly waited in line for pan de muerto, or Mexican bread of the dead, and a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

Continue reading PHOTOS: El Centro de la Raza holds 15th annual Día de Muertos celebration

THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Backstreet Bazaar, Pride ASIA Fest, MixxedFit Monday’s with Randy Ford, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., May 23:

Africatown Plaza Community Design Meeting

“We want the community engaged in the process of building Africatown Plaza, our next living monument. Now it’s time to help us build on the celebration of our legacy that was represented in the Liberty Bank Building and at the Imagine Africatown Midtown activation, bringing that momentum to our permanent building. We’ll introduce our design team to the community, present the initial concepts from previous meetings, and most importantly gather your feedback, which will help determine the design direction for the building.”

Time: 5:30–8 p.m.
Where: Liberty Bank Building — 1405 24th Ave.
Cost: FREE

Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Backstreet Bazaar, Pride ASIA Fest, MixxedFit Monday’s with Randy Ford, and more!

THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Brown v. Board Turns 65, C-ID Happy Hour Food Walk, Haitian Flag Day Celebration, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Editor’s note: THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE (TWISS) has a new name! Read THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE to find events throughout the entire week.

Wed., May 15:

KNKX Presents: Piano Starts Here: McCoy Tyner/Bill Evans

Featuring: Ryan Burns, Matt Williams, Tim Kennedy, Alex Guilbert

The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 p.m.

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $12

Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Brown v. Board Turns 65, C-ID Happy Hour Food Walk, Haitian Flag Day Celebration, and more!

THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Edwin T. Pratt: A Living Legacy, The Groovement, Cultural Dance Series, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Editor’s note: THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE (TWISS) has a new name! Read THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE to find events throughout the entire week.

Wed., May 8:

We Got Jokes May Edition

“Join us for beverage and food specials! Kick off your month with laughs with local comedians and one of the northwest’s funniest, Cheri Hardman. Featuring the comedy stylings of J Lamar Jones. Hosting the evening will be yours truly, Chris Zapata and a few more friends of Café Red will bring you joy to make your week a better week with giggles and laughs!All-Ages

*Also check out The Friday Night Get Down on Friday & Asymetriclove Part II on Saturday.

Time: 8–10 PM
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
Cost: Free to attend

Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Edwin T. Pratt: A Living Legacy, The Groovement, Cultural Dance Series, and more!

THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—20th-Annual May Day March, Cinco de Mayo, 2019 Kodomo no Hi, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Editor’s note: THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE (TWISS) has a new name! Read THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE to find events throughout the entire week.

Wed., May 1st:

20ma Marcha Anual del 1ro de Mayo / 20th Annual May Day March

“Join us in the 20th Annual May Day March for the Rights of Immigrants and Workers. This year we march once again to reclaim our struggles as immigrants, workers, and without borders.

“We are here because of the insecurity, crime, and corruption unleashed in our countries by bad governments with the support and intervention of the U.S. We are here because of political repression and exploitation of workers and the dispossession of our natural resources and territories. We are here refusing to be victims of the few who benefit from this system and the impoverishment, displacement and death that they wreak upon on our peoples.
Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—20th-Annual May Day March, Cinco de Mayo, 2019 Kodomo no Hi, and more!

THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Strange Fruit, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Editor’s note: THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE (TWISS) has a new name! Read THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE to find events throughout the entire week.

Wed., April 24th:

First Nations: Going Global for the Environment

“Among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change are indigenous peoples who depend upon and have close relationships with the environment and its resources. How does climate change and environmental degradation pose threats and dangers that affect indigenous peoples’ livelihoods, culture, and lives? How are indigenous communities empowered to take action locally and globally?

“Join the World Affairs Council for a roundtable discussion with Dana Tizya-Tramm, Chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon, Canada, on how the consequences of climate change and environmental degradation are undermining indigenous ways of life and ways indigenous communities are taking real action.”

Time: 12–1:30 PM
Where: Stoel Rives LLP Attys — 1633 6th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Strange Fruit, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and more!