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🌟 December 2023

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Workshops, Meetings, & Camps

AAWA Virtual Writers Read

Second Sundays Monthly — 2 p.m.

From the host: Join the African American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA) at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month where AAWA hosts “Writers Read.” Hear special guests and AAWA members. Be an Open Mic star!

For more information and to RSVP for a virtual Writers Read, please visit the AAWA’s “Upcoming Events” calendar and select the session you wish to join.

(Photo courtesy of The South Bend Tribune.)

Write YOUR Story Workshop (ages 8–12)

Weekly, Sept. 26–Dec. 12 — 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Concord International Elementary, 723 S. Concord St.

From the host: Free writing workshop for kids and preteens, age 8-12, wherein we will read two stories, choose one to rewrite, create our own story, illustrate it, and bring it to life. All participants will receive a copy of our book at the end (hard copy and PDF), and we will celebrate with a great party!

For more information and to enroll, please visit Write Your Story’s webpage.

Small Frye: Storytelling + Art (Kids Approximately 0–10)

First Wednesdays from Oct. 4–May 1, 2024 – 10:15–11:15 a.m.
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave.

From the host: Small Frye combines interactive storytelling and the visual arts for an engaging, hour-long program. Designed for children ages 2–5 and their caregivers, teaching artists from the Seattle Children’s Theatre and Frye Art Museum will activate your favorite picture books through movement, drama, and hands-on artmaking. Small Frye is a free program, but space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Registration for each program will open one month prior. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets will be limited to four per group; please contact if you need additional spots.

For more information and to register, visit the Frye Art Museum’s webpage.

Scarecrow Academy Presents Women in Trouble, Part 2

Weekly on Wednesdays, from Oct. 7–Dec. 9 (there will be no class on Saturday, Oct. 21, due to Video Store Day) — 2–3:30 p.m.

From the host: Part Two of Scarecrow Academy’s “Women in Trouble: Great Melodrama in Film,” a free online discussion series, continues with another nine weeks of movies that explore the way imaginative filmmakers have put women at the center of their hothouse creative universes. From traditional “women’s pictures” to radical zig-zags on the idea of melodrama, these titles blend female-forward dilemmas with articulate cinematic style.

Discussions are led by National Society of Film Critics member Robert Horton, author of the Seasoned Ticket column at the Scarecrow blog and Scarecrow’s “Historian-Programmer in Residence.” The Zoom-based sessions are free and open to all; there’s no homework, but we ask that you register online in advance. We’ll meet on Saturdays at 2 p.m., beginning Oct. 7

Attendance is free, registration is required.

For more information and to register, visit the Scarecrow Video webpage.

6-Week Public Reading Circle: Revolutionary Feminist Writings on the Fight for Black Liberation

Weekly on Mondays, Nov. 6–Dec. 11 — 6:30–8:30 p.m.
New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., on the #7 bus line and near the Columbia City light rail station

From the host: What are the answers to stopping police murders, winning meaningful restitution for past and ongoing injustices, and ending systemic racism? Join the discussion of two newly published booklets that pose bold strategies for a revived freedom struggle. Everyone welcome.

Available in-person or via Zoom. Hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women. Copies of the booklets available for sale at each session or online at For more info, call 206-722-2453 or email

For more information and to register, visit the Facebook event page.

Rainier Scholars Family Information Meeting

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 28, and 30, and Dec. 6, 7, 12 — 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Various Locations In-Person and Online

From the host: Rainier Scholars is a free, long-term academic and leadership program for students of color. Only 4th graders may apply. Join us at an Information Meeting to find out more!

For more information, visit the Rainier Scholars webpage.

The Write to Breathe Youth Theater Camp (For Youth, Approximately 11–20)

Weekly on Saturdays from Nov. 11 to Dec. 2 — 2–4 p.m.
Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S.

From the host: Youth earn $200 to write and perform a play.
For more information and to register, visit Kathya Alexander’s webpage or contact Kathya Alexander at

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Festivals & Fairs

Sweet & Snowy Saturdays at Occidental Square

Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 — 12–2 p.m.
Occidental Square, 117 S. Washington St.

From the host: Love snow but can’t make it to the mountains? Come to Pioneer Square for your fill of flurries! While the flakes drift down, enjoy live music, costumed characters, and free sweet treats. Stop by Saturdays from Nov. 25–Dec. 16 between 12–2 p.m. to join in on the wintry fun.

For more information, visit the Downtown Seattle Association webpage.

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Exhibits & Shows

Looking for more arts events? Check out the latest Emerald “Arts in the South End” roundup!

Rafael Soldi. Soft Boy (production still), 2023. Digital video (color, sound). (Photo courtesy of Frye Art Museum.)

Rafael Soldi: Soft Boy

Oct. 7, 2023–Jan. 7, 2024 — Wed.–Sun., 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

From the host: Seattle artist Rafael Soldi uses photographic media to examine the intersection of individual identity with larger political and social themes such as immigration, memory, and loss. The artist’s current work builds on his experience as a queer youth in Peru to focus on the construction of masculinity in Latin American society. “Soft Boy,” Soldi’s first solo museum exhibition on the West Coast, brings together three recent projects that explore how gender expectations are encoded — and can be subverted — within language and childhood games. 

For more information about the exhibit, please visit Frye Art Museum’s Rafael Soldi: Soft Boy exhibition webpage.

Clarissa Tossin. Future Geography: Cosmic Cliffs, 2023. Used delivery boxes, archival inkjet print on photo paper with lamination, walnut. 60 x 71 ½ x 1 in. Commissioned by the Frye Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. (Photo: Brica Wilcox, courtesy of Frye Art Museum)

Clarissa Tossin: to take root among the stars

Oct. 7, 2023–Jan. 7, 2024 — Wed.–Sun., 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

From the host: Clarissa Tossin works across artistic mediums, including film, sculpture, and drawing, to explore the intersections of climate change and global capitalism’s frontier mythologies. Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and now based in Los Angeles, Tossin bridges Latin American and United States histories of economic and cultural exchange to interrogate persistent legacies of colonialism. The artist repurposes consumerist detritus—specifically Amazon delivery boxes—in her material investigations of the Amazon rainforest’s exploitation. In recent works, she envisions how the same ecologically disastrous cycles of human consumption on Earth will manifest in twenty-first-century space exploration. Spanning more than a decade of the artist’s career, this first museum solo presentation of Tossin’s work on the West Coast features several new commissions created for the exhibition.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit Frye Art Museum’s Clarissa Tossin: to take root among the stars exhibition webpage.

Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas (21+)

Dec. 1 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 2 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 8 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 9 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 15 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 16 – 3 p.m.
Dec. 16 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 17 – 3 p.m.
Dec. 20 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 21 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 22 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 23 – 6 p.m.
Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave.

From the host: Christmas is saved! Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas is back! The all-star variety spectacular that quickly became a Christmas tradition returns to Theatre Off Jackson. Scott will display his obsession with Yuletide traditions to the delight of audiences who need a little extra Christmas cheer. You can expect the unexpected with this cast of queerdos, whose greatest Christmas wish is to bring you joy with their slightly subversive celebrations. 

It’s a hilarious night of comedy, songs, dance numbers, delightful videos, and partial nudity! Waging war on Christmas has never been this entertaining. Laugh your Christmas stockings off at this show filled with all-new musical numbers, major twists, and out-of-this-world Christmas surprises, but be warned … it will definitely put you on the naughty list.

Joining Scott are some of the brightest stars in Seattle’s music, burlesque, and comedy scenes, including Ade, Mandy Price, and Major Scales (Richard Andriessen). Major is known for being one half of “The Vaudevillians” along with drag superstar Jinkx Monsoon. Joining the War on Christmas cast this year is Joel Domenico, who recently appeared in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Sweeney Todd.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Theatre Off Jackson webpage.

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La Velada: Music from LINEAJES

Dec. 7 — 7–9 p.m.
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave.

From the host: Illuminate the start of winter with a musical vigil inspired by festivals of light from diverse cultures, including the feasts of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Christmas, and Sephardic Jewish traditions. Incorporating themes and instruments from the exhibition “LINEAJES,” this concert features artist Antonio M. Gómez with his Trío Guadalevín bandmates Abel Rocha and Gus Denhard, along with other special guests performing songs in Spanish, Ladino, and Indigenous Mexican dialects, accompanied by the harp, baroque guitar, oud, and various global percussion instruments.

For more information and to register, visit the Frye Art Museum webpage.

Movie Showing and Benefit for Afghanistan Earthquake Victims

Dec. 7 — Doors at 6:30 p.m., event at 7 p.m.
New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S.
On #7 bus line and near Columbia City light rail station

From the host: Kabul Girls: See the film, meet the filmmakers. Get an inside view of women’s lives under the Taliban in the country where the U.S. waged its longest war. Written and directed by Afghanistani human rights activists Masooma Ibrahimi and Masood Eslami, Kabul Girls portrays the hardships women face under the right-wing religious regime and how they depend on each other for survival. The event will raise funds to aid people in the Herat region of Afghanistan, where, partly due to restrictive gender roles, 90% of deaths from three catastrophic earthquakes this October were women and children. The 73-minute film was released in 2020. Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the showing.

Hosted by Radical Women; $5–$10 door donation. Light snacks and drinks available for donation. For more info, call 206-722-6057 or email

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Wintry Weekend Ice Skating Rink in Occidental Square

Dec. 8, 1–7 p.m. and Dec. 9–10, 12–6 p.m.
Occidental Square, 117 S. Washington St.

From the host: Our winter classic is back! Strap on your skates and glide across our free synthetic ice rink, returning to Occidental Square for its second year. From Dec. 8–10, our pop-up outdoor rink will welcome skaters of all ages and skill levels to take a merry turn on the ice. Skates are provided for free. The rink will be open 1–7 p.m. on Friday and 12-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit the Downtown Seattle Association webpage.

A flyer for a vigil, with a group of solemn men gathered closely together, one wearing a 'PRESS' vest. In the foreground is text overlaying the image, reading 'VIGIL FOR JOURNALISTS KILLED IN GAZA' with event details 'SUN DECEMBER 10, JOSE RIZAL PARK, 5PM'. The background shows a blurred flag, adding a somber and respectful tone to the message of the flyer.

Vigil for Journalists Killed in Gaza

Dec. 10, 5 p.m.
Dr. Jose Rizal Park, 1007 12th Ave. S.

Seattle-area journalists and media-makers are hosting a vigil for journalists in Gaza on Sunday, Dec. 10, at Dr. Jose Rizal Park in North Beacon Hill. Taking place at 5 p.m., the candlelight vigil will “honor the many fallen journalist[s] who have lost their lives … for simply showing the truth behind … what it’s like to live under Israeli occupation.”

The Sounds of the Roadhouse

Dec. 21 — 6–8 p.m.
The Roadhouse, 19955 28th Ave. S., SeaTac

From the host: Eric Payne, a multifaceted musician with a captivating journey in the world of music, brings his unique talents to The Roadhouse. Eric had the privilege of traveling the world as part of the renowned group Up with People. During this time, he had the honor of meeting influential figures, like comedian Bob Hope and President Richard Nixon at the White House in Washington, D.C. His international journey took him to numerous states in the United States and various countries, including Panama, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Morocco, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.

For more information and to register, visit the The Roadhouse’s webpage.

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