Events

What’s happening, South Seattle? Here’s what you told us about:


(Submit an event for inclusion on this page here!)

Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities

Feb. 11–March 14, 2021

From the host: In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary. Paired with a mentorship program and artist services, Our Right to Gaze is intended to disrupt the status quo and experiment with new models to support independent filmmakers.

To view the event and purchase tickets, visit the Northwest Film Forum’s (NWFF) “What’s On” webpage


For an in-depth look into the films, check out the Emerald’s article, Northwest Film Forum: A Hyperlocal 2021 Sundance Festival Venue.


Health Care: USA, Washington State, and the League

March 4 — 7 p.m.

From the host: The South Seattle Unit of the Seattle-King County League of Women Voters (LWV) invites you to join them at their first Thursday forum for March! At this forum, we will review the current state of health care reform, nationally and locally, followed by a panel of several local leaders of groups advocating for Universal Health Care. Panel speakers at this forum include: Steve Bauck, co-outreach vice president of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action; David Loud, Steering Committee co-chair at Health Care is a Human Right, Washington; Jen Nye, communications director at Whole Washington; Bevin McLeod, co-founder and board president of Alliance for a Healthy Washington.

To register for the forum, click here.


The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County (LWV) believes that sensible, responsible civil discourse and action based on substance rather than partisanship is essential for civic improvement and that we can help make democracy work through informed participation in government.

The South Seattle Unit of the LWV holds regular meetings on the third Monday of each month (the next meeting is on March 15 at 5:30 p.m.). To see a calendar of LWV events, including regular meetings, visit their Events webpage. For more information about the South Seattle Unit, contact Sarah Miller, co-leader, via email.


Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2021

March 4–14, 2021

From the host: The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) proudly presents its ninth annual festival March 4–14, 2021 entirely online in partnership with the Northwest Film Forum (NWFF). This year’s program will showcase some of the best in recent independent cinema by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The 123 films in SAAFF’s 2021 program demonstrate the talent of both veteran and up-and-coming filmmakers and the richness and diversity of AAPI storytelling. This year, SAAFF will offer 9 outstanding feature-length films and 15 exciting shorts programs, including a drive-in screening of martial arts action comedy THE PAPER TIGERS on March 6.


To purchase tickets, visit the SAAFF website. For more information, check out the Emerald‘s article “9th Annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival Will Be the Biggest Yet.”


Stompin’ at the Savoy Virtual Gala & Auction

March 6 — 7 p.m.

From the host: Join us for an hour of music and fun in support of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO), a nonprofit arts organization. Enjoy performances by SRJO all-star band members and students in our Jazz Scholars program. Win weekend and week-long getaways, jazz experiences, wine, and much more during our silent and live auctions!

Proceeds from this event will help SRJO to keep the music playing for our musicians, educators, students, community, and the future of jazz.

Register for your complimentary virtual tickets at SRJO’s Gala website. All registrants will be entered to win our door prize, a $200 gift card to The Capital Grille.


Promo image for To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews With Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults.

Photography Northwest Exhibit: To Survive on This Shore

To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews With Transgender
and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Jan. 14–April 15 2021

In Conversation: To Survive on This Shore
Presentation and discussion with Jess T. Dugan, Vanessa Fabbre, Caprice Carthans, and Aidan Key
*Sat., Jan. 30 — 12 p.m. (*This event is in the past)

To Survive on This Shore exhibition (description from the host): Photography Northwest is pleased to present To Survive on This Shorea new photographic exhibition on view January 14–April 15, 2021. This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between Jess T. Dugan, photographer, and Vanessa Fabbre, social worker and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, whose research focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging.


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RECENT PAST EVENTS:

Othello Talks: Community Health

March 1 — 6–7:30 p.m.

From the host: Othello Talks is new a monthly 90-minute program covering a specific topic of community focus catering to current residents, professionals, and community organizers who live and/or work in Seattle’s South End. Each program can be independently viewed live or on YouTube. We will learn through presentations and listening to each other, we will engage by learning and teaching our neighbors, and by doing so, we will cultivate the collective wisdom of not only participating in existing community work but also in creating new action. Join our community on Facebook.

Our first event is focused on community health. Please join us on March 1, 2020, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Our first guest is Dr. Benjamin Danielson, a beloved Community MD Adolescent & Pediatric Medicine Specialist.

To RSVP, visit the following link: bit.ly/2LBNlVM


African American Read-In

Feb. 28 — 1–2:15 p.m.

From the host: Celebrate Black History Month with a music-infused #OwnVoices read-aloud event for all ages. University of Washington Master of Library and Information Science students will read stories by African American authors and artists. The African American Read-In is hosted by Dr. Michelle H. Martin and iSchool students and sponsored by the UW iSchool and Read-a-Rama. The African American Read-In is an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The free event is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Register at ischool.uw.edu/read-in.


Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2021 

Feb. 18–28, 2021

From the host: Undimmed by the pandemic, Children’s Film Festival Seattle (CFFS) returns in 2021 with online screenings of 134 animated and live-action films from 27 nations, all centered on the experiences, joy, and challenges of childhood. In this time of continuing to stay safe at home, the programs provide families and youth an expansive window to the greater world, inspiring empathy, understanding, and global awareness. The film lineup and pass and ticket sales are live NOW!

The theme of this year’s festival is “Love and Light” — a window into the selection process’s focus on uplifting content.

$5–25 sliding scale admission for all CFFS film programs; no one turned away for lack of funds! Email cffs@nwfilmforum.org about free community tickets.

Visit CFFS’ website to learn more about the festival and to purchase passes.


I’m Every Womxn: An Opportunity Washington Benefit Concert

Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.

From the host: A celebration of the cultural richness that Womxn of Color, particularly Black womxn, bring to Washington state with a concert featuring the incomparable, 10-time Grammy-winning artist, Chaka Khan! This event showcases local Black womxn performers, dancers, and musicians, in an effort to support Washington state Womxn of Color-led nonprofits that advocate for racial equity and justice.


For more information, visit Opportunity Leadership Network’s (OLN) website, and check out the Emerald‘s article OPINION: We Must Continue Lifting the Voice of Every Womxn.


Jackson Street Jazz Walk

Sat./Sun., Feb. 27 & 28 — 7–8:30 p.m.

From the host: Jackson Street Jazz Walk Goes Virtual! JSJW combines music, community, and the rich legacy of Central Seattle! We commemorate African American artists who have blazed the trails before us, feature today’s jazz & blues artists, and we serve our community. Join us! We invite you to pause from the difficulties of our current day and enjoy the music. This year’s event raises funds to support The Central Area Senior Center’s Meal Delivery Program. Please share this concert event and join us during Black History Month for the 2021 7th-Annual ​Jackson Street Jazz Walk.


This event takes place on YouTube. Tune in at go time either or both days!


Power to Heal

Feb. 27 — 1:30–3:30 p.m.

From the host: Join Whole Washington as they celebrate Black History Month with a powerful movie and panel! First, they’ll introduce you to the Whole Washington campaign. Then, you’ll watch Power to Heal, an hour-long documentary narrated by Danny Glover. The film explores the moment when Medicare expansion and the Civil Rights Movement intersected. Finally, there’ll be an amazing panel featuring: Justin Jackson, LA Chargers running back and Medicare for All activist, as well as Dr. Victory Dooley, family physician and Bernie Sanders surrogate.

The event is hosted by Sean Cavanagh, Andre Stackhouse, and Laura Fielding.

For more information and to register, fill out Whole Washington’s webinar registration form.


BECU Foundation Scholarships — Now Accepting Applications!

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. PST on Fri., Feb. 26

From BECU: It’s that time of year again — the BECU Foundation is currently accepting applications from student members for its annual scholarship program! This year, the BECU Foundation is recognizing and awarding $2,500 scholarships to full-time high school seniors and undergraduates currently enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year or technical college or university who play an active role in giving back to their community.


Learn about eligibility and more on BECU.org.

Note: Students pursuing a degree in healthcare, STEM or trade fields may qualify for a Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. (Applications are due by Thursday, February 11, 2021.)


The Soul of Seattle

Join the Black Culinary Leaders During a Month of Virtual Live Events

*Fri., Feb. 126–7:30 p.m.
Live National Panel with Black Culinary Leaders / Hosted by Marcus Samuelsson (*This event is in the past)
*Fri., Feb. 196–7:30 p.m.
Live Cooking Demo with Trey Lamont, Kristi Brown / Hosted by Wayne Johnson (*This event is in the past)
Fri., Feb. 267 p.m.
Virtual DJ Dance Party with DJ Topspin & Special Guest Questlove

From the host: Chef Edouardo Jordan, the two-time James Beard Award winning chef behind Salare & JuneBaby, created The Soul of Seattle to help foster relationships and empower the community through food. His goal is to shed light on the diverse food and Black-owned businesses within Seattle. He believes these talented chefs and curators in the city create the fabric of our food scene.

Event ticket packages will consist of dinner for one person from the restaurant of choice, beer from Métier Brewing Company, a Soul of Seattle branded gift, and a link to the corresponding live event.

All events are hosted on Zoom. Tickets are available for purchase with or without meals. There are limited tickets available for participating restaurant meals. All food must be picked up on the Friday of the event from 3–5 PM from the featured restaurant selected. Any left over meals will be donated to families facing food insecurity.


Sweet Virtual Vibes with SassyBlack

Feb. 25, 2021 — 8 p.m. PST

From the host: Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), and On the Boards co-present this edition of Sweet Virtual Vibes, an extension of each organization’s ongoing collaboration with SassyBlack in support of her as an artist, musician, and creative thinker.       

This Sweet Virtual Vibes will include a screening of Ilana Harris-Babou’s LONG CON, which skewers the wellness industry through stories about well-known fortune-tellers and health gurus, such as the Honduran healer Alfredo Darrington Bowman, aka Dr. Sebi, and Youree Dell Harris, aka Psychic Readers Network spokeswoman Miss Cleo. To learn more about Ilana Harris-Babou’s exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery visit the Gallery’s website.

So, sit back, stand up, dance, curl up, but whatever you do get yourself ready for a sweet sweet virtual vibe!

For more information and to purchase tickets for this event, visit On the Board’s website.


Hello4Culture: Black Imagination

Thurs., Feb. 25 — 8–9 p.m.

From the host: For our first Hello4Culture of 2021, we’re celebrating Black History Month by taking a deep dive into Black Imagination: Sites of Power, a 4Culture-funded project by artists Natasha Marin and Jay O’Leary Woods. This exhibition-slash-experience features video, audio, and visual art made in collaboration with dozens of local Black artists.Co-hosted by our friends at Northwest Film Forum, this session will feature screenings of video from the project and conversations with the artists.


Register on Zoom. The session will be captioned. Explore Black Imagination: Sites of Power at www.black-imagination.com. Learn more about Hello4Culture at www.4culture.org/hello-4culture.


Holocaust Center for Humanity Lunch-and-Learn: ‘In My Hands: Rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke’

Feb. 23 — 12–1 p.m.

From the host: Join Intiman Theatre for an exciting partner event with the Holocaust Center for Humanity! We will be joined by Jeannie Opdyke Smith who will share her mother Irene’s incredible journey of courage and resilience. The true story of how one Polish Catholic teenager saved over a dozen Jews during the Holocaust. The story became the acclaimed Broadway play Irena’s Vow. Learn from Irene’s example how we can all say no to hatred, persecution, and prejudice.

Tickets are free! To register, visit the following webpage.


Black Theatre Beyond the Politics of Representation

Feb. 23 — 5–6 p.m.

From the host: Join Intiman Theatre for a Black History Month conversation: Black Theatre Beyond the Politics of Representation. Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, Intiman’s Board Chair, will host the conversation, with special guests Stacie McCormick, PhD, and Wind Dell Woods, MFA/PhD. Together, the panelists will explore questions around the tensions embedded in the politics of representation for Black theatre artists. How can Black theatre become a liberatory space that pierces the veneer of how blackness gets to be represented on stage?

Tickets are free for everyone! For more information and to reserve tickets, head to Intiman Theatre’s website.


BIPOC Filmmaker Weekly Happy Hour

Feb. 23 — 5–6 p.m.

From the host: BIPOC folks in the filmmaking game: Drop in for a new weekly virtual Happy Hour! We might drink a little, laugh a little, and talk about film — what we’re watching, creating, what you want to do in the industry, and what you need. Join us weekly, or whenever you can. Each Happy Hour will take place over Zoom. Registration is only required once, then you can attend weekly.

“In the spirit of Alice Walker’s quote, ‘Hard times require furious dancing,’ we wanted to create a virtual space of connection and joy for BIPOC filmmakers.” — Tifa

For more information and to register for the event, visit Northwest Film Forum’s (NWFF) “Education” webpage.


NWFF’s Weekly Open Script Read

Feb. 22 — 10–11 a.m.

From the host: Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) presents Open Script Read, meeting weekly on Monday mornings and facilitated by NWFF Executive Director Vivian Hua! Local screenwriters and filmmakers may submit 10 pages of their original work, and one script will be chosen per session. For the first half-hour, participants will hear a live table read and receive feedback from other writers. The remaining half-hour will allow other writers to share details about projects they’re working on, as well as look to one another for advice and collaboration. All are encouraged to attend, even if your script is not being read.

For more information and to register, visit NWFF’s “Education” webpage.


Photo: A dancer from the Thai Cultural Society performs during the Lunar New Year festival in the C-ID, Seattle, WA, 3/2/19 (by Carolyn Bick). Graphic design overlay by Emerald staff.

Local Lunar New Year 2021 Celebrations

Feb 5–22 — Tết in Seattle: Vietnamese Lunar New Year, 2021 (Seattle Center)
*Feb. 12–18 — ICHS Lunar New Year 5k (will be held online). Registration is closed but you can still support this fundraiser. (*This event is in the past.)
*Feb 13, 1 p.m. Wing Luke Virtual New Year Celebration (*This event is in the past.)

Plus! To celebrate Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Little Saigon Creative is hosting a photo booth through the end of the month and a Flash Sale that ends this weekend (Feb. 13/14). Due to COVID-19, a smaller-than-usual Lion Dance will embark from Little Saigon Creative at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, and make its way to Phở Bắc Sup Shop. 

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NWFASA Filipino American Agenda Community Town Hall

Feb. 20 — 2–3 p.m.

From the host: Join the Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance (NWFASA) and other community members in Washington and Oregon at our Community Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. as we discuss various issues surrounding Filipinos across the US and abroad via the Filipino American Agenda (FAA) — a list of agreements reflecting the immediate interests and needs of our community. We will conduct an orientation of the FAA and create an open space for folks to provide any feedback and/or additions. This event is open to EVERYONE! Bring your friends, family members – your titos and titas! We want to make sure everyone’s voices are heard.

For more information, visit NWFASA’s Facebook event page, and to RSVP to the event, visit their registration portal.


Moss’s First Annual PNW Mini Lit Fair

Feb. 20 1:30–5 p.m. PST

From the host: Moss proudly presents the first annual PNW Mini Lit Fair, an experiment in regional pomp and circumstance. We’ve managed to snag the fine folks at Pacifica Literary Review, Poetry Northwest, Fugue, and the Cadence Video Poetry Festival for a literary extravaganza that’ll knock your socks off, with readings from Jess Walter, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Shelley Wong, and many more.

Mark your calendar and snag your free ticket for Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1:30–5:00 p.m. PST for a marathon of readings and videos, along with a panel discussion with the curators who shape the outlets you know and love. The event is totally free and open to the public — we’re excited to see you!

More info on the event, including a full schedule (stay for the whole show, or just pick the readers of most interest to you!) is available at Moss’s website.


Promo image for FIUTS CulturalFest 2021 from the event on Facebook.

Virtual CulturalFest International Expo

Feb. 10–20

From the host (FIUTS): CulturalFest is the largest multicultural student event at the University of Washington, and this year visitors of all ages can experience FIUTS  CulturalFest from anywhere in the world! 

FIUTS CulturalFest International Expo 2021 will celebrate the world’s cultural diversity represented by University of Washington students and FIUTS global community members. During the 10-day online event, anyone is welcome to “travel” the world in a safe virtual space through art, music, games, photographs, and much more. Visit fiuts.org on February 10th to begin the celebration!


Northwest Nikkei Museum Speaker Series

Feb 19 — 7–8 p.m. (ongoing speaker series)

From the host: Join us for our new, monthly program and learn about Japanese American culture and history with the Northwest Nikkei Museum (NNM)! On the third Friday of every month we will host a speaker, covering a variety of topics and perspectives related to Japanese Americans in the Greater Seattle Area and beyond!

Join the NNM and Omoide on Friday, February 19th starting at 7 p.m. (PST) via Zoom for the first of the series to discuss Day of Remembrance. Omoide is a unique writing program that has introduced the Nikkei experience to several thousand students, 200 teachers, and 400 members of the general public for more than a decade. Free to attend, but registration required.


Learn more about this — and other upcoming speakers — and register for events on the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) website.


NWFF Special Event: Thin Skin Screening and Discussion

Feb. 19 — 6 p.m.; Discussion at 7:30 p.m.

From the host: A struggling single dad clings to his dream of being a musician, much to the chagrin of his absent Nigerian father, until a mysterious illness throws his world into chaos. Thin Skin is a music-infused, darkly comedic true story about keeping it together when you’re falling apart.

A live talk-back with cast and crew accompanies this screening at 7:30 p.m. PST. Please start the film promptly at 6 p.m. PST to be able to join in.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Northwest Film Forum’s (NWFF) “What’s On” webpage.


2020–21 Hugo Fellows Mid-Year Reading

Feb. 17, 2021 7–8:30 p.m. PST

From the host: Join the current Hugo House Fellows for their mid-year reading. Nourished by the Audre Lorde poem “A Litany for Survival,” Fellows have themed the evening “A Litany for [ ]” as a framework for reading their work.

The 2020–21 Fellows will read from the projects they’ve been working on during the Hugo Fellowship, a part of our program that provides support to emerging writers. Hear new work from Brian Dang, Cassidy Dyce, Clare Johnson, Frances Lee, Stephanie Segura, and Arianne True. Writers-in-residence Laura Da’ and Ruth Joffre, who served as mentors for this class of Fellows, will emcee.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the “Hugo Events” webpage.


The Emerald recently published an opinion piece critical to Hugo House leadership. For more information, read the article, Hugo House’s Passive Response to Racism Prompts Writers to Address the Violence of the Past


A TOWN HALL MEETING — Part 2: A Discussion on the Recent Violence in the Rainier Beach Safeway Parking Lot

Feb. 17, 2021 6–7 p.m. PST

From the host: Rainier Avenue Radio presents A TOWN HALL MEETING — Part 2: A Discussion on the Recent Violence in the Rainier Beach Safeway Parking Lot.

Join us to make your voice heard about recent violence in the Rainier Beach Safeway parking lot… or just listen! The discussion will center how community members feel they are being impacted by the violence, what YOU see happening as a result, and what YOU would like to have happen. Are you a South Seattle resident? What engages you in these conversations? We look forward to hearing back from you and encourage your participation.

Register on Eventbrite for access to the Zoom link to participate.

Or you can WATCH on the Rainier Avenue Radio website or app (free iPhone/Android), YouTube, Facebook, or Twitch. You can also LISTEN on our website, TuneIn, or through your smart speaker.


Re-Opening Schools Amidst a Pandemic Lunch and Learn

Feb. 17 12–1:30 p.m.

Join the Equity in Education Coalition (ECC) for this month’s Lunch and Learn: Re-Opening Schools Amidst a Pandemic. Panelists include Angel Asuncion-Reed, parent within the Bellevue School District and assistant director of Clubs and Leadership at Seattle University’s Center for Student Involvement; Jennifer Matter, president of the Seattle Education Association; Aaron Garcia, member of the Highline School Board; James Bible, attorney at the James Bible Law Group; and Maddy Thompson, executive policy director for education and higher education for the Office of Gov. Inslee. The event will be held virtually on Feb. 17 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Learns are a monthly event that discusses community-identified issues — such as diversifying the teacher workforce, implementing restorative justice, and understanding the intersection of mental health and racism. The outcomes and goals of Lunch and Learns are to increase the understanding of and power in the educational system for parents, families, and communities of color, and to also develop equity-based solutions to community-identified issues and strengthen the movement to end racism in the public educational system.

To learn more and register for the event, visit ECC’s “Events” webpage.


Union by Law: Filipino American Labor Activists, Rights Radicalism, and Racial Capitalism

Feb. 115–7 p.m.

From the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies (UW): Join us as we celebrate the release of the new book Union By Law: Filipino American Labor Activists, Rights Radicalism, and Racial Capitalism by Michael McCann with George Lovell (University of Chicago Press).

Union by Law analyzes a century of Filipino American workers’ rights-based struggles, from the U.S. invasion of the Philippines through the devastating landmark 1989 Supreme Court civil rights ruling, Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio.

From February 4 to February 18, save 20% on your book purchase of Union By Law from the University of Chicago Press website using promo code PR20MCCLOV.


Learn more and register on the UW Zoom page for this free event.


Heart 2 Heart: Green Drinks Think Tank

Feb. 95:30–7:30 p.m.

From the host (Sustainable Seattle): Join Sustainable Seattle for a Seattle Green Drinks Think Tank virtual gathering! Our Sound Listening Q1 theme is The Heart of Sustainability. February’s Green Drinks meetup is a participatory research session that will begin with a short presentation on the definition of sustainability, followed by a facilitated discussion. We will discuss these questions:

What does sustainability mean to you?
What attracts you to sustainability?
What guides you in your sustainable decisions?
What gives you the feels about sustainability?


Learn more and register for this free event on Sustainable Seattle’s website.


Senior Support Group

Fri, Feb. 5 — 3–4:30 p.m.

From the host (Somali Family Safety Task Force): Come learn about the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn about the health and safety risks. The age restrictions and criteria and where to get the vaccine.


Learn more and contact the host via the Facebook event. (See other Somali Family Safety Task Force events for men, mothers, youth, and more on their Facebook page.)


Reading Through It Book Club — One Person, No Vote

Wed., Feb. 3 — 7–8 p.m.

Join the Third Place Books and the South Seattle Emerald on Wednesday, February 3 to discuss One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson. You can purchase a copy of the book on the Third Place Books website. All monthly book club titles are discounted 20% at the Seward Park location for the month prior to the book club meeting. To be eligible for the book club discount, select “Curbside Pickup at Seward Park” on the website, or make your purchase over the phone (206-474-2200) or in our Seward Park store.

All are welcome and no purchase required. Reading Through It meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Marcus Harrison Green, publisher of the South South Emerald, and Neal Morton, Western education reporter for The Hechinger Report, will lead the conversation.

View the Reading Through it Book Club February Facebook event to RSVP and for more info.


Keep Music Live — Grants Available

Application Deadline: Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. PST

From Keep Music Live: Keep Music Live — a COVID-19 fundraising campaign to raise money to support small, independently-owned venues across Washington State has announced the applications for relief grants is now available. Washington State’s beloved music venues were the first businesses to close due to COVID-19 and will be among the last businesses to re-open.

Relief grants will be awarded to all businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 and will be distributed in February 2021. While the application process is very streamlined, Keep Music Live will be hosting live Zoom sessions to provide one-on-one support and answer questions to venue owners who are applying. (Learn more/apply online.)


A Green Legacy Launch Event: Securing Business Funding in the Cannabis Industry

Wed, Feb. 3 — 5:30–7:30 p.m.

From A Green Legacy: Getting capital for your business usually includes a loan from the bank and maybe a friends and family round of investing, right? But what happens when banks are timid or aren’t an option at all because the business is a not-federally-legal cannabis business or is a newly regulated CBD/Hemp business? What happens when the friends and family round of funding doesn’t cut it and biases in banking and venture capital present you with roadblocks?

Join A Green Legacy’s launch event where we’ll talk about the facts and a panel of BIPOC cannabis trailblazers will share what they’ve learned on their fundraising journeys, and how they successfully funded their cannabis business. This is an inclusive event open to anyone including those who are current or aspiring cannabis/CBD/hemp entrepreneurs, investors, folx who are figuring out entrepreneurial options, and those who care about the future of cannabis.

Panelists (abbreviated for space): Marie Montmarquet | Co-founder of MD Numbers Inc.; Jeffery Freeman Jr | Co-founder of the Washington State-based cannabis processing company and vape cartridge brand Mfused & the newly launched CBD brand Polite; Ashley Stallworth | Washington State-based founder of CBD hemp health wellness company, Present Naturals Distributions, founder of Bio Fiber Industries, an agro-technology company, and Co-Founder of High Standard Labs; and Sheley Secrest | Washington State-based, defense attorney and owner of Law Offices of Sheley J.M Secrest, Policy Advisor for the Craft Cannabis Coalition, and regional vice president of the NAACP – Alaska, Oregon, Washington.


(Image: STEM Global)

STEM Global Educator Workshop (Virtual)

Sat., Jan. 30 — 8:45 a.m.–12 p.m.

From the host: Calling all teachers! Join fellow STEM educators for Washington Global Health Alliance’s virtual STEM Global Educator Workshop. This brand-new interactive workshop is designed to give teachers free COVID-19-centered activities and curriculum resources to integrate into their virtual classrooms.

Note: Activities are tailored for high school curriculum standards.


This event is free. Learn more and register here.


TCS Banner designed by TVP partners (source: KCLS website).

Teen Creative Society – Meet and Sketch with Vikram Madan

Wed., Jan. 27 — 4–5 p.m.

Ages 12–18

Supplies needed: Blank paper of any type, and something to write with.

From the host (King Co. Library System): Meet Seattle artist and author Vikram Madan! Ask questions about his pop-surrealist paintings, illustrations, and humorous books of poetry. Have a piece of your own art ready to share. Draw along with Vikram as he explains how to create and sketch characters and keep them consistent even with a new expression.


Register for this event on the KCLS website.

KCLS Nerd Culture Club recently discussed the second volume of The Old Guard series. Book available to on library database, hoopla. Check out Nerd Culture Club: Adult Comic Book Discussion on Tues., Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. *For ages 17 and up, but teenagers can attend with parent/guardian permission.

Workshop: Ask What Success Looks and Feels Like

Two dates:
Fri., Jan. 22, 3:30–5 p.m. (Register)
Tues., Jan. 26, 4:30–6 p.m. (Register)

Join South Seattle Emerald contributor Julie Pham in an interactive online workshop on “Ask What Success Looks and Feels Like.” Leave with new connections and a plan to re-envision success in 2021. 

Pay-what-you-can!


Tai Chi for Joints

Sat., Jan. 23 — 9:30–11:30 a.m.

From the host: Do you have joint pain? Does the pain get worse when it is cold and wet? Wherever the pain is, it is most likely the result of blocked energy in your joint possibly from prior injury, repetitive motion or overuse. The best way to release the blocked energy and alleviate join pain is through energy movement. Tai Chi practice becomes the best way to combat joint pain by improving energy circulation and help heal and strengthen the muscles around the joint.

Meet us Online: Join us online to experience energy flow to lessen the joint pain and feel more centered and calmer. The tuition is $25. Register [on the event website] and you will receive the Zoom login information.


Additional info: This event is suitable for all ages.


Bicycle Trivia Night feat. Andy Hampsten, Jennie Reed, Heidi Franz, and Nelson Vails

Thurs., Jan. 21 — 5:30 p.m.

From the host: Join Bike Works … for a for a night of bicycle trivia! Guest panelists include professional road bicycle racer and winner of the 1988 Giro d’Italia, Andy Hampsten, World and U.S. champion track cyclist and Olympian Jennie Reed, Pro cyclist for the UCI Continental Team Rally Cycling, Heidi Franz, and retired road and track cyclist and Olympian Nelson Vails! Compete for some incredible prizes, while building your cycling knowledge and networks while you’re at it. Sliding-scale tickets proceeds support our youth & community programs.


Learn more and get tickets for this event on the Bike Works website.


Raven Chronicles Presents “Take A Stand: Art Against Hate

Thurs., Jan. 21 — 7–8:30 p.m.

From the host (Seattle Public Library): Join us to hear contributors from the anthology Take A Stand, Art Against Hate read their work and work by other authors.

With over 170 contributors, including Jericho Brown, Lucille Clifton, Marge Piercy, and Danez Smith, Take a Stand features poetry, artwork, essays, and fiction that confront past and ongoing injustices and offer visions of positive change. Tonight’s readers will include Anna Bálint, Tess Gallagher, Lawrence Matsuda, Tiffany Midge, Shankar Narayan, henry 7 reneau, jr., and Penina Ava Taesali.


Register at SPL.org.


39th Annual Seattle MLK Jr. Day — Good Trouble Necessary Trouble

Jan. 12–18

From the host: Seattle’s MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition has mobilized for social justice every year for almost four decades, and this year is no exception. The Coalition comprises grassroots, labor, business, People of Color, and progressive community organizations and volunteers from throughout the Puget Sound region.

The difference is this year the workshops will be online and spread over several days (Tuesday, January 12–Saturday, January 16), instead of the traditional MLK morning in classrooms at Garfield High. And the workshops this year are including some national figures, as Zoom makes that easy. But you do have to sign up in advance.

Workshops are described [on the Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition website].


Additional info: The usual MLK Jr. Day march will be held on Mon., Jan 18 and begins at Noon at Garfield High. Learn more about the full list of events on the event website.


LUSIO Lights Pioneer Square

Daily through Jan. 15 — 4:30 p.m.–12 a.m.

LUSIO Lights Pioneer Square invites you to take a COVID-safe, self-guided tour of an array of lighted art installations in gallery and other storefront windows and outdoor public spaces across the historic downtown Seattle neighborhood. If you haven’t had a chance to take the tour yet, there’s still time! This 45-day light art installation runs until Jan. 15.


From the host: Please remember to mask up and stay socially distant from those outside of your household! Map, artist roster, and more information at lusiolight.com and pioneersquare.org.


OBCC Town Hall

Sat., Jan. 16 — 3 p.m.

From the host (Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic): Dr. Ben Danielson recently stepped down as Medical Director of OBCC, citing along history of inequity and racism at Seattle Children’s. He inspired a call to action to dismantle racism throughout medicine. OBCC remains committed to Dr. Blanche LaVizzo’s mission to provide Quality Care with Dignity. Please join us virtually over MLK Day weekend to discuss your questions, concerns, and vision for our future as a community.


Additional info: RSVP for this event via this web form (available in English, Spanish, and Somali) .


Reading Through It Book Club — We Will Not Cancel Us

Wed., Jan. 6 — 7–8 p.m.

Join Third Place Books and The South Seattle Emerald on Wednesday, January 6 to discuss “We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice” by adrienne maree brown. You can purchase a copy of the book here. All monthly book club titles are discounted 20% at Third Place Books (Seward Park location) for the month prior to the book club meeting. To be eligible for the book club discount, select “Curbside Pickup at Seward Park” on the website, or make your purchase over the phone (206-474-2200) or in the Seward Park store.

Joining us this month will be Jini Palmer, host of Town Hall Seattle’s “In The Moment” podcast.

All are welcome and no purchase is required. Reading Through It meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Marcus Harrison Green, publisher of The South South Emerald, and Neal Morton, Western education reporter for The Hechinger Report, will lead the conversation.

View the Facebook event.


Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve

Thurs., Dec. 31 — 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Celebrate the beginning of a new year with the Seattle Aquarium’s Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve! Gather the family to enjoy the full New Year’s eve experience without staying up past bedtime. Join us at 11:40 a.m. on December 31 (pre-show starts at 11:30 a.m., Pacific time) for this free virtual event featuring music from Mikey the Rad Scientist, a dance party, fun facts about how the animals in our care are spending the holiday, a count down at noon and more. Reserve your spot today!


Longest Night: Solstice Ceremony 2020

Mon., Dec. 21 — 7–11:59 p.m. (6:30 doors)

From the hosts: This Winter Solstice, Northwest Film Forum, Holocene (Portland), REDEFINE magazine, Pink Noise (PDX), Crash Symbols Records & Seattle Documentary Association join forces to present five virtual rooms filled with music, movement, films, and meditation.

Enter a waking dream as Northwest Film Forum’s virtual space is transformed in celebration of the longest night of 2020. Full of ambient electronic music, live performances, guided movement, wellness activities, participatory rituals, and countless inventions culled from subconscious states, LONGEST NIGHT is a communally-minded, staff-invented, season-inspired Solstice party that brings light to the liminal space of the year’s darkest day.


Get all the details on the Northwest Film Forum website.


Peace Peloton Holiday Market

Sat., Dec. 19 (Noon to 7 p.m.) & Sun., Dec. 20 (Noon to 5 p.m.)

From the host: Peace Peloton’s Holiday Market is a safe, fun, and easy way for shoppers and makers to come together in support of economic reform for Black people.


Saturday’s event begins at The Patio in Columbia City at the corner of S. Ferdinand St and Rainier Ave S.. Sunday’s event begins at Tougo Cofee at 860 E. Yesler Wy. Learn more at peacepeloton.com.


Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market

Holiday gifts by artists in your very own neighborhood!

Dec. 5–20

Purchase gifts from hyper-local artisans from Dec. 5 to Dec. 20 online via the Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market. Learn about local artists and makers in the Rainier Beach Community Club’s marketplace directory, which features entrepreneurs in the following categories: Aromatherapy, Artisan Goods, Ceramics, Fabric, Glass, Jewelry, Literature, Mixed (ceramics, artisan foods), Natural Products, Photography, and Visual Arts. All sales and order fulfillment should be coordinated directly with the artists and not with Rainier Beach Community Club. Information for each artist/maker is available in the online marketplace.

Shop now!


Dance for Healing 2 — Find freedom, beauty and celebration in life’s struggles

Joy is strength! Heal body, mind, and soul with the power of dance in your own home with master teacher Dora Oliveira!

Nov. 28, Dec. 5, & Dec. 19

From the host: In this 3-class series, you will learn the basic movements of Jongo, Funky Kizomba, and Samba Reggae. These accessible classes are made possible by the COVID Community Healing Grant from
Seattle Parks Department. We invite people of all levels and abilities to enjoy the strength, energy, and relaxation that comes from dance.
Each week our community will focus on a different dance form that has evolved through the years as people have passed on the traditions, while also breathing new life into them for each generation. Enjoy the class on its own, or go deeper with journal prompts, readings, and links to
help you understand the roots of the dance and savor its fruits: celebration, gratitude, and personal and community liberation.

Sign up here to have 3 weeks of joyful, powerful, accessible
dance classes to be delivered to your inbox! Classes and learning materials will be sent via email [on class days] .

Learn more: dancewithdora.com.


Beacon Business Alliance Networking Happy Hour

Mon., Dec. 14 — 4:30–6 p.m.

From the host: Are you ready for our upcoming Networking Happy Hour this Monday?

Spread some holiday cheer with your local business community and get a look at the soon-to-come update of Essential SE Seattle.

Join via Zoom: http://ow.ly/TjvZ50CInYd


Rainier Beach Town Hall Meeting

Wed., Dec. 9 — 6–7:30 p.m.

From the host (Rainier Beach Action Coalition): Food Justice & Public Safety — Join us for a virtual Town Hall when we connect with the community to discuss RBAC’s Food Justice and Public Safety initiatives. We will recognize our local Unsung Heroes who have been in service to the community by developing programs to keep R.B. residents with food security challenges fed during COVID-19. There will also be a focus on RBAC’s efforts as we work towards developing the Food Innovation Center and District. Local artists will entertain, enlighten, and delight us so come one, come all and share in our joy as we say goodbye to 2020 and look to the future and brighter days as we celebrate our resilient community!


Join the meeting (beginning at 6 p.m.) here.


Black Action Coalition Weekly March

Fri., Dec. 11 — 5–8 p.m. (Seattle Central College)

From the host: We rally at 5 p.m. and march at 6 p.m. every Friday from Broadway and Pine. We are led by Black and Indigenous organizers. We march to bring awareness to the systemic and societal oppression of Black and Indigenous people. #BlackLivesMatter #SeattleProtests

Our Demands:
1) Hold the police accountable
2) Reallocate the SPD budget
3) Stop criminalizing youth
4) Actually protect and serve everyone
5) Protect, not attack, our right to protest
Details at: https://bacdemands.carrd.co/
Venmo: @bac-2020
RSVP


Community Food Giveaway

Sat., Dec. 12 — 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

810 23rd Avenue

From the hosts: Community Food Giveaway (Rain or Shine) — Socially-Distanced Outdoors Space. Right on 23rd just north of Columbia in Seattle’s Central District. Bring your own bags and Pick your own product: Meat, Produce, Breads, Dairy. Brought to you by RainierAvenueRadio.world and GOD IS.

Facebook event


Ethnic Heritage Council Roundtable

Sun., Dec. 6 — 2–4 p.m.

From the host: Bring your favorite holiday snacks and drinks to this gathering and enjoy brief presentations on winter celebrations from representatives of seven communities: Afghan, African American, Filipino, Hungarian, Jewish, Norwegian, and Uzbek. We’ll give you a chance, too, to tell us something about your own traditions and celebrations.

RSVP here.


Black Futures with Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham!

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now? 

Wed., Dec. 2 — 7:30 p.m.

From the host: Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together a new collection of work—images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—in Black Futures, which tells the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. Drew and Wortham will join Seattle Arts and Lectures for a pre-recorded, online-only event on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. (PST), co-presented with the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum).

Black Futures presents a succession of startling and beautiful pieces that generate an entrancing rhythm: Readers will go from conversations with activists and academics to memes and Instagram posts, from powerful essays to dazzling paintings and insightful infographics. In answering the question of what it means to be Black and alive, Black Futures opens a prismatic vision of possibility for every reader. 

Ticketing and other info: https://lectures.org/event/black-futures/


Reading Through It Book Club — The Truths We Hold

Wed., Dec. 2 — 7–8 p.m.

Join Third Place Books and The South Seattle Emerald on Wednesday, December 2 to discuss “The Truths We Hold,” by Kamala Harris. You can purchase a copy of the book here. All monthly book club titles are discounted 20% at Third Place Books (Seward Park location) for the month prior to the book club meeting. To be eligible for the book club discount, select “Curbside Pickup at Seward Park” on the website, or make your purchase over the phone (206-474-2200) or in the Seward Park store.

All are welcome and no purchase is required. Reading Through It meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Marcus Harrison Green, publisher of The South South Emerald, and Neal Morton, Western education reporter for The Hechinger Report, will lead the conversation.


Holiday Open Mic at Music Works

Wed., Dec. 2 — 7–8 p.m.

Open Mic at Music Works takes place the first Wednesday of every month. December’s event is a special Holiday Open Mic. Join online on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.


Serenity (Virtual) Yoga Retreat

Sat., Dec. 5 — 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

If Multiple Event Dates, Please List:

From the host (Dee Williams): Serenity Yoga Retreat — A virtual yoga retreat to close out the end of 2020 with grace, gratitude and generosity. No prior experience with yoga required.

Cost: $75 (Contact host for a $25–off discount code for use at checkout!)

Sign up here.


Virtual Bunka no Hi Japanese Culture Festival

New videos premiering every Sunday during the month of November via Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington

Sundays @ Noon Throughout Nov.

From the host: Bunka no Hi is going virtual this year! Bunka no Hi, or Japanese Culture Festival, is a free cultural festival dedicated to celebrating, commemorating, and educating the public about Japanese and Japanese American Culture in the Seattle area. We hope you can join us from the safety of your home at our “Virtual Bunka no Hi”, which will include a new video every Sunday at noon (PDT) during the month of November.

More details: https://www.jcccw.org/bunka-no-hi
Also free and online via the JCCCW’s YouTube channel.


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It’s Never 2 Early 2 Create & Innovate: A Black Youth Entrepreneurial Virtual Market Place


Fri., Nov. 27 — 12–1:30 p.m. & 3–4:30 p.m.

From the host: The marketplace event is scheduled to take place on November 27 which has been known as Black Friday, kicking off one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Although Black Friday traditionally has been used only as a mechanism of U.S. capitalism benefiting predominately dominant culture businesses, “It’s Never 2 Early 2 Create & Innovate” is joining with other social and economic justice efforts to repurpose that day.

With Video Entertainment by …
NW Tap Connection — Hell ya talkin bout
Akilah Franklin — Song Anymore
Louis Collins & John Jones — Class Clowns
Sidney Thomas — Poem: I am the Black Child
Cipher Goings — Tap Dance
Olu Dixon – Monolouge from the Great Debators
Draze ft. Owuor-Building Black Wealth (Offical Music Video)
Featuring Companies Created By Young People of African Descent

Learn more on the Facebook event.


RnR Live Jamm Session w/ Thatguy Rcurtis

Wed., Nov. 25 — 5–6 p.m.

From the host: This episode of #RnRLiveJammSession by way of #RainierAvenueRadio we are honored to have on the show, Author of “Emerald Street — A History of Hip Hop in Seattle,” Dr Daudi Abe, and Executive Director of “206 Zulu Nation,” Daniel “King Khazm” Kogita! Tap-in and lets get educated together!

Introducing “Hit or Quit!” This is the portion of the show that highlights both local and un-signed artists to see who you, the audience, thinks should be featured and interviewed on the following month’s show. We will announce the winner after each episode of #rnrlivejammsession. The King or Queen will be virtually crowned at the beginning of the following month where their song will be featured throughout that whole month and they will have a 15-min. interview within that month.

Tune in to: www.rainieravenueradio.world.


Turkey Giveaway!!


*Tues., Nov. 24 — 2–4 p.m. (*Was Mon., Nov. 23.)

From the host: Turkey distribution will be on a first come, first serve basis. Limited quantities available. Car pick-up is preferred as we are following strict social distancing guidelines and orders.

Find RIZP on Facebook.



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