THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—State of Africatown 2019, Asian Market Tour & Thai Cooking Class, Quinn DeVeaux, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Jan. 11th:

B by Guillermo Calderón

“Washington Ensemble Theatre presents the North American Premiere of B, By Guillermo Calderón; Translated by William Gregory; Directed by Jay O’Leary

“Anarchists Alejandra and Marcela are searching for a way to voice their political beliefs and prove their dedication to the cause. When they meet disillusioned bomb maker Jose, he agrees to teach them all he knows. With their motives and devotion for non-violent anti-capitalist anarchy put to the test, Alejandra and Marcela must decide how far the are willing to go and what they are willing to give up to speak their minds. Guillermo Calderón’s tightly-wound surrealist play hashes out the complicated and irrational nature of violence, terrorism, and activism.

“CAST: Sophie Franco* as Alejandra, Craig Peterson as Jose Miguel, Shermona Mitchell as Carmen, Klarissa Marie Robles as Marcela. *Member of Washington Ensemble Theatre.” Editor’s note: Opening night (Fri.!) is SOLD OUT. But there are many upcoming show dates.

Time: 7:30 PM
Where: 12th Avenue Arts — 1620 12th Ave
Cost: $15–25

Tags: Theater

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SeaTac Hub of Community and Culture Faces Displacement

by Irene Jagla

SeaTac Center, the two-story strip mall that takes up a slanted lot between 154th St and 152nd St, is a hub of commerce and culture. The shops that now occupy the location of a former casino and warehouse offer a place for East African, Latino, and Southeast Asian immigrants to gather, shop, eat, and establish their own cultural space in South King County.

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New Documentary Examines Homelessness in Seattle

by Carolyn Bick

Tomasz Biernacki is a West Seattle photographer, documentarian, and former architectural graphic designer. His first film, Trickle Down Town, follows several different people who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness in the Seattle area. The film first premiered in October, and has since been shown around the Seattle area. The Meaningful Movies Project will screen Trickle Down Town at Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival Street Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

Biernacki spoke by phone with the Emerald from Camp Second Chance, where he was building tiny homes.

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Boxing Empowerment for Trans & Non-binary Folx, Deaf Talks 2019, East African Community Dinner, and more!

by Emerald Staff 

Friday, Jan. 4th:

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic

“Expresso is held the FIRST FRIDAY of every month at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 17th Ave S.) Please come share your writing, poetry, art, comedy, dance, music, and love. If you don’t have anything to share, come anyway! Support your local talent and have some fun!”

Time: 7 PM
Where: Langston Hughes PAI — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Open Mic, First Friday

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Franklin High School Welcomes Basketball Teams from Florida to Vancouver, B.C.

by Susan Fried

The Franklin High School gym floor echoed with the sounds of squeaky tennis shoes and basketballs being dribbled on the hardwood as 16 teams from four states and Canada participated in the 2018 High School Basketball Tournament of Champions at Franklin High School. The teams came from as far away as Miami, Florida. High School teams from all around the state of Washington also showed up for the tournament. Along with the host team from Franklin, Nathan Hale and Cleveland teams also participated.

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BEYOND SMALL TALK — New Year’s Resolution: Conduct a Passiveness Audit

by Julie Pham

Imagine you are on a bus in the middle of winter. Someone has his window open and all the people around him are shivering. Yet, no one says anything even though all are thinking, “This guy should close this window!” Instead of acting, everyone continues to sit in the cold, resentful and silent.

Imagine a new coworker has joined the team. Someone asks, “What do you like to do in your free time?” She responds, “I like to read my Bible.” Awkwardness falls over the group, most of whom haven’t been to a religious institution in years, if ever. Instead of acknowledging her response, the topic is quickly changed.

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