This Weekend In South Seattle: May Day & Cinco de Mayo

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, May 1st

Movies: Opening of Avengers: Age of UltronDetails: The epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Showings: 12:50pm, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 9:45pm, 10:10pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: May Day & Cinco de Mayo

The Emerald Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

by Brie Ripley

South Seattle Emerald Executive Director Marcus Green and Board Members Devin Chicras, Dominique Scalia, and Dominic Smargiassi are excited to share the South Seattle Emerald’s first birthday cake with guests. (GIF created by Brie Ripley)

Writers, reporters, non-profit workers, a city council candidate, and community members all sang together last night. “Happy birthday dear South Seattle Emerald,” they chimed, “happy birthday to you.” Continue reading The Emerald Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

‘Poetry on Buses’ brings Seattle’s Languages, Cultures Along for the Ride

(This article was originally published on the Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)

by Reagan Jackson

What does home mean to you?
There is a rice field in Manila that smells like
The nape of my mother’s neck.
This is how I have dreamt her for many moons.
Heart strings tuned to the chord of umbilical
I strum her song with each breath in
Remembrance of who I am from.
—Kyle Ricci, 29, “Momma’s song.”

Kyle Ricci’s ode is one of 365 poems by local poets that you might see on the 4Culture website or your bus commute home as part of “Poetry on Buses,” a program organized by arts organization 4Culture and King County Metro Transit. The concept debuted in 1992, featuring fifty poems a year from Seattleites of all ages and backgrounds that were printed on placards and displayed on buses. Continue reading ‘Poetry on Buses’ brings Seattle’s Languages, Cultures Along for the Ride

A Communal Confession at Howard S Wright

by Marilee Jolin, Columnist (Featured Photo: Alex Garland)

An excited foreboding takes hold of me as we cross John St, the Key Arena pavilion in our sights.  The sun is busting through the clouds with gusto, I’ve got my comfy shoes on and my stomach is in knots.  It is Monday of Holy Week 2015 and I am on way to a “Table Turning” action organized by faith groups in the Seattle area.  I am excited.  I am confident in the merits of the cause.  And yet I am nervous; not fully certain I want to be a part of the protest about to occur.   Continue reading A Communal Confession at Howard S Wright

“Poetry is Living”: Slamming With Nikkita Oliver

Featured image courtesy of Michael “Renaissance” Moynihan

The torrent of praise was as overwhelming as it was effusive: “brilliant,” “life-affirming,” “mesmerizing.” After the Emerald ran Nikkita Oliver’s poem in the Sunday Stew two weeks ago several readers wanted to know more about the poet who, “laid out life so raw, yet so beautifully.”

The poet, spoken word artist, organizer, pugilist, teacher, and law student was generous enough to take time from her preparation for next Sunday’s Seattle Poetry Slam: Grand Slam Continue reading “Poetry is Living”: Slamming With Nikkita Oliver

Emerald in the Rough: Why Alec Stephens Deserves The City Council Appointment

After Seattle’s City Council announced 8 finalists to fill the vacant position 9 council seat vacated by former councilmember Sally Clark earlier this week, the Emerald sent interview request to those finalists living within the South Seattle area. The City Council will be convening a special hearing at 4:00pm today to hear presentations from finalists and receive comments from the public. They will then appoint a replacement for the position at Monday’s City Council meeting, which will take place at 2:00pm.

by Cindi Laws, Columnist

Alec Stephens

I met Alec Stephens in 1987 or 88 at one of the early meetings that led to the creation of The Rainbow Coalition. The primary leaders of that movement, affiliated with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH organization, were Larry Gossett and Roberto Maestas (El Centro de la Raza). Alec and his wife Helena were integrally involved from the get-go. Continue reading Emerald in the Rough: Why Alec Stephens Deserves The City Council Appointment

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