This Weekend In South Seattle: Screech at the Beach on Halloween, Fight for Climate Justice and Become an Opera Snob

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area


Friday, October 31st

Children:  Details: Firefighters read fire safety stories to preschoolers, dress in full bunking gear and help children explore a fire engine or ladder truck.. – Time: 11:00am-12:00pm –Where: New Holly Branch Library (7048 32nd Ave)- More Info:

Movies: Opening of Dear White People – Details: Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch.”- Showtimes: 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm –Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas (4816 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- More Info

Community: Columbia City Halloween Trick- or -Treat Details:The Columbia City Business Association CBA will be hosting a neighborhood trick or treat. This is an opportunity for families to go around to local business and collect candy. Look for orange and black balloons in front of participating businesses. – Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm –Where: Columbia City- More Info:

Community: Boo Bash at the Beach Details: This is the inaugural event, establishing an annual safe and fun place for kids to Trick or Treat through booths sponsored by organizations and community groups, hosted in the east half of the Rainier Beach Safeway’s parking lot.  Booths will feature games and activities, including a photo booth and costume crafting booths. Kids can also interact with the Seattle Police Department Mounted Patrol, the Mobile Precinct van, and a Seattle Fire truck. – Time: 4:00pm-9:00pm –Where: Rainier Beach Safeway (9262 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA- More Info:

Music:  Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble CD Release and Halloween Party – Details: Wayne Horvitz has continually inspired new Seattle jazz. He launches this extraordinary three-part evening at 6pm leading Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, a large improvisational ensemble creating incidental music for the silent classic, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. At 8pm the group celebrates its new CD. Proceedings continue at 10pm with Electric Circus, Horvitz’s arrangements of the classic fusion and fission of Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew and other little-performed gems of the new canon.- Time: 6:00pm-12:00am-Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- More Info

Community: Rainier Beach Pool Halloween Swim- Details: Come join in a a free community swim to celebrate Halloween-Time: 7:00pm –Where: Rainier Beach Community Center (8825 Rainier Avenue South)

Boo Bash


Saturday, November 1st

Environment:SE Seattle Climate Justice Forum- Details: Got Green’s Young Leaders in the Green Movement team up with the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment to learn together about the impacts of climate change to our community in SE Seattle and what we can do about it.Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm-Where: South Side Commons (3518 South Edmonds Street) More Info:

Community:Rainier Vista Lantern Walk- Details: Create your own lantern and join your neighbors in touring through Rainier Vista neighborhoods and Cheasty Greenspace Time: 4:30pm-7:00pm-Where: Rainier Vista Central Park (4410 29th Ave S)

Music: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyessy – Details: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is the acclaimed, road-sharpened trio of Brian Haas (piano/Fender Rhodes/bass Moog/synth), Chris Combs (electric guitar/lap steel guitar/synth), and Josh Raymer (drums). “It swings, it sways, but the jazz trio form in their hands has an almost primitive, inside-your-head, idiosyncratic quality” (DownBeat). McTuff, Joe Doria’s full-bore organ trio with the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar and the dazzling Tarik Abouzied on drums is becoming a Seattle legend.- Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm-Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- More Info

Community: Detective Cookie’s Urban Chess Club with Pro Chess Instructor H.R.Pitre. Details: Learn to play chess from one of the best instructors in South Seattle Time: From 12:00pm – 2:00pm Where: Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave South Seattle.  More Info: 206-650-3621 (Detective Cookie)

Sunday, November 2nd

Music:  Kathy Moore and the Kicks – Details: Opera on Tap Seattle is a non-profit group dedicated to breaking down the stereotype that opera is an elitist art form by bringing opera to your local wine bar and pub. Join us for Royals at the Royal Room where we will celebrate all things bel canto. Featuring Megan Chenovick, Kim Giordano, Rob McPherson, Melissa Plagemann, Ksenia Popova & Charles Robert Stevens singing favorites by Donizetti, Rossini & Bellini.- Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm-Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- More Info


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Man Fatally Shoots Daughter and Grandchild

by Cornelius Williams/Staff Writer

South Seattle — Last night a man in his 60s shot and killed his daughter and teen granddaughter before fatally shooting himself, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement.

Police officers responded to a report of a shooting with multiple victims in the 6300 block of South Fountain Street just after 8:00pm.

Officials have stated that police received a call from a 10-year-old boy who said his grandfather brandished a handgun at the boy’s mother and sister before shooting them.  His grandfather then proceeded to turn the gun on himself.

Police discovered the three victims dead at the scene when they arrived.

No motive for the shootings has yet been determined.

Emily Taibleson: Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman

by Robin Boland


Taibleson's contribution to the Columbia City Mural Project.
Taibleson’s contribution to the Columbia City Mural Project.

Artist Emily Taibleson went away to find her way back home. Her work currently on display at the Hillman City Collaboratory, a show entitled “Over the Stones on the Edge of a Bluff” (also the title of a compilation of poems she published in college), is a reflection of her personal journey as well as part of a larger community narrative. The story arc of the show follows Emily’s efforts to communicate her impressions and experiences on paper and canvas (and, in one piece that stayed with me, on dense burlap due to running out of canvas mid way through). Some pieces evoke the Northwest with color and texture, some reflect struggle and isolation in stark black and white. Throughout the show runs an underlying theme of connection and community.

One of Emily’s first jobs upon returning to the NW, after completing a rigorous arts program on the East coast, was a mural project intended as a vehicle to express the voices and stories of a group of at risk youth. In projects like this she acted as the framework within which the young artists learned to become the narrators of their own tale.  This community method of storytelling is again reflected in the Columbia City Mural Project, a large, vibrant mural on the west side of Rainier Ave S. (in the Hummingbird parking lot). A powerful piece, the mural project was a community effort weaving together a wide spectrum of voices. Emily was tasked with representing these contributors’ intimate stories and she did so with respect and consideration, feeling honored to represent these stories within the community. These projects highlighted for her what a privilege it is to have paint or canvas, to have a space to create or to display one’s work.  These things are ‘not a given’ despite what one might believe after being ensconced in an academic environment focused solely on creating art. The Collaboratory show in some ways reflects this change in her personal perspective, understanding the reality of privilege against the backdrop of being an artist.

Emily shared a sense of unburdening herself with this show, building off of the lessons she has learned up to now with an intention to re-focus and start fresh. Letting go of expectations, her own as well as the “industry’s”, has lead her to this jumping off place. The next chapter, blank canvas, awaits.

Sunday Stew: Who I Am

by Matt Sedillo

Who Am I
Who I am by Sladjana Endt


In a cave


At the Globe


On the Rhine

All roads

Lead to Rome


In his study




Freed the slaves

And history

Would not lie


On the Delaware

Take time

To learn

Your forebears


Are you



Are not

You are



Of nothing


Is written

To keep

Its victims


To think


Swarthy horde

Barbarian at the gate

Even in insult



From the soil


To be razed


Of burn codice


Without legacy


Without myth


Without legend

You bastard children


Seem to learn

Your lesson

The academy

Is no game

Of call

And response

It is the smoke rising

Of burning village


More construct

Than continent

Less land mass

Than concept

More west

Than civilization

More land grab

Than destination



I was taught

When I was young

I was not

A place

Where the census

Now tells me

To check

A box

Of Hispanic


Burned down the past

Now back for the rest


All that


From my chest

Born stateless

Heir to every injustice

Every pen

Every blade

Every cannon

Every burnt page

Born of 1846

Or was it 1538



Or of nothing

Of no one

The unsung ballad

Of history’s

Forgotten son

Tell me again

Who it is

That I am not

For some

Old world hardships


Against new shores


New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

Plymouth Rock

For others

Pushed off

Turtle Island


Do not call this brown

Skin immigrant

Child of the sun

Son of the conquest

Mestizo blood

Born of the streets

Of South Seattle

Who draws his breath

From different winds

Learns the past

In a different skin

Do not tell him

In what native tongue

His song would best

Be sung

Do not tell me

Who I am

The Case For Pramila Jayapal

Editor’s Note: We invited both candidates running for State Senator in the 37th District  to make a case for themselves as to why they deserve your vote on or before Election Day (November 4th).

by Pramila Jayapal

Pramila 2

We are reaching the final stretch in my campaign to represent you in Olympia as your next State Senator. We have knocked on over 24,000 doors and called over 10,000 voters.  We have had over 250 people volunteer their time, including dozens of young people and others who have never been involved in democracy before. We have garnered almost every single endorsement from a broad coalition of groups, from labor unions to environmental groups to women’s groups to community leaders and elected officials. There is only one thing left to do: vote!  Today, I want to ask you for your trust and your vote so I can represent you as the next State Senator for this beautiful 37th district.

I’ve spent the last 20 years of my life fighting for justice on numerous fronts.  I tutored African-American kids in the Cabrini Green Housing Project in Chicago back when I was getting my MBA, and learned first hand the challenges and critical nature of education, all the way from early learning to higher education.  I worked in economic development in the south side of Chicago, understanding how to revitalize urban neighborhoods and bring in jobs.  I worked on public health issues across Africa, Latin America and Asia, helping people to address the basic health of their communities.  And here in Washington, I founded and served as Executive Director for OneAmerica, now the largest immigrant advocacy organization in the state, where we registered over 25,000 new immigrant citizens to vote and helped push for federal immigration reform and the state Dream Act.

These diverse work experiences have convinced me that our agenda is broad and specific, together. And to achieve it, we need people to engage in democracy, not just for an election but for the long-term.  I’ve lived in this district for 19 years and I believe we have so much to teach the rest of the state with our diversity, resilience and creativity. I’ve said from the beginning that this campaign is not just about electing me—it’s about electing us.  I’m going to fight for you in Olympia, but I also want your participation to make this the most vibrant democracy we can make it in the 37th.  Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, black, brown or white—whoever you are, there is a place for your voice in the 37th.

I’ve heard from talking to you that too many people feel like we do need government but for too long, the system has been rigged against working families. As your next State Senator, I will work to level the playing field and help build an economy that works for everyone. This means everyone pays their fair share, women get paid equally to men, we cut outdated tax loopholes and reform our tax structure so we can pay for education, health, transportation and other supports.  Our state is slowly crawling its way back from the great recession, but too few people are sharing in the progress.  It’s time that we make sure working families, not just the wealthiest few, share in hope and opportunity.

I also know how critical public health and safety are in the district. As a leader on Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s taskforces on the minimum wage increase and Police Chief search, I have worked to responsibly foster environments that are good for small businesses, workers and public safety. Both task force objectives had the potential for divisiveness, but we brought diverse groups together and created the best solutions. I’ve built my career on helping to reach principled compromises on the toughest of issues—from immigration to racial profiling to building alternatives to incarceration—and I do not shy away from fighting to get the best outcome.

The 37th district is also crying out for jobs and economic development. As your Senator, I’ll use my relationships to build partnerships for opportunity, work with business, labor and government to ensure that we address affordable housing, incentivize employers to come to the district with good jobs, and provide assistance to small businesses to grow.

And – most importantly – as a mother of a public school student, I believe our greatest responsibility is the legacy we leave for our children and grandchildren. We have a court-mandated and constitutional responsibility to fully fund our schools—but not through cutting the other supports that kids need.  We have to reduce class sizes, pay teachers adequately for the important work that they do and support programs for early childhood education, all the while making sure we continue to invest in healthcare, support and safety net services.  That means raising new revenue, and I intend to make sure we do that.

I am so grateful to each one of you who have offered me support over the years for my activism and my campaign. I know that, together, we can make change happen in Olympia!  Please vote for me—and join our movement for justice and opportunity!

The Case For Louis Watanabe

Editor’s Note: We invited both candidates running for State Senator in the 37th District  to make a case for themselves as to why they deserve your vote on or before Election Day (November 4th).

Louis Watanabe
Louis Watanabe

by Louis Watanabe

As business professor and counselor, my greatest joy has been helping students and small business owners realize their dreams. As state senator, I am passionate about helping the people of the 37th District in Southeast Seattle, Skyway, and North Renton realize their dreams. That’s because I’m not satisfied with business as usual. I want to unlock the potential of a diverse district that speaks over 60 languages through smart investments. My focus is on jobs, education, and protecting vital services.

Jobs: I believe that the best social program is a job and that the best crime prevention tool is economic development. For too long, our community has lacked jobs and investment which came to a head in the wave of recent gun violence. When it’s easier to get a gun than a job, that’s a problem.

My approach starts with helping existing district businesses to grow so that they can hire more people, supporting the creation of new family businesses, recruiting new industries that bring skills and family wage jobs and developing training programs to emphasize apprenticeships and skills in the trades. Achieving this requires dollars to fix and improve our neighborhoods, providing technical assistance to new business owners, negotiating packages involving land and incentives, and partnering with educational institutions. Best of all, we create the opportunity to live and work in our own neighborhoods and increase our own self-reliance so that we are no longer held hostage by public officials.

I’m a workhorse, not a show horse. I value hard work and am proud of my historical connection to this district because my family once farmed along the Green River and sold vegetables at Pike Place Market. I have over 20 years of economic development experience that includes starting my own software company that became Microsoft’s first acquisition, coaching a variety of students and small business owners, and having served on the board of the University of Washington Consulting and Business Development Center.

Education: I believe that every student has unique gifts and that it is important to help them reach their full potential. For me, this meant that on my first day of class, I needed to know as much about my students as I could. I’d tell them that it was important to let me know if there were impediments to their learning such as problems at work, problems at home, or problems with a personal relationship. I’d also tell them that they could ask for help and feel empowered to use whatever was available. I say this because education doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s intimately connected with people’s lives and experiences. One of my biggest shocks was to discover that students were living out of their car on the campus parking lot due to homelessness.

One problem is that we have a one size fits all educational system that values only certain intelligence, abilities or cultural traditions. Your educational success shouldn’t depend on what community you come from. Even as we face a shortage of high paying skills like welding, carpentry and electrical work due to retirements, there is a bias toward molding students primarily for college degrees and computer skills. If that wasn’t enough of an issue, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once argued that reasoning ability wasn’t enough but that character and moral development were a necessary part of one’s education.

As your state senator, I realize that government decisions on how to amply fund education whether it’s pre-K, K12, or advanced education is more than about budget, it’s about how we address the needs of our community for the 21st century. As an educator, I am prepared to ask the right questions, make thoughtful decisions about our educational future and then fight for the necessary revenue to fund it.

Vital Services: I am guided by simple human dignity when it comes to vital services best expressed in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s message to Congress on his Economic Bill of Rights: “We cannot be content, no matter how high that standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people — whether it be one-third or one-fourth or one-tenth – is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.” I’m also practical because in many cases, it’s far cheaper to address problems earlier than later. As someone who has taught managerial accounting, I’m prepared to make the case to protect vital services.

This campaign is about who represents you in the state senate. As state senator, I will continue to be the guy who enjoys attending community events and meeting my neighbors. I have the experience and expertise to address matters of importance to our communities. I will be thoughtful, deliberate, and honest about decisions that affect you. Please vote for Louis Watanabe for the State Senate, 37th District. Thank you!

This Weekend In South Seattle: Save Public Housing, Powerlift Columbia City, and Visit the House of Thee UnHoly Band

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area



Saturday, October 25th

Fitness: Bull Stewart’s Columbia City Classic Powerlifting Competition from 9:00am to 4:00pm @ Southeast Seattle Senior Center: 4655 So Holly Street Avenue Seattle, WA 98118. More Info:


Community: Story Circle with Kathya Alexander readings at 10:00am and 11:00am Synopsis:Listen to Kathya Alexander share her personal stories of living through the Civil Rights Movement.  Go beyond the history of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with interactive storytelling that have children and adults fully engaged, captivated by her storytelling, and fully connected to her childhood experiences.  For some, this is their first experience meeting someone who lived through the Movement.  Listen to history come alive through a first-hand account of both great and fortuitous moments in our nation’s heritage @ The Seward Park Audubon Center :5902 Lake Washington Blvd S Seattle, WA 98118  Cost: $4 More Info:

Kathya Alexander

Cooking: Vegetarian Making Tamale Cooking Classes at 10:00am @ El Centro De La Raza: 2524 16th Ave S Seattle 98144


Civics: The Fight to Save Public Housing: Stop SHA Rent Hikes. Speakers begin at 7:00pm @ New Freeway Hall: 5018 Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA 98118 More Info:


Music: Ray Skejelbred’s New Orleans Quartet/ House of Thee UnHoly Band begins at 4:00pm @ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: Free. More Info:

Education:  CADMA Showcase begins at 5:00pm@ The Rainier Valley Cultural Center 3515 South Alaska St Seattle 98118.  More Info:

Community: Detective Cookie’s Urban Chess Club with Pro Chess Instructor H.R.Pitre. From 12:00pm – 2:00pm @ Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave South Seattle. Ages 7 and Older. More Info: 206-650-3621 (Detective Cookie)

Sunday, October 26th

Community: Lantern Making Workshops from 12:00pm to 3:00pm @ Full Tilt Ice Cream: 5041 Rainier Avenue South #105 Seattle, WA 98118

Music: Peter Mulvey  (Folk Music) begins at 8:00pm @ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: Free. More Info:


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