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Granddaughter of Architect Minoru Yamasaki Remembers Him in ‘Shapes, Lines, and Light’

by Amanda Ong


On Oct. 18, artist and author Katie Yamasaki will release Shapes, Lines, and Light: My Grandfather’s American Journey, a portrait of Katie’s grandfather — Minoru Yamasaki, the architect of the Pacific Science Center and the World Trade Center. Minoru Yamasaki was one of the most accomplished architects of the 20th century, and he was born and raised in Seattle’s Japantown, or Nihonmachi. 

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Podcast ‘Odd One In’ With Kristin Leong Gives Misfit Stories a Voice

by Amanda Ong


Seattle-based educator and scholar Kristin Leong is no stranger to feeling like an outsider. Last month, Leong launched Odd One In, a podcast about outsiders making their own way. While the podcast will profile many different people, the similar themes are a big part of her own story. Odd One In is a production of Rock Paper Radio, a newsletter for misfits and unlikely optimists, Rock Paper Radio, which Leong founded and where she works as editor and publisher. 

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Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Celebrates 50 Years of Black Arts

by Amanda Ong


This Saturday, Sept. 10, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a block party from 1 to 5 p.m. LHPAI’s 50th Anniversary Block Party will include food trucks and acts, including its own Teen Summer Musical, spoken word artist Arami Walker, and music from Black Stax and DJ Yaddy. The mayor and City Council will also be in attendance. But most importantly, it is an opportunity to gather with neighbors and community members.

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A September Roundup of Arts Events in the South End

by Amanda Ong

Last Updated on September 14, 2022, 9:58 am.


September is here, and with it comes a fantastic range of Seattle arts events. In addition to shows, exhibits, and performances, there are also open houses, literary talent, parties, theater, and music events both indoors and out. 

The Emerald brought together some of these amazing events so that this September can be a memorable one for you. Check them out!

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Indigenize Productions Brings Healing, Dance, and Joy to Native and BIPOC Communities

by Amanda Ong


Since 2017, Indigenize Productions has been showcasing queer and trans Indigenous joy in different ways, from hosting variety shows to dance parties. Indigenize was founded after a group of Indigenous talents met through a burlesque and variety show called “Dear White People” with an all-BIPOC cast at the University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Theatre. 

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Liberating Jasper’s Fat Bazaar Celebrates Fat Positivity

by Amanda Ong


On Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Liberating Jasper will host their inaugural Fat Bazaar, a free event celebrating fat positivity with music from DJ Fat Beetz, fat-loving vendors, a fat clothing swap, and more. The event will take place at Liberating Jasper’s Dock in Tacoma. 

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Summer in the South End: An August Roundup of Live Music and Block Parties

by Amanda Ong


Last week, we interviewed some rising local and BIPOC music artists performing in the city this summer. These artists are only some of the many incredible South End singers and musicians, part of a thriving and dynamic local music scene. 

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Eighth Annual Madaraka Festival Celebrates African Connections With Food, Music, and Art

by Amanda Ong


On Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, One Vibe Africa will host its eighth annual Madaraka Festival downtown at Pier 62. The festival brings African food, musicians, artists, creatives, and innovators for a celebration of music and civic purpose, and continues to deepen the relationship between Seattle and Africa. Tickets are available on the Madaraka Festival website.

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Summer in the South End: August Arts Events

by Amanda Ong


The South End is brimming with creative talent, art shows, and performances, as well as opportunities for artists to get involved. Looking to plug into the arts scene but don’t know where to start? Good news! The Emerald has done the heavy lifting of compiling some of the best of them so you don’t have to.

Whether you’re an artist seeking opportunities or just looking to support local creatives, we have some amazing arts opportunities to dip your toes into this month. Check these out!

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Fifth Annual Refuge Outdoor Festival Brings Healing and Connection for BIPOC Outdoors

by Amanda Ong


The fifth annual Refuge Outdoor Festival will be hosted in Tolt MacDonald Park from Friday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 14. The festival is hosted by Golden Bricks Events, which also hosts events like Sundaes Outside. Refuge is a camping experience that centers around BIPOC but is open to anyone interested in the outdoors, whether that means people with years of experience mountain biking, or someone who simply enjoys their local park. The event still has tickets available through the Refuge Outdoor Festival website leading up to its opening on Aug. 12. 

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