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A South End Holiday Entertainment Guide

by Amanda Ong

As the weather gets colder and snow falls across the South End, we all look for warmth and ways to celebrate the merriment of the holiday season. The Emerald has compiled a list of fantastic shows for you to get into the holiday spirit. With music, dancing, laughter, and more, these events are sure to bring on the holiday cheer, so grab your eggnog and get your tickets!

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Photos by Carolyn Bick

Welcome to a monthly nature photography installment by Emerald reporter and photographer Carolyn Bick. While Seattle is a bustling metro, there are plenty of wild, natural spaces found in the area. We hope these photos will provide a gateway to the colors, textures, and vibrancy of the world all around us, from coastal or lakeside parks to that greenway in the middle of the neighborhood — and maybe encourage you to seek an outdoor adventure of your own.

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Alison Mariella Désir on Reclaiming Space and ‘Running While Black’

In her new book and upcoming Crosscut/KCTS 9 series ‘Out & Back,’ the Seattle outdoor activist shares her running journey.

by Caroline Gerdes

(This article originally appeared in Crosscut and is republished here under an agreement.)

In Alison Mariella Désir’s new book, Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn’t Built for Us, Désir discusses her physical journey as a runner, running as activism, and how the sport saved her life. 

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Pongo Poetry Project’s mission is to engage youth in writing poetry to inspire healing and growth. For over 20 years, Pongo has mentored poetry with youth at the Children & Family Justice Center (CFJC), King County’s juvenile detention facility. Many CFJC residents are Youth of Color who have endured traumatic experiences in the form of abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. These incidents have been caused and exacerbated by community disinvestment, systemic racism, and other forms of institutional oppression. In collaboration with CFJC staff, Pongo poetry writing offers CFJC youth a vehicle for self-discovery and creative expression that inspires recovery and healing. Through this special bimonthly column in partnership with the South Seattle Emerald, Pongo invites readers to bear witness to the pain, resilience, and creative capacity of youth whose voices and perspectives are too often relegated to the periphery. To learn more about Pongo’s work of inspiring healing and relief in youth coping with mental and emotional turmoil, register for Pongo Poetry Night, its upcoming event at Third Place Books Ravenna


by a young person, age 17

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Poet and Former Cage Fighter Jenny Liou Talks About Her Debut Book ‘Muscle Memory’

by Amanda Ong

As a poet and former cage fighter, Jenny Liou has a unique perspective on violence, both in the ring and out of it. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Seattle Public Library (SPL) will host a discussion between award-winning poet and writer Shin Yu Pai and Liou about her debut collection of poetry Muscle Memory. The collection brings together Liou’s time in the MMA cage with her Chinese American family’s history, as she reflects on violence in the cage and generationally.

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New Moon Movie Night: ‘The Woman King’ Is the Epic I’ve Always Wanted

by Saira B.

Welcome to our moon-synced movie review show, hosted by Saira Barbaric and NEVE. This duo of South Seattle creatives make multidisciplinary work together and individually. For this show, they’re ecstatic to join their love of astrology, ritual, and pop culture.

Stream this month’s podcast at the New Moon Movie Review official podcast website

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Massive Monkees Dance Crew Reopens The Beacon Dance Studio

by Ronnie Estoque

A hole was left in the local dance community’s heart when the Massive Monkees (MM) dance crew had to close their Chinatown-International District studio, The Beacon, in May of 2020 due to the pandemic and increases in rent from the property owner. While MM had occupied the space for nearly eight years, they had only met the landlord once since opening that location in 2013. Other factors contributed to the MM crew choosing to leave their original space, including the apartments right above their dance space, which meant their music had to be cut off early. According to Hocine Jouini, who has been a member of the dance crew since 2008, the studio was a boon to the community: Community members would often support local businesses around the CID after attending events or classes.

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A Holiday Market Guide for the South End

by Amanda Ong

Looking to shop locally and support South End and BIPOC makers this holiday season? The Emerald has you covered. You may have seen our guide to Native art markets this winter, but for even more options that support local, BIPOC, and South End small businesses, here are a handful of notable holiday markets perfect for gift shopping.

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