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‘What the Funk?!’ Festival Brings Three Star-Studded Days of Burlesque to Seattle

by Mark Van Streefkerk


Seattle is about to be teased, titillated, and thrilled at “What the Funk?!,” an all-BIPOC burlesque festival that kicks off this Thursday, Aug. 19, at The Triple Door. The festival includes three nights of shows and two days of workshops from a star-studded lineup of talent from the Pacific Northwest and across the U.S. Performers will be showcasing their scintillating skills all to the tune of the Funk, the whole Funk, and nothing but the Funk!

“What the Funk?!” will culminate in a closing night competition where a winner will be crowned the new Grand Master Funk. While the festival is sold out, there will be an after-festival CookOUT at Judkins Park on Sunday, starting at 1:00 p.m. and open to all. Find out more about the CookOUT and RSVP here. “We’re going to fire up the grill and cook until we run out of propane,” said Mx. Pucks A’Plenty (they/them and YAS QUEEN), the founder and co-producer of “What the Funk?!.”

Pucks is a Black, queer, nonbinary burlesque performer and producer (their production company Puckduction is co-producing “What the Funk?!” with Rebecca Mm Davis of the Stay Up Late show), who has compiled an impressive list of achievements since graduating from the local Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque only four years ago. They are also one of the co-founders of the Seattle Burlesque and Cabaret Co-op based out of Ballard. 

YAS QUEEN says they watched a Netflix documentary A Wink and a Smile, which featured Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque in Seattle, and fell in love. “This is what I wanted to do,” Pucks said, remembering the moment. Not long after, they attended and graduated from the school and have since become a full-time performer and producer, all while surviving the pandemic and carving out spaces for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ burlesque to thrive in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Juneteenth 2021 in Seattle: A Guide to Local Events

by Emerald Staff


Emerald staff rounded up local Juneteenth events so you and yours can easily find ways to participate both in person and virtually in celebrations, storytimes, cooking classes, and so much more!

Check back to this post as we continue to add more events that we hear about!

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PHOTOS: The Celebratory and Somber Performances of Hai! Japantown

by Carolyn Bick

Under the warm, yellow lights of Kobo in the Chinatown-International District’s Japantown, Mako Willet readied her sanshin, an Okinawan instrument similar to a lute, to play another song, supposed to warn fishermen about stepping on sharp conch shells.

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PHOTOS: The Sights and Smells of the Georgetown Carnival

“Here, smell this,” Tom Fasnacht said, holding up a bright chartreuse mineral up to Susan Murphey’s nose.

“Ugh!” Murphey exclaimed, as she jerked away.

“It’s sulfur,” Fasnacht said, and they both chuckled, as he put the fragrant mineral back into its box at the mineral stall.

Fortunately for Murphey and the thousands of other people who filtered through the 14th annual Georgetown Carnival, the smells that wafted along Airport Way South on the afternoon of June 8 were that of decidedly more appetizing festival food. People feasted on spiraled, fried potatoes on sticks, savory sushi burritos, and smoked meats, washing it all down with lemonade, homemade horchata, and beer. Artists’ stalls dotted the side streets, the vendors selling everything from bone jewelry to minerals to woven art.

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Photo Essay: ROOTS marks 46 years of celebration

by Susan Fried

The weather was perfect for the 46th Anniversary ROOTS (Relatives of Old Timers of Seattle) Family Picnic, September 2nd at Jimi Hendrix Park. The summer celebration was started in the 1970s as a way to bring together some of Seattle’s original Black families and some more recent arrivals. It’s become a tradition where friends and family come together to reminisce about the past, create new memories and honor and appreciate people who are doing good things in the community.  

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Photo Essay: BAAMFest Features Music, Dance and Pop-Up Museums

by Susan Fried

More than 2,500 people attended this year’s BAAMFest (Rainier Beach Arts and Music Fest) on Aug. 19th at the Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza. The annual event featured more than 40 acts on four stages, four pop-up museums and 40 booths.

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