Every week Ethnic Seattle picks a wide range of community weekend events happening around the city. Here’s our guide for this weekend!

By: Kae Saeteurn
April 21, 2016



Fri, April 22
Ashes and Embers Seattle Premiere
Ashes and Embers has recently been touring the country and will finally make its one-night-only Seattle premiere this Friday at 7pm. Released in 1982, this film follows an African American Vietnam veteran as he struggles to make a future for himself while dealing with a turbulent past and a chaotic political climate. While the film was awarded a prize at the 1983 Berlin International Film Festival, and is considered one of director Haile Gerima’s landmark films; the film was never picked up by the US market. As a bonus, Haile Gerima will be in attendance to join Gabriel Teodros for an audience discussion. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, $5



Sat, April 23
Massive Monkees Day 2016
Get ready for some headspins, flips, and other tricks this Saturday with the Massive Monkees, a world-renowned break dancing crew based in Seattle. The crew is celebrating their 17th anniversary with a day full of dance competitions, including a 3-vs-3 crew break dancing battle, and an exhibition battle showcasing funk styles of hip hop dance. Pre-register as an attendee or pay at the door ($20). Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon (preliminary battles), The Showbox (main event), Doors open at noon



Fri, April 22
Sound and Poetry
Join ArtXchange Gallery for a special collaboration between artist and poet Alan Lau and sound artist, Susie Kozawa. With Lau’s latest painting exhibition, Beauty in the Decay, on display, both artists will perform sound and poetry in accordance with the evening’s atmosphere. Be sure to also check out Lau’s exhibition until April 30th. RSVPS are requested: info@artxchange.org. ArtXchange Gallery, free

Sat, April 23
The Poets Are In! Seattle’s Civic Poet, Youth Poet Laureate & Friends Poem Our City
It’s National Poetry Month! Celebrate by listening to six local poets as they share stories of living in the Emerald City. Featuring an intergenerational mix with its youngest member still in high school, expect these poets to bring forth words and poetry filled with a richness of diversity. SPL Central Library, 2-4 PM, free but seating is limited

Sat, April 23
35 Live: CoCA Members’ Show
Saturday marks the final day for CoCA’s (Center on Contemporary Art) last day of its Member Show. With thousands of works submitted, the exhibit features artists from all over the world including Hong Kong, Pakistan, Ghana, and the U.S. Additional artists will also be featured at CoCA Pops locations such as Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and Pioneer Square. Experience video, performance, installations, digital galleries, and more! CoCA PS35 (106 Cherry Street), 5-10pm, free



Fri–Sun, April 22–24
Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
With the spring season well underway, experience and celebrate Japanese culture and the blooming of cherry blossoms during this three-day event at the Seattle Center. This year’s event, which mark’s the festival’s 40th anniversary, will feature live performances, food, and activities including Taiko drumming. Seattle Center (Armory Main Floor and Fisher Pavilion), free



Fri & Sat, April 22 & 23
Washington Beer Collaboration Festival
Replace your typical Friday night happy hour and check out what the Washington Beer Commission has brewed up (pun intended). Featuring 50 different breweries across Washington and 25 awesome collaborations, give your taste buds some new creative sensations. Pre-register now ($30) or pay at the door ($35). Also, don’t forget to bring one or two designated drivers ($5 admission). South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn, Friday 4:30-8:30pm, Saturday noon to 6.


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