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

By Rosin Saez
April 28, 2016

 

ART

 

Thu, April 28
Crosscut Arts Salon: The Color of Race
In this art salon from Crosscut, artists from various backgrounds will discuss questions on “one of the most pressing and relevant subjects of today: race”, as the event page puts it. “What does it mean to be an artist of color in Seattle? How does a specific art form lend itself to issues of racial identity and ethnicity?” These questions and more will be unpacked by artists such as Filipino American rapper, Prometheus Brown, Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater, Donald Byrd, cofounder of eSe Teatro, Rose Cano, and more. The event is free, but an RSVP is required, though there will be a limited number of tickets at the door as well. Rainier Arts Center, Free, Doors at 6pm

Thu, April 28
Freestyle Battle at Eastern Cafe
Come to this cafe meets bar in the C-ID for a hip hop freestyle battle. It’s free to come and watch locals spit hot fire, while it costs five bucks to do some freestyling yourself…winner takes all. There will also be music and spcial performances from other local artists. With beer, wine, food, gelato, and coffee, you can’t really go wrong hanging at Eastern Cafe on a Thursday night. Eastern Cafe, Free, 7 to 11pm

Fri, April 29
Posing Beauty in African American Culture: Opening Night Party
This free event at the Northwest African American museum will welcome the new exhibit, Posing Beauty in African American Culture, which runs April 29 through September 4. The exhibit examines the historical and contemporary contexts surrounding African and African America beauty and the contested ways in which they are represented in the media, photography, film, fashion, advertising, and other forms of pop culture. This Friday, the opening night will debut the art as well provide music, food, and drinks. Northwest African American Musuem, Free, 6–8pm

Fri, April 29
Legendary Children at SAM
From 6:30 to 10pm this Friday, head to the Seattle Art Museum to celebrate queer and transgender communities and artists of color. There will be performance, music, DJs, and more. The powerful exhibit Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic will be open and free during this evening of representation, empowerment, social justice, and dance. Seattle Art Museum, Free/RSVP

 

GIVE BACK

 

Sat, April 30
Comcast Cares Day & Bridge 2 Beach Clean Up
This weekend more than 3,000 Comcast employees and their families, friends, and community partners will volunteer to improve several neighborhoods and nonprofits around the Puget Sound including Rainer Beach. This day of giving back takes place each April during National Volunteer Month and is Comcast NBCUniversal’s companywide celebration of their year-round commitment to service. You can join hundreds of community volunteers in giving some much-needed tender, love, and care to Rainier Beach neighborhood. Rainier Beach, Free, 8am–1pm

And if you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity perhaps a little closer to home, there’s a Spring Clean in the Chinatown-International District, too! Sign up hereC-ID, Free, 8–1pm

Tue, May 3
Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG
While this doesn’t fall on a weekend day (depends on your work schedule though!), it is still a fantastic event of giving back. This event is very dear and near to our hearts since Ethinic Business Coalition is one of the nonprofits you can support. So, please help us to keep Seattle unique and diverse by participating in this crowdfunding event called GiveBIG (or give whatever you’re comfortable with); we’re just proud of the work we’ve done and would like to continue helping ethnic businesses and communities.

 

FOOD & DRINK

 

Thu, April 28
Kids’ Cooking Class at Green Plate Special
Dumplings come in all shapes and sizes and come through a variety of diffferent cultures too. At this cooking class for youth, learn to make your own dumplings, both meat- and vegetable-based plus sauces to dip these delicious bites. Green Plate Special, Rainier Valley, $50, 5–7:30pm

Sat, April 30 thru May 1
Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale
This weekend check out Seattle Tilth’s annual May Edible Plant Sale just in time for starting summer gardens. They have an epic selection of organic plant starts including over 70 varieties of tomatoes and 30 types of peppers, as well as herbs and edible flowers. The sale will have crops that thrive in the forthcoming warm season and there’s soemthing for every level of gardener. The event is free to attendees, runs from 9am to 3pm both Saturday and Sunday. Meridian Park, Wallingford, Free

 

KIDS & FAMILY FRIENDLY

 

Sat, April 30
Cambodian New Year Festival in White Center
In honor of Southeast Asian new year, the Cambodian Cultural Alliance of Washingtion, also known as the CCAW, has planned a day full of family friendly fun. Down in White Center, there will be a banana eating contest, hacky sack tournament, guest speakers, poetry, Robam dances, live Cambodian music, and of course a lot of vendors selling delicious food. Plus check out their free photo booth…because memories. Golden House Bakery and Deli, Free, 10:30am–5pm

 

DANCE

 

Fri, April 29
World Dance Party
The Delridge Community Center is launching a new Cultural Event Series in West Seattle, and this first one features just good old-fashioned fun and dance. The event will have instructors teach multicultural dances to those who feel like getting their groove on, plus a potluck afterwards! Delridge Community Center, Free, 6–9pm

Please submit event details for consideration to ethnicseattle@gmail.com