Talks on tea, pictures with Santa, and unique holiday markets all happening this weekend!

By Rosin Saez
December 2, 2016

TODAY

Fri, Dec 2
3rd Annual Light Up the Beach Holiday Challenge
Once again Rainier Beach businesses will be decorated in full-on holiday spirit. This free community event not only includes fun decor—don’t forget to cast a vote for your favorite—but there will be live dance performances, live music and caroling, food and drinks, crafts, games, and more. You can start things off at the Rainier Beach Safeway (9262 Rainier Ave. S) where you can take a free photo with Santa. Various locations, 5-8pm, Free

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ARTS & LECTURES

Sat, Dec 3
Lecture Series at the Asian Art Museum: Can a Plantation Be Fair?
The history of tea is steeped in philosophy, literature, art, and world trade. Sarah Besky of Brown University will lead this weekend’s discussion on tea plantations and labor, notably those in the Indian region of Darjeeling. Teas from this area have been certified as “fair trade” but Besky pulls into question fair trade certifiers’ understandings of labor justice and fairness. Asian Art Museum, 9:30-11am, Tickets at the door, $10

MUSIC

Sat, Dec 3
Water Is Life: Benefit Show for #NoDAPL
To raise funds, awareness, and other necessities for those standing against the North Atlantic Drilling Company’s oil pipeline in North Dakota, Seattle community Hollow Earth Radio will host a benefit show at the Black Lodge. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, while winter materials will be collected as well to be sent to those facing an arduous winter. Water Is Life features music from the likes of cellist Lori Goldston, Mommy Long Legs, Nacion De Humo, and more. Black Lodge, 8pm, Donation

HOLIDAY

Dec 3 & 4
Black Santa at NAAM
Get your picture taken with Black Santa this weekend at the Central District’s Northwest African American Museum. Pictures will be affordable, plus there will be free food, arts and crafts, and storytelling…so long-line stress be gone. For a little inspiration, Minneapolis’s Mall of American will host a black Santa for the first time this holiday season as well.

SHOPPING

Sun, Dec 4
Holiday Gift Pop-Up at Bar del Corso
Their Second Annual Holiday Gift Pop-Up will feature local artists, illustrators, jewelry and clothing designers, and more. Food and beverages will be available, plus fellow Beacon Hill neighbor, Fioravanti, will also be open that day and will be featuring a wreath-making class by The Field Trip Society. And in the spirit of giving back, Bar del Corso will also be collecting donations for four local native women travelling to Standing Rock on December 10th. Any extra donations will go to Mary’s Place, who empower homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.