By Rosin Saez
January 6, 2017

ART

Now thru Jan 26
Combatants at Gallery4Culture
Seattle photographer David Jaewon Oh turns his lens to a typically male-dominated space: gyms. In Combatants though, Oh “captures the strength, honestly, and endurance of women in combat sports,” says 4Culture. Run, don’t walk, to this gallery in which Oh’s series of portraits explore themes of identity, femininity, gender roles, and more. You can follow his other works on Instagram @thisisdizzle. Free

Now thru Feb 26
Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi

At the Asian Art Museum, this exhibit curated by Tabaimo juxtaposes her contemporary works beside Seattle Art Museum’s Asian art collection. “Combining hand-drawn images that evoke traditional Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) with digital manipulation, Tabaimo’s animated installations offer a critical and complex view of contemporary Japanese society.” says SAM. Free

DANCE

Fri & Sat, Jan 6 & 7
The Three Yells: Giselle Deconstruct
This Seattle dance company, founded by Veronica Lee-Baik, presents a “reinterpretation of ballet” in which choreography—also by Lee-Baik—explores “death through love by suicide,” per the event description. “Suicide is the largest killer of teenage girls worldwide, and is most acute in Southeast Asia where choreographer Veronica Lee-Baik originates. Through dance, Lee-Baik seeks to transcend female degradation into liberation and empowerment.” $20

FESTIVALS

Sun, Jan 15
Festàl Turns 20 Fête
As they say: “All 24 ethnic festivals will be represented through food, drink, décor, performance, dance, art, exhibits, and music. Japanese, Italian, African American, Mexican and Arab cuisine with wines from around the world will be served, along with a special tasting of French and Italian wines.” And so much more… Find more details on the Festàl event page. $50

CIVICS

Sat, Jan 14
State of Africatown
They say: “The fourth annual State of Africatown will be held on January 14th at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and will feature presentations on the accomplishments of the last year as well as vision, opportunities and challenges facing the African American and African Diaspora community in 2017.”

Please send us events for Top Things to ethnicseattle@gmail.com!