Democrat who wanted to become Florida’s first African-American governor concedes — again

Posted November 18, 2018 15:15:09

Democrat Andrew Gillum, who had sought to become Florida’s first African-American governor, has conceded after a recount showed he had no way of catching his Republican rival Ron DeSantis, an ally of United States President Donald Trump.

Key points:

  • A machine recount put Mr DeSantis ahead of Mr Gillum by 0.41 per cent
  • A separate recount in the race between Democrat Senator Bill Nelson and outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott is ongoing
  • The 2000 presidential race between Republican George W Bush and Democrat Al Gore was also subject to a recount

Mr Gillum, the 39-year-old liberal mayor of Tallahassee, had initially conceded the race on the night of the November 6 election to Mr DeSantis, a conservative former congressman.

But he later withdrew that concession when the results showed the two were close enough to trigger an automatic recount.

“This has been the journey of our lives. We’ve been so honoured by the support that we’ve received,” Mr Gillum said in a video statement.

“Stay tuned, there will be more to come. This fight for Florida continues.”

Mr DeSantis, 40, said on Twitter, “This was a hard-fought campaign. Now it’s time to bring Florida together.”

After a machine recount ended this week, official results showed Mr DeSantis with a lead of 33,683, or 0.41 per cent.

By the weekend that margin appeared impossible for Mr Gillum to overcome.

“We wanted to make sure that every single vote including those that were undervotes, overvotes, as long as it was a legally cast vote we wanted those votes to be counted,” Mr Gillum said.

Multiple legal challenges filed in Florida

His stance echoed similar appeals from fellow Florida Democrat, senator Bill Nelson.

Numerous legal challenges were filed in Florida over how to deal with certain ballots and the deadlines for counties to review them.

A recount is continuing in the race between Mr Nelson and his challenger for the Senate seat, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott.

After an electronic recount was completed, Mr Scott held a narrow lead.

Officials have until noon on Sunday (local time) to tally any votes missed by electronic voting machines.

That recount has become the subject of an intense political battle, with Republicans, including Mr Trump, claiming without evidence that the process was marred by fraud.

Both parties and their supporters filed multiple lawsuits challenging the process, with Republicans urging a strict standard on which votes were counted while Democrats contested rules that they saw as disenfranchising voters.

The drama of counties across the state recounting ballots brought back memories of Florida’s 2000 presidential recount.

In that election, the winner of the White House hung in the balance for weeks before the US Supreme Court stopped the counting and Republican George W Bush triumphed over Democrat Al Gore.

Reuters

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Five More Museums Acquire Art From Souls Grown Deep Foundation

In a strategic effort to reshape the narrative of American art, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation will help five museums acquire paintings, sculptures and works on paper by self-taught African-American artists of the South. These acquisitions bring to 12 the number of museums that have received more than 300 works from the Atlanta-based nonprofit, through gifts and purchase.

“There is an awakening of interest in African-American art from museums trying to be inclusive and diverse,” said Maxwell Anderson, president of Souls Grown Deep, who announced the transfer of 51 objects by 30 black self-taught artists to the Brooklyn Museum, the Morgan Library & Museum, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The new acquisitions together are valued at roughly $1.6 million, with the five museums paying a discounted rate of $455,000.

The acquisition is part of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation’s long-term plan to strengthen the representation of African-American artists in the collections of leading museums across the country, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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“Fading” (2002), by Thornton Dial, will be sold at Christie’s on Friday, with the proceeds to benefit Souls Grown Deep’s internship program.CreditStephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio

Mr. Anderson has been approaching institutions since 2016 to consider making acquisitions from the foundation’s cache, originally numbering about 1,300 works. This collection was assembled by William Arnett beginning in the 1980s, when little attention was paid to untrained black artists from the South working in highly inventive ways.

The Morgan, known best for old master drawings, hadn’t been on Mr. Anderson’s list. But after hearing the contemporary painter Chris Martin describe how the vernacular artist Purvis Young had influenced him, a Morgan curator, Isabelle Dervaux, contacted the foundation and ultimately selected 11 drawings by Young, Henry Speller and Nellie Mae Roe, among others. “Artists from the mainstream are looking at this kind of art,” said Ms. Dervaux, adding that the Morgan’s music collection of African-American folk songs and its manuscript collection of books from the Harlem Renaissance provided context for the acquisition, which will be exhibited in 2021.

The proceeds from these transfers go toward the foundation’s new program of grants. The first is funding three paid museum internships for undergraduate students of color, beginning next year, at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, each of which have acquired work from Souls Grown Deep. The foundation has also consigned its first work for auction at Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art sale on Friday — Dial’s 2002 “Fading,” with an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 — to raise additional funds for the intern program.

Addressing longtime criticism that the popularity of the Gee’s Bend quilts has not adequately benefited their makers, who are still living in the impoverished Alabama county, the foundation will direct future grants toward community improvements and the women there looking to sell their work.

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The colonial origins of Africa’s health crisis

Formerly colonised nations are still suffering the effects of underdevelopment and underinvestment in health infrastructure, writes Jessica Lynne Pearson.

Surgeons stitch up a young patient after an operation at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo by United Nations Photo (Flickr).

Formerly colonised nations are still suffering the effects of underdevelopment and underinvestment in health infrastructure, writes Jessica Lynne Pearson.

In August 2014, the social and political tensions caused by the Ebola quarantine in Monrovia’s West Point neighbourhood reached a breaking point when police fired into a crowd of civilians, killing 16-year-old Shacki Kamara. Beyond questions of police violence and the failure to effectively manage the quarantine process, the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa also raised serious questions about the viability of health infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa. The outbreak began in December 2013 and lasted until 2016. According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, it claimed over 11,000 lives and by the end of 2015 governments and aid organisations had spent over 3.6 billion dollars combatting the outbreak. While the epidemic has now largely been contained, the African countries that were impacted by the disease will continue to grapple with the long-term economic fallout of the outbreak for years to come.

The failure of both local governments and international organisations to respond to the outbreak effectively and efficiently provoked a broad range of very timely criticisms, and researchers and commentators immediately set out to locate the origins of this massive public health failure within the long history of European colonialism in Africa.

The three main countries affected by the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak were Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, each with their own unique relationship to the history of colonialism. Sierra Leone was a British colony, which won its independence from Britain in 1961. Liberia is unique among most African countries in that it was never formally colonised by a European power. Instead, what is currently the Republic of Liberia began as a settlement colony for free African Americans. Guinea, where the epidemic began, is a former French colony, which gained its independence in 1958 after a famous French referendum where Guinea was the only country in French West Africa federation (AOF) to vote in favour of immediate independence.

Prior to decolonisation, Guinea—like other colonial territories in French West Africa—was part of a federation-wide health system that had its origins in the early twentieth century and underwent a major overhaul during the Second World War. The earliest health interventions in these colonies were intended to protect trade and ensure good health for European colonisers.

Tides began to change when Ernest Roume—who assumed the position of Governor General of AOF in 1902—developed a program to provide free medical assistance to Africans. As historian Alice Conklin has argued, while these programs were provided at least a modicum of health care for Africans, they were geared primarily towards creating a healthier and more productive workforce to support colonial exploitation of African resources.

These programs that Roume and his successors created were, unsurprisingly, woefully inadequate. When the Second World War broke out, the number of fully functioning clinics in the colonies plummeted. In 1946, the chief medical officer for the colony of Guinea wrote in his annual report:

“In 1939, the situation wasn’t brilliant. At the beginning of 1946, it was catastrophic. This scenario urgently calls for a complete overhaul of the [colonial] health system based on a freer, more flexible, and more efficient foundation. The native population is wasting away, disappearing. Our doctors are ready. Give them arms.”

During the war, French doctors and public health officials set out on a quest to improve health in the colonies after the war. They outlined an ambitious program to bring preventative medicine to the empire and placed a particular emphasis on efforts to improve child and maternal health. But as France slowly recovered from six years of defeat, occupation, and direct collaboration with the Nazi government, there was little it could offer the colonies in terms of financial support or manpower to put these plans in action.

While the newly formed World Health Organisation (WHO) offered certain possibilities for support, this organisation faced its own obstacles as it clashed with colonial governments in Africa over questions of colonial politics and segregation.

The mere creation of this office was in itself a coup. Colonial governments had spent years trying to prevent the World Health Organisation from establishing a regional branch on the African continent. Many colonial officials believed that the WHO—with its ties to the United Nations—represented a significant threat to the survival of colonial empires in Africa. The French warned their colonial colleagues at the World Health Organisation in 1949 that by allowing the WHO to create a Regional Office for Africa, they would be giving the organisation carte blanche to “interfere directly and in a permanent fashion in the administration of non-autonomous territories in Africa.”

The WHO finally broke through colonial resistance in 1952 and established its African headquarters in the French-controlled city of Brazzaville, the capital of French Equatorial Africa (AEF). There, the WHO would encounter new obstacles, but this time in the political and social conditions of the colony itself. The WHO, in theory, was an organisation based on the notion of a right to health as well as a broad understanding of the value of social equality. In Brazzaville, staff found themselves having to adapt their programs to conditions that were decidedly unequal. On-going racial segregation plagued the city, despite the fact that its inhabitants had become full-fledged citizens of the French Union in 1946. Unsurprisingly, equality on paper had not produced equality in practice.

As the only delegate hailing from an independent African state, Liberian physician Joseph Togba drew particular attention to the ways in which colonial racism shaped the landscape of public health in the 1950s. He worried that, beyond the segregation that existed in AEF’s capital, white employees might travel across the Congo River to seek after-work entertainment in Léopoldville, where racial discrimination was even more rampant.

Although French officials managed to silence the only African voice on the regional committee, they were still fearful of the ways the WHO might attempt to meddle in colonial affairs. They thus made it their explicit mission to prevent the WHO from doing its work, and to make sure that the business of public health in Africa remained “among friends.” At a moment when the WHO was working to expand its reach throughout other regions of the world—Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Americas, and the Western Pacific—its ability to contribute to bettering the health of Africans remained highly circumscribed.

Today, as we attempt to locate the origins of Africa’s current public health crisis in the continent’s colonial past, we must consider not only the ways that European regimes actively underdeveloped these territories, but how their jealous attempts to safeguard colonial sovereignty impacted the newly formed WHO’s ability to invest in African health infrastructure.

Jessica Lynne Pearson is Assistant Professor of History at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of The Colonial Politics of Global Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa (Harvard University Press, 2018).

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Here’s how to better support people who are suicidal

I remember whispers, silence, and shame. When I was growing up in the 1960s and 70s, an older cousin violently ended his life. It was never openly discussed, leaving questions and grief surrounding his death to reverberate for years.

Decades later, suicide continues to create quiet circles of despair, a circle that grows ever wider in this country: The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers show a 25.4 percent jump in the national suicide rate from 1999 to 2016, when nearly 45,000 people ages 10 or older completed suicide. For every life lost, there are even more stories – from family, friends, and colleagues – that must be heard to eradicate the deep-seated stigma and the silence that contribute to this crisis.

National Survivors of Suicide Day on Nov. 17 brings much-needed attention to the crisis and allows survivors a special time and place for solace and community. I am a member of that community. But we can do so much more to prevent these tragedies all year round so that more people actually survive suicidal thoughts or attempts to complete suicide.

My own personal experiences of witnessing the suffering of mental illness and substance abuse inspired me to help create an accessible system of mental health support and resources where none existed.

As the first lady of New York City, I lead ThriveNYC, a city-wide mental health effort launched in 2015 that encompasses dozens of initiatives. We are bringing mental health resources to places where they are needed and teaching New Yorkers to take care of one another. We have now logged over 400,000 contacts to our helpline, 1-888-NYC-WELL, where you can talk, chat, or text with trained counselors.  

One of the pillars of our program is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a course first developed in Australia to teach ordinary people to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and other distress. To date, we have trained 75,000 people and plan to train 250,000 by 2021. People who have taken the course know, for instance, that you don’t increase the risk for suicide by asking someone if they are thinking of hurting themselves. 

Mavis Flowers, who took the training in the last year or so, discovered that her best friend planned to kill herself by overdosing on pills, only after Mavis took her to the hospital for what seemed like a panic attack. 

“If I didn’t have the Mental Health First Aid training, I wouldn’t have known she needed to go to the hospital,” Flowers said. “And I would never been able to ask her if she still had a plan, after leaving the hospital.”

“The training has helped me have conversations with her about going to a therapist and having a support system,” said Flowers, a 52-year-old mother and health care consultant from the Bronx. “It has helped me find ways to support her — I’ll say ‘OK, we have to talk about this to your therapist.’” Flowers herself has been certified to conduct MHFA trainings.

After taking the MHFA course and learning from other Thrive resources, a Staten Island family was able to understand the bipolar disorder of a young relative. He had been labeled “bad” for years, bullied by peers, and abandoned by his mother. He has since received proper medication and is college-bound.

When it comes to suicide, we need many ways to break the cycle of pain.

When it comes to suicide, we need many ways to break the cycle of pain for many populations, from schoolchildren to seniors, as well as people with serious mental illness or those facing unexpected crisis.

For example, in our schools, staff members can take advantage of training to identify children in emotional distress. A “health promotion game” called Age-tastic is used in senior centers, allowing licensed clinicians at the centers to assess mental health in a fun way as seniors take stock of their finances and physical health.

A Thrive team for veterans hands out information cards, pens, and refrigerator magnets at police precincts, community centers, and on the streets to guide veterans to free counseling. 

With the connections and resources of 12 major national African-American service organizations, we created Brothers Thrive and Sisters Thrive to reach underserved African-American communities through therapeutic “Listening Sessions” and MHFA trainings. We just started a similar effort called Latinx Thrive, with the help of elected officials and others, to serve Latinos and Latinas. 

Because of historic and continuing inequity and discrimination, those communities of color need special assistance. Compared to white communities, they too often experience worse mental health outcomes, less access to care, and fewer culturally competent caregivers. 

Yonghwa and Katie Ha, who are Korean-American, created the Esther Ha Foundation in Queens to increase mental health understanding in the Korean community. They did so to honor their daughter, Esther Ha. Esther lived with depression and died by suicide at age 21. Through ThriveNYC, the foundation has now trained more than 400 staff and community members in MHFA.

As the first to hear what is really going on in the people’s lives, many faith and community leaders have joined the movement to educate and eradicate stigma by hosting MHFA trainings in their houses of worship and community centers. Those leaders report more people talk openly about everything from marital woes to suicide.

Since 2016 a growing number have participated in a dedicated weekend each May to explicitly address mental health. That effort began in New York. This year, 2,500 houses of worship — representing every major religion — did so in all 50 states. 

It is on all of us — individuals, government leaders, and educators — to prevent suicide. As voters, we can demand a public health approach to mental health and vote for candidates who vow to make mental health services a priority. Teachers can help children learn to name and manage their emotions to build emotional resilience. We can all improve our mental health literacy and support one another in navigating life’s inevitable challenges.   

As the founder of the Cities Thrive Coalition, which has brought together nearly 200 mayors and thought partners in all 50 states to share best practices and advocate for federal support, I support a more integrated behavioral health system for all Americans. Instead of just bemoaning the suicide rate, leaders in every sector in every city can explicitly acknowledge that people cannot be healthy without good mental health. City governments, in particular, can make a commitment to ensure that their policies take mental health into consideration.  

Mental health is the ultimate intersectional issue, affecting how we learn, love, and use our skills and talents. There is no ONE solution to preventing suicide — there are MANY. Tell your story and the stories of loved ones. Hold elected officials accountable. Fight for our lives.

As first lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray fights for underserved communities and created ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation. She also spearheads the Cities Thrive Coalition, with more than 200 mayors and thought leaders from all 50 states, advocating for a more integrated and better-funded behavioral health system.

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a list of international resources.

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Revival of Old MLK Boulevard Hospital Building

A North Texas dentist has purchased the old Forest Avenue Hospital building on Martin Luther King Boulevard with plans to turn it into a community health clinic.

Dr. Michelle Morgan grew up in the neighborhood and said she wanted to give back by providing service to the area where health care is scarce.

“My idea by looking at it was just clean it up, paint it, put some new floors in and just open it as it was,” Morgan said. “But that of course was before I entered the building and saw that it was totally gutted.”

The hospital building at 2516 Martin Luther King Boulevard was first named Forest Avenue for the street that was later renamed for the civil rights leader. In the early 1960s, the hospital was a place for African American doctors and patients during segregation.

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The building has been vacant since 1984 and the revival project has become much more expensive that Morgan first expected. The cost may approach $5 million. Morgan said she has raised about half that, including $500,000 from the Real Estate Council.

“It would be a bit daunting by myself but I’m not by myself, which is really nice,” Morgan said. “Many organizations have come on board to participate in making this building a Class A medical building.”

Dallas City Council members have praised Morgan’s effort. She said an Economic Development Grant from the City of Dallas is pending.

US midterms: Democrat Stacey Abrams concedes Georgia governor’s race to Republican Brian Kemp

Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her campaign for governor of Georgia on Friday, lamenting voting irregularities that she said tainted the election but conceding that former Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp would be declared the winner.

Abrams, who had hoped to become the nation’s first elected female African-American governor, had worked to force a runoff with Kemp, who as of late Thursday led by 54,801 votes out of 3.9 million cast.

Kemp’s 50.22 per cent of the tally put the Republican just above the 50 per cent-plus-one-vote threshold required to avoid a runoff election in December.

Abrams said that she planned to start an organisation to fight for more equitable voting laws and would soon bring “a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for gross mismanagement of this election.

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“Let’s be clear, this is not a speech of concession,” she said.

Stacey Abrams had hoped to become the nation's first elected female African-American governor.

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Stacey Abrams had hoped to become the nation’s first elected female African-American governor.

It was, however, the end of a campaign whose outcome had remained uncertain for days as Abrams pressed for the counting of ballots that had been rejected for minor errors. Kemp drew criticism from Democrats for championing a controversial voting law disproportionately affecting black voters and, days before the midterms, launching an investigation into Democrats, alleging a “hacking” attempt into the voter registration system.

Earlier Friday, Abrams was considering filing a separate lawsuit contesting the results and demanding a new election. That would have been based on a provision in Georgia law that allows losing candidates to challenge results.

But she said on Friday evening that she did not want to gain an office if she had to “scheme” to get it.

Kemp’s campaign had called the move “sad and desperate” and had called on Abrams, the former Democratic leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, to concede.

“Since the beginning, our campaign has been dedicated to lifting up the voices of every community,” Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’ campaign manager, said in a statement early on Friday. “We have heard from countless Georgians about massive irregularities wrought by a Secretary of State who ran his own election to crown himself governor. We have been transparent that we have looked into multiple legal strategies to count every vote in our state – and that work continues as we decide our next steps.”

Brian Kemp, days before the midterms, launching an investigation into Democrats, alleging a "hacking" attempt into the voter registration system.

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Brian Kemp, days before the midterms, launching an investigation into Democrats, alleging a “hacking” attempt into the voter registration system.

Kemp, who declared victory two days after the November 6 election, has said he is moving forward with his transition plans.

“Governor-elect Brian Kemp earned a clear and convincing victory on Election Day. The campaign is over, and Kemp’s focus is on building a safer, stronger future for Georgia families,” Kemp campaign spokesman Ryan Mahoney said. “Stacey Abrams’s latest publicity stunt is sad and desperate. Elections in America aren’t decided in the courtroom. They’re decided fair and square by the people, at the ballot box.”

Abrams, 44, and Kemp, 55, have long clashed over voting rights. Four years ago, Abrams founded the New Georgia Project, with a goal of adding hundreds of thousands of people of colour to the voting rolls. Abrams is no longer affiliated with the group that she says signed up more than 200,000 potential new voters, but most of them never made it onto the rolls.

Kemp accused the group of voter fraud and launched an investigation that found no wrongdoing. He has pursued restrictive voter registration and identification laws and has purged more than 1 million voters from the rolls in recent years – actions that Abrams and activists say amount to suppression.

Several of those laws have been successfully challenged in court as violations of the federal Voting Rights Act, including rulings that have come down before and since the November 6 election.

During the past 10 days, the Abrams campaign, through court filings and news conferences, has shared stories of individuals who had trouble casting ballots.

Voters told of having waited up to four hours to vote, not receiving absentee ballots that they requested and getting inaccurate information from county elections officials. The lawsuits also have revealed a lack of uniformity in how counties address problems with absentee and provisional ballots. Although some counties try to contact voters to fix mistakes and omissions in their voting documents, others simply reject the ballots.

Kemp’s victory was made possible through a come-from-behind surge in the Republican primary earlier this year, in which he received the endorsement of President Trump and aired a series of provocative TV ads in which he wielded guns and pledged to round up “criminal illegals” in his pickup truck.

Abrams had received support from former presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter as well as media mogul Oprah Winfrey. She made health care a major focus of her campaign, as did other Democrats around the country in this year’s midterms.

The issue of race loomed large over the campaign in its final weeks, however. A racist and anti-Semitic robo-call targeting Abrams began making the rounds about a week before Election Day. The call was produced by the Road to Power, a white-supremacist group based in Idaho. Kemp’s campaign also came under criticism for an election-eve tweet attempting to tie Abrams to a radical group, the New Black Panther Party.

The razor-thin margin between Abrams and Kemp is reflective of Georgia’s march from once-solid Republican terrain toward becoming a purple state. Trump won Georgia by five percentage points in 2016, but Democrats’ increasing strength in the suburbs bodes well for their chances in future statewide races.

 

Last-Minute Plans: 133 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: Nov 16-18, 2018

If you’ve never tasted æbleskiver (spherically shaped Nordic pancakes often eaten with lemon curd and lingonberries), this weekend’s Yuletide-themed Julefest at the Nordic Museum is the perfect opportunity to do so. Nordic Museum via Facebook

Panicking because you haven’t yet made plans for the weekend and you’re short on cash? Don’t worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won’t cost more than $10, ranging from early holiday events like the Julefest to the free Thanksgiving bazaar Gobble Up, and from Pacific Northwest Afro X to a launch party for Amber Nelson’s poetry book The Sexiest Man Alive. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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FRIDAY

ART

1. Beholder Launch Party
A roster of writers and artists, half from Seattle (like Elaine Lin and Valerie Niemeyer) and half from elsewhere in the States, have contributed to the first issue of this digital mag. Celebrate with drinks, a DJed soundtrack by Hanssen, a playable video game by Molly Brady, and readings by contributors Chan Plett and Vinnie Sarrocco. 
(Ballard, free)

2. Teen Night Out
Teens will rule the Seattle Art Museum for a night of live DJs, art tours, live music and performances, workshops, and artist-led activities inspired by Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India.
(Downtown, free)

COMMUNITY

3. Advance Directive Disco
The daunting task of writing an advance directive (a statement of a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will) will be made more fun thanks to trained helpers, a notary, snacks, a disco ball, and a live DJ.
(Crown Hill, $10 suggested donation)

4. The Appetite Podcast Launch Party
Celebrate the launch of Opal: Food + Body Wisdom’s Appetite Podcast, which will address topics relating to food, body, and mental health.
(Belltown, free)

5. Holiday Open House
Get the first look at the Volunteer Park Conservatory’s annual holiday display and meet hard-working elves. Plus, enter a raffle to win a model train, enjoy 20 percent off gift shop items, and eat cookies.
(Capitol Hill, free)

FOOD & DRINK

6. Author Talk: Season by Nik Sharma
In his stunning new cookbook, Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food—recently selected as one of this fall’s best cookbooks by the New York Times—Mumbai-born food writer, photographer, and A Brown Table blogger Nik Sharma notes, “Seasoning is more than just a way to achieve flavor in the food we eat. It represents our desire to connect with our past, present, and future. It tells our story.” Sharma’s cooking tells his own story as a gay immigrant from India who moved to the Midwest to study biochemistry in college, then spent time in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and San Francisco. Weaving together disparate influences from different cultures, he combines different flavors, techniques, and ingredients in his recipes, like a Margherita naan pizza, caprese salad with sweet tamarind, curry leaf popcorn chicken, and butternut squash soup flavored with smoky Lapsang souchong tea. At this event, Sharma will chat with Seattle Times food writer Tan Vinh, field questions from the audience, and sign copies of Season that are purchased at Book Larder. JULIANNE BELL
(Fremont, free)

7. MOD Pizza Rainier Avenue Grand Opening Celebration
MOD Pizza will celebrate their new Rainier Avenue location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free pizza or salad for the first 100 customers. DJ Ashley McDonald and the Rainier Beach High School Cheer Team will provide extra enthusiasm, and all proceeds will be donated to LunchDebt.org. 
(Mount Baker, free)

MUSIC

8. The Adarna, Static & Surrender, Death By Overkill
The Adarna is the first band to ever coin their genre as “Jet City Rock,” and they’re also probably the first to take their name from a mythical phoenix-like songbird in Filipino folklore. They’ll be joined by alt rockers Static & Surrender and Death By Overkill.
(West Seattle, $8)

9. Atelier: C.A.B.O Release Party – Seattle
Portland MC Maarquii will celebrate the release of their debut album, C.A.B.O., with a multi-disciplinary performance (they rap, sing, and dance). Seattle’s Gag Reflex and Portland’s FatherFannie will provide DJ support.
(Downtown, $8)

10. Avian Invasion, Guests
House/trance DJ Avian Invasion will spin his debut release for all the furries out there and anyone else who likes techno. DJs Dobermann and Ezo will provide additional support.
(Pioneer Square, $10)

11. Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints
Early swing, Americana, and rock-inspired musicians Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints will play a show in the hopes of transporting you to an era of honky-tonks and roadhouses.
(Downtown, free)

12. Bootie Seattle: ’90s Mashup Night
DJs Tripp and Skiddle will resurrect hits across genres by your favorite ’90s bands, from Nirvana to Spice Girls to Alanis Morrisette to Snoop Dogg. 
(Capitol Hill, $10)

13. Butch Bastard
Local solo indie rocker Butch Bastard will play instrumental “stoner spaz” and “slap happy rock and roll” jams with support from indie pop artist Jean Chalant. 
(Capitol Hill, $10)

14. Cloud Person, The Black Planes, Local Liars
Local quintet Cloud Person manage to work the subgenres of psychedelia, garage, folk, and indie into their style of rock. They’ll be joined by fellow psychedelic rockers Black Planes and pop-punks Local Liars.
(Eastlake, $10)

15. Cornish Creative Ensemble
The Cornish Creative Ensemble presents a two-part concert, starting with a program inspired by Paul Motian, Andrew Hill, and Dmitri Shostakovich, followed by “open and structured improvisations” and round-robin duos and trios. 
(Capitol Hill, free)

16. Die Nasty, Downtown, Projections on a Wall
Join Seattle’s Die Nasty, Downtown, and Projections on a Wall for a night of riotous punk. 
(Georgetown, $7)

17. Fat Cat Presents: A Night of Hiphop
Enjoy a free show of live sets by local hiphop artists like the Artist ft. DAYM, Jay Fiddy, and Kyrelle.
(Wallingford, free)

18. FCON, The Snubs, Hellcat, The Subjunctives
Southside hardcore punks FCON will bring their heat to Tukwila, with opening sets by the Snubs, Hellcat, and the Subjunctives.
(Tukwila, $7)

19. The Hot McGandhis
Get down to “funky jazz and boogaloo tunes” from a quintet of seasoned Seattle musicians as they play standards from the 1960s to the present.
(Downtown, free)

20. Jupe Jupe, Society of the Silver Cross, Myrrum
Minor-key New Wave rockers Jupe Jupe will be backed up by Society of the Silver Cross and Myrrum for a night out in Fremont.
(Fremont, $8/$10)

21. Knights of Trash, The Night Times, Thee Perfect Gentlemen
Local good-timers the Knights of Trash play a rollicking set of original rock and roll, with support from the Night Times and Thee Perfect Gentlemen.
(Shoreline, $5)

22. Prom Date Mixtape – Stripped
Hark back to the ’80s and ’90s with a “semi-acoustic, tweaked, and twisted” edition of Prom Date Mixtape.
(Fremont, free)

23. Proofs, The Littlest Viking, Plum, Model Snake
Local math rock and “fudgecore” group Proofs will play a live set out in the U-District with support from the Littlest Viking, Plum, and Model Snake.
(University District, $8)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

24. Lumbersexual UNION Suit/longjohn PARTY wDJ MIKE Sniffen
Lumbersexuals should wear their finest long johns and flannels for a night of dancing to party tracks from DJ Mike Sniffen in the good company of hot go-go boys.
(Capitol Hill, $6/$8)

PERFORMANCE

25. Cote Smith, Zack Akers, and Skip Bronkie: Limetown-The Prequel to the #1 Podcast
Of all the supernatural and suspense podcasts out there, Limetown may be the tautest and most elegantly executed. Nowhere to be found is the cheesiness of, say, NoSleep or the wide-ranging whimsy of Welcome to Night Vale. This live event will be a prequel to the story about the vanishing of 300 people at a top-secret research facility.
(South Lake Union, $5)

26. Good Co’s Kickstarter Countdown Dragtacular!
Local drag performers Timmy Roghaar, Abbey Roads, and Vincent Miley will celebrate their newest album, So Pretty, with a dance party.
(Downtown, $10)

27. Reboot Theatre’s Test Kitchen
Beloved local drag queen Butch Alice will mesh “Pink Floyd aesthetics” with The Wizard of Oz in this new performance.
(Sodo, $10)

READINGS & TALKS

28. Adrianne Harun: Catch, Release
An underappreciated short story writer who lives in Port Townsend, Adrienne Harun is the real deal. She’s fantastic. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and Best American Mystery Stories, and her new collection is called Catch, Release. JOULE ZELMAN
(Capitol Hill, free)

29. Benjamin Schmitt: Soundtrack to a Fleeting Masculinity
Pushcart-nominated poet Benjamin Schmitt will host a night of readings and music alongside poet Jason Kirk and singer-songwriter Nate Manuel.
(Ravenna, free)

30. Brandon Mull: Dragonwatch
Brandon Mull, the author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms fantasy series, will read from his latest book, Dragonwatch, about a world that’s threatened by draconic dominion.
(University District, free)

31. evo Women’s Speaker Series
Meet professional women in the snowboarding industry—Anon Optics’s Hillary Van Hauer and Burton Snowboards’ Ali Kenney and Lesley Betts—for a discussion as part of Burton’s Women’s Speaker Series.
(Wallingford, free)

32. Jessica Rae Bergamino: Unmanned
Poet Jessica Rae Bergamino will celebrate the release of her debut collection, Unmanned, by giving a reading with special guest poet Rae Gouirand.
(Wallingford, free)

33. Martin Limon: The Line
Two 8th Army CID agents spark international conflict when they remove a battered corpse they found a few feet north of the line dividing North and South Korea in the 1970s. Hear more from Martin Limon’s historical fiction novel The Line at this reading.
(Lake Forest Park, free)

34. Michelle Hodkin: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw
Michelle Hodkin, author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, will be joined in conversation by Kendare Balke (author of Anna Dressed in Blood) about Hodkins’s new book The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, the sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw.
(Mill Creek, free)

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

ART

35. Beyond the Frame—To Be Native
For National American Indian Heritage Month, join authors and historians in examining the work of Edward S. Curtis, who’s famous for his photographs depicting Native American life.
(Downtown, free)

36. (Where) Do We Belong?
These artworks respond to Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policies through the eyes of immigrant artists, including Humaira Abid, Hawo Ali, Tatiana Garmendia, Hiba Jameel, Rohena Alam Khan, Jake Prendez, Marcia Santos, and Judy Shintani.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

37. Gravity Jokes
When a joke “goes over well,” we say that it “lands.” Sometimes a joke doesn’t land because it “misses the mark” or “sails over the heads” of its intended audience. What is it about comedy that invites so many comparisons to the trajectories of flying, falling objects? In Gravity Jokes, dubbed an “experimental exhibition-as-conversation” by curator Molly Mac, six artists who create work on a “continuum between traditional sculpture and stand-up comedy” have come together to tell jokes of all forms that collaborate with the forces of gravity: Dewa Dorje, Andy Fallat, Philippe Hyojung Kim, Mario Lemafa, E.T. Russian, and Khadija Ann Tarver. EMILY POTHAST
(Capitol Hill, free)
Closing Saturday

38. Jenny Heishman: rectangle, rectangle
Jenny Heishman’s prolific exploration of materials has included everything from foam core, paper, tape, ink jet print, nylon strap (Wall Belt, 2012) to igneous rock, stainless steel, and urethane paint (skystones, 2016 at Skyway Library). The material is the starting point, and its form is teased into being with throwaways like cardboard becoming monumental in the process (Medium, 2015). For her first solo show since 2015, Heishman has added another dimension by interpreting material into another material—specifically paper fiber into wool fiber. In one piece, paint-splattered handmade paper serves as the reference for a labor-intensive hand-hooked rug, resulting in a meditative portrait of something seemingly accidental. KATIE KURTZ
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

39. Lydia Bassis: Unspoken
Bassis typically creates layered abstracts; in the past year, she’s been using collage, acrylic, and graphite to make spacious, repetitious, soothing compositions.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Closing Saturday

40. Sonny Assu: Études for the Settler
This new series of “found paintings” by Sonny Assu is presented alongside his previous series that “problematize[s] colonial conceptions of the landscape”: 2017’s The Paradise Syndrome, 2016’s 1UP, and 2014’s Interventions On The Imaginary.
(University District, free)
Closing Saturday

PERFORMANCE

41. Akwaaba: Healing a Queer Black Soul
In this one-person show, local queer theater performer Naa Akua shares stories of their “Queer Black Healing Process” through poetry, sound, ritual, and monologue.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

SHOPPING

42. Pilchuck Holiday Sale
Shop ceramics, glass art, and other crafts for the holidays.
(Pioneer Square, free)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

WINTER HOLIDAYS

43. Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display
The holiday train will return to the Volunteer Park Conservatory to weave its way through festive poinsettias.
(Capitol Hill, $4)

44. Swansons Reindeer Festival
Shop a variety of seasonal plants, bulbs, arrangements, and Christmas trees, as well as other gifts like books, jewelry, and home decor, at the decked-out nursery. Plus, visit with Santa and his real-life reindeer, check out model trains, and enjoy live music throughout the season.
(Crown Hill, free)

SATURDAY

ART

45. Charlie Parriott, Cappy Thompson, Dick Weiss: Old Friends, New Work
Cappy Thompson is responsible for the 90-foot-long window mural—a woodland/celestial scene of painted glass titled I Was Dreaming of Spirit Animals (2003)—at Sea-Tac International Airport. Thompson will show work with Dick Weiss, an Everett-born glass artist whose large-scale piece can also be seen at Sea-Tac, and Charlie Parriott, who spent 12 years as a colorist at Chihuly Studio before helping to run the hot glass studio at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.
(Downtown, free)
Opening reception Saturday

46. Deep Space Fine
The latest installment of Prairie Underground’s artist series features Stranger music calendar editor and Gramma editor Kim Selling, who has created two open-size garments (from 0 up to around 32) out of sheer silk organza, which will be live modeled by Briq House, Adria Garcia, McKenzie Porritt, and Guayaba. There will also be projected visual art made by Kim Selling, Briq House, McKenzie Porritt, and Mel Carter, plus music from Guayaba and DJ RO. Selling says: “We are capable of being more than one thing, more than simply a physical body. The pieces showcased here are meant to both expose and empower; regardless of your size or shape, these garments will collaborate with you to create evanescent architectural movements, as if you were a celestial body moving through space, swathed only in dark matter.”
(Georgetown, free)

47. Family Grief Workshop
People of all ages are invited to express and process grief through visual art, meditation, movement, and more as part of the Good Mourning festival.
(Crown Hill, pay what you can)

48. Jeanne Medina: A Solo Exhibition
Fiber and textile artist Medina creates three-dimensional sculptures incorporating weaving and sometimes performance, all reflecting on “identity, ancestral trauma, and the fixed and fluid spaces of the body” as well as colonialism and de-colonization.
(Georgetown, free)
Closing Saturday

49. Sara Jimenez: Sudden Lull, Terrific Gale, Dead Calm
These photographs are glimpses of the artist, garbed in a dress made of snapshots of colonial writings, as she adopts poses evoking the legendary Filipina warrior princess Urduja. 
(Georgetown, free)
Closing Saturday

50. Statix One-Year Anniversary Party
Revel in the existence of this young, offbeat gallery with free food and drink, discounted art to buy, live music, and giveaways.
(Pioneer Square, free)

51. Vision 20/20
Forty-six artists have each created nine eight-by-eight artworks for sale. Claim your favorites for some early holiday shopping.
(Burien, donation)

COMEDY

52. Miscast
Funny and spontaneous performers are paired with actors following a script to reshape scenes from real movies that the improvisers aren’t familiar with in this series directed by John Carroll. In November, see the “It’s Not TV” showcase. 
(Belltown, $10)

COMMUNITY

52. Calendar Launch Party with Seattle Humane
Seattle Humane will celebrate the launch of their adorable 2019 calendars by sending some of their adoptable cats and dogs to Issaquah via the MaxMobile. Ask questions about taking home a pet forever and snap some photos in a fall-themed photo booth.
(Issaquah, free)

53. Pre-Loved Judaica Sale, Havdalah and Live Jewish Music
Immerse yourself in Jewish culture by flipping through books, listening to live traditional music, tasting homemade baked goods, and more.
(Woodinville, free)

FOOD & DRINK

54. Anniversary Party/Can Release!
Dexter Brewhouse and Magnuson Cafe & Brewery will celebrate their anniversary with the release of their “Just Juice” NE Style IPA can at both locations, along with more “fun new takes” on their classic brews, all day happy hour, raffles, and the debut of the Mollusk Barrel Aged Whiskey (only available at Dexter Brewhouse). 
(South Lake Union and Sand Point, free)

55. Gobble Up 2018
This free bazaar from the folks behind Urban Craft Uprising aims to apply the successful indie market format to specialty artisanal foods. This is a unique opportunity to peruse (and taste!) edible wares from more than 100 craft food vendors, and to meet the makers themselves. On the lineup this year: heritage preserves from Orcas Island’s Girl Meets Dirt, sourdough croissants from Temple Pastries, distinctive confections (like absinthe and black salt caramels) from Jonboy Caramels, drinking vinegars from the Shrubbery, and more. In addition to food and drink, there will also be handmade linens, ceramics, and other home goods available for purchase. JULIANNE BELL
(Downtown, free)

56. Magnolia Fall Harvest Market
The Magnolia Farmers Market will stay open for an extra day to help you check things off your holiday gift list and your Thanksgiving shopping list. Find local meats, cheeses, vegetables, preserves, and more. 
(Magnolia, free)

MUSIC

57. The Christy McWilson Experience, Gus Clark & the Least of His Problems
Christy McWilson and her Experience will be joined by Gus Clark & the Least of His Problems for a night of rootsy rock and rocky roots.
(Georgetown, $10)

58. Dysko Mystik: DYR, The Ohmu
Indulge in some late-autumn spookiness by entering “a twilight zone of electronica” with DYR (who will spin his newest single, “Dysko Mystik”) and the Ahmu.
(Fremont, free)

59. The Fabulous Downey Brothers, Bad Luck, Modal Zork, Forrest Friends
Join Seattle’s Fabulous Downey Brothers for an energetic amalgamation of Devo, the B-52s, and They Might Be Giants, as well as local duo Bad Luck, Portland synth-folk band Modal Zork, and Forrest Friends.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

60. Haute Sauce X Cuffing Season X Citrus Room
DJs Blesst, 1Oak, Catch24, Izm, Han B2B G-Lo, and special guests will supply the goods for a hiphop dance party.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

61. JK Pop!
Temporarily cast away your sadness with bouncy K Pop DJ sets by HOSTBOI and Mooncakes, and also with K Pop drag performances by Atasha Manila, Christian Brown, and Kylie Mooncakes.
(Downtown, $5/$8)

62. Mastering the Hustle Workshop 12: Songwriting
Local songwriters Parisalexa and Hollis Wong-Wear will talk about how they managed to find success in Seattle’s ever-changing music industry. 
(Seattle Center, free)

63. No Chill: ’90s-’00s Hiphop and R&B Throwback Party
It seems the ’90s and early aughts indeed have no chill. Give in to the decades’ sartorial and musical prevalence with a night of hiphop and R&B throwbacks from DJs Paco and Chetbong.
(Beacon Hill, $10)

64. POP HOP! A Sweet POP and HipHop Party!
DJ Indica Jones will take the reins at this dance party dedicated to “pop and hiphop music from over the decades,” from Snoop Dogg to Spice Girls. 
(Ballard, free)

65. POPDEFECT, Girl Trouble, Clean Lines
Tacoma’s Girl Trouble and Seattle/LA’s Popdefect (although they seem to have been born out on the road, probably crossing North Dakota in pitch blackness), go back decades, boast cult followings, and have had movies dedicated to them—and both remain criminally underhyped. All I can do to un-underhype them is to affirm that Girl Trouble strike exactly the right balance between manifesting rock’s big-dick/big-ego strut and satirizing the same, while Popdefect perfect primal, minor-key wails from the id. Now how much would you pay? ANDREW HAMLIN
(Columbia City, $10)

66. Quiet, Levi Fuller & the Library, Chad
Moody psych-punks Quiet will headline in U-District with support performances by Levi Fuller & the Library and Chad.
(University District, $8)

67. The Ready Ron Beats Takeover II
Billing himself as “Chinatown’s Greatest Mystery,” Ready Ron is now helming his own solo career as a hiphop beat maker and producer after years as a member of the Impossiblez. Ron will be joined by a full marquee’s worth of local hiphop talent for a beat showcase, hosted by Nikkita Oliver.
(Seattle Center, $5/$10)

68. Vivian, Johnny Raincloud, Lo Fives, Aurora Motels, The Drive Through
Local cat-enthusiast band Vivian will play with more rock support from Johnny Raincloud, Lo Fives, Aurora Motels, and the Drive Through.
(Greenwood, $7)

69. The Whopperjohns
Multi-instrumentalist Jacques Willis will oscillate between the vibraphone, keyboards, and drums while Ryan Burns pounds on the organ. They’ll play everything from jazz standards to video game music to songs from “1980s beer commercials” to Swedish folk songs.  
(Downtown, free)

70. YOY, Mud On My Bra, Bobcat, New Bloom
This punk rock release party celebrates YOY’s new tape, Mud On My Bra’s new bundle of holiday singles, and a new album from Bobcat.
(University District, $5-$10)

PERFORMANCE

71. Layer Cake
Hear a reading of the brand-new theater piece The Secret and Impossible League of the Noösphere, a retro sci-fi taking place at the Chicago World’s Fair. This is part of the Live Girls! theater development program.
(Georgetown, free)

READINGS & TALKS

72. Ali Fitzgerald
In Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe, Ali Fitzgerald provides glimpses into Berlin’s emergency shelters, where she ran comics workshops for refugees from Syria and Afghanistan. Her book intertwines their stories and her own experience living in the great European capital.
(Georgetown, free)

73. Amber Nelson: ‘The Sexiest Man Alive’ Book Launch
I’ve been waiting for this one. Hometown hero Amber Nelson, former editor of the dearly missed Alice Blue Books, is out with a new book of poetry about the men who’ve earned People Magazine’s highest distinction: The Sexiest Man Alive (Spooky Girlfriend Press). The poems are funny and tragic, composed of chopped up lines from each sexy man’s interview with the rag. Here’s a few lines from “Sexiest Man Alive 2008: Hugh Jackman”: I’m not sure I’m proud of it. That’s not sexy. / An old friend of mine e-mailed me and said / he had cowboy boots sexier than me. Nelson’s celebrating her book’s birthday with a reading, a drag king performance, and a DJ dance party. RICH SMITH
(Capitol Hill, $5 suggested donation)

74. Artist Talk with Henry Lien and Fong-Chi Lien
Nebula-nominated author Henry Lien and his father, photographer Fong-Chi Lien, will share their personal stories about immigration and how these experiences have influenced their respective works.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

75. Asia Talks: Power and Pleasure in Indian Painting
A trio of eminent scholars—Dipti Khera (NYU), Debra Diamond (Freer/Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institute), and Yael Rice (Amherst College)—will delve deep into various aspects of 16th- to 19th-century royal arts of Rajasthan, including “power and pleasure, piety and play, real and imagined spaces,” during this symposium. Make sure you see the exhibition that this lecture accompanies: Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India
(University District, free)

76. Elliott Neff: A Pawn’s Journey
Elliott Neff, author and founder of the youth chess program Chess4Life, will read from his new book about a young girl who gains self-confidence through the game of chess.
(Lake Forest Park, free)

77. Jeanne Marie Laskas and Friends
In To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope, Jeanne Marie Laskas gives a voice to all those who wrote letters to President Obama—who “engaged with such mail more than any president to date”—while he was in office. Join her in reminiscing/crying about the good old days at this reading.
(Capitol Hill, free)

78. Seattle7Writers’ Holiday Bookfest
Meet your favorite PNW authors and buy their books. Not only will they read and sell; they’ll also bring tasty baked goods! Readers will include Anca Szilàgyi, J. Anderson Coats, Lynn Brunelle, Anna Quinn, Neal Bascomb, and Michael Schmeltzer, and there will be dozens of other writers selling books. Seattle7Writers (your hosts) will also be collecting “gently used” books, so you can clear out some space before bringing home new tomes. The sad news: This will be the last Bookfest, so seize your chance.
(Phinney, free)

79. Storyteller Sondra Segundo
Haida writer, artist, and performer Sondra Segundo will present an evening of songs and stories in celebration of Native American Heritage month.
(Renton, $5)

80. Susan Rich, Valerie Wallace, and Lisa Wells
This poetry reading features poets Valerie Wallace (winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry), Susan Rich (winner of Margaret Atwood’s Atty Award), and Lisa Wells (winner of the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize).
(Wallingford, free)

81. Writing for Procrastinators
Learn how to stop procrastinating and become a real live writer with Hugo House instructor Beth Slattery.
(Ballard, free)

82. Writers Under the Influence: Ursula K. Le Guin
Iconic fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction author and poet Le Guin passed away in January, but her legacy (which includes a breadth of work spanning more than four decades) and part in influencing the genres in which she worked will continue for innumerable ages. At this event, local writers Eileen Gunn, David Naimon, and Nisi Shawl will share stories, thoughts, and more related to Le Guin. LEILANI POLK
(Capitol Hill, free)

83. Year of the Chimera: Unusual Story Concepts and Forms
Hear a discussion by eminent, award-winning sci-fi writers Curtis Chen (Waypoint Kangaroo), Ted Chiang (Stories of Your Life and Other Stories), Henry Lien (Peasprout Chen), and Caroline M. Yoachim (Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories) on story forms that diverge from the template. Yang-Yang Wang will moderate.
(University District, free)

SHOPPING

84. 10th Annual Snohomish Holiday Market
Get a head start on your holiday gift shopping at “the longest running all-artisan market in Snohomish County,” where over 80 vendors will sell their wares and local distillers will pour warming spirits. Santa will also be there.
(Snohomish, free)

85. Ayame Kai Arts & Crafts Fair
Find handcrafted Asian-inspired gifts, vintage collectibles, and artisan goods from local and regional vendors. There will also be homemade Asian treats to try.
(Beacon Hill, free)

86. A Capitol Affair One-Day Shopping Event!
Support local womxn-owned businesses in Chophouse Row like Moo-Young – Concept Shop, Ghost Gallery, Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe, Knack, Zorro Vintage, and others by entering raffles and shopping one-day-only deals.
(Capitol Hill, free)

87. Filson’s Mercantile Festival
Shop and enjoy samplings and product demos from local vendors like Ayako & Family (who will be selling homemade jam), Bow Hill Blueberries, Deckhand’s Daughter (who will be selling smoked herring), Fulcrum Coffee, Rill Specialty Foods (who will be giving samples of their chili and other soups), Seattle Canning Co. (who will be giving samples of their pickles and relishes), and others. 
(Sodo, free)

88. Hassle Free Holiday Bazaar
Shop from over 100 vendors at this holiday market. 
(Renton, free)

89. Holiday Craft Market
Sixty-five juried artisans will sling their crafts and other handmade goods for all your holiday gift-shopping needs.
(Shoreline, free)

90. Holiday Shop Local Event to Support Women Owned Businesses
Support women-owned businesses by shopping from over 30 local vendors (some of whom will be selling products and some of whom will be selling services) at this holiday market hosted by NW Ladies in Business. 
(Phinney, free)

91. Junction True Value Christmas Open House
Bust out your holiday sweater (you could win a Junction True Value gift card), listen to Christmas carolers, enjoy cookies, apple cider, and popcorn, and pick up some Christmas decorations at this early holiday party. 
(West Seattle, free)

92. Saturday Pop Up Market
Eat a tamale while you shop for jewelry, art, and more from local vendors Amano Seattle and MariGlvn. 
(South Park, free)

93. Seattle Pop-Up Shop! Etsy & Insta Edition 2
Meet and shop from Seattle-based Etsy and Instagram sellers and makers to scoop up everything from jewelry and pins to leather goods and plants at the second edition of this market.
(Capitol Hill, free)

94. Shop-O-Rama’s Book-O-Rama
Shop books for the holidays and get some tomes signed.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

95. St. Matthew Craft Fair
Here you’ll find locally made crafts for the holidays along with a bake sale and raffle. 
(North Seattle, free)

96. TPM Fall Artisan Market
Shop from local vendors at the Trailer Park Mall while a live DJ spins.
(Georgetown, free)

WINTER HOLIDAYS

97. The Landing in Renton Tree Lighting Ceremony
Can’t wait for the holidays? Start celebrating early by joining Warm 106.9 for a tree lighting ceremony, carolers, face painters, balloon artists, and “Christmas prizes.”
(Renton, free)

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

ART

98. Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies
Enter Edgar Arceneaux’s unassuming wooden structure—a low, irregular-sided wooden shack—and find yourself in a parallel-world library of sugar-crystal clouded books. Their titles may be or merely recall the Western canon, like a sequence including the clearly referential Birth of a Nation and the murkier Birth of a Night, Nation Goodnight, and finally, Goodnight Moon. According to museum materials, this installation—first exhibited in Paris in 2016—concerns Arceneaux’s preoccupations with history, memory, and our subjective human reconstructions of both. The result looks like a cramped, mazelike hideaway, a metaphor for the limits imposed on our views of the past by our own need for containment. By amassing references to many different narratives, Arceneaux constructs an anti-narrative of history.JOULE ZELMAN
(University District, $10)
Opening Saturday

99. Ellen Ito: Cook
The experimental project and home gallery space of artists Joey Veltkamp and Ben Gannon, cogean? features exhibitions that highlight domestic arts and crafts. Launched in March, their fifth show at the 100-year-old house they share on Cogean Avenue—which is within easy walking distance of the Bremerton ferry terminal—is from Ellen Ito, and it is centered on sharing food as community building. Ito also organized a publication in conjunction with the show; it features illustrations and recipes by more than 40 artists, including Matthew Offenbacher, Nicholas Nyland, and Lulu Yee. Proceeds from recipe-book sales benefit local organizations, and attendees are encouraged to bring donations for a food drive to stock a local food bank. KATIE KURTZ
(Bremerton, free)
Opening Saturday

FESTIVALS

100. Julefest
The Nordic Museum has long hosted this winter celebration of the Yuletide (this will be the 41st year, in fact), but this will be the first Julefest in their new and improved space. Adults over 21 can enjoy a fully stocked Scandinavian bar, while the kids can enjoy arts, crafts, and a visit from Santa. Scoop up some Nordic prizes in the raffle or the silent auction.
(Ballard, $7)

101. Seattle Festival of Trees
Every year, the historic hotel celebrates the winter season with a fancy dinner, caroling, an impressive display of decorated trees in their lobby, and a teddy bear suite.
(Downtown, free)

SHOPPING

102. Crystallography Gem + Mineral Market
If you’re in need of some mystical healing, shop from over 50 crystal, gem, and mineral vendors, visit tarot readers, psychics, and “crystal intuitives,” and enjoy live painters and DJs.
(Shoreline, free)

103. Russian Bazaar
Shop for gifts from local Russian artists and fill up on treats from pelmeni to borscht.
(Capitol Hill, free)

104. Seattle Anarchist Book Fair
For its 10th year, the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair will gather radical authors, publishers, and workshop leaders for the intellectual anti-capitalist struggle. Pick up some books and make new friends to criticize the state with.
(Seattle Center, free)

SUNDAY

ART

105. Pacific Northwest Afro X
This special exhibit celebrates blackness and African diasporic culture in the Northwest’s past and present with work by Pacific Northwest-based black artists who “[cultivate] and [remix] black brilliance in Seattle and beyond.” Stop by for free conversations, drop-in art activities, a reading station, special talks, and more.
(Central District, free)

106. Pop + Hiphop: Hip-hop Is All Around Us
Get an education on hiphop’s evolution, its diverse voices, the arts and fashion movements it’s sparked, and more of its influence beyond music by checking out Tupac’s handwritten essay penned in 1992, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death,” seeing dance performances curated by Tracey Wong, hearing music by DJ crew NW Portablists, seeing a fashion show, and making your own graffiti art.
(Seattle Center, free)

COMEDY

107. Improvised Chekhov
Once again evincing impressive ambition, this improv company will act out scenes based on your suggestions and classic Russian plays like Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, or The Three Sisters. Since the drama of Anton Chekhov relies on deep character development, complex social mores, and lingering melancholy, these performances—if successful—will truly be coups de thèâtre.
(Downtown, $10)

COMMUNITY

108. Laying the Foundations for Talking About Race
This free workshop aims to provide people of all ages with tools to have open conversations about race and identity.
(Mount Baker, free)

109. Piper’s Creek Salmon Celebration at Carkeek Park
Welcome the salmon back to the Puget Sound by celebrating with hot drinks, music, a scavenger hunt through the park, and more family-friendly activities.
(North Seattle, free)

FILM

110. SHRIEK!: Thirst
The class focusing on women and minorities in horror is back with a screening and discussion of Park Chan-wook’s Thirst, about a saintly Catholic priest transformed into an insatiable blood-drinker and sex fiend by a risky medical experiment. Here’s an excerpt from the review Lindy West wrote at its release: “Thirst is a horror movie, albeit a silly one. Actual scares are few to none—instead, Sang-hyun’s painfully earnest consternation at trying to live as an ethical monster (losing his priestly virginity, daintily sipping a comatose man’s blood straight from the IV) make it a funny, cartoonish, and strangely sweet fable about ethics versus instincts: ‘Is it a sin for a fox to eat a chicken?’ Unfortunately, Thirst drags on for a punishing gazillion hours—ethical monster shacks up with manipulative harpy and the complications pile up like bodies (because, you know, they literally are bodies)—and you feel like you’ll never see your home or your mom or the precious golden sun again.” It might not be the most positive of reviews, but you’re guaranteed to get a good discussion out of it with organizers Evan J. Peterson and Heather Marie Bartels.
(Greenwood, $10)

111. VOYEUR presents The Prowler
The November edition of VOYEUR brings “one of the bleakest noirs ever made,” Joseph Losey’s The Prowler, about a man who’s determined to get what he feels society owes him—an unhappily married woman played by Evelyn Keyes.
(University District, free)

MUSIC

112. Dearheart, The Requisite, Tiger Rider
Local post-emo four-piece Dearheart will play material from their debut album, with support sets from local pop-punks the Requisite and power poppers Tiger Rider.
(Ballard, $10)

113. Evan Flory-Barnes: On Loving the Muse and Family — Kickstarter Donor Appreciation Concert
It’s no secret that Seattle is spilling over with gifted musicians, but even given that relatively high bar, Evan Flory-Barnes is a standout. The veteran multi-instrumentalist is probably most visible in his role as bassist for the formidable Stranger Genius Award-winning ensemble Industrial Revelation, but his many appearances on his own and with others have made it clear that he is a major talent no matter whom he’s playing with. Now he gets the chance to take center stage for On Loving the Muse and Family, a show that means to frame his monster skills with a narrative framework incorporating the style of vintage late-night TV variety shows, and featuring such collaborators as the Traumatics, the True Loves, the Seattle Girls Choir, and a full orchestra. On the Boards promises “a series of self-reflexive monologue songs about his relationships, both intimate and familial” and “a celebration of life, philosophy, and psychology through music.” That’s a tall order, but if anyone can deliver on that promise, it’s Flory-Barnes. SEAN NELSON
(Columbia City, free)

114. An Evening of Nepalese Music 2018
Enjoy an evening of traditional Nepalese music and food. Bring your favorite dish to add to a potluck.
(Shoreline, free)

115. Fall Fantasy
In this inaugural concert of their new season, pieces of an autumnal persuasion will be performed by the Youth Symphony and Jazz Ensemble, led by Music Director Tigran Arakelyan and Jazz Director Derrick Polk.
(Bremerton, $10)

116. Gerald Kechley Tribute Concert
Pay tribute to University of Washington School of Music Emeritus Professor Gerald Kechley with this special show featuring UW vocal performance students and School of Music faculty.
(University District, free)

117. Lake City Record Show
Go nuts at this free annual sale featuring over 50 tables of records, CDs, sheet music, memorabilia, and “other music-related goodies.”
(North Seattle, free)

118. Shook x Customs: DJ Lag
Join DJs Lag, Zai, Fleskor, and Tru Gryt for an electronic dance party.
(Downtown, $7)

119. Troll, The Generators
Portland’s Troll will play progressive doom after a set from Los Angeles punks the Generators. 
(Eastlake, $8/$10)

120. Vintersong Nordic Holiday Concert
Celebrate Seattle’s sisterly bond with Nordic countries and get excited for the holiday season with a concert by soprano Reidun Horvei and pianist Inger-Kristine Riber, traveling all the way from Norway. They’ll be joined by Seattle-Bergen String Quartet for a program of “yuletide favorites” and original arrangements.
(Ballard, free)

PERFORMANCE

121. Gender Fierce
Witness the diverse talents of local youth across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
(Capitol Hill, free)

122. Gothic Barbie Drag Haus Presents: Dream Haus
Gothic Barbie Drag Haus, a competing group in ArtHaus 5.0, present their first variety show, Dream House. Expect homages to old-timey horror movies, pastel accents, and gaggles of witches.
(Downtown, $8/$10)

123. A Necessary Sadness
Great local poets, storytellers, musicians, comedians, and others—Howie Echo-Hawk, Emmett Montgomery, Ravella Riffenburg, Jade Gee, et al—in Danielle KL Gregoire’s second production of A Necessary Sadness, which debuted at the Seattle Fringe Festival. The shows, part of Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief, are inspired by John Koenig’s Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a compendium of invented words about complex emotions.
(Crown Hill, $10 suggested donation)

124. Sing It! Seattle
Are you a layperson who also enjoys singing? Here’s your chance to be part of a choir and perform in front of an audience. You’ll even get to vote on which song to learn.
(Downtown, $5)

125. Trivia Puppet Company Presents: Fuoco in Grotta
Trivia Puppet Company present Forethought, based on the legend of the mighty titan Prometheus, as well as “Peppercorn” at their show Fuoco in Grotta.
(Capitol Hill, $5/$10)

READINGS & TALKS

126. Alan J. Davidson
Capitol Hill’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral celebrated their 130th anniversary with a building restoration project and a new book on the cathedral’s early history by Alan J. Davidson. Meet the author and learn about Seattle’s second Episcopal parish. 
(Capitol Hill, free)

127. Fonda Lee and Emily Suvada
In this joint reading, science fiction writers Fonda Lee and Emily Suvada will share their most recent works (Cross Fire and This Cruel Design, respectively).
(University District, free)

128. Human Rights From the Bottom Up with Professor William Talbott
University of Washington professor William Talbott will lead a discussion on “the basis of human rights.” Specifically, he’ll explain why human rights are “the result of a centuries-long process of moral discovery.”
(Capitol Hill, free)

129. Lorraine McConaghy
Learn about Washington State’s role in World War I by reading a script from Washington at War: The Evergreen State in World War I out loud with public historian Lorraine McConaghy.
(West Seattle, free)

130. The McLellan/O’Donnell Living History Series with Clay Jenkinson
Even if you think you don’t know Edward S. Curtis, you’ve no doubt seen his famous photographs depicting Native American life. In this talk, author Clay Jenkinson will present on the artist’s life and work and will use a working model of the camera that Curtis used.
(Tacoma, free)

131. Memoir: The Stories We Know by Heart
Reagan Jackson, a journalist at the South Seattle Emerald and the Globalist as well as a poet and children’s book writer, will conduct a workshop on memoir.
(Downtown, free)

SHOPPING

132. Handmade Brigade Pop-Up
Stroll past 50 booths of local craft vendors at this pop-up.
(Fremont, free)

SPORTS & RECREATION

133. Gratitude Yoga
Resident yoga instructor Morgan Zion O’Friel will lead an hour-long, all-levels yoga class with proceeds benefitting Children’s Miracle Network. Tickets include a cocktail from the bar.
(Downtown, $10)

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African-American creator Davon Clark develops educational children’s animation series, ‘The Adventures of Prada Enchilada’

ABOVE PHOTO:  A clip from “The Adventures of Prada Enchilada”

Clark hopes that as the first African-American creator to develop an educational children’s animation series, he can successfully to pitch it to both major children’s TV networks and Video On Demand (VOD) platforms.

By Amy V. Simmons

When the late African-American cartoonist Morrie Turner’s cartoon strip “Wee Pals” – the first syndicated strip to feature ethnic and racial diversity – was developed into an animated series by ABC called “Kid Power”, it was an historic event. It set the stage for future animators who sought to explore diverse storylines and characters.

Other programs like “Fat Albert”, “Little Bill and others followed, but basically followed same the morality and ethical problem-solving skills formula, as do most cartoon series of that nature.

Although these skills are extremely important when it comes to personal development, Davon Clark, 33, noticed something missing – an educational component based on a style of teaching of the basic skill sets that oftentimes children who learn differently or respond better to — one which includes more tactile, hands on, and visual elements.

Growing up, he fell into that category, so he understands the struggle of trying to stay engaged in a traditional classroom setting. He noted that now, in the tech age with all of its bells, whistles and interactions aimed at younger and younger audiences, it is has become a problem for not only children who respond better to hands on learning methods, but most children by the time they enter formal education.

As a young educator and author, working largely with African-American youth, he realized that this was the case with many of the kids he works with through his education based, multimedia company ADC Kid — short for “A Davon Clark Kid” — which he founded in 2015.

ADC Kid is dedicated to the advancement of empowerment and enlightenment through interactive literacy through storytelling performances, expressive writing, animation and books. They offer educational services to schools, local/corporate businesses, summer camp programs, non-profit organizations and more throughout the NJ/PA/DE Tri-state area.

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In the process of working with the children and searching for innovative ways to motivate them, Clark noted the lack of people of color in the animation field — especially when it comes to series development and mass marketing. Based upon what he has learned over the years and feedback he has received, Clark has decided to take his interactive book series, “The Adventures of Prada Enchilada,” to the next level.

In short, Clark’s long-term goal is to become the first “Black Disney.” He does not want to copy Disney, but would like to build an empire like he did. During his research, he  also discovered that there are few animation training programs offered outside of the college classroom, so another goal is to build a Tyler Perry style production studio in Camden that would offer animation classes, apprenticeships and jobs to the community.

The series features a dog (Prada Enchilada) and cat (Mimi Tortellini) who live on Endless Lane, due to the fact that every learning adventure they set out upon is “endless.” The characters embark on various missions helping children identify objects, learn fun facts, and utilize basic math.

“This mission is groundbreaking,” Clark said. “It not only aims to be the first educational children’s animation created by an African-American to be pitched to a major TV network or Video on Demand (VOD) platform, but it will include actors of color in the two lead roles. We are also looking for animators to help with the project.”

ADC Kid’s launched a campaign in October on Seed & Spark’s crowdfunding platform. They are seeking to raise a total of $25,000 for development and production by November 21.

To donate to the project, visit: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/the-adventures-of-prada-enchilada-childrens-animation-series .  For more information about the organization itself, visit: www.adckid.com. They can also be found on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/adckid, on Instagram at: @adckid and on Twitter at: @adc_kid.

The Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosts ‘Pride in Our Heritage Tour’

ABOVE PHOTO:  Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, left, shares a laugh with her Delta soror Nikki Giovanni at the Moore College of Art & Design on Saturday, November 3, 2018 during the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter hosted “Pride in Our Heritage Tour.”   (–SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Nikki Giovanni and a host of outstanding Deltas in the arts featured in a national tour

Patricia Gilliam Clifford

By Patricia Gilliam Clifford

The Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted the fifth stop in the “Pride in Our Heritage Tour” at The Moore College of Art & Design last Saturday.

The tour was envisioned by Beverly Evans Smith, national president and CEO of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., who was inspired to present a program in which each of the sororities’ seven regions celebrated African-American heritage in the creative and performing arts and explored the lives and work of luminary Delta artists.

Smith introduced the tour, which is a signature program of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and National Arts and Letters Commission. The commission is co-chaired by Johnnetta B. Cole and Gwendolyn A. Mason.

The dynamic president of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter, Monica Johnson Taylor, with co-chair Sheila Phillips Hawes, Esq. and program chairs Emilee J. Taylor and Lynada Martinez Colburn provided local coordination.

Poet, writer and political activist Nikki Giovanni reads from her book, “A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter” during the “Pride in Our Heritage Tour” presented by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National Arts & Letters Commission at the Moore College of Art & Design on Saturday, November 3, 2018. (–SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Cole — who was the first female African-American president of Spelman College, an American anthropologist, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art Museum and from 2002 to 2007 president of Bennett College for Women, where she chaired the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute — has been leading the tour on an amazing journey across the country. She pulls audiences into intriguing discussions with Deltas who have overcome adversity to achieve national recognition.

Her event in Philadelphia featured one of America’s foremost poets, writers and commentators, Nikki Giovanni. Giovanni has published numerous collections of poetry, from her first self-published volume entitled “Black Feeling Black Talk” (1968) to “New York Times” best-seller, ”Bicycles: Love Poems” (2009). Her poems helped to define the African-American experience of the 1960s through the 1970s and beyond. This civil rights activist, poet, and television personality was also a major force in the Black Arts Movement.

This exciting evening of music, dance, poetry and art in Philadelphia began with a wonderful reception where guests enjoyed delicious food, fellowship, and conversation while listening to the smooth sounds of The Stephen Mitnaul Trio. The audience was delighted with an exhilarating African cultural experience performed by drummers, dancers, stilt walkers and singers who comprise the Sisters Laying Down Hands Collective. Maureen Hennighan Booker, a member of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter, presented a special dance performance.

Emmy award-winning Poet Laureate Hank Stewart, who has performed at the Trumpet Awards and Essence Music Festival, recited his inspirational poem, “Mad”, which lifted the heart and captured the crisis of the times we live in.

There was also a visual arts exhibit featuring the works of talented local artists. Other artists in the exhibit included: Nannette Clark, C. Gloria Akers, Nancy Churchville, Leslye Clemons-Carr, Jimmy Mance, Tiffany Murphy, Jose Sebourne, Jacqui Gilmore Stallworth, Quincy Stallworth, and Emilee J. Taylor. Esteemed artist Tim Caison captured the momentous occasion by painting live at the event. His one-of-a-kind masterpiece was auctioned live onsite.

Proud attendees included Eastern Regional Director Rosia Blackwell Lawrence; past Regional Director–Farwest Region, Sandra Phillips Johnson; past Eastern Regional Directors, Dr. Constance E. Clayton and Theljewa Garrett and past and present members of the Delta National Committee, Kimberly Lloyd, Cynthia Muse, Tianna Phillips, and Victoria Mosley Rivers.

Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. greet their Delta soror Dr. Constance Clayton, center, during the “Pride in Our Heritage Tour” presented by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National Arts & Letters Commission at the Moore College of Art & Design on Saturday, November 3, 2018. (–SUBMITTED PHOTO)

More familiar faces “Around Town in Philly” at the event were: former Philadelphia City Councilwoman and Delta Marian B. Tasco, Delta Community College of Philadelphia trustee Dorothy Sumners Rush; Philadelphia Kappa Polemarch L. Douglas Harrell and Richard Lee Snow, past executive director, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

Also present were Canara Price and Joe Ann Oatis, members of the Delta National Arts and Letters Commission, and Kim Jordan, Delta Sigma Theta’s Pennsylvania state coordinator.

The tour began in September in Kansas City, Missouri, and will culminate on December 1 in New Orleans.  It is traveling to one city in each of the Delta’s seven regions, where Cole engages a celebrity Delta in an in-depth and intriguing conversation regarding her life, successes, afflictions, triumphs, and pivotal life-altering moments.

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“We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained.” –Nikki Giovanni

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What the 2018 midterms have in common with the 1966 election


President Lyndon B. Johnson prepares for his State of the Union address at the White House in Washington. (Provided by the White House via AP)
Opinion writer

November 16 at 5:07 PM

Final results from the 2018 midterm elections are now starting to become clearer, and so, too, is its potential historical significance. The closest comparison may be with the 1966 election, the only midterm of Lyndon B. Johnson’s one term as the elected president of the United States.

Voter turnout was practically the same in each year: 49.2 percent in 2018 vs. 48.7 percent in 1966. In each case, this figure represented a recent peak for a midterm, though the 12.5 percentage-point surge between 2014 and 2018 far exceeded the 1 point increase between 1962 and 1966. The parties in control of the presidency incurred comparably heavy losses in the House, with LBJ’s Democrats losing 47 seats in 1966 and Donald Trump’s Republicans losing at least 37 and as many as 41, according to the most recent vote tallies. The results partly reflected the low job-approval ratings of Johnson and Trump near Election Day: 44 percent for each.

Voters were highly motivated to turn out in both years because they felt strongly that the stakes were high for federal policy. Strange as it may seem, they were also expressing their views on the same policy, or set of policies, in both 1966 and 2018: the quasi-revolutionary package of legislation, enacted by an overwhelmingly Democratic Congress at Johnson’s request, known as the Great Society.

The Great Society’s pillars included the Voting Rights Act, which made minority enfranchisement a definitive federal responsibility for the first time since Reconstruction; Medicare and Medicaid, which involved the federal government in the provision of health care; and, perhaps, most fatefully, the Immigration and Naturalization Act, which expanded legal immigration and made it available to people from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Republicans gained in 1966 not so much by explicitly moving far right — the landslide defeat of their 1964 presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, taught them a lesson about that — as by portraying themselves as a necessary check on what they contended was a dangerously ambitious liberal agenda. The GOP capitalized on the lingering public fear generated by terrible moments of violence in 1965, such as “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala., and the Watts riots in Los Angeles. Many white middle-class voters strongly (but wrongly) blamed those incidents on the Johnson administration for supposedly moving too far, too fast to redress the grievances of African Americans.

If 1966 was a backlash against the Great Society, 2018 was a backlash in defense of it. Like LBJ, Trump attempted to use his party’s control over both houses of Congress and the White House to enact an ambitious agenda — albeit one that would have yanked the United States in the opposite direction LBJ headed. Instead of promoting voting rights, Trump sought to combat voter “fraud,” supposedly disproportionately committed by people of color; he wanted less federal aid to health care (for the poor; Trump defended Medicare for the middle-class elderly); and, most important, he aggressively, and in stunningly vulgar, racial terms, sought to reduce immigration, both legal and illegal.

Like Republicans in 1966, Democrats won back House seats, particularly in the Midwest, by downplaying their ideology and avoiding specific policy proposals. Violence that many blamed on the incumbent administration, including the neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville in mid-2017 and the massacre of Jews in Pittsburgh soon before Election Day, frightened many Democratic voters, independents and moderate Republicans about the tone the president was setting and the divisive consequences for the nation.

Given the impossibility of retaking the Senate, or overcoming Trump’s veto even if they did, Democrats could not offer much hope of reversing Trump’s policies in the immediate term, any more than the GOP could really promise to undo the Great Society in 1966. Yet it was understood throughout the country that a vote for the Democrats was a vote to repudiate Trump and check him politically.

The GOP triumph in 1966 effectively ended LBJ’s ability to expand the Great Society. The Republicans did not gain control of the House, a key difference between that election and 2018, but conservative Southern Democrats had greater leverage within the reduced Democratic majority, and Democrats generally were skittish about provoking further backlash from the right in 1968. (A key exception was the Fair Housing Act of 1968.) So, too, has the 2018 election reduced Trump’s ability to shrink the Great Society, at least for now.

What does the 2018 result portend for the political future? In hindsight, it is clear that the 1966 election represented the beginning of a Republican comeback that had seemed all but impossible for the party in the wake of the 1964 Goldwater debacle. Republican Richard M. Nixon recaptured the presidency in 1968; two future GOP presidents won their first elective offices in 1966 as well, Gov. Ronald Reagan of California and Rep. George H.W. Bush of Texas.

Shut out of power in Washington and most of the states in 2018, Democrats now find themselves firmly on the comeback trail, with a fired-up rank and file and a newly elected crop of political talent available to lead them. This is because they organized, raised money and voted as if their party’s life depended on it. They also defended a basic set of policies — the right to vote on a nondiscriminatory basis; government-assisted health care for everyone, including the poor; a reasonably open door to immigrants from all over the world — that American voters no longer fear but by and large accept. Given a choice between Making America Great Again, and the Great Society, the voters picked the latter.