Last-Minute Plans: 101 Free, Cheap Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: Aug 11-13, 2017

Sick of hiding in your house from the smoky haze? Need to get out this weekend, but hoarding your dollars for a rainy day? Below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won’t cost more than $10, ranging from the Lusio light show to the Frye’s artsy Community Day and from the Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival to Friday’s South Lake Union Block Party. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar, where you’ll find everything from outside events to the biggest August events.

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1. Art Up PhinneyWood
Walk around charming Greenwood/Phinney (just north of the zoo) and take in art from dozens of venues, from galleries to restaurants to bookshops, including Couth Buzzard Books, Naked City Brewery, and the Phinney Center Gallery. This month, make sure to check out the new show from notorious prankster Derek Erdman.
(Phinney, free)

2. Belltown Art Walk
On second Fridays, wander around Belltown and check out their hyperlocal art scene amidst the waves of drinkers and clubbers. Convene at the Belltown Community Center to pick up a map (and maybe some snacks/goodies), then head out to explore nearby galleries while taking advantage of all the artists’ exhibitions (and provided refreshments).
(Belltown, free)

3. Joe Bar 20th Anniversary
The adorable Joe Bar is celebrating 20 years of art, coffee, and crepes with a performance by band Gods of Silicon. Ben Beres will celebrate the little cafe’s history of displaying excellent art with a huge retrospective show, featuring impressive local artists like Amanda Manitach, Ben Gannon, Troy Gua, Jazz Brown, Jeffry Mitchell, and Deborah Faye Lawrence.
(Capitol Hill, free)


4. Curb Your Expectations (A Comedy Show)
The organizers promise stand-up from some of the “best comedians in the Pacific Northwest”: Ariel Evans, Matt Benoit, Birungi Birungi, and Stephanie Flynn. The price is certainly right!
(Capitol Hill, free)

5. Hoppy Hour Comedy
El Sanchez is a nerdy, big-hearted, occasionally foul-mouthed comedian who’s racked up plaudits from media across the country. Lindy West called El a “grumpy nugget of delight” during her tenure at the Stranger, and really, what other endorsement do you need? Josh Chambers of the Ballard Boyz will open, and Kirkland’s Sarah Skilling (of Wine Shots) will host.
(Bothell, free)


6. South Lake Union Block Party
Every year, South Lake Union throws itself a party, featuring diverse musical pleasures from local band talents from the likes of Hey Marseilles, Ayron Jones and the Way, and Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme. There will also be food trucks, a beer garden, a free print-your-own-poster station, a “letterpress steamroller smackdown,” and a “Community Village” featuring booths from local businesses. The event is co-sponsored by Amazon and will benefit Mary’s Place.
(South Lake Union, free)


7. Movies at the Marina
The Ballard marina will have free, family-friendly movies at dusk this summer (this weekend’s is The Secret Life of Pets), with seating available on the garden lawn and in the parking lot, guest moorage available, and free popcorn (on a first-come, first-served basis).
(Ballard, free)

8. Movies in the Park
Watch free movies downtown—a couple of classics and some winners from the past year or so. La La Land will start at dusk.
(Downtown, free)

9. Then and Now: Business in the Black
Emancipated slaves and free black workers began laying the foundations of African American business districts as early as the 1800s. Some were wildly successful, including several millionaires. It took the efforts of racist citizenries to tear down this progress. The documentary Business in the Black: The Rise of Black Business in America 1800’s–1960’s tells the story of these entrepreneurs. Stay after the screening to talk with the director, Anthony Brogdon, and DeCharlene Williams from the Central District Chamber of Commerce.
(Central District, free)

10. Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Parental Advisory
Three Dollar Bill will screen films about those folks your parents warn you about: Rebels, tricksters, and weirdos. Bring your own chairs and blankets and buy yourself (or a cute friend) a popcorn. This weekend, watch Beetlejuice make trouble.
(Capitol Hill, free)


11. 80s Dance Party
The Hot Lava B-52s tribute band are setting up their love shack in West Seattle for your dancing pleasure.
(West Seattle, $8)

12. Bootie Seattle: Beyoncé Mash-Up Night
Seattle’s only all-mashup dance party throws down for an all-out celebration by paying tribute to the current reigning scene queen: Beyoncé. Prep thyself for all the ’10s break-up bangers and Top40 hits you could possibly handle.
(Capitol Hill, $5/$10)

13. Clamor! A Musical Insurgency
Psych and dark synth rock by Salt Riot, part of Zombie Jihad, Robert Stewart, and Raging Maggots comes to the aid of resisters and those exhausted by the current regime. All proceeds will benefit the Black Prisoners Caucus’ T.E.A.C.H. Program at Clallam Bay Corrections Center.
(West Seattle, $10)

14. Concerts at the Mural
In true KEXP fashion, another enjoyable round of free family-friendly concerts this year are up at the Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center. This weekend, hear Telekinesis, Y La Bamba, and Haley Heynderickx. DAVE SEGAL
(Downtown, free)

15. Downtown, Tit Nun, Jugs of Blood, L80
“Offbeat music blog” will present a live rock showcase of some of their favorite local groups, including Downtown, Tit Nun, Jugs of Blood, and L80.
(Ballard, $10)

16. Full Toilet, The Chasers, Shit Ghost, Weird Numbers
Kurt Bloch’s spaz-punk outfit Full Toilet released their first proper LP, I Disagree, earlier last year. The album is a pure scuzz-rock document packed with loudly blurted thought fragments and condensed song formations; 17 30-second tracks rattle your ears before the epic 11.5-minute, punk-poet freak-out called “I Sayed Bang” closes out the disc. The self-released I Disagree, as well as 2011’s self-titled 7-inch on Sub Pop, are quick-and-dirty visceral experiences. You’ll listen to Bloch wet-breathe, sniff, and yell his parts during the course of a Full Toilet album, and I’ll bet you’ll get to know him even more intimately onstage. TODD HAMM
(Ballard, $10)

17. Guy’s Massive Beach Birthday Bash
This party promises palm trees and other beachy accoutrements, so put on your best shore party wear and bounce to tunes by DJ Skribble and others. The guest with the best outfit will win a trip to Mexico. Sign up on the guest list for free admission. Full disclosure: We don’t know who Guy is.
(Pioneer Square, free)

18. Jupe Jupe, The Mondegreens, Susie G
Minor-key New Wave rockers Jupe Jupe will be backed up by the “California soul”- artists the Mondegreens and Susie G.
(Belltown, $8)

19. Knights of Trash, Bonneville Power, Ball Bag
Local good-timers the Knights of Trash play a rollicking set of original rock and roll, with Bonneville Power and Ball Bag.
(Georgetown, $5)

20. Otieno Terry with DJ Zeta
Otieno Terry’s multitalented singer/songwriter approach to R&B is completed by his effortlessly strong voice. And their EMP Sound Off! Competition win in recent years suggests, they can put on one hell of a live set. MIKE RAMOS
(Eastlake, $8-$10)

21. Planet Fly with Natalie Wouldn’t
Swing your hips loosely with Planet Fly’s unhurried, nostalgic funk, featuring the self-assured vocals of KJ Jones and Kate Davis.
(University District, $7)

22. ROMP: Ratchet Oldskool Music Party
DJ Mixx America will transform into DJ Ratchet with an especially steamy set, propitious to “twerking, grinding, stripping (yes, please).” If you’ve got enviable self-confidence, buy into the twerk contest for $5 and try to win the pot.
(Downtown, $2-$7)

23. Toe Tag, Power Skeleton, Suburban Hell Kill, The Sharp Teeth
In the early ’80s, a group of snotty kids from Oak Harbor called the Accüsed put Northwest hardcore on the map with a gruesome take on thrash that was later named “splatter rock.” Vocalist Blaine Cook fronted the band during their wildest years, and it’s that same energy that he channels into Toe Tag, alongside fellow Accüsed alumnus Alex “Maggot Brain” Sibbald and a couple local splatter heads, Steve McBeast and Diabolical Chris Diamond. Their music is raw and fast, and it comes complete with gory imagery, featuring song titles like “Bat Pussy” and “Sawtopsy.” If crossover is dead, Toe Tag are zombies of the genre—back to feast and thrash some more. KEVIN DIERS
(Eastlake, $5/$8)

24. Voices Raised: Some Things Gotta Be Said
David Guilbault will host an evening of progressive music about America’s diversity and “the state of our country” by the likes of Nancy K. Dillon, Gary Kanter, Elsa Hay, and others.
(Greenwood, free)


25. Les Lumières
This is Seattle Playwrights Salon production of Judy Jacobs’s new play about an innovative American choreographer in 19th-century Paris and her artistic struggles with the emerging technology of film—as well as obstacles posed by the French.
(Georgetown, free)


26. Gabe Hudson
Rising novelist Gabe Hudson’s new coming-of-age story Gork, the Teenage Dragon, has been praised for its “big-hearted optimism about all that’s possible in the world” by Dave Eggers.
(Capitol Hill, free)

27. Jan Maher: Earth As It Is
A young man in 1930s Texas, caught by his horrified wife in the act of wearing his lingerie, tries to find himself—and when her identity becomes clearer, herself—in various misadventures across the country, from a cross-dressing community in Chicago to the army to small-town Indiana.
(University District, free)

28. Problem Glyphs
Eliza Gauger, the creator of Problem Glyphs, draws symbols in reaction to problems submitted by the public. She’ll present her books, including a limited edition, and read from the introduction. Learn about the project and buy pins, art prints, and more. Plus, enjoy music and drinks.
(Capitol Hill, $5 suggested donation)



29. And Not Or
Every library, like every art collection, contains only a fraction of possible works—a reflection of curatorial choices that decide which narratives get told (or omitted). For And Not Or, a selection of artists (including Wynne Greenwood, Joe Rudko, and Ryan Feddersen) chose artworks from Seattle University’s Lemieux Library to be rehoused at the Hedreen Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, to be accompanied by books chosen by artist Abra Ancliffe. In turn, these artists will replace the missing library objects with their own artworks, to be accompanied by “labels” crafted by poet Natalie Martínez. It’s a complex maneuver, sparking dialogue about context, inclusion, and interesting accidents. EMILY POTHAST
(Capitol Hill, free, closing Saturday)

30. Duwamish Native Art Market & Jumble Days
Buy art and crafts, yard sale goodies, and food from enrolled Duwamish tribe members and others.
(West Seattle, free)


31. The Perks of Being a Misfit: Summer Break!
An improv troupe, Kangaroo Court, will weave a show around the themes of summer break and the doldrums of teenagerhood.
(Greenwood, $10/$14)


32. Role Players
Nerds in the 1960s play the very first ever tabletop RPG in this original musical comedy.
(Greenwood, $10/$14)



33. Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
Tour Bainbridge Island artist studios to get a glimpse of new, local works.
(Bainbridge Island, free)

34. Out of Sight
Established in 2015 as an unofficial addendum to the Seattle Art Fair, Out of Sight is an annual survey of Northwest art that thrives, as the name implies, in the margins outside the commercial gallery system inscribed by the official fair. As a result, it’s a place for artists to take risks and show edgier, more exploratory work. But it’s also a great chance to catch emerging artists destined to be scooped up by galleries—(before Seth David Friedman was represented by Season Gallery, his intimate, biomorphic sculptures were featured at Out of Sight). Curated by Greg Lundgren, Ben Heywood, S. Surface, and Justen Siyuan Waterhouse, this year’s Out of Sight promises to be a destination in its own right, full of promising young artists, seasoned veterans, and just about everyone in between. EMILY POTHAST
(Pioneer Square, $10)

35. Rhythm In Colors
The library will pay its respects to Seattle’s rich jazz history, an expression of local black artistry and culture attesting to the strength of its musical education programs and heritage. Hear recordings of interviews conducted with great area musicians as part of the Seattle Jazz Archive project, hear special performances, and attend talks.
(Downtown, free, closing Sunday)


36. Festival at Mount Si
This festival, which takes place in the shadow of the godlike Mount Si, brings you to North Bend for fireworks, live music, a beer garden, parades, raffles, and crafts, as well as food-based activities like the blueberry dessert contest, a chili contest, and a cherry-pie eating competition. There’s also “Tibetan rock-throwing” and “wife-carrying.”
(North Bend, free)

37. Kirkland Summerfest
Expect visual and performing arts, kids’ activities, live entertainment, a beer garden, and dozens of vendors and food trucks at Kirkland’s premier summer festival.
(Kirkland, free)


38. The Guac Stop
You may or may not feel skeptical about the possibility of flavored guacamole, including a “Seattle” special with apple, but the fact remains: Free guac is free guac—and, we imagine, you can opt for the normal sort of avocado-onion-cilantro-lime-etc. at the “nation’s first pop-up guacamole lounge.” The organizers of this touring event claim that pop-ups are “the most Millenial way to dine,” and, presumably in keeping with the theme, they’ll also have other things Millenials (might) like: chalkboard art sessions, facials, macramé classes, hula hooping, and live music.
(Seattle Center, free)

39. A Taste of Edmonds
Edmonds offers up its best for this two-day festival of food, drink, and music. There will be a beer garden, a wine garden and food vendors as far as the eye can see.
(Edmonds, $5)


40. Outdoor Shakespeare
This summer, GreenStage has been putting on four different Shakespeare plays at parks across the city: The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Richard II.
(Various locations, free)

41. Xanadu – Ballyhoo Theatre
The nonsensical ’80s musical about a Greek muse who descends to earth and inspires the birth of roller disco will take the stage.
(Sand Point, $10)



42. Arts & Crafts Fair
Buy local crafts (jewelry, toys, prints, furniture, etc.) and drink local coffee in West Seattle. Good motivation for getting up early, because it’s all over at noon!
(West Seattle, free)

43. Chance Fashion Boutique and Retail Edition
Once again, Chance Fashion invites you to appreciate local fashion designers working in lingerie.
(Capitol Hill, $10-$20)

44. Georgetown Art Attack
Once a month, the art that resides in the tiny airport hamlet of Georgetown ATTACKS all passersby. In more literal terms, it’s the day of art openings and street wonderment. It’s a great chance to see Treasure Island: Beyond and Back and More, which closes Saturday.
(Georgetown, free)

45. Lusio: A Night to Awaken
This is a free, family-friendly, inviting evening of light, art, and sound, featuring more than 30 light installations, a sound showcase by Patchwerks, aerial performances by Apex Aerial Arts, and generally relaxing, immersive experiences. You’ll have to roam around the park to take it all in.
(Capitol Hill, free)

46. Wombgenda: Feminist Comix signing with Tatiana Gill
Advance the nefarious female agenda with Tatiana Gill, whose book of autobiographical comics, Wombgenda, depict the trials of living in a society where women’s rights are questioned all the time. The comics seem to focus on medical and reproductive issues: “Abortion, birth control, low self esteem, eating disorders, vibrators, and medical horrors.”
(Shoreline, free)


47. Bleeding Heart Militia Benefit for Homeless Youth
Raise money for underhoused kids with loud, hard, potentially shirtless rock by Kings of Cavalier, Lust Punch, KLED, and Transient Vultures. Pick up some cool art merch from Push/Pull and bid in the silent auction. Your purchases may well help someone access transitional housing and services.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

48. Community Day
Party for the opening of Storme Webber’s Casino: A Palimpsest exhibition with family tours, free Full Tilt ice creams bars (get them while they last), a “memory map” workshop using your family photos, a musical ancestor-honoring performance by Webber, her cousin Valerie Rosa, and pianist Amos Miller, and a gallery talk by Webber and curator Miranda Belarde-Lew.
(First Hill, free)

49. Sodo Flea Market
Shop apparel, decor, furniture, art, and food at this fun local market.
(Sodo, free)

50. Stumptown Coffee Roasters Summer Market
Celebrate local artisans like Jacbosen Salt, Make Space Zine, Moon Femme Collection, Mountainfoxgoods, Oddflowers, Rodeo Donuts, and others, plus Lawrence Genette and Leo Shallat’s art. Deejay Res will spin the tunes.
(Capitol Hill, free)


51. AuburnFest
This new festival will offer a range of activities including a small press fair, music stages, crafts, bocce, inflatables, a rock wall, a parade, and a car show.
(Auburn, free)

52. Delridge Day
This annual celebration promises performances, picnic games, food (including free hot dogs), a skating competition, and more.
(West Seattle, free)

53. Hillman City Classic Car Show
See classic cars in all their lumpy chrome glory along Rainier Ave and enjoy beer, food, games, and music.
(Hillman City, free)

54. Iranian Festival
The Iranian American Community Alliance brings you the 11th year of its festival of Iran’s rich and expressive culture. Learn about the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Iran through live performances, visual arts, a Rumi poetry showcase, hands-on activities, an Iranian tea house, a variety of foods (YAY), children’s games, and a marketplace.
(Seattle Center, free)

55. Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival
Celebrate the 25th year of this event with a parade and festival that includes DJs and live music, food and drink, street sports and outdoor games for all ages, a car show, and much more.
(Rainier Valley, free)


56. Movies at the Mural
Bring your lawn chairs and watch free, family-friendly movies on Seattle Center’s 40-foot-screen on the Mural Amphitheater lawn. Each screening will open with a short film by local students at Cornish College of the Arts. This Saturday, the film will be Hidden Figures.
(Seattle Center, free)

57. Seattle Asian American Film Festival: Outdoor Movies
Every Saturday from now to the end of August, gather in the ID for live performances at dusk, followed by a movie with Asian and Asian American themes, subjects, and creators. Eat free popcorn and watch The Mermaid!
(Chinatown-International District, free)


58. 80’s vs 90’s with DJ Indica Jones and Guests
Sweat it out to the almost-oldies with rival music from two great decades selected by local talent DJ Indica Jones, and special guests Wanz, Grace Love, Scarlet Parke, and #All4Doras performing live sets.
(Fremont, $8/$12)

59. All The Real Girls, Red Heart Alarm, Local Ghost
Pacific Northwest rock band All The Real Girls are finally back on the scene with some new music, and will play a live set with support from Red Heart Alarm and Local Ghost.
(Ballard, $8)

60. Day Break
Is your weekend in any danger of lacking chill? Nectar will supply the “island reggae,” DJ, food truck, and good vibes at this canna-themed day party.
(Fremont, free)

61. Feel Good Inc.
Do206 and Motown on Mondays are here to bring you a new night of R&B, soul, and funk staffed by local talents DJ100Proof, Blueyedsoul, and Sessions playing hours of the good stuff.
(Capitol Hill, $5/$10)

62. FRONDS, Ghost Soda
FRONDS, aka Dylan Tidyman-Jones from San Francisco, makes misty dreampop reveries, and Ghost Soda from Seattle will provide support.
(Downtown, $5)

63. The Guessing Game, Palooka, Max Fite
The Guessing Game’s heavy power-rock will take the watering hole by storm with help from Palooka and Max Fite.
(Georgetown, $5)

64. Happy Heartbreak, The Mountain Flowers, Timberfoot, Shookup
Join sad-face emo/indie pop quintet Happy Heartbreak for bittersweet ballads, with live support from The Mountain Flowers, Timberfoot, and Shookup.
(Fremont, $8/$12)

65. Inter Arma, Atriarch, Adaura
If you like metal and you’re not checking out the seasoned veterans at the Slayer concert, then you should hit Barboza tonight. Richmond’s Inter Arma haven’t had their breakthrough moment with the larger metal audience yet, but if you’re an obsessive scourer of new heavy music then you’ve undoubtedly seen the band’s name on every underground outlet’s end-of-the-year list. Unlike so many hyped albums, last year’s Paradise Gallows is worthy of the accolades. On their third full-length, you can hear echoes of classic-era Metallica balladry, Darkthrone’s troglodyte slash-and-burn tactics, Neurosis’s hallucinatory devastations, and a host of other reference points, but it all comes together in a cohesive and unprecedented sound. Sure, you could see the vanguard at WaMu tonight, but wouldn’t you rather brag about seeing the new pioneers before they blew up? BRIAN COOK
(Capitol Hill, $10/$12)

66. Letters From Traffic, Black Plastic Clouds, Guests
Letters From Traffic promise catchy soul from seven musicians on brass, bass, guitar, drums, and vocals.
(University District, $7)

67. The Morning After, The Band Ice Cream, Dogbreth, Free Samples
SeaTac-based punk-funk girl-group the Morning After play on feminine and adolescent stereotypes for a fun edge to traditional alt rock and punk tones. They’ll be joined by the Band Ice Cream, Dogbreth, and Free Samples.
(Tukwila, $5/$8)

68. Never Young
Northern California’s Never Young reportedly have been described “Sonic Youth, At The Drive In, and My Bloody Valentine having a ménage à trois,” and they’ve certainly got strident hooks aplenty to back that up.
(Belltown, $10)

69. A Night of
The full title of this event is “A NIGHT OF drinking and dancing while playing video games to Hiphop, house and retro dance music,” so there you have it! DJ ecchi will preside.
(Tukwila, $10)

70. NOI!SE, Legion 76, Junto
Street-punk four-piece Tacomans NOI!SE will join up with Legion 76 and Junto for a night of thrash.
(Eastlake, $10/$12)

71. Skelator, Weaponlord, Nasty Bits
Apocalypse-obsessed weirdos Skelator will bring their heavy speed metal praise to the University District, with Weaponlord and Nasty Bits in tow.
(University District, $7)

72. Sunset Flip, The Band Ice Cream, The Wild Lips
Get ready to bang your head around thanks to live sets by local punks Sunset Flip with the Band Ice Cream and the Wild Lips.
(Eastlake, $5/$8)


73. Happening17 the First
Literally no one knows what’s going to happen on this night, because it’s comprised of two group improvisations—one set structured, one set open—by monologists, dancers, actors, and musicians. The performers will include Mimi Allin, Emily Batlan, Will Courtney, Noelle Chun, Vanessa DeWolf, and many others.
(Capitol Hill, $5-$20)


74. Jockstraps and Glitter 2017
The naughty but charitable Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will take on the athletes of Seattle Quake Rugby in a brutal kickball match. You won’t just watch the fun, you’ll also control it: You can buy clothing removal, strikes, and more. The fruits of this cheerful corruption will benefit the Sisters’ granting fund and the Quake’s season next year.
(Capitol Hill, free)

75. Bacon Strip
The drag company Bacon Strip, helmed by Sylvia O’Stayformore and Mizz Honey Bucket, sets a gaggle of mischievous queens to shocking shenanigans every month. The Trailer Park Drag Strip 2017 at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall is free!
(Georgetown, free)

76. Testostérone™ Black Light Underwear Party
DJ Ron Hamelin will take Montreal’s underground gay music scene to you at this blacklit underwear party, where you’re free to strip down to your glowing skivvies and prance like the creature of the night you are.
(Capitol Hill, $7-$12)


77. Yoga, Zumba, Open Studio, and Tour
Practice yoga outside, shape up with zumba, take a sculpture tour, and explore Lion’s Main Art Collective’s interactive open studio at this Summer at SAM day.
(Belltown, free)



78. Eighth Generation Artist in Residence: Emily Washines
Emily Washines, the Yakama/Cree/Skokomish artist who founded Native Friends, will screen her short films “Yakama War: Ayat (woman)” and “Yakama Lullaby,” two works that reflect her passion for language, history, and culture.
(Downtown, free)

79. Michael Dormer: The Legend of Hot Curl
Multitalented artist Michael Dormer passed away in 2012, and he left behind a legacy of strange and wondrous works including the comic character Hot Curl, a selection of fine art, and the 1960s TV show Shrimpenstein! Now Fantagraphics is publishing the first-ever retrospective of the artist, Michael Dormer And The Legend Of Hot Curl, and will host an accompanying exhibit featuring a wide selection of his most interesting pieces. Celebrate the book launch and check out his work in person at this gallery show.
(Georgetown, free)


80. Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow
This festival offers musical performances (LeeAnn Rimes will headline), a salmon obstacle course, a river walk with Stillaguamish biologists, a logging show, and a pow wow.
(Arlington, free)


81. T. rex Live: Opening Weekend
Did you know that the Burke has been squirreling away a 2,500 pound tyrannosaurus braincase for the past year? This specimen is only the 15th t. rex skull ever discovered. This weekend, Burke scientists will be freeing their bony friend from its plaster protections. Watch t. rex’s emergence from its shell, hear talks at 12:30 and 2 pm on fossil preparation and excavation, and let your kids unleash their creativity with dino crafts.
(University District, $10)


82. Outdoor Trek: Day of the Dove
Classic Star Trek lives on in the wild—or at least the park—with a gender-fluid re-enactment of “Day of the Dove,” an episode in which Klingons and humans are set against one another by a mysterious, hate-consuming force. Enjoy swordfights, live music, hot dogs for purchase, and more.
(Central District, free)



83. Sandwich: A Storytelling Show
It’s a night for “three-way storytelling creation,” with live performers sharing tales in tandem. You might get to give your own short story reading.
(Downtown, $8-$10)


84. Caribbean Sea Fest
Eighteen artists representing some of the 32 Caribbean countries will perform at this green-focused, “grassroots” family festival. Of course, there will be food and dancing.
(Capitol Hill, free)

85. The Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival
Discover the cultural mosaic of this Rainier Valley community at this grassy festival full of music, food, dancing (including capoeira, Somali dance, and much more), lawn games, a petting zoo (they especially advertise the camel), and hands-on art.
(Capitol Hill, free)


86. SHRIEK: Get Out
SHRIEK is a pop film education series about women in horror, and this time they’re taking a look on a recent and wildly successful entry in black horror cinema: Get Out. Although the protagonist is a man, there will still be plenty of gender and race intersections to discuss, and you’ll get to discover or revisit one of the best-reviewed scary films in recent years.
(Greenwood, $10)


87. Pear-a-dise
Are pears an underrated fruit? Come to this community pear-gathering and recipe exchange, complete with a circus/dance show by Two of Wands to honor the harvest. The main show is at 4, but there will be shorter performance throughout before then.
(Beacon Hill, free)


88. Blues Sunday with Highway 99 Blues Club
The Friends of the Waterfront will look to Highway 99 for a blues roster, providing free jams by the Sound.
(Downtown, free)

89. The Buttertones, Snuff Redux
Surf, surf surf. Surf. The Buttertones are from Hollywood, so we should expect this. The lyrics, though, impassioned and filled with bad puns, remind me more of psych-pop, which after all took something from surf rock by way of the garage. Geetars twang. A sax shrieks like a buried-alive shlub pounding on his interior casket lid. Two-headed sharks rear twin nasty heads. Geetars twang, ping, twang. Apparitions appear from between the dunes at sundown, reminding me that the surf sound leads to the haunted-house rock, too. Dead girlfriends, or at least girlfriends who may be dead, seem to occupy the singer’s mind. Like they said in Solaris (the second film version, the popular one): Will she come back? Do you want her to? ANDREW HAMLIN
(Capitol Hill, $10/$12)

90. Destroy Boys, Hobo Johnson, The Lovemakers
Alt-poppers Iffy Comma and Sacramento garage rockers Destroy Boys will tear up the Vera stage, with Hobo Johnson and the Band Ice Cream as support.
(Seattle Center, $10)

91. Emerald City Beatbox Battle
Think you’ve got the percussive lips and powerful larynx to win the first annual Emerald City Beatbox Battle? Well, you’ll have to try again next year, because registration’s already closed—but you can watch the 16 competitors go at it.
(West Seattle, $5)

92. Free Blues & Cool Jazz Series
Loll on the grass and listen to chill jazz and blues from some of Seattle’s most popular local musicians, like Industrial Revelation, DLO3, and Big Road Blues. This weekend, hear Pearl Django’s Hot Club-influenced jazz.
(Downtown, free)

93. Ghost Train Trio, Double Or Muffin
Yowling twang-riffers Ghost Train Trio will be joined by Double Or Muffin for a night of rough and wild country rock.
(University District, $7)

94. Grease Ball II
Show off your greased hog at this car and bike show on the back lot of Slim’s thanks to the Sin Daddies Social Club, with live music throughout the day from Hobosexual, Sin Driver, Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band, Thee Perfect Gentleman, Clint Westwood, and DJ Hubba Hubba.
(Georgetown, free)

95. Hillary Susz, Cellar Bells, Arbor Towers
Boulder songwriter Hillary Susz will sing narrative-based songs about lesbian love and other aspects of ordinary life, backed by her four-piece band.
(Fremont, $6/$8)

96. Hundred Suns with Deathbreaker
Hundred Suns describe their sound as immersive “doomy groove, bass driven power, loud guitars, and surreal sonic tribalism.” To us, they sound like fast indie metal play pretty straight.
(Eastlake, $10/$15)

97. Quiet, Spinster, Shiftercar
Moody psych-punks Quiet will headline the Chop, with support performances by Spinster and Shiftercar.
(Capitol Hill, $8)

98. Songwriting Workshop with Larry Kaplan
Multi-instrumentalist Larry Kaplan will share his songwriter expertise.
(Fremont, free)


99. Starball
This eccentric improvisational astronomical science musical aims to educate and share the giddy joy of science and discovery. The cast members will stay after the show for a discussion.
(Capitol Hill, free)

100. Three Years of the Pocket
The Pocket is an excellent bookable venue for DIY comedy, plays, experimental performance, and dance, and thank the lord—they’ve renewed their lease for three more years. Paint the town with your fellow theater geeks—they’ll have a giant pocket to take photos in, special performances, awards, “maybe a kissing booth?”, and booking opportunities for YOUR VERY OWN SHOW.
(Greenwood, free)


101. Chad Stroup: Secrets of the Weird
Chad Stroup’s Secrets of the Weird imagines what happens when a dangerous, fantasy-fulfilling drug called Sweet Candy spreads on the streets of a dystopian society.
(University District, free)

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CBS Focus Atlanta, HorseOPeace’s Sanders Talk Soap Trend

Elizabeth Sanders of, left, and Keisha Lancelin, Host of CBS CW Focus Atlanta Show, discussed trend to natural soap.

Skincare expert Elizabeth Sanders showed how to make goat milk soap on CBS Atlanta

People want to be informed and appreciate that HorseOPeace soaps are made with 100% nutrient-rich raw goat milk, without any skin-drying water used in store brands and other goat milk soaps.”

— Elizabeth Sanders of

ATLANTA, GA, August 10, 2017 / — Elizabeth Sanders, founder of goat milk soap, told CBS CW TV’s Focus Atlanta, “There is a natural soap trend sweeping America as people become more informed about chemical-laden store-bought brands that are actually detergents, and they are turning to more healthy choices.”

Speaking with host Keisha Lancelin, Elizabeth said, “Many HorseOPeace customers have sensitive skin, but our soaps are also good for all skin types from babies and children to adults and mature skin. HorseOPeace soap pampers and nurtures skin and we are especially pleased when customers tell us our soap helped with their dry, sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.”

She added, “People want to be informed and appreciate that we clearly list our natural ingredients on our labels and that our HorseOPeace natural soaps are made with 100% nutrient-rich raw goat milk, without even a drop of skin-drying water used by makers of store brands and even other goat milk soap makers.”

Elizabeth added, “It matters to people what they put on their skin. HorseOPeace soaps keep skin healthy and we were pleased when beauty and fashion blog reviewed our soaps being superior to other brands at prices it called shockingly affordable.”

Teaming with Keisha, Elizabeth demonstrated how to make natural Oatmeal ‘n Honey goat milk soap, which is the top selling of all HorseOPeace soaps. Keisha remarked that in Georgia dry skin can be a really big problem for people and Elizabeth noted that HorseOPeace soap made with raw goat milk, without any water, can keep skin moist and supple.

They discussed that The New York Times quoted Elizabeth in its coverage of the trend noting that due to her absolute commitment to natural ingredients she will not use any chemicals or color dyes so prevalent in most popular brands and other goat milk soaps.

Keisha told her Focus Atlanta viewers, watching on CBS CW-69, “Not only does Elizabeth have products for your skin, but she has Healthy Pets goat milk soap shampoo for your pets; how sweet is that.” Pet Age Magazine said Healthy Pets scented and unscented shampoos repel fleas and pests and keep pet skin healthy.

Demonstrating how to make soap at home, Elizabeth teamed with Keisha to prepare Oatmeal ‘n Honey goat milk soap just as she did when starting HorseOPeace a decade ago. They mixed raw goat milk with warmed readily available natural oils, added scoops of oatmeal and some honey to set in a plastic container for 48 hours until cutting and put on shelve to cure for 6 weeks as each bar will then give 4 to 6 weeks of daily use.

Elizabeth’s Focus Atlanta interview with Keisha is online at During a media week set by, she was interviewed on top CBS, NBC, ABC, KJAG and FOX news and talk shows in Atlanta, Kansas City, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita-Hutchinson.

Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has grown in the decade since Elizabeth founded the company; and so did her family as she married IT-executive Nick and homeschools their four sons, aged two to six. With customers around the USA and world, her goat milk soaps and other products are available at, and Amazon. She updates customers with a monthly newsletter and her blog at and offers discounts at the HorseOPeace Soap of the Month Club. She’s active on and Media contact: Brian Dobson,

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Author Discloses the Winning Habits of Steve Jobs at the AJC Decatur Book Festival 2017

The Winning Habits of Steve Jobs

Author Discloses the Winning Habits of Steve Jobs at the AJC Decatur Book Festival 2017

ATLANTA, GA, UNITED STATES, August 10, 2017 / — From 1 to 3 September 2017, Dr. Robert Toguchi, author of the piece The Winning Habits of Steve Jobs will be joining this year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival, a community-based, non-profit event and largest independent festival in the country. Being renowned as one of the five largest festivals in the country, DBF continues to gather world-class authors as well as hundreds of thousands of festival-goers to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parade, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and others. These activities will be happening in and around the historic downtown Decatur square.

“We always knew Atlanta had a thriving writing and book community, but it needed a centerpiece to bring all the parts together,” Tom Bell points out as he recalls the history of DBF. It was when Daren Wang hatched a hare-brained idea to establish a festival celebrating the spoken/written word that brought the other dreamers and believers together. Tom Bell — founding program director, Linda Harris, Richard Lenz, Alice Murray, Bill Starr and Judy Turner then began brewing the magic.

The DBF got rave reviews shortly after 18 months of hard work and dedication in volunteering full-time, until its commencement over Labor Day weekend back in 2006, which was attended by over 100 authors and 50, 000 people. The success of the event was contributed by the combination of supportive local businesses and restaurants, eager and able volunteers, and the ability to walk easily from venue to venue.

Dr. Robert Toguchi lives in Vass, North Carolina with his wife Tina. He has quite a remarkable teaching background. He served as a former faculty member of the National Defense University teaching courses on leadership, strategy and personal effectiveness. He also contributed to conceptual change within the U.S. Army which he spent a decade with. Toguchi wrote The Winning Habits of Steve Jobs to help the readers explore the approach that Steve Jobs applied, that made him a successful and remarkable icon of the technology industry. This discusses how these insights are applied as it focuses on the winning habits rather than on the biographical events. Furthermore, this book touches the remarkable habits of other successful entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and Larry Ellison. This a perfect read for those who aspire of becoming successful billionaires in their chosen career, and Toguchi provides them with the right perspective towards achieving long-term goals.

BookBlastPro will represent the author at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. The festival-goers and other authors will have the opportunity of getting first-hand information about Toguchi and his piece, The Winning Habits of Steve Jobs. They will also get bookmarks and an opportunity of photo documentation which will be released after the event. The book selling will be announced at the event.

AJC Decatur Book Festival — Bookzilla, Dr. Robert Toguchi’s book and the rest of the fun activities will make this event a literary powerhouse that will delight the attendees and will make this annual event a huge success, as what Tom Bell expressed: “That’s what the festival does best.”

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Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Urges a Construction Worker in Louisiana With Mesothelioma to Call Them for Instant Access to The Most Skilled Lawyers for Compensation

Every imaginable type of construction worker in Louisiana could have had heavy to very heavy exposure to asbestos prior to 1980”

— Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, August 11, 2017 / — The Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center specializes in helping former construction workers or skilled trades workers who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma with a specific emphasis on making certain these types of people receive the very best possible financial compensation. As they would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303 the key to receiving the very best possible mesothelioma compensation settlement is having the nation’s very best mesothelioma attorneys assisting on the compensation claim. http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Center says, “What makes Louisiana unique is asbestos was used on almost every type of building in the state built prior to 1980. This includes commercial buildings and military installations along with refineries, and oil exploration facilities. Every imaginable type of construction worker in Louisiana could have had heavy to very heavy exposure to asbestos prior to 1980. These types of workers in Louisiana would have included:
* “Carpenters
* “Electricians
* “Plumbers
* “Welders
* “Pipefitters
* “Insulators
* “Roofers

“As we would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303 these types of people with mesothelioma in Louisiana can receive significant financial compensation if they were exposed to asbestos as a construction or skilled trades worker.” http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center wants to emphasize there is a statewide initiative available to a diagnosed victim anywhere in Louisiana including communities such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Kenner, Bossier City, Monroe. http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

High-risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Louisiana include Veterans of the US Navy, power plant workers, shipyard workers, oil refinery workers, factory workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, and construction workers. Typically, the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s.

When it comes to treatment options for mesothelioma in Louisiana the Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly encourages diagnosed victims to contact the following cancer treatment centers in Louisiana, and in Texas. Note: The MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas may be one of the most capable mesothelioma treatment centers in the world. Ochsner Cancer Institute New Orleans:

According to the CDC the average age for a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma is 72 years old. This year between 2500, and 3000 US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is attributable to exposure to asbestos.

The Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “If you call us at 800-714-0303, we will see to it that you have instant access to the nation’s most skilled mesothelioma attorneys, who consistently get the best possible financial compensation results for their clients.” http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon.

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer:

Michael Thomas
Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center
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Black Journalists’ Panel With Omarosa Manigault Ends In Anger

White House aide Omarosa Manigault speaks to a health care panel in June. On Friday she was part of a panel at a black journalists conference that ended with the audience protesting her participation. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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White House aide Omarosa Manigault speaks to a health care panel in June. On Friday she was part of a panel at a black journalists conference that ended with the audience protesting her participation.

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A panel at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans featuring White House aide Omarosa Manigault quickly went south after Manigault refused to answer questions about the administration in which she serves.

The panel made news before it even started, according to Page 6, which reported that Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times and Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker refused to take part in the panel after they were informed they’d be on stage with Manigault.

“Cobb told Page Six that the reason for pulling out ‘wasn’t simply the addition of Omarosa. It was that she was added at the eleventh hour and it was unclear whether we would be able to discuss substantive issues regarding the administration and its policing policies. Also, the panel was very disorganized, and basic things like format were not clear.'”

Moderator and broadcast journalist Ed Gordon stepped in at the last minute, but he sparred with Manigault, almost as soon as she stepped on stage.

“Shame on you,” Manigault told Gordon just minutes after coming on stage. At one point, Gordon and Manigault both stood and paced the stage, talking each other down face-to-face. “Let me tell my story,” Manigault told Gordon. “Ask me a question about me.”

When asked about President Trump’s recent comments that police should rough up people they are detaining, Manigault said his comments were wrong. She said issues of police brutality are important to the Trump White House. But said she could not elaborate on private conversations with the president.

“You don’t walk away from the table,” Manigault responded when asked why she’d take a job in an administration seen by many in the room as hostile to African Americans. “Because if you’re not on the table, you’re on the menu,” she said. When asked about her work with the Department of Justice on policing issues, Manigault responded, “Google me.”

The crowd became increasingly angered with Manigault’s seeming refusal to answer questions about the Trump administration. She claimed she was there to talk about her personal experience with violence, as some of her family members have been murdered. Several conference attendees in the audience stood with their backs turned to Manigault, while others just walked out.

Sarah Glover, president of NABJ, tried to take control of the panel after some 45 minutes of confrontation on the stage. But while she urged the audience to be calm and look at all sides of the issues and hear contrasting viewpoints, Manigault silently ducked off stage, to be whisked away by her security detail.

Notable Moments in Black History 1917-1942


The Houston Mutiny and other riot erupts between Black soldiers and White citizens; two Blacks and 11 Whites are killed. Twenty-nine Black soldiers are executed for participation in the riot.

Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen found The Messenger, a Black socialist magazine, in New York City.

The Supreme Court in Buchanan v. Warley strikes down the Louisville, Ky. ordinance mandating segregated neighborhoods.


A race riot in Chester, Pa. claims five lives, three Blacks and two Whites.

In nearby Philadelphia, another race riot breaks out killing four, three Blacks and one White.

In Oklahoma City, a precursor to the more famous 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma riot occurs and, as reported by the AFRO, virtually wiping out segments of that city’s Black community.

The Armistice ends World War I. However, the northern migration of African Americans continues. By 1930 there were 1,035,000 more Black Americans in the North than in 1910.


Following its revival in 1915 at Stone Mountain, Ga., the Ku Klux Klan by the beginning of 1919 is operating in 27 states. Eighty-three African Americans are lynched, among them a number of returning soldiers still in uniform.

The West Virginia State Supreme Court rules that an African American is denied equal protection under the law if his jury has no Black members.

There are 25 race riots that take place throughout the nation prompt the term, Red Summer. The largest clashes take place in Charleston, S.C.; Longview, Texas;  Washington, D. C.; Chicago, Ill.; Omaha, Neb. and Elaine, Arkansas.

Claude McKay publishes If We Must Die, considered one of the first major examples of Harlem Renaissance writing.

Father Divine founds the Peace Mission Movement at his home in Sayville, New York.

South Dakota resident Oscar Micheaux releases his first film, “The Homesteader,” in Chicago. Over the next four decades Micheaux will produce and direct 24 silent films and 19 sound films, making him the most prolific Black filmmaker of the 20th century.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is founded at Howard University.

The decade of the 1920s witnesses the Harlem Renaissance, a remarkable period of creativity for Black writers, poets, and artists, including among others Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.

Andrew Rube Foster leads the effort to establish the Negro National (Baseball) League in Kansas City, Mo. Eight teams are part of the league.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified giving all women the right to vote. Nonetheless, African-American women, like African-American men, are denied the franchise in most Southern states.

Marcus Garvey leads the first international convention of the Universal Negro Improvement Association which he calls the International Convention of Negro Peoples of the World. The meeting is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson opens the Club Deluxe in Harlem. Two years later, gangster Owney Madden buys the club and changes its name to the Cotton Club.


“Shuffle Along” by Noble Sissle and Baltimorian Eubie Blake opens on Broadway. This is the first major play of the Harlem Renaissance.

At least 60 Blacks and 21 Whites are killed in the Tulsa Race Riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, today referred to as ‘Black Wall Street’.  The violence destroys a thriving African-American neighborhood and business district called Deep Greenwood.

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, University of Pennsylvania; Eva B. Dykes, Radcliff and Georgiana R. Simpson, University of Chicago, become the first African-American women to earn Ph.D. degrees.

Harry Pace forms Black Swan Phonograph Corporation, the first African American-owned record company in Harlem. His artists will include Mamie and Bessie Smith.

One of the earliest exhibitions of work by African-American artists, including Henry Ossawa Tanner and Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, is held at the 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library.

Jesse Binga founds the Binga State Bank in Chicago. It will become the largest African-American bank in the nation before it collapses during the 1929 stock market crash.


W.E.B. Du Bois resigns from the NAACP in a dispute over the strategy of the organization in its campaign against racial discrimination. Roy Wilkins becomes the new editor of Crisis magazine.

After operating under a number of names, the theatre today known as the Apollo Theater opens under its current name in Harlem.


The Harlem Race Riot, a one day riot, erupts leaving two people dead.

The Michigan Chronicle is founded in Detroit by Louis E. Martin.

The Maryland Supreme Court rules in Murray v. Pearson that the University of Maryland must admit African Americans to its law school or establish a separate school for Blacks. The University of Maryland chooses to admit its first Black students.

Mary McLeod Bethune calls together the leaders of 28 national women’s organizations to found the National Council of Negro Women in New York City.


The first meeting of the National Negro Congress takes place in Chicago. Nearly 600 Black organizations are represented.

Mary McLeod Bethune is named Director of the Division of Negro Affairs, the National Youth Administration. She is the highest ranking Black official in the Roosevelt administration and leads the Black Cabinet. She is also the first Black woman to receive a presidential appointment.

Track star Jesse Owens wins four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics.

Dr. William Augustus Hinton’s book, Syphilis and Its Treatment, is the first published medical textbook written by an African American.


William H. Hastie, former advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt, is confirmed as the first Black federal judge after his appointment by Roosevelt to the federal bench in the Virgin Islands.

In October, Katherine Dunham forms the Negro Dance Group, a company of Black artists dedicated to presenting aspects of African American and African-Caribbean Dance. The company eventually becomes the Katherine Dunham Group.


Joe Louis beats Max Schmeling in a rematch of his 1936 defeat by the German boxer.

Jacob Lawrence holds his first solo exhibition at the Harlem YMCA and completes his Toussaint L’Overture series.

Crystal Bird Fauset of Philadelphia becomes the first African-American woman elected to a state legislature when she is chosen to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

The U.S. Supreme Court in Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada rules that a state that provides in-state education for Whites must provide comparable in-state education for Blacks.


Popular contralto Marian Anderson sings at Lincoln Memorial before 75,000 people after the Daughters of the American Revolution refuse to allow her to perform at Constitution Hall.

Jane M. Bolin becomes the first African-American woman judge in the United States when she is appointed to the domestic relations court of New York City.


Hattie McDaniel receives an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in her role in “Gone with the Wind.” She becomes the first Black actor to win an academy award.

Dr. Charles R. Drew presents his thesis, Banked Blood, at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. The thesis includes his research which reveals that plasma can replace whole blood transfusions.

Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr., is named the first African-American general in the regular army.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is established in New York City.


Mary Lucinda Dawson founds the National Negro Opera Company in Pittsburgh.

The U.S. Army creates the Tuskegee Air Squadron, which will soon be known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

President Franklin Roosevelt issues Executive Order 8802, desegregating war production plants and creating the Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC).

The United States enters World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Dorris “Dorie” Miller is later awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism during that battle.

The desperate need for factory labor to build the war machine needed to win World War II leads to an unprecedented migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West. This migration transforms American politics as Blacks increasingly vote in their new homes and put pressure on Congress to protect civil rights throughout the nation. Their activism lays much of the foundation for the national Civil Rights Movement a decade later.


While teaching at Livingstone College in North Carolina, Margaret Walker publishes the award-winning poem For My People, which she began as her master’s thesis at the University of Iowa.

The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) is founded in Chicago by James Farmer Jr., George Houser, Bernice Fisher, James Russell Robinson, Joe Guinn and Homer Jack.

The U.S. Marine Corps accepts African-American men for the first time at a segregated training facility at Camp Montford Point, N.C.  They will be known as the Montford Point Marines.

Charity Adams Earley becomes the first Black woman commissioned officer in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACs) while serving at Fort Des Moines.

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PHOTOS: Crystal Bridges Museum schedules 3 exhibits for 2018

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s 2018 temporary exhibition schedule consists of one U.S. debut and two exhibitions organized by the Bentonville museum.

Rod Bigelow, the museum’s executive director, said in a news release the three exhibitions “complement the story of American art shared through our permanent collection.”

• “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” was organized by the Tate Modern in London and will be on display from Feb. 3 through April 23, 2018. The exhibition includes 150 pieces from 60 artists, examining how American culture was reshaped through the work of black artists during the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. Crystal Bridges will be one of only two American venues — joining the Brooklyn Museum in New York — to host the exhibition.

• Two Crystal Bridges acquisitions — Georgia O’Keefe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 and Radiator Building — Night, New York — will be featured from May 26 to Sept. 3, 2018, in an exhibition of her work and how it has influenced emerging contemporary artists like Sharona Eliassaf and Monica Kim Garza. “Georgia O’Keefe and Contemporary Artists,” organized by curator Lauren Haynes and former Crystal Bridges curator Chad Alligood, will travel to additional venues after its debut at the museum.

• “Native North America,” on display from Oct. 6, 2018, through Jan. 9, 2019, will present 75 works by American Indian artists such as Kay WalkingStick, Carl Beam, Fritz Scholder, Andrea Carlson, and Kent Monkman. Crystal Bridges said the exhibition is the first to chart the development of contemporary indigenous art from the U.S. and Canada from the 1960s to the present. Like the O’Keefe exhibition, “Native North America” will travel to additional venues.

Metro on 08/09/2017

Print Headline: Museum schedules 3 exhibits for 2018


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Think millennials are woke? A new poll suggests some are still sleeping on racism.

The 1961 mug shot of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, one of the original Freedom Riders for Human Rights. (Courtesy of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland/Family Photo)

About US is a new initiative by The Washington Post to cover issues of identity in the United States. Look for the newsletter launching this fall.

When the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop was acquitted of all charges in June, my Facebook news feed lit up with posts from friends expressing their outrage. But one post stood out. It was a mug shot of a young white woman, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, who had been arrested in 1961 for protesting segregation. The image was accompanied by several paragraphs of text.

In the text, Bri Traquair, 31, who lives in St. Paul, Minn., wrote that almost every white person she knows “has at least thought they would be like Joan” if they had been alive during the civil rights era. But Traquair also noted how easy it is for her as a young white woman in the face of the racial injustices of today to turn off the channel, to disconnect from the issue, and “to just not think about this anymore.”

Traquair makes clear that she is not content with looking away from the racism. Instead, she urges her peers to get involved. In the last paragraph of her post, Traquair addresses white people directly, calling their attention to the moment for action that is right in front of them.

“My whole point comes down to this,” she writes. “My fellow white people, if you think you would have done something then, but are doing nothing now, then you wouldn’t have done anything then, either. So think about what side of history you want to be on, because now’s the time for doing something.”

To date, the post has garnered 54,000 likes and was shared more than 43,000 times. Traquair seemed to have struck a nerve by highlighting a tendency among her white peers to distance themselves from the racial injustices happening in real time.

A recent survey by GenForward looks at what millennials feel about issues affecting our country. The poll found that young people are divided along racial and ethnic lines in their concerns about racism and police brutality. When asked to list the top issues facing the country today, white and Asian American millennials were far less likely than their African American and Latino peers to list racism or police brutality as one of their top three. The poll offered respondents 22 issues to select from; health care ranked highly for all groups, and immigration was the top issue for Latinos.

When it comes to police brutality, the divide is also stark. African American millennials were far more likely to list police brutality as a top problem facing the country today. For white millennials, more ranked health care as the top concern, followed by education and terrorism, which was virtually on par with the environment. Health care, education and climate change were the top issues for Asian American millennials. For Latino millennials, immigration, health care and racism made it into the top spots. For African Americans, health care, racism and police brutality were the most frequently cited issues.

Millennials are the largest and most diverse generation in U.S. history. A majority of millennials support same-sex marriage, identify as liberal Democrats and view socialism as a means for transforming the nation’s unequal economic system. But the poll shows thatlike Americans overall, we are still divided on whether we think racism is a big problem for society. 

Researchers for GenForward, a project of the University of Chicago, polled roughly 1,800 millennials ages 18 to 34 in June and July, making sure to include people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Too often, the researchers argue, surveys don’t take into consideration how millennials’ attitudes and opinions break down along racial lines. In this case, the researchers tried to contextualize why the divide around racism and police brutality exists, suggesting that major events could have primed the survey takers.

“Racism, for example, may be especially salient for African Americans and Latinos in the context of increasing video evidence of police brutality and incendiary rhetoric on immigration,” they wrote. “Shared concerns over health care, on the other hand, may be evidence of priming by national coverage of Republican attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.”

But although African American and Latino millennials might have paid more attention to these incidents, it’s hard to imagine that white millennials and Asian Americans missed them. The debate over the Affordable Care Act, video evidence of police brutality and President Trump’s incendiary rhetoric on immigration have all made national headlines. According to a 2016 study by the Media Insight Project, 85 percent of millennials say that staying on top of the news is at least somewhat important to them. With so many of us trying to stay connected, it would be difficult for us to only see stories about health care while missing the ones on police brutality or immigration.

Despite the numbers, there are a few instances that suggest millennials could be coming together on the issues of racism and police brutality. Over the past two years, as more shootings of unarmed black people by police made national headlines, people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds protested in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Additionally, following the Castile shooting, many young Asian Americans took part in writing an open letter to their family members urging them not to tune out police violence against African Americans. The organizer of the letter, Christina Xu, had seen how many in her community protested when Brooklyn cop Peter Liang was convicted in 2016 in the shooting of Akai Gurley. Many thought Liang was being used as a scapegoat because of his Chinese heritage.

However, at a time when 42 percent of Americans say they worry “a great deal” about race relations, according to Gallup, the notion that millennials aren’t united to take on racism is worrisome. Although there has been progress over the years, we are still dealing with housing segregation, economic inequality and health disparities. These are issues that millennials will have to address as the generations before us pass on the mantel.

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Why so many transgender Americans find refuge in military service

‘It seems cool to be racist now’: The rising profile of the black gun owner

La Raza couldn’t rally young activists. It will take more than a name change to fix that.

Being Anthony Scaramucci: Actor Mario Cantone explains how playing ‘the Mooch’ tapped into his Italian American roots


Three years later, entrepreneurs help Ferguson slowly move from the spotlight while under watchful eye of the feds.


FERGUSON, Mo. – The mayor would like for the questions to go away. But three years later, they persist.

James Knowles III typically gives an answer befitting a good ambassador to a city thrust into the international spotlight after a White police officer fatally shot a Black teen, Michael Brown, and set off months of protests and violence.

He talks about a city moving forward.

Leadership changes
Gone are the White police chief and the White city manager, replaced by African-American men, moves that reflect the makeup of a city where more than two-thirds of its residents are Black.

The seven-member council, including the mayor, now has three African-American members, compared to one on Aug. 9, 2014, when Brown was killed.

Ferguson, Missouri entrepreneurs Lisa Davis and her husband, Joshura Davis, check out the cars on display at a car show sponsored by their local business association in an attempt to create positive community events in the area where violent protests took place.

Many changes, focused on improving police department hiring and training and court reform, came as a result of a Justice Department investigation and led to the city signing a consent decree with the federal government to adjust or face legal action.

Still too slow
Joshura Davis, a Ferguson business owner, says the city is not progressing quickly enough.

His insurance office sits on West Florissant Avenue, and he and his wife, Lisa, attended the opening last month of a new job training center across the street, on the site where a QuikTrip once stood – one of at least two dozen buildings burned to the ground during the unrest following Brown’s killing.

Small business owners in that part of town formed the Ferguson-Dellwood West Florissant Business Association, which Davis heads. He has 45 businesses on his email list.

Not going anywhere
Davis wanted to create a united front “to let St. Louis know we are here for the long haul and all-in to develop this side of Ferguson that was really devastated.”

Today, businesses in the corridor continue to struggle. Davis, who runs Best Insurance Agency and Always Love and Care, an in-home health care service, said business is down 50 percent since before Aug. 2014 – something he hears from others in his association.

During a panel discussion at the National Urban League conference in downtown St. Louis last month, Davis made an emotional plea to corporate and elected leaders on the stage and in the audience.

‘We broke it’
“We do not have five, 10, 15, 20 years to rebuild West Florissant Avenue. We don’t have that kind of time,” Davis told the crowd at a session titled “Ferguson: From Anger to Action.”

It was moderated by Michael Neidorff, CEO of Centene Corp., which opened a $25 million service center in Ferguson last year, and Michael McMillan, head of the local Urban League chapter.

“We have enough resources in St. Louis to fix it,” Davis said. “We broke it. We can fix it.”

Davis knew he would have a captive audience and wanted to tell them that challenges are real and the clock is ticking. He is heartened by the new Ferguson Community Empowerment Center, a partnership of the Urban League and Salvation Army.

“It is really huge,” Davis said. “Before the empowerment center, every day 34,000 cars would pass by and see the ground zero site and all those vacant lots. Those were visions of the past. The empowerment site is a solid vision of the future that lets people see that someone is interested, someone is committed and the community is coming together.”

Implementing findings
As the city continues to work with the federal government, a nonprofit has taken up the task of addressing the findings of the 16-member Ferguson Commission. It was appointed in November 2014 by then-Gov. Jay Nixon to offer specific recommendations for “making the St. Louis region a stronger, fairer place for everyone to live.”

The nonprofit, Forward Through Ferguson, has before it the 189 “calls to action” recommended by the Ferguson Commission, which officially completed its work in December 2015. The commission labeled 47 of its recommendations as “signature priority” items.

They include creating civilian review boards at the municipal and county levels; consolidating law enforcement agencies, municipal courts and police training centers; and eliminating incarceration for minor offenses.

Nothing new
Forward Through Ferguson, in partnership with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, created a report that was made public at the Urban League’s national conference. It serves as a history lesson, of sorts, for what happened in Ferguson.

“While the Ferguson Commission and many of the efforts connected to it arose in response to a specific situation, what happened in Ferguson didn’t create that situation,” reads the report.

“It revealed difficult truths that had been the reality for many people for many decades. Deep truths that were present and manifested almost 100 years ago in the East St. Louis race riots that sparked the creation of the Urban League affiliate in St. Louis. The underlying issues that led to these situations exist today, to varying degrees, in every metropolitan area in America.”

The Rev. Traci Blackmon, a member of the Ferguson Commission, was on the Urban League panel where Davis made his plea. She told the crowd that when she speaks around the country, the message is clear:

“There is a Ferguson somewhere near you.”

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