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Arts Gumbo- Louisiana Creole Celebration
Rainier Valley Cultural Center
Seattle, WA
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Arts Gumbo- Louisiana Creole Celebration
Arts Gumbo is a ten-year-old performing arts series that serves up a mixture of diverse cultures, different art forms, distinctive cuisine, unique ideas and common issues at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S. Alaska St) in Columbia City.

Starting on September 27th, Arts Gumbo partners with the Northwest Zydeco Music and Dance Association for a Louisiana Creole Celebration. At 5 pm BAYOU BLAST, a group of Bay area and local musicians, will perform French Creole and Zydeco tunes from the Bayou. The event will be emceed by storyteller Georgia McDade and Mary Lee Lykes, renowned local personality of Lykes to Dance.  At 6 pm, participants can join in a MARDI GRAS parade, replete with beads, music and more as we march to the banquet room where King Creole Restaurant will be serving outrageous samples of gumbo at 6:30pm. Afterwards, they will demonstrate how to make gumbo for participants who want to learn the art of Creole gumbo. At 7:30 pm, a variety of Louisiana cultural experiences will be offered such as a Rub board demonstration, face painting, an All About Accordions workshop and Zydeco dancing.

Tickets for Art Gumbos Louisiana Creole Celebration are:  $10 for general, $7 for students and seniors, $5 for children ages 8-18 (7 and under are free) and $25 for families of up to 4 people.  Tickets are available online or at the door.

Arts Gumbo is partnering with the Columbia Branch Library to offer an Arts Gumbo Book Club discussion featuring the book Jolie Blons Bounce by James Lee Burke. The book will be available on August 1 at Bookworm Exchange (206-722-6633) at 4860 Rainier Av. S. Books are available at no charge, but donations to Arts Gumbo will be accepted. The Book Club discussion will take place on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Library, 4721 Rainier Av. S.

Arts Gumbo 2009 continues with Asian Tales of Shadow and Light presented by Eth-Noh-Tec  on October 24, The Odunde Festival presented by Adefua Cultural Education Workshop on November 6, 7 & 8 and a Kwanzaa Celebration presented in partnership with The New School on December 12.  

Arts Gumbo is produced by SEEDArts, a program of SouthEast Effective Development in partnership with Northwest Zydeco Music and Dance Association, Eth-Noh-Tec, Adefua Cultural Education Workshop, The New School and Columbia Branch Library.

Arts Gumbo is sponsored by 4 Culture/King County Lodging Tax, Washington State Arts Commission, The Seattle Foundation and PONCHO.

For more information, call 206-760-4286 or visit



Rainier Valley Cultural Center
3515 S. Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98118
United States

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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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