December 4, 2014 

Upbeat on Jackson Concert Series Presents:

Dark Divas Holiday Soiree

December 20th, 7:30 Ernestine Anderson Place - 2010 S. Jackson



The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods are pleased to announce the next show in the Upbeat on Jackson Community Concert Series at Ernestine Anderson Place:  the Dark Divas Holiday Soiree on December 20th.




This performance is a special holiday edition of the Nu Black Arts West Theatre's hit Dark Divas. Nu Black Arts West Theatre is the oldest African American theatre group in the Pacific Northwest. Dark Divas celebrates some of the greatest female comedians and jazz and blues singers of the 20th Century. Through story-telling and powerful live performances artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey and Eartha Kitt are honored and their songs re-created. The production tells the stories of these extraordinary women triumphing over adversity while making their marks on music history.  It explores the lives of these icons as the people they were: both their public and private personas.  We invite you to join us for the music, the magic and motions of Dark Divas Holiday Soiree.


Dark Divas first debuted in 1998 at Western Washington University in Bellingham and has been presented at various Seattle theatres over the years.  Check out what previous audiences had to say: 

  • "At times I laughed so hard it made my side ache!"
  • "By far the best show I've seen in years."
  • "I can't wait to see it again and bring lots of friends."
  • "I learned so much about these legends."

This special performance of Dark Divas will include a number of holiday classics.


All Upbeat on Jackson shows are FREE and open to the public. Free snacks are also included.  Events take place at Ernestine Anderson Place, 2010 S. Jackson St., Seattle. The building is named for Seattle resident Ernestine Anderson, one of the great jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. The concert series is meant to honor Ms. Anderson's musical legacy and bring community members together to create fun and entertaining events that celebrate the history of the neighborhood. The series also allows LIHI to bring high-quality music to seniors and low income people who don't often have access to events of this nature.


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Cheryl Chow Court Near Completion

Ballard Urban Rest Stop Moves Forward


Construction of Cheryl Chow Court will be completed right around the end of 2014.  Leasing has begun and the first residents will be moving into their new apartments in January.  Cheryl Chow Court features 50 brand new Senior HUD-subsidized affordable apartments located in the walk-friendly Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, close to the Seattle Public Library, Ballard Commons Park, NW Market Street and the Majestic Bay movie theater.  For more information on Cheryl Chow Court, including how to apply, click here.  Stay tuned for information on the Grand Opening Celebration.




More good news!  The City of Seattle granted the Administrative Conditional Use Permit for the Ballard Urban Rest Stop, which will occupy the ground floor of Cheryl Chow Court.  This moves the Ballard Urban Rest Stop an important step closer to becoming a reality.


Help Mary's Place

Open a New Shelter


Please support our friends at Mary's Place with their campaign to build a new crisis-response winter night shelter to bring families sleeping in places not meant for habitation inside.  For more info and to donate:  No Child Sleeps Outside




Thanksgivings Galore!


Several LIHI properties and the Nickelsville encampment were treated to special Thanksgiving feasts. Volunteer groups took over the community rooms of Ernestine Anderson Place, Lakeview Apartments, the Frye Hotel and the International District Community Center to bring residents traditional Thanksgiving dinners. The events brought together residents, volunteers and staff for fun and festivities. Several of the events featured tables full of donated coats, gloves, scarves and hygiene supplies for attendees.


Special thanks to the Runberg Family, Seattle Parks Department, Melinda Nichols, LIHI Board, Hotes Foundation, Bianca's Place, and the many volunteers who made it all possible. 




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Sharon Lee
Executive Director
Low Income Housing Institute