Disaster Relief

Updated: With Haiti We Stand

More local A&E organizations rally to send aid to earthquake victims.

By Laura Dannen January 28, 2010


A Hootenanny For Haiti, February 28
This benefit concert at the Showbox has a stellar lineup, featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses’s Duff McKagan, Kim Virant, Kristen Ward, Kim Warnick, Mark Pickerel, Star Anna, Chris Friel, Gary Westlake, Jeff Rouse, Justin Davis, Ty Bailie and friends. All ticket sales and Ticketmaster fees go to Partners in Health’s Stand With Haiti campaign; PIH is one of the largest health care providers in Haiti, and was among the first responders after the earthquake hit. $15, 7:30pm; ticketmaster.com


Northwest Film Forum holds a benefit screening at 7pm of Michelange Quay’s Eat, for This is My Body, a 2007 Sundance feature film that looks at the colonial relationship between an elderly white woman and young black boys in her charge in Quay’s native Haiti.

Tickets are $10, and all proceeds go directly to the hard-hit city of Jacmei, home of the Ciné Institute. This center for film studies is currently working to document the earthquake’s aftermath, though its staffers aren’t immune to the hardship. Nathalie Brunet recently posted her reflections on CI’s website, after flying to New York via Santo Domingo, San Juan, Miami and Fort Lauderdale:

“The disconnection from Haiti is pretty traumatic in itself, or is that what they call post-traumatic stress? … Then came the phobias. Airport terminals (where the ground shakes a lot) got me very nervous and I broke down in tears at the Fort Lauderdale airport yesterday. I can imagine what walking above the subway will feel like later today. Getting mentally ready. Every time the apartment’s wooden floor cracks, I shake! I’m realizing that we, the survivors of the earthquake, are so deeply scarred that we will need assistance for decades to come… I’m so exhausted that I can’t get enough sleep.
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Local bands The Maldives, Sweet Water, Vince Mira, Classic Crime, Memphis Radio Kings, and Mike Herrera of MXPX have already signed on to perform at the Moore Theatre in what could be the biggest local benefit this month. All proceeds from this concert and a silent auction will go to the Red Cross, with the goal of raising $20,000 for aid for the people of Haiti. Concert organizers Cody Rossen with Maker’s Mark, the Seattle Theatre Group and a host of local businesses are updating on the event’s website, SeattleHelpingHaiti.com , so check it now for the latest lineup and ticket information. 8pm, $15.

Consider stopping by The Pike Brewing Co before the concert for Washington for Haiti, a benefit organized by Seattle Greendrinks, Seattle Microfinance (SeaMo), ReVision Labs, Global Washington, and Seattle Works. Donations ($20 suggested at the door) will go to microfinance institute Fonkoze, ’Haiti’s Alternative Bank for the Organized Poor.’ Representatives from Fonkoze will discuss their relief projects, and Sunday Evening Whiskey Club will provide entertainment. 6-9pm, $20.


Tractor Tavern is all about Luvin’ Haiti on Sunday. Its benefit concert features the Tripwires, the Cute Lepers, Whalebones, and Eugene Wendell and the Demon Rind. All proceeds go to Haiti relief and development. $10 suggested donation, 8pm.

At 4pm, Town Hall sponsors a free “briefing” on the current situation in Haiti, with eyewitness accounts of the quake by activist/teacher Jesse Hagopian and health educator Sarah Wilhelm. Local legislators will also weigh in on how Seattleites can help the people of Haiti. The two-hour program includes presentations by Rep. Jim McDermott, King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, local NAACP Director James Bible, immigrant rights advocate Sandra Aguila, UW International Studies professor Matthew Sparke, and more. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave.


Do the Lindy hop for Haiti at Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall. The Savoy Swing Club will host a night of live music by Seattle jazz band the Careless Lovers, dancing, contests, and raffles, with money raised going to disaster relief. $5, 9:30-12:30am, 201 N 85th Ave.


Neumos and Seattle’s hip hop community join forces for the Haiti Relief Benefit Show, featuring Common Market, The Physics, Dino Jamz, SOL, break crew Flying Sneakers, and hosted by Haitian-American Khingz of Abyssinian Creole. Advance tickets ($10) are on sale at Moe Bar, Rudy’s Barbershops, select QFCs, or online here. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. All-ages show; doors open at 7.


Artist Jeff Antebi, whose photograph of the Haitian slum Cite Soleil is on display in wall space gallery’s New Directions 2010 exhibit, will donate all money made from the sale of those prints to Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam. Photographer Emily Nathan also just agreed to donate proceeds from Green Sea to Doctors Without Borders. Email [email protected] with questions. $25, 206-330-9137.

The Seattle Office of Film and Music is also constantly updating its list of benefits around the city. Click here for the latest roundup.

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