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Renton History Museum Cultural Events

Cultural events are free with regular Museum admission, a suggested donation of $3 per adult and $1 per child, and always free for members.

Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Ave. S., Renton, WA 98057, one block south of Renton Library. Phone: 425.255.2330.  

Rap 101: The Message Behind the MusicEric Davis

A Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau presentation by Eric Davis  

Thursday, February 19

5:30 pm

If all art is political, what are the political, cultural, and societal implications of rap? What does rap convey about the state of society today? In honor of Black History Month, the Museum will host Bellevue College Sociology Professor Eric Davis, or “Professor E,” for a conversation exploring contemporary popular culture, diversity issues, and social justice through the lyrics of popular rap music. Courtesy of Humanities Washington.

 

Global Heat: Hip Hop Soul Music and Dance

Global HeatSaturday, February 28

1:00 pm  

In this special family-friendly Black History Month performance, Global Heat will celebrate the Black roots of hip hop through fusion music, break dancing, and the spoken word. The show will feature excerpts from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a discussion of the history of hip hop dance and its origins in traditional African and Brazilian dance and martial arts. The program includes free-style rap by hip hop MCs. This program was a big hit last year, so don’t miss out on your chance to see it again! 

 

An Evening with the “Thieving Filmmaker” Behind One of the Internet’s Most Misunderstood Cats

Will Braden on the Rich Historic Tradition of Cat Videos Henri

Thursday, March 19 

5:30 pm-7:30 pm 

In honor of our Furry Friends pet exhibit, the Museum will host Internet cat video superstar Will Braden, creator of Henri, le Chat Noir and winner of the coveted Internet Cat Video Festival Golden Kitty Award. Braden will use clips of historic cat videos to show us that while the Internet may be relatively new, our fascination with filming our pets certainly is not.