Next Thursday, October 25, from 6 to 8:30pm, please join Word Up as we help our friends at the United Palace launch a new organization, the United Palace of Cultural Arts.
If you have never been to the Palace, that is reason enough to make the trip: taking up the whole block between 175 and 176 streets, and between Broadway and Wadsworth Ave., the Palace has been remarkably well-maintained since opening its doors as the last of the Loew’s Wonder Theaters in 1930, and its interior is real eye candy. The great thing is that, beyond the awesome acoustics and sight lines of the main theater, there are dozens of corners and crevices throughout the space as a whole that are ripe for presentation. Strange little zones that would be “just the back door area” in any other theater are, when evaluated in their own right, actually beautiful spaces where art can be made and shared. So the fun part of next Thursday night is that we are going to make use of as many spaces around the place as we can.
If you come at 6pm sharp, you can catch the official introduction to the United Palace of Cultural Arts in the main theater. Then at 6:30, the whole of the Palace will begin to ring with sound and movement. We will have a mini Word Up book stall in the grand foyer—bring your wooden coins if you have them!
Over the next few days, we’ll highlight some of the artists and groups presenting that night. The roster includes People’s Theatre Project, hattie gossett, WHIN Music Project, Jay Franco’s Faces of Hope, Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux, The Machine, Elizabeth Balaguer, Avalon the Dawn, Robin Glasser, Demetrius Daniel, Washington Heights Artist Movement, Up Theater Company, Circa ’95, Will Glass & Luis Alvarez, Dom P, Nutcracker, Inc., City Boy, Ruben Gonzalez & Michael Wimberly, Tango in the Heights, Organic Magnetics, Schattenkabinett, Aimee Rubinstein, Evan Shwarzbaum, Shawnee Ramos & Pochitos07, Video Void, J-Mantekz, Papi Dinero, Art by Dj Boy, and
Washington Heights Free Radio.
Phew! You’d think that was it, but we also have surprise special guests that have us so excited that we have to sign off of this post and go watch their video now. See you on Thursday, October 25!