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Films and Music Weekend at Word Up

Forget your struggle to find something to do this weekend, we have two events that will serve your visual and music souls starting today, July 19.


Tonight we have a double feature presentation of two short documentaries about life Uptown and the Bronx. The films are “C-Rock,” a film about a summertime rite of passage in the Bronx and Uptown, and “The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co,” a film about some great fireworks displays in Inwood, NYC.

Starts at 7:30 pm and it is free.


Tomorrow, July 20th, we have Alexis Marcelo, Andrew Drury, and Kevin Ray performing pieces featuring Justin Hicks pieces based on poems by Walter Dean Myers. This is part of a continuing series named “Conjure Sunday Brunch Series” and we are delighted to be hosting it this time around.

Starts at 3 pm and again, free.

Tonight: Cuba in Splinters

OR Book Going Rouge

Wednesday, June 25 | 7–9pm
Book Reading: Cuba in Splinters

Tonight at Word Up, join Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (@OLPL), a noted writer and dissident from Cuba, as he presents a new collection from O/R Books, Cuba in Splinters: Eleven Stories From the New Cuba. OLPL brings together a crop of young writers from his home island: the writers, rebellious in form and content, are inspired by authors such as Bukowski—but the stories, translated into English for the first time, are about life in Cuba. OLPL will be reading, with books for sale and a signing afterward.

Check out a trailer for the book here:

Word Up’s Third Birthday Party Today!

RaffleToday, as part of Word Up’s Third Birthday Party, we’re having our first-ever Kids’ CSB Book Harvest! This means we’ll be hauling out all the used kids’ books that haven’t even made it to our shelves yet, and CSB members will have first pick.

If you are under 13, you can sign up for a $10 CSB membership and get 3 wooden nickels and a tote bag.

Anyone who signs up for—or renews—a CSB share is eligible to win prizes, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid school planners, signed Julia Álvarez books, and more. 

See you today, till 9pm, at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue!

Word Up’s Third Birthday


Walking down memory lane today, we remembered this trip . . . then the beginnings of decorating and furnishing . . . and it’s hard to believe it hasn’t even been three years!

We’ll be celebrating Word Up’s Third Birthday on Saturday, June 21st. Our birthday party will feature an all-day outdoor concert courtesy of Make Music New York, and visual art courtesy of I Love My Hood.

Plus, we’ll have a Kids’ CSB Book Harvest from 1 to 3pm, when kids can spend their wooden nickels on children’s literature in English and Spanish, and eat healthy snacks. Click here to learn more about our CSB program. Special thanks to CHALK for providing support for the Kids’ CSB Harvest!

Word Up’s Third Birthday
Saturday, June 21, 2014
12–9 PM
2113 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of 165th St.)

Saturday: Etsy Craft Party NYC


Etsy Craft Party NYC
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of 165th St.)

We’re having a party—an Etsy Craft Party! All over the world this weekend, Etsy Craft Parties will be taking place. For one of only two NYC-based Etsy Craft Parties going down, Popupcrafts will be showing you how to make keepsake boxes out of recycled cigar boxes and old photographs. You may bring your own photographs (or copies). These boxes are the perfect personalized gifts for family and friends.

A $10 fee will cover the cost of materials, with all proceeds supporting Word Up. Refreshments will be served.

**Please RSVP at this EventBrite link:**