April 19 – Yo Shorty!! Open Mic against Street Harassment

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Yo Shorty!: Open Mic against Street Harassment

Jani Rose in collaboration with Wordat4F will host an open discussion and open mic to advocate for the safety of women and girls in public spaces by educating bystanders and empowering women through storytelling and poetry.

Around the world, most women and many LGBTQ individuals face street harassment. The problems for women begin early: a 2008 study found that nearly 25 percent of twelve-year-old girls face street harassment. International Anti-Street Harassment Week coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the U.S. as it encourages people to speak out about harassment and see the connection between harassment on the street and sexual assault.

For more resources about street harassment: stopstreetharassment.org.

Yo Shorty!: Open Mic against Street Harassment
Sunday, April 19, 2015
3-6PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

April 23 – Face Out: Snidelines by Susie Day

SNIDELINES_400_pixwide_RGB-2“It’s precisely because Susie Day is writing from the barricades
that these caustic fables and topsy-turvy news items are so hilariously,
debilitatingly funny. There’s no ironic distance here, but a lucid clarity
that exposes the ludicrous roots of business as usual.”
— Alison Bechdel, cartoonist

Poppin’ Fresh declares martial law—Che Guevara loses his good looks and throws the entire U.S. Left into disarray—Zombie terrorist anchor babies invade the Pentagon.
You’ll read all this and more in Snidelines: Talking Trash to Power, a startling collection of personal essays and political satire that offers a perverse moral clarity to
an increasingly amoral world. Ace reporter Susie Day brings us fast-breaking faux news; pens heartrendingly squalid lesbian grand opera; and dispenses an array of
helpful hints, from how to avoid indefinite detention at Guantánamo, to what to do if you happen to fall in love with a political prisoner. Taking on a combustible mash-up of
horrors brought to us by our ever-watchful-corporate-feel-good-war-mongering benefactors, Snidelines is an existentialist survival manual that actually makes it fun
to fear the unknown. Join Susie Day & friends as she discusses satire, politics and bringing a perverse moral clarity to an increasingly amoral world.

Twitter @snidelines
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snidelines

FACE OUT: Snidelines by Susie Day
Thursday, April 23, 2015
7
-9PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

April 18 – NYCWLG Writing Circle and “An Artist’s Worth”

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NYCWLG Writing Circle
April 18, 5:30-7p

The NYC Latina Writers Group was founded in 2006 by Alicia Anabel Santos with over 550 writers. The NYCLWG was established for Latinas and women of color who were in need of having a place of their own, where their stories could be born and their voices heard. This writers group is a safe space for writers of all genres. The NYCLWG offers writing workshops, monthly writer circles, and daily writing prompts. It hosts several readings and performances throughout the year. All aspiring, emerging and published writers are welcome!

NYCWLG Presents: An Artist’s Worth
April 18, 7-8p

An honest conversation between artists about valuing their work and knowing their worth, hosted by the NYC Latina Writers Group.

NYCLWG was founded in 2006 by Alicia Anabel Santos with over 550 writers. The NYCLWG was established for Latinas and women of color who were in need of having a place of their own, where their stories could be born and their voices heard. This writers group is a safe space for writers of all genres. The NYCLWG offers writing workshops, monthly writer circles, and daily writing prompts. It hosts several readings and performances throughout the year. All aspiring, emerging and published writers are welcome!

 

NYCWLG Writing Circle and “An Artist’s Worth”
Saturday, April 18, 2015
5:30-8PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

April 16 – A Participatory Budgeting Voting Site!

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Word Up will be a voting site for Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez’s Participatory Budget. Through participatory budgeting, you can help decide how the city should spend $1 million for community improvements to parks, schools, libraries, streets, and more. Come out and vote April 11–19, 2015 and make your voice heard! more information on voting and projects:http://council.nyc.gov/d10/html/members/pb10.shtml. And tell your friends to vote, too!

A Participatory Budgeting Voting Site!
Thursday, April 16, 2015
5-7PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

April 12 – Ed Askew: Brief Visits and Close Calls, Exhibition Opening w/ Ed Askew Band

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Musician and artist Ed Askew is well known to fans of outsider folk music, who have been enchanted by the stark and memorable songs he has chronicled in records for labels like ESP, De Stijl and Drag City, and in recent tours with the Ed Askew band. He is perhaps less well known for his wide ranging painting career and his thirty + years as a resident of Washington Heights. Word Up: Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria is proud to present his first solo exhibition of paintings in NYC in three decades. To celebrate, the Ed Askew Band graces our stage for the opening on April 12, 3-5pm.

The exhibition, a series of 10″x10″ abstract paintings, runs April 11-May 7. Below is a statement by the artist.

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ED ASKEW BRIEF VISITS AND CLOSE CALLS

early 2006 i made a painting called SATIN, where i combined overlapping lines and rectangles. this was the first in a series of maybe 35 pictures that took me through much of 2012. in that year i ordered a bunch of 10”x10’ canvases, and started a new series called CROSSING LINES. these were simple overlapping, vertical and horizontal (somewhat brushy) lines. while working on the the new series i had covered a canvas in silver.
following an impulse , i made two horizontal slashes of red and green across the silver ground. realizing that this picture did not need the vertical lines. i decided i had a “finished” work. i had a sort of mini art-crisis. like the boy who has to decided what door to open, in the story. CROSSING LINES OR what?

the new paintings would be called BRIEF VISITS AND CLOSE CALLS, and i would make tons of them through 2013.
these are beef encounters, as it were. with almost no thought before hand.
if something doesn’t work out i would paint another one over it, witch i, by some miracle, almost never had to do.
these are true improvisations, i think; combining painterly, and hard- edge impulses.

ed, 1/28/15

Ed Askew: Brief Visits and Close Calls, Exhibition Opening w/ Ed Askew Band
Sunday, April 12, 2015
3-5PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

April 11 – Celebrate hattie gossett’s birthday with Word Up

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Support your local bookstore while saying hello to our neighbor, the poet hattie gossett, who lives at the northern manhattan intersection where the dominican republic meets the republic of harlem, and is author of the immigrant suite: hey xenophobe! who you calling a foreigner?presenting sister noblues; and the pussy & cash suite. In what is truly a celebratory week, April 7th it is also the 100th birthday of Billie Holiday, and in honor of the event, hattie will perform her famous poem for Billie. hattie is a co-founding editor of Essence magazine and Kitchen Table Press. Her books will be for sale at the event, and the first 20 people who make a purchase at Word Up during hattie’s birthday party will receive her new poem, “do all black lives matter equally?”

Celebrate hattie gossett’s birthday with Word Up
Saturday, April 11, 2015
5-8PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY

 

 

 

April 9 – Building a food Co-op in Northern Manhattan/Construyendo una cooperativa de alimentos

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Do you love food? And, are you interested in the possibilities of
Food Sovereignty,
Equitable Ownership,
Democratic Control, &
Community Resilience?
A group of community members wants to discuss BUILDING A FOOD CO-OP in Northern Manhattan, and we invite you to join an initial conversation—facilitated by WE ACT for Environmental Justice—when we’ll gauge interest, discuss practical details, and pool resources for common good.

RSVP by phone to James at (212) 961-1000 ext. 314, or by email to info@wordupbooks.com.

Co-sponsored by WE ACT for Environmental Justice and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.

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Construyendo una cooperativa de alimentos
Jueves, 9 de abril 2015
6:30–8:30pm

¿Ama la comida? ¿Y, le interesa las posibilidades de
Soberanía alimentaria
Distribución equitativa de propiedad
Control democrático, &
Resiliencia comunitaria?
Un grupo de vecinos de la comunidad quiere discutir LA CONSTRUCCIÓN DE UNA COOPERATIVA DE ALIMENTOS en Alto Manhattan, y los invitamos a participar en una conversación inicial—facilitada por la organización WE ACT por la Justicia Ambiental—donde hablaremos de detalles prácticos, los intereses de los presentes, y los recursos colectivos que podemos utilizar hacia el bien común.

RSVP por teléfono a James, (212) 961-1000 ext. 314, o por correo electrónico a info@wordupbooks.com.

El evento será coordinado por WE ACT por la Justicia Ambiental y Word Up Librería Comunitaria.

Building a food Co-op in Northern Manhattan/Construyendo una cooperativa de alimentos
Thursday, April 9,  2015
6:30-8:30PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
2
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY