2017 End of year party! / ¡Fiesta de fin de año!

Following the third installment of our Words and Music Series with author Sheila Maldonado and musician Janice Lowe starting at 6pm, please join us for our annual end-of-year party! Beverages, dancing, and excellent company! $10 suggested donation. All proceeds will benefit Word Up programming in 2018! 

Después de la tercera instancia de nuestra serie de Palabras y Música con escritora Sheila Maldonado y música Janice Low a las 6pm, vengan a nuestra fiesta de fin de año! Bebidas, baile, y compañía excelente! $10 donación sugerida. ¡Todos los fondos recaudados contribuirán a los programas de Word Up en 2018!

Party!/¡Fiesta!
Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

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December 13: Socialist Action: The War in Syria

A Socialist Action Forum
The War in Syria: The Role of Imperialism and the C.I.A.

Propaganda from Obama, Trump, and the corporate media would have you believe that the violence in Syria represents “good” vs. “evil.” Bad Syrian President Bashir Assad against U.S. backed “freedom fighters.” But, who are these freedom fighters? Why are religious extremists fighting to topple Assad with support from the U.S./C.I.A. and the reactionary Saudi Arabian Sheiks? And, finally, what are Washington’s goals in this oil rich region? Come and hear the surprising answers to these questions and more. A discussion will follow with:

JEFF MACKLER, member of the Coordinating Committee of the United National AntiWar Coalition, West Coast Coordinator of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, National Secretary of Socialist Action (appearing via SKYPE).

JOE LOMBARDO: Co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

Socialist Action: The War in Syria
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
6:30-8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

December 14- The Heart of The Story

The Heart of The Story: Join us for a writing workshop celebrating the art of storytelling as a tool to heal communities and ourselves. Come write your stories. All genres are welcome. 

ALICIA ANABEL SANTOS is a Priestess, Afrolatina/Dominican Writer, Lesbian, Speaker, Performance Artist, Producer, Playwright, and Activist. She is from Bushwick, Brooklyn and is a proud Dominican Writer. Her work honors and celebrates the contributions of Latin American women of the diaspora. Anabel is the Founder of the New York City Latina Writers Group with over 700 women writers.

She has been a guest on NPR’s Tell Me More and has written for LATINA Magazine. In 2011 she published her memoir, Finding Your Force: A Journey to Love and her play I WAS BORN was selected as part of the ONE Festival in New York. She has worked for renowned magazines, yet it was an article published in Urban Latino Magazine, “Two Cultures Marching to One Drum,” which would change the direction of her life. In 2008, she joined Creador Pictures as Writer / Producer of its first documentary, AfroLatinos: An Untaught History.  

In 2008 Alicia Anabel Santos and Renzo Devia, Director / Executive Producer of Afrolatinos embarked on a journey of self-discovery African roots by traveling to almost every single country in Latin America. The intention was to document the African influence in Latino culture seeking out the often unspoken truths, stories and hidden facts about this history. What they discovered was a history that had never been taught. It became a spiritual and educational adventure that would change their lives forever. Renzo took his 20+ years of experience producing television combined with Alicia’s passion for writing and they created AfroLatinos: The Untaught Story.

AFROLATINOS LA HISTORIA QUE NUNCA NOS CONTARON is the story of the estimated 150 million Afrodescendants throughout Latin America who have been excluded from historical narratives, literature and academia. With the United Nations declaring 2015-2024, the International Decade of People of African Descent including Latinos in the discourse is revolutionary. Afrolatinos takes you on a journey throughout Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations as we learn about their history, religions, music, dance and many contributions. We hope this documentary will empower Afrolatinos to start a dialogue that creates awareness, to promote change and to give voice to a large community who have been silenced and historically marginalized. Afrolatinos premiered and has sold out screenings at the United Nations and the Pan African American Film Festival.

She can be found writing her ass off! Alicia attended New York University and lives in the Bronx, New York with her partner.

 
The Heart of The Story
Thursday, December 14, 2017
6:30-8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop

 

December 16: Words and Music from the Opposite Ends of Pisces

The next installment of our Words and Music Series pairs author/multimedia artist Sheila Maldonado and composer/musician Janice A. Lowe. Janice and Sheila met as teaching artists for Teachers & Writers Collaborative and spent time together at a residency at Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate in Westchester. They found they were quite copacetic, as they were actually cuspy Pisces on opposite ends, Sheila, Pisces/Aquarius cusp, and Janice, Pisces/Aries cusp. Here, they meet to blend word and sound intuitively as Pisces will do. They will experiment and play, remix poems together, draw sound out of the page and the spaces between words. The resulting collaboration will be performed by Sheila, Janice, and Janice’s band, Namaroon.

Poetry by Sheila Maldonado                                                                         Original Music by Janice Lowe

Namaroon is:                                                                                                           Keyboard & Voice, Janice Lowe                                                                                          Guitar, Gregory Kage                                                                                                              Bass, Yohann Potico                                                                                               Percussion, Shawn Banks

Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collection one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011). Her 2nd publication, that’s what you get, is forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press. Her poems have appeared in Gulf CoastPing Pong, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Creative Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She has served as an artist-in-residence on Governors Island for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York.

Janice A. Lowe writes and composes music-text hybrids. She is the author of Leaving CLE poems of nomadic dispersal and composer of the musical LIL BUDDA, text by Stephanie L. Jones. Her poems have appeared in CallalooBest American Experimental Writing, (Pre)Conceivable Bridges and Solidarity Texts: Radiant Re-Sisters. As a pianist/vocalist, Janice has recorded with the experimental bands w/o a net, HAGL, and Digital Diaspora, and she performs with her band, NAMAROON. She is a co-founder of the Dark Room Collective.

This is the fourth installment of the Words and Music series, which presents new collaborations between wordsmiths and musicians at Word Up Community Bookshop.

Words and Music is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

On the Cusp: Words and Music from the Opposite Ends of Pisces
Saturday, December 16, 2017
6–7:30pm
Followed by Word Up’s annual end-of-year party!
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria

 

December 8: Jazz and Jewels

Jazz and Jewels
a mini holiday market with local vendors and live jazz from the Mamaphry Quartet
The Mamaphry Quartet is a NYC-based jazz group featuring Phil Weitzman (guitar), Matt Ellis (sax), Matt Swan (bass), and Ryan Harper (drums). They play a selection of original tunes and jazz classics, with a particular flair for bop and post-bop from the 1950s and 1960s Blue Note era.
Holiday market vendors:
Linea Germania | Fashionton Heights | Popup Crafts | Confeltti | & more
Check our website/Facebook page for vendor updates
Jazz and Jewels
Friday, December 8, 2017
5-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop