May 29 – Live Music: J.S. Bach, Suites for Solo Cello part 1

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Paul Wolfram, a cellist in Washington Heights, will perform three of the six suites for solo cello by J.S. Bach. Come experience these exquisite works up close in an intimate concert. Free and open to the public. Families welcome (ages 5 and up).

Live Music: J.S. Bach, Suites for Solo Cello part 1
Sunday, May 29, 2016
4-6pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

May 26 – Arts Funding Info Session

Members of the Northern Manhattan cultural community are invited to meet program staff from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and learn about opportunities for funding. Discussion will include program categories, eligibility and procedures.
RSVP suggested: cbinfo@culture.nyc.gov
 
Arts Funding Info Session
Thursday, May 26, 2016
6-7:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue (at the corner of 165th Street)
New York, NY 10032

May 21 – Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic

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A Hip Hop showcase hosted by Charlie Uptown. The mission of the open mic is to establish a source of hip hop in Washington Heights and provide a free artistic space for all aspiring artists. Each edition features a guest speaker, who furthers the musical exchange with dialog. This time, features are Jimmy Valentime and Jus Chris.
Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic
Saturday, May 21, 2016
5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

May 25 – Pa Que Lo Sepa / Now You Know Dominican History

Pa Que Lo Sepa May 25 (1) Pa Que Lo Sepa: Historia Dominicana – Parte I te trae la verdadera historia de la República Dominicana regresando a cuando la isla era Kiskeya.

Now You Know: Dominican History – Part I brings you the real history of the Dominican Republic going back to when the island was Kiskeya.
Pa Que Lo Sepa May 25 (2)

Pa Que Lo Sepa / Now You Know Dominican History
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
6-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

May 19 – Film Screening + Q & A: Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists

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In the heart of the American-Jewish community, there is more diversity of opinion than one might imagine. This film interviews a wide spectrum of American Jews, including artists and intellectuals, asking them what they were told about Israel as they were growing up, why that world view was as compelling as it was, and how they came to change their minds. SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE ZIONISTS is about how people change their minds. (2013, US, 46 min). The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director, Bruce Robbins.

Bruce Robbins is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. His most recent book is “Perpetual War: Cosmopolitanism from the Viewpoint of Violence” (2012).

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Film Screening + Q & A: Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists
Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:30-8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

May 15 – Brahja Waldman Quintet / Lexiglass

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Formed in 2008, the cosmic jazz group known as Brahja Waldman—or Brahja for short— is a New York/Montreal-based conspiracy plotting the transmutation of timeless soul. The group is releasing its fifth album, wisdomatic, during a five week tour starting in late April, 2016. Saxophonist and leader Devin Brahja Waldman has performed with Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Lydia Lunch, Daniel Carter, Sam Shalabi, Warren Smith and many others. He has accompanied his aunt, the great poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. Waldman is co-director of Fast Speaking Music, a poetry and music label in NYC.
www.brahjawaldman.com

Uptown’s own two-man instrumental hip hop ensemble, Lexiglass, comprised of keyboardist Alexis Marcelo (Yusef Lateef, Malcolm Mooney) and drummer Will Glass (Lonnie Holley, the Glass Breaks series), have blazed a trail across upper Manhattan, supporting many of the neighborhood’s finest MCs and singers in clubs, tattoo parlors, sneaker shops, lounges–and yes, a bookshop. Their first show at Word Up since the one-two punch of 2015’s 5th anniversary of The Machine and our shop’s 4th birthday party, backing T La Rock, this set will feature works from their Cubetazo Tape series: covers of A Tribe Called Quest and Mobb Deep.
https://lexiglass.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlOOrP-kGJg

Brahja Waldman Quintet / Lexiglass
Sunday, May 15, 2016
3-5:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

May 6 – Wash Heights Music Fest Open Mic

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Calling all writers, rappers, musicians, orators, dancers, and artists of all kinds! Join us for the monthly Word Up Open Mic—first Fridays of the month—hosted by Jason Rosario of Washington Heights Music Festival, as all ages and persuasions gather to share, learn, and experience together.
Reading: Lessons on the Journey
Friday, May 6, 2016
6-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY