How’s this for a weekend? After this Friday night’s Arts Interaction at the United Palace (6pm), capped off with a conversation between Junot Díaz and Calvin Reid (7:30pm), you can ease into Saturday, maybe catch our weekly Story Time for Kids if you have a little one, perhaps catch the 2pm matinee of the great new Up Theater production Ashé.
THEN swing back to Word Up on Saturday evening for the launch of Glass Breaks Two, Will Glass‘s strictly drums break record. Those in attendance at the launch for volume one, in March 2012, have not forgotten the Word Up funk. Glass again backs an array of uptown talent at 6pm, at 2113 Amsterdam Ave. Check an instrumental duo set with the incomparable Alexis Marcelo on keys; hear the lyrical maelstrom of the Wash Heights Wu, The Machine; dig the smooth rhyming of Tellie Floydd (aka Hugo Collado); take in the amazing vocal stylings of WHAM’s own Lethy Denise Liriano. Ends with an open cypher, so bring your rhymes.
Glass Breaks Two is a vinyl-only collection of all-original drum breaks, expertly recorded on digital and analog gear by Alex Farrill. Side A is 29 individual beats of many flavors—funk, hip hop, latin, jazz, afrobeat. Side B is a continuous improvised drum solo: narrative beats. Artwork by Dister Rondon. Distributed by Fat Beats.
Then Sunday, join Word Up at the 5th birthday party of our longtime collaborators People’s Theatre Project. The celebrations will be taking place just up the road from Word Up at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, where we gather each week for our Voices teen program. We’ll be making a mess of words on the page from 3 to 6pm Sunday; come join in the fun.
Once the evening comes, you can make your way to the 1940s for a screening of Casablanca at the United Palace. There are a ton of Casablanca-related activities planned, so we plucked the Bogey books from Word Up’s performing arts section to raffle off . . .
See you soon~