Monthly Archives: February 2014

3 Wednesday Word Up happenings!

So many Word Up–related events in one evening! Tonight! On a Wednesday!! Perhaps one of these  will be up your alley:


Documentary screening 
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue
Wednesday, February 26th
Time: 6:30 PM

Dorothy Day: Don’t Call Me A Saint tells the story of the New York writer and Catholic anarchist who at the height of the Depression unwittingly created what would become a worldwide peace and social justice movement. The Catholic Worker persists to this day in over 180 houses of hospitality and soup kitchens across the United States, in Europe, Australia, Canada and Mexico.

Interviews with Dorothy, her daughter, and close intimates coupled with never-beforeseen family photographs, personal writings and powerful archival footage paint a dramatic picture of Dorothy’s most difficult journey to create and live out a vision of a more just world. For more information:

Dorothy’s social-justice-activist granddaughter, Martha Hennessy, will also be joining us for discussion after the movie.


What: Comedy and variety show (Word Up in the lobby)
Location: United Palace of Cultural Arts, 4140 Broadway
Wednesday, February 26th
Time: 7 PM

“Tuesday nights at Word Up” have been synonymous with Eric Vetter’s No Name show since the first summer Word Up was open at 4157 Broadway (which was, coincidentally, across the street from the United Palace before the United Palace of Cultural Arts was begun as a cultural arts organization). As soon as Word Up returned in physical form at 2113 Amsterdam, No Name returned to our lives on Tuesdays once again.  Eric and his crew, however, have been putting together these shows for many more years than this, and tonight’s event at UPCA is a celebration of the 20th anniversary. Word Up is proud to be tabling in the lobby on this momentous occasion!


What: Storytelling Jam
Location: The Chipped Cup, 3610 Broadway @ 149th St.
Date: Wednesday, February 26th
Time: 7:30 PM

The Harlem Sound Project is graciously doing a fundraiser for Word Up, and appropriately, it’s a storytelling jam! Come  and enjoy an evening of live music and storytellers from all walks of life. If you want to tell a story of your own, contact We hope to have HSP perform at the bookshop soon!




Projections: Bling: A Planet Rock


Saturday, February 22, 2014
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

Join us on Saturday night for the next film in our Projections series!

Bling: A Planet Rock—directed and co-produced by Inwood/Washington Heights native, author, and documentary filmmaker Raquel Cepeda—is a critically acclaimed feature documentary about the intersection of hip-hop, diamonds, and the decade-long conflict in Sierra Leone. The film features Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan), Paul Wall, Puerto Rican emcee and reggaeton artist Tego Calderón, Kanye West, Sierra Leone’s hip-hop community, and others.

Meet Raquel Cepeda on March 20 at Word Up, for the paperback release of her book, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina. Equal parts memoir about Cepeda’s coming of age in New York City and Santo Domingo, and detective story chronicling her year-long journey to discover the truth about her ancestry, the book also looks at what it means to be Latina today. Visit her website at

Book giveaways during teen open mic tomorrow

Thanks to a donation from LiteracyINC, we are adding a book giveaway to tomorrow’s event, the Word@4F Spoken Word Workshop and Open Mic for Teens. Youth attendees can pick up a copy of Summerland by Michael Chabon, or Hallway Diaries by Felicia Pride, Debbie Rigaud, and Karen Valentin. Hooray, LINC!


Celebrate Black HIstory Month at Word Up

BLACK_HISTORY_MONTH_FLYER_2014-01 (1)Some of the events we have lined up for February highlighting Black History Month include today’s jazz concert presented by the Jazz Foundation of America, Raquel Cepeda’s documentary screening next Saturday, Rosemari Mealy’s reading in a couple of weeks (for her book Fidel and Malcolm X), and prep for the next book club featuring Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place (available now at Word Up). See our events calendar for more details!

February Spoken Word Workshop & Open Mic for Teens

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February Spoken Word Workshop & Open Mic for Teens
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

4:30–6 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.

Word@4F is back to host a spoken word workshop and open mic for high school students. For this month’s session, Roya Marsh will co-facilitate.

In an interactive spoken word and writing workshop, teens will learn about and discuss spoken word as an art form, and will participate in writing exercises aimed at improving and promoting creativity and verbal self-expression. After the workshop, teens will have the opportunity (but are not required) to perform their pieces (new and old) in front of their peers and Word Up’s general audience. Although attendance at the workshop is encouraged, it is not required for participation at the open mic.