The Small Idea Family Night. Photo: Adrienne Cichelli
As we complete our first eight months at our new location, we’re continually in awe of all the things that take place within the walls of 2113 Amsterdam Avenue. There is nothing like coming from the after-school program we co-facilitate down the street, walking into the store to scores of neighborhood kids and parents singing together during a Family Night organized by The Small Idea, then transitioning the space as efficiently as possible—i.e. cleaning up all the ankle-high popcorn—just in time for Al Jazeera to come to film the next event, the Uptown Freegan Meetup. Yup, just another Wednesday night at Word Up! And a happy eight months it’s been.
With that, we heartily encourage you to come by this weekend for one of these great events: Friday’s usual open mic (7–9pm), Gagá pa’l pueblo in a new Saturday night timeslot (6–9pm), the Joy of Improv workshop with Bob Lamm (Sunday, 3–5pm), and a conversation between this month’s featured gallery artist Yael Ben-Zion and author Lise Funderburg, moderated by Gabriel de Guzman, with refreshments (Sunday, 5:30–7pm). See you soon!
Saturday, March 29 | 6–9pm
Gagá Pa’l Pueblo
Usually taking place every Sunday in the summertime at Anne Loftus Playground at Fort Tryon Park, Gagá pa’l pueblo is a gathering of folks preserving, enhancing, and practicing Afro-Dominican traditional music. Now that it’s a little chillier outdoors, we’re bringing the celebration indoors once a month. And for the first time at Word Up, it’ll be on a Saturday night! Come for the music, stay for the dancing . . .
Sunday, March 30 | 3–5pm
The Joy of Improv with Bob Lamm
Enjoy creating improvisational comedy in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. No performing experience is necessary—just a willingness to play, experiment, and laugh with others. Instructor Bob Lamm is a writer and teacher who runs the Novels With a Social Conscience Book Club at Word Up. He has taught improv classes at NYU and the CUNY Graduate Center, and has run workshops at Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, the Hebrew Tabernacle, Covenant House, and many high schools.
Sunday, March 30 | 5:30–7pm
Intermarried Artist Talk: Yael Ben-Zion & Lise Funderburg in discussion, moderated by Gabriel de Guzman
Yael Ben-Zion‘s photography exhibition Intermarried—presenting self-identified “mixed” couples in their everyday environments—is currently on view in the gallery space at Word Up. On Sunday, March 30th, she will be joined by Lise Funderburg, author of Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and identity, and Gabriel de Guzman, the curator of visual arts at Wave Hill and the curator of this exhibition.