Monthly Archives: May 2014

Saturday: Gesche Würfel’s BASEMENT SANCTUARIES

This coming Saturday, we are excited to host Gesche Würfel for her book launch of Basement Sanctuaries—her photography project documenting the idiosyncratic basement room and hallway arrangements made by the superintendents of Washington Heights and Inwood.

Gesche will present a slideshow of her photographs, sign books, and engage in a Q&A with Joanna Castro from Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. This event is part of the Uptown Arts Stroll.

Refreshments will be served!

Book Launch: Basement Sanctuaries with Gesche Würfel
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Ave.


Saturday: Special Edition Story Time with CHALK

MayHealthyHabit_140517_EngLast month, Word Up was awarded a mini-grant by CHALK (Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids), which we’ll be using to produce CSB Book Harvest events specially designed for kids, building on the success of the CSB Book Harvest we held in March.

We are excited to be collaborating with CHALK this weekend, too, as Vive tu Vida, Fit & Fabulous, Inc., and published novelist A. J. Sidransky are coming together on Saturday at noon to show how reading is part of a well-rounded experience. The family-friendly fun includes a yoga demonstration, a story-writing workshop, and our weekly Story Time for Kids.

May’s CHALK Healthy Habit is to do something every day that makes you feel good. Reading made us at Word Up feel so good that we went ahead and opened up this place. So come visit! Healthy snacks will be provided!

Saturday, May 17, 2014 @ noon
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue

This Saturday: Join No Name & Five Boro Story Project


If you have been to Word Up on a Tuesday night any time since, oh, September 2011, you’ve probably experienced No Name, hosted by Eric Vetter, sometimes also hosted by Michele Carlo, and supported by a growing group of playful comedians from throughout NYC. This week, there is special stuff going on with No Name: they have teamed up with Bridget Bartolini of the Five Boro Story Project, and are presenting, this Saturday, To the Heights: a tribute to Washington Heights in story, song, and spoken word. If you have a story to share, about the neighborhood, please come by Saturday evening and share it during the community story circle!

To the Heights
Saturday, May 10, 2014
6–9 PM
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

This Thursday: The Prizefighters

Face Out: The Prizefighters by Arlene Schulman
Introduced by Led Black of the Uptown Collective
Thursday, May 8, 7–9 PM
Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

This week’s Face Out features The Prizefighters, a collection of luminous black and white photographs by uptown’s own Arlene Schulman, in a book that captures the life of the prizefighter in and out of the ring. Her writing details the hopes and desires of the youngest men in amateur contests, through contenders in training, journeymen in defeat and world champions in their prime. The book presents a portrait of what drives men to box and features fighters such as Sugar Ray Robinson, Willie Pep and Archie Moore, along with the world-famous champions such as Ali, Frazier, Holmes, Spinks, Duran, and Hagler who succeeded them. Says the New York Times: “Arlene Schulman’s photographs are all distinctive, and they are all of a piece. No other photographer currently working in sports creates images that are so instantly recognizable.”

For tonight’s event, Arlene Schulman will be in conversation with Uptown Collective editor Led Black.

10 days and counting until our teen program performs!

Voices-Meme-2014 Since October 2013, a group of young people have been gathering every Wednesday afternoon at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center on 166th Street to learn about themselves, their history, their community, and social justice in our free program VOICES: OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SPEAK, in collaboration with People’s Theatre Project. The young artists write, they read, they act, and they play.

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We had visits from guest teaching artists throughout the winter—comic book, oral history, and spoken word workshops, instruction in playwriting and performance—and the group has just sent the book of their writings to press. DifferentPeopleSameStories_COVER_frontonly

The group is now gearing up to perform their play, devised from their writings in DIFFERENT PEOPLE, SAME STORIES and experiences over the course of the program.

This year we will have three performances of the group’s play at three different locations uptown!

Friday,  May 16 at 7pm
United Palace of Cultural Arts

4140 Broadway (at 175th St.)

Saturday, May 17 at 3pm
The Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center
530 West 166th St. (between St. Nicholas & Audubon aves.)

Sunday, May 18 at 3pm
Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace (between 160th & 162nd sts.)

BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE at each performance, which will be followed by a book signing. Come out to support these inspiring young people, to read their words, and to listen to what they have to say. You don’t want to miss this. BUY TICKETS HERE!