Monthly Archives: May 2015

June 4 – Led Black Book Club featuring Crossing Broadway by Robert W. Snyder

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The next installment of the Led Black Book Club will feature Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City by professor and historian Robert W. Snyder. Crossing Broadway tells the story of Washington Heights from the Great Depression to the present—a story of change, courage, and learning to cross the narrow boundary between an open community and a closed one. Please join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion on the past, present, and future of Washington Heights.
Led Black Book Club featuring Crossing Broadway by Robert W. Snyder
Thursday, June 4, 2015
7-9PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY
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June 5 – 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, hosted by Cheyenne, Beatriz, and guests, as all ages and persuasions gather to share, learn, and experience together.

Word Up Open Mic
Friday, June 5, 2015
7-9PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

May 28 – Face Out: Dream Uptown presents “A Universe of Borders”: An Evening of Short Stories and Spoken Word

 

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“A Universe of Borders”: An Evening of Short Stories and Spoken Word

The philosopher Julia Kristeva describes the world of literature as “a universe of borders, seesaws, fragile and mingled identities.” Come explore this universe with four New York–based artists— ePRHYME, Matthue Roth, Daniel “Majesty” Sanchez, and Samantha Turk—during an evening of short stories and spoken word, in conjunction with Dream Uptown, a project of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center.
ephryme1ePRHYME is a Brooklyn-based emcee, author, and educator with deep roots in the West Coast underground. As a prolific recording artist, dynamic performer and visionary creative director, ePRHYME has made a name for himself by combining cutting edge cultural expression with iconoclastic and consciousness-expanding contemporary Jewish self-expression.


matthue-roth-GGG_5522MATTHUE ROTH is the author of the children’s book My First Kafka, which the New Yorker called “eerie and imaginative,” and a bunch of other books that aren’t for children. He co-created the animated series G-dcast and the website Hevria. By day he makes video games, and he keeps a secret diary at matthue.com.


Majesty press picDANIEL “MAJESTY” SANCHEZ is a Hip-Hop performer, social justice organizer, educator, and cultural ambassador. A product of New York City, this first-generation Cuban has toured nationally with the likes of Immortal Technique and internationally with Ice-T. He has been a featured performer at large-scale events such as the US Social Forum held in Detroit and the Food Not Bombs Festival held in Boston.


samantha turkSAMANTHA TURK is the assistant fiction editor of No Tokens, a journal of literature and art. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and hangs her hat in Upper Manhattan. Her work has appeared in Madcap Review and Altar Journal.

This spring, the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights will be the host of a new multi-disciplinary arts series featuring low-cost and free events. Dream Uptown, a project of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center (FJTC), will present three live events between March and June 2015, produced by neighborhood volunteers and powered through collaborations with local arts organizations. Series curators invite arts enthusiasts and neighborhood residents alike to explore the idea of borders and boundaries in Washington Heights: from geography to politics, culture to religion, history to technology.

Face Out: Dream Uptown presents “A Universe of Borders”: An Evening of Short Stories and Spoken Word
Thursday, May 28, 2015
7-9PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 3 – Film Screening: Terry Gilliam’s Lost in La Mancha

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Film Screening: Terry Gilliam’s Lost in La Mancha

Terry Gilliam’s Lost in La Mancha (2002) documents the director’s failed attempt to bring his adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote to the screen. Originally intended as a making-of, Gilliam turned the footage into an independent documentary after a slew of disasters, from freakish storms to actor injuries, drove the project to ruin. While Gilliam attempts to transfer the themes of Don Quixote to the screen, he himself becomes a quixotic figure, his story a tragi-comical and meta-reflection on the making of art with parallels to the novel itself. This screening has been organized in connection with the course “Don Quixote: Into the World of the Book,” which will be offered at Word Up by the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research between June 24th and July 29th on Wednesdays from 7-9pm. If you’re interested in the course, contact info@wordupbooks.com.

Film Screening: Terry Gilliam’s Lost in La Mancha
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
7-9PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

May 30 and 31 – Arts Stroll Book Sale @ Word Up

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Book lovers and literature bargain hunters unite! Start off this month-long celebration of the arts in our neighborhood with a good book (or many) to enjoy while strolling to arts events uptown. Word Up is having a weekend sale: 30% off all used books, and 10% off new books from our Local Authors section.
Arts Stroll Book Sale @ Word Up
Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31, 2015
11am-8pm Sat, 12-6pm Sun
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY