Monthly Archives: June 2017

June 16: Words and Music: Session 1: Bonafide Rojas & Lexiglass

What is the Words and Music series?

Words and Music is a new series that facilitates intentional collaborations between writers and musicians. Six such pairings—curated by Word Up Community Bookshop, and funded by the Creative Engagement grant administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council—will result in six separate public performances throughout the year.

Word Up Community Bookshop was founded on, and exists through, collaborations; that we have existed as a 100%-volunteer-run bookstore for more than 5 years in one of the most heavily populated neighborhoods in New York City is a testament to our reliance on partnerships, and on every participants’ willingness to keep the space alive by sharing and exchanging (time, money, space, dialogue, ideas) with each other. As an open space that has hosted hundreds of events and thousands of performers over our past 5 years of existence, we have been happy to see many collaborations take place. Some are accidental and take place in the moment—during, for instance, an open mic performance where a musician might spontaneously add a musical element to a poet’s words. Some are the result of people meeting frequently in the space to experience our nearly daily events, then meeting beyond to continue working with the people they meet.

While many performers having graced our stage, sometimes there are people who we wish could finally meet, because we think they would work well together—but they just haven’t crossed paths yet. . . .

Words and Music: Session 1:

Bronx-based writer and performer Bonafide Rojas has published four books of poetry, and has appeared on Def Poetry Jam and Spitting Ink, and in numerous publications. He leads the experimental rock and roll band the Mona Passage and is founder of Grand Concourse Press. Tonight he will read, in part, from his just-released book Notes on the Return to the Island.

Uptown-based live hip hop band Lexiglass features keyboardist Alexis Marcelo (Malcolm Mooney, Yusef Lateef) and drummer Will Glass (Lonnie Holley, Dirty Projectors). In previous shows at Word Up, they have backed up Bronx legend T La Rock, free jazz icon Daniel Carter, and many of uptown’s greatest hip hop artists like The Machine, Tellie Floydd, and Circa 95. Their Cubetazo Tape series on Alighting Records features analog renditions of classics by A Tribe Called Quest, Mobb Deep, Nas and more.

Words and Music is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

June 17: Celebrate 6 years of Word Up!

Celebrate 6 Years of Word Up!

Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria, celebrates 6 years of serving the Washington Heights/Inwood community with a full day of music, readings and spoken word performances, live painting, and more, outside and inside the bookshop.

Music by MC Maniphes, DJ Delaceiba, Ruben Gonzalez, NYC Brass Brothers, Living Room Sessions, & more!

Readings & spoken word co-programmed by Word at 4F, Uptown Stories, Power to the Parents/Baby Coffee, Literary Freedom Project, La Pluma y la Tinta, and Above the Bridge

& featuring Amanda Alcántara, Stacey Linden, Tiffany Kapri Johnson, Francis Mateo, Joey Brenneman, Armando Batista, Ron Kavanaugh, Raquel Penzo, Agatha Whitthorne, and Jane LeCroy!

Live painting by Feegz & Leslie Jimenez

Art workshops by Pennymadeit & Cindy Vasquez

Living History of 165th Street Story Circle & Mural Painting with Colectivo Amaranta

Loot bags with goodies courtesy of  Reach Out and Read & Morris-Jumel Mansion

After-party DJed by Dj Boy

Food & drink generously donated by El Galicia Restaurant, El Bacan, Coogan’s, 809 Sangria Bar and Grill, Jade House, Jade Garden, Chipotle, Luigi’s Pizza, & more!

It’s all going down on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue! See you there!

June 15-My Babies Frankenstein:An Installation

My babies Frakenstein

This interdisciplinary event has two components: the exhibition of the installation My babies Frankenstein, by artist Dolores Zorreguieta, and a discussion between the artist and Psychoanalyst Katie Gentile based on her book The Business of Being Made: The temporalities of reproductive technologies, in psychoanalysis and culture (Genders & Sexualities in Minds & Cultures). The installation is compiled by nine life-size babies made entirely from different parts of recycled bottles with a light bulb attached to their bellybutton. This piece reexamines the traditional role of the woman as a “natural” procreating force and our desire to tailor our babies to enhance our sense of plenitude. The book, which features a photograph of one of these babies, is the first to critically analyze assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) from a transdisciplinary perspective integrating psychoanalytic and cultural theories. Gentile and Zorreguieta will discuss both the installation and the book, and how their work impacted each other’s practice. A Q&A will be conducted at the end of their conversation.This interdisciplinary event has two components: the exhibition of the installation My babies Frankenstein, by artist Dolores Zorreguieta, and a discussion between the artist and Psychoanalyst Katie Gentile based on her book The Business of Being Made: The temporalities of reproductive technologies, in psychoanalysis and culture (Genders & Sexualities in Minds & Cultures). The installation is compiled by nine life-size babies made entirely from different parts of recycled bottles with a light bulb attached to their bellybutton. This piece reexamines the traditional role of the woman as a “natural” procreating force and our desire to tailor our babies to enhance our sense of plenitude. The book, which features a photograph of one of these babies, is the first to critically analyze assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) from a transdisciplinary perspective integrating psychoanalytic and cultural theories. Gentile and Zorreguieta will discuss both the installation and the book, and how their work impacted each other’s practice. A Q&A will be conducted at the end of their conversation.

My Babies Frankenstein:An Installation
Thursday, June 15, 2017
7–9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032