Category Archives: Anniverary

December 14- Word Up’s Year-End Party/Fiesta de fin de año!

Friday, December 14, from 8-11pm, please join us for Word Up’s annual year-end party! And bring your friends! See you there! $10 suggested donation to support Word Up’s operations in 2019.

Viernes 14 de diciembre, 8-11pm, les invitamos a nuesta fiesta de fin de año! Traigan a sus amigx y veámosnos pronto! Una donación sugerida de $10 ayudará a sostener las actividades de Word Up en 2019.

Word Up’s Year-End Party/Fiesta de fin de año!
Friday, December 14, 2018
8-11 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032
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:: ¡Séptimo aniversario¡ :: 7th birthday! ::

[English below]

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria celebra 7 años con una lectura infantil especial con Jessica Love, autora e ilustradora de Julián is a mermaid (Julián es una sirena), la inaguración de la nueva exposición sobre ilustraciones de librerías del artista Jenny Kroik, un micrófono abierto amenizado por Angy Abreu; música de Demetrius Daniel, NYC Brass Brothers y Rubén González, y, una fiesta con refrigerios y baile hasta el anochecer amenizados por el DJ Reverend Jeff Crenshaw.

Además, ¡una mega oferta de libros! ¡Vamos a sacar del sótano nuestro excedente de libros de un dólar para que pueda escoger y surtirse de lecturas asequibles y de su entera satisfación!

[11A.M.: ADENTRO]
Edición especial de lectura infantil
Jessica Love, autora e ilustradora de Julián is a Mermaid
(Julián es una sirena)

[12–6 P.M.: AFUERA]
Fiesta en la acera con música
DJ Delaceiba
Lexiglass
Demetrius Daniel
NYC Brass Brothers
Rubén González
Incluyendo micrófono abierto a las 3:00 P.M. amenizado por
Angy Abreu

[6 P.M.: ADENTRO]
Inaguración de exposición de arte
Jenny Kroik

[7P.M.: ADENTRO]
Continuación de festejo
con el DJ Reverend Jeff Crenshaw

Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria, celebrates 7 years with a special story time with Jessica Love, author of Julián is a Mermaid; an opening for artist Jenny Kroik’s new exhibition of bookstore illustrations; an open mic emcee’d by Angy Abreu; music by DJ Delaceiba, Lexiglass, Demetrius Daniel, NYC Brass Brothers, and Ruben Gonzalez; and a party with refreshments and dancing into the night, DJed by Reverend Jeff Crenshaw.

Plus: MEGA BARGAIN BOOK SALE! We’re hauling our dollar-book overstock out of the basement, so you can browse and stock up on affordable reads to your heart’s content!

[11am: INSIDE]
Special story time
Jessica Love, author and illustrator of Julián is a Mermaid

[12–6pm: OUTSIDE]
Sidewalk party
with music by
DJ Delaceiba
Lexiglass
Demetrius Daniel
NYC Brass Brothers
Ruben Gonzalez
Including an open mic starting at 3pm, emcee’d by
Angy Abreu

[6pm: INSIDE]
Art exhibition opening
Jenny Kroik

[7pm: INSIDE]
After-party DJed by
Reverend Jeff Crenshaw

Word Up’s 7th Birthday
Saturday, June 16, 2018
11am–late
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

December 16 – Words and Music Series: Session 4-from the Opposite Ends of Pisces

Words and Music Series—Session 4: Sheila Maldonado & Janice A. Lowe

The next installment of our Words and Music Series pairs author/multimedia artist Sheila Maldonado and composer/musician Janice A. Lowe. Janice and Sheila met as teaching artists for Teachers & Writers Collaborative and spent time together at a residency at Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate in Westchester. They found they were quite copacetic, as they were actually cuspy Pisces on opposite ends, Sheila, Pisces/Aquarius cusp, and Janice, Pisces/Aries cusp. Here, they meet to blend word and sound intuitively as Pisces will do. They will experiment and play, remix poems together, draw sound out of the page and the spaces between words. The resulting collaboration will be performed by Sheila, Janice, and Janice’s band, Namaroon.

Poetry by Sheila Maldonado                                                                         Original Music by Janice Lowe

Namaroon is:                                                                                                           Keyboard & Voice, Janice Lowe                                                                                          Guitar, Gregory Kage                                                                                                              Bass, Yohann Potico                                                                                               Percussion, Shawn Banks

Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collection one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011). Her 2nd publication, that’s what you get, is forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press. Her poems have appeared in Gulf CoastPing Pong, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Creative Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She has served as an artist-in-residence on Governors Island for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York.

Janice A. Lowe writes and composes music-text hybrids. She is the author of Leaving CLE poems of nomadic dispersal and composer of the musical LIL BUDDA, text by Stephanie L. Jones. Her poems have appeared in CallalooBest American Experimental Writing, (Pre)Conceivable Bridges and Solidarity Texts: Radiant Re-Sisters. As a pianist/vocalist, Janice has recorded with the experimental bands w/o a net, HAGL, and Digital Diaspora, and she performs with her band, NAMAROON. She is a co-founder of the Dark Room Collective.

This is the fourth installment of the Words and Music series, which presents new collaborations between wordsmiths and musicians at Word Up Community Bookshop.

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.

On the Cusp: Words and Music from the Opposite Ends of Pisces
Saturday, December 16, 2017
6–7:30pm
Followed by Word Up’s annual end-of-year party!
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria

 

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

 

Commit to Word Up

Some of the Word Up volunteers at our annual gift swap. www.EAbreuvisuals.com

Some of the Word Up volunteers at our annual gift swap.

This month, Word Up celebrates 5.5 years of existence.

It seems a lifetime ago that we were celebrating 5.5 months, back in December 2011. That moment was significant: it was then that our fledgling group of core volunteers looked into our collective future and decided that, yes, we could try to meet the desire that everyone around us was expressing—we would commit to staying, to fighting to keep this space for arts and organizing that was open to all.

It was at that moment—at 5.5 months—that NoMAA signed a lease on behalf of the Word Up volunteers, and everything was full of promise: we finally had more time to plan and promote events, to make more book sections, to open accounts to get more books in Spanish, to develop our internal collective structure. We wanted to stay, and so we began the hard work of trying to.

With the milestone of 5 years past us, we are once again standing on a threshold looking into our collective future. We want to exist long enough to celebrate our 25th birthday (at least!)—to be around as long as it takes a generation to grow up with a community bookstore/arts space and be shaped by its existence. Our goal is to be sustainable over the long term.

If you visit or use Word Up in any way—if you like the idea of what we stand for and what we are trying to do—please consider donating to us before the end of 2016. We are not supported by big foundation grants or large state funding—the bulk of our income comes from book sales and individual donations, and the in-kind generosity of hundreds of people from Washington Heights, Inwood, and all over the city.

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