Category Archives: Events

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 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

 

*RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 29* // Film Screening: Requiem for the American Dream

Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Kelly Nyks.

REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time—the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.

Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality—tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority—while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time—the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.

The accompanying book, Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power by Noam Chomsky—containing additional interviews and 3x the material in the film—will be sold at a discount on the day of the event.

Film Screening: Requiem for the American Dream
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
7–9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

May 27-Book Launch: “El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía

Word Up is proud to present children’s book author Thornton Cline and Washington Heights-based translator Mary Escalante, and their new book, El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía–the Spanish-language edition of The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Violin (story by Thornton Cline, illustrations by Susan Oliver).

Thornton Cline is a teacher, songwriter, speaker, and author of nine children’s books, two novels, and three nonfiction books. His songs have received Grammy and Dove award nominations, and he was twice honored with Songwriter of the Year for his hit song, “Love is the Reason,” recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck and Gloria Gaynor. He lives in Tennessee with his wife Audrey.

Mary Escalante is a writer, translator, and community interpreter. She is co-translator of the book Home at Word Up/En Casa en Word Up, a children’s picture book about a bookshop in northern Manhattan where she oversees a weekly bilingual story time. In 2017, Ms. Escalante was awarded by local NYC TV station Channel 23 for her outstanding work as an advocate of early literacy and reading for both children and adults, particularly for the Spanish-speaking community.
Word Up se enorgullése en presentar al autor de libros infantiles Thornton Cline y a la traductora establecida en Washington Heights, Mary Escalante,y su nuevo libro “El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía”, la edición en español de “The Amazing, Incredible Shrinking Violin“ (una historia de Thornton Cline con ilustraciones de Susan Oliver).

Thornton Cline es un maestro, compositor, orador y autor de nueve libros infantiles, dos novelas y tres libros de no ficción. Sus canciones han sido nominadas para los premios Grammy y Dove y ha sido galardonado dos veces por su exitosa canción “Love is the Reason” como “Mejor canción del año”, grabada por Engelbert Humperdinck y Gloria Gaynor. Radica en Tennessee con su esposa Audrey.

Mary Escalante es una escritora, traductora e intérprete en la comunidad en la Cd. de Nueva York. Ella es cotraductora del libro “Home at Word Up/En Casa en Word Up”, un libro infantil sobre una librería en el norte de Manhattan, donde se encarga semanalmente del círculo de lectura infantil bilingüe. En el 2017, Escalante fue premiada por el Canal 23 de televisión por su destacada labor como partidaria de la alfabetización temprana y la lectura para ambos, niños y adultos, particularmente en la comunidad hispanoparlante.

Book Launch: “El increíble, sorprendente violín que se encogía
Saturday, May 27, 2017
2–4pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

Mayo 25- Tertulia Feminista

La actividad se llama “Tertulia feminista” y es organizado por un grupo de mujeres bajo el nombre de “Latinas en USA en rumbo al XIV EFLAC-Uruguay 2017.” USA Latinas on Their Way to XIV EFLAC-Uruguay 2017.

Tertulia Feminista
Jueves 25 de May0, 2017
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 avenida Amsterdam (en la calle 165)
New York NY 10032