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November 18: Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic

Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic’s mission is to establish a consistent hip hop scene for the community of Washington Heights, NY. by spreading the hip hop culture and providing a space for free artistic expressions.

Founded & hosted by Charlie Uptown


– sign up @ 5pm / show time 5:45pm sharp !!!
– ONE SONG per sign up.
– music pluggable by AUX cable (no CDs, or USB)
– all art forms are welcome.
– any merchadise for sale must be approved by Word Up.

Bottom’s Up! Social Open Mic
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032


November 11: Story Time with Dania Santana

On November 11, Word Up welcomes special story time guest Dania Santana, presenting her children’s picture book, La Familia Cool: El tesoro más valioso/The Most Valuable Treasure. La Familia Cool’s fictional world portrays the new Latino family through multiracial, multicultural, and bilingual characters. The book was a finalist for the 2016 International Book Awards, and received honorable mentions from the 2016 San Francisco Book Festival and the 2016 New York Festival.

And, every week, bring your kids to the community book shop to hear their favorite stories read out loud by experienced, trained readers. Just like their teachers in the classroom, but with new faces and new friends! Our regular story time reader is local writer and translator Mariel Escalante, with occasional special guests.

Story Time w/ Dania Santana
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

November 11: Words and Music Series—Session 3: Carlos theChords and Jane LeCroy

Heart strings, ukelele strings, vocal chords, and guitar chords. Musician Carlos theChords and poet Jane LeCroy present an evening of poetry and music to make you wonder, dream, think, and groove.

Jane LeCroy is an NYC-based poet, singer, and performance artist. She fronts the avant-pop band, The Icebergs (with Tom Abbs [cello] and David Rogers-Berry [drums]), the experimental music project Ω▽(Ohmslice) with Bradford Reed’s modular synth. Jane has toured with the SF-based all women’s poetry troupe, Sister Spit, and is a regularly featured character at The Poetry Brothel. She is a poet-in-the-schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative and Uptown Stories in Washington Heights. Her chapbook, NAMES, was published by the art-book house Booklyn in the award-winning ABC chapbook series, purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid! Three Rooms Press published SIGNATURE PLAY, a multimedia book of lyrical poems.

Carlos theChords is a singer/guitarist from the New York City area. He pens and performs original acoustic/alternative/reggae songs with keen and introspective content. Though Carlos has played numerous shows in NYC, he’s also performed in Barbados, Boston, Atlanta and New Jersey. Lately he’s been exploring the open mic scene in the Upper West Side NYC, performing locally and also the north east region. He recorded and mixed the Carlos theChords singles: “On A Good Boat” and “Happiness” 2016, Transcend the Core’s albums: “3 skulls …relinquish head candy” (2012) and “Live at Bar Matchless” (2012). Video recording, editing, photographic and graphic duties are all passionate extensions of his work in the bands.

This is the third 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.

TO BE RESCHEDULED // October 29: Roberta Gold and Michael Greenberg on Housing in New York City

Sunday, October 29, 3:30pm
Join us for a community conversation on housing in New York City. Come with questions to help orient our dialogue.

ROBERTA GOLD is the author of When Tenants Claimed the City (2014). She teaches history and American studies at Fordham University, and has been an active member of her tenants’ association in Harlem for twenty years.

MICHAEL GREENBERG has written a memoir, Hurry Down Sunshine (2008), and a collection of his essays, Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life (2009). He teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, where he writes about literature, politics and New York.
Domingo, 29 de octubre, 3:30pm
Vengan para una conversación con nuestra comunidad sobre el tema de las viviendas en la Cd. de Nueva York. Vengan con preguntas para orientar nuestro diálogo.
ROBERTA GOLD es autora de When Tenants Claimed the City (2014). Es profesora de historia y American studies en Fordham University, y ha sido miembro activa de su asociación de inquilinos en Harlem por veinte años.
MICHAEL GREENBERG ha escrito sus memorias, Hurry Down Sunshine (2008), y una colección de ensayos, Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life (2009). Es profesor en el programa MFA de Columbia University y escribe frecuentemente sobre temas de literatura, política, y la Cd. de Nueva York para el New York Review of Books.
Roberta Gold and Michael Greenberg on Housing in New   York City
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

October 27: LUVR – Armando Batista

This is a workshop performance of LUVR, a new solo play about love, loss and solitude. This is the second solo play created and performed by Armando “Mando” Batista at Word Up Bookshop. The first, City Boy, was performed as part of a grant award from NoMAA.

LUVR – Armando Batista
Friday, October 27, 2017

Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue (@ 165th St.)