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February 5 – Washington Heights Music Fest 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—first Fridays of the month—hosted by Jason Rosario, as all ages and persuasions gather to share, learn, and experience together.

Washington Heights Music Fest Open Mic
Friday, February 5, 2016
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

Feb 23-April 19 – Teen spoken word-writing program

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Calling all teens! Word Up has teamed up with Word at 4F—the traveling open mic and spoken word series—to create EXPRESSIONS, a teen writing and spoken word program. Sign up for nine weekly workshops led by veteran spoken word artist and poet Roya Marsh. After each session, teens will have the opportunity to perform their work in front of their peers and a general audience. At the program’s end, the teens’ work will be published in a book.

EXPRESSIONS: a teen writing and spoken word program
Ages 13–19
Tuesdays 4:30–5:30pm
February 23–April 19, 2016 (9 sessions)
Facilitated by Roya Marsh
Organized by Word at 4F & Word Up Community Bookshop
Sessions will take place at Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. (corner of 165th St.)
Questions? Email Wordat4FTeen@gmail.com

Register at https://wordupbooks.wordpress.com/teens

With support from Fractious Press, Citizens Committee of New York City, and Growth and Development Services, Inc.

Teen spoken word-writing program
Tuesdays 4:30–5:30pm
February 23–April 19, 2016 (9 sessions)
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

February 6 – Home at Word Up Launch Party


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Please join the Word Up volunteer collective for the launch of their bilingual children’s book, *Home at Word Up*, with a reading, sing-along, hot chocolate and other treats, and a discussion on the making of the book.

With the help of her aunt and some new friends, a little girl finds a place where she can tell her story. Produced entirely by the Word Up volunteer collective, *Home at Word Up: A Story of a Bookshop in Washington Heights* is a tale of finding and building community anywhere you live.

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Vénganse a celebrar el lanzamiento del libro bilingüe para niños, *En casa en Word Up*, con la colectividad de voluntarios que constituyen Word Up. Leeremos del libro en voz alta, cantaremos juntos, beberemos chocolate caliente, platicaremos el proceso de crear el libro, y más!

Gracias a la ayuda de su tía y algunas amistades nuevas, una niña encuentra un lugar donde puede contar su historia. Producido completamente por el colectivo de voluntarios de Word Up, *En casa en Word Up: Una historia de una librería en Washington Heights* relata el descubrimiento y la formación de una comunidad, donde sea que uno viva.

Home at Word Up Launch Party
Saturday, February 6, 2016
2pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

December 17 – Jazz in the Heightzz

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“Jazz in the Heightzz” presents jazz concerts at a growing number of well-known venues in Washington Heights, including many at Word Up.
A wonderful evening of Jazz, refreshments and books. No cover, donations
appreciated. More information on www.facebook.com/jazzintheheightzz

Jazz in the Heightzz
Thursday, December 17, 2015
7-8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

November 18 – FACE OUT: Ruins by Peter Kuper

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 “Kuper’s art is, page after page, astonishing.”
—Jules FeifferWord Up welcomes Peter Kuper as he presents his gorgeous new graphic novel Ruins, which explores the shadows and light of Mexico through longtime relationships and unsettled pasts, political strikes and desperate futures, the characters of Oaxaca and the journey of the monarch butterfly. Peter will also discuss his previous graphic books, including many that are available in translation in Spanish.

Peter Kuper’s illustrations and comics have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world including MAD where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY every issue since 1997. He is the cofounder of World War 3 Illustrated, a political comix magazine. He has produced over two dozen books including The System, Diario de Oaxaca, Drawn To New York, and adaptations of many of Franz Kafka’s works into comics including The Metamorphosis. Peter has been teaching courses in comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for over 25 years and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.

FACE OUT: Ruins by Peter Kuper
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

November 14 – Bottoms Up! Social Open Mic

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A Hip Hop showcase hosted by Charlie Uptown. The mission of the open mic is to establish a source of hip hop in Washington Heights and provide a free artistic space for all aspiring artists. Each edition features a guest speaker, who furthers the musical exchange with dialog.

Feature performer is hip hop artist Mike Mezzl & guest speaker will be spoken word artist David Quinoñes

Bottoms Up! Social Open Mic
Saturday, November 14, 2015
5-8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

November 11 – FACE OUT: Jim Dwyer & Hal Niedzviecki In Conversation

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Cultural critics Hal Niedzviecki and Jim Dwyer share the stage at Word Up to discuss the future . . . and the consequences of living in a society utterly focused on what is going to happen next.

About TREES ON MARS:

In his newest book Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future, Hal Niedzviecki asks how and when we started believing we could and should “create the future.” Through visits to colleges, corporations, tech conferences, factories, and more, he traces the story of how owning the future has become irresistible to us, and asks the crucial questions: Where are we actually heading? How will we get there? And whom may we be leaving behind?

HAL NIEDZVIECKI is the author of three previous books of nonfiction, including The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors and Hello, I’m Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity. He serves as publisher and fiction editor of Broken Pencil, the seminal indie culture publication that he founded in 1995. Naomi Klein has called Nidzviecki “one of the wisest, funniest and most acute cultural critics writing today.”

About MORE AWESOME THAN MONEY:

New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer’s latest book More Awesome Than Money, Dwyer tells the riveting story of four ambitious NYU undergrads who tried to change the world by taking on Facebook—and were swallowed up by their quest to keep your data safe. Just out now in paperback, the book also provides a clear survey of the debates and ethical questions surrounding internet privacy, and a wake-up call for everyone who tweets, Googles, or signs into Facebook without a second thought.

JIM DWYER is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who writes the “About New York” column for the New York Times. He has written or co-written six books, including 102 Minutes, which spent twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in New York City. Daily Beast calls More Awesome Than Money “a thrilling read, astoundingly detailed and researched, alternately suspenseful and heartbreaking.”

FACE OUT: Jim Dwyer & Hal Niedzviecki In Conversation
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY