July 16 – Word Up Gallery – “En Route” by Greg Nuñez & Cecilia Tavarez

July 16 - En Route

Join us for the opening of En Route, a new art exhibition by local artists Greg Nuñez and Cecilia Tavarez!

In this series of new works, two New York artists explore their relationship to elements of nature and take us on a journey to their earthly roots. Assemblages and paintings invite viewers to consider ideas about primal elements of nature and to question: Can we dissolve illusions of separation and reclaim our alliance with the natural world?

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Gregory Rafael Nuñez
There is a kind of shape shifting inherent in life, such as the rising and receding life cycles of ecosystems. Through animal archetypes Greg Nuñez explores these evolving versions of reality. He is interested in the spaces where these shifts intersect internally and externally and how they can sometimes reflect psychic and energetic mutations.

Greg was born in Washington Heights, New York City. Throughout his life, his family has lived and traveled between their two home countries, Dominican Republic and the United States. He graduated with a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design/The New School. He went on to earn an M.A. in Art Education from the City College of New York and has been teaching art in public schools for 16 years. He currently resides in Inwood and continues to create artworks in painting, drawing and mixed media.

Cecilia Ines Tavarez
Her source of inspiration for this new body of work comes from a love of nature as well as her travel experiences in Hawaii and Peru where she did volunteer work at various retreat centers. She has been exploring her interests in indigenous cultures and traditions, shamanism, spirituality and has been doing her own healing work with plant medicines, which has had a big impact on her work.

Cecilia is a rediscovered artist, who is a native New Yorker, raised in Washington Heights and is of Dominican descent. She began her formal art training at the High School of Art & Design, has taken coursework at Fashion Institute of Technology and studied abroad at Altos de Chavon, Parsons in Dominican Republic. Presently, she is attending CUNY City College and working on earning her B.A. in Studio Arts.

“En Route” Gallery Opening
Thursday, July 16, 2015
6-8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

July 9 – WE ACT for Environmental Justice presents Northern Manhattan Climate Change Resilience Report

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The “Northern Manhattan Climate Change Resilience Project” is a collaborative planning process for ensuring that New York City’s response to climate change meets the needs of low-income and other marginalized communities in Northern Manhattan and beyond. In addition to advocating for public policies that reverse the city’s legacy of socio-economic inequality, participants are working to develop systems of local cooperation that can build community power as the city restructures itself to deal with the climate crisis.

This meeting will include a review of the climate change proposals generated during our workshops, and strategies for implementing those ideas during the coming years.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice presents Northern Manhattan Climate Change Resilience Report
Thursday, July 9, 2015
6:30-8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

Junio 27 – Presentación de los libros

June 27 - libros

Presentación de los libros: Grizal de César J. Sánchez y Malparidez de Diego Rivelino

Los invitamos a conocer a dos de las mejores nuevas voces de la poesía hispano-nuyorkina. Dos estilos diferentes, que sin duda, representan el contexto multidiverso que encierra nuestro que hacer. Este evento es una obligación para el espíritu.

César Eduardo: Trujillo, Perú (1989). Transcurre su niñez en esta ciudad de la costa litoral. En el ‘98 se muda a Lima, donde reside hasta el 2002. Ese año se traslada a los Estados Unidos. Después de la publicación de Viracocha Borealis en el 2012, entra a formar parte del Colectivo Poetas en Nueva York, con quienes suele participar en los eventos de difusión cultural que se realizan a lo largo de la metrópolis. Asimismo, ha colaborado en ocasiones con el periódico cultural Vecindad. También practica las artes plásticas y el diseño gráfico. Ha presentado su obra visual durante Miami Art Basel con el conjunto Black Tape Art (2013) y en Greenpoint Gallery (2014). Actualmente reside en Brooklyn.

Diego Rivelino (Líriko) (Colombia. 1977). Reside en New York desde 1993. Poeta, escritor y diseñador gráfico. Ha escrito varios textos para las revista Hibrido Magazine y La Botica de España. Publicó el poemario Sinasco (2007), su reciente obra poética Arte Bestial (2009), participó en la antología El tejedor en Nueva York (2011) de la editorial LUPI de España. Miembro activo del Colectivo Poetas en Nueva York y de su publicación Vecindad.”

Presentación de los libros
Sábado, Junio 27, 2015
6-8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 27 – Hands Up for Assata

June 27 - Assata

In the past year, we have heard Assata’s words chanted at demonstrations throughout the country signifying that she is still with us and still inspiring movement. Since the US and Cuba opened up conversations around improving relations, many have started to ask ” what does this mean for Sis. Assata and the bounty that still is in effect to bring her back?”. In this event, we will spend time listening to her words about Cuba where she has been in asylum since 1984, what is happening currently given her place on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and how can we support our sister and family in Cuba. Information about the upcoming Pastors for Peace Caravan to challenge the US blockade of Cuba will be provided as well.

Hands Up for Assata
Saturday, June 27, 2015
3-5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 25 – Jazz in the Heightzz

June 25 - Jazz in the Heightzz

“Jazz in the Heightzz” has been a very successful concert series, presenting jazz concerts at a growing number of well-known venues in Washington Heights.

For the second time, there will be an edition at Word Up, presenting a band of internationally acclaimed jazz artists, led by Ruben Steijn. The New Yorker pianist Dan Rufolo (“A rising star in the world of jazz”, Independant Press) and Jakob Dreyer on Bass will complete this great band.

A wonderful evening of Jazz, wine and books. No cover, donations appreciated. More information on www.facebook.com/jazzintheheightzz

Jazz in the Heightzz
Thursday, June 25, 2015
7-9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 26 – The Kings perform Uptown

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The Wordat4F on Friday, June 25th features three tremendous artists. The Kings—A.R. Garcia, Nick Finn, and David “D Black Roberts”—will surely not disappoint. There’ll also be a raffle for A.R.’s upcoming performance of THE BROKEN BACHELOR on July 11th. $10 at the door

The Kings perform Uptown
Friday, June 26, 2015
8-11pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 20 – Reading with Rigo Diaz, Crónicas de una Nación

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Crònicas de una Nación–Hacia la Tierra (Chronicles of a Nation–Towards the Land) is a raw, honest account of Rigo Diaz’s journey from addiction, abuse, and hopelessness to finding faith in the supernatural and the everyday. Reading will be mostly in Spanish, mixed with lots of English as well.

Reading with Rigo Diaz, Crónicas de una Nación
Saturday, June 20, 2015
6-8pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY