On Saturday, June 18th Word Up Books will be celebrating 5 awesome years of being an indispensable community resource. In light of that significant milestone, Word Up is throwing an all day long shindig. The festivities kick off at 11 am. See below for the deets.
11 AM: Story Time Family Breakfast—with Saxophone!
Our story time reader Mariel Escalante will be joined by local saxophonist Blair Jensen, and together they’ll read and perform kids’ books about Charlie Parker and John Coltrane.
1–7 PM: Music, Readings, Spoken Word Performances, & Visual Art
(see more specific schedule [and additions/updates to the lineup] at www.wordup.nyc)
DJ Delaceiba, Charlie Cruz, Gaga P’al Pueblo, Jason Rosario (Washington Heights Music Festival), Lethy Liriano (WHAM/Washington Heights Artists Movement), Lexiglass, MC Maniphes, Ruben Gonzalez, Tellie Floydd (WHIN by Any Means)
Spoken Word + Readings
Sandy Jimenez, Mariel Escalante, Kate Hogan, Skye Cabrera, Nancy La Lanne, Akiva Penalosa, Darlene Valenzuela, Yoseli Castillo Fuertes, Becky Fullan, Rick Van Valkenburg, Regina Woiler, & from the EXPRESSIONS teen spoken word program facilitated by Roya Marsh: Markus Scott, Natalia Mercedes, Cristina (Topaz) Rodriguez, & Mia Estrella
LIT PROGRAMMING PARTNERS: Bloom Readings (poetry and prose series set at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens), Bohemian Night (Wash Heights’s only LGBT open mic), Word at 4F (nomadic open mic and spoken word programmer), Growth Development Services Inc. (youth programming at the Fort Washington Armory), & Word Up Community Bookshop (us!)
Washington Heights Arts and Comics (www.whac-nyc.work)
Young Artists Zine Alliance (yazaccny.tumblr.com)
Marthalicia Mattarita (marthaliciaart.blogspot.com)
Reynaldo García Pantaleón (facebook.com/RealengoStudio)
7 PM: Party!
Come by for food and beverage by local restaurants, and dance into the night.
Including, at 7:30pm: An inDUCTion ceremony:
We’ll officially celebrate the completion of the painting that Word Up’s resident painter Reynaldo García Pantaléon has been working on since the fall of 2013, incorporating the stories of Word Up and the neighborhood into a beautiful overhead ceiling duct.
With food generously donated by Pick and Eat, Toast Uptown, Chipotle, Coogan’s, Mario’s Hamburger and Pizza, Famiglia Pizza, La Parrilla, & El Bacan.
And beverages generously donated by Dyckman Beer Co.
For more info: https://wordupbooks.wordpress.com/