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Word Up: “Play On, Washington Heights!”

“Play On, Washington Heights!” is a festival of monthly outdoor concerts curated and performed by Leadlights, in partnership with Word-Up Community Bookshop. The festival celebrates the resilience of New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic and brings the energy of live music to the streets of Washington Heights. The performances will take place on the third Wednesday of every month outside the bookstore on the sidewalk. This location is ADA accessible.  Leadlights will follow CDC and NY state COVID-19 guidelines, including social distancing by spacing out chairs for listeners, and mask wearing. The festival will run from April through October, weather permitting.

Each event features the musical voices of composers of color and women composers, in addition to traditional classical fare. The featured composers include highly-acclaimed Black composer Jessie Montgomery, Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negron, and one of the earliest classical composers of African descent, Chevalier de Saint-George, among others.

To celebrate the resilience of Washington Heights’ residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Leadlights will lead audiences in a short “collective composition” session during each event, exploring musical sounds together based on themes of resilience and hope for the future. “Play On, Washington Heights!” will culminate with these compositions featured on Leadlights’ website and social media.

Dates of Performance:
April 21
May 19
June 16
July 21
August 18
September 15
October 20 

Word Up: “Play On, Washington Heights!”

“Play On, Washington Heights!” is a festival of monthly outdoor concerts curated and performed by Leadlights, in partnership with Word-Up Community Bookshop. The festival celebrates the resilience of New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic and brings the energy of live music to the streets of Washington Heights. The performances will take place on the third Wednesday of every month outside the bookstore on the sidewalk. This location is ADA accessible.  Leadlights will follow CDC and NY state COVID-19 guidelines, including social distancing by spacing out chairs for listeners, and mask wearing. The festival will run from April through October, weather permitting.

Each event features the musical voices of composers of color and women composers, in addition to traditional classical fare. The featured composers include highly-acclaimed Black composer Jessie Montgomery, Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negron, and one of the earliest classical composers of African descent, Chevalier de Saint-George, among others.

To celebrate the resilience of Washington Heights’ residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Leadlights will lead audiences in a short “collective composition” session during each event, exploring musical sounds together based on themes of resilience and hope for the future. “Play On, Washington Heights!” will culminate with these compositions featured on Leadlights’ website and social media.

Dates of Performance:
April 21
May 19
June 16
July 21
August 18
September 15
October 20 

Word Up Lo’Mas Lit Book Club: Summer Edition

Lo’Mas Lit Book Club is back for the summer! Lo’Mas Lit Book Club is a reading group, a book club, a discussion zone, quarantine-era hangout time for youth ages 13–20. Started in Summer 2020, this book club has brought together teens from across the Uptown Manhattan neighborhood and across the country. Meetings will be held each week on Wednesdays at 5pm from July 28 to September 2021.

This summer season join us for a revamped and exciting new format:
– Read and discuss yet-to-be-published literature with peers
– Write reviews
– Interview authors
– Make a zine!

This season’s club is different in that many of the books we will be reading what are known in the publishing industry as “advance reading copies” (ARCs), which are sometimes called “galleys.” Publishers send these pre-publication copies out to potential reviewers, in hopes of getting media and others excited about the book before it comes out. Besides discussing the content of the official Lo’Mas Lit selections, club members will also make a zine about books, life, and whatever else we/they wish!

Books we will be reading together:
Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora (Flatiron Books, September 2021)
edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

My Monticello: Fiction (Henry Holt & Co., October 2021)
by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Blue-Skinned Gods: A Novel (Soho Press, November 2021)
by SJ Sindu

REGISTER & MORE INFO: https://www.wordupbooks.com/lomaslit

 

Word Up Lo’Mas Lit Book Club: Summer Edition

Lo’Mas Lit Book Club is back for the summer! Lo’Mas Lit Book Club is a reading group, a book club, a discussion zone, quarantine-era hangout time for youth ages 13–20. Started in Summer 2020, this book club has brought together teens from across the Uptown Manhattan neighborhood and across the country. Meetings will be held each week on Wednesdays at 5pm from July 28 to September 2021.

This summer season join us for a revamped and exciting new format:
– Read and discuss yet-to-be-published literature with peers
– Write reviews
– Interview authors
– Make a zine!

This season’s club is different in that many of the books we will be reading what are known in the publishing industry as “advance reading copies” (ARCs), which are sometimes called “galleys.” Publishers send these pre-publication copies out to potential reviewers, in hopes of getting media and others excited about the book before it comes out. Besides discussing the content of the official Lo’Mas Lit selections, club members will also make a zine about books, life, and whatever else we/they wish!

Books we will be reading together:
Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora (Flatiron Books, September 2021)
edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

My Monticello: Fiction (Henry Holt & Co., October 2021)
by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Blue-Skinned Gods: A Novel (Soho Press, November 2021)
by SJ Sindu

REGISTER & MORE INFO: https://www.wordupbooks.com/lomaslit

 

Word Up Lo’Mas Lit Book Club: Summer Edition

Lo’Mas Lit Book Club is back for the summer! Lo’Mas Lit Book Club is a reading group, a book club, a discussion zone, quarantine-era hangout time for youth ages 13–20. Started in Summer 2020, this book club has brought together teens from across the Uptown Manhattan neighborhood and across the country. Meetings will be held each week on Wednesdays at 5pm from July 28 to September 2021.

This summer season join us for a revamped and exciting new format:
– Read and discuss yet-to-be-published literature with peers
– Write reviews
– Interview authors
– Make a zine!

This season’s club is different in that many of the books we will be reading what are known in the publishing industry as “advance reading copies” (ARCs), which are sometimes called “galleys.” Publishers send these pre-publication copies out to potential reviewers, in hopes of getting media and others excited about the book before it comes out. Besides discussing the content of the official Lo’Mas Lit selections, club members will also make a zine about books, life, and whatever else we/they wish!

Books we will be reading together:
Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora (Flatiron Books, September 2021)
edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

My Monticello: Fiction (Henry Holt & Co., October 2021)
by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Blue-Skinned Gods: A Novel (Soho Press, November 2021)
by SJ Sindu

REGISTER & MORE INFO: https://www.wordupbooks.com/lomaslit