By Led Black
April 13 – April 18
My good friend, A.J. Sidransky, is a prolific writer. In the last few years, he has had two of his novels published with another one on the way later this year. He has also written a series of well-received short stories. The latest, Mother Knows Best, graced our site this past week. The story revolves around Detectives Kurchenko and Gonzalvez, two of the colorful characters from A.J.’s first novel, Forgiving Maximo Rothman.
So, here is the game plan. Go to our site, read the story and then head over to Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave) and support this local writer by purchasing both of his novels. Need I remind you of our motto? Spread Love, It’s The Uptown Way!
Skate All Cities is a skateboarding and graffiti crew based out of the Los Angeles, California area that has evolved into a full-fledged brand. Skate All Cities strolled through Uptown recently and headed over to the Washington Heights Skatepark for a late night rendezvous featuring Danny Castaneda, Mark Dunning, Nelson Shin & RICKS.
We also published a new poem from Frankie Medina entitled She’s Gone. The she that Frankie is referring to is the hip-hop music of his youth that he fell in love with. Uptown is buzzing about the Up Theater Company’s latest play, Epic Poetry. Epic Poetry tells the story of a teenage girl and her quest to find her father, a hero from a legendary war. The play will run from April 29th through May 16th at The Hebrew Tabernacle (551 Ft Washington Ave @ 185th St).
Our Throwback Thursdays post takes us back to the turn of the 20th century and the strange case of Walter Francis Burns. Cole Thompson of My Inwood paints a vivid picture of the wealthy Mr. Burns who had a premonition of his young son’s death.
The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X will be commemorated at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Education Center with the live performance art exhibit “The Day After MLK” on April 24th and May 1st. The Day After MLK is a fictional story based on true events, beginning with the assassination of Malcolm X and continuing through the Civil Rights movement until the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.
The Uptown Collective
The UC’s mission is to become “the” definitive, transformative and community-based force impacting the arts, culture, business and New York City’s overall perception of Upper Manhattan. Its objective is to reset, reboot and positively redefine Uptown’s artistic, political, cultural and business spheres via the online space as well the collective’s initiatives and functions.