By Led Black
April 6 – April 11
Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to get ready for the month long celebration of the arts that is the Uptown Arts Stroll. The Northern Manhattan Arts Allinace (NoMAA) is inviting artists and venues (organizations, businesses, etc.) to participate in the 2015 Uptown Arts Stroll. Check out the site for more info. The print deadline for the Uptown Arts Stroll Guide is Sunday, April 26th. The Manhattan Times and NoMAA distribute 20,000 copies of the guide citywide.
Marjorie Eliot is an Uptown treasure. She has been holding court in her Edgecombe apartment for Parlor Jazz Sundays since 1992. The weekly jazz sessions began as a way to celebrate the life of her son who died at the age of 32 on a Sunday. People from all over the world have taken part in the experience. Recently, she has occasionally extended these concerts, to include performances of her original one-act plays. Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave) is hosting some of these works every Saturday afternoon in April, presenting a lesser-known side of one of Uptown’s most revered community figures.
Our Throwback Thursdays post comes to us once again from the always-erudite Cole Thompson of My Inwood. Cole takes us back to the Uptown of yesteryear with a series of what he likes to call Postcards from the Edge. The various postcards capture an Uptown that seems, at first glance, so different from the one of today but upon further inspection reaffirm the notion that this is a place that is in Manhattan but not of it.
The official Washington Heights and Inwood Restaurant Week, popularly known as #WHIN & DINE, is in full swing. You have until April 24th to indulge in all of the culinary awesomeness.
Rutgers University in Newark is hosting a film screening of Sosúa: Make a Better World on April 15th. The film will be followed by a discussion with the author of Crossing Broadway, Robert W. Snyder, as well as Renee Silverman, Peter Miller, John Gutierrez and Nomi Nesher. Sosúa: Make a Better World tells the story of the teenagers, who together with the legendary theater director, Liz Swados, put on a musical about the Dominican rescue of 800 Jews from Hitler’s Germany.
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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.