2/6/16: Home At Word Up – Launch Party

Word Up Book Launch

HOME AT WORD UP: LAUNCH PARTY!
Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ 2pm
Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.)

Join the Word Up volunteer collective for the launch of their bilingual children’s book, Home at Word Up, with a reading, sing-along, hot chocolate and other treats, and a discussion on the making of the book.

With the help of her aunt and some new friends, a little girl finds a place where she can tell her story. Produced entirely by the Word Up volunteer collective, Home at Word Up: A Story of a Bookshop in Washington Heights is a tale of finding and building community anywhere you live.

For more info: February 6 – Home at Word Up Launch Party

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Marcus Samuelsson Celebrates Black Female Chefs With a Month-Long Menu | Village Voice

By Jacqueline Raposo

Red Rooster Black History Month Menu

Blackened catfish with Creole cooked red beans and turnip greens, inspired by Edna Lewis (Photo: Red Rooster)

For several years, Marcus Samuelsson has created a special menu in honor of Black History Month at his Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster (310 Lenox Avenue, 212-792-9001). But this time around, he had a particularly strong dose of female inspiration standing in front of him: his chef de cuisine Adrienne Cheatham.

“Adrienne is pushing; she’s strong,” Samuelsson tells the Voice. “We have a goal that she’s going to become an executive chef of her own one day.” The two chefs started brainstorming a menu that would celebrate female chefs of color who had either made an indelible mark on American cuisine or who, like Adrienne, will be a force on the scene very soon.

“I wanted to acknowledge the goddesses from the past, present, and future,” Samuelsson says. The result is a $62, five-course dinner menu to be served at Red Rooster during the month of February, each dish highlighting a different chef’s story. Capturing the breadth of women’s contributions to the hospitality industry, from line cooks to legends, was an important element in the creation of the series.

Read more: Marcus Samuelsson Celebrates Black Female Chefs With a Month-Long Menu

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Uptown Video: That’s So New York – The United Palace Theater

United Palace

The United Palace Theater, one of the five Loew’s Wonder Theaters of the 1920s, is a sight to behold. To enter it is to be whisked away to a different time and place. It’s sheer opulence and beautifully maintained elegance are almost intoxicating. With that said, check out the awesome video by NYC Media on how the United Palace is becoming a dynamic cultural hub that is bringing culture, film and live entertainment back to the Washington Heights community.

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Remezcla’s Top 10 Places To Grub, Drink & Get Your Hookah On Before & After Aventura’s Reunion Concert @ The United Palace

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Uptown is going to be extra lit starting today. Nouveau Bachata super-group, Aventura, begins their month-long residency at the venerable United Palace and Uptown will get more mobbed than usual. Towards that end, the good folks at Remezcla have put together a handy-dandy guide to getting your grub, drink and hookah on before and after the show. So without further ado, click below for Remezcla’s Top Ten list of venues to hit up that are within walking distance of the United Palace. The only spot we would add to the list is La Floridita (176th & BWAY) as they make the absolute best Cuban Sandwich in all of Uptown.

Check out: Remezcla’s Top 10 Places To Grub, Drink & Get Your Hookah On Before & After Aventura’s Reunion Concert @ The United Palace

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Harlem Nights – An annotated map of the hippest, hottest nightspots in uptown jazz-age New York | Intelligent Life magazine

BY Charlie McCann

Harlem club map_web

If New York is the city that never sleeps, then this map shows you where it used to go to stay awake. It was published on January 18th 1933, in the first issue of Manhattan: A Weekly for Wakeful New Yorkers. In those days, Harlem was known by its jive-talking denizens as the “land o’ darkness”. It was a place that came alive at night, when jazz played hot and hepcats talked cool. Harlem “was the place for a Negro to be,” the singer Cab Calloway wrote in his memoir. “And no one knew it better than my friend, E. Simms Campbell” – the man behind this map.

Simms Campbell was the first African-American illustrator to have his work published by mass-market magazines; he drew for Playboy, had a cartoon in every issue of Esquire for almost 40 years and illustrated a young adult novel by Langston Hughes. At his peak, he produced 500 cartoons a year. Once, having compared drawing to ditch-digging, he said, “I do my sweating right over there – often at night, under those intense blue lights.”

This map was drawn in 1932 before Simms Campbell left Harlem for respectable Westchester County. He was still “that kid from hunger”, as a contemporary put it. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t having fun. “Like me”, writes Calloway, “he was a hard worker, a hard drinker and a high liver…When we got to know each other, we would go out at night to the Harlem after-hours joints like the Rhythm Club and just drink and talk and laugh and raise hell until the sun came up.”

This map is a guide to their night, an illustrated itinerary of the Harlem high-life.

Read more: Harlem nights | Intelligent Life magazine

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