We would like to pass along these events for making the most of your first week of Autumn. Day or night, it's a beautiful time to be in Upper Manhattan:
REGGIE WORKMAN, BASSIST
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
Fifth Avenue / 124th St.
Saturday, September 24th
Summerfest wraps up its 2022 season with the inaugural John Coltrane Jazz Festival, being held in the same bandshell where the legendary Summer of Soul concert (1969) and documentary film (2021) took place. Kicking off the festivities will be legendary bassist Reggie Workman who, over the course of his 50+ year career, has played and recorded with John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, Thelonius Monk, David Murray, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Workman will head up his most recent ensemble, the Reggie Workman Group, fresh on the heels of a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America, and being named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. Workman is a professor at The New School College of Performing Arts, where he teaches a class on Futuristic Concepts and leads students in the John Coltrane Ensemble.
ANGIE CRUZ, NOVELIST
How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water
876 Riverside Drive / 160th St
Wednesday, September 28th
($5 suggested donation)
Angie Cruz will read and sign copies of her fourth novel, How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water, a taut dialogue between Cara, a traumatized, 56-year-old Dominican woman, and her upper Manhattan career counselor. Cara was described by the New York Times as a character who is not only willing to step in muck just to force herself to buy a new pare of shoes, but also willing to admit as much to a perfect stranger. For Cara, no information—no matter how personal or unflattering—is too much to tell.
Angie Cruz is the author of Soledad (2001), Let It Rain Coffee (2005), and Dominicana (2019), which was shortlisted for the Women's Prize and a Good Morning America Book Club pick. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Aster(ix), a literary arts journal, and is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
In compliance with Word Up Community Bookstore safety guidelines, all attendees for this event must show proof of vaccination and remain masked at all times. Please arrive 30 minutes beforehand so WUCB can check vaccination cards and IDs.
BLACK GIRL, A FILM BY OUSMANE SEMBÈNE
City College Center for the Arts, Aaron Davis Hall
115 Convent Avenue / 134th St
Thursday, September 29th
The opening salvo in City College's Fall film program, "Decolonizing Movies: The Un-Tarzan Series" will be Ousmane Sembène's Black Girl (1966), his third film and first feature. Black Girl tells the harrowing tale of a young Senegalese woman who emigrates to France to work for a wealthy white couple in Antibes, only to have her life in their small apartment gradually become a figurative and literal prison. Starring Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Black Girl is one of the essential films of the 1960s and one of the first to critique the lingering colonialist mindset of a supposedly postcolonial society. Made by one of the African continent's most important 20th-century artists and political activists, here is a rare chance to see Black Girl on the big screen.