TO THE HEIGHTS Literary and Musical Celebration Set for Word Up Bookshop Today

TO THE HEIGHTS Literary and Musical Celebration Set for Word Up Bookshop Today"To The Heights," a two-evening celebration of the literature, poetry and music of Washington Heights, will take place today, May 6 and Saturday, May 10 at the Word Up Community Bookshop, located at 2113 Amsterdam Avenue (165th Street) in Manhattan.

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Jointly produced by The Five Boro Story Project, The No Name Comedy Variety Show and Word Up Bookshop, the celebration begins May 6 at 7:00pm with the special Washington Heights edition of "No Name Super Storytellers @ Word Up:" a multi-talent showcase featuring Heights-based storytellers J Holtham, Megan Sass and Eric Vetter, Hip Hop artist Ppul and Spoken Word artist Soli, plus music from Demetrius. The event will be hosted by "Fish Out Of Agua" author/performer Michele Carlo. After performances from featured artists, there will be an open mic.

The festivities continue Saturday, May 10 at 6:00pm with a "Story Circle" inviting participants to share neighborhood anecdotes and memories alongside neighbors, Word Up volunteers, and other community members. Then from 7:00-9:00pm, a Washington Heights Extravaganza, featuring readings and performances from local authors, poets and musicians, including storytellers Michele Carlo and Jim Mendrinos, poet Rich Villar, and more.

"To The Heights is not just an event to enjoy performances from some of the best local storytellers, poets and hip hop artists from the Heights, but an invitation to local residents-and the public-to consider and appreciate what it means to be part of the neighborhood," says Five Boro Story Project Founder Bridget Bartolini, whose organization has presented storytelling and cultural events throughout NYC since their 2013 inception.