On Thursday I went to see Trouble In The Heights at the United Palace theater. The last film that had played on their silver screen was 2001 Space Odyssey, over 40 years ago! Trouble... is a film that was written and directed by a Heights resident and much of the cast and crew also live here or are otherwise connected to the neighborhood. The story is set in the Heights and it's great to see neighborhood landmarks all through the film.
I returned to the United Palace tonight for an event targeted toward the neighborhood youth. It featured all kinds of performing arts - live music, dancing, spoken word, even a catwalk to display the work of local fashion designers.
Word Up is still keeping busy behind the scenes, at least until we decide on and settle into a new space in the neighborhood. I've also joined the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, become a "friend" of People's Theater Project, and I'm always meeting new artists and performers in the 'hood.
Indeed, Washington Heights seems to be undergoing some kind of cultural shift and it's an honor to have even a small part in the Uptown Renaissance that is unfolding before our eyes. Much more to come, I'm sure!