THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning September 15, 2014 Check out our list of events in the neighborhood this week. Email us at “info at westsiderag dot com” to tell us about any upcoming events or events we’ve missed. Events will be updated every Sunday night with the following week’s schedule. Please double-check times and prices with the event producer. Many venues offer special pricing for students, seniors and members.

Monday, September 15

7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Exhibitions at the Cathedral Xu Bing’s Phoenix, two majestic birds in perpetual flight, represents ”the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today’s China.” Also on display is a touring photo exhibition that shows Episcopal Relief & Development’s mission of “healing a hurting world” in action around the world. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. FREE. 

11 a.m. Stay Well Exercise  Stay Well volunteers are offering a well- balanced series of exercises for those 50+ for all levels. No special clothing or equipment is necessary. 67th Street Library. FREE.

1 p.m. The Great Organ: Midday Monday Cathedral organists provide a 30 minute break for mind, body and spirit with an entertaining and informative demonstration of the Cathedral’s unparalleled Great Organ. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. FREE.

7:00 p.m. Mark Obama Ndesandjo’s An Obama’s Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures Join us as Mark Obama Ndesandjo talks about his complex relationship with his older half-brother while telling his personal story about identity and multiculturalism in his memoir, An Obama Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures. 82nd Street Barnes and Noble. FREE.

Tuesday, September 16

7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Meditation Gifted meditation instructors lead a session and Q&A in the beautiful Makom space. JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue. FREE for all;  suggested donation of $5.

5 p.m. Honda Civic Tour: Grouplove + Portugal. The Man LA-based indie band Grouplove and psychedelic rockers Portugal. The Man will be taking the stage at Rumsey Playfield to say, well sing, so long to sweet summer. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park (69th St and Fifth Ave).

5:15 p.m. until 7 p.m. Bank Street Graduate School Open House Come and explore Master’s programs and discover what Bank Street’s vibrant community has to offer by meeting with faculty, staff, and students. Bank Street Graduate School of Education, 610 West 112th Street. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. “The Future of Energy” NYC Premiere  A film about the renewable energy revolution, and a love story about the countless individuals and communities that are re-imagining their relationships with the planet and with each other. Welcoming remarks by NY State Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal. New York Society for Ethical Culture. FREE.

7 p.m. Martha Lear’s Echoes of Heartsounds  In a follow-up to Heartsounds, a memoir of her physician husband’s battle with heart disease, Martha Weinman Lear writes about her own struggle with cardiac symptoms and the medical treatment she receives in Echoes of Heartsounds82nd Street Barnes and Noble. FREE.

8 p.m. The Julliard School Presents: Melody Nishinaga, Harpsichord A Musical Exploration of the Baroque Through Four Countries. Paul Hall, Lincoln Center. FREE.

Wednesday, September 17

12 p.m. Noonday Concert – “Simple Gifts” Music for 15 different instruments and in many styles, including: Romanian, Klezmer, Greek, Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian, and Appalachian. Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive. FREE.

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays  Featuring jazz of the 1960s in celebration of the exhibition Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget. Performance by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests Mike Gari and Sharon Fisher. American Folk Art Museum, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street. FREE.

2 p.m. NT Live Screening: A Streetcar Named Desire The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. Symphony Space. Tickets $23, $21 Seniors/Students, $19 Members.

5:45 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Meditation Gifted meditation instructors lead a session and Q&A in the beautiful Makom space. JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue. FREE for all;  suggested donation of $5.

7 p.m. Malcom Brooks’ Painted Horses Malcolm Brooks reads from his “ambitious and incandescent” debut novel Painted Horses, the story of a dauntless young archaeologist on a heroic quest and the love she finds in post-World War II Montana. 82nd Street Barnes and Noble. FREE.

7 p.m. Barnard Women Poets Prize Reading The 2014-15 Writers at Barnard series begins with a reading by the recipient of the 2013 Women Poets at Barnard Prize for the best second collection by an American poet. Refreshments will follow the reading. Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall. FREE.

7 p.m. Open Mic Night Join in the fun at this UWS jazz venue. With Les Kurtz Trio. Cleopatra’s Needle, 2483-2485 Broadway and 92nd Street. No Cover, $10 Minimum.

Thursday, September 18

8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. Columbia Greenmarket Shoppers will find milk and yogurt, fruit and cider, baked goods, preserved fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheese, smoked meats, pickled vegetables, maple syrup, honey, fish, and focaccia topped with locally sourced fruit vegetables, herbs and cheeses, a lunch time favorite. Located in front of the gates of Columbia University; Broadway between 114th and 116th Streets.

8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tucker Greenmarket Local farmers sell a wide range of items including: seasonal vegetables, berries, stone fruit, over 80 varieties of apples, farmstead cheeses, fresh seafood, grass fed beef, duck, eggs, baked goods and New York’s only sorghum and maple syrup. West 66th Street and Columbus Avenue.

5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Council Member on the Corner Council member Helen Rosenthal will be answering questions and concerns on traffic safety, affordable housing, education, and more. Corner of 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thirsty Thursday at On Tap Chat with local vendors while sampling some of their delicious cold brews. Must be 21 or older to attend. On Tap at Whole Foods Market, 10 Columbus Circle, Lower Level. FREE.

7 p.m. Paul Williams & Tracy Jackson: Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life  Award-winning songwriter Paul Williams and well-known TV and film writer Tracey Jackson team up to discuss their collaboration, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life82nd Street Barnes and Noble. FREE.

7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Target Free Thursdays: Hoba Hoba Spirit Founded in 1988 in Casablanca, Hoba Hoba Spirit’s sound has been termed as “Morroc’n Roll—a hook-laden, thought-provoking party.” David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Street. FREE.

8 p.m. Literary Death Match Symphony Space hosts a battle between authors to read their most obscure work and then submit themselves to the criticism of celebrity judges Janeane Garofalo, Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) and Carrie Coon (Gone Girl, The Leftovers). Writers Joshua Ferris (To Rise Again at a Decent Hour), Julie Klam (You Had Me At Woof), Rivka Galchen (American Innovations), and Bill Scheft (Late Show with David Letterman) will be reading. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space. Tickets $15.

8 p.m. Opening Night eighth blackbird in Heart & Breath Miller opens its fall season with Heart & Breath, a 21st-century fantasia on 17th-century Italian music and theater. eighth blackbird “breath[es] theatrical life into the timeless characters of the commedia dell’arte in this uniquely immersive concert experience.” Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Friday, September 19

8 a.m. until 2 p.m. 97th Street Greenmarket This year-round market features produce from southern New Jersey, Orange County, NY, and the Hudson Valley, as well as eggs, grass-fed meat, fish, cheese, and more. 97th St between Columbus & Amsterdam.

5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Smorgasburg Central Park  The hugely popular Brooklyn food festival is coming to Central Park for one day only. Featuring their “30 favorite food vendors”, there’s no doubt you will find a treat or two that will have your tummy saying yummy. Rumsey Playfield in Central Park around 72nd street. FREE.

5:30 p.m. Free Music Fridays Performances by: Don Schlotman (Multi-genre songwriter); 6:05pm: Jasper Lewis (Lyric-driven acoustic); 6:40pm: Ann Klein (Country rock multi-instrumentalist). Hosted by Lara Ewen. American Folk Art Museum, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street. FREE.

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Madeline’s publication, the New-York Historical Society will honor the beloved schoolgirl and her creator Ludwig Bemelmans with an exhibition of more than 90 original artworks. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. FREE Admission is pay-as-you-wish. 

Saturday, September 20

8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tucker Greenmarket Local farmers sell a wide range of items including: seasonal vegetables, berries, stone fruit, over 80 varieties of apples, farmstead cheeses, fresh seafood, grass fed beef, duck, eggs, baked goods and New York’s only sorghum and maple syrup. West 66th Street and Columbus Avenue.

11 a.m.  Curious George Storytime Everyone’s favorite mischievous monkey is back for a special reading of the classic childhood story, Curious George, with activities and giveaways for added fun. 82nd Street Barnes and Noble. FREE.

11:30 a.m. Tot Shabbat Musical program for 0-4 year olds and parents led by Alexis Fishman, winner of the Next Broadway Musical Sensation. West End Synagogue, a Reconstructionist Congregation at 190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th Street). FREE.

6: 30 p.m. (Program A); 9 p.m. (Program B) 10th Annual New York City Short Film Festival The 10th Annual NYC Short Film Festival celebrates the short form by showcasing entertaining and provvocative films from around the world in two programs. The competition categories include: animation, comedy, documentary, daram, foreign langauge, lgbt, and student. Q&A with filmmakers present to follow screening. Symphony Space. Tickets $15; Members, Seniors, Students $10.

8 p.m. New Julliard Ensemble The New Juilliard Ensemble celebrates the liveliness of today’s music, focusing primarily on repertory of the last decade. Led by founding director Joel Sachs, NJE opens its 22nd season with World and Western Hemisphere premieres, and the New York premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Cantus IambeusFREE tickets available online only. 

Sunday, September 21

8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. Columbia Greenmarket Shoppers will find milk and yogurt, fruit and cider, baked goods, preserved fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheese, smoked meats, pickled vegetables, maple syrup, honey, fish, and focaccia topped with locally sourced fruit vegetables, herbs and cheeses, a lunch time favorite. Located in front of the gates of Columbia University; Broadway between 114th and 116th Streets.

8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 79th Street Greenmarket Located on beautiful, tree-lined Columbus Avenue, this year-round market stretches from 77th St. to 80th St. each Sunday. Just behind the American Museum of Natural History, shoppers will find grass-fed beef, goat cheese, fresh flowers, eggs, honey, baked goods, apple cider, and a large variety of fruit and vegetables. Columbus Avenue between 78th & 81st Streets.

10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. GreenFlea Market Operating for more than 25 years, GreenFlea was among the first open air markets in the city. Combining both antique/vintage collectibles and new handcrafted items, it is an ideal place to look for something different to give or to keep. In the playground on 77th Street and Columbus.

11 a.m. until 5 p.m. 5th Annual Bloomingdale Family Days Local street fair where restaurants set up cafes on the sidewalk. Past highlights have included everything from domesticated pigeons to box mazes. Amsterdam Avenue, West 106th-110th Streets.

4 p.m. Open Mic Night Join in the fun at this UWS jazz venue. With Keith Ingham. Cleopatra’s Needle, 2483-2485 Broadway and 92nd Street. No Cover, $10 Minimum.

5 p.m. Verdi Square Festival  For the ninth straight year, the festival brings emerging young artists to the historic Verdi Square. Opera, Manhattan School of Music, will be performing. Verdi Square at 72nd street and Broadway. FREE.