THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning September 1, 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 1

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.

 10 p.m.
The Week with Chris Laker  Comedian and Upper West Sider, Chris Laker, hosts four comics who perform short sets, then discuss–and joke about–the news from the previous seven days. Stand Up NY Labs (upstairs from Stand Up NY), 236 W. 78th Street. FREE. No cover, but $2 beers are available.

 Tuesday, September 2

11:15 a.m.
Stay Well Exercise  
St. Agnes is offering a well- balanced series of exercises for those 50+ for all levels. No special clothing or equipment is necessary. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

7:00 p.m.
Isabel Gillies in Conversation With John Searles
 Actress and author Isabel Gillies converses with Today Show book critic and bestselling author John Searles about her first young adult novel Starry Night, about the rise and fall of a young artist’s first love and how it changes her life. 82nd Street Barnes and Noble. FREE.

7:30 p.m.
Juilliard Jazz Ensembles presents The Uptown Sound: Jazz Music of Harlem
 Join us for a musical celebration of the historically rich sounds of jazz, influenced and inspired by one of New York City’s most eclectic and diverse neighborhoods. The Juilliard Jazz Ensembles present an exciting program featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Edgar Sampson, and more, with all-time favorites like “Harlem Airshaft,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “Harlem Nocturne,” and “Take the A Train.” David Rubinstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. FREE.

Wednesday, September 3

2 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Guitar Afternoon Enjoy live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians. The American Folk Art Museum. FREE.

3  p.m.
Stay Well Exercise  
Stay Well volunteers certified by the NYC’s Department for the aging will lead participants in a well-balanced series of exercises for seniors of all ability levels. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Exercise equipment will be provided. All participants are required to sign a personal medical waiver at the beginning of the class. Call or stop by for further details. Bloomingdale Library. FREE.  

4:30 p.m.
Poetry Writing Workshop Walk-in poetry workshop for adults every Wednesday led by Bill Zavatsky. We read, discuss, and write new poems. Please bring a notebook. All are welcome! Morningside Heights Library. FREE.

7 p.m.
Greil Marcus in Conversation With Rachel Felder Founder of contemporary rock criticism Greil Marcus talks with Vanity Fair writer Rachel Felder about the 10 songs that embody rock ‘n’ roll in his latest work The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs. 82nd Street Barnes and Noble. FREE.

Thursday, September 4

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.

 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Retro Gaming for Adults 
Share your passion for Checkers, Chess, Mahjong, Monopoly or Scrabble. Join us for some lively board time. All levels of play welcome. No registration necessary. Riverside Library. FREE. 

4 p.m.
Summer on the Hudson: Human Chess 
Play as your favorite game piece and navigate the chess board from inside at our Human Chess games, where chess becomes an embodied team sport. All levels welcome. Soldiers and Sailors Monument, W. 89th Street and Riverside Drive. FREE.

6 – 9 p.m.
The Manhattan Adult ADD Support Group will have a lecture titled ”Emotional (& Other) Barriers to Organizing Your Space”. Presented by  Karen Guccione, professional organizer. You do not have to have ADD/ADHD to attend this event.. its open to all New Yorkers who want some tips & tricks on organizing their lives. At the West End Collegiate Church, located  at 245 West 77th Street (Between Broadway & West End Ave). $5.00 Donation to cover the groups expenses.

7 p.m.
Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win Or Lose Off The Battlefield 
Please join us as retired four-star general Tony Zinni analyzes the history of America’s use of military action and a call for change in his latest book, Before the First Shots are Fired: How America Can Win Or Lose Off The Battlefield.

7:30 p.m.
Films on the Green: The French Minister
 The young Arthur Vlaminck is hired as speechwriter for French Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms. Struggling to handle the minister’s overbearing personality, Vlaminck navigates the ever-changing plots of foreign affairs with the minister’s ultra-calm private secretary and a band of quirky counselors by his side. The film is in French with English subtitles and is free and open to all. No alcohol allowed. In the event of rain, the screening will be held in the Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall. Columbia University, Low Library Steps; enter at 116th Street. FREE.

8 p.m.
Israeli Dance with Tamar Join in every Thursday night for an evening filled with dancing and fun. Open to all levels. No advance registration requried. At the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue. $8 for JCC members; $10 for non-members.    

Friday, September 5

8 a.m. to 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.

5:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m.
Free Music Friday: Triboro
 Triboro hails from the boroughs of New York, but looks beyond the Hudson to other places and other times for songs and inspiration. They are an acoustic vocal trio that applies fine three-part harmony to an eclectic mix of musical genres, including old-time, new-time, country, Western, bluegrass and beyond. Hosted by Lara Ewen. American Folk Art Museum, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street. FREE.

7  p.m. until 11 p.m.
Rhythms, Repair and Renovation 
Offering the UWS a new venue for players and stayers. Bring your talent, instrument, voice, and song and join us as we share with the UWS Community. Sign up is from 7-7:30p.m., after which we will draw and choose time slots. At Manhattan’s West Park Presbyterian Church, 86th St. and Amsterdam Ave. Suggested admission is $5. 

7 p.m.
Ethics in Film: Defending Your Life
 Albert Brooks movie about a yuppie who is killed in a car accident and goes to Judgment City, a waiting room for the afterlife. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th Street. Suggested donation $5, includes beverages and snacks.

8 p.m.
Public Works: The Winter’s Tale
 Conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Lear deBessonet with musical adaptation by Todd Almond and choreography by Chase Brock, Public Work’s THE WINTER’S TALE brings Shakespeare’s tale of mystery and magic to life as never before.  Featuring Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members, and special guests, this musical adaption will explode with authentic performances that come together to tell Shakespeare’s beloved fable of hard-won joy and the promise of renewal. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.

 Saturday, September 6

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.

10 a.m.
Knitting Circle Do you like to Knit? Crochet? Embroider? Whatever your passion, gather and socialize with others who share your interest, and perhaps pick-up a few tips and tricks as you work your own creations! Please bring your sewing supplies. Instructors available. Teens welcome. Riverside Library. FREE.

11 a.m.
Grandparents’ Day Storytime
 Join us for Grandparents Day Storytime, featuring the titles How to Babysit a Grandma and How to Babysit a Grandpa. Reading and activities for grandparents and kids.  82nd Street Barnes and Noble. FREE.

1 p.m.
Chanterelle Finds a Family 
What started as a graduate school project for teacher Nicole Brierre, became “Chanterelle Finds a Family”, the story of a puppy who lives in the woods, plays with other animal friends, and appears happy to be independent and free — until she wonders what it would feel like to be loved by a family. Ms. Brierre reads from her story. Bank Street Bookstore, Broadway and 112th Street. FREE.

2 p.m.
Saturday Afternoon Movie: Winter’s Tale
 Colin Farrell headlines this romantic drama adapted from the novel by Mark Helprin, centering on the relationship between a thief and a dying woman. Producer-screenwriter Akiva Goldsman makes his feature directorial debut with this Warner Bros. production also starring Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, and Eva Marie Saint. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Adopt-a-catapalooza! Kittens and cats, oh my! Join The Animal Project for our weekly cat adoption event. We have cats and kittens fully representative of the UWS– of all ages, breeds, and personalities. Looking for good forever homes and foster homes as well! Petco on 92nd and Broadway. FREE for your fill of cuteness, $125 adoption fee covers all vaccinations and spay/neuter.

 3 p.m.
Riverside Poets Workshop 
The Riverside Poets reading their favorite poems. Open mike. Riverside Library, FREE.

3 p.m.
Academy of Art University Presents: 180 Degrees of Style – A Fashion Symposium 
Keanan Duffty, Senior Director of Fashion Merchandising, Academy of Art University, in conversation with Nigel Barker, photographer, filmmaker, philanthropist, and author. The discussion precedes Academy of Art University’s annual show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which will be held at Lincoln Center. Since 2005, The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University has selected top student designers to debut their thesis collections at New York Fashion Week. Library for the Performing Arts. FREE.

8 p.m.
Public Works: The Winter’s Tale
 Conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Lear deBessonet with musical adaptation by Todd Almond and choreography by Chase Brock, Public Work’s THE WINTER’S TALE brings Shakespeare’s tale of mystery and magic to life as never before.  Featuring Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members, and special guests, this musical adaption will explode with authentic performances that come together to tell Shakespeare’s beloved fable of hard-won joy and the promise of renewal. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.

Sunday, September 7

8  a.m. until 9 a.m.
Summer on the Hudson: Tai Chi 
Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park at W. 89th Street. FREE.   

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.-5:30 p.m.
Green Flea Market A weekly flea market. In the playground on 77th Street and Columbus.

1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
JCC Fall Fitness Open House 
Join us for a free opportunities this fall to sample our health and wellness programs, including: Zumba, Yoga, Indoor Cycling, Nutrition Lectures, Meditation, MELT, TRX, Martial Arts, Nia. And more! Event repeats on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.  JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th Street. FREE.

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.

5 p.m.
The Great Organ: It’s Sunday In celebration of the restored great Organ, the cathedral presents a concert series following Sunday Evensong. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. FREE.

8 p.m.
Public Works: The Winter’s Tale
 Conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Lear deBessonet with musical adaptation by Todd Almond and choreography by Chase Brock, Public Work’s THE WINTER’S TALE brings Shakespeare’s tale of mystery and magic to life as never before.  Featuring Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members, and special guests, this musical adaption will explode with authentic performances that come together to tell Shakespeare’s beloved fable of hard-won joy and the promise of renewal. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.