THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning January 26, 2015 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, January 26

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;  suggested donation of $5.

7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Phoenix: Xu Bing 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.” Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. FREE. 

10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. NAAM YOGA Therapies Community Class NAAM YOGA Therapies Community Class on Healing Cognitive Diseases (including the initial stages of Alzheimer’s disease) Benefits of learning this valuable practice for you and to share with your loved ones include: increase in cognitive reasoning, increase in balance & coordination, relation of muscles, sleep better and more! Naam Yoga New York, 141 West 72nd Street #1. FREE, but donations accepted.

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. Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. FREE.

4 p.m.  Cello Competition Finals Winner performs with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by David Zinman on February 24th. SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107. The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Sheryl Staples, Violin Master Class Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue. FREE.

7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Faculty recital Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue. FREE.

6 p.m. Songbook: Broadway’s Future A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. Alexandra Fuller’s Leaving Before the Rains Come Alexandra Fuller seeks to rebuild her life after a difficult divorce by looking to her African past in her latest memoir Leaving Before the Rains ComeBarnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

8 p.m. Focus! 2015: Nippon Gendai Ongaku | Japanese Music Since 1945 Juilliard artists present chamber works for the annual FOCUS! festival. The Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater. FREE.

8 p.m. Marcus Rose, Viola Student recital The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

9 p.m. D’Ambrose Boyd & David Pearl Present Singers Space Join us as New York’s finest professional and aspiring singers come to sing their favorites and hear their peers perform before an intimate audience. Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway. No cover and no minimum.

 Tuesday, January 27

12 p.m. Dixieland Jazz Presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Please enter by 111 Amsterdam Avenue. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

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.

6 p.m. Heejin An, Piano Student recital The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE

6 p.m. Laurie Smukler, Violin and Seymour Lipkin, Piano Faculty recital The Juilliard School, Morse Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wisdom and World Affairs Philosophical discussions on “Trying to understand reactionaries,” Krugman, The NY Times, 1/19/15; “Protesting Muslim extremism,” Thomas Friedman, The NY Times, 1/14/15; and “Say It Like It Is, Summit on Countering Violent Extremism,” The NY Times. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages.

6:30 p.m. Sonnet Project: Learn to Enliven Shakespeare’s Words Join the Elements Theatre Company in exploring the miraculous and magnificent language of Shakespeare. This interactive workshop explores structure, meter, understanding, and meaning, providing tools that will help anyone enliven the words of the Bard of Avon. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, The Cafe at LPA. FREE.

7 p.m. Focus! 2015 | Nippon Gendai Ongaku: Japanese Music Since 1945 Juilliard artists present chamber works for the annual FOCUS! festival. The Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater. FREE.

7 p.m. Terry Wahls With A Great Big World: Terry Wahls, Ian Axel, Chad Vaccarino Special Instructions: Wristbands, available the morning of the event, will be presented with the purchase of The Wahl’s Protocol and/or Is There Anybody Out There?. -Attendees with wristbands will have priority seating. -No posed photography! -No memorabilia! Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway. FREE. 

8 p.m. Gi Seo, Viola Student recital The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Focus! 2015 | Nippon Gendai Ongaku: Japanese Music Since 1945 Juilliard artists present chamber works for the annual FOCUS! festival. The Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater. FREE.

8 p.m. Uptown Showdown: Wine vs. Beer This installment of the bi-monthly, wacky debate series features Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), Sheng Wang (John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show) Phoebe Robinson (Last Comic Standing; Blaria), Victor Varnado (Iron Mule, Comedy Central), Brooke Van Poppelen (Hack My Life on Tru Tv), and Peter Grosz (Late Night with Seth Meyers). The series brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a chosen topic: wine vs. beer. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space. $15.

8:30 p.m. Bar Trivia Join us for bar trivia hosted by Geeks Who Drink. Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway.

 Wednesday, January 28

12 p.m. until 6 p.m. “Somebody Come and Play:” 45 Years of Sesame Street Go behind the scenes with Elmo, Grover, Big Bird and other furry friends at the New York Public Library’s Sesame Street exhibit. “Somebody Come and Play:” 45 Years of Learning on Sesame Street features a children’s area full of books and games for young fans and scripts, scores and photos for older ones. There will also be film screenings and special family programming. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

1 p.m. The Dance Historian Is In: Choreography by Bronislava Nijinska David Vaughan will introduce and screen two of Nijinska’s ballets, Les Biches and Les NocesNew York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening Room. FREE.

2 p.m. until 3 p.m Jazz+Wednesdays Enjoy Bill Wurtzel’s jazz trio performing standards dating from 1800 to 1920, the years during which the artworks in A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America were produced. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street). FREE.

2:30 p.m. Joy in Singing Art song master class with Paul Sperry. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Ethical Death Cafe A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages.

4 p.m. Thomas Hampson Live Streamed Master Class Internationally recognized for his versatility in operatic repertoire, celebrated American baritone Thomas Hampson leads singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts in a live streamed master class. FREE; available to the public via live web stream.

7 p.m. Lisa Phillips’ Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession In her new book, Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession, Lisa A. Phillips analyzes obsessive love, using her own experience and those from interviews and in-depth research. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway. FREE. 

7 p.m. Conversation on The Torture Report Please join us for a conversation on the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture (Melville House) between the book’s editor, Mark Krotov and Harper’s contributing editor, Scott Horton. The event will be introduced by Harper’s publisher, Rick MacArthur. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st Street and 82nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. until 11 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.

7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. MSM Jazz Orchestra Tribute to Wayne Shorter: Compositions of the 1960s Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue. FREE.

8 p.m. Focus! 2015: Nippon Gendai Ongaku | Japanese Music Since 1945 Juilliard artists present chamber works for the annual FOCUS! festival. The Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater. FREE.

8 p.m. Music Theory Composition Contest Winner’s Recital Winning compositions from the Music Theory Department are performed. The Juilliard School, Morse Hall. FREE.

 Thursday, January 29

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.

4 p.m. Bretton Brown, Collaborative Piano Lecture Student recital The Juilliard School, Morse Hall. FREE.

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.

6 p.m. Liederabend with Vlad Iftinca Artists from Juilliard’s Collaborative Piano Department perform repertoire with singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. A Pound of Flesh: Exploring Qualities of Mercy When Encountering “the Other” In spring 2013 Elements Theatre Company launched the “Arts in Conversation” panel series, where leaders in the arts, education, religion, media, and social outreach discuss the broad relevance of theatre in society. The Library for the Performing Arts hosts an “Arts in Conversation” panel, exploring the many complex and sometimes controversial subjects raised in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Enjoy semi-staged readings interspersed with fascinating commentary about the continued relevance and impact of The Merchant of Venice. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

6 p.m. Bach: The 6 Violin Sonatas and Partitas Violin students of Lewis Kaplan perform the Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas. The Juilliard School, Morse Hall. FREE.

7 p.m. Suzan Saxman’s Reluctant Psychic Suzan Saxman discusses her unique memoir, The Reluctant Psychic, about her sad and lonely childhood, haunted by supernatural powers she kept hidden. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway. FREE. 

7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. West Side Jazz Project Join us for a weekly jazz/ R&B vocals night at a local neighborhood bistro. The members of the group: guitarist Jim Hickey (co-host), drummer Todd Turkisher (co-host), drums; vocalist LaRita Gaskins, keyboardist Rob Aries and bassist Ariel De la Portilla, have performed/recorded with a variety of well-known pop & jazz artists including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, David Byrne, Jaco Pastorius and John Scofield. Planet Sushi, 380 Amsterdam Ave, (at corner of West 78th St). FREE.

7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. MSM Chamber Sinfonia Program includes: Ravel – Mother Goose Suite (Ma Mere l’oye); Vivaldi – Bassoon Concerto in E Minor, RV. 484; Schubert – Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 (“Great”). Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Spain For nearly 20 years, the music of Josh Haden and Spain has provided a soundtrack for the dreams and waking life of fans the world over with a singular style that stirs something deep in the soul of the listener. Dubbed “dark mysterious glamour” by Q Magazine, the iconic slowcore progenitors will offer a performance featuring the rich lush soundscapes of their latest release, Sargent PlaceDavid Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

8 p.m. Jane Yeung Eun Lee, Cello Student recital The Juilliard School, Paul Recital Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Focus! 2015 | Nippon Gendai Ongaku: Japanese Music Since 1945 Juilliard artists present chamber works for the annual FOCUS! festival. The Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater. FREE.

9 p.m. Martin Sola Music AMOR Y DESENGAÑO (Love & Betrayal) is part of Martín’s continuing commitment to perform songs from the Spanish and Latin American repertoire. This concert is a tribute to Gilberto Monroig, one of the most cherished popular singers of Puerto Rico. This concert consists of songs, popularized by Monroig in the fifties and sixties, brought together in a modern adaptation to tell an impassioned story of “Love and Betrayal”.  BAR thalia. FREE.

 Friday, January 30

7 a.m. Broadway Morey Boogie A group exhibition of outdoor sculpture by American contemporary artists. Broadway (Columbus Circle to 166th Street). FREE.

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.

3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Vadim Karpinos, Percussion Master Class Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue. FREE.

3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Eugene Izotov, Oboe Master Class Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue. FREE.

5:30 p.m. Free Music Fridays Enjoy live music with performances by: Anna/Kate (Folk-pop duo); 6:05 pm: Shonda Holman (Bluesy, jazzy folk); 6:40 pm: Andi Rae Healy (Foot-stompin’ country). American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street). FREE.

4 p.m. Julia Glenn, Violin Student recital The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Sam Bae, Cello Student recital The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Elizabeth Lim, Composition Lecture-Performance Student recital The Juilliard School, Morse Hall. FREE.

6:45 p.m. Dancer Chats at NYC Ballet Join us for informal pre-performance chats with NYCB dancers. This is your chance to ask questions about a dancer’s daily routine and performance rituals one-on-one. Speakers are subject to change. Please note: Reservations must be made prior to 4 PM on the date of the event. New York City Ballet Rehearsal Studios, Samuel B & David Rose Building, 7th Floor (165 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam). FREE.

7 p.m. Music Access Project Recital A recital by the students of Bloomingdale’s Music Access Project. Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108th Street. FREE.

8 p.m. Leo Wexler-Mann, Piano Student recital The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Focus! 2015 | Nippon Gendai Ongaku: Japanese Music Since 1945 Japanese and British conductor of the NHK, Tokyo, and Sapporo symphony orchestras, Tadaaki Otaka makes his Juilliard Orchestra debut in the finale concert of the 2015 FOCUS! festival. The Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater. FREE.

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion explores the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States—a history that involved New York from its very beginnings—and will raise the question “What does it mean to be an American?” The exhibit narrative extends from the late eighteenth century to the present and includes all regions of the country, thus interpreting the Chinese American saga as a key part of American history. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. Admission is pay-as-you-wish.

 Saturday, January 31

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. until 12:30 p.m. The Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture: Emery Blagdon & His Healing Machine Join documentary film director Kelly Rush for a provocative discussion following a screening of her 27-minute documentary on the life and art of Emery Blagdon (1907–1986). American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street). 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.

2:30 p.m. “My Business is to Sing:” Emily Dickinson, Musician and Poet The musical activities of Emily Dickinson — playing piano, collecting sheet music, and attending concerts — reveal much about the cultural offerings available to a woman of her time, place, and class. Dickinson’s encounters with the music- making of her family servants and the New England hymn tradition had a deep influence on her personality and writing. Using Dickinson’s letters, poems, and the Library’s collections, Music Division Chief George Boziwick and The Red Skies Music Ensemble illustrate how Dickinson was able to use these experiences to fashion a unique musical, poetic voice. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

8:30 p.m. Jie Fang, Piano Student recital The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

 Sunday, February 1

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. White Privilege: A Wake-up Call People with white skin in western societies, where they are the dominant group, enjoy privileges that they are carefully taught not to recognize. These come in an invisible package of unearned credits and assets passed on generation after generation. Unlike the parents of children of color, who explicitly explain the rules of society with its limits and dangers, parents of white children needn’t explain a thing. Their children grow up in a culture that affirms their worth and freedom, assuming the universality of their experience, seeing themselves as “normal” and others as “different.” It is high time – indeed the time was long ago – to unmask and unpack this societal concept that feeds racism and perpetuates inequality. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages.

4 p.m. until 8 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.