THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning September 19, 2016 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 19

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. CEC3 Zoning Committee Public Hearing PS 87 Auditorium, 160 West 78th Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenue)

7 p.m. Marisa Silver’s Little Nothing In Silver’s Little Nothing, a child called Pavla is born to peasant parents. Her arrival brings outrage and scorn; she’s born a dwarf. Her parents turn to a local charlatan for aid, opening the floodgates of persecution. Part allegory, part subversive fairy tale, the novel spans the beginning of a new century, the disintegration of ancient superstitions and the adoption of industry and invention. Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway. FREE.

 Tuesday, September 20

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.

12 p.m. Gotham Jazzmen Jazz concert presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Please enter by 111 Amsterdam Avenue. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

5 p.m. Meditation: Blast Open Your Heart Get ready to experience expansion and unconditional love. This meditation is an amazing healing tool for loneliness, breakups, depression. This program will be led by Elena Zelenina, a meditation teacher, personal coach, art therapist, and artist. St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave (between 81st & 82nd Street). FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Bodyroll Workout with Viva Summer on the Hudson brings Bodyroll, a 90s-inspired dance aerobics class designed to tone, strengthen, and train your body.  The Plaza at 66th Street (in Riverside Park South). FREE.

6:30 p.m. Community Board 7 Joint Preservation / Parks & Environment Committee Meeting on the Museum of Natural History Landmarks application Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (at 88th Street)

7 p.m. Columbus: Kenneth D. Ackerman on “Trotsky in New York, 1917” Join us in welcoming Kenneth D. Ackerman, author of critically acclaimed biography Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York. He will be discussing his latest book Trotsky in New York, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st & 82nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. Catherine Fletcher’s The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de’ Medici Alessandro de’ Medici was arguably the first person of color to serve as a head of state in the West. By 19, he was prince of Florence, inheritor of the grandest dynasty of the Italian Renaissance. Derided as a womanizer and a tyrant, he kept his grip on power until he was assassinated at 26 by his cousins. Author Catherine Fletcher tells the riveting tale of his spectacular rise and fall. Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway. FREE.

 Wednesday, September 21

6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The W Connection Widows Helping Widows Rebuild Their Lives UWS Chapter Meeting Join us to discuss topics and issues to help widows rebuild their lives after the loss of a spouse.  These groups are for widows and run by widows.  Please RSVP to dawn@wconnection.org if you are interested in attending a complimentary trial meeting on UWS.  If you would like to join after your trial meeting, membership in The W Connection is $40 annually which gives you access to all our chapter and programs.

6:30 p.m. Yoga – Evening Salute to the Sun Summer on the Hudson brings back the ever popular Hatha yoga with Hollis, featuring beautiful sunsets over the Hudson River. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. The Plaza at 66th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

7 p.m. Lev Grossman’s Warp In the latest novel by sci-fi master Lev Grossman, 20-something Hollis Kessler languishes in a hopelessly magician-less world. His friends do, too. They read too much, drink too much and work, earn and do way too little. But Hollis has an obsession: there’s another world in his head, a world of excitement, danger, romance and starships and it’s telling him it’s time to stop dreaming. Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway. 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. The Kindred Talks: What Precedes War, and What Follows In Its Path? Artists have long examined life before and after war, from Homer’s The Iliad and Shakespeare’s Henry V to Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. This forum will gather for the first time four contemporary artists whose work deepens that examination: Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal, Peruvian-born artist Milagros de la Torre, American-born puppet theater artist Dan Hurlin, and Japanese-born playwright/theater artist Chiori Miyagawa. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

Thursday, September 22

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.

7 p.m. Timothy Keller’s Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical In this thoughtful and inspiring new book for all readers, pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller invites skeptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever. As human beings, we cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice and hope. Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet these needs. Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Open Sound System: M.A.K.U Soundsystem Immigrant Beat with special guests With most of its members hailing from Colombia, M.A.K.U Soundsystem’s distinctive sound—self-termed as immigrant beat—is enriched with hints of Colombian folklore, psychedelic rock, and Caribbean grooves. In this performance commissioned by Lincoln Center, M.A.K.U Soundsystem expresses the immigrant experience through music with a special lineup of musicians who have inspired them.  David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Music for Food NYC For these concerts, musicians volunteer time & talent, space is donated, and ALL audience proceeds go to fight hunger locally! Come hear the Juilliard String Quartet, Sara Couden, (mezzo-soprano), Hsin-Yun Huang (viola), & Dina Pruzhansky (piano) perform Brahms, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. At the Broadway Presbyterian Church at 114th street, 7:30 Thursday, September 22. Help fight hunger in our community!  Suggested donation $30, students $10, to benefit the Broadway Community.

8 p.m. The Greenhouse Ensemble presents- The House of Yes The House of Yes introduces the peculiar members of the Pascal family of McLean, Virginia- an unabashedly self-centered lot stricken with Kennedy envy. Set in the year 1983, 20 years after the assassination of JFK, the Pascals are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner amidst a hurricane, while awaiting the homecoming of the oldest son, Marty. Franciscan Community Center, 214 West 97th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). $10 Advance Tickets.

Friday, September 23

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. FREE.

11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 2016 NYC Yarn Crawl Join thousands of fiber enthusiasts at the annual yarn-shop-hop to celebrate your shared love of all things yarn. Shops will host trunk shows, special speakers and many have discounts only available during the crawl. Participate in the annual Scavenger Hunt and enter to win one of three grand prizes, while supporting your local businesses, including the Upper West Side’s favorite, Knitty City. For participating yarn shops, hours, locations, maps, prizes and other information, click here. Various locations. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. A Tribute to Bill Cunningham Join us to pay tribute to this remarkable man with a talk by Dr. Valerie Paley, N-YHS Vice President and Senior Historian, who curated the popular Facades exhibition. Then stay for a screening of Bill Cunningham New York, a poignant portrayal of a dedicated artist whose only wealth was his own humanity and unassuming grace. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (between 76th & 77th Street). Pay-as-you-wish.

7:30 p.m. ¡VAYA! 63: Aurora & Zon del Barrio From the African Diaspora to the streets of New York, Zon del Barrio—led by composer, writer, and historian Aurora Flores—spins a high-octane musical extravaganza celebrating Latino traditions and culture. If you like salsa, Zon del Barrio does it dura style. If you like boricua roots music, they do it cortijo style, and if you like it like that, Zon del Barrio does it like that with English-language boogaloos. DJ Bongohead kicks of the night at 7:00 pm and plays between and after the band’s two sets. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

 Saturday, September 24

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.

9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Morningside Park’s Down to Earth Farmer’s Market Local farmers sell a wide range of items including: seasonal vegetables, fruits, plants and flowers, baked goods, fresh fish and seafood, beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, yogurt, honey, pickles and pantry staples such as cornmeal polenta, wheat flour, roasted nuts and dried pasta.  Corner of 110th St. & Manhattan Ave.

10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Twenty-Seventh Annual West 104th Street Yard Sale Enjoy the energy of a bustling street market in an exotic land, where you can shop in more than 60 stalls bursting with second-hand treasures. A silent auction, book sale, bake sale, raffle and live music are only some of thd draws! West 104th Street (between West End Avenue & Riverside Drive). 

11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 2016 NYC Yarn Crawl Join thousands of fiber enthusiasts at the annual yarn-shop-hop to celebrate your shared love of all things yarn. Shops will host trunk shows, special speakers and many have discounts only available during the crawl. Participate in the annual Scavenger Hunt and enter to win one of three grand prizes, while supporting your local businesses, including the Upper West Side’s favorite, Knitty City. For participating yarn shops, hours, locations, maps, prizes and other information, click here. Various locations. FREE.

11 a.m. The Cookie Fiasco and We Are Growing! Storytime From the ‘Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!’ series comes The Cookie Fiasco and We Are Growing! The Cookie Fiasco is about four friends with three cookies and one big problem! And in We Are Growing!, eight friends are growing up fast, just like you! Activities, coloring and fun to follow. Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway. FREE.

2 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Movie: Marty (NR 91 min. 1955) Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning slice-of-life drama originated as a live 1953 broadcast directed by Delbert Mann on The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse starring Rod Steiger and Nancy Marchand. It tells of 24 very important hours in the lives of two lonely people. St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave (between 81st & 82nd Street). FREE.

2 p.m. until 10 p.m. Global Citizens 2016: Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato Headline Global Citizen Festival The festival is back for its fifth year! Global Citizens have a chance to win tickets by taking action to help solve the world’s biggest challenges. You can choose from a range of actions that earn you points. Once you earn enough points, you can enter the draw for festival tickets. Great Lawn, Central Park. FREE (through participation & lottery).

3 pm; 8 pm The Greenhouse Ensemble presents- The House of Yes The House of Yes introduces the peculiar members of the Pascal family of McLean, Virginia- an unabashedly self-centered lot stricken with Kennedy envy. Set in the year 1983, 20 years after the assassination of JFK, the Pascals are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner amidst a hurricane, while awaiting the homecoming of the oldest son, Marty. Franciscan Community Center, 214 West 97th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). $10 Advance Tickets.

 Sunday, September 25

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. Grand Bazaar A new market, with net profits going to local public schools. In the playground on 77th Street and Columbus.

11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Bloomingdale Family Days Join the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District in an end-of-summer celebration of neighborhood culture! Bloomingdale Family Days offers music, performance, games, art, and neighborhood fun for families and children provided by non-profit organizations and local businesses. Children aged one to one-hundred will enjoy Family Days! Amsterdam Avenue from 106th to 110th street. FREE.

11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 2016 NYC Yarn Crawl Join thousands of fiber enthusiasts at the annual yarn-shop-hop to celebrate your shared love of all things yarn. Shops will host trunk shows, special speakers and many have discounts only available during the crawl. Participate in the annual Scavenger Hunt and enter to win one of three grand prizes, while supporting your local businesses, including the Upper West Side’s favorite, Knitty City. For participating yarn shops, hours, locations, maps, prizes and other information, click here. Various locations. FREE.

11 a.m. Sunday Meeting – Ethics of Action In his farewell address to the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Leader Curt Collier will reflect on how Ethical Culture has shaped his environmental work and how relational based, not dogma based, ethics can indeed transform the world. The address will end with a welcoming service for Collier’s new son Anderson. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.

4 p.m. Chun Ying Sings Cole Porter, & Friends It’s very plain to see that the Great American Songbook is simply oh so easy to love. Chun Ying Chiang, is especially bewitched by Cole Porter’s witty and sassy songs. Here she shares some timeless music and a few rarely heard tunes with all of you. Who gets a kick out of a charming selection of standards? It had to be you! Music direction and accompaniment by Isaac Harlan Direction by Christian Fletcher. The Triad Theater, 158 W. 72nd Street. General $20, students with ID $10. Two drink minimum.

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.

7 p.m. The Greenhouse Ensemble presents- The House of Yes The House of Yes introduces the peculiar members of the Pascal family of McLean, Virginia- an unabashedly self-centered lot stricken with Kennedy envy. Set in the year 1983, 20 years after the assassination of JFK, the Pascals are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner amidst a hurricane, while awaiting the homecoming of the oldest son, Marty. Franciscan Community Center, 214 West 97th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). $10 Advance Tickets.