THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning April 20, 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, April 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;  suggested donation of $5.

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.

6 p.m. Marcel Perez: International Silent Comedian Rediscovered Probably the greatest silent comedian you’ve never heard of is Marcel Perez. Part of the first generation of screen clowns, his career began in Paris in 1900 and flourished until 1928. During that time Perez helped create the ground rules for the genre in Europe and continued to refine the basics in the United States. An international favorite, Perez was along with Max Linder one of the few direct links between European and American silent comedy, and made more than 200 shorts. This evening of rare Marcel Perez comedies is selected from the DVD The Marcel Perez Collection, curated by Ben Model and Steve Massa, and produced by Model in cooperation with the Library of Congress. The program will be introduced by Steve Massa and have musical accompaniment by Ben Model. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

6 p.m. Scott Kemsley, Flute Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

7 p.m. Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder The nearly forty-year unsolved murder of actor Bob Crane (TV’s Hogan’s Heroes) is revisited by his son, Robert Crane, and Christopher Fryer, the authors of Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

8 p.m. Composition Concert Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Devin Starks, Jazz Bass Student recital Juilliard, Room 340. FREE.

8 p.m. Double Vision XX This concert consists of works composed during the current semester by students enrolled in the Composition for non-majors class taught by Professor Philip Lasser. Juilliard, Room 309. FREE.

 Tuesday, April 21

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.

12 p.m. Tuesdays at Twelve at Holy Trinity Historical Performance Chamber Music Series. Home of the celebrated Bach Vespers series, the 110-year-old Holy Trinity Lutheran Church offers a historically-appropriate venue for the performance of early music. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. FREE.

12 p.m. Mid-Park Welcome Tour Explore some of the Park’s best-known features, including the Lake and the Ramble, and then marvel at the view from Belvedere Castle, on this tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. The tour route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. The tour lasts 45 minutes and starts in front of the Alexander von Humboldt statue (77th Street and Central Park West), and ends at Belvedere Castle (mid-Park at 79th Street) For directions, please call 212-772-0288, daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 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.

7 p.m. James Bradley’s The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia Hidden truths surrounding U.S.-China relations from the 19th century to the rise of Mao lie at the core in author James Bradley’s (Flags of Our Fathers) new book, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Afro Roots Mbira call to peace—Kevin Nathaniel 7:30pm.  Kalunga, 8pm.  In the summer of 2011, master percussionists Javier Diaz (Disney’s Tarzan, ASO) and Madeiline Yayodele Nelson (Women of the Calabash) joined forces with some of the best artists in New York City to create a new group called KALUNGA. Their goal was to highlight not only amazing drumming and dancing, but to reveal the depth behind it.. KALUNGA artists hail from all over the world with influences from Africa and the African Diaspora, specifically Cuba, Peru, and Haiti. Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street. Food available. $10 suggested donation.

8 p.m. ACHT Viola Studio Recital Viola students of Misha Amory, Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Youn Huang, and Steven Tenenbom Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Melanie Williams, Baroque Flute Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

 Wednesday, April 22

1 p.m. Wednesdays at One: Chamber Music Juilliard artists share their talent with the community in these free, hour-long lunchtime concerts on Wednesday afternoons throughout the season. Alice Tully Hall. FREE.

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays Join Bill Wurtzel’s Jazz Trio on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm as they explore the soulful, romantic, and darkly beautiful themes present in When The Curtain Never Comes Down. No reservations required. Limited seating. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). FREE.

4 p.m. Juilliard PianoScope: Chopin’s Legacy Thirteen Juilliard pianists perform Fantasies, Ballades, Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Impromptus, and Études by Chopin, each paired with music of the same titles given by later composers, including Brahms, Debussy, Fauré, Liebermann, Adès, Saint-Saëns, and Scriabin. Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Sophie Pariot, Violin Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. JeongHyoun Lee, Cello Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

6:00 p.m. to 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 trial meeting on UWS.  Membership in The W Connection is $40 annually which gives you access to our programs and services, but we are offering complimentary meetings in April and May.

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 p.m. Christine Breen’s Her Name Is Rose Singer/songwriter Carlene Carter joins author Christine Breen in a discussion of Breen’s poignant book Her Name Is Rose about a terminally ill mother in western Ireland seeking her daughter’s biological family before she dies. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

7:30 p.m. Juilliard Organists Juilliard organists, under the direction of Organ Department Chair Paul Jacobs, perform in a free recital at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The recital is co-presented by Juilliard and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s Great Music in a Great Space series. Juilliard organists David Ball, Daniel Ficarri, Ryan Kennedy, Yinying Luo, Colin MacKnight, Griffin McMahon, Alexander Pattavina, Janet Yieh, and Gregory Zelek will be performing works on the Great Organ (1911/1954) in the cathedral. Cathedral of St. John the Divine. FREE.

8 p.m. Khari Joyner, Cello Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Andrew Wangemann, Jazz Drums Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

 Thursday, April 23

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 2 p.m. Closer Look Tour Please join us for a tour of the exhibition When the Curtain Never Comes Down led by the museum’s gallery guides. Meet in the museum atrium. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). FREE.

4 p.m. Joseph Mohan, Piano Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Paolo Benedettini, Jazz Bass Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Dianne McIntyre’s Selfie Session Regarded as “one of modern dance’s reigning divas” by Time Out New York, Dianne McIntyre is a groundbreaking artistic pioneer, with an impressive career spanning over 4 decades of choreography for the dance and theatre stage, television, and film. McIntyre is also a generous and committed dance educator, having worked with young performers and choreographers throughout the country. Join us for a Selfie Session, where McIntyre offers an inspiring look into her process for creating a new dance on the Philadelphia based dance company Philadanco. Register hereNew York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. Joseph Stiglitz’s The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them Nobel Prize Winner for Economic Sciences Joseph E. Stiglitz introduces his latest work, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About ThemBarnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Community Free Democrats presents: Affordable Housing in Peril: Will Albany Renew Expiring Rent Regs?  The laws establishing “Rent Regulations” (Rent Stabilization and Rent Control) expire this June.  And although the affected apartments are in New York City, the state legislature in Albany holds the reins on this issue.  Sue Susman, tenant advocate, and Ellen Davidson, Legal Aid attorney working on the new legislation, will discuss the history, current status and outlook for ‘rent regs.’  Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal will provide an up-to-the-minute report on the negotiations in Albany, including the progress of her bill to move certain de-regulated units back into regulated status.  And CFD Board members who attended a citywide meeting convened to coordinate community advocacy in support of rent regs will jump-start a conversation on the big question: What Can We Do? Goddard Riverside Community Center, NE Corner, Columbus Avenue and West 88th Street.  FREE.

8 p.m. Guitar Students of Sharon Isbin Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Jahaan Sweet, Jazz Piano Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. until Midnight Israeli Dance Join us every Thursday night for an evening filled with dancing and fun. Enjoy the relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Open to all levels. JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th Street). $10.

 Friday, April 24

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.

4 p.m. Rose Bart, Cello Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

4 p.m. Leo Wexler-Mann, Piano Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Caterina Longhi, Viola Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Chengcheng Yao, Piano Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

7 p.m. Chamber Jazz Strings New and transcribed arrangements blending jazz repertoire and traditional string quartet. Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108th Street. FREE.

8 p.m. Asa Maynard, Double Bass Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Martin Jacobs, Piano Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

 Saturday, April 25

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 p.m. Creative Saturdays Acting & Song-Writing Class with Kids Creative Director & Co-Found Adam Jacobs. Goddard Riverside The Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street. RSVP at info@kidscreative.org. FREE.

10 a.m. until 3 p.m. YMCA Healthy Kids Day Day of free events for kids. YMCA, 5 West 63rd street. FREE.

11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tulip Festival With a display of a wide variety of more than 12,000 tulips, spring flowers, and blossoming cherry trees, this block-wide floral event attracts not only New York gardeners, but a steady stream of area families and tourists from around the world. At 89th Street Community Garden. 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.

1 p.m. Building a Sustainable Israel: Lessons Learned Since Independence Congregation Shaare Zedek’s second talk in the 2015 Israel Encounters series celebrates both Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) and Earth Day. Urban planner and land use specialist Kevin Dwarka, PhD, offers an overview of contemporary environmental issues in Israel with an emphasis on land use, transportation, and housing development. These issues will be explored through the prism of Israeli independence as the turning point in the country’s management of land, water, and transport. Prior to the talk, we welcome visitors to join us for traditional, egalitarian services, beginning at 9:30 AM, including children’s services at 11:00 AM and a full lunch afterwards ($15 per guest adult; please register at the link above). Congregation Shaare Zedek, 212 W. 93rd Street. FREE.

2:30 p.m. Sinatra: Time After Time Vocalist Karen Luschar takes us on a sentimental journey through the rich music of Sinatra. His influence spanned three generations, as he crafted songs into American Standards and left an indelible imprint on our hearts. With almost 50 songs, this concert celebrates his career and music legacy, which still ‘makes us feel so young‘…. time after time. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

2:30 pm; 8 p.m. Senior Dance Production Senior Dance Production is the culmination of a year-long creative and educational process focused on self-producing a showcase of original work. Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater. FREE.

4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Wall to Wall Johnny Cash From Nashville to Brooklyn, bluegrass to blues — join us at Symphony Space for this mini-marathon tribute to Johnny Cash by a renowned collection of over two dozen bands and performers inspired by his music. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. FREE.

8 p.m. All About Brazil Presented by Composers Concordance. Traditional instruments combine with contemporary music, video, and the martial art of capoeira, as part of this multi-genre event. With performances and compositions by David Acker, Lynn Bechtold, Dan Cooper, Sebastian Guerrero, Veronica Johnson, Arthur Kampela, Melanie Mitrano, Jose Moura, Alon Nechushtan, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Rubens Salles, and Daniel Schnyder, among others. Goddard Riverside The Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street. $15 at door.

8:30 p.m. Minji Kwon, Violin Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

 Sunday, April 26

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.

9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Explore Sundays at JASA Sundays at JASA is a one of a kind, college level continuing education program for adults 55+. If you are interested in exploring some of the many classes being offered by Sundays at JASA, or meeting new friends, this Special Day Pass is a great opportunity. Prospective students can catch a glimpse into the classes that this semester has to offer. The Spring 2015 Semester offers 27 weekly courses, 12 unique lectures, and four workshops on a variety of topics ranging from political and societal issues, computers, healthy mind and body, Judaic studies, culture and history, and much more. Courses include “Poetry is for Everyone,” “Golden age of Hollywood Musicals,” and “Pondering Politics,” which will explore how our local government actually works and affects all of our lives. Another course offered is “Positive Aging and Wellness,” where students can learn about yoga, meditation, nutrition, and health and wellness to enhance positive aging, and a great deal more. Students may attend as many courses as they wish, but pre-registration is strongly recommended as seating is limited. For more information on Sundays at JASA please contact Sara Tornay at 212-273-5304 or Sundays@jasa.org. John Jay College, North Hall, 445 West 59th Street (between Amsterdam & Columbus), 3rd Floor, New York City. $10.

10 a.m. until 9 p.m. UWS Celebrates Israel Join us for the Upper West Side’s spectacular annual celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Synagogues, schools, and Jewish organizations are coming together to sponsor events throughout the neighborhood celebrating the rich and complex culture, history, and people of Israel. Free programs will include: Spin classes (JCC Ride: Tour of Israel), art projects, discussion groups, Krav Maga, volunteer opportunities, Hebrew classes, cooking classes, Israeli line dancing, food, and the Annual Family Street Fair on 76th and Amsterdam. Various locations on the Upper West Side.

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 4 p.m. Tulip Festival With a display of a wide variety of more than 12,000 tulips, spring flowers, and blossoming cherry trees, this block-wide floral event attracts not only New York gardeners, but a steady stream of area families and tourists from around the world. At 89th Street Community Garden. FREE.

11 a.m. Sunday Meeting – One Act PLay: “The Grand Design” by Susan Miller Built on lectures and music, Sunday Platforms are the heart of Ethical Culture. Topics range from Environment to Ethics, from Music to Theater, and can be inspiring and joyful. These events are free and open to the public. We would like to find a larger audience for these Sunday morning programs and we hope that you will share them with your colleagues, readers and friends. A second email will follow containing the rest of our monthly programs. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages.

1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Community Day at The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew This earth week, the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew is celebrating the power of community when we share with each other, learn from each other, and care for each other. Join us for a number of sustainability and wellness related activities including a local foods banquet, farm-to-table cooking demos, clothing swap, yoga classes, composting tutorial, and more! Hosted by the SP&SA Green Team. The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street. Use 86th street entrance or gated entrance on West End Avenue (look for the signs!). All activities are free or by-donation.

1 pm; 3 pm; 5 pm; 7 pm Chamber Music Recital Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

2 p.m. Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

2:30 pm; 8 pm Senior Dance Production Senior Dance Production is the culmination of a year-long creative and educational process focused on self-producing a showcase of original work. Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater. FREE.

2:30 p.m. Arianna Kӧrting, Piano Student recital Juilliard, Room 309. FREE.

3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Yisrael B’Shir (Israel in Song): A Multicultural Musical Journey Featuring some of the New York area’s leading Jewish musicians. Inbal Hever, Cantor George Mordecai, and Cantor Ayelet Piatigorsky will present a concert of Israeli “world music” reflecting Israel’s remarkably varied immigrant life. The concert will feature songs from Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Mizrachi culture, to show how these have shaped the vibrant Israeli musical culture of today. They’ll be accompanied by Marandi Hostetter (violin/viola), Nadav Lev (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Dan Aran (drums), and Uri Sharlin, MD (piano, accordion). West End Synagogue, 190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th Street). FREE; please preregister to help us plan.

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. Holy Trinity Sunday Evening Concert Series Cellist Robert Reed and pianist Jean Sophie Kim will be performing Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69. They will be joined by Karen DiYanni, violin to perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66. Reception to follow. Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 213 West 82nd Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.