Events for the week beginning May 23, 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, May 23

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.

11 a.m. until 12:15 p.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.

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, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. Neil Abramson’s Just Life: A Novel Acclaimed author Neil Abramson brings us a riveting novel exploring the complex connection between humans and animals. Veterinarian Samantha Lewis is dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused and abandoned dogs. An unidentified virus spreads with animals as carriers. Soon the governor enforces a quarantine, which may only be the beginning. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. 112th: Christopher Oldstone-Moore on Of Beards and Men Join us for a discussion with Christopher Oldstone-Moore on his book, Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial HairOf Beards and Men makes the case that today’s bearded renaissance is part of a centuries-long cycle in which facial hairstyles have varied in response to changing ideals of masculinity. Book Culture, 536 West 112th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.

 Tuesday, May 24

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. Plaza entrance opens at 12:00 p.m. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Bloomingdale: A Musical History/Live Music from our Neighborhood’s History Featuring live music from the Orfeo Duo, the New York Mandolin Orchestra, and the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band. Presented by Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group. Co-presented by What a Neighborhood! International Youth Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Avenue (at 103rd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. Sean Wilentz’s The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics Author Sean Wilentz reminds us of the commanding role party politics has played in our struggle against economic inequality. At the nation’s founding, Americans believed that wealth extremes would destroy their revolutionary experiment in republican government. That idea has since shaped national political conflict. Wilentz transforms our understanding of this nation’s political and moral character. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7:30 p.m. VICE Media: Watch & Learn When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked details of massive government surveillance programs in 2013, he ignited a raging debate over digital privacy and security. That debate came to a head this year, when Apple refused an FBI court order to access the iPhone of alleged San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook. Meanwhile, journalists and activists are under increasing attack from foreign agents. To find out the government’s real capabilities, and whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, VICE founder Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet the man who started the conversation, Edward Snowden. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

 Wednesday, May 25

1 p.m. The Dance Historian Is In: Cunningham’s Points in Space David Vaughan will introduce and screen Merce Cunningham’s Points in Space. Filmmaker Elliot Caplan will be on hand to introduce. Third Floor Screening Room. FREE.

1 p.m. St. Agnes Library Book Sale Support the Library and come check out our impressive selection of gently used books and multimedia. We have materials for readers of all ages at great prices! St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave (at 81st St). FREE.

6 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 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. until 8 p.m. Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism The film featured in this screening documents the Trobriand Islanders’ transformation of the game of cricket, first introduced by British missionaries, into a highly distinctive political ritual. Register 646.398.6944, Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street (between CPW & Columbus Avenue). FREE.

7 p.m. Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner in Conversation With Kristen Radtke When she was a little girl in the heat of coastal Australia, Evie Wyld was captivated by sharks—their innate ruthlessness, stealth and immeasurable power—and they have never released their hold on her imagination. Everything is Teeth is a deeply moving graphic memoir about family, love, loss and the irresistible forces that, like sharks, course through life unseen, ready to emerge at any moment. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 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. The Kindred Talks: How Shall We Speak of Our Fathers? The Kindred Talks explores the links between arts and activism on the complex topics raised by MAPP International’s productions, such as climate change, immigration, and more. These public forums gather artists and activists whose work shares a common theme of urgent meaning to us all—as individuals and as a community. How Shall We Speak of Our Fathers? is a conversation on honoring, examining, and memorializing the family patriarch, whose influence can transcend death, with four creators whose projects were inspired by their late fathers: photographer Enrico Dungca, hip-hop theater artist Baba Israel, visual artist/poet Tenzing Rigdol, and director Kaneza Schaal. Moderated by author/activist Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

Thursday, May 26

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.

6 p.m. Celebrate Broadway A concert of selections from favorite musicals, presented by Harwood Management Vocal Artists. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. Peter Doran’s Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire In a riveting account of ambition, oil and greed, author Peter Doran traces Marcus Samuel, Jr.’s rise into the British aristocracy, Henri Deterding’s conquest and Rockefeller’s collapse. Taking readers through East London streets, czarist Russia, British Parliament and down NYC’s Broadway, Doran offers a fresh perspective on how Samuel and Deterding beat the world’s richest man at his own game. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7:30 p.m. Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven is a swing combo reminiscent of combos led by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller, and Artie Shaw in the late 1930s and ’40s. The group plays music that delights listeners’ ears, excites dancers’ feet, and creates an atmosphere of charm, sophistication, and revelry. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

Friday, May 27

7 a.m. until 9 a.m. GMA 2016 Concert Summer Series Presents: Flo Rida 2016 marks the eighth year that ABC’s Good Morning America is hosting its Friday Summer Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Doors open at 6AM. Concerts air live on the “Good Morning America” show between 7 – 9AM. Rumsey Playfield, located on the east side of the park near the entrance at E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave. 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.REE.

11:15 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. Stay Well Exercise for Seniors Stay Well volunteers are 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. Exercise equipment will be provided. All participants must sign a wavier before you join , please wear loose and comfortable clothing. St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave (at 81st St). FREE.

1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Free Tennis Lessons for Seniors from CityParks To register online, complete this form. If you have any questions contact or call (718) 760-6999. Tennis Courts 93rd St near West Drive. FREE.

6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday Freshen Up Kick off the weekend with some fresh air while you drink in the sounds at this monthly musical get-happy hour. The Friday Freshen Up series takes place in West Harlem Piers Park on the last Friday of the month, May-August. Featured Performer: Elle Winston. This Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter’s sound might best be described as a meeting of folk-legend James Taylor and powerful songstress Jill Scott. Her music is a deep mixture of jazz-inspired soul music, with hints of blues and rock—true American roots music. West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

7 p.m. Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You: A Novel Author Jojo Moyes shares the film trailer and discusses her latest heartbreaking love story. Louisa Clark lives an ordinary life, until she takes a job with recently wheelchair-bound ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor. Will has always lived a huge life, and now he’s sure he can’t live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou sets out to show him that life is still worth living. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. No Country for Old Men: 21st Century Irish Writers on Transformations Personal & Public Ireland is a microcosm of our planet’s social and political upheavals from World War One to the present–religion, gender, sexuality, tribe, class, national and transitional and transnational identity. From colony to Celtic tiger, writers have chronicled and critiqued the conventional wisdoms, inner and outer, that characterize the nation and the state of Ireland, continually poised between the old and the new. Join this wide ranging conversation, hosted by publishing icon Richard Nash, with the next generation of Irish writers including Liz Nugent and Danielle McLaughlin, sorting out what it means to be Irish, to be a writer. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts,Café at LPA. FREE.

7 p.m. Sarah Fader’s Stigma Fighters Anthology Editor Sarah Fader presents a compilation of personal perspectives, featuring essays from real people living with mental illness from around the globe. The raw stories in this anthology are the production of the individuals who speak bravely and candidly. Stigma Fighters seeks to give people living with mental illness a voice. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

 Saturday, May 28

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. Our Great Big Backyard Storytime To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this special Storytime explores Our Great Big Backyard. #1 New York Times bestselling authors’ former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager have created an exuberant picture book tribute to our national parks and the importance of connecting with nature. Coloring and activities to follow. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

11 a.m. Shape Up NYC Zumba Shape Up NYC (an NYC Parks program run in partnership with Equinox, NYC Service, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield) offers free fitness classes to help New Yorkers get and stay fit. Weather looking iffy? Wanna know if the event is still on? Check the SOH Twitter feed or visit 2 hours before the event. West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

 Sunday, May 29

8 a.m. Tai Chi Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothes and sunscreen. Weather looking iffy? Wanna know if the event is still on? Check the SOH Twitter feed or visit 2 hours before the event. Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument Plaza, Riverside Drive & West 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. 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.

10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Street Fair Street Fair Broadway, 72nd to 86th Street.

11 a.m. Sunday Meeting – Democracy Spring Democracy Spring is a mass nonviolent action to win a real democracy that works for people. Organizer Newkirk will share his story and the story of this movement with us. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.

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.

8:12 p.m. Manhattanhenge Turn to the West, and you may see the sun aligning perfectly with the street grid. If you take a good shot, send it to us! Viewable from most East-West streets in Manhattan.