THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning December 5, 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, December 5

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.

10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Located in one of the most stunning locations in New York City, historic Central Park, the market is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts and spend time with friends and family. West 59th St. and Broadway. FREE.

12 p.m. Lincoln Center Remembers Leonard Cohen Lincoln Center invites the public to celebrate Leonard Cohen, the beloved singer-songwriter who died on November 7, 2016, at an informal gathering outside on Hearst Plaza. The event will feature recordings of Cohen’s vast body of work, chosen by friends and fans. There are no speakers or live performances. Hearst Plaza. FREE.

12:30 p.m. PREformances with Allison Charney This classical concert heralds the holidays with featured guests violinist Laura Goldberg playing “American Patriotic Medley” performed with composer and pianist Moshe Knoll; Soprano, Indira Mahajan singing Puccini’s “In questa reggia” (Turandot) Mezzo-soprano Sara Murphy singing Verdi’s ‘Recordare’ (Requiem) Delibes’ Flower Duet (Lakme) & Pietro Yon/Frederick Martens “When Blossoms Flowered ‘mid the Snows with soprano Allison Charney; and Russian-born American pianist Julia Zilberquit playing works by Bach-Siloti, Rachmaninoff and Slonimsky.”Join the fun and be among the first to experience the future concert repertoire of these remarkable artists as they take the stage on “PREformances with Allison Charney.” The Goldman Sonnenfeldt Auditorium, JCC Manhattan, Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas General Admission $15, JCC Members $10; Seniors/Students $5.

5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Electronic Music Concert Manhattan School of Music, Miller-Recital Hall. 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, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. 112th: Tim Wu and Mara Einstein Please join us for a discussion with Tim Wu, author The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, and Mara Einstein, author of Black Ops Advertising. Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.

 Tuesday, December 6

10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Located in one of the most stunning locations in New York City, historic Central Park, the market is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts and spend time with friends and family. West 59th St. and Broadway. 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. St. Agnes Library. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. La Escuelita Book Fair La Escuelita, Manhattan’s original dual language Spanish-English preschool, is holding its annual La Escuelita Book Fair/Feria del Libro. The mission is to provide families with affordable, high-quality Spanish children’s books (babies through Grade 6). At 302 West 91st Street (between West End and Riverside).

6:30 p.m. Community Board 7 The full board meets. At Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street (Columbus Avenue).

7 p.m. Columbus: Bob Eckstein on “Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores” Please join us for a reading and discussion with author and cartoonist Bob Eckstein, on his new book, Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st & 82nd Street). FREE. 

7 p.m. David Grinspoon’s Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future For the first time in Earth’s history, our planet is experiencing rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Our behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures. Astrobiologist David Grinspoon shows what a strange and novel development it is for a species to evolve like ours. Our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential. Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium Inside the Orchestra: Living History Join members of the Orchestra past and present for an up-close and personal reflection spanning decades. From milestone events to endearing traditions, learn more about the culture of this historic institution from the inside out. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

 Wednesday, December 7

8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. La Escuelita Book Fair La Escuelita, Manhattan’s original dual language Spanish-English preschool, is holding its annual La Escuelita Book Fair/Feria del Libro. The mission is to provide families with affordable, high-quality Spanish children’s books (babies through Grade 6). At 302 West 91st Street (between West End and Riverside).

10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Located in one of the most stunning locations in New York City, historic Central Park, the market is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts and spend time with friends and family. West 59th St. and Broadway. FREE.

12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Music Performance Program presents MID DAY MUSIC @ COLUMBIA FEATURING EVAN TARRH, jazz piano Students and Music Associates from Columbia University’s Music Performance Program are showcased in a noontime recital series. Garden Room 2 at Faculty House on 64 Morningside Dr. FREE.

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays During the run of the exhibition Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America, the Bill Wurtzel trio will perform music that celebrates remembrance and life. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). FREE.

5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday Social Stop in for a glass of wine, docent-led highlights of the exhibition Securing the Shadow, and holiday shopping. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). FREE.

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 p.m. Post-Election Forum Councilmember Helen Rosenthal is hosting a forum with other elected officials and nonprofits to talk about how they’re mobilizing following the presidential election. At John Jay College (524 W. 59th Street). FREE.

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Special Shopping Night at the Museum Shop Join us for a special shopping night during Fab Folk Fest! Wine and refreshments served at the Museum Shop. Museum members take advantage of a double discount of 20% off* during AFAM Members’ Double Discount Days. *Members’ discount applies to shop merchandise only; double discounts will not apply to all the artisans participating in Fab Folk Fest. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). FREE.

7 p.m. 112th: Camilo José Vergara on “Detroit is No Dry Bones” Please join us for a talk and discussion of Detroit is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age, the new book from ethnographer and photographer Camilo José Vergara. Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street (between Amsterdam & 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. 

Thursday, December 8

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 9 p.m. Holiday Crafts Fair presented by ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA & Meet the Artists Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ArtWorks will host its annual Holiday Crafts Fair just in time for the holidays.Over 300 handmade one-of-a-kind pieces made by ArtWorks students, assistants, and teachers who study and work out of the ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA studio will be available. These one-of-a-kind pieces include ceramic vases, bowls, plates, cups, serving pieces, vessels, decorative items, jewelry, ornaments, mosaics, water colors and much more. Timed to precede the holidays or for any occasion, this is a great opportunity to purchase unique and affordable works in a variety of styles and materials that make a statement.Westside YMCA, George Washington Lounge, 5 West 63rd Street (between Central Park West & Columbus). FREE.

10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Located in one of the most stunning locations in New York City, historic Central Park, the market is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts and spend time with friends and family. West 59th St. and Broadway. FREE.

1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Closer-Look Tour A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). FREE.

5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Fables across Time Book Signing American Folk Art Museum President Monty Blanchard and Executive Director Anne-Imelda Radice cordially invite AFAM patrons to a reception and book signing for Fables across Time, an Arabic- and English-language children’s book written and illustrated by Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir. Please RSVP by December 5 to rsvp@folkartmuseum.org or 212. 595. 9533, ext. 306. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). FREE.

6:30 p.m. Tour of Ohab Zedek Trace the history and architecture of this Orthodox Synagogue with Dr. Paul Wachtel. At 118 West 95th Street. FREE.

7 p.m. 112th: Chris Bram on “The Art of History” Join us for a discussion with Christopher Bram, author of The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction. Joining him will be Brenda Wineapple. Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.

7:30 p.m. Nellie McKay: A Holiday-ish Concert- A Fundraiser for the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew Join us for an evening of fun from Nellie McKay, who will sprinkle some holiday songs throughout her eclectic repertoire, welcoming the season and raising funds for the preservation of our historic, landmarked building. You’ve heard McKay on her six albums, including Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day. She also co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hat. There will be antlers. Preceded by a silent auction, 6:30 – 7 p.m. The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, West End Ave. at W. 86th Street. Tickets $25 to $250 (including a post-performance reception with the artist.)

7:30 p.m. Lakecia Benjamin Immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Meters, as well as straight-up jazz, saxophonist and composer Lakecia Benjamin’s soaring, dance floor–friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level. With a pure jazz pedigree and experience playing alongside Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, and Macy Gray, Benjamin whips up her own eclectic sound—swinging between smoldering late-night ambience, erudite jazz, and tight funk—where the guiding constant is her summery, sultry alto sax. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

Friday, December 9

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.

9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Uptown December Sale: 20% Off Everything! Please join us for our annual December Sale at the two uptown locations, Book Culture 112 and Book Culture on Broadway. From December 9th to December 11th, everything in both stores is 20% off! There will be an evening reception to celebrate the beginning of the sale weekend. Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.

10 a.m until 9 p.m. Holiday Crafts Fair presented by ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA ArtWorks will host its annual Holiday Crafts Fair just in time for the holidays.Over 300 handmade one-of-a-kind pieces made by ArtWorks students, assistants, and teachers who study and work out of the ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA studio will be available. These one-of-a-kind pieces include ceramic vases, bowls, plates, cups, serving pieces, vessels, decorative items, jewelry, ornaments, mosaics, water colors and much more. Timed to precede the holidays or for any occasion, this is a great opportunity to purchase unique and affordable works in a variety of styles and materials that make a statement. Westside YMCA, George Washington Lounge, 5 West 63rd Street (between Central Park West & Columbus). FREE.

10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Located in one of the most stunning locations in New York City, historic Central Park, the market is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts and spend time with friends and family. West 59th St. and Broadway. FREE.

11:15 a.m. Stay Well Exercise for Seniors Join us for a a free Stay Well exercise Session 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. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Free Music Fridays Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of the self-taught art on view at the museum. Performances by: Zoë Sundra (Country-tinged folk); 6:05 pm: Joshua Garcia (Folk singer/songwriter); 6:40 pm: Dina Regine (Soulful, lyrical rock). American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). FREE.

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Handmade Paper Exhibit Opening Paper artist, flautist and long time West-Park community  member Junia Flavia D’Affonseca shares her paper-making Art. West-Park Presbyterian, 165 West 86th Street.

7 p.m. Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series: Barefoot in the Park (1967) Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Explore how film has tackled social strife, morality, and the perennial struggle between right and wrong—conflicts that manifest across cultures and history. Barefoot in the Park (1967): A newly married couple with opposite personalities clash after they move into a small New York City apartment. Directed by Gene Saks. Starring Robert Redford, Jane Fonda. 106 min. The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (between 76th & 77th Street). Pay-as-you-wish.

7 p.m. Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball With Barnes & Noble Dress like your favorite Harry Potter character, wear your holiday best or come as you are and join us for dancing, music, activities and giveaways! Special guest performance by Wizard Jazz musicians: Band in a Horcrux! Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Riverside Orchestra The Upper West Side’s stellar ensemble performs Mozart’s Oboe Concerto and Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe featuring oboist Dwight Parry, as well as Bizet’s Symphony in C and Mozart’s Idomeneo Overture. As always, all ticket holders are invited to the post-concert party. Trinity School, 101 West 91st Street (at Columbus Avenue). Adults $20; children FREE.

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. MSM Saxophone Orchestra Paul Cohen (MM ’76, DMA ’85), Coordinator Manhattan School of Music, Ades Performance Space. FREE. 

 Saturday, December 10

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.

9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Uptown December Sale: 20% Off Everything! Please join us for our annual December Sale at the two uptown locations, Book Culture 112 and Book Culture on Broadway. From December 9th to December 11th, everything in both stores is 20% off!There will be a Bagel Breakfast, featuring bagels from Absolute, plus crafts for kids!. Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.

10 a.m until 6 p.m. Holiday Crafts Fair presented by ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA ArtWorks will host its annual Holiday Crafts Fair just in time for the holidays.Over 300 handmade one-of-a-kind pieces made by ArtWorks students, assistants, and teachers who study and work out of the ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA studio will be available. These one-of-a-kind pieces include ceramic vases, bowls, plates, cups, serving pieces, vessels, decorative items, jewelry, ornaments, mosaics, water colors and much more. Timed to precede the holidays or for any occasion, this is a great opportunity to purchase unique and affordable works in a variety of styles and materials that make a statement. Westside YMCA, George Washington Lounge, 5 West 63rd Street (between Central Park West & Columbus). FREE.

10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Located in one of the most stunning locations in New York City, historic Central Park, the market is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts and spend time with friends and family. West 59th St. and Broadway. FREE.

11 a.m. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Storytime Join us for a Storytime featuring If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, one of the most beloved children’s books of all time. Coloring and activities to follow. Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway. FREE.

12 p.m. until 2 p.m. Egg-Nog Tasting Contest The exciting lineup of restaurants at TurnStyle will celebrate the festive season with a tasting of special eggnog recipes, which can be boosted with booze for adults. A panel of judges comprising (from left) celebrity restaurateur Jacob Hadjigeorgis, Tom Strenk, Beverage Editor of Restaurant News and Jessie Gibson, social media influencer and co-founder of Thirsty NYC, will choose their favorites, and the first 10 tasters to match these choices will win prizes. At the Turnstyle shops, inside the subway station at Columbus Circle.

12 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! The St. Agnes Library book sale is fully operated and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. St. Agnes Library. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

2 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Movie: Indignation Indignation (R 110 min. 2016): A young Jewish atheist (Logan Lerman) attends college in 1951 Ohio, where he clashes with both the school’s established social order and his overbearing parents’ hopes for his future. At the same time, he falls for an attractive, complicated classmate named Olivia (Sarah Gadon). Tracy Letts, Danny Burstein, and Linda Emond co-star. Directed by James Schamus (who also adapted the script from the novel of the same name by Philip Roth), Indignation made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  St. Agnes Library. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

2:30 p.m. Holiday Songbook A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. 15th Annual NewSong Music Showcase & Competition Finals Now in its fifteenth year, the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest is one of the premier showcases of emerging performers and songwriters in North America. This year’s grand-prize winner will be awarded an EP to be produced and mixed by an industry celebrity and recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, as well as future performance opportunities at the Sundance Film Festival and NPR’s Mountain Stage. Join us at the David Rubenstein Atrium to witness the finals live. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

 Sunday, December 11

8 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 7 p.m. Uptown December Sale: 20% Off Everything! Please join us for our annual December Sale at the two uptown locations, Book Culture 112 and Book Culture on Broadway. From December 9th to December 11th, everything in both stores is 20% off! Enjoy sufganiyot while you browse. Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.

10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Located in one of the most stunning locations in New York City, historic Central Park, the market is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts and spend time with friends and family. West 59th St. and Broadway. FREE.

11 a.m. Sunday Meeting- Finding Hope in Times of Despair The election of Donald Trump has generated an atmosphere of anxiety and fear unprecedented in the history of the modern presidency. But human beings cannot remain in despair for long, and anxious for even less so. At some point we must reclaim our hope. But can we find sources for an empirically-based hope? New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.

11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Fourth U Annual Holiday Craft Market Fourth Universalist Society Annual Holiday Craft Market, with local artists and crafters offering handmade-only goods, including jewelry, art, clothing, stationery, toys and gift items. Meet “makers” from the community as they showcase their creativity in a festive, friendly neighborhood setting, the sanctuary of Fourth Universalist’s historic cathedral directly across from Central Park. We’ll also have warm snacks, live music and hands-on crafts. Contact info: Sheila office@4thu.org, 212 595 1658. 60 Central Park West (at 76th Street). FREE.

2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. A Tribute to Al Mann: Lucy Rowan, Narrator Manhattan School of Music, Greenfield Hall. 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.