Events for the week beginning November 23, 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, November 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. Story Pirates Raid the Library Story Pirates is a nationally respected education and media organization founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. Each year Story Pirates’ team of educators and actors visit hundreds of schools, providing empowering lessons about imagination and storytelling. They turn original stories, written by kids, into hilarious, uplifting live performances. For this program, using music, puppets, improv comedy the Story Pirates will share a glimpse of the world through the minds of kids. Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. Andrew Blauner’s The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages Editor Andrew Blauner collects the voices of 32 of today’s most prominent writers as they share never-before-published pieces about Bible passages that are most meaningful to them. While these contributors are not primarily known as religious thinkers, they write intelligently and movingly about passages that inform the way they live, think about past experiences and see society. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. 20th Precinct Community Council Meeting 120 West 82nd Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam). FREE.

7:30 p.m. Juilliard Jazz Ensembles Continuing its educational commitment to what Jelly Roll Morton called “the Latin Tinge,” Juilliard Jazz delves into the music of Andalusia in southern Spain and its intersection with modern jazz. Paul Recital Hall. From $20.

7:30 p.m. Concert at St. John the Divine: Great Organ: The Music of Jean Sibelius In tribute to the 150th birthday of Jean Sibelius, Finnish organist and pianist Kalle Toivio joins forces with New York soprano Sharon Harms to celebrate the legacy of Finland’s most famous composer. The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street). FREE.

 Tuesday, November 24

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. Rick Moody’s Hotels of North America Join us for a discussion with Rick Moody on his new book, Hotels of North America, a darkly comic portrait of a man who comes to life in the most unexpected of ways: through his online reviews. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st & 82nd Streets). FREE.

7 p.m. Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers on Realizing the Witch Please join us for a reading and discussion of Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers’s new book, Realizing the Witch: Science, Cinema, and the Mastery of the Invisible, which examines the 1922 silent film that billed itself as a “documentary of witchcraft”. Joining them as respondents are Elizabeth Davis, Stefanos Geroulanos and Brian Goldstone. 536 West 112th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.

8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Alan Gilbert conducts the Juilliard Orchestra Music director of the New York Philharmonic and Juilliard faculty member Alan Gilbert leads the Juilliard Orchestra in their only Carnegie Hall appearance of the season, featuring works by Schumann and Berg, and Maestro Gilbert’s own arrangement of selections from Wagner’s Ring cycle. Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. From $15.

 Wednesday, November 25

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.

1 p.m. The Dance Historian Is In: Yvonne Rainer David Vaughan will introduce and screen a program of dance works by the celebrated choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer. Program subject to change. Third Floor Screening Room. FREE.

3 p.m. until 10 p.m. Macy’s Thanksgiving Eve Balloon Blow-up Watch the giant balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade come to life. 77st and 81st Streets, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. 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 trial meeting on UWS.  Membership in The W Connection is $40 annually which gives you access to our programs and services.

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.

9 p.m. until 12 a.m. Syncopated City Swing Social Dance Join us Wednesday nights for the Syncopated Social! Each week’s DJ will play all the classic swing jazz and social favorites for a dance rife with inspiration, fun and surprises! Utilizing the open space at West Park Presbyterian Church on the Upper West Side, this will be a great night to dance and socialize. West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 West 86th Street. $6 ($4 for swing class students).

Thursday, November 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.

9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade The tradition started in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the U.S. Central Park West from 59th to 75th Streets. FREE.

12 p.m. until 3 p.m. Goddard Riverside Thanksgiving Meal All are welcome! 593 Columbus Avenue (at 88th Street). FREE.

Friday, November 27

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Superheroes in Gotham Superheroes in Gotham will tell the story of the birth of comic book superheroes in New York City; the leap of comic book superheroes from the page into radio, television, and film; the role of fandom, including the yearly mega event known as New York Comic Con; and the ways in which comic book superheroes, created in the late 1930s through the 1960s, have inspired and influenced the work of contemporary comic book artists, cartoonists, and painters in New York City. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street). Admission is pay-as-you-wish.

 Saturday, November 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.

11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Shirat Shabbat (“Song of Shabbat”) for K-4th Graders Join Matt Wolpe, Rabbi Nadia Gold, and talented Jewish educator/musicians for a musical celebration of Shabbat for K-4th graders. Festive Kiddush luncheon to follow. West End Synagogue, a Reconstructionist Congregation at 190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th 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.Themes of Joy and Tragedy Pianist Benjamin Bradham performs works by Mozart, Chopin, Ginastera, Debussy, and Liszt. Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

 Sunday, November 29

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. Sunday Meeting-Original Sin in Modern American Thinking Zephyr Teachout argues that the original sin in modern American thinking is the separation of economic and political power as fields of study, categories of news, categories of thought. Teachout is best known for her efforts to limit the influence of money on politics. She is one of the leading legal experts on corruption and has worked on political campaigns at every level, culminating thus far in a 2014 campaign for New York Governor. 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.