Events for the week beginning October 5, 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, October 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. 

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. Who’s Alice: An Evening with Kate Burton, David Del Tredici, Andre Gregory, and Monica Edinger In 1982 the acclaimed actress Kate Burton launched her career portraying Alice in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Alice in Wonderland. With Alice Symphony, Haddock’s Eyes, In Memory of A Summer Day, and other works, Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici has conjured the sounds of wonderland throughout his career. In 1968 director Andre Gregory and his The Manhattan Project, a renege troupe of alternative theater performers, flung audience down a reinvented, psychedelic rabbit hole. Today, Monica Edinger, celebrated teacher, author, and blogger at “Educating Alice,” helps us understand in Lewis Carroll’s legacy, creating new stories about inquisitive, intelligent, adventurous children. Four great artists come to the Library to examine the enduring allure and fascination of Alice. For Adults. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Lecture: History of the Pasteur Institute Presented by the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group. The speaker will be Dr. Bert Hansen, professor of history at Baruch College, CUNY. Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Avenue (between 103rd & 104th Street). FREE.

7 p.m. 112th: Brendan O’Flaherty on “The Economics of Race in the United States” Join us for a discussion with Brendan O’Flaherty on his book, The Economics of Race in the United States. In areas ranging from quality of health care and education, to employment opportunities and housing, to levels of wealth and crime, O’Flaherty shows how racial differences among blacks, whites, Hispanics, and Asian Americans remain a powerful determinant in the lives of twenty-first-century Americans. The Economics of Race in the United States discusses important aspects of history and culture and explores race as a social and biological construct to make a compelling argument for why race must play a major role in economic and public policy. Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam). FREE.

 Tuesday, October 6

10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Celebrate John Lennon: Give Peace A Chance Yoko Ono is inviting the general public to give peace a chance on October 6, a date three days prior to what would’ve marked John Lennon’s 75th birthday: in the form of a giant, human peace sign in New York’s Central Park. The event, titled “Imagine Peace,” is organized by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a traveling, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing hands-on music education to students. The organizers of the event are hoping to break a human peace sign Guinness record. Registration requiredEast Meadow (enter at 99th Street and 5th Avenue), Central Park. FREE.

12 p.m; 4 p.m. Gotham Jazzmen Jazz concert presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Please enter by 111 Amsterdam Avenue. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. 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. until 9 p.m. Town Hall held by Defenders of Teddy Roosevelt Park Learn how the proposed expansion of the American Museum of Natural History could significantly affect the park, the environment and our neighborhoods. The Fourth Universalist Society, 160 Central Park West at 76th Street. FREE.

7 p.m. Columbus: Ivan Vladislavić and Andy Tepper on “The Folly” Join us for a discussion with Ivan Vladislavić on his new book, The Folly. Andy Tepper will join as a discussant. Synopsis: A vacant patch of South African veld next to the comfortable, complacent Malgas household has been taken over by a mysterious, eccentric figure with “a plan.” Fashioning his tools out of recycled garbage, the stranger enlists Malgas’s help in clearing the land and planning his mansion. Slowly but inevitably, the stranger’s charm and the novel’s richly inventive language draws Malgas into “the plan” and he sees, feels and moves into the new creation. Then, just as remorselessly, all that seemed solid begins to melt back into air.Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st & 82nd Street). FREE.

 Wednesday, October 7

1 p.m. until 3 p.m. MOVEMENT SPEAKS®/Upper West Side Join Dances For A Variable Population for a series of FREE dance workshops. DVP promotes access to strong and creative movement among people of all ages and abilities with a special focus on senior citizens. Led by dance artist Naomi Goldberg Haas with her professional company, Dances For A Variable Population, the 11-week dance program of workshops and a performance celebrates wellness, community and the joys of dance for seniors and community members on the Upper West Side. Goddard Riverside Senior Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (between 88th and 89th street). FREE.

5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Models and Music: Sketch Nights Clothed models pose, pout, and preen for both short and long drawing sessions in the exhibition Swedish Wooden Toys. Learn from teaching artist and illustrator Joan Chiverton or draw independently. Program welcomes beginners to experts and those of all ages. Live music will inspire your creativity. Pariticpants must provide their own art materials.Bard Graduate Center Gallery (18 West 86th Street). $12 General Admission; $8 Students and Seniors.

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.

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assembly Share your ideas for how to improve public parks, schools, libraries, streets, and public housing on the Upper West Side. Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (between 88th & 89th Streets). Wheelchair accessible. Bilingüe: Español. FREE.

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Housing Clinic: Introduction to Rent Control and Rent Stabilization, Update on Rent Laws Whether you are a first-time or long-time renter, or looking for affordable or senior housing, these clinics are a valuable tool to help you navigate the NYC rental housing system. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Lawyers will be available for free consultation with residents, both in English and Spanish. Note, you must arrive by 6:45 pm to sign up to speak with a lawyer. Sign up begins at 6 pm. Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue, between 88th and 89th Street. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Community Board 7 Full Board Meeting Jewish Home Lifecare, 120 West 106th Street (Columbus Avenue).

6:30 p.m. School Rezoning A hearing to discuss the possible rezoning of PS 199, PS 191 and PS 452. At Joan of Arc Complex, 154 West 93rd street.

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, October 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.

6 p.m. Sonatenabend Artists from Juilliard’s collaborative piano department perform sonata repertoire with Juilliard instrumentalists. The Juilliard School, Paul Recital Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. From Analog to Digital: 1965-2015, Barbara London and LoVid in Conversation Barbara London Barbara London and the artist group LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) show how art practice has come to defy categorization in the context of our exhibition Revisions: Zen for Film. London reveals artist Nam June Paik’s early cross-platform dematerialized art activities that converged music, visual art, performance, and the electronic image. LoVid focuses on the process of decay and obsolescence in light of development of technology and within the process of artistic practice. Gain a clearer understanding of how Paik’s technical, conceptual, and aesthetic brilliance inspire later artists who made these issues central to their work. Bard Graduate Center Gallery38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall. $15.00 General Admission; FREE for students with valid ID.

7 p.m. until 10 p.m. SummerStage: The Roots with Special Guests Marsha Ambrosious, Bilal, and DJ Talib Kweli The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys and were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone. The evening includes performances from special guests Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal and DJ Talib Kweli. To get your complimentary tickets (limit 2 per Capital One Bank® customer) go to the Capital One Café on 3rd Avenue at 58th Street on Thursday, September 17 from 4pm – 7pm. If you are a SummerStage Member and would like to reserve free tickets, please email or call their Membership Coordinator, Andrew Pico at or 212-360-8168. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Two-Steppe: The Amigos with special guest Nature Ganganbaigal The Amigos deliver foot-stomping, accordion-infused Indie-Americana music blending folk-rock, zydeco/cajun, and hot jazz. In a 2014 tour organized by the State Department program, American Music Abroad, The Amigos collaborated with musicians in Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. In the spirit of re-opening this musical dialogue The Amigos will be joined by special guest, morin khuur player and throat singer, Nature Ganganbaigal. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage. 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,October 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.

9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Celebrate 150th Anniversary of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ A walking tour of the two Alice statues in Central Park, the Sophie Irene Loeb Fountain (1936) and the Margarita Delacorte Memorial (1959). Twenty-three Carrollian characters from the two Alice books appear in the two statues.
G. A. Mudge, author of Two Alice Statues in Central Park, will conduct the tour. Statue of Samuel Morse (Central Park entrance at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. Michael Cochrane Trio Plays the Music of Bud Powell Join the Michael Cochrane Trio in paying tribute to Bud Powell, the father of modern jazz piano, in a concert of his Bebop compositions. Bloomingdale School of Music (323 West 108th Street). FREE.

7 p.m. 112th: Michelle Meier and Fiona Wilson Join us for readings by Fiona Wilson and Michelle Meier from their new books of poetry. Fiona will be reading from A Clearance and Michelle from Famous Geranium. A Clearance: In this long-awaited and masterful debut, Fiona Wilson gives us astonishing and uncommon poems that may have emerged from the Scottish and American traditions but can be found somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, while her readers come ‘to the edge of a question’ by either shore. Wilson’s formal brilliance is all worked through with chagrin, wit, and modesty.Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam). FREE.

 Saturday, October 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.

10:30 a.m. Make Me Elphaba: Makeup Artist Joe Dulude II Creates a Character Joe Dulude II is probably best known for his makeup designs for the Tony Award-­- winning hit musical Wicked. Since Wicked, Joe has moved on to do such productions as Dr. Zhivago, On the Town, If/Then, Beautiful, The Wedding Singer, Grease!, Follies, Jekyll & Hyde and many more. For this Library program, Dulude discusses his craft and offers a live demonstration, mustering all his artistry and skill to transform the humble mugs of mild-mannered Library employees into green-skinned witches, plus an original character that Dulude will invent with the audience’s help. Café at LPA. FREE.

11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Crocheting and Knitting Meet Up Do you like to crochet? Do you like to knit? Whatever your passion, gather and socialize with others who share your interest, and perhaps pick –up a few tips and tricks as you work your own creations! Please bring your own supplies—Yarn, Crochet hooks and Knitting Needles. Someone from the New York City Crochet Guild will be available to help. St Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave (between 81st & 82nd Street), 3rd Floor. 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.

7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. AXIOM Known for his innovative programming and a command of wide-ranging repertoire, American conductor and Juilliard faculty member Jeffrey Milarsky leads AXIOM’s season opener of works by Grisey, Scelsi, and Saariaho. AXIOM specializes in masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has established itself as a leading ensemble in New York City’s contemporary music culture. The Peter Jay Sharp Theater. $10.

 Sunday, October 11

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 -Love in the Anthropocene Increasingly we are living in a world of our creation—to some extent intentional (e.g., the house in the country you built last summer), to some extent inadvertent (e.g., climate change), and to some extent, who knows why (e.g., the digitalization of everything). Bob Dylan talked about being “tired of yourself and all of your creations.” What happens to love in a world in which there is no escape from them? New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages.

12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Gastronomie 491 2nd Annual Fall Fling One of Gastronomie 491’s most popular events of the year is back! Join us at Gastronomie 491, a Mediterranean-inspired market and cafe, to try tastes from some of our favorite purveyors and producers alongside housemade antipasti and gelato. Live music will provided by Michelle Green and complimentary apple cider from upstate New York will be served. The store is still finalizing the line-up, but an early list of participants includes: Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Sherry’s Short Cakes, Raaka Chocolate, Tipsy Scoop, Brooklyn Roasting Company, SerendipiTea, Mina Harissa, and Misha Dairy. Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd & 84th Steet). FREE.

2 p.m. Fall 2015 Overlook Concerts –Columbia University Bluegrass Band Riverside Park Conservancy and its generous supporters present the Fall 2015 Overlook Concert series. This week’s performer: Columbia University Bluegrass Band; James Kerr, Leader. Born out of the oldest music in this country, Bluegrass uses traditional instruments and vocal harmonies to create this rousing sound.. 116th Street Overlook (on the middle level of the Promenade). FREE.

2:45 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Free Roller Skating to Live DJ Music Provided by the CPDSA The Central Park Dance Skaters Association (CPDSA) celebrates their 21st season of free roller skating to live DJ music at the “Skate Circle.” DJs spin Disco classics, R&B and deep & soulful House Music.  Bring your own skates. Skate Circle, Central Park. FREE.

3 p.m. Juilliard Wind Orchestra Patricia Rogers conducts works by Mozart and Strauss. The Juilliard School, Paul Recital Hall. $20.

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.

5 p.m. Queer Book Club discusses “On the Move: A Life” by Oliver Sacks Join Queer Book Club for a discussion on On The Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks. Synopsis: When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far. It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, “On the Move” is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction, and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st & 82nd Street). FREE.