THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning June 19, 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, June 19

11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Central Park Tour: West Side Stories Discover some of the secret spots that the park’s West Siders know and love: a lost village, a poetic garden, and a bridge with a spectacular view. 81st Street and Central Park West (in Central Park). 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;  $5 suggested donation.

 Tuesday, June 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 for all;  $5 suggested donation.

5 p.m. Celebrate International Yoga Day! Learn Authentic Yogic Techniques with Us During this special session of Meditation: Blast Open Your Heart. This meditation is an amazing healing tool for loneliness, breakups, depression. Stand-alone classes led by rotating instructors. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Pilates in the Park Join Melissa Ricci, CPT, PMA from Base Fitness® for a multi-level class that tones and balances your muscles, aligns your body, and strengthens your core! Bring your own mat. The Plaza at 66th StreetRiverside Park South. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. Riverside HIIT Veteran Donald Calliste leads a series of exercises with varied tempos that send your body into fat burning overdrive & continue fat burning after you’ve completed your workout. Terrace @ 108th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

7 p.m. Don Winslow’s The Force: A Novel Award-winning writer Don Winslow delivers the great cop novel of our time: a haunting and heartbreaking story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption. All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. But he must walk the thin line between between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family and the woman he loves. 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

7 p.m. Columbus: Elizabeth Crane on Turf Please join us Tuesday, June 20th at 7pm for a reading with Elizabeth Crane, author of Turf: Stories. The end of the world as seen through a young couple in Brooklyn, who find a baby in a bucket on their front step; a group of geniuses who meet every Wednesday, able to unlock all the secrets of the universe except for the unknowable mystery of love; a woman and her dog walker whose friendship is uprooted by an incident at the park; these are dark, intriguing vistas explored in Crane’s glowing collection. For as places change, and people come and go, these stories in Turf remind us that it is the unchanging nature of the human heart that connects us all. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st & 82nd Street). FREE.

 Wednesday, June 21

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays During the run of the exhibitions Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974), the Bill Wurtzel trio will perform music that celebrates the creativity and expressiveness of the human mind. American Folk Art Museum. FREE.

4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Make Music New York American Music for Piano Duet highlights American four-hand music played by young students and professional adult headliners. Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street. FREE.

6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Fête de la Musique: Wax Tailor / Her / Ayo / Ala.Ni An evening of French contemporary talent and genres ranging from hip-hop to soul and pop. SummerStage, Central Park. 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.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Yoga Evening Salute to the Sun Enjoy Hatha Yoga with Hollis and a beautiful sunset. This class is suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring your own mat. The Plaza at 66th StreetRiverside Park South. 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 p.m. Columbus: Maureen Meister on A Description of the New York Central Park Please join us for a special event with Maureen Meister on Clarence C. Cook’s classic book A Description of the New York Central Park, just reissued by NYU Press. Central Park receives millions of visitors every year, tourists and locals alike. A Description of the New York Central Park, published in 1869, is recognized today as the most important book about the park to appear during its early years. The lively, often wry, text was written by Clarence C. Cook, a distinguished Victorian art critic, while the illustrations were drawn by the popular Albert Fitch Bellows. The author and artist examine many sites in the park that survive to this day as well as features that have vanished over time. In a new Introduction, Maureen Meister reveals how the book came about. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st & 82nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. 24th Precinct Meeting Discuss local policing and ask commanders questions at the precinct. At 151 West 100th Street.

7 p.m. Karen Dionne in Conversation With Lee Child In Karen Dionne’s The Marsh King’s Daughter, Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Decades later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has escaped. Helena knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King–because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter. 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Make Music New York MiShinna Productions performs JUSTICE, inspired by the Ancient Greek myth of Atlas and Athena and the human equilibrium between ourselves, the earth, and the unfolding natural universe. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive (in Riverside Park). FREE.

Thursday, June 22

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.

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.

1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Closer-Look Tour A tour of Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974) led by museum gallery guides. American Folk Art Museum. FREE.

3 p.m. The Comedy Dungeon Join us for some laughs with comedian Randy Epley. The Bloomingdale Library, 150 W 100th St (between Columbus & Amsterdam). FREE. 

6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Everybody TangoEnjoy Argentine Tango with an introductory lesson, music, and dancing in the open air led by Strictly Tango NYC. Lessons at 6:45 & 7:45. Fishing Pier, W 125th St & Marginal St. FREE.

6:30 pm until 8:30 pmOutdoor Theater in Riverside Park Hudson Warehouse presents “The Triumph of Love, a French farce. At The Soldiers’ and Sailor’s Monument, behind the monument, at W.89th and Riverside Drive. No tickets necessary. Bring food and drink! “Pay What You Can” after the show.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Senior Movement Dances for a Variable Population master teacher Naomi Goldberg Haas and intergenerational company members lead a dance workshop focusing on seniors of all ages and abilities. Celebrate moving in strong and creative ways. Pier i at 70th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Yoga Flow Link mindful breath with movement in this full spectrum yoga practice that includes modifications and intensifications depending on experience level. Veteran Nina Semczuk helps you cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, and focus while enjoying yoga outdoors. Lawn @ 78th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Derek Gripper In his quest to illuminate the beauty of African guitar music, South African guitarist and “master musician” Derek Gripper (Rolling Stone) renders the great kora works of Malian masters Toumani Diabaté, Ballaké Sissoko, and others for classical guitar. Transcribing the works originally written for the 21-string kora (harp lute) for a six-string classical guitar, Gripper magically transforms an ambitious technical feat into atmospheric works of “depthless beauty” (SongLines). Experience a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage performed by a deeply sensitive and virtuosic performer. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

Friday, June 23

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.

11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.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. St. Agnes Library, Community Program Room. FREE.

5:30 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: Holler (Country folk Americana); 6:05 pm: Derek Nelson (Pop-folk Americana); 6:40 pm: Martin Rivas (Avant folk soul). American Folk Art Museum. FREE.

6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Dance for Seniors Dances for a Variable Population master teacher Naomi Goldberg Haas and members of the intergenerational company, lead dance workshops for all ages and abilities with a focus on seniors. Celebrate moving in strong and creative ways. All fun. All welcome! Lawn @133rd Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

6:30 pm until 8:30 pmOutdoor Theater in Riverside Park Hudson Warehouse presents “The Triumph of Love, a French farce. At The Soldiers’ and Sailor’s Monument, behind the monument, at W.89th and Riverside Drive. No tickets necessary. Bring food and drink! “Pay What You Can” after the show.

7 p.m. Comedy Corner at Ethical: John Fugelsang Host SCOTT BLAKEMAN is an original member of Laughing Liberally, New York’s longest running political comedy show. This week features John Fugelsang, host of “Tell Me Everything” on Sirius XM Insight, and of the daily national TV show Page Six, which will premiere in September. John can also be seen with Stephanie Miller on their nationwide “Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour.” New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Members $5, Guests $10.

7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Feral Love Join us for a special screening of Feral Love (Hancock Productions), a local tale of a musician, a feral cat colony, true love, and Riverside Park. 72nd Track and Lawn (in Riverside Park). FREE.

8 p.m. The Ten Minute Play Soirée Join us for our Third Ten Minute Play Soirée! We will be bringing together an exciting collection of Artists, including musicians, visual artists, writers, directors and actors, for an evening that promises to excite all your artistic senses. Featuring 8 different plays by Playwrights from around the country, with 8 directors each working with their own cast. Featuring work by Ruben Carbajal, Mark Cornell, Elin Hampton, Scott Mullen, Rich Orloff, Rob Roznowski, Scott Sickles and Patrick Vermillion. Art pARTy starting at 7pm with live music and art. Reserve at bronwpapertickets.com Franciscan Community Center, 214 West 97th Street. $15.

8 p.m. Daegu City Choir – North America Tour The Daegu City Choir, founded in 1981, is a vital part of the city’s cultural life, consequently bringing world-wide attention to Daegu city in Korea as a vital creative center. The Choir focuses on the interpretation of varied repertoire, classical to contemporary, popularizing Korean works including traditional Korean folk songs, as well as art songs that reflect the great enthusiasm and emotion of their nation. Since Seung-Tae Ahn became the artistic director and conductor of the Choir (2015), The Daegu City Choir’s reputation has flourished and has been invited to perform around the world. Alice Tully Hall. RSVP for Limited Free Admission here.

 Saturday, June 24

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.

10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. Butt & Gut Veteran Donald Calliste leads a class to tone and define your core, lower back, and glutes combined with cardio exercises that will maximize your fat burning potential. Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument Plaza. FREE.

11 a.m. Columbus Story Time: Stephanie Six Please join us for a special story time with Stephanie Six, the illustrator of What Daddies Like. Find out what daddies like best in this story about a daddy bear and his cub’s special day together. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st & 82nd Street). FREE.

11 a.m. until 12 p.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. West Harlem Piers Park (W 125th St & Marginal St). FREE.

11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen Mary Ann Schmidt will share the E. Haywood story “Storm Child” and Marianne McShane will share the Irish tale “Triona in the Land Below the Well.” Hans Christian Andersen Statue (near 74th Street and Fifth Avenue in Central Park). FREE.

11 a.m. The Rainbow Fish Storytime This modern classic is celebrating its 25th year in print! With eye-catching foil stamping glittering on every page, it offers instant child appeal. But it is the universal message at the heart of this story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting appeal. Activities to follow. 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

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! St. Agnes Library. FREE.

2 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Movie: Passengers Passengers (PG-13. 116 min. 2016) Two passengers on a spacecraft traveling to a distant planet are brought out of suspended animation by a technical glitch—90 years before the vessel is due to reach its destination. Together, they must investigate the malfunction that awakened them. Staring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

6 p.m. until 10 p.m. The Gift / Dead Combo with special guest Marc Ribot / Sofia Ribeiro in association with Arte Institute An exploration of Portuguese sounds, from fado to the contemporary universe of indie rock, pop & jazz. SummerStage, Central Park. FREE.

6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Central Park Tango at the Shakespeare Statue Since Mid 1990s – Argentine Tango Outdoors every Summer, with a local & international group of dancers and spectators. Rain or Shine – If raining, event will be held nearby at “The Dairy” (Visitor Center). South end of The Mall, at Shakespeare Statue. FREE.

6:30 pm until 8:30 pmOutdoor Theater in Riverside Park Hudson Warehouse presents “The Triumph of Love, a French farce. At The Soldiers’ and Sailor’s Monument, behind the monument, at W.89th and Riverside Drive. No tickets necessary. Bring food and drink! “Pay What You Can” after the show.

7 p.m. RCTA Sunset Concert: Blues, Rock & Funk The Riverside Clay Tennis Association is once again hosting its series of sunset concerts on the tennis lawn overlooking the Hudson River . This week’s performer: Twisting Faith – Blues, Rock & Funk. Ken Greenfield and Twisting Faith will perform traditional rock & roll/blues with a funk groove. Tennis lawn, Hudson River at 97th Street. FREE.
8 p.m. The Ten Minute Play Soirée Join us for our Third Ten Minute Play Soirée! We will be bringing together an exciting collection of Artists, including musicians, visual artists, writers, directors and actors, for an evening that promises to excite all your artistic senses. Featuring 8 different plays by Playwrights from around the country, with 8 directors each working with their own cast. Featuring work by Ruben Carbajal, Mark Cornell, Elin Hampton, Scott Mullen, Rich Orloff, Rob Roznowski, Scott Sickles and Patrick Vermillion. Art pARTy starting at 7pm with live music and art. Reserve at bronwpapertickets.com Franciscan Community Center, 214 West 97th Street. $15.

 Sunday, June 25

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. Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument Plaza (Riverside Drive & West 89th Street). FREE.

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.

10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Central Park Puppy Party Join expert dog trainers from Amanda Gagnon Dog Training for a fun outing in Central Park. Socialize your dog (friendly dogs of any age are welcome), meet local dog owners, enjoy a complimentary beverage and get answers to common dog training questions. Meeting location will be within view of Le Pain Quotidien near W 69th and Central Park West. FREE.

11 a.m. Sunday Meeting – Our Children’s Voices: Empowering the Next Generation of Climate Activism There is truth and hope in the saying, “a child shall lead us.” Our platform will feature interviews with two families whose children have taken the initiative to engage in climate actions of their choosing with support from their parents and teachers. Sonia Zinkin-Meyer has started a petition calling for a carbon tax and she appears on a Climate March video. Ajani Stella testified with us at the Teacher’s Retirement System Board meeting about divestment and also spoke at the Valentine’s Day divestment rally which he hand delivered 5,000 signatures to the Comptroller’s office with 350NYC. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.

12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: SunGaze Gaze at the central star of our solar system using special safe scopes with the Amateur Astronomers Association! Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street. FREE.

12 p.m. until 12:45 p.m. Kids Irish Step Dance with McManus Irish dance (ages 4 & up) This class is for dancers who are any level from brand new thru having some basic steps in Irish dance. Dancers will be able to recognize Irish dance tunes and execute basic Irish dance movements such as skip 2-3s, sevens, back 2-3s, jump 2-3s, and jig movements. Must RSVP: McManusIrishDance@gmail.com. Ripley Grier studios, 131 west 72 street (between Columbus & Amsterdam Aves). FREE trial for all first time dancers.

12:45 until 1:30 p.m. Jiggy Tots Pre-Irish Dance and Movement for Toddlers (Ages 2-4) with a Participating Adult Upbeat traditional Irish music and song, combined with popular toddler songs, clapping, stamping and shakers are also used to explore rhythm and a variety of time signatures– dancing & movement activities that work on coordination and gross motor skills. Must RSVP: McManusIrishDance@gmail.com Ripley Grier studios, 131 west 72 street (between Columbus & Amsterdam Aves). FREE trial for all first time dancers.

3 p.m. The Ten Minute Play Soirée Join us for our Third Ten Minute Play Soirée! We will be bringing together an exciting collection of Artists, including musicians, visual artists, writers, directors and actors, for an evening that promises to excite all your artistic senses. Featuring 8 different plays by Playwrights from around the country, with 8 directors each working with their own cast. Featuring work by Ruben Carbajal, Mark Cornell, Elin Hampton, Scott Mullen, Rich Orloff, Rob Roznowski, Scott Sickles and Patrick Vermillion. Art pARTy starting at 2pm with live music and art. Reserve at bronwpapertickets.com Franciscan Community Center, 214 West 97th Street. $15.

3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Robert Glasper Experiment / Phony Ppl / Tank and The Bangas presented by the Blue Note Jazz Festival Grammy winning jazz and R&B icon meets rising Brooklyn soul collective and NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concerts winner. SummerStage, Central Park. FREE.

3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Rainbow Tango Enjoy an Argentine Tango Pride with dance lessons, performances, games, and social dance time led by Strictly Tango NYC. 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers). 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.

6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Let’s Dance! Learn to dance Salsa, Zouk and Bachata with lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School featuring DJ Ray Colon. Pier i at 70th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

6 p.m. Summer Concert Series West Side Community Garden 2017 Featuring Scott Munson (Jazz Sextet) West Side Community Garden, 123 West 89th Street (between Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues). FREE.

6:30 pm until 8:30 pmOutdoor Theater in Riverside Park Hudson Warehouse presents “The Triumph of Love, a French farce. At The Soldiers’ and Sailor’s Monument, behind the monument, at W.89th and Riverside Drive. No tickets necessary. Bring food and drink! “Pay What You Can” after the show.