THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning September 29, 2014 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, September 29

7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral Xu Bing’s Phoenix, two majestic birds in perpetual flight, represents ”the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today’s China.” The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. FREE. 

11 a.m. Stay Well Exercise Stay Well volunteers are offering a well- balanced series of exercises for those 50+ for all levels. No special clothing or equipment is necessary. 67th Street Library. FREE.

1 p.m. The Great Organ: Midday Monday Cathedral organists provide a 30 minute break for mind, body and spirit with an entertaining and informative demonstration of the Cathedral’s unparalleled Great Organ. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. 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.

6 p.m. SUNY Charter Hearing A presentation for new success charter schools in districts 2 & 3 will be followed by community questions and comments. 333 7th Avenue, 7th floor.

7 p.m. Douglas Brunt’s The Means Douglas Brunt, the critically acclaimed author of Ghosts of Manhattan, reads and discusses his new novel, The Means, set in the ruthless world of politics. 82nd Street Barnes and Noble. FREE.

Tuesday, September 30

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.

12 p.m. “Somebody Come and Play:” 45 Years of Sesame Street Go behind the scenes with Elmo, Grover, Big Bird and other furry friends at the New York Public Library’s Sesame Street exhibit. “Somebody Come and Play:” 45 Years of Learning on Sesame Street features a children’s area full of books and games for young fans and scripts, scores and photos for older ones. There will also be film screenings and special family programming. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza).

12:30 p.m. Yoga 101: The Yoga Trail in Central Park Join The Yoga Trail in Central Park on the grass for this relaxing Vinyasa yoga class. Great for beginners or those who want a more restorative practice. Reservations required. Cost $15. Class meets 15 mins before in front of Le Pain Quotidien by Sheep Meadow in Central Park and walk together.

4 p.m. Don’t Let the Crayons Quit! Will the Crayons Quit? Reveal Event The Crayons decide. Will all of our support convince the Crayons not to quit? Or, will they walk away, never to color again? Join us for a reading of The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. 82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

7 p.m. Lawrence Wright’s Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David New Yorker staffer Lawrence Wright, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower: Al Quaeda and the Road to 9/11, discusses his new non-fiction book, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

7 p.m. Fiddler on the Roof Singalong Show and Tell In the fifty years since Fiddler on the Roof first opened on Broadway, the shtetl of Anatevka has come to life on stages around the world. The words of “Tradition” and “Matchmaker” have been translated into a dozen languages, and families from many cultural backgrounds have sympathized with the story of Tevye, Golde, and their daughters. Lend your voice to this anniversary celebration and sing along with live performances of your favorite Fiddler songs. Discover the show’s fascinating history in a display of archival material from the Library’s collections. Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler’s lyricist, will be the guest of honor. The Cafe at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. FREE with reservation.

8 p.m. Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble Meditations on Integration: Two Masters of Time and of Times: Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck. Paul Hall. Limited tickets available for Juilliard students, faculty, staff and NEW members only.

Wednesday, October 1

12 p.m. “Somebody Come and Play:” 45 Years of Sesame Street Go behind the scenes with Elmo, Grover, Big Bird and other furry friends at the New York Public Library’s Sesame Street exhibit. “Somebody Come and Play:” 45 Years of Learning on Sesame Street features a children’s area full of books and games for young fans and scripts, scores and photos for older ones. There will also be film screenings and special family programming. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza).

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays  Featuring jazz of the 1960s in celebration of the exhibition Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget. Performance by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests Mike Gari and Sharon Fisher. American Folk Art Museum, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street. FREE.

7 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. It Won’t Always Be This Great Former Seinfeld writer and phrase master (“yada-yada-yada”) Peter Mehlman introduces and signs his debut novel, It Won’t Always Be This Great. Mehlman will be interviewed by radio talk show host Cary Barbor. 82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

Thursday, October 2

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. 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.

5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thirsty Thursday at On Tap Chat with local vendors while sampling some of their delicious cold brews. Must be 21 or older to attend. On Tap at Whole Foods Market, 10 Columbus Circle, Lower Level. FREE.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Executive-Function Training for Adults Some of us struggle with issues — planning, timing, focusing, sequencing, decision-making — that others take for granted. For more, hear social worker Enid Gertmenian-King, who runs a program along these lines at Columbia. She’ll speak on Thursday, October 2 at 6:00 PM. Sponsored by the Manhattan Adult ADD Support Group. At The West End Collegiate Church, located at 245 West 77th Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue. We request a $5.00 donation at all of our meetings.

7 p.m. Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. Cognitive scientist/linguist and author of The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language, Steven Pinker discusses his new book on the science of effective writing, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

7 p.m. Modern Art Orchestra (Hungary) and Dave Liebman Hungary’s internationally renowned Modern Art Orchestra is joined by legendary saxophonist Dave Liebman for a special one-night engagement, sponsored by the Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center New York. Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space. FREE admission with RSVP.

Friday, October 3

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.

5:30 p.m. Free Music Fridays Performances by: Chantilly (Fashionable folk); 6:05pm Lucca Soria (Classic Americana); 6:40pm The Travelers (Hip-hop blues). Hosted by Lara Ewen. American Folk Art Museum, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street. FREE.

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Madeline’s publication, the New-York Historical Society will honor the beloved schoolgirl and her creator Ludwig Bemelmans with an exhibition of more than 90 original artworks. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. FREE Admission is pay-as-you-wish.

7 p.m. Ethics in Film: My Sister’s Keeper In Los Angeles, the eleven-year-old Anna Fitzgerald seeks medical amancipation from her mother Sara, who wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after it was discovered that her older sister Kate had leukemia; how Anna was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor for Kate; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to help her sister. 2 West 64th Street. $5 suggested donation includes beverages and snacks.

7 p.m. NTLive Screening: Medea Part of the National Theatre Live bringing screenings of the National Theatre to theatres around the world. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Symphony Space. $23 Adults, $21 Seniors/Students, $19 Members.

Saturday, October 4

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.

8:30 a.m. Fall Hike Hike to Bull Hill in historic Cold Spring, NY. This five-hour hike will take hikers to a summit over the Hudson River. You will be rewarded with stunning views of the river and, on a clear day, Manhattan. The group will take a scenic train ride to Cold Spring, a town on the east bank of the Hudson that has many antique stores, nice coffee shops, several restaurants, and a couple of lovely parks (Stony Point and West Point Foundry) for those who may be interested in taking a stroll on their own. Ran cancels. Meet at the information booth in Grand Central Station. Train ticket and lunch will NOT be provided.

11 a.m. Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys This Upper West Side native and her band seamlessly meld pop, jazz, folk and Caribbean influences into a high-spirited morning of gorgeous music. Symphony Space. Adults $21, Members $18, Kids $14, Members $12.

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.

3 p.m. Phoenix: Spotlight on the Exhibition Climb through the Cathedral’s walls and walk along its corridors for an exclusive look at the contemporary art exhibition, “Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral.” Visitors will participate in a lively discussion about the exhibition and its themes of urbanization, migration, and renewal. This tour explores the monumental ‘Phoenix,’ two, six-ton sculptures suspended in flight from the Cathedral’s 124-foot vaulting. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Tickets $20 Adults, $15 Students and Seniors.

5:00 p.m. African Dance at NYSEC “Alma Libre” and “Jungledom,” performed by two internationally renowned Ethical Culturists, Nina Ndjemba Elemva, a guest teacher at NYSEC’s Ethics for Children program, and Simba Yangala, a teacher at the Brooklyn Society’s Ethics for Children program. 2 West 64th Street. No entry fee, inspired donations welcome to support the artists.

Sunday, October 5

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.

10:30 a.m. Yoga 102: The Yoga Trail in Central Park Join The Yoga Trail in Central Park on the grass for this active, intermediate Vinyasa yoga class. Ideal for those who wish to build stamina and strength while developing grace and flexibility. Reservations required. Cost $15 (first-time students $12). Class meets 15 mins before in front of Le Pain Quotidien by Sheep Meadow in Central Park and walk together.

12:30 p.m. On Cinema: Paul Thomas Anderson Close your eyes and the films of Paul Thomas Anderson will come back to you with a visceral force—the ill-fated visit to the drug dealer’s house in Boogie Nights… the ocean of oil cascading from the derrick in There Will Be Blood… the troubled emotional momentum of The Master… these are some of the great visionary passages in modern movies. Anderson will select clips from and discuss the films that have inspired and excited him. Alice Tully Hall. $20 General Public, $15 Member, $12 Student.

2 p.m. Bethenny Frankel’s Cookie Meets Peanut Former Real Housewife and founder of the Skinnygirl franchise, Bethenny Frankel, discusses and signs her new children’s book inspired by her own family life, Cookie Meets Peanut. Attendees should ask a bookseller or contact the store at 212-362-8835 for details on how to obtain a wristband. 82nd Street Barnes & Noble.

4 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.

7 p.m. Taikoza Live 2014 Taikoza will present ancestral Japanese Taiko drumming, bamboo flutes and colorful Japanese dances. Symphony Space. $40; Members, Students, Seniors $30; Children $22.

7:30 p.m. The Iron Mule On the first Sunday of each month, the Iron Mule Short Comedy series serves up a collection of the funniest short films from around the world, including animation, web series, and narrative shorts. Celebrate funny and inventive short cinema with hosts Jay Stern and Victor Varnado along with a rotating collective of filmmakers and film lovers. After the films, chat with visiting filmmakers, then mingle with them and fellow audience members in Symphony Space’s Bar Thalia, featuring $5 drink specials. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space. Tickets $12.