THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning May 22, 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, May 22

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.

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. Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. 20th Precinct Community Council Discuss police issues. At the precinct, 120 West 82nd Street.

7:30 p.m. The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik: The Premiere of Hamlet Elizabethan England. Early 1600s. The playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare has just completed a new work that will go on to become one of the most famous plays of all time. Find out how it went down at the latest installment of New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik’s popular series that investigates landmark cultural moments. Guest artists include American literary critic and scholar Stephen Greenblatt and actors Dan Beaulieu and Claire Warden, who will perform a scene in Original Pronunciation. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

 Tuesday, May 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;  $5 suggested donation.

5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. 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 p.m. until 8 p.m. This African-American Life: An Evening with Hugh B. Price Hugh B. Price will discuss his new memoir, This African-American Life, and his experiences as an activist and president of the National Urban League from 1994 to 2003. RSVP to elyse.vanpelt@nyhistory.org or 212-873-3400 ext. 357. The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street). 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. Columbus: Andrea Miller on Radical Acceptance Join us for a reading and discussion of Andrea Miller’s Radical Acceptance. Loving your partner without judgment is the ultimate gift you can give them–and yourself. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st & 82nd Streets). FREE.

7 p.m. Andrew Blauner’s In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs Contributors Roz Chast and Alec Wilkinson present this witty, incisive anthology. The Beatles’ influence is difficult to overstate. This collection of essays highlights both the Beatles’ evolution as well as the span of generations their music affected. From die-hard Beatlemaniacs to new fans, each contributor explores a poignant intersection between Beatles history and personal history. 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

8 p.m. Lean Over: Live Comedy & Music from Cynthia Kaplan, Cate Smit, Karen Bergreen & Lisa Cohen A new monthly show by and for Upper West Siders. Laugh and sing along as we dissect our lives, from the personal to the political. This months guests are Wali Collins (HBO, Netflix’s “The Get Down”) and Carmen Lynch (Colbert, Letterman, Conan). The West End Lounge, 955 West End Avenue @ 107th. $5 donation with proceeds going to Swing Left. Reservations recommended.

 Wednesday, May 24

1 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. 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.

5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday Social Stop in for a glass of wine, docent-led highlights of the exhibitions, and a browse through the Museum Shop. American Folk Art Museum. 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.

3:30 p.m. Columbus: A Beach Party Surf Monkey After School Special! Join Book Culture and Chris Grabenstein for a special Beach Party Surf Monkey After School Special. We’re celebrating the release of the second book in the Welcome to Wonderland Series, Beach Party Surf Monkey​​. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st & 82nd Streets). 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. 112th: Peter Szabo on “Finding Maria” Please join us for a reading and discussion of Finding Maria: A Young Man’s Search for His Grandmother, and Himself​, the new book from Peter Szabo. He is a young man, navigating career and relationship uncertainties, caught up in his own life. But a grudging afternoon visit in New York City with his grandmother will open windows to an untold family past – and a profound friendship with the extraordinary woman who will change his life. Finding Maria tells a story of love and discovery, of tragedy and growth. Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.

7 p.m. Susan Rieger’s The Heirs Susan Rieger’s novel tells the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch. After Rupert Falkes dies, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The five Falkes brothers and their mother are pitched into turmoil. The heirs wrestle with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable New York family. 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium A Toast to Alan Gilbert Music Director Alan Gilbert reflects on eight years leading the Orchestra and what’s in store for him in years to come. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

Thursday, May 25

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.

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 p.m. 112th: ‘Dove Alight’ launch with Karen Bao Join us for the launch of Dove Alight by Karen Bao. The action-packed finale of this explosive sci-fi series for fans of Ender’s Game and Star Wars. Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.

7:30 p.m. The Rahim Alhaj Trio The celebrated Iraqi oud player performs works from his recent Smithsonian Folkways album with Iranian santour maestro Sourena Sefati and Palestinian-American percussion master Issa Malluf. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

9 p.m. until 11 p.m. Kate Chaston Presenting The Pedro Project: an intimate evening of songs from & inspired by the films of Pedro Almodóvar. Featuring vocalist Kate Chaston, with Adam Fisher on cello and Ethan Mann on guitar. Symphony Space’s Bar Thalia. FREE.

Friday, May 26

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. All participants must sign a wavier before you join , please wear loose and comfortable clothing. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday Freshen Up Kick off the weekend with some local sounds at this monthly musical get-happy hour. Featuring Felisa (cumbia, bolero, bossa nova mixed with R&B, soul, and hiphop). West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

 Saturday, May 27

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. 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. Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie Storytime Join us as we read a brand-new story from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean where Pete the Cat is learning a new dance — the Cool Cat Boogie! Activities to follow. 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

12 p.m. until 4 p.m. GRO Girls Season Opener Skateboard Jam Girls Riders Organization (GRO) & SOH celebrate the skateboarding season with a meet and greet, open skate, girls all level learn to ride, board decorating, and ending with a game of S.K.A.T.E. Bring your board and full gear (helmet, elbow & knee pads for those over 18 / + wrist guards for those under 18) to join in. Riverside Park Skate Park @ 108th Street. FREE.

9 p.m. Aimee Allen Music Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aimée Allen’s intimate connection with music began as a child. Her childhood was literally scored with classic jazz, because her mother kept selections from the tradition on the family turntable. This influence can be heard in Aimée’s musical style and interpretation. Symphony Space’s Bar Thalia. FREE.

 Sunday, May 28

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.

11 a.m. Sunday Meeting – Matthew Benson: Doing Our Part: The Ethical Steps We Can Personally Take to Slow and Reverse Climate Change Matthew Benson will lead a deep dive into how the choices we make everyday regarding our habits, traditions and lifestyle impact the local and global environment and contribute to climate change. New and innovative data and recommendations will be given to the audience to take personal steps to live in greater ethical alignment; improve their health; lower their carbon footprint; and make a lifelong commitment to slow and reverse further global warming and adverse climate change. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.

12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Mamapalooza Celebrate all families at our annual festival featuring music, wellness activities, art, activism, and fierce feminist vendors & get inspired to sing out a message of peace, acceptance, and equality. Pier i, 500 W 70th St. 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.

4 p.m. Sun Gaze Days Join Amateur Astronomers Association to gaze at the central star of our solar system with special scopes. Base of Pier I, 500 W 70th St. 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.

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Fabio Giacalone Music The mix of cultures and experiences in his blood is both unique and remarkable. Being born in Brazil and raised in Italy gave Fabio a unique sense of rhythm and musicality. Symphony Space’s Bar Thalia. FREE.