THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning June 29, 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, June 29

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;  suggested donation of $5.

10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.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.

7 p.m. Elyssa Friedland’s Love and Miss Communication Elyssa Friedland’s Love and Miss Communication protagonist decides to abandon her smartphone for good and embark on a new beginning despite the problems it may cause. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. Upper West Side Story: Book Presentation Meet Bettina Grosjean, a professor of Women’s History, and her husband, a high-ranking environmental policymaker in the New York City mayor’s office. Once a pair of student radicals, they are now raising their two brainy children on New York’s Upper West Side…Upper West Side Story, by Susan Pashman, is also the story of a remarkable multi-racial friendship, of two women united by their ideals and their devotion to their children, then divided by events that spiral out of control. At Book Culture, 82nd and Columbus. FREE.

 Tuesday, June 30

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.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Pilates in the Park Join instructor Melissa Ricci, CPT, PMA from Base Fitness® for a flowing, multi-level Pilates mat class that will tone and balance your muscles, align your body, strengthen your core, and give you renewed energy! Bring your own mat. The Plaza at 66th Street in Riverside Park South. FREE.

7 p.m. Arthur Browne’s One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York New York Daily News staffer Arthur Browne introduces One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

7:30 p.m. Naumburg Orchestral Concert Join us for a performance by Ensemble LPR and enjoy free classical music, a service in harmony with our community. Historic Naumburg Bandshell, Concert Ground, Central Park. FREE.

 Wednesday, July 1

1 p.m. The Dance Historian Is In: Bolt, a ballet by Alexei Ratmansky to a score by Dmitri Shostakovitch David Vaughan will introduce and screen a September 2006 performance by the Bolshoi Ballet of Ratmansky’s new version of this work, originally choreographed by Fyodor Lopukhov in 1931. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening Room. FREE.

4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Fresh and Locally Grown Vegetables: Central Park West CSA Support the farm-to-table movement by exploring what this weekly pop-up market of local, farm fresh veggies has to offer. In front of St. Matthew/St. Timothy’s Church at West 84th Street.

6:00 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 dawn@wconnection.org 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, but we are offering complimentary meetings in April and May.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Evening Salute to the Sun End your day with relaxing Hatha yoga with instructor Hollis Lewis in a beautiful sunset setting. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. The Plaza at 66th Street in Riverside 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.

7:30 p.m. Robin Rhode and Val Jeanty The award-winning, post-apartheid South African artist Robin Rhode uses visual languages that range from photography and performance to drawing and sculpture. Here, he presents his work alongside Haitian electronic music composer, percussionist, and turntablist Val Jeanty. A conversation about the alliance of visual art and music moderated by RoseLee Goldberg, art curator and founder of PERFORMA, opens the evening, followed by a viewing of selected animations by Rhode and a culminating live performance by Jeanty. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage. FREE.

8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Summer on the Hudson Picture Show: Jurassic Park Pack a picnic, bring a friend and settle in for a night of premier movies on the Pier. The film will generally begin around 8:30pm and seating will open at 6:30, and is first come first serve. 250 chair swill be provided that normally fill by 7:30. Ground seating is available in front and behind the chair section. Front ground seating is for blankets/butts on ground (the pier is hard made of pavers) & picnics are welcome if trash is disposed of properly. Dogs are welcome on leash and off chairs. People may bring their own chairs and place them behind our chairs on the dark pavers, if they choose to bring them. Pier I in Riverside Park South. FREE.

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, July 2

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. until 11:30 a.m. Summer on the Hudson Children’s Performance Series presents Moona Luna This event includes music, storytelling, and theater for young audiences up to age 7. Moona Luna is the kindie group that the New York Daily News says is providing “the missing soundtrack for bilingual/bicultural kids.” After making a splash on the family music scene with their accordion-driven, Latin-inspired debut album, Piñata Party (2011), Moona Luna delivered something fresh in its sophomore album, Vamos, Let’s Go! (2013). Songwriter and bandleader, Sandra Velasquez, found inspiration in American pop hits of the 50’s and 60’s, and staying true to her bilingual mission, crafted Spanish and English lyrics for each song. Having bilingual lyrics is just the icing on the cake because the tunes are so finger-snapping good and cater to extremely wide audiences. Pier I in Riverside Park South. FREE.

7 p.m. Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Join us for a nostalgic journey and relive iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. Explore the books, toys, games, music, movies, TV and fashion that shaped the decade and participate in a fun-filled Hula Hoop contest. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Summerstage Presents: Un Break à Mozart / The DASH Ensemble Un Break à Mozart: was born of a desire to share – to create a dialogue through an encounter between France’s Centre Chorégraphique National (CCN) of La Rochelle/Poitou-Charentes and the Champs-Elysées Orchestra, two strongly typified artistic universes. The DASH Ensemble:is a New York City based contemporary dance group founded and directed by Gregory Dolbashian. Combining elements of modern, hip hop, floor work and physical theater, Dolbashian has created his own unique style of contemporary dance with an urban flair. Rumsey Playfield, located on the east side of the park near the entrance at E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Las Cafeteras Las Cafeteras seamlessly fuse traditional Afro-Mexican music from Veracruz, modern rhythms, and lyrically rich storytelling to create a fresh Urban Folk sound from the streets of East Los Angeles. A remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, they add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and eclectic instrumentation including jarana, requinto, donkey jawbone, West African Marimbol, cajón, and a wooden platform called the Tarima used to dance Zapateado. Opening up the night will be DJ Ushka (Dutty Artz/iBomba). 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, July 3

7 a.m. until 9 a.m. GMA 2015 Concert Summer Series Presents: Mika Bentley 2015 marks the seventh year that ABC’s Good Morning America is hosting its Friday Summer Concert Series in Central Park. Rumsey Playfield, located on the east side of the park near the entrance at E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave. FREE.

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. until 3 p.m. Seniors Fitness: Central Park Tennis All New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, are invited to participate in free tennis lessons. CityParks Seniors Fitness aims to keep neighborhood parks a great place for community activity. Even in moderate amounts, exercise can help us feel better, maintain or lose weight, reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes, and minimize the symptoms of arthritis. No matter how old we are, our bodies always benefit from physical activity. All equipment and instruction is provided free of charge. 

6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Totally Public Karaoke Join us for karaoke whether it be as a participant or a spectator.  A song selection sheet will be available. Performance slots will be by sign up and the registraion process will begin at 5:30; first come, first to perform. Pier I in Riverside Park South. FREE.

7 p.m. Get Pop-Cultured: Doctor Who Fans of the popular BBC Doctor Who are invited to enjoy trivia, giveaways, a special offer and more. Come dressed as your favorite character and join the fun. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

 Saturday, July 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.

10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The New-York Historical Society is FREE for kids under 18. Enjoy exciting, patriotic activities for kids and adults of all ages! Taste sweet treats with The History of Ice Cream, hear tunes ‘n’ tales with the Hudson River Ramblers, and explore the Museum on scavenger hunts all day long!

11 a.m. Get Pop-Cultured: Magic Tree House — Dinosaurs Before Dark Welcome, young dinosaur hunters! At this dig site, fun will never go extinct with activities, giveaways and a special offer. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd 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.

6 p.m. July 4 Barbeque Potluck BBQ at the West Side Community Garden. Bring a dish. 89th street between Columbus and Amsterdam. FREE.

7 p.m. Riverside Clay Tennis Association Sunset Concerts Celebrate Independence Day with a performance by world-renowned jazz bassist Ron McClure & Friends along the Hudson River. Hudson River at 97th Street. FREE.

 Sunday, July 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 9 a.m. Summer on the Hudson: Tai Chi Join Silvana Pizzuti at the gorgeous Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument on Sunday mornings to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive. FREE.

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. Colloquy on Patriotism The Fourth of July is a time for celebration. Parades, picnics and fireworks abound. It’s also an opportunity to reflect upon independence and freedom. What do those concepts mean in a country that still struggles with racism, misogyny and inequality? How can we both love our homeland and dissent its policies? Patriotism takes many forms and together we will share our thoughts, feelings and experiences. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages.

2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Summerstage Presents: Global Family Day: Shine and the Moonbeams with special guest the Noel Pointer Central Park, Rumsey Playfield. 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. Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays Presents Banda Magda Enjoy vibrantly danceable live music accompanied by spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River! Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band’s global background and unchained musicality. Pier I in Riverside Park South. FREE.