Events for the week beginning November 24, 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, November 24
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.
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.
12 p.m. until 8 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, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.
12 p.m. Batsheva Dance Company at 50: American Concepts and the Israeli Spirit The exhibition will offer a glance into two different representations of the juxtaposition of American choreographers and Israeli dance: known choreographies performed by Batsheva’s dancers and original choreographies that were specifically created for the company. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Plaza Corridor Gallery. 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.
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. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.
7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Live Jazz at Stone Rose Lounge Enjoy free live jazz at Stone Rose Lounge. 10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor. FREE.
7:15 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. Readings in Deep Ecology We will explore selections from famous environmental authors, including Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Wangari Maathai, Michael Pollan, Rachel Carson, Richard Louv, Edward Abbey and Jane Goodall. This is a great way to cover classic environmental literature. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.
8 p.m. Jeffrey Milarsky Conducts AXIOM AXIOM continues its colorfully-themed season with a program of works by American contemporaries for drastically different, yet spirited styles–John Cage and Conlon Nancarrow. Conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, AXIOM is joined by John Cage enthusiast and critically-acclaimed pianist Han Chen, Juilliard’s 2013-15 graduate resident string quartet, Aeolus Quartet, and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble. Alice Tully Hall. FREE.
8 p.m. Juilliard Jazz Ensembles Juilliard Jazz Ensembles perform the music of Dave Brubeck, J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, and Charlie Parker. Paul Hall. FREE.
Tuesday, November 25
10:45 a.m. until 12 p.m. Naam Yoga This class teaches students tools for self healing through breath, movement and sound to restore the flow of vital energy throughout the entire body. Work on balancing the brain, the glandular, digestive and nervous systems to experience vibrant health and well-being. No experience necessary and open to all ages and physical conditions. Registration required. Naam Yoga New York, 141 West 72nd Street #1. FREE, but donations accepted.
12 p.m. Dixieland Jazz Presented by the Gotham Jazzmen New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue. 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. until 8 p.m. Wisdom and World Affairs Join Ken Gans for stimulating discussions on: ”Friedman on the Middle East,” The New York Times, 11/19/14, 11/12/14; “World Briefing on Salvery,” 11/18; “Global Population of Youth,” 11/18; “The Dangerous Coal Rush in India,” 11/18; and “Rothmer: Inequality Gets Worse,” 11/17. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.
7:30 p.m. NYCHA Talent Show StudioNYCHA showcases the artistry of New York City residents. Incredible emerging performers aged six through 76 experience performance training and preparation through the NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) Annual Talent Show. StudioNYCHA draws from a vast talent pool rich with determination, pride, perseverance, and community spirit. The Studio provides an opportunity for NYCHA residents with abilities in music, vocals, dance, acting, and spoken word to develop their performance skills and showcase their talents at a professionally staged venue. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage. FREE.
Wednesday, November 26
11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Ethical Death Cafe A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. NYSEC, 2 West 64th Street. $5 Suggested donation.
1 p.m. The Dance Historian Is In Choreography by August Bournonville New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.
3 p.m. until 10 p.m. Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation It takes a lot of helium to keep the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloons afloat. Visitors who want a preview of the parade balloons won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the balloons grow on Thanksgiving-eve. 79th Street and Columbus Avenue. 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.
Thursday, November 27
9 a.m. 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Kick-Off For 88 Years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been the official kick-off to the holiday season! Every year, this Emmy Award winning tradition is seen by more than 3.5 million people in New York and 50 million people at home, all tuned in to see giant balloons, one-of-a-kind floats, amazing performances and much more! 77th Street and Central Park West to Columbus Circle. FREE.
5 p.m. until Midnight Holiday Under the Stars One of the most popular holiday attractions in the Big Apple, “Holiday Under the Stars” at Time Warner Center features twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling of the 150-foot Great Room. The stars are lit by the largest specialty crafted display of illuminated color mixing in the world. This must-see display is choreographed to festive tunes providing a holiday atmosphere unlike any other in New York. Time Warner Center. FREE.
Friday, November 28
7 a.m. Broadway Morey Boogie A group exhibition of outdoor sculpture by American contemporary artists. Broadway (Columbus Circle to 166th Street). 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.
10 a.m. Black Friday Event at Aveda Black Friday stress relief event! Stop in for some comforting tea and complimentary stress-relieving pampering. 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor. FREE.
6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion explores the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States—a history that involved New York from its very beginnings—and will raise the question “What does it mean to be an American?” The exhibit narrative extends from the late eighteenth century to the present and includes all regions of the country, thus interpreting the Chinese American saga as a key part of American history. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. Admission is pay-as-you-wish.
Saturday, November 29
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.
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.
2:30 p.m. Benjamin Bradham in Performance Pianist Benjamin Bradham presents a program featuring J.S. Bach’s magnificent Keyboard Partita No. 2 in C minor and the majestic Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. 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.
Sunday, November 30
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.
9:45 a.m. Coffee ‘n Chat Meet with trustee Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross to discuss “Deeds.” New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.
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 – Oxfam Hunger Banquet Join us as we raise awareness about world hunger. When guests arrive, they draw tickets at random that assign each to a high-, middle-, or low-income tier—based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Each income level receives a corresponding meal. The 20 percent in the high-income tier are served a sumptuous meal; the 30 percent in the middle-income section eat a simple meal of rice and beans; and the 50 percent in the low-income tier help themselves to small portions of rice and water. Leader Anne Klaeysen will guide participants through the interactive event. Finally, all guests are invited to share their thoughts after the meal and to take action to right the wrong of poverty. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.
1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Annual Mark Twain Birthday Walking Tour Explore “Mark Twain’s New York” on this walking tour which makes stops at about two dozen Twain-related landmarks and sites, from the two rather grand houses he rented in Greenwich Village to the Broadway hotel where Twain met his future wife and the publishing house that brusquely turned down his first book. Also included will be the true story of how Sam Clemens, the man behind the famous pseudonym, decided to start calling himself “Mark Twain” in the first place — a recently discovered story that, happily enough, also had its roots in New York City. 500 Broadway, between Broome & Spring Streets. $20.
1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Between The Folds Documentary! Join us for a viewing of GREEN FUSE FILMS’ award-winning documentary Between the Folds. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. 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.
5 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. Great Organ: David Baskeyfield In celebration of the restored Great Organ, the Cathedral presents a concert series following Sunday Evensong. This recital is free and open to the public. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. FREE.