THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning August 31, 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, August 31

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. 

11 a.m. until 12:15 p.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.

2:30 p.m. Feature Films on Monday Tired of the heat? Cool off while watching a movie: The NeverEnding Story (92 min. rated PG) is a 1984 West German (English language), epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young warrior whose task is to stop a dark storm called the Nothing from engulfing a fantasy world.  St. Agnes Branch NYPL, 444 Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets, FREE.

7:45 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 Summer HD Festival: LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN Star tenor Vittorio Grigolo is the poet-adventurer whose string of failed romances are the subject of Offenbach’s sparkling operetta. The women he loves and loses are portrayed by Erin Morley as the mechanical doll Olympia, Hibla Gerzmava as the consumptive artist Antonia and the self-absorbed diva Stella, and Christine Rice as the courtesan Giulietta; Kate Lindsey sings Hoffmann’s faithful friend Nicklausse and Thomas Hampson sings the Four Villains. Yves Abel conducts. (Original transmission: January 31, 2015). Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes. Josie Robertson Plaza, FREE.

 Tuesday, September 1

11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Exercise, Stay Well for Seniors St. Agnes Branch NYPL, 444 Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets, 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.

7 p.m. Linda Hirshman’s Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World Linda Hirshman’s dual biography explores how the relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl transcends party, religion, region and culture. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

7:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 Summer HD Festival: IOLANTA/BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE Valery Gergiev conducts and Mariusz Treliński directs a provocative and critically acclaimed double bill, beginning with the company premiere of Tchaikovsky’s fairy tale Iolanta. Anna Netrebko stars as the title character, a blind princess, with Piotr Beczala as the heroic Vaudémont and Aleksei Markov as Robert. Bluebeard’s Castle stars Mikhail Petrenko as the forbidding title character and Nadja Michael as Judith, his unlucky new bride. (Original transmission: February 14, 2015). Approximate running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes. Josie Robertson Plaza, FREE.

 Wednesday, September 2

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz + Wednesdays Bill Wurtzel’s trio will set the mood of the swing era every Wednesday for the run of Folk Art and American Modernism. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, between 65th & 66th Streets @ Columbus. FREE.

5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Lole Global White Tour Join 9,999 yoga fanatics at Central Park’s Great Lawn for an evening of peace and relaxation. The event includes an all-levels yoga session set to live music (including a performance by Ingrid Michaelson), but the gimmick is you have to show up dressed all in white as a symbol of peace and serenity. This is a free ticketed event. A number of paid tickets are also available, To register or purchase tickets, please click here. The Great Lawn, FREE.

6 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.

6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Lake Street Dive / Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Lake Street Drive: After a jaw-dropping performance at a concert event in late 2013 that celebrated the music of Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, Lake Street Dive burst onto the music scene with the release of their critically-acclaimed album Bad Self Portraits (2014). Kitty, Daisy & Lewis: London siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Durham are talented songwriters/musicians whose background is rooted in the tradition where songs are handed down and sung at family gatherings, playing any instrument they lay their hands on. Their songs are an eclectic mix up of Pop, R’n’B & Blues, Psychedelic Rock, Soul, Country, Jazz and Ska. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park near the entrance at E. 69th Street and Fifth Avenue. FREE.

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. Casey Schwartz’s In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis Author Casey Schwartz was drawn to the possibilities and insights emerging on the frontiers of brain research. She presents a riveting view of the convictions, obsessions and struggles of those who dedicate themselves to the intricacies of the brain. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). 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. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 Summer HD Festival: COSÌ FAN TUTTE James Levine conducts Mozart’s brilliant comedy of love, trust, and disguise, featuring a cast of young Met stars, including Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; Danielle de Niese as their clever maid, Despina; Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as the sisters’ suitors, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Maurizio Muraro as the cynical Don Alfonso. (Original transmission: April 26, 2014). Approximate running time: 3 hours. Josie Robertson Plaza, 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, September 3

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.

2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Folk Art Reflections This interactive and discussion-based program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family members or care partners brings the world of folk art to life through conversation. Museum admission and program are free. Registration is required. Stools are provided. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, between 65th & 66th Streets @ Columbus. FREE.

4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Human Chess lay as your favorite game piece and navigate the chess board from inside at our Human Chess games, where chess becomes a embodied team sport. All levels welcome! Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument Plaza, Riverside Drive & West 89th Street, FREE.

6 p.m. Barefoot Shakespeare Company Presents Much Ado About Nothing A battle of wits takes the forefront in one of Shakespeare’s liveliest plays. Our soldiers may be home from international struggles but the battle of the sexes rages on at this Georgian Army Base in the muggy heat of a southern August. Love at first sight, jealousy and confusion, evil illegitimate brothers, mixed-up lovers, three weddings and a funeral. Much Ado About Nothing is an amusing look at timeless truths about love, betrayal, and acceptance. Summit Rock in Central Park (84th St. and CPW), FREE.

7:30 p.m. Jazz for Young People on Tour – “Let Freedom Swing” Jazz at Lincoln Center kicks off its celebrated American History-themed concert series—performed by outstanding jazz artists in 100 metro area schools—with this interactive concert. Based on Wynton Marsalis and Sandra Day O’Connor’s “Let Freedom Swing: Conversations on Jazz and Democracy” curriculum, Jazz for Young People on Tour illustrates the ideals of American democracy through the lens of America’s greatest and most democratic art form: jazz. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage. FREE.

7:45 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 Summer HD Festival: IL TRITTICO Puccini’s classic triple bill is seen in Jack O’Brien’s spectacular production, conducted by James Levine. Il Tabarro stars Maria Guleghina as Giorgetta, Salvatore Licitra as Luigi, and Juan Pons as Michele. Barbara Frittoli sings the title role in Suor Angelica, opposite Stephanie Blythe as La Principessa and Heidi Grant Murphy as Genovieffa. Gianni Schicchi features Alessandro Corbelli as the title character, Olga Mykytenko as Lauretta, and Massimo Giordano as Rinuccio. (Original transmission: April 28, 2007). Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes. Josie Robertson Plaza, 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, September 4

7 a.m. until 9 a.m. GMA 2015 Concert Summer Series Presents: Florida Georgia Line 2015 marks the seventh year that ABC’s Good Morning America is hosting its Friday Summer Concert Series. Concerts air live on the “Good Morning America” show between 7 – 9AM. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park near the entrance at E. 69th Street and Fifth Avenue. 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.

5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Bingo BYO food and beverages to this all ages, free to enter, B-I-N-G-O night. A mix of music plays as the numbers roll out and each game winner receives a prize.West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street, FREE.

5 p.m. West End Synogogue’s Open House Weekend Learn about Reconstructionist Judaism and our cutting-edge educational program: wine and cheese for adults with Rabbi Marc Margolius; activities for K-3rd graders with Rabbi Nadia Gold; babysitting for 0–4 year olds; 6 p.m. First Friday: family-friendly musical service, followed by a Shabbat dinner with pizza for kids at 7 p.m. West End Synagogue, 190 Amsterdam Avenue at 69th Street.

6 p.m. Barefoot Shakespeare Company Presents Much Ado About Nothing A battle of wits takes the forefront in one of Shakespeare’s liveliest plays. Our soldiers may be home from international struggles but the battle of the sexes rages on at this Georgian Army Base in the muggy heat of a southern August. Love at first sight, jealousy and confusion, evil illegitimate brothers, mixed-up lovers, three weddings and a funeral. Much Ado About Nothing is an amusing look at timeless truths about love, betrayal, and acceptance. Summit Rock in Central Park (84th St. and CPW), FREE.

7:45 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 Summer HD Festival: ROMÉO ET JULIETTE Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna star as the title lovers in Gounod’s gorgeous Shakespeare adaptation, conducted by Plácido Domingo and also starring Isabel Leonard as Stephano, Nathan Gunn as Mercutio, and Robert Lloyd as Friar Laurence. (Original transmission: December 15, 2007). Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes. Josie Robertson Plaza, FREE.

 Saturday, September 5

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 5 p.m. Kayaking on the Hudson Join the Manhattan Community Boathouse for a paddle on the Hudson! The walk-up kayaking program operates on a first-come, first-served basis and is suitable for people of all ages and athletic abilities. Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets and basic instructions are provided. 72nd Street at the Hudson River. FREE.

11 a.m. The Full Moon at the Napping House Storytime In this long-awaited companion to the beloved classic The Napping House, a full moon is keeping everyone in the napping house awake! Finally, a musical visitor sends sleepy Granny, her energetic grandson, and their menagerie off to dreamland. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Zumba Zumba is a fusion of Latin, International music, and popular music dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system! The routines feature aerobic fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with easy to follow dance steps. West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal 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.

1 p.m. until 6 p.m. West Side County Fair Enjoy a full day of county fair magic in Manhattan with carnival rides and games, four awesome bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, reptile shows, local food and merchandise vendors, cotton candy and more! 66th to 70th Streets, in Riverside Park, FREE.

1:30 p.m. Telling Our Stories: Grandparenting Today West End members and guests will explore the delights and dilemmas of being grandparents in our modern world. Join the conversation, and come early for a Kiddush luncheon. West End Synagogue, 190 Amsterdam Avenue at 69th Street.

2 p.m. Barefoot Shakespeare Company Presents Much Ado About Nothing A battle of wits takes the forefront in one of Shakespeare’s liveliest plays. Our soldiers may be home from international struggles but the battle of the sexes rages on at this Georgian Army Base in the muggy heat of a southern August. Love at first sight, jealousy and confusion, evil illegitimate brothers, mixed-up lovers, three weddings and a funeral. Much Ado About Nothing is an amusing look at timeless truths about love, betrayal, and acceptance. Summit Rock in Central Park (84th St. and CPW), FREE.

8 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 Summer HD Festival: LA TRAVIATA Natalie Dessay stars as the consumptive courtesan Violetta, perhaps opera’s most beloved heroine, in Willy Decker’s visionary production of Verdi’s tragedy. The cast, conducted by Fabio Luisi, also features Matthew Polenzani as Violetta’s lover, Alfredo, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his father, Giorgio Germont. (Original transmission: April 14, 2012). Approximate running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes. Josie Robertson Plaza, FREE.

10:30 p.m. Experience Selichot Eight days to prepare. Eight days to lay the groundwork for the intensity, depth and beauty of the High Holy Days. Late at night — when we should be asleep — we come together to awaken our souls. 10:30: We get ready. 11:30: We begin. Congregation Shaare Zedek, 212 West 93rd Street. FREE.

 Sunday, September 6

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 p.m. Kayaking on the Hudson Join the Manhattan Community Boathouse for a paddle on the Hudson! The walk-up kayaking program operates on a first-come, first-served basis and is suitable for people of all ages and athletic abilities. Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets and basic instructions are provided. 72nd Street at the Hudson River. 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 –“Worker Cooperatives: Sustainable and Growing” Joe Rinehart, Peer Advisor in the Democracy at Work Network’s Technical Assistance Program, and guests will share their experiences with worker cooperatives, a values-driven business that puts worker and community benefit at the core of its purpose. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages.

2 p.m. Barefoot Shakespeare Company Presents Much Ado About Nothing A battle of wits takes the forefront in one of Shakespeare’s liveliest plays. Our soldiers may be home from international struggles but the battle of the sexes rages on at this Georgian Army Base in the muggy heat of a southern August. Love at first sight, jealousy and confusion, evil illegitimate brothers, mixed-up lovers, three weddings and a funeral. Much Ado About Nothing is an amusing look at timeless truths about love, betrayal, and acceptance. Summit Rock in Central Park (84th St. and CPW), FREE.

2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Harlem Meer Performance Festival Dee Dee LeVant comes from a gospel family. She has worked as a studio musician for Columbia Records and Atlantic Records, and recorded with the Latin sensation Frankie Mercado on his first Spanish and American record, “Latin Soul.” Her Broadway experiences include Your Arms Too Short to Box With God, God’s Trombones, God’s Song, and as an understudy in Hair and The Wiz. Dee Dee has performed with The Harlem Gospel Choir, as soloist with the all-male 150 voice choir at The Cathedral (Floyd Flake) Church, with The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, The Cotton Club Dance Band and with her own band, Why Not Jazz. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues, 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.

7:45 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 Summer HD Festival: DON GIOVANNI Mariusz Kwiecien sings the title role of Mozart’s legendary lothario, whose relentless womanizing leads to a fiery demise. Fabio Luisi conducts Michael Grandage’s production, which also stars Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna, Barbara Frittoli as Donna Elvira, Mojca Erdmann as Zerlina, Ramón Vargas as Don Ottavio, Luca Pisaroni as Leporello, Joshua Bloom as Masetto, and Štefan Kocán as the Commendatore. (Original transmission: October 29, 2011). Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes. Josie Robertson Plaza, FREE.