THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning May 2, 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 2

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.

7 p.m. Clint Hill in Conversation With Lisa McCubbin In Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, Secret Service agent Clint Hill reflects on his 17 years protecting the nation’s most powerful office. He walked the presidents through a tumultuous era — the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Watergate and more. With a unique insider’s perspective, Hill sheds new light on these presidents. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7:30 p.m. LC Originals: Songwriters Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), Jim Walton (MID-LIFE! The Crisis Musical), and Jeffrey Stock (Triumph of Love) head a list of top musical theater songwriters premiering songs inspired by Lincoln Center. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

 Tuesday, May 3

12 p.m. Gotham Jazzmen Jazz concert presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Please enter by 111 Amsterdam Avenue. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Plaza entrance opens at 12:00 p.m. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

2 p.m. BBC SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES Join us for a screening of Simon Schama: Shakespeare and Us (100 minutes, 2012) with historian Simon Schama. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

5 p.m. Meditation at the Library: Blast Open Your Heart Get ready to experience expansion and unconditional love. This meditation is an amazing healing tool for loneliness, breakups, depression. This program will be led by Elena Zelenina. St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave (at 81st St). FREE.

6:30 p.m. Community Board 7 Full board meeting. At American Museum of Natural History.

7 p.m. Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang Mustang is the feature-film debut of Deniz Gamze Erguven, and was France’s official 2015 submission to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7:30 p.m. Adam and Eve Direct from Italy, presented by In Scena 2016 Italian Film Festival. Starting with Adam and Eve, this piece is a symbolic journey in seven frames which crosses historical eras to arrive at the present day, exploring the endless dynamics between man and woman. At one time lovers, rivals, together or hopelessly distant, but forever in search of a joint identity. In Italian with English supertitles. Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street. Tickets, $15 general; $12 students and seniors.

 Wednesday, May 4

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays Join jazz trio Bill Wurtzel, Jay Leonhart, and Sharon Fisher for music celebrating the ideals of fellowship, labor, charity, passage, and wisdom, themes in Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue (at 66th Street). FREE.

1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. MOVEMENT SPEAKS®/Upper West Side Join Dances For A Variable Population for a series of FREE dance workshops. DVP promotes access to strong and creative movement among people of all ages and abilities with a special focus on senior citizens. Led by dance artist Naomi Goldberg Haas with her professional company, Dances For A Variable Population, the 10-week dance program of workshops and a performance celebrates wellness, community and the joys of dance for seniors and community members on the Upper West Side. Goddard Riverside Senior Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (between 88th and 89th street). 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 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.

7 p.m. Spring Gala Fresh from his Broadway directorial debut (An American in Paris), former NYCB Resident Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon returns to create a world premiere for the 2016 Spring Gala. Additional ballets to be performed at this highly anticipated event will be announced at a later date. David H. Koch Theater. From $20.

7 p.m. Kim Dower in Conversation With Kate Gale Kim Dower’s third poetry collection, Last Train to the Missing Planet, takes us on a journey to places we’ve often visited but never seen. Buy a ticket and hop aboard: experience love, longing, and passion tipped sideways; irreverent, touching, and disarmingly sexy as illuminated by an original and brilliant light. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Mystery and Benevolence Bash! The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Freemasons enjoyed their greatest popularity and highest membership rates in the United States in the last third of the nineteenth century.
In the spirit of benevolence and friendship so cherished by these organizations, join an amazing party decked out in your coolest nineteenth-century-era clothes and dance the night away surrounded by beautiful and highly symbolic fraternal art.
Discover the mysterious meanings and history of fraternal art on view in the galleries guided by museum staff and engage in parlor games, entertainment, and food and drink of the late Victorian period. Prizes will be awarded for the most inventive costumes. A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Food Bank for New York City. Tickets include refreshments and entertainment. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue (at 66th Street). FREE. $20 members, students, seniors; $25 non-members.

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. to 8:15 p.m.  Dawn Nargi, Certified Professional Life Coach and co-founder of The W Connection – Widows Helping Widows Rebuild Their Lives and Dr John Rizzi, licensed clinical social worker will lead a Mindfulness Practice for Beginners.  Please RSVP todawn@wconnection.org.  There is a $10.00 suggested donation for this event.

Thursday, May 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.

11 a.m until 8 p.m. Mothers & Others Jewelry Sale Presented by ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA. ArtWorks will host its 1st annual Mothers & Others Jewelry Sale just in time for Mother’s Day. The event showcases handcrafted jewelry created by 15 students, assistants, and teachers who study and work out of the ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA studio. These one-of-a-kind pieces made using beads, clay, glass and other materials, include bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings. Timed to precede Mother’s Day, this is a great opportunity to purchase unique and affordable jewelry in a variety of styles and materials that make a statement for a mother, loved one or you. Westside YMCA, Fireside Lounge, 5 West 63rd Street (between Central Park West & Columbus). FREE

1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Closer-Look Tour Please join for a tour of the exhibition Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection led by the museum’s gallery guides. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue (at 66th Street). FREE.

2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Afternoon Movie: The Danish Girl (2015) After standing in as a female model for a painting by his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), Danish artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) becomes enamored with his feminine identity and begins living as a woman named Lili Elbe. Although their marriage becomes strained, Gerda stands by Lili as she explores her true self and eventually undergoes one of the world’s first gender-reassignment surgeries in the 1930s. This touching biopic was adapted from David Ebershoff’s book of the same name, and helmed by director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave (at 81st St). FREE.

6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Special Film Screening – Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices New York Premiere Produced in celebration of Robert Shaw’s 100th birthday’s, Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices, is a documentary based on the life, legacy and music of Robert Shaw, considered internationally as the icon of choral music. Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices will trace the journey of a small town California boy who planned to be a minister like his father, but instead became the greatest conductor of choral music the world has ever known. At the heart of the film is the mystery of Shaw’s genius. With no formal musical training, he achieved a stunning early success in popular music and later became legendary for his interpretations of classical music’s great choral masterpieces. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center. FREE.

6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Manhattan Adult ADD Support Group Meeting Join us for a General Support Meeting, where members give a brief introduction and talk about the challenges that they face in their daily lives. The group then shares information & resources so that everyone can benefit. West End Collegiate Church (School Annex) located at 245 West 77th Street (Between Broadway & West End Ave). $5 suggested donation.

7 p.m. Dinitia Smith’s The Honeymoon Dinitia Smith’s spellbinding novel recounts George Eliot’s honeymoon in Venice following her marriage to a handsome younger man. Mary Ann Evans — later known as George Eliot — was a country girl, and educated herself in order to secure a livelihood. In an era when female novelists were objects of wonder, she became the most famous writer of her day. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7:30 p.m. Enso String Quartet This “fine, imaginative ensemble” (Washington Post) plays Sibelius’s brooding “Intimate Voices” and Beethoven’s lovable “Harp” Quartet. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

Friday, May 6

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.REE.

10 a.m until 5 p.m. Mothers & Others Jewelry Sale Presented by ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA. ArtWorks will host its 1st annual Mothers & Others Jewelry Sale just in time for Mother’s Day. The event showcases handcrafted jewelry created by 15 students, assistants, and teachers who study and work out of the ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA studio. These one-of-a-kind pieces made using beads, clay, glass and other materials, include bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings. Timed to precede Mother’s Day, this is a great opportunity to purchase unique and affordable jewelry in a variety of styles and materials that make a statement for a mother, loved one or you. Westside YMCA, Fireside Lounge, 5 West 63rd Street (between Central Park West & Columbus). FREE

10:30 a.m. Dance for Seniors Summer on the Hudson with Dances for a Variable Population master teacher Naomi Goldberg Haas and members of the intergenerational company, lead VARIABLE POP, a dance workshop for seniors of all ages and abilities. Celebrate moving in strong and creative ways. All fun. All welcome. Weather looking iffy? Wanna know if the event is still on? Check the SOH Twitter feed or visit nyc.gov/parks/soh 2 hours before the event. West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

11:15 a.m. until 12:15 a.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, 444 Amsterdam Ave (at 81st St). FREE.

5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Free Music Fridays Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of the self-taught art on view at the museum. This winter and spring during the run of Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection, discover fraternal art and enjoy live acoustic performances by acclaimed musicians. Support the proceedings with a donation-based cash wine bar. Jalopy Theatre Presents this week’s performance by Eden and John’s East River String Band. Eden and John’s East River String Band play a vast spectrum of traditional American blues, country, and pop music ranging from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century.
With John on vocals, guitar, and mandolin and Eden on vocals, guitar, kazoo, and resonator uke, they have released four albums and often have special guests sitting in with them for their recordings and live performances, including Robert Crumb, the famed underground cartoonist who also does all the artwork for the band. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue (at 66th Street). FREE.

6:30 p.m. CNN Screening and Conversation – THE EIGHTIES: Video Killed the Radio Star The 80s. Michael Jackson released the greatest-selling album of all time. Madonna created a persona just as important as her music. Public Enemy exhorted their fans to “Fight the Power.” Whitney Houston, Guns ‘n Roses, U2, David Bowie and Run-DMC were some of the other major artists of this decade. There was a new visual component to it all courtesy of MTV. The digital revolution hit the music world as CDs replaced LPs. Join us to relive it all! Event details: 6:30 pm: Enjoy music from the episode and mingle with guests; 7:00 pm: Conversation with actor, rapper, musician and former MTV VJ Ed Lover; 7:45 pm: Screening of the last episode in the CNN Original Series, THE EIGHTIES: Video Killed the Radio Star. The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (between 76th & 77th Street). FREE.

7 p.m. Adam Gittlin’s Deal Master In author Adam Gittlin’s latest, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Someone from Power Broker Jonah Gray’s past is back in a big way. Jonah has been strong-armed into using his knowledge of the business of skyscrapers to assist in a nefarious, global scheme–and failure is simply not an option. There are monstrous deals and piles of cash to be made. There are reputations–even lives–to be lost. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

 Saturday, May 7

7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Bagel Bark: North Meadow Ballfields #12 If your dog loves Central Park as much as you do, you won’t want to miss these monthly meet-ups for the Park’s vibrant dog community. Hosted by Central Park Paws, Bagel Barks include breakfast and the chance to socialize with new friends… two-legged and four- legged alike! Thousands of dogs, and their owners, visit Central Park every week, and are part of the vibrant community that makes it such a special place. Central Park Paws, a program of Central Park Conservancy, encourages dog owners to become stewards of the Park, and serves as the connector between the dog community, Central Park, and the Conservancy. North Meadow Ballfields #12, Central Park. FREE.

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 1 p.m. It’s My Park! Day Chip in for spring park improvement projects throughout the park. These projects are great ways to meet other volunteers or just explore a different area of the park. Community volunteer events are rain or shine. Project details and meeting sites are determined two weeks before the project based on the weather and the needs of the park. For more info about this project or to register to volunteer, please call 212-870-3070 or email rsvp@riversideparknyc.org. Various locations. FREE.

10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Art on Kicks “A.O.K.” Festival: Graffiti Sneakers Design your very own custom sneakers. Bring your sneakers, new or old. White canvas best. Hosted by internationally recognized graffiti artist George “Sen One” Morill. There will also be music, food and an art exhibit. All ages welcome. Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street. $40 (Includes all art supplies and instruction).

11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School Annual Spring Fair Join us for family fun for everyone!  The spring fair will include games, pony rides, food, a children’s rummage sale and rides and bounce houses.  116th street between Amsterdam and Morningside Drive. FREE admission but activities require purchase of tickets. 

11 a.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. Weather looking iffy? Wanna know if the event is still on? Check the SOH Twitter feed or visit nyc.gov/parks/soh 2 hours before the event. West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

12 p.m. until 3 p.m. On A Wing Festival Celebrate the bird migration season with Central Park Conservancy’s On A Wing Festival.Schedule of Events: 12:00 PM: Shakespeare Garden: Secret World of Insects and Butterflies presented by Long Island Aquarium, Birding Basics for Families Walk: Ramble, Flight Patterns: Drawing the Shakespeare Garden with Artist, Jessica Daryl Winer; 1:00 PM: Live Bat Encounter presented by Organization for Bat Conservation, Birding Basics for Families Walk: Ramble, Flight Patterns: Drawing the Shakespeare Garden with Artist, Jessica Daryl Winer; 2:00 PM: Talons! Live Bird of Prey Experience presented by Master Falconer, Lorrie Schumacher, Birding Basics for Families Walk: Ramble, Flight Patterns: Drawing the Shakespeare Garden with Artist, Jessica Daryl Winer. Central Park. FREE.

1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Families and Folk Art: Quilt Day In the galleries, families will think about women’s contributions to American fraternal culture through learning about various textiles in the exhibition Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection—from quilts to carpets to hooked rugs. Back in the studio, families will construct a four-square quilt top of their own symbolic design. For children ages 4 to 12. Registration requiredAmerican Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue (at 66th Street). FREE.

3 p.m. Pinocchio Fellini The story of the worlds most famous wooden puppet inside a Felliniesque world, featuring numerous different elements including live music, choreographed dance, and shadow puppetry. Part of the In Scnea 2016 Italian Theater Festival, performed by the new youth theater production Compagnia Matuteatro in collaboration with the Teatro della Caduta of Turin. In Italian with English supertitles. Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street. $15 general; $12 students and seniors. 

5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Make Some Noise: A Celebration of Women and Music Summer on the Hudson partners with Barnard College for an evening celebrating women in music. See performances by some of the finest from NYC colleges and universities. Picnics and blankets are welcome, some chairs will be provided. Weather looking iffy? Wanna know if the event is still on? Check the SOH Twitter feed or visit nyc.gov/parks/soh 2 hours before the event. Crabapple Grove @ W 95th Street. FREE.

 Sunday, May 8

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. Wear comfortable clothes and sunscreen. Weather looking iffy? Wanna know if the event is still on? Check the SOH Twitter feed or visit nyc.gov/parks/soh 2 hours before the event. Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument Plaza, Riverside Drive & West 89th Street. FREE.

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.

8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Japan Day: Celebrates Japanese Culture with New Yorkers Japan Day in Central Park is a highly anticipated annual event in spring that celebrates Japanese culture with New Yorkers. Japan Day kicks off with the Japan Run, followed by the Kids’ Race. Like traditional Japanese summer festivals, it provides food and activity tents as well as a stage program displaying a wide range of Japanese culture, including both traditional and contemporary performances. Activities: Bandshell. Performances: Rumsey Playfield. FREE.

10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Art on Kicks “A.O.K.” Festival: Graffiti Sneakers Design your very own custom sneakers. Bring your sneakers, new or old. White canvas best. Hosted by internationally recognized graffiti artist George “Sen One” Morill. There will also be music, food and an art exhibit. All ages welcome. Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street. $40 (Includes all art supplies and instruction).

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 – Thinking About Fascism The philosopher, George Santayana, said, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” But how to employ history to the present, or to predict the future, is very tricky business. Though there are enough similarities to make us very uncomfortable, mid-twentieth century Europe is not twenty-first century America, and the differences should forestall rash conclusions. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages.

2 p.m. Spring 2016 Overlook Concerts – Jazz Riverside Park Conservancy and our generous supporters present our Spring 2016 Overlook Concert series. With talent from French Cookin’ Blues Band, Manhattan School of Music Community Partnerships Program, and the Columbia Wind Ensemble. This week’s performer: Manhattan School of Music Jazz Combo. These fine musicians bring us the best of standard American jazz, vocals and instrumental. 116th Street Overlook (on the middle level of the Promenade), Riverside Park. 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.