THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning June 20, 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, June 20

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 pm; 6 pm: Cirque de Jonée Jacqueline Jonée, the world’s première concert pianist drag diva, and the JouJou Jacquettes Philharmonic Orchestra, return to the stage to dazzle audiences with a high wire, three ring circus presentation, along with special guests Mary Ellen Buckwold and Laura Holmes. Enjoy the spectacle and laughs, plus music by Mozart, Liszt, Chaplin, Sondheim, and Bernstein. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. Walter Shapiro’s Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Fuhrer From acclaimed journalist Walter Shapiro, the true life story of how his great-uncle–a Jewish vaudeville impresario and exuberant con man–managed to cheat Hitler’s agents in the run-up to WWII. A thrilling and page-turning read, Hustling Hitler is the untold story of the larger-than-life, eternal hustler who changed the course of history. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. Katherine Ozment on Grace Without God Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. Most Americans are raised in a religious tradition, but in recent decades many have begun to leave religion, and with it their ancient rituals, mythic narratives, and sense of belonging. So how do the nonreligious fill the need for ritual, story, community, and, above all, purpose and meaning without the one-stop shop of religion? What do they do with the space left after religion? With Nones swelling to one-fourth of American adults, and more than one-third of those under thirty, these questions have never been more urgent. Book Culture, 536 W 112th St (between Amsterdam & Broadway). FREE.

 Tuesday, June 21

All Day Make Music New York Small concerts at venues all around the neighborhood and city. Various locations. FREE.

10:30 a.m. “Music for Moderns”: The Partnership of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian Opening This exhibition is derived largely from record producer George Avakian’s and violinist Anahid Ajemian’s personal archives of photographs, recordings, memorabilia, oral histories, writings, letters, and other papers. It explores both of their careers and, through them, some of the most important musicians of all time. It also provides a unique way of viewing the important musical developments of their era through the lens of both artistic and commercial recording considerations, as well the development of the recording industry as a whole. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Vincent Astor Gallery. FREE.

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.

5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: 10th Annual Make Music New York Presents Glass on Water Philip Glass will help Make Music New York usher in its second decade by playing from his Etudes for piano along with nineteen students from New York City public schools. Glass wrote the Etudes over an extended period (twenty years), originally starting the project to develop his own skills as a pianist. Pier i @ 70th Street, Riverside Park. 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 Avenue (between 81st & 82nd St). FREE.

6:30 p.m. Midsummer Night Swing Learn different dances and then perform them to live music. In Damrosch Park. $17.

6:30 p.m. 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, Riverside Park. FREE.

7 p.m. Linda Greenhouse’s The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right Author Linda Greenhouse presents a fresh and revelatory look at the Warren Burger Supreme Court. It was not a “moderate” court, but a conservative one that still defines the constitutional landscape we live in today. Drawing on the personal papers of the justices as well as other archives to reveal how the Court shaped its major decisions. It will surprise even legal scholars and historians. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

7 p.m. Kim Addonizio on Bukowski in a Sundress A dazzling, edgy, laugh-out-loud memoir from the award-winning poet and novelist that reflects on writing, drinking, dating, and more. Kim Addonizio is used to being exposed. As a writer of provocative poems and stories, she has encountered success along with snark: one critic dismissed her as Charles Bukowski in a sundress. ( Why not Walt Whitman in a sparkly tutu? she muses.) Now, in this utterly original memoir in essays, she opens up to chronicle the joys and indignities in the life of a writer wandering through middle age. At once intimate and outrageous, Addonizio’s memoir radiates all the wit and heartbreak and ever-sexy grittiness that her fans have come to love and that new readers will not soon forget. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Ave (between 81st & 82nd St). FREE.

7 p.m. until 10 p.m. SummerStage: Fete de la Musique: CharlElie Couture / Yael Naim / General Elektriks / La Femme Rumsey Playfield, located on the east side of the park near the entrance at E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave. FREE.

8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew This summer, Tony nominated director Phyllida Lloyd turns Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes The Taming the Shrew on its head, with an all-female cast and a bold new take. Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, played by Olivier Nominee Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The River), who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House, Mary Stuart) plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.

 Wednesday, June 22

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays During the upcoming exhibitions Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett and Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die, Bill Wurtzel trio will perform music celebrating the American South, the birthplace of self-taught artist Ronald Lockett. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square. 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.

6:30 p.m. Midsummer Night Swing Learn different dances and then perform them to live music. In Damrosch Park. $17.

6:30 p.m. Yoga – Evening Salute to the Sun Summer on the Hudson brings back the ever popular Hatha yoga with Hollis, featuring beautiful sunsets over the Hudson River. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. The Plaza at 66th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

7 p.m. Mark Billingham in Conversation With Lee Child Die of Shame is a chilling story of addiction, subterfuge, and murder. Every Monday, six people gather to talk about shame. A doctor, a housewife, a young male prostitute … all they have in common is a history of addiction. When one is murdered, it becomes apparent that someone in that circle is responsible. How do you find the truth when secrets and lies are second nature to all your suspects? 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.  

8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Metropolitan Opera: Summer Recital Series Rising soprano Angel Blue—who will make her Met debut in a future season—is joined by two young Met stars, tenor Ben Bliss and baritone Alexey Lavrov, and pianist Dan Saunders. The same artists will perform two nights later at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The July concerts feature soprano Michelle Bradley, tenor Kang Wang, and baritone Yunpeng Wang—all three members of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program—accompanied by Saunders. Rumsey Playfield, located on the east side of the park near the entrance at E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave. FREE.

8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew This summer, Tony nominated director Phyllida Lloyd turns Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes The Taming the Shrew on its head, with an all-female cast and a bold new take. Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, played by Olivier Nominee Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The River), who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House, Mary Stuart) plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.

Thursday, June 23

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.

1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Human Trafficking forces men, women and children into sexual exploitation or coerced into forced labor. This problem robs victims of their freedom, and YES, it happens right in YOUR neighborhood. Speakers: Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, Micol Rieger of Met Council on Jewish Poverty, Ruth Gursky, Hadassah, will discuss what has been done, what more is needed. JCC MANHATTAN, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th St). Register online or by phone: 646-505-5708. $10 contribution requested to benefit Hadassah and JCC.

4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Educators’ Open House Please join the American Folk Art Museum’s education department and educators from around the city for private tours of the current exhibitions, educational resources, and light refreshments. To participate in this free special event or to learn about other opportunities for teachers at the museum, please contact education@folkartmuseum.org. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Midsummer Night Swing Learn different dances and then perform them to live music. In Damrosch Park. $17.

6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Crossing Cultures in the Pacific Reflect on the fluid and adaptive natural life in the Pacific region. The panel discusses objects from the exhibition and traces the material progress of Oceania. Register: 646.398.6944, public.programs@bgc.bard.edu Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Everybody Tango! Come to Summer on the Hudson in West Harlem Piers Park every Thursday from June through August to enjoy an introductory lesson in Argentine tango music and dancing led by Strictly Tango NYC, which aims at the heart of tango—confidence—and strive to build this in students quickly and effectively. You will learn tango in a friendly and supportive community of tango dancers. Our system of teaching tango is structured and precise while also allowing our students to have fun and be creative. West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Hudson Warehouse Presents the Classics: Much Ado About Nothing Join Us For Our 13th Season of Classical Theater. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, June’s feature production is none other than Shakespeare’s comedic play Much Ado About Nothing, in which young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. No tickets necessary. Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, North Patio, Riverside Drive & W 89th Street. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Senior Movement Dances for a Variable Population master teacher Naomi Goldberg Haas and intergenerational company members, lead a dance workshop for seniors of all ages and abilities. Celebrate moving in strong and creative ways. All fun. All welcome. The Plaza at 70th Street, Riverside Park South. FREE.

7 p.m. A Midsummer Night’s Dream New York Classical Theatre – New York City’s ONLY all-free Off-Broadway theatre – will celebrate William Shakespeare’s life and the 400th anniversary of his death with the company’s 17th season featuring one of his most magical plays of romance – A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Central Park. The audience follow the actors from place to place as the play moves from scene to scene. An average show covers approximately 3 city blocks over 2 hours. Central Park (enter at West 103rd St. & Central Park West). FREE.

7:30 p.m. France Rocks Festival: Ayo Accenting folk rock with deep soul grooves and African rhythms, the German-born singer-songwriter of Romani and Nigerian descent won the 2008 European Border Breakers Award for her debut album Gravity At Last. This year, she crowned her success with Europe’s prestigious Crystal Globes Award for Best Female Singer given by the French Press Association. Ayo, who usually splits her time between Paris and New York, stops by Lincoln Center during an extensive world tour promoting her latest album, Ticket to the World. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew This summer, Tony nominated director Phyllida Lloyd turns Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes The Taming the Shrew on its head, with an all-female cast and a bold new take. Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, played by Olivier Nominee Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The River), who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House, Mary Stuart) plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.

Friday, June 24

7 a.m. until 9 a.m. GMA 2016 Concert Summer Series Presents: Brad Paisley 2016 marks the eighth year that ABC’s Good Morning America is hosting its Friday Summer Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Doors open at 6AM. Concerts air live on the “Good Morning America” show between 7 – 9AM.  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.REE.

1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Free Tennis Lessons for Seniors from CityParks To register online, complete this form. If you have any questions contact sports@cityparksfoundation.org or call (718) 760-6999. Tennis Courts 93rd St near West Drive. FREE.

6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday Freshen Up Kick off the weekend with some fresh air while you drink in the sounds at this monthly musical get-happy hour. Featured Performer: Tattoo Money – Downtown stories fuse indie rock sounds with an 808.  West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Hudson Warehouse Presents the Classics: Much Ado About Nothing Join Us For Our 13th Season of Classical Theater. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, June’s feature production is none other than Shakespeare’s comedic play Much Ado About Nothing, in which young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. No tickets necessary. Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, North Patio, Riverside Drive & W 89th Street. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

6:30 p.m. Midsummer Night Swing Learn different dances and then perform them to live music. In Damrosch Park. $17.

7 p.m. A Midsummer Night’s Dream New York Classical Theatre – New York City’s ONLY all-free Off-Broadway theatre – will celebrate William Shakespeare’s life and the 400th anniversary of his death with the company’s 17th season featuring one of his most magical plays of romance – A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Central Park. The audience follow the actors from place to place as the play moves from scene to scene. An average show covers approximately 3 city blocks over 2 hours. Central Park (enter at West 103rd St. & Central Park West). FREE.

7 p.m. Relive the Magic of Harry Potter Join us for an event that is sure to conjure a magical experience for the most modest Muggles and wisest Wizards! Customers can enter the Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Print Sweepstakes, and activities include a coloring station (send an exclusive Owl Post Postcard), trivia, and the opportunity to participate in the assembly of a Wrebbit 3D Hogwarts Astronomy Tower, an 875-piece 3D puzzle. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew This summer, Tony nominated director Phyllida Lloyd turns Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes The Taming the Shrew on its head, with an all-female cast and a bold new take. Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, played by Olivier Nominee Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The River), who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House, Mary Stuart) plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.

 Saturday, June 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.

11 a.m. Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery Storytime Just because you’re extremely cute, doesn’t mean you can’t operate a bulldozer! From author-illustrator David Gordon comes a funny, whimsical take on believing in yourself and telling bullies who’s boss! Join us for a fun-filled Storytime! Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE.

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.

1:30 p.m. Xerxes (Serse) by George Frideric Händel The New York Opera Forum presents a concert version of Xerxes, directed by Richard Nechamkin. The New York Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center. FREE.

2:30 p.m. Piano Masterworks on a Saturday Afternoon New York Opera Forum presents a concert version of Xerxes, directed by Richard Nechamkin. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

3 p.m. until 7 p.m. SummerStage: Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 / The Hot Sardines / Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot J Rumsey Playfield, located on the east side of the park near the entrance at E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Hudson Warehouse Presents the Classics: Much Ado About Nothing Join Us For Our 13th Season of Classical Theater. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, June’s feature production is none other than Shakespeare’s comedic play Much Ado About Nothing, in which young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. No tickets necessary. Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, North Patio, Riverside Drive & W 89th Street. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

6:30 p.m. Midsummer Night Swing Learn different dances and then perform them to live music. In Damrosch Park. $17.

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. RCTA Sunset Concert: Classical The Series celebrates Riverside Park and represents the rich cultural diversity of the Upper West Side. ThThis week’s performer: Gotham Winds. This classical woodwinds ensemble brings the delightful sounds of Mozart and other greats to the riverside to welcome the summer.. 97th Street Tennis Court Lawn, Riverside Park. FREE.

7 p.m. A Midsummer Night’s Dream New York Classical Theatre – New York City’s ONLY all-free Off-Broadway theatre – will celebrate William Shakespeare’s life and the 400th anniversary of his death with the company’s 17th season featuring one of his most magical plays of romance – A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Central Park. The audience follow the actors from place to place as the play moves from scene to scene. An average show covers approximately 3 city blocks over 2 hours. Central Park (enter at West 103rd St. & Central Park West). FREE.

8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew This summer, Tony nominated director Phyllida Lloyd turns Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes The Taming the Shrew on its head, with an all-female cast and a bold new take. Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, played by Olivier Nominee Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The River), who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House, Mary Stuart) plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.

 Sunday, June 26

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.

10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Grand Bazaar NYC A new flea market, with proceeds benefiting local schools. In the playground on 77th Street and Columbus.

11 a.m. Sunday Meeting – The Devastating Impact of Factory Farming 99 percent of the meat, eggs, and dairy products consumed in the US are produced on factory farms with devastating repercussions on sentient non-human animals, poor and marginalized people, the planet, and public health. Animal agriculture corporations and their lobbyists have successfully kept the horrors of factory farming hidden from the public. Today we’ll look at a reality that most of us try not to think about. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.

2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Harlem Meer Performance Festival Wo Famatou (Guinean Dance/Percussion) Enjoy the best local talent on the best outdoor stage at the 23rd annual Harlem Meer Performance Festival! Featuring established and emerging local artists in jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music and dance. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues). FREE.

3 p.m. Jazz Concert: Cool Finnish Finland-based pianist Mika Pohjola and New York City percussionist Kyle Struve perform a concert of traditional and modern music. Hear why Finnish jazz has plenty of design. At Bard Graduate Center. $25 (free for students).

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.

6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Let’s Dance! Learn to dance like a pro at these Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon. Pier i at 70th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Music in a Garden Featuring Geoff Burke–  jazz quintet. West Side Community Garden, West 89th Street between Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Hudson Warehouse Presents the Classics: Much Ado About Nothing Join Us For Our 13th Season of Classical Theater. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, June’s feature production is none other than Shakespeare’s comedic play Much Ado About Nothing, in which young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. No tickets necessary. Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, North Patio, Riverside Drive & W 89th Street. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

7 p.m. A Midsummer Night’s Dream New York Classical Theatre – New York City’s ONLY all-free Off-Broadway theatre – will celebrate William Shakespeare’s life and the 400th anniversary of his death with the company’s 17th season featuring one of his most magical plays of romance – A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Central Park. The audience follow the actors from place to place as the play moves from scene to scene. An average show covers approximately 3 city blocks over 2 hours. Central Park (enter at West 103rd St. & Central Park West). FREE.

8 p.m. until 10 p.m. SummerStage: Comedy Central Presents: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Stand-Up in the Park Comedy Central invites you to a night of free, live comedy featuring your favorite personalities from The Daily Show. Joining Daily Show host Trevor Noah live on stage will be correspondents and contributors Ronny Chieng, Jordan Klepper, Adam Lowitt, Desi Lydic, Hasan Minhaj, Michelle Wolf and Roy Wood Jr. Rumsey Playfield, located on the east side of the park near the entrance at E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave. FREE.

8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tavern on the Green: Broadway on the Green Tavern on the Green is partnering with cast members from five of Broadway’s biggest shows to debut “Broadway on the Green,” an outdoor theater series that will bring top-billed performances to Tavern’s Courtyard overlooking Central Park. Those interested in booking a reservation for dinner to guarantee seating in the courtyard can visit tavernonthegreen.com/reservations or call 212-877-TOTG (8684). Tavern on the Green, Central Park. 

8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew This summer, Tony nominated director Phyllida Lloyd turns Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes The Taming the Shrew on its head, with an all-female cast and a bold new take. Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, played by Olivier Nominee Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The River), who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House, Mary Stuart) plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.