THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning May 25, 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, May 25

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.

8 p.m. until 9 p.m. New York Philharmonic’s Annual Free Memorial Day Concert Tickets are required and will be distributed at 6:00PM the evening of the concert. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the performance. One ticket per person. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. FREE. 

 Tuesday, May 26

12 p.m. Dixieland Jazz 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, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. 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. until 9 p.m. Classical Theatre William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew Central Park, (Enter at West 103rd Street & Central Park West. FREE.

 Wednesday, May 27

1 p.m. The Dance Historian is In: Cunningham Rarities David Vaughan will introduce and screen early films of work by Merce Cunningham, including the solos Variation and Changeling, the duet from Suite for Five, and the group dance Springweather and PeopleNew York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening Room. FREE. 

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays Join Bill Wurtzel’s Jazz Trio on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm as they explore the soulful, romantic, and darkly beautiful themes present in When The Curtain Never Comes Down. No reservations required. Limited seating. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). FREE.

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.

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 p.m. Decoded: A Novel by Author Mai Jia China’s foremost author of spy thrillers talks about the creation of his newest novel Decoded. Set in the 1930s during China’s civil war, a semi-autistic math genius is recruited by a top-secret government agency as a codebreaker. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Classical Theatre William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew Central Park, (Enter at West 103rd Street & Central Park West. 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, May 28

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 2 p.m. Closer-Look Tour Please join us for a tour of the exhibition When the Curtain Never Comes Down led by the museum’s gallery guides.  American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). FREE.

6 p.m. An American Ballet Theatre Selfie Session Founded in 1940, American Ballet Theatre has defined excellence in American dance for 75 years. During this anniversary season, with tours, exhibitions, and gala performances, ABT will be celebrated upon the world’s grandest stages. For this Selfie Session, ABT dancers Isabella Boylston, Daniil Simkin and James Whiteside provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the life of this illustrious company: the unadorned rehearsal studios, the dressing rooms, the tour buses, and the shoe fittings. Join us for this rare look backstage at American Ballet Theatre.  New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. Vivian Gornick’s The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir Vivian Gornick introduces The Odd Woman and the City, her memoir of self-discovery in the spirit of her previous work, Fierce Attachments. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Classical Theatre William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew Central Park, (Enter at West 103rd Street & Central Park West. FREE.

7:30 p.m. The David Mayfield Parade An accomplished student of the bass, guitar, and mandolin, David Mayfield grew up on the road with his family’s bluegrass band and has performed of late with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Jessica Lea Mayfield. His album Good Man Down was funded by the popular crowdsourcing site Kickstarter and raised more than double its initial goal. Hear this up-and-coming Americana singer/songwriter in all his “acoustic, beardy goodness” (American Songwriter) as he performs songs from his latest LP StrangersDavid 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, May 29

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.

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 8 p.m. Lincoln and the Jews Marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination, this exhibition focuses on the significant, and hitherto unknown, relationships and interactions between Abraham Lincoln and his Jewish friends and associates. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street). Admission is pay-as-you-wish.

7 p.m. Feng Tang in Conversation With Xu Zechen Regarding Their Books on Beijing Book Expo America, Global Market Forum honors China, featuring Feng Tang of Beijing, Beijing in a conversation with author Xu Zechen of Running Through Beijing discussing their books on Beijing. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

7 p.m. Guitar Trios The Bloomingdale classical guitar faculty collaborates on a diverse concert of music originally composed for three guitars. This event is free and open to the public. Bloomingdale School of Music (323 West 108th Street).

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Classical Theatre William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew Central Park, (Enter at West 103rd Street & Central Park West. FREE.

7:30 Lincoln Center Originals: Digital Dance Accomplished choreographers Celia Rowlson Hall and Vanessa Walters present works that experiment with diverse forms of media and challenge the boundaries of art and dance. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage. FREE.

 Saturday, May 30

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. Peanut Butter & Cupcake Storytime Today we’re reading a wonderfully silly story, Peanut Butter & Cupcake — a guaranteed laugh-out-loud Storytime and activities to follow with the Bitty City Players on hand for the fun. 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.

2:30 p.m Peace of Heart Choir Founded shortly after the September 11 tragedies, the all-volunteer Peace of Heart Choir is committed to promoting healing, diversity, community bonding, and mutual understanding through music. Join the choir for an uplifting afternoon of songs from many cultures, including works from the Library for the Performing Arts’ collections. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

5 p.m. Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Sponsored by Council Member Helen Rosenthal. Julia Bullock and Renate Rolfing. St. Michael’s Church, 225 West 99th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue). FREE.

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Classical Theatre William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew Central Park, (Enter at West 103rd Street & Central Park West. FREE.

 Sunday, May 31

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. 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. Seeking New Light: Neuroscience and the Path toward Our Ethical Ideals Built on lectures and music, Sunday Platforms are the heart of Ethical Culture. Topics range from Environment to Ethics, from Music to Theater, and can be inspiring and joyful. These events are free and open to the public. We would like to find a larger audience for these Sunday morning programs and we hope that you will share them with your colleagues, readers and friends. A second email will follow containing the rest of our monthly programs. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages.

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. Classical Theatre William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew Central Park, (Enter at West 103rd Street & Central Park West. FREE.