THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning October 20, 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, October 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;  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. 

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.

7 p.m. Jim Dwyer’s More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook Author Jim Dwyer signs and discusses his important new book, More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

Tuesday, October 22

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 requiredNaam Yoga New York, 141 West 72nd Street #1. FREE, but donations accepted.

11 a.m. Dr. Seuss Storytime Enjoy readings of some of Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s books. Requests are welcomed! 82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

12 p.m. until 6 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 (40 Lincoln Center Plaza).

12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Dixieland Jazz A free performance presented by the Gotham Jazzmen will feature Dixieland, a style of jazz performed by New Orleans musicians dating back to the early 20th century. Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. FREE.

5:45 a.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. Azar Nafisi’s The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) gives tribute to the importance of fiction in a democratic society, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books. Most noted: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Playing Well with Others: Secular Living in a Religious World Moderator and comedienne Leighann Lord will join author Chris Stedman, musician Don Kennedy Albert and Universalist Unitarian minister Kathleen Green to discuss the day-to-day challenges and victories of living a secular life in a faith-based society. New York Society for Ethical Culture. $5 for CFI and NYSEC members, $10 advance sales, $15 at the door.

7:30 p.m. Juilliard Jazz Ensemble Rodney Jones and Elio Villafranca, coaches. Set list:CHARLIE PARKER Chasin’ the Bird; DIZZY GILLESPIE A Night in Tunisia; CHARLIE PARKER Ko-Ko; VICTOR YOUNG Delilah; BUD POWELL Parisian Thoroughfare. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Adults $25, Students $15.

8 p.m. Ji Weon RyuFlute Student recital Paul Hall. FREE.

9:30 p.m. Juilliard Jazz Ensemble Rodney Jones and Elio Villafranca, coaches. Set list: CLIFFORD BROWN Powell’s Prances; CLIFFORD BROWN Joy Spring; CHARLIE PARKER Kozo’s Waltz; BENNY GOLSON Along Came Betty; BENNY GOLSON Soft Winds; ART BLAKEY Thunder Drum Suite. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Adults $25, Students $15.

Wednesday, October 22

12 p.m. until 6 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 (40 Lincoln Center Plaza).

1 p.m. Wednesdays at One: Music for Piano Juilliard artists share their talent with the community in these free, hour-long lunchtime concerts on Wednesday afternoons throughout the season. Alice Tully Hall. FREE.

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays  Featuring jazz of the 1960s in celebration of the exhibition Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget. Performance by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests Mike Gari and Sharon Fisher. American Folk Art Museum, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street. FREE.

4 p.m. Harry Bicket Master Class Early music specialist Harry Bicket leads artists from Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program in a public master class. Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. A Clark Center Conversation with Dudley Williams Jennifer Dunning talks with acclaimed modern dancer Dudley Williams about his roots at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts and his long and illustrious career with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Bruno Walter Auditorium. 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 p.m. Donald McCaig’s Ruth’s Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind It’s back to Tara as Donald McCaig, author of the prequel Ruth’s Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, presents an imagined past for Scarlett’s faithful slave. 82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

7:30 p.m. JTS Presents The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes The Israeli Chamber Project will perform a wide-ranging program of favorite classics and recent works influenced by Jewish culture, including music of Mozart, Schulhoff, Brahms, and the New York premiere of music by Israeli composer Jonathan Keren. Adults $10; Students FREE.

Thursday, October 23

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. 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.

5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thirsty Thursday at On Tap Chat with local vendors while sampling some of their delicious cold brews. Must be 21 or older to attend. On Tap at Whole Foods Market, 10 Columbus Circle, Lower Level. FREE.

7 p.m. Scott Bonn’s Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Murderers Psychology Today blogger and Drew University criminology professor Scott Bonn converses with syndicated columnist Diane Diamond about his new book, Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Murderers82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Wayna & Akua Naru Grammy–nominated Ethiopian-American singer/songwriter Wayna travels the world recording her experiences and fusing musical genres, solidifying herself as a model of what women can be in the hip-hop world. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

8 p.m. Raymond Wong, Collaborative Piano Student recital Paul Hall. FREE.

Friday, October 24

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. CityParks Seniors Fitness: Free Tennis Lessons in Central Park Senior citizens are invited to attend a free tennis program that aims to promote wellness and fitness among New Yorkers. Tennis Courts on 93rd St near West Drive. FREE.

5:30 p.m. Free Music Fridays Performances by: 5:30 pm: Jeff Litman (Americana pop); 6:05 pm: Bryan Dunn (Catchy country rock); 6:40 pm: Martin Rivas (Indie-NYC folk). American Folk Art Museum, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street. 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.

7 p.m. Faculty Focus Concert Series: Nick Finzer Nick Finzer presents original music for his “Exposition Ensemble”, highlighting the jazz trombone from the bebop era to the present. This concert is free and open to the public Bloomingdale School of Music (323 West 108th Street)

7 p.m. Danny Aiello’s I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else: My Life on the Street, On the Stage, and in the Movies From shining shoes to shining portrayals on the silver screen (Moonstruck, The Godfather II, Do the Right Thing), Danny Aiello delivers his autobiography, I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

8:30 p.m. Hulda Jonsdottir, Violin Student recital Paul Hall. FREE.

Saturday, October 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.

9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Movement Meditation A special healing movement series with mantra to connect with your Divine Nature and awaken your highest self. No experience necessary and open to all ages and physical conditions. Registration requiredNaam Yoga New York, 141 West 72nd Street #1. FREE.

11 a.m. Halloween Storytime The barnyard animals are back — just in time for Halloween! Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin is what you’ll be be hearing at Storytime today. And, as always, there will be activities and giveaways!  82nd Street Barnes & Noble. 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. Bacchus and the Banner: New Vintage Baroque Celebrates our National Anthem New Vintage Baroque is a vocal and instrumental ensemble that explores the intersection of music, song, and story. In this special program, NVB helps celebrate the 200th birthday of The Library for the Performing Arts’s rare, first-edition copy of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 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.

3:45 p.m. White Light Conversation: The Evolution of Morality Join us for this free, 90-minute weekend discussion with leading artists and scientists as we explore morality. This conversation will be moderated by John Schaefer. Walter Reade Theater. FREE.

4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award The program will include a short film and a dramatization illustrating the work of The Fortune Society and short talks by some very special guests. New York Society for Ethical Culture. Award ceremony FREE;  Reception $10.

7 p.m. Azar Nafisi’s The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) gives tribute to the importance of fiction in a democratic society, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books. Most noted: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

Sunday, October 26

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.

2:45 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Skate Circle Central Park Dance Skaters Association (CPDSA) celebrates their 20th season of free roller skating to live DJ music. DJs spin Disco classics, R&B and deep & soulful House Music to get you going and keep you rolling! Click here for location. FREE.

3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla Join us for Central Park Conservancy’s annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla. Enjoy spooky music, nocturnal animal mask arts and crafts, live pumpkin carving demonstrations, and of course our signature pumpkin flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight! Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, located inside the Park on 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox 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.

8:30 p.m. Alive Inside Q&A with director Michael Rossato-Bennet and Dan Cohen of Music & Memory. Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space $14; Students, Seniors $12; Members $10.