THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning December 15, 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, December 15

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. 

10 a.m. until 8 p.m. (Monday through Saturday) Columbus Circle Holiday Market The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is the perfect place to enjoy bites from some of the city’s finest, shop for holiday gifts from artisans and designers, and soak in the splendor of winter in New York. Central Park, 59th Street and Central Park West, near the southwest entrance of the park. FREE.

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.

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.

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Live Jazz at Stone Rose Lounge Enjoy free live jazz at Stone Rose Lounge. 10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor. FREE.

6 p.m. Holiday Songbook: The Nutcracker and I A Reading of a New Holiday Musical Comedy, based on Tchaikovsky’s Classic. Conceived and written by Tony Award honored lyricist GERARD ALESSANDRINI (Forbidden Broadway) and Emmy Award winner PETER BRASH with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky from the classic ballet. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

6 p.m. Eloise Fisher, Clarinet Student recital. The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Singers in Recital Robert White’s Recitalist’s Practicum Class Concert. The Juilliard School, Morse Hall, FREE.

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. There’s no Place Like Home” Holiday Benefit Concert Event for the Homeless The event will include musical performances, MURRAY THE MUPPET, a reading from “Sleeping from the Mayor” about the 1998 200 day City Hall encampment that launched the Interfaith Assembly’s Life Skills Empowerment Programs – moving testimonies from formerly homeless graduates of these programs, and information and actions to take to address homelessness. Historic West Park Presbyterian Church – 165 West 86th street (at Amsterdam Avenue). General Admission $10; Benefit tickets $25 and up.

8 p.m. Ken Hamao, Violin Student recital. The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. French Horn Studio Recital French Horn students of Julie Landsman. Morse Hall. FREE.

 Tuesday, December 16

12 p.m. Dixieland Jazz  Presented by the Gotham Jazzmen New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue. FREE.

12 p.m. Tuesdays at Twelve at Holy Trinity Home of the celebrated Bach Vespers series, the 110-year-old Holy Trinity Lutheran Church offers a historically-appropriate venue for the performance of early music. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church . FREE.

4 p.m. Keyboard Improv Class Recital Piano and Organ students improvise pieces for recital. The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. 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.

6 p.m. Chamber Music Recital The Juiliard School, Paul Hall, FREE.

6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Chanukah on Ice NYC Chabad of NYC celebrates the Festival of Lights with a night of skating, complimentary kosher food, music and lighting of a giant ice menorah. Wollman Rink, Central Park. Online: $25 with skate rental, $18 no skate rental, under 3 is FREE; At the door: $28 with skate rental, $20 no skate rental, under 3 is FREE.

8 p.m. Yuchong Wu and Junhai Chen, Pianos The Juiliard School, Paul Hall, FREE.

 Wednesday, December 17

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, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

12 p.m. Batsheva Dance Company at 50: American Concepts and the Israeli Spirit The exhibition will offer a glance into two different representations of the juxtaposition of American choreographers and Israeli dance: known choreographies performed by Batsheva’s dancers and original choreographies that were specifically created for the company. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Plaza Corridor Gallery. 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. The Vocal Music of Duparc The Juilliard School, Paul Hall, FREE.

 Thursday, December 18

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.

4 p.m. Hyewon Kim, Cello The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

4 p.m. Chris Gross, Cello Lecture Performance The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Richard Narroway, Cello The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Susanne Mentzer’s Selfie Session Mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, a star in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, provides an unparalleled, behind-the-scenes look at her day-to-day work. Illustrated with self-taken cellphone photos, Mentzer will talk us through her life, from morning warmups, to costume fittings, to rehearsals and coachings with maestro James Levine. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Discussion and Book Signing Richard and Valerie Tucker will speak about their book Step Right Up: Classic American Arcade and Target Forms. Book signing and reception to follow. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square. FREE.

7:30 p.m. The New Standards’ Holiday Show Featuring Special Guests Nellie McKay, Rhett Miller, Mike Doughty, Craig Finn, Dessa and more! These three world-class musicians come together as The New Standards, a jazz-inspired, unlikely soul-filled group who command the stage with virtuosity, style, and a wicked sense of humor. The New Standards’ Holiday Show has long been a Minnesota institution. Audiences have come to expect a show that combines swinging renditions of classic holiday tunes with a smattering of irreverence, inebriation, and spectacle. But it’s the surprises that delight: the special rock star guests, a touching poem or story, dances and comic bits, or a show-stopping version of “Snow Days”— that sweet ode to Minnesota winter— like you’ve never heard it before. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage. FREE.

8 p.m. Yura Seung Jung Oh, Violin The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

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.

5 p.m. until Midnight Holiday Under the Stars One of the most popular holiday attractions in the Big Apple, “Holiday Under the Stars” at Time Warner Center features twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling of the 150-foot Great Room. The stars are lit by the largest specialty crafted display of illuminated color mixing in the world. This must-see display is choreographed to festive tunes providing a holiday atmosphere unlike any other in New York. Time Warner Center. FREE.

 Friday, December 19

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.

4 p.m. Soo Jin Hannah Cho, Violin The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Free Music Fridays Enjoy live music and a donation-based cash wine bar. 5:30 pm: Maddy Wyatt (Melodic folk rock); 6:05 pm: Warren Malone (British country folk); 6:40 pm: Fife and Drom (Foot-stomping blues). American Folk Museum, 2 Lincoln Square. FREE.

6 p.m. Chamber Music Recital Mariam Machaidze, Violin, and Leo Wexler-Mann, Piano. Paul Hall, FREE.

6 p.m. Stephanie Wu, Piano The Juilliard School, Morse Hall. 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.

8 p.m. Alexander McKissick, Tenor The Juilliard School, Paul Hall. FREE.

 Saturday, December 20

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.

11:30 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. Under the Mistletoe Need a little music? Need a little laughter? Need a little singing, ringing through the rafter? Great! Let’s take that road before us and sing a chorus or two at this toe-tapping celebration of mistletoe and holiday madness from the producer of The Philhallmonics. After all, there’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy, so join us for a kiss of Christmas magic featuring Phil Hall at the piano along with a bevy of beauties. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland Under the twinkling lights of its marquee, The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola invite the public to participate in a toy drive to benefit Safe Horizon, an organization serving  children in need throughout New York City. Bring the family and have your picture taken with Santa while enjoying some of New York City’s best community choirs. 125th Street under the Apollo Marquee. 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.

4 p.m. Under the Mistletoe Need a little music? Need a little laughter? Need a little singing, ringing through the rafter? Great! Let’s take that road before us and sing a chorus or two at this toe-tapping celebration of mistletoe and holiday madness from the producer of The Philhallmonics. After all, there’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy, so join us for a kiss of Christmas magic featuring Phil Hall at the piano along with a bevy of beauties. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

 Sunday, December 21

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.

10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Columbus Circle Holiday Market The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is the perfect place to enjoy bites from some of the city’s finest, shop for holiday gifts from artisans and designers, and soak in the splendor of winter in New York. Central Park, 59th Street and Central Park West, near the southwest entrance of the park. FREE.

11 a.m. Winter Festival Young and old gather together to celebrate the Winter Solstice with music and readings and a traditional candle lighting ceremony to chase away the darkness. Join Leader Curt Collier, families from the Ethics for Children program and teens in the Ethical Leadership program for an intergenerational program that will bring you good cheer. New York Society For Ethical Culture,  2 West 64th Street. FREE.

10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Ice Skating at Wollman Rink Ice skating is fun, healthy, and the perfect way to spend a fun or romantic winter day or night. So grab your skates and enjoy! Wollman RinkMonday – Thursday: Adults $11.25; Youth (11 and under) $6; Seniors $5; Friday – Sunday and Holiday Weeks: Adults $18; Youth $6; Seniors $9. Skate Rentals: $8; Lock Rental: $5 (plus $6 refundable deposit); Spectator Fee: $5. *Cash Only* No Credit Cards.

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.