THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning February 23, 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, February 23

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.” Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. 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. Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. FREE.

6 p.m. Songbook: Broadway’s Future Join us for a concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists. Presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

6 p.m. Mariella Haubs, Violin Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

7 p.m. 20th Precinct Community Council Meeting Discussion of crime and safety in the precinct, with Q&A.  At 120 West 82nd Street. FREE.

8 p.m. Joyce Huang, Viola Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Jameel Martin, Viola Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

9 p.m. D’Ambrose Boyd & David Pearl Present Singers Space Join us as New York’s finest professional and aspiring singers come to sing their favorites and hear their peers perform before an intimate audience. Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). No cover and no minimum.

 Tuesday, February 24

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

12 p.m. Tuesdays at Twelve at Holy Trinity Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 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. Juilliard, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. FREE.

2:30 p.m. Art On Screen Film Series – A Chair for an Angel Join us for a screening of A Chair for an Angel (2013, 74 minutes), directed by Raymond St. Jean. The film explores the world of the Shakers, a Protestant religious sect in America known for its original creations in furniture design, architecture and song. Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen drew inspiration from this world in creating Borrowed Light, a work on community life and individual sacrifice, a veritable communion between music and dance. Shot in Finland and the United States, the film examines the paradoxical cultural heritage of the Shakers, who have traditionally paid little interest in art or even in the simple idea of beauty, yet with their craftsmanship have laid the foundations of a new aesthetic. In English, French, and Finnish with English subtitles. 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.

6 p.m. Chloe Fedor, Baroque Violin Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

7 p.m. Judith Flanders’ A Murder of Magpies Welcome bestselling author Judith Flanders as she discusses A Murder of Magpies, a witty, entertaining mystery featuring a hilarious, sharp as a tack new amateur sleuth. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

8 p.m. Carrie Krause, Baroque Violin Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8:30 p.m. Bar Trivia Join us for bar trivia hosted by Geeks Who Drink. Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway (95th Street). FREE.

 Wednesday, February 25

1 p.m. The Dance Historian is In: The Ballets Russes in Australia 1936-1940, a documentary by Michelle Potter David Vaughan will introduce and screen this video, which includes performance footage from these Australian tours as well as interviews with Irina Baronova and others. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening Room. FREE.

2 p.m. until 3 p.m Jazz+Wednesdays Enjoy Bill Wurtzel’s jazz trio performing standards dating from 1800 to 1920, the years during which the artworks in A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America were produced. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street). FREE.

2 p.m. Joy in Singing Art song master class with Paul Sperry. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

4 p.m. Piano Performance Forum Recital Solo piano works performed by students participating in the Piano Performance Forum. Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Noemy Gagnon-Lafrenais, Baroque Student recital Violin Paul Hall. FREE.

7 p.m. Morris Dickstein’s Why Not Say What Happened: A Sentimental Education 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. AXIOM AXIOM closes its season with a portrait of the innovative Hungarian composer György Ligeti, known for his eclectic mix of styles, and one of the most influential icons of avant-garde music. Conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, AXIOM is joined by award-winning Juilliard cellist Jay Campbell, and countertenor Eric Jurenas. Alice Tully Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Juilliard Jazz Orchestra Live Stream Juilliard Jazz presents The Activist Benny Goodman and the Ambassador Duke Ellington: Democracy at Home and Around the World, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Guest conductors are clarinetist and saxophonist Victor Goines and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, director of Juilliard Jazz. The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra conductor is James Burton. Free tickets are available at events.juilliard.edu. The concert will also be live-streamed at live.juilliard.edu. Peter Jay Sharp Theater. FREE.

8 p.m. Caroline Nicolas, Baroque Cello Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Juilliard Songbook Juilliard singers in recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

 Thursday, February 26

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. until 7 p.m. Whiskey Fest: American Craft Whiskey American Whiskey Fest continues with a whiskey tasting with High West Distillery (Park City, Utah). High West is Utah’s first distillery since the 1870′s. Located at 7,000 feet in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in Old Town Park City, Utah – a town founded by prospectors in the early 1860′s and quickly became one of the richest mining towns in the West. Proprietor and distiller David Perking founded High West to bring the craft of small-batch distilling back to Utah. 67 Wine, 179 Columbus Avenue (at 68th Street).

6 p.m. Living History: A Lecture /Recital on the Diary Melodies of Gregory Spears’ Virginiana Composer Gregory Spears has a singular voice, writing music for modern and period instruments that blends aspects of romanticism, minimalism, and early music. His work has been called “astonishingly beautiful” by The New York Times and “coolly entrancing” by The New Yorker. This season Spears joins forces with the adventurous early music ensemble New Vintage Baroque and the Netherlands based Damask Ensemble to create a new work inspired by life in colonial Virginia. Join us for a fascinating lecture/recital with Spears and his musical collaborators. Register here. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

6 p.m. until 9 p.m. An Evening of Styling, Shopping and Refreshments at J.Crew Columbus Circle J.Crew and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center invite you to AN EVENING OF (SINATRA) STYLING, SHOPPING AND REFRESHMENTS with music provided by Jazz at Lincoln Center. A portion of J.Crews’ proceeds will benefit the upcoming exhibition Sinatra: An American Icon, opening March 4 at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. J.Crew and J.Crew Men’s Shop Columbus Circle | 10 Columbus Circle New York, NY. FREE.

6 p.m. Sonatenabend Pianists from Juilliard’s Collaborative Piano Department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists. Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Stephanie Wu, Piano Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. West Side Jazz Project Join us for a weekly jazz/ R&B vocals night at a local neighborhood bistro. The members of the group: guitarist Jim Hickey (co-host), drummer Todd Turkisher (co-host), drums; vocalist LaRita Gaskins, keyboardist Rob Aries and bassist Ariel De la Portilla, have performed/recorded with a variety of well-known pop & jazz artists including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, David Byrne, Jaco Pastorius and John Scofield. Planet Sushi, 380 Amsterdam Ave, (at corner of West 78th St). FREE.

7:30 p.m. 10³²K: The Skip James Project Featuring Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Kevin Ray, and Andrew Drury with special guests J.D. Allen and Justin Hicks The cooperative trio 10³²K explores the musical legacy of Delta blues legend Skip James in Hard Time Killing Floor Suite—a multi-part suite conceived and performed by founding members Ku-umba Frank Lacy (trombone, flumpet, voice), Kevin Ray (bass), and Andrew Drury (drum set). David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage. FREE.

8 p.m. Edson Scheid, Baroque Violin Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

 Friday, February 27

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. Julia DeRosa, Oboe Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Whiskey Fest: Moonshine, Bourbon and Chocolate Whiskey Join us as Whiskey Fest continues, featuring a favorite NY distillery, Kings County (Brooklyn, New York). The Distillery’s philosophy of “quality” over quantity has placed them in a very special category amongst whiskey fanatics. Kings County’s whiskeys are expertly crafted with great attention to detail. Join the conversation on twitter @67wine #drinklocal #67whiskeyfest. 67 Wine, 179 Columbus Avenue (at 68th Street).

5:30 p.m. Free Music Fridays Enjoy live music with a performances by: Charles Ellsworth (Western folk-core); 6:05 pm: Jeanne Marie Boes (Soulful pop); 6:40 pm: Humble Tripe (American alt-folk). American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street). FREE.

6 p.m. Erin White, Violin Student recital Juilliard, 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.

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. New Worlds by Phancy’s Pencill Drawne Music and science fiction old and new, featuring Parthenia (a consort of viols), mezzo-soprano Hayden DeWitt, and baroque violinists Vita Wallace and Dana Maiben. Hostelling International New York, 891 Amsterdam Avenue (bet 103rd and 104th Street) FREE.

7 p.m. Color in Sound: The Boundless Imagination of Claude Debussy Few composers have created their own unique world of sound at the piano as successfully as Claude Debussy; this concert explores its many facets. Featuring pianist Amy Gustafson. Bloomingdale School of Music (323 West 108th Street). FREE.

 Saturday, February 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.

10:30 a.m. Wood, Sap, and Gut: Breakfast with New Vintage Baroque Rare woods from South America, refined tree resin, wound sheep gut, and Siberian horsehair all combine to create the otherworldly sounds of string instruments. Join members of New Vintage Baroque for an interactive demonstration of authentic baroque era violins, cellos, and gambas. Register here. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA Cafe. FREE.

11 a.m. Black History Month Storytime I am Rosa Parks and I am Jackie Robinson are the two great children’s books written by Brad Meltzer that we’re reading today to celebrate Black History Month. Join us for special activities, too. 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. The Mozart-Beethoven Connection Featuring violinist Paul Roczek, cellist Hamilton Berry, baritone Darian Worrell, and pianist Diana Mittler-Battipaglia. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 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.

5 p.m. Neighborhood Concert: Andrew Haji and Liz Upchurch Join us for a performance by Andrew Haji, the ideal tenor for the operas of Haydn, Mozart, and Donizetti, and Liz Upchurch, a prizewinning pianist and vocal coach. St. Michael’s Church, 225 West 99th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue). FREE.

7 p.m. West Side Storytellers It is our great pleasure to announce that West Side Rag is hosting its first-ever storytelling night at Gastronomie 491 on February 28 at 7 p.m.! West Side Storytellers will feature stories about the Upper West Side as told by Upper West Siders, in a live event with drinks and food. Buy tickets hereGastronomie 491, Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th Street). $10 (includes a free appetizer and entertainment).

 Sunday, March 1

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. Feminist Islam Is Not an Oxymoron 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. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages.

3 p.m. until 5 p.m. “The Grass Is Always Greener: What’s Your Story?” by Anabella Lenzu Dance/Drama Company In this two hour performance and movement workshop, your memories and experiences will be the creative source material to tell your personal story. Through a combination of performance, lecture and audience participation, Argentinean choreographer and author of Unveiling Motion and Emotion, Anabella Lenzu, will demonstrate and explore how we can bring our story to life through the power of the body, movement and gestures. A Big Read event. Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue (at 91st Street). 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.