THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning March 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, March 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.

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. Meeting Molnár: The Mint Theater Company Explores the Archives of Ferenc Molnár Hungarian author Ferenc Molnár (1878-1952) was indisputably America’s favorite contemporary playwright from Europe in the 1920s and 30s. Best known today for his plays Liliom (the basis of the musical Carousel), The Play’s the Thing, and The Guardsman, Molnár was immensely prolific as a journalist, short story writer, novelist, and dramatist of forty-two plays, many of which were performed widely throughout Europe and America. This winter, New York City’s award winning Mint Theater Company presents a long forgotten Molnár gem, Fashions for Men, at their 43rd St. theater. Join the Mint at the Library for an evening of scenes and readings from the Library’s Molnár Papers. Register hereNew York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

6 p.m. Nathan Haller, Tenor Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Ashley Cho and Giorgio Consolati, Flutes Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

7 p.m. John Hargrove’s Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish Former SeaWorld whale trainer John Hargove describes what lurks Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

8 p.m. Richard Lin, Violin Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Alexia Bigari, Viola Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

 Tuesday, March 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.

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. Julia Ahyoung Choi, Violin Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Third Year Singers Performances by singers in their third year of study Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

7 p.m. Harlan Coben’s The Stranger Bestselling author Harlan Coben joins us once again for a preview of his latest thriller, The Stranger. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). FREE. 

8 p.m. Isabel Hagen and Jacob Shack, Violas Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Third Year Singers Performances by singers in their third year of study Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

 Wednesday, March 25

1 p.m. The Dance Historian Is In: Ashton Rareties David Vaughan will introduce and screen rare films of ballets and divertissements by Frederick Ashton. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening Room. FREE.

1 p.m. Wednesdays at One: Chamber Music 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.

1 p.m. until 5 p.m. St. Agnes Library Book Sale The St. Agnes Library book sale is fully operated and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. New Yorkers throughout the city contribute materials that are sorted, organized and sold by these volunteers. The New York Public Library, St. Agnes Branch, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (Between 81 and 82 Streets). FREE.

4 p.m. Piano Performance Forum Recital Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Third Year Singers Performances by singers in their third year of study. Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

7 p.m. Jacob Rubin and Mark Ferguson in Conversation With Scott Cheshire A double-bill of Discover authors, Mark Ferguson (The Lost Boys Symphony: A Novel) and Jacob Rubin (The Poser) read and discuss their new work with Scott Cheshire (High as a Horse Bridles.) 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. Samuel Katz, Violin Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Third Year Singers Performances by singers in their third year of study. Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

 Thursday, March 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. Colton Peltier, Piano Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. 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. Third Year Singers Performances by singers in their third year of study. Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. We Paved the Way: A Celebration of New Music for Young Ensembles Founded in 1974 by Claire Rosengarten, New Music for Young Ensembles helped launch the careers of many of today’s most imaginative and influential composers. Through its annual composition competitions and concerts, NMYE offered emerging composers an uncommon opportunity to have their works performed and recorded. Join us for an evening celebrating the 40th anniversary of New Music for Young Ensembles, with recordings from the Library’s archive and memories from composers whose careers were shaped by NMYE. Register hereNew York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. Scott D. Sampson’s How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature Adults and children are invited to this special event with Dr. Scott Sampson on How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street). 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.

8 p.m. Richard Narroway, Cello Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Bokyung Byun, Guitar Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital Countertenor Eric Jurenas and baritone Theo Hoffman, winners of the 2014-2015 Vocal Arts Honors, perform in duo recital. Every year, singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts are nominated by their teachers to audition and are selected through a competitive audition judged by a distinguished panel. Alice Tully Hall. 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, March 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. Joseph Betts and Philip Brindise, Horns Student recital Juilliard Morse Hall. FREE.

5 p.m. Wine Tasting and Talk with Eric Asimov 67 Wine will pouring wines selected by Mr. Asimov while he discusses the wines and his book How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. 67 Wine & Spirits is located at 179 Columbus Avenue (corner of 68th Street).

6 p.m. Miles Mykkanen, Tenor Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. Kyle Johnson, Jazz Trombone 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. Bruch and Piazzolla Kicking off the Bloomingdale Strings Festival, Astor Piazzolla’s “Tango Ballet” and the luscious Octet by Max Bruch. Bloomingdale School of Music (323 West 108th Street). FREE.

7 p.m. David Kelso in “Life’s a Beach” Cabaret Tenor David Kelso has had a multi-faceted career as a singer and actors and will join with pianist, Paul Johnson, to perform selections from classic and contemporary musical theatre. This is a bring your own dinner and BYOB event. Rutgers Presbyterian Church, 236 West 73rd St. FREE, but donations accepted to benefit the Men’s Shelter at Rutgers.

8 p.m. Robin Giesbrecht, Piano Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Enrique Sanchez, Jazz Trumpet Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Beyond the Machine 15.2: eVirtuosos A Festival of Interdisciplinary and Multimedia Arts. Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater

 Saturday, March 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. “Page to Stage” a Community Works NYC Performance/Workshop with Daniel Carlton Join Actor and Teaching Artist Daniel Carlton, as he brings the Bryan Collier book Uptown to life. Carlton will enliven the rich mix of flavors, colors, sounds, and cultures that create the vibrant community of Harlem, as seen through the eyes of a young child. Blending the book’s poetic text, intricate illustrations, and history, this program celebrates NYC’s world-renowned uptown neighborhood, and invites the audience to “stop, look, and listen” to what makes their own community unique. Register hereNew York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA Cafe. FREE.

11 a.m. Duck & Goose Storytime In this winning story created by Tad Hills, Duck and Goose fight over a mysterious egg and learn that although they don’t like each other at first, it’s best to get along. The Bitty City Players help make this a rollicking good time! 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 p.m. Strings Festival BSM students and faculty perform dance inspired music over the day with recitals at 2:00pm & 5:00pm, along with a Dance Party featuring the NYC Baroque Dance Company at 6:30pm. Bloomingdale School of Music (323 West 108th Street). FREE.

2:30 p.m. Vienna: City of Song Inspired by the Library’s rare manuscript copy of the haunting song “Revelge” from Gustav Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn, pianist Matthew O’Dell curates and performs a concert of songs from fin-de-siecle Vienna, including works by Mahler, Berg, and Strauss. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

8 p.m. Beyond the Machine 15.2: eVirtuosos A Festival of Interdisciplinary and Multimedia Arts. Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater. FREE.

8:30 p.m. Samantha Hankey, Mezzo-Soprano Student recital Juilliard, Paul Hall. FREE.

8:30 p.m. Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-Soprano Student recital Juilliard, Morse Hall. FREE.

 Sunday, March 29

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. And Justice For All Dr. Terry Perlin interiews Eduardo Porter, economic columnist, The New York Times. Eduardo Porter, who writes the Economic Scene column for The New York Times, will be interviewed by NYSEC member Dr. Terry Perlin. Mr. Porter’s columns focus on economic inequality, corporate ethical issues, and novel ideas for social reform. A former member of The Times’ editorial board, he writes about business and labor with a critical edge. 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.