THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning August 29, 2016 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, August 29

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 for all;  suggested donation of $5.

8 p.m. Summer HD Festival – Otello The Met’s annual Summer HD Festival of free outdoor opera screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza returns for its eighth season. The series will present ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions; and for the third year in a row, the Met is collaborating with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to open the festival with an opera-related Hollywood film. Josie Robertson Plaza. FREE.

 Tuesday, August 30

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Jazzy “Sessions at the Circle” Series:  Fleur Seule Join us as some of New York’s most dynamic young jazz artists serenade patrons of The Shops at Columbus Circle. The Shops at Columbus Circle, Second Floor, Time Warner Center. FREE.

7 p.m. Columbus: Ronna Wineberg on “9 Facts That Can Change Your Life” Join us for a reading by Ronna Wineberg from her new book of stories, Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life. Joining her in conversation will be author Donna Baier Stein. In this stirring new collection, Ronna Wineberg explores our essential bonds to partners, children, parents, and friends. Intimacy, marriage, parenthood, adultery, divorce, and the legacies left by the past unfold in these beautifully written stories. Men and women search for happiness and love, yet face longing, disappointment, and loss. The characters in Nine FactsThat Can Change Your Life struggle with unexpected changes in their own lives but discover the power of kindness, the joy of connection, and the ways in which we can be renewed. Book Culture Columbus, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd). FREE.

7:30 p.m. VICE Media Watch & Learn: VICELAND’s WOMAN with Gloria Steinem | USA: Assault in the Military In this episode of the acclaimed new VICELAND series WOMAN, executive producer and host Gloria Steinem and an all-female team of journalists investigate the troubling prevalence of sexual assault in the U.S. military. Stay after the screening for a live talk-back with Ms. Steinem, Ariel Wengroff, executive producer of WOMAN, and Loree Sutton, MD, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.) – Commissioner, NYC Department of Veterans’ Services. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

8 p.m. Summer HD Festival – La Fille du Régiment The Met’s annual Summer HD Festival of free outdoor opera screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza returns for its eighth season. The series will present ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions; and for the third year in a row, the Met is collaborating with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to open the festival with an opera-related Hollywood film. Josie Robertson Plaza. FREE.

 Wednesday, August 31

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays During the upcoming exhibitions Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett and Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die, Bill Wurtzel trio will perform music celebrating the American South, the birthplace of self-taught artist Ronald Lockett. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square. FREE.

6 p.m. until 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 complimentary trial meeting on UWS.  If you would like to join after your trial meeting, membership in The W Connection is $40 annually which gives you access to all our chapter and programs.

6:30 p.m. Yoga – Evening Salute to the Sun Summer on the Hudson brings back the ever popular Hatha yoga with Hollis, featuring beautiful sunsets over the Hudson River. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. The Plaza at 66th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

7 p.m. Columbus: M. Elizabeth Lee on “Love Her Madly” Join us to celebrate the new novel by M. Elizabeth Lee, Love Her Madly. Glo never expected to become best friends with a girl like Cyn. Blonde, blue-eyed, and a little wicked, Cyn is the kind of girl other girls naturally envy yet, surprisingly, she embraces Glo like a sister after they transfer to the same tiny college in Florida. With a fresh start at a new school and Cyn as her best friend, Glo finds what she has been waiting for her whole life: excitement, acceptance, and the joys of female friendship. Book Culture Columbus, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd). 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. until 10 p.m. SummerStage: Chicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert Live music from Broadway’s worldwide smash, featuring stars from the show! Rumsey Playfield, located on the east side of the park near the entrance at E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave. FREE.

8 p.m. Summer HD Festival – Lucia di Lammermoor The Met’s annual Summer HD Festival of free outdoor opera screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza returns for its eighth season. The series will present ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions; and for the third year in a row, the Met is collaborating with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to open the festival with an opera-related Hollywood film. Josie Robertson Plaza. FREE.

Thursday, September 1

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 A tour of Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett and Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die led by museum gallery guides. Meet in the museum atrium. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square. FREE.

2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Folk Art Reflections This interactive and discussion-based program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family members or care partners brings the world of folk art to life through conversation. Museum admission and program are free. Registration is required. Stools are provided. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square. FREE.

4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Human Chess We unroll a giant chess board which you will stand on in the position of your chosen chess piece, and play the game with a group as a team. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, W 89th St & Riverside Dr. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Tabou Combo Singing in English, Spanish, French, or their native Haitian Creole, this legendary band has been packing dance floors for nearly four decades with a hot mix of grooves and textures with roots from around the world. Considered the ambassadors of Haitian konpa, Tabou Combo folds in other Haitian influences like rara, the dance-till-you-drop carnival music, and the hypnotic drums of Haitian voodoo rituals plus Dominican merengue, French quadrilles and contra-dances, and American funk. Employing the repetition and breaks of Afro-American gospel music, Tabou Combo entices the listener to become listener and dancer. According to Fanfan, the band’s main songwriter, “We want people to dance and forget their sorrows.” David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Summer HD Festival – La Cenerentola The Met’s annual Summer HD Festival of free outdoor opera screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza returns for its eighth season. The series will present ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions; and for the third year in a row, the Met is collaborating with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to open the festival with an opera-related Hollywood film. Josie Robertson Plaza. FREE.

Friday, September 2

7 a.m. until 9 a.m. GMA 2016 Concert Summer Series Presents: Jason Derulo The Summer Concert Series returns for the eighth year to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, home of City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Festival. Concerts will take place live during “Good Morning America”. Rumsey Playfield, located on the east side of the park near the entrance at E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave

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. FREE.

5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Bingo Bring your own food and beverages to this all ages, free to enter, B-I-N-G-O night where each game’s winner receives a prize from Summer on the Hudson!
Free! West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Dances for All Abilities Celebrate moving in strong and creative ways through a dance workshop for seniors and all other ages and abilities. West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

8 p.m. Summer HD Festival – Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci The Met’s annual Summer HD Festival of free outdoor opera screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza returns for its eighth season. The series will present ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions; and for the third year in a row, the Met is collaborating with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to open the festival with an opera-related Hollywood film. Josie Robertson Plaza. FREE.

8 p.m. Shakespear in the Park: Twelfth Night A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.

 Saturday, September 3

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 5 p.m. Morningside Park’s Down to Earth Farmer’s Market Local farmers sell a wide range of items including: seasonal vegetables, fruits, plants and flowers, baked goods, fresh fish and seafood, beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, yogurt, honey, pickles and pantry staples such as cornmeal polenta, wheat flour, roasted nuts and dried pasta.  Corner of 110th St. & Manhattan Ave.

11 a.m. If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Storytime Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who’s determined to have the best show-and-tell of all! Just in time for back-to-school, join us for a fun-filled Storytime featuring If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway. FREE.

11 a.m. Shape Up NYC Zumba Shape Up NYC (an NYC Parks program run in partnership with Equinox, NYC Service, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield) offers free fitness classes to help New Yorkers get and stay fit. Weather looking iffy? Wanna know if the event is still on? Check the SOH Twitter feed or visit nyc.gov/parks/soh 2 hours before the event. West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th Street & Marginal Street. FREE.

8 p.m. Summer HD Festival – The Merry Widow The Met’s annual Summer HD Festival of free outdoor opera screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza returns for its eighth season. The series will present ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions; and for the third year in a row, the Met is collaborating with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to open the festival with an opera-related Hollywood film. Josie Robertson Plaza. FREE.

8 p.m. Shakespear in the Park: Twelfth Night A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.

 Sunday, September 4

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. Grand Bazaar A new market, with net profits going to local public schools. In the playground on 77th Street and Columbus.

11 a.m. Sunday Meeting – Colloquy on Work Let’s think about, and talk about that word: labor— its importance in our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. We will explore together how labor, in its broadest sense, can elevate or undermine our humanity. New York Society For Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.

12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Family Performance Festival Each summer, Central Park Conservancy hosts a series of eco-education and multicultural performances for the whole family to enjoy. Formerly known as A Clearing in the Forest, this year’s Family Performance Festival is chock-a-block full of fun and learning through music, storytelling, Park adventures, puppetry, and more! All ages welcome. Great Hill (West Side from 103rd to 107th Streets). FREE.

1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair The West Side County Fair is a full day of carnival rides and games, awesome bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, local food and merchandise vendors, cotton candy, and more! Pier i at 70th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Keith “The Captain” Gamble and the NU Gypsies (Blues/RockEnjoy the best local talent on the best outdoor stage at the 23rd annual Harlem Meer Performance Festival! Featuring established and emerging local artists in jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music and dance. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues) Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (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.

7:30 p.m. Summer HD Festival – Turandot Anna Netrebko stars as Leonora in Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production. Dolora Zajick, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Yonghoon Lee complete the quartet of stars. Josie Robertson Plaza. FREE.

8 p.m. Shakespear in the Park: Twelfth Night A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.