THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning October 27, 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 27

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.

6 p.m. Songbook: Broadway’s Future 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. Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Celebrate the IRT’s 110th Birthday John Taranac, urban historian and mapmaker in a discussion of how the IRT impacted our neighborhood. Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Avenue. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Conversation About Bullying Assembly member Daniel O’Donnell will discuss New York’s anti-bullying law, the Dignity for All Students Act, as well as the state of bullying and prevention efforts. Joan of Arc School Complex, 154 West 93rd Street. FREE.

7 p.m. Jake Halpern’s Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld A former banker teams up with a former armed robber to make a killing in Jake Halpern’s book based on a true story Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

7 p.m. 20th Precinct Community Council Meeting to discuss local crimes in the 20th precinct. At the precinct, 120 West 82nd Street.

8 p.m. Composition Concert New works by Juilliard student composers Paul Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Juilliard String Quartet in Recital Founded in 1946, Juilliard resident string quartet is widely known as “the quintessential American string quartet,” with their technically superior and musically inspiring interpretations of chamber strings repertoire from classic masterworks to contemporary compositions. Alice Tully Hall. Tickets $30, Student tickets $15.

 Tuesday, October 28

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.

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. 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. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. 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. Herbie Hancock in Conversation With Larry Blumenfeld Jazz musician Herbie Hancock is on-hand to talk about his new memoir Herbie Hancock: Possibilities in conversation with Larry Blumenfeld82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

8 p.m.Bachauer Piano Recital: Pianists Yun Wei and Alan Woo Winner of the 2012 Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, Chinese pianist Yun Wei is a fourth-year student at Juilliard studying with Robert McDonald. Praised for his “assurance and vitality” (New York Times) in his 2010 appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra, Alan Woo is also a fourth-year pianist studying with Robert McDonald. Paul Hall. FREE.

 

 Wednesday, October 29

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.

1 p.m. The Dance Historian is In: Ashton’s Tchaikovsky Interpolations by Frederick Ashton into Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, introduced by David Vaughan. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. 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.

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. Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan in Conversation With Michael Pollan Meet the Pollan Family as they introduce their new cookbook, The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

8 p.m. David Lindsay-Abaire’s ‘Rabbit Hole’ David Lindsay-Abaire was a student in The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program when Marsha Norman urged him, “write about the thing that frightens you the most.” Recalling this advice years later as a new father, he sat down and wrote Rabbit Hole. This deeply affecting play about a couple grappling with the loss of their young child is suffused with empathy, and surprisingly, with humor. Rabbit Hole is winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony nominee for Best Play. Stephanie P. McClelland Drama Theater. Tickets $20, Student tickets $10.

8 p.m. Patrick McGuire, Cello Morse Hall. FREE.

Thursday, October 30

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.

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

6 p.m. “Tap Too and Hallowe’en…Boo!” Cabaret artist Steve Ross and co-presenter Max St. James with guest stars. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m. David Nicholls’ Us Bestselling novelist David Nicholls presents Us, the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with his wife and endear himself to the son who is almost a stranger to him. 82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Target Free Thursdays: NYC Youth Poet Laureate Final Competition The NYC Youth Poet Laureate Program provides a platform for young voices to promote civic engagement, build community and to energize teens to vote. Come support the top teen poets in NYC as they perform for a chance to be named NYC Youth Poet Laureate, win a book deal from Penmanship Books, and a reading tour of the city. This evening also celebrates the book launch of 2014 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana from Penmanship Books and announcements about the 2014 Poet Linc Anthology from Black Dog Publishing. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage. FREE.

8 p.m. Hilary Purrington, Composition Program to include new music for trombone quartet, solo viola, wind octet, and large chamber ensemble. Morse Hall. FREE.

8 p.m. Kristian Bezuidenhout Leads Juilliard415 South African artist Kristian Bezuidenhout, “one of the foremost, and arguably the most brilliant, of today’s fortepiano players” (London Times), makes his Juilliard415 debut in a program of Mozart and Bach. Alice Tully Hall. Tickets $20, Student tickets $10.

8 p.m. Xingyuan Xu, Viola Paul Hall. FREE.

Friday, October 31

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.

12:30 p.m. Tribute to the Life and Work of Lorin Maazel Speakers and artists will pay tribute to Lorin Maazel, one of the world’s most esteemed conductors, through a program of performances. Also presented will be a short film highlighting the Maestro’s legendary career. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.

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.

4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Crypt Crawl Shake you spirits loose this Halloween season! Creep into the Cathedral’s crypt, hear the stories of the entombed, and learn the origins of Halloween as a Celtic New Year celebration and later transformation into All Hallows Eve. Space is limited and participants must be 12 years of age or older. Bring a flashlight. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Tickets $20, Student & Senior Tickets $15.

5:30 p.m. Free Music Fridays Performances by: 5:30 p.m.: Jessi Robertson (Whiskey-soaked dark folk); 6:05 p.m.: Ryan Morgan (Lyric-focused folk); 6:40 p.m.: Kelley Swindall
Southern gothic folk. American Folk Art Museum, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street. FREE.

6 p.m. Jonathan Shadle, Trumpet Paul 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. An Entertaining Evening with Levern Williams Jazz stylist Levern Williams will perform songs from the great Nate King Cole, Johnny Hartman and Lou Rawls. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space. Tickets $12.

7 p.m. Schumann’s Chamber Year In 1842, his “chamber year”, Robert Schumann created two of the greatest chamber music pieces ever known: the Piano Quintet op. 44 and the Piano Quartet op. 47. Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108th Street. FREE.

8 p.m. Francisco Montero, Piano Paul Hall. FREE.

 Saturday, November 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.

11 a.m. Meet the Artist Saturday: David Gonzalez: Sleeping Beauty A rhymed verse spin on the classic fairy tale with live music and image projections that create the magical multimedia world in which our beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love’s kiss…or not. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage. 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.

1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. Crypt Crawl Shake you spirits loose this Halloween season! Creep into the Cathedral’s crypt, hear the stories of the entombed, and learn the origins of Halloween as a Celtic New Year celebration and later transformation into All Hallows Eve. Space is limited and participants must be 12 years of age or older. Bring a flashlight. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Tickets $20, Student & Senior Tickets $15.

2:30 p.m. Adolphe Sax 200th Birthday Celebration From the 19th century studios of the Paris Conservatory, to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, to high school football fields and bandstands across the USA, the saxophone has inspired composers as diverse as Hector Berlioz, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Charlie Parker, and John Philip Sousa. The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet offers a concert of new and historic music to honor the 200th birthday of the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax. 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.

8 p.m. David Lindsay-Abaire’s ‘Rabbit Hole’ David Lindsay-Abaire was a student in The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program when Marsha Norman urged him, “write about the thing that frightens you the most.” Recalling this advice years later as a new father, he sat down and wrote Rabbit Hole. This deeply affecting play about a couple grappling with the loss of their young child is suffused with empathy, and surprisingly, with humor. Rabbit Hole is winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony nominee for Best Play. Stephanie P. McClelland Drama Theater. Tickets $20, Student tickets $10.

 Sunday, November 2

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. Ethics For Children: Happy Bones Festival Join us for the Happy Bones Festival, which includes face painting, mystery explorations, sharing of ancestral stories and memories, autumn arts and crafts, and fun snacks! New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.

11 a.m. Appreciative Inquiry: An Ethical Approach to Life’s Challenges Dr. Anne Klaeysen will lead the discussion on appreciative inquiry, the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations and the world around them. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. FREE.

1 p.m. Secrets of St. John the Divine: Spotlight on Hidden Images What are a stripper and the signs of the zodiac doing in our stained glass windows? Find out on this tour that puts the spotlight on surprising images in glass and stone. Led by Senior Cathedral Guide Tom Fedorek. The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Tickets $10, Student & Senior $8.

3 p.m. Colors of Brazil: From Folk to Jazz to Pop Vocalist Milene Corso is joined by her trio in a journey showcasing the diversity of musical styles and rhythms in her native land, Brazil. Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108thStreet. 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.