FREE TITANIC “COURAGE AND COWARDICE” PREMIERE HIGHLIGHTS IMPRESSIVE WEEK OF UWS EVENTS

The Titanic set sail from England 100 years ago this week, and not even Leonardo DiCaprio could adequately tell its amazing and tragic story. This Thursday at 8:30 p.m., actors/writers Duncan McCargo and Stephanie Winters will retell the story in the passenger’s own words in a free premiere performance at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Street.

“Titanic Tales is part theatre, part concert, part history. Poignant firsthand accounts illustrate how great danger can bring out the best — and sometimes the worst — in people. The remarkable testimony of actual survivors is evocatively complemented by live music as played by the ship’s legendary band. A blend of popular song, light classics and ragtime conjure the atmosphere and elegance of life aboard the ship.”

There are other great events this week throughout the neighborhood, including free and cheap concerts, movies and tours. They are listed below, and in This Weeks’ Events near the upper right corner of the website, which we will continue to add to throughout the week.

Please double-check times and prices with the event producer. Many venues offer special pricing for students, seniors and members.

Monday

6 p.m.
Noël Coward: Off the Record Cabaret Artist Steve Ross features the music of Noël Coward. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m.
Greg David: Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City Economist and political commentator Greg David tracks the dramatic rise and fall of the Wall Street he covered in his quarter century working as a journalist in his new book, Modern New York. At 82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

7 p.m.
Let’s Meditate NYC Experience the peace and power of meditation, music & mantra. At NY Society for Ethical Culture. FREE.

7:30 p.m.
Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival 2012 The Deering Estate Ensemble from Miami makes their New York debut at the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival on April 9. The ensemble brings a Latin-infused program with them, including music by Roberto Sierra, Tania Leon and Judith Shatin. At Symphony Space. $20.

8 p.m.
D’Ambrose Boyd & David Pearl Present Singers Space
The month of April has Singers Space turning back to some great American Songbook classics, while still allowing the open mic to roam the musical scene. Singers Space at Bar Thalia is hosted by D’Ambrose Boyd with David Pearl at the piano. New York’s finest professional and aspiring singers come to sing their favorites and hear their peers perform before an intimate audience. Bar Thalia offers cocktails, wine & beer, soups, salads, wraps and desserts. There’s no cover and no minimum. At Symphony Space. FREE.

Tuesday

12 p.m.
Toe-Tappin’ Tuesdays – Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen The Gotham Jazzmen bring you all your old favorites and more on Tuesdays from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m.
Tom Epperson: Sailor Tom Epperson, author of the novel The Kind One and screenwriter of such films as A Family Thing and One False Move, joins us for his new book, a darkly comic mystery entitled Sailor. At 82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

Wednesday

7 p.m.
Selected Shorts: La Vie Boheme/Boho Brooklyn
Performers: Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), David Rakoff, Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire; Nurse Jackie), Sarah Steele (Please Give; Russian Transport), Kaneza Schaal (The Select;The Sound and the Fury), and John Shea. This evening pairs selections from Stein’s Paris — a chapter from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, Gertrude Stein’s inventive rhythmic prose-poem about Picasso, Sylvia Beach’s tale of setting up shop in a Paris that welcomed artists of all kinds, and a James Baldwin essay about seeking peace and artistic freedom in the city of light. After intermission, the program presents tales from some of the most inventive young writers in Brooklyn, including the imaginative fabulist Helen Phillips (whose brand-new story is part of the Selected Shorts Commissioning Project), and Haley Tanner, whose sad, funny, true Vaclav and Lena is set in the Brighton Beach immigrant community. At Symphony Space. $27.

7 p.m.
A.J. Jacobs: Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
In Drop Dead Healthy, senior Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs, a writer known for experimental living, decides he will spend a year eating right and getting healthy even if it kills him. At 82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

8:30 p.m.
Bar Trivia hosted by TriviaTryst
TriviaTryst was founded in NYC in 2009 by Bryce Galen after realizing that pub quizzes were fun, but there was potential for a new type of trivia night with music, energy and popular appeal! At Symphony Space. FREE.

Thursday

6 p.m.
150th Birthday Celebration of Modern Dance Pioneer, Loïe Fuller (1862-1928) Performer-scholar Jody Sperling presents a lecture honoring Modern Dance Pioneer Loïe Fuller (1862-1928) and her legacy. The presentation illuminates Fuller’s spectacular art in relation to movements in early cinema and the visual arts. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7 p.m.
Eloisa James: Paris in Love New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James tells the enchanting story of her one-year sabbatical to Paris in her new memoir, Paris in Love. At 82nd Street Barnes & Noble. FREE.

8:30 p.m.
Titanic Tales: Stories of Courage and Cowardice Titanic Tales: Stories of Courage and Cowardice will have its world premiere on Thursday, April 12 a date on which, 100 years ago, the RMS Titanic was mid-voyage on its way to its fateful encounter with an iceberg. Titanic Tales is part theatre, part concert, part history. Poignant firsthand accounts illustrate how great danger can bring out the best — and sometimes the worst — in people. The remarkable testimony of actual survivors (taken from testimony given at the US and British Inquiries) is evocatively complemented by live music as played by the ship’s legendary band. A blend of popular song, light classics and ragtime conjure the atmosphere and elegance of life aboard the ship. At the David Rubenstein Atrium. FREE.

9 p.m.
Live Jazz At Sasa’s Lounge. 105th and Columbus. FREE (no cover).

9:30 p.m.
From the Charleston to the Foxtrot
Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra is the world’s premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra, steeped in the hot-dance band tradition of the 1920s and early 1930s. Their size ranges from a full dance orchestra to smaller incarnations as they play their “Hot-and-Sweet” music anywhere that fine and eclectic tastes meet. At Symphony Space. FREE.

Friday

8 a.m. (until 1 p.m.)
Green Market
Choose from fresh produce & dairy, artisanal breads, baked goods, meats & poultry, honey, eggs. Clothing/textile recycling bin on-site. 97th Street and Columbus.

5:30 p.,m.
Free Music Friday
Featuring John Brodeur, Liz Tormes, Brian Bonz. At the Folk Art Museum. FREE.

9:30 p.m.
From the Charleston to the Foxtrot
Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra is the world’s premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra, steeped in the hot-dance band tradition of the 1920s and early 1930s. Their size ranges from a full dance orchestra to smaller incarnations as they play their “Hot-and-Sweet” music anywhere that fine and eclectic tastes meet. At Symphony Space. FREE.

10 p.m.
Live Jazz At Sasa’s Lounge. 105th and Columbus. FREE (no cover).

Saturday

All Day starting at 11 a.m.
NY Lyric Opera Theatre
The Magic Flute and other productions. At Symphony Space. $45.

1 p.m.
Movies at St. Agnes Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train At St. Agnes Library. FREE.

4 p.m. (and 7 p.m.)
Songs of the Soul Concert An evening of meditation music – musicians from around the world unite in a musical tribute to Maestro Sri Chinmoy. At NY Society for Ethical Culture. FREE.

9:30 p.m.
From the Charleston to the Foxtrot
Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra is the world’s premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra, steeped in the hot-dance band tradition of the 1920s and early 1930s. Their size ranges from a full dance orchestra to smaller incarnations as they play their “Hot-and-Sweet” music anywhere that fine and eclectic tastes meet. At Symphony Space. FREE.

Sunday

8 a.m. (until 5)
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.

12:30 p.m.
Seneca Village Tour
Seneca Village was Manhattan’s first known community of African-American property owners, on land that would become Central Park. Learn about the history of the village, the property owners, and what New York City was like at the time. Meet inside the Park at 85th Street and Central Park West. For directions, please call 212-772-0210. FREE.

Ongoing Events

Lincoln Center: American Ballet Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Society, NYC Ballet, War Horse

American Museum of Natural History: Ongoing Exhibits

New-York Historical Society: Current Exhibitions

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