THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Many of this week’s events beginning November 29th, 2021, can be done from the comfort of your own home unless otherwise noted. Check them out below, and email us at “info at westsiderag dot com” to tell us about any upcoming events or those we might have missed.

 Monday, November 29th

7:30 am until 8:30 am; 5:45 pm until 6:45 pm JCC Daily Facilitated Meditation Join via Zoom

11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Columbus Circle Holiday Market is the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping while soaking in the splendor of winter in New York City. 59th street and Central Park West.

2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Kids Zone This program is coordinated to offer children an environment of social, recreational, and instructional opportunities. Activities include arts & crafts, games, movies, computer use, outdoor activity, and much more. Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, 232 W. 60th St (between West End Ave and Amsterdam Ave).

3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Kid’s Gaming This event is in-person at St Agnes Library. Join us Mondays to test your mettle battling your friends and neighbors in Mario Kart & Super Smash Bros matches. This Program will be capped at 9 participants. First come, first served. St. Agnes Library.

6:30 p.m. Ballet Essentials Experience NYC ballet from home with these virtual repertory-based movement workshops, live-streamed on Zoom. For teens and adults of all levels; some introductory ballet knowledge is helpful. Each 75-minute workshop will be conducted by NYCB artists who will lead viewers through a ballet warm-up and choreography inspired by a beloved ballet from our repertory. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the artists in an interactive Q&A. Stretch your body and mind with these one-of-a-kind workshops led by some of your favorite Company dancers. $8-$16.

7 p.m. B&N Virtually Presents: Scarlett St. Clair talks KING OF BATTLE AND BLOOD! Barnes & Noble welcomes bestselling Scarlett St. Clair to virtually discuss KING OF BATTLE AND BLOOD with Madeleine Fournier of PopSugar! From $5.

Tuesday, November 30th

12 p.m. The Senior Men’s Group Weekly meetings have resumed. Participants must now show proof of vaccination and sign up for annual membership. Masks will be worn. New members are welcome to apply. Contact Denise at denise@ncjwny.org. National Council of Jewish Women, 241 West 72nd St (between Broadway and West End Ave).

3:30 p.m. Little New-Yorkers @ Home: How to Train a Train Join us via Zoom for storytime and crafts! Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly dances and songs, a storybook reading, and a craft to do at home. With December comes the New-York Historical Society’s annual Holiday Express exhibition! We are loving all things locomotive this month, and our first book will be Jason Carter Eaton’s How to Train a Train, with illustrations by John Rocco. Ages 3-6. Register here.

6 p.m. Manhattan Adult ADD Support Group Virtual Meetings To participate in our forum, and to get links to our ongoing Zoom Meetings, please subscribe here.

6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Bard Graduate Center: Eco-Gothic, Titian, and the Crossing of the Red Sea Hannah Baader will deliver the Lee B. Anderson Memorial Lecture on the Gothic. Register here.

7 p.m. Books of Wonder: Amos McGee Misses the Bus Ten years after the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, PHILIP and ERIN STEAD are back with a gentle and heartfelt new story of friendship and kindness. Amos McGee Misses the Bus is sure to delight fans both old and new. PHILIP and ERIN STEAD will discuss their new book via Crowdcast.

7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art MAD Moments, a virtual program hosted by chief curator Elissa Auther, welcomes MAD’s Nanette L. Laitman Director Tim Rodgers and Alexandra Schwartz, curator of MAD’s upcoming exhibition Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art, opening on March 12, 2022. During the program, Elissa, Tim, and Alexandra will discuss this multi-artist extravaganza, featuring more than thirty works of art, craft, and costume from across the world. Hear their insights on the definition of “garmenting,” its unique role in the craft universe, and its fascinating contributions to contemporary art. Zoom registration is required.

7:30 p.m. Juilliard Student Violin Recital Join us for a performance by violinist Leonard Fu. Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, 155 W. 65th St (between Broadway and Amsterdam).

 Wednesday, December 1st

12:15 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. Bard Graduate Center: Gold Rush, Congo Style: Gustav Klimt’s Marble Mosaic Frieze in the Brussels Palais Stoclet Debora Silverman will be speaking at the Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture. Register here.

1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Jazz + Wednesdays Enjoy jazz standards from the American Songbook with jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests at the American Folk Art Museum. 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Ave between 65th and 66th St).

6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Carrie Moyer Book Signing Join Carrie Moyer, Johanna Fateman, Lauren O’Neil-Butler, and Katy Siegel for a celebration and book signing of their new publication, Carrie Moyer, published by RizzoliElecta. The monograph’s deep dive into Moyer’s painting practice, in particular her work of the past decade, is enriched by the inclusion of the artist’s agitprop from the 1990s, including Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!), one of the first lesbian public art projects. The celebration takes place in the exhibition Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times, the first major museum survey of the artists’ collaborative and individual works. Reserve tickets here. MAD, Jerome and Simona Chazen Building, 2 Columbus Circle. 

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The W Connection Widows Helping Widows Rebuild Their Lives – UWS Chapter Meeting Join us on Zoom 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.  Membership in The W Connection is $40 annually which gives you access to our programs and services, but everyone is welcome to a free trial meeting.

Thursday, December 2nd

8 a.m. until 3 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.

8 a.m. until 4 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.

9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Art Exhibition: Wreath Interpretations Celebrate the holiday season with this quirky and one-of-a-kind exhibition! Welcoming the holiday season with a variety of inventive and surprising wreaths, this year’s exhibition includes wreaths by nearly 40 artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages who have used unexpected materials to reinvent the traditional holiday symbol. Drawing on timely themes including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, to more personal subject matter, artists this year have created their wreaths using yo-yos, reused sardine cans, bicycle tubes, vintage maps, natural materials, and more. Arsenal in Central Park.

4 p.m. Concerts for Kids: Story Pirates Recorded live from Restart Stages over the summer, this Concert for Kids by Story Pirates will be available for families to enjoy on-demand. Story Pirates believe kids are creative geniuses, which is why their shows feature stories written by kids, brought to life by talented comedians and musicians. From the stages of Kennedy Center to classrooms across the country, Story Pirates—the creators of the top podcast for kids and families—provide unforgettable experiences that inspire young authors to write.

4 p.m. Juilliard Piano Competition Finals Program information: BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” winner will play with the Juilliard Orchestra on January 15, 2022 in Alice Tully Hall. Paul Hall, The Juilliard School, 155 W. 65th St. (between Broadway and Amsterdam).

5:30 p.m. Annual Central Park Holiday Lighting See the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center light up with holiday lights and take part in a number of seasonal festivities including: singing carols, watching ice carving demonstrations and enjoying treats. You can expect to see Santa and have a chance to take photos with your own camera. The evening concludes with a flotilla of illuminated trees on the Harlem Meer. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Harlem Meer.

6 p.m. The Manhattan Adult ADD Support Group General Meeting Meeting participants will have an opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and talk about their challenges. Group members will then respond, and offer suggestions to try to help. The goal is to foster a sense of community for everyone. We like to use the motto We are not Lazy, Crazy, or Stupid. Please Note: As per NYC/CDC regulations: Everyone who attends must present their vaccination card, or NY Pass on their phone. All meeting participants must have their mask on for all indoor meetings. As per Church policy, no outside food or beverage is permitted. West End Collegiate Church (Enter at 245 West 77th Street – Northside between Broadway & West End Ave). $5 requested donation.

6 p.m. Fantastic YA Anniversaries Come celebrate the anniversaries of some of the most ground-breaking and beloved YA fantasies of the last 25 years: Sabriel and The Thief and Daughter of Smoke and Bone via Crowdcast.

6:15 p.m. SOF/Heyman: Celebrating Recent Work by Katharina Volk Please join Book Culture and our friends at SOF/Heyman for a celebration of Katharina Volks’s newest book, The Roman Republic of Letters: Scholarship, Philosophy, and Politics in the Age of Cicero and Caesar. Professor Volk will be joined in conversation with Yelena Baraz, Gareth Williams, Pamela Smith, and Carmela V. Franklin. This event will take place in-person at the Heyman Center and virtually over Zoom. We ask that everyone register via Zoom, even those who plan to attend in-person. Heyman Center
2nd Floor Common Room, Columbia University.

7 p.m. Columbia Oral History MA Program: Tommy Orange Join us for a consortium of Columbia University organizations and departments for a conversation with Tommy Orange, author of There There. To participate in this event, please register here.

7:30 p.m. MSM Opera Theatre Scenes: Houses of Women Reserve tickets here. Riverside Church – Theatre, Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave (at 121st St).

Friday, December 3rd

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.

9 a.m. until 10 a.m. WeWalk Let’s walk our way to being fit! Walking is serious exercise, yet it is the safest and most natural activity for health and fitness. It is brisk, vigorous walking. It is walking with determination, moving forward with purpose and control as if you had someplace to go. Lightweight upper body exercises are incorporated into the workout as well. Gertrude Ederle Playground in Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center (Between 59th St and 60th St and Amsterdam Ave and West End Ave).

2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Kids Zone This program is coordinated to offer children an environment of social, recreational, and instructional opportunities. Activities include arts & crafts, games, movies, computer use, outdoor activity, and much more. Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, 232 W. 60th St (between West End Ave and Amsterdam Ave).

 Saturday, December 4th

8 a.m. until 3 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 3 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.

10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Families and Folk Art: Playing with Shape The current exhibit, American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds, explores the artistry and cultural significance of these unique sculptural forms. This program introduces a variety of abstracted vanes– families will explore several examples from the exhibit and think about how artists play with shape and line before engaging in hands-on activities together. Registrants will be provided with a simple list of materials to assemble before the program so that we can make art together. For families with children ages 4 and up. Register here. Zoom link will be sent with confirmation of registration.

1 p.m. Lincoln Center Activate At the intersection of art and technology is FuturePerfect Creative Studio, which combines the talents of Wayne Ashley, former BAM Director of Arts in Multimedia and LMCC curator with those of software developer and musician Xander Seren. For more than a decade, the duo has worked with international artists and institutions to pioneer spaces that bridge the divide between the live and the digital. Join them as they share their explorations with artists such as William Kentridge and Team Rolfes and reflect on what we learned in 2020 that might make classrooms, studios, theaters and Zoom rooms more engaging and welcoming in 2022 and beyond. Register here.

1 p.m. Books of Wonder: December Picture Book Bonanza Welcome back to another Picture Book Bonanza! The picture books in our bonanza events are curated from our recently published favorites in order to give our customers a glimpse at the wide variety of wonderful stories being told right now. This weekend, we have stories full of adventure, love, and very playful cats via Crowdcast.

2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Movie: In The Heights Usnavi is a bodega owner who longs to go back to his native Dominican Republic. In the meantime, he spends his time in a small neighborhood in Washington Heights pining after Vanessa, a beautiful lady working at the beauty salon and looking after Abuela Claudia, the elderly Cuban lady living next door who raised him, among many others. One day, Usnavi’s childhood friend Nina comes back from college with a secret, and Abuela Claudia wins the lottery. Rated PG-13, 142 mins. St. Agnes Library, Community Program Room.

 Sunday, December 5th

8 a.m. until 4 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.

9 a.m. until 4 p.m. 77th/79th Street Greenmarket Located on beautiful, tree-lined Columbus Avenue, this year-round market stretches from 77th 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 Ave between 77th St and 81st St (farmers selling at both ends of the construction wall).

10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Grand Holiday Bazaar This is the Holiday Market to shop for unique gifts that you can’t find elsewhere! Come shop from 100+ hand-picked independent local artisans and dealers. Find one-of-a-kind handmade holiday decoration and giftable items: candles, skincare, fashion, handbags, vintage accessories and collectibles, handmade jewelry and furniture, rare antique silver- and glassware, and of course delicious artisanal treats and foods. So, come hungry and ready to shop! 100 West 77th Street (Columbus & Amsterdam).

11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sunday Platform – Nori Rost: “It Takes a Village” From the earliest days of human consciousness, people have gathered together for safety and companionship. Join us during these short days and long nights, as we explore the importance of our connections to each other, to all living things, and to the great community of Mother Earth. Watch Online! – Click to join at start | ID 863 0430 0961 | Passcode 609424 or in-person. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St (at CPW).

1 p.m. More Holiday Picture Books Join Books of Wonder for another delightful afternoon of holiday picture books via Crowdcast. These are perfect stories for your Christmas-loving young readers and listeners.

1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Central Park in the Movies Join the Urban Park Rangers as we highlight locations within iconic Central Park featured in popular motion pictures. East 60th Street and Fifth Ave.

4 p.m. Juilliard415 with Rachel Podger “Wonders of Baroque Italy” Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St (at Broadway).

5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Lighting of the World’s Largest Menorah Celebrate Hanukkah at the lighting of the world’s largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza, Central Park! Lightings generally take place at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and about 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. Grand Army Plaza in Central Park, Fifth Avenue between W 58th and W 59th St.