THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Many of this week’s events beginning September 20th, 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, September 20th

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

4 p.m. Flor de Toloache Performance NYC’s first and only all-woman mariachi band—Flor de Toloache—performed a gorgeous sunset concert on The GREEN this summer. Enjoy an excerpt featuring their song “Besos De Mezcal.”

6 p.m. Books of Wonder: Bookseller Chat on Popshop! Sale Books Join us for our next Bookseller Chat on Popshop Live, where once a month our knowledgeable staff members will dive into a specific topic of interest to children’s book lovers. This month, Elena and Livia – two of our wonderful booksellers – will feature books from our Sale section.

6:30 p.m. Here & Now Presents Trailblazers: Women News Leaders From Katharine Graham to Today In conjunction with the exhibition Cover Story: Katharine Graham, CEO, Here & Now co-host Robin Young moderates a conversation about the progress women have made as leaders in news media throughout history and particularly in the last year. Introductory remarks by Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer (appearing virtually). $5.

Tuesday, September 21st

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).

5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Strand: Jon McGregor + Jarvis Cocker: Lean Fall Stand Join us for a virtual event with critically acclaimed, two-time Booker short-listed author Jon McGregor for the launch of his newest novel Lean Fall Stand. Joining Jon in conversation will be musician Jarvis Cocker. This event will be held on Zoom and be live-streamed on the Strand’s Facebook page.

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. Books of Wonder: Launch Event for Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick Books of Wonder is thrilled to be hosting the launch event for Caldecott Medalist BRIAN SELZNICK’s spellbinding new novel Kaleidoscope. Join us in celebrating this imaginative and powerful new novel. Help us in celebrating the publication of this captivating new novel, filled with lush illustrations in the Caldecott Medalist’s signature style, with author/artist BRIAN SELZNICK as he shares his new work and answers questions from the audience. Ages 10 and up via Crowdcast.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Moving For Life Moving for Life is a gentle work out that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness. Pre-registration for the event is required. Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th St.

 Wednesday, September 22nd

6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Cardio Bodysculpt This interval-based, full-body workout combines bodyweight and cardio exercises to build endurance and leave you feeling strong. The class will meet on the field behind the Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center. For everyone’s safety we’re asking participants and instructors to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing of 10 feet during class. Register here. Gertrude Ederle Playground in Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, Between 59th Street and 60th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and West End Avenue.

6 p.m. Books of Wonder: VIRTUAL NYC LAUNCH For Souls of Fire & Steel by JILL CRISWELL Join us for the exciting virtual launch of JILL CRISWELL’S newest Frozen Sun Saga novel, Souls of Fire & Steel. JILL CRISSWELL will be joined in convesation by KATHRYN PURDIE, author of Bone Crier’s Dawn, and they will meet fans and discuss their books. Ages 12 and up via Crowdcast.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Yoga Evening Salute to the Sun End your day with Hatha yoga led by Hollis in a beautiful sunset setting. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. Pre-registration is required. South Children’s Lawn in Riverside Park South.

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.

7 p.m. Reunion – The American Classical Orchestra The American Classical Orchestra will light up the evening with a celebratory outdoor concert of popular baroque music, featuring violinist Rachel Ellen Wong. Reserve tickets here. Damrosch Park.

Thursday, September 23rd

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.

10:30 a.m.; 11:15 a.m. Outdoor Toddler Storytime Our colleagues at the Riverside Library are bringing their wildly popular storytimes across the street to the Library for the Performing Arts Library’s Outdoor Reading Room. Join Children’s Librarian Marisa Hall for stories, songs, and other engaging activities with a focus on the performing arts. Recommended for children 1-year-old and up. Outdoor Reading Room at the Library for the Performing Arts.

12 p.m. Book Culture: Emily J. Levine’s Allies and Rivals Join University of Chicago Press and Book Culture for an online event on Zoom for Emily J. Levine’s Allies and Rivals. She will be joined in conversation by Till van Rahden and Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen. RSVP here.

7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Strand: Daniel Levin Becker & Panel: Dear McSweeney’s Join us for a virtual panel event with senior editor at McSweeney’s Daniel Levin Becker for the launch of the letter compilation book Dear McSweeney’s: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer. Joining Daniel to read and discuss the book will be fellow surprise contributors. This event will be held on Zoom and be live streamed on the Strand’s Facebook page.

Friday, September 24th

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 1:20 p.m. Symposium—Majolica: The French Connection This webinar, organized in conjunction with the opening of Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915, on view at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery (September 24, 2021–January 2, 2022), expands the geographic scope of the exhibition by exploring the cultural, aesthetic, and commercial implications of the interdependence between English majolica manufacturers and French artisans. Register here.

7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Evan Osnos + Ian Bremmer – Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury Join us for a virtual event with staff writer at The New Yorker and CNN contributor Evan Osnos for the launch of his new book “Wildland.” $5.

 Saturday, September 25th

8 a.m. until 4 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 5 p.m. 31st Annual West 104th Street Yard Sale Enjoy the energy of a bustling street market in an exotic land. Shop in more than 60 stalls bursting with second-hand treasures. Bid on gift certificates, antiques, vintage collectibles, posters, photographs, paintings, theater tickets, household items in their original boxes, and services at the Silent Auction. Browse a large selection of novels, plays, poetry, history, biography, children’s books, cookbooks, atlases, dictionaries, and CDs at the Book Sale. Select your family dessert at the Bake Sale. Hunt down a two-dollar labor saver or conversation piece at ‘What-A-Bargain.’ Take a chance in a raffle. (The last winner took home $2,495.) Tap your foot to live music performed by seasoned New York musicians. West 104th Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive.

11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Central Park Youth Basketball Clinics Enhance your basketball skills through small group instruction and competitive games. Our high-energy, interactive youth basketball clinics cultivate skill development, team play, and sportsmanship both on and off the court. Open to players of all levels. On-site registration each day on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 6–10: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Check In; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Basketball Clinic; Ages 11–14: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Check In; 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Basketball Clinic. North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park (Mid Park 97th Street).

1 p.m. Books of Wonder: Picture Books of Resilience and Wonder Virtual Event Books of Wonder is thrilled to be hosting SUSAN VERDE, HUDSON TALBOTT, and ANA CRESPO to discuss their new picture books. All three books, I Am Courage: A Book of Resilience, A Walk in the Words, and Hello, Tree, are beautiful stories of resilience and inspiration, accompanied by beautifully rendered illustrations. Join Books of Wonder in welcoming these three amazing creators via Crowdcast.

3 p.m. Books of Wonder: Virtual Launch Event for The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities with Rick Riordan Books of Wonder is delighted to be hosting New York Times best-selling author RICK RIORDAN and a number of the other talented contributors to celebrate the launch of the new anthology filled with epic stories about mythic heroes from the many worlds of the Rick Riordan Presents books, The Cursed Carnival. Join us and this star-studded collection of the authors as they celebrate this wonderful new anthology via Crowdcast. Ages 10 and up.

7:30 p.m. Juilliard Jazz Orchestra – LIVESTREAM Juilliard Jazz, celebrating its 20th anniversary, presents five commissions inspired by bebop legends—featuring composers from around the country.

 Sunday, September 26th

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 Bazaar NYC Come hungry and support over 80 of your local independent merchants, including local artists, designers, craft-makers, vintage and antique dealers, and artisanal food entrepreneurs. Note: In line with the Covid guidelines, we are operating in a reduced capacity, and for now outdoors only. Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th Street.

11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sunday Platform – Stephen Duncombe: Artistic Activism The first rule of guerilla warfare is to know your terrain and use it to your advantage. The political landscape of today is one of signs and symbols, stories and spectacles. Since 2010, the Center for Artistic Activism has trained grassroots activists around the world how to navigate this terrain. We teach social change agents how to map their cultural landscape and apply artistic methods and aesthetic perspectives in order to design more captivating tactics and more effective strategies. And, as imagination is critical in this endeavor, we utilize Utopia; not necessarily as a goal to be reached but as a dream to guide. In this participatory presentation, the rationale behind artistic activism will be explained, examples provided, and techniques demonstrated.

1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze The Amateur Astronomers Association returns to Pier I with solar telescopes specifically designed to safely look at the sun and see sunspots and prominences under a summer sky. Pre-registration for the event is required. Management reserves the right to cap participation in accordance with current COVID-19 outdoor safety guidelines. Please register online. Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street.

2:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.; 4 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. LuLu LoLo Productions Presents: Dante, Opera, and Shining Shoes: Rituals of My Italian Immigrant Grandpa’s Life Performance and visual artist playwright/actor LuLu LoLo brings to life memories of her Italian immigrant grandfather Giovanni Pascale who died before she was born. Through family lore, he was a man of myth to her. Grandpa Giovanni loved opera, the poetry of Dante, and shined shoes for a living. Columbus Avenue at 63rd Street in Dante Park (Broadway, Columbus Av, W 63 St).