THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

Events for the week beginning September 24th, 2018 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, September 24th

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;  $5 suggested donation.

4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Book Discussion : Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan “Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where she becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother and her severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.” – Summary from the Publisher St. Agnes Library. FREE.

7 p.m. Deborah Harkness From bestselling author Deborah Harkness comes a passionate and fascinating novel about what it takes to become a vampire. Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval and unrest that exploded into the Revolutionary War, Time’s Convert is a sweeping story that braids together the past and present. Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Drawdown: the Plan to Reverse Global Warming Presentation and panel discussion on The New York Times best selling book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Moderated by Bill McKibben (founder 350.org). NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th Street at Central Park West. $10.

8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Jam Session & Open Mic Join in the fun at this UWS jazz venue. Cleopatra’s Needle, 2483-2485 Broadway and 92nd Street. No Cover, $10 Minimum. 

Tuesday, September 25th

11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Stay Well Exercise for Seniors Stay Well volunteers are certified by the NYC’s Department for the aging will lead participants in a well-balanced series of exercises for seniors of all ability levels. Exercise equipment will be provided. All participants must sign a wavier before you join , please wear loose and comfortable clothing. St. Agnes Library, Community Program Room. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Bodyroll Workout with VIVA Bodyroll is a 90s-inspired dance aerobics class designed to tone, strengthen, and train your body with slammin’ moves and bangin’ grooves that will getchu looking (and feeling) suppa duppa fly! The Plaza at 66th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. Riverside HIIT Veteran Donald Calliste leads exercises with varied tempos that send your body into fat-burning overdrive even after your workout is done. Please bring a mat. Terrace at 108th Street in Riverside Park. FREE.

7 p.m. 112th: Adam Kirsch on Lionel Trilling In Life in Culture, edited by Adam Kirsch, Trilling’s letters add up to an intimate portrait of a great critic, and of America’s intellectual journey from the political passions of the 1930s to the cultural conflicts of the 1960s and beyond. Book Culture, 536 WEST 112TH ST. FREE.

7 p.m. Columbus: Dawn Raffel on The Strange Case of Dr. Couney The extraordinary tale of how a mysterious immigrant “doctor” became the revolutionary innovator of saving premature babies–by placing them in incubators in World’s Fair side shows and on Coney Island and Atlantic City. Book Culture, 450 COLUMBUS AVE. FREE.

7 p.m. Erica Keswin in Conversation With Katie Couric As a workplace strategist and business coach, Erica Keswin has spent over 20 years working with top business leaders and executives to build successful organizations that honor relationships. Featuring case studies from top brands, Bring Your Human to Work distills the key practices of the most human companies into applicable advice that any business leader can use to build a “human workplace.” Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

 Wednesday, September 26th

12 p.m. Mid-Day Music Featuring Richard and Brooke Kamin Rapaport Summer Music Fellowship Winners Come join us at for a recital as our Rapaport Summer Fellowship winners perform original works, as well as pieces from Verdi to Messiaen. Faculty House, Garden Room 2, 64 Morningside Dr (and 116th St).

12 p.m. St. Agnes Library Book Sale Support the Library and come check out our impressive selection of gently used books and multimedia. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays Join us as Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook. 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. Town Hall with Chancellor Carranza Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will host a town hall event. At PS 163, at 163 West 97th Street.

6:30 p.m. 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. The Plaza at 66th Street, Riverside Park. FREE.

6:30 p.m. Stuart Weitzman and Jane Gershon Weitzman in conversation with Valerie Paley Everyone on the planet—with few exceptions—wears something to protect the skin of the foot from the crust of the earth. Yet the humble shoe also can be an object of desire, display, and deliberation. In conjunction with our exhibition Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, designer Stuart Weitzman and philanthropist Jane Gershon Weitzman discuss what shoes can mean and how they as a couple came to amass a substantial historic collection. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street). $15.

7 p.m. Yung Pueblo From poet, meditator, and speaker Yung Pueblo, comes a collection of poetry and prose that explores the movement from self-love to unconditional love, the power of letting go, and the wisdom that comes when we truly try to know ourselves. It serves as a reminder to the reader that healing, transformation, and freedom are possible. Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

7 p.m. Columbus: Sisonke Msimang on Always Another Country “Brutally and uncompromisingly honest, Sisonke’s beautifully crafted storytelling enriches the already extraordinary pool of young African women writers of our time.” –Gra a Machel, widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela Book Culture, 450 COLUMBUS AVE. 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 pm Talking Trash at the Central Park Gardens Tenants’ Association’s meeting at 50 W. 97th St.  Hear Jacqueline Ottman of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board. FREE but please RSVP to sue@janak.org.

Thursday, September 27th

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.

8 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.

8:30 a.m. Gilder Center Construction Task Force Meeting We will discuss the construction logistics plan, address some of the questions raised at our July meeting and August walkthroughs, and discuss upcoming work. Please contact Zac Campbell at (212) 769-5243 or zcampbell@amnh.org to confirm your attendance. American Museum of Natural History — enter via the first floor security entrance (Central Park West at 79th St underneath the stairs).

1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Closer-Look Tour A tour of Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863), led by museum gallery guides. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square. FREE.

4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Human Chess Play as your favorite game piece and navigate the chess board from inside at our Human Chess games, where chess becomes an embodied team sport. All levels welcome! Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument Plaza, Riverside Dr & W 89th St. FREE.

5 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. NY WRITERS COALITION Please join us for writing and sharing work in a supportive and respectful environment. Writers of all genres and levels of experience welcome. No prior writing experience is necessary. Led by Elizabeth Leonard, writer and writing workshop leader certified to lead creative writing workshops with NY Writers Coalition. Limited to 25 participants; Adults 18+. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

5:45 p.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;  $5 suggested donation.

6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Programs Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), 2 Columbus Circle (between Broadway & 8th Ave). Pay-What-You-Wish.

6:30 p.m. Secrets of the Upper West Side: Uncovering some of the mysteries of our neighborhood Upper West Side author John Tauranac will talk about the UWS gems that he uncovered while researching his latest book, Manhattan’s Little Secrets: Uncovering Mysteries in Brick and Mortar, Glass and Stone. We won’t give away any of his secrets but one of them involves the re-purposing of some stones taken from a French donjon. Tauranac writes and teaches about the social and architectural history of NYC, gives tours of the city, and is widely known for his work as a mapmaker. More information: (212) 666-9774. Hostelling International NY, 891 Amsterdam Avenue (at 103rd Street). FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Yoga Flow Link mindful breath with movement in this full spectrum yoga practice that includes modifications and intensifications depending on experience level. Veteran Nina Semczuk helps you cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, and focus while enjoying yoga outdoors. Please bring a mat. Lawn at 74th Street in Riverside Park South. FREE.

7 p.m. Columbus: Dawn Drzal on The Bread and the Knife “You’ll wish the alphabet had more letters just so Dawn Drzal would keep on writing.”―Laura Shapiro, author of What She Ate, Julia Child, Something from the Oven, and Perfection Salad Book Culture, 450 COLUMBUS AVE. FREE.

7 p.m. 112th: Edward Casey and Wayne Proudfoot From one of continental philosophy’s most distinctive voices comes a creative contribution to spatial studies, environmental philosophy, and phenomenology. Edward S. Casey identifies how important edges are to us, not only in terms of how we perceive our world, but in our cognitive, artistic, and sociopolitical attentions to it. Book Culture, 536 WEST 112TH ST. FREE.

7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Angelique Kidjo’s Remain in Light / Resistance Revival Chorus Angelique Kidjo, the Grammy Award-winning Beninese songwriter, has been touring the world in anticipation of her release of Remain in Light, a cover album of the Talking Heads’ 1980 album. Along with the Resistance Revival Chorus, who performed with Kidjo at the Women’s March on Washington, this dazzling show will be closing SummersStage’s free season in the artist’s adopted home of New York. Rumsey Playfield. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Aakash Mittal’s Awaz Trio Led by the “fiery alto saxophonist and prolific composer” Aakash Mittal (Minneapolis Star Tribune), the Awaz Trio sculpts sonic landscapes, pointillistic textures, and angular melodies from Indian and American improvised music. Their debut project, Nocturne, is a series of pieces that deconstructs five Hindustani evening and night ragas. The colorful dissonances, meditative silences, and punctuated rhythms that emerge paint a unique picture of the night. At times the music evokes the meditation of a world at rest, night terrors conjured by the imagination, and the slow cadence of blue light melting into darkness. Nocturne is part of the trio’s mission to create new work that explores the concept of Awaz, a Hindi-Urdu word that changes meaning between sound, noise, and voice depending on the context. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE. 

Friday, September 28th

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.

11:15 p.m. until 12:15 p.m. Stay Well Exercise for Seniors Stay Well volunteers are certified by the NYC’s Department for the aging will lead participants in a well-balanced series of exercises for seniors of all ability levels. Exercise equipment will be provided. All participants must sign a wavier before you join , please wear loose and comfortable clothing. St. Agnes Library, Community Program Room. FREE.

5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Bingo BYO food and beverages to this all ages, free to enter, B-I-N-G-O night. A mix of music plays as the numbers roll out and each game winner receives a prize. West Harlem Piers Park, W 125th St & Marginal St. FREE.

7 p.m. until 8 p.m. African Percussion Performance Bloomingdale School of Music percussion faculty member Jeremy Noller and Guinean percussionist Mangue Sylla perform high energy arrangements of traditional African songs as well as original compositions. Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108th Street (between Broadway & Riverside). FREE.

7 p.m. Hobson’s Choice (1954) Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable filmmakers, writers, legal scholars, and historians. Explore how film has tackled social strife, morality, and the perennial struggle between right and wrong—conflicts that manifest across cultures and history. Featured film: Hobson’s Choice (1954). A tyrannical shoe shop owner gets more than he bargained for when one of his daughters upends his plans for the future. Presented to complement the exhibition Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes. Directed by David Lean. Starring Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie. 108 min. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street). Pay-as-you-wish.

 Saturday, September 29th

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 12 p.m. Diabetes Management: Know Your Risks Central Baptist Church and its Health Ministry will address several issues related to managing Type 2 Diabetes. They will be joined by practitioners from the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center. RSVP by calling Coral Aubert at (646) 414-9815, or call the church office at (212) 724-4004.Central Baptist Church, 166 W. 92nd St (at Amsterdam Ave). FREE.

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.

10 a.m. until 1 p.m. National Public Lands Day National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds. Riverside Park (various locations). FREE.

10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Fall Open House This fall we are hosting open houses at every branch! Stop by your local branch and learn more about what you can do with a Library card! From millions of books to programs, computer access, online resources, and more, the Library has everything you and your family need to succeed throughout the year-For children, ages 3 to 5 years, ages 5 to 12 years, ages 13 to 18 years, children. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. Butt & Gut Veteran Donald Calliste leads you to tone and define your core, lower back, and glutes with cardio exercises that keep your heart rate up and fat burning. Please bring a mat. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive. FREE.

11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Yoga for beginners In this session you will learn simple but powerful yoga postures to balance and stabilize your system . No prior experience with yoga is necesary. Please bring a yoga mat, towel, and arrive on a empty stomach. Free and open to all . Limited to 12 participants. Registration is required. St. Agnes Library, Community Program Room. FREE.

11 a.m. Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Since 1957, on Saturdays during the summer, New York City’s children have clustered around Hans Christian Andersen’s statue near Conservatory Water in Central Park to hear his and others’ fairytales, folk stories, and stories, told by a dedicated group of professional storytellers. The Hans Christian Andersen Statue (74th Street near Fifth Avenue). FREE.

11 a.m. Storytime and Activities Featuring I am Neil Armstrong Learn about Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, in this fun picture book that focuses on the traits that make our heroes great. Join us for Storytime and get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway, 2289 Broadway. FREE.

11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Shape Up NYC Zumba in West Harlem Piers Park Zumba is a fusion of Latin, International, and popular music dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system. The routines feature aerobic, fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with easy-to-follow dance steps. West Harlem Piers, West 125 Street. FREE.

11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Yoga for beginners In this session you will learn simple but powerful yoga postures to balance and stabilize your system . No prior experience with yoga is necesary. Please bring a yoga mat , towel , and arrive on a empty stomach. Free and open to all . Limited to 12 participants. Registration is required. You can register at the 2nd floor information desk or call 212-621-0619. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

2 p.m. Global Citizen Festival — Be the Generation to Take Action The Global Citizen Festival brings together top artists with world leaders to make commitments toward ending extreme poverty. Tickets are free for Global Citizens who take a series of actions to create change around the world. Performers include John Legend, Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Janelle Monae, and more. Great Lawn, Central Park. FREE.

 Sunday, September 30th

8 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: Fast Forward to Fall Indoors & outdoors, local artist, designers, and antique/vintage dealers sell one-of-a-kind and limited edition art, antique watches, vintage collectibles and fashion, handmade jewelry and furniture. Delicious artisianal edibles will unsure that you will never leave hungry. 100 West 77th St. (at Columbus Avenue). FREE admission.

11 a.m. Sunday Platform – Richard Koral – Respecting the Inherent Worth of Every Person: A Courageous and Revolutionary Act of Faith Every generation needs to unearth the prejudices that emerge and dominate its time, and to overcome the natural tendencies to alienate and marginalize others. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street (at Central Park West). FREE.

2 p.m. Second Overlook Concert: The Manhattan Brass Quintet What could be better on a Sunday afternoon than this terrific Brass Band filling the park with a glorious sound? Riverside Park @ 116 Street, Lower Level. 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.

5 p.m. The Verdi Square Festival New York’s Premier Boutique Arts Festival presents opera. Verdi Square, Broadway & 72nd Street. FREE.