THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

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These are the week’s events beginning May 20th, 2024. 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.

Ongoing

Solo Art Show St. Agnes Library presents the art of Upper Westside mixed media artist, Stacy Bogdonoff. A series of innovative canvasses adorn the staircase of the library. Through 5/31. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

8 a.m. until 4 p.m. JASA – Club 76 Older Adult Center (Mon-Fri) Join us for free senior programming. See calendar here. Lunch 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch Donation $2.50 for seniors / $4 under 60. Catering by Diplomat Kosher. For more information: (212) 712-0170. 120 West 76th St (west of Columbus Ave). FREE.

10 a.m. Central Park NYC Ever Walk Group (Sat) All medium pace walkers, join us for a free 3-mile walk every Saturday. Start and finish location is always in front of the John Purroy Mitchell bust on the bridle path inside the park. 90th St. & 5th Ave. Engineers Gate entrance. FREE.

11 a.m. The Senior Men’s Group (Tue) 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).

6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Every Body Sing A new choir for everyone. For more info, email: cantituttinyc@gmail.com. Columbia’s Casa Italiana, 1161 Amsterdam Ave (south of 118th St). 

11 a.m.; 1 p.m. Bessie’s Big Shot at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Thur-Sun) In this fun and high-flying family-friendly adventure, Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. But can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on the trapeze high above the crowd? Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents. The production is recommended for families with children ages 3 – 8. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park. $10 – $15.

2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Emotional Aspects of Aging (Thur) A weekly discussion of topics pertaining to how it feels to age. Topics include coping with physical and mental disabilities, financial concerns, loss of loved ones, etc. For adults over 65 years of age. 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).

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The W Connection Widows Helping Widows Rebuild Their Lives – UWS Chapter Meeting (Wed) 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.

Monday, May 20th

10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Yoga en Español (Yoga in Spanish) Conéctate, equilibra y desafíate con Yoga en español. Esta clase de Vinyasa Yoga incluye flujos de intensidad media que te llevarán desde el saludo al sol hasta una postura máxima final. Ven y concéntrate en las inversiones y la respiración para ayudarte a mejorar tu práctica personal mientras brindas conciencia y una nueva experiences. Por favor trae tu propria colchoneta de yoga. New York Public Library – Morningside Heights Branch, 2900 Broadway (at W 113th St). FREE.

1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Virtual Closer-Look Tour: Francesc Tosquelles Join us for a virtual tour of the exhibition Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut, led by Senior Educator Nicole Haroutunian. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration. For more details or to register, please email: education@folkartmuseum.org. Online. FREE.

3 p.m. until 4 p.m. Internet Basics An introduction to the Internet, including getting connected, using a web browser, and navigating web pages. Learn how to find information online using search engines and subject directories. Registration is required – Sign-up sheet is available at the Information Desk (2nd Floor). St. Agnes Library. FREE.

3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Kids’ STEAM: 3D Printing Learn to use 3D design programs Tinkercad and Dremel, and how they work with our 3D Dremel Printer. Then, explore your creative side and design your own mini creation using Tinkercad! Once the design is complete, we’ll print them out for you to keep! Bring your own laptop or borrow one with your library card. Space is limited to the first 5 children. A sign-up sheet will be available at the circulation desk on the day of the event. This program is for children ages 8 and up. St. Agnes Library, Community Program Room. FREE.

6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Lori Belilove Goes Public with Isadora Duncan’s Manuscript Belilove makes an argument for a coherent Duncan technique with demonstration & exploration of Duncan’s manuscript, Exercizes for the Dance. Register here. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Senior Dance Graduation Concert Peter Jay Sharp Theater, The Juilliard School, 155 W. 65th St. $15.

8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Upper Best Side Comedy See headlining comics and win free drinks! e’s Bar, 511 Amsterdam Ave (between 84th and 85th St). FREE.

Tuesday, May 21st

7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. JCC Drop-In Meditation Whether you’re brand new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, all are welcome to join. Online. $5 suggested donation.

9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Field House Yoga ’24 Join Yoga instructor Meg SantaMaria for a morning practice. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. 102nd Street Field House. (Enter the Park at 102nd Street and Riverside Drive, then descend to the promenade level. The stairs to the Field House are across the promenade at 102nd Street.) FREE.

1:30 p.m. Better Breathing Workshop With Wellness Coach Lynn Crimando Learn the mechanics of good breathing! If you live with asthma, cardio-vascular conditions, allergies, sleep and fatigue issues, this workshop is for you. Rutgers Sanctuary, 236 West 73rd St (just west of Broadway). FREE.

4 p.m. until 5 p.m. One-on-One Beginner Tech Help From Teens Need help creating an email account, or learning how to use Microsoft Word? Want to video chat your family members on Zoom but don’t know how? We’re here to help! First come, first served. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

6 p.m. ¡Oye! Puerto Rican Theater Breaks Through Join us as we explore the history of Puerto Rican theater in New York City in a conversation with leading artists and scholars, in tandem with the new archives exhibit, ¡Oye! Puerto Rican Theater Breaks Through. Karen and Richard LeFrak Lobby, David Geffen Hall. FREE.

6 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Bodyweight Circuit Training This circuit training class combines bodyweight resistance training and conditioning to provide you with a dynamic full body workout. Whether you are a beginner and need to learn proper form or know your way around the gym and looking for a challenge- this class for you! Come engage in exercises that target all muscle groups as well as get your heart pumping. Class meets in the community room. Please bring your own water, towel, and mat. Instructor: Jodi Brockington. Central Park Gardens – Community Room, 50 West 97th St. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Sebastian Junger discusses In My Time of Dying Bestselling author Sebastian Junger relates his own harrowing journey to answer his questions about death and dying in this deeply personal memoir. In My Time of Dying is part medical drama, part searing autobiography, and part rational inquiry into the ultimate unknowable mystery. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd St). FREE.

7:30 p.m. Lisa Arnhold Memorial Recital: Ivalas Quartet Featuring the Ivalas Quartet, Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet. Program: BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135; Alvin SINGLETON String Quartet No. 3, “Somehow We Can”; MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13. Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, 154 W 57th St. $25; Members $12.50.

Wednesday, May 22nd

10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Little Learners: Scavenger Stories Bio-Buddies During this 8-week series of workshops, children embark on an around-the-world story hunt. Each week they’ll hear native stories from different cultures told through characters and props. Then they’ll get moving and shaking with dance, music and sensory games which will connect them with their buddies. In the end, children will be part of an unforgettable journey which will leave them with a deeper appreciation for the land and the living things that they’ve explored. Recommended for children ages 1-3 years old. Register in person. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Open House Join NYC Parks for an exciting, and unique open house of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Bring your family and friends for a special meet and greet of NYC Parks Puppeteers, a tour of the Theatre and to learn the historical facts of the theater. We welcome participants of all ages to come out and explore one of New York City’s hidden gems. Register here. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park. FREE.

5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Great Falls: Three Glimpses Into Nature and Work in 19th Century Paterson, New Jersey How did nature and work impact a growing city? Discover fascinating insights from research focused on the political economy of state-directed economic development, banking, and corporate chartering in the early American republic. Join Brian Phillips Murphy, 2023-24 Helen and Robert Appel Fellow in History and Technology at the New-York Historical Society, in a conversation covering this exciting period of growth. Register here. Online. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Body Roll Joyful and cathartic dance aerobics with VIVA! Low stakes, all fun, and open to all levels. Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th St. FREE.

7 p.m. Kate White discusses & signs THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM with Chris Pavone A woman is left reeling when her former fiancé appears to take his own life, and she becomes desperate to prove it was actually murder—in the latest psychological thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kate White. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd St). FREE.

Thursday, May 23rd

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 Broadway.

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. until 11:15 a.m. Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live! Moosiki Kids Musical Storytime fosters a love of reading at a young age with musical stories, interactive musical storyboard, and danceable original Moosiki music on our comfy turf lawn right by the big locomotive! Locomotive Lawn in Riverside Park South. FREE.

11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Creative Writing at the Library We will work on a writing prompt and discuss an aspect of craft. Share your work in a friendly environment and talk about writing. Open to all adults. No experience necessary. Please bring a notebook. St. Agnes Library. FREE.

1 p.m. until 2 p.m. The Gerson Cultural Art Series: Theater of Light: From Darkness to Light A powerful one-woman show based on the impactful true story of two women who overcame impossible obstacles. Concert followed by seasonal refreshments and socializing. 2nd floor of Council House, 241 W 72nd St. FREE.

1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Alignment Yoga This yoga session is designed to help you better understand how the body works by focusing on improving balance, strength, and flexibility. Class starts seated in a chair to better isolate each muscle group, followed by bringing your practice onto the mat (or staying seated, if you wish!). Join this class and rediscover fun facts about each body part that makes up the whole of who you are. Experience isn’t necessary, and all levels are welcome- join in with an open heart and open mind. New York Public Library – Morningside Heights Branch, 2900 Broadway. FREE.

4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Teen Chess An introduction to chess strategy, suitable for teens just starting out or those wanting to learn the beginnings of how to “open” a chess game. Plus, come get FREE SNACKS! Cookies! Soda! And more! For ages 13 to 18 years. St. Agnes Library, Community Program Room. FREE.

5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Council Fire School: Indigenous Knowledge and Settler Education in Early New York English settlers in early New York were always learning, whether they liked it or not. This education about their surroundings took many forms, but often the lessons came from Indigenous delegates who explained how they lived on the land, organized their societies, and interacted with the physical and spiritual world. Understanding what settlers learned — or refused to learn — in early New York can help illuminate ways in which Indigenous activists today can educate Americans about how to follow new paths towards a more just, equitable, and sustainable future. Join Jeffers Lennox, 2023-24 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the New-York Historical Society, in a conversation about these important past-present connections. Register here. Online. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Tali Rubinstein Quartet Join us for Los Angeles-based composer and musician Tali Rubinstein and her band’s Lincoln Center headliner premiere showcasing and celebrating music from her entire repertoire, including her most recent album, 2023’s Mémoire, produced by the multiple GRAMMY Award-winner Javier Limón. David Rubenstein Atrium. FREE.

11 p.m. Late Night Sessions Featuring: Joe Block’s Open Heart Trio. Dizzy’s Club (Broadway at 60th St). $15 at the door (walk-ups only). 1 drink minimum per person. Minimum waived with purchase of Student Ticket.

Friday, May 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.

12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Meet the Curator: Lost New York Have you ever wanted to chat with one of our curators about how exhibitions at New-York Historical come together? Now’s your chance! Join curator Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto in Lost New York and ask her about what it was like to create this new exhibition that invites you into the places that once defined this city, from the original Penn Station to the old Croton Reservoir and the Pop Shop. 1st floor, Robert H. and Clarice Smith South Gallery, the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. FREE with Museum Admission.

2 p.m. until 4 p.m. HIGH Beginner Level English Conversation Classes: We Speak NYC Practice English by watching We Speak NYC videos and discussing them with adults from around the world! Fridays, 2-4 PM: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21. No registration needed. Come to 6 of these classes – get a certificate! For adult English language learners (age 16 and up). St. Agnes Library, The Pasculano Foundation Adult Learning Center. FREE.

3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Urban Assembly School for Green Careers Enjoy our open garden, farmers market and activities! There will be educational activities for kids of all ages, opportunities to meet and feed the chickens, and a chance to get to know neighbors, purchase local produce and goods, all raising money for our school and its environmental/ agricultural programs. We are also still seeking musicians who might like to perform during this time frame. If interested in performing, (with the ability to put out a hat or QR code to earn your own money,) please contact Rachel, 917-613-4013 for details. Amsterdam Avenue and West 84th St. FREE.

5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. New-York Historical Summer! New-York Historical is celebrating our new exhibition Lost New York with live music and lost cocktails from Gotham’s bygone days. Swing by our restaurant Clara, where mixologists create lost cocktails to get you in the mood for the exhibition’s look back at beloved New York City icons. Then wander over to Smith Gallery to hear old-school jazz starting at 5:30 pm from saxophonist Michael Hashim’s trio. Register here. 1st floor, Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at 77th St). Pay-as-you-wish.

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. ‘Children become mirrors’ Solo Art Exhibit by Jihoe Koo Come join us at W83 Ministry Center for an evening filled with beauty, reflection and celebration. Our event, ‘Children become mirrors,’ honors the unique perspectives of Jihoe Koo on childhood memories, time, and reflections on self-rediscovery. We hope this exhibition awakens the curiosity of your inner child, brings back the memories, the vulnerabilities, and the joys that lie at the heart of everyone. We invite you to embrace a larger sense of a collective inner child, to look deeper at yourself, and at others. This in-person event will be a gift for the eyes, and soul. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join us and to celebrate one of our wonderful local artists in NYC. Exhibit will run through Sunday, August 4. W83 Gallery – 150 W 83 St. FREE.

11 p.m. Late Night Sessions Featuring: Joe Block’s Open Heart Trio. Dizzy’s Club (Broadway at 60th St). $15 at the door (walk-ups only). 1 drink minimum per person. Minimum waived with purchase of Student Ticket.

Saturday, May 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 Broadway.

9 a.m. until 2 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.

11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Walking Tour: Northern Central Park Join us on a tour that details the history and topography that is unique to the northern part of Central Park with historian and guide Jim Mackin. Highlights include the oldest structure in the park, a secret and long-forgotten spring, the only memorial to one of the most important people in New York City’s history, and the foundation of a building that served as the park’s headquarters during its inception. Meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase. $21 (Members, $11).

11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Rooted Community: Sustainability Programs in Riverside Park Join Riverside Park Conservancy’s Sustainability Team for lectures led by local activists, environmentalists, educators, and composters. All events are free and open to the public and will include time for a Q&A and discussion. Featuring: Nando Rodriquez, Senior Manager for Environmental Programming, The Brotherhood Sister Sol. 102nd Street Field House in Riverside Park. FREE.

12 p.m. until 3 p.m. Family Fun Day at Frederick Douglass Playground Join NYC Parks and Council Member Shaun Abreu for a fun afternoon of crafts, inflatables, music, jumbo games, an obstacle course, and more! Come ready to have a great time! Register here. Frederick Douglass Playground, Amsterdam Ave bet. W. 100 St. and W. 102 St. FREE. 

1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Art en Plein Air An instructor from the Art Students League leads a visual exploration of our beautiful park. Learn to draw or paint from observation with your favorite drawing supplies. No experience is necessary. Register here. Garden Peoples Garden in Riverside Park, 90th to 91st Street on the Promenade. FREE.

2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Open House Join NYC Parks for an exciting, and unique open house of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Bring your family and friends for a special meet and greet of NYC Parks Puppeteers, a tour of the Theatre and to learn the historical facts of the theater. We welcome participants of all ages to come out and explore one of New York City’s hidden gems. Register here. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park. FREE.

2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Living History: Let’s Celebrate Pinkster and Pinkster Stroll This Pinkster Stroll will feature a group of Black New Yorkers dressed in historically inspired garb walking from Dyckman Farmhouse Museum to New-York Historical Society in commemoration of enslaved and free Black people in 17th- and 18th-century Dutch New York who celebrated Pinkster, the oldest African American holiday. Join us at New-York Historical Society to welcome them into the building at the end of their long walk and to discover how the Christian feast of Pentecost celebrated by the Dutch evolved into a Black American festival used by Black New Yorkers to gather with family and friends and reconnect with their African cultures. DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at 77th St). FREE with Museum Admission.

11 p.m. Late Night Sessions Featuring: Joe Block’s Open Heart Trio. Dizzy’s Club (Broadway at 60th St). $15 at the door (walk-ups only). 1 drink minimum per person. Minimum waived with purchase of Student Ticket.

Sunday, May 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.

8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Summer on the Hudson: Tai Chi Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothes and sunscreen. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive. FREE.

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: Handmade Global Pop-Up Today, Grand Bazaar NYC is the oldest, largest, and most diverse curated weekly market in New York City. It’s purpose-driven providing much-needed affordable retail space to local independent artists, designers, craft-makers, vintage and antique dealers, and artisanal food entrepreneurs, while passing on 100% of its profits to four local public schools, benefitting over 2,000 children. 100 West 77th Street (Columbus & Amsterdam).

11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sunday Platform with Charles Moore: The Soul of Rehabilitation Through the Arts Charles Moore will give a brief intro of himself and RTA, and present a short film called, “The Soul of RTA” which showcases the RTA’s arts-in-prison program. He will then open it up to an informal discussion with the audience members. Launched at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in 1996, Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) is a world leader in arts-in-corrections teaching communication, collaboration, problem-solving and other critical life skills through a unique mix of art forms. Online: Click to join at start | ID 863 0430 0961 | Passcode 609424; To join by phone (audio only), dial (929) 205-6099 and enter the Zoom ID above. In-person: The New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St. FREE.

6 p.m. Music In a Garden Concert Series Featuring: Kumara (Original transcendent compositions). Rain date: June 1. West Side Community Garden, 123 West 89th Street (between Amsterdam Ave and Columbus Ave). FREE.