THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

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These are the week’s events beginning August 15th, 2022. 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

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.

10 a.m.; 12 p.m.; 2 p.m. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Mon) Join us to experience fantastical larger-than-life puppets from The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. This outdoor production faithfully adapts stories by author/illustrator Eric Carle: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. All performances will occur outdoors, and audiences of all ages are encouraged to bring friends and family to enjoy a show in the park. Through August 29. Wollman Rink, Central Park. $15.

10 a.m. until 6 p.m. KIM Happy Warrior Playground (Tue-Sat) The Kids in Motion program engages children in active, outdoor play. An NYC Parks staff member leads four to seven hours of free activities in NYC’s playgrounds, including organized sports, games, fitness demos, board games, water games, and more! Play Area in Happy Warrior Playground, W. 97 St. and Amsterdam Ave. FREE.

11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Youth Basketball Clinics (Sat & Sun) For families looking to keep their children active and engaged this summer, the Central Park Conservancy is hosting its annual Youth Basketball Clinics for players aged 6-14. Ages 6–10: 11:00 am–11:30 am: Check-In; 11:30 am–12:30 pm: Basketball Clinic. Ages 11–14: 12:30 pm–1:00 pm: Check-In; 1:00 pm–2:30 pm: Basketball Clinic. First-come-first-served program. July 9–August 28. North Meadow Recreation Center (mid-park at 97th St). 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).

11 a.m.; 1 p.m. Wake Up, Daisy! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Fri-Sun) Wake Up, Daisy! tells the story of Daisy, a lively little girl living in the heart of New York City in an apartment overlooking Central Park. At Daisy’s much-anticipated birthday party, she encounters three special guests, known as her “Squad-parents”, from Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx who grant her the gifts of courage, knowledge, and a second chance. When an unwelcome guest shows up and casts a curse on her, Daisy’s life is forever changed. But through the support of her friends and an adventure throughout the city, Daisy’s strong self-determination and vivid imagination may be all she needs to break the curse. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park. $8 – $12.

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 p.m. until 9 p.m. Central Park Tango at the Shakespeare Statue (Sat) Central Park Tango returns for romantic summer night dancing in 2022. This local and international group of dancers and spectators has been meeting every summer since the mid-1990s. The dance level is mixed from Beginner to Expert, so everyone can meet and enjoy the evening (no need for a dedicated partner). There is a free beginner’s lesson around 7 PM for anyone who would like to learn. Through September. South end of The Mall, at Shakespeare Statue. Pay-what-you-wish.

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.

6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Hudson Classical Theater Company Presents: Macbeth (Thur-Sun) Prompted by three witches who foretell of his ascension to the throne of Scotland, MACBETH and his wife murder the King Duncan, setting into motion a story of paranoia, blood, and madness in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Through Aug 21. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive (On the north patio, behind the monument). Pay-what-you-can.

7 p.m. Waterline Square Park Summer Stage Concert Series (Wed) Through August 17. Waterline Square Park, 59th St to 61st St (between Freedom Pl and Riverside Ave). FREE.

30th Anniversary of NYC Restaurant Week® The program highlights restaurants across all five boroughs. It encourages locals and visitors alike to explore and support the City’s iconic, diverse and wide-ranging restaurant scene that makes New York City the dining capital of the world. Lunch: two-course prix-fixe menu at price point determined by restaurant of $30, $45 or $60; Dinner: three-course prix-fixe menu at price point determined by restaurant of $30, $45 or $60; Optional Sunday participation. July 18 through August 21.

Walking on Dry Land Exhibit Join us for JCC’s latest gallery exhibit, WALKING ON DRY LAND, created by New York and Israel-based artist Rotem Reshef. The free immersive installation explores nature and climate through large-scale scrolls of painting. Through August 28. JCC, 334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th Street. FREE.

8 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It (Tues-Sun) Public Works’ acclaimed musical production of AS YOU LIKE IT returns to Central Park, bringing together its diverse ensemble of both professional actors and community members from across New York. Adapted by Shaina Taub and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, this ambitious work of participatory theater has been hailed as “thrilling & terrifically vital” by The New York Times. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia are banished to the Forest of Arden. There, they discover a community of acceptance and transformational love, where all are welcomed and embraced. Laurie Woolery directs this magical adaptation of a beloved classic. August 10 through September 11. Delacorte Theater, Central Park. FREE.

Monday, August 15th

10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The City’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) OATH will be here to assist people with OATH-specific issues and educate the general public about what to do if they receive a summons from a City agency. OATH staff will also be able to check and determine if someone has an outstanding summons and advise as to their options on how to proceed. OATH will provide materials for individuals on its remote hearing options and other free resources.  Tent outside of Council Member Gale Brewer’s district office, Columbus Ave between 87th and 88th Sts.

12 p.m. Film at Lincoln Center: El Gran Movimiento Francesca Beale Theater. $10.

5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Financial, Credit, and Medicare Counseling The Thomas Yoseloff Business Center provides a range of free one-on-one financial counseling services that aim to assist with financial situations including general money management, budgeting, saving, banking, retirement planning, and more. Online. FREE.

Make Your Own Shofar with Congregation Habonim Registration Sign up here to join us in this fun and creative opportunity to make your very own High Holy Day shofar! (Event date: Sunday, September 18 at 10 AM, 103 West End Ave at 64th St) All ages welcome. Please register by August 15 to reserve your shofar kits. $11 per participant, plus $11 per shofar kit.

Tuesday, August 16th

10:30 a.m.; 11:15 a.m. Outdoor Family Storytime Join a Children’s Librarian for stories, songs, and other engaging activities with a focus on the performing arts. Recommended for children 1 year old and up. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center. FREE.

3 p.m. Sandra Brown celebrates OVERKILL #BNMiddayMystery Join Barnes & Noble as we welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sandra Brown, for a live, virtual discussion of OVERKILL, as part of our B&N Midday Mystery Virtual Event series. Sandra delivers another riveting thriller where a conflict of conscience for a former football star and an ambitious state prosecutor swiftly intensifies into a fight for their lives. Register here. Online. FREE.

3:30 p.m. Little New-Yorkers @ Home: The Castle on Hester Street Join us at Home on Zoom for story time and crafts! Each class includes a special hello song, silly dances and games, a story book reading, and a craft to do after the story. All through the month of August we will be reading NYC stories and making art inspired by the illustrators, authors, and the city itself. Ages 3 to 6. Register here. Online. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Pilates Join instructor Melissa Ricci, CPT, PMA from Base Fitness® for a flowing, multi-level Pilates Mat class that will tone and balance your muscles, align your body, strengthen your core, and give you renewed energy. Bring your own mat. The Plaza at 66th Street in Riverside Park South. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Moving For Life Moving for Life is a gentle workout that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness. Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Central Park Conservancy Film Festival Presented by National Geographic: The Territory *premiere screening) Join us August 16–19 for the 19th Annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, presented by National Geographic. This year’s festival features an array of documentary films. (Rain date for The Territory is August 17 in lieu of America’s National Parks.) Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-show programming and music from 6:30 p.m. until film starts at dusk. Event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Frisbee Hill in Central Park. FREE.

Wednesday, August 17th

12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.  Summer Jazz Sensations KJ Denhert Jazz Project – KJ Denhert is an award-winning songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader living in Ossining, New York. She is a consummate artist with a rich history; a legend of Urban Folk & Jazz who channels a wide range of influences to create something completely unique. KJ performs at venues around the world and locally, she performed for over two decades at the legendary 55 Bar in Greenwich Village. She has 10 CDs under her leadership with her latest titled Destiny. Look out for a new release in 2023. Dante Park, Broadway and Columbus Ave, W 63 St. FREE.

1 p.m. Living History Cooking @ Home: James Hemings Join Ramin Ganeshram, culinary historian and author of The General’s Cook, to learn about Chef James Hemings, the first American to be classically trained abroad in France. He was also enslaved by Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence. Join historical interpreters to learn about the life and legacy of the skilled chef. Then, cook along with us as we make an 18th-century-inspired vanilla pudding (Crème Anglaise) that Chef Hemings would have cooked. Register here. Online. FREE.

1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Jazz+Wednesdays Join us as jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests play standards from the American Songbook. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Center. FREE.

3 p.m. Catherine Ryan Howard celebrates 56 DAYS #BNMiddayMystery Join Barnes & Noble as we welcome internationally bestselling author, Catherine Ryan Howard, for a live, virtual discussion of 56 DAYS, as part of our B&N Midday Mystery Virtual Event series. Catherine will also discuss her next, new thriller, RUN TIME(out 8/16/22). Register here. Online. FREE.

6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Cardio Circuit Blast This high-energy total body workout will keep you moving with challenging yet fun bodyweight circuits. Cardio Circuit Blast is a heart-pumping, high-intensity class that is open to all levels and the perfect way to increase your overall endurance. Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center in Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, 232 W. 60th St (between Amsterdam and WEA). FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Sunset Yoga End your day with Hatha yoga 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 in Riverside Park South. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Central Park Conservancy Film Festival Presented by National Geographic: America’s National Parks Join us August 16–19 for the 19th Annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, presented by National Geographic. This year’s festival features an array of documentary films. (Note: If Tuesday’s premiere of The Territory is postponed due to inclement weather, it will be shown on this date in lieu of America’s National Parks.) Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-show programming and music from 6:30 p.m. until film starts at dusk. Event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Frisbee Hill in Central Park. FREE.

7 p.m. Dynamoms Comedy Show Three Dynamoms, Amy Veltman and Patricia Dinglasa, produce this Monthly show featuring not just moms… Features up and coming comedians alongside comedians with multiple TV Creds. All profit will be donated to WRAAP – Womens Reproductive Rights Assistance Project. West Side Comedy Club (74th St between Broadway and West End Ave). $10 (plus 2 item minimum purchase).

8:30 p.m. until 10:45 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show: La La Land Settle in for a movie night on the Pier! Open captioned. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. The movie starts after sunset, at around 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme: Movies about Movies! Featuring: La La Land (2016) | PG-13 | 2h8m. Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th St. FREE.

Thursday, August 18th

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.

6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Central Park Conservancy Film Festival Presented by National Geographic: Fire of Love Join us August 16–19 for the 19th Annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, presented by National Geographic. This year’s festival features an array of documentary films. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-show programming and music from 6:30 p.m. until film starts at dusk. Event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Frisbee Hill in Central Park. FREE.

7:30 pm. Turn It Up One: Ivan Julian & The Magnificent Six, Gods and Monsters, The Veldt Turn It Up One, curated by Jared Michael Nickerson, member of the legendary post punk band Human Switchboard (1977–1985), brings you a night of blazing guitarists from the ‘80s NYC rock club scene and their bands. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra In solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine, the Metropolitan Opera and the Polish National Opera have gathered leading Ukrainian musicians into the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra for a European and American tour, culminating with outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center. Damrosch Park. FREE.

Friday, August 19th

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.

4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Activated Archives with Umber Majeed Through this workshop, participants will re-interpret their own personal object through the lens of technology and sound. Register here. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center. FREE.

6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Central Park Conservancy Film Festival Presented by National Geographic: Jane Join us August 16–19 for the 19th Annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, presented by National Geographic. This year’s festival features an array of documentary films. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-show programming and music from 6:30 p.m. until film starts at dusk. Event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Frisbee Hill in Central Park. FREE.

7:30 p.m. Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra In solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine, the Metropolitan Opera and the Polish National Opera have gathered leading Ukrainian musicians into the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra for a European and American tour, culminating with outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center. Damrosch Park. FREE.

Saturday, August 20th

7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Summer Streets Summer Streets opens nearly 8 miles of Park Avenue and connecting streets, from the Brooklyn Bridge to East Harlem to pedestrians, cyclists and joggers. Enjoy free fitness classes, performances and activities.

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.

12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: FlyNYC Music and kites fill the air at this festival for all ages! Kite kits are provided free for children (while supplies last), or bring your own favorite kite from home. Enjoy music, local vendors, and a play:groundNYC pop up! Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street. FREE.

Sunday, August 21st

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: Shop Local 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 12:15 p.m. Sunday Platform: Derek Tesser: Perspectives of the Chocó Rainforest from Space to the Understory The Chocó Biodiversity Hotspot along the Pacific Coast of Ecuador and Colombia lost 98% of its primary forest due to industrial oil palm expansion and illegal logging in the last few decades. Yet hope is not lost. Today, local communities alongside conservation efforts promote sustainable cultivation of the Chocó. With a combined focus on biodiversity, music and culture, the Itapoa Project has advanced scientific understanding alongside amplifying the voices of local communities within this unique and delicate ecoregion. In-person or online: Click to join at start | ID 863 0430 0961 | Passcode 609424. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St. FREE.

2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Harlem Meer Performance Festival The Harlem Meer Performance Festival is back for its 29th year! A community fixture since the opening of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in 1993, the annual Performance Festival brings the best local talent to Central Park. Enjoy a variety of performances featuring multicultural music, dance, and family-friendly entertainment while admiring the Meer-side views. All ages are welcome. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park, 110th Street between Lenox Ave and Fifth Ave. FREE.

5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Summer on the Hudson: OperaCades! Opera on Tap brings a family-friendly, immersive opera experience to Pier I with performances, games, and other Coney Island-inspired amusements. Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street. FREE.