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Things to Do on the Upper West Side This Week - April 15-April 22

April 15, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Things to Do on the Upper West Side This Week Photo: Peter Burka/Flickr 

Located on the west side of NYC's iconic Central Park, the Upper West Side is home to the Museum of Natural History, The Juilliard School, Levain Bakery, and the Catherdral of Saint John the Divine, among many other iconic hangouts. City Guide has compiled the best things to do on the Upper West City this week, and you won't want to miss out on any of it.

Unity of New York Sunday Service - Symphony Space
April 15, 2018 - New York

Unity of New York is a joyful, diverse, and welcoming spiritual community that honors all paths to God. Their mission is to serve the NYC community through spiritual teaching, music, prayer and outreach. They come together at their weekly Sunday Celebration Services (11am, right here at Symphony Space) to discover the power within all to unleash divine potential, know Oneness with God and each other. Unity affirms the power of prayer and the power of thoughts to create our own reality, helping people experience a stronger connection with God every day. Come for the Music... Stay for the message!

New York Philharmonic Ensembles - Kaufman Music Center
April 15, 2018 - New York

Up Close and Personal An Ensembles concert provides an intimate connection between musician and audience. Hear the individual talents that make up the orchestra. Experience the passion and personality of the performers. And see how a small setting can make for a huge musical event. PROGRAM LECLAIR - Sonata in E minor for Two Violins, Op. 3, No. 5 Hyunju Lee, Jin Suk Yu, violins VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - Piano Quintet in C minor Lisa Kim, violin; Dorian Rence, viola; Eric Bartlett, cello; David J. Grossman, bass; Steven Beck*, piano BRAHMS - Piano Quartet No. 1 Hyunju Lee, violin; Rebecca Young, viola; Ru-Pei Yeh, cello; Helen Huang*, piano * Guest Artist

NYC Home Décor & Furniture Bazaar - Grand Bazaar NYC
April 15, 2018 - New York

Shop from an outstanding and wide array of handmade, vintage and antique home décor and furniture goods that will leave your friends asking, "Where did you get that, and where can I get one too?" Be sure to also come hungry and grab a delicious snack from our artisanal food court before strolling refreshed down the aisles and finding new, elaborate and exciting designs at every different booth. From pillows, mirrors and tables to picture frames, chairs and decorations, there is truly something here for everyone. Don't miss out on the fun!

Kidz for Kids Concert Benefit - The Triad
April 15, 2018 - New York

Kidz for Kids will celebrate the work of Child HELP Partnership in preventing and treating childhood and treating childhood trauma, and feature a lively performance by talented teens from Star Kidz. Reservations are a first come first serve basis. Child HELP Partnership protecting and healing children from trauma.

NYCO Presents: L'amore Dei Tre Re - Jazz Lincoln Center's Rose Hall
April 15, 2018 - New York

Set in the Middle Ages, the melodrama of Italo Montemezzi's 1913 masterpiece is fueled by a lush symphonic score influenced by Wagner and Debussy. City Opera's new production of L'Amore dei Tre Re (The Love of Three Kings), conducted by Pacien Mazzagatti and directed by Paul Curran, will be the first performance in New York City in over a decade.

The Music of Eric Whitacre - David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
April 15, 2018 - New York

The music of Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has been performed throughout the world by amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 110 different countries. Mr. Whitacre and the Distinguished Concerts Singers International perform a variety of the composer’s original works, conducted by the composer himself. PERFORMERS: Distinguished Concerts Singers International Eric Whitacre, Conductor PROGRAM: All-Eric Whitacre Program Tickets $20-$100! On Sale Now! Visit or call 212-721-6500 Box Office: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza at 65th Street Senior and Student Discounts Available at the Box Office with ID For Group Tickets, VIP Packages, Discounts, and More, e-mail

Bubble Guppies Live! : Ready to Rock in New York - Beacon Theatre
April 15, 2018 - Upper West Side

Shape Women's Half-Marathon - Central Park
April 15, 2018 - New York

The 15th annual SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon brings together thousands of women of all ages and backgrounds for a day of fun, fitness, and camaraderie in NYC. Whether you're coming from across the country or from around the corner, join SHAPE and New York Road Runners in Central Park on Sunday, April 15, for an unforgettable race.

Ricardo Pedrares-Patino, Trombone - Morse Hall - The Juilliard School
April 16, 2018 - New York

Alan Gilbert conducts the Juilliard Orchestra - David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
April 16, 2018 - New York

Juilliard faculty member Alan Gilbert leads the Juilliard Orchestra in their only David Geffen Hall appearance of the season, featuring works by Barber, Rouse, and Brahms.

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
April 17, 2018 - New York

Tuesday Matinees: Musicians from Ravinia - Kaufman Music Center
April 17, 2018 - New York

There's still time to buy a Tuesday Matinees Flex Subscription and pay only $16 per concert. Save 20%! With Miriam Fried, violin Musicians from Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is a chamber ensemble whose members are selected each year from the most promising musicians to attend the Institute's summer conservatory, which brings together talented young musicians from around the world to make music together under the supervision of an internationally renowned faculty. The ensemble performs with Miriam Fried, long recognized as one of the world's preeminent violinists and heralded for her "fiery intensity and emotional depth" (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. PROGRAM MENDELSSOHN - String Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 18 BEETHOVEN - String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130

Piano Performance Forum Recital - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
April 18, 2018 - New York

Colin Benton, Tuba - Morse Hall - The Juilliard School
April 18, 2018 - New York

Jazz+Wednesdays - American Folk Art Museum
April 18, 2018 - New York

Each Wednesday, from 2 to 3 pm, the Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook. Limited seating. Info: Read the Q&A with Bill Wurtzel in the New York Times.

Ecstatic Music Festival: Modernmedieval & Julianna Barwick - Kaufman Music Center
April 19, 2018 - New York

Buy an EMF All Access Pass before Dec 31 and save 40%! You'll experience all 9 concerts for just $15 each and receive invitations to 3 Meet the Artist receptions. A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer & streamed live on Q2 Music Some of the greatest voices in contemporary music come together! Julianna Barwick's ethereal, powerfully emotive voice paired with celebrated performers of early music ascends into a thrilling and truly ecstatic sonic world. Featuring premieres of new works by Barwick, Caleb Burhans, "New York's mohawked Mozart" (Time Out New York), and Caroline Shaw, the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The three-member super-group ModernMedieval features former Anonymous 4 founder Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek and Roomful of Teeth's Martha Cluver and Eliza Bagg.

Closer-Look Tour - American Folk Art Museum
April 19, 2018 - New York

A tour of Vestiges and Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic, led by museum gallery guides. Meet in the museum atrium.

My Fair Lady Opening Night - Lincoln Center Theater
April 19, 2018 - New York

Next spring, Lincoln Center Theater, in association with Nederlander Presentations Inc., will mount a new production of Lerner and Loewe's MY FAIR LADY, the first Broadway production of the classic musical in 25 years

Jonathan Gentry, Oboe - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
April 20, 2018 - New York

The Pipeline Festival - Power Strip - Women's Project Theater
Through April 21, 2018 - New York

Want to catch the best new work by the most exciting new artists in town? Wondering where to meet the next generation of incredible women and trans theatermakers? Don't miss WP's Pipeline Festival, a unique opportunity to see 5 new plays, created by 5 collaborative teams created from WP Theater's celebrated two-year Lab residency. Don't miss your chance to say you saw it here first.

NYC Earth Day Bazaar - Grand Bazaar NYC
April 22, 2018 - New York

Together with Earth Day Initiative we invite you to come discover and shop from talented local artists, makers and independent vintage/antique dealers. Many merchants creatively use recycled materials to make incredible jewelry, fashion, furniture, art, home accessories, and more. Others use sustainable and fair-trade materials to locally make beauty and skincare products, clothing, children's accessories and toys, and artisanal foods. Learn from our partners about environmental solutions and how to reduce your overall footprint and what programs are available in NYC.

Dancing The Gods - Symphony Space
April 22, 2018 - New York

mrita Lahiri is widely recognized as one of the leading young performers of Kuchipudi today. Kuchipudi, an Indian classical dance form, has a lightness and dramatic quality that sets it apart from other styles. Amrita performs Kuchipudi from its traditional origins to its contemporary forms - she presents the beauty and joy of dance while maintaining the precision and soul of the Kuchipudi style, by combining the grace and light-footedness of Kuchipudi with a focus on depth of emotion and attention to aesthetics of movement, music, and content, for an altogether refined approach. Her dance performances and choreographies have been acclaimed for their elegance and dynamism. Amrita will perform the US premiere of "Murchhana - The Spirit of Sangeet" which she created under the mentorship of Sharmila Biswas. She will be accompanied by live music.

The Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975 - New York Historical Society
Through April 22, 2018 - New York

The New-York Historical Society presents a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th century: the Vietnam War. Populating a 3,000-square-foot gallery with interpretive displays, digital media, artwork, artifacts, photographs, and documents, the exhibit provides an enlightening account of the causes, progression, and impact of the war. Spanning the duration of U.S. involvement in Indochina from 1945 to 1975, the narrative incorporates perspectives that cover both the home front and the war front. Displays feature such topics as the Cold War, the draft, military campaigns initiated by both sides, the growth of the antiwar movement, the role of the president, and the loss of political consensus. Throughout the exhibition, explore themes of patriotism, duty, and citizenship through key objects, including a troopship berthing unit, vibrant antiwar posters, artwork by Vietnam vets, a Viet Cong bicycle, the Pentagon Papers, and historical film footage. Long overdue in the realm of public history, the exhibit not only provides a chronological and thematic analysis of the Vietnam War but also inspires a fuller, more diverse conversation about the war. ... (read more)

The Pipeline Festival - Women's Project Theater
Through April 29, 2018 - New York

Want to catch the best new work by the most exciting new artists in town? Wondering where to meet the next generation of incredible women and trans theatermakers? Don't miss WP's Pipeline Festival, a unique opportunity to see 5 new plays, created by 5 collaborative teams created from WP Theater's celebrated two-year Lab residency. Don't miss your chance to say you saw it here first.

Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr - New York Historical Society
Through May 20, 2018 - Upper West Side

On the surface, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were born worlds apart?culturally, geographically, racially, financially, and politically. But by the time they were killed within two months of each other in 1968, their worlds had come together. Images taken by some of the most renowned photojournalists of the era?alongside original correspondence, publications, and ephemera?illustrate the overlapping trajectory of their lives, exploring their deepening tie as well as how their interests expanded beyond civil rights and organized crime to encompass shared concerns for the poor and opposition to the war in Vietnam.

Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic - American Folk Art Museum
Through May 27, 2018 - New York

Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic unites more than two hundred and fifty works by twenty-one seminal and recently discovered self-taught artists, who will be introduced for the first time through the examination of the idiosyncratic structures of their lifelong, intricate narratives—notably, their sequential and developing aspects. Rare manuscripts, series of drawings, illustrated notebooks with coded texts, expanding cartography, journals, and multi-part collages will provide an art historical and pluridisciplinary perspective on the mechanisms behind visual storytelling.

Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes - New York Historical Society
Through October 08, 2018 - Upper West Side

Shoes in recent years have culturally transcended their utilitarian purpose to become an object of desire and deliberation, calling up abstract considerations—like the freighted meanings of femininity, power, domination, and aspiration—for both women and men alike. Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes highlights examples from the shoe designer's extensive private collection, assembled over three decades. The exhibition considers the story of the shoe from the perspectives of collection, consumption, presentation, and production with more than 100 pairs of shoes on view. The exhibition will explore larger trends in American economic history, from industrialization to the rise of consumer culture, with a focus on women's contributions as makers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Coordinated by Valerie Paley, vice president, chief historian, and director of the Center for Women's History, with Edward Maeder, consulting curator, and Jeanne Gardner Gutierrez, curatorial coordinator.

NYC Scavenger Hunt - Central Park
Through December 30, 2018 - New York

Join Big City Hunt on an Epic Scavenger Hunt Tour of Central Park. This scavenger hunt is great for kids, families, and friends. You'll learn a ton about your city and Central Park! New York's Central Park stretches across 843 acres of land. It is larger than independent city-states Monaco and Vatican City combined. Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle, and The Dakota are just a few of the landmarks you’ll discover on this exciting two-hour hunt. Explore Central Park's rich history through this fun and engaging hunt through this iconic park using your smartphone. Check out this page for more information:

Vertical Tour - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

On this adventurous, "behind-the-scenes" tour, climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the world's largest cathedral. Learn stories through stained glass windows and sculpture and study the grand architecture of the Cathedral while standing on a buttress. The tour culminates on the roof with a sweeping view of Manhattan.

New York & The Nation in The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History - New York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Collection Highlights and New York and the American Experience Explore the story of New York and America in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Highlights include: Mounted on the building's original 1904 columns are grand digital screens displaying a continuous, thematically co-ordinated slide show of treasures from the New-York Historical Society's collections. The west face of the columns features individual stations, incorporating interactive touch screens and museum artifacts, presenting six themes in American history which are found interwoven with the history of New York. Projected on dramatic flat screens affixed to six structural columns, the array of objects and images functions as visual signage that demonstrates to our visitors the depth of New-York Historical's collections.

Inside You - American Musuem of Natural History
Through June 16, 2019 - New York

Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria? That's more organisms than there are stars in the Milky Way! Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. This new perspective leads us to look at our bodies not just as individuals, but as entire ecosystems.Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and introduces some of the scientists who are breaking new ground in microbiome research.Inspired by the Museum's popular exhibition The Secret World Inside You, this exhibition introduces visitors to microbes that live in, on, and around all of us. Engaging graphics detail how microbes aid digestion, influence your immune system, and help fight harmful microbes. You'll find out how we acquire our microbiome and how it is shaped by the foods we eat and the environment we live in. Inside You is co-curated by Susan Perkins and Rob DeSalle, curators in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the ... (read more)

Picasso's Le Tricorne - New-York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2020 - Upper West Side

Now on display at the New-York Historical Society is a newly acquired and conserved Picasso in the exhibition Picasso's "Le Tricorne." It is the first work by Picasso, and one with great wall power and a New York history, to enter New-York Historical's collection. Pablo Picasso painted the stage curtain for the two-act ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos or Le tricorne). The ballet and curtain were commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev for his avant-garde, Paris-based Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the twentieth-century. The ballet was choreographed by Léonide Massine with music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. It premiered on July 22, 1919, at the Alhambra Theatre in London with sets, costume designs, and the monumental stage curtain created by Picasso. Picasso biographer John Richardson once called "Le Tricorne" the artist's "supreme theatrical achievement." The production, which was conceived by Diaghilev and Massine during a trip to Spain, was enhanced by its many Spanish collaborators, including Picasso who also designed the costumes and set for the ballet. Measuring roughly 20 feet square, the curtain depict... (read more)

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