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Things to Do on the Upper West Side This Week - May 13-May 20

May 13, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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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
May 13, 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!

Mother's Day Bazaar - Grand Bazaar NYC
May 13, 2018 - New York

Celebrate Mother's Day with a fun visit to our Mother's Day Bazaar, the largest in NYC. Enjoy time together strolling the aisle filled with talented local artisans, designers and independent dealers, and pick-up a sweet gift for mom (and maybe also yourself). If shopping makes you hungry enjoy some delicious bites in our artisanal food court.

LMS Dance Recital: Students of Parsla Vintere - Kaufman Music Center
May 13, 2018 - New York

This performance is the culminating event for dance classes taught by Parsla Vintere at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School.

Lynne Bernfield presents 'Bashert' A ONE WOMAN SHOW - The Triad
May 13, 2018 - New York

Based on the Yiddish for destiny, Lynne Bernfield presents "Bashert - Some Things Are Meant to Be." All those moments you think are coincidences, might really be Bashert. Maybe there's a reason one person stands out in a crowd, or your phone rings just when you're thinking about an old friend, or someone you've just met reconnects you to friends or lovers from the past. Bashert tells true stories in word and song about things that couldn't have happened, but did. It's a love letter to the idea of coincidence, accident, serendipity, or fate, karma, miracles and destiny.

Open Mic at the Triad Theater with Host Tom Gamblin - Triad Theater
May 13, 2018 - New York

Queens of Soul - Triad Theatre
May 13, 2018 - New York

Queens of Soul - Queens of Soul: A Tribute Concert To Our Reigning Divas is a Soul Stirring Show featuring some of the Top Powerhouse Vocalists spanning from The Church Choirs to the Broadway Stage. Get Ready for a Memorable Experience as this show will have you on your feet delivering classics from all of the divas: Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion to Mary J. Blige and many more! This Show Will SELL OUT! A MUST SEE!

Adelphi Orchestra - Bohemian Rhapsody - Good Shepherd Faith Presbyterian Church
May 13, 2018 - New York

The ADELPHI ORCHESTRA Presents: “Bohemian Rhapsody Gala” in New York City Dvorak, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns Sunday, May 13 2018 Good Shepherd Faith Presbyterian Church, New York, NY The Adelphi Orchestra, now in its 64th season of Music for All, presents “Bohemian Rhapsody” under the baton of Principal Conductor Richard Owen on Sunday, May 13th at 7:00 PM, Good Shepherd Faith Presbyterian Church, NYC. Bohemian Rhapsody features a diverse program presenting the critically acclaimed baritone Andrew Cummings in Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder. Saint-Saëns’s Introduction & Rondo capriccioso in A minor will be performed by 2016 Adelphi Orchestra Young Artist Competition winner, Nathan Meltzer, who in 2017 at age 17 became the youngest violinist to attain first place in the Windsor Festival String Competition. The program opens with Dvo?ák’s Carnival Overture and dramatically concludes with the beautiful Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64. All Proceeds go to the Young Artist Program.

Lisa Sung, Viola - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
May 14, 2018 - New York

Senior Dance Showcase 2018 - Peter Jay Sharp Theater/the Juilliard School
May 14, 2018 - New York

Featuring Juilliard Dance's Class of 2018 in a diverse program of solos and duets choreographed by these graduating dancers, as well as alumni and faculty, plus selections from the major repertory.

The Noah Racey Project - Symphony Space
May 14, 2018 - Upper West Side

A 1970s commune in the Pacific Northwest hardly seems like the kind of place to spawn Broadway's most innovative song-and-dance man, but that's exactly where Noah Racey (Curtains, Never Gonna Dance, Thoroughly Modern Millie) spent much of his childhood, after his father quit his respectable job and sold their respectable home. Fun? Yes. But that's not the whole story. Working with director Dick Scanlan (Tony-nominated writer of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Everyday Rapture), Racey writes, choreographs and performs a new work exploring the hidden dangers of freedom and what happens when people reject all boundaries to live outside the box. Praised by The New York Times as "an elegant and original character dancer" who creates "first rate choreography," Noah returns to Project Broadway for a wildly entertaining, autobiographical evening of song, dance and spoken word.

American Museum of Natural History Presents, Frontiers Lecture: Planetary Origin Stories - American Museum of Natural History
May 14, 2018 - New York

Swirling disks of dust and gas surround young stars, and these disks contain the building blocks for new planets. It would take 100 million years to see a planet fully form, but luckily there are plenty of planetary systems in development for us to observe. By studying and compiling “snapshots” from nearby stars, Alycia Weinberger takes us on a journey back in time to the origins of planets. Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Wednesdays at One: Pre-College Chamber Music - Alice Tully Hall, The Juilliard School
May 16, 2018 - New York

Insightalt: Opera in Eden - Kaufman Music Center
May 17, 2018 - New York

American Lyric Theater celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program this season with OPERA IN EDEN, a one-night-only concert featuring three new one-act operas written by ALT Resident Artists, hosted by composer/librettist Mark Adamo and producing artistic director Lawrence Edelson. Tickets go on sale July 19.

Juilliard Orchestra Commencement Concert - Alice Tully Hall, The Juilliard School
May 17, 2018 - New York

2018 Poets' Prize Ceremony - Nicholas Roerich Museum
May 17, 2018 - New York

Juilliard's 113th Commencement Ceremony - Alice Tully Hall, The Juilliard School
May 18, 2018 - New York

Jackson Browne - Beacon Theatre
Through May 18, 2018 - Upper West Side

Pre-College Symphony - Peter Jay Sharp Theater/the Juilliard School
May 19, 2018 - New York

Pre-College Orchestra - Peter Jay Sharp Theater/the Juilliard School
May 19, 2018 - New York

Wall to Wall: Leonard Bernstein - Symphony Space
May 19, 2018 - Upper West Side

Symphony Space celebrates the legacy of one of the greatest musical figures with an eight-hour marathon event of music, dance, film, and conversation that explores the many facet's of Leonard Bernstein's creative life.

Unity of New York Sunday Service - Symphony Space
May 20, 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!

Pop Up Repair - Grand Bazaar NYC
May 20, 2018 - New York

Grand Bazaar NYC has partnered with FIXUP to help make repairs easy and convenient for you. Every third Sunday a month we'll have a special Pop Up Repair booth at our market for you to drop-off your beloved items that you'd like fixed - lamps, chairs, small appliances, jewelry, ceramics, toys, and more. This is such a great service that helps extend the lifespan of your favorite items, while diverting waste from landfills, and providing work for local fixers. Be sure to Share & Invite your friends so that they can find out about this special service. Thanks!

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.

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

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. Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. is based in part on the book The Promise and the Dream by David Margolick, to be published on April 4, 2018 by RosettaBooks and available at the NYHistory Store. The exhibition was produced by Wiener Schiller Productions with support from Getty Images, the Jacques Lowe Estate, and Steve Schapiro and presented by the New-York Historical Society. Lead support for this exhibition provided by Leah and Michael R. Weisberg. Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society are made possible by Dr. Agn... (read more)

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.

New York City Ballet Spring 2018 - David H. Koch Theater
Through June 03, 2018 - New York

A special highlight in Spring 2018, the three-week Robbins 100 pays tribute to Founding Choreographer Jerome Robbins on the centennial of his birth, featuring a collection of his most celebrated works. Rounding out the spring performances are two all-Balanchine programs featuring some of his greatest masterpieces, a program of contemporary hits, and a weeklong run of the full-length Coppélia, a beloved comedic ballet featuring a delightful tale of buoyant romance and mistaken identity.

New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky - New York Historical Society
Through June 03, 2018 - New York

Some of New York's most iconic cultural moments over the past 50 years have been captured by George Kalinsky. Serving as Madison Square Garden's official photographer, Kalinsky has turned truly memorable moments?sporting events, legendary performances, and notable occasions?into lasting images that have defined the city. Among the quintessential photographs on view will be Pope John Paul II hoisting a seven-year-old child onto the Popemobile in Madison Square Garden, Bill Bradley celebrating a New York Knicks victory, Frank Sinatra crooning in 1975, and Jesse Orosco falling to his knees on the mound as the Mets won the 1986 World Series. Curated by Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky is based on the book Legends by George Kalinsky, available at the NYHistory Store. Support for this exhibition provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the New York City Department of ... (read more)

Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife - New York Historical Society
Through July 15, 2018 - Upper West Side

Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife, an exhibition exploring the history of the ground-breaking Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, examines the circumstances that inspired early environmentalists—many of them women and New Yorkers—to champion the protection of endangered birds. Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Migratory Bird Act prohibited the hunting, killing, trading, and shipping of migratory birds. It also regulated the nation's commercial plume trade, which had decimated many American bird species to the point of near extinction.

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.

The Central Park Walking Tour - Manhattan and Beyond Tours llc
Through October 28, 2018 - New York

The Central Park Walking Tour Daily 12pm—2 hours—2 miles—$25/person Gain a complete picture of Central Park’s origins, wit-ness its design, experience the cultural influences and feel the calming effect being in nature brings from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Central Park Walking Tour - Manhattan and Beyond Tours llc
Through October 28, 2018 - New York

The Central Park Walking Tour Daily 12pm—2 hours—2 miles—$25/person Gain a complete picture of Central Park’s origins, wit-ness its design, experience the cultural influences and feel the calming effect being in nature brings from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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: https://www.scavengerhunt.com/locations/central_park_nyc_scavenger_hunt.html

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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