Events in the Neighborhood This Week
Inwood, Fort George and Lower WaHi
Tuesday night at 8 at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus in Fort George.
Just because the weather is cold and windy doesn’t mean you can’t get a run in.
The New York Road Runners host an open house night to kick off the 2013-14 “Night at the Races” series, complete with practice time, clinic sessions, an occasional funky relay races and registration for the series.
Free. Wednesday night at 7 at the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue and 168th Street in Lower WaHi.
When the Iranian government began its crackdown on the “green wave” of
dissidents who protested the rigged elections in 2009, it targeted
filmmaker-activists in particular. The brilliant Jafar Panahi (director
of The White Balloon, Offsides and Crimson Gold)
decided he wouldn’t go quietly.
Facing a lengthy prison sentence and possible 20-year ban on filmmaking, he responded with This Is Not a Film, a remarkable rumination on his home as prison and an uncertain but bleak future. Surprisingly funny and always powerful, there isn’t another film (or not-a-film) quite like it.
Hosted by the Washington Heights Film Class.
Free for members; visitors, $15. Thursday evening at 7:30; lecture begins at 7. Hebrew Tabernacle, 551 Fort Washington Avenue (at 185th Street), in Hudson Heights.
Give your children a creative outlet this autumn. Twist & Shout, a workshop on six Saturday mornings, will explore art techniques as instructors take kids back
in time to groove their way through the 1960's. Students will engage in a
variety of mixed-media craft projects that explore the decade,
including popular art, music, and literature as well as community awareness and service through the hippie and Civil
The workshop costs are underwritten by the Creative Arts Workshops for Kids the United Palace Theater of Creative Arts, and Councilmember Robert Jackson. Twenty children in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be selected.
For registration information contact Mike at email@example.com.
Free. Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through next week at the United Palace Theater on Broadway at 175th Street in Lower WaHi.
Each holiday season, the Waverly Consort's thirteen-member ensemble, under the direction of Michael Jaffee, performs The Christmas Story
on tour. This beloved program includes vocal and instrumental hymns,
processionals, antiphons, and Mass compositions from the tenth to the
Arranged as a narrative, the compositions evoke the liturgical calendar for Advent and Christmastide and are rooted in music manuscripts and illuminated miniatures of the Middle Ages.
Listen to a sample.
$45. Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1 and 3 at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.
Discover how tea is blended and create your own holiday blend to give as gifts. In this workshop attendees will learn basics about blending tea and herbal components to come up with their very own blends.
Advance registration is required.
$25. Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace.
The annual holiday concert at Manhattan's oldest home offers Renaissance and Baroque works by the Morris-Jumel
Mansion’s ensemble-in-residence, Brooklyn Baroque.
Advance registration is required. Call (212) 923-8008.
$25; members $20. Saturday afternoon at 4 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace. Postponed from December 7.
The Pied Piper Children’s Theater presents Honk! Jr., a musical based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling.
Saturday at 3 and 7 and Sunday at 4 at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.
Lehman College comes to Upper Manhattan to play the Maccabees on their home court.
Saturday night at 8:30 at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus in Fort George.
The Lenten Season is welcomed by the musicians of Our Saviour’s Atonement, the church with a strong musical mission.
This year’s program had not been released by Monday. For updates, check the web site here.
Sunday afternoon at 4:30 at the church at 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) in Hudson Heights.
Continuing in the Neighborhood
Andrea Arroyo created female-centered works that examine notions of
memory, belonging and body image, to be displayed within the striking
architectural elements of the restored Audubon Ballroom (built in 1912
and the site of the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965.)
Incorporating fabrics from garments collected from the women in her community, these works re-purpose evocative personal items--a Mexican huipil, an Indonesian silk wrap and an Indian prayer shawl--and honor the resilience of the female spirit.
Free. Through Friday, January 10, at the Shabazz Center on Broadway at 166th Street in Lower WaHi. Open Monday through Friday, 10 to 5.
In 1911, Joaquin Sorolla was commissioned by Archer Milton Huntington (1870—1955), founder of The Hispanic Society of America, to paint the mural Vision of Spain, which was completed in 1919 and installed at the Society in 1926.
Unprecedented in both scope and scale, the massive painting cycle represents eleven regions of the country and focuses on rural life and its customs, emphasizing traditional dress. Sorolla dedicated eight incredibly productive years to this ethnographic study. The resulting work has become an important map of diverse regional identity, representing Spain in all its glory.
Free. Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4:30, and Sunday from 1 to 4 in the Bancaja Gallery of the Society, on Audubon Terrace, between 155th and 156th Streets off Broadway in Audubon Park.
Residents seeking help in preparing for the naturalization exam have
a new resource. Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights is
offering free Citizenship Classes three times a week.
Those interested in participating must bring lawful permanent resident card and social security card to register.
For more information, please call (212) 781-0355 or send an e-mail to info@NMCIR.org.
Thursday nights from 6 to 8, and twice on Saturdays: in the morning from 10 to noon and in the afternoon from 1 to 3, at the coalition’s offices at 665 West 182nd Street (between Broadway and Wadsworth Avenue) in Fort George.
An orchestra for young people aged 7 to 23 seeks new members. The WHIN Youth Orchestra collaborates with the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of the Arts to produce an innovative learning environment.
Classes are taught in three 12-week sessions.
$5 per week. Saturday afternoons from 3 to 6 in the United Palace Theatre on Broadway at 176th Street in Lower WaHi.
Clean out your closets and recycle at the same time.
Bring clean and dry textiles like clothing, paired shoes, towels, sheets, scarves, hats, bags and belts for reuse or recycling. Sponsored by Grow NYC.
Free. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Inwood Greenmarket (in Inwood Hill Park) on Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street, in Inwood.
Every Saturday (weather permitting), Northern Manhattan Parks Inwood Astronomy Project offers free star and planet gazing in Inwood Hill Park. These free, family-friendly events aim to spread the joys of the evening sky, and help you to learn more about the nature of our Solar System and current happenings in Astronomy.
Saturday nights from 8 to 10 on the ball fields near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street. A map is here.
Take a walking tour of the Heather and Alpine Gardens in Uptown’s
flagship park. Guides will help you discover which plants are in bloom
this season, and you will learn about the gardens’ history, future, and
secrets from a member of Fort
Tryon’s expert horticulture staff.
The one-hour tours are wheelchair accessible but persons with mobility issues
may find them challenging because of the park’s many steep paths.
Free. Sunday afternoons at 1 in Fort Tryon Park; meet at the garden entrance on Margaret Corbin Plaza in Hudson Heights.
Children will learn to become instant guitar players and will be eligible to join the ensemble after a few lessons. Bring your own guitar.
$15 per lesson, or four for $50. Saturday afternoons at 2 at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center, 1942 Amsterdam Avenue at 156th Street in Lower Wahi.
One of the few independent book stores in Upper Manhattan hosts a weekly event open to all. The American Folk Heritage Circle features storytellers from a wide array of backgrounds and traditions.
Free. Tuesday nights at 7 in Sister’s Uptown Bookstore, at 1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street) in Lower WaHi.
Expectant mothers who need gentle but challenging exercise are welcome to drop in on a class sponsored by the Columbia Medical Center.
The prenatal yoga class at Bread & Yoga is sponsored by Chalk—Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids—a program funded by Columbia and open to all.
$3. Wednesday evenings at 6 at Holy Trinity Church, Bread & Yoga's temporary location, at 20 Cumming Street (at Seaman) in Inwood.
Catch up on Upper Manhattan happenings with the Washington Heights & Inwood Radio Show. Your hosts are Carolina Picardo and Claudio Cabrera.
You don’t even need a radio to listen—it's a webcast that you can also download as a podcast.
Every other Friday.
Free. Sunday afternoons at 4 at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, Apt. 3F.
The Inwood greenmarket is a year-round neighborhood favorite.
People of all ages, backgrounds, and tastes gather each Saturday to meet and greet their friends and neighbors and do their weekly shopping. Even on the coldest, darkest winter Saturdays, loyal Inwood shoppers come out because they know they can’t get products like this anywhere else.
A core group of 15 farmers attend every week of the year, and during the peak of the season, five more join to round out the offerings with the summer's bounty.
Saturdays from 8 to 3 on Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street.
Have a drama queen living with you? The Pied Piper Children’s
Theatre offers an intensive five-week immersion program for kids
interested in acting, singing, monologue study, dance, stage combat and
Children aged 12 to 18 are welcome to apply; applications available December 16.
Wednesday, June 25, to Sunday, August 3 ,2014, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.
Take part in the majesty of splendors of the Spanish Renaissance. Sonnambular Viol Consort interprets songs and dances from the Court of Philip II.
Reception follows the performance. Reservations requested at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 926-2234 ext. 250.
Free. Thursday night, December 19, at 7 at the Hispanic Society of American on Broadway at 155th Street on Audubon Terrace.
Meet the filmmaker with the Washington Heights Film Class. The cinéaste will be named later.
Saturday evening, December 21, at the Hebrew Tabernacle, 551 Fort Washington Avenue (at 185th Street), in Hudson Heights.
Following the exhortation of Saint Francis of Assisi to "praise Jesus and his holy mother," laymen in trecento Florence and other Italian cities gathered to sing laude,
songs of popular devotion with poetry in the Italian vernacular and
music in a flowing, folk-like style.
Pages of their songbooks decorated with lavish illuminations (by some of the best manuscript painters of the period) survive in collections such as the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum.
After the release of their latest CD, Laude: Joy and Mystery (eOne Music, 2013), the six men of Lionheart will perform this program featuring songs reconstructed from musical fragments preserved in such collections as well as richly harmonized pieces composed by the mysterious monk Innocentius Dammonis, published with the new technology of printing in early sixteenth-century Venice.
Hear a sample of Lionheart here.
$45. Sunday afternoon, December 22, at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.
Based on the success of the Casablanca screening last month, the United Palace of Cultural Arts will
show another great American black and white film: the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life.
The 1947 film stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore and was directed by Frank Capra. It is 130 minutes long and will be shown in English with Spanish subtitles. Donna Reed's daughter will introduce the film. There will also be caroling, a raffle, and other surprises.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door; $5/$10 children 11 and under; $5 discount if you donate an unwrapped toy. Saturday evening, December 22, at 5:30 (film starts at 6) at the United Palace on Broadway and 176th Street in Lower WaHi.
High school track athletes can start getting in shape early during the NJ Spiked Shoe Club Holiday Festival.
Monday afternoon, December 23, starting at 4:30 at the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street in Lower WaHi.
Compete with the best at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic track meet.
It is a fantastic way to mark the holidays, when high school teams from around the East Coast come to the New Balance track for a memorable and festive showcase.
$7 per individual; relay teams $25. Friday, December 27, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street in Lower WaHi.
The People's Theatre Project, a grassroots arts organization of artists,
activists and educators in the neighborhoods of
Washington Heights has been working to perform original
plays about immigration,
bullying, education access, and children's health.
To continue its mission, the group seeks to raise $50,000 to pay its artists, rent rehearsal and performance space, build sets, print programs, transport actors around the city and promote its events.
You can donate here.
The fund-raising drive concludes with a party on New Year's Eve.
$5 and up. Tuesday night, December 31, at a time to be announced later in the United Palace on Broadway and 175th Street in Lower WaHi.
The Hispanic Games have become another in a series of high-quality,
large-volume high school meets at The Armory. The record book is a Who’s
Who of Eastern high school track in the last 15 years.
The top two finishers of the elite mile runs at the Hispanic Games will earn a spot in the field at the 2014 Millrose Games on February 15.
$7 per person; $25 for relay teams. Friday afternoon, January 3, starting at 4, and Saturday, January 4, starting at 9 a.m. at the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street in Lower WaHi.
Established as an Armory meet by Archbishop Molloy High School in 1995,
the Molloy Stanner Games is one of the longest-running features at the
New Balance Track & Field Center. From its inception, the Games have
drawn top talent from around the East Coast.
Free. Saturday morning, January 11, starting at 9 at the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street in Lower WaHi.
The Northern Manhattan Variety Gala celebrates the talents of neighborhood performing artists, composers, and playwrights. The Delphi Theatre produces the annual event.
Saturday night, January 11, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Time to be announced later.
The New Balance Games do not exclusively feature the high schools, but
much of the program is dedicated to the young stars making a name for
themselves before college recruiters. The NBG also highlight elite
professional fields are the likes of Natasha Hastings and Jenny Simpson
are past winners.
$7 individuals, $25 for relay teams. Friday afternoon, January 24, starting at 4:30, and Saturday, January 25, starting at 9 a.m. at the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street in Lower WaHi.
In a Skyline League match-up, the Yeshiva men's basketball team hosts NYU-Poly.
Monday night, January 27, at 8 at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus in Fort George.
A wrestling match brings Mount Saint Vincent to Yeshiva.
Thursday night, January 30, at 8 at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus in Fort George.
Back by popular demand, this fun family event lets people of all ages follow along in short group dance routines in different styles, from square dance to salsa and hip-hop.
Hosted by the Delphi Theatre.
Saturday, February 1, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Time to be announced later.
The Centenary College Open pits the grapplers of Bergen Community College against the Maccabees.
Sunday night, February 2, at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus in Fort George.
Yeshiva hosts a series of men's basketball games in February.
The Sage Colleges play on Saturday night, February 1, at 8:30.
The College of Mount Saint Vincent plays on Tuesday night, February 4, at 8.
Farmingdale State College plays on Tuesday night, February 11, at 8.
Mount Saint Mary College (N.Y.) plays on Wednesday night, February 19, at 8.
Maritime College plays on Saturday night, February 22, at 8:30.
All games at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus in Fort George.
Bergen Community College comes on Tuesday night, February 2, at 8.
NYU comes on Friday night, February 5, at 7.
Both matches at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus in Fort George.
When C. S. Lewis asserted that medieval allegorical poetry was “apt to repel the modern reader,” he did so at a time when the modern performance of medieval music was in its infancy. It is not known if in 1936 Lewis had heard any of the numerous chansons by Guillaume de Machaut, the bawdy and sometimes suggestive carnival songs from Florence, or the luscious harmonies set to the Song of Songs by composers like Dunstable, Clemens and Gombert.
The Orlando Consort, from England, performs this program of secular and sacred music to stir and charm the modern audience, illustrating the ways in which desire inspired the medieval mind.
Hear a sample of the Orlando Consort here.
$40. Sunday afternoon, February 9, at 1 and 3 in The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.
Soprano Lisa Radakovich is the special guest of Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement, the church with a strong musical mission, in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series.
Sunday afternoon, February 9, at 5 at the church at 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) in Hudson Heights.
Closing out a day of classical music, the Washington Heights Musical Society hosts a concert of baroque pieces for small ensembles.
The group is a newcomer of sorts. It existed in the early twentieth century and was revived last autumn.
$15 donation; seniors and students, $10. Sunday night, February 9, at 7 at Holyrood Church on Fort Washington Avenue in Hudson Heights.
Simply the most historic indoor track & field event in the world, the Millrose Games are now held uptown, having moved from Madison Square Garden. The 105th & 106th Games packed The Armory and the 107th is expected to do the same.
Saturday, February 14, at the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street in Lower WaHi.
Auditions for Tales from Around the World, a set of multicultural plays from around the world, are open for children ages 5 to 14.
Performances are on June 7 to 15. Presented by the Pied Piper Children's Theatre.
Tuesday and Monday evenings, February 19 and 25, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.
The Armory — and Columbia University — host one of the final certifiable opportunities for NCAA athletes to earn qualifying marks for inclusion in the NCAA Indoor Championships. Although this is an open meet, field sizes will be restricted. This event features high-level performers.
Saturday evening, March 8, beginning at 8 at the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street in Lower WaHi.
The Ensemble ACJW highlights the next concert of Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement, the church with a strong musical mission, in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series.
Sunday afternoon, March 9, at 5 at the church at 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) in Hudson Heights.
Rodgers & Hammerstein come uptown when the Pied Piper Children's Theatre presents Oklahoma!
Fridays through Sundays, March 14-16 and 21-23 at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced later.
Closing out a day of classical music, the Washington Heights Musical Society hosts a concert of baroque pieces for small ensembles.
The group is a newcomer of sorts. It existed in the early twentieth century and was revived last autumn.
$15 donation; seniors and students, $10. Sunday night, March 23, at 7 at Holyrood Church on Fort Washington Avenue in Hudson Heights.
The Open Mic series gives singers, actors, poets, story tellers, stand-up comics, jugglers, magicians, dancers and more share their talents. Hosted by the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.
Saturday night, April 4, at Holy Trinity Church at 50 Cumming Street in Inwood at a time to be announced later. Also on May 17.
In 1541, after Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries,
Canterbury Cathedral was re-founded as a secular cathedral.
The works in Blue Heron’s program are drawn from a set of partbooks commissioned by Canterbury from the singer and scribe Thomas Bull, then at Magdalen College, Oxford, in order to supply the cathedral’s new choir of professional singers (including the youthful Thomas Tallis) with a complete repertoire of Masses, Magnificats, and votive antiphons.
The centerpiece of the program is the Missa Spes nostra by Robert Jones (fl. 1520–35), a wonderful and wholly obscure composer whose only two surviving works appear in Bull's partbooks.
Listen to a sample of Blue Heron.
$40. Sunday afternoon, April 13, at 1 and 3 at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.
Pomerium performs its exploration of the great Renaissance
choral music of Passiontide and Easter. The program proceeds from Palm
Sunday to Easter Day with an emphasis on music for Holy Thursday and
Good Friday. Stylistically, the progression leads from chant to its
elaborations by Guillaume Dufay and Senfl.
The austerity of the Crucifixion gives way to the splendid celebration of the Resurrection, culminating in glorious motets by Orlande de Lassus, Claudio Monteverdi, Carlo Gesualdo, and William Byrd.
Listen to a sample of Pomerium here.
$40. Saturday afternoon, April 19, at 1 and 3 at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.
The Delphi Theatre presents Mousetrap, the murder mystery by Agatha Christie.
Fridays through Sundays, April 25 through 27 and May 2 through 4, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced later.
The New York premiere of this new program, conceived by Benjamin Bagby and performed by Sequentia,
explores the musical world of the Carolingian court.
Collaborating with musicologist Sam Barrett, Bagby has reconstructed lost melodies from this golden age of European song when scholars and poets from England, Spain, Francia, and Germanic lands flourished under the enigmatic and powerful Frankish rulers. The program includes reconstructions of La Cantilène de sainte Eulalie (the oldest surviving song text in French), Hildebrandslied (the Old High German battle-song), the Latin lament for the death of Charlemagne (d. 814), and other songs and canticles, often with instrumental accompaniment or as instrumental music.
Hear a sample of Sequentia here.
$40. Sunday afternoon, April 25, at 1 and 3 at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.
Auditions for Tales from Hans Christian Anderson, a lively musical, are open for children ages 5 to 14.
Performances are on July 10 through 13. Presented by the Pied Piper Children's Theatre.
Tuesday evenings, May 6 and 13, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.
Baroque violinist Leah Nelson leads the spring concert of Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement, the church with a strong musical mission, in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series.
Sunday afternoon, May 11, at 5 at the church at 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) in Hudson Heights.
The Ensemble ACJW presents the final concert of the season of Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement, the church with a strong musical mission, in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series.
Sunday afternoon, June 1, at 5 at the church at 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) in Hudson Heights.
The Pied Piper Children's Theatre presents Tales from Around the World, a set of multicultural plays from around the world.
Saturday and Sundays, June 7, 8, 14 and 15, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced later.
Have a drama queen living with you? The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre offers an intensive five-week immersion program for kids interested in acting, singing, monolgue study, dance, stage combat and more.
Children aged 12 to 18 are welcome to apply.
The workshop ends with a summer showcase on Sunday, August 3.
Wednesday, June 25, to Sunday, August 3, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood.
The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre presents Tales from Hans Christian Anderson, a lively musical.
Thursday through Sunday, July 10 through 13, at Holy Trinity Church, 50 Cumming Street in Inwood. Curtain times to be announced.