Washington Heights Events: April 8–14

Monday

     Join the Urban Park Rangers for an opportunity to view the much-anticipated solar eclipse.

     Though only partially visible from here, the moon will pass directly in front of the sun, casting a shadow that will surely make for a memorable viewing experience.
     While you will need to be a little farther upstate to see the total solar eclipse, those of us in town will still get a good view, starting around 2:10 p.m. and at a maximum near 3:25
     Follow @columbiaastronyc on Instagram to learn more from Columbia astronomers. The next solar eclipse visible in the state will be in 2044.
     Wear proper eyewear or take a look through the solar lens telescope.
     Free. Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 in Inwood Hill Park at 218th Street and Indian Hill Road.
 
 

Tuesday

     Over 60 and want to excercise with your crew?

     Columbia invites you for wellness walks and fitness sessions, organized around incentives and rewards for your effort.

     The weekly workouts are held indoors—on the world’s fastest indoor track. (Cleats not required.) To sign up, call (212) 305-9483.

      Free. Tuesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 at the Armory in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.

 

 

     The 15th annual exhibition of Women in the Heights features the artistry of dozens of Uptown women. Curated by Andrea Arroyo.

     The show is open Tuesday and Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 at the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance in Lower WaHi at 4140 Broadway at 176th Street. Through May 7.

 

 

Wednesday

     Explore permeability in Penetrable (1990), an interactive sculpture created by Jesús Rafael Soto, a prominent Venezuelan artist known for his involvement in the kinetic and op art movement.

     Composed of suspended yellow plastic tubes arranged within a steel grid, the structure beckons individuals to engage with it. As viewers navigate through the dense curtain of tubes, they are enveloped and seemingly absorbed into the artwork, blurring the boundaries between themselves and the piece.

     Free. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the Hispanic Society and Museum on Audubon Terrace at Broadway and 155th Street.

 

 

Thursday

 

     Rose B. Simpson, a Native American artist, presents a paper show of a collection of her preparatory sketches, engineering drawings, and images in an open-air sculptural installation.

     Free. In Bruce’s Garden in Isham Park in Inwood Across from 10 Park Terrace East (not West!), near 215th Street. Through April 30.

 

 

     Expanding its scope to the New World, the Hispanic Society presents the work of three Dominican-born co-curators who exhibit art demonstrating their perspective as Dominican immigrants in New York.

     The show, Dominican Yorks, is part of Arte en el Alto Manhattan.

     Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 at the Hispanic Society Museum & Library on Audubon Terrace on Broadway at 155th Street. Through June 30.

 

 

Friday

     The latest production from UP Theater looks at life in New York through newcomers’ eyes.

     In Lost Sock Laundry, three immigrant women in Astoria confront their differences while negotiating the unwritten rules of washer and dryer etiquette, revealing what our country could be.

     $27.68; students and seniors, $17.02. Wednesday through Saturday nights at 8 at Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights on 181st Street at Col. Robt. McGaw Place. Through April 27, when there’s also a matinee performance at 3 with a Spanish translation.

 

 

Saturday

    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 attends 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 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street. Open year-round.

 

 

     Make a run through the forest.

     The New York Road Runners offer a 5k course for runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

     The course makes three loops on hilly trails and walkways through woods and along a salt marsh.

     Free. Saturday mornings at 9 in Inwood Hill Park; meet at the entrance near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street. Extended through March 8.

 

 

     Take park in an Uptown rite of spring.

     The three-acre Heather Garden becomes the spot to welcome the new season during the annual Shearing of the Heather, with its parade and celebration in Fort Tryon Park.  

     Take your musical instruments and bagpipers in the garden. Learn why Fort Tryon Park has the largest heath and heather collection in the northeast. 

     Kids can make flower-themed crafts, take home some propagated heathers, get their faces painted, and celebrate spring while enjoying the garden’s beauty and panoramic vieews of the Hudson River and Palisades.

     Free. Saturday from 10 to 1 in the park near the entrance at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.

 

 

Sunday

Eliot at the piano in her WaHi apartment.

     The power of art to make an emotional connection is on display every Sunday afternoon in Apartment 3F—that’s  Marjorie Eliot’s place, where she invites veteran musicians to play along to her piano accompaniment. 

     Famous and up-and-coming artists perform at Eliot’s weekly sessions and her free concerts are legendary among jazz aficionados.

     Join her live—in her home for Parlor Jazz.

     Free. Sunday afternoons at 3:30 at 555 Edgecomb Avenue, Apartment 3F, in Lower WaHi at 160th Street.

 

 

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One of the reasons we love our neighborhood is the creativity around us. Your financial support of any of these Uptown non-profits will help make Hudson Heights, Fort George, Inwood, and Washington Heights a better place to live.

     Performing Arts

     Cornerstone Chorale, a group of Uptown singers

     The Crypt Sessions, whose subterranean concerts are part of the Death of Classical series

     Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, the troupe with a home in Hudson Heights

     MOSA Concerts, the Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement series in Hudson Heights

     Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, which sponsors the Uptown Arts Stroll

     Pied Piper Children’s Theatre, a showcase for Uptown talent

     United Palace of Cultural Arts, the site of plays, concerts, and classic film screenings

     Up Theater Company, which stages new plays

     Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, holding Uptown concerts throughout the year

 

     Culture

     Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, the only remaining farmstead in Manhattan

     Hispanic Society & Museum, whose exhibitions are free to everyone

     Morris-Jumel Mansion, home of “the room where it happened”

     Word Up Community Bookshop/Libraría Comunitaria, Uptown’s only independent bookstore

 

     Education

     Boricua College, on Audubon Terrace

     Columbia University Medical Center, which teaches nursing, public health, surgery, and more

     Uptown Stories, the host of writing workshops for kids

     Yeshiva University, in Fort George

 

     Parks

     Fort Tryon Park Trust, whose volunteers maintain the park

     Friends of Inwood Hill Park, which lists it own set of neighborhood charities

 

     Social

     Armory Track Foundation, which holds enrichment activities for kids

     Columbia University Medical Center’s annual toy drive

     Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, at the Columbia Medical Center

     Washington Heights and Inwood Development Council, which sponsors the Medieval Festival

Did we miss an important Uptown charity? Let us know!

Planning ahead

 

     Take in an evening of live jazz from Uptown musicians and their collaborators around the city in a weekly performance. The lineup varies, so check this week’s personnel here.

     There’s no charge for the music. Food and drink are on you.

     Tuesday nights at 7:30 at Kismat restaurant in Hudson Heights on 187th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.

 

 

     The  Fort Fridge seeks weekly donations of perishable food and non-perishable pantry items to help our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity. Please consider contributing:
     • Fresh fruits and veggies, milk, rice, beans, pasta, cheese singles, cereal bread, peanut butter
     • Prepared foods must be in to-go containers that are sealed and labeled with the date they were prepared and their potential allergens: wheat, soy, milk, eggs, nuts, fish or shellfish
     • Toiletries, feminine hygiene products, infant care items, hand sanitizer, masks, etc.
     The fridge is on Fort Washington Avenue just above 181st Street, in front of the Fort Washington Collegiate Church. Questions? Send them to FortFridge@gmail.com.
 
 

     Search for an invisible connection to the past on a paranormal investigation of Manhattan’s oldest surviving house and celebrate Eliza Jumel’s birthday, too.

      With any luck … or an occult hand … you may encounter the legendary paranormal activity at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, while learning the history of its former residents. Believers and skeptics alike may attempt to communicate with the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s former residents using paranormal investigative equipment.

     This event highlights women who made the house famous and is strictly for those 18 and older.

     No tours are currently scheduled.

 

 

     Care to compost?

     The city maintains a weekly collection site. They’re collecting your contributions every Thursday from 7 a.m. to noon on the corner of 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue in Hudson Heights, next to the community fridge.

     Another collection bin is on Cabrini Boulevard at 187th Street in Hudson Heights.

     Yes to Fruit and vegi scraps, non-greasy food scraps, rice, pasta, bread, grains, cereal, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, nuts, cut flowers, houseplants, soiled brown paper.

     No to meat, fish, bones, dairy, fat, oil, greasy food scraps, animal waste, charcoal, coconuts, insect-infested plants, plastics, twist ties, rubber bands, receipts.    

 

 

     If you haven’t visited Manhattan’s oldest standing house lately you may not know that the column on the right side is missing.

     Find out about the progress of the restoration of the Morris-Jumel Mansion with an expert panel. Registered participants can submit questions beforehand and during the event.

     To learn more about the restoration project here.

     Register to receive the Zoom link

     Free; $5 suggested donation. Wednesday night, April 17, at 7 online.

 

 

      If you like outdoor geometry, get on the street for sunrise and sunset when the shadows line up with the streets.

      The “Manhattanhenge” effect works Uptown on days different from the rest of the island’s.

      To see the sun line up with the streets in Hudson Heights (on 181st Street in the photo), where the street grid is aligned differently from most of the borough, get out on April 18; it’s also on August 26 in Hudson Heights Henge. Fort George Henge is on May 30, the same as Manhattan, and Inwood Henge is on January 23 — the grid there is so katy-wompus that the sun aligns when it is due “south.”

     The effect works below 174th and above 174th if you go east of Broadway (for sunrise: sunset views may be blocked by buildings to the west). So if you want to see Manhattanhenge, as it’s dubbed, hope for clear skies on May 30 and June 12.

     Hudson Heights Henge: Thursday, April 18, at dawn and dusk.

     You can look for the dates in all the city’s neighborhoods on this map from Carto.

 

 

        The history of United Palace, Manhattan’s fourth-largest theater, began in 1930 when it was then one of five Loew’s Wonder Theatres across the boroughs and New Jersey. Designed by the noted architect Thomas Lamb (Cort Theatre, the former Ziegfeld Theater) with interiors overseen by decorative specialist Harold Rambusch (Waldorf Astoria, Radio City Music Hall), it was one of the region’s premier vaudeville and movie houses.

     It’s open for you for a 90-minute tour the 3,400-seat auditorium and get a backstage view. Register here.
     $34.24. Thursday night, April 18, at 7 at the theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     Pack water, snacks, and a poem, song, or rap for the sunset poetry hike.

     It’s an open mic trek marking the first event of the Earth Day Festival organized by the Friends of  Inwood Hill Park.

     These creative wanderers will perambulate around the shoreline of the cove, then head up the Blue Trail to Overlook Meadow for sunset before hiking out together at dusk. In between will be pauses for anyone who wants to share their own creation or something that inspires them.

     Wear sturdy, close-toe shoes and take a flashlight or headlamp for the hike out. All ages and ability levels are welcome for the 90-minute excursion.

     The guided is the local poet Donnie Welch, a super steward trail maintainer with the Natural Areas Conservancy. Registration required.

     Free. Friday evening, April 19, at 6:30; meet at the Isham street entrance.

 

 

    Discover what it was like to live in New York before honking, double-parking, and exhaust fumes.

     Car-free Earth Day takes place around the city and includes two stretches Uptown. Look for special programming and events  at the annual event.

    Dyckman Street from Broadway to La Marina in Fort George.
    St. Nicholas Avenue from 181st Street to 190th Street in Inwood.

    Saturday, April 20, from 10 to 4.

 

 

     Celebrate our home on Earth Day.

     The Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden is planning an event this year in Manhattan’s only untouched forest. Details to come.

     A full array of events throughout the day is listed on the Kids’ Events page under April 20.

     Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Inwood Hill Park.

 

 

     Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn how to identify plants traditionally used for making cordage—ropes.

     You’ll get the chance to try your hand at creating this essential tool yourself, and to experiment with different crafts that require cordage.

     Free. Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Inwood Hill Park near 218th Street and Indian Hill Road.

 

 

     Wander a colonial farmhouse while listening to the sounds of Jose Luis on the harp.

     Luis has been performing for over thirty years and is highly regarded as a gifted harpist by his peers. He is the only musician to play both the classic concert harp and the Latin lever harp, which requires him to pluck the strings with two techniques.

     $3 (free for Inwood residents). Saturday, April 20, from noon to 2 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street. Also on May 18; and on Fridays, May 24 and June 7, from 1 to 3 (free).

 

 

     Come out to experience the Appearances sculpture exhibition, an outdoor display, on a free walking tour with MJ Dickson, who curated the show. The show is so popular that it’s been extended through the summer.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, April 20, at 2 in Fort Tryon Park; meet at the northern end of the Cloisters Lawn near the UDD sculpture by Wolf (in the photo).

 

 

     The Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam presents professional and emerging jazz artists with a featured guest, offering cross-cultural and multidisciplinary sets of new works and jazz standards.

     If you have a little musical talent, you’ll be invited to join in and jam, bringing together artists, neighbors, and fans to experience the power of jazz, community, and swing.

     Saturday night, April 20, at 7 at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center in Lower WaHi on 166th Street at Broadway.

 

 

     Celebrate Earth Day with a yoga class on Abby’s Lawn, taught by certified instructor Stacey Linden.

     Arrive early, and take a towel or yoga mat and water for the hour-long session.

     Abby’s Lawn is slightly sloped and there are some uneven spots, so be prepared. Rain or wet ground cancels. Register before you go (it opens on April 5) or arrive ten minutes early to sign the required activity waiver.

     Free. Sunday morning, April 21, at 11 in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     The Macedonian/Turkish clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski (of the New York Gypsy All-Stars), left, and Latin-Grammy winning percussionist Samuel Torres, right, explore one of the most exciting migration patterns throughout history, join harpist Bridget Kibbey, center, for Leyenda.

    This concert in the Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement series takes audiences from Central Asia to Northern Africa, up to the Iberian Peninsula, over to South America, north to the Caribbean; and finally, landing here in the heart of the city.

     Kibbey and her guests celebrate the sounds, modes, and stories that make Nuevo Latino such a vibrant part of American life today.

     Presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall Citywide.

     Free, but seating is limited. Sunday evening, April 21, at 5 at the church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.


 

     The Harlem Chamber Players will perform music from Harlem Renaissance composers. in an American Dreams concert.

     Take a lawn chair or a picnic blanket for this outdoor performance. 

     Free. Saturday afternoon, April 27, at 3 in Roger Morris Park in Lower WaHi.

 

 

     A presentation o the African diaspora will explore community bonds, healing, and adaptability with Cheyney McKnight, who speculates on a distant future while looking to the past and present.

     A performance artist and historian, McKnight presents “The Ancestor’s Future: An Afrofuturist’s Journey Through Time,” a personally curated exhibition. Join her for the show’s opening.

     Free. Tuesday evening, April 30, from 6 to 8 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Columbia University invites Uptowners to apply to join the 12th cohort of A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholars.

     For three years, Bundles Scholars are given access to Columbia’s academic resources, including libraries, course auditing, and campus events. They also receive a university email address, an ID card, and an annual stipend of $500.

     Scholars have opportunities to share their work and build relationships across the University. Past scholars have worked on a wide variety of projects, including developing nonprofits, writing books, and conducting research in their area of interest. Up to five scholars are selected each year and projects with a community connection are greatly encouraged.

     If you live Uptown, have at least a high school diploma or GED, and are not already affiliated with Columbia, you are eligible to apply.

     The deadline is in early May.

 

 

     Only in New York ...

     Defend against the Great and Glorious Grand Army of The Bronx on its annual fight to annex Marble Hill. 

     The 52-acre Manhattan neighborhood has been wedged in The Bronx since 1913, upsetting some of our Bronxian neighbors. Attempting to re-take it is a tradition that dates 1939, when Bronx Borough President James J. Lyons drove to 225th Street, at the summit of Marble Hill, and planted the Bronx flag to the dismay of local residents.

     Care to fight back? Everyone is welcome, even hecklers. If you have the temerity to join the rebels, you must wear battle gear; walking is involved so wear comfortable shoes.
     Free. A Saturday morning in May at a bar. The invasion begins once the tab is settled.

 

 

     Join the tradition of Gregorian chant at a workshop open to anyone who can carry a tune.

     Chantmaster Paul Novosel leads you through the history of this contemplative, liturgical music, letting you experience the cleansing effects of its ritual. The session lasts two hours.

     Take a tablet or smartphone (or laptop) to view the score.

     Free. Friday afternoon, May 3, at 4 at the St. Francis Cabrini Shrine in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue just below 190th Street. On the first Friday of the month.

 

 

 

     The season’s first concert in Leadlight’s outdoor series premiers with a peppy performance.

     Free. Friday afternoon, May 3, at 5 at Word Up Community Bookshop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.

 

 

 

     It’s springtime for … zany comedy.

     Mel Brooks’ classic, The Producers, opens the friendship season of Movies at the Palace. Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder co-star.

     Experience the film that kick-started the comedy legend’s cinematic career the way it was meant to be seen: on the big screen. You’ll also get a chance to win movie memorabilia in a raffle.

     $7.74. Friday night, May 3, at 7 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

 

     See New York as you’ve never seen it before on the Great Saunter.

     That’s the Shorewalkers’ epic urban hike, a 32-mile physical and mental challenge that circumnavigates the island. Discover hidden parks, remote shorelines and neighborhoods you rarely visit along the ever-changing perimeter of Manhattan.

      The trek is expected to take about 12 hours, passing the Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park around noon. Lunch is planned in Inwood Hill Park an hour later. Sign up here.

      Saturday morning, May 4, beginning at 7 at Fraunces Tavern (which is also the finish line).

 

 

     Find that gewgaw you didn’t know your needed at the spring flea market in the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden.

     You’ll get to choose from secondhand clothes, home goods, and bric-a-brac. Or if you’ve done your own spring cleaning and are ready to part with some cherished tchotchkes, you can sign up as a vendor.

     Free to browse. Saturday, May 4, at a time to be announced later in the RING garden at the confluence of Broadway, Riverside Drive, and Dyckman Street.

 

 

     The Miró Quartet, one of the great American string quartets of today, performs an underground program of music by U.S. composers past and present from their new album, Home.

     The concert centers around Caroline Shaw’s Microfictions [vol. 1], an eclectic series of miniatures inspired by science fiction and surrealist art. The ensemble will also play Samuel Barber’s shattering Adagio for Strings, George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, which was inspired by the Barber Adagio and composed in memory of Walker’s grandmother, and the title movement from Kevin Puts’ Home.

     The performances are preceded by a wine and cheese reception an hour before the concerts.

     $75. Saturday night, May 4, at 7 and 8:30 in the Crypt of the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

 

     As the weather warms up, snowbirds return to the north.

     The Feminist Bird Club hosts a beginner-friendly birding walk and workshop over a 90-minute hike. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow, so take your own if you have some.

      Wear comfortable shoes and pack a water bottle and a snack.

     Free. Sunday morning, May 5, at 9 in the entrance to Fort Tryon Park at Margaret Corbin Circle, in Hudson Heights.

 

 

     The Dior Quartet traces the musical threads of New York, reverberating through time in this great melting pot of the city.

     It’s the latest concert in the Ghosts of Gotham series from Death of Classical. Each concert is preceded by a wine and cheese reception an hour before the performance.

     $75. Wednesday night, May 8, at 7 and 8:30 in the Crypt of the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

 

 

     Unleash your creativity and get your hands dirty.

     The Growing Uptown May Workshop gives you a terracotta pot to decorate, a seedling to transplant, and a lesson in using  everyday items from your home to plant vegetables.

     Not only will you learn the basics of gardening, you’ll also gain insights into harvesting the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.

     The program is for anyone looking to sprout their knowledge on gardening and sustainable practices. Materials in the 90-minute program are provided first-come, first-served.

     Free. Tuesday evening, May 14, at 5:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Help the UP Theater company celebrate Uptown, reach its fundraising goal, and honor the 2024 UPstanding Persons of the Year at a gala fundraising event.

     This year’s honorees are Sarina Prabasi and Elias Gurmu, who moved from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Washington Heights, where they founded Buunni Coffee in 2012.

     $107.62 (until May 1, $80.98). Wednesday night, May 15, at a time and place to be announed later.

 

 

     How do you find your voice in the loudest city in the world?

     The second show in the Death of Classical’s Ghosts of Gotham series features the dynamic duo of bassoonist andvocalist Eleni Katz and pianist/composer Llewellyn Sánchez-Werner.

     They will perform the titans of the past (Bernstein, Copland, and Gershwin) as well as voices of tomorrow like Cindi Hsu, Lila Meretzky, Jeff Scott, and Llewellyn Sánchez-Werner himself.

     A wine and cheese reception precedes each concert by an hour.

     $75. Wednesday night, May 15, at 7 and 8:30 in the Crypt of the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

 

     Celebrate the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library at a spring party.

     The foremost collection of Iberian art outside Europe, the society shares the ideas of Spain and Portugal with the New World.

     $150 to $500. Thursday evening, May 16, a6 6:30 in the museum in Audubon Park on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

 

     The Crypt of the Church of the Intercession has always been a place of remembrance, and in this final Ghosts of Gotham program the cutting-edge instrumentalists of The Green Room Ensemble will shed light on the traces of the past.

     Through their selection of contemporary works, the ensemble looks at the present through the prism of the past, and the flickering, half-forgotten memories that float through the streets (and Crypts) of this timeless city.

     A wine and cheese reception precedes each concert by an hour.

     $75. Friday night, May 17, and 7 and 8:30 in the Crypt on Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

 

     The Gran Fondo New York World Championship invites cyclists of all abilities to compete against the best. The race features the most international peloton in the world with riders from almost 100 nations coming together to challenge themselves against the clock.

     Every rider gets chip-timed from start to finish on both the 50- and 100-mile courses. The starting line is at the base of the New York side of the GWB, one level of which will be closed for the competition.

     Limited to the first 5,000 registrants. Sunday morning, May 19, at a time to be announced later at the entrance to the GWB in WaHi.

 

 

     The Songs of Solidarity concert features the Leadlights Ensumble to celebrate the connections among people of various ages, cultures, and religions. Joining the string quartet are the Latin quartet Sofrito and the Blues and klezmer musicians.

     Sunday afternoon, May 19, at 2 at the YM & YWHA in Fort George on Nagle Avenue.

 

 

     Closing the season for Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement is a world premiere collaboration of two of today’s most preeminent jazz voices.

     The extraordinary pianist Aaron Diehl and multi-Grammy winning trumpeter Étienne Charles put a cap on the series’ focus on Afro-Caribbean voices. The two join up in a celebration of grooves, modes, and melodies updated in their powerful hands. Merging tradition with the vanguard of the new, the duo brings their signature virtuosity and verve to Uptown for a season finale not to be missed.

     $35. Sunday evening, May 19, at 5 at Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

    

     Fans of screwball comedy in the spirit of vaudeville already know Duck Soup, and they can probably reel of a number of its jokes with ease.

     On its surface, it stars Groucho Marx as the president of Freedonia, but Roger Ebert put the rest this way: “To describe the plot would be an exercise in futility, since a Marx Brothers movie exists in moments, bits, sequences, business and dialogue, not in comprehensible stories.”

     The 1933 classic is the next film in Movies at the Palace. After the screening you can listen to a conversation between The New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik and Marxian connoisseur Noah Diamond.

     $7.74. Sunday evening, May 19, at 7 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     Colonial Crossroads is a family-friendly interpretation of African and European traditions and instruments that influenced each other during the Colonial period.

     In this Pinkster celebration, you’re encouraged to participate in call-and-response and body percussion techniques. You’ll be led by a musician who uses baroque guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer and recorders to perform European music from eighteenth century, and another musician who represents the African side of Colonial America through stories and songs performed on shekere and djembe.

     Free. Tuesday evening, May 21, at 6 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

      The best of Uptown filmmaking gets its time on the screen at the Inwood Film Festival.

     Planning for the ninth annual series is underway. Titles and screening times will be announced later.

     Thursday through Sunday, May 23 through 26, at the Campbell Sports Center at Columbia’s athletic fields in Inwood on 218th Street.

 

 

 

     Take part in the traditions of African drumming when Wula Drum offers a workshop and performance to celebrate Pinkster.

     The African-American holiday originated in the Dutch colony of New Netherland (present-day New York) in the seventeenth century. Pinkster was celebrated in mid-summer, seven weeks after Pentecost, or Pinksteren, and was originally a Dutch holiday.

     Pinkster became one of the few days of the year when enslavers would allow the people they enslaved to gather in groups, sell goods, dance, make music, and celebrate. Between 1790 and 1810, Pinkster became primarily an African American holiday.

     Free. Thursday evening, May 23, at 6 at the Dyckman Family Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Marking the seventeenth-century commemoration of the seventh week after Pentecost, Pinkster was the first African-American holiday, dating to around 1790–1810.

     This year Pinkster is celebrated a week after Pentecost and features the Pinkster Stroll. A group of Black New Yorkers dressed in historically inspired garb walk from Inwood to the Upper West Side to honor enslaved and free Black people in Dutch New York.

     Send them off on their long walk and discover how the Christian feast of Pentecost evolved into a Black American festival when family and friends and reconnect with their African cultures.

     Free. Saturday morning, May 25, at 10 at the Dyckman Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street. The stroll proceeds to the New-York Historical Society on Central Park West at 77th Street.

 

 

     Join the Shorewalkers on a hike to Bear Mountain.

     On this trek, you’ll walk from Battery Park over the George Washington Bridge, down 400 steps and continue along the Palisades. Don’t worry, that’s not all in one day: It’s separated into two parts, taking place on Memorial Day and Independence Day.

     Register here.

     Monday morning, May 27, in Battery Park at a time shared with registrants.

 

 

     You live on an island, so see what it’s like on the water.

     The Inwood Canoe Club hosts a weekly open house for landlubbers curious about kayaking. Each Sunday this spring and summer, the club hosts a guided, 20-minute trip on the Hudson River just north of the GWB.

     Three tours launch each morning from 10 to 11:30. Participants must be able to swim, at least 8 years old (anyone under 18 needs a parent or guardian present), and in clothes that can get wet.

     If you plan to paddle, complete your 2024 season waiver before to your first visit.

Free. Sunday mornings at 10 starting May 27 at the club, where Dyckman Street meets the Hudson River. Through September 1.

 

 

     The grand tour was a continental journey of aristocratic children (and their chaperones) to the cultural capitals of Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

     Visit an eighteenth-century estate to take a vicarious tour with the New York Baroque Dance Company and experience a music and dance program that transports you to eighteenth-century England, France and Spain. The guides are dancers Julia Bengtsson and Patrick Pride and the musicians Paul Shipper, Jason Priset and Dongmyung Ahn.

     The setting is a colonial Dutch farmhouse. More than a performance, the event offers you the chance to dance yourself.

     Free. Tuesday evening, May 29, at 6:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

Into summer

     Get ready to get out and enjoy the Uptown Arts Stroll.

     The twenty-second annual event takes place in Audubon Park, Lower WaHi, Fort George, Hudson Heights, and Inwood, featuring work by Uptown artists.

     Details are still being worked out, but you can count on gallery events and outdoor performances.

     Starting Saturday, June 1, and running through the rest of the month.

 

 

 

     After touring North America last year, dancer Amador Rojas is back, performing the show Authentic Flamenco.

     Originating in Spain, this special show, in partnership with the Royal Opera of Madrid, brings together award-winning professionals for music and dance.

     $70.99 to $130.99. Saturday night, June 1, at 8:30 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

     The Inwood Chamber Players present a classical community concert with arrangements by Gil Dejean. 

     Sunday afternoon, June 2, at 2 in the Good Shepherd Auditorium in Inwood on Broadway at Isham Street.

 

 

 

 

     Uptowners and staff from the Columbia University Medical Center flock to the Fort Washington Green Market for its bounty of fresh, locally grown offerings.

     Mexican herbs, peppers, greens, honey, cheese, juice pressed from ripe orchard fruit — it’s all grown in the rich soil of Orange County's Black Dirt region.

    Pastries and fresh bread make this the perfect market for putting together a healthy lunch or stocking up your larder mid-week. Visit the Market Information tent each week for cooking demonstrations, nutritional information, kids’ games and health-related events and activities throughout the season.

     Re-opening on Tuesdays starting June 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 168th Street at Fort Washington Avenue. Through November 26.

 

 

     The twentieth season of the Scandinavian Music Festival presents three outdoor spring concerts performed by musicians of the Scandia Symphony showcasing the musical treasures and cultural heritage of Scandinavia.

     The first week is family friendly, with popular folk tunes and brass quintets from all of the five Scandinavian countries. (Can you name them?)

     Free. Sunday afternoon, June 9, at 2 on the Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     The twentieth season of the Scandinavian Music Festival presents three outdoor spring concerts performed by musicians of the Scandia Symphony showcasing the musical treasures and cultural heritage of Scandinavia.

     The second performance is a sunset concert with the Scandia String Quartet performing pieces from Scandinavian composers.

     Free. Tuesday evening, June 11, at 6 on the Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Renaissance composer Johannes Ockeghem’s roughly fifty surviving works run the gamut of styles and subjects—sacred and secular, polite and bawdy. But they all have one thing in common: They changed the course of European music forever, helping to cement the Franco-Flemish school of composition that survived well into the 17th century.

     Following their sold-out Josquin des Prez marathon in 2022, The Clarion Choir and Orchestra return to the Met Cloisters to celebrate the 600th birthday of Ockeghem (c. 1410/30–97, so it’s give or take) with voices, period instruments, and five hours of the Franco-Flemish forefather’s music.

     Sold out. $80. Wednesday, June 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Butterflies of Steel, the stunning musical that tells the story of the Mirabal Sisters, arrives in time to celebrate the 18oth anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Republic.

     The story sets their tale to the rhythms of rap, trap, jazz, and Caribbean fusions, connecting with different generations, and revealing details about their fight against the Trujillo regime. Resceduled from the winter.

     $99.33 to $220.33 (includes fees, assessments, and surcharges). Thursday and Friday nights, June 13 and 14, at 8 at the United Palace Theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     Family, honesty, and new connections are at the core of Untitled Devised Piece, a new work by Marco Antonio Rodriguez.

     The debut will be a staged reading, organized by the People’s Theatre Project.

     Free. Friday night, June 14, at 7 at the Alianza Dominicana in Lower WaHi at 530 West 166th Street.

 

 

 

     Art in the garden returns with paintings, sculpture, performances and more.

     Stroll the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden to take in the flora, fauna, and festivities the come with Uptown artists’ creativity.

     Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, at times to be announced later in the garden at the confluence of Broadway, Dyckman Street, and Riverside Drive.

 

 

     Celebrate the end of the classical season with House of Time’s favorite works by Bach, Handel, and Rameau.

     The Uptown Arts Stroll is the setting, so come early for a stroll around the rose garden and stay late to toast the ensemble’s season.

     $39; seniors, $33.50; students, $19. Saturday night, June 15, at The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens in Hudson Heights on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street.

 

 

     The twentieth season of the Scandinavian Music Festival presents three outdoor spring concerts performed by musicians of the Scandia Symphony showcasing the musical treasures and cultural heritage of Scandinavia.

     The concluding performance is a concerto program featuring three soloists, representing the Baroque, the Romantic, and the contemporary.

     Free. Sunday afternoon, June 16, at 2 on the Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Eat from garden to table when you create a chopped broccoli and chickpea salad.

     The Growing Uptown June workshop shows you how to make this nutritious dish and learn how to compost effectively at home. The instructors will share insights on composting, teaching you how to reduce food waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

     Materials in the 90-minute program are provided first-come, first-served.

     Free. Tuesday evening, June 18, at 5:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Get your food fresh at a GrowNYC Greenmarket.

     On Thursdays, this stretch of Lower WaHi transforms into a bustling marketplace overflowing with fresh local fruits and vegetables. Neighbors show up to mix and mingle while purchasing produce, Mexican specialty products and bread, pies and scones made with local flour. In many ways, the market doubles as classroom and social center. 

     Greenmarket's farmers and fishers come from parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and New England, providing a bountiful array of fresh foods.

     Re-opens on Thursday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., then open weekly on Thursdays in Lower WaHi on 175th Street between Broadway and Wadsworth Avenue. Through November 21.

 

 

     A modern ballet about immigration, Strangers is the summer performance of the Inwood Art Works community concert series. 

     Featuring Julia Bengtsson, Brian Morales, a woodwind quintet, percussion, and four dancers.

     Saturday night, June 29, at 8 in the Good Shepherd Auditorium in Inwood on Broadway at Isham Street.

 

 

     Join the Shorewalkers on a hike to Bear Mountain.

     On this trek, you’ll walk the second leg of a journey from Battery Park, over the George Washington Bridge, down 400 steps and continue along the Palisades. Don’t worry, that’s not all in one day: It’s separated into two parts. The first took place on Memorial Day and it continues on Independence Day.

     Register here.

     Thursday morning, July 4, at a place and time shared with registrants.

 

 

     Enjoy a meal in the room where it happened.

     The Morris-Jumel Mansion honors George Washington’s famed cabinet dinner, which the first president hosted in the mansion (before the Heights were named after him). The annual event typically features historical dishes and a presentation, and this year may include a tribute to the Revolutionaries’ assistance from the French.

     Tickets will be available later this spring. Sunday evening, July 14, at 6 at the mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.

 

 

     Delve into the history of butter-making during the colonial period.

     You’ll step back in time to discover the traditional methods and techniques used to produce this essential staple, learning about the process from churning cream to separating the butter from the buttermilk.

     After exploring the historical background, roll up your sleeves and create your very own batch of creamy butter to take home. This immersive event promises to be both educational and delicious, offering a fun and interactive way to connect with the past while enjoying a tasty treat.

     Materials for the 90-minute event are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

     Free. Tuesday evening, July 23, at 5:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Want to learn about the golden age of cinema? Discover Paris for romantics? Take a class at Columbia — on Columbia’s dime.

     The university’s School of Professional Studies invites adults who are not enrolled in college to attend selected courses from the University’s offerings in the Arts and Sciences during the academic year free of charge.

     It’s a community benefit available to Uptown residents. Class auditors are silent participants in class who are encouraged to keep up with the reading. No examinations or papers are required, no grade is assigned, and no credit is granted for course completion.

     Find the current list of open courses and sign up for class.

     Free. The deadline to sign up is August 15 for autumn classes and December 15 for the spring semester. Class is held at Columbia University in Manhattanville this semester.

 

 

     Celebrate summer with delightful and refreshing concoctions.

     Discover tips on how to harvest freshly grown herbs. Next, you’ll craft mocktails using garden-grown ingredients. Fans of fruity flavors or a tangy twist can choose between a strawberry mocktail or a zesty cucumber lime mocktail.

     The interactive session will leave you enjoying a hands-on experience with like-minded enthusiasts.

     Materials for the 90-minute event are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

     Free. Tuesday evening, August 20, at 5:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Thirty-one years after the installation The Theater of Refusal: Black Art and Mainstream Criticism opened critics’ eyes at the University of California, Irvine, the exhibition book has been re-issued.

     The ideas of Charles Gaines and Catherine Lord broke Black artists out of the categories they had been placed in. The exhibit showed artists and their art from different generations, working across Fluxus, Conceptualism, assemblage, photography, and new forms of installation.

     To mark the anniversary, the American Academy of Arts & Letters will host a conversation moderated by Jamillah James.

     Postponed by construction to the autumn, at a date to be announced later at the Academy in Lower WaHi on Audubon Terrace.

 

 

     Caballito Negro’s Birds, Bees & Electric Fish features flute and percussion in a family concert. It’s the autumn performance in the Inwood Art Works community concert series.

     Sunday afternoon, October 27, at 2 in the Good Shepherd Auditorium in Inwood on Broadway at Isham Street.

 

 

 

     It’s time to stop saving daylight as we switch back to standard time for the winter.

     This is when we gain an hour, so set your clocks and watches back an hour—unless they’re bluetoothed, Wi-Fi’ed, ethernetted or otherwise connected to the cloud—and get ready for brighter mornings.

     Sunday morning, November 3, at 2.

 

 

     Spend some time on Thanksgiving to remind yourself of the Lenape people and the blessings of their land we now call home.

     Shorakkopoch Rock is fabled to be the spot where the Lenape traded the island to Peter Minuit for goods worth 60 Dutch guilders. In pre-pandemic years, a short ceremony honored inhabitants’ duty to Mother Earth and responsibility to the forest, the river, and each other.

     At Shorakkopoch Rock in Inwood Hill Park. From the intersection of 214th Street and Indian Road, follow the path that runs along the water; the boulder is on the far side of a large, open field.

 

 

 

     Inwood Art Works presents a holiday concert for a festive conclusion to its community concert series of 2024.

     Sunday afternoon, December 8, at 2 in the Good Shepherd Church in Inwood on Broadway at Isham Street.

 

 

 

     Start 2024 by stretching your legs and your expectations.

     The Shorewalkers’ Happy New Year’s Day Hike starts in Inwood Hill Park and from there strolls along the east side, taking you  under the three great bridges that span the Harlem River in High Bridge Park.

     Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, pack some water and take a snack.

     Wednesday morning, January 1, at a time and an Uptown meet-up spot shared with participants.

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