Events in the Neighborhood, March 18–24

Hudson Heights, Fort George, and Lower WaHi

A collection of events and activities in the neighborhoods Washington Heights, from Audubon Park to Inwood, including Lower WaHi, Fort George, Hudson Heights, and Sherman Creek.

 

Tuesday

 

     C’mon, it’s not that cold!

     Put on another sweater and watch some lacrosse when Columbia (3–5) hosts Villanova.

     Tuesday evening at 6 on Kraft Field at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

     Mike and Roma say they don't regret not having children, but when a baby is left on their doorstep they begin to sing a different tune. The only question now is what song will they sing?

     The drama unfolds in St. Peter’s Foot, by Anna Maria Cascio, in this production by the UP Theater Company.

     $15 to $25. Wednesday through Saturday nights at 8 at Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights on 181st Street at Col. Robt. McGaw Place. Through April 6.

 

 

Thursday

     In this three-session course (March 21, 28, April 4), explore the complex functions of books across The Met collection.

     The course covers manuscripts that preserved knowledge and transmitted new ideas, precious commissions for the personal use of powerful patrons, and the collecting practices of ancient and modern libraries.

     Please note that on March 21 and 28, the course meets at the Metropolitan Museum on Fifth Avenue

      The three-session course is sold as one unit and individual dates cannot be purchased. Registration ends at noon on the 20th. For more information, call (212) 396-5460.

     $225. Thursday afternoons through April 4 from 2 to 4 at the Met on Fifth in March and at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park on April 4.

 

 

     Unapologetic Caribbean palabreo. Storytelling desde mi. That describes Amanda Alcántara, the author of Chula. It’s an imaginative bilingual collection of intimate poems, short stories, memories and vignettes about the life of a Dominicana before and after moving to the United States.

     Dealing with childhood curiosities, struggles faced by women, identity, pleasures, heartache, and joy, this work is an exploration of self.

Amanda Alcántara will be reading excerpts from the book followed by a Q & A with Dominican Writers’ founder Angela Abreu.

     Thursday and Friday nights at 6:30 at the Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.

 

 

     Come celebrate J. S. Bach’s 234th birthday with his monumental six-part Ricercar and other gems from The Musical Offering that present a veritable catalog of contrapuntal mastery.

     The performance includes six players, including the great flutist Stephen Schultz, for Carolyn Yarnell’s jazzy, ecstatic More Spirit Than Matter and Vivaldi’s colorful chamber concerto RV 94.

     $20; students, seniors, $10; at the door, $25. Thursday night at 7:30 in The Lounge of Hudson View Gardens in Hudson Heights on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street.

 

 

Friday

Shirley Kaneda, Lucid Confusion, 2018; Rose Nestler, It’s Ruff Out There, 2018

 

     Paintings, sculptures, video, photographs, and works on paper by 32 contemporary artists will be exhibited in the Invitational Exhibitional of Visual Arts at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the country’s most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, composers, and writers.

     The artworks were chosen from over 130 nominees submitted by the members of the Academy. The recipients of the Academy’s 2019 Art and Purchase Awards will be selected from this exhibition.

     Thursday through Sunday afternoons through April 7 from 1 to 4 at the Academy on Audubon Terrace on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

 

     Darmouth challenges Columbia (3–6) at home in an Ivy League lacrosse matchup.

     Friday evening at 5 on the Kraft Field at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

Saturday

     The Lions open the home season with a three-game stand against their conference rival from Ithaca, the Bears.

     Starting Saturday morning at 11:30. The double-header continues in the afternoon at 2:30.

     Resumes Sunday at noon.

     At the Satow Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

 

 

 

 

     Discover the mystery of the Annunciation in a special gallery talk at the Cloisters.

     Free with museum admission. Saturday at noon and 2 at the museum in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     The strings of Washington Heights Camber Orchestra perform music by Michael Torke, Anna Clyne, as well as Benjamin Britten’s famous Simple Symphony and the beautifully rich Symphonic Serenade by Erich Korngold.

     Saturday afternoon at 3 at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights on 181st Street at Col. Robt. McGaw Place.

 

 

     Ensemble Luini—Christopher Morrongiello and Erik Ryding, lutes; Gregory Bynum, recorder; Rebecca Pechefsky, virginal and muselar—will make its Morris-Jumel Mansion debut with a program of Renaissance music.

     The concert will features works by Josquin, Francesco da Milano, Sermisy, Ortiz, Dowland, Holborne, Robinson, and others.

     $25; members and students, $20. Saturday night at 7:30 at the mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.

 

 

Sunday

     Join the Manhattan Chamber Players for a recital of works by Mozart, Schumann, and Bruch.

     The evening includes a cash bar and a post-concert reception when you can meet the performers and mingle with friends and neighbors.

     $15 donation; seniors and students, $12; under 8, free. Sunday night at 5 in The Lounge of Hudson View Gardens in Hudson Heights on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street.

 

 

Continuing in the neighborhood

     The High Bridge—New York City’s oldest standing bridge—is a landmark that connects walkers and cyclists from Manhattan and the Bronx.
     The High Bridge is a path from the neighborhoods of Washington Heights to Highbridge in the Bronx, and is accessible from both boroughs.
     Free. Daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enter from Highbridge Park, in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue in the 170s.

 

 

     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. 

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

     Free. Sunday afternoons at 4 at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, Apt. 3F, 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.

 

 

     A New York farmers’ market is open Thursdays on 175th Street between Wadsworth Avenue and  Broadway.

 

    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 to 3 on
Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street.

 

     From late spring through the late autumn, a greenmarket in Lower WaHi offers Mexican herbs, peppers, and greens, honey, cheese, juice pressed from ripe orchard fruit, produce grown in the rich soil of Orange County’s “Black Dirt” region, pastries and fresh bread. You can also take your food scraps for composting and used textiles for recycling.

     You can also take your food scraps for composting and used textiles for recycling.

     Saturdays in the spring and summer on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street. On hiatus until spring.

 

 

Planning ahead

     Each month Uptown writers get together to workshop some prose based on the theme for the gathering.

     Join neighborhood authors who reflect on the theme’s meaning. March’s topic is Shedding Layers. Each writer will have five minutes to read to you.

     $5. Monday night, March 25, at 8 at Le Cheile in Hudson Heights just off Lafayette Plaza on 181st Street and Pinehurst Avenue.

 

 

     Catch a ballgame the old fashioned way: in the afternoon during the week, maybe while telling the boss you’re prospecting a new client.

     Columbia (3–10) hosts Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon, March 27, at the Satow Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

    

     The Bernard Revel Graduate School presents the lecture, The Satmar Rov: The Genealogy of Radical Orthodoxy and the Deconstruction of Religious Zionism.

     Presented by Dr. David Sorotzkin, a scholar of modernity, religion, secularization and politics of identity in Judaism.

    He will examine stages in the development of radical Jewish Orthodoxy (“Ultra-Orthodoxy”) in light of the fundamental themes that characterize the Satmar Rov’s main book, Vayoel Moshe.

     Reserve your seat at yu.edu/satmar.

     Thursday evening, March 27, at 7 at the Wilf-Glueck Center on the Yeshiva campus in Fort George west of Amsterdam Avenue beyond 185th Street.

 

 

     Start your weekend with a double-header when Columbia hosts Dartmouth to open Ivy League play on the Uptown diamond.

     Starting Saturday morning, March 30, at 11:30.

     Continuing Saturday afternoon at 2:30.

     The series resumes for its third game on Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

     At the Satow Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

 

 

     Nineteenth-century Americans celebrated the domestic ideal and assumed that women belonged at home. In New York and in other cities, however, many women went out to work.

     This lecture will discuss the types of jobs that women performed, the challenges that they faced, and their efforts to organize to improve their conditions. Then, as now, differences of race, class, and ethnicity shaped women's economic opportunities.

      Presented by Lara Vapnek, professor of History at St. John's University and the author of Breadwinners: Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865–1920.

     Saturday evening, March 30, at 5 at the mansion in Roger Morris Park in Lower WaHi.

 

 

     Columbia hosts Hofstra in the Lions’ final non-conference match of the season.

     Saturday night, March 30, at 7 on the Kraft Field at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

     With its historic and storied past, Manhattan’s oldest house is said to be haunted by one of its namesakes. Care to find out if it’s true?

     Learn the basics of ghost hunting from Vincent Carbone, a member of the Atlantic Paranormal Society, while possibly communicating with some of the house’s former residents. After an introduction to the investigative method, guests will have the run of the house in a setting described as casual and safe.

     Refreshments will be served.

     $35; members and students, $30. Saturday night, March 30, at 8 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Jumel Terrace. Also on May 11 and 25.

 

 

     Take in a short concert by musicians from the Manhattan School of Music—if you’re old enough!

     Music fans 60 years old and up are welcome to join the  Center for Adults Living Well at the monthly concerts. March’s performance features mixed genres.

     Free. Sunday afternoon, March 31, at 1:15 at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, in Fort George on Nagle Avenue between Broadway and Ellwood Street.

 

 

 

     In this Open Heart Conversation, Ferzin Patel will explore Zoroastrianism, the ancient Persian religion that may have originated as early as 4,000 years ago and was the state religion of three Persian dynasties until the Muslim conquest of Persia in the seventh century.

     Zoroastrian concepts, such as a single god, heaven, hell, and a day of judgment may have been  introduced to the Jewish community of Babylonia, where people from the Kingdom of Judea had been living in captivity for decades.

     When Cyrus conquered Babylon in 539 B.C., he liberated the Babylonian Jews, many of whom returned to Jerusalem, where their descendants helped to create the Torah, or Hebrew Bible.

     In the West, Farrokh Bulsara, better known Freddie Mercury, the lead singer for the band Queen, was of Parsi descent and a Zoroastrian. His 1991 funeral was performed by a Zoroastrian priest.

     $6. Sunday afternoon, March 31, at 3 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 165th Street.

 

 

     Yeshiva University is making a proposal to complete the installation of a 34,000 square-foot pedestrian plaza along the eastern sidewalk of Amsterdam Avenue between 184th and 186th Streets, which will provide public communal space for the entire neighborhood.

     Community Board 12 is holding a hearing to obtain public comment on the plan.

     Monday night, April 1, at 7 at Yeshiva University in Furst Hall in Fort George on 185th Street between Audubon and Amsterdam Avenues.

 

 

     The Best of the Dominican Film Festival returns this year, but it’s moving from Quisqueya Heights to Upper Harlem.

     Several films from Hispaniola will be screened over the weekend.

     $30 to $70. Thursday through Saturday nights, April 4 through 6, at the Comisionado Dominicano De Cultura in Hamilton Heights at 541 West 145th Street.

 

 

     Although he was blind from an early age, Joaquín Rodrigo (1901–99) wrote highly original piano music of great brilliance and passion.

     This concert, performed  by Isabel Pérez Dobarro and Douglas Riva, highlights some of his greatest masterworks for piano solo, such as Cuatro piezas [4 Pieces], A l´ombre de Torre Bermeja [In the Shadow of the Torre Bermeja], and works for piano, 4 hands Juglares and the ironic Gran marcha de los subsecretarios [Grand March of the Under-Secretaries].

     Reserve your seat with an email to events@hispanicsociety.org.

     Thursday night, April 4, with a lecture at 6:30 and the concert at 7 at the American Academy of Arts & Letters in Audubon Terrace at Broadway and 155th Street.

 

 

    Submerge yourself in the American Revolution in a fun and alternative way.

     In a Colonial tavern roleplaying game, participants will be given characters and backstories relevant to the period but the possibilities for adventure are endless.

     Seating is limited, so registration is required.

     $5. Thursday night, April 4, from 7 to 10 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace. Also on June 6.

 

 

     The Washington Heights Music Fest in collaboration with W.H.A.M. hosts a monthly open mic for artists, poets, singers, writers and performers. Refreshments will be provided.

     All ages are welcome, so the acts should be appropriate for everyone. Hosted by Jason Rosario.

     $5. Friday night, April 5, from 6 to 9 at the Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. On the first Friday of the month.

 

 

 

 

     Conference rivalry roils the waters when Columbia’s lightweight rowers host Harvard.

      Sunday morning, April 7, at 9 in Leonia, N.J., at Overpeck Park. Directions are here.

 

 

 

 

     Architecture and the artifacts around them are the subject of this special tour of the Cloisters.

     Collecting Pieces of the Past: The Acquisition and Display of Architectural Fragments is for amateurs and specialists alike.

     Free with museum admission. Sunday, April 7, at noon and 2 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Discover remnants of the Billings mansion on a walking tour of the Heather Garden and the former Billings Estate with local historian Robin Boomer.

     You will also experience the beauty of the diverse flowers, trees, shrubs, and breathtaking views of the majestic Palisades and Hudson River in early spring.

     Boomer will reveal the historic remnants of the C.K.G. Billings Estate, and how the Olmsted Brothers folded them into the design of the public park.

     Space is limited, so reserve your spot.  

     Free. Sunday afternoon, April 7, at 1 on the Billings Law in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Nothing like a little AI to make life easier, huh?

     Unless you were on line for the first run, you’ve never seen it on a 50-foot screen. Stanley Kubrick’s film of Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction — or is it? — novel ranks among the best ever made. 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in May 1968, and runs two and a half hours. Join a fiftieth anniversary screening.

     $10.01. Sunday afternoon, April 7, at 1:30 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

    

     The Kadinsky Trio will perform a lyrical early Beethoven piano trio and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

     The evening includes a cash bar and a post-concert reception when you can meet the performers and mingle with friends and neighbors.

     $15 donation; senrios and students, $12; under 8, free. Sunday evening, April 7, at 5 in The Lounge of Hudson View Gardens in Hudson Heights on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street.

 

 

 

     Karen Drucker hosts an evening of chants and songs to heal, inspire and empower. It’s part of the Lobby Series.

     $20; at the door, $25. Monday night, April 8, at 7 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHo on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

 

     Trey Anastasio, the famed founder of Phish, brings Ghosts of the Forest to Manhattan for a two-night gig.

     $100 to $1,000. Friday and Saturday nights, April 12 and 13, at 8 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

     The Lions host the Columbia Open for teams around the region, though you’ll have to jump on the GWB or PATH to get there.

     Saturday morning, April 13, at 8 at the Montclair, N.J., Country Club.

 

 

 

 

 

     Columbia rowers host conference rivals Penn and Princeton in a heavyweight competition for the Childs Cup.

     Saturday morning, April 13, in Overpeck Park in Leonia, N.J., not far from the GWB. Directions are here.

 

 

     ModernMedieval Trio of Voices was created by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, a former member of the vocal quartet Anonymous 4, with Martha Cluver and Eliza Bagg (from the celebrated ensemble Roomful of Teeth) rounding out the trio.

     Following their triumphant debut at The Met in 2016, they return with a fresh repertoire of medieval and contemporary works in a program designed specifically for The Fuentidueña Chapel.

     $55; children, $1. Saturday afternoon, April 13, at 1 and 3 at The Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

 

     Yale and Columbia meet for a lacrosse match as the season winds down.

     Saturday afternoon, April 13, at 1 on the Kraft Field at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Since ancient times, indigenous cultures have understood the importance of living in balance and harmony with the earth and cosmos.

     Enter an energetic alignment with the highest vibrations of the universe and create positive change in your life and the world at large. In this monthly Shamanic circle, you will journey to alternate esoteric realms through drumming, rattling.

     Take a rattle or drum. Or both.

     $20. Saturday afternoon, April 13, at 4 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     You’ve heard about it but you can’t quite imagine how this architectural confection came to be in WaHi.

     So here’s your chance to explore this stunning 3,400-seat theater, its mezzanine, grand foyer, balcony, exterior and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to go up on stage.
     Reservation is required
here.

     The history of United Palace, Manhattan’s fourth-largest theater and now a landmarked building, began in 1930, when it was then one of five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” across the boroughs and New Jersey. Designed by noted architect Thomas Lamb (Cort Theatre, the former Ziegfeld Theatre) 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.

     Free. Sunday morning, April 14, at 10 at the theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. On the second Sunday of the month.

 

 

     Back by popular demand, Chant UP with Guari Vani has become a monthly world-music experience of kirtan.

     Join in a celebration of the ancient, mystical tradition of mantra music. Elevate your spirit and cultivate community through this joyous and sacred sound.

     $20; at the door, $25. Sunday afternoon, April 14, at 3:30 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. Also on May 8 at 7.
 
 

     The reading series Bloom presents a variety of authors and genres.

     Bloom’s literary readings and discussions will get you to shake off your assumptions and think hard about everything. The evening includes wine and light fare. Pleasant as a tea party, but with booze and cutting-edge writing. More information at www.bloomreadings.org.

    April features Stacy Parker-LeMelle, Leslie Lawrence, Deborah Paredez, and Arden Levine.

    $7 suggested donation. Sunday evening, April 14, at 5 in The Lounge of Hudson View Gardens, in Hudson Heights on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street. Monthly on the third Sunday, September through May (moved up this month because of Easter).

 

 

    

     Take your sunglasses and watch a ballgame the old fashioned way: in the afternoon during the week, maybe while telling the boss you’re prospecting a new client.

     Columbia hosts Monmouth on Wednesday afternoon, April 17, at the Satow Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

 

 

 

      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 the same dates 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.

     Thursday, April 18, at dawn and dusk in Hudson Heights.

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

 

 

 

     The bats of Columbia end conference play at home with a three-game, two-day series against Dartmouth.

     Starting Saturday morning, April 20, at 11:30.

     Resuming Saturday afternoon at 2:30.

     Concluding Sunday at noon at the Satow Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

 

 

 

 

     Columbia lacrosse its regular season homestand by hosting Ivy rivals Penn.

     Saturday night, April 20, at 7 on the Kraft Field at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

     Columbia hosts Dartmouth in a lightweight rowing competition for the Subin Cup across the GWB.

     Sunday morning, April 21, at 9 in Overpeck Park in Leonia, N.J.; directions are here.

 

 

 

     Today’s your last chance to catch a ballgame the old fashioned way: in the afternoon during the week, maybe while telling the boss you’re prospecting a new client.

     Columbia closes its home season playing Rutgers on Wednesday afternoon, April 24, at the Satow Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

 

 

 

 

     The Doc Lusins Trophy is up for grabs when Columbia hosts a three-way heavyweight challenge against Boston and Syracuse.

     Saturday morning, April 27, at 9 in Leonia, N.J., in Overpeck Park. Directions are here.

 

     The choir of The Clarion Society has moved well beyond its roots in baroque music to become one of the most acclaimed vocal groups in New York City.

     In this concert, they present Francisco Guerrero's Missa de la Batalla Escoutez, a breathtaking work from sixteenth-century Seville. The brass consort of The Clarion Orchestra joins the choir, adding color and splendor to the rich vocal textures.

     The group was founded in 1957 by conductor and musicologist Newell Jenkins. Beginning on modern instruments, then switching to period instruments in the 1970s, Clarion became one of the first period ensembles with a concert series in the United States.

     $75; children, $1. Saturday afternoon, April 27, at 12:30 and 3:30 in The Fuentidueña Chapel at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     The concert by Christian Nodal, the Mexican mariachi singer, has been reschedule from its original date last September.

     Finally, you can hear “Adiós, Amor” in person.

     $100 to $400. Saturday night, April 27, at 7 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

    

 

     Take some time to unlock the mysteries of the Prato Haggadah in Late Medieval Spain in this gallery talk led by Julia Perratore.

     Free with museum admission. Sunday, April 28, at noon and 2 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     What if everything you knew about reality is about to be transformed?

     What if science finally catches up with universal spiritual truths to provide scientifically-based evidence of the unified nature of the whole world?

     Dr. Jude Currivan, cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist and author, for an afternoon that explores a scientific revolution that connects me to we, and everyone.

     $6. Sunday afternoon, April 28, at 3 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. Also on May 18: Bhakti Yoga as a Path to Awakening with Radhanath Swami, and June 9: Queer Spirituality: A Celebration of LGBTQ Spirit.

 

 

     Hosted by the Hispanic Society of Americana, the series Joaquín Rodrigo: An Anniversary Celebration-The Guitar and Beyond forms an important part of a city-wide festival focusing on Maestro Joaquín Rodrigo and his music.

     The concert series features three performances, each preceded by lectures devoted to compositions by Joaquín Rodrigo (1901–99). Other performances include an international symposium at NYU and the Foundation for Iberian Music at the CUNY Graduate Center with independent scholars and musicologists.

     Thursday night, May 2, at a time to be announced later at the American Academy of Arts & Letters on Audubon Terrace at Broadway and 156th Street.

 

 

      The Ivy League’s lacrosse converge Uptown for the conference tournament.

      Details, including seeds and match times, coming later this spring.

      Friday, May 3, Through Monday at the Commisso Soccer Stadium (note new location) at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood.

 

 

 

     See New York City like never before in the Shorewalker’s epic urban hike, The Great Saunter, covering 32 miles of beautiful waterfront and more than 20 parks along Manhattan’s incredible shorelines.

     Enjoy fabulous skyline views and natural landscapes rarely appreciated from within the city, all the while raising awareness to protect our parks, maintain the Westside promenades, restore the Eastside Greenway, redevelop the Harlem River, and connect the Greenway into a continuous path around the world’s most fascinating island.

     Sign up here to join the more than 1,500 hikers for a journey you will always remember.

     Saturday morning, May 4, at 7:30; meet at Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan and take your lunch.

 

 

 

     Columbia’s lightweight rowers close out their season at home with a regatta against Drexel.

     Saturday morning, May 4, at 9 in Leonia, N.J., in Overpeck Park. Directions are here.

 

 

 

 

 

    You may not like going to the dentist with a tooth ache, but what do you think someone in medieval Europe felt like before such an appointment?

     Find out in this special gallery talk at the Cloisters.

     Free with museum admission. Sunday, May 5, at noon and 2 at the museum in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

 

     Only in New York ...
     One day late in most springs,
The Great and Glorious Grand Army of The Bronx comes together to claim the neighborhood of Marble Hill which, the group suggests, belongs to the only borough on the mainland on the basis that it was annexed by Bronx Borough President James Lyons in the 1930s.
     Care to fight back? Everyone is welcome, even hecklers.
     Free. A Saturday morning in early May, beginning with
pre-invasion cocktails; the battle of Marble Hill commences soon thereafter.

 

 

 

 

     Boston native Nicky Jam, known for “Travesuras,” “Te Busco,” and “El Perdón,” travels down to Uptown.

     $119 and up. Friday night, May 10, at 8 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

 

     Yeshiva graduates its social workers of the Class of 2019.

     Thursday morning, May 16, at 10 in the Lamport Auditorium of Zysman Hall on the campus in Fort George on Amsterdam Avenue and 187th Street.

 

 

     In collaboration with Suite Française and Dr. Philip Lasser, the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra presents a special salon: a lecture-concert on the profound and lasting influence of one of the greatest musical pedagogues of the 20th century, Nadia Boulanger.

     The strings of orchestra will journey inside works by Bach, Ravel, David Diamond, Philip Lasser, and more.

     Saturday afternoon, May 18, at 3 at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights on 181st Streeet at Col. Robt. McGaw Place.

 

 

     Explore the path of Bhakti-yoga with one of its most beloved spiritual leaders, his holiness Radhanath Swami, with music by Jahnavi Harrison and friends.

     Bhakti-yoga has traceable roots to the 1st millennium. What came to be known as the “Hare Krishna Movement” developed into one of the most influential and important spiritual and social reformations in U.S. history.

     Sometimes referred to as “love for love’s sake,” Bhakti is one of the four yogic paths to enlightenment and the essence of spiritual perfection, which is to awaken ecstatic love for God.

     Discover the beauty behind one of the oldest, most well-known and often misunderstood spiritual traditions, and what led to his life of devotion directly from Radhanath Swami himself.

     $10. Sunday afternoon, May 19, at 3 at the United Palace Theatre in Loew WaHi  on Broadway at 165th Street.

 

 

     The newest psychologists of Yeshiva receive their degrees.

     Monday, May 20, at noon in the Lamport Auditorium of Zysman Hall on the campus in Fort George on Amsterdam Avenue and 187th Street.

 

 

     Doff your mortar board to the neighborhood’s newest docs when Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons graduates the class of 2019.

     Wednesday afternoon, May 22, at 2 in the Armory in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.

 

 

 

 

     Give a toothy smile to the freshest dentists Uptown. They earn their degrees today from Columbia.

     Wednesday evening, May 22, at 6 at the Alumni Auditorium at the medical center in Lower WaHi on 168th near Fort Washington Avenue.

 

 

 

     Postponed from March, the concert by Yuri and Pandora makes its way Uptown.

     $80 to $450. Friday night, May 24, at 7 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

   

     The dark ages weren’t dark all the time. How did people enjoy themselves?

     Find out in a special tour of medieval pastimes, guided by Michael B. Norris, an art historian and lecturer.

     Free with museum admission. Saturday, May 25, at noon and 2 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

 

 

     The Mexican-American singer Marisela Dama De Hierro performs for the Uptown crowd.

     $53 to $153. Saturday night, May 25, at 7 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Pianist Andrea Lam performs Bach, Schumann and Stravinsky. 

     Includes a cash bar and a post-concert reception to meet the performer and mingle with friends and neighbors.

     Suggested donation: $15; seniors & students $12; under 8 free. Sunday evening, May 26, at 5 in The Loung of Hudson View Gardens in Hudson Heights across from Bennett Park on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street.

 

 

 

     The view from the GWB may not be so dramatic as it was in 1937, above, but it’s always spectacular.

     Strap on your hiking shoes and join the Shorewalkers as they make their way from the Battery to Fort Lee at 3 mph. The group will walk at a brisk pace with numerous brief stops at sites and restrooms along the way, including the Irish Hunger Memorial, the High Line, Grant’s Tomb, and the Little Red Lighthouse before crossing the GWB. Destination: Starbucks in Fort Lee.

     It’s a one-way hike with a jitney to take you back to Manhattan and a convenient train station.

     Take your lunch. Hike should end around 5 p.m. Heavy rain may modify the route.

     Contact L Irv Reich at richiam@aol.com and (917) 913-2742 for questions or concerns. Advance registration is desired but not required. No email on the day of the hike.

     Free. Meet on Monday morning, May 27, at 9:30 at the Staten Island Ferry terminal. If it’s your first Shorewalkers hike, arrive early to fill out paperwork. The trek starts promptly at 9:45.

 

 

     The swimmers of New York Open Water get wet in the rivers around the island. Care to take a dip?

     This summer, the group offers four chances to swim under the 20 bridges of Manhattan. You’ll get to circumnavigate the island on a 28.5-mile swim.

     Each event will have up to 15 swimmers and is scheduled on a Saturday with Sunday reserved as a rain date. Swimmers and their support teams will need to make themselves available on both days.

     Sign up here.

     Saturday, June 1, at a time determined later, starting, it appears, in Fort Washington Park under the GWB. Also on July 13, August 17 and 31.

 

 

     Rarely heard live, Praetorius's dances from Terpsichore, named for the Greek muse of the dance, display uncommon composition.

      In this landmark program, Sonnambula brings together the nation’s leading interpreters of Renaissance repertoire for an evening of unforgettable phantasmagoric splendor.

     Saturday, June 1, at 3 in the Fuentidueña Chapel of The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     The Scandia Symphony returns to the Heights for its annual summer concerts al fresco.

     Music from Scandinavian composers is the highlight of the series, with other regions represented too over the three afternoons.

     Free. Sunday afternoon, June 2, at 2 on the Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park; enter from Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights. Through June 16.

 

 

     The annual Drums Along the Hudson began in 2002 as a traditional Pow Wow to celebrate Native American heritage and culture, and also to commemorate the Lenape people who first inhabited Inwood Hill Park, or Shorakapok (“edge of the water”).

     The event features dancers and drummers from around the world, combining Native American heritage, culture and art with the diversity of New York City. Activities include a Tree of Peace planting, international cuisine, Native American storytelling, a Pow Wow and crafts.
     The event has attracted a growing audience, numbering from 400 in the first year to over 8,000 in recent years.
     Free. A Sunday in early June in Inwood Hill Park at Indian Road and 218th Street.

 

 

     It’s not a dip for beginners.

     New York Open Water hosts a 120-mile swim—over a week—from the peaceful Catskills to the dramatic Narrows at the throat of the New York Harbor.

     For one week, each day’s marathon swim begins with the ebb tide at one bridge and ends at the next, covering distances ranging from 13.2 miles to 19.8 miles. Swimmers can participate as solos or relays  in one to all of the seven stages.

     The swim strings together the Rip Van Winkle, Kingston-Rhinecliff, Mid-Hudson, Newburgh-Beacon, Bear Mountain, Tappan Zee, George Washington, and Verrazano Narrows Bridges.

     Up for it? Sign up here.

     Saturday, June 8, through Sunday, June 15, on the Hudson River.

 

 

     The authors of Lost Inwood, Cole Thompson and Don Rice, woll be on hand at a release party for the neighorhood history book.

     The volumne brings together a collection of historic photos (many contributed by longtime neighborhood residents) and tells the ten-thousand-year story of our North Manhattan neighborhood. It’s jam-packed with rare photos and amazing facts.
     It will be available for sale at Word Up Bookshop in Lower WaHi, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood, at at the usual online megastores.
     Saturday evening, June 8, at 5 at the Dyckman Family Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway at 213th Street.
 
 

     The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra’s season concludes with Robert Schumann’s 2nd Symphony, Angélica Negron’s “What Keeps Me Awake,” and a new violin concerto by Chris Whittaker.

     Followed by a post-concert reception for friends of the orchestra.

     Saturday afternoon, June 15, at 3 at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights on 181st Street at Col. Robt. McGaw Place.

 

 

     Angela Lee, cellist, with pianist Evelyne Luest in a program including Beethoven, Prokofiev and Janáček.

      The performance includes a cash bar and a post-concert reception to meet the performer and mingle with friends and neighbors.

     Suggested donation: $15; seniors & students $12; under 8 free. Sunday evening, June 16, at 5 in The Loung of Hudson View Gardens in Hudson Heights across from Bennett Park on Pinehurst Avenue at 183rd Street.

 

 

Into summer

     The highest achievement in Old English, Beowulf is the tale of warriors battling a fearsome beast.

     This performative rock-noir reimagining of the famous epic explores the intricacies of mankind's relationship with power and violence. Staged in the Fuentidueña Chapel, it is a classic story of glory and ruin—as told through triumphant pop anthems, heart-wrenching lullabies, heroes, and monsters.

     Written and performed by Kate Douglas and Shayfer James. Directed by Kevin Newbury, with choreography by Troy Ogilvie.

     $25; children ages 6–16, all of $1. Friday night, June 28, at 7 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     The Mexican gospel singer Jesús Adrian Romero now lives in the U.S. Southwest, but he’s making a trip to the northeast to perform Uptown from his new album.

     $75 to $165. Saturday night, July 27, at 8:30 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

 

     Roxy Music creator Bryan Ferry brings his show Uptown.

     $90 and up. Friday night, August 7, at 7 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     Come swim the mighty Hudson! 

     The Spuyten Duyvil 10K is hosted by New York Open Water. It starts at Yonkers and finishes in Inwood, with the current assisting the intrepid souls  through tumultuous and storied Spuyten Duyvil, where the Harlem River meets the Hudson.

     The route, which actually covers 6.5 miles despite the name, offers scenic views of Yonkers, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyval Bridge, and the George Washington Bridge.

     Sign up here. If you’re a land lubber, you can watch the finish in Uptown.

     A Sunday in September, with the course’s end at La Marina in Inwood where Dyckman Street meets the Hudson.

 

 

 

     The Christian band Grupo Barak performs from its new album at its WaHi tour date.

     Tickets prices will be posted here. Saturday night, September 21, at 7:30 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

 

     Co-op owners whose apartments are their primary homes are eligible to receive a tax rebate, just as owners of real estate receive. Once you have applied for this annual benefit, called the STAR Rebate, you do not need to apply again, but you have to do it yourself—your co-op cannot do it for you.

     The application is due on February 15. More details are here.

 

 

     Music is the theme of the Washington Heights Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5K.
     The route is Fort Washington Avenue from Lower WaHi to the Cloisters and back, so prepare for a busy street. In 2015 more than 6,000 runners finished the 3.2-mile race. It’s one that qualifies for entry in the New York City Marathon, in November.
     Fee varies by age and classification. Usually the first Sunday morning in March, starting at J. Hood Wright Park in Lower WaHi.

 

 

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