Washington Heights Events: January 24–30

Monday

     Mexican Muralism and the artists whose impact influenced larger-than-life paintings in Mexico and the United States are the focus of a brief exhibition organized by the Hispanic Society.

     400 Years of Master Drawings from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library will include the recently acquired José Clemente Orozco drawings as well as earlier drawings by Rafael Ximeno y Planes and Juan Rodriguez Juárez among many others’.

     To see the exhibition, registration is required.
     Free. Open by appointment at the American Academy of Arts and Letters on Audubon Terrace on Broadway at 155th Street.
Through January 30.

 

Tuesday

      A new effigy of Revolutionary War hero Margaret Corbin takes the form of a tomb at The Cloisters, figuratively and aesthetically stitching together the war battlefield and the medieval French abbeys.

     The Tomb Effigy of Margaret Corbin (1751–1800) was created by artist Zaq Landsberg, the 2020 recipient of the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award.

     In Fort Tryon Park on the Lindon Terrace. The tomb is on display through June 12.

 

 

Thursday

     A memorial road race honors Police Office Jason Rivera, who was killed Friday on duty.

     Rivera, an Inwood native, was a member of the Inwood Run Club. The members will remember him with a short run and a candlelight vigil after the race. They’re asking runners to wear black.

     Thursday night at 7 at the Fort Tryon Public House in Fort George on Broadway at Thayer Street, across from the Anne Loftus Playgrouns. The vigil is set to start at 8.

 

 

Friday

     Mexican Muralism and the artists whose impact influenced larger-than-life paintings in Mexico and the United States will be the focus of a brief exhibition organized by the Hispanic Society and the subject of three days of discussion.

     400 Years of Master Drawings from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library will include the recently acquired José Clemente Orozco drawings as well as earlier drawings by Rafael Ximeno y Planes and Juan Rodriguez Juárez among many others’.

     The panel discussions will include: Esther Adler of MoMA, Leon Tovar of the Leon Tovar Gallery, Dr. Orlando Hernández-Ying of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, and will be moderated by Savona Bailey-McClain of the West Harlem Art Fund.

     Registration is required.
     Free. Friday through Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters on Audubon Terrace on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

Lower Washington Heights, c. 1901, Ettlinger Family Collection

 

     How did our neighborhood look before cars were everywhere, kids had no game consoles, and adults went to work in sweat pants?

     Photos taken around 1901 by the Ettlinger family, who lived on 162nd Street, reveal ways of life that look genteel to our eyes even though they were middle-class ways of life at the time. This collection of twenty photographs mede from a 4” x 5” medium format camera that look back in time. Another fifteen portraits are recent. Taken by the WaHi artist Rose Deler on her Rollieflex, they offer a bookend to the images of the first generation to live Uptown.

     Visit an open house on Sunday afternoon, March 13, from 1 to 3, and meet the artist and take part in a workshop at 1.

     Schedule a self-guided visit to the exhibition.

     Free with museum admission. Fridays through Sundays from 11 to 5 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace in Roger Morris Park. Through April 3.

   

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.

     The collection of food scraps for composting and used textiles for recycling is on hiatus during the pandemic.
     Saturdays from 8 to 3 on
Isham Street between Seaman Avenue and Cooper Street. Open year-round.

 

 

Sunday

     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.

     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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Treasures from the Hispanic Society and Museum

     The galleries of the Uptown culture gem is closed not only for the pandemic but also for an all-encompasing renovation. In the meantime, explore highlights of its collection by clicking an image to find out more. Once the museum re-opens, you can visit the art on Audubon Terrace.

Not so quiet, please!

      Among the things WaHi is famous for is the noise. Lots of it!

      But does it seem eerily quiet now? You may not miss the auditory assaults, but the sounds of people mingling and waiters serving are becoming memories.

      Refresh yours with the New York Public Library’s new online album: Missing Sounds of New York. It probably won’t win any Grammys, but each track uses a combination of sounds to create familiar canvases on which mini stories are placed: a glass breaking in a bar, a dance performance on the subway, an overly enthusiastic baseball fan.

      It’s free and it’s available from the library. (No need for a library card!)

 

 

Planning ahead

     Support your health by shopping at a farmers’ market.

     From late spring through the late autumn, the Fort Washington 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.

     Re-opening in the spring on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.

     A New York farmers’ market offers fresh fruit and vegetables from the Hudson Valley, the Garden State and beyond. The Lower WaHi re-opens in the spring on 175th Street between Wadsworth Avenue and Broadway.

 

 

     The High Bridge—New York City’s oldest standing bridge—is a landmark that connects walkers and cyclists with Manhattan and the Bronx.
     The High Bridge is a path from the neighborhoods of Washington Heights to Highbridge across the river, 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  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.
 
 

     It may be icy outside but it’s hot in the arena when the Macs take the court.

     Yeshiva University hosts the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in a Skyline League contest.

     Tuesday night, February 1, at 8 at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus in Fort George on Amsterdam Avenue at 185th Street.

 

 

 

     He was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Puerto Rico and Colombia. Nicky Jam made his own biopic for Netflix, and now he’s coming to our neck of the woods in a concert of reggaeton and romance. 

     $80.25 to $367.85. Saturday night, February 5, at 8 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

     Get out of the cold and into some hot college basketball.

     In the heart of conference season, the Macs host Farmingdale State College.

     Saturday night, February 5, at 8:30 at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus in Fort George on Amsterdam Avenue at 185th Street.

 

 

 

     A new play by Lizzie Donahue will have its premier two years after the debut was schedule.

     A Barn Play was to open in February 2020, but you know what happened next. Up Theater, the producers, hoped it would be postponed only a year but you know what happened next.

     It’s now set to open in February, but may be delayed by the Renewal series, which was postponed from January to February and March. Watch here for times and the location.

 

 

     Take a deep dive into the unique trees of Fort Tryon Park, some of which are over 100 years old.

     Learn from the naturalist, educator, and author Leslie Day to become a budding expert on tree identification, and how animals and trees depend on each other.

     Gather with friends and family at this online workshop to discover the secrets of trees in winter.

     Register here for Zoom link and details. 

     Free. Sunday afternoon, February 6, at 1 online.

 

 

      The Atlantic Chamber Players is a cutting-edge freelance ensemble featuring a unique combination of winds (oboe, saxophone, bassoon, horn) with piano, specializing in rarely played gems of the modern repertoire.

     Its musicians perform with the American Classical Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Arts Ensemble, Bronx Arts Ensemble, and on Broadway.
     This concert will feature music by WaHi composer David Wolfson, as well as the world premiere of Steve Cohen’s Quintet written expressly for the Atlantic Chamber Players.

     Free. Sunday evening, February 9, at 5 Our Saviour’s Atonement Church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     Lace up your spikes for a Night at the Races, the indoor track meets organized by the New York Road Runners’ club.

     Open to adults 18 and up, the friendly competitions feature a variety of distances and even some relays for teams.

February 11 at 7 p.m.: 1 mile, 10,000 m relay (10 people run 200 m five times each).

March 4 at 7 p.m.: 600 m, 3,000 m, 4 x 400 m relay.

     $27.45 per athlete (there’s a discount for club members); spectators, $5. Friday night, February 11, from 7 to 10 at the Armory in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.

 

     As the season gets closer to its end, rankings matter all the more.

     Find out how the Macs do when they take on St. Joesph’s College of Long Island in a Skyline League matchup.

      Saturday night, February 12, at 8:30 at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus on Amsterdam Avenue at 185th Street.

 

 

     Residents in the 72nd Assembly district have an election today to decide who will fill the seat left when Carmen De La Rosa, who won the November primary to replace Ydanis Rodriguez in the City Council, started her term in January.

     That means some Uptowners will choose new representation in Albany. The district includes part of Lower WaHi, all of Fort George and Sherman Creek, and the eastern slice of Hudson Heights (roughly from Overlook Terrace to Broadway, which excludes The Pinehurst). Not sure if that’s you? Check the map here.

     Find out where you vote here.

     Tuesday, February 15, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

 

María and her Grandmother. Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spain 1863–1923). Oil on canvas, 1905.

    

     After a renovation that closed its galleries for nearly two years, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library had the pandemic to contend with.

     Now you are welcomed back to rediscover the treasures of the Hispanic Society. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, woodworks and more from the Iberian peninsula make this a poem of a museum, in the founder’s description.

     Opening Thursday, February 17, at the museum on Aubudon Terrace on Broadway at 155th Street. Through April 17.

 

     As we continue our cautious emergence from pandemic isolation, UP Theater brings those challenges and our hesitation to life.

     The Renewal series of staged readings, which debuted in October, resumes with a new suite of original plays. Once they’ve settled on titles we’ll post them here.

     Saturday nights starting February 19 at 7 at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights on Col. Robt. McGaw Place and 181st Street. Through March 12.

 

 

     Cheer the Macs as they close out the regular basketball season hosting St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn.

       Saturday night, February 19, at 8:30 at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Yeshiva Campus on Amsterdam Avenue at 185th Street.

     Next up: Skyline tournament begins Tuesday, February 22.

 

 

     The Fair Trade Trio specializes in creating accessible performances for all audiences and has a mission to champion the works of living female composers alongside the standard chamber music canon.

     In a performance in the Music at Our Saviour’s series, the program begins with Jessica Meyer’s I Only Speak of the Sun, which was inspired by Rumi’s ode by the same title and explores the palette of colors the string trio can produce. The group will also present Schnittke’s searing String Trio, and the deeply emotional yet restrained lyricism of Faure’s first piano quartet.

     Free. Sunday evening, February 23, at 5 Our Saviour’s Atonement Church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     Movies at the Palace return!

     Which film will it be? In January, voting ended for Uptown’s favorite movies. The top six are All About Eve, Black Panther, Coco, Do the Right Thing, The Greatest Showman, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

     Watch here for the announcement of the re-opening movie.

     Sunday evening, March 6, at a time to be determined later at the Unite Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.
 

     Elena del Rivero’s Letter from Home (Suffrage), a flag-artwork with a geometric design inspired by common domestic dishtowels, marks International Women’s Day.
     The project shows the relationship to the history of women in art and politics as well as the important roles women have held in the past and present.

     Free. Opening Tuesday morning, March 8, at a time to be announced later at the Hispanic Society Museum in Audobon Park on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

 

     Contemporary portratis of WaHi residents are paired with a family’s photos from a century ago, contrasting and comparing lives from then and now.

     Taken by the WaHi artist Rose Deler on her Rollieflex, the fifteen portraits offer a bookend to the images of the first generation to live Uptown.

     Visit an open house to meet Deler and take part in a workshop.

     Sunday afternoon, March 13, from 1 to 3 with the workshop from 1 to 2. At the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace in Roger Morris Park. The exhibit continues through April 3.

 

    

 

     Bringing her style of Christian music Uptown Christine D’Clario performs in English and and Spanish. With Evan Craft.

     $45.10 to $123.20. Friday evening, March 18, at 6 at the United Palace Theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

     Luis Vargas, the Dominican bachata superstar, drops in on Uptown on his 40th anniversary tour.

     $71.27 to $258.32. Saturday night, March 19, at 8 at the United Palace Theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

 

Looking into spring

      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.

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

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

 

 

     Global sensations Alelandra Guzmán and Paulina Rubio have become reconized as the Queen of Latin Rock and Queen of Latin Pop.

     They will entertain their Uptown subjects during their Perrisimas tour.

     $92 to $541. Saturday night, April 23, at 8 at the United Palace Theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     When you hear Bridget Kibbey, you’ll toss aside everything you thought you knew about harp music. Praised for her “bravura and sensitivity” by The Washington Post, her daring and diverse programming spans the Baroque era.

     Kibbey’s performance of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is a YouTube sensation, and she also explores Brazilian dance music. She regularly performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is a passionate advocate for living composers, and has toured and recorded with such superstars as Plácido Domingo and Dawn Upshaw.

     Carnegie Hall sponsors Kibbey’s performance, which is hosted by the Music at Our Saviour’s series and was postponed from last spring.

     Free. Sunday evening, April 26, at 5 Our Saviour’s Atonement Church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     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. Postponed by the pandemic, but typically a Saturday in early May beginning with pre-invasion cocktails at Mr. McGoo’s Pub in Kingsbridge on Broadway; the battle of Marble Hill commences once the tab is settled.

 

 

     Uptown’s innovative performers are planning an in-person gala.

     Save the date for UP Theater’s resumed annual benefit party.
     Thursday evening, May 19, at The Hudson in the Dyckman Marina in Inwood.

 

 

     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.

 

 

     Thomas Anders and Modern Talking share their German pop with New York fans. You don’t have to like disco to like Modern Talking’s Ultimate 80s Dance Party, but it doesn’t hurt.

     $78 to $178. Saturday night, August 13, at 7 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

      Each summer since 2015, the Higher Ground Festival brings Northern Manhattan artists together for performances to Uptown audiences.

      The outdoor shows run over a week in August in locations across Hudson Heights and Inwood.

      Set some time aside to watch the premieres just steps from your door.

      When the 2022 dates in August are announced we’ll post them here.

 

 

     When the Mavericks come to town, they will flip on its head their usual approach of country & rock. This time they’re including salsa, ska, norteño, mariachi and more, with twangy guitars to boot.

     Up to $180.45. Friday night, October 21, at 8 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

     A yearly gathering on Thanksgiving will remind you of the Lenape people and the blessings of their land we now call home.

     A short ceremony honors our duty to Mother Earth and our responsibility to the forest, the river, and each other.

     Free. Thanksgiving morning at 9 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.

 

 

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