Washington Heights Events: Nov. 28–Dec. 4

Monday

     The Parks Department is working to stabilize the Bennett Avenue rockface in Fort Tryon Park. Earlier in the autumn it completed reconstruction of the Broadway pathway and promenade.

      Crews will next tackle segments of the park's eight-mile pathway network that are west of the drive. Expect temporary closures for a few weeks as the Parks staff works to make these critical upgrades to the pedestrian walkways near Abby's Lawn, the Cloisters Lawn and areas adjacent to the Heather Garden.

     More information can be found on NYC Parks’ Capital Projects Tracker.

     Continuing in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     The guitarist Jiji plays an extensive range of music, from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation, marrying old and new into something that is at once undefinable yet familiar.

     Her graceful, groundbreaking approach to the guitar will resonate deep within the intimate confines of the Crypt in the Death of Classical series.

     $85. Two performances on Monday night: 7:30 and 9, with each proceded by a wine and cheese reception an hour earlier. At the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

 

Tuesday

     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.

     Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

 

 

     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.

 

 

Wednesday

     What do you get when you take two Juilliard-trained cellists and a vocalist who's topped the bills at some of New York's finest jazz establishments?

     You get Empire Wild, a trio comprised of Ken Kubota, Mitch Lyon, and Holly Bean, whose musical explorations transform pop, folk, Broadway and more into a musical gumbo that's equal parts talent, joy, and magic.

     Enjoy their performance in the conclusion of this season’s Death of Classical series.

     $85. Two performances on Wednesday night: 7:30 and 9, with each proceded by a wine and cheese reception an hour earlier. At the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

 

Thursday

     Care to compost?

     The city maintains a weekly collection site. They’re collecting your contributions every Thursday from 7 a.m. to noon.

     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.

     Thursdays before noon, on the corner of 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue in Hudson Heights, next to the community fridge.

 

     The autumn exhibition of new members’ works fill the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ galleries. The show includes paintings, works on paper, photographs, architectural models, sculpture, and video. announces from the visual arts and architecture’s members who were elected in 2020 through 2022.

     Free. Friday through Sunday afternoons from noon to 6 at the Academy on Audubon Terrace on Broadway and 155th Street.

 

 

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

 

 

Sunday

 

     The Inwood Champber Players present a Christmas concert benefitting Good Shepherd School.

     The evening features highlights from George Frideric Handel's Messiah and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite arranged by an Inwood resident, Gilbert Dejean.
     A reception with light snacks and beverages will follow the performance.
     $20; children $5. Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Good Shepherd Auditorium in Inwood at 620 Isham Street.

 

 

 

     Celebrate the holidays with polyphony as medieval listeners might have heard it: ricocheting off the walls of the Fuentidueña Chapel’s twelfth-century apse.

     Trio Mediæval brings their ethereal, old-meets-new vocal timbre to one of the city’s most reverberant spaces. The ensemble weaves strands of medieval sacred music, folk, jazz, and improvisation through six centuries of holiday music from Britain and Scandinavia.

     $70. Sunday afternoon at 2 and 4 at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     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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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

     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.
 
 

     Treasures from the Iberian peninsula await at the Hispanic Society Library and Museum, on Audubon Terrace in Lower WaHi.

 

     The United Palace is resuming its tours of the theater’s spectacular interior. Get an informed perspective on the stunning 3,400-seat auditorium, the ornate mezzanine, grand foyer, balcony, and if you’re lucky, the stage.

     The history of United Palace, Manhattan’s fourth-largest theater, began in 1930 when it was then one of five Loew’s Wonder Theaters 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.

    $18.34. Monday night at 7:45 at the theater in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

    

     Join the festivities when the Columbia Medical Center and New York Presbyterian light their Christmas tree.

     Free. Thursday evening, December 8, at 5 in Duarte Square Park in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 170th Street.

 

 

 

 

 

     The Community League of the Heights brightens the season at an outdoor tree-lighting ceremony.

     Free. Friday evening, December 9, at 5 on in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 157th Street.

 

 

 

     The Belle Époque ushered French audiences into new harmonies and emotions, with the concert harp playing a soloist’s role for the first time in classical music’s history.

     With origins in Paris and the French masters of modernism, Birdget Kibbey showcases the harp’s most opulent masterworks alongside the Calidore String Quartet. The Calidores take listeners into the most nuanced journey of timbre and color in Claude Debussy’s Danses Sacrée et Profane. They will also perform André Caplet’s The Mask of the Red Death

     The concert is your chance to hear this talented ensemble before they head out on tour. The Calidores are Jeffrey Mays and Ryan Meehan on violin, Jeremy Berry on viola, and Estelle Choi on cello.

     Free. Sunday evening, December 11, at 5 at Our Saviour’s Church of the Atonement in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     Mark the holiday season by showing you’re grateful for living in a eat community of artists, art-lovers, and all-around great people.      

     Join Inwood Art Works to celebrate the neighborhood family as you mingle with Uptown’s who's who enjoy beer, wine, a hip holiday cocktail, and delicious finger food. Dance and put in your requests to Inwood's own DJ One.
     Plus, you’ll be there for the announcement of the 2022–23 Inwood Film Festival Filmmaker Fund grantees.

     $50. Monday night, December 12, at 7 at 809 Restaurant in Inwood on Dyckman Street between Post and Nagles Avenues.

 

 

 

     You loved it on the radio (and the podcast).

     Now come and experience Uptown’s holiday classic live and in person. UP Theater presents the Richard Diamond Christmas Show, featuring the hard-boiled detective who mixes noir and the holidays and still comes out alive.

     Directoed by Doug Boast and featuring Elizabeth A. Bell, Doug Bost, Laura Fois, Rik Walter, Jeff Ward, and Victor Verhaeghe.

     Rescheduled. Free with reservation. Thursday evening, December 15, at 6 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 207th Street.

 

 

     New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife.

     On this trek, the Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots for bald eagles. The late autmn is a spectacular time for observing the largest birds of prey in and above urban forests.

     Dress for the weather and take your own binoculars on this hour-long adventure.

     Free. Saturday morning, December 17, at 9, in Inwood Hill Park. Meet at Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue.

 

 

     Join the Q & T Community for their monthly open mic night, a celebration with storytelling, music, poetry, art, and everything in between. All are welcome.

     This is an explicitly LGBTQ+ space, which means that we expect people to respect each other’s various modes of expression, pronouns, and showing up.

     Hosted by Memphis Washington. Light refreshments and safer sex materials will be provided. 

     Free. Saturday evening, December 17, from 5 to 8 at Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. Monthly on the third Saturday.

 

 

      Mark the holiday with a special service: a reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, written (maybe) by Clement Clark Moore, whose grave is in the church’s cemetery.

      Free. Sunday afternoon, December 18, at a time to be announced later in the churchyard cemetery of the Church of the Intercession in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 155th Street.

 

 

     Bundle up for a solstice-eve stroll through Fort Tryon Park’s Heather Garden, Billings Arcade, and other sites you may not have visited in the dark.

     You’ll learn about the ecological changes that impact the park in winter with urban naturalist Ken Chaya.

     Sharp-eyed naturalists will spot the nighttime wildlife that call Fort Tryon home while walking along candlelit paths.

     Free. Tuesday evening, December 20, at 6:30 in the park; meet at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue and 190th Street.

 

 

Into winter

     Traci Talasco’s site-specific installations at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Revised Histories, address the re-telling of history with its mistakes, inaccuracies, or details purposely left out.

     Her use of pink erasers and bars of Ivory soap recontextualize the familiar in poetic ways. Talasco spent almost two years working on the project.

     In this virtual parlor chat, she will discuss the concepts in the work, her research, and her process.

     Register here for the link.

     Free. Wednesday night, December 21, at 7 online.

 

 

      Imagine yourself settling down to rest after putting the last presents under the tree. Suddenly you hear a noise on the roof — do you call 311? 911? The super?

      Hear the story yourself during a reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.

      Free. Christmas Eve at 4 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood on Cumming Street and Seaman Avenue.

 

 

 

     Take a break in Manhattan’s only untouched park on a winter hike with the Urban Park Rangers.

     Register here. Dress for the weather and pack a thermos of cocoa.

     Free. Sunday afternoon, December 25, at 1 in Inwood Hill Park. Meet-up location shared wtih registrants.

 

 

 

     Born and raised in France, Ishay Ribo is an Orthodox Jew who breaks down sectarian walls in his own way. He mixes a combination of spiritual influences, catchy and inspirational Western melodies, and his one-of-a-kind, soft voice, making Ribo one of the most prominent and beloved young artists in the Israeli music scene,

     Mark the eighth night of Chanukah with him and his band.

     $60 to $500. Sunday night, December 25, at 8:30 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     Strap on your spikes and line up to win at a Night at the Races.

     The open competition lets you compete on the New Balance Track against neighbors and visitors, no qualifying time required.

     Event details here. Oh, and if you do want to wear spikes, the “world’s fastest indoor track” permits only the 1/4" pyramid variety.

     Thursday and Friday nights, January 5 and 6, at times to be announced later at the Armory Track in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.

 

 

     It’s dark, it’s cold, and no one wants to leave a warm room.

     That means it’s time to bundle up for UP Theater’s Dead of Winter series. The troupe performs four staged readings, each with the wintry theme.

      Saturday nights in January at a time and place to be announced later.

 

     Advance your healing practice in a workshop series that will study, discuss, and exercise Taoist techniques that bring about health and healing to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.

     These practical workshops demonstrate techniques that will serve as functions to support your own healing and the healing of others. Health care professionals should check with their licensing or board-certified organization to determine if NCCAOM PDA’s are accepted. 

     Three sessions. The first was in November; the third will be on April 1 and 2.

     $450 per workshop. Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     Join the expert mycologist Paul Sadowski, of the New York Mycological Society and the New York Botanical Garden, for a virtual fungus tour of Inwood Hill Park, one of New York City’s oldest woodlands and beyond.   

     You’ll travel through varied habitats in search of mushrooms large and small, edible, inedible or just plain poisonous, from the comfort of your home. The virtual tour lasts an hour.

     Send an email to info@FortTryonParkTrust.org to receive the Zoom link.

     Free. Saturday morning, January 7, at 11 online.

 

 

 

     Rejoice in a gospel-chant evensong in a service that has hosted Joshua Coyne, Alessandra Altieri, and Emmett Tross.

     $25. Sunday evening, January 8, at 5 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 25 Cumming Street.

 

 

 

 

      If you’re a fan of track and field and can’t wait for warm weather, you won’t want to miss the Historically Black College and University Showcase on the New Balance Track.

     $25 and $35; general admission $20, students $10; kids under 3'6" free. Saturday, January 14, from 10 to 4 at the Armory Track in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.

 

 

     Learn salsa with Andres Siantiago in a class open for beginners. Then stay for the DJ and dancing.

     Long-stemmed red roses are optional.

     $25. Saturday night, January 14, at 7 with the DJ starting at 7:30 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 20 Cumming Street. Also on February 18.

 

 

 

 

     The social media presence and singer Junior H visits Uptown in the dark days of mid-winter to share his Sad Boyz 4 Life concert.

     $37.65 to $307.50 (note: the seats are sold by Ticketmaster, which changes the prices based on demand; the prices you see will vary). Thursday night, January 19, at 7:30 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th 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.

     Inwood Henge: Monday, January 23, at dawn and dusk.

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

 

 

     Fans of the Music at Our Savior’s Atonement series may remember Yacouba Sissoko’s quick kora cameo performance last season. Hailing from fourteen generations of kora players chosen by the King of Mali, Yacouba touches hearts with his hands and voice, in songs examining concepts of finding a new home and belonging, while looking back and preserving.

     Percussionist John Hadfield has traversed the Middle East and the Maghreb, and further to Asia, soaking up the ways percussion plays a role in the countless musical traditions. Today, he is in demand with jazz and folk artists across the globe, weaving his experiences into powerful new works and improvisations for percussion that combine the heartfelt with a singular verve.

     With the harp, Bridget Kibbey, the series’ music director, brings her cultural-chameleon ethos to this virtuosic pair in surprising new works written by both —inspired by their travels—while celebrating their shared experiences in town.

     $25. Sunday evening, February 5, at 5 at the church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     The most storied meet in track & field takes place under our noses.

     The Milrose Games draw the best racers, vaulters, throwers and more to the New Balance Track. Last winter 64 Olympians competed, including three gold medalists from the Tokyo Olympics: Ryan Crouser (men’s shot put), Athing Mu (women’s 800m and 4x400 relay) and Katie Nageotte women’s pole vault). Vermont’s Elle Purrier St. Pierre and Australia’s Olli Hoare won the women’s and men’s mile races, marking twenty consecutive years of sub-four-minute finishes.

     The 115th competition proves to be at least as exciting, Last year’s event sold out, so don’t put off getting your seat.

     $23.56 to $403.39. Saturday, February 11, from 11 to 6 at the Armory in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 168th Street.

 

 

 

     The mezzo-soprano Erin Wagner performs with pianist Shawn Chang.

     It’s part of a music series featuring Uptown artists.

     $25 donation. Saturday night, February 11, at 7 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood on Cumming Street at Seaman Avenue.

 

 

 

 

    The Mexican singer Yuridia brings her Pa’ Luego es Tarde tour to Uptown fans. She launched her career when she came in second place in the fourth season of the reality show La Academia.

     $85.15 to $367.85 (note: the seats are sold by Ticketmaster, alas, which changes the prices based on demand; the prices you see will vary). Saturday night, February 18, at 9 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     A candle-lit meditation will open hearts and minds before an hour of active listening … with one of J.S. Bach’s most well-known works leading the way.

     Three of today’s top chamber musicians illuminate a refrain of the contemplative aria that sets the stage for profound, exulting variations ever written.

     Featuring Siwoo Kim on violin, Melissa Reardon on viola, and Raman Ramakrishnan on cello.

     For this performance in the Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement series you can settle into a cozy environment, listen together, and sip local libations.

     $25. Sunday evening, March 5, at 5at the church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     Standard time comes to its end overnight.

     Set your clocks and watches ahead an hour—unless they’re bluetoothed, Wi-Fi’ed, ethernetted or otherwise connected to the cloud—and start daylight saving.

     Sunday morning, March 12, at 2.

 

 

     The Inwood Film Festival is a neighborhood event in a world-class city, intent on showcasing the sights, sounds, people, and talents of the filmmakers who reside in Uptown. 

     All entries are either made in Uptown, Spuyten Duyvil, Kingbridge, or Riverdale, or by filmmakers who lived in one of those neighborhoods.  

     In March (or in June—the organizers haven’t decided yet) in Inwood and online at IFF+.

 

 

     Born in Washington, D.C., to Japanese-Korean parents, Rachel Kudo began her studies with Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago. After spending her childhood in Japan, she returned to Chicago to pursue a musical life.

     Now she’s performed around the world and makes a stop Uptown for a recital.

     $25. Saturday night, March 18, at 7 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 20 Cumming Street.

 

 

     The Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement season closes with three of today’s Gypsy All-Stars on the stage.

     Hailing from Macedonia, Turkey, and Armenia, the Secret Trio explores the music they grew up hearing in a fusion of grooves and soulful melodies that merge the blues with folklore – all adding up to wild virtuosity.

     Featuring Ara Dinkjian on the oud, Ismail Lumanovski on clarinet, Tamer Pinarbasi on qanun.

     $25. Sunday evening, April 16, at 5 at the church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     An older punk rocker looking back at the hard knocks and glory days of the band that propelled her to fame (sort of) reveals herself in UP Theater’s fourteenth mainstage production.    

     The Best Punk Band in Conway, Missouri: An Oral History of Pressley Cox and the Fallout Five combines story-telling techniques. By Kirby Fields.

     In May on dates and at times and a place to be announced later.

 

 

     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 May, with a meet-up typically in a bar. Check back in the spring so you can join the forces or prepare defenses.

 

 

     Join the cast, crew, and friends of UP Theater to celebrate their thirteenth birthday.

     The evening features food, drink, raffles and honoring the Upstanding Person of the Year.

     In May on a date and at a time and place to be announced later.

 

 

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

     In pre-pandemic years, a short ceremony honored our duty to Mother Earth and our responsibility to the forest, the river, and each other.

     Free. Check with the organizer before heading out. 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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