Things to Do on the Upper West Side This Week - June 10-June 17

Things to Do on the Upper West Side This Week Photo: Peter Burka/Flickr 

Located on the west side of NYC's iconic Central Park, the Upper West Side is home to the Museum of Natural History, The Juilliard School, Levain Bakery, and the Catherdral of Saint John the Divine, among many other iconic hangouts. City Guide has compiled the best things to do on the Upper West City this week, and you won't want to miss out on any of it.

Central Park Nature Walk - Central Park
June 10, 2018 - New York

Back for the fifth year in a row?one of our most popular events: a nature walk in Central Park with urban naturalist, Ken Chaya. (Header photo by Bob Eckstein) Did you know that all of the mature trees in Central Park have been identified and mapped by a local expert? Today, Central Park Nature's Ken Chaya will take you on a walk through his Central Park: a place with over 20,000 trees and woody plants featuring over 180 species. You will explore the park woodlands, learning to identify birds and trees, along with wildflowers and their pollinators. You will learn about the natural history of Central Park including the significant contributions of the park's designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

OutdoorFest 2018 Closing Party - HI New York City Hostel
June 10, 2018 - New York

Every year we end our 10-day outdoor adventure extravaganza relaxing and partying. This year, we're adding in a Day of Service to give back to our local community who makes all this possible. The service projects will take place in the afternoon and culminate with beer from Sierra Nevada, live music, cool people to hang out with and over $2,000 worth of prizes and swag we'll need to get rid of!

Unity of New York Sunday Service - Symphony Space
June 10, 2018 - New York

Unity of New York is a joyful, diverse, and welcoming spiritual community that honors all paths to God. Their mission is to serve the NYC community through spiritual teaching, music, prayer and outreach. They come together at their weekly Sunday Celebration Services (11am, right here at Symphony Space) to discover the power within all to unleash divine potential, know Oneness with God and each other. Unity affirms the power of prayer and the power of thoughts to create our own reality, helping people experience a stronger connection with God every day. Come for the Music... Stay for the message!

Kids Bazaar Pop-Up - Grand Bazaar NYC
June 10, 2018 - New York

For National Children's Day we're organizing a family-friendly pop-up featuring unique and fun handmade baby and kids clothing, toys, skincare and great accessories form talented local artisans. You will also find rare vintage children's books, toys, and more form independent dealers. Be sure to come hungry as there will be family-friendly food to enjoy, including sweets and ice cream, to satisfy everyone's cravings. The pop-up will be joining Grand Bazaar NYC's weekly curated market; the largest in NYC. 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC's profits are donated to four Upper West Side public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children. Come find unique one-of-a-kind gifts items for friends, family, or yourself, while supporting talented artists, makers and independent dealers. When you need a shopping break, enjoy some tasty artisanal bites in our food court.

Aimee Marcoux ~ Summer with Sondheim - Triad Theatre
June 10, 2018 - New York

Summer with Sondheim

Third Day: Farewell Tour - Beacon Theatre
Through June 10, 2018 - New York

Seasons of Brahms - Merkin Concert Hall
Through June 10, 2018 - New York

Chamber works from the dawn and dusk of Brahms' long career encompass a lifetime in a single program. Inspired by the playing of clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, Brahms came out of retirement to write his Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, a late masterpiece that flickers between autumnal wistfulness and rhapsodic?even gypsy?exuberance. Retrospective glances and unanswered questions abound as the quintet muses over itself as over a life lived, ending enigmatically at its own beginning. Reaching back in time is the early String Sextet No.1, a work of utter confidence conceived when Brahms was 27. Written for an unconventional ensemble that features two cellos and two violas, the Sextet revels in the rich sonorities of Brahms' beloved lower strings while bursting with the brio of youth.

Four Nations: Saints & Sins - Kaufman Music Center
June 11, 2018 - New York

An ensemble of four star vocalists with instruments present the virtuous and vulnerable and vicious characters that make sacred musical drama as compelling as the paintings of Caravaggio and Goya. For every David there is a Saul, for every Salome there is a John the Baptist. There is brilliant music for all, Saint or Sinner. ARTISTS Singers: Pascale Beaudin, soprano Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo soprano Thomas Cooley, tenor David Newman, baritone Instruments: Olivier Brault and Adriane Post, violin Kyle Miller, viola Loretta O'Sullivan, cello Anne Trout, bass Scott Pauley, lute Andrew Appel, harpsichord and director Four Nations appearances at Merkin Concert Hall are made possible through a generous donation from Mr. Christian Draz.

American Museum of Natural History Presents, Frontiers Lectures: Mercury Rising - American Museum of Natural History
June 11, 2018 - New York

Monday, June 11, at 7:30 pm Hayden Planetarium Space Theater $15 ($13.50 seniors, students) $12 Members Thanks to NASA?s completed MESSENGER probe mission, we can now explore Mercury in detail. Resembling our Moon, and with a similar atmosphere, our solar system?s innermost planet has enough activity in its interior to generate a small magnetic field. Join guides Denton Ebel and Carter Emmart for an up-close examination of our solar system?s smallest planet.   Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Facets of Brahms: Brahms and the Schumanns - Kaufman Music Center
June 12, 2018 - New York

Two works by Brahms and two by Clara and Robert Schumann compete for affection in this intimate program recalling the complex emotional entanglements of the composers. On the bill is Brahms' "Scherzo" from the Sonatensatz in C Minor?a collaborative creation that also includes contributions by Robert Schumann and Albert Hermann Dietrich; Robert Schumann's pathos-filled Piano Trio No.1; Clara Schumann's late Romances for Violin, imbued with invention and charm; and Brahms' Horn Trio, Op. 40, based on a theme dating from the year of his first encounter with the Schumanns. Pre-concert discussion, led by husband and wife Thomas and Deborah Cabaniss, will explore the composers' psychologically-charged relationship. ARTISTS St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble Pedja Muzijevic, Piano PROGRAM BRAHMS - "Scherzo" from Sonatensatz in C Minor ROBERT SCHUMANN - Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 63 CLARA SCHUMANN - Romances for Violin, Op. 22 BRAHMS - Horn Trio, Op. 40 Orchestra of St. Luke's grew out of a versatile chamber ensemble that began performing concerts in 1974 at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. Today, Orchestra of St. Luke's performs approximately 80 con... (read more)

Hazelle Goodman - Triad Theater
June 15, 2018 - New York

Hazelle Goodman, known for her outstanding roles in film and television including, Cookie in Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, Georgia Rae Mahoney on NBC's Homocide, and Ms. Brown in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close starring Tom Hanks, returns to the stage with her hilarious characters from her self titled HBO Special HAZELLE!

Man vs. Broadway ~ Austin Kulyk - Triad Theatre
June 15, 2018 - New York

A journey through some of Broadway's toughest songs with the help of a few friends. Featuring songs such as "Finishing the Hat," "You'll Be Back," and "Marry Me A Little". Austin Kulyk is an upcoming senior at SUNY Fredonia. He's been seen on stage in roles such as Paul San Marco (A Chorus Line), The Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera), and The Soldier (Sunday in the Park with George) among others.

Amaris - Triad Theater
June 16, 2018 - New York

Amaris is the latest star to emerge from Truesytunes Entertainment LLC. Under the Direction of Broadway Veteran/Recording Artist, Lee Truesdale. A graduate of the "Hartford Academy of the Arts", she trained classically as a Vocalist/Dancer. Also a Graduate of "Howard University", she was a member of the "Howard Gospel Choir". Now "An Evening With Amaris Live In Concert" Directed & Designed By ? Lee Truesdale, lands center stage @ The Triad Theatre, Saturday, 6/16/2018 @ 9:30pm $20 Cover / 2 Drink Min. It's been said of Amaris that? "The Truth Ain't No Rumor"

Kings of Soul - Triad Theatre
June 17, 2018 - New York

The Creators of the Broadway Bound MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL and AN EVENING OF PHYLLIS HYMAN invite you to experience their new show KINGS OF SOUL: A TRIBUTE CONCERT TO OUR REIGNING KINGS. This Soul Stirring show will feature some of the Top Powerhouse Male Vocalists in New York City spanning from the Church Choirs to the Broadway Stage. Get ready for a memorable experience! This show will have you up on your feet as you listen to classics delivered from all of the KINGS: Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Charlie Wilson, Al Green, Barry White, R. Kelly and Many More! This Show Will SELL OUT! A MUST SEE!

The Men's Bazaar (Father's Day) - Grand Bazaar NYC
June 17, 2018 - New York

My Fair Lady Performances - Lincoln Center Theater
Through June 17, 2018 - New York

Next spring, Lincoln Center Theater, in association with Nederlander Presentations Inc., will mount a new production of Lerner and Loewe's MY FAIR LADY, the first Broadway production of the classic musical in 25 years Harry Hadden-Paton will not appear in the following performances

Shakespeare in the Park: Othello - Delacorte Theater
Through June 24, 2018 - New York

Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater's most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare's most urgent and relevant tragedy today.

Through June 29, 2018 - New York

Bring your little New Yorkers to this weekly playdate to celebrate the city they live in. Each week includes time with historic toys, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, story readings, and a related craft project.

Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife - New York Historical Society
Through July 15, 2018 - Upper West Side

Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife, an exhibition exploring the history of the ground-breaking Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, examines the circumstances that inspired early environmentalists?many of them women and New Yorkers?to champion the protection of endangered birds. Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Migratory Bird Act prohibited the hunting, killing, trading, and shipping of migratory birds. It also regulated the nation's commercial plume trade, which had decimated many American bird species to the point of near extinction.

Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms - New York Historical Society
Through September 02, 2018 - Upper West Side

The first internationally touring exhibition devoted to Rockwell's iconic depictions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Four Freedoms launches at the New-York Historical Society in May. The traveling exhibition, which was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, explores how Rockwell's 1943 paintings?Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want?gave visual voice to Roosevelt's call to the defense of freedom worldwide and took their place among the most enduring images in the history of American art. In addition to Rockwell's Four Freedoms, the exhibition encompasses numerous other examples of painting, illustration, and more, by both Rockwell and a broad range of his contemporaries, as well as historical documents, photographs, videos, and artifacts; interactive digital displays; and immersive settings, some using virtual-reality technology, all on the theme of the Four Freedoms, from FDR's initial enunciation of them as a reason to enter the War to their powerful post-war legacy. Following New-York Historical, the exhibition travels to The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI; The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Mu... (read more)

Celebrating Bill Cunningham - New-York Historical Society
Through September 09, 2018 - New York

Celebrating Bill Cunningham marks the New-York Historical Society's recent acquisition of objects, personal correspondence, ephemera, and photographs that reflect the life and work of Bill Cunningham. One of the late 20th century's most influential trend-spotters and style authorities, the legendary New York Times journalist and photographer was frequently spied on the city's streets, at fashion shows, and elegant soirées capturing images of New York's fashion innovators and cultural glitterati. Among the highlights of Celebrating Bill Cunningham are a bicycle that he rode around the city; his first camera, an Olympus Pen-D, 35mm; signature blue jacket; personal photographs of Cunningham at home and with friends; correspondence, including a few of the hand-made Valentines he frequently sent to friends; and a New York City street sign, "Bill Cunningham Corner," that was temporarily installed at 5th Avenue and 57th Street in his honor, following his death. Soon after he arrived in New York, Cunningham worked as a milliner, and items on view from his millinery line, William J., include an innovative beach hat, along with other hats and fascinators; and a press release written for t... (read more)

Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes - New York Historical Society
Through October 08, 2018 - Upper West Side

Shoes in recent years have culturally transcended their utilitarian purpose to become an object of desire and deliberation, calling up abstract considerations?like the freighted meanings of femininity, power, domination, and aspiration?for both women and men alike. Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes highlights examples from the shoe designer's extensive private collection, assembled over three decades. The exhibition considers the story of the shoe from the perspectives of collection, consumption, presentation, and production with more than 100 pairs of shoes on view. The exhibition will explore larger trends in American economic history, from industrialization to the rise of consumer culture, with a focus on women's contributions as makers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Coordinated by Valerie Paley, vice president, chief historian, and director of the Center for Women's History, with Edward Maeder, consulting curator, and Jeanne Gardner Gutierrez, curatorial coordinator.

The Central Park Walking Tour - Manhattan and Beyond Tours llc
Through October 28, 2018 - New York

The Central Park Walking Tour Daily 12pm?2 hours?2 miles?$25/person Gain a complete picture of Central Park?s origins, wit-ness its design, experience the cultural influences and feel the calming effect being in nature brings from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Central Park Walking Tour - Manhattan and Beyond Tours llc
Through October 28, 2018 - New York

The Central Park Walking Tour Daily 12pm?2 hours?2 miles?$25/person Gain a complete picture of Central Park?s origins, wit-ness its design, experience the cultural influences and feel the calming effect being in nature brings from the hustle and bustle of city life.

NYC Scavenger Hunt - Central Park
Through December 30, 2018 - New York

Join Big City Hunt on an Epic Scavenger Hunt Tour of Central Park. This scavenger hunt is great for kids, families, and friends. You'll learn a ton about your city and Central Park! New York's Central Park stretches across 843 acres of land. It is larger than independent city-states Monaco and Vatican City combined. Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle, and The Dakota are just a few of the landmarks you?ll discover on this exciting two-hour hunt. Explore Central Park's rich history through this fun and engaging hunt through this iconic park using your smartphone. Check out this page for more information:

New York & The Nation in The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History - New York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Collection Highlights and New York and the American Experience Explore the story of New York and America in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Highlights include: Mounted on the building's original 1904 columns are grand digital screens displaying a continuous, thematically co-ordinated slide show of treasures from the New-York Historical Society's collections. The west face of the columns features individual stations, incorporating interactive touch screens and museum artifacts, presenting six themes in American history which are found interwoven with the history of New York. Projected on dramatic flat screens affixed to six structural columns, the array of objects and images functions as visual signage that demonstrates to our visitors the depth of New-York Historical's collections.

Inside You - American Musuem of Natural History
Through June 16, 2019 - New York

Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria? That's more organisms than there are stars in the Milky Way! Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. This new perspective leads us to look at our bodies not just as individuals, but as entire ecosystems.Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and introduces some of the scientists who are breaking new ground in microbiome research.Inspired by the Museum's popular exhibition The Secret World Inside You, this exhibition introduces visitors to microbes that live in, on, and around all of us. Engaging graphics detail how microbes aid digestion, influence your immune system, and help fight harmful microbes. You'll find out how we acquire our microbiome and how it is shaped by the foods we eat and the environment we live in. Inside You is co-curated by Susan Perkins and Rob DeSalle, curators in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the ... (read more)

Picasso's Le Tricorne - New-York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2020 - Upper West Side

Now on display at the New-York Historical Society is a newly acquired and conserved Picasso in the exhibition Picasso's "Le Tricorne." It is the first work by Picasso, and one with great wall power and a New York history, to enter New-York Historical's collection. Pablo Picasso painted the stage curtain for the two-act ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos or Le tricorne). The ballet and curtain were commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev for his avant-garde, Paris-based Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the twentieth-century. The ballet was choreographed by Léonide Massine with music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. It premiered on July 22, 1919, at the Alhambra Theatre in London with sets, costume designs, and the monumental stage curtain created by Picasso. Picasso biographer John Richardson once called "Le Tricorne" the artist's "supreme theatrical achievement." The production, which was conceived by Diaghilev and Massine during a trip to Spain, was enhanced by its many Spanish collaborators, including Picasso who also designed the costumes and set for the ballet. Measuring roughly 20 feet square, the curtain depict... (read more)