West Side Words – Weekend Highlights
This winter may seem to be dragging on forever, but this selection of local events may be just the pick-me-up book-loving Upper West Siders need. Whether you’re looking to expand your home library with bargain books or in need of some Shakespeare to soothe your soul, you’ll find it all nearby. Read on for more information on what’s available this weekend.
Bank Street Bookstore Grand Opening, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Grand Opening of the store’s new location at 2780 Broadway on the corner of 107th Street. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 am will feature remarks by our local elected officials. Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky will introduce the Ribbon-Cutting Speakers. Invited Guests include: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York State Assembly member Daniel O’Donnell, and City Councilman Mark Levine. Starting at 11 am, an all day Story Time Festival features thirty-one upper Manhattan children’s book authors. Come see our new space, schmooze and enjoy refreshments.
Once Upon a Cloud Storytime,11:00 a.m., 82nd Street Barnes and Noble. Giving from the heart is what little Celeste learns to do when she’s deciding on a present for her mother in Claire Keane’s new children’s book, Once Upon a Cloud. Come in for some fun and activities!
St. Agnes Library Book Sale, 12:00-4:00 p.m. The St. Agnes Library book sale is fully operated and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. New Yorkers throughout the city contribute materials that are sorted, organized and sold by these volunteers.
NYC Feminist Zine Fest, 12:00-6:00 p.m., Barnard College. The Feminist Zine Fest showcases the work of artists and zine makers of all genders who identify on the feminist spectrum, and whose politics are reflected in their work. For the second consecutive year, Barnard proudly hosts the zine fest, welcoming approximately 40 zine-makers eager to share their work
Paul and Rochelle Chamlin presents Fine and Dandy: The Ladies of Tin Pan Alley, 1p.m., the Bloomingdale Library. This show highlights the music and lyrics of the women who made major contributions to this incredibly fruitful era of songwriting. Informational tidbits are intertwined with tuneful favorites by Kay Swift, (Can’t We be Friends?), Dana Suesse (You Ought to Be in Pictures), Ann Ronell (Willow, Weep for Me), Dorothy Fields (The Sunny Side of the Street) and many more.
Journeys, 2:30 p.m., Library of the Performing Arts. The Mirror Visions Ensemble performs songs of travel by Barber, Berlioz, Blangini, Duparc, Haydn, Poulenc, and Hugo Wolf, along with commissions from Tom Cipullo, Deborah Fischer Teason, and Scott Wheeler. The poetry of Baudelaire, Joyce and Metastasio is featured, as well as the correspondence of Bourget, James, and Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Madame Bovary, 3:00 p.m., Barnard College. A boundary blurring, inter-disciplinary, ensemble exploration of the exquisite 1856 novel Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. An adventure in interpretation, with a focus on Flaubert’s radical, free indirect style. Featuring text from the 2010 translation by Lydia Davis
Riverside Poets, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Riverside Library. Free monthly Poetry Open Mike and Program. The Riverside Poets reading their favorite poems.
The 21st Century Cinephile, Film Center at Lincoln Center. A free talk with Melissa Anderson (journalist), Thierry Lounas (SO FILM magazine), Florence Ben Sadoun (ELLE magazine) and Serge Toubiana (Cinémathèque Française). In a world where images circulate ever faster and instant access is the norm, what place is there for the love of cinema? Join a group of French and American journalists to discuss the role of cinephilia today and how France and the United States have approached fostering the love of movies in future generations.
The Connection, 6:00 p.m., Film Society at Lincoln Center. Film and Q&A with Cédric Jimenez, Céline Sallette, Gilles Lellouche, and Audrey Diwan. Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) plays radically against type in this gripping thriller from the files of the same criminal ring that inspired William Friedkin’s classic The French Connection.
Measure for Measure, 8:00 p.m., The Bernie Wohl Center at Goddard Riverside. The blatant abuse of power by a religious community leader, and the struggle of a young novice that follows, helps to draw into focus the distinction between the duality of human nature and outright hypocrisy. From the eventbrite website, “The conservative backdrop of 1950’s Boston sets the stage for what is, hands down, the creepiest play of Shakespeare’s canon.”
The Harlem Arts Salon presents Great Voices in Harlem: A Benefit Luncheon and Performance, 2:00-6:00 p.m., Harlem-MIST. The Harlem Arts Salon presents a jazzy, bluesy Sunday afternoon of music, poetry, an intimate chat with participating artists, food, art exhibition/silent auction. This event is a fundraiser for The Gloster Project, a free summer arts camp for kids in rural Southwestern Mississippi, an initiative of Margaret Porter Troupe Arts Projects. Danny Glover, Queen Esther, Randy Weston and other greats will appear.
Gregory Fletcher’s “Shorts and Briefs”, 3 p.m., Book Culture at 112th St. Mr. Fletcher launches his new collection of plays, Shorts and Briefs: A Collection of Short Plays and Brief Principles of Playwriting.
Queer Book Club, 5 p.m., Book Culture on Columbus. The Queer Book Club, discusses Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. The Queer Book Club meets on the final Sunday of every month to discuss queer fiction & nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend, queer or otherwise. Discussion is expected to run for about an hour, and may include extension into contemporary issues surrounding queer-identifying people.
Actress on Actress: Nathalie Baye & Mélanie Laurent, 5 p.m., Film Society at Lincoln Center. SK1 star Nathalie Baye, who started her career with François Truffaut, Maurice Pialat, and Jean-Luc Godard, will sit down with Breathe director Mélanie Laurent, well known for her roles in Inglourious Basterds, Beginners, and Enemy, and discuss their career, working with U.S. directors, and much more.
A Celebration of Walter Dean Myers, 5 p.m., Symphony Space. Fellow authors, including Jacqueline Woodson, Sharon Creech, Avi, Jason Reynolds, Neela Vaswani, Brian Selznick, and Emily Raboteau talk about their beloved friend and mentor and read selections from his work. With special guests Eisa Davis, Justin Hicks, Wah-Ming Chang, Helga Davis, and Daniel Alexander Jones. Hosted by Christopher Myers.
Measure for Measure, 7:00 p.m., The Bernie Wohl Center at Goddard Riverside. The blatant abuse of power by a religious community leader, and the struggle of a young novice that follows, helps to draw into focus the distinction between the duality of human nature and outright hypocrisy. From the eventbrite website, “The conservative backdrop of 1950’s Boston sets the stage for what is, hands down, the creepiest play of Shakespeare’s canon.”
The Tempest, starring Christopher Plummer, 8 p.m., Symphony Space. Specticast presents a limited theater release of THE TEMPEST, starring Academy-Award Winner Christopher Plummer. The captured live in high-definition stage play was filmed live over two days with eight cameras at the Stratford Ontario Shakespeare Festival.