Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Handel Festival Orchestra: Featuring Johnson Li

The Handel Festival Orchestra celebrates its 10th season with a performance featuring solo pianist Johnson Li. The evening’s program will include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat Major, K. 271, and Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 5 in D Major.

Admission is free but a $20 donation is suggested.

The Handel Festival Orchestra (HFO) is a New York City based orchestra dedicated to celebrating the beautiful and majestic sounds of the baroque and classical eras. Comprised of professional and community musicians, the orchestra performs an annual concert series in Manhattan while also providing music to senior centers and hospitals. 

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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Agora presents: The Future of Penn Station

Everyone agrees that New York's Penn Station is an utter disaster and embarrassment to the city. The depot is ugly, cramped, dark, dangerous, difficult to navigate, and plagued by train delays. Are we capable of building a world-class station for a world-class city? Should we leave Madison Square Garden in place and add a glass wall to the station on 8th Avenue? Should we rebuild the original Beaux-Arts station? Is there a way to improve train traffic and passenger circulation?

In partnership with Rebuild Penn Station: a project of the National Civic Art Society, Agora presents "The Future of Penn Station," an evening addressing various proposals to alleviate these problems. We hope you will join us for this rich conversation.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, event starts at 7:00 pm. Reception to follow the program.

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Panel of speakers include:

Kevin Baker, a New York-based writer
Richard Cameron, a principal designer at Atelier & Co. in Brooklyn
Wally Rubin, District Manager of Manhattan's Community Board Five
Dani Simons, Vice President for Strategic Communications at the Regional Plan Association
Samuel Turvey, Chairman of the Rebuild Penn Station Steering Committee
Panel moderator: Justin Shubow, President of the National Civic Art Society

For more details or to RSVP for this event, please click below.

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Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Opera Night with Annabelle Han Bao

Soprano Annabelle Han Bao will be presenting the fourth concert of her “Opera Night” series in collaboration with maestro Keith Chambers. The theme of the concert is “The Queens” in opera works; the subtitle “Queen of the Night” has been taken from the famous Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), which is part of the program. Arias to be performed include: Queen Anne Boleyn (Anna Bolena)’s aria “Come, innocente giovane” by Donizetti; Queen of the Night’s first act aria in Magic Flute “O zittre night”; Queen of the fairies Tytania’s aria “Be kind and courteous” in Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Philine, an actress who is depicting Titania, Queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in Thomas’ opera Mignon.

In addition to the queens’ arias, Bao will sing a couple of sacred songs from religious works, which include one of the most popular sacred songs for soprano “Rejoice greatly” in Handel’s Messiah and the beautiful “Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord)” from Vesperae solennes de confessore K.339 by Mozart.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for Students/Seniors)

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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Agora: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" documentary screening

Agora invites you a special screening of this year’s breakout documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since.

Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.

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Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

Reimagine End of Life: Bridging the Gap / Life Lessons from the Dying

This event is part of Reimagine End of Life, a week of exploring big questions about life and death with multiple events happening in venues across New York City.

Live vicariously through Kimberly C. Paul, host of Death by Design podcast and author of Bridging the Gap, as she shares personal stories and the life lessons she has learned while working with hospice patients over the last 18 years. Each chapter will inspire you to design your own life and death around what matters most.

ABOUT KIMBERLY C. PAUL
Kimberly C. Paul wants to radically change the way people face end of life, and she’s using her extensive experience as a storyteller to do just that.  From the set of Saturday Night Live in New York City, to casting for CBS daytime, Kimberly has spent the last 17 years telling a very different kind of story.  As Vice President of Outreach and Communications for Lower Cape Fear Hospice, she used a myriad of award-winning marketing strategies to share real stories about death and dying and the keys to making every moment matter.

 

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Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Reimagine End of Life: Death by Design Podcast Recording with Panel and Live Audience

This event is part of Reimagine End of Life, a week of exploring big questions about life and death with multiple events happening in venues across New York City.

For the first time, Death by Design podcast host Kimberly C. Paul will record the podcast with a panel of experts, creatives, and caregivers in front of a LIVE audience. Through this panel of experienced professional and artists, the audience will be able to ask questions and have open conversations about how each of us can reimagine end of life and live well until our last days.

ABOUT KIMBERLY C. PAUL
Kimberly C. Paul wants to radically change the way people face end of life, and she’s using her extensive experience as a storyteller to do just that.  From the set of Saturday Night Live in New York City, to casting for CBS daytime, Kimberly has spent the last 17 years telling a very different kind of story.  As Vice President of Outreach and Communications for Lower Cape Fear Hospice, she used a myriad of award-winning marketing strategies to share real stories about death and dying and the keys to making every moment matter.

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Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Agora presents "The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction"

What if the most important parts of our life are the most invisible parts of our life? They are called habits. They are the thousand little actions we take every day that we don’t see because they are so normal, and yet they determine who we are and who we are becoming. In the words of Annie Dillard, “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.”

In his forthcoming book, The Common Rule - Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction, Justin Whitmel Earley argues that our most ordinary habits of attention have the most extraordinary impact on our souls. And it is precisely those ordinary habits of attention that are being rewired by a decade of smartphones. Justin proposes a new set of daily and weekly habits of purpose designed to cultivate souls in an age of screens. For more details, visit www.thecommonrule.org

Presented by Agora: Conversations for the Common Good.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, event starts at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

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Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Nov 27: Harper's Magazine Presents: John Cleese and Iain McGilchrist

What do a comic genius and an internationally renowned psychiatrist have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out. So much, in fact, that Harper’s Magazine and Book Culture on Columbus will present John Cleese and Iain McGilchrist in conversation for two back-to-back evenings this fall in New York City.

On Tuesday, November 27th, John Cleese will be the focus of the discussion and Iain McGilchrist will act as interlocutor, the following evening McGilchrist will take the hot seat and be interviewed by John Cleese. These complementary events are intended to provide ample opportunity for Cleese and McGilchrist to explore the commonalities in their work as well as their unique and exceptional paths. Tickets are $60 for one evening, $90 for both and include a copy of the headlining author’s book and a year subscription to Harper’s Magazine.

John Cleese’s latest book, Professor at Large features the beloved English comedian and actor in his lesser-known role at Cornell University where he has contributed talks, essays, and lectures for close to twenty years. This collection of the very best moments from Cleese under his mortarboard provides a unique view of his endless pursuit of intellectual discovery across a range of topics.

Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and writer committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context, that of the whole of our physical and spiritual existence, and of the wider human culture in which they arise – the culture which helps to mold, and in turn is molded by, our minds and brains. He is author of The Master and His Emissary, among other works.

A special discount is available for friends of W83 Ministry Center: enter W83FRIEND for the promotional code on Eventbrite to receive 10% off all tickets.


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Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Nov 28: Harper's Magazine Presents: John Cleese and Iain McGilchrist

What do a comic genius and an internationally renowned psychiatrist have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out. So much, in fact, that Harper’s Magazine and Book Culture on Columbus will present John Cleese and Iain McGilchrist in conversation for two back-to-back evenings this fall in New York City.

On Tuesday, November 27th, John Cleese will be the focus of the discussion and Iain McGilchrist will act as interlocutor, the following evening McGilchrist will take the hot seat and be interviewed by John Cleese. These complementary events are intended to provide ample opportunity for Cleese and McGilchrist to explore the commonalities in their work as well as their unique and exceptional paths. Tickets are $60 for one evening, $90 for both and include a copy of the headlining author’s book and a year subscription to Harper’s Magazine.

John Cleese’s latest book, Professor at Large features the beloved English comedian and actor in his lesser-known role at Cornell University where he has contributed talks, essays, and lectures for close to twenty years. This collection of the very best moments from Cleese under his mortarboard provides a unique view of his endless pursuit of intellectual discovery across a range of topics.

Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and writer committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context, that of the whole of our physical and spiritual existence, and of the wider human culture in which they arise – the culture which helps to mold, and in turn is molded by, our minds and brains. He is author of The Master and His Emissary, among other works.

A special discount is available for friends of W83 Ministry Center: enter W83FRIEND for the promotional code on Eventbrite to receive 10% off all tickets.


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Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Time Is Here: Album Release Party NYC

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Celebrate the release of Melinda DeRocker's newest album, Christmas Time Is Here and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, Christmas cookies, hot cider, and a glass of wine (or two) while you hear Melinda and her fabulous band perform selections from the album. 

Admission to the CD release party is $20 online and $25 at the door on the day of the event. There is also a special admission & CD bundle for $30 online.

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Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

The SymphoNYChorus: Sing We Now of Christmas

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The SymphoNYChorus, under the direction of Henric Ideström, invites you to "Sing We Now of Christmas". This concert will feature The SymphoNYChorus' signature blend of traditional, Gospel, and contemporary Christmas music - from majestic 8-part harmonies to intimate a cappella works.

About the SymphoNYChorus: The SymphoNYChorus is a group of volunteers committed to professional excellence with members coming together from all boroughs of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area. We put on two major productions a year, one at Christmas and a themed concert in the spring, while also performing regionally once or twice a month. Our music spans across the genres - gospel, contemporary, classical, Broadway, spirituals, and more. The SymphoNYChorus, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2008 by Henric Ideström. 

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Oct
17
9:00 AM09:00

International Academy of New York Open House

The International Academy of New York is a non-profit, independent school serving Pre-Nursery-Grade 8. The school is bilingual, multi-cultural and has a diverse community of families and staff. IANYC's curriculum is centered on building outstanding literacy and math skills, as well as fluency in either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. Open Houses are held throughout the year to give prospective families an opportunity to meet the Head of School, Director of Admissions, and learn more about the school and their curriculum.
Open house dates:
Thursday, September 20th
Friday, September 28th
Wednesday, October 17th
9:00am to 10:00am
Please visit www.ianyc.org for more details.

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Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

EnsembleNYC Premiere Concert

EnsembleNYC is a newly organized choral group whose vision is to bring hope to the people of New York City by offering choral concerts that are a place of respite and encouragement. EnsembleNYC is committed to giving a minimum of 10% of our ticket proceeds to other charitable organizations; the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be the first recipient of proceeds from this premiere concert.

This concert will feature choral music of all eras and styles: Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Contemporary, Spirituals, and Broadway.

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Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Agora: An Alethea Project Screening of "Stranger in Paradise"

Join Redeemer West Side’s Agora and The Alethea Project on the evening of October 12 for a screening of Stranger In Paradise, a film that provocatively dismantles our understanding of the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis. Stay after for a lively panel discussion moderated by Alissa Wilkinson, film critic and staff writer for Vox.com.

The Alethea Project believes that honest conversation and debate around ideas strengthens our understanding of those with whom we disagree. Documentary film provides opportunity for conversation, understanding, and the construction of a more vibrant and multifaceted community. The Alethea Project seeks to positively impact the public’s impression of documentary films and their makers – and build appreciation for nonfiction as an art form.

This event is free but RSVP is required.

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Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Outside/In art exhibit opening reception

Grant Billingsley and Avery Reed present contrasting depictions of objects and locations real and imagined in their joint show, “Outside/In.” They invite you to interact with and respond to their work from the outside in as you imagine and explore the visual perspectives and places of each particular piece. Likewise, they invite you to respond from the inside out as you consider how you react to the space around and outside of you.

Opening reception is Wednesday, October 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

The exhibit runs through November 18.

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“You Can’t/Couch, Plant” by Grant Billingsley

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Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

New York Classical Players Season Opener

Jasmine Choi, “the goddess of the flute” (Korea Times), returns to New York Classical Players (NYCP) for her first concert as Artist-in-Residence. Five fresh works showcase inspiration from diverse sources in this season opener: two works by Grieg offer Baroque nostalgia and Norwegian sentiments, and selections by Bartok and de Sarasate feature Roma-inspired melodies. The world premiere of Clint Needham’s Pocket Concerto is the first of three new works commissioned in honor of Ms. Choi, one for each year of her residency.

Dongmin Kimconductor
Jasmine Choiflute / artist-in-residence

Edvard Grieg / Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Clint Needham / Pocket Concerto (premiere)
Edvard Grieg / Two Melodies Op.53
Pablo Sarasate / Zigeunerweisen Op. 20 (arr. Yoomi Paick)
Béla Bartók / Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68

Donations will be accepted at the door.
Suggested donation: $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

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Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

International Academy of New York Open House

The International Academy of New York is a non-profit, independent school serving Pre-Nursery-Grade 8. The school is bilingual, multi-cultural and has a diverse community of families and staff. IANYC's curriculum is centered on building outstanding literacy and math skills, as well as fluency in either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. Open Houses are held throughout the year to give prospective families an opportunity to meet the Head of School, Director of Admissions, and learn more about the school and their curriculum.
Open house dates:
Thursday, September 20th
Friday, September 28th
Wednesday, October 17th
9:00am to 10:00am
Please visit www.ianyc.org for more details.

 

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Sep
20
9:00 AM09:00

International Academy of New York Open House

The International Academy of New York is a non-profit, independent school serving Pre-Nursery-Grade 8. The school is bilingual, multi-cultural and has a diverse community of families and staff. IANYC's curriculum is centered on building outstanding literacy and math skills, as well as fluency in either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. Open Houses are held throughout the year to give prospective families an opportunity to meet the Head of School, Director of Admissions, and learn more about the school and their curriculum.
Open house dates:
Thursday, September 20th
Friday, September 28th
Wednesday, October 17th
9:00am to 10:00am
Please visit www.ianyc.org for more details.

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Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Rachael Denhollander

An Evening with Rachael Denhollander, The Brave Woman Who Stopped the "Greatest Sex Scandal in Sports History". 

Redeemer West Side Agora is fortunate to present Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Her story is one of immense courage, guided by an unwavering pursuit of justice and a hope in a God that will one day make all things right.

A prominent advocate for abuse survivors, Rachael Denhollander has spurred national conversations about sexual abuse in athletics as well as in evangelical churches. As the first woman to speak publicly and file a criminal report against former USA Gymnastics team doctor and now convicted child molester, Larry Nassar, Denhollander's story has been published in The New York Times, NPR, and The Washington Post. Her victim impact statement and New York Times op-ed highlight her commitment to justice—even in the face of great personal cost—and to Christian forgiveness.

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Rachael Denhollander is an advocate and educator who became known internationally as the first woman to file a police report and speak publicly against Larry Nassar, one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history. As a result of her activism, over 250 women came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, leading to his life imprisonment.


Tickets are $20 in advance. 
Doors open at 7:00pm.

Rachael holds a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law and is a member of the California Bar Association. Prior to beginning her work as an advocate and educator, she worked in public policy, performed research and writing for human rights organizations, and spoke in a variety of capacities, including testifying before state judiciary committees. She has also taught in legislative action days, and authored and taught a summer camp course on appellate advocacy and judicial philosophy to talented high-school students. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, BBC, NPR and in national and international print media, including Der Spiegel, The Washington Post, and the Associated Press, and is a New York Times op-ed contributor. She has been active in spearheading legislative reform at the state level. Rachael continues to educate on issues of abuse through supporting and speaking at local organizations that advocate for victims of sexual and domestic abuse, lecturing at universities, and teaching at abuse prevention conferences. Rachael is a recipient of the HeartAmbassadors Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributing to Social Justice and has been a panelist on a United Nations Peace Messenger Organization at the UN’s 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. She, along with her husband Jacob, live in Louisville, Kentucky with their four young children.

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Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

Companion Animals and Housing Rights

The Office of Council Member Helen Rosenthal presents "Companion Animals and Housing Rights Discussion." Topics to be covered include:
- Lease and renewal lease clauses and pets
- Pet restrictions in coops and condos
- NYC 90 day law
- Succession and pet succession
- Service animals vs. support animals
- Nuisance issues
And many more topics!

RSVPs and accessibility requests should be made to (212) 873-0282, or email nterrace@council.nyc.gov. Please know that while we love your pets, they are not allowed inside the building.

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Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

Opening reception for "Beyond Bars" by Carlos Jaramillo

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 "Hallway of Lurigancho Prison" by Carlos Jaramillo, 2018

"Hallway of Lurigancho Prison" by Carlos Jaramillo, 2018

 

In Carlos Jaramillo's latest exhibit he explores life inside and outside of Lurigancho, a prison in Lima, Peru. His photographs capture the similarities between society on "el cerro," the hill, and life inside the prison. Life that rises from the rubble above the prison echoes the life inside its walls, and Jaramillo attempts to uncover what it is that informs the hope felt by prisoners and civilians. The opening reception for his exhibit, "Beyond Bars," is Thursday, July 19 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Gallery at W83. For more information about the gallery and visiting hours, visit our About the Gallery page here.

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing Class with Classical Artist Jerry Dienes

A drawing class with New York classical artist, Jerry Dienes. Trained at the Columbus College of Art & Design, Dienes paints and draws in the style of classical realism. He has taken classes at the New York Academy of Art and The Printmakers Workshop, studied figure painting with Jacob Collins at The Water Street Atelier, and drawing with Dan Thompson, Michael Grimaldi, and Ephraim Rubenstein at the Art Student’s League. He has most recently studied part-time with Justin Wood at the Grand Central Atelier in New York.

Join us at 10am for coffee and tea in the gallery where you can view his current exhibit "Niggle's Studio: Leaf Paintings," then head up to a classroom for the workshop. He will offer instruction on still-life drawing for beginners and intermediate artists who are interested in exploring new ways of seeing ordinary objects and learning/practicing proper techniques for holding a pencil.

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Looking: being humbled before the object vs. drawing an archetype.
Seeing: evaluating the direction, strength and character of the light on the object.

Properly viewed, a simple apple will offer much to consider, more than can be contained even in a one hour class.

Your $5 will cover the cost of supplies - the sketchbooks, pencils, and erasers are yours to keep after the class! (Limited scholarships available.)

If you have questions about the materials provided or would like to bring your own, please contact the artist: jerrydienes@gmail.com

 

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Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Annabelle Han Opera Night POSTPONED

Mostly Mozart with Soprano Annabelle Han is postponed, date TBD.

Get information about this event and other upcoming events by signing up for our Monthly Arts + Events Newsletter.

 

More information about the performers can be found on their websites: annabellehan.com and keith-chambers.com.

 

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Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

@Sree Social Media xSPORTS

Sree is back at W83 bringing the best of SPORTS and SOCIAL MEDIA. Learn from social media directors for the @NYJets and @Mets and from the New York Road Runners. Sree will also chat with guests from @NFL and 15 Seconds of Fame. Hear from Mara Gubuan with NGO Equality League about sports and society, and @ManCity will speak on how to manage social engagement. Learn from these speakers, and more!

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Sree will engage with some of the most active and successful people in content and distributionfan engagement, and how social in sports helps communities and society.

There will also be a time to network and discuss with guests and speakers! Reserve your ticket now!

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Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Handel Festival Orchestra 2017-18 Season Finale

The Handel Festival Orchestra and Thomas Elefant, Founder/Conductor invite you to their 2017-18 season's final performance! Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. with a wine & cheese reception to follow.

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Arcangelo Corelli
Suite for Strings

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Gioacchino Rossini
Sonata No. 1 for Strings

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G.F. Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 6 in G Minor

Admission is free ($15 suggested donation at the door). For more information visit thehandelfestivalorchestra.org

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May
31
7:00 PM19:00

From Exclusion to Belonging: A Workshop on Disability with HFNY

Of the 8.5 million people in New York City, it’s estimated that nearly 900,000 people live with disabilities. Many people with disabilities face profound social exclusion—they are moved involuntarily and separated from others, excluded from commonplace socializing, denied personal agency over their lives, or even exposed to abuse and neglect.

Discover some of the root causes of this social exclusion and, by doing so, begin to see the profundity of doing ordinary things with extraordinary love. In this workshop we'll discuss how we can move from excluding people with disabilities to cultivating communities of welcome, belonging, and growth through hospitality and genuine relationships. 

Join Hope for New York (HFNY) for teachings, stories, and discussions from: 

Andrew Oliver, Do For One founder & director
John Wagner, Young Life - New York City senior vice president & author of "Perfect"
Stories from HFNY Affiliates
Personal reflection and Q&A

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May
22
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Artist Makoto Fujimura: "Infinite Grace: A Redeemed City"

Makoto Fujimura, an artist and former member of the National Council on the Arts, invites us to press into the notion of patronage, considering its history, legacy and the imperative to participate in new ways as we consider "What would it take for all us to care for culture?"

Patronage is not just for the elite with disposable income. Every decision we make to download music, buy clothing, and see certain movies are all expressions of our patronage of culture. Yet most of us rarely see ourselves as patrons of the arts or culture.

Join Mako Fujimura for "Infinite Grace: A Redeemed City" on Tuesday, May 22 in the Loft. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required.

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Makoto Fujimura, Director of Fuller's Brehm Center, is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. In 2014, the American Academy of Religion named Makoto Fujimura as its ’2014 Religion and the Arts’ award recipient. This award is presented annually to an artist, performer, critic, curator, or scholar who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the relations among the arts and the religions, both for the academy and for a broader public. 

Fujimura's "Silence and Beauty" book won the 2016 Aldersgate Award. Muneya Kato, biographer of Shusaku Endo, praised it by saying it is "the best book on Endo's 'Silence' ever written".

Fujimura’s  Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture, is a collection of essays bringing together people of all backgrounds in a conversation and meditation on culture, art, and humanity.

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May
17
6:30 PM18:30

"Niggle's Studio: Leaf Paintings" by Jerry Dienes Opening Reception

The opening reception for Dienes exhibit is on Thursday, May 17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Gallery Lobby at W83. All exhibitions are free and open to the community from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. 

About the exhibit:

In his recent body of work, Jerry Dienes imagines and creates paintings as they may have been conceived by Niggle, the titular artist in J.R.R. Tolkien’s short story “Leaf By Niggle.” Dienes embodies the story and examines what it means to lose oneself in pursuit of perfection. His meticulous and vibrant paintings point towards ideals sought after but never captured. 

Dienes takes great care to bring his imagination to life through patient detailing. Each oil painting’s vivid texture and tactile realism draw us closer and closer to where imagination meets reality, yet there remains a distance between conceptualization and the brush. 

Perfection is sought but never achieved. Does the search for beauty or greatness consume us? Or can we embrace the serenity that may be found in this exploration?

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About the artist:

Jerry Dienes creates classical and realistic paintings of still life, portraits, landscapes, figures, trompe l’oeils, interiors, narratives, and murals. 

Dienes trained at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, and in 1984 came to New York to pursue classical art education and gallery representation. Taking classes at the New York Academy of Art and The Printmakers Workshop he later studied figure painting and drawing with Jacob Collins at The Water Street Atelier, as well as figure drawing with Dan Thompson, Michael Grimaldi, and Ephraim Rubenstein at the Art Student’s League. He most recently studied part-time with Justin Wood at the Grand Central Atelier.

"Niggle's Studio: Leaf Paintings" runs Thursday, May 10 through Thursday, July 5.

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May
12
7:30 PM19:30

New York Classical Players 2017-18 Season Finale

Join New York Classical Players on May 12 as two principal players from the Met Opera Orchestra perform R. Strauss’s unmatched duo concerto. William Short, Principal Bassoon and Inn-Hyuck Cho, Principal Clarinet step out from the pit for this one-night only performance, paired with a spirited serenade by Czech composer Josef Suk and Bruch’s meditative Kol Nidrei.

PROGRAM
M. Bruch / Kol Nidrei Op. 47
R. Strauss / Duet-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon TrV 293
J. Suk / Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Op. 6

Admission is free! But an RSVP is required.

DONGMIN KIM, conductor
INN-HYUCK CHO, clarinet
WILLIAM SHORT, bassoon
SUJIN LEE, cello  

New York Classical Players (NYCP) is an ensemble dedicated to the highest standards of artistry, collaboration, and virtuosity. Inspired by the belief that access to musical excellence is an essential human right, NYCP presents all concerts free of charge. NYCP is the region’s only professional orchestra sharing exclusively free performances. Comprised of creative and virtuosic young musicians, NYCP’s adventurous programming shares familiar masterpieces, bold new commissions, and unexpected musical treasures. Each season, thousands of NYCP concertgoers experience both the dynamic power of the orchestral repertoire and the versatile intimacy of chamber performance.  NYCP is proud to collaborate with some of the world’s most renowned musicians, including Kim Kashkashian, Cho-Liang Lin, Stefan Jackiw, Sumi Jo, Alex Kerr, Donald Weilerstein, and Chee-Yun, and is under the baton of Music Director and Founder Dongmin Kim.

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May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Knitty City Moms and Makers Market

On Saturday, May 12 Knitty City will host a market featuring art, hand crafted items, indie dyed yarn. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes featuring products from vendors and people in the community. Proceeds go to benefit Moms Demand Action.

For more information about Knitty City and the Marketplace visit them on the Upper West Side at 208 West 79th St., email pearl@knittycitynyc.com or call 212-787-5896.

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Knitty City is a yarn store located on the Upper West Side of NYC where the selection of yarns reflects some of the best brands in the business. They are committed to community building where the customers and people behind the yarn and designs are featured. New and interesting yarn, and the products that complement them, are always popping up at Knitty City. In addition, the store has one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of knitting, crochet and needle art books, magazines and patterns in New York.

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Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Christian Wiman in conversation with Anthony Domestico

Commonweal Magazine presents "Spirituality in a Time of Disruption." Inspired by longtime Commonweal columnist John Garvey's writings on prayer and the spiritual life, the Orthodox tradition, and moral decision-making, Commonweal has planned a series of public conversations across the country. Influential thinkers will share their perspectives on how the current era of growing economic anxiety and increasing religious disaffiliation affects our traditional understandings of spiritual practice, and what may emerge to support, displace, or replace them. And on Monday, April 30 Commonweal brings Christian Wiman in conversation with Anthony Domestico to W83 Ministry Center. 

In a 2009 interview with Bookslut editor Jessa Crispin, discussing what he hopes readers might take from his work, Wiman stated, “I have no illusions about adding to sophisticated theological thinking. But I think there are a ton of people out there who are what you might call 'unbelieving believers,' people whose consciousness is completely modern and yet who have this strong spiritual hunger in them. I would like to say something helpful to those people.”

He is the author, editor, or translator of ten books, including Hammer is the Prayer: Selected Poems (FSG, 2016), My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (FSG, 2013), and Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam (HarperCollins/Ecco, 2012).

 "Life is not an error, even when it is. That is to say, whatever faith you emerge with at the end of your life is going to be not simply affected by that life but intimately dependent upon it, for faith in God is, in the deepest sense, faith in life—which means that even the staunchest life of faith is a life of great change." - Christian Wiman

"Life is not an error, even when it is. That is to say, whatever faith you emerge with at the end of your life is going to be not simply affected by that life but intimately dependent upon it, for faith in God is, in the deepest sense, faith in life—which means that even the staunchest life of faith is a life of great change." - Christian Wiman

Of his work as a whole, Marilynne Robinson writes, “His poetry and scholarship have a purifying urgency that is rare in this world.  This puts him at the very source of theology, and enables him to say new things in timeless language, so that the reader’s surprise and assent are one and the same.” Mr. Wiman has been a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford and a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern, and for three years he served as Visiting Scholar at Lynchburg College in Virginia. From 2003 until 2013 he was the editor of Poetry magazine, the premiere magazine for poetry in the English-speaking world.  During that time the magazine’s circulation tripled, and it garnered two National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. For the magazine’s centennial year, Mr. Wiman edited, with Don Share, The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press, 2012).  Mr. Wiman has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and numerous other publications. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from North Central College.  His particular interests include modern poetry, the language of faith, “accidental” theology (that is, theology conducted by unexpected means), and what it means to be a Christian intellectual in a secular culture.

This series is made possible by the John Garvey Fund, instituted in 2017 with a generous gift from Thomas Higgins.

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Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Harper's Magazine Presents an Evening with Ronan Farrow

Join Harper's Magazine and Book Culture on Columbus for a reading and discussion with Ronan Farrow, author of War on Peacea harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership. James Hoge, longtime editor of Foreign Policy and a director of the Center for Global Affairs will lead the conversation.

Farrow's firsthand experience in the State Department affords a personal look at some of the last standard-bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Farrow’s narrative is richly informed by interviews with whistleblowers, policymakers, and a warlord, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, short-sightedness, and outright malice—but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.

Tickets are $35 for one person or $50 for two and include admission, one signed copy of War on Peace, and a one-year subscription to Harper’s Magazine. A limited number of student tickets are available for $20 (does not include a book).

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Talk with Ben Cowan

Brooklyn-based artist Ben Cowan chats with Kristen Racaniello about his process for creating "Gates" and his inspiration behind the series exhibiting now in the Gallery at W83

In his series "Gates," Ben Cowan paints familiar landscapes that invite us to explore what is beyond plain sight. His intimate paintings juxtapose the natural with the constructed and invite us to consider all of the forces at work in their creation. His paintings hint at a lively narrative, of unseen hands that created, planted, and cultivated the verdant growth evident in each scene.  Cowan’s work solicits our attention, beckons us forward, yet limits our view to within its borders, asking us to pause and contemplate the crossing of the threshold.

The common settings captured in Cowan’s paintings are frequently passed in the meanderings of city life but also easily overlooked or taken for granted. Cowan grabs our attention with remarkable frames of reclaimed doorways that adorn his work but also force us to take a concentrated view. The apparent restrictions prompt us to consider what permissions may be required to enter a space. Does denial encourage a shift in our perspective?

The talk is free but we'd appreciate an RSVP.

Ben Cowan was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI; received a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Indiana University. His painting reached a turning point during a residency in Umbria, Italy through the exposure and study of its historic vistas. Ben currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY creating paintings of familiar urban sights cropped, collaged and simplified in order to capture a concentrated experience that refers to the interpersonal and supernatural. His work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout the U.S.

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Kristen Racaniello is a curator, maker and historian of visual art and culture. She graduated from Purchase College with a dual BA/BFA in art history and fine art in 2014. In 2017 Racaniello graduated from Hunter College with a Masters in art history.  She is currently a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center in NYC and an adjunct at Queens College. She is also a Partner at Field Projects gallery and an assistant at Les Enluminures. Racaniello's work is a constant exploration of perspective. Her academic research investigates the performance of devotion, socio-political aesthetics and the materiality of Medieval France, Spain, and Morocco.

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Apr
13
to Apr 14

Center for Faith & Work "Formed To Work For The Glory Of God"

Join Center for Faith & Work for a two-day experience where they’ll investigate how we are formed to work for the glory of God. Artists and educators, designers and technicians, homemakers, engineers, managers, entrepreneurs, doctors, and everyone in between are welcome. Speakers will include Tim Keller, Katherine Leary Alsdorf, David H. Kim, and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. The conference will also include over 20 Glimpse - opportunities throughout NYC centered around work, culture, and Sabbath.

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A few highlights you won't want to miss!

Friday Night Plenary

Katherine Leary Alsdorf, The Crucible of Glory
Tim Keller, The Scope of Glory
Worship by Porter's Gate

Saturday Morning & Afternoon Glimpses
Choose from a variety of group experiences happening throughout the city all day Saturday. Visit a worksite, attend a cultural event or engage in a Sabbath practice designed to point towards glimpses of God's glory in New York City.

Saturday Night Plenary
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, The Spiritual Design of Central Park
David H. Kim, Formed by Glory for Glory
Worship by Porter's Gate

Read more about the presenters here
Register here and get a special rate until April 2nd!

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Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Handel Festival Orchestra Performance

On Tuesday, March 20, The Handel Festival Orchestra with Thomas Elefant, Founder/Conductor will perform music from three periods: Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical! Admission is free (donations appreciated)

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Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances from Suite No. 3.

Mozart - Concerto for Obo. Jason Smoller, Soloist

Bach - “Air” from Orchestral Suite No. 3.

Visit TheHandelFestivalOrchestra.org for more information and details on future performances.

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Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

"Gates" Opening Reception

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In his series "Gates," Ben Cowan paints familiar landscapes that invite us to explore what is beyond plain sight. His intimate paintings juxtapose the natural with the constructed and invite us to consider all of the forces at work in their creation. Each painting solicits our attention and limits our view with its boundaries, allowing us pause to contemplate the crossing of the threshold.

Opening Reception is free and open to the community on March 6, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Gallery at W83.

About the artist: Ben Cowan was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI by a creative and musical family. He received a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Indiana University. His painting reached a turning point during a residency in Umbria, Italy through the exposure and study of its historic vistas. The visual landscape and character of his immediate surroundings has since remained an inspiration wherever he calls home. Ben currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY creating paintings of familiar urban sights cropped, collaged and simplified in order to capture a concentrated experience that refers to the interpersonal and supernatural. His work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout the U.S., including New York City and Chicago. In addition to painting Ben is an active member of the curatorial collective Ess Ef Eff. Ben’s work can be seen in private and public collections including Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan, The Racquet Club of Chicago and The Renwick Hotel in NYC.

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Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

Making Poverty Personal: A Workshop on Homelessness

Join Hope for New York and the Rescue Alliance for a workshop to learn more about the experiences of our homeless neighbors. 

Homelessness is more than just a loss of shelter. The story of a homeless person is often a winding road that could include job loss, relational loss, mental illness, or addiction. Each story is unique, and so caring for each person experiencing homelessness requires a relationship and a personal touch. 

What's in store for the workshop? 

Overview of Homelessness in NYC | Learn from Brian Moll, Executive Director of the Rescue Alliance

Case Studies and Discussion | Engage with case studies of those who are experiencing homelessness.

Stories of Homelessness and Hope | Hear from formerly and currently homeless individuals in their own words.

 Photo courtesy of the Rescue Alliance

Photo courtesy of the Rescue Alliance

Hope for New York is part of the Rescue Alliance, a collaboration of faith-based organizations working together to restore the well-being of homeless men, women, and children in New York City.

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Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Marilynne Robinson

Join Center for Faith & Work for a special evening with Pulitzer Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson (Gilead, Home, Lila, and Housekeeping), the recipient of CFW’s inaugural Commission of Faith & Work. Hear this luminary author read from and speak about her forthcoming work, What Are We Doing Here?, a sagacious collection of essays that explore the mysteries of faith and the climate of American cultural and political life. Mining great thinkers like Tocqueville, Emerson, and Calvin, while investigating how beauty forms daily life, Robinson’s unmatched voice finds a new urgency for Americans of faith. An in-depth conversation will follow, investigating the author's illustrious body of work, her rigorous and scholarly devotion to the humanities, and how it all has intersected with her own personal faith. 

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Reception to follow, with
Wafels & Dinges,
The Pixie and The Scout, and book sales by
Book Culture on Columbus.

Robinson is the author of four novels: Lila (2014), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home (2008), winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Gilead(2004), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Housekeeping (1980), winner of PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. Her five nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things: Essays (2015) and The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998).

Her many other honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Fund, the National Humanities Medal, and the American Academy of Religion in the Arts Award. Robinson, a longtime faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Robinson lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is a deacon for the Congregational United Church of Christ. She has received the Library of Congress' Prize for American Fiction.

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Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

New York Poetry and Song presents Schubert’s Winterreise

 They have cost me more effort than any of my other songs. –Schubert on Winterreise

They have cost me more effort than any of my other songs.
–Schubert on Winterreise

Join New York Poetry and Song for a recital presenting Schubert’s magnificent song cycle. 

Friday, February 2nd at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:45)
Sung Chung, baritone
Suna Chung, piano 

Tickets at door (cash only, please): suggested $20
All proceeds go to International Justice Mission

More details at newyorkpoetryandsong.org

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