Video Game Friday
3:30 ? 4:30 p.m., Free
Come Friday afternoon and test your skills in a friendly competition against your friends or meet new ones, on the Nintendo Wii or Playstation 3.
"Orange Blossoms" Performance
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
7:30 p.m., $50
Light Opera of New York presents Victor Herbert's rarely performed musical "Orange Blossoms." See what shocked and titillated Broadway on opening night in 1922. So many independent women, trust-fund babies and gay divorcees abound that it may feel more like Cole Porter than the sweeping romantic style customary of the most popular American composer of his day.
West Side's Tulip Festival
135 West 89th Street
All day, Free
West Side Community Garden's Annual Tulip Festival will be in full bloom on Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27, a feast for the eyes after months of cold and snow. With a display of 10,000 tulips, spring flowers, and blossoming cherry trees, this block-long floral event attracts not only New York gardeners, but a steady stream of visitors with cameras and tourists from around the world.
Alessandra Belloni Workshop
St. John the Divine at Amsterdam Avenue and West 110th Street
2 ? 5 p.m., $75
Internationally renowned singer/percussionist/dancer Alessandra Belloni artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine & REMO artist proudly presents: "Rhythm is the Cure" Healing Dance and Percussion workshop from Southern Italy featuring the trance dances & rhythms of the Tarantella.
The Law of the Land: Our conflicted Tussle Over Nature Lecture
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street
11:15 a.m., Free
Every great advancement in environmental protection in the United States has not been without a struggle. Often the struggle is less about the need for preservation, but how best to move forward. The struggle is complicated by the emergence of competing narratives each tied to a set of closely held values and beliefs. These issues will be explored with our panel, including Clare Donohue, Founding Member of the Sane Energy Project, and Lisa DiCaprio, Energy Committee of the Sierra Club, Atlantic Chapter.
LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, 100 Amsterdam Avenue
5 p.m., $25 adults, $15 students
Urinetown, music & lyrics by Mark Hollman and book & lyrics by Greg Kotis, is the second offering in our Spring Drama Festival.
Amanda Vaill Book Reading
Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street
7 p.m., Free
Biographer, journalist and screenwriter Amanda Vaill joins us to talk about Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War as told by six writers staying at the hotel during the siege of Madrid.
Cutting Edge Concert's New Music Festival Performance
7:30 p.m., $20
World premieres Harold Meltzer and the members of Mivos Quartet and loadbang. With Sequitur Ensemble
Chamber Music Compositions of David Amram Performance
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
6 p.m., Free
Composer and paramount musician to the Beat Generation, David Amram is the model for a modern virtuoso. Amram has composed over 100 orchestral and chamber music works, two operas, plus scores for the films Splendor in The Grass and The Manchurian Candidate, while balancing a career as a pioneering jazz improviser, Native American flute player, and music educator. Celebrating the recent acquisition of Amram's papers, the Library for the Performing Arts presents a concert of chamber music spanning Amram's career.
Health & Human Services committee meeting
Community Board 7 Offices, 250 West 87th Street
6:30 p.m., Free
CB7's Health & Human Resources committee will meet and discuss the Neighborhood Design and Safety Task Force, as well as planning to reach out to the community to learn their concerns.
Helen Rosenthal's Town Hall
563 Columbus Avenue at 87th Street
6 ? 8 p.m., Free
Representatives from several city agencies will be there to answer your questions about everything from alternate side parking to rent increases to food stamps and more. You don't need to RSVP.
To Be or Not To Be: A Tale of Five Sisters with Dr. Avivah Zornberg Lecture
JCC, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street
7 p.m., $30
Renowned scholar, teacher, and author, Dr. Avivah Zornberg in the first speaking engagement of her North American tour returns to the JCC. The five daughters of Zelophechad figure in a unique brief narrative which throws them into some tension with Moses. We will study this intriguing narrative, with the help of midrashic and Chasidic sources. In what sense can this be considered a feminist narrative?
New York Writer's Workshop Presents: Patty Dann
St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue
5:30 ? 6:45 p.m., Free
Telling Stories is a workshop for anyone with a story to tell, whether you're a published writer or the last time you wrote was in your teenage diary. Dann's welcoming class will get you writing right away, and give you guidelines on how to keep on writing when the class is done. Patty Dann is the author of three novels, Starfish, Mermaids and Sweet & Crazy. She has also published two memoirs, The Goldfish went on Vacation and The Baby Boat.
Cinema Thursday: Louise-Michel Film Screening
Columbia University, Buell Hall, 116th Street
7:30 ? 10 p.m., Free
Movies are followed by a moderated discussion in French. Attendance is free. Films are in French with English subtitles.
Gustave Kervern, 2008, 90 min
What to do when the workers of a factory have been laid off overnight? Louise has an original idea: why not pool the compensation money to hire a hit man and to liquidate the boss? A social madcap comedy.