Out & About

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April 18

Committed: The Musical

The West End Theater, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 W. 86th St.

6:30 p.m., $15

A dark and beautiful book musical about eight people working through the pain of their mental illnesses in a psychiatric institute. A theatrical experience that brings awareness to mental illness and with compassion and humor, trying to get past the suffering. The hope is to use art and entertainment to de-stigmatize mental illness and get people talking about it.


Heart of the Park Tour

Central Park, Fifth Ave. & 72nd St., in front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue

12 p.m., Free

On this east-west walk you will see some of the Park's most well-known landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Route involves a few stairs.


April 19

Music @NYPL presents Latin Artist Renato Thomas

St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave.

2 p.m., Free

Join percussionist/vocalist Renato Thomas on an interactive journey through the Caribbean and Latin America with the rhythms of Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Panama, Brazil and more. A veteran musician who has performed with such luminaries of Latin music as Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera and Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez.


The Taming of the Shrew

Riverside Library, 127 Amsterdam

1 p.m., Free

The Instant Shakespeare Company presents a reading of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.


April 20

A Status Report On Civilization's Most Challenging Ethical Problem: Climate Change

New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St. (at Central Park West)

11:15 a.m., Free

This talk will explain why climate change must be understood essentially as a civilization challenging ethical problem, the practical significance for policy of seeing climate change as an ethical issue, the utter failure in the United States and many other parts of the world to discuss climate change as an ethical problem amongst other climate issues. Talk by Donald A. Brown, scholar in residence for sustainability ethics and law at Widener University School of Law.


Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemoration

Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Riverside Drive & W. 83rd St.

2 p.m., Free

This moving and solemn ceremony pays tribute to those who fought and those who perished during the Holocaust. On April 19, 1943 a group of about 220 Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto staged a historic, heroic uprising. It marked the largest organized armed rebellion within a Jewish ghetto in Nazi occupied Europe during the Holocaust.


April 21

Illusions and Realities: Musical Ensemble

Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.

7:30 p.m.

$20/$15 kids

Founded by award-winning composer Margaret Brouwer in 2011, the Blue Streak Ensemble takes its name from the oldest operating roller coaster at Cedar Point, Ohio. plores sounds and colors in which the voice is used as an instrument in the ensemble instead of as a leading solo part. Each instrument, including the voice has solo moments and melodies. But at times, the voice blends with the other instruments to become part of a supporting sonority.


Andrew Gross, Everything to Lose: A Novel

Barnes & Noble, 82nd & Broadway

7 p.m., Free

New York best-selling author of 15 Seconds and No Way Back, Andrew Gross reads from his latest work, Everything to Lose: A Novel. Set during the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a determined mother becomes entangled in a murderous conspiracy


April 22

Mysteries of the Unseen World

American Museum of natural History, Central Park West at 79th

10 a.m. - 5;45 p.m.

suggested donation

The film will reveal phenomena that can't be seen with the naked eye, taking audiences into earthly worlds secreted away in different dimensions of time and scale.

Viewers will experience events that unfold too slowly for human perception;

? They will "see" the beauty, drama, and even humor of phenomena of that occur in the flash of a microsecond;

? They will enter the microscopic world that was once reserved only for scientists, but that Mysteries of the Unseen World makes accessible to the rest of us;

? They will begin to understand that what we actually see is only a fraction of what there is to see on this Earth.


April 23

Swing & Beowulf: Dublin Fringe Double Bill

Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51 St.

7 p.m., $36+

Two Plays. One Night. Playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish cultural life, for 18 days the Dublin Fringe festival transforms Dublin into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. Swing is a new show about dancing and music and love and not settling and feeling like an eejit and being brave and having doubts and trying your best and trying new things and thinking outside the box and seeing things clearly and living as well as you can and giving it a lash. Beowulf is A father's final chance to connect with his son. A boy with a film-soaked imagination. A cinematic journey through an ancient tale, brought to vivid life in this one-man stage phenomenon.


St. Agnes Multimedia sale

St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave., btwn 81st and 82nd St.

1 - 5 p.m., Free

Once again a fantastic selection of fiction, non-fiction, children's, young adult, CDs and DVDs will be available at bargain prices. All proceeds go to fund NYPL programs.


April 24

Community Board 7 Youth, Education & Libraries Committee

Bloomingdale Library, 150 West 100th Street

7 p.m.


1. Discussion with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development on their programs for young people.

2. Discussion with Rebecca Donsky, Bloomingdale Branch Librarian, on programs and services at the Branch.


The New York Youth The Festival Evening Concert

Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St.

7:30 p.m., $20/$10 students

The Festival Evening Concert is a culmination of the year's achievements by the students of the 2013/2014 Chamber Music program. Please note: different chamber ensembles perform at the April 23 and 24 concerts. Complete program and groups performing will be posted by April 10, 2014.