Van Morrison, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Met Opera stars, and the Muppets are the world famous celebrities providing entertainment and enrichment in the borough this week. Other possibilities are a LEGO fest, comedy, seniors singing Broadway, a Summer Solstice event, and an International Yoga Day gala. Here’s the rundown.
June 18, Music Under the 7 Train, 6:30 pm. The Street Beat Brass Band presents a multicultural program of brass-based and street-based music from various parts of the world. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street under the 7 train station, Sunnyside.
June 18, Big Band Music, 6:30 pm. New York City Swing plays big band favorites by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington. Free. Queens Library’s Howard Beach Branch, 92-06 156th Avenue, Howard Beach.
June 19, Van Morrison, 7 pm. This world famous Irish singer performs at Forest Hills Stadium. $70.60-$200.60. One Tennis Place, Forest Hills Gardens.
June 19, O Brazil, 7 pm. This is the second installment of a series on contemporary Brazilian films. Brazilian Western is a slick love-crime drama set in Brasilia at the end of the 1980s. It chronicles the saga of Joao De Santo Cristo, an outlaw made legendary by singer Renato Russo. $12/$9 for seniors and students/$6 for children (ages 3-12). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
June 19, No Limbs, No Limits, 7:30 pm. Narrated by Tony-winning actress Marie Mullen, this film follows the limbless Joanne O’Riordan’s journey from County Cork to the United Nations, where she delivers a key-note speech challenging the most influential women in technology to build her a robot. Through interviews with her parents and old home movies,No Limbs demonstrates the incredible things one can achieve when motivated by love. The evening includes a post-screening Q&A with O’Riordan via Skype. $11/$8 for students, senior, unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City.
June 19, Emerging Artists: Vernel Black, 6 pm. This photography project shows the changes of cities throughout the years. The effect of those changes make cities fun to explore. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, Long Island City.
June 19, 33rd Aviation Networking Event, 9 am. The Queens Air Services Development Office hosts this event, which features a trade show for Queens-based businesses that want to do business at JFK and/or LaGuardia airports. Free. Russo’s on the Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach.
June 20, Brick Fest Live, until June 28. This is the ultimate LEGO event with building stations, gaming, a derby, theater, shopping, a variety of hands-on activities, and a LEGO wonderland. $15/$12 for children (ages 2-17) and senior citizens (ages 62 and older). New York Hall of Science, 37-01 114th Street, Corona.
June 20, Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World 2015, all day. This second annual festival celebrates the life and legacy of a musical icon who lived in Queens. In addition to food and fun, the concert features Ms. Lauryn Hill, Rebirth Brass Band, Antibalas, Ozomatli, and Shannon Powell’s Traditional All Star Band. Free. Flushing Meadows Corona Park Festival Grounds.
June 20, Summer Solstice Festival, noon to 4 pm. Celebrate the summer solstice by making ice cream the old fashioned way. Make sun-inspired crafts, play historic games, and blow giant bubbles in the backyard. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
June 20, The Muppet Show: UK Spots, 1 pm. When The Muppet Show was taped in England, commercial breaks were shorter, so there was an extra two minutes of content—i.e. a rip-roaring musical number or sketch, sometimes even an old music hall song catered to British tastes—that did not appear in the U.S. This program presents a compilation of these rare, restored spots. $12/$9 for seniors and students/$6 for children (ages 3-12). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
June 20, Funny Father’s Day Comedy Show, 8 pm. Comedians from the Howard Stern show, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Comedy Central, and the Wendy Williams show. Free. Neir’s Tavern, 87-48 78th Street, Woodhaven.
June 20, Seniors Salute Their Golden Age (And Broadway’s), 3 pm and 6 pm. Fourteen of the borough’s most talented and dedicated seniors present classic songs by some of Broadway’s most memorable composers, including Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, and Cole Porter. $15/$12 for seniors, students/$5 for children. Astoria Performing Arts Center, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent Street, Astoria.
June 20, Community Conversations for Kids: Environmental Stewardship, 1 pm. As part of a New York Council for the Humanities Community Conversations for Kids Workshop, Karyn Balan guides children and their family members through Jeanette Winter’s book,Wangari’s Trees of Peace, followed by a discussion and activity. Free. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beach Park, 143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing.
June 21, Horror Father’s Day, 2 pm to 8:30 pm. Watch three horror movies featuring scary dads in honor of Father’s Day. The Night of the Hunter, starring Robert Mitchum as a murderous preacher, screens at 2 pm. Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face, about a mad doctor obsessed with fixing his disfigured daughter, shows at 4:30 pm, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, featuring a terrifying Jack Nicholson in a Freudian drama set in a haunted mountain resort, goes on at 6:30 pm. $12 adults/$9 seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
June 21, Festival Andino, noon to 6 pm. An afternoon of dances and costumes from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 21, Queens Crossing Summer Concert: Music Beyond Borders, 3:30 pm. Organized by Make Music New York, this concert features singers, musicians, and dancers from all over the world, including Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Beijing, and Manila. Free. Queens Crossing Outdoor Plaza, 136-17 39th Avenue, Flushing.
June 21, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. On this three-hour, small-group walking tour participants meet local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs, enjoy light bites and microbrews with a grand finale at a rooftop lounge with cityscape views and a glass of prosecco. $65, advance booking required.
June 21, International Yoga Day Celebration, 10 am. Sun salutations, workshops, asanas, meditation, talks, ayurveda, and more. Free. The Hindu Temple Society of North America, 45-57 Bowne Street, Flushing.
June 21, A Walk & Talk with Artists, 2 pm. Check out the current exhibition New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture with its curators and artists. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Avenue, Long Island City.
June 21, Birds; Myth; Memory: Poetic Visions from the Soul, 2 pm. Organized by spoken word poet Bernard Block, this garden concert provides an afternoon of laughter, reflection, and art with a multifaceted group of poets. $5-$6. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing.
June 24, The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, 7 pm. An evening of duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and Dan Saunders (pianist). Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 2-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
Photo by New York Hall of Science