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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.

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A global family reunion will take place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday — and everybody on the planet is invited. In the same place on the following day, a huge World’s Fair anniversary celebration will offer everything from classic cars to live music. Other activities include experimental dance, foreign films, a bike parade, racetrack art, tree-counting, and even scissor crafts. Here’s the rundown.

June 5, Global Mashup: Haiti Meets China, 8 pm. The Agoci band from Haiti serves up Kompa music, while FJ Music Fusion plays traditional Chinese music. Each group performs a set, and then both groups do an impromptu jam together. Dance lesson at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.

June 5, The Way Out, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival,Way Out follows a Romany woman who perseveres in the face of anti-gypsy racism to find steady employment. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.

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Carol Burnett comes to Queens this weekend. Lucky her! She’ll find great opera, Cameroonian music, Brazilian film, Indian modernist art, Mexican dance, Canadian puppetry, a brand new musical, and even kite-flying. Here’s the rundown.

May 7, Operatic Classics, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents classic selections with Metropolitan Opera tenor Chad Shelton and baritone David Adam Moore. Free. Electrical Industry Center Auditorium, 158-11 Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Avenue, Fresh Meadows.

May 8, Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett, 8 pm. This 90-minute interactive experience’s format harkens back to the openings of The Carol Burnett Show, when her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage the comedian with questions and receive spontaneous answers. $39-$85. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-23 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.

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If the snow leaves you stranded in Long Island City, don’t fret. Your entertainment plans are set for the next 22 days. On Saturday, you’ll attend a concert by Das Audit, an NYC-based instrumental ensemble with alto sax, flute, bass, guitar, and percussion, at SculptureCenter at 4 pm. About four hours later and just down the road, Dublin resident Susan McKeown, a singer/songwriter who specializes in traditional Irish music, will perform at the New York Irish Center. Take a few skips to the north and the west, and on Sunday the Dorsky Gallery will host a conversation between Chris Freeman and Jeannie Simms at part of a greater exhibit, The Body: Disruptions of the Intimate. Both artists explore the body as a site of memories and desires. Freeman will discuss how his awareness of the body and mortality affect his choice of art material, among other topics. Simms will describe her collaborations with Indonesian lesbian domestic workers to create portraits of their personal lives. Another photo and information from March 10th through March 28th are on the jump page.

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Modern day Long Island City is a whirlwind of construction, traffic, and well-dressed professionals hurrying to the subway. However, a local art space is about to change the pace. An Aesthetics of Slowness opens this Sunday at Dorsky Gallery. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures that contemplate the uncertainty of physical experiences and perceptions, inviting viewers to look, wait, and look again. Many works are not clearly legible at first glance; they emerge only as the viewer moves from side to side, checking various angles. For example, Ashley Billingsley’s pencil drawing Fire in Woods I-IV, 2013, (above) reflects on anxious villagers awaiting invasion by hostile forces in a scene from Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film, Seven Samurai. Another exhibitor, Brian Wills, uses thread to destabilize the perception of foreground and background in his portraits.

Details: An Aesthetics of Slowness, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Avenue, Long Island City, opening reception is January 18th, 2 pm to 5 pm, free, show runs until March 29, www.dorsky.org.

Photo: Dorsky Gallery

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Global warming has generated plenty of animated debate, but it has also inspired some great art. On January 19th at 2 pm, the Dorsky Gallery will hold an opening for Thaw, an 11-artist exhibit featuring drawings, paintings, photographs, collage, sculpture and video addressing the earth’s natural-but-forced transformation and hinting at the scientific and geopolitical effects of natural disasters. Many of the displaying artists ventured out to extremely remote sites, such as Cape Breton, Newfoundland and the Gobi Desert, before returning with their subject matter. One piece, a 12-minute video called “Fade to White” by Janet Biggs, probes the icebergs of the Arctic, following an explorer through rain, wind and sun yet never escaping the ice. Meanwhile, Andrea Galvani’s series of photographs, titled “Higgs Ocean,” captures the ice-draped Svalbard Islands that surround the artist as he stands with a tripod in a boat with a lamp powered by solar energy. Itty Neuhaus, on the other hand, imagines the environment below a frozen ice-cap. Her sculptural installation, dubbed “Understory,” adorns a corner of the gallery as a fabric-enclosed cocoon featuring a bi-level video installation juxtaposing the depth of the ocean with the sky.

Details: Thaw, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Avenue, Long Island City, from January 19th to April 6th, museum is open Thursday to Monday, 11 am to 6 pm (closed Tuesday & Wednesday).

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Image Source: Stephen Truax
The artists are coming! The artists are coming! Actually they’re already here. Check them out at the Dorsky Gallery, which promotes contemporary visual arts through exhibitions, publications, talks and symposia. Until March 10, the Long Island City venue will exhibit Donut Muffin, which explores dialogues in New York-based contemporary painting and sculpture. The display mines the rich intersections between once segregated territories: painting and sculpture; conceptual and intuitive art practices; and the space between intention and perception. The title of the exhibition is derived from food often shared by the curators during their conversations leading up to the show. Exhibiting artists include Mike Amrhein, Sarah Braman, Ariel Dill, Joe Fyfe, EJ Hauser, Clinton King, Pam Lins, Lauren Luloff, Chris Martin, Nathlie Provosty, Robert Rhee, Christian Sampson and Stephen Truax, whose work is shown above.

Donut Muffin
Dorsky Gallery
11-03 45th Avenue, Long Island City
Until March 10, Thursday through Monday (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
11am – 6pm | Free

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Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Recently DNAinfo reported about the small service increases for the Q103 bus, but State Senator Michael Gianaris (who worked to get this initial service increase in place) wants it increased even more, “due to a developing arts corridor along the bus route and an expected increase in traffic from the construction of the Cornell-Technion Applied Science campus on Roosevelt Island.” The bus line also serves people in far western Astoria, who are further away from the N/Q subway line, and it is one of the few transit options they have.