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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 small screen simply isn’t good enough for 2001: A Space Odyssey, which features more spectacular imagery of space and special effects than dialogue. This 1968 science fiction classic, which was released during the height of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, depicted exploration of the unknown and prophetically demonstrated how computers were primed to control daily human activity. As part of the See It Big! Science Fiction Part Two series, the Museum of the Moving Image will show a rare 70mm version of this mysterious Stanley Kubrick masterpiece six times in early July.