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.


It’s time for the Muppets to meet the Makers. The New York City public school system will be on vacation next week, but parents don’t need to worry about finding fun, educational and enriching activities during the down time… if they stay in Queens. On February 17th, the New York Hall of Science will kick off Engineering Week with a day of activities and tables run by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Each following day will cover a different engineering concept—from nano to mechanical, accompanied by activities and challenges to put those ideas into practice. The Tuesday focus will be on chemical engineering with a Make Polymer Slime activity. Wednesday will be for nanoengineering, Thursday will go to mechanical engineering with a chance to build rockets, and Friday will feature biology with Zoob inventor Michael Joaquin Grey. Meanwhile over in Astoria, the Museum of the Moving Image will screen 1970s episodes of The Muppet Show. Carol Burnett, Steve Martin and Rita Moreno join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the Swedish Chef during this series, which will show three episodes a day for the week.

Details: Engineering Week, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, February 17 through February 21st, times vary, $11 for adults/$8 for children 17 and under.

Details: The Muppet Show, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, February 17th through February 21st, daily at 1 pm, free with admission ($12 adults / $9 seniors and students / $6 children 3–12 / free for Museum members).


College students home on break. Parents looking for enrichment activities for their toddlers. Muppet fanatics. Everybody should give thanks for the Museum of the Moving Image this Turkey Day Weekend, as the Astoria venue will offer something for everyone. The fun starts on November 29th with the launch of a six-film retrospective on actress Julianne Moore that will run through December 1st with Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Big Lebowski (above), Far From Heaven, Boogie Nights, Safe (introduced by producer Christine Vachon), and The Kids Are All Right. At 1 pm on November 29th, the museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Jimmy Dean Show with A Dog’s Life: A Rowlf Retrospective (pictured after the jump). The screening celebrates the pioneering muppet Rowlf’s greatest moments (and some great performances by his creator, the legendary puppeteer Jim Henson) from commercials, industrial films, variety shows and, of course, The Muppet Show. Also on November 29th, there are two Holiday Puppet Party Workshops —  during which children will use simple materials and techniques similar to those Henson utilized to make puppets before taking turns performing with them in a short televised puppet show.

Details: Julianne Moore Retrospective, Rowlf Retropective, Puppet Party Workshop, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, November 20th through December 1st, times vary, movies free with admission, $5 materials fee for workshops.