In celebration of spring, Herbert Lessell conducts the Scottsdale Community College Chorus in a free program of selections ranging from Mozart to Mendelssohn to, as the finale, the entire score of Show Boat! Could any song seem more ironic than "Old Man River" in the valley of the Rio Salado? Showtime is 8 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the Performing Arts Center at SCC, 9000 East Chaparral. 423-6333.
"Big band" and "teenagers" aren't terms you find in the same sentence too often anymore, but the musicians of Young Sounds of Arizona, all of whom come from Phoenix area schools, are between the ages of 14 and 19. The band plays a "Coffee at Kerr" concert from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 12. It's free, but reservations are requested. 965-5377.
Duck, another film festival! The 18th annual Southwest Film and Video Festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Harkins Camelview 5, located on Goldwater Boulevard north of Camelback in Scottsdale, with a screening of Karl T. Hirsch's 16mm feature Green (a.k.a. Whatever). The film, an engaging, well-acted slackerbabble comedy that "dares to call 'Generation X' exactly what it is--glorified, self-centered whining about bad times that, in reality, are hardly worth complaint"--includes a long, visually arresting animated sequence by Hirsch and cinematographer D. Evan Long that is worth the $3 admission price in itself. The festival continues with other screenings of, and award presentations for, student works from around the state at Camelview and at Scottsdale Community College, through Saturday, May 16. 423-6366.
Rappers Black Thought and Malik B., who front The Roots, don't go in for samples--they jam to the live beats of drummer B.R.O. the R.? and bassist Hub. The Philadelphia crew takes the stage for an all-ages show at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Club Rio, 430 North Scottsdale Road in Tempe. Goodie Mob shares the bill, as do special guests Parental Advisory and the Bombshelter DJs. Tickets, available at Dillard's, are $18 in advance, $20 the day of the show. 894-0533, 503-5555.