The 18th annual Southwest Film and Video Festival continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Harkins Camelview 5, located on Goldwater Boulevard north of Camelback in Scottsdale, with a competition of 16mm shorts, student works from around the state. Super 8 shorts will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, at Recital Hall MB115 at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 East Chaparral. The festival wraps up video screenings in the SCC Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Award presentations will be made each evening. Admission is $3 per night. 423-6366.
An Englishman, an Irishman and an American are thrown in jail together in Beirut. It sounds like the setup line for some grim joke, but it's the plot of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, a Frank McGuinnis play presented by the Ensemble Theatre. Directed by Kay Kirby, the play stars David Vining, Tim Hart and Mike Prindiville. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, May 15; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, in the Cinema Theatre at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $14, $8 for students and seniors. 994-2787 (SCA), 784-4444 (Ticketmaster).
So, you think that the Greeks' greatest contribution to world culture was Periclean democracy? Sapphic poetry? Aristophanic comedy? Aristotelian philosophy? It can only mean you haven't tried the food. Get thee to the "Taste of Greece" West Valley Greek Festival, the 10th annual celebration of things Hellenic--music, dancing, tastings, door prizes and kids' activities are featured from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 15; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 16; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 10320 North 84th Avenue in Peoria. Admission is $2; kids under 12 get in free. Proceeds benefit the church. 486-8665.
Mark Scott Zicree, sci-fi authority and creator of the TV show Sliders, is the guest of honor at LepreCon 24. The 24th annual sci-fi/fantasy lovers' convention is slated for Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, at Francisco Grande Resort, 26000 Gila Bend Highway in Casa Grande. Planned fun includes a couple of masquerade parties, autograph sessions with various authors and artists, role-playing games, videos, Japanese animation and "filking," the peculiar practice of singing folk songs on science-fiction themes. Memberships cost $35 at the door. 968-0308, 1-800-237-4238.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Hospice Foundation collaborated on "Hospice: A Photographic Inquiry," which opens Saturday, May 16, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central. The touring show, an exploration of the movement toward pain management and life-quality affirmation for the terminally ill and their families, features commissioned works by five major American photographers--Jim Goldberg, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, Jack Radcliffe and Kathy Vargas--as well as regular screenings of an HBO documentary on the subject of hospice care by Deborah Dickson and the veteran nonfiction filmmaker Albert Maysles. Opening the same day is "Heroic Painting," an exhibition of paintings on the theme of heroism. "Hospice" runs through Sunday, July 26; "Heroic Painting" is displayed through Sunday, July 5. 257-1880, 257-1222.
The development of Zuni jewelry throughout the 20th century is the theme of "Blue Gem, White Metal: Carvings and Jewelry From the C.G. Wallace Collection," an exhibit that opens Saturday, May 16, at the Heard Museum, 22 East Monte Vista. Wallace, a longtime trader at Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, donated the 200-plus pieces in this exhibit to the Heard in 1975. The show will continue through October of 1999. Regular hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $6, $5 for seniors, $3 for those ages 4 to 12, free for younger kids. 252-8840.
Work out those familial rivalries! The fifth annual Family Golf Tournament offers father/son, father/daughter, mother/son, mother/daughter or grandparent/grandkid categories in a two-person scramble. Tee time for the nine-hole tourney is noon Sunday, May 17, at Glen Lakes Golf Course, 5450 West Northern in Glendale. The fee is $30; call for registration availability. 930-2833.
Elvis is scheduled to appear Sunday at Scottsdale Airport. No big deal, you say? Ah, but he's to be joined by Stevie Wonder, Ritchie Valens and Little Richard. The pop greats--that is to say, physical and vocal ringers for them--perform "Legends in Concert" from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the airport, 15000 North Airport Drive. The free show is part of a day of festivities for invited special-needs kids sponsored by Scenic Airlines; the public is welcome at the performance. 991-8252.
Check out the title of author John Izzo's new book: Awakening Corporate Soul. Stopped giggling yet? Izzo himself is aware of the incongruity; the talk he's giving on the subject--at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200--is called "Corporate Soul: An Oxymoron?" Admission to the talk, in a decidedly corporate-soulful fashion, is free. 957-6660.