Shameless company plug: 48 local bands selected by Gilbert Garcia, this publication's venerable music editor, perform and compete in the fourth annual New Times Music Showcase, from 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday, April 18, on Mill Avenue and elsewhere around Tempe. Admission is a $7 wristband available at the showcase venues, which include Balboa Cafe, Bash on Ash, Beeloe's, Fat Tuesday, The Green Room, Hayden Square, Macayo Depot Cantina, Mill Cue Club, The Owl's Nest, Trails, and Valley Art Theatre, and at all Zia Record Exchanges in the Valley; part of the proceeds benefit Phoenix Body Positive. For more information, check out the pull-out section in this issue.
Lovers of less raucous sounds should relish Arizona Arts Chorale's presentation of the "Requiem" by the great Marcel Durufle, along with other works, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at St. Maria Goretti Church, 6261 North Granite Reef Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $10, $8 for children and seniors. Call 602-222-2226 for more information.
Tree specialist Tim Johnson, on the boards of the National Arborists and the American Society of Consulting Arborists, is the guest at this month's meeting of the Valley of the Sun Gardeners, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, at the Washington Adult Center Auditorium, 2240 West Citrus Way. The topic of the talk is "Standards of Tree Care," and it will concern the process of selecting an arborist. 623-937-5713.
Kids between the ages of 6 and 12 can be introduced to the ancient Japanese art of paper-folding when Shari Durst teaches an Origami Workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Dobson Ranch Branch Library, 2425 South Dobson in Mesa. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. 480-644-3441.
Maricopa County parks educator Jerry Waihner speaks and shows slides on the topic "Springtime in the Desert" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the North Central Regional Library, 17811 North 32nd Street. Admission is free, and no registration is required. 602-506-1634.