Youthapalooza: Eight bands featuring Scottsdale high school students--Square Meal, Blonder Tongue, Stamens, Ray-Gun Assassin, We Drink Rain, Might Spawn a Blizzard in Connecticut, Regret, and Big Caddie Conversion--team up for this Scottsdale Mayor's Youth Council-sponsored outdoor concert and antidrug and -alcohol festival on Saturday, May 18. The free event is scheduled for 1 to 7 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 East Second Street. Call 994-7922.
on the big screen
"Float-In" Flicks: City of Tempe hosts the 1996 edition of this always-fun series, which features simultaneous viewing of movies and swimming in the cool pool at Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 South All-America Way. The series kicks off with a screening of Muppet Treasure Island (G) at 8 p.m. Friday, May 17; open swimming precedes at 6:30. Admission is $4, $2 for kids ages 3 to 17. Raft or tube rental, required for those who want to get wet, is an additional $3. The next entry in the monthly series is Tom and Huck (PG) on Friday, June 21. Call 350-5201; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
at the wingding
"The Magic Hummingbird": Native American author/artist Michael Lacapa presents this Hopi folktale about a couple of children who use the title creature as a messenger to appeal to the god Muy'ingwa for an end to a terrible drought. The free program, aimed at kids of all ages, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Bookstar, 1457 West Southern, Suite 20, in Mesa. For details call 649-1699.
Spring Bird Mart: Hundreds of flapping, squawking, chattering avians are on display and various products are on sale at this extravaganza, which starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at Mesa Centennial Hall, 201 North Center. Admission is $3; complimentary beak-, wing- and nail-grooming sessions are promised. Call 848-1271 or 644-2242.
arts and minds
Madeline H. Hardy Innercity/Multicultural Invitational Youth Art Exhibit: The Consortium of Black Organizations and Others for the Arts (COBA) and other groups sponsor the 14th annual exhibit of works by Valley junior high and high school students. This year's exhibition, which continues through Friday, May 17, at Phoenix OIC Building, 39 East Jackson, also includes contributions by former participants. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details call 254-5081.
"Poets and Painters": This touring exhibit of multimedia works by students at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the result of a program called "art engineering," an intensive, kid-led exploration of the art-instruction techniques of tomorrow. The installation continues through Sunday, August 18, in Young at Art Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Viewing is free. Call 994-2787.
Reptile Expo: Moms might blanch, but kids will love this slippery roundup of things that slither in the night. Everyday and exotic varieties of creepy and cuddly crawlers--snakes, iguanas, geckos, turtles, etc.--are on display and on sale at the expo, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and the same hours Sunday, May 19, in the Youth Center Building at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Admission is $5, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, free for younger kids. Fairgrounds parking costs $3 per vehicle. Call 258-6711.
Flagstaff Wild Horse and Burro Adoption: The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hosts this show and sale at Coconino County Fairgrounds (a.k.a. Fort Tuthill County Park), located three miles south of town at I-17 exit 337. A seminar on the creatures' care is slated for 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 17; a public preview of the animals available for adoption follows from noon to 4 p.m., at which time adoption applications are due. A random drawing at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18, determines the order of selection. For more information, or to request the informational booklet So You'd Like to Adopt, call the BLM office in Phoenix at 780-8090.
among the animals
"H2O! Respect for Water": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installment in its educational festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. "Respect" features activities centering on that cool, clear stuff that's such a precious commodity here in the desert; it continues through Friday, May 31. Participation is free with regular admission: $7, $6 for seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger children and members. Call 273-1341.
on the stage
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: This week's performances of The Three Little Pigs are at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, May 17; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19; and 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. The production continues through Sunday, June 9. Admission is $4.50. For details call 277-1275.
Imagine!: The collection of original playlets, including Star Patrol, Lunch Gang, Faraway Dream and Ugly Thing Under the Bed, was penned by young scribes in the Stage Kids '96 program at Playwright's Workshop Theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. Final performances are scheduled at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $5, $3 for kids under 12. Call 279-5151.
Pinocchio: Playhouse Theatre presents its version of the classic tale. Final performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the community room at Arrowhead Towne Center, 77th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale. Admission is $4, $3 for kids age 12 and under. Call 245-1566.
The Ransom of Red Chief: Two bumbling kidnapers get their comeuppance when they snatch an infamous brat named Johnny Dorset--a.k.a. "Red Chief"--and find that they have to pay to return him. Valley Youth Theatre, located at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas, presents performances of the musical at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19. The production continues through Sunday, May 26. Admission is $4.50. For details call 267-3880.
The Ugly Duckling: Desert Stages, Inc., presents a musical version of the fairy tale. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the theatre, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. The production continues through Sunday, June 2. Call 483-1664.