Friday to Saturday, July 26-27
• Catch a performance of the adult drama, comedy, and romance Lobby Hero about a security guard confronted with an epic ethical dilemma. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $18; 327-4242.
Friday to Sunday, July 26-27
and Aug. 2-4
• Catch a performance of the latest Beowulf Alley Theatre Company production, Dude True Story: Three Tall Tales about a lost poet, two down-on-their-luck real estate salesmen, and a dysfunctional family with lots and lots of baggage. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 11 S. Sixth Ave.; 822-0555.
Friday to Sunday
through Aug. 18
• Laugh out loud at the spoof Upton Abbey by James Gooden featuring Giles the super-efficient butler and the British family that couldn’t do without him. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave., Suite 154; $18, $16 seniors/students; 260-6442.
Friday, July 26
• Rock the night away with multi-platinum recording artist Sammy Hagar, lead singer of the legendary hard rock group Van Halen and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $30-$85; 800-344-9435.
Saturday, July 27
• Listen to the pop rock band Matchbox Twenty. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $30-$125; 800-344-9435.
Sunday, July 28
• Join with fellow toe-tapping, foot-stomping bluegrass lovers for the Summer Series of Bluegrass Jam featuring the newly formed group, Saguaro Sunset Bluegrass Band. Details: 2-3:30 p.m.; The ROC, Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road; free will offering; 297-3095.
• Enjoy the hip-hop country hybrid music of Florida Georgia Line. Details: 7 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $15-$80; 800-344-9435.
Saturday, Aug. 3
• Enjoy the music of long-time favorites KC and the Sunshine Band who have sold more than 100 million records since their humble beginnings in 1973. Details: 8 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $25 and up; 800-745-3000.
Sunday, Aug. 4
• Enjoy Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest featuring the rock, blues, jazz, and pop music of Edgar Winter, Ten Years After, Canned Heat, the Pat Travers Band, and Rick Derringer. Details: 7 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $29-$82; 547-3040.
• Listen to the music Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos and Alejandro Acevedo. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $20-$65; 800-344-9435.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
• Don’t miss Whitesnake and Night Ranger rockin’ their hits of the 80’s. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $20-$65; 800-344-9435.
Wednesday, Aug. 7
• Listen to Chris Isaak who recaptures the transformative hepcat brilliance of his parents’ 45 record collection during the mid-’50s while also getting down to the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity. Details: 7 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $34-$98; 547-3040.
Saturday, Aug. 10
• Listen to the legendary Charlie Daniels Band perform their classics spanning 50 years of record-making. Details: 8 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $20-$40; 800-745-3000.
Wednesday, Aug. 14
• Don’t miss “living legend” Willie Nelson in concert. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $30-$85; 800-344-9435.
Saturday, July 25-27
• Bring the whole family to enjoy Delightful Diversions presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance featuring face painters, and live bluegrass and jazz. Details: 5-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday; Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.; free; 797-3959.
Friday to Saturday, July 26-27
• Browse the weirdest and wildest varieties of bizarre, boutique botanicals at the Monsoon Madness Plant Sale while you meet the growers and learn how to care for the unusual specimens. Details: 4-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte; free admission during plant sale; 742-6455.
Saturday, July 27
• Enjoy live music and feast on eats from the Mexico City Kitchen food truck while you check out the Classic and Hot Rod Car Show with face painting for kids and a live, interactive bug exhibit. Details: 4-7 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $10, $8 members, $5 children; 326-9686.
• Bring the whole family to Cool Summer Nights at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum featuring Physics Factory and Native American flute music. Details: 6-10 p.m.; 2021 N. Kinney Road; $12, $4 ages 4-12; 883-2702.
Saturday to Sunday, July 27-28
• Ho-Ho-Hope you can join Tucson Arts And Crafts Association at its Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Festival featuring 40 local artists and a raffle to benefit the Veteran’s Administration’s housing program for homeless veterans. Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Hilton East, 7600 E. Broadway Blvd.; free admission; 797-1751.
• Celebrate the harvest at Triangle T Ranch Garlic Festival with music, vendors, artisans, cooking contest, and horseback rides. Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Triangle T Guest Ranch, 4190 Dragoon Road, Dragoon; free admission, $3/vehicle parking fee; 520-586-7533.
CLASSES AND PROGRAMS
Saturday, july 27
• Visit the Spider Mall at the American Tarantula Society Annual Conference. Details: 9 a.m.; Hilton El Conquistador Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road; free; www.atshq.org.
• Hear a brief overview of biodiversity and threats in the Sea of Cortez at UA research scientist Dr. Rick Brusca’s presentation Fisheries and Conservation in the Gulf of California. Details: noon; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.
wednesday, july 31
• Explore the exciting night life of bats, their intriguing adaptations, and the important roles they play in the environment at The Wonderful World of Bats presentation by Sandy Reith of Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.
Wednesday to Saturday,
July 31-Aug. 3
• Take self-guided and guided tours, view exhibits, and listen to presentations about local birds and butterflies at Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival. Details: 2047 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista; 520-678-8237 or ww.swwings.org.
Thursday, Aug. 8 and
Tuesday, Aug. 20
• Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour inside the vaults and other normally off-limits areas with transportation and lunch included at the Western National Parks Association Insider Tour-Curator’s Tour at Arizona State Museum. Details: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; depart from National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $95, $85 members; 622-6014 or www.wnpa.org.
Fridays through Oct. 25
• Get answers from experts about our scaly, slithery, and shelled friends and see them up-close along with a chance for the brave to touch them at Reptile Ramble. Details: 10 a.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte; included with $8 park admission, $6 seniors, $2 children; 742-6455.
Friday, July 26
• Take a four-mile guided hike to Leopold Point, a rocky outcrop overlooking the San Pedro Valley with an 800-foot elevation gain. Details: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Lower Butterfly Trailhead, Catalina Highway milepost No. 19.8; free except for forest service fees; 749-8700 or www.sabinonaturalists.org.
Saturday and Wednesday,
July 27 and 31
• Take a three-mile Mount Lemmon Wildflower Hike with Pima County naturalist Meg Quinn to seek out summer wildflowers. Details: 8 a.m.-noon; Mount Lemmon Community Center, 12949 N. Sabino Canyon Pkwy.; free but reservations required; 615-7855.
Through Sunday, July 28
• Bring the kids to the Tucson International Children’s Film Festival for a mix of feature films, animated shorts, vintage cartoons, sing-alongs, and interactive projects. Details: 10 a.m.; Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.; free; 795-0844.