We know it can be tempting to do everything you can to ignore how hot it’s getting, but we also know from experience that method is pretty ineffective. So why not focus on things that are better when they’re hot, like mashed potatoes, movie stars and jazz? As part of the Invisible Theatre’s two-week program, enjoy music by the likes of musical pairs Lerner and Lowe, Rodgers and Hart and the Gershwins, performed by Katherine Byrnes and musical director Jeffrey Haskell (“Mr. Jazz.”) It’s too darn hot, so you might as well snap your fingers and go with it. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. Janos Downtown Kitchen/Carriage House, 125 S. Arizona Ave. $35 GA. Details here.
El Charro “Cinco de 95th Summer Menu.”
El Charro Café has been around just five years shy of a century. Over that time, the restaurant’s built up its status as a local staple, and it’s easy to see why with this batch of new menu items dedicated to highlighting the restaurant’s long tenure in Tucson. While the regular menu is still available, branch out and try new fare like the ensalada de sandia, hola hemp tamales, Cazadores watermelon cooler and Nutella dessert tamal. Oh, and did I mention all the new eats are only $5.95? Menu available until Sept. 15. Locations at 311 N. Court Ave. (open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday), 7725 N. Oracle Road (open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday) and 6910 E. Sunrise Dr. (open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Details here.
In the heat of the summer, when you might be wondering why exactly you still live in Tucson anyway, there’s nothing like a desert sunset to remind you that we actually live in a pretty beautiful, wonderful place. Unfortunately, it’s about a million degrees at sunset, so driving to the edge of town or hiking up A Mountain to get that perfect view isn’t as fun as it is in the fall. Enter the Madaras Gallery: Throughout the month, they’ll be featuring Southwest and desert sunset paintings by Diana Madaras herself. Throughout July. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Madaras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Road. Free entry. Details here.
Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, Dylan Reynolds, BS Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.