The New Fashioned, served at Salud at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, is made with watermelon and mint-infused tequila. Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily Star

Summer makes its official start next month, but the real heat is coming this weekend. So why not make the most of it? Let Caliente help you make the most of the sweltering days between now and Sept. 2. Today's expanded calendar lists all sorts of music, movies and other fun stuff on the horizon. Our survival guide also serves up 25 unique respites from the heat.


26 - "The Hangover Part II" opens in theaters.

Warren G at the Rialto.

"The Bad News Bears" screens at Cinema La Placita, which shows films every Thursday.

27 - Earth, Wind & Fire plays Casino del Sol's AVA. John Vanderslice at Club Congress.

Agent Ribbons from Austin at Solar Culture Gallery.

Screening of "Circo" with Calexico's Joey Burns and John Convertino at the Loft.

28 - Tucson Padres continue their four-day homestretch against the Salt Lake Bees. The run continues through Monday.

Tucson Mud Run at Double V Scout Ranch.

Cowboy Music Festival at Old Tucson Studios through Sunday.

29 - Music on the Mountain summer concert series starts with Chuck Wagon and the Wheelchairs in Summerhaven. Bark in the Park at Kino Stadium.

30 - Gwyneth and Monko at Plush, pictured. Memorial Day observed.


1 - Woodsman and Crystal Antlers at Club Congress.

2 - Poco and Firefall at the Fox Theatre. Spacefest III at JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass through Sunday.

Kellie Pickler, pictured, at Desert Diamond Casino.

3 - Latin heartthrob Luis Miguel headlines the AVA. Neil Innes of Monty Python at Club Congress.

"X-Men: First Class" opens in theaters.

DJ Irene at Club Congress.

Surf rock legend Dick Dale at the Hut

4 - Meet Me Downtown 5K night run/walk and party. Includes free screening of "Run, Fatboy, Run"at the Fox Theatre. Sammy Hagar with Gary Cherone and Hurtsmile at AVA.

Stone River Boys at the Hut.

Chris Burton Jacome Flamenco Ensemble at Suite 147 in Plaza Palomino.

Foot Pursuit 5K in Sierra Vista.

Tucson Padres start four-day homestand against the Tacoma Rainiers.

5 - Cine Plaza at the Fox (Tucson Theatre) series resumes with "El Rapto." "The Importance of Being Earnest" live theater in HD at the Loft. Loft hosts "Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue," in conjunction with the Sundance Institute through June 9.

7 - Old 97s at Plush. The Donkeys at Club Congress.

8 - "Dust & Illusions" with director and producer Olivier Bonin at the Loft. Revocation at The Rock.

9 - Hed 2 Head Tour featuring Mushroomhead with Animus Divine at the Rialto.

10 - Rickie Lee Jones at the Fox Theatre. Ellis Paul and Amber Norgaard at Suite 147 in Plaza Palomino.

Bluesman Buddy Guy takes the stage at the Rialto Theatre.

"The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls" opening screening with live music at the Loft.

Baja Arizona Statehood Party with Brian Lopez and friends at Club Congress.

11 - "Weird Al" Yankovic brings his newest parodies to Fox Theatre. 2nd Saturdays Downtown.

"The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls" opening screening with live music at the Loft.

Dreadnutts with Bob Meagham, Peter McLaughlin, Earl Edmonson and Brian Davies at Suite 147 in Plaza Palomino.

Dragonboat Festival at the Chinese Cultural Center.

Harry and the Potters at Club Congress.

Espinoza Paz at the AVA.

12 - Yellowcard and Good Charlotte at the Rialto. Music on the Mountain featuring Bad News Blues Band in Summerhaven.

14 - Rapper Tech N9ne returns to the Rialto. Follow That Bird at Plush.

15 - Tech N9ne at the Rialto.

16 - Buckethead at the Rialto. Twilight Third Thursdays at the Tucson Botanical Gardens with Donna Reibslager, Desert Illusions along with the Leila Lopez Band.

17 - Krishna Das at the Rialto.

18 - Kitt Peak Ascent, a moonlit 10 paved miles, all uphill. Weird Plant Sale at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association sponsors its Grand Canyon Star Party.

Father's Day Tejano All Stars at AVA.

"Rocky" at the Fox through Sunday.

19 - "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the Loft on Father's Day. "Baby Loves Disco" at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

20 - Toots and the Maytals at the Rialto. Hellogoodbye at Club Congress.

21 - Summer solstice Brett Dennen at the Rialto.

Black Lips at Plush.

22 - 1970s power band Doobie Brothers play AVA. Skrillex at the Rialto.

24 - "Saturday Night Fever" at the Fox Theatre. "Cars 2," "Bad Teacher" and "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" open.

25 - World Fighting Federation title fights at AVA. Okkervil River, at right, at the Rialto.

29 - Rising star rapper Wiz Khalifa, at left, headlines AVA. Ottmar Liebert at the Fox Theatre.

Rosebuds at Solar Culture.

Scott Kirby concert to Benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona at The Hut.

30 - Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey: Fully Charged at the Tucson Arena through July 3.


1 - "Larry Crowne" with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, opens.

2 - The KIIM-FM Freedom Festival at the Kino Sports Complex.

3 - Holualoa Firecracker Triathlon at UA's Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Ian Moore & the Lossy Coils CD release at Club Congress.

4 - Third Annual 4th of July Freedom 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at Golf Links Sports Complex. "Team America: World Police" singalong and curse-along at the Loft.

5 - Foster The People at Club Congress.

8 - Electric Summer Vol. 2 with Liquid Stranger at Club Congress.

9 - Banda El Recodo at AVA The Generationals at Club Congress 2nd Saturdays Downtown.

10 - Everyone Runs Run with the Roosters Kinney Road 5 Miler at Old Tucson Studios.

11 - Reel Big Fish & Streetlight Manifesto with Rodeo Ruby Love, The Maxies at the Rialto.

15 - Walt Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" opens. Xmas in July at Club Congress.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," opens.

16 - Ben Folds with Kenton Chen at the Rialto. NPC Terminator, a physique competition, at the Fox Theatre.

17 - Reverend Horton Heat at the Rialto. Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," part of National Theatre Live at the Loft. Free show with The VanDykes at Music on the Mountain at Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon.

18 - Christina Perri at Club Congress.

21 - Twilight Third Thursdays at the Tucson Botanical Gardens with David Tomb, Borderland Birds alongside Domingo DeGrazia and Beth Daunis.

22 - Boxing at AVA.

23 - The Fifth Annual Tucson International Children's Film Festival through July 31 at the Loft.

Chris James and Patrick Rynn from Rhythm Room All Stars at Suite 147 at Plaza Palomino.

Pistolera at Solar Culture.

24 - Jessica Fichot Quartet at at Suite 147 at Plaza Palomino.

26 - Ben Sollee at Club Congress.

27 - Peter Frampton at AVA. Igor & the Red Elvises at Plush.

28 - LUDO with Sparks the Rescue at Club Congress.

29 - "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love" in theaters.

30 - HAPA (Hawaiian) at the Rialto. Roger McGuinn at the Fox Theatre.

Cults at Club Congress

"Scream the Prayer Tour" with Norma Jean at the Rock.


1 - The Bryan Dean Trio at the Boondocks Lounge, 6 p.m.

2-  Chicago at AVA.

3 - Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival in Sierra Vista through Aug. 6.

4 - Southern Discomfort: The Films of Tennessee Williams every Thursday night this month at the Loft.

5 - "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "The Darkest Hour 3D," "Dirty Girl" and "The Change-Up," in theaters.

6 - Tucson Motor Show at the TCC. Los Pinguos at Suite 147 in Plaza Palomino.

7 - Free Music on the Mountain show with Stefan George at Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon.

10 - Cornmeal at Club Congress.

11 - Little Big Town, Rialto Theatre.

12 - "Bach Lives!" Part I, with violinist Steven Moeckel at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. 63rd Annual Vigilante Days in Tombstone through Sunday.

13 - Hilton Indoor Summer Art Festival through Sunday.

14th annual Peach Mania Festival at Apple Annie's Orchard in Willcox through Sunday.

Perseids meteor shower.

2nd Saturdays Downtown.

14 - "Bach Lives!" Part II, with violinist Steven Moeckel, Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

15 - All-ages show with We the Kings and others at the Rock.

16 - Big Business at Club Congress.

17 - All-Stars Tour with Emmure & Alesana at the Rialto. Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival at the Riverpark Inn through Aug. 21.

18 - Twilight Third Thursdays at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

19 - "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World," "Conan The Barbarian," "One Day," and "Fright Night" open in theaters.

20 - Farmer John's Birthday Party & Willcox March for Zane at Apple Annie's through Sunday.

22 - Classes start at the University of Arizona.

25 - Nils Lofgren at Fox Theatre.

26 - Bass Monster Tour with Reid Speed at the Rialto. "Final Destination 5" opens in theaters.

27 - Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart at Suite 147 in Plaza Palomino.

28 - St. Andrew's Bach Society finale, Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

31 - "The Debt" opens in theaters.


1 - Explosions in the Sky, Rialto Theatre.

2 - HoCofest at Club Congress through Sunday includes Devotchka, Meat Puppets, Calexico, Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta, Mexican Institute of Sound.