The dog days of summer are here, and here are some recommendations on how to spend them:

Wilde Meyer Gallery: The Western Attraction
Wilde Meyer Gallery will host a group show of works with an emphasis on the attributes of the west – why we love it. The work will include the contemporary cowboy and Indian interpretations by Michael Swearngin, Karen Bezuidenhout and Maura Allen, western landscapes by Judy Choate and Melissa Johnson and Barbara Gurwitz, western wildlife by Sarah Webber, and special icons of the west – horses, by Ka Fisher, Chaille Trevor, Jim Nelson, and more.
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Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival
Self-guided and guided tours, field trips, guided trips, exhibits, and presentations about Southern Arizona birds and butterflies at this long-standing annual conference based at Cochise Community College in Sierra Vista, near some of the country’s best birding areas. On Thursday August 2, at 6:30 p.m., keynote dinner speaker Rick Taylor will talk about “SE Arizona Specialties: Birding the Elevation Staircase” at the ticketed event.
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Primavera Cooks! at Reforma Modern Mexican Tequila + Mezcal
Reforma Modern Mexican Tequila + Mezcal hosts a wonderful culinary experience as part of the Primavera Cooks! Summer Dining series, which includes four- or five-course, wine-paired, gourmet dinners created by some of Tucson’s top chefs, with help from apprentice chefs and sommeliers, and served at select local Tucson restaurants. Unless otherwise noted, all dinners begin with a reception and check-in at 6-6:30 with dinner seated at 6:30pm. All reservations are made through Primavera, NOT the host restaurant. For reservations, call David at 308-3104.
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Paradiso Bar & Lounge Free Concert Thursdays
Sol Casinos presents a free concert on Thursdays at Casino del Sol Resort with a lineup that includes tributes to classic rock music legends.
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Cinema La Placita at Tucson Museum of Art
Cinema La Placita, the downtown outdoor movie series that has become a summertime tradition, is partnering with the Tucson Museum of Art to bring its summertime events to the plaza of TMA! Every Thursday, starting May 3, Cinema La Placita will screen a different film at the museum for $3. Beer, wine, and food from Café a la C’Art will be available for purchase.
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