Smiles of a Summer Night. Before diving headfirst into the harrowing bleakness of classics like The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries, Ingmar Bergman made this romantic comedy, which also served as his break-out international film. This is the first screening in The Loft’s celebration of what would have been Bergman’s 100th birthday, stay tuned for more! 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Regular admission prices. Details here.
Spacefest IX. Do you like astronomy? Robotic space exploration? Commercial space development? Space history? Basically, are you at all interested in outer space, in any way? Of course you are. Outer space is crazy! Hear from speakers ranging from NASA life scientist John B. Charles to software developer and part time musician Rick Armstrong to space historian Jay Gallentine. Get autographs from the dozens of real, live astronauts who will be an attendance! Go to panels on Apollo, Neil Armstrong, space threats and space exploration! Space is the Place, of course, but if you can’t be up there, you might as well learn as much as you can about it from down here. Thursday, July 5 to Sunday, July 8. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Daily admission is $30, Sunday admission is $12, kids 12 and under are free, and the STEAM portion of the conference is free and open to the public. VIP packages that include food and other special perks are also available. Details here.
Desert Sun. 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.
Lovers: Part One. Talk about tension. In this play by Brian Friel, two teenagers in 1966 Ireland meet up on a hilltop to study for their exams. As if that’s not stressful and high-stakes enough, they’re also there to discuss their unplanned pregnancy. As Joe, who is studious but not ready to be an adult and Maggie, whose free spirit is getting little anxious about the idea of motherhood, figure out what to do, they talk about all of the things any parties to an unplanned pregnancy would: Family, religion, cultural expectation and their changing feelings. Holly Griffith directs this play, one of Friel’s lesser-known productions that’s almost as full as witticisms as it is wistfulness. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday , July 5 and Friday, July 6; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7; 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. Scoundrel and Scamp MainStage Theater, 738 N. Fifth Ave., suite 131. $28 GA, $20 under 30 and $15 students and teachers. Details here.