Kings of the Mic Tour
Never has there been a more aptly named music tour. The kings are LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul. Its an overload of old-school cool, and were ready. Also, DJ Z-Trip. 7:30 p.m. Monday at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $39.50-$59.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Camp Bowie Pub Crawl West Edition
The Camp Bowie District and Rahr & Sons Brewing Company have a great way for you to have some cold beer and contribute to planting trees and beautifying the district. The crawl is Friday and goes from Risckys Barbeque (5-6:30 p.m.) to Buffalo West (6:30-8 p.m.) to the after-party at Rebecca Low Sculptural Metal Gallery and Studio, where you can hear tunes by Joshua Irwin. $10 gets you a cold Rahr in a collectible pint glass; refills are $3. http://campbowiedistrict.com.
Dirk Nowitzkis 2013 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game
With proceeds going to the childrens charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation, you can find time to watch Mark Cuban, Dez Bryant, Jason Terry, Drew Pearson, Terrell Owens, actor Geoff Stults and other local sports stars play a game of ball. The kind played in the summer. 6 p.m. Saturday at Dr Pepper Ballpark, Frisco. $10-$17. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration and Grand Prairie AirHogs
There are two chances for fireworks in Grand Prairie this week. At Lone Star Park, gates open 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, races start at 5 p.m., and fireworks follow the last race. 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. $5. 972-263-7223; www.lonestarpark.com.
And at 6:05 p.m. Thursday, the AirHogs take on the Wichita Wingnuts at QuikTrip Park, 1600 Lone Star Parkway. Therell be face painting, wiffle ball and more for the kids, plus fireworks after the game. $8-$15. 972-504-9383; www.airhogsbaseball.com.
Willie Nelsons 4th of July Picnic
You can see more on Willie in this weeks cover story, but as a preview for this years Picnic: Willie is joined by Kris Kristofferson, Randy Rogers Band, Gary Allan, Leon Russell, Ray Price, Justin Moore, Ryan Bingham, David Allan Coe, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Amber Digby, Paula Nelson, Folk Uke, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, the Quebe Sisters Band, and more. Thats a party. Starts at noon Thursday inside and outside Billy Bobs Texas in the Fort Worth Stockyards. $35-$55 (VIP $110-$250). 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.
One of the biggest Independence Day events in the Metroplex happens in Addison, and on July 3, so you can get a jump on things. 5 p.m.-midnight Wednesday at Addison Circle Park. Free. www.addisontexas.net.
Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
Heres another big tradition, this one part of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras Concerts in the Garden series. 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3320 Botanic Garden Blvd. $13-$50. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Arlington 4th of July Parade
Its one of the oldest of area Independence Day traditions. The parade starts at 9 a.m. Thursday in the downtown/University of Texas at Arlington area, with an after-picnic in Heritage Park. Free. 817-330-9872; www.arlington4th.org.
Justin Bieber and New Kids on the Block
They wont appear together, but what a great way to see the king of teen pop with his counterparts from more than two decades ago, both at American Airlines Center. Girls, take your moms. And vice versa. NKOTB (with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men opening) is 7:30 p.m. Friday ($29.50-$93); the Beebs plays 7 p.m. Wednesday ($45-$95). 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Its a big year on local stages for versions of the J.M. Barrie story, as Dallas Theater Center opens the new musical Fly on Tuesday, and the PP prequel Peter and the Starcatcher comes to ATTPAC in September. But now, see the popular musical version performed by Kids Who Care. It runs through June 30 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Centers Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St. $17-$20. 817-737-5437; www.kidswhocare.org.
Mimir Chamber Music Festival
This year, the event has been shortened to one week, with five major performances of new and classic pieces, and its run again by Curt Thompson except this time hes running the festival from afar, in Melbourne, Australia (Thompson accepted an appointment there). Monday through July 7 at TCUs PepsiCo Recital Hall, Fort Worth. $15-$25 per performance. 817-257-5443; www.mimirfestival.org.
How many recent Oscar winners do you get to see doing stand-up? Dont miss MoNique, who wowed movie audiences as the vile mother in Precious, at the Arlington Improv. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at 309 Curtis Mathes Way, No. 147, Arlington. $45-$55. 817-635-5555; www.improv.com.