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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: June 28-July 4

Posted 8:20am on Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013

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. It’s an overload of old-school cool, and we’re 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 Riscky’s 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 Nowitzki’s 2013 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game

With proceeds going to the children’s 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. There’ll be face painting, wiffle ball and more for the kids, plus fireworks after the game. $8-$15. 972-504-9383; www.airhogsbaseball.com.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

You can see more on Willie in this week’s cover story, but as a preview for this year’s 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. That’s a party. Starts at noon Thursday inside and outside Billy Bob’s Texas in the Fort Worth Stockyards. $35-$55 (VIP $110-$250). 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.

Kaboom Town

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

Here’s another big tradition, this one part of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s 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

It’s 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 won’t 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.

‘Peter Pan’

It’s 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 Center’s 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 it’s run again by Curt Thompson — except this time he’s running the festival from afar, in Melbourne, Australia (Thompson accepted an appointment there). Monday through July 7 at TCU’s 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? Don’t miss Mo’Nique, 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.

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