July 8 | Brown Theatre at Wortham Center
Most literary jacks-of-all-trades are masters of none, but not Neil Gaiman, who’s shown equal command of fantasy short fiction, novels, comic books and graphic novels appealing to audiences both young and old. The author will discuss his recent book American Gods (which was recently adapted for TV) and more. —Arman Badrei
From $28. 501 Texas Ave. 832-487-7000. spahouston.org.
July 8 | NRG Arena
The world-famous exhibition team—an inimitable mix of basketball and comedy—comes to Houston this weekend to entertain spectators with crazy alley-oops, casual slam dunks and smooth, fun-to-watch passes that will have you laughing and cheering at once. —Arman Badrei
From $23. 1 NRG Park. 832-667-1400. harlemglobetrotters.com.
July 8, 8 p.m. | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Call it a great way to introduce orchestra skeptics to some of the more iconic pieces in the repertory. Still and moving images as well as histories and biographies of featured composers will be projected behind musicians of the HSO, under the direction of conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong. It’s a not-to-be-missed event for both classical music nuts and newbies alike. —Spencer Vogel
Ticketed seating from $20. 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-363-3300. woodlandscenter.org.
July 8 | Downtown Houston
At your first stop, you receive a punch card, discovering a route that will lead you to a multitude of drinking establishments old and new. It’s the Saint Arnold’s Annual Pub Crawl, and with 14 downtown bars participating this year, not to mention prizes and live music by Ishi and the Waxaholics, expect the good times to last late into the evening. —Kara Fields
Free to enter, libations extra. 713-686-9494. saintarnold.com.
Thru August 12 | Moody Gallery Houston
This exhibition of prints, woodcuts and photogravures, employing techniques from the 18th-century to the present, features works by seven members of this popular Austin-based collective. —Spencer Vogel
Free. 2815 Colquitt St. 713-526-9911. moodygallery.com.