5 Things to Do This Weekend, July 2-4

Besides the fireworks, of course.

By Emma Schkloven July 2, 2021

From Houston, With Love

Image: Troy Montes

Tyrese Gibson

Acting, singing, shimmying onstage dressed as a Terminator-style porcupine—is there anything Tyrese Gibson can’t do? When the F9 star drops by Houston this weekend, the spotlight won’t be on his furiously fast driving skills but on his Grammy-nominated singing chops. It’s been a few years since the R&B singer graced us with another album (he’s been busy making movies, ya’ll, cut him some slack), but don’t let that time away from the studio fool you. As his run on the latest season of The Masked Singer proved, he’s still got it. So, let all your troubles drift away as Gibson’s silky smooth, honied tones carry you through into next week.

July 2. From $69.50. Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy. 713-772-5900. More info and tickets at


Inspired by Houston composer Karim Al-Zand’s Capriccios and the painting style of the same name, this new film from Bayou City filmmaker Traci Lavois Thiebaud celebrates the city’s artistic diversity. Commissioned by Musiqa as part of the organization's 20th anniversary, the film features contributions from the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, DiverseWorks, Catastrophic Theatre, and other organizations and artists within Houston’s arts scene. This “love letter to Houston artists” will be scored by Musiqa artist board member Al-Zand’s Violin Capriccio #1 and #6.

July 2. Free. Online. More info and streaming at

Kidpendence Day

We caved, one event with fireworks. Pull out the stars and stripes for a day of child-sized patriotic fun. Learn about rocketry and fireworks as you munch on all-American classic foods like hotdogs. Make superhero masks and patriotic hats. And make Mom and Dad have those cellphones ready for your selfie with Captain America.

July 3. From $11. Children’s Museum Houston, 1500 Binz St. More info and tickets at

Battleship Texas 

For a short time, you can climb aboard the Battleship Texas once more. The century-old ship is lowering the gangway for two days for a special Independence Day tour that includes the officer's wardroom, main deck, and navigation bridge (the rest of the ship remains closed due to construction) and live music. The former USS Texas has been closed to the public since 2019 while it underwent massive repairs for extensive damage. And while there’s no way of know for sure, this might be one of the last times Houstonians can visit as the ol’ dreadnought’s eventually leaving for a new port where, the Battleship Texas Foundation hopes, she’ll draw more visitors.

July 3-4. From $5. 523 Independence Pkwy., La Porte. More info and tickets at

From Houston, With Love

Forever 21, you are so yesterday. The former location of the millennial-favorite, fast-fashion retailer has been converted into 23,000 square-feet of exhibition space featuring more than 20 local and globally recognized artists from the Bayou City. On display for 60 days, all the works, which range from paintings to photographs to sculptures, reflect the vibrant and distinctive culture of the city these unique artists call home. Oh, and did we mention there’s a painted Polaris Slingshot? Talk about fancy. 

Thru Aug 15. From $15. GreenStreet, 1201 Main. More info and tickets at