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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: The Comic-Con Buzz

A 2016 photo of pets and owners at the PAWmicon adoption event.

Credit: Courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center

Above: A 2016 photo of pets and owners at the PAWmicon adoption event.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Comic-Con Buzz


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

Comic-Con may not start until next week, but there are some events happening before the big weekend, plus some sophisticated comic-related options.


Animals, Charity

Dogs get into the Comic-Con spirit at this fifth annual pet costume contest and adoption event. Canines will be able to enter a costume contest ($10 entry fee) with their owners, or strut the runway alone. There will also be dog-friendly games like bobbing for squeak toys and a photo booth, complete with costumes you can borrow.

Don't have a dog? There will be costume-clad animals for adoption from the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Details: 10 a.m. Saturday. Hazard Center, 7610 Hazard Center Drive, Mission Valley. Free to $10.

Photo credit: Warner Brothers

A photo from "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy."

Cinema @ The Balboa Presents "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy


What better way to get in the spirit of Comic-Con than by watching the entire "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy? Catch the three films on the big screen at Cinema @ The Balboa.

"The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001) kicks off the event Saturday at noon, followed by the "The Two Towers" (2002) at 5 p.m. Get some sleep and eat your Hobbit snacks and be back to the theater at noon Sunday for "The Return of the King" (2003).

Details: Noon and 5 p.m. Saturday; noon Sunday. Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., downtown. $7 to $25.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Fleet Science Center

A photo of the Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park.

Crossover: Where Comics and Science Meet

Science, Comics

The Fleet Science Center and IDW present the latest in their Crossover: Where Comics and Science Meet series.

This time "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" creator Kevin Eastman and "V-Wars" creator Jonathan Maberry will join Ronald Colman and Sharon Schene from The Scripps Research Institute to discuss molecular biology and comics.

Tickets for this 21-and-up event include two beers from Aztec Brewing, plus an IDW comic.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. $16.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Mathew Imaging

A photo of composer John Williams.

Raiders, Rebels And Supermen: The Music of John Williams

Music, Film

San Diego Symphony celebrates the music of John Williams, legendary composer of film soundtracks.

The concert will feature famous excerpts from "Jurassic Park," "Superman," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "E.T." and, of course, the "Star Wars" movies. The doors open at 6 p.m. for a pre-concert gathering featuring "Cantina Band" music, special Star Wars-themed cocktails and a costume contest. Cosplay is welcome and encouraged.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown. $20 to $35.

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