San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Comic-Con Buzz
Comic-Con may not start until next week, but there are some events happening before the big weekend, plus some sophisticated comic-related options.
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.
Cinema @ The Balboa Presents "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy
"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.
Crossover: Where Comics and Science Meet
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.
Raiders, Rebels And Supermen: The Music of John Williams
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.