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Two Art Things

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents two “things”: The Shore Thing kickoff 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla and the Thursday Night Thing (TNT) 7 p.m. July 10, 1001 Kettner Blvd., downtown. During Shore Thing, galleries are open later and cocktails available for purchase, free admission. TNT presents “James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash),” a large-scale installation art and music mash-up event. Tickets: $8-$10. (858) 454-3541.

Get to Know a Shark

Have you had a shark encounter recently? Birch Aquarium offers plenty of opportunities this summer with Talk & Touch 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekends; and Shark Stories/meet-and-greet 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Included with admission: $12.50-$17. 2300 Expedition Way. (858) 534-7336.

Magic meets science

World Champion of Magic Jason Latimer presents “Perception: See Beyond the Illusion,” a one-of-a- kind show combining magic and science at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (search for Jason Latimer on YouTube for a preview). 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays July 5-Aug. 31. Tickets: $19.95-$27.95. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. (619) 238-1233.

Fun in the Sun

For a day of fun, check out UC Celebration 2014, a free community event with musical performances, 5K run, pancake breakfast, outdoor games, beer garden and more (some activities charge a fee). 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 4. Standley Park Recreation Center, 3585 Governor Drive. (858) 412-0786. Event schedule:

Remember These?

San Diego Automotive Museum presents “Orphan Cars ... Gone But Not Forgotten,” through Sept. 26. Orphan Cars are vehicles that are no longer manufactured; the exhibit features 17 examples. Admission: $4-$8.50. 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. (619) 231-2886.

Changing Shape

La Jolla Library presents the last book making class for adults, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 7555 Draper Ave. The Altered Book Sculpture class teaches how to re-use old, hardcover books and folding techniques to create sculptures. Free, advanced sign-up required. (858) 552-1657.

Summer Organ Music

Spreckels Organ Society’s 27th annual Summer International Organ Festival presents theater organist R. Jelani Eddington 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 7. All Festival concerts, Mondays through Aug. 25, are free. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. (619) 702-8138.