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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.

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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.

aquarium.ucsd.edu

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.

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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:

UniversityCityNews.org/uc-4th-of-july

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.

SDAutoMuseum.org

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.

LaJollaLibrary.org

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.

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