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Thursday | 12
POP THURSDAY GOES COMIC CRAZY
Calling all cosplayers! Dress up as your favorite character for a costume contest and get your own comic-book cover portrait in the “fantasy photo studio.” Also, filmmaker Neil Kendricks will give an introduction to the screening of Sin City, body painting and photography to be showcased by Body Art Playground, Gabe Vega creates “superhuman sounds,” Alchemy provides refreshments, and museum galleries are open for viewing. Free to $10
WHEN:7 p.m.
WHERE: Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-238-7559 x202; mopa.org

Friday | 13
THE WALKING DEAD ESCAPE
As a “survivor,” climb, crawl, and slide over a course “designed for participants with a wide range of abilities.” The goal: make it to the evacuation zone without having contact with any “walkers.” Spectators of all ages can watch the Apocalypse from the sidelines. Costumes welcome, but no weapons (real or fake) allowed. $15 for spectators, $70–$90 for survivors.
WHEN: 1 to 9 p.m. (also Thursday and Saturday, check for times)
WHERE: Petco Park, 100 Park Boulevard, East Village. Thewalkingdeadescape.com

Saturday | 14
TEDX – AMERICA’S FINEST CITY 2012
This year’s TEDxAFC, a conference during which presenters “give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less,” features speakers and presenters Greg Koch (founder and CEO of Stone Brewing Co.), the Calder Quartet, Melinda Richter (founder and CEO of Prescience International), Michael S. Rosenberg (managing director of La Jolla Playhouse), and many more. $50–$100
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. 619-387-TEDx (8339); tedxamericasfinestcity.com

Sunday | 15
DAMES AT SEA
The North Coast Rep presents a musical comedy about an energetic young woman who brings her tap shoes to the Big Apple. Book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, music by Jim Wise, directed by Rick Simas. $30–$35
WHEN: 2 and 7 p.m. (ongoing until July 29, check for dates and times)
WHERE:
North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. 858-481-1055; northcoastrep.org

Monday | 16
OPERATION THANK YOU
Visit the donation booth in the library’s main lobby to donate “welcome home packages” for troops returning from overseas in partnership with USO San Diego. Packages may include toiletries, bottled water, non-perishable snacks, decks of cards, puzzle magazines or books, and a thank-you note from the donor.
WHEN:
5:30 to 8 p.m. (ongoing until August 1, check for dates and times)
WHERE: San Diego Public Library, 820 E Street, East Village. 619-236-5821; sandiego.gov/public-library

Tuesday | 17
THE NIGHTINGALE
La Jolla Playhouse’s Page to Stage program presents a “compelling contemporary musical” based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. Written by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, with choreography by Dan Knechtges, and directed by Moises Kaufman. Audiences will be “captivated with poetic pop sensibility” and engaged in the “process of creating a brand new work.” $20–$40
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. (ongoing until August 5, check for dates and times)
WHERE: La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. 858-550-1010; lajollaplayhouse.org

Wednesday | 18
COLLEGE PLANNING WORKSHOP
Find out how you can attend college for almost free by learning methods “to maximize financial aid,” and the “five big myths of college planning.” Other topics include how a six-figure-income family can obtain need-based scholarships and grants, the “single biggest mistake 9 out of 10 parents make when applying for scholarships,” and much more. Free.
WHEN: 7:15 to 8:45 a.m.
WHERE: Stagecoach Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches, Carlsbad. 760-814-8591; ducerus.com/carlsbad

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