San Diego Weekend Guide: July 23-25 – Pop & Pliés

A nature scene from the beach could be perfect inspiration for artists at Oceanside’s Plein Air Festival. REUTERS/Mike Blake

You want Comic-Con back, the city and its hotels and businesses sure want Comic-Con back, but we’ve got [email protected] again this San Diego weekend, along with dance, street festivals and car shows too.

Comic-Con returns, and continues through Sunday, with panels full of pop culture favorites – along with some curveballs – brought to you via the Con’s website and the convention’s YouTube channel. Exhibitors will sell toys, merchandise and other items online too. Perhaps the best nerd-gasm of the week? At noon Friday, there will be a panel packed with links to core fandoms – the voice cast from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, includes Star Wars icon Mark Hamill, Sarah Michelle Gellar of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame and Lena Headey of Game of Thrones.

By the way, the animated series, created by Comic-Con devotee Kevin Smith, just happens to premiere Friday on Netflix.

Another online event, the PBS Short Film Festival, concludes Friday, with 25 of the best films roughly 30 minutes and under. Watch explorations of everything from old age and Hawaiian activism to the Afrobeat genre and surviving breast cancer. Catch them on PBS’ YouTube channel.