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Still making up your mind about what to do with yourself this weekend?There may still be tickets left to hear "Incredibles" director, Brad Bird. speak at "The Animated Performance: Art Meets Technology" lecture tonight Friday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. $5.

Bird joins the director of "Ice Age" (2002) “Aladdin” Genie animator and animation branch member Eric Goldberg, Academy Award winner Jan Pinkava (“Geri's Game”) and “Lord of the Rings” Gollum animators Richie Baneham and Steve Hornby for the The Academy's Science and Technology Council's presentation dedicated to the science and tec hnology behind the art of animation.

Not enough notice to make it? In recompense, here's early info about seeing the scandalously underappreciated and influential sci fi/horror writer Richard Matheson in person at Vroman's Pasadena on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 7:00 PM.

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The screenwriter and author of books and stories such as "What Dreams May Come" ( Robin Williams and Annabella Sciorra starred in the film adaptation in 1998), "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957 film) and "Stir of Echoes," is out and about to promote his latest novel "Woman."

Trust us, 20th century pop culture is so indebted to Matheson's imagination that would be no Sci Fi channel or UPN without this guy.

If you plan to totally geek out and bring stuff for the Master to sign, please note the following event guideline:
With the purchase of "Woman," Mr. Matheson will sign 1 copy from his selection of backlist titles.

Oh, and Loews Universal's martial arts festival "Black Belt" starts today, too.