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A few restaurants are offering Bejing Olympic specials. / Photo by jslander via LAist's featured flickr pool.

CONVENTION: SIGGRAPH, the annual conference that caters to the gamers, graphic artists and engineers kicks off today at the Los Angeles Convention Center and runs until Friday. There are plenty of classes, networking opportunities and lotsa geek eye candy.

THEATRE*: The Geffen Playhouse's Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theatre hosts a reading of comedian Mike Birbiglia’s one-man show Sleepwalk with Me tonight and tomorrow at 8 pm. The play’s described as a “crazy story about confronting your fears, finding happiness, and how important it is to TELL EVERYONE. Through the journey of his life and the bouts with sleepwalking that nearly killed him, Mike Birbiglia takes the audience on a wild ride exploring his fears of love, honesty, death, and search for the answer.” Tickets are half-price ($25) through Goldstar.

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OBAMA PARTY: There’s a Barack Obama fundraiser tonight "Barock the House" at 8 pm at Temple Bar in Santa Monica. $15 will get you in the door to hear the bands: Wallpaper, The Outline, Oliver Future, White Arrows, Jastrow & Bobo with DJs Z & Griz. It’s a perfect way of getting political without really trying.

FILM: The ArcLight Sherman Oaks continues its Sci-fi series tonight with a 7:30 screening of Aliens, the James Cameron-directed sequel to Alien. Sigourney Weaver's character Ellen Ripley is the #8 hero on AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains list.

OLYMPIC FOOD: Remember that Downtown's Noe Restaurant has a Dim Sum Olympics Menu at the lounge through the end of the summer games. Starting daily at 5 pm, Chef Glen Ishii's menu will include classic dim sum dishes with a gourmet twist, such as foie gras dumplings. Available for $18 (serves 1-2 people) or $36 (serves 2-4 people).

MORE OLYMPIC FOOD: Beacon in Culver City is also celebrating the Olympics with Chinese cuisine-inspired items. Chef Kazuto Matsusaka's specials from the kickoff weekend included potstickers of pork, leek and shrimp and stir-fry farmers market ong choy with garlic, ginger, chili and Chinese miso.

*Pencil pick of the day