The 55-Year Mission Lands in Las Vegas
The 55-Year Mission Lands in Las Vegas
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds to seek out new life and new civilizations to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
That five-year mission has expanded to 55, with no end in sight. Star Trek has become an institution. The original series has spawned movies, more TV shows, books, art, graphic design, fashion, memorabilia, and course, conventions.
And let’s face it, is there any stranger new world to explore than Las Vegas?
Set your phaser on stun and beam on down to the Rio Suites Hotel on August 11-15 for what Creation Entertainment calls “the galaxy's largest annual Convention.” This five-day celebration of all things Star Trek celebrates the 55-year anniversary of the original series, as well as Creation’s 50th year.
We’ll let Creation explain some of the fun you can witness:
· A tribute is planned for superstar William Shatner (legendary Captain Kirk) for his milestone 90th birthday. Featured will be a video tribute to his amazing career, narrated by the man himself, as he shares some of his favorite memories! Creation will also be sharing his convention highlights throughout the years.
· Top Starfleet-worthy celebrities set to appear include headliners: classic Star Trek's George Takei (Sulu, Thursday and Sunday), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura, Saturday), and Walter Koenig (Chekov, Friday only); Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham from Star Trek: Discovery, Sunday only); Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager, Sunday only); and in his first Trek appearance, six-time Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer (Captain Morgan Bateson from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Saturday only).
· Gene Roddenberry's 100th birthday will be given a special tribute as we celebrate and honor the life and career of the legendary creator of Star Trek.
· Several unique science panels by leading industry expert Dr. Mohamed Noor, Dean of Natural Sciences at Duke University and science consultant for Star Trek, will focus on how real-life science equates with the Star Trek universe. Dr. David Williams, renowned planetary geologist with Arizona State University and consultant of many NASA planetary missions, will discuss the exploration of our solar system and its many diverse planets, moons and asteroids and as well as the past and future exploration of Saturn's largest moon.
· The late Leonard Nimoy, who would have turned 90 this year, will be honored with a special fine art photography exhibit as well as video footage of his convention appearance highlights.
Not only that, “the non-stop theatrical show” will have such fun activities as behind-the-scenes presentations, costume and trivia contests, no-minimum bid auctions of unique collectibles and one-of-a-kind items, and special fan-made music videos. The exhibit hall will boast major companies and distributors selling and displaying sci-fi collectibles from across the universe.
There will also be a Saturday Night Gala Celebration, featuring the Nevada Pops Orchestra to honor Trek creator Roddenberry, and featuring music by such Trek-centric artists as Dennis McCarthy (Grammy Award-winning composer) and Jeff Russo (Emmy Award-winning composer known for his score of "Star Trek: Discovery"). Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery) and Isa Briones (Star Trek: Picard) will perform with the orchestra. (Note that you will need a separate ticket for the concert).
Being in Las Vegas, you can even get married on a replica of the Enterprise bridge, if that’s what you are into. (We’re not judging, really…)
Saturday will be cosplay day, “with celebrity judges, special on-stage costume panels, the annual Costume Parade throughout the convention, and a number of cosplayer meet ups are all scheduled.”
And be sure not to wear your red ensign uniform, because you know those guys never do well in desert landscapes.
General admission tickets are available in advance (www.creationent.com) or at the door and start at $65 for a single day. Show hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (times are tentative).
For further information, call Creation Entertainment, 818/409-0960, or visit website at www.creationent.com.
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