The annual official Las Vegas Star Trek convention returns to the Rio Suites Hotel this weekend! Geek will be there roaming the floor, taking in the panels, and boldly going where many, many geeks have gone before. Four of the Captains will share the stage (minus Patrick Stewart, unfortunately) on Sunday to relive the history of Star Trek and meet fandom face to face. Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko from Deep Space 9) will perform live in concert Saturday night. There will be a chat with visual effects artist Gabriel Koerner, a phaser building craft workshop, and even a world premiere theatrical piece by Rene Auberjonois (Odo) and Ethan Phillips (Neelix). But one of the biggest spectacles of the week will take place Saturday afternoon when the fans gather to break a Guinness World Record for the most Star Trek costumes in one place. You can be a part of history!
Between drinking Romulan ale and battling Klingons at the blackjack table, I’ll be wandering aimlessly throughout the event, looking for the perfect phaser (or maybe a tricorder – not sure yet). If you see me (hint: Geek shirt), tell me what a huge geek you are and I might have a bit of exclusive swag to share with you (while supplies last). I’ll let you know more as the weekend approaches, so keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ feeds for the details.
If you want all the details (times, prices, location, etc) for what’s happening in Sin City this weekend, check out the official Creation Entertainment Star Trek Convention site and the official press release below:
A DRINK WITH A BLUE ANDORIAN? THE GALAXY’S LARGEST STAR TREK CONVENTION BEAMS BACK TO LAS VEGAS
August 9 – 11, 2012
The Official Star Trek Convention returns to Las Vegas for the 11th year on August 9-12 at The Rio Suites Hotel. For the 20,000 expected attendees the big draw is the on-stage appearances of over 80 Star Trek celebrities including “The Four Captains”: William Shatner (Kirk), Avery Brooks (Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Janeway) and Scott Bakula (Archer).
Fans have the chance to not only see the stars on stage but to meet them personally at parties, autograph sessions and photo opportunities. Thousands are expected to come dressed as their favorite Star Trek characters, donning outrageously intricate costumes that take months to prepare.
With 726 Star Trek television episodes produced and 11 feature films, the convention has 46 years of history to celebrate and the joy of meeting fellow “Trekkers” from scores of countries and every state in The U.S. is a big dynamic of the gathering. Monica Gillen, spokesperson for Creation Entertainment, the production company behind the event, said, “The Las Vegas Convention is all about celebrating the positive and hopeful message that Star Trek represents with its acceptance of diversity and a future where humans get along with each other. That and grabbing a drink in the bar with a blue Andorian kind of makes it special.”
Some of the highlights of the Star Trek Convention include:
- The “Four Captains On Stage Together!” (Sunday)
- The 25th Anniversary Reunion of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Saturday)
- Avery Brooks in a full musical concert performance (Saturday)
- World’s Record Attempt at most people in Star Trek Costumes at one place (Saturday)
- Breakfast with Original Star Trek Stars Walter Koenig and George Takei (Chekov and Sulu) (Sunday)
- Star Trek Stars Rene Auberjonois and Ethan Phillips in a comedy performance (Thursday)
General admission tickets are available in advance (www.creationent.com) or at the door for $35 on Thursday and Friday, and $40 Saturday and Sunday. General admission tickets for children 12 and under are $25. Children under six are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Show hours are Thursday, 11:30 AM – 7 PM, Friday, 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM, Saturday, 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday, 9 AM – 6:00 PM (hours are tentative at this time).
For further information, call Creation Entertainment, 818/409-0960, or visit our website at www.creationent.com.