There are many events, big and small, from now until May to help fans celebrate in preparation of the premiere of the Star Trek feature film. Organizations as diverse as the United States Library of Congress to local libraries are holding a variety of Star Trek themed events as "the day of reckoning" approaches. Conventional Wisdom provides this guide to Star Trek events from March until May.
STAR TREK SPRING EVENTS
Barnes and Noble Star Trek Discussion Group
(March 10, April 14, and May 12 at 7PM — Lynnwood, Washington)
This is a local Star Trek group that discusses everything from episodes to books.
Star Trek Collectibles book author’s signing
(March 21, 3 PM to 4 PM — Hanslam’s Book Store in St. Petersburg, Florida)
Author Steve Kelley of The Star Trek Collectibles guidebook will be answering questions and signing copies at this local bookstore event.
US Library of Congress showing of "The Savage Curtain"
(March 26 7 PM -9 PM — Washington, DC)
The Library of Congress is showing the Abraham Lincoln themed episode "The Savage Curtain" during its Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration. The event is at the historic Pickford Theater. This episode features the line "There is nothing good in war excepting its ending" which is often erroneously attributed to the real President Lincoln. It was a line from Star Trek!
2nd Annual Naruto Star Trek Convention
(March 27-29 — Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Star Trek guests include Walter Koenig, James Cawley, Barbara Luna, Morgan Sheppard, and Chistina Moses at this interesting and fun convention that combines anime and Star Trek fan subcultures.
Price: Weekend pass $35 (discounts online)
Star Trek Bingo Charity Event
(April 8 7:30 PM — Atlanta, Georgia)
The fan group USS Republic is partnering with PALS, a charity organization that provides veterinarian care and free food to the animals of critically ill and disabled persons. The evening features Star Trek themed bingo and fun.
Leeds Museum Star Trek: These Are The Voyages Exhibit
(April 4-19 — Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, UK)
This exhibit will feature props and costumes from all the incarnations of Star Trek.
Star Trek Talk at Gender Conference 2009: Come to this Sacred Place
(April 16-17, 2009 — College of Lake County, Grayslake Illinois)
Trekmovie’s collectibles editor John Tenuto (a college professor and Chair of Sociology/Anthropology) will be the Friday keynote address at the 2009 Gender Conference. The talk is about Star Trek and mythology entitled "Captain Kathryn Janeway and the Narratemes of Star Trek Voyager"
Price: $30 (for conference)
(April 17-19 — Denver, Colorado)
Star Trek guests include Brent Spiner, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, and authors Kevin Dillmore, Christie Golden, and Dayton Ward. This annual event is a fun mid-sized convention that celebrates all kinds of science fiction, especially Star Trek.
Price: 3-day pass $49 (in advance)
18th Annual Fed Con
(May 1-3 — Bonn, Germany)
It doesn’t get better than Fed Con for European Star Trek fans. This venerable and incredible convention maintains it friendliness and fun. Star Trek guests include Connor Trinnear, Nichelle Nichols, John Billingsley, Robert Picardo, Nana Visitor, and has many other guests, including Battlestar Galactica’s Edward James Olmos. Host Marc B. Lee is one of the best Master of Ceremonies for Star Trek events.
Price: 99 Euro (3-day pass)
17th Annual Creation Sci Fi Summit
(May 1-3 — Los Angeles, California)
Star Trek guests include Jeri Ryan, Michelle Forbes, Michael Welch, and genre favorite Linda Hamilton among others. Event celebrates Star Trek and various science fiction franchises.
Price: $73 (3-day pass)
Star Trek Extravaganza: The History of Star Trek Collectibles
(May 5th at 7PM — Warren Newport Public Library of Gurnee, Illinois)
A free event hosted by Professor John Tenuto, this local library event will provide interesting facts about the history of Star Trek collectibles.
ONGOING STAR TREK EXHIBITS
Star Trek: The Exhibition
(Phoenix, Arizona* or Detroit, MI)
The traveling Star Trek exhibition of props and costumes continues this Spring.
* Phoenix Engagement closes in April and will move to The Franklin in Philadelphia, PA, opening May 16th (website)
"Fascinating" – Exhibit
(Starts May 7th –Eberswalde, Germany )
Starting this May, fans will get to experience props from the show and movies and licensed merchandise (including a display of every Hallmark Christmas Ornament) at the Eberswalde Museum. There is an exhibition preview March 22 and a celebration of First Contact on April 7th.
Star Trek events continue during the summer convention season, and "Conventional Wisdom" will be back with a detailed preview soon. Here is a sneak peak at some of the events to start planning for this summer.
- Trek Fest with guests Walter Koenig, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols, June 26-27 (www.trekfest.com)
- Shore Leave with guests Robert Picardo, Michael Welch, Ethan Phillips, and many Star Trek authors (www.shore-leave.com)
- The Las Vegas Creation Convention with guests William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Jonathan Frakes, Dominic Keating, and many others (www.creationent.com)
- Dragon Con with guests including Leonard Nimoy September 4-7 (www.dragoncon.org)
Also, Trekmovie.com will keep fans informed of various events before the new Star Trek films If you know about local events let me know by emailing [to john AT trekmovie DOT com].