Next week is the annual official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. This year has quite the stellar line-up, including the original Kirk, three Spocks and lots of first-time convention stars like Christopher Lloyd. There are also many night time activities lined up, including a TrekMovie meet-up and a Roddenberry party. Details below.
The annual Vegas Star Trek convention takes place at the Las Vegas Hilton on August 6th-9th. The event will have two concurrently running ballrooms for presentations and celebrity appearances, as well as a huge dealer room and the usual photograph rooms. There are appearances all day, and parties and other events each evening.
The celebrity line-up this year is very impressive. Topping the bill is the original Kirk himself William Shatner, making his first con appearance in two years. Bill will appear on Sunday on his own and with Leonard Nimoy. Also appearing will be the two other Spocks from the new Star Trek movie, Zachary Quinto and Jacob Kogan. There are also many of the main cast stars from all the Trek shows, including Jonathan Frakes Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson, Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo, Armin Shimerman, Rene Auberjonois, Colm Meaney, Dominic Keating, George Takei, Connor Trinneer, Anthony Montgomery, John Billingsley, Cirroc Lofton, Tim Russ, and Linda Park.
The line-up also has many favorite guest stars, including quite a few first-time Creation Convention appearances from stars of Star Trek movies, such as: Christopher Lloyd (STIII: Kruge), Laurence Luckinbill (STV: Sybok), Stephen Collins (TMP: Decker), and Alex Henteloff (STIV: Dr. Nichols). And many other fan favorite guest stars will be there including John Schuck, Casey Biggs, Gary Graham and more. And for fans of Klingons, you will be able to see J.G. Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly appear in full Klingon costume as Martok and Gowron.
Creation has lined up events for the evenings as well. As Star Trek: The Experience is now closed, they are going to be partying at the top of the Stratosphere Hotel, including free tickets for the thrill rides. On Friday there will be a special performance of "House Call’ by Robert Picardo and Ethan Phillips. On Saturday there will be a Gala Performance of the Star Trek stars that can sing: Robert Picardo, Tim Russ, Jacqueline Kim and Brent Spiner (Brent’s first time singing at a convention)
There are still tickets available for the convention as well as many of the evening events. For more info and tickets visit creationent.com.
TrekMovie at Vegas: Meet-up + Panel +Coverage
As always, TrekMovie will be reporting live from the official annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. Anthony Pascale and Kayla Iacovino will be roaming the convention center. Check back for details about our live Twitter and Flikr feeds as well as live blog posts from the event all week!
In addition, on Wednesday (convention eve) TrekMovie invites you to the Space Quest casino bar (you know, the one that used to be the entryway to Star Trek: The Experience?) in the Las Vegas Hilton for the TrekMovie, DVD Geeks, and Trek Cast meet up. We’ll arrive a little after 9pm for drinks and socializing, and even some giveaways! TrekMovie, DVD Geeks, and Trek Cast not enough for you? Well, our old pal Larry Nemecek is throwing his hat into the ring to take this gathering of geeks to the next level. Be sure to check out Larry’s website too. We can’t wait to see you there!
On Friday at 11:30 AM, TrekMovie’s Anthony Pascale will be joined by Larry Nemecek and Doug Murray for the "Star Trek The New Movie" panel. It will be a chance for fans to discuss the JJ Abrams Star Trek movie.
Be there, or be square
As always, Roddenberry.com are coming to Vegas. They will have a booth in the dealer room which will have the new ‘Trek 3d’ lenticular prints as well as some new Star Trek 2009 novelty T-Shirts and more new and old favorite products. At the booth you can also record a message for Majel and Gene Roddenberry, that will go up into space along with some of their cremated remains.
In addition Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will be doing a presentation on Friday at 3:30, which will include an introduction to their new comic book ‘Days Missing’ as well as a tribute to Majel Roddenberry.
Finally, Roddenberry.com is holding a party on Friday at the Hard Rock Casino. Anyone can go, but you have until Friday the 31st to register. The party will be promoting the new comic book and also have some Star Trek celebrities on hand, including Garrett Wang, Robert O Reilly, and JG Hertzler
More info on the Roddenberry events at roddenberry.com.
Roddenberry at Hard Rock
Picardo Charity Auction
On Sunday Robert Picardo will once again be hosting a charity auction benefit dinner for Habitat for Humanity. More info at robertpicardo.com.
Roddenberry at Hard Rock
East Coast Star Trek Convention This Weekend
If you are in the the NYC area, you may want to head to Parsippany, NJ this weekend for the East Coast Star Trek con. Not as big as Vegas, but some major stars are going to be there, including Leonard Nimoy and Kate Mulgrew.
Tickets are still available, more info at creationent.com