Star Trek Las Vegas will kick off on Wednesday, and fans from all around the world will descend upon the Rio Suites Hotel to join tens of thousands of their fellow fans for five full days of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Produced by Creation Entertainment, Star Trek Las Vegas will offer wall-to-wall fun, from Trek celebrities appearing on stage, signing autographs and posing for photos to informative panels; from detailed set re-creations to parties and concerts; and from unique dining/drinking opportunities (we're looking at you, Quarks!) to costume contests and much, much more.
StarTrek.com will be in Vegas for the entire weekend and will cover the event via social media, including Twitter and Instagram, as well as with daily recaps here on the StarTrek.com main page. In the meantime, check out some of the scheduled highlights:
Celebrity guests will include William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Whoopi Goldberg, Kirstie Alley, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, Elinor Donahue, Jay Chattaway, Robert Picardo, Nana Visitor, Tim Russ, Garrett Wang, Robert Duncan McNeill, Terry Farrell, Armin Shimerman, Rene Auberjonois, Dominic Keating, John Billingsley, Anthony Montgomery, Connor Trinneer, Michael Westmore, John de Lancie, Bjo and John Trimble, Herman Zimmerman, Naren Shankar, Jeffrey Combs, Mike and Denise Okuda, Doug Drexler, Robert Blackman, Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Rod Roddenberry and many, many more.
50 ARTISTS. 50 YEARS. EXHIBIT
Created to commemorate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, 50 Artists. 50 Years. features Star Trek-inspired works by 50 artists from around the globe, including the last piece created by Leonard Nimoy, a renowned photographer in his own right. The exhibit will include original 2D and 3D pieces by the artists, who selected a variety of mediums -- illustrations, photographs, sculptures, paintings, graphics and more -- to express their love of the franchise and the inspiration gained from it. Fans are invited to tour the art exhibit for free throughout the weekend, and many of the artists -- including Lynn Norton, JK Woodward and Dusty Abell -- will be signing 50 Artists. 50 Years. books and posters throughout the event.
MAC and Star Trek have joined forces to deliver fans exclusive early access to the cosmic new makeup collaboration inspired by the women of Star Trek, specifically Uhura, Deanna Troi, Vina and Seven of Nine. All throughout STLV, fans can jump aboard the transporter, located in the Amazon Ballroom, to explore strange new worlds for photo ops and to shop the 25-piece collection, ranging from lipstick to nail polish to eye shadows, and to enjoy professionally done makeover -- all a month prior to the Sept. 1 counter date for stores. Fans also can expect giveaways and photo ops, as well as performances on the set with a cast of talent including representational models of Uhura, Seven of Nine, Deanna Troi and Vina, as well as an Away Team of redshirts. Share using #MACStarTrek.
And get ready for the following M-A-C/Star Trek panels --
Three Eras of Beauty: The Women of Star Trek
Without any disruption to the space time continuum, M·A·C takes you through three eras of iconic beauties – Lieutenant Uhura and her 60’s inspired liner; Counselor Deanna Troi and her 90’s supermodel style; and Seven of Nine with her modern less-is-more beauty. Learn the backstage secrets of how M·A·C recreated these iconic characters for their new M·A·C Star Trek collection; and how you can look as fabulous as these icons no matter what galaxy you reside in. (Thursday at 1:45 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre)
The Ultimate Illusion: Mastering the Art of Body Painting
If the Talosians aren't there to create the illusions and deceptions of color, character and creation, how do you achieve the perfected skin tones and textures of all the various species throughout the Federation (and beyond!)? Star Trek was known for its acceptance of beauty across all species – and many required as much as 10-12 hours in makeup. Learn how you can achieve a perfect illusion in the face and/or body from the experts who helped recreate Vina for the new M·A·C Star Trek collection. (Saturday at 3:25 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre)
STARTREK.COM PANELS & PRESENTATIONS
As always, StarTrek.com will offer a variety of entertaining and informative panels. The panels are designed to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek, to get fans talking and debating, and to introduce them to Trek things to come. Here are the scheduled StarTrek.com panels:
One Trek Mind
StarTrek.com’s popular commentator Jordan Hoffman -- who also hosts Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast -- will once again moderate two sure-to-be-fun panels that let the fans debate and come up with several Best-Of lists. This year’s topics will include Top 10 Worst Star Trek Episodes (Friday at 10 a.m. in the Deforest Kelley Theatre) and Top 10 Best Star Trek Episodes (Saturday at 11 a.m. in the DeForest Kelley Theatre)
The Hallmark/Star Trek connection celebrates 25 years. Hallmark invites fans to take a journey into Christmas pasts and revisit some of the most iconic Keepsake Ornaments, first introduced in 199. Join legendary Hallmark ship ornament sculptor Lynn Norton as well as Hallmark's Christine Taylor and Kevin Dilmore as they share insight on the selection process, the creation and the success of these annual fan favorites. (Thursday at 12 noon in the DeForest Kelley Theatre)
The Star Trek Encyclopedia Revised Edition
Authors Mike and Denise Okuda will give fans a sneak peek at the upcoming Star Trek Encyclopedia, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Reference Guide to the Future. The two-volume encyclopedia features a completely new design, stunning new full-color photographs and illustrations, and 300 pages of new entries, packaged in a specially designed and shrink-wrapped deluxe slipcase. (Thursday at 6:10 p.m. in the Deforest Kelley Theatre)
Star Trek: The Missing Footage Revealed
On September 8, 1966 a new television series premiered with a basic mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. Little did anyone expect Star Trek to become one of the most-adored and influential entertainment icons of the last half-century. Fans have watched and re-watched episodes over and over. But what if there were another scene or a different version of a scene? What impact would it have on the episode as we know it now? Join Roger Lay, Mike and Denise Okuda, Rod Roddenberry and others as they reveal never-seen-before clips and photos from some of Star Trek’s most-famous episodes. (Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre)
Publishing the Star Trek Universe
The Star Trek universe is one that is constantly expanding and developing. Authors Robb Pearlman, Dayton Ward and Paula Block & Terry Erdmann share what it's like to publish the Trek books, providing insight into what it's like to be a redshirt (Star Trek: Redshirt's Little Book of Doom, by Pearlman), providing a travel guide for your next visit to Vulcan (Hidden Universe Travel Guide: Star Trek: Vulcan, by Ward), and offering a look at five decades of fashion (Star Trek: Costumes - Five Decades of Fashion from the Final Frontier, by Block and Erdmann). (Friday at 6:10 p.m. in the DeForest Kelly Theatre)
Trek Treasures: Beaming Beyond 50 Years
John Van Citters of CBS Consumer Products will give fans a look at current products and news from the Star Trek world, and also offer a sneak peek at what's ahead in Trek's 50th anniversary year. (Saturday at 12:50 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre)
Storytelling in the Final Frontier
Join a panel of Star Trek authors -- including Kevin Dilmore, Dayton Ward, Paula Block and Terry Erdmann -- as they share their experiences working on some of the New York Times bestselling Star Trek novels. The authors will discuss their storytelling approaches and creative processes, and address what the future holds when it comes to novel that take place in space... the final frontier. (Sunday at 11 a.m. in the DeForest Kelley Theatre)
Creation Entertainment welcomes the triumphant return of the Nevada Pops Orchestra, conducted by noted Star Trek fan Richard McGee. They'll be performing the television and movie soundtrack music from across five decades of Star Trek on Saturday. Come dressed to the "nines" or just come to relax, and listen as the orchestra performs compositions not yet experienced at the Vegas event as well as perennial favorites. Creation is especially thrilled to announce that their special guest conductor will be Jay Chattaway, the film and TV composer best known for his work on TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise. His beautiful music for the classic TNG episode “The Inner Light” is truly a fan favorite.
This is a must see highlight of the four-day weekend available on a complimentary basis for our Gold, Captains Chair, Commander's Seat and Copper Package Weekend patrons. In fact, as a special benefit, you get to keep the same great seats you had during the day.
CREATION ENTERTAINMENT EXCLUSIVE 50th ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTS
Creation Entertainment, in addition to being the producer of the sold out The Official Star Trek 50th Anniversary Convention, has been a licensee of official Star Trek souvenirs since 1991. Creation will premiere a variety of exclusive Star Trek Las Vegas/Trek 50th Anniversary merchandise at the convention. Check out the photos below, and go to www.Creationent.com for additional details.