Locals Only: Convention takes you out of this world


It’s the one weekend each year when you can celebrate everything “Star Trek” and rub elbows — or pointy ears, or whatever — with fellow fans and stars of the franchise that’s so far spawned five series and a dozen movies.

More than 100 members of the “Star Trek” universe are scheduled to attend the 12th annual convention Thursday through Sunday at the Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road.

Three of the five “ captains” — William Shatner, Avery Brooks and Kate Mulgrew — will be there, along with George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig from the original series.

More than 12,000 fans are expected to attend the convention, which will include behind-the-scenes presentations, costume and trivia contests, auctions, memorabilia sales and a replica of the entire center section of the Enterprise-D bridge.

Saturday will include an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records with the most people gathered together in “Star Trek” costumes in one place.

General admission tickets are $35 for Thursday and Friday, $40 for Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, see www.creationent.com.

The Wanted

More than 1,000 dudes auditioned for over nine months to become a member of U.K. boy band The Wanted when the group was formed in 2009. Swoon at the five who made the cut when they perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $48; call 702-698-7000.

Chamber music

More than 40 young musicians training at this year’s Green Valley Chamber Music Festival (and the faculty coaching them) celebrate the conclusion of the festival’s eighth season at the Doc Rando Recital Hall at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Faculty members will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, while student recitals take place at 6 p.m. Friday; the grand finale, a chamber orchestra concert, begins at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Hard Cabaret

The Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, goes cabaret at 2 p.m. Sunday with “Broadway Jazz, a Storytelling Cabaret” to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. General admission is $20 for the Stephen Sondheim tributes by local talents such as Ayler Evan and Jessica Ritter. VIP tables, raffle tickets and menu discounts are available; contact Caitlin Shea, CShea@ccfa.org.

Filet Mignon Day

Silverado Steakhouse at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will celebrate National Filet Mignon Day in a big way — for five days, with six styles of filet mignon as part of a $49 three-course prix fixe dinner Sunday through Thursday. The styles: Rossini (with duck liver and black-truffle and Madeira sauce) Alamo (wrapped in bacon with barbecue sauce), Pittsburgh (pretzel crust and mustard sauce), Carpet Bagger (stuffed with oysters), Calypso (with shrimp, on a pineapple crouton) or as a trio (barbecued, Oscar and with roasted garlic sauce). Call 702-797-8075.

 

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