Last night, I had the distinct honor to attend a screening of To Be Takei — the new documentary about Star Trek actor, civil rights activist, and social media maven George Takei — as part of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s ongoing Asian Pacific Heritage Month celebrations. Bookended by remarks from the Smithsonian APAC Director Konrad Ng and a Q&A with the film’s subjects, the entire evening was a celebration of one of our culture’s most trailblazing icons.
George Takei, speaking by phone from his California home, cannot resist describing the un-wintry view from his window.
“There’s a flawless blue sky, golden sunshine and a green garden outside,” the Los Angeles-born Takei says in his burnished baritone, with just a hint of gloating. “But I am looking forward to being back in Baltimore. I love the bracing air of the Inner Harbor.”
By trial and error, George Takei says he has found humor to be a powerful social glue.
But the 76-year-old “Star Trek” actor-turned-social-media-activist isn’t joking about Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision not to recognize Utah’s same-sex marriages while a federal court ruling is on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Between Dec. 20 and Jan. 6, Utah county clerks issued more than 1,300 marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Remember when it wasn’t cool to be a Trekkie, or care about science fiction — or even science?
Then the Internet happened, and geeks suddenly ruled the world.
How else could one explain the rise of George Takei — 76-year-old former supporting actor on “Star Trek” — who has become one of the most popular personalities on the Internet. His more than 4.6 million followers on Facebook and 800,000-plus Twitter followers represent something exceedingly rare in the internet world: near-consensus.
Manila, Philippines –”There’s nothing from ‘Les Miz,’ nothing from ‘Miss Saigon’; but we get to touch on ‘Allegiance’ (Higher) and ‘Ragtime’ (Back To Before),” Broadway star and Tony winner Lea Salonga shares a glimpse of her repertoire for “Playlist,” her 35th anniversary concert as a performer.
Sacramento’s Music Circus and the Wells Fargo Pavilion will be home to Roger and Hammerstein’s Tony Award winning musical, The King and I from August 6-11.This will be the 13th production for this acclaimed musical to grace the Music Circus circular stage.Directing this current production will be acclaimed theatre director Stafford Arima, who was nominated for an Olivier Award (Best Director) for his West End production of Ragtime, and has directed previous Music Circus productions including Miss Saigon, Ragtime, Jesus Christ Superstar and A Little Night Music.Playing Anna will be Christian
The Tony Awards dominated the cultural news in New York this week, but it turned out they weren’t the only red-carpet game in town.
On Monday night, Manhattan’s landmark Stella Adler Studio of Acting hosted its annual Stella By Starlight Gala, attended by such famous names as Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Alec Baldwin, James Gandolfini and Harold Prince.
George Takei has taken to heart the saying made famous by his “Star Trek” co-star Leonard Nimoy. The 76-year-old’s storied life has led him down a long, winding road.
From being imprisoned in a Japanese-American internment camp for part of his childhood to becoming a science-fiction icon as Lt. Hikaru Sulu to being an outspoken activist for gay rights and historical preservation, his experiences have shaped his life — a gift he wholeheartedly embraces.
Imagine being five years old and waking up one morning to see two soldiers with bayonets at your front door, forcing your family out of the only home you’ve ever known. Imagine then spending three years as a prisoner in your own country, just because of the way you look.
That’s what happened to George Takei, in 1942, right here in the United States. He, his family and over 110,000 other American citizens were forced from their homes to live in internment camps for the crime of, in Takei’s words, “looking like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor.”
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