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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Star Trek: The Exhibition phases out at the Louisville Science Center, Discounts & Special Events

Recently Released from the Louisville Science Center communications director:  Special discounts and events are planned for the final weekends of Star Trek: The Exhibition, locally presented by AT&T, open at the Louisville Science Center through May 22, 2011. The exhibition features sets, costumes, priceless museum pieces and props from all five Star Trek television series and 11 Star Trek feature films, including the newest blockbuster film.

Discounts will be offered during the final weeks of the exhibition. From May 12-22, as part of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Hometown Tourist Celebration, visitors who present their Kentucky or Indiana ID will receive the member price on admission to Star Trek: The Exhibition ($10 for adults and $8 for children 2 to 12). The discounted price includes admission to the Science Center’s permanent exhibits. Star Trek merchandise will be available at a 20% discount in the Gift Shop.

During the closing weekends, several activities are planned. All activities are free with admission to Star Trek: The Exhibition.

Innovation and invention – themes inspired by Star Trek – will be the focus of activities for the closing weekends. On May 21 and 22, “Robot Rovers” will be offered along with “Tinkerer’s Workshop” – where visitors can disassemble consumer and commercial grade appliances and explore their insides.

On Saturday, May 21, from 1 to 5 p.m., there will be several presentations about the Klingon language, given by Tracy Canfield, a computational linguist specializing in French and fictional languages whose short stories have appeared in numerous science fiction and fantasy magazines, and Michael Roney Jr., a professional Klingon translator whose extensive portfolio includes the Klingon version of the Sophos anti-virus software and the Klingon audio tour at the Jenolan Caves in Australia. Presentation topics include the Sounds of Klingon, exploring how Klingon draws human languages from around the world to create an extraterrestrial language that can still be pronounced by human actors; The Grammar of Klingon, focusing on the construction of Klingon sentences and the surprising connections to human languages; and Klingon in the Land of Kangaroos. Klingon in the Land of Kangaroos will explore the process of creating a Klingon audio tour for the Jenolan Caves in Australia. Roney is translator for the project and Canfield is the voice actor.

About Star Trek: The Exhibition Star Trek: The Exhibition presents museums and education-minded communities with a unique opportunity: the chance to effortlessly educate and inspire scientific and creative thinking in a familiar and entertaining atmosphere. By simultaneously taking visitors into the universe of the future and the past, Star Trek: The Exhibition allows visitors to reconnect with iconic Star Trek moments and characters while exploring the creative spirit of science fiction that gave us many of today’s modern marvels.

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