The Herald Bulletin

November 23, 2013

Starbase convention coming to Indy

Event activities include actors, gaming and music


The Herald Bulletin

---- — INDIANAPOLIS — Star Trek, Stargate actors plus science, music and gaming is planned the at Starbase Indy convention Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E. 21st St.

Stars from "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Stargate SG-1" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" combine for Starbase Indy: The 18th Generation Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

A free showing of the recent hit movie, "Star Trek: Into Darkness," will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the convention headquarters of the Marriott. There will also be a Battle of the Bands - Federation vs. Klingon style with the groups iL Troubadore and Five Year Mission. This year marks round three of the battle.

For this year’s event, Rene Auberjonois (Odo) and Armin Shimerman (Quark) from "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" will beam aboard. Joining them will be Teryl Rothery (Dr. Janet Frasier), Jay Acovone (Maj. Charles Kawalsky) and Musetta Vander (Shan'auc/Shauna) from SG-1 and Suzie Plakson (Worf's mate K'Ehleyr) from "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

The Dow AgroScience Ambassadors will give youngsters a hands-on experience, knitting for geeks, panels on making low-budget movies, costuming, strong females, the Power of Myth for Writers, and physics and forensics science.

For gamers, the Indy Knights game wing, The Imperial Remnant, will train recruits in "Revenge of the X-Wing," a fantasy flight game; other sci-fi games are also planned for Star Wars and Star Trek fans. For interactive play, the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator will give teams of people the feel of what it's like to be on a starship bridge.

Starbase Indy attendees can dress as their favorite science fiction character during the weekend, indulge in some cosplay and participate in the masquerade contest on Saturday night. Other diversions include the Dealers Room with merchandise Black Friday shoppers won’t find, and the Con Suite, where attendees can relax and socialize.

One fan can win a raffle for a Klingon makeover on stage by special effects makeup artist John Paladin. In addition, the Sci-Fi Photo Guys will use professional green screen photography, custom backgrounds (over 100 to choose from), and expert digital editing to put fans in the sci-fi setting of their choosing.

Registration for all three days of Starbase Indy is $55 at the door. Daily rates are available at the door: $30 for Friday, $45 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday. Children under 12 are free. For more information or to register, go to www.starbaseindy.com or call 317- 513-8651.

-- For The Herald Bulletin