The Star Trek exhibit at the Louisville Science Center is ending next week (why can’t it be here forever?). To mark the ending there are several festive events this weekend and next. I’m too late getting this contest started for you to go to this weekend’s events for free and I apologize for that but there’s always next weekend!
The Science Center is providing us with two pair of tickets to the exhibit which the winners can use anytime up until the exhibit closes (including the closing festivities). To be entered to win just leave a comment telling us if you prefer Star Trek or Star Wars and one reason why. I’ll pick two winners from all the entires I receive by Monday morning at 8AM (May 16, 2011).
Innovation and invention – themes inspired by Star Trek – will be the focus of activities for the closing weekends. On May 14 and 15, “Robot Rovers” will allow visitors to pilot their own ROBOTIX rover and explore how robots accomplish simple tasks. 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.
The il Troubadore Klingon Music Project, a group that dons Klingon attire with the goal of performing all existing works of tlhIngan QoQ (Klingon music), will perform on Sunday, May 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Indianapolisbased group includes Robert Bruce Scott, a classically trained vocalist who also plays mandolin, Celtic harp and classical guitar; Jon Silpayamanant on classic cello; and Paul Radecki, a dumbek percussionist.
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.