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Beam me up, Scottie! George Takei to take over Scottsdale Harkins


Calling all nerds! George Takei, the original Mr. Sulu himself, is beaming into a theater near you. Like, really near.

OK, he’s not so much “beaming” as hosting a Q&A to promote the release of him film, “To Be Takei,” at Harkins Shea 14 on August 26. The film, a documentary profiling the trajectory of Takei’s life and career, will be screened at 7 p.m.

Takei, of “Star Trek” and Facebook  fame, has starred in over 40 films and countless television programs. He’s also one of the friendliest people in the world, if his 7.5 million Facebook friends are any indication.

While the original “Star Trek” run most likely concluded before you were born, Takei’s advocacy work and social media presence have made him arguably the most popular Trekkie alum. (Sorry, Kirk!)

The film, a deep look into Takei’s past, present and future, is filled with glimpses into his time in World War II internment camps, his fight for LGBT rights and details of Takei’s longtime relationship with his husband, Brad.

Brad Takei, his husband and part of the film, will also be partaking in the Q&A. The pair met in the early ’80s and married in 2008 after more than 27 years together.

“To Be Takei” is currently playing at Harkins Shea 14. Tickets for the event are on sale at harkinstheatres.com, with seating available on a first come, first served basis.


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