I've been a Trekkie since I was seven. My mother was (and is!) a Trekkie too, and took me to a Star Trek convention in 1976 where ALL EIGHT of the stars of the original series gloriously appeared at length -- yes, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei and Nichelle Nichols -- all together and in great form! The memory of this is almost mystical for me, and Trekkies know this blessed chapter is forever consigned to memory -- the world will never see its like or equal.
But we do have (did have) Star Trek: The Next Generation.
And we do have J.J. Abrams, director of the record-breaking, hugely-acclaimed reboot, "Star Trek" (2009). And now, in his latest effort, to the delight of fans everywhere, Star Trek Into Darkness!
Regarding this new installment, New York Magazine movie critic David Edelstein explains (and raves):
"J.J. Abrams’s second Star Trek picture, Star Trek Into Darkness, is so mystically in tune with both the dictates of its studio and the yearnings of its audience that he ought to be anointed Most Reverend Guardian of the Holy Franchises. Even more than its predecessor, the movie is a combination 'reboot' and religious revival, the Grail and Da Bomb. It symbolically resurrects the dead and sets a course for the stars—a five-year mission that will introduce fantastical alien races and generate fantastical amounts of money."
And top critic James Clives-Matthews of MSN Movies raves, "A glorious nostalgia trip, continuing the Star Trek reboot in style through a cunning meld of the best of 1980s action sci-fi with high-end 2013 glossiness."
But first, dinner at Bangkok House at 6:45pm. We have dinner reservations at Bangkok House, an outstanding Thai restaurant at 360 W. 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, near our theater. The restaurant has superb service and delicious food. Its soothing ambiance will be perfect for a pre-film chit-chat about Star Trek past, present and future.
Then we "trek" :) five blocks over to our theater, the Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 Theater at 247 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) for the 8:40pm showing.
This showing may sell out. Please purchase your tickets in advance here:
Movie synopsis: The crew of the Starship Enterprise returns home after an act of terrorism within its own organization destroys most of Starfleet and what it represents, leaving Earth in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) leads his people (Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoë Saldana) on a mission to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction, thereby propelling all of them into an epic game of life and death.
With a 90 rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Star Trek Into Darkness is poised to be another monster hit (following in the footsteps of Mr. Abrams' box-office and critical triumph with the "Star Trek" reboot). Come with us as we join the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise for the next adventure in its glorious five-year mission!
Do you love trying new vegetarian & vegan restaurants? Do you enjoy the company of fellow vegetarians & vegans? Are you occasionally frustrated that your meat-eating friends "don't get it," and do you wish to dine with others that have the same enthusiasm for vegetarian and vegan food that you do?
Welcome to our group. What I am especially proud of is all the wonderful members we have. We seem to attract some of the very nicest, most thoughtful people in New York. Given the focus of our group, I am not surprised.
New York has many excellent vegetarian and vegan restaurants, and new ones are opening all the time. Join us as we explore them all, and enjoy dining with some of the kindest, most gracious, most socially-conscious people in New York.
Plus, join us as we go out on the town to vegetarian and vegan friendly bars and lounges. And partake when we go to visit some outstanding music venues. Great ways to have delightful nights on the town in the company of a fun and friendly group of vegetarians and vegans.
We warmly welcome all vegetarians and vegans as well as those that are considering a vegetarian or vegan diet.
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