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What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 2, 2013: Catch George Takei with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic (with video)

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: November 2, 2013 at 11:30 am •  Published: November 2, 2013

George Takei (AP file)
George Takei (AP file)

Catch the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s “Sci-Fi Spectacular,” hosted by “Star Trek” star George Takei, at 8 tonight at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

Takei narrates the “Sci-Fi Spectacular” as the orchestra plays music from popular science fiction movies and shows.

The author, actor, Internet guru and social and political activist chatted with my excellent colleague Lillie-Beth Brinkman Friday about the show, his career, his Internet fame and a host of other topics. (He and the orchestra performed the first show in their two-night engagement Friday.)

He also talked about his latest project, a musical called “Allegiance” that he developed about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Although Takei and his family were American, they were among those imprisoned after the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

“Because of that childhood, I felt it very important that we know about our dark chapters because we learn more from how to improve our democracy from those chapters where we faltered than continuously getting all the glorious chapters,” Takei said. “The fact that people don’t know about it concerns me very much.”

To read more of Lillie-Beth’s excellent interview with the man who originated the character of Lt. Cmdr. Hikaru Sulu, click here, and be sure to check out the video.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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