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The Insiders: Set your phasers to ‘fun’ at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Set your phasers to “fun,” readers – there’s a far-out activity today for you. Mind-meld with us for a moment and we’ll tell you all about it via ancient Vulcan techniques. Did that not work? Highly illogical. Well, we can tell you about it with human English words, we suppose. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has an intergalactic array of sci-fi toys on display for your viewing pleasure. We’re talking replica Enterprise bridges, Darth Vader helmets, life-size Geordi La Forge cardboard cutouts and Mr. Spock cookie jars, folks! You’d have to be a redshirt to miss out on this one.

The toys are on loan from several personal collections – including Discovery Center Executive Director Jeanne Gerulskis, who regaled us with tales of bidding against multibillionaire Microsoft co-mogul (and fellow Trekkie, apparently) Paul Allen in a Star Trek memorabilia auction. One of the guys who practically invented computers as we know them is a huge Star Trek fan? Our whole world’s been turned upside down (just like the crazy planet from Star Trek season two, episode 27: “The Horrors of Topsiturvia”)! Discovery Center hours are 10 a.m to 5 p.m. today; for more information, call 271-7827 or visit

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Elsewhere, Red River Theatres has three films showing tonight: Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey; The Iceman, starring the always intense Michael Shannon as the real-life ice pick-wielding hitman Richard Kuklinski; and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the story of a Pakistani man caught up in a wild series of events in post-9/11 New York City. For showtimes and tickets, visit

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