“To be (George) Takei”


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To Be Takei is a hilarious and moving look at legendary actor/activist and pop culture icon George Takei, who has conquered new frontiers, from outer space to Capitol Hill, with his humor, intelligence and trademark grin. Oh, my! In this acclaimed new documentary, Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life. As a child forced into Japanese American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows. Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the twenty-first century. Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits, many of which have gone viral and garnered widespread attention. Whether dishing on William Shatner or parodying the now-infamous comments made by Tim Hardaway, Takei proves time and again why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever. Featuring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Howard Stern and Dan Savage. (Dir. by Jennifer Kroot, 2014, USA, 94 mins., Not Rated, Starz Releasing)

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Terrific documentary about actor George Takei, from his birth in Los Angeles, to the Rohwer Internment camp in Arkansas and Tule Lake Internment Camp back in California, prior to his rise to fame as a young actor Mr. Sulu on Star Trek (on tv and six movies). Later in life he came out as gay along with his partner Brad Altman, whom he married. Takei has been an outspoken advocate of gay rights and gay marriage. Last showing tomorrow at the Loft. He wittingly said instead of “To be gay, just say To be Takei”.

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