In the late ’60s, in the wake of Star Trek’s maiden voyage, both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy burst into song. Playing on their dramatic training, both dealt in a sort of post-Brechtian Sprechgesang, Shatner’s being more stagey, Nimoy’s more laid-back. Shatner overreached on the high-concept (and high-camp) The Transformed Man, pairing lounge-circuit chestnuts (“It Was a Very Good Year”) with dramatic monologues (in this case, Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy). The record sank like a stone, taking Shatner’s singing career with it. Nimoy, however, over the course of a six-album contract with Dot Records, matured from an in-character Vulcan novelty to an in-touch, committed folk interpreter. He later abandoned song for written verse, but his renditions of “Gentle on My Mind” and “If I Were a Carpenter” remain classics. In support of the recently defunded Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and in celebration of Rhino’s forthcoming box set, Star Songs: The Complete Leonard Nimoy, the singer will tackle his impressive back catalog in a special benefit performance. At 8 p.m. at the Charles R. Grean Auditorium, University of Maryland–College Park, 1701 Luckinbill Rd., College Park. $20. (301) 968-3665.CP

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