[UPDATED with Photos:] Brian May of Queen Trades Axe for 3D Glasses at Upcoming Costa Mesa Appearance

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A Mr. Tennant took this 3D shot of Brian May performing recently. (Go get your glasses!)

You know Queen's Brian May is a rock-guitar god, and you might know he's a wildlife preservationist. But who knew he's a 3D nut? The National Stereoscopic Association knows, and they're bringing May to their upcoming 3D Conference in Costa Mesa.

The conference opens Wednesday and continues through July 30. May is scheduled to attend Saturday, July 28, when he introduces Brief History of 3D, his documentary--in and about the third dimension--making its U.S. premiere.

May, who is also said to be an astrophysicist and author who has written about 3D in the 19th century, is also scheduled to participate in a post-screening Q&A with stereoscopic historian Ray Zone.

The National Stereoscopic Association, a 50-year-old hobbyist organization, currently finds itself in vogue (again) thanks to the popularity of Hollywood action and animation 3D films. The 3D Conference, which organizers say is only held in California every 10 years, takes place at the Hilton Orange County, 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Included will be 3D art, slideshows and screenings of other movies besides May's.

The Friday night, July 27, program features a panel of visual effects and 3D artists who worked on the new The Amazing Spider-Man movie, including 3D vfx supervisor Rob Engle, engineers Eric Deren, Jason Goodman and Jeff Amaral and showings of 3D spidey-clips. 

Other panels, programs and workshops on such topics as stereo-image creation, 3D movie production and 3D gaming will be staged during the five-day conference. Art shows, 3D product sales and a poolside 3D glasses fashion show are also scheduled.

For more information, visit http://www.stereoworld.org/2012/index.php or call 949.637.3528.

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