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Saturday, May 4, 2013

May the 4th Be With Everyone

Celebrate Star Wars all the livelong day
  • [Source: NerdistNews] It's a pun that has become a way of life. Star Wars fans everywhere choose the fourth day of May, which is this very Saturday, to celebrate the saga that takes place quite a while ago in a different part of the universe. Lots of people do lots of things to commemorate their favorite film saga and as we're now in a world where Episode VII is a mere two years away, this year has a huge amount of official things going on in which you may be interested. Here are but a few:

    In Los Angeles, at the historic Egyptian Theater, Entertainment Weekly's CapeTown Film Festival will be screening Return of the Jedi not once, not twice, but thrice. Thrice times. Why thrice? Because it's Episode VI's 30th anniversary year, of course. Who wouldn't want to see Jabba's Palace, the Battle of Endor or Luke and Vader's final confrontation on the big screen? There promises to be a whole bevy of guests (who have yet to be announced. Mysterious) and photo ops and "other surprises" as well. Perhaps Boba Fett will take someone prisoner.

    Denver's Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum will be having a day-long celebration of Star Wars including a Jedi Academy, Trooper Training, a place to create your own Wookiee or Ewok and even a real full-size X-Wing fighter, supplied by Lucasfilm. You might even win an opportunity to sit inside the cockpit and pretend you're Luke Skywalker, or Wedge Antilles if you're really cool.

    Disney's Hollywood Studios will become Star Wars-ified in honor of the 4th. Completely separate from their Star Wars Weekends, beginning May 17th, the festivities on Saturday will include themed entertainment, such as characters walking around (and maybe riding Star Tours with you), exclusive merch, a dance party (we all know how much droids like to get down) and a special fireworks show.

    And while we're on the topic of Star Wars and doing things, now would be an excellent time to sign up for the second annual Course of the Force, the week-long relay put on by Nerdist and Lucasfilm that stretches from Marin County all the way down to San Diego, just in time for Comic-Con International. All the money raised from running slots will benefit Make-A-Wish and the fun had will benefit everybody. Register now for a quarter-mile spot and don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and Jedi robes that breathe.

    Are you properly prepared to celebrate the fall of Emperor Palpatine, Ewok style? Where are you celebrating Star Wars?

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