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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

FRIDAY: Star Wars Lightsaber Battle (And After Party)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM

click to enlarge DANIEL HONG
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Didn't get a Force Awakens ticket? Hopelessly infatuated with pillow fights and flash mobs and the Color Run and everything of that ilk? Well, good, because this Friday, there is a Lightsaber Battle in which 13,000 fans who secretly wish they were the Star Wars kid will wage operatic space battles across the country as if the Embarcadero Center were Geonosis.

The Lightsaber Academy has its own Saberist Network App, which provides quickie Jedi training for people without the time to crash-land their X-wing in the swamps of Dagobah for tutelage under Yoda. With your new skills, you might not be Count Dooku, but you'll be passable enough to join the craziness — which, incidentally, is aiming for a Guinness World Records submission by distributing 8,000 lightsabers to fans in S.F., L.A., and San Francisco. (You can also buy one for $15). And once it's all over, there's an after party at Mighty called the Bass Awakens that goes late and features music from Lonely Boy, elrack, VITAMINDEVO and others, as well as airbrush body paint from Air Bené.

You know you'll see the movie eventually, right? You might as well get your chance at being part of something special first, and hey, if anybody threatens to reveal a spoiler, you're holding an elegant weapon that's not as clumsy as a blaster. 

Lightsaber Battle, Friday, Dec. 18, 8-11 p.m., at the Embarcadero Center.
The Bass Awakens, Friday, Dec. 18, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m., at Might, 119 Utah.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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