'Star Wars Holiday Special' celebrates Life Day at BLB


Looking for an early Life Day Celebration? Does the thought of performances by the Jefferson Starship, Bea Arthur, and Harvey Korman (alas not together) send you into spasms of joy? Do you want to see a (presumably) coked-up Carrie Fisher sing an off-key vocal version of the Star Wars theme?

If you answered "yes" to these you are A) a sick, sick soul and B) a fan of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, but want a completely unique experience, head down to the Bryant-Lake Bowl this evening where the program will be shown three times for your viewing pleasure.


A quick history lesson: At the height of the original Star Wars mania, someone -- possibly under the influence of something -- thought it would be a good idea to have a traditonal Christmas-season special featuring the Star Wars cast. The plot, such as it is, follows Chewbacca's family, awaiting their furry patriarch to return home for the annual Life Day celebration. While waiting, there are some possibly comedic (if you are, say, a comatose slug) scenes involving Korman and Art Carney, a few musical interludes, and lots of grunting from the non-English speaking Chewbacca family. It's a train wreck from the word go.

(When I first tried to watch the special a few years ago, every DVD player in the house refused to play the bootleg copy. It was as if the machines were on strike against the program.)

The broadcast, sponsored by the Minnesota Film and TV Board and Toys for Tots, is free with a toy donation. Shows are at 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m. (the last is a sing-along).