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The 10th Annual Star Wars Holiday Special Toys For Tots Benefit

Dec. 14
3:30 p.m. , 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Free with toy donation
Benefits,Parties,Receptions, Film, Holiday

The prequels aren’t the only thing in the Star Wars canon that sucks. In November 1978, mere months after the first film blew audiences away, the Stars Wars Holiday Special aired on television for the first — and last — time. Now, thanks to someone with a VCR and an internet connection, this glorious disaster lives on in the post-irony era, where it flourishes. The special is truly something that every Star Wars fan should see at least once, if not many times. (And probably while imbibing the vice of your choice.) There are entire scenes spoken only in “wookie” featuring Chewbacca’s family. There’s a trippy musical performance featuring Jefferson Starship (check out that phallic microphone!). There’s an animated sequence debuting Boba Fett. As is traditional in any Christmas special from the ’70s, random stars like Art Carney and a grumpy Bea Arthur make appearances. Dazed and uncomfortable-looking Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford also show up, too. Once again, Bryant-Lake Bowl invites audiences to see the magnificence that time briefly forgot and fans now love to remember. Admission is a donation of a brand-new toy to benefit Toys for Tots.