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Try not to see this face in your nightmares tonight. 'Star Wars Holiday Special'

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The 12th Annual Star Wars Holiday Special Toys for Tots Spectacular

Dec. 12
4 p.m. , 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Free with a Toys for Tots donation
Benefits,Parties,Receptions, Film, Holiday

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, the Star Wars franchise made its first major misstep. The year was 1978, an era filled with Christmas specials, variety shows, and Bea Arthur. The Star Wars Holiday Special takes all three of these things and mashes them into one giant bong hit of weirdness. It starts with Chewbacca’s family, hounded by the Empire and anxious for his return home for Life Day. While the first five minutes or so are in Wookie, the program soon switches to English, with random scenes featuring celebs of yesteryear. There’s Art Carney as a human trader with a heart of gold; Jefferson Starship, singing into the most phallic microphone ever; and the aforementioned Arthur as a bartender in space. OG cast members show up, too, including a super-annoyed Harrison Ford, an (admittedly) out of it Carrie Fisher, and a wide-eyed Mark Hamill. Add in a cartoon segment and some B-roll Darth Vader footage, and you have something that 40 years later still amazes people with its magical shittiness. See it at BLB this Wednesday. Screenings are at 4, 7, and 10 p.m. Admission is free with a new Toys for Tots donation.