It was neither a long time ago nor a galaxy far, far away when Star Wars: The Force Awakens delighted Bay Area Star Wars fans last Christmas. But now that the Disney empire has taken over the franchise, you can expect a fully operational Star Wars sequel, prequel, or side project pretty much every year for the next several years to come.
The 2016 offering is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, premiering Thursday night at theaters nationwide. To mark the occasion, there’s a whole weekend of out-of-this-world Star Wars celebrations that are just a Hoth, Sith, and a jump away.
Thursday, Dec. 15, 9:30 p.m.
The first wave of Rogue One screenings gets underway Thursday night, as Love + Propaganda turns into a wretched hive of scum and villainy for your pre- or post-movie space-porting. There will be a $500 prize for best Star Wars costume, free lightsabers for the first 50 people to attend, and Star Wars-themed performances throughout the night. From the looks of this party’s promo video, the cleavage is strong with this one. (Love + Propaganda, 85 Campton Place; free before 10:30 p.m. with RSVP)
Friday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m.
These rebels used to call their events Light Saber Battles, until the Disney dark side forced them to change the name. (Yeah, because Disney would never steal other people’s ideas.) The event is now rebranded as the Glow Battle Tour, and promises hundreds of light saber-wielding Jedi swinging their stuff, plus food trucks, a beer garden, and an Astro Turf battlefield. The event is free with RSVP but the “glow swords” are $10, with all proceeds going to the Ghost Ship fire victims.(Spark Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. North, San Francisco; free, but “glow swords” cost $10)
Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
Here we have the only Rogue One: A Star Wars Story party that is actually showing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And it’s all the way in San Jose, but it’s for a great cause. This Saturday night screening is being thrown by Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California whose mission is “to aid disabled, at-risk, and disadvantaged children, and their families, throughout the greater Bay Area, and Northern California.” (CineArts @ Santana Row, 3088 Olsen Dr., San Jose, California; $20 advance tickets)