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First Friday: Star Wars 

When: Fri., Jan. 6, 6 p.m. 2017
Price: free admission, some activities require a small fee
Now is the winter of our Star Wars discontent. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out in theaters, which means we have to wait at least another year for the next film. Plus, Carrie Fisher's tragic death last week has left at least two or three generations of fans heartsick. The only thing that can fix our collective angst? More Star Wars. The Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; www.slsc.org) comes through in a big way with First Night: Star Wars, which celebrates all facets of fandom. The Gateway Squad of the 501st Legion of St. Louis stormtroopers will patrol the building, you can watch Light Saber Fight Club do its thing at 7:30 p.m. and enjoy a Star Wars fashion show at 8 p.m. The Omnimax will screen Rogue One at 8:30 and 11 p.m. (tickets are $11), and at 9:30 p.m. Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre reprises its insane play, The Making of the Star Wars Holiday Special (free admission). First Night starts at 6 p.m., and most activities are free.
— Paul Friswold

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