BANGKOK — In just two weeks, a rising wave of multi-generational pop culture will peak and crash in just 2 hours and 16 minutes inside a darkened theater.
To make the most of that for those who consider Star Wars a lifestyle or religious creed, Jedi boosters and Sith capitalists have conspired to put on a number of thematic events in Bangkok – before during and after the Dec. 17 release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Those on the light side can condition their inner geek at a race, while an RCA nightclub seeks to tempt you to the dark side. For all the lovable rogue-types out there, some pop art will be auctioned off for charity.
Helmet Art Project by The 501st Legion
The amateur artists personalizing the iconic clone headgear include U.S.-based ubercollector Steven Sansweet, director Yutthana “Pa Ted” Boon-aom, DJ Plakung, DJ Chao Chao, Khemanit “Pancake” Jamikorn, Saharat “Kong” Sangkapreecha and more.
All helmets will be auctioned off with the money going to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The exhibition runs for a week starting Dec. 12 at CentralWorld.
May the Beats be With You
Two nights after the movie’s release, Live RCA Bangkok invites all the dancing Ewoks of Endor to a special themed night.
Sith Lords will spin dark and tech house In the “Enter the Death Star” zone, while the “outer rim’s scum and villains” get it on to afrobeats in the “Mos Eisley Cantina.” Disco and fancy foreign beer will be on tap in “The Jedi Garden.”
The event starts at 8pm on Dec. 19 at Live RCA Bangkok. The first 100 guests get a Darth Vader or Stormtrooper mask.
Star Wars Run
Bring a lightsaber and prepare to stay on target for seven kilometers of running battles at the upcoming Star Wars Run.
Runners will fight stormtroopers and clear three levels: Laser Station at MBK Center, Snow Station at Suanluang Square and Space Tunnel Station at Chamchuri Square.
Participants are welcome to arrive at Siam Square early at 8pm to join the opening ceremony and concert.
Entry is 900 baht and includes a licensed Star Wars water bottle, T-shirt, tote bag and “prestige coin.” Pray the Force Runs Through You starting at 10:30pm on Dec. 26 at Siam Square.
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