Transmission celebrates 'Star Wars' at First Avenue

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Nearly 1,200 Star Wars fans gathered at First Avenue for Transmission presents "The Cantina: a Star Wars Dance Party". (Mike Minehart)

In the past, I've celebrated the genius of John Hughes at First Avenue, but I wondered: Would folks be interested in five hours of sci-fi action? I took a chance and posted a save-the-date pic of my daughter in her Leia Halloween costume.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, Transmission hosted "The Cantina: a Star Wars Dance Party" in the First Avenue main room. Did folks show up? Did they ever. Nearly 1,200 people turned up at First Ave to celebrate the movies that have captured our imaginations for decades.

Big thanks to sponsors The Current, The Electric Fetus and City Pages, as well as to the local chapter of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Sith Lords, Clone Troopers, bounty hunters, and other villains from the Star Wars universe.

Video: The 501st Legion at First Avenue

Video credit: Adam Payson Gislason

Folks had a blast, we raised great money for Toys For Tots, and it was a fantastic start to a historic week for fellow Star Wars fanatics.

I'll let the pics do the rest of the talking from here.

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  • Star Wars characters onstage at First Avenue
    Star Wars characters onstage at First Avenue for 'Transmission presents The Cantina: A Star Wars Dance Party.' (Aimee Finley)
  • Star Wars characters onstage at First Avenue 2
    Star Wars characters onstage at First Avenue for Transmission presents 'The Cantina: A Star Wars Dance Party.' (Mike Minehart)
  • Darth and Emperor dance at First Avenue
    Darth Vader and the Emperor dance at First Avenue as part of Transmission presents 'The Cantina: A Star Wars Dance Party.' (Mike Minehart)
  • Tusken Raider excites crowd at First Avenue
    A Tusken Raider greets the crowd at First Avenue during Transmission presents 'The Cantina: A Star Wars Dance Party.' (Mike Minehart)
  • Darth Vader mingles
    Darth Vader mingles at First Avenue during Transmission presents 'The Cantina: A Star Wars Dance Party.' (Mike Minehart)
  • Jake Rudh channels Han Solo
    Jake Rudh channels Han Solo (Mercedes Rudh)
  • Jake Rudh's daughter as Princess Leia
    Jake Rudh's daughter poses as Princess Leia (Mercedes Rudh)
  • Kids gather outside First Avenue for Star Wars fun
    Kids gather outside First Avenue for Transmission presents "The Cantina: a Star Wars Dance Party." (Dawn Novak)
  • Star Wars fans at First Avenue
    Star Wars fans gather at First Avenue for Transmission presents 'The Cantina: A Star Wars Dance Party.' (Mike Minehart)
  • Star Wars fans at First Avenue 2
    Star Wars fans at First Avenue for Transmission presents 'The Cantina: A Star Wars Dance Party.' (Mike Minehart)
  • Nearly 1,200 Star Wars fans at First Avenue
    Nearly 1,200 Star Wars fans gathered at First Avenue for Transmission presents 'The Cantina: A Star Wars Dance Party.' (Mike Minehart)
  • Darth Vader joins Jake Rudh in the DJ booth
    Darth Vader joins Jake Rudh in the DJ booth at First Avenue during Transmission presents "The Cantina: a Star Wars Dance Party." (Mike Minehart)
  • Star Wars revelers at First Avenue
    Nearly 1,200 Star Wars revelers gathered at First Avenue for Transmission presents "The Cantina: a Star Wars Dance Party." (Mike Minehart)
  • Stormtroopers gather onstage at First Avenue
    Stormtroopers gather onstage at First Avenue during Transmission presents "The Cantina: a Star Wars Dance Party." (Mike Minehart)
  • Star Wars characaters onstage at First Avenue 4
    Star Wars characters gather onstage at First Avenue during Transmission presents "The Cantina: a Star Wars Dance Party." (Mike Minehart)

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