May the force be with you at May the fourth Star Wars parties

Jedis of all shapes and sizes are geeking out over Star Wars Day on Friday.
Chewy Van Gogh. Now that's fine art. Handout photo
Chewy Van Gogh. Now that's fine art.Handout photo
Published May 3 2012
Updated May 4 2012

On Friday, "May the Fourth Be With You.''

You'll hear that famously nerdy line until it's not funny anymore at parties celebrating Star Wars Day on Friday, May 4.

The Bricks of Ybor hosts a May the Fourth Be With You party with a Chewbacca sound-a-like contest and a pinata filled with Star Wars toys. Winners of the best Rebel Alliance and Dark Side costumes will take home light sabers.

DJ Cub will play a mix of Star Wars parodies, remixes and requests starting at 10 p.m. Admission to the bar at 1327 E Seventh Ave. is free, and costumes are highly encouraged. (Look for co-organizer Marci Richter as bounty hunter Boba Fett-ish.)

Richter and Chris Spires of Drunk Camera Guy promotions created the event to play off on Star Wars Day, which this year conveniently falls on a weekend night. The Bricks liked the idea so much, they expanded it into a week of Star Wars activities, which started April 28 with an "I'd Rather Kiss a Wookiee'' art show.

The exhibit by Kick Start My Art features Star Wars-inspired works by about 30 Florida artists, from Chet Loggins' Chewy Van Gogh on canvas to Chad Chadoza's Han Shot First on skateboards. Several pieces sold on opening night but will remain on display for several weeks, along with the Darth Vader figure that stands at the door.

In St. Petersburg, Fubar holds a Death Star Dance Party on Friday with a costume contest and "enough booze to pull the pants off a Gundark!!'' Partygoers will duel with light sabers and howl like a Wookiee for prizes. Samurai Shotgun, Cold Sun and Lady-D will provide music.

The party at 658 Central Ave. runs from 9 p.m. to midnight as part of St. Pete's First Fridays. Admission is free.

The line, or a variation of, ''May the Force be with you'' appears in every Star Wars movie and has become a symbol of the epic space series, which hits its 35th anniversary this year. In 2005, the American Film Institute put it on its list of top 100 movie quotes.