Star Wars

The Scum and Villainy Cantina

Several months ago, an event popped up in my Facebook feed, advertising a Star Wars themed pop up bar in Hollywood called the Scum and Villainy Cantina. I immediately went online and bought tickets and then promptly forgot about it until a few weeks ago when reservations for the bar opened up. Matt and I decided to go to SVC during his spring break, so we chose a Wednesday evening at 6:00. Each ticket came with two drink tokens, a souvenir glass and a souvenir coin, along with access to the bar for two hours (which was plenty of time).

We arrived to the “secret” (not so much anymore) location about a half an hour before our reservation, and found a parking spot on Cahuenga immediately. If you have ever tried to park in Hollywood, you know how next to impossible that is. We were the second group in line, so we could have gotten there later and been fine, but I always prefer to be early. About fifteen minutes before our entrance time, we were checked in and given our two drink tokens. We were let into the bar right at 6:00.

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Inside was dark and foggy (and terrible for taking pictures). There wasn’t a ton of decoration, per se, it was really more like we had actually walked into a bar in space. The music was eclectic and nerdy–I mean, they played the Flash Gordon theme song by Queen so I had no complaints about that. In general, I thought they captured the atmosphere of a space cantina pretty well. We grabbed two seats at the bar and cashed in our first tokens. Tokens were only good for specialty cocktails or  beer, but they did also have a full bar. First I tried the Big Bang. All of the cocktails came with a glowstick in them.

With my second token I tried the Dark Side of the Moon. Both of the cocktails were fine. Neither was so amazing that I would order them again, but they were both tasty and seemed to have a decent amount of alcohol.

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The best part about being at SVC was the people watching. A lot of people (most, really) came in costume and everyone was willing to pose for pictures, which was fun for us since we didn’t dress up. We saw some really cool outfits.

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Matt totally photo bombed my Stormtrooper selfie.

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About a half an hour before our time was over, the big guy came out. It was fun to see the Stormtroopers (who were guests at the bar) immediately flock to his side and flank him as he walked around the bar.

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Matt and I had a really fun time hanging out at the Scum and Villainy Cantina. We didn’t try any of the food since it all seemed pretty generic (we hit up In N Out on the way home, which is really the only way to do it), but we enjoyed the drinks. The prices for the other drinks at the bar seemed pretty on par with most of Hollywood, and while tickets for the bar were a little steep (I think we paid $50 per ticket), I found the whole experience to be worth what we paid.

As far as I know, there are no more reservations available for SVC, but they do have some walk up spots available. I would check their website and/or social media channels for the latest updates on accommodating walk ups. If you are a Star Wars fan in the So Cal area, I would 100% recommend checking out the experience. It was definitely a fun and nerdtastic experience!

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Star Wars Costume Exhibit

One of the highlights of our New York trip (for me) was the Star Wars costume exhibit at the Discovery Center in Times Square. The exhibit featured tons of costumes, mainly from the first six films, and it was super cool to see them all up close and personal. I legit am just photo dumping this post because there were so many cool things and I took so many pictures and most of them are self-explanatory (if they aren’t I’ll, you know, explain). But anyway, the Discovery Centers tend to have traveling exhibits so I imagine this one will make its way to places other than NYC so if you have a Discovery Center near you, keep an eye out for this exhibit. It is a must for any Star Wars fan!  I hope you enjoy my poor lighting and sometimes blurry picture tour!

Okay, so side note, Padme/Amidala had probably three times as many costumes on display as all of the other characters combined, and they are so freaking cool, all of them.
Also, this bikini is even smaller in person than it looks in the movie. There is a quote about it from Carrie Fisher that said something along the lines of everyone could see everything when she put it on, and it was super uncomfortable to wear (because in addition to being itsy bitsy it’s all legit made of metal).
So my favorite part was seeing the droids because I felt like I was meeting them in person. I also am a huge fan of Padme’s flowing sunset ombre caftan looking dress that she wore for like 2.5 seconds in one of her movies (2 or 3, can’t remember which since I tend to not watch those ones so much). Definitely a worthwhile experience and if it comes to LA, I will probably go check it out again!

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Star Wars at the El Capitan Theater

A few weeks ago, the hubs and I went to see Star Wars for the second time and decided to make an event of it and go to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood (we also started off our romantic date night eating at Hooters, since it is the fastest and most affordable restaurant next to the theater, but that’s a whole other story). I love seeing Disney movies at the El Capitan (like the live action Cinderella) because there is always a pre-show and they have super cool exhibits and displays from the movie. Plus, the theater itself is gorgeous and full of history, which is always a bonus.

There were tons of cool things about Star Wars at the El Cap (as the cool kids call it), and these are just some of the highlights. The film is scheduled to run at the theater for just a little bit longer, so if you are in the LA area, make sure you check it out. If you aren’t in the LA area, you can live vicariously through my pics! (Side note: pictures that were imported pre blog change are having some weird formatting issues, so sorry they are small :o(.)
Storm troopers are obviously a must at any Star Wars event…
One of the highlights for me was the Lego displays…
Downstairs in the gallery were several costumes and some props that were used in the making of the film…
Before the movie started, the world famous Rob Richards played tons of Disney favorites on the historic El Capitan organ and the audience was treated to a brief laser light show. One of the other pros of seeing any movie at the El Cap is you get to see a bunch of Disney previews. I am looking forward to the new slate of films set for release in the next couple of months. And yes, I loved Star Wars just as much the second time as I did the first. I might even go see it again!
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DIY: Star Wars Ears

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I know I am getting a bit redundant with this comment, but these might be my new favorite ears! Of course since I drank the Star Wars Kool Aid, I had to make a pair of ears to go along with my new found love. And I decided to try something I will not be doing often: fabric covered ears. Seriously y’all, these were time consuming and not easy to make. But hopefully my trials will save you some time should you decide to make a pair of these bad boys for yourself!

Not all of my supplies are pictured for the simple reason that I had to make some of this up as I went. But here’s what I used: Star Wars fabric, sparkly black tulle, a black headband, fabric scissors, craft foam, ear template, black rhinestone trim, super glue, hot glue, spare cardboard (I used a cereal box), and fabric glue. At the bottom of this post you will find links to the products that I used!

First, cut out two ear template shapes from your craft foam.

Turn your fabric upside down and place the foam where you want. I wanted Rey and BB-8 on my ears so I matched up the fabric accordingly.  Put a dab of glue on the middle portion of the ears (where you will fold it around the headband) to secure it in place.

Now comes the hard (and time consuming part). Wrap the fabric around the ear and use the fabric glue to glue it in place.  Because the ear template is an odd shape, the easiest way to do this is to cut the fabric in small strips as you go and glue each one individually. I tried gluing larger pieces and they did not mold to the round shape well. It is going to be a complete pain in the butt to do this, but it looks so much better.

This is what the back of the ear will look like when you are finished gluing.

Use the super glue to attach one cardboard circle to each side of the ear.

I used a combination of the super glue and hot glue to attach the ears to the headband.  It was not easy to get these babies to stay in place, so be patient and use lots of glue on the inside! There are definitely some parts around the edges that are not super smooth, but that’s okay because the next step is to add the trim.

I used the hot glue to add a rhinestone trim around the border. Originally I was going to use ribbon, but the rhinestones were sturdier and held the fabric in place better.

Tuck the ends of the trim inside the ear and secure with more hot glue.

Then use the hot glue to attach your bow (this is the easiest part!). I made the same bow as from my Christmas ears, it is super easy and fast to make.

I LOVE how these came out, though it is going to be a long time before I try to cover another pair of ears with fabric! The good news is I have lots of fabric left over and will have to come up with something else cool to make with it!

Here are some products similar to those I used to make this project:

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I Drank the Star Wars Kool Aid and I Ain’t Even Mad

Unless you have been living under a seriously huge, life-crushing rock for the past few months, you are well aware that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opened in theaters yesterday (Friday).  The build up to this movie has been unlike anything I have ever seen and the film is already (writing this on Saturday, the day after the official opening) on track to break every box office record in the books.  Star Wars fans, to me, are the first generation of the fandoms, which are now so popular everyone seems to belong to at least one (Disney! Harry Potter! Hunger Games! Doctor Who! The Walking Dead!…I only like the first three, but you know what I mean) and they laid the ground work for how it should be done.  Fans were camped out for weeks before opening day, showed up in costume, got tattoos, and even threw opening day weddings to show their solidarity to their fandom.  Some of that is a little cray cray, but Star Wars is one of those pop culture phenomenons that just can’t replicated.

I was never a huge Star Wars fan as a kid (and not because I’m a girl and I wasn’t “allowed” to be), they just weren’t my thing.  My brother, however, loved Episodes IV, V, and VI and so I saw them all frequently, though usually in small pieces.  I also LOVED Star Tours as a kid, it was my one must ride when we visited the park.  When Episodes I, II, and III came out, I saw them in the theaters, mostly because I had friends who were interested, but I never saw them more than once (I actually saw Episode III at the Hollywood Cinerama Dome, where my mom saw Episode IV back in the day).  My husband is a big fan, but we had never actually watched any of them together until this past week when we decided to watch one of the movies each of the six nights leading up to Friday so that we were refreshed on the story and ready to go for Episode VII.

I freaking loved every second of watching those six movies.  Alright, part of that is that it is rare for the hubs and I to spend that much dedicated time together during the week (which is sad, but life tends to get in the way) and that was awesome.  But I also really enjoyed watching all six movies as one continuous story.  Clearly Episodes I, II, and III do not have the same magic as Episodes IV, V, and VI (though II is the only one I would really consider a “bad” movie), but when you watch them all together, everything makes a lot more sense.  To me, part of the beauty of the series is that they are not perfect films–plot holes, cheesy dialogue, sub par acting can be found in ALL the films.  The beauty part is in how much we love them anyway, not despite the flaws, but because of them.  That’s what makes them so awesome.

When it came time to head to the theater on Friday for Episode VII, I was pumped.  I was rocking my BB-8 brooch and ready to love every second of the seventh installment.  And I totally did.  (Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything for you…in fact, that’s another thing I totally loved about this whole experience, I follow HUNDREDS of Disney people on social media, many of whom saw the film early, and I did not see a SINGLE spoiler.)  I love the new characters, I love the old characters, I am now obsessed with BB-8 and Rey.  I LOVED IT.  I expected to like it, I expected it to be good, I expected it to be entertaining.  I didn’t know I would leave the theater a member of the Star Wars fandom.  But I did.  And a lot of it was because of Episode VII, but even more of it was the entire series as a whole, all seven films, all together.  I will 100% be seeing The Force Awakens in the theater again, quite possibly more than once.  And my husband should be concerned about how much BB-8 merch I will be purchasing over the next couple of months.  All of the sudden, I can’t wait until Squirt is old enough to watch the films with us (the real dilemma is going to be deciding which order he should watch them in).  I’m already planning his Star Wars themed birthday party, and Star Wars themed room decor.  And hello opening day of Star Wars Land, I will now be there with bells on.  Seriously guys, I am usually one of those people who scoffs at bandwagon fans, even picking the opposite of the cool, popular choice just to be a brat, but I can’t even pretend to hate Star Wars.

My name is Falon, I drank the Star Wars Kool Aid and I ain’t even mad.

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Season of the Force: Review from a Non Star Wars Fan

If you are at all a Disney fan in any way, I am sure you have heard about Star Wars coming to all areas of the Disney Parks.  As announced at the D23 Expo in August, Star Wars Land will be coming to both Disneyland and Disney World at some undetermined point in the next few years (construction at Disneyland is slated to begin in January 2016).  While construction is underway, Disney is bringing Star Wars fans a small taste of what’s to come with Season of the Force.  While Season of the Force is being presented differently on both coasts, the basics are pretty similar.  Disneyland’s Season of the Force debut was last week and it is already becoming hugely popular.  I went to check it out last Sunday, and while I still have several things I need to go back and see (namely the food), I was able to experience most of the big stuff.  Thus, my review.  And you may have noticed from the title that while I love all things Disney and have seen all of the Star Wars movies, I am certainly not what anyone would consider a Star Wars “fan”.  So this is a mostly objective review!

  Season of the Force is located in Tomorrowland and basically encompasses most of the land, with the exception of Astro Blasters and Astro Orbiters.  Most everything else in the land has been Star Wars-ified.

In the Tomorrowland Theater, formerly home to Captain EO, is Star Wars Path of the Jedi.  I imagine for the average super Star Wars fan, this is not very exciting.  However, for someone like me who is not a regular Star Wars movie watcher, it was a nice recap of the events of the first six films.  It also includes a preview of The Force Awakens (not sure if they will change this once the movie actually comes out).  There are a couple of random laser blasts and theater shakes during the clip montage, but for the most part, it’s just a summary of all that has happened in the previous films, followed by a glimpse of the new movie.

 There is, of course, tons of specialized merchandise for Season of the Force, and this is by far my favorite.  Located at the lemonade cart in front of the Launch Bay, this BB-8 sipper comes with regular or flavored lemonade (I got raspberry and it was delicious).  For a mere $16.00, this souvenir sipper can be yours!  I’m not going to lie, I love it.

Star Wars Launch Bay is a main attraction of Season of the Force and it is mainly (from what I could tell) about the character experiences.  You can meet both Darth Vadar and Chewbacca, however, the line for both characters when I went (and we went in as soon as it opened) was 45 minutes.  At this point in time, there is no character I would wait that long for.  Apparently many people are willing to wait this long, but I passed.

The Launch Bay also features some movie replicas and costumes.

And this replica of the Cantina Bar, missing one key element–booze.

 In general, I was underwhelmed with the Launch Bay. It also features video game stations and merchandise, including some (extremely over-priced) costumes and autographed pictures.  For me, it was kind of eh.

The true star of Season of the Force is Hyperspace Mountain.  It’s what everyone has been talking about and I can personally say that it 100% lives up to the hype.  My advice is to head straight there as soon as you walk into the park and pray for a Fastpass, otherwise you are looking at AT LEAST an hour wait.  But honestly, if you do have to wait an hour, it will be worth it.  I loved Hyperspace Mountain and though I often skip the “big” rides because I don’t have the patience to wait in line (I’m a brat like that), this is one I will wait for in the future.

 I will be heading back to the park next week (once some of the Thanksgiving break madness has died down) to check out some of the food and other merchandise offerings of Season of the Force, so more is to come.  But so far, I am a fan of Season of the Force, and now that I have done the Launch Bay, I know I can skip it and explore the other options out there.  Have you been to Season of the Force yet?  What did you think?

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