George Lucas, father of Star Wars, inspires a strange mix of slavish devotion and irrational hatred. Like the light and dark sides of the Force he mythologized, his partisans maintain a tenuous balance with the love of Boba Fett on one side and the need to throttle Jar-Jar Binks on the other. And now you can experience that delicate relationship expressed through poetry at the George Lucas Poetry Slam. Although Lucas himself will not be in attendance, around a dozen of Denver's finest poets will be, including Denver poet laureate Chris Ransick and Michael J. Henry, executive director of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. You might hear anything from a love sonnet for Princess Leia to Gungan haiku and if you have a poem of your own to share, you'll have the opportunity to do so during the open-mike session.
The proceedings will be recorded for possible inclusion in the upcoming documentary The People vs. George Lucas, an examination of the Lucas fan phenomenon. If there's some really cool moments, we'll include them, says Robert Muratore, one of the film's producers. It's just another quirky thing that will go along with other quirky things in the documentary.
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The quirks will start coming tonight at 8 p.m. at the Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue; doors open at 7. Tickets are $5; for more info, visit www.orientaltheater.com or call 303-455-2124.
Fri., Dec. 4, 8 p.m., 2009