Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

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When Mel Brooks directed his epic 1987 parody of Star Wars, he had no idea Jar Jar Binks was on the way. We can only dream of what might have been. And on Friday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m., we can thrill to the Borscht-belt sci-fi schtick-flick Spaceballs at the Arcata Theatre Lounge ($5).

John Candy in a dog suit, Rick Moranis in a trash can of a helmet, droid Joan Rivers and Brooks himself in a pair of rubber Yoda ears — there's your five bucks right there. The space Winnebago, Daphne Zuniga as a runaway Druish princess, Dark Helmet's action figures and Bill Pullman learning to harness the power of the Schwartz are all gravy.

May the Schwartz be with you.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal. She won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2020 Best Food Writing Award and the 2019 California News Publisher's Association award for Best Writing.

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