Star Wars: Art of the Jedi at the Lounge, June 22

Erin Hilburn
"I'm going to need to see some identification."

County Grind attends and details some of the finest -- and occasionally subpar -- events from a given week. On Wednesday, Erin Hilburn went to "Star Wars: Art of the Jedi" by ANE at the Lounge in West Palm Beach.

Click here to see a full slide show from Wednesday's Star Wars event.

Woah! I swerved my wheel a little to the left -- there are Stormtroopers in the middle of the road! After narrowly missing one posing for photos, I pulled a U-turn into a parking spot across the street. The run-in with with 501st Everglades Squad was a dead giveaway that I was in the right place for "Star Wars: Art of the Jedi" by ANE at the Lounge.

Clearly, I was not at the Mos Eisley Cantina -- instead of a band, I was greeted by a DJ spinning house music. I ordered a Jedi Mind Trick (some sort of Midori concotion) and took in my surroundings. A female dressed in steampunk gear, wielding a light saber, said to another: "You don't wanna know what I did to a sith to get this."

Spotted: a chick wearing next to nothing and a Darth Vader mask (every geek's dream); Spotted: an unaffected hipster, dressed like a young Elvis Costello, sighing; Spotted: an out-of-place gentleman resembling William H. Macy as he appears in the television show Shameless.

Artists lined the perimeter of the room, selling everything from jewelry and wallets to sketches and prints. Some were doing live work. I caught MarcPaperScissor working on this Yoda as we discussed the finer points of the Original Trilogy. "Return of the Jedi is definitely the best," he told me.

Georgette Pressler of Devious Body Art was doing live painting, working on a pretty wicked-looking sith in the perfect shade of red. I asked curator Teresa Korber to call everyone with Star Wars-related tattoos to the stage. She doled out free shots to the tattooed masses as I spoke to artist Mo Brenner about the Yoda tattoo on his fist. I asked him why he chose Yoda, out of all of the characters in the Star Wars universe. He held out his other fist to reveal a tattoo of Albert Einstein's face. He chose Yoda and Einstein "because they're the two smartest people ever." How can you argue with that logic?

Overheard between two men, who were not joking: "That's quite a big light saber you have!"


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Erin Hilburn