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May the Fourth be with you, always

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My Saturday started at Urban ReThink’s second annual Broomstick Pony Derby, a charming charity-supporting spectacle which turned Thornton Park’s Central Avenue into an ersatz Churchill Downs, complete with chalk-marked finish line. Hand-decorated hobbyhorses, dozens of which were crafted at a series of workshops held during recent weeks, ranged from sweet purple unicorns to KISS- and Run D.M.C.-inspired ponies. Some riders got in on the act, trotting down the .131-mile course dressed as salt and pepper shakers with mustard and ketchup horses, or (like one adorable little girl) as Mary Poppins aboard the carousel. Of course, there was a Darth Vader-esque horse made of cardboard and duct tape, its rider clad in a black cape. Because wherever horses go, Sith happens.

Finally, 2013’s May the Fourth coincided with that other great geek holiday, Free Comic Book Day. Sci-Fi City was cleaned out by noon, but I snagged some gratis Superman issues from the enormous new Acme Superstore in Longwood. Acme celebrated May 4 with a Star Wars art show (I loved Brian Demeter’s Yoda-with-eye-patch portrait) and Six Degrees of Improv performances (“yes, and” sounds better in Shyriiwook). And I took home yet another Chewbacca action figure, because you can never have too many Chewies.

May the fourth be with you, always.

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