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Obscura Hosts Breaking Dawn Party on Saturday

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The sun's about to start setting on the Twilight franchise. A mere two films remain in the mushy and melodramatic vampire love story of Edward and Bella, including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 (which will hit theaters next weekend).

If you're a Twi-hard or tweener, its a bittersweet time. (Unless Stephenie Meyer gets off that pile of cash she's been lounging around on for the past few and writes another Twilight book, the saga will end with next year's release of Breaking Dawn -- Part 2.) If you're a Twi-hater, however, it's a joyous time, as the series will soon be laid to the grave.

And if you're Obscura promoter Robden Brethauer, it's time to throw another epic Twilight party. This weekend's edition of the monthly dance party, which takes place on Saturday night at CenPho dive Rips, will be all about the sparkly-skinned vampire franchise.

And unlike line-up parties at local Harkins Theaters locations, celebrations at Bookmans, or other tweener-friendly affairs, Obscura's party is aimed squarely at adult hipsters and indie rock fans, whether or not they're willing to admit their love for Twilight.

"The Twilight fans that would come to one of our events are probably more in the closet about being fans, maybe its because Twilight is too mainstream," Brethauer says. "All these little indie kids have to seem a little too cool for that sort of thing. But they're the same ones who ripped all the Twilight posters off the wall the last time we held a party like this."

That happened last summer when Obscura held its inaugural Twilight party around the time the movie version of Eclipse was released. 

The first was such a success that they decided to hold another one. Brethauer admits he's not a fan himself and doesn't see the spell that Twilight seems to have over its fans.

"Last time, everyone went bonkers for the Twilight party," he says. "I really don't know why. We have people who just show up because they want passes and schwag, people who don't normally show up to Obscura."

Nevertheless, he's a savvy promoter who sees an opportunity to get even more people out to his already-popular dance night. (After all, why should Meyer be the only one to rake in some cash from the Twilight trend?)

Besides passes to a sneak preview screening of Breaking Dawn that will be held sometime next week, Brethauer and Obscura's DJs Roya and Funkfinger will be giving away movie posters, copies of the Breaking Dawn soundtrack, and other movie schwag. Brethauer says those interested in dressing up in Twilight costumes and sparkly makeup (which a few attendees did during the first party) are "encouraged to do so," but it isn't a requirement for entry.

Obscura's Twilight: Breaking Dawn party will take place at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Rips Ales & Cocktails, 3045 North 16th Street. Admission is $5 after 9 p.m. Call 602-266-0015 or click here for more info.

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