While countless fans of the Star Wars
saga were gathered at local cineplexes on Friday, December 18, to catch their first glimpse of The Force Awakens
, the C.A.S.A. Lounge in Tempe became like the cantina bar in A New Hope
as it hosted a slew of strange and costumed characters during the Star Wars
Art Party. Dozens of works created by local artists inspired by Star Wars
were on display, several of the attendees were in costume, and local musicians performed on the C.A.S.A. Lounge stage.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman