In Search of "Star Wars" in NYC

Channel Your Inner Jedi at these Star Wars-Themed Attractions/Events

Does this sound like you: You've seen the movie once (or twice . . . or thrice!), but still have a Star Wars itch that only a lightsaber can scratch? Come to the right place, you have. Here are three current Star Wars-themed attractions in Manhattan that, happily, you won't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to enjoy.

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    Star Wars and the Power of Costume

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    This traveling exhibition, fully titled as the mouthful "Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition," fittingly comes jam-packed with more than 70 wonderfully detailed costumes and dozens of other artifacts from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as the other six films in the Star Wars saga. Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and LucasFilm, the displayed items are borrowed from the collection of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Some of the treasures on view: Darth Vader's suit and breathing apparatus, the gilded suit of C-3PO, royal gowns worn by Queen Amidala, Imperial Stormtrooper costumes, and even the bikini worn by Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi. Visitors can explore 15 galleries spanning costume/artifact displays, concept drawings and designs, and multimedia exhibits, including short films showcasing the films' behind-the-scenes creative process. Exhibit runs through September 5, 2016, at Discovery Times Square (226 W. 44th St., btwn Broadway & 8th Ave.); visit www.discoverytsx.com/star-wars-exhibition for more info.

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    Lightsaber Academy

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    Learn how to handle a lightsaber like a Jedi pro at the Lightsaber Academy. (Yes, indeed, you can find anything in New York City!) The academy's mission statement is to educate its clients on the "art of lightsaber combat and stage combat." The force is obviously strong with the lightsaber stage combat group concept, which was born in New York in 2005 and has since expanded to more than 400 such groups worldwide. Join like-minded Star Wars fans that are keen on learning more about the iconic movie prop in classes that put a whole new spin on real-world martial arts by incorporating the fantasy weapon. For more info, visit lightsaberacademy.com; check local class schedules at newyorkjedi.com/calendar.

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    Awaken Your Inner Force Workout

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    The New York Sports Club (aka "The Jedi Council of Sports Clubs") invites guests  to their 45-minute "Awaken Your Inner Force Workout." The class includes "a choreographed, strength-based workout highlighting martial arts moves, cardiovascular and strength exercises using a lightsaber, gliders, your own body weight and other equipment to build power, strength and of course, force." Nonmembers can also sign up; classes are held weekly at several Manhattan New York Sports Club locations; visit www.mysportsclubs.com/starwars for more info.