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The Dude Abides: Lebowski Fest Returns To L.A. This Weekend

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By Diego Rentería

Fans of The Dude, bowling, and White Russians, rejoice! Lebowski Fest returns to Los Angeles this weekend, March 22 and 23, to celebrate The Big Lebowski, the Coen Brothers penned and directed cult film about an unemployed Los Angeles slacker mistaken for a wealthy man with the same name.

Friday's Movie Party features live music by The Kyle Gass Band, a poster art show, a 35mm screening of the acclaimed film at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, and appearances by Leon Russom (Sheriff of Malibu), Philip Moon (Woo The Carpet Pisser), Lu Elrod (Family Waitress), Jim Hoosier (Liam), Robin Jones (Ralph's Girl), Luis Colina (Corvette Owner), Loyd Catlett (Dude's Stand-in), Andrea Nunn (Maude's Body Double), and Peter Exline (Inspiration for Walter). Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 and $25 and available here.

On Saturday, dress as your preferred Big Lebowski character and polish up on your trivia for the Bowling Party. There will be bowling, trivia, costume, and other contests, along with appearances by Hoosier and Barry Asher (PBA bowler and bowling advisor for the film). The bowling shindig takes place at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25, include the cost of general admission bowling and shoe rental, and can be purchased here.

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Weekend passes are sold out, so you have to buy tickets for individual days. Visit the festival website for more information on events and tickets.

And now for a quick history lesson. Lebowski Fest was first held in Louisville, Kentucky, in July 2002 by fans of the film and has been held in different cities in the United States and the United Kingdom ever since. Starring Jeff Bridges as the titular character, the comedy crime caper also stars John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and John Turturro. It premiered in theaters in March 1998, 15 years ago. Think about THAT, man.

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