Lebowski Fest LA 2009: May 7 - 8
If there was ever any question that Love of Lebowski runs deep in the veins of believers, one needed only stand outside the Wiltern on Thursday, May 7th, or at Cal Bowl the following Friday for proof aplenty.
Lebowski Fest is a two-day valentine to the Coen Brothers movie, and sweater jackets, military style vests and orange-tinted aviator sunglasses were present in abundance on both nights. A few bold fanatics showed up in purple onesies as Jesus (our hats off to you!), including one of the Wiltern bartenders (see photo gallery).
Being in L.A., we had the unique advantage of being home to the semi-employed actors who made up the peripheral characters in the film, so the event opened with appearances by Gary the bartender, whose right arm is featured more than once, the Ralph's checkout girl (a crowd favorite), Liam (he of the bowling belly shake), and none other than the Original Dude - the OG himself, the inspiration for the movie, his Dudeliness.