Dude, let’s go bowling
Los Angeles, California
By Mario Anzuoni
The Lebowski Fest is a two-night traveling festival that celebrates the cult 1998 movie “The Big Lebowski” by the Coen brothers.
The first night is usually a musical event followed by a screening of the movie, while the second night is held at a bowling alley where all the enthusiasts – or as they often call themselves, “achievers” – gather for unlimited bowling and a costume contest.
The second night was definitely more visual. The “achievers” were out in full force, some even traveling from Australia, armed with good spirit, great attitude and most of all celebrating the legacy of this movie with costumes and impersonations sometimes derived literally from one line from the movie.
Naturally there were plenty of “dudes”, flanked by the other iconic characters from the movie.
All this translated into a contagious enthusiasm. Being a fan of the movie myself, it was easy to get transported by this sort of surreal re-enactment at a bowling alley in Orange County, California.
This year’s musical event was quite special since “The Dude” himself, actor Jeff Bridges, performed a whole set at the iconic Wiltern theater in Los Angeles.
Most of the fans don’t care much about winning a costume contest. As long as they feel they had properly celebrated their passion and devotion for this classic movie, “The Dude abides”.