Raise a White Russian and toast the return of the Lewbowski Fest to Fountain Valley this May.
Twenty years of The Big Lebowski in the City of Angels will be celebrated May 25 at Lebowski Fest LA, which packs into the Wiltern a screening of the 1998 Coen Brothers’ stoner classic, music by the Kyle Gass Band (again) and appearances by bit players in the movie.
The frivolity moves the following day to Fountain Bowl, where the lanes will be filled with folks mostly made up like characters from the movie. That not only includes bowlers The Dude, Walter Sobchak, Theodore Donald “Donny” Kerabatsos and Jesus Quintana, but Uli the Nihilist, Maude Lebowski and Bunny Lebowski. Perhaps even a marmot.
As I wrote in my coverage of Lebowski Fest 2013, Fountain Bowl has a connection to The Big Lebowski. Champions Bowling & Embroidery pro shop proprietor Barry Asher, a 10-time Professional Bowlers Association champion, PBA and USBC Hall of Fame inductee and one of the 50 greatest bowlers of all time, was the bowling advisor to the stars. Asher is also seen rolling a strike in one of the last frames of The Big Lebowski.
Special guests at the LA portion of the fest include: Jack Kehler, who played Marty the Landlord, Jerry Haleva (Saddam), Luis Colina (angry Corvette owner), Jim Hoosier (Liam) and Ajgie Kirkland (Eagles cab driver). Which reminds me: I hate the fucking Eagles.
Discounted weekend passes go on sale Friday at 7 a.m. for Lebowski Fest LA, which is followed July 20-21 by the 17th annual Lewbowski Fest in the place where it all started: Louisville, Kentucky. Ticket links for either location will be posted on LebowskiFest.com. Look for news about added guests and surprises at either via Facebook/LebowskiFest.
Meanwhile, get yourself in the mood by checking out Josh Chesler’s coverage of Lebowski Fest 2015.
Oh, and then there’s this knucklehead’s story: “The Dude: Zen and Now”.
OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.