What is it about The Big Lebowski that triggers such devotion in its horde of acolytes? The Coen brothers' 1998 comedy has become a raging self-propelled phenomenon, and the annual Lebowski Fest celebrates all of it, from rug pee-ers to nihilists to Little Lebowski Urban Achievers. Friday's bash at the Wiltern features, naturally, a screening of the film, but there's also a visit from The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, who'll bang out a set with his band, The Abiders; an additional whimsical jolt comes via the Kyle Gass Band. Come Saturday, the party rolls on to O.C.'s Fountain Bowl, with beverages (Caucasians or a good sarsaparilla), bowling, costume and trivia contests and appearances by cast members Jim Hoosier (Liam), Luis Colina (Corvette owner), Lu Elrod (Family Waitress), Robin Jones (the Ralph's checkout girl, who will happily accept your check for 69 cents) and, like, shoe rental included with your ticket. All in all, it should be every bit as stupefying as the insidiously addictive film itself. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown; Fri., April 25, 7 p.m.; $35. (213) 388-1400. Also at Fountain Bowl, 17110 S. Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley; Sat., April 26, 8 p.m.; $25 advance, $30 day of. (502) 583-9290, lebowskifest.com.
Fri., April 25, 2014 (Expired: 04/25/14)
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