“Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not ‘Mr. Lebowski.’ You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.” You got that? Though this weekend’s party may be called Lebowski Fest it’s all about The Dude and his compatriots. Dress in your finest dirty robe, pour out a couple White Russians and you’re in for a treat.
For two days, fans (also known as “achievers” at the fest) will gather to fete the one and only. On Friday night, the Lebowski Fest New York Bowling Party takes over the lanes at Lucky Strike on 42nd Street and 12th Avenue from 8 p.m. to midnight. On top of unlimited bowling and shoe rentals, they’ll have costume contests and trivia to test your knowledge of the Coen Brothers classic. Then, on Saturday, folks will convene for a special screening of the film at Gramercy Theater, complete with live music from Cover Me Badd, a band known for glorious punk Lebowski covers. (Yes, these things exist.)
The inaugural fest was held 12 years ago in Louisville, Kentucky, but since that glorious day in October of 2002, the Dude has gone worldwide. To date, Lebowski Fest has been in more than 30 cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Milwaukee, London and Edinburgh.
This year’s revelry should be all the more exciting, too, thanks to subtle talk of a sequel in the air. While there aren’t any official plans, Jeff Bridges was quoted telling MTV earlier this month, “Whatever [the Coen brothers] are interested in, I’m interested in.” Hey, we’ll take it!
Be sure to look sharp out there, Duderinos. On top of some amazing costume show-downs, some of the films original celebs might be in the mix. According to the fest’s website, “many actors have made appearances at Lebowski Fest including The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Julianne Moore, Peter Stormare and even lesser known actors like Jon Polito (Da Fino), Jim Hoosier (Liam) and Philip Moon (Woo – The Carpet Pisser.)” How much would it suck to have that nickname with you for a lifetime?
Ready for the fest? Here are some looks we recommend sporting all weekend:
The look: dirty robe, baggy shorts, plain white v-neck t-shirt and slippers.
The scene: the opening sequence
The character: The Dude, of course
Best achieved by: going on a bender for a couple days. If it seems like a bad idea, do it. Or just do some really hard math problems, especially ones that you almost remember how to do from algebra class — just enough to make your brain feel like a wad of cotton balls. And definitely don’t shower. Slap on a robe and some shades. Boom, you’re done.
The look: golden-hued aviators, a short-sleeved maroon polo shirt, faded green shorts, plastic watch, hiking boots and a khaki vest from a sporting goods store
The scene: when Smokey is over the line
The character: Walter Sobchak
Best achieved by: get dressed up for a long hike through the woods, then go drink at least three pints instead. Now aren’t you glad you didn’t go hiking? And, yes, please leave the crowbar at home.
The look: this one is admittedly one of the hardest looks to achieve, since it includes one of the raddest purple jumpsuits known to man, plus purple socks, purple bowling shoes, a hairnet, a solitary glove and one manicured pinky nail.
The scene: Jesus bowls a strike
The character: Jesus Quintana
Best achieved by: doing the dance like you just bowled a strike. Bonus points for actually licking a bowling ball beforehand.
The look: denim shirt, leather vest, cowboy hat and an incredibly sweet ‘stache.
The scene: the Dude abides
The character: “The Stranger” (aka the smooth-talkin’ narrator of the story)
Best achieved by: wearing it all, and just owning it. You are all-knowing and filled with Dude-ly wisdom.