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May 8, 2009 - Lakewood, CaliforniaIt’s time to put on your bathrobe, dust off that bowling ball and pour yourself a white Russian — that’s right, it’s time for another Lebowski Fest. The festival is an annual celebration the Coen brothers 1998 cult classic slacker comedy ‘The Big Lebowski,” the film that starred Jeff Bridges as a pot-smoking, CCR-loving LA burnout called The Dude.




Lebowski Fest hits New York this week — Tuesday, September 22 through Thursday, September 24 — before heading to Philly (September 25-26), DC (September 28-29), and Austin (October 9-10). The events feature costume contests, trvia, movie screening, and of course, bowling.


Fest photos and a Lebowski Fest primer, after the jump…

At Lebowski Fest, the costume is key. Get some inspiration from Fest-goers (called Achievers in the Lebowski lexicon) at a Washington state event, before coming up with your own look. Some notes on key characters:


Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges): To play The Dude, you’ll need some long hair, an overgrown scruff, and a ratty bathrobe. Accessorize with a pair of boxer shorts and undershirt, plus some sandals. You won’t want to forget a pager and maybe even a joint. And make sure to keep your White Russian topped off at all times.


Walter Sobchak (John Goodman): The Dude’s bowling buddy is a Vietnam vet who looks the part. To recreate his look, hit up an Army Navy store and grab some aviator sunglasses, cargo shorts and a matching vest. Bonus points for the following: buzz cut and goatee, a domineering ex-wife and a bad case of PSTD.


Maude (Julianne Moore): Daughter of the “Big” Lebowski, Maude is the film’s feminist avant-garde artist, with a sharp red bob. Bonus points for paling around with a band of spandex-wearing nihilists, or rocking a viking helmet and matching bowling-ball bikini top.


Jesus Quintana (John Turturro): Any wannabe Jesus requires a embroidered jumpsuit (preferably purple), long ponytail, hairnet and goatee to play this creepy Cubano. Bonus points for blinged out gold rings and a rap sheet.

Lebowski Fest photo via stillthedudeabides/Flickr

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