The annual Big Lebowski Festival, the twelfth such tribute to the cult classic, has brought all kinds of Lebowski urban achievers to Los Angeles to celebrate the Coen Brothers' cult classic.
The Wiltern Theater was decorated with inflatable bowling pins and the drink menu featured white Russians — renamed Wiltern Caucasians, perhaps in political protest — "made with Ralphs half-and -half." The film opens with the Dude writing a check for 69 cents to buy half-and-half from a Ralphs supermarket to make his favorite cocktail."
The two-day gathering includes a party, a screening of the film, and a competitive bowling tournament with countless homages (intentional or other) to the flick along the way.
An ad for The Eagles at The Forum popped up as we're waiting for the show to start. Loud booing ensued. #LebowskiFest— Michael Young (@dudeluvgun) April 26, 2014
The Lebowski and Hollywood faithful were dealt a blow earlier this year when Philip Seymour Hoffman, who had a memorable role in the movie, died of a heroin overdose. During the screening, the crowd made note of his absence:
There was overwhelming, heartfelt applause for Philip Seymour Hoffman when Brent appeared on screen.— Joseph Lamoree (@jlamoree) April 26, 2014
Additionally, star Jeff Bridges performed with his Lebowski-themed band The Abiders. Their setlist included the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Looking Out My Backdoor," which is featured in the soundtrack. Here's a little clip: