Our beautiful frontwoman Dani has just informed me of the greatest thing to happen to my life since I discovered hand lotion: Lebowski Fest in San Francisco! I’ve been meaning to go to the one in Kentucky for a while, but now I can get out and really exploid my nerdiness with only a 3 hour drive. Word has is there might be an office trip down there, so we’ll keep yall informed.
What the hell is Lebowski Fest, you ask?
Lebowski Fest is a bowling event celebrating all things relating to the Coen Brothers 1998 film, The Big Lebowski. It can be likened to a Star Trek convention in a very loose sense. The event takes place at a bowling alley and includes unlimited bowling, costume , trivia, farthest traveled, and bowling contests, prizes, and what-have-you. The friend of the Coen Brothers who inspired the main character played by Jeff Bridges, Jeff “The Dude” Dowd has been known to make an appearance and drink some White Russians. The 1st annual occurred in Fall of 2002 in Louisville, Kentucky and the 2nd annual took place in July 2003. We then headed way out west to Las Vegas for Lebowski Fest West in Feb., 2004 which featured an appearance by Jim Hoosier who played Liam (The Jesus’s bowling partner). The 3rd Annual Lebowski Fest in June of 2004 brought over 4000 Achievers and included an outdoor concert with My Morning Jacket. Lebowski Fest New York was held in Aug. 2004. Lebowski Fest hit a milestone in LA when Jeff Bridges showed up with his band and played “The Man in Me!” He was wearing his jellies. Lebowski Fests have also been held in Austin, Texas. For a complete lists of Fests, click here.