Calling all Dudes to the Pittsburgh Abides Big Lebowski Fest

Poster by Mike Budai.

Poster by Mike Budai.

Spirit Lodge

October 9
Doors open at 6 p.m.

If you find yourself putzing around in a beige bathrobe, sipping White Russians or muttering out loud: “obviously you’re not a golfer,” then this is the event of the century for you.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Abides.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Abides.

Move over Mean Joe, Pittsburgh’s got a new hero and his name is the Dude. The region’s only Big Lebowski festival, Pittsburgh Abides will occupy Spirit to celebrate all things dude. Much more than just a movie screening–don’t freak out, the cult flick will be shown—the third annual shenanigans are expanding to include themed activities, contests an musical performances.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Abides.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Abides.

Ready to bowl? Achieve Dude greatness as you compete in cutthroat rounds of trivia, ear spitting and ringer toss, take dance lessons and perform your “cycle” onstage. Don your best Dude threads and vie for prizes in costume contests, and strike a slacker pose with the Knutsens. Co-star in your own beaver picture, take a thrill ride on a hipline—if you dare—and then peruse the merch table for collectible posters and t-shirts designed by Mike Budai and Commonweath Press.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Abides.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Abides.

Both floors of the Lawrenceville Lodge will feature video projections and plenty of Lebowski-themed décor. Pittsburgh artist Alexi Morrissey (you may known him as host of Carnegie Museum of Art’s new Adventure Bingo series) will add his energy and wit to the neo-noir vibe as the event’s charismatic emcee and contest judge.

Performing original renditions of CCR songs from the beloved 1998 film by the Coen Brothers will be a local supergroup featuring members of the Bastard Bearded Irishmen. Rounding out the soundtrack will be Charlie Hustle and the Grifters and DJ Special Lady Friend—who will spin classic rock jams (read: not the Eagles, man!).

Serving up the Lebowski libations will be Rock Bottom Brewery, Maggie’s Farm Rum and the in-house Spirit crew, while Steer & Wheel will sling their take on In & Out-style burgers, and the Second Breakfast truck will offer lingonberry pancakes and pigs in a blanket (natch).

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