Monday, November 1, 2010

Do you abide?

By Meredith Deliso

Bowling, White Russians and costumes combine next month at Brooklyn Bowl for Lebowski Fest 2010, a celebration of the 1998 Cohen Brothers’ cult comedy and its great anti-hero, The Dude.

For the uninitiated, “The Big Lebowski” is essentially a film about a slacker vet just trying to get his rug back, but who soon finds himself in the middle of a plot involving kidnapping, extortion, nihilists, the avant-garde art world and the L.A. porn scene.
There’s also a lot of bowling.

At the Nov. 4 spectacular, all are encouraged to come in costume and celebrate the film, known for its instantly quotable dialogue and idiosyncratic characters. That could mean going as the nonchalant Dude (black sunglasses, robe, white shirt and shorts, preferably carrying around a carton of half-and-half). Or, for the more ambitious, there’s Maude Lebowski during one of The Dude’s dream sequences, wherein she sports a Brunhilde outfit; Saddam Hussein (that’s from another dream sequence); a Persian rug; or one of the more outlandish side characters, Jesus Quintana, which involves tight pants and lots of purple.

“Williamsburg is a too-cool-for-school kind of neighborhood, but it’s fun to be all dorky with these people,” said Gabriel Miller-Phillips, who attended last year’s festival as Quintana.

In addition to the film, a costume contest, trivia round and some requisite rounds of bowling, the night will feature a performance by Diamondsnake, a metal band comprised of Moby (yes, that Moby) and Phil Costello of Tragedy and Hair Supply.

“Combining such disparate influences as rock, hard rock, metal, and heavy metal, Diamondsnake was borne out of a shared love for entering a small, dark, and musty room, plugging into a few amps, and playing as loud as possible for a seriously long time,” said Moby when he announced the project this past spring.    

Do you abide?

Lebowski Fest 2010 at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963-3369], Nov. 4 at 6:30 pm. Tickets $20. For info, visit


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