• Posted:Friday, September 4, 2009
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Backpack to Lebowski Fest
Any film-fanatic backpackers out there who can't get enough of the Cohen brothers' movie-making magic might be very interested to know that various cities across the US are hosting a Lebowski Fest tour throughout September and into October. If you happen to be in Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington or Austin between September 8th and October 10th, then you really have no excuse not to go and pay homage to the Dude.

Fans, also known as 'achievers', come from all over to knock back White Russians, go bowling and throw a few rocks. The first event took place in Louisville in 2002, which set the stage for the annual re-imagining of the movie - a two-day extravaganza, complete with live music, a viewing of the film on the first night and a wild bowling party on the second. It's actually been something of a global phenomenon and Lebowski Fests have been held in places as far afield as London and Edinburgh. Even more excitingly, the Dude himself - none other than the great Jeff Bridges - once went to one of the LA affairs and, apparently, hung around afterwards to sing a few songs to a delighted crowd.

Denver is the lucky city that gets to kick proceedings off, with - aside from the film and the bowling - live music by Black Diamond Heavies and special guests, the Pin Heads. On the second day, costumes and dressing-up are suggested as part of the bowling party, although it's not a pre-requisite for entry to the alley, which is good news for all you backpackers on cheap travel holidays, who may have forgotten to pack your spare Maude costume.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19346286-ADNFCR
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