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‘Lebowski Fest’ to descend on L.A. again

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Here we go again.

It’s time for the “Lebowski Fest” to arrive in the Los Angeles area.

The Los Angeles-area festival is a celebration of the 1998 Coen brothers’ comedy, “The Big Lebowski.” Jeff Bridges starred as Jeffrey Lebowski, an unemployed L.A. slacker and avid bowler who is nicknamed “The Dude.”

The festival will take place in assorted areas around town next weekend from April 25-26.

On April 25, a movie party will be held at the Wiltern Theater in L.A., followed by a screening of “The Big Lebowski.” This event is already sold out.

But there still are tickets available for the bowling party, which will be held the next night from 8 to midnight at Fountain Bowl in the Orange County city of Fountain Valley.

This is the third year Fountain Bowl will be the host of the bowling party. Eight hundred people showed last year, said a Fountain Bowl spokesman. The bowling center has 60 lanes.

Many visitors to the center will be dressed like the characters in the iconic movie, which is widely considered the most entertaining bowling film ever made.

The Lebowski Fest is an annual event that started in 2002 in Louisville, Ky. Many celebrities have attended the event.

Bridges (shown in photo) appeared at an L.A. fest in 2005 singing and playing the film’s theme song, “The Man in Me.”

“It really puts a smile on my face to see ‘The Big Lebowski’ has a faithful following,” Bridges said.

The festival also has been held in such places as New York, Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and London.

For more information, contact Fountain Bowl at 714-963-7888. The bowling center is located at 17110 Brookhurst St. in Fountain Valley.

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