The Dude abides in Rhinebeck

The Dude with Donny and Sobchak.

The Dude with Donny and Sobchak.

Ah, the Dude. Who ever would have thought that Jeff Lebowski, as played by Jeff Bridges, would be a cult movie hero – bathrobe, bowling passion, White Russians and all? But screening parties for the Coen Brothers’ 1990s sleeper hit The Big Lebowski have become a big thing, with people dressing up as the Bridges character or his best bowling buddies, played by John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, archenemy John Turturro or love interest Julianne Moore and saying lines memorized from the film.

Upstate Films in Rhinebeck will host a Big Lebowski screening party on Friday, July 18 at 9:15 p.m. Prizes will be given for the best costume. The celebration continues after the film next door at Liberty of Rhinebeck, where devoted fans can have a White Russian or “Nihilist” (cash bar). Expect some of the great music from the flick, including the fabulous Kenny Rogers oddity “Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In)” and a roomful of fans sipping those sweet vodka/Kahlua/cream concoctions and repeating a mantra of “the Dude abides.”

Big Lebowski Screening Party, Friday, July 18, 9:15 p.m., Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck; White Russians at Liberty of Rhinebeck afterwards (cash bar); (845) 876-2515, www.upstatefilms.org.

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