Pittsburgh Abides : “Dude, Tomorrow’s Already the 10th”
The ‘Burgh is gearing up for its third annual homage celebrating “all things dude.” Happening on October 9, Pittsburgh Abides is much more than just a movie screening; event coordinators Pete Spynda (AKA Pandemic Pete) and Stephanie Brea have expanded their festivities to include two floors of dude-approved music, contests and activities.
The Pittsburgh-based festival focuses on the 1998 film, “The Big Lebowski.” Set in the early ’90s, the plot is centered around Jeffery Lebowski (a.k.a. “The Dude”) – an unemployed slacker, albeit, a talented bowler – caught in the middle of an identity crisis.
During the movie, “The Dude” discovers a millionaire who shares the same name – letter-for-letter – was the intended victim of a crime. When the millionaire Lebowski’s trophy wife is kidnapped, he hires “The Dude” to deliver the ransom for her release. The plan later goes bad when “The Dude’s” friend Walter Sobchak plots to keep the ransom instead.
Since its original release, the movie quickly became a cult classic with a massive following; and to this day, superfans lovingly refer to themselves as “achievers.” The first Lebowski Fest was held in Louisville, Kentucky with 150 attendees, and has steadily expanded to different cities and countries across the globe.
Additionally, a religion called Dudeism, or ” The Church of the Latter-Day Dude,” was founded in 2005, maintains over 220,000 ordained “dude priests,” and devoted followers, who dedicate their lives to spreading the philosophy and lifestyle of the main character.
And it doesn’t end there. Two species of spiders were also named after the film and character: Anelosimus biglebowski and Anelosimus dude.
At Pittsburgh Abides, guests will have the chance to compete in trivia, ring toss, a costume contest and more. Take a chance and perform your “cycle” onstage in front of a star-studded panel of judges, including Alexi Morrissey – the host of Adventure Bingo – emceeing both the cycle and trivia sections.
Both floors of the venue will feature video projections and Lebowski-themed décor. Feel free to co-star in your own beaver picture, or be on the lookout for the Knutsens. Commonweath Press t-shirts and commemorative posters designed by Mike Budai will also be available for all in attendance.
Live music performances include Danny Rectenwald of the Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Charlie Hustle & the Grifters, and Spirit’s resident dance party, Chocolate Boombox, who’ll put on a German techno-pop-themed dance party after the movie screening.
Guests can sip on specialty, movie-themed cocktails and beer provided by Rock Bottom Brewery, or grab an In & Out-style burger from Steer & Wheel. Make sure to come hungry: the Second Breakfast truck will also be serving up pigs in a blanket and lingonberry pancakes.
PGH Abides will be held on Friday, October 9, from 6PM-2AM at Spirit. Tickets will be $15 at the door, or they can be purchased online in advance.