Hardacre "Big Lebowski" Festival

Location: Tipton High School
400 East 6th Street
Tipton, IA 52772 (map)

Contact: Will Valet (willvalet@yahoo.com)

Mark it, Dude . "The Big Lebowski" is coming to Tipton. The Hardacre Theater Preservation Association will present the first-ever Hardacre "Big Lebowski" Festival on Saturday, Aug.ust 8.

The event will include a screening of the comic cult classic film at 6:30 p.m. at the Tipton High School auditorium. Cedar Lanes in Tipton will host the after-party, which will include bowling, costume contests and live music from the Tipton-based rock band Home Brew Heroes. Tickets are $20 per person, which includes admission to the film, the after-party and a free drink at the party (White Russians and "oat sodas" included). All proceeds from the event-one of several fundraisers planned this summer-will benefit the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association.

Since its theatrical release in 1998, "The Big Lebowski" has picked up a huge and growing cult of fans who love its wacked-out characters and slacker point of view. The film revolves around Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski (unforgettably played by Jeff Bridges), a bowling-obsessed layabout who gets involved with a possible kidnapping case. The film was directed by Academy Award winners Ethan and Joel Coen. The film is rated R and contains adult themes. In addition the screening, bowling and live music, other contest events are being planned for the festival. For more information about the event and the "Save the Hardacre" campaign, please visit www.thehardacre.org