"Donny, you're out of your element." "That rug really tied the room together." "Careful man, there's a beverage here!" "Eight year olds, dude." "Nice marmot." "Obviously you're not a golfer." I could go on. I saw The Big Lebowski in a mostly empty theater when it was released. If any moviegoers other than me were laughing, I couldn't hear them. Now, almost ten years later, the film is hailed as a modern classic, it is endlessly quoted, and it even has its own festival: Lebowski Fest. According to the press release, this year's sixth annual event will entail:

•Unlimited Bowling
•Costume, Trivia, Farthest Traveled, and Bowling Contests
•Celebrity Appearances

•White Russians, Sarsaparillas, and Oat Sodas
•Screening of the film
•What-Have-You

Lebowski Fest takes place next weekend, on July 20th and 21st, in Louisville, Kentucky. And believe it or not, the fest has gone global. On August 24th, there will be a festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and on August 30th, one will be held in London, England. Pretty reasonably priced tickets for all events are on sale now, at the festival's home page. Be sure to check out the site, you can also get some great merchandise like T-shirts, posters, and famous quote bumper stickers. There's even a link to Lebowski action figures! As for the celebrity appearances, don't go expecting John Goodman and Jeff Bridges (although Bridges has attended in the past!). It looks like so far it's just James G. Hoosier, who portrayed "The Jesus' bowling buddy Liam." The event sounds like a blast to me, and I guarantee there'll be some memorable characters there. I might have to hit the Los Angeles event this October. Has anyone been to one of these fests before? Is anyone thinking about heading to one this year?