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What Do You Do For Recreation? Dudegrass Abides, Man

The 4th annual DUDEGRASS - A Big Lebowski Extravaganza is happening on Saturday, August 16th from 5:00 - 9:00 pm at Northrock Lanes (3232 N. Rock). It's a nihilist celebration that really ties the room together, man.

The evening features Special Guest Peter Exline (inspiration for Walter), unlimited bowling/shoe rental, screening of the cult classic The Big Lebowski, the live music stylings of DJ Carbon and J Skratch, costume contest, Cards Against Nihilism, Briefcase Roulette, the "Bunny Lebowski Manicure" by Eric Fisher Academy, food specials from AJ’s Sports Grill and other whatnots.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Dudegrass is sponsored by Northrock Lanes, Tallgrass Brewing Company, 107.3 The Brew and KMUW.

5:00 pm: Doors Open
5:15 pm: The Big Lebowski Screening #1 in AJ’s Sports Grill
7:15 pm: Q&A with Peter Exline (inspiration for Walter)
7:45 pm: Costume Contest
8:00 pm: The Big Lebowski screening #2 in AJ's Sports Grill
*Exact times subject to change

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) is a cult classic film directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen, and starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Sam Elliott and Julianne Moore. (Rated R)


Tallgrass Filmmaker Lab: Movie Openings: Getting Things Started Right with Peter Exline

On Saturday, August 16th before Dudegrass, join our Special Guest Peter Exline (inspiration for the character of Walter in the Cohen Brothers The Big Lebowski) for a Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab Movie Openings: Getting Things Started Right. The class takes place from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at House of Schwan (3232 N. Comotara.) Space is limited, advanced registration required ($20.)

The opening sequence of a film (the first 10-15 minutes) tells an audience what to expect and establishes just about everything an audience needs to know. The class will explore the importance of the beginning of movies by examining the opening sequences of six different films, some dramatic and some comedic, to see how much information an audience gleams from those pivotal scenes.

Peter Exline has worked for Warner Bros., Mace Neufeld and Michael Douglas supervising screenwriters. As a free-lance reader he has "covered" more than 10,000 screenplays for agencies ICM, CAA, AMG and others, television for HBO, Fox and NBC, and feature film projects for numerous independent companies such as Mandalay Productions, Artisan Entertainment, Turner Pictures, to name a few. He has taught at U.S.C. School of Cinema-Television since 1992, as well as U.C.L.A. Writer's Program. He has lectured on screenwriting in America and abroad.