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Friday: Big Lebowski Bowling Party @ Riviera Theater

Like the laid-back, passive “Dude,” played by Jeff Bridges, and his tightly wound sidekick Walter Sobchak, played by John Goodman, “The Big Lebowski” kind of grows on you. Ten years after this Coen Brothers film first opened it has developed into a cult classic among those who appreciate its whacked out plot, its hilariously off color dialogue, and, of course, its unforgettable characters. Now the wacky, memorable masterpiece hits the big screen locally once again, as part of a multi faceted event at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda where a Big Lebowski party will take place on Saturday (Jan. 16). Whether it’s the cool costumes, brilliant dialogue, or tremendous soundtrack (…?), Big Lebowski parties have been sprouting up all over the country. This one just happens to be in our own back yard. The festivities will benefit the beautiful, historic Riviera Theater. The evening begins at 6:30pm with a cash bar—Including, of course, White Russians and Cold Ones. Live comedy starts at 7pm. and the movie screens at 8. Enjoy the party and movie for $10. A $17 ticket then entitles the bearer to two hours of open bowling after the show at the Tonawanda Bowling Center ( 574 Young St., Tonawanda).

Riviera Theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda / 6:30pm / $10-$17 / 692-2113 / rivieratheatre.org