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Special screenings and film events to finish off summer

Jeff Bridges stars in “The Big Lebowski,” the centerpiece of the Tallgrass Film Association’s annual “Dudegrass” fundraiser.
Jeff Bridges stars in “The Big Lebowski,” the centerpiece of the Tallgrass Film Association’s annual “Dudegrass” fundraiser. Courtesy photo

The heat is finally backing off a bit now as we hit the last stretch of summer. There are still lots of cool events and special screenings to catch. Here’s what’s coming up:

Return of the Cults film series

▪ Heavy Metal” — This animated tale inspired by the 1980s magazine features multiple stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror. Showing at 7 and 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Warren Old Town, 353 N. Mead. Tickets are $5. No one under 18 is admitted after 8 p.m. The film is rated R.

▪  “Pink Floyd the Wall” — The trippy 1982 film companion to the classic Pink Floyd album follows a troubled rock star’s descent into madness. Aug. 21-22, Palace Theatre.

Summer of Spielberg film series

▪ “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” — One of my favorite films of all time is about a group of people who share a psychic connection to alien beings who make contact with Earth. I’ve never looked at mashed potatoes in quite the same way after seeing this. Showing at 7 p.m. Monday at Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets are $5; $4 for students, seniors or military.

▪  “Jurassic Park” — The 1993 classic actioner that spawned four sequels (and more on the way) is about a dinosaur theme park that suffers a major power breakdown, allowing its dino inhabitants to run amok and look for human snacks.7 p.m. Aug. 17, Orpheum. Tickets are $5.

Tallgrass Film Association events

▪ Dudegrass — The fifth annual celebration of all things “Big Lebowski” is a fundraiser for Tallgrass Film Association, the group that produces the annual Tallgrass Film Festival and more.

The night includes bowling, music by Tom Page Trio, a costume contest and a screening of the Coen brothers classic “The Big Lebowski,” which follows the adventures of a lazy stoner who is mistaken for a millionaire and seeks restitution for his ruined rug. It really tied the room together, man!

Tickets are $15 in advance at or at the door. The event goes from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Northrock Lanes, 3232 N. Rock Road. “The Big Lebowski” is rated R.

▪  Cinema Alfresco — TFA and WSU’s Ulrich Museum of Art team up to present a screening of the coming-of-age comedy “3 Idiots” at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at WSU’s Duerksen Amphitheater.

The film follows college friends bucking the flailing higher education system. It broke box office records in India and has won many international accolades.

Admission is free and open to the public. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners are welcome. The film is rated PG-13.

▪  Project Nano — Tallgrass’ Filmmaker Labs offers a filmmaking workshop to be held Aug. 28-30 focusing on documentaries. It will be taught by Tallgrass filmmaker-in-residence Mark Covino, whose acclaimed documentary “A Band Called Death” screened at the 2013 festival.

Students will make a short film, and the workshop is open to all ages and all levels of experience. Registration is required at The fee is $175 (or $150 for students/seniors).

Other events

▪  “Return of A Night with Rawdzilla” — Did you know I also make movies? I’ve written and directed three features and 17 short films. Who needs sleep, right?

I will be showing six of my recent shorts in a showcase at 9:15 and 11 p.m. Sunday at the Alibi Room, 919 E. Douglas. Admission is free and so is the popcorn; 21 to enter. Mr. Natural Soul Kitchen will be cooking up food for purchase out back starting at 7.

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