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Screen Scene: ‘Dudegrass’ celebration of ‘Big Lebowski’ returns

“Rowdy Roddy” Piper in “They Live.”
“Rowdy Roddy” Piper in “They Live.” Courtesy photo

Special event

▪ “Dudegrass” – The fifth annual celebration of all things “Big Lebowski” is a fundraiser for the Tallgrass Film Association, the group that produces the annual Tallgrass Film Festival. It runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Northrock Lanes, 3232 N. Rock Road.

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 stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Tickets are $15 in advance at or at the door. “The Big Lebowski” is rated R.

Mainstream movies opening Friday

▪ “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” – At the height of the Cold War, a CIA operative (Henry Cavill) and a KGB agent (Armie Hammer) join forces to stop an international criminal organization.

▪ “Straight Outta Compton” A biopic about the rise of the seminal Los Angeles gangsta rap group N.W.A, led by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E.

Special screenings

▪ “They Live” – This special tribute screening honors the late “Rowdy Roddy” Piper, the legendary pro wrestler who starred in John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi thriller as a drifter who discovers a pair of sunglasses that allows him to see some very weird things. Showing at 7, 9:15 and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Palace, 535 S. Ridge Circle. Tickets are $3.50.

▪ “Jurassic Park” – The final film in the “Summer of Spielberg” film series is this 1993 classic action movie about a dinosaur theme park that suffers a major power breakdown, unleashing chaos. Showing at 7 p.m. Monday at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets are $5; $4 students, seniors and military.

▪ “Patton” – This 1970 best picture Oscar winner stars George C. Scott as controversial American Gen. George S. Patton. Showing at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Orpheum. Tickets are $5; $4 students, seniors and military.