Few films are so unanimously loved -- or so frequently referenced -- as the Big Lebowski, which is why there's now a touring festival in its honor. No matter how many times you've seen the flick, though, all you cult followers of the Dude's life philosophies should mosey on down to the Fremont Outdoor Cinema tonight wearing your rattiest robe, Caucasians and joints in tow, to do two things:
1. See the real man upon whom the Dude's character was based, live and in the flesh. His name's Jeff Dowd and best of all, he's actually a former Seattle resident. He'll be mingling at the pre-screening party, which starts at 6 p.m. The movie, on the other hand, starts at 9 p.m., leaving you plenty of time to get loaded beforehand whilst
2. watching Har Mar Superstar freak everyone out with his bizarre, yet comedic dance music. I could expound, but I'd rather let Doug Wallen theorize on the enigma that is Har Mar:
The bubblegum R&B persona of Sean Na Na's Sean Tillman, Har Mar has spent the decade as a career slacker whose sardonic ease of delivery has given him way more appeal than his lewd, white-boy shtick should ever have had. Gyrating his doughy torso and heaping his songs with whipped falsetto, he memorably hones in on recent cultural experiences like drunk-dialing, as well as older ones like, um, Hypercolor. He's also managed to show up Spank Rock on the Neon Neon single "Trick For Treat" and produce a side-splitting series of web videos. Next up? Har Mar's got a fourth album due in October, which should prove whether the prolonged, if loving, gag is finally wearing thin or becoming close to indestructible. With this guy, it could easily go either way.