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Today in NOLA 4.5.17

Tonight, learn and laugh at the issues of our time at The New Movement. Experimental rockers Of Montreal play Howlin’ Wolf, while the Catahoula Hotel hosts a rooftop screening of “The Big Lebowski.” Dancers, scholars, and orchestra performers salute the iconic 1890s bandleader John Robichaux. On this day in 1866, Antonio de Ulloa became Louisiana’s first Spanish governor. Now, more hump day happenings. 

Tonight in NOLA: 3.1.15

Tonight, NOLA fashionistas are voguing for a cause. A tubercular courtesan is running rampant on one stage while Hannibal Buress yucks it up on another, and the dude shall imbibe. On this day in 1932, the Louisiana State Capitol building was completed after 14 months of construction. Now, more to do this Sunday.

Today in NOLA: 8.29.14

Today, we remember Katrina, nine years later. On a lighter note, Decadence is in full swing. Here’s a new reason to take a trip to the Westbank: A$AP Ferg, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis and more play the Mad Decent Block Party at Mardi Gras World today. Gravity A pay tribute to the Talking Heads at Tiptina’s tonight. Plus, MidCity Theatre mashes up the Bard and the Dude.

Abiding Pt. XI

Trekkies v. Lebowski Lovers

As my conversation with Jeff Dowd, the inspiration for the The Dude in "The Big Lebowski" winds its way toward its end, Jeff elaborates on why the film remains a classic and how its fans differ from Trekkies. As to why the film abides...

Abiding, Pt. X

The Dude on Saving Lives

Jeff Dowd, the real life inspiration for The Dude in "The Big Lebowski," explains the lasting love for the movie and how the film saved a life and supports the troops.


Abiding, Pt. VII

Voyeurs, Guns, & Money

Jeff Dowd, the inspiration for The Dude in "The Big Lebowski," takes on the economy, war, oil and how movies can help.

Abiding, Pt. V

Jeff Dowd, the Original Dude, Talks About Music

Laura Caypouette continues her ongoing conversation with Jeff Dowd, the man behind The Big Lebowski's Dude. This week, the Dude fills us in on his take on music in New Orleans and parts elsewhere, and makes some crazy claims about seafood!

Abiding, Part IV

On Bars & Bowling

When last we left Jeff "The Dude" Dowd, the eponymous inspiration for Bridges character in "The Big Lebowski," we were discussing the advantages of being The Dude. We'd covered free White Russians and not having to bring your own weed.

Abiding, Pt. III

The Dude Explains the White Russian

When last we spoke, Jeff Dowd (JD,) the inspiration for The Dude in "The Big Lebowski" proclaimed, "I mean, music is our life, you know?"

LC: Well, speaking of music being our life, are you familiar with the Rebirth Brass Band song, "Do Whatcha Wanna?"

JD: I know the band, I'm not familiar with (then a short coughing fit), just send me a link.

LC: Well, it's sort of like an anthem for this city and it seems like a perfect fit for The Dude, so what's your relationship to New Orleans?

Abiding, Pt. II

NoDef Chats (More) with Jeff Dowd, the Original Dude

Screening "The Big Lebowski" at the Prytania Theatre provided a refreshed perspective as I continue chatting with the inspiration for The Dude: Jeff Dowd.

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