Gutter balls

Let’s be honest. As funny as The Big Lebowski is, the film’s dissection at the hands of film students, stoners and frat boys has stripped it of its true meaning: a towering testament to bowling. Bowling is an important sport because, as the Dude proved so many times, competence isn’t impossible after an adult beverage or two.Royal Crest Bowling Lanes (933 Iowa in Lawrence) answers the call to affordable fun tonight with its Dollar Bowling night. The value begins at 9 p.m. and lasts until close at 1 a.m. Games cost $1 each. And, unless you have your own, bowling shoes rent for $3 a pair. Booze-minded bowlers 21 and older can check out the $2.50 Bacardi drink specials between turns. For more information, call 785-842-1234.

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 2008