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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy 4/20! Here's a Guide to Music-Related Activities on Doper Day

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Get high with Cypress Hill at the Warfield tonight. - PHOTO BY JENNE WARREN
  • Photo by Jenne Warren
  • Get high with Cypress Hill at the Warfield tonight.
Any crunker still mired to the concept of time recognizes and observes the entirely spurious significance of April 20. Sadly, organized recognition of the day is just as ad hoc, leaving teaheads to the dictates of their collectively whimsical natures. What follows are a few late suggestions for celebrating Doper Day if you want to do more than just fire one up where you stand. Check this handy map for observance of the Thousand Foot rule, and no matter what, do not attempt to operate machinery heavier than an iPhone.

  • Cypress Hill at the Warfield tops the list for dopest thing to do tonight. On Rise Up, their newest studio album, members of these pioneering hip-hop rockers hold to the weed that made them famous on tracks like "Light It Up," "Pass the Dutchie," and "K.U.S.H," and their earwiggy joints have as loyal a following among stoners as Paul McCartney or Pink Floyd. Doors at eight. and the opening act will be L.A. snarlboys The Literates, touring in support of their upcoming Blow Your Brains Out.

  • If the wait for the Warfield's door time puts too

    great a strain on your THC-addled attention span, simply wander

    outside and keep walking until you get to Hippie Hill in Golden Gate

    Park for the drum circle at 3:30 p.m. today. According to the National

    Weather Service, the forecast for the park today calls for

    fair temperatures, weak sunshine, and mellow vibes for one and all,

    even cops and pious folk convinced Jesus has a political stake in the

    legal status of a plant. At 4:20 today, there will be much whooping

    and rejoicing.

  • While you're in Golden Gate Park, it's worth knowing admission to the

    California Academy of Sciences is free today. There's an aquarium, a

    planetarium, a museum of natural history, and a

    recreated rainforest standing some four-stories high. Behave

    yourselves and don't make the nice security staff throw your punkass


  • I know Dengue Fever as a prime stoner listening experience from

    repeated exposure to their live act during my long slog through

    clubland L.A. I tell you from bent-eardrum certain: What killed

    inside tiny all-elbows venues in Echo Park will most certainly slay

    within the dank-crusted walls of the Fillmore. Don't miss.

  • If you do, Yoshi's is throwing "Psychedelia Oriental," a flamenco

    and bellydance show with Kardash serving up Middle Eastern-inflected

    psych rock at 8:30 p.m.

  • When not having my ears chewed by all varieties of commercial grade

    whomp 'n howl, I've found lounging before live baroque chamber

    orchestras a gorgeously hallucinogenic experience. Tonight at 8:00

    p.m. there's a free program of music at the San Francisco Conservatory

    of Music performed by their Concerto Composition winners.

  • The World Naked Bike Ride starts at Justin Herman Plaza at 4:00

    p.m. This is posted as a hallucinogenic safety tip and is no way a

    recommendation that readers ride bareassed and stoned through the Financial

    District. The Man burns in 136 days, so save it for the playa.

  • The local arthouse cinema circuit looks to have completely neglected

    the doper movie experience on this day of daze. The 3:10 p.m.

    screening of Wings of Desire at Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley is

    worth a brownie-based epiphany or six, but you'd best save the heavy

    shit for Guy Maddin's lunatic faux-Thirties extravaganza The Saddest

    Music in the World at 7:30. This movie makes Yellow Submarine look

    like a Vitaphone musical.

  • If you're a romantic boozer under fifty with some illusions left,

    you're probably already have tickets to Chris Robinson at the New

    Parish. Those over fifty with none at all are likely even now camped

    in front of Oracle Arena a few miles away for Rod Stewart.

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