Trying to create a game plan for this 4/20 weekend is maddening enough to make your brain feel like the end of a just extinguished Hemp Wick. The Denver metro area is being invaded by bong-friendly bands and edible-eating event planners who all want your duckets. There are more shows on Sunday night than you can shake a Thai stick at, with festivities kicking off as early as Wednesday. All of a sudden, 4/20 has turned into your annoying friend who insists it’s her “birthday week.”
Want to make the most out of your marijuana weekend? Here’s my schedule of events that any stoner can pull off, provided you have a sober driver and a modicum of motivation:
Wednesday, April 16
He’s the quintessential old-school Cali rapper to kick off a weekend that will feature acts much further down the smoker spectrum. And much louder. While hits like “BJ Betty” and “Freaky Tales” mean I probably won’t talk my girlfriend into coming, Too $hort is a legend. Although he’ll be hosting a party at the Diamond Cabaret the next night. Because he’s Too $hort. Also performing: Young Rapscallions.
Event: Big Industry Show Afterparty, April 16 at the City Hall Amphitheater, 1144 Broadway, Denver, $TBA
Get there: TBA
Logistics: Cabs from downtown are cheap, or hop on the RTD 0 bus.
Get out: Last call.
Thursday, April 17
Headlining their monthly show is Andy Haynes, fresh off his appearance at the High Plains Comedy Festival. Haynes’ “The Half Hour” on Comedy Central was one of my favorite darker sets of the season, and his Twitter handle 2HAYNEZ always makes me smile. At $15, it’s also one of the best deals you’re getting on a weekend where getting “taxed” doesn’t just apply to recreational pot purchases. Also performing: Billy Wayne Davis, Nathan Lund, Ian Douglas Terry, Noah Gardenswartz, Brent Gill, and Jordan Doll.
Event: Sexpot Comedy Presents Andy Haynes’ Midnight Run with Billy Wayne Davis, April 17 at the Oriental Theatre, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver. $15.
Get there: 8 p.m. for comedians milling around.
Logistics: 44 bus from downtown or a car service.
Get out: When the taco truck leaves.
Friday, April 18
Event: Big Galleria Glass Exhibition, April 18 at the Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver, $75 for a two-day pass
Get there: 10 a.m. if you need to be a door buster, noon at the latest.
Logistics: Lots of options. Check our Denver visitors’ guide for transportation details.
Get out: 2 p.m.
Event: Ice Cube and Action Bronson, April 18 at the Denver Mart
Get there: 8:30-9 p.m.
Logistics: Don’t stray far from the glass show, then make a friend at the show.
Get out: When security intervenes.