Northwest Marijuana Guide Spring 2014
Based on the writings of neuroscientist, psychonaut, and dolphin-communicator John C. Lilly, this 1980 film is rich with visuals, including a ayahuasca–ish ceremony and resulting hallucination. The frenetically edited sequence was seemingly designed with the boggling of addled minds as a primary goal. Grand Illusion Cinema, 4739 University Way NE, grandillusioncinema.org, $8.
Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
Yeah, this is a little #mainstream, but so what. The poster for this event looks like a cross between a yoga studio catalog and a promo flyer for a rave, and the concert's title is "Snoop's Wellness Retreat," which invites one to wonder: Is Snoop planning a second reincarnation as a dietician, personal trainer, or holistic life coach? WaMu Theater, 1000 Occidental Ave S, 9 pm, $47.50.
Third Annual Dope Cup
Hosted by DOPE magazine (did you know that DOPE, in this context, stands for Defending Our Plant Everywhere? You probably did, but I didn't!), this is a tournament-style competition between various strains of weed for supremacy in various categories, including highest THC, highest CBD, and people's choice. With your purchase of a ticket, you are assuming judging responsibilities, so be ready for that. Magical Butter Studios, 2225 First Ave S, dopemagazineonline.com, 8 pm, $99, 21+.
This haunting and truly bizarre French animated sci-fi from 1973 displays a technical mastery and consistency of vision that makes lesser psychedelic cartoons look like the projects of well-meaning high-school stoners. Here it's presented on 35 mm and ornamented with live musical accompaniment from the Seattle psych-rock group Master Musicians of Bukkake. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, nwfilmforum.org, 7 pm, $12.
Seattle Hempfest 420Fest
It's Hempfest, but, like, before Hempfest. Yes, there will be a pasta buffet. Yes, there will be a fountain of chocolate. Yes, there will be a special appearance from the "Weedster Bunny." With music from the Herbivores. And check out this awesome venue. Old Rainier Brewery, 3200 Airport Way S, hempfest.org, 3 pm–midnight, free to members/$15 trial membership.
With music from Michael Manahan, Ramiro, Rob Noble, and Dr. Chronic, live cannabis-themed artwork from noted Seattle muralist Ryan "Henry" Ward, burlesque, boylesque, and all sorts of contests and prizes. And plenty of gourmet snacks. Melrose Market Studios, 1532 Minor Ave, strangertickets.com, 1 pm, $35, 21+.
NW Cannabis Market 420 Party
Head upstairs and celebrate 420 with a free dab or joint, and stick around for the hourly raffles and connoisseur concentrate sampling sessions. This event is open only to authorized Washington State medical marijuana patients. Northwest Cannabis Market, 9640 16th Ave SW, nwcannabismarket.com, 11 am.
Mobile Food Rodeo
With 45 food trucks to choose from, it may be hard not to become overwhelmed. Don't get stuck in an omnidirectional cerebral-gastronomical feedback loop while methodically shopping through your options; you can always get seconds, thirds, fourths, and 45ths. 3501 Phinney Ave N, mobilefoodrodeo.com, Sat 5 pm–11 pm, Sun 11 am–7 pm.
Cannabis Freedom March 2014
With plenty of live music and speeches, this yearly event is a great opportunity for activists and supporters to come together behind one banner. And it's always nice to take a walk. Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, maryjanesgirl.com/ Cannabis_Freedom_March.php, rally at 11 am, march at 1 pm, gathering at Westlake till 5 pm.
Northwest Cannabis Market First Annual Spring Sale
Seattle's biggest regular cannabis farmers market is located in White Center and open every Tuesday to Saturday. Featuring the harvests—smokable, edible, what-have-you—of dozens of local farmers and vendors, the NWCM is free and open to all authorized Washington State medical marijuana patients. At this event, the vendors will be out in full force, with a party to boot, so it's the perfect time to check the place out if you haven't already. Northwest Cannabis Market, 9640 16th Ave SW, nwcannabismarket.com, Tues–Sat 11 am–7 pm.
See what early semi-mainstream stoner culture looked like a million years ago in 1969, with this classic entry into the American road-movie pantheon, presented on actual celluloid. Grand Illusion Cinema, 4739 University Way NE, grandillusioncinema.org.
Leviathan Worship Service
Drone music, rich with "analog synth mayhem cello squeaks, visual stimulation, and spaced out sounds in a lovely Seattle building once owned by nuns." Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Fourth Floor, chapelspace.blogspot.com.
Kraftwerk 3-D Concert
The legendary pioneers of popular electronic music, touring with a show of immersive 3-D visuals to accompany their retro bleeps and boops. Paramount, 911 Pine St, stgpresents.org, 7:30 pm, $35.75–$65.75.
Music, activism, and general stoned joviality on the waterfront, now in its 23rd year. Myrtle Edwards Park, 3130 Alaskan Way, hempfest.org, $10 suggested donation.
Contrary to potheadular belief, not everything should be done while high on marijuana, including (but not limited to) driving, babysitting, voting, investing, performing surgery, and shopping at Costco.