2015's got its issues, but let's be honest: It's a good time to appreciate cannabis counterculture.
Willie Nelson is getting in on the game by rolling out his own "Willie's Reserve" -- and no, he's not dead, as reported widely earlier this week; they call it "stoned" for a reason. Snoop's delivering to doorsteps via an Uber-style app, and Broad City and Black Jesus have been renewed for new seasons (Workaholics resides in renewal/cancellation purgatory). Across America, 23 states have legalized marijuana kinda-sorta, with four allowing its recreational use.
Texas is not one of them.
We'll be blunt: You cannot legally partake in the true meaning of Toker's Christmas, but you can celebrate in vaporous spirit at one of these four D-FW 4/20 events. We were gonna write a list of five, but ... sing it if you know it.
Braindead Brewing 4/20 Beer Tasting Dinner Party
If you can't smoke 'em, eat 'em, that's what we always say. The new beer haven on Main Street is pulling out a five-course dinner with thematic items like "hemp seed butter bruschetta with tomatillo radish" and "hop brownies with mint hemp ice cream." ICWYDT.
They've paired each course with insanely great craft beers like Rodenbach Grand Cru and Lagunitas Olde Gnarlywine, but the showstopper (well, starter) is a tasting of the "impossible to get" Oliver Ales Hot Smoke and Heavy Blues, named after a song by local band, Mothership, whose national tour the event honors.
The tasting starts at 7 p.m. and the dinner, which costs $70/person, starts at 8 p.m. Seating's limited, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Smoke Down Prohibition with NORML
Got a bone to pick about packing a bowl in Texas? Join the D-FW chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws at its first "Smoke Down Prohibition" party on Monday. The event runs from 2to 10 p.m. at J Gilligan's in Arlington, and it includes food, speakers, vendors, and live music by six bands including headliner Texas Hood Click T.H.C. with Mr. Dubb and Bobby Buschay. Cost is $5 for DFWNORML members and $6 for er'body else, and it's 18-and-over.
Third annual 4/20 Festival at The Green Elephant
It's not pink elephants you'll be seeing on Saturday night -- that's 4/18. This quintessential University Park dive is throwing its third live music festival from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with DJs, vendors, games, and prizes. Cover is $10 in advance online, and all ages are welcome.
What makes it special, is it offers a platform for local artists to showcase their talents (in 7 minutes or fewer) during its jam-packed live performance marathon. Wanna rap, sing, or scream (...scream? Sure.) your future hit before indulging in "Munchie Menu" items? There are 10 spots, at $100 each, still open.
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Friday
It's Monday. You probably gotta job. And, you got ish to do.
Drop everything. Friday's playing in select theaters for one day only, April 20. And, you know this, man.
Don't focus on the fact that Ice Cube's illustrious performance -- one of the highlights of your junior high, high school, or college days -- is now 20 years old. The event features a 25-minute behind-the-scenes doc about the making of the film with cast interviews.
D-FW locations: UA Galaxy Theater on McCree Road, Cinemark 17 on Webb Chapel, AMC Mesquite 30 off I-635, Cinemark 14 in Cedar Hill, Cinemark Vista Ridege in Lewisville, Cinemark Tinseltown in Grapevine, AMC the Parks at Arlington, Cinemark 12 in Rockwall, and Cinemark Legacy in Plano.