If you’re clueless to the significance of the number “4:20,” consider yourself officially square (and perhaps, you’re proud to be so). In the past decade or so, that number has emerged as a wink-wink reference to a certain lifestyle choice centered around a certain herbaceous material popular with Mr. Cheech and his business partner, Mr. Chong.
Of course, 4/20 also refers to a date, and it’s a date coming up fast. There are a few events, that will take place on or around April 20, designed to take advantage over what has become a de facto celebration of marijuana that take place on or around April 20.
For instance, at Kuumbwa, Rhan Wilson’s “Have You Ever Been Altared?” show will feature a live band and a bit of theatrics, to present classic “stoner” songs, most of them from the 1960s, such as Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 and #35” (You know, “Everybody must get stoooooned”).
Also that day, at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, will be a show called “Fourtwomp,” a night of dub reggae. And the Expendables, Santa Cruz’s most durable party band, plays the second of two shows at the Catalyst, and it’s unlikely the subject of 4/20 won’t be broached.
But the most interesting of these events takes place the night before, April 19. On that Monday, the Rio Theatre will host a free taping of a pilot of a Comedy Central sketch-comedy show called “This Show Will Get You High.” Not exactly into coyness, are they?
The show is being staged by a group called the Upright Citizens Brigade, a New York (by way of Chicago) comedy troupe known mostly as the spawning ground of “Saturday Night Live” vet Amy Poehler.
Since this is conceivably (though not likely) the final 4/20 before the legal decriminalization of marijuana, it could mark an intriguing cultural moment. So what are you going to be doing on 4/20?