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Smoke This Issue: Arts 

Best museums to visit, shows to see, art to misinterpret, while stoned

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Clearly museums of modern art were made for stoners. I mean, seriously. Why do you think Pablo Picasso made those bizarro cubist faces with eyes in the wrong places? Who do you think Paul Klee's little geometric shapes and figures are for? How about the scribblings of Karel Appel or those strange creatures in Max Ernst's work? That's right, stoners they did it for you! So FYI: works by those artists are on part of the collection at Charlotte's mecca of 20th century modern art, the Bechtler. Try not to get lost on you way there.

Godcity: Ever since this Charlotte art collective started spitting out talented young artists like rabbits, stoners have had plenty of mind-bending artists around the block to fuck with heads. To name a few: John Hairston, Marcus Kiser, Antoine Williams, de Angelo Dia-Bethune, Wolly Vinyl. OK, rewind to that last name: Wolly Vinyl. Just imagine, for a moment, having special brownies at an opening of richly textured, sometimes haunting illustrations by an artist named Wolly Vinyl. Stoners: This stuff was for you!

Weird Charlotte: We have no idea how up-to-date Little Shiva's Weird Charlotte website is, but even if it's not, it's a stoner's paradise. Weird, strange, odd, bizarre stuff, all Charlotte-related and all art-related, compiled one website that wonderfully and brazenly stole, well, appropriated (that makes it more like sampling) the Austin, Texas, slogan "Keep Austin Weird." Go to: www.weirdcharlotte.com.

Doug Benson: He won't be at the Comedy Zone until May 5, though, so stoners, you might want to put this date in your iPhone so you don't forget. But don't miss him, because Doug most defintiely will be praising the almighty weed. He's the master puffer behind the documentary (a parody of Morgan Spurlock's Michael Moore parody), Super High Me. Doug's movie explores the effects of smoking weed for 30 days. We hate to be a spoiler, but here's what happens when you smoke weed for 30 days: You get high.

Since pot-smoking and junk-munching pretty much go hand-in-hand (see Tim Davis' completely incomprehensible munchies-inspired item here), authors Bliss Cameron and Veronica Green offer some healthy and potent munchy alternatives in Marijuana Cooking: Good Medicine Made Easy As you can probably guess, the books is filled with recipes using weed as a main ingredient.

An interesting take on marijuana being illegal, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, is a documentary to be watched whether you smoke doobies or not. Filmmaker Adam Scorgie investigates why the drug isn.'t legal and how its underground market is thriving.

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