Combine 4/20 with closing day at a few ski resorts and it looks like spring in the mountains

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So Gnar rider Pat Milbery is hanging on 'til the end.
Closing day fall on both Easter Sunday and -- ahem -- 4/20 for a handful of Colorado's ski areas, so this weekend is shaping up to be all-time. We've put together a guide to get you through it.

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Do at the Zoo celebrates 25 years with Under a Blood Red Sky this June

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Under a Blood Red Sky re-creates the U2 experience at Do At The Zoo 2014.
The Denver Zoo has nearly 4,000 mouths to feed every day of the year, and that adds up to a hell of a grocery bill. But events like the annual Do t the Zoo gala help a lot toward filling zoo coffers. And this year's Do on June 19 -- the gala's 25th anniversary celebration -- will go extra-big to raise funds for day-to-day upkeep by bringing in popular U2 tribute band Under a Blood Red Sky to re-create the U2 experience on the Conoco Zoo Gardens stage.

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The four most cannabis-unfriendly events this 4/20 weekend

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Ludlow photograph from the Pueblo History Museum
While 4/20 is celebrated by stoners worldwide, Coloradans do it better than anybody else: A day of unity and political activism where participants can spend their every waking moment consuming cannabis is hard to beat, holiday-wise. But April 20 this year also happens to be Easter Sunday and the fifth night of Passover. While kicking off your private seder with a kush Kiddush, or hunting for medible-stuffed Easter eggs while gorging on Peeps and Cadbury cremes with a group of fellow adult stoners, are both fine ways to celebrate this unique confluence of holidays, most official celebrations this weekend are either religious or kid-centric in nature. As such, there will be no kind of any kind encouraged. While no one can prevent you from attending any of these events under the influence, if you show up red-eyed and reeking, be prepared for askance glances from concerned parents and clergy -- particularly if you keep giggling at the phrase "askance glances."

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10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), April 18-20

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If smoking weed with the masses at Civic Center Park or Easter egg hunts aren't your thing, there's still plenty to Denver in Denver this weekend, everything from debates to art openings to a three-day celebration of music, comedy and, yes, cannabis. We've picked out ten of the best events, all under $10 -- and seven of them are free! Share information on more weekend bargains in our comments section below, and check out the Westword calendar for more things to do.

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Gallery Sketches: Three shows for the weekend of April 18-20

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Lizzi Bougatsos, "In God We Bust."
Though pot's what's on the whole city's mind this marijuan-derful 4/20 weekend, the local art scene will not go up in smoke. Here are three reminders that Denver galleries serve up good vibes and even better shows every weekend of the year.

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Jordan Wieleba on stealing a copy of War of the Worlds and coming out transgender

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Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a bi-weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.

Jordan Wieleba is a comedian, musician, illustrator, GLBTQ advocate, cornerstone of Denver's comedy community and Best of Denver winner. Recently seen gracing the cover of Out Front Colorado, she also provided the illustrations for the book Sharing the Good News: A Positive Model for Coming Out as Transgender. Westword recently caught up with Wieleba to discuss helpful books for people struggling with gender identity, prescient sci-fi authors and her beloved stolen copy of War of the Worlds.

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Civic Center MOVES wants you to move your workout to the park -- for free

Categories: Outdoors

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Courtesy of Civic Center Conservancy

Starting next week, the center of Denver could be the center of your workout. Civic Center Moves is just the latest project promoted by the Civic Center Conservancy to turn Civic Center Park into a more positive Denver space. "People make parks, so starting April 2a, when you work out for free at Civic Center MOVES, both you and Civic Center Park will get healthier," says Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, executive director of the Civic Center Conservancy.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Jean Smith

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Jean Smith joining clay slabs.
#89: Jean Smith

Clay artist Jean Smith Is a familiar face in the co-op community, where she's been building and exhibiting works both joyful and challenging for many years. Her creations range from colorful wall pieces and fanciful shrines to major ceramic installations, often referencing plant forms, flowers and sea life; on the side, she also makes jewelry using old beads. We invited Smith to share her thoughts about the artist's life from her very experienced vantage point; read on for her 100CC questionnaire.

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Dune: David Lynch's glorious mess of a movie screens Friday

Categories: Geek Speak

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One of the best things in Dune.
At the tail end of 1984, a film from one of the medium's undisputed masters, adapting one of the great science fiction novels of all time-- hell, one of the great American novels of all time -- was released. David Lynch, adapting Frank Herbert's masterpiece, Dune! What could go wrong?

Fucking everything.

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Mistaken For Strangers: The rock documentary that became Tom Berninger's personal journey

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The National's Matt Berninger and his brother, roadie Tom Berninger, in Mistaken For Strangers.
The Berningers are a talented family: Tom Berninger is a filmmaker, and when his brother Matt, a member of the Brooklyn-based band The National, asked him to go on tour as a roadie, he obliged. Tom needed a job and some direction, and his brother's request inadvertently offered both. Tom was fired eight months in, but he'd been filming the band and crew the whole time. The result was 2013's Mistaken For Strangers, a documentary about The National -- but also a look at Tom's own personal struggle for success.

In advance of the film's opening this Friday, April 18 at the Sie FilmCenter -- where Tom Berninger will be a guest for both evening showings -- Westword spoke with him about his relationship with his brother and the things that make a good rock documentary.

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